Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 459
May 1, 2000

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 459
BID: $OPDX.459
May 1, 2000
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
Online at 440-237-8208 28.8k-1200 Baud 8/N/1

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, KF2TI, WB2YQH/WB2RAJ & The 59(9) DXReport, KA3S, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8EP, K8YSE, N8BJQ, 9M2TO, BD5RV/4, Carlos Diez, CX6VM, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DK1II, EX8MF, F5NOD, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, FK8GM, G3SXW, JM1LJS, OH1EH, RN3RQ, SP6ECA, SV2CWY, UA6AF, VE3LKS and VK9NS for the following DX information.

3C0R WEB PAGE. Chris, SV2CWY, informs OPDX that he is PLEASED to announce that the whole story with detailed photos of the 3C0R DXpedition to Annobon Island is now available at the Web site: http://www.qsl.net/sv2cwy/

7O1YGF OPERATION. The team of 7O1YGF (DJ7MG, DK1II, DK3KX, DL5EBE) came to an early end. The following press release was sent out:

"Dear fellow Dxers,

After 10 days of activity we have been kindly asked by the authorities to terminate our radio transmission. The reason for that is, that until now no agreement on the final status of this unique special activity could be reached. In this sense our earlier press statement, that the licence will be granted immediately after arrival on April 17 has to be corrected. For this statement given, based on misunderstandings, we ask the DX-Community to accept our apology. Nevertheless, the activity 7O1YGF is for the time being still in the process of approval. We expect a written confirmation therefore in due time.

During this activity we were able to make about 35000 QSOs from 6 to 40m using CW, SSB ant RTTY. We are happy that we were able to give the DX- Community the opportunity to work 7O, we thank the Dxers for calling us and we apologize to those who could not make it this time. Last but not least our very special thanks goes to the people of the Republic of Yemen who hosted us and to the kind authorities for their constructive cooperation and support to finalize the issue and approve the establishment of amateur radio in Yemen. We congratulate the people and the president of Yemen on the 10th Anniversary of reunification which falls on the 22nd of May, 2000."

The whole 7O1YGF team is currently back in Germany and are well. They also had no problems in taking their equipment and log-files back home. They also look forward to getting the QSL cards printed and sent. However, after their arrival in Yemen they were advised to use only the callsign 7O1YGF, which may cause some confusion on the QSL Managers. Franz, DK1II, has confirmed that the QSL cards for CW contacts should be sent via DJ3XD (August Unterwallney, Am Kummerberg 30, Wedemark 2, 30900 Germany) and for SSB, RTTY and 6m, contacts should be sent via DK9KX (Hans Walter Hannappel, Eschenbruchstrasse 1, Koeln, DE-510 69, Germany). Callbook addresses are "OK". They hope, and are confident, that this operation will end with a QSL card which at least will also count for the DXCC.

A5, BHUTAN. After many years of silence, the "Kingdom of Bhutan" is finally on air thanks to the help of Jim Smith, VK9NS, now signing A52JS. Not only is Jim active, but a local resident of Bhutan is active also. Tuji Yonten, A51TY, has waited a long time to be active again. Hopefully, this is the start for more activity from this rare and wanted entity. For those who missed the two press releases by Jim/VK9NS (probably because you are not an OPDX InterNet Subscriber), in short, Tuji Yonten, A51TY, made his first CW and SSB QSOs on 20 meters. The CW QSO was with Pavel, RW0JR, on 20 meters. The SSB QSO was made later with Kirsti, VK9NL, on 20 meters. The logged time for START was 1201z, April 27th, 2000. Incidentally, Jim also made his first CW QSO with Pavel, RW0JR, at 1216z on 20 meters and later at 1252z his first SSB QSO with Vidi, VU2DVP, on 20 meters. Over the past weekend, Jim has been heard mainly on 15/20 meters CW. There has been some reports on SSB and 17 meters activity. Jim was heard saying that he would be in Bhutan for the next 4 weeks. QSL A52JS in the normal manner direct to HIDXA, PO Box 90, Norfolk Island, NI 2899, Australia. For BUREAU QSLING, Jim states, "All stations wishing to use the QSL bureau system are requested NOT to DUMP A52JS QSL cards into the bureau - they will get nowhere right now. PLEASE wait for an announcement to be made in a few weeks time once I get back to the UK and make some sort of arrangement for the handling of Bureau QSLs." ADDED REMINDER: The larger A5 operation is scheduled for this week between May 3-12th. The last of the 15 operators are scheduled to arrive on May 2nd. The DXpeditions Web page has been moved to: http://www.qsl.net/bhutan2000/ You will find the operators profile, sponsors, log uploads, propagation links and updated details, press releases and pictures. QSL via W0GJ.

CE0Y WEB PAGE. Victor, UA6AF, informs OPDX that the complete story of the trip by Victor/UA6AF and Vlad/G0KBO to Easter Island (CE0Y), as well as their logs and samples of QSLs, can be found on the Web at: http://rrc.sc.ru/ce0y.htm Victor and Vlad would like to emphasize that all direct QSLs for both callsigns (CE0Y/UA6AF and CE0Y/G0KBO) are being handled by G0KBO.

CX, URUGUAY. Jorge, CX6VM, informs OPDX that he is active on 12 and 17 meters mostly during the weekends from his vacation QTH in Melo City. QSL ONLY via W3HNK, Joseph Arcure Jr., P.O. Box 73, Edgemont, PA 19028 USA. QSLs for CX5X and CW6V are also managed by Joe, W3HNK.

DAYTON HAMVENTION "DX ACTIVITIES".......... Steve Bolia, N8BJQ, provided OPDX with the upcoming HamVention's "DX Forum Schedule". Again the forum will be at Meadowdale H.S. (a short bus ride from the arena) on Saturday morning from 0830-1230ish (EDT). The busses run about every 10 minutes from the arena. There is also parking (free) available at the HS. The forum line up is very good with presentations on 2 new countries, the current #2 most wanted country (A5) and the big FO0AAA operation. The schedule is as follows:

                   EDT Time   Scheduled Forum
                   --------   ---------------
                   0830  -  AR Cluster by WU3V and AB5K
                   0845  -  Clipperton by N9NS and N7CQQ
                   0915  -  Pacific Expedition by SM7PKK
                   0945  -  Nepal by K4VUD
                   1000  -  Chesterfield Is. by N7NG and K6GNX
                   1100  -  IOTA update by G3ZAY
                   1115  -  Bhutan 2000 by W0GJ, K4UEE, N1DG
                   1145  -  The First DXpedition to East Timor by W3UR

The speaker(s) for the DX Dinner Banquet will be Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, and Bob Allphin, K4UEE, who will give the first presentation on Bhutan. They will get back in the states on Tuesday and head for Dayton on Thurdsay. Can't get much fresher DX than that!

FR/T, TROMELIN. French operators Gil/F5NOD, Eric/F5PXT, Laurent/F5PYI and Erwann/F6JJX have announced their schedule for the trip to Tromelin and their FR/Tromelin Web site at: http://perso.easynet.fr/~f6jjx/ Their planned schedule begins with the team leaving France heading for Reunion Island on July 29th. On July 31st, they leave Reunion to head to Tromelin and state "maybe 1 station on the air, that evening." On August 1st, they will have 3 stations on the air and be active until August 16th. They will head back to Reunion on that date and return to France on the 18th. The callsign is currently unknown.

FW, WALLIS & FUTUNA ISLANDS. Nigel/G3TXF will sign FW/G3TXF and Roger/G3SXW will sign FW/G3SXW from Wallis Island (OC-054) May 11-23rd. Their operation will be CW only, on 80-10 meters, transmitting on frequencies ending in '3' and listening 1-3 kHz up. QSL to their home callsigns, direct or bureau, or for E-mail requests for bureau reply at: g3txf@compuserve.com -or- g3sxw@compuserve.com


KH0, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. Look for Ban, JF2WSX, to be active from May 19-22nd as N3WW/KH0. Activity will be on CW/SSB. QSL via JF2WXS.

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY. Be looking for FK8HC, FK8HW and FK8GM to activate the Amedee Lighthouse August 19th and 20th during the International Lighthouse weekend. This lighthouse/island is also good for one of the DIFOs of New Caledonia.

OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Ari, OH1EH, will be active as OH0Z from May 19th until May 22 checking that everything is "OK" at the station for the upcoming CQ WPX CW Contest. Some operating will take place on the low bands, so look for OH0Z on 160/80/40 CW/SSB between 1900-0400z. QSL via OH1EH: Ari Korhonen, Kreetalank. 9 As 1, FIN29200 Harjavalta, Finland.


SPECIAL EVENT. Members of the North Shore ARC will activate the callsign VC3CX the weekend of May 6-8th. The event will take place at the former "Camp X" a spy training camp in Whitby, ON, Canada. The operation is to commemorate the 55th anniversary of VE Day. Activity will be on 80/40/20/10 meters. QSL via VE3TIG. Check out the following Web page for more details and a link to the North Shore ARC for additional information at: http://www.geocities.com/campx_radio/

SPECIAL EVENT. During the celebration of the 55th anniversary of the "Russian Victory in Great Patriotic War", the members of the "Michurinsk Contest Groupe" (MCG) will activate the special event stations, RP3RST, RP3RTG, RP3RTK and RP3RZK between May 5-9th and May 13-14th (including the contests). If you made contacts with these stations (Europe stations 10 QSOs and DX stations 5 QSOs; dupes are valid on different bands or modes) you will receive a "MCG - medal" trophy free of charge (please, send only 2 IRCs for postal expenses). QSLs for all stations are via RN3RQ: Jack Yatskiv, P.O.Box 30, Michurinsk 393740, Russia (only direct please or E-mail requests for bureau cards to: mcg@pub.tmb.ru ) By the way, Jack, RN2RQ, Secretary of "MCG", also has all the logs and QSLs for following stations:

  R3R 1990-1991                   UK1PGO 1981-1984 (Franz Josef Land) will
  RN3R 1995-1998                         be closed in November 2000
  RR3R 1992-1993                  UZ3RV  before 1994
  RU3R 1994
  RA3RGD, RK3RWR, RN3RQ, RV3RV, RW3RQ, UA3RJ, UA3RV all dates
  RX3ARM 1991-1992
  UE3RCG, UE3RID, UE3ROM all dates

T8, PALAU (Update). Operators Misao/JJ1DWB/T88MT, Hiro/7N1KAE/T88YH, Hide/JM1LJS/T88LJ and Yo, who does not have a JA callsign, have received the callsign T88YT, are now active until May 3rd. The group was heard this past weekend on 15/10 meters CW/SSB. Please refer to OPDX.458 for QSL information.

TP2000, FRANCE. Look for the "Council of Europe RC" to be active again June 9-11th as TP2000CE. Their activity will be on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via F6FQK.

VP6, PITCAIRN ISLAND. "The 59(9) DXReport" states that through the courtesy of SMIRK (Six Meter International Radio Klub), Jukka, VP6BR, will leave his 6 meter gear with Tom, VP6TC, to provide a presence on this band from here.

XX9, MACAO. Look for Ed, K8EP, to be operating from Macao as XX9TEP from May 4-8th. Operations will be on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via K8EP.

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