Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 460
May 8, 2000

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 460
BID: $OPDX.460
May 8, 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, WW2R, WB2YQH/WB2RAJ & The 59(9) DXReport, K3LR, W3UR & The Daily DX, NI6T, K7USJ, K8YSE, KF9YL, 4L1DA, 9M2TO, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3ZEM, G4EDG, GM0CLN, HA0HW, HK6DOS, MM0BQI, OZ5IPA, RA3SL, SM5MX, SV1DKL and UT1HT for the following DX information.

4L26, GEORGIA. On May 26, 2000, the "Republic of Georgia" celebrates their "Day of Independence". On that day, look for the amateur radio station 4L26MAY to be active on all bands. QSL via the manager 4L1DA: David Devdariani, Shartava st.7, 380122 Tbilisi, Georgia.

6Y5, JAMAICA. Look for Curt, KE3C, to be active now through May 13th as KE3C/6Y5. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (CW only). There may be some 160 meters activity.

A5, BHUTAN. The "Bhutan 2000 DXpedition Team" is now active as A52A from a place called "The Pine Wood Hotel" in Thimphu. The team received the callsign A52A, however, all individual operators also received their own personal callsign: Jin/JF1IST/A52IST, Jari/OH2BU/A52BU, Mark/N0MJ/A52MJ, Andy/UA3AB/A52AB, Vince/K5VT/A52VT, Mac/JA3USA/A52US, Bob/K4UEE/A52EE, Yuu/JA3IG/A52IG, Mark/ON4WW/A52WW, Wes/W3WL/A52GB, Al/K3VN/A52VN, James/ 9V1YC/A52YC, Glenn/W0GJ/A52GJ and Harry/RA3AUU/A52UU. The team began operating Tuesday morning (May 2nd) around 1200z and, as of May 6th at 0718z, the team's QSO count was at 35,017. A press release by James, 9V1YC, states that everything is going fine (By the way, all press releases will be sent to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers as additional bulletins.) He indicates that the team will work EXCLUSIVE to North America from 2300-0300Z daily now. For updates and log searches, try their Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/bhutan2000/

A5, BHUTAN (More!)......... Jim Smith, VK9NS, now signing A52NS, continues to be active on both CW and SSB. His activity seem to be mainly on 15/20 meters, but he has been spotted on 40, 17 and 10 meters.

"The Daily DX" reports that the President of the Clipperton DX Club, Gerard, F2VX, announces a team from the CDXC will operate from Bhutan around September 1st to 15th. Some of the team members include Alain/ F6ANA, Denise/F6HWU (YL), Alain/F5LMJ and Gerard/F2VX. The team will be active on CW and SSB. More details will follow.

Charles, K4VUD, who is organizing a trip to Bhutan which we reported a few weeks ago now has all of the full details available on a Web page at: http://www.unchainedheart.org/dxradio.htm

CLIPPERTON 2000 - THE STORY (by Mike Goode, N9NS). Read the story and see the very fine selection of pictures made by the team on the Web at: http://www.qsl.net/clipperton2000/

CO, CUBA. Look for Raul, CO8ZZ, to be active during the CQWW WPX Contest as a Single Op/Single Band (80 meters)/Low Power entry.

DAYTON HAMVENTION CONTEST DINNER. Tim Duffy, K3LR, reports that Vice Admiral (Retired) J. Scott Redd, K0DQ, (of A92Q fame + others) will address the 8th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner in Dayton, Ohio, on May 20th. Scott has won one national and five world radio contest championships during his contest career. Don't forget the Dayton Contest Super Suite at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton. The large Miami ballroom suite is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The suite is sponsored by RF Applications and is hosted by North Coast Contesters, Frankford Radio Club and the Mad River Radio Club.

FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Jacques, F6BEE, will be active from FY5KE's QTH for the upcoming CQ WPX CW Contest.

IOTA NEW..............................

JU, MONGOLIA (Attention Prefix Hunters). A special event station will be active May 12-14th from/near Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. The callsign is JU1O. QSL via HA0HW either via the HA bureau or direct to: Laszlo "Laci" Szabo, P.O.Box 24, Puspokladany, H-4151, HUNGARY.

Also, look for several Italian operators to be active from Mongolia from May 23th to June 6th as JU1Y. Suggested frequencies are:

JW, SVALBARD. Operators Lars/LA5LJA, Tor/LA7FJA and Jens/LA8LGA will be active May 19-25th as JW5LJA, JW7FJA and JW8LGA, respectively. Activity will be on all bands CW and SSB. QSL via home callsigns.

KH5 & KH5K, KINGMAN REEF AND PALMYRA ATOLL. The Kingman-Palmyra DX Group will activate two rare Pacific entities --- Kingman Reef (KH5K) and Palmyra Atoll (KH5) this year. Both counters sit high on the current "Most-Wanted Lists", with Kingman currently #3 in Europe. However, due to a special situation, their activation will occur in several phases over the summer and fall. About 1000 miles south of Hawaii, Palmyra Atoll is privately owned, and is currently in the process of being sold. The sale offers both challenges and opportunities for the DXpedition team. Their operations will be coordinated with all parties to the transaction, and they expect to benefit from temporarily enhanced access to the area. Accordingly, they plan several moderate-scale operations at Palmyra over the next several months by elements of their team, on a flexible schedule. Equipment is already on its way in preparation for these operations. The culmination of the plan will be a full-scale, 10-band activation of Kingman Reef in October, 2000.

THE NORTHERN OHIO DX ASSOCIATION (along with WVNO Radio) will sponsor its 4th annual Hospitality Suite at this year's Dayton Hamvention. It will be in Suite 1011 on the 10th Club Floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel (old Stouffers) on Friday and Saturday evenings. All DXers/Contesters are welcome. Munchies and refreshments will be avaialble. Come and meet the members and friends of NODXA.

OPPSSS DEPARTMENT. In OPDX.459 (last week's bulletin), under "KH0, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS", we mentioned Ban's callsign was JF2WSX. This is wrong. It should be JF2WXS.

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Frank/DL2SWW, Ric/DL2VFR and YL operator Gabi/DG2TM will be active from Faroe Islands (EU-018) between May 29th and June 8th. They plan to operate on 160-2 meters mostly on CW with some SSB and RTTY. For further info, contact Ric via E-mail at: dl2vfr@online.de

PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Remember to look for Gerard, F2JD/PY2ZDX, to be active as PY2ZDX/PY0F now through May 15th. He will operate SSB/CW on 40-6 meters. After this operation he will go back to France.

QSL INFO AND NEWS.................

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for AX3ITU on Wednesday, May 17th, 0001-2359z. This Special Event callsign will be operated by the Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club Melbourne (EMDRC) on behalf of the Wireless Institute of Australia (Vic Div). The callsign has been issued to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the formation of the International Telegraph Union. QSL via the VK3 Bureau, or direct to the EMDRC (QTH) with SAE and return postage. If insufficient postage is received, the Special Event QSL card will be returned via the Bureau.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for EO55HK to be active now through May 14th in celebration of the 55th anniversary "Victory of Second World War". This special event station will be active on 160-10 meters CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK31 and on the satellites (145/435 MHz) from grid KN69RA. QSL via UT1HT, P.O. Box 87, Kremenchug-21, 39621, UKRAINE.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for SW1OF to be active now through May 30th for the celebration of the lighting of the "Olympic Flame" (OF) in Olympia, Greece. Activity will take place on all bands/modes. QSL via SV1DKL.

SV5, DODECANESE. The "DX News Letter" reports to look for Ermanno, IK2WZD, to be active between May and October on SSB/RTTY/HEIL from the islands of Lipsi, Agathonissi, Arki, Marati, Leros and Patmos (all EU-001).

SV9, CRETE. Walt/G3NYY, Tim/G4VXE, Dave/G4FRE/WW2R and Meg/G7FRE (YL operator) will be active as SV9/homecall from EU-015 between June 9-16th. Activity will be on PSK31/RTTY/SSTV/Heil/CW on 160-6 meters, the WARC bands included, with some SSB on 50 MHz only. QSL SV9/G3NYY via G3NYY, SV9/G4VXE via G3SWH, SV9/G4FRE via WW2R, SV9/G7FRE via N2NQI.

T8, PALAU. Look for T88SH to be active from May 25-30th focusing mainly on 10-meter FM and HF CW. Operator will be Tokyo-based foreign correspondent Steven Herman (AP Network News & Discovery Channel). QSLs to his home call, K7USJ or 7J1AIL. T88SH will be using 10 watts to a longwire on 10-meter FM from various locations. Main calling frequencies will be 29.3 and 29.6 MHz. For HF CW, T88SH is expected to use an FT-920 with 500w amp and a beam from the Palau Pacific Hotel. The station is expected to be most active in the mornings and after nightfall, Palau time (GMT +9).

VK, AUSTRALIA. "The 59(9) DXReport" reports that Peter, VK8PW, will once again be active from Myra Camp in Arnhem Land, a special Trust Territory in VK8-land, starting May 16th to early September, signing VK8PW/8. Look for activity on 20-10 meters SSB. QSL via VK8PW.

VK9W, WILLIS ISLANDS. Look for David, VK4ZEK, to be operating from here May 10-16th as VK9WI. Activity will be on CW and SSB, 160-6 meters. Also, look for the permanent beacon at 50051.5 kHz. For more details, check the Web page: http://www.qsl.net/vk9wi/lfreqs.htm

XV7, VIETNAM. Rolf, SM5MX, is about to travel from Tokyo, his present QTH, to Hanoi to re-activate his call XV7SW from June 11th to 19th. Rolf will take part in the All Asian Contest on CW. He is now the only remaining XV station on CW since only 3W callsign are issued nowadays. QSL via SM3CXS as usual.

YO, ROMANIA. Jean Michel, F6AJA, will be active as YO/F6AJA from YO8FZ's QTH from May 14-20th. He states that this is not an DXpedition, and he will be active during his free time.

ZD9, TRISTAN DA CUNHA. Bob Henderson, G3ZEM, will mount a CW operation from here during September 2000. Tristan is listed #29 in the DX Magazine's 1999 most wanted list. Bob and his XYL Karen will fly to Capetown at the end of August where they will join the Antarctic survey vessel "SA Agulhas" for their onward journey to Tristan da Cunha. The "SA Agulhas" is scheduled to sail on August 31st arriving at Tristan on September 4th. Operation is intended over a 20-day period with departure for Capetown scheduled for September 25th. During their stay on Tristan, Bob and Karen will be guests of Andy and Lorraine Repetto (ZD9BV & ZD9CO) who between them have kindly provided every assistance in the planning of this trip and have indeed made it possible. The operation will be CW only, on all bands from 160 meters through 10 meters. Yagis will be used on all bands 20-10 meters with verticals on the lower bands. The trip is not a 100% DXpedition though high levels of activity are promised. Callsign and QSL information will be published when these have been confirmed together with other relevant information.

OPDX WORLD-WIDE WEB HOME (provided by John, K8YSE):

Excerpts and distribution of The OPDX Bulletin are granted as long as KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 receive credit. To contribute DX info, call BARF-80 BBS online at 440-237-8208 14400/9600/2400/1200/300 and leave a message with the Sysop or send InterNet Mail to one of the two following addresses: kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org -or- aq474@cleveland.freenet.edu - OR - Send a message via packet to KB8NW @ WA8BXN.OH.USA.NA - OR - Use the VOICE or FAX answering machine at 440-237-8208 which shares the same phone line as BARF-80 BBS using a data/fax/phone switch. To access: 1) Dial Number. 2) Wait for first ring (the second ring should be a false ring from the fax/data switch box) and then dial four quick ones ("1111"). (NOTE: Some FAX machines that send single "BEEPS" every second will not have to do this step.) 3) The phone will pick up and after the "BEEP" leave your voice message or FAX.

Tedd Mirgliotta KB8NW
InterNet: kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org
Basic Amateur Radio Frequency BBS (BARF-80) +1 440/237-8208
"Totally devoted to Amateur Radio" - 24 Hrs a day 8/N/1 14.4k-300 baud