Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 461
May 15, 2000

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 461
BID: $OPDX.461
May 15, 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, K2KW, WB2YQH/WB2RAJ & The 59(9) DXReport, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, N4XP, WA5C, NI6T, KL7JR, K8YSE, W9UI, 9M2TO, BV8BC, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, F8BXI, GM3YOR, GM4YXI, JI3DST, LA2EG, OH1MM, OH2KI, OH5CH, RW6HS, SV1ENG, T93Y, TA2BK, TA3J, UT5UOC, VK3DI, VK4AAR, VK6LC and ZL2HU/ZL4HU for the following DX information.

FEW NOTES FROM EDITOR, TEDD, KB8NW: Because I will be attending the Dayton HamVention (leaving Thursday), I cannot guarantee that there will be a bulletin next week. If it does happen, it will probably be late Monday. Please, continue to send your information (you never know!). JUST A REMINDER! 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.

3W, VIETNAM. Mal, VK6LC, will be returning back to Vietnam in a few days time and will be operating this time from his apartment in the Port of Vung Tau as 3W2LC. His new assignment in Vietnam will be for the period of 6 months up until around November 2000. Mal states, "I will not be able to process any more VK9RS Video's or QSLs cards until my return in November. For those that have mailed and have missed me, they will have to wait, and your mail order will be returned or processed between visits back to Australia."

4W, EAST TIMOR. Activity continues from this new entity. Antonio, CT1EGH, seems to be the most active one as 4W6GH. He can usually be found on 15 meters SSB between 1300-1600z, as late as 1830z. Thor, TF1MM/4W6MM, has also been active on 15 meters CW/SSB usually around the same time, maybe later. 4W6UN was active over the weekend on the 14245 DX net around 1630z.

6Y, JAMAICA (Rare Prefix). Ken/K2KW and Robert/K6XX will be active as 6Y8A as a Multi/Single entry in the CQ WPX CW Contest. Outside of the contest, look for activity between May 23-30th on 80-6 meters on CW, SSB, and PSK31. The "6Y" is a rare prefix, and possibly the first time activated. They will have HF Kilowatt stations and vertical antennas to be used on all bands. QSL 6Y8A and K2KW via WA4WTG. QSL K6XX via CBA.

9M2, WEST MALAYSIA IOTA DXPEDITION. Following his successful DXpeditions to AS-097 and AS-072 in 1998 and 1999, Keith Kerr, GM4YXI, will again be active as 9M2/GM4YXI during June. Activity will be from Pulau Babi Besar (AS-046), most likely on June 10/11th, with other possible activity on June 3/4th and 17/18th from Pulau Ketam (AS-074), or AS-097 again. His operation will be on 20/15/12/10 meters CW/SSB only, using the IOTA frequencies. He will be using a Yaesu FT-900 and vertical antennas. For more information and news updates, check out the Web page: http://www.gm7v.com

A5, BHUTAN. The "Bhutan 2000 DXpedition Team" is now QRT as A52A from "The Pine Wood Hotel" in Thimphu as of Friday, May 12th. According to their Web page, as of May 12th (0227z), the team made a little over 82,000 QSOs. The breakdown of QSOs are: CW/42088, SSB/37263 and RTTY/2736. The breakdown on the bands are as follows:

       160m  80m    40m    30m    20m    17m    15m    12m    10m    6m
       ----  ----   ----   ----   ----   ----   ----   ----   ----   ----
  CW - 143   970    2038   3107   9989   6843   11177  4247   3476    98
 SSB -  0    174    1275    0     9278   6525   12592  3513   3768   138
RTTY -  0     0      1      0      953     0     1477    0     305     0

The number 2 most wanted entity should be history now in the top ten. Remember to QSL only to W0GJ via the bureau or direct to: Glenn Johnson, 14164 Irvine Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601 USA. QSL CARDS WILL BE AT THE DAYTON HAMVENTION. Carl, N4AA, from "QRZ DX" reports bring your card(s) with you and "ONLY YOUR CARDS". Members of the A52A team will be at Booth #313 (DX Publishing) from 1 to 4 PM on Friday and Saturday. The Team will also be in the foyer outside of the SWODXA DX Dinner Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday evening ONLY. The "TEAM" requests that you ask for your OWN cards ONLY. Please DO NOT request cards for your neighbor. There will simply not be time to handle the volume if everyone is asking for cards for more than one callsign. Donations will be welcome at both locations.

OPDX would like to mention that last week we accidently left a member of the A52A team off of the listing of operators. Don Greenbaum, N1DG (also A52DG) was also an operator.

A5, BHUTAN. Jim Smith, VK9NS/A52JS, continues to be active for the next two weeks. Now with the A52A operation QRT, Jim seems to be more active on SSB and the usual DX frequencies. He was spotted over the weekend on 15 meters on 21295 kHz. "The Daily DX" reports that Jim has made over 11,000 QSOs. Jim will head to the UK on May 26th. After his visit there, he will then head to the U.S. to visit several places within 10 days. OPDX would like to apolizes to Jim for a mistake in last week's bulletin. Your editor got carried away in typing and typed A52NS instead of A52JS. Sorry Jim.

DXCC YEARBOOKS. According to the ARRL Web page, the DXCC Desk states the DXCC Annual Yearbooks are going to be mailed May 31st.

ET, ETHIOPIA. The "DX News Letter" reports that Joe, G3MRC/5X1P, will be staying in Ethiopia for one month as of May 10th. He intends to operate from the clubstation ET3AA or from the shack of Claudio, ET3VSC. During this past week ET3AA was spotted on 21259 kHz at 1500z and ET3VSC was on 18131 kHz at 2152z.

FY, FRENCH GUIANA (IOTA/DIFO operation). A French team will be on the Salut Islands (SA-020) between May 27th and June 4th. They will be on the usual IOTA frequencies from 80-10 meters and also on 6 meters. The activity will be on CW, SSB and SSTV. The callsign has not been issued at this time. QSL to F8BXI via direct or bureau. Further information is available on the Web site: http://f8bxi.free.fr The team will also be on Royale Island. This one counts also for the French DIFO award as FY009. For more information on the DIFO Award, try the Web site: http://perso.easynet.fr/~f5nod/


JW, SVALBARD ISLAND. The Modum Group of NRRL and a local Ham Group (LA7M) is arranging a one week trip (to accommodate 30 people) to the Russian area at Svalbard Islands during the period of July 6-13th. They will use a boat from the airport to the Russian settlements Barentsburg and Pyramiden. They plan to operate from 3 different QTHs and glacier/arctic wilderness for testing. QTHs mentioned: Barentsburg, Pyramiden, and Ice Lake. Participants will experience and live in the great Arctic nature near the North pole. For their safety against polar bear attack, the expedition staff will carry armed weapons in the wilderness. The main callsign will be JW7M however, there may be participants who will use CEPT license and operate as JW/homecall (More details to follow). Operating details and operators to be listed will be coming soon. If you are interested in being a participant you need to act fast and no later than June 1st. For more information, please E-mail the group at: dxpedition2000@dxpedition.org Also, if you are interested in joining the DXpedition to Svalbard Island in July this year, have a look at the following web site: http://www.dxpedition.org

KC4, ANTARCTICA. "The 59(9) DXReport" states that Bert, WA1O, will head back here in November as part of the International Trans-Antarctic Science Expedition. He will set up temporary camps for 3-4 days along the route for QSOs during his spare time. Look for KC4/WA1O.

KH5, PALMYRA. Dr. Chuck Brady, N4BQW, a member of the Kingman Reef/Palmyra DX Group (KR/PDXG) is now active from Palmyra Atoll and is expected to be active over the next two weeks as N4BQW/KH5. Currently most of his activity has been on 20 meters SSB. According to a press release by Tom Harrell, N4XP, and Garry Shapiro, NI6T, (members of the KR/PDXG), Chuck is the "first element" of the KR/PDXG's effort to activate KH5 and KH5K over the coming months. He will ensure that all KR/PDXG's equipment sent earlier has arrived safely. Chuck will operate as time permits while he assists "The Nature Conservancy's" establishment of a "base camp" on Palmyra. Additional operators will be proceeding to Palmyra as opportunities arise, and they expect increased radio operations. These early visits will complete the necessary preparations for both additional activity on Palmyra and the planned major effort to Kingman Reef in October. QSL via K4TSJ.

KL7, ALASKA (Also, a new USI to be activated!). In honor of the Canadian/American servicemen and women who served in the Aleutians, station KL7USI will be active from the Museum of the Aleutians on Unalaska Island, Alaska (AK-005S and NA-059), on November 24th and possibly 25th. Also, look for a "new one" (AK-NEW) for the "United States Island" award to be activated only for 24 hours on November 26th. For both operations, check 28460 kHz (primary) and 14260 kHz (2ndry). QSL via KL7JR. For up-to-date news and information on the USI program, check the Web page: http://www.eng.mu.edu/~usi/

LZ, BULGARIA. Berkin, TA3J, and his XYL Nilay Mine, TA3YJ (operators of the YM3LZ contest team) will be active June 6-13th as LZ/TA3J and LZ/TA3YJ. Activity will be SSB on 160/80/40/20/15/10/2 meters and 70 cm. QSL via their home callsigns, to the TA bureau or direct to:

Web page at: http://on.to/ta3yj-ta3j/

OJ0, MARKET REEF. Weather permitting, on May 15th at 1700z through the morning of May 18th, look for Seppo/OH1VR, Nikko/OH0RJ and Pasi/OH1MM to be active as OJ0VR, OJ0RJ and OJ0/OH1MM, respectively. Activity will be on 160-6 meters on CW/SSB/RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns.


TA, TURKEY. Bahri, TA2BK, reports that during the WRC 2000 Contest in Istanbul, look for special event station TA1ITU (organized by TRAC) to be active until June 2nd. QSL via bureau.

TX0DX QSL CARDS IN DAYTON! QSL cards for the Chesterfield Reefs DX- pedition--TX0DX--will be available in Dayton at the Yaesu booths (booth numbers 521-524 and 532-535). Many of the TX0DX team members will be found there at various times while Martti, OH2BH and his son Petri, OH2NB will be available at the following hours so you can have an eye-ball QSO while collecting your QSL cards:

You don't need to bring your QSL cards with you but you might wish to check your QSOs in the TX0DX database by sending an e-mail to tx0dx-log@n4gn.com. Just type your call sign on the subject line of your message. This special in-person QSL operation will provide only YOUR OWN PERSONAL TX0DX QSL cards; we cannot issue cards on behalf of your friends at this time. Also, QSLs at Dayton will be limited to U.S. and Canadian callsigns.

VK9W, WILLIS ISLAND. The Willis Island team arrived safely about 1500z Friday, May 12th. Activity will last until May 30th. The team has been very active on 20/15/10 meters on the usual DX frequencies. However, as of early Sunday morning (EDT) spots for 160/80 meters have been appearing on the locate Cluster. There is a correction to last week's bulletin (OPDX.460) on the frequency Web page for this operation. Please correct and clink on the right link to: http://www.qsl.net/vk9wi/1freqs.htm For updates/details, check the VK9WI Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/vk9wi/ OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the latest press release dated May 13th, as an additional bulletin.

VP6, PITCAIRN ISLAND (Also Easter Island). If you missed VP6BR, you may have another shot to work this island. Mike, KM9D, who was the operator of the station ZR0ZY from San Ambrosio, is currently on a sailing trip to Easter Island and plans to travel farther to the Oceania where he hopes to hit the airwaves from Pitcairn Island. QSL via OM2SA.

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