Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 468
July 3, 2000

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 468
BID: $OPDX.468
July 3, 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, K1RV, KT1J, NC1L, K2YOF, N2RHL, WB2YQH/WB2RAJ & THE 59(9) DX REPORT, WV2B, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, WP4Q, W6IXP, AG8L, K8YSE, W8TTS, CE6TBN, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DK8LV, DL2GG/YV5, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, IK2XDE, IK7XIV, JA3MZB, PS7AB, SV1ENG, T93Y, UA2FM, VK4AAR and YV5EED for the following DX information.

3A, MONACO (HISTORICAL 50 MHZ ACTIVATION FROM MONTE CARLO). Just a reminder that this week the last European Country will be activated on 6 meters. The 50 MHz band is currently allocated to Radio Monte Carlo, but with special permission from Monaco Telecom, the subband 50.2 to 51.2 MHz will be activated now through 2359 hours July 10th, Monaco time. Several local stations, such as 3A2LF and 3A2MW, will be active as well as the group of their guests from Finland, signing 3A/ their personal callsigns. The complete press release by Tim, N4GN, will be provided to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers as an additional bulletin.

5H, TANZANIA. Just a reminder to look for members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) and Nasser/A41KG to activate the callsigns 5I3A and 5I3B from Yambe Island (New IOTA) now through July 10th. Their operations will be on CW/SSB/Digital modes on all bands. QSL via A47RS, Box 981, Muscat 113, Oman.

7O1YGF STATUS. "The Daily DX" reports that Franz, DK1II, states that the QSL cards for the 7O1YGF operation are being printed. He states, "Written confirmation is still under processing by the relevant bodies in Yemen. Again, we worked on invitation and with the approval of the relevant authorities in Sanaa and got therefore the official callsign 7O1YGF. We are grateful for the support we experienced by the Yemeni authorities. We expect to give you more comprehensive good news soon... ..... We hope this answers a few of the many questions raised by the fellow DXers, but we may ask you for your kind patience now."

7P, LESOTHO. By the time you read this the 7P8AA should be active on all bands and on CW/SSB/RTTY until July 22nd. Please refer to OPDX.457. QSL via DL7VRO.

A5, BHUTAN. Sam, JA6NL (ex-V63KU), is now active as A52NL until July 5th from Paro city. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters SSB. Recent QSN spots show activity on 14195 and 21295 between 1200 and 1430z and again after 0400z. QSL direct only to JA6NL at: Sam Beppu, Nisshin-Cho 2-5-710, Kawasaki City, 210-0024 Japan.

AX8, AUSTRALIA. Look for the special callsign AX8ITU to be active August 28th through September 1st by the Darwin ARC during the 11th IARU Region III Conference. Activity will be on CW and SSB (no specific bands mentioned). A special QSL is to be issued.

CY9, ST. PAUL DXPEDITION UPDATE. Duane, WV2B, reports: "We are happy to report that the land use license for our St. Paul expediton has been received, and our trip will proceed as scheduled unless weather is a problem. One of our ops has a new call. Henry {ex:KE1AC} is now KT1J. So look for KT1J/CY9 on SSB. Please note that according to the licensing treaty between the US and Canada we must sign Homecall/CY9. This is the correct format and will be used for this operation."

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, DXCC Manager, informs OPDX that the XW2A QSL is now being accepted for DXCC credit. Meanwhile, "QRZ DX" reports that the approval for the operation by Charlie, K4VUD, as XW1UD is still pending.

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA. The "DX News Letter" reports that Walter, DJ0FX, intends to operate from here between July 10th through August 18th as FO0PT. Activity will be on CW and SSB on 80-10 meters. There is also a possibility for a one week ZK1 operation. QSL via bureau to DJ0FX.

IOTA NEWS..............

J7, DOMINICA (Update). George, K5KG, reports this past week that he is still on target for the J75KG operation July 1st through July 11th. He is expected to be active by the time you read this, depending on travel, customs clearance, equipment set up, etc. There will be daily operations, including activity in the IARU contest. He thanks the efforts of Lambert, J73LC, for the help in planning. Latest word is that Dominica is experiencing some power shortages due to equipment outages. They are using load shedding throughout the island to deal with the problem, so he may experience some unexpected outages. Expectations are for daily outages in the order of 6 to 8 hours, so if he QRTs abruptly, this is no doubt the cause. Art, N2AU, is serving as pilot for the operation and is doing a yeoman's job handling incoming sked requests. He can be reached at: n2au@lightlink.com

JW, SVALBARD. Look for the "Modum Group of NRRL" to be active as JW7M from July 6-13th. The team of operators are as follows: LA7IL/Jon, LA3OHA/Terje, IK2XDE/Andrea, IK2JYT/Giovanni, KF6XA/Dave, KG0VL/Jeffery, OE3GEA/Gerhard, S57FYL/Alexandra, S57AC/Atila, SM3EQY/Haakan, SM3JGG/ Staffan, SP5DRH/Jacec, and their Artic guide Eugeney Bouzney (from Russia). Operators may sign homecall/JW sometimes. Suggested operating frequencies are:

Also, look for activity on 144 MHz. They will be on the air on all bands and modes 24 hours a day. They will work also on RTTY and frequencies will be announced later. For 6m enthusiasts, look for the beacon JW7SIX on 50.068 MHz. The QSL Manager is LA7M (via the Bureau is ok) to: Modum Group of NRRL, P.O.Box 48, 3341 Aamot, Norway. For more info, check the Web page at: http://www.dxpedition.org

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Dave, AG8L, will be making another trip to the Windwood contest station on St. Croix where he will be active as WP2Z in the upcoming IARU Contest. Before and after the contest he will be active as KP2/AG8L with NN6C as the QSL manager. The QSL route for WP2Z is via KU9C. Both managers accept bureau cards. Dave is not sure yet what (single op) entry category he will be using during the contest. His decision is to be made after he finds out the current status of the station.

LIGHT HOUSE ACTIVITY. During the 2000 lighthouse weekend, SV1ENG and SV1EFP will operate from Akrotiri Light house on Santorini Island with the special callsign SW8LH (CW only). They will try to cover all the bands above 30 meters. Perhaps there will be some PSK31 from SV1ELG. The team plans to arrive on Augusy 17th for unpacking and antennas instalation, and depart on Auguust 22nd. Out of the time limits of the "Lighthouse Weekend", they will operate with their homecall/8. QSL via SV1ENG. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive more details on this event as as an additional bulletin put out by Mike, GM4SUC.

MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND. The "Museum Ships Weekend" event will take place starting at 1330z July 15th through 1900z July 16th. They expect 42 museum ship to be taking part in this year's event. Suggested operating frequencies are:

Several of the ships will also be running some of their original radio equipment on AM and CW. THE USS Salem - K1USN is again sponsoring this event. Certificates will be available for working 5 or more ships. Send a large SASE to W1QWT. QSLs for K1USN are also via W1QWT. QSLs for all other vessels are via their instructions. A list of all ships is available online at: http://www.ziplink.net/~rcal/salem/ops.html A current list for OPDX InterNet Subscribers will be provided as an additional bulletin.

PETER ON THE MOVE AGAIN! "The Daily DX" reports that well known DXer and world traveler Peter Casier, ON6TT (5X1T), will be moving his work team to Pakistan in September. Between August and September he'll be traveling to AP - Pakistan, VU - India, A5 - Bhutan, YB - Indonesia and 4S - Sri Lanka.

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

R3, KALININGGRAD. The Russian HQ station in the upcoming "IARU HF Championship 2000" will be active from Kaliningrad (DXCC entity UA2) signing R3SRR/2. Victor, UA2FM, reports that they will be glad to work as many stations as possible on all possible bands/modes. This is great opportunity to work and confirm UA2 for your DXCC listings. Another report indicates that this is a multi-national operation with operators from UA2, UA, EU, LY and DL with 12 stations active simultaneously. QSL is 100% via the bureau.

Besides the above operation, Ulli, R2/DK4VW (SSB), and Stephan, R2/DK8LV (CW), will operate on all HF bands, mostly WARC, until July 12th. QSL cards via homecall.

T7, SAN MARINO. "The 59(9) DX Report" reports that Jose/CT1BOH and Jim/N6TJ will be active for the IARU HF Championship on CW and SSB. Their callsign and QSL route is to be announced later.

T8, REPUBLIC OF PALAU. Nob, JA7AYE, will be active as T88AY from Koro Island between July 19-23rd. QSL via JA7AYE.

W.A.C.S. Award. Ted, W8TTS, states that the W.A.C.S. (Worked All Caribbean Sea) Award is alive and well. Jim, IK7NXU, is the Award's Manager. Check out the nice plaque and the rules at: http://www.qsl.net/ik7nxu/wacs.htm

YS, EL SALVADOR (6 meters!). Andy, YS1AG, was heard this past week working the east coast from Flordia to VE1,2,3-land on 6 meters. For those that worked him, his callbook listing of a QSL manager is wrong. All QSLs go to him directly at: Andy Goens, MD, PO Box 3061, San Salvador, El Salvador, S.A.

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