Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 471
July 24, 2000

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 471
BID: $OPDX.471
July 24, 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, K1HT, K1XN, NK1K, N2OO, K2EWB, WB2YQH/WB2RAJ & THE 59(9) DX REPORT, K4VUD, N4XP, KF4OBL, N6RT, AD7U, K8AV, K8YSE, W9VNE, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DL6YFB, DU1/K7JOE, FK8GM, GM4SUC, GM0CLN, IK2DUW, IK7AFM, IK7JWX, JA7SSB, MM0BCR, OK1FLM, PS7AB, RA3SL, RZ1OA, S50U, SP6ECA, SP9GKM, VE7IPU, VK3EW, VK4FW and YO3JW for the following DX information.

EDITOR NOTES (by KB8NW): Individuals continue to send impressive reponses to my request of "DX IS (???)....... Is what?" (refer to OPDX.449) and I want thank the many who have. Keep your inputs coming. This will be the last week that I will ask for them.

There will "NOT" be an OPDX bulletins for August 14th and 21st. I know, you heard this before, but it is true this time. My wife (chief-proof reader) and I will be going to Las Vagas (without the young adults) for our 25th wedding anniversary (How did she put up with me all these years?) and to visit my Dad. I can really use the break!

Lastly, I want to send out a special thanks to John/K8YSE, Pete/N8TR, Bill/W8JGU, Clark/N8PZD, Carl/K8AV, Dave/WD8IOU and Ray/W8BIN for their help in getting my station back on the air, respectively, with a new Crushcraft X7 antenna. Without the technically knowledge of John/Pete/Bill, I did not think the antenna was going to make to the top of my tower (fighting the tree limbs, guide wires and the new mast pipe). It is great to know a super team like them..... TNX de Tedd KB8NW

4X85, ISRAEL (Special Event). Look for special event station 4X85FUK to be on the air celebrating the "85th Esperanto Congress" in Tel Aviv between now and August 1st. Suggested frequencies are: 7066, 14266, 21266 and 28766 kHz.

A5, BHUTAN. Charly, K4VUD, is looking for all/any radio amateurs from any country who may wish to join him in an effort to activate Bhutan during the first week in December. He can arrange your air travel from your home or from Kathmandu, or you can arrange your own travel. He expects to arrive in A5 about December 1st. He has a Bhutan contact person to arrange passage of rigs, licenses, and hotel rooms. This is not a cheap trip. The license alone may cost 300 USD EACH! If interested, contact Charly at: k4vud@hotmail.com

A9, BAHRAIN. The "DX News Letter" reports that Gus, KH2/K4SXT, has shut down his activities from Nimitz Hill, Guam, and will be active from A9 in September. Gus prefers the lowbands, especially 160 meters.

AP2JZB CW-PIRATE. Apparently a station signing AP2JZB on CW (on July 21st at 0230Z) has been active. AP2JZB's QSL Manager Leon, K2EWB, reports that this is a SLIM and AP2JZB does not now, nor has he ever operated CW! As a matter of fact he's up in Northern Pakistan on vacation at this time.

C6, BAHAMAS. Joe Pater, W8GEX, reports the team is ready to be active from Berry Island (IOTA NA-054) for the IOTA contest next weekend. The team will be active July 27th through August 2nd as C6AJR and C6DX during the contest. They will have four stations on the air. The team consists of Mike, K9AJ, a veteran of many DXpenditions including Heard Island. Mike, N9NS, was part of the recent Clipperton Island team. Jim, W9VNE, a FOC member, has worked many CW contests from VP5. Rick, K8WWA, is a very active dxer from the Cincinnati area and making his first DXpedition. Joe, W8GEX, has been on many DXpeditions and contest groups. This experienced team will be on 6m to 40m, CW, SSB, PKS and RITTY. QSL C6AJR and C6DX to W8GEX. SASE PLEASE.

DU, PHILIPPINES. Joe, DU1/K7JOE (ex-BV/N0IAT, 7J1AOF, etc), is now active for the next two years from Manila, Philippines. Joe is a high speed CW operator who tends to favor the WARC bands. 17 meters is his preference. QSL to the W7 QSL bureau.

FO0, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Phil, KH7FQ, is now active from Huahine Island (OC-067) as FO0MCC. He was heard last week on 17 meters SSB on or around 18145 kHz between 0230 and 0330z. Reports state that he will be there until September and be active on 80-10 meters.

FS, SAINT MARTIN. By the time you read this, Brian, N3OC, will be active from here as FS/N3OC between July 24th and Aug 2nd. Activity will be on SSB/CW/RTTY and all bands including 6 meters, the WARC bands and the IOTA Contest. QSL via N3OC.

GM, SCOTLAND (Hebrides IOSA/IOTA Expedition). Andre, GM3VLB, will team up with Lorraine/MMOBCR, Alex/G(M)0DHZ and Andre's son Niall (recently VP8NJS) to activate a few Scottish island between July 21st and August 4th. The team will be based on Harris/Lewis. Weather permitting, they will activate Killegray (OH-20) and Ensay (OH-21) Islands during the period of July 21st (PM) through July 26th (AM). Their next target will be St. Kilda (OL-02/EU-059) bewteen July 28-31st (WX permitting). During the IOTA Contest they will use the callsign GM5K (Courtesy Pabay Radio Club, GM0PNS). Alex/G(M)0DHZ will be their "No. 1" CW operator with GM0VLB providing relief. At other times individual callsigns will be used. Following the St. Kilda operation further "surprise" operations may take place. The St. Kilda DXpedition will involve high costs due to its very remote/distant location out in the Atlantic. Currently, the team reports that so far no sponsorship has been offered/received as of this writing. QSL cards for contacts other than St. Kilda (via GM3VLB) should go to the respective operators. QSL cards without adequate return postage will not be replied to. For those unfamiliar with GM3VLB's QSL - reply system, please refer to his web site at: http://www.IOSA.co.uk

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

ISLAND CHASERS WEB PAGE. Chris, NK1K, informs OPDX that the "Islands on the Web" website has opened a new web discussion forum specifically for the RSGB's IOTA contest. This forum will be used to make announcements regarding islands that will be active during the contest. Additionally, the forum will give the IOTA community a place to post claimed scores for all to see following contest. The Web page is at: http://www.islandchaser.com

KH5, PALMYRA. Mike, KH6ND, has returned here and is again operating as KH6ND/KH5. His operating schedule is not yet known as Mike is again assisting "The Nature Conservency" in its operation on the atoll. His length of stay has yet to be determined. He is expected to be active everyday on several bands. Activity so far has been on 20/15 meters CW generally between 1100 and 1230z (there was some activity around 0830z). QSL K4TSJ CBA. Tom, N4XP, also reports that it should be noted that some pirate activity did take place after Mike's departure from the atoll last month.

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

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for the special event station SN600UJ to be active from July 20th through October 20th. The station will be celebrating the 600th anniversary of refounding of "Jagiellonian University" in Cracow. They are expected to operate on all bands CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via SP9PKZ.

SPECIAL EVENT. Special event station AX3OLY has been allocated to the WIA Victoria by the Australian Communications Authority to commemorate the Olympic Games being held in Sydney, Australia. WIA Victoria members will be sporadically operating the station on DX bands over the next three weeks. The band of operation being chosen to coincide with the best pro- pagation at the time. AX3OLY is being activated for the first time this week to mark the arrival of the Olympic flame in VK3 which is half way through its 100 day torch relay around Australia. The special event station will later highlight the holding of Olympic soccer games in the VK3 capital city of Melbourne, Australia, which also hosted the 1956 Olympic Games. A commemorative QSL card will be available. QSL is to VK3WI via the Bureau or the Callbook address.

VE0NWP STATION. The ship "Simon Fraser" is recreating the voyage of the ship "St. Roch" through the North West Passage. It was heard on Saturday at 0521z (band was not mentioned) from the Aleutians Islands. Check out the Web page: http://www.stroch.org

XU7, CAMBODIA. Jani, YB0US, has left Vietnam (3W2US) as of July 19th and is active as XU7AAP through July 27th. Watch for Jani on SSB and RTTY. He was spotted on 15/20 meters RTTY (14083 kHz as early as 1100z and as late as 1700z and 21083 kHz between 2230z and 0100z). QSL via N2OO.

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. "The 59(9) DX Report" reports that Chris, G3WOS, will sign ZD8SIX starting October 30th on 6 meters.

ZK1, SOUTH COOK. Andy, ZK1AND, is active from Rarotonga (OC-013) for the next month. His activity has been mainly on 20 meters SSB around 14260 kHz between 0300 and 0500z, and again around 1030z. QSL via AB7FS.

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