Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 478
September 25, 2000

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 478
BID: $OPDX.478
September 25, 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, WA2VUY, WB2YQH/WB2RAJ & The 59(9) DX Report, W3UR & The Daily DX, W3HC, K4NA, WA4ZJJ, W6IS, WC7N, K8YSE, W9DC, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DK9IP, DL5MO, F5NOD, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G4ZVJ, G0MTN, HA0HW, HL1IWD, JA1ELY, JA1HGY, JF2MBF, JI3DST, LA5HE, YU1AB and The Prairie DX Group for the following DX information.

3XY2, GUINEA. "The 59(9) DX Report" reports that Dan, VE2DPS, has returned to Conakry as 3XY2D, but has antenna problems. He hopes to be active soon. QSL via W3HNK.

4W, EAST TIMOR (Web site updated). Rod, WC7N, reports that the upcoming DXpedition's Web site has been re-done to increase its usefulness. The data is the same, it is just presented in a different format. Check it out at: http://www.qth.com/k7bv/timor/ The web page has been updated to include a picture of Thor, 4W6MM.

A3, TONGA ISLAND (also Fiji). Hrane/YT1AD and Dragan/Z32AU are active as A35AD and A35AU until October 28. After Tonga Island, they will be operating as YJ0AD and YJ0AU, between October 28 and November 5th. They will return to Fiji to be active as 3D2AD and 3D2AU between November 5-10th. Activity will be on CW and SSB on all HF bands including 6 meters. QSL via YT1AD and Z32AU.

A5, BHUTAN (Activity)................. A Japanese team led by Yoosuke, JH1NBN (who has been active from TI9X, TN7A, HK0, and etc...) will be active from Paro, Bhutan, between October 27th and November 3rd. The team consists of JA1PCY, JF1PJK, JH1NBN, JK1AFI and JR7TEQ. They will take three HF transceivers and one 6 meters transiver for this DXpedition. They will operate on all bands 160-6 meters, SSB/CW/RTTY. They will use their own callsign (callsigns not mentioned). Some of members will participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest while others will continue to be active on CW/RTTY or the WARC bands during the contest. Although only using a 100 watts, they will try to work 160m and 80m with a 65 foot vertical. JK1AFI strongly wishes to give a new one for any 6m DXers. QSL all callsigns via JH1NBN: Yoosuke Uchiyama, 924-4 Yokokawacho, Hachioji, 193-0823 JAPAN.

Charly, K4VUD, announced this past weekend: "I have it on good authority that I will be able to use at least 1000 watts xmit power in Bhutan (A5) during my trip there in early December 2000. At this moment, I do not have a 1Kw linear, but the permission is good news, at least. I want to try 160, 80 and 40 and am inquiring about 580 feet of straight line beverage installation. With Bhutan's wind (the thunder dragon!), a balloon vertical is likely out of the question. Antenna suggestions are welcome. I have already purchased my airline ticket for this trip, so if you know my thrift-iness, you know I am going! I will have more details to release soon... watch this space..." Charly's E-mail address is: k4vud@hotmail.com

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA (IOTA Activity)............... Look for Joel, F5JJW, to be active as FO0SUC or FO/F5JJW from Mangareva (OC-063) October 10-18th, Moorea (OC-046) October 18-22nd and Tikehau (OC-066) October 22-26th.

Look for Eric, F5SIH, to be active as FO/F5SIH from Tahiti (OC-046) October 9-11th, Moorea (OC-046) October 12-15th, Huahine (OC-067) October 16-18th, Raiatea (OC-067) October 18-20th, Bora Bora (OC-067) October 20-24th and Rangiroa (OC-066) October 24-27th.

By the time you read this, Marcel, ON4QM, should be active. He will be staying with Patrick/FO5QS and Guy/FO5NL for a few days. No callsign was given/mention at press time. Marcel, however, will be active mostly on CW on the high bands. He plans to go to Hereheretue Island (OC-052) and possibly be active for one month starting around September 25th. He will then return to Tahiti and may then activate Maupihaa (OC-057) until November 25th. QSL via ON4QM.

GM, SCOTLAND. On his way to the RSGB/IOTA meeting in Windsor, Don, W9DC, will be visiting the beautiful Outer Hebrides. The purpose of the trip is to identiy future island operations and to operate when possible from various islands when the weather and opportunity arises. Don will focus on trying to give North American stations a few Scottish islands from EU-10. He will use the callsign MM/W9DC when he visits the Outer Hebrides from October 5-7th. Don states that he hopes to be on Scalpay (OH-25) during the evening of October 5th. He also plans to operate from 2 private islands, Oronsay (SC16) and Carna (SC-17) in the Sugart Loch, sometime between October 8-11th depending on the weather. MM/W9DC will use the IOTA frequencies. QSL via home call direct or via bureau.

HQ, HONDURAS (Correction). Slight mistake in OPDX.477. The HQ0R Web page should be: http://www.ure.es/honduras/honduras.htm (not ending .html as reported in last week's OPDX.)

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

J8, ST. VINCENT. Look for Angel/WA2VUY, Peter/NO2R, and Douglas/W2EN to operate from "The Grenadines" (NA-025) October 23rd through October 31st. They will sign J8/homecall prior to CQWW SSB Contest; they hope to obtain a special callsign for the contest. Activity will be on all bands CW/SSB. ALL QSLs via W2EN.

KOREA DX CONVENTION 2000. Lee, HL1IWD, informs OPDX that the Korea DX Club plans to have the 2000 Korea DX Convention take place November 4-5th, at Chonan City, about 130km south of Seoul. They invite all countries to come and visit. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete press release as an additional bulletin.

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

RSGB 21/28 MHZ CONTESTS. Lee, G0MTN, is reminding everyone that the 2000 RSGB 21/28 MHz Contests will be occurring soon. Here's a brief summary of the rules and dates/times:

   SSB - Sunday, October 1st (0700-1900z)
   CW  - Sunday, October 15th (0700-1900z)
   UK stations contact overseas stations only, and vice versa.
   UK stations send RS(T) + Serial Number + UK District Code
   Overseas stations send RS(T) + Serial Number
   Open / Restricted / QRP / SWL sections, with awards to be won.
   Full rules, with details of exact frequencies, scoring etc. are on the
   Internet on the HF Contests Committee website at:

SLIM REPORT. Jean Michel, F6AJA, reports that a station signing 5R8O is very active and is stating that 5R8FL is his QSL Manager, but unfortunately 5R8FL knows nothing about this station.

SPECIAL EVENT. The Hampden County (Massachusetts) Radio Association will operate the special event station, WB1HOF (Hall of Fame), at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. The operation will be on October 14-15th as the Hall of Fame receives its latest crop of honorees. Operation will be from 10 AM until 4 PM (EDT) on October 14th and 10 AM until 2 PM (EDT) on October 15th. Two stations will operate in the 40 and 15 meter phone bands. A special QSL is available by sending an SASE to Hampden County Radio Association WB1HOF, PO Box 562, Agawam, MA. 01001.

SV9, CRETE. Geza, HA4XG, will be active from EU-015 between September 28th and October 12th as SV9/HA4XG/p. He will work mainly on the WARC bands. QSL via HA QSL bureau or direct to CBA.

TI8, COSTA RICA. A group of hams from the Atlanta area will operate from Quepos, Costa Rica (EJ79) for a week beginning October 7th as K4QFF/TI8. Satellite operations will include UO-14, AO-27, SO-35 and RS-13. QSL to K4QFF.

V5, NAMIBIA. Frank, V51AS, can usually be found on 30/20/17/15 meters CW between 1930 and 2130z. Also, check 10 meters after 1530z. It was also reported by "The 59(9) DX Report" that he was heard on 80 meters between 0200-0400z.

YJ, VANUATU. The Prairie DX Group is pleased to announce their 2nd DX-pedition to take place between November 18-28th, from Vanuatu and Efate Island (OC-035). They will be operating at least two stations around the clock (24/7) and possibly more on 160-6 meters SSB, CW, RTTY, SSTV and PSK31. During the DXpedition, they are planning a sub-trip to one or more of the rarer YJ IOTAs. In addition to operating from the other islands, they will be participating in the CQ World Wide CW Contest from Vanuatu. The six members of the traveling team are: Rick/KF9ZZ, Todd/W9YK, Fred/ KF9YL, Mike/N9WM, Bill/W8LVN and Tim/KB9QYL. As in their previous DX-pedition (FP/N9PD September 1998), one of their main goals is to give every amateur the opportunity of working them at least once (and hopefully more often). The callsigns for the DXpedition is to be announced (TBA) later. Their QSL route is via N9PD direct (The Prairie DX Group, 1206 Somerset Ave., Deerfield, IL 60035 USA) or via bureau. Please include SASE with postage, IRC or greenstamp. Direct QSL cards received without return postage will be returned via bureau. For further info, check the Web page at: http://www.n9pd.com Or send E-mail to Rick, KF9ZZ at: kf9zz@arrl.net

YJ, VANUATU. Alan/VK4BKM and Graeme/VK4FI will be active between October 8-16th as YJ0DX. Activity will be on all bands, especially 6 meters. QSL direct only via VK4JSR.

ZK1, NORTH COOK ISLANDS. Look for operators Yu/JR2KDN (also KD1N, XW8KPL/ CSN, 3W5KDN, 8Q7US etc) and Yasu/JI1NJC (also A35CC, C21/YI, T20CC, T30CC, ZK1NJC,8Q7CC, 3D2YI, S79CC, KH0/JI1NJC, FW/JI1NJC etc) to be active from Penrhyn Island (IOTA OC-082; Grid Locator BI11) from October 28th through November 4th, as ZK1NDK and ZK1NJC (callsigns being requested. The license will be issued upon arrival.). Operations will be on CW/SSB/RTTY with activity on 160-6 meters. Suggested 160 meters frequency is 1832.5 kHz (QSX 1837.5 kHz and UP, QSX 1815 kHz for JA). Six meter activity will be on 50.100 MHz (QSX 50.140 MHz and UP) and a 6m beacon (BREAKABLE) will be running on 50.100 MHz (send CQ CQ de ZK1NJC ZK1NJC QSX 50.140 K). QSL via JR2KDN (SASE, SAE+sufficient return postage or Bureau) to: Yuichi Yoshida, 4th Floor Kato Building, 529 Rokugaike-cho, Kita-ku, Nagoya, Japan 462-1112. QSL requests via E-mail are welcome (returns via the bureau) at: jr2kdn@pluto.dti.ne.jp

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