Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 501
March 5, 2001

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 501
BID: $OPDX.501
March 5, 2001
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, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, KT1J, NC1L, N2NB, WB2YQH/WB2RAJ & The 599 DX Report, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, WB4PVT, WD4NGB, N5FG, N6RT, K8YSE, NE8Z, W9VA, CT1BNW, CT1END, CT1ERK, DJ7ZG, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DL2FAG, G3SXW, G4ZVJ, HA5LV, HA0HW, HK3JJH, I0MWI, IK7JWX, IN3ZNR, IZ8AJQ, JA3MZB, JM1LRQ, PA5ET, PY2KQ, RZ3EC, UA6CW, VE3EXY, YB5QZ, ZR1DQ and the ARRL Letter for the following DX information.

MESSAGE FROM EDITOR: My wife and I would like to thank the many who sent congratulation messages on OPDX's 500th issue. We hope to continue to provide you with the up-to-date DX information each week best as we can. As long as the DX Community provides the info, we will continue to send it out....... 73 and GUD DX de Tedd KB8NW

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25/Feb, through Sunday, 4/Mar there were 243 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3V, 3W, 3Y/b, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D6, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH3, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T31, T32, T33, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZK3, ZL, ZP and ZS. There were 37 CQ Zones available during the past week. CQ Zones that were not active are: 2,3,4 There were 51 ITU Zones available during the past week. ITU Zones that were not active are: 3,4,7,8,9,15,21,22,23,24,25,26,31, 34,35,43,58,59,68,69,70,71,72,74,90 PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL). OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive an additional bulletin (due to its size) with a complete breakdown and "DXCC/Entities Chart of Activity".

3C5, EQUATORIAL GUINEA. Alan, 3C5A, who is active on 6 meters, expects to leave here in April.

3D2CI, CONWAY REEF. This operation is now QRT. The team had a bumpy trip back to Fiji due to Tropical Cyclone PAULA. However, the team made it back safely in spite of the terrible sea-sickness they had. The team net 30,000 QSOs on the operation. Look for the logs to be available after March 9th on the Web page: http://www.kragujevac.co.yu/3d2/ Last week OPDX had a error and reported that YU1FW was a member of Conway team. This is incorrect and YU1DX/Srecko should have been listed instead.

3G, EASTER ISLANDS. Just a reminder (Please refer to OPDX.495) to look for a team of Chilean and German operators to be active from here as 3G0Y now through March 19th. Operators mentioned are: Alfredo/CE3WDD, Sergio/ CE3WDH, Fred/DK1BT, Falk/DK7YY, Tom/DL2OAP, Mar/DL3DXX, Jan/DL7UFN, Norbert/DL9NEI and Danilo/XQ3ZW. The team plans to be active mainly on CW and RTTY. Operations will be on all HF bands, but with an emphasis on the lower bands and the WARC bands. QSL via DK7YY. For more information, check their Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/3g0y/

3Y, BOUVET. By the time you read this, Chuck, 3Y0C, should have departed from Bouvet as of March 4th. He was picked up by the ship "RV Lance"and headed to Cape Town, and is expected to arrive around March 10th.

59(9) EDITOR RETIRES. OPDX received the following message from Bob, WB2YQH, Editor of "The 599 DX Report": "After several weeks of considering all the circumstances here at '59(9)', we have decided to retire from the DX bulletin business. This was not an easy decision. We started this publication from the ground up 7 years ago. It has grown to be the largest of the U.S. paid subscription newsletters. Each issue was created with care and dedication to deliver a full and complete issue. We have sold the subscription list for all versions to Bernie McClenny, W3UR, Publisher of The Daily DX. Bernie's journalistic style closely matches ours and we are certain he will provide you with the same high quality newsletter each week. He has a solid DX background to satisfy all your DX needs. This publication will be called The Weekly DX and will be available in paper and PDF versions. He will provide you with all the details next week. All your subscriber information has been forwarded to him. Any renewals received here will be forwarded to him as well. We are retaining the company name and the Flying Horse Callbook business as The 59(9) DX Report - Callbook Distributor. We will continue to offer the WARC Award and the current QSL Pipeline Directory. We have enjoyed all your positive comments along the way. Thank you all for your support. A special Thank You to my wife, the creator of the layout and all the graphics, for being there every week to proofread the issue. Thanks for staying with us, it's been a great ride."

5U, NIGER. An Italian group consisting of Silvano/I2YSB, Paolo/I2UIY and Marcello/IK2DIA are now active until March 12th. The team was active during last weekend's ARRL Contest as 5U5A. However, look for them to be active this week as 5U2T on CW and 5U2K on SSB. There has been a lot of activity on 40-10 meters, especially the WARC bands. QSL via I2YSB direct or via the ARI Bureau. Also, check out the following Web page for details and an online log search: http://digilander.iol.it/i2ysb/

9M0, SPRATLY ("The UnDXpedition", refer to OPDX.498). Members of the Central Arizona DX Association (Darryl/AF7O, Dennis/AF7Y, Sally/KM5EP, Mike/N7MB, Dan/NA7DB, Jerry/WB9Z and Luis/XE1L) are now active as 9M0M. Some members were active in the ARRL DX SSB Contest during the past weekend. Activity will be 80-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via K7XN. For more information, check their Web site at: http://www.xcvr.com/9M0M/

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. Andy, G4ZVJ, plans to operate CW only from 9M6AAC, East Malaysia from March 8-12th. His activity will include an entry in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest (BERU).

AP, PAKISTAN. Hasnat, AP2HA, has been active on RTTY around 21081 kHz between 1330-1430z.

CQ1, PORTUGAL. An operation sponsored by the Costa Verde Radio Club will sign with a special callsign CQ1CV on the air from Portugal during the CQ WPX 2001 SSB weekend. The site of operation will be on the northern border close to Spain on Serra Amarela at roughly 1200m altitude. The entry will be Multi-Single with 6 operators joining the team: CT1ENQ/Miguel, CT1ERK/Antonio, CT1ETE/Paulo, CT1GFK/Antonio, CT1GPQ/Goncalo and CT2GTP/ Paulo. All these operators have good contest experience. The team will be active on all 6 bands and is aiming at the World Top Ten spot and will do their best to get there.

CQ3/CQ4, PORTUGAL. Cupido, CT1BNW, informs OPDX that he will be active during the next two CQ WPX Contests with special callsigns to celebrate the event "Porto 2001", the Capital European of Culture (CEC). Look for him on SSB, March 24-25th, to sign CQ3CEC. Look for him on CW, May 26-27th, to sign CQ4CEC. QSL via CT1BNW.

D68C QRT. This operation is now QRT. Reports indicate that they exceeded over 160,000 QSOs, with RTTY QSOs exceeding 4000, PSK exceeding 1,000 and FM 3,200. It will be a while before someone breaks this record.

DXCC NEWS...................

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Well known DXer Martti Laine, OH2BH, had a temporary escape from the rather cold OH-land and was active this past week from his Canary Islands QTH as EA8BH for the ARRL DX SSB Contest. It was reported that Martti has offered a drink on his account at HamCom in Texas, June 9-10th, for those who were lucky to work him on all six bands. See the following Web page for details: http://www.hamcom.org

FK, NEW CALEDONIA (Great News! TX0). Jacky, F2CW, is currently active from here as TX5CW (but earlier in the week as FK/F2CW). He has been active mainly on CW on 30/20/17/15/10 meters at various times. However, here is the great news. "The Daily DX" is reporting that Jacky will be heading a group of four operators to activate Chesterfield Islands (DXCC's newest entity) between April 24th and May 8th. Reportedly, arrangements have been made for a chartered sailboat to take the team there. Dany, F5CW, and at least two other operators will join the group. They expect to have 3 stations active. There will be a special effort on the lower bands and 15 meters. More details are forthcoming.

HA, HUNGARY. Viktor, HA5LV, informs OPDX that operators in HA-land are still waiting to be permitted to use 6 meters. Any reports of activity are SLIMS.

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Pedro, HC1OT, is now active from San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, as HC8Z until March 8th. QSL via NE8Z: Rick Dorsch, Box 616, Hamburg, MI 48139 USA.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG will be on tour again and will be active from here as DL7AFS/HI9 and DJ7ZG/HI9, respectively. They should be active now through March 23rd. Activity will be on 80-6 meters on SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via DL7AFS.

HK0, MALPELO ISLAND (Update). Pedro, HK3JJH, informs OPDX that he will leave for Malpelo April 4th and his operation will start April 7th (if all goes well).

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

IQ, ITALY. The "Campania Contest Team" will participate in all major contests throughout the year of 2001 with special callsign IQ8S. The team operators are: IZ8AJQ, IZ8DBJ IZ8CEV, I8TLI, IZ8CSD and IK8YBE. QSL via IZ8DBJ direct (or via bureau) to: Mario Pesce, P.O. Box 15, ZIP 80070 Bacoli (NA), ITALY.

JD, OGASAWARA. A station signing JD1BIA was active over the weekend during the ARRL Contest running 10 watts on 21353 kHz. Length of stay is unknown.

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Nob, JM1LRQ, will be active as KH0/JM1LRQ from Saipan Island (OC-086), March 22-26th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB. He plans to participate in the CQ WPX SSB Contest as Multi-Band entry. Nob states that he will concentrate on CW outside of the contest. QSL via the bureau or direct to: Nobuyuki Arai, 5-6-1-1002 Kitayamata, Tsuzuki, Yokohama, 224-0021, Japan.

LLDXT UPDATE (QTH Needed). Rob Snieder, PA5ET, reports that "The Low Land DXpedition Team (LLDXT) is currently planning the 'Caribbean Tour 2001' to Grenada (J3) and St. Vincent (J8) which will be held in August/ September 2001. We are looking for excellent operating spots on both islands preferable on the north side, or on a hill with free sight to the north. The locations should at least have 2 bedrooms, big living and plenty of space in the garden to setup yagi's, verticals and wire antennas. We found several nice villa's on the Internet but all of them are very expensive. Who can give us some valuable information/tips which can contribute to a big success of this years tour." If you can help, send an E-mail to Rob at: pa5et@muurkrant.com Also, visit the LLDXT Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/lldxt/

PW0S PRESS RELEASE/SUMMARY. This operation is over, making around 7800 QSOs. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete press release/summary as an additional bulletin.

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

RARE OBLAST. Leonid, UA6CW, informs OPDX that his good friend Kirill, UA6CT, a reporter for Russian television, is now active from Chechnya as UA6CT/6. He will be on all bands with 100 watts with dipole antennas during his spare time. It's a good chance to confirm this rare oblast. Leonid may also take part in the Russian DX contest. QSL via RK6AXS, either direct or bureau.

RRC ANNOUNCEMENT. The Russian Robinson Club is proud to announce the results of "World Robinson Cup Marathon 2000" and the rules for the upcoming "World Robinson Cup 2001" (WRC-2001). The WRC-2001 participation period is from April 1st through September 30th. The new rules for the WRC-2001 can be found on the Web site: http://rrc.sc.ru Any comments or questions are welcome via E-mail at: wrc_rrc@mail.ru PLEASE Note: The lists of islands for National Islands Programs are available on the RRC site and on the official site of the program.

SOUTHERN PACIFIC DXPEDITION (3D2, A35 and 5W). Hirotada, JA0SC, will be active this month from Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa. Look for him to sign A35SC for 5 days from Tonga starting March 10th. He will head to Apia, Samoa, on March 15th and be active there for 5 days as 5W1** (callsign will be assigned upon his arrival). He will arrive in Nadi, Fiji, on March 20th and operate for 2 days as 3D2HY. His suggested operating frequencies are: SSTV - 21343, 28683 and 14233 kHz; RTTY - 21080, 28080 and 14080 kHz. His equipment is a FT-100 with a HL-200 amp (200 watts) into a CY153 (15m), 10 meter 3 element monobander Yagi and a PW-1 Portable HF Vertical antenna for 7-30Mhz. He will use a Vaio Laptop PC with MMSSTV software for SSTV and MMTTY for RTTY. QSL via the Bureau or Direct to JA0SC: Hirotada Yoshiike, 722-1 Shiba matsushiro-cyo, Nagano-city 381-1214 JAPAN.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event station IR0MA to be active next month (April) commemorating the 2754th birthday of Roma. This operation will be valid for 5 points on the "Natale di Roma Award". On April 21st, look for IR0MA to be active from the "Capitolium of Roma". QSL only direct to I0MWI CBA. ADDED NOTE: OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive an additional bulletin containing the details of the "Natale di Roma Award".

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND. Reorts indicate that Ed, K8VIR (aka-ZL4IR) is planning to operate as VK9EHH from here beginning this week, March 5th. Watch the IOTA frequncies. QSL via W8WC.

VP2MDY OPERATION SUMMARY (Sable Island, CY0, Next). Art, N2NB, aka-VP2MDY, has made it safely home and is happy to report that the logs have safely made it to his QSL Manager NW8F's QTH. Art would like to thank everyone for making his one man 6 day operation worth while and fun. His totals are:

   160 Meters ---     176 QSOs        15 Meters ---    1286 QSOs
    80 Meters ---     499 QSOs        12 Meters ---     499 QSOs
    40 Meters ---     208 QSOs        10 Meters ---    1126 QSOs
    30 Meters ---     635 QSOs              SSB ---    3163 QSOs
    20 Meters ---    1760 QSOs               CW ---    3894 QSOs
    17 Meters ---     868 QSOs            TOTAL ---    7057 QSOs

Art mentions that he would like to hear some feedback (both positive and negative) from you. He also mentions that there are 17 of you who are on his elite list for working him at least 8 times. His E-mail address is: A1RTRAFFIC@aol.com Art is currently making plans to go to Sable Island (CY0) next.

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Jim, N6TJ, will once again be active as ZD8Z from May 7-17th. QSL via VE3HO (U.S. stamps are OK).

ZW0T, TRINDADE ISLAND. Ben, PY2KQ, informs OPDX that a DXpedition to Trindade Island is scheduled for October, 2001. The current list of operators are: PU2RYW/Fran, PY2NW/Claudio and PY2QI/Erwin. There will will be two stations active for two to three days, ZW0TB on SSB and ZW0TW on CW. This DXpedition has been planned since January and they currently have three sponsors at this moment:

They also have the support of the Brazilian Navy, which has a base there and also ANATEL, the Brazilian Telecomunication Agency which allowed them the licences for ZW0TB and ZW0TW. Ben, PY2KQ, will be the QSL-Manager and will support the group. You can check detailed information about this DXpedition by visiting the official web site (still under construction) at: http://www.radiohaus.com.br/trindade.htm

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