Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 503
March 19, 2001

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 503
BID: $OPDX.503
March 19, 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, NC1L, K2KW, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4ZC, N6HPX, AA7X, KD7H, W7TSQ, K8YSE, KQ0B, CE6TBN, CX2AQ, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DL2VFR, EA7FGS, EA7FTR, F5LIW, F5TJC, F6BFH, FK8HC, GW3CDP, GM4YXI, HA0HW, HB9BXE, HB9CRV, HK5MQZ, JJ1ANW, PA1AW, PY7ZZ, TA3YJ, VA3RJ and VE5MX for the following DX information.

OPDX INTERNET WEBSITE (by John, K8YSE)....... The OPDX InterNet Web site has moved to a new server. Those of you who read the bulletin at http://www.en.com/users/k8yse/opdx.html will be redirected to the new server at http://www.papays.com/opdx.html The redirect will continue for a few weeks but eventually you will have to use the new address in order to access the bulletin. The K8YSE Web site has been hosted at en.com for many years. The new site, however, will provide more flexibility and allow enhancements not possible on the exiting server. For now everything will appear the same. If you have any questions, please contact John at: k8yse@papays.com ADDED NOTE: The NODXA Web site has also changed. Please see URL address below.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 11/Mar, through Sunday, 18/Mar there were 234 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BV9P, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH4, KH6, KH8, 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, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T32, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZK3, ZL, ZP and ZS. 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".

3B6, AGALEGA (Update/Progress). Hans-Peter, HB9BXE, sent out a press release (3B6RF Bulletin Nr. 13) this past week. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the large release as an additional bulletin. In short, the press release states that preparations for this DXpedition is running according to plan. On April 21st, three members of the team will head for Mauritius in order to make final preparations on the spot. The rest of the crew departs on April 28th, from Zurich. The 3B6 team plans to arrive on Agalega on May 3rd and plans to be active May 5th for 12 days. There is the possibility of chartering an aircraft for their trip from Mauritius to Agalega, and they are still working on it. Using an aircraft will allow them 2-3 additional operating days. The crew now consists of 20 operators: HB9BQI/Rene, HB9BQW/Christine, HB9BXE/Hans-Peter, HB9CRV/Hermann, HB9HFN/ Cedric, HB9JAI/Karl, HB9JBI/Friedhelm, HB9AAQ/Fred, CT1AGF/Luis, CT1EVP/ Antonio, DL3KUD/Matthias, DL6UAA/Mart, F6HMJ/Jack, G3KHZ/Derek, NK6F/Ken, N3SL/Steve, SP9RTI/Stefan, 3B8CF/Jacky and 4X1DX/Seth. YAESU of Germany has lent them the following equipment: 6 Transceivers FT1000MP, 6 Linear Amplifiers VL1000, 6 Power supplies, 2 Transceivers FT 847 and 1 Transceiver FT 920. They will have a huge arsenal of antennas to use. The group will have 4 Diesel generators 5.5 kW each. The satellite activity from Agalega will be the first ever from this remote place. They will concentrate on using the satellite AO-10, but, however, they will also use RS-12/13 sporadically. There will also be 6 meter activity and also PSK31 since it is becoming more popular. PKS31 will be used alternately with RTTY. The PSK31 frequencies to be used are: 14068.15 kHz +/- 1.2 kHz, 21078.15 kHz +/- 1.2 kHz and 28078.15 kHz +/- 1.2 kHz. SSTV will also be used but for only 3 days. Split operation is a must for SSTV. Their complete frequency band plan can be found on the Web site at: http://www.Agalega2000.ch QSLs can be sent via the bureau or directly to: Ambrosi Fluetsch, HB9AGH, Lerchenweg 29, CH 8046 Zurich, Switzerland. For USA only via N3SL: Steve & Kimberly Larson, 22 N. Hidden Acres Drive, Sioux City, Iowa 51108. There will be a log search available during and after the operation. Please check their Web page for further developments.

3B9, RODRIGUES ISLAND. Robert, 3B9FR, has been active recently on 17/12 meters with NO takers. Check between 24480 and 24900 kHz around 1330z. Check 17073 kHz around 0300z. He can also be found on 20/15/10 meters CW/SSB between 1230 and 1530z. QSL via Robert Felicite, Box 31, Rodrigues Island, Indian Ocean, via Mauritius.

3V8, TUNISIA (Attention YL Chasers!). YL operator Zaida has been active at the controls of 3V8BB. You can usually find her on or around 14260 kHz between 1030 and 1300z.

3W, VIETNAM. Tom, 3W7CW, was heard on 12 meters working simplex on 24896 kHz between 0730 and 0830z. QSL via SP5JTF. Jurgen, 3W9HRN continues to be very active on 10 meters CW (as well as 15 meters) as early as 0630z and as late as 1300z. QSL via DL1HRN.

4S, SRI LANKA. Nelson, 4S7NE, seems to like the 30 and 17 meters CW. Generally he can be found on/around 10103 kHz after 1200z and 18075 kHz after 1830z.

6Y8A - DXU RESULTS. Kenny, K2KW, reports that the results and photos of the 6Y8A DXpedition University (DXU) trip can be seen on the Web page: http://www.k2kw.com DXU was the first of its kind to offer a training ground for hams wanting to learn the art of DXpeditioning. In total, the group made over 21,000 QSOs, and nearly 11,000 in the ARRL SSB Contest. The trip was a great success, and they are thinking of holding another trip in October or November 2001 (also to Jamaica). If you are interested in attending, please send an E-mail message (to express your general interest) to: k2kw@prodigy.net

9N, NEPAL. Lawerence, 9N7RB, in Katmandu is a good catch on 10 meters around 28447 or 28487 kHz. Check around/after 1330z and again 0130z.

A5, BHUTAN. Just a few more days to work Dimitri, RA9CO, as A52CO. His last day should be March 21st. He has been very active on 10 meters CW (very little SSB) at various time during the day. There has been some activity on 15, 20 and 40 meters. QSL via UA9DD.

ALL ASIAN DX CONTEST. Suzuki, JJ1ANW, informs OPDX that this summer "The Japanese Amateur Radio League" (JARL) will be sponsoring the "All Asian DX Contest." For more details and the rules, please refer to the JARL Web site at: http://www.jarl.or.jp/English/4_Library/A-4-3_Contests/AA_Rule.htm

C6, BAHAMAS. Bill, AA7X, will be operating from Treasure Key from March 24-31st including the CQ WPX SSB Contest. His callsign will be C6AKK. QSL via AA7X.

DL, GERMANY. Nilay (XYL), TA3YJ, will be active as DL/TA3YJ from March 25th to March 30th. She will be active on all bands using SSB. QSL via TA3YJ.

D68C PRESS RELEASE. "The Five Star DXers Association" has released a four page bulletin (Number 6) with details and statistics of their record breaking DXpedition to Comoros. Because of its length/size, the D68C Bulletin No. 6 is available in RTF format at the K8YSE EIDX Web site at: http://www.papays.com/d68c_b6.rtf

DXCC NEWS..... Bill Moore, NC1L, DXCC Manager, reports that XU7AAZ has been approved for DXCC credit. It was on the bad list for lack of documentation. The documentation has been reviewed and it is OK. People can now receive DXCC credit. Anyone who has submitted it and had it rejected can contact DXCC, and their record will be updated without having to re-submit the card. Send an E-mail to: dxcc@arrl.org. If not, it can be included in the next submission.

DU, PHILIPPINES. Larry, N6HPX, is currently on vacation and is signing as DU1/N6HPX until about April 10th. He is on IOTA OC-042. Most of his activity has been on 14260 kHz between 1130 and 1300z. He was also reported on 6 meters on 50225 kHz at 0929z. QSL via N6HPX: Larry Fields, 1207 E. Victoria Ct., San Pablo, CA 94806

FRENCH POLYNESIA OPERATION QRT (FO0/A & FO0/M Possibly Next!). Eli, HA9RE, recently active from French Polynesia as FO0ARE between February 27th and March 7th, was active from Tahiti Island (OC-046, Windward Islands Group) between February 27-28th, and again from March 6-7th. The other place he operated from was on Manihi (OC-131, King George Islands Group) between March 1-5th. The QSL Manager is Kari, HA8IB. His current address is: Szabo Karoly, Aradistr. 42., H-5525 Fuzesgyarmat, HUNGARY. QSL via the bureau is also OK. Eli and his girlfriend Sara, HA9SD, have plans to go back to the Pacific Ocean during the autumn, possibly to the Austral Islands or to Marquesas.

GM7, SCOTLAND. Keith, GM4YXI, will be active during the CQ WPX SSB Contest using the "North of Scotland Contest Group's" callsign GM7V. His activity will be a Single Op/Single Band (10m)/High Power entry. QSL as usual via ZS5BBO.

H40, TEMOTU PROVINCE. Just a reminder that Ron, ZL1AMO, will be active from beginning around March 21st for three week. This operation is a special one because it will be his last DXpedition. We are sure many of you have worked Ron from many rare places and have many of his QSL cards. Ron is a very special, interesting DXer and person. Your editor is glad he had a chance to meet him many years ago at a NODXA meeting. Please show Ron thanks by working him from H40. He will probably sign H40RW or something with the "RW" suffix.

HB0, LIENCHTENSTEIN. A team of five French hams will be active from here from Friday, March 23rd to Monday, March 26th. Activity will be on the following bands: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. The team will use the callsign HB0/F6KQL. They will also be active during the CQ WPX Contest. QSL direct or throught the bureau to F6KQL: Radio Club MJC, 7 Rue de Longvic, 21300 Chenove, France.

HK0, MALPELO ISLANDS. Jairo, HK5MQZ, informs OPDX that he and Hiro, HK5QGX, will leave for Malpelo Island on April 6th. They plan to operate from April 10-21st. They will sign as HK5MQZ/0 and HK5QGX/0. Activity will be on CW and SSB, 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters. However, 160 and 6 meters will be optional. Jairo, HK5MQZ/0, will work SSB. QSL via Jairo Vargas, P.O. Box 10862, Cali, Colombia. Hiro, HK5QGX/0, will work CW. QSL via JA0MGR.

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

IOTA OPERATION. Bill, VK4FW, has made plans to visit three Queensland State IOTA groups within the next 2 months. He is expected to activate the North Coast (Centre) Group OC-172, the Torres Strait Group OC-138 and North Coast (North) Group OC-187. Bill expects to activate them one behind the other. QSL will be direct only. He also expects many of you to work him from all three locations, and if you do so, please include a minimum of 2 USD or 2 IRCs for cards. His callsign will be VK4FW/p. Bill will release more details as soon as all is finalized.

OH, ALAND ISLAND (and IOTA Operation). Ric, DL2VFR, reports that in less than one month he and Frank, DL2SWW, will be active from Aland Island (OH0 EU-002) from April 14-20th and Vland Island (SM7 EU-037) from April 21-28th. Their activity will be on CW/SSB/RTTY. He requests to please use the questionare on the following Web page to give them feedback (Where do you need them?): http://www.iota-expedition.com

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

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for station TM0AR to be active during the "International Festival of Art and Technologies" from May 15-27th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters including the WARC bands. Reference DDFM - 72. QSL via F5TJC: Jean-Louis Briere-Lecomte, 18 Le Petit Saint Louis, 72400 Cormes, France.

TX8, NEW CALEDONIA (Update/Correction). Franck, FK8HC, informs OPDX that FK8GM, FK8HW, LA5IIA and Franck will sign with the callsign TX8G (not TX5G as reported last week) during the CQ WPX Contest as a Multi/Multi entry.

VB6, CANADA (Attention Prefix Hunters!). Todd, VE5MX, informs OPDX that he will be using the special callsign VB6A from VE6JY in the upcoming CQ WPX SSB Contest. All QSLs go via VE5MX, bureau preferred.

VP6CW AND VP6BK QRT. Robert, KD7H, spoke with Tom, VP6TC, Tuesday night, and he told him that Jacky/F2CW (VP6CW) and Kan/JA1BK (VP6BK) were on Pitcairn for the entire length of their VP6 operation. They were not on Ducie Island or any other island. The two operators are attempting to get Pitcairn admitted into the IARU and "then" perhaps Ducie will be a separate counter (new entity). The two operators left the island and might be active from other Pacific islands on their way home.

ZK1, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Victor Rivera, ZK1CG, on South Cook is back on the air again after being off for 10 years. This is thanks to Roger/W7VV and Sue for the very kind donation of an IC-751A and a G5RV vertical. Victor will be operating on all bands from 160-10 meters. If conditions are good he will change bands with you so you can work South Cooks on all bands. He was spotted this past week on 20 meters (around 14200 kHz) between 0430-0700z. QSL only direct to: Victor Rivera, P.O. Box 618, Rarotonga Cook Islands (or use the info on QRZ.com Web site). Victor is clearing a back log of old QSLs from the past contacts he has made. If you worked ZK1CG from South or North Cook Islands in the past and did not receive a card, please send again. Also, look for Victor/ ZK1CG, Tuatai/ZK1CY (ZK1MA) and members from the WWDXC Club Roger/W7VV (ZK1VVV), Bob/W7TSQ (ZK1TSQ), and three others to be going to Manihiki, North Cook for the CQWW SSB Contest this year in October for one week. They will have 4, 5 and 7 element beams and will be active on 160-10 meters. On the return from North Cook, all operators will be active from South Cook. ADDED NOTE: Look for ZK1MA to be active from North Cook. Tuatai, ZK1CY, is leaving South Cook and is heading back to Manihiki on the next boat. Tuatai lives in Manihiki.

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