Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 506
April 9, 2001

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 506
BID: $OPDX.506
April 9, 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, N2IM, N3CR, W3EH, W3UR & The Daily DX, KJ4UY, N4AA & QRZ DX, AI5P, N5FG, KH6BZF, K8YSE, 4Z1GY, CO2TK, CE6TBN, DJ7ZG, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DL2SBY, F5PBL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F8BBL, FM5BH, G3SWH, HA0HW, HK3JJH, HK5MQZ, IK7JWX, JA3MZB, JA0DMV, JI3ACL, PA1AW, RW3GU, SM0AGD, UR5EAW, UT7ND, VA3RJ, VK4AAR, Z32AM, ZK1CG and ZL3CW for the following DX information.

SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR: Last week was a rough week for your editor. After about 7 days of no connection to the outside world, BARF-80 BBS was finally back on-line connected to the InterNet on Thursday, April 12th. How bad was the connection missed? After several hours of down- loading, BARF-80's backlog of messages was just over 1400 messages (and this does not include all the amateur radio UseNet New Groups). We were very lucky (and thankful) that "APK.NET" held all messages (few were lost) until the new DSL service was reconnect with BARF-80's ISP "NSHORE.ORG". The DSL service that pulled the plug because of bankruptcy effected over 1000 ISP and 81,000 users in northern Ohio. We are glad it is back!

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1/April, through Sunday, 8/April, there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 1A, 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E3, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH3, KH6, 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, PY0S, PZ, R1MV, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T31, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, VU4, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS There were 39 CQ Zones available during the past week. CQ Zones that were not active are: 2 There were 54 ITU Zones available during the past week. ITU Zones that were not active are: 3,4,15,21,22,23,24,25,26,31,34,35,43,58,59,69,70,71,72,74,75,90

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".

3A, MONACO (SLIM ALERT). A station signing as 3A2DX was heard active on April 4th, on 28495 kHz at 1400z and then QSYed to 15 meters CW. This station is a "Pirate/Slim". DO NOT QSL. Save your money. Buckmaster also has this station listed as a Pirate.

3W2KF IS NOW QRT. Claude, F5PBL, is now back in France as of April 2nd. He sent OPDX the following and requested that we publish it: "Tnx to everybody for the calls. Despite a high level QRN on my side, I hope I have answered to most of your calls (except USA ... sorry guys, the QRN was S9 towards the States ! Did my best but ...). That was my very first DX trip so sorry for my lack of experience in pile-ups managering! QSLing is OK via bureau or direct (Claude TERRIER, 8 allee du Mail, F-92360 Meudon-la-Foret, France). Note that the address in Villeparisis (Zip 77270) is OK also but not the quickest one and please avoid Aulnay (Zip 93600) because the Postal services will soon stop the forwarding to me. QSL cards should be printed and delivered within 6 weeks now. I will then start the answering process, starting with direct requests, of course. I will NOT answer to eQSLs, sorry." For more updated information and the log (which will be available soon), check out the Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/f5pbl/

4X, ISRAEL. Look for Yoram, 4Z1GY, to sign with the special callsign 4X2K during the Holyland Contest, April 21-22nd. Activity will be on SSB and CW on 80/40/20/15/10 meters.

8Q, MALDIVES. Phil, G3SWH, and his XYL Jan, will be in the Maldives between June 4-11th. Phil has been allocated the callsign 8Q7WH. This will be the usual holiday type of operation, and he will have his IC-706 and R-7000 with him. Phil will be active on all bands 40-10 meters, CW only, as time allows. QSL to his CBA with SAE and return postage or via the RSGB bureau.

8Q, MALDIVES. Peter, HA2SX, will be on tour again to the Indian Ocean. He has received his old callsign which he used last year. Look for him to sign 8Q7KK again from April 14th through May 4th. He will be using his FT-1000MP Mark V w/200 watts. His antennas are a DX-88 + 160 m kit and a windom antenna (by DK9FN) for 80-10 meters. His main operation modes will be CW/RTTY/PSK31 and some times (only during his local daily time) he will be on SSB and for special requests, on SSTV. Request for SSTV skeds should be sent by E-mail until April 12th. Peter's E-mail address is: kalocsa@infornax.hu QSL requests should be sent only to the following address: Peter Kalocsa, MARKO, Bakonyi ut 20, H-8441, HUNGARY. Peter will try to be active in the following contests: JA-DX, TARA PSK31, ES-OPEN-HF, YU-DX, and SP-DX RTTY.

9Y, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO. Charlie, N2IM, will be operating from Trinidad, as 9Y4/N2IM, April 26th through May 4th. He is expected to be on 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters, and possibly other bands. He will be using dipoles and 100 watts. Look for him on the air in the early morning and late evening. QSL direct to N2IM.

CO/CM, CUBA. Eric, F5SSM, will be in Cuba from April 23-30th. He will try to operate if he can get a licence.

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, DXCC Manager, informs OPDX that documentation has been received for the operations listed below; cards will now be accepted for DXCC credit: 3XY2D Guinea and 3W2LWS Vietnam

EK, ARMENIA. Daniel, F5LGQ, will be here from April 9-21st, signing EK8ZZ. Look for him to be active during his evening around 1600-1700z.

FJ, SAINT MARTIN. Philippe, F6BXE (ex-TR8DX and FG5HE), has been active as FJ5DX since March. At the moment, he has been heard on 12 and 20 meters. He was heard this past week on 14176 kHz around 0300z.

FO & FO0/A, FRENCH POLYNESIA AND AUSTRAL ISLANDS. Marcel, ON4QM/FO0DEH, will once again be active from this area, possibly the same dates as last year (Sept. 25th through Nov. 25th). He will be active from Pukapuka (OC-062) in the Tuamotu Island group, then from Rapa (OC-051) in the Australes and may be again from Reao (OC-238) in the Tuamotu.

FO0/A, AUSTRAL ISLANDS. Alain, F2HE/FO0CLA, is now active from Tubuai Island (OC-152) in the Australes. He will be there until April 27th. He will then move to Rurutu (OC-050) "maybe" without a radio. QSL via F6CTL.

FS & PJ, ST. MARTIN AND ST. MAARTEN. George, W3EH (ex K2KTT), will be at his St. Maarten home from April 11-17th. He will be on the air as PJ/W3EH and FS/W3EH, mostly on 10 meters phone (28.450 to 28.500) with appearances on other bands and CW depending on propagation.

HK0, MALPELO ISLAND (Update). By the time you read this Pedro, HK3JJH, should be on his way or may even be active from Malpelo. He is expect to be active from HK0 at the beginning of the week and stay active until around May 7th. QSL via N4AA. He was heard this past week and weekend active from a Lighthouse on Isla La Palma (IOTA SA-017) as HK3JJH/5.

HK0, MALPELO ISLAND (2nd Operation Update). Jairo/HK5MQZ and Hiro/HK5QGX have announced that the DXpedition originally planned between April 8-21st has been cancelled. The reason for this cancellation: The second voyage of the only ship that sails to Malpelo was cancelled; the scuba group that had originally contracted the ship cancelled out. Jairo informs OPDX that the first sailing from April 6th and 13th has no problems and would have taken place. They had planned to sail on April 6th on the first trip and return to Buenaventura on the second sailing. But their second trip was cancelled and they did not have any possibilities for the return trip. Therefore they cordially present their apologies to all colleagues who were interested in this operation.

HONOR GIVEN. The Magnolia DX Association ( http://www.mdxa.org ) has sent an appreciation plaque to Chuck Brady, N4BQW, for his one man operation as 3Y0C. They wanted Chuck to know how much the DX community appreciated his one man operation from Bouvet Island. Chuck endured many hardships and much improvising to allow many thousands of DXers world-wide to make a contact with the VERY rare DXCC entity.

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

J2, DJIBOUTI (IOTA Op). Jean Louis, J28NH, and others will be active as J28CDX from Dijboutian Island of 7 Freres (Sept Freres Brother) IOTA AF-059. They will be there from April 12-16th.

KH2, GUAM. Shige, JI3CEY, will be active as KH2/JI3CEY on HF and 6 meters from Guam between April 21-23rd. This is a short DX holiday from KH2JU's rental shack. QSL via homecall bureau or direct: Shigeru Yokoi, 2-138-1-704 Hamaderasuwanomorichonishi, Sakai-City Osaka 592-8347 Japan.

KH0, SAIPAN. Look for Akira, JA3AOP, to be active April 13-17th. Activity will be on all bands and 6 meters. There was no callsign mentioned. QSL via JA3AOP.

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

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event station 8J3EAG to be activated on 80/40/20/15/10 meters and VHF bands by several operators. Activity will take place from April 28th through May 27th during the East Asian Games from Osaka city (East Asian Games's Web site: http://www.eagocweb.com/ ) This station will also help in trying to promote publicity of Osaka to be a candidate for the next Olympic Games in 2008. Information about this station and an online log search can be found on the following Web site: http://www.qsobank.net/cgi-bin/logserch.pl QSL via JARL Bureau or direct to the JA3DBD: Souichi Miyamoto, 6-9-2 Habikigaoka, Habikino Osaka, 583-0864 Japan.

SPECIAL EVENT. Pepin, CO2TK, informs OPDX readers to look for station T40VPG to be active durings the 40th aniversary commemoration of the "Victoria Playa Giron", from April 14-15th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters on SSB and 2m FM, reference number EL-92. QSL via CO/CM Bureau.

SPECIAL EVENT. The special callsign TM6JUN will be on the air from "Utah Beach" from June 1-10th. Suggested frequencies are:

QSL via F8LDX (preferably via the bureau).

SU, EGYPT. Members of the Russian Robinson, and Russian Contest Clubs (RW3GW and RN3OA) will operate as SU1HR as Multi-Single in the CQ WPX Contest and a few days before and after the contest. A special award is available for two QSOs on different bands. The QSL and Award Manager is: Valery Sushkov, RW3GW, P.O.Box 3, 398000, Lipetsk, Russia. The log will be available at the RRC Web site at: http://rrc.sc.ru

SV9, CRETE. Laurent, F8BBL, will be on the Island of Crete (EU-015), near Heraklion, as SV9/F8BBL, from June 25th through July 2nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB using an IC-706MKII w/100w and long wire (L:80m) into an ICOM AH4. QSL card via home callsign (CBA 2001).

TM, FRANCE. Patrick, F6OIE, will use the TM0A callsign from May 13-25th. He will be active on all bands SSB/CW and is expected to participate in the CQ WPX CW Contest.

TX0C, CHESTERFIELD ISLAND (Update). Jacky, F2CW/ZL3CW, reports to OPDX that they found a 48 foot yacht last month capable of carrying up to 6 passengers. Originally, they wanted to travel with 4 operators and 2 divers in order to help share the cost. Unfortunatly, they could not find 2 divers. So, instead of leaving with 2 empty spaces (which still has to be paid as the charter and is a fixed price regardless the number of passengers) they decided to invite 2 more operators. The operators now are: F2CW, F5CW (FK8VHY), FK8FS, FK8FU, ZL1GO (JA4EKO) and FO3BM. They will be leaving Noumea, April 24th for a 3 day journey. In route they will be using the callsign TX4A/MM (for prefix hunters!). Their estimated time of arrival (ETA) is Friday, April 27th. They plan to depart the island on Thursday, May 3rd. They will again use the callsign TX4A/MM on their way back to Noumea (3 to 4 day journey). QSL for TX0C and TX4A/MM are via ZL3CW.

UZ5, UKRAINE (6 meters). Look for grid square LN08 and LN09 to be active from June 2-11th, by UX2MM, UX2MF, UX5MZ, UR5LCV, UX7MX, UX7MA, UR3MP, UR5MID and UR5EAW. The group of Ukrainians will be active as UZ5M in the IARU1 50 MHz June Contest and the UKSMC. QSL via UX2MM (Box 59, Lisichansk, 93100).

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Larry, KJ4UY, will be operating again as V47UY in May from the 10th through the 16th. He will be staying at Karl's, V44NK, shack on Nevis. Larry is sending a KT34A and 2 element Hygain 40m beam as soon as he can find out how to do it. QSL to homecall, KJ4UY.

V5, NAMIBIA. Nick, ZS4NS, is expected to be active as V51/ZS4NS from April 10-20th. His activity will be mainly on 6 meters (listening on 50.110 MHz). He will, however, be active 20/15/10 meters also. QSL via N7RO.

VP9, BERMUDA. Rich, AI5P, will be operating as VP9/AI5P from April 29th through May 9th, from Hamilton Parish, Bermuda. This is primarily a holiday trip with operating as a possibility. The emphasis will be on CW and on the WARC bands. QSL via AI5P.

ZB2, GILBRALTAR. Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG will be active again, this time as ZB2/DL7AFS and ZB2/DJ7ZG from April 23-30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters RTTY/PSK/SSB. Look for more info (and their logs) on the Web page: http://www.qsl.net/DL7AFS/ Lot reports that they are still looking for a light weight power-amp (p.e.500-700 Watts) for their DXpeditions (Weight of 8-12 kg, incl.PS 120/220V is welcome). If you can help or have some helpful ideas, contact Lot at: DJ7ZG@t-online.de

ZD7, ST. HELENA. The ZD7K team is now active. Activity is expected to last until April 12th. QSL via GW0ANA.

ZK1, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update/Help Need). OPDX received another message from Victor, ZK1CG, and he states the following (edited): "Jim/ZK1JD and myself are both running barefoot rigs. Jim has a dipole up about 30 to 40 feet for 20 meters, I know this because I threw the rock over the tree Hi Hi. He also has a vertical and a 5 element monobander on 10 meters up 20 to 30 feet pointed at a very high tree. I Have a G5RV up 35 feet and a Vertical and a Icom 751A (Thanks to W7VV Roger and Sue). I do have a KT34A that's on the ground that I'm trying to get parts for. It is over ten years old and has not seen much action on the Ham bands. I would love to get it up and running before we go to North Cook in October for CQWW SSB Contest with the group from Seattle and Canada for one week. If anyone has a old KT34A with usable parts on it that they would like to see and hear operating from both North and South Cook please contact me. I know not many old and used KT34As are around but you never know your luck... I am running on a single battery at the moment so if anyone hears me FMing, let me know so I can save the rig. Yes, I know you may need the contact, but I like to skip around to the new bands when possible to give the hams a new one on 17 and 12 meters....... Regards, Victor, ZK1CG". QSL ZK1CG to: Victor Rivera, PO Box 618, Rarotonga Cook Islands.

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