Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 509
April 30, 2001

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 509
BID: $OPDX.509
April 30, 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, N2OO, N3SL, W3HC, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4JZ, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, W4WX, AC6WO, K6KM, K7BV, K7ZZ, K8YSE, N9RD, 9A7K, CT1END, CX6VM, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DF6QN, DK8LV, DL7IO, DL7VOA, F5NOD, F5NQL, F5UJK & WLH Board, HB9DLE, HL1IWD, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK4NQL, IK2XDE, IV3SKB, JI3DST, RN3RQ, S52DG, SM7AED, SQ4NR, VE3BX, VU3DMP, VU2SBJ and YS1RR for the following DX information.


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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22/April, through Sunday, 29/April there were 231 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HK0/m, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, 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, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TX0, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9M, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, XZ, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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 55 ITU Zones available during the past week. ITU Zones that were not active are: 3,4,9,15,21,22,23,24,25, 26,31,34,35,43,58,59,69,70,71,72,74

* 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".

3B6RF THE AGALEGA DXPEDITION (Update). As this was being written, the 3B6RF team is heading to Agalega and plans to arrive around May 2nd or 3rd. The team will start operating 10 or 12 hours after landing and stay active until the 16th or 17th of May. From a press release by Steve, N3SL, the advance team for 3B6RF had been on 3B8 for a week where they obtained the license and landing permit, and purchased the perishable supplies and arranged final transportation. The remaining crew should have been in 3B8-land by Saturday, April 28th. Their flight arrangements now calls for travel to 3B6 via S7, and they expect to be on the air by May 3rd, and to begin the tear down process on May 16th. They will not begin operations until all 6 stations are assembled, which includes the massive array of antennas. Once they start, they will be on all bands, 160-6 plus satellite, and all modes (CW, SSB, RTTY/PSK, FM, and SSTV). Their team of 21 members, many of whom gave you 3B7, is giving concentrated effort to North America, with extra attention to the low bands. Unfortunately, they do not share common darkness past the Midwest, so pray hard to the 160 gods! There may be times they have 2 or even 3 stations on 160 simultaneously if conditions warrant. They fully expect to finish with 100,000+ QSOs, approximately 65,000 on CW and at least 2,500 on RTTY/PSK. The digital modes will commence on day 1, but with times limited to 1 hour/continent until the CW pile-ups are worked down a bit. Then more effort will be placed on digital. PSK31 will be a bit unique, as they are using software capable of decoding multiple signals simultaneously. They will listen both up and down 1+ kHz, allowing them to work someone "up 1" while already decoding the next station "down 1" and vice versa, keeping the rates as high as possible. Standard DX frequencies will be used, and they will always work split. The entire band plan is spelled out on their web page. A color QSL is planned, so QSLing will not begin for some time after the expedition is over. North American (Canada, U.S., and Mexico) QSLs go via Kimberly Larson, the daughter of N3SL, at N3SL's CBA: 22 N Hidden Acres Drive, Sioux City, IA, 51108. All other QSLs via HB9AGH. As usual, the bureau will be used for cards received via the bureau or without sufficient return postage. Their web page gratefully acknowledges all of their sponsors and contributors to date. Each team member has put forth a minimum of 6000 USD toward this effort, but with the change in travel plans via S7, significant, unexpected expenses have been incurred, and further assistance/donations will be greatly appreciated. Information and feedback during the expedition should be sent via their American pilot station: Bill Avery, K6GNX, at " bavery@telemetry.com ". They especially want feedback from the western half of the U.S., where 3B6 is needed most. Online logs will be updated daily during the expedition. For more info and daily news, check out the 3B6RF Web page at: http://www.agalega2000.ch

3D2/R, ROTUMA. Katsumi, JA1NVF, is now active as 3D2NV/R. His length of stay is unknown at this time. He has been very active on 20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB and FM 10 meters. QSL via home callsign.

4N8, KOSOVO, YUGOSLAVIA. Boyan, LZ1BJ, was signing 4N8/LZ1BJ from Pristina this past week. Activity seems to be on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

8Q, MALDIVES. Only a few more days to work Peter, HA2SX, as 8Q7KK. He will go QRT on May 4th. His activity has been mainly on CW. Check 3504, 7005, 10107, 14003, 18080 and 21005 kHz. QSL via HA2SX.

9A, CROATIA (Lighthouse Operation). Franjo, 9A2MF, has started operation from the Croatian lighthouse Savudrija. Franjo is a lighthouse keeper who has been in service for the past 20 years, and stationed on many Croatian lighthouses. Currently, he is stationed on the SAVUDRIJA, where he will be for the next several years. He has already erected an antenna on the lighthouse building. The "Lighthouse Savudrija" is valid for Croatian Light House Award. Savudrija is a CLH-73. Hams interested in the Croatian Light House Award can get all the details on the following Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/9a7k/

C6A, BAHAMAS. Bill, W4WX, will be operating from the Treasure Cay, Bahamas, May 7-14th, as W4WX/C6A. He will be active on RTTY and some SSB on the WARC bands. QSL via home call.

CS, PORTUGAL. Operators CT1EPS, CT1ETX, CT1END, CT1AHU, EA7KW and EA7AH will be active from "Point of Sagres" (locator IM56MX) as CS0RCL/p, June 2-3rd. This operation is valid for the "Castles and Forts Portuguese Award", reference numbers: DCFP (F-054), DMP (815) and DFP (FAL-02). Their activity will be on HF, 6 meters, 2 meters and 23cm. Skeds can be made for 6/2 meters and 23cm via E-mail through CT1EPS at: ct1eps@netc.pt QSL via bureau or direct to CT1EPS.

CW, URUGUAY. Jorge, CX6VM, reports that he will be active in the next CQ WPX CW Contest as CW6V. He will be operating as a Single Operator/ All Bands/ Tribander / Single elements category (SOAB TS). Jorge will be mostly on 10/15/20/40 meters due to the difficultly of getting 6 point QSOs on the others low bands. QSL to his QSL Manager W3HNK: Joseph Arcure Jr., P.O.Box 73, Edgemont PA 19028, USA

EAST TIMOR VIDEO. Dennis/K7BV and Dick/N6FF have announced that a 32 minute video titled, 4W/K7BV 4W/N6FF Timor Lorosae DXpedition - "Memories Beyond the Pileups", is now available in VHS 1/2" tape format (standard USA) or on a CD for 15USD + 5USD handling (USA via Priority Mail). They will also make the video available in PAL format if there is sufficient interest. If interested, contact K7BV, and he will forward all inquires on to the proper people. Please send inquiries via E-mail to: k7bv@aol.com Or by (snail) mail to: Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV, 4357 Appollonio Way, Washoe Valley, NV 89704.

FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON ISLANDS. Wendell, K4JZ, has announced what he calls "The Poor Boy DX-Pedition". From June 14-18th, Wendell will be operating from FP-land using the callsign FP/K4JZ. His operations will be on 40-10 meters SSB. QSL To K4JZ with SASE. This is a one man operation, and any donations will be appreciated.

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLAND. Operators Robert/N5KO, Charles/W6OAT, Ken/K6TA, Kay/K6KO, Jon/N0JK and George/K5PI will activate HC8N in the CQ WPX CW Contest as a Multi-Multi catagory. QSL via AA5BT.

HK0, MALPELO. Pedro, HK3JJH/HK0, continues to be active. This will be the last week to work him. Activity will end May 7th. QSL Manager Carl, N4AA, reports he will NOT have cards/logs until mid-May after Pedro returns home. He estimates that it will be at least June before everything is in place to start answering the hundreds of requests pouring in. PLEASE READ SPECIAL NOTE under "QSL INFO AND NEWS...."

HV, VATICAN. Look for HV5PUK to be active from the Vatican City on May 3rd, as usual during the "V Lateran Journey". Operations will be on HF, 6 and 2 meters starting around 0800z. QSL to Luca, IW0DJB, the QSL Manager of HV5PUL.

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

J5, GUINEA-BISSAU. Baldur, DJ6SI, and others have activated the callsign J5X now through May 11th. Their activity will be on 160-6 meters on SSB, CW, RTTY, FSK, SSTV. QSL CW/SSB to DJ6SI. QSL RTTY, FSK, SSTV to DL1QW.

JW, SVALBARD (Update/Rare IOTA). "DXpedition Artic 2001" will take place during June 1-9th, from Prins Karls Forland Island (Polpynten Area) which has the rare IOTA EU-063 (Spitsbergen's Coastal Islands). The callsign will be JW0PK. The team operators are as follows: DL5NAM/Christoph, ES1CH/ Aleksei, F5PBL/Claude, I2ADN/Angelo, IK2XDE/Andrea, IK2XDF/Giampaoalo, IK4MED/Dario, LA3OHA/JW3OHA/Terje, LA8AV/JW8AV/Egil, ON4AMX/Marc, S57FYL/ Aleksandra, S53AC/Atila, SP5DRH/Jacek, SP5LCC/Witold, US0VA/Igor (Doctor of the team), XE1BEF/Hector and others (members of logistic & security). They plan to operate on all bands and modes on the following suggested frequencies:

SSB  -  1840, 3790, 7060, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24950, 28460, 50145, 144250
CW   -  1822, 3505, 7005, 10105, 14020, 18080, 21020, 24895, 28020, 50095,
RTTY -  14080, 21080, 28080       |  JW7SIX    Beacon  Frq.  50.047 Mhz.
PSK31-  14071, 21071, 28071       |  WW Locator JQ68TB
FM   -  29200                     |

There will be activity on the satellites/RTTY/PSK31. They will try 6 meters 24 hours a day. They will try the lower bands, but they will have daylight during the operation, so low bands QSO will be difficult. They are looking for sponsors or support, so if you want send them a contribu- tions, you can use this address: DXPEDITION ORG., P.O. Box 584, 9171 Longyearbyen, Svalbard Islands, (Norway). QSL Manager is SP5DRH, QSL via the bureau is ok. If you prefer a direct QSL from SP5DRH, send it to: Mr. Jacek Kubiak, P.O.Box 4, 00-957 Warszawa - Poland. For more info, please send E-mail to them at: dxpedition2000@dxpedition.org Their Web Page is at: http://www.dxpedition.org

KH1, BAKER AND HOWLAND ISLANDS. Raymundo, YS1RR, announced this past weekend that the same team which was active from Conway Reef 2001, is planning a DXpedition to Baker and Howland Islands at the end of the year. The expect it to take place during the months of September/October 2001, with alternative schedule for the months of February/March 2002. The leader of DXpedition will be Hrane, YT1AD. More datails and plans are forthcoming soon.

LU, SOUTH ORKNEY ISLAND. A station signing LU1ZA from here was active for about an hour on April 21st on 28325 kHz on SSB. His activity started about 1830z, and the operator could not speak English. It is unknown how long he will be there. If anyone knows more information about this operator/station, please pass it on to OPDX. There are many who need this station as a new one.

NEW DXER IN THE FAMILY? The DX team of Holger/DL7IO and Birgit/DL7IQ added an addition to the family on Sunday, April 22nd. NODXA's friend Holger informs OPDX that the mother Birgit and new daughter Xenia are fine. Xenia weighted in at 3590g and her length was 51 cm. She has long black hair (like her sister Saskia had). Congratulations to both Birgit and Holger! By the way, the first pictures of the new arrival are available at the following Web link: http://www.ea8.de/xenia.html

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

SAD NOTE. Bob Schenck, N2OO/9M6OO/V85OO, sadly reported this week the passing of H.G. Hassan, V85HG (aka V8HG). Hassan was always a strong and steady voice for Ham Radio in Brunei. He will be sorely missed. Bob mentions that a nice photo of Hassan can be found on the Buckmaster callsign server at the web site: http://buck.com/cgi-bin/do_hamcallexe (enter V85HG). OPDX and the DX community send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends.

SPECIAL EVENT. During the celebration of the 56th Anniversary of the end World War II, the members of the "Michurinsk Contest Groupe" will activate the special event stations RP3RST, RP3RTG, RP3RTK and RP3RZK between May 5-9th and May 12-13th (including the "ARI DX" and "CQ-M" contests). If you make contacts with these stations (CIS stations - 15 QSOs, EU stations - 10 QSOs, DX stations - 5 QSOs; dupes are valid on different bands or modes) you will receive a "MCG-medal" trophy free of charge (please, send only 2 IRCs for postal expenses). QSLs for all these stations are via RN3RQ (direct, bureau or E-mail requests for bureau cards is OK): Jack Yatskiv, P.O.Box 30, Michurinsk 393760, Russia. His E-mail address is: mcg@pub.tmb.ru All QSL requests for the 2000 year activity were sent via the bureau.

"THE MOBILE DXER" (New Book). Dave, AC6WO, has informed OPDX that he has written a new book for "The Mobile DXer". This book is the "First and Only" book devoted entirely to Mobile Dxing. "The Mobile DXer" will be introduced to the Amateur Radio community by CQ Publications next month at Dayton. If you are interested in Mobile DXing and are going to Dayton, stop by the CQ Booth and take a peek at "The Mobile DXer".

TK, CORSICA (IOTA Activity). Pierre/F5MOG and Jean-Pierre/F1AHO, will be active from North Corsica (EU-014, DIFM TK001) near cap Corse now through May 6th, as TK/F5MOG and TK/F1AHO. Activity will be on the HF bands, both CW and SSB, every day after 4:00 PM (their local time). On April 29th or May 1st (according to boat possibilities), check for them to be active from Giraglia Island (EU 164, DIFM TK 007, WLH 0511). On May 5 and 6th, Jean Pierre, F1AHO, will be active on hyper (5.7, 10 and 24 Ghz). QSL via F5MOG, direct CBA or via French REF Bureau.

TX0, CHESTERFIELD ISLAND. The TX0C team is now active until about May 2nd or 3rd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB. QSL via JA1BK.

VK9C, COCOS-KEELING ISLAND. The English team of three operators is very active on 30-10 meters CW/SSB (frequencies listed in OPDX.508). Activity by VK9CXF, VK9CXJ and VK9CXW will last until May 5th.

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. The Scottish team of 4 four operators is making it easy for anyone who needs this on CW. VP8SDX is on ALL bands 160-10 meters (frequencies listed in OPDX.508). Activity will last until May 8th.

XX9, MACAO. Arto, OH2KW, will be on the air again from here. He will be active between May 18-20th and during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th). His callsign will again be XX9TKW. QSL via his home callsign, via the bureau or CBA.

ZK1, NORTH & SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Remember to look for Uwe/DL9NDS and Klaus/DL7NFK to be active as ZK1NDS and ZK1NFK (refer to OPDX.500). By the time you read this, they should be active. Activity will last until May 18th. They will activate a few IOTAs during their stay: Rarotonga (OC-013), Mangaja Island (OC-159), Aitutaki Island (OC-083) and Manihiki (OC-014). Their emphasis will be on the modes RTTY/PSK31/MFSK16. QSL via their home callsigns. They will have an online log available at: http://www.dl9nds.de/Cook/cook.html

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS. Ed, K8VIR/ZL4IR, is expected to be here on business during the next few weeks. He will operate as ZL7IR during his spare time. Suggested frequencies are: 14260, 18130 and 21260 kHz. QSL direct via W8WC.

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