Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 527
September 3, 2001

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 527
BID: $OPDX.527
September 3, 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, K1VV, WF1N, AI2Q, K2MFY, KA2BZS, KF2TI, K3SX, N3SL, W3KT, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4NR, KW4DA, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5KFT, NI6T, K8YSE, 9A6AA, DF3CB, DJ2MX, DL1EK & DX News Letter, ER1BF, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, FW5ZL, G3SXW, G4IUF, G0PSE, HA0HW, I4UFH, IK7JWX, JA1ELY, JA1EOD, JA3AAW, JA7KXD, JF2SKV, OH1EH, PA3BIZ, PA3GIO, PA5ET, PS7ZZ, UA9KM, VA3RJ, VK4FW and VU2WAP for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26/August, through Sunday, 2/September there were 226 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XX9, YB, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).

3DA, SWAZILAND. Siegfried/DL7DF and crew will target Swaziland for this year's DXpedition. Their licenses have already been issued and the callsigns will be 3DA0DF and 3DA0FR. The DXpedition will take place between September 30th and October 13th. Activity will be on all HF bands (plus 6m) on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Four operators will participate: Frank/DL7UFR, DL7KL, DL4WK and DL7DF. Their equipment consists of three transceivers, two linears, beam antennas, a Titanex V80 low band vertical plus other vertical antennas. The team will be on the usual frequencies +/- QRM, always using split. QSL via DL7DF. An online log and updated information on the DXpedition will be available at: http://www.qsl.net/dl7df/

8P, BARBADOS. Mario, K2ZD, is now active as 8P9JM through September 9th. His activity will be on 40-6 meters with wire antennas and 100 watts. However, since this is a business trip he will be active only in the evenings when time permits.

9A, CROATIA (Island Operations). Mario, DJ2MX, informs OPDX that he will be active as 9A/N0MX from Brac Island (EU-016, CI-10) on 80-10 meters CW/SSB between September 2-15th. He has plans to be active (only for a few hours) from some of the other Croatian islands (Hvar Island EU-016, CI-28; Vis Island EU-016 CI-142; Solta Island EU-016 CI-126 and Ciovo Island CI-13 NOT IOTA). QSL cards are OK only via his German callsign DJ2MX, through the DARC Bureau or direct to him: Mario Lovric, Am Oelberg 11, D-61231 Bad Nauheim, Germany. Bureau QSL request is also available on his Web page at: http://www.dj2mx.com PLEASE NOTE: QSL cards for 9A9R/p (EU-136 in IOTA contest 2001), 9A/OE1EMS and 9A/OE8KDK will be printed in September and he will get them out in October. Please be patient. They will be full colored QSL cards.

9H, MALTA. A group of Dutch radio amateurs from the V.R.Z.A. (Dutch Amateur Radio Society) will once again be active from Malta Island. They will be active from September 14th through October 6th. Operations will be on 40-2 meters including the WARC bands. Malta has an IOTA number EU-023 and a Grid Locator number of JM75FV. They have obtained the very exclusive callsign 9H0VRZ to be used by the members of their group. For only the callsign 9H0VRZ, the QSL Manager is PA7DX: Anton Kerkhof, Blaublomke 2, 8401 MG GORREDIJK, The Netherlands. Each member of the group will also have their own callsign. The operators/member are:

   Sietse/9H3AAG QSL via PA1XA       Louis/9H3LRK  QSL via PA0LRK
   Ton/9H3?      QSL via PA1SL       Frits/9H3IE   QSL via PA0BEA
   Rob/9H3Q      QSL via PA0RDY      Allart/9H3AAK QSL via PE1RVQ
   Andre/9H3S    QSL via PA3HGP      Peter/9H3YT   QSL via PA3GUU
   Jaap/9H3X     QSL via PE1NGF      Bill/9H3ON    QSL via PA3BIZ
   Berry/9H3QF   QSL via PA3FEO      Bert/9H3QC    QSL via PA3CLF
   Peter/9H3TE   QSL via PE1NZA      Sjirk/9H3YM   QSL via PE1OFJ

They are planning/trying to use the following Web site to provide further information and a possible database at: http://www.vrza.org

AP, PAKISTAN. Reports indicate that Peter, ON6TT, is once again traveling to Pakistan. He is reportedly carrying some additional equipment for the club station AP2ARS in his luggage. Look for him to be active on the low bands this week. QSL CW QSOs via S53R and SSB QSOs via ON5NT.

CARIBBEAN TOUR 2001 - SUMMARY/RESULTS. Rob, PA5ET, sent the following press release to all OPDX readers: "We hope you enjoyed 4 weeks of radio activity from J3 and J8 like we did. We logged 25,825 QSOs from Carriacou (J3) and 24,323 QSOs from Bequia (J8) on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31 from 160-10 meters. Our goal was to make 50,000 QSOs which has just been met. The 2 stations have been active around the clock, which has been a touch job for only 4 operators. The PacketClusters worldwide have been making overtime. The Tour web site is still alive ( http://www.qsl.net/lldxt/ ) and contains pictures, real audio files, statistics, on-line logs and many more. We would appreciate if you sign the guestbook and let us know how you experienced this year tour, we can always learn from your comments. We experienced that we need to improve our reception on the Topband, it has been better than previous years but it's still not good enough, this will be high on the Agenda for next year. Just to let you know, the Dutch postal rates are increased since July 1st, if you are sending multiple QSLs 2 USDs are required to cover the costs. See you next year from ...... Bouke J3/J8/PA0ZH, Ronald J3/J8/PA3EWP, Rob J3/J8/PA5ET, Dennis J3/J8/PA7FM, and by the whole team J38PA and J8PA."

D4, CAPE VERDE. Members of the Marconi Contest Club (MCC) (Alberto/IV3TAN, Fabio/I4UFH, Gabriele/IK4UPB, Luca/IK2NCJ, Stefano/IK2JUB, Matt/IK2SGC), Antonio/CT1DVV and Tony/CT1ESV, announce that they will be active during the CQWW SSB Contest as a Multi/Single entry with the D44TC callsign. Activity will be from SAL Island (AF-086). The station is ready with 3 towers 60 feet high, Force 12 antennas, Titanex verticals and beverages for the low bands. QSL direct to IV3TAN. Fabio, I4UFH, from the group informs OPDX that plans are being made to be active in all major contests during the next years, as SO / MS / MM category. Future plans include the following: 2001 CQWW SSB M/S, 2001 CQWW CW SO/AB, 2001 ARRL10, 2002 ARRL DX SO/SB and 2002 WPX SSB M/S.

DX BASH. The West Texas DX Association will host its 11th Annual DX BASH, October 5-6th, at the W5KFT contest station located on Lake Buchanan in Central Texas. This is a great weekend of fun with contesters and DXers from all over the world. For more details, E-mail Bryan, W5KFT, at: w5kft@nts-online.net Also, check the following Web site: http://www.dxbash.com

FR/T, TROMELIN. Remember to look for Jack, FR5ZU, to be active this week from here. He will be at the weather station on the island and is expected to be here between September 6th and October 5th. Activity will be on SSB using 100 watts and with verticals. Suggested frequencies are: 3773, 3795, 14256, 14274, 18145, 21205, 24945 and 28470 kHz. QSL via JA8FCG.

FW, FUTUNA ISLAND. Guy, FW5ZL, reports that he will be on IOTA OC-118 from September 6-21st. He did not mention what bands or modes he will use, but he will be using a 100 watts and a dipole.

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

KH4, MIDWAY ISLAND. Members of JNN-DX Group will be active from here September 23-29th. Operators Nao/JE7RJZ (WH2M/WH4) and Koln/JP1JFG (N2IU/KH4) will be active on 80-6 meters, possibly 160 meters as well. They will have a beacon on 50.125 MHz during that time. QSL via JA1EOD: Akira Iizuka, P.O.Box 8, Okegawa, Saitama 363-8691 Japan.


NH0, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLAND. Operators JQ1UKK, JF2SKV, JK2VOC, JG3VEI and JE6MYI will participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest signing NH0S as a Multi-Single/High Power entry from the Saipan, Northern Marianas (OC-086). QSL via JF2SKV either direct (Hisashi Matsushita, 14-1 Ugasemae Iwakura, Toyota, 444-2225 Japan) or through the JARL Bureau. Before and after the contest, between November 22-27th, they will operate on all bands (160-6 meters) and modes (SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 and FM) as NH0S (QSL via JF2SKV), NH0V (QSL via JG3VEI), KH0/JE6MYI (QSL via JW6MYI), KH0/AD6VH (QSL via JQ1UKK) and KH0/JK2VOC (QSL via JK2VOC). Visit to their WEB site at: http://homepage2.nifty.com/jg3vei/

PIRATE ACTIVITY. Mike, G4IUF, reports that a station signing 3A0FC is saying that he is Mike, and is giving his callsign as QSL Manager. This a pirate. Mike has never been to 3A, and does not know who this nut is or why he is doing this.

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

S2, BANGLADESH. Mr. Shin, will operate again as S21YH now through 1759z September 8th. He will mainly use 7-24 MHz bands with CW (QRS) and SSB. Unfortunately, Mr. Shin will head back to Japan in the middle of September, so this operation is the last chance to contact him as S21YH. QSL via 7M4PTE. Send a SASE to the following mailing address as follows: Mr. SHIN, Makoto, 2-3-18, Naritanishi, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo 166-0016, JAPAN.

SAD NOTE: Al Harbach, WA4DRU, recently became a SK in Houston, Wednesday, August 15th. He was known by many as Mr. Heathkit after Heath shut their doors. Al was also quite a prominent DXer, and many know him for his many travels to the various islands, lately at VP5 and other places. He was a long standing member of the North Florida DX Association. Also, Al had a small business which provided many with Heathkit parts that kept our old rigs going. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife Pat. Type in Al Harbach in your search engine (google.com) and you will find all kinds of things about Al. Below is a website Al did for his company, Harbach Electronics. It is his bio sheet. http://www.harbach.com/reference/web-bio.htm

TG, GUATEMALA. Ramon, XE1KK, will be active as TG/XE1KK, September 6-9th, from Guatemala City, Grid Locator EK35. Look for him mainly on satellite UO-14 and AO-27. He will also try to be active on HF and 50 MHz as schedule permits.

V63, MICRONESIA. Sho/JA7HMZ and Hisa/7L4IOU are planning a digital DXpedition to Phonpei Island from September 28th to October 4th. Their activity will be during the CQWW RTTY DX Contest, and they will enter as a Multi-Op signing V63A instead of V63KA.

VK/VK9C/VK9L/VK9X, AUSTRALIA/COCOS-KEELING/LORD HOWE/CHRISTMAS ISLANDS (The PA3GIO DXpedtions - Reminder/Update!). Bert, PA3GIO, plans to be very active on the next two months. Most of his activity will be on SSB only on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters with 100W and doublet with open feeder line. His planned schedule is as follows:

QSLs are (preferable by the Bureau) to PA3GIO. Also, check out the following Web sites available for his operations:

VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS. Ed, WA3WSJ, will operate as VP5ED from November 20-27th. He will be using his K2 transceiver (S/N 321). If you need VP5 QRP QSO, this will be the time to grab it. Please QSL directly to WA3WSJ CBA with SASE. Ed hopes to work a couple of K1s and K2s while he is VP5ED!

VU, INDIA. Miku, VU2WAP, has found a new interest in RTTY lately. He has been heard on 15/20 meters (around 14087 and 21087 kHz). Look for him around 1545z on 15 meters or on 20 meters, around 0030z and 1900z. Also, he is looking for anyone interested to do the CQWW Contests coming up later this year. Drop him a line at: agarwal@theoffice.net His Web site is: http://www.qsl.net/vu2wap/

WRTC2002 PRESS RELEASE #7 (U.S. teams & Team UK). Ari, OH1EH, reports: "The ten US team captains have chosen their partners. The WRTC2002 organizing committee is pleased with the enthuasism of the U.S contesting community and wants to thank the leading U.S contest clubs for their support in the selection process. We are also glad to be able to state that the selections of the clubs were honored to the letter. The following 20 world class contesters will represent the U.S. in the WRTC2002 in Finland. U.S." Teams are listed in the alphabetic order of their captains:

    Ralph Bowen,    N5RZ / Rus Healy,       K2UA
    Doug Brandon,   N6RT / Andy Blank,      N2NT
    Daniel Craig,   N6MJ / David Mueller,   N2NL
    John Dorr,      K1AR / Doug Grant,      K1DG
    Bill Fisher,    W4AN / John Laney III,  K4BAI
    Trey Garlough,  N5KO / James Brooks,    N1YC
    Steven London,  N2IC / David Hachadorian, K6LL
    Dave Patton,    NT1N / Mark Oberman,    AG9A
    Robert Shohet,  KQ2M / Daniel Handa,    W7WA
    Randy Thompson, K5ZD / Tom Frenaye,     K1KI.

The following are two experienced contesters and will represent the UK Team: Andy Cook, G4PIQ / Fred Handscombe, G4BWP.

XV, VIETNAM. Sam, JA1EUI, is going to Danan, Vietnam, from September 21-28th. He expects to operate on all bands from 80-6 meters on mainly SSB. Sam hopes his callsign will be XV3Z or XV3ZZ. He will have a regular schedule on 21230 kHz at 2130z every day with JA1TAA or JA1BQ. QSL via home callsign: Satoru Matushima: 2469-5 Toda, Atugi, 243-0023 JAPAN.

YM, TURKEY. Look for Mill, LX1CC, to be active September 16th to October 6th, signing YM3CC. His operation will be mailnly on SSB on all bands, including the WARC bands. QSLs are via his home call (LX1CC).

ZC4, U.K. SOV. BASES AREAS ON CYPRUS. Steve, ZC4BS, is expected to be active for the next 13 months. His activity will be on all modes from 160-10 meters, but most of his activity will be mainly on 15/20 meters.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS. Nigel (ZL7/G3TXF) and Roger (ZL7/G3SXW) are expected to be active from Chatham Islands, on CW only, from September 13-23rd. Their suggested frequencies are: 3503, 7003, 10103, 14023, 18073, 21023, 24893 and 28023 kHz listening up 1-3 kHz. They will use two TS570's and amplifiers with three verticals. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or via the bureau. Bureau replies can be requested from: G3TXF@compuserve.com -or- G3SXW@compuserve.com Further details and propagation predictions may be found on the following Web site at: http:// www.G3TXF.com/dxtrip/ZL7_G3TXF/ZL7.htm

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