Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 541
December 17, 2001

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 541
BID: $OPDX.541
December 17, 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, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W7TVF, K8YSE, KE0UI, CT1END, DJ7ZG, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DL5EBE, DS5UCP, EA3NY, G3XTT, GM0HCQ, HA8IB, I2UIY, I1JQJ/IK7ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, IZ1CRR, JA3AAW, LA6FJA, PA3AXU, UY5XE, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4CP and YU1AB for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9/December, through Sunday, 16/December there were 226 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, 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, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH5, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

3W, VIETNAM. Karl, W9XK, is now active signing 3W2XK near Saigon and will be in Vietnam until April 9th. He was spotted this past week on 14260 and 14245 kHz. Other reports indicate that he will also be active on 15 and and 10 meters. Also, check the Southern Cross Net (14226 kHz at 1200z) and the DX Family Hour Net (14245 kHz at 1500z) almost every day. QSLs should be sent via W9XK but after April 9th.

5U, NIGER (Update). Paolo, I2UIY, reports that the dates of their DXpedition to Niger have been finally decided and tickets (licenses) are in their hands. The DXpedition will take place from February 3-18th, 2002. A Web site has been created to support the upcoming DXpedition and the URL address is: http://www.qsl.net/niger-2002/ There is survey on the Web page to help them understand on which bands and modes Niger is needed by the DX community. Please help them spreading the word about the survey. Paolo also mentions that during last weekend they tested the new antennas for low bands that they will carry with them. The 7 operators will keep 3 stations active on SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK31 from 160-6 meters. A station will be active on 80/160m each night.

8R, GUYANA. Esmond, 8R1AK, continues to be very active with the special callsign 8R1USA until the end of the year. His activity over the past week was on 20/17/15/12/10 meters usually starting after 2300z and staying on until 0200z or later. QSL via 8R1AK.

9U, BURUNDI. Gus, 9U5D, was active this past week on 20/17/15 meters. Watch 14248, 18148 and 21290 kHz after 1845z. QSL via SM5BFS. Also, Piero, IK2BHX, is expected to be active as 9U5DX until January 4th. He is currently there on an UN mission. He will be on the air mainly on the WARC bands during his spare time.

A4, OMAN. There was plently of activity from here over the past week. Operators A41KJ, A41LD, A41LZ, A41MO, A45XK and A45XR were all active. A41LZ was probably the most active on 80/40/20/15/12 meters SSB. A45XR was heard active on 160 meters between 2030 and 2100z. A45XK was heard on RTTY around 14080 kHz after 1415z.

A5, BHUTAN. Wangpo, A51WD, was active on 15 meters on 21280 kHz after 0530z and again around 1100z. QSL via Bhutan ARC.

ANTARCTICA NET. On 21275 kHz each Monday at about 1700z a traffic net-like operation is held on this frequency. DXers have a chance at this time to work stations from Antarctica, however, DXers should allow the Antarctica stations a chance to exchange their traffic info first before trying to work them. The net is usually visited by ZS7/ZS4AGA and R1ANF, as well as VP8CMH/mm regularly. In the coming weeks, they expect the following stations to possibly visit them: KC4/N3SIG from Mc Murdo Base, R1ANF who is expected to arrive at Bellingshausen Base, YL Mechita who might be active from DP0GVN from the Neumyer Base and the possible activation of the new German base "Kohnen Station".

D902, SOUTH KOREA (Attention Prefix Hunters). Look for special event station D902WSF to be active December 31st through January 4th, from the Pohang Branch in South Korea. The callsign's (D902WSF) phonetics represent the following:

           D9         02          W           S           F
       South Korea  2002 year  World Cup  Sun Rising   Festival

Activity will be on 80/40/15/10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via DS5UCP either via the KARL Bureau or direct.

DX SURVEY. Maury, IZ1CRR, the 425DXN Webmaster, reports that after having great success with the 2001 edition of DXCC most wanted, they are doing it again. The 2002 DXCC Most Wanted Survey is running on the 425DXN Web site at: http://www.425dxn.org You simply have to check the unconfirmed countries based on ARRL approved operations.

EP, IRAN. Plently of activity was also active from here this past week. EP3PTT was active on SSB and RTTY on 15 meters (various frequencies) usually between 1200 and 1330z. Also, EP3SMH, was active on 15 meters (sometimes on 10 meters) SSB with very few takers. Watch 28500 and 21293 kHz between 1130 and 1330z. EP3HR has been active on PSK31 on 20 meters starting around 1645z and again around 1645z.

F, FRANCE (Valid Activity). Michel, PY3ZM, is currently active from here as F/PY3ZM and was spotted on 10 meters 28462 kHz at 1817z. He informs OPDX that he is trying to put a stop of claims that he is a pirate. Michel has sent OPDX a copy of his French license, as well as his Brazilian and Czech Republic licenses. According to his French license, he is valid until June 29, 2002. QSL via PY3ZM.

FO/M, MARQUESAS (Also, Possibly ZK1). Eddie, EA3NY, informs OPDX that he just got married last weekend and has left Barcelona to head to Tahiti. His plans are to operate from Hiva Oa Island (in the Marquesas Island group). He may also be active from Aitutaki Island in the South Cook Islands. His activity is expected to be between December 12-25th. No callsign was mentioned, but he will use a TS-570 and dipoles. ADDED NOTE: He states that his new wife is happy to participate in this mini DXpedition/Honeymoon.....

GJ, JERSEY. The CUWS announces that it will be active from Jersey, on the Channel Islands, as GJ6UW from the afternoon of February 15th to the morning of February 17th, 2002. Jersey counts as EU-013 for the RSGB's Islands on the Air award. Operators on the trip will be Martin Atherton, G3ZAY, and Dominic Smith, M0BLF. They will be active from a location in the northern part of the island and hope to work on all bands from topband to ten meters, SSB and CW. Topband operation should be with a 160m dipole located about 750 ft. on a cliff overlooking salt-water. QSL information is via the manager, M0BLF, either direct or via the bureau. Please do not send bureau cards to G6UW.

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


P5, NORTH KOREA. OPDX was informed by Toma, YU1AB, that operators Hrane/ YT1AD and Voja/YU7AV will be in North Korea on business from December 18-22nd. They will take a FT-570 + a 400w amp and 3 elemnet beam. They will try to get a license. Ed's, P5/4L4FN, last two days of operation took place over the past weekend. He will disassemble some of his equipment before heading home for his Christmas break. There is still no word on his written permission. Let's hope when he returns in January that he will have it in hand.

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

S9, SAO TOME (Update). Last week (in OPDX.540) we mentioned that a group of Scandinavians (called "Team Hot Coil") would be active from here February 4-10th (possibly the 11th). Stein, LA6FJA, informs OPDX that the group has received the callsign S9LA to use instead of S92LA as first reported.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for the special event callsign EM75W to be active to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Lviv Shortwave Club now through December 28th. Activity has been on 40/30/10 meters this past week. Watch 7009, 10105 and 28470 kHz. QSL to UT1WL via the bureau or direct to: Box 5951, Lviv 79054, Ukraine.

TI5, COSTA RICA. Bob, KE0UI, will be active from TI5KD's QTH in Heredia, Costa Rica, from February 18th to February 27th. Activity will be on all HF bands and 6m, with concentration on CW on WARC bands. For a description of the station, see the Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/ti5kd/ Bob will be active in the UBA CW Contest on February 23rd as TI5N. QSL to home callsign or the stateside Zero Bureau.

VK9M, MELLISH REEF. The team that bought you VK9WI from Willis Island in the year 2000 and VK9ML from Mellish Reef in 2001 are at it again! They will be back on Mellish Reef in April of 2002. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including the WARC bands. However, the team will concentrate mostly on CW and the WARC bands this time. For further details. please check the Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/vk9ml/2002/

VP6/D, DUCIE ISLAND. The "425 DX News" reports that Garth, VE3HO, is reporting that the DXpedition to Ducie Island has been rescheduled for the end of March. A new charter ship has been arranged and Kan, JA1BK, (group leader) is now looking for donations. The group of operators is still being finalized.

YA, AFGHANISTAN. As of December 16th (from the YA5T Web site), Peter, ON6TT, is running behind schedule, so he will not go back into YA-land before his Christmas break. As this bulletin was being written, Peter was in the United Arab Emirates and was expected to go back to Pakistan, Monday, December 17th. For up-to-date info, watch the Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/ya5t/

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