Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 547
January 28, 2002

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 547
BID: $OPDX.547
January 28, 2002
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, N3SIG, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WA4TLI, K6RO, K8YSE, Kurt Brandstetter, CO8DM, CO8ZZ, CT1EEB, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DL5EBE, EA7FTR, G4XTA, HK6DOS, IZ8BRI & Diamond News, JH8KYU, JM1LRQ, LA6EIA, LA8AJA, PA0DVM, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE7AHA/VA7CW and XQ5SM for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 20/January, through Sunday, 27/January there were 240 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0A, 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, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, 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, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T32, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP8/s, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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).

3C5, EQUATORIAL GUINEA. Mirek, SP1NY, showed up this past weekend as 3C5/SP1NY from Bioco Island (AF-010). The length of his activity is currently unknown. However, he was active mainly on CW, on 30/12/10 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

5R, MADAGASCAR. Bruno, F5DKO, will be active March 4-16th from some Madagascar islands. He expects to be active during the first week of his trip from Madagascar's Coastal Islands West Group (AF-057), and the second week from Madagascar's Coastal Islands East Group (AF-090). QSL via IZ8CCW: Antonio Cannataro, P.o.Box:360, 87100 Cosenza, Italy.

A LETTER FROM MONK APOLLO, SV2ASP/A. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive an additional bulletin containing a letter from SV2ASP/A explaining his view on the "SY" prefix situation.

ANTARCTIC NEW ZEALAND DX TRIP. Chris Post, N3SIG, informs OPDX that the first ever Antarctic New Zealand DX Trip will take place next weekend on February 2nd. The McMurdo Station Amateur Radio Club will sponsor this first ever event. The primary operators will be Chris Post, N3SIG, and Mike Poole, KE6ZYK. They will operate portable HF from the Ross Ice Shelf in front of Scott Base. Operating primarily on 20/17/15 meters; with the possiabliy of 40 and 80 meters as well. Start to look for them on 20 meters at or about 14243 kHz starting at 0500z Saturday the 2nd of February or 2:00 AM Eastern US Time. Times may change to be earlier. Their equipment will be an Icom 706MkII with IC2KL amp at about 500W. Antennas will be all wire antannas. QSL cards go to AI3D with SASE please. Chris states that this should be very popular with the big DXers as the Antarctic New Zealand ham radio callsigns are very rare and Scott Base has no hams or any type of a ham shack like they do at McMurdo. A special QSL card will be printed when Chris returns. For more info on the Scott Base Antarctica check out their Web page at: http://www.scott.aq


CO, CUBA (6 meters). Doug, CO8DM, informs OPDX that he has been working many Europeans and stateside stations on 6 meters, and thanks everybody for the QSO. He is running 100 watts and a wire dipole. Activity seems to be around 50125 kHz after 2130z. His QSL Manager is KU9C.

EP, IRAN. There has been a lot of activity from EP3PTT lately. That is because Stig, LA7JO, has been given permission to operate and is the first foreigner to obtain an official operating license since 1979. He is allowed to use the club station of the PTT (using the callsign EP3PTT) and has been active on 40/20/15/12/10 meters. QSL via LA7JO. ADDED NOTE: It has been mentioned that you can QSL Stig direct to the address: UNICEF Iran, Stig Lindblom, No. 30 East Farzan St., Naji St., Dastgerdi Ave., Tehran 19187, Islamic Republic of Iran. However, please avoiding writing any callsign on the envelope and DO NOT send IRCs.

FS, SAINT MARTIN. George/W4LW and Fredrick/K4FMD will be active February 2-8th from the French side of the island of St. Martin using the callsign FS/K4UP. Their plans are to be active mainly on SSB on 10, 15, 20 and possibly some 80 meter frequencies. They will try to be on 28495, 21295, 14195, 14260 and 3795 kHz. Most of their time on the air will be after dinner or around breakfast time and possibly other air time as much as possible. (They mention that their wives are with them and they have to devote some time to vacation.) They are taking a Yaesu 900, G5RV, and a Carolina Windom 20 and a laptop. QSL via K4UP.


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

J7, DOMINICA. Look for Lars, SM0CCM, to be active this weekend as J73CCM between February 2nd through March 4. His activity will be mainly on CW (with some PSK31) with 100 watts and vertical. QSL via SM0CCM.

KH2, GUAM. Hide, JH8KYU, plans to be active from here as K8YU/KH2 from February 8-11th. The main purpose of his stay is to take part in the CQ/RJ WPX RTTY Contest. His entry will be Single Operator/All Band and the frequencies used will be on all HF bands. He states that he may also operate on CW and SSB in spite of his short stay because Single Ops are limited to operate within 30 hours only in this contest. QSL via JH8KYU, either direct to his mailing address in Tokyo or through the JARL bureau. Don't send any cards to the K8YU's callbook address or bureaus of W8 or KH2.

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Nobuyuki "Nob", JM1LRQ, will be active as KH0/JM1LRQ from Saipan Island (OC-086), February 14-18th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB. He will also participate in the ARRL International DX CW Contest as Single Operator/All Band entry. Nob will concentrate on SSB and the WARC bands outside of the contest. QSL via the bureau or direct as follows: Nobuyuki Arai, 5-6-1-1002 Kitayamata, Tsuzuki, Yokohama, 224-0021, Japan.


P5, NORTH KOREA. Ed, P5/4L4LN, is back on the air testing out his new Butternut Vertical. Reports indicate that Ed is being heard better, and he has begun operating on 15 meters. Look for him to show up on 21225 kHz (now his primary frequency) after 2300z, working stations by call areas and other parts of the world. Also, continue to watch 28580 kHz; he may show up here.

PIRATE ALERT. Oscar, HK6DOS, QSL Manager for Abel, CO6XN, informs OPDX that a PIRATE station using Abel's callsign was active on 21020.9 kHz, January 16th. Any cards sent to Oscar for activity on this date will be sent back.

PJ2, NETHERLAND ANTILLES. Larry/K6RO and Ron/W6UL will be on Curacao, February 27th through March 5th, for the ARRL SSB contest. Larry will be a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry using the call PJ2K. Ron will be using the callsign PJ2/W6UL before and after the contest. They will be using CW and SSB before and after the contest concentrating on the WARC bands and 160m. They will be operating from the CCC "Signal Point" station. QSL via KU9C.

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

S9, SAO TOME (Attention Top Banders). Ole, LA6EIA, will be joining the Scandinavian group which will be active from Sao Tome from February 4-10th. Their callsign will be S9LA. He states they will transmit CW on 1827.5 kHz (listening up) and SSB on 1845 kHz (listening on 1850 kHz). The antenna on the topband will be a TITANEX 160E (if they can get it up...). For more details, look at the S9LA Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/s9la/

T4, CUBA. The Las Tunas Contest Crew, T48K, will be active during the next ARRL International DX CW Contest as a Multi-Single category. The operators will be: Josy/CO8JY, Doug/CO8DM, Geo/CO2JZ and Raul/CO8ZZ. QSL via DK1WI.

TG, GUATEMALA. Tom/W9AEB and Bob/WF9V are expected to be active this week as TG7/W9AEB from Central Guatemala between January 31st and February 9th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via WF9V.

V3, BELIZE. Andy, VE7AHA/VA7CW, informs OPDX that he will active as V31HA from February 2-16th, near the town of Hopkins on the mainland (no IOTA), and also near V31JP whom he hopes to visit. He states, "We will be there for radio, snork, fishing and beer. Not always in that order." QSL via VE7AHA.

VP8, SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND. The multi-national team of twelve experienced operators (EI6FR, EI5IQ, HB9ASZ, PA3FQA, K0IR, W3WL, K4UEE, VE3EJ, N5KO, K5TR, W7EW and 9V1YC), active as VP8THU, went QRT from Southern Thule (South Sandwich Islands) early morning January 22nd. As this was being written, the team was expected to be active from South Georgia Island, Sunday, January 26th. However, it has been rumoured that a bad storm is delaying their landing, and they remain on the vessel "Braveheart". The callsign and the QSL route will be announced once the operation begins. QSL VP8THU via VE3XN: Garry Hammond, 5 McLaren Avenue, Listowel, Ontario N4W 3K1 CANADA.

YA, AFGHANISTAN. There are no new updates on Peter and boys other than what we reported last week. However, a new station, YA0USA, was reported on the air this past week operating on 17 meters CW/SSB. Watch 18068 and 18120 kHz after 1330z. Also, watch 14210 kHz around 1700. The operator is Karl, K4YT, who is working at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. He states to QSL via K4YT. A report from "The Daily DX" over the past weekend states Karl has been there "for about a week and has just obtained a club license from the Minister of Communications for the American Embassy in Kabul." Reportedly, the license, YA0USA, can be operated by Embassy U.S. government officials; there are several of them stationed there now. Karl will be here until the end of the month and will be active in his spare time. "The Daily DX" states Karl is using a TS-50 and a 80 meter dipole with a tuner.

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