Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 552
March 4, 2002

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 552
BID: $OPDX.552
March 4, 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, K1MY, NC1L, WA2MOE, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4HB, K4QD, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5AND, K8AV, K8YSE, 9A6AA, 9A7K, A35RK, DL1EK & DX News Letter, E21EIC, F5PBQ, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G0EFO, JA1BK, JI3ACL, OE5OHO, OZ6OM & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PR7AR, RA3SL, SP2FAP, SP2JMR, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE7DP and VU3DMP for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 24/February, through Sunday, 3/March there were 245 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0A, CE0Z, 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, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H39, H4, H40, HA, HB, 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, KH3, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0S, PY0T, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T5, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, 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, ZK2, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

5R, MADAGASCAR (IOTA Activity). Bruno, F5DKO, is expected to be here now through March 17th. Activity will be on 20 and 15 meters. He is also expected to be active from Nosy Be (AF-057) now through March 10th and on Sainte Marie Island (AF-090) from March 11-17th. QSL via IZ8CCW.

5W, SAMOA (IOTA Operation). Tommy/VK2IR and Bruce/VK2KLM will be active from Apia, Upolu Island (OC-097) between March 28th and April 3rd. Their operation will be on all bands 80 through 6 meters, SSB only. QSL to VK2IR, direct only, via call book address (Tommy Horozakis, PO Box 1, South Bexley, Sydney, NSW 2207, AUSTRALIA). DXpeditions come at a very high cost and all donations are very welcome. A web page has been set up for the DXpedition, updates, and log search at: http://www.qsl.net/va3rj/5w0ir.html A mirror web page has also been set up at: http://webhome.idirect.com/~va3rj/5w0ir.html

A3, TONGA. Paul, A35RK, informs OPDX that after being QRT for over 6 months (because of a 3 month trip to the United States, 2 cyclones, broken antennas, and a bad case of "Polynesian Procrastination"), A35RK is back on the air. He states antennas are now up for 80-10 meters, and he will be actively pursuing "new ones". He will try to work Europe as much as possible. His current modes of operation are CW (75%), SSB (25%), and he will be trying to get set up for HF RTTY and 6 meters. His hours of operation are (generally speaking): 1800-2000z (sunrise-early morning) and 0300-0800z (late afternoon and evening). However, he has limitations. There is a 100w power limit in Tonga; his equipment is battery powered and the Force-12 C-3 beam must be rotated by hand. No 160 meters, no PSK-31 and no SSTV. QSL via W7TSQ....only! PLEASE NOTE: NO "DIRECT" or "via A3 bureau" QSLs can be answered. He has no cards there, his "CBA" is incorrect, and there is no A3 bureau. Requests for schedules may be directed to: W7TSQ@aol.com

ANOTHER INTERESTING WEB SITE. If you enjoyed going to the "DAWG X-RAY CLUB" Web page last week, Hal, K4HB, also suggests to check out the following URL at: http://www.qsl.net/aa0mz/dxer.htm

D2, ANGOLA. Joao, CT1BFL, will be here for the next two years. His callsign will be D2U. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via CT1BFL.

D4, CAPE VERDE. Five members of the radio club VOEST will be signing the callsign D44TA now through March 13th. The operators: Rupert/OE1VBL, Gerhard/OE3GEA, Hubert/OE5MKM, Roman/OE5MRP and Roland/OE5RHO will be active the Island Santiago (AF-005). The team will concentrate on the 40 meters and up, including 6 meters if propagation permits. For more details of the operation go to: http://www.qsl.net/d44ta/ QSL via bureau or direct to OE5XVL.

DXCC NEWS. From Bill Moore, NC1L, DXCC Manager......

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

IOTA AND LIGHTHOUSE TOUR 2002. Kresimir, 9A7K, will be active from several Croatian lighthouses and islands. His DXpeditions will last from July 20th until August 5th. The following lighthouses and islands will be activated:

Hams interested in these DXpeditions and the Croatian Light House Award can get all the details on the following Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/9a7k/ QSL via 9A7K: Kresimir Juratovic, P.O.Box - 88, HR-48001 Koprivnica, CROATIA.

J3, GRENADA. Look for Manfred, DJ7RJ, to be active as J3/DJ7RJ until March 14th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB.

J3, GRENADA. William, VE3EBN, will be active as J37LR until March 31st. His activity will be on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via home callsign direct or via the Bureau.

P5, NORTH KOREA. This is the week Hrane/YT1AD and Voja/YU7AV are expected to fly to Pyongyang. The start of their activity as well as their callsign is unknown. Stay tuned and LISTEN, LISTEN and LISTEN. Remember, they are expected to train North Koreans. AMATEURS SHOULD BE ON THEIR BEST BEHAVIOR AND SET A GOOD EXAMPLE OF OPERATING SKILLS. DO NOT SCARE THE NEW OPERATORS AWAY (as well as their government listening over their shoulders).......

P5, NORTH KOREA. Ed, P5/4L4FN, will be off the air until about the middle of March. According to the KK5DO's Web page, Ed will be traveling around North Korea and will be making a trip to China. By the way, Ed made an interesting (rare) QSO this past week with the boys from PW0T.

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

SPECIAL EVENT (Titanic 90th Anniversary). Mike Shortland, G0EFO, from the Titanic Wireless Commemorative Group, informs OPDX readers to look for a special event station to operate from 1030z on Saturday, April 13th, through 0547z on Monday, April 15th, to commemorate the heroism of Jack Phillips, Chief Wireless Telegraphist of the Titanic. His SOS calls (in Morse Code), saved more than 700 lives when the liner sank 90 years ago to the day on April 15th at 0547z. Tragically, Jack himself was drowned. He was only 25 years old. The special callsign GB90MGY will be aired during this event (Titanic's callsign was MGY), which will be operated by the members of the Titanic Wireless Commemorative Group (20 local hams and all members of the local Guildford and District Radio Society). The station will operate from Godalming, Surrey, UK, birthplace of Jack, where his heroic deeds are still celebrated. Activity will be on all amateur bands, CW only, from 80-10 meters (including the WARC bands). QSLs via RSGB. More information (including preferred operating frequencies), can be found at: http://www.gdrs.net/titanic/

VI, AUSTRALIA. Remember to look for the VI3GP special event station for Grand Prix Formula I race in Melbourne. VI3GP has been active on 20 meters this past week. Activity will continue until March 15th. QSL via VK3ER.

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND. Jack, VK6CTL, is expected to be active as VK9LT between April 11-22nd. Activity will be mostly on SSB on 80-10 meters. QSL via HB9QR: Erwin Fink, Toedistr 7, Ch-8572 Berg, Switzerland.

VP6/D, DUCIE ISLAND. A press release sent out early last week states the plans for the Ducie Island DXpedition are now complete, and the group is in the final countdown phase. The team expects to depart from Mangareva, French Polynesia on March 12th. The team consists of VP6TC, VP6DB, VP6AZ, VP6MW, VP6BK/JA1BK, JF1IST, K9AJ, K5VT and N9TK. Mac, JA3USA, has had to leave the team because of unforeseen business conflicts, and Jim, N9TK, has replaced him. They will head to Pitcairn first to pick up supplies and equipment left there from their first attempt and then head on to Ducie Island. Their operations are expected to be for one week. The VP6 callsign is expected to be announced at the beginning of the activity. As announced earlier, their main activity will be on 21020 kHz (CW) and 21295 kHz (SSB) 24 hours each day until the demand falls. This is to allow more individuals to find and work the group, depending upon propagation to their area. Vince/K5VT and Mike/K9AJ will primarily operate the CW station while Jin/JF1IST and Jim/N9TK will be the primary SSB operators. Other prime SSB frequencies are 28495 kHz, and 14195 kHz, with 14020 kHz being the other prime CW frequency other than 15 meters. It is planned that there will be some operations on all bands, 160-6 meters, and RTTY in addition to SSB and CW operations. It is expected that low band and WARC operations are more likely to take place in the last days of the operation, as concentration from the beginning will be to allow as many operators as possible to work this rare IOTA and new DXCC Entity. The team will be chartering the ship "BRAVEHEART". The charter will cost them 68,000 USD, and support would be appreciated. Donations may go to the group's treasurer, JA1BK: Kan Mizoguchi, 5-3 Sakuragaoka 4 Chome, Tama-city, Tokyo 206 JAPAN. QSL Manager is VE3HO for all bands except 6 meters. 6 Meter cards go to JA1BK. Pilot stations will be WA2MOE and JE2EHP. For up-to-date info on this DXpedition and for log searches, go to the Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/wd4ngb/ducie.htm

WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY "2002" AWARD. Sylwester Jarkiewicz, SP2FAP, Editor and Publisher MK QTC, sent the following to OPDX from the President of PZK, Piotr Skrzypczak, SP2JMR: "The W.A.R.D. Award is designed to commemorate the World Amateur Radio Day celebrated on April 18th each year. It is issued by PZK (Polish Amateur Radio Union) and the Editor of MK QTC. The WARD Award is available for at least the following number of contacts: 50 QSOs on HF bands or 10 QSOs on VHF bands. All contacts must be made on April 18th between 00:00 and 24:00 UTC. A standard application form including the list of QSOs should be sent before May 31, 2002 to: Redakcja MK QTC, ul. Wielmozy 5b, 82-337 Suchacz-Zamek, Poland. The price of the WARD Award is 3 USD, 5 IRC or 5 Euro. Full color Award, sized 210 x 297mm can be seen in at: http://qtc.radio.org.pl Special prizes: (1) A station which will make the largest number of digital mode QSOs will receive a special prize established by President of PZK and the Editor of MK QTC. (2) A station which will make the largest number of SSB QSOs will receive a special prize established by President of PZK. (3) A station which will make the largest number of CW QSOs will receive a special prize established by the Editor of MK QTC. The WARD Award is available also for SWLs.

XQ0X, SAN FELIX (6 meters). Dick, K5AND, reports the group will be active on 6 meters between March 15-30th. They will have a beacon on 50106 kHz, and when the band opens, they will move to 50145 kHz for transmit and listen from 50150-50160; when things shut down, they will move back to 50106. They request to please help them make more contacts by spreading the word NOT to send grid info; their grid will be EG93WT, just for the record. Equipment will be a 8 element yagi on a 40 ft. boom (at 65 ft. over the ocean) with a 3CX800 1KW amp; they will monitor 28885 kHz with IC-706 and 3 element yagi. By the way, they will be on all bands from 160-6 meters using the callsign XR0X. The XR0X team will have 14 operators. QSL via N7CQQ. Check out their web site for more info at: http://www.cordell.org/SFX/

XW, LAOS. Mauro, IN3QBR, is expected to be active until July 31st as XW3QBR

XZ, MYANMAR. Members of the Central Arizona DX Association (CADXA), Dan Brown, NA7DB, and two others (Sarah and Jessica; callsigns not provided), will be on the air from Myanmar during the week of March 29th through April 4th as XZ1SB, XZ1JB, and XZ1DB respectively in Yangon, and then from Mandalay as XZ5SB, XZ5JB, and XZ5DB. Their activity on the air, however, will not be like a fullblown DXpedition. This is really a Diplomatic DX visit. Their main purpose is to keep the CADXA ties and relationships strong with the government officials and lay the groundwork for a future fullblown DXpedition to Mandalay. They are really carrying on the work of Martti Laine, OH2BH, and Warren Hill, N7NG, in helping keep a rare DX country open for Amateur Radio activity.

ZY0, ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS. Joa, PS7JN, is once again active as ZY0SAT until March 10-12th. Activity will be limited to his spare time, dipole and low power. It is suggested to watch around 7060, 14250, 21350 and 28600 kHz. However, he was heard this past week on 14253 kHz after 2330z, 14260 kHz after 2200z and 21260-21265 kHz after 1900z. QSL via PS7JN: Joaquim das Virgens Neto, Rua Carlos Serrano 1969, 59076-740 Natal RN, Brazil.

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