Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 556
April 1, 2002

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 556
BID: $OPDX.556
April 1, 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, ARRL Letter, NC1L, W3UR & The Daily DX, WN3VAW, KJ4UY, N4AA & QRZ DX, K6GNX, AA7UC, AC7DX, KL7AK, W7KEU, K8YSE, NE8Z, 4N1DX, DJ5JH, DJ2MX, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DK1MAX, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, HL1VAU, IK0DWN, IN3XUG, JI6KVR, LU1AEE, LU4BR, OZ1LQH, S53R, SP5UAF, UT5RP, UY2UF, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE2XO, VE9DX and VU2SDN for the following DX information.

SPECIAL NOTED FROM EDITOR: This week's bulletin is being issued early because of the contest weekend and holiday.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 23/March, through Saturday, 30/March there were 242 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 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, C3, C6, CE, CE0A, CE0X, 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, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH4, KH6, 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, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP6D, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, XZ, 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).

3XY, GUINEA (IOTA Op). Francois, VE2XO, will again be active from Kassa Island (Los Islands, AF-051) as 3XY8A from April 15-19th. He will be mainly active on SSB and PSK31 on 20 and 15 meters. Preferred SSB frequencies are 14195/14260 and 21295/21260 listening up 5 to 10 kHz. There will be some activity also on 17 and 12 meters, and some possible activity on RTTY on 20 and 15 meters. He will be using 1KW (Acom 1000) into Sigma-5 and SVDA verticals by Force 12. QSL via home call.

5W0IR DXPEDITION UPDATE. Tommy/VK2IR and Bruce/VK2KLM have been active during the past week mainly on 20/15/10 meters SSB. Activity will last until April 3rd. Watch around 14195, 14226, 21295 and 28480 kHz. IMPORTANT UPDATE: Tommy, VK2IR, at the last minute decided to go with a QSL Manager. This will make QSLing easier, and quicker. The QSL Manager for the 5W0IR DXpedition will be DJ2MX: Mario Lovric, AM Oelberg 11, D-61231 Bad Nauheim, GERMANY (E-mail: dj2mx@qsl.net). Mario's address is also good at QRZ.com. QSLing will be direct only, SAE - 1 new IRC or 2 USDs to DJ2MX. ADDED NOTE: Mario, DJ2MX, informed OPDX that if you already QSLed directly to Tommy's address in Australia, you don't have to send additional card to DJ2MX, your original request will be answerd as soon as the cards are out of print. For more information about Tommy's DXpedition to Western Samoa, please visit the two Web pages: http://www.qsl.net/va3rj/5w0ir.html and http://www.dj2mx.com

CORRECTIONS. Two weeks ago, under the heading "XZ, MYANMAR" we mentioned that Warren Hill's callsign was N7NG; this is an error, and we meant to correct it in last week's bulletin. Warren Hill's correct callsign is K7WX. The callsign N7NG is Wayne Mills, now at ARRL. (ed. We are getting old and the mind is going! Just turned 50th - March 27th.....hihihihi)

Also, we were informed by Max, UY2UF, that his QSL route was incorrectly listed in OPDX.538 (under the NG3K CQ WW DX CW Contest listing). UX2UF is not his QSL Manager. QSL UY2UF to UY2UF.

CQ WW WPX SSB CONTEST STATIONS - March 30-31st (Last Minute Updates)......

*** For additional information, check out the listing of announced operations on a Web page provided by Bill, NG3K, at: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxs2002.html

DXCC NEWS. The "ARRL Letter" reports this week: "The ARRL DXCC Desk has announced that the 2001 DXCC Yearbook is currently being assembled and should be ready for mailing sometime in late May or early June. The period for the Annual List in this issue is from October 1, 2000, to September 30, 2001. 'If you submitted an application postmarked during this period and you are a current ARRL member, you are entitled to one free copy,' said ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L. 'You are also entitled to one free copy if you qualified for the DXCC Honor Roll during this period and were an ARRL member, even if you did not submit an application.' Those not eligible for a free copy may order one (or more) from the DXCC Branch after June 1. Copies are $5 each, postpaid. For more information, contact the DXCC Desk, dxcc@arrl.org."

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Pedro/HC1OT and Alfredo/HC1HC will be operating from HC8 now through about April 2nd. They were due to leave from Quito March 26th to join the HC8N contest group. Here is the QSL info for the following stations:

                       HC1HC/HC8 -->QSL via NE8Z
                       HC1OT/HC8 -->QSL via NE8Z
                       HC8Z/HD8Z -->QSL via NE8Z
                       HC8N via AA5BT
                       HC8/XE1KK via XE1KK

ADDED NOTE (from NE8Z): Please view the Galapagos Islands DX Award at: http://www.octavia.com/qsl/awards.htm

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

JD1, OGASAWARA. Look for operators JM3FVL/JD1, JG4LSR/JD1, JL4CVB/JD1, and JE5DTS/JD1 to be active from Ogasawara Islands (AS-031) from April 28th to May 4th. Activity is planned to be on CW and SSB on all bands. QSL to home callsigns.

PIRATE ALERT. Station signing BS7H/BA1HAM was a work of a pirate. The real BA1HAM, OM Chen, has confirmed this with Max, DK1MAX.

PSK31 CONTEST. It has been announced that the 1st Annual CQC PSK Contest will be held on May 11, 2002. It is sponsored by the Colorado QRP Club. For more details and info, check the following Web site: http://www.cqc.org/contests/index.htm

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

SILENT KEY. Gene Willbanks, N5BLK, an INDEXA staff member, became a Silent Key on Thursday, March 21, 2002. As an INDEXA staff member, Gene participated daily in the INDEXA Information Session on 14236 kHz at 2330z. Gene, along with fellow staff members, provided QSL routes and DX information to the amateur radio community. In addition to his contributions to the DX community, Gene was an active County Hunter who especially enjoyed HF mobile operation, helping many amateurs to contact new counties for their USACA award. Gene will be missed by his family, his INDEXA colleagues, and radio amateurs around the world.

SPECIAL EVENT. The world famous writer Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2nd, 1805. Each year from 2000 to 2004 the special call OZ5HCA will be used to celebrate his birthday during the week of April 2nd. In 2005 OZ5HCA will be used during the entire month of April. This year OZ5HCA will be active from April 1st through April 7th. OZ3FYN has made an award to celebrate this event. The award has a picture of the house where Hans Christian Andersen lived as a child, and it will be signed by the mayor of Odense. The rules are as follows: You must work OZ5HCA once on three different bands. All modes count. The price of the award is 3 USD or 3 IRC. Send application (GCR list) and green stamps to the following address. OZ3FYN, P.O. Box 134, DK-5100 Odense C, Denmark.

SPRINGTIME DX MEETING. Wolff, DJ5JH, would like to inform the readership of OPDX, that the 2002 springtime DX meeting of the South German DX Group (SDXG) takes place in Oetisheim near Karlsruhe/Germany on Saturday, April 27th, at 1330 CET. All interested DXers are invited to join the meeting. For further information, please visit: http://www.sdxg.net

VU PIRATES. Sahruddin, VU2SDN, President of the Amateur Radio Society of India, informs OPDX that their QSL Bureau has been receiving a very large number cards of pirated stations using Indian callsign series. Accordingly, it is requested that widest publicity be given to the fact that only the following callsigns are being authorized by the Indian Administration:

They have received a few hundred cards from several countries indicating QSOs with amateurs using the above prefixes as well as VU4 and VU7. In addition to the above info, radio amateurs, as well as QSL Bureaus, please be informed that the following big time DXers do not accept Bureau cards: VU2AU, VU2DX, VU2FOT, VU2TMP, VU2TRI, VU2WAP and VU2XX. The Amateur Radio Society of India will be grateful if appropriate publicity is given to the above information.

VP6 OPERATIONS. The VP6DI team went QRT on March 26th around 1530z. It was announced that they made about 52,000 QSOs. The team travelled to Henderson Island for the IOTA enthusiasts and stayed about two days. The operators used their own VP6 callsign on Henderson. The last report, they made over 2000 QSOs. The IOTA designations for Ducie is OC-182 and Henderson is OC-056. Per a press release, "logs will not appear on the web site until a later date. Please don't panic." Also a reminder that Ducie QSL cards are via VE3HO (JA1BK for six meters). They added that the QSL cards will not be available at Dayton.

XR0X, SAN FELIX. The XR0X team closed down operations at 1415z on March 26th. The last QSO was with W8WFN. The total number of QSOs is just over 70,000. The XR0X team arrived back in Santiago on March 28th. Everyone was fine. They ask to please not send the team members E-mails to check the logs. The corrected logs will be posted on-line in a few days on the DXpedition's Web site: http://cordell.vwh.net/SFX/

YA, AFGHANISTAN (YA5T Update). Robert, S53R, informed OPDX that on the 26th of March he left Kabul to Islamabad and will continue to Dubai, from where he will be travelling home for a break. He states, "Last two months have seen quite some activity from YA5T, since Mark and myself were there. Peter also came for a short visit, but working comittments kept him from operating. There are 22,571 QSOs in total made from Kabul in January, February and March. Mark was on a 10 day trip to Fayzabad, in one of the most remote places in Afghanistan and made additional 404 QSOs from there. And as you know, Peter initially made over 2000 Qs in December. We will be back in Afghanistan starting May, so get ready for more activity. The YA5T logs are now up-to-date on Andy's, VE9DX, Web page at: http://www.ve9dx.com/ya5t/ya5t.html ADDED NOTE: QSL Manager Steve, KU9C, informed OPDX that there was a pirated YA5T operation on March 27th around 0200z or so..... that was the work of SLIM...per a note from Mark, ON4WW.

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