Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 557
April 8, 2002

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 557
BID: $OPDX.557
April 8, 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, NC1L, AF2C, N2OO, WA2MOE, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4WX, K5QM, AH6HY, K6GNX, N6HR, N7NG, K8YSE, N8JV, K9EL, Sharon Taratula, ARRL DX Bulletin, 4K5CW, DL1EK & DX News Letter, EA5EYJ, F5JYD, F5NOD, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, HS0/G3NOM, IK4ZHH, IK7JWX, JD1BKQ, JH4PHW, JI3DST, JI6KVR, LU5XPZ, OE1WHC, RN9XA, RU6FA, RW3RN, UX0FF, VA3NA, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY, VK4GL and VU2SDN for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 31/Machr, through Sunday, 7/April there were 238 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 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, 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, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, 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, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, XZ, 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).

7Q, MALAWI. Chris, EC3ADC, will be in Lilongwe from April 7-17th, and will sign 7Q7DX. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/12/10 meters. QSL via EA5IQ: Jose Maria Vives, C Moncada 62 6A, 46025 Valencia, Spain.

CORRECTION. In OPDX.556, under "HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS", the Web site listed for the Galapagos Islands DX Award had a typo in it. The correct URL is: http://www.octavia.com/qsl/awards.htm

DXCC NEWS...............

EP, IRAN. Stig, LA7JO, continues to be active as EP3UN. Activity over the past weekend was on 30/15/12 meters CW. Watch 10103 kHz after 0215z, and 21017 and 24901 kHz between 1400 and 1630z. Also, the ARRL DX Bulletin reports that Abdullah, EP2FM, has been active using RTTY on 20 meters around 0300 to 0400 and 1600z.

FG, GUADELOUPE. Look for Michel, F5IN, to be active as FG/F5IN from Capesterre, Guadeloupe (NA-107, DIFI FG001), from May 1-10th. Activity will be on the HF bands and CW only. He plans to meet with Pierre, F6FXS, who has been there since April 16th for some joint CW activity only. This will be a holiday style DXpedition. QSL via F5IN.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. George/KA3HSW and his son (name and callsign not provided) will be on a missions trip from June 15-27th, and he is hoping to take his rig along and operate as HI8/KA3HSW. George is not sure if he will be able to take along a computer for RTTY, but he will certainly take along cables and a copy of MMTTY in case he can lay his hands on someone else's computer!

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

I, ITALY. The city of Rome is celebrating its 2755th anniversary this April. It is suggested to be on the lookout for some special event stations to be active.

JD1, Ogasawara. Tack/JD1BKQ, Nori/JA1OZK and some other operators will install a DX Club Station in Aplil on Ogasawara Island (JD1/O)(AS-031). They will be on the air as JD1YBO from the club station between May 1-5th. Their activities on the air at first from the club station will be on CW, SSB and RTTY, the Low Bands and High Bands including the WARC bands and the 6 meter band. JD1BKQ will be active mainly on the High Bands. JA1OZK will be active mainly on Low Bands and 6 meters. Some of the other club members may join the operation as well. QSL via the Bureau to JD1YBO or direct to the following address: Tatsuhiko Kimura (JD1BKQ), 79-142 Nara-cho, Saitama-city, 331-0042 Saitama, JAPAN.

KH1, BAKER AND HOWLAND ISLANDS. Nenad, VE3EXY, reports the KH1 DXpedition is still on track. According to the latest press release, activity should take place between April 29th and May 9th using a special 1x1 callsign. All standard DX frequencies will be used according to band plans. Operating modes will be: CW, SSB, SSTV, PSK, RTTY, FM and SATELLITE. Here are the suggested frequencies that will be used mostly, unless bad propagations or too big pile-up occurs:

All QSL cards for CW, RTTY, SSTV, PSK, FM, SATELLITE, will go to YT1AD: Dr.Hrane Milosevic, 36206 Vitanovac, Yugoslavia, Europe QSL cards for SSB will go to RZ3AA: Roman Thomas (Adress will be published later). The KH1 web page is now available at: http://www.kragujevac.co.yu/kh1/

KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA (IOTA Op). Dave, AH6HY, will be going to the rare IOTA OC-077, Manua Islands, from May 18-24th. His activity will be on 10, 15 and 20 meters, SSB only. Look for him on the usual IOTA and DX frequencies. His callsign will be AH6HY/AH8. QSL via the bureau is OK or direct (1 new IRC or 1 green stamp for foreign stations). More info can be found at: http://www.qsl.net/ah6hy/samoa.html


OD, LEBANON. Operator Max, IW0GXY, has received a licence to operate a 6 meter station from here. He will be signing OD5/IW0GXY until June or even September. Watch on or around the frequency 50155 kHz (+/- QRM).

OZ, DENMARK (Danish Islands to be Activated!). Knud, OZ2ZB, is expected to be active April 11th from the following Danish Islands: Tagholme (DIA: NJ-015, no IOTA) at 1000z, Roenholme (DIA: NJ-014, no IOTA) at 1100z and Livoe (DIA: NJ-007, EU-171) at 1200z. His activity will be around 14270 and 21270 kHz (+/- QRM) SSB. QSL via OZ2ZB to the bureau or direct to: Knud Bach, Tranum Engevej 119, DK-9460, Brovst Denmark.

P5, NORTH KOREA. With the good news of the P5/4L4FN being accepted for DXCC, Ed was once again active over the past weekend on 21225 kHz during his usual time. There was good news reported this week on Bruce's, KK5DO, Web site stating Ed will be in North Korea until June 2003. Also, the Web page reports that Ed has been active on RTTY on 21080 kHz. However, these contacts are not yet being accepted for DXCC credit. Watch the following Web page for updates: http://www.amsatnet.com/p5.html QSL via KK5DO.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST DX CONVENTION. Lisa Zeug, K7UQT, asks, "Planning your summer vacation? Consider a trip to Oregon. We have mountains, we have ocean beaches, we have spectacular waterfalls, we have delicious seafood, and we have the 2002 Pacific Northwest DX Convention!" The Willamette Valley DX Club would like to invite you to the Northwest's premier DX Convention which will be held August 2-4th, near Portland, Oregon, at the Monarch Hotel, 12566 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015 (1-800-492-8700). Full details and a registration form will be on their Web site shorty at: http://www.wvdxc.org/convention/

PIRATE ALERT. Serge, 4K5CW, informs OPDX that someone continues to pirate his callsign on the Digital Modes. He states that he has never and will not in nearest future work the DIGI modes.

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

SPECIAL EVENT STATION. Radio Austria International (the external broadcasting service) operates, as in previous years, special event station OE1M (a special prefix for this day only), on International Marconi Day, April 27th. This operation aims at inviting radio amateurs and broadcast listeners to learn more about each other. The QSL, accordingly, will be issued "cross.-mode" for OE1M-QSOs/RRs and/or reception reports for "Intermedia", Radio Austria International's weekly communications magazine (broadcast via AM, SW, cable, satellite, and internet). For details check: http://roi.orf.at/intermedia/ Current working frequencies will be announced on the website, and if you enter your callsign in the "QRZ" section, OE1M will immediately call you on the band.

SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS. Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A, was heard this past week on 20 meters and 12 meters. Watch around 14212 kHz after 0400z and 24943 kHz after 1530z. QSL direct to: Monk Apollo, Monastery Dochiariou, GR-63037 Mt. Athos, Greece. Check out the interesting Web site on Mount Athos at: http://www.medialab.ntua.gr/athos/uk/general/top.htm

TK7, CORSICA. Bruno, F5JYD, informs OPDX that the special callsign TK7I will be activated by the "LOOS DX GANG", April 20-27th, from Etang de Biguglia, South of Bastia (IOTA EU-014). Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via F5JYD CBA or Bureau.

V2 & VP2M, ANTIGUA AND MONTSERRAT. Bill/W4WX (V25WX & VP2MHX) and Larry/W1LR (V2/W1LR & VP2MHS), members of the Florida DXpedition Group, will be active from Montserrat April 9-14th and April 15-16th from Antigua. Look for them on all bands, except 160 meters, on SSB, MMTTY, and PSK-31. QSL via home callsign, direct or via bureau.

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS. Jim, N8JV, provided the DX community a message from Jim, KC7OKZ, stating that for those of you following Carol/KC7TSX and Jim's sailing adventures on "Morning Wings", they are now on the Marshall Islands. Carol is now V73SX and Jim is V73KZ. Jim reports everything is up and working fine. The Yaesu FT-900 was put into sevice on the way down from Honolulu when their ICOM-706 bit the dust. It is now repaired and functioning. They set up on the atoll with their little Honda genset (only 1000 watts) and a couple of Hamsticks. He states. "Everything worked great. For now we are doing everything from Majuro (OC-029) but within the next couple of months should be able to get out to at least two of the unactivated atolls and put them on the air. Probably Ujelang will be first."

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND. Remember that Jack, VK6CTL, is expected to be active as VK9LT this week (April 11-22nd). Activity will be mostly SSB. QSL via VK6CTL (VK-ZL only) and all others to HB9QR: Erwin Fink, Toedistr. 7, CH-8572 Berg, Switzerland.

VK9ML, MELLISH REEF. By the time you read this, an international team of 10 operators from G, JA, VK, W, and ZL will have set sail for Mellish Reef Monday, April 8th. The voyage is expected to take approx. 3 to 4 days. For up-to-date news, please check the main Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/vk9ml/2002/ If this site is down or slow, try the mirror website at: http://www.users.bigpond.com/vk4cp/2002/ For Japanese DXers a full translated web site (mirror) is available at: http://www.pedi.jp/vk9ml/2002/

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS. Jesse, AB5RY, is operating VQ9J for the next few months. His is expected to have a strong station on 160-10 meters. He was heard this past week on 28435 kHz between 2045-2200z. He was also heard on 24987 kHz around 1930z the week before. QSL to K5QM with a S.A.S.E.

VU4 AND VU7 UPDATE (Why The Blanket Ban). Last week, some of our readers wanted to know why there is a "blanket ban on operations" from Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshdeep Islands. Sahruddin, VU2SDN, President of the Amateur Radio Society of India, provided OPDX with the following answer: "The Government feels that from the point of view of Defence, it is a very sensitive area and they do not want anyone to operate any kind of wireless system. The presumption is apparently based on intelligence reports from people who do not understand what amateur radio is. ( or perhaps, do not want to understand ) Even for Indians, going there is permitted but not to operate from there. Not only this, at present, no licences are being issued to radio amateurs from Jammu and Kashmir and all the North-Eastern States. Whether we agree with this understanding or not, we cannot do anything about it."

XW, LAOS. Ray, HS0/G3NOM, informs OPDX that the plans for the HSDXA/RAST DXpedition to Laos is now finalized. Activity will be between April 10-20th, using the group callsign XW1HS. QSL Manager will be E21EIC: P.O. Box 1090, Kasetsart, Bangkok 10903, Thailand. Operators' individual callsigns are as follows: XW1CW (E20HHK), XW1IC (E21EIC), XW1OM (HS0/G3NOM), XW1CKC (HS1CKC), XW1EQY (HS9EQY) and XW1GBI (HS0GBI). QSL to their home callsign or the Thailand QSL Bureau. Ray states all amateur bands and modes are authorized and will be attempted. Please request any special modes or contacts before April 10th. Ray's E-mail address is: g3nom@rast.or.th It is hoped they will have internet access in Vientiane (to be announced). Suggested main operating frequencies:

Satellite operation should start on April 11th, and continue until April 20th. A concerted effort will be made. HS2JFW has prepared equipment for operations on AO-10, AO-40, FO-20, FO-29, RS12/13, RS15, AO-27, UO-14. Frequencies bands to be used are 21MHz, 28MHz, 144MHz, 430MHz, 2.4GHz. Modes: CW, SSB, FM, RTTY, SSTV. The uplink signal may be weak on 70cm, so listen carefully. See further details of equipment, antennas, operations and updates on the following Web site: http://www.rast.or.th/xw1hs/

YA, AFGHANISTAN. Mark Tell, VK4KMT, is now in Pakistan. He will fly to Afghanistan on Monday, April 8th, and be in Mazar-e-Sharif in Northern Afghanistan for a while. Mark does have a Icom 706 with him. Mark will be there for 3 weeks, then head to Kabul to meet up with the other guys as they return from taking their out of country break.

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