Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 561
May 5, 2002

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 561
BID: $OPDX.561
May 6, 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 & DXCC Desk, K2KW, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5OVC, KG6S, N6SS, W6DXO, KL7AK, WE7K, K8BL, K8YSE, W9DC, W0SD, 7N2UTO, 9V1YC, CE7ZK, DF4RD, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL8AAM, EA7JX/EH7JX, F5NQL & UFT, F5TJC, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, F0DSJ, G0WMW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK0LNN, OH2YY, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY, VE7DP, VK2HV and YT1AD for the following DX information.

FEW NOTES FROM EDITOR, TEDD, KB8NW: I can not guararantee that there will be a bulletin over the next two weeks due to a very hectic schedule. IF (and I do stress the word "IF") there is a bulletin for May 13th it will probably be some genreal announcements (but small in size). This is due to a few family events (I will be traveling to Toledo to see my son graduate from the University of Toledo early Saturday. Also, my dad and sister will be in town for a special family gathering/celebration. It is also Mother's Day.) Because I will be attending the Dayton HamVention, there will not be a bulletin for May 20th (unless there is a major announcement). Please, continue to send your information (you never know!).

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 28/April, through Sunday, 5/May there were 231 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, 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, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH1, KH2, KH6, KH8, KH9, 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, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9L, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

3V, TUNISIA. Terry/F5MSE and Steve/F5NZY (FOC) will be active from Djerba as 3V8SM, May 8-15th. Activity will be on all HF bands on CW and SSB. QSL via F5MSE.

6Y, JAMAICA. OPDX was informed that "Team Vertical" is heading back to Jamaica for the WPX CW Contest. The team will arrive in Jamaica May 18th, and depart May 28th. They will be active on all bands, 160-6 meters. The callsign 6Y2A will be used during the contest on May 25-26th. The group will enter the Multi/Multi category, and will run six stations, each running a KW during the contest. Outside the contest, the team will operate as "homecall/6Y5". The list of operators are: N6BT, KE7X, WA6O, N6XG, W0YK, N6XI, and K2KW. Four of the transceivers will be Elecraft K2/100 rigs. As always, they will be using Force 12 vertical antennas on all bands from 160-6 meters. On 6 meters, they will be very active running a KW and will be transmitting on 50.102 MHz, QSX outside the DX window as directed. QSL 6Y2A and K2KW via WA4WTG. QSL others as directed.

7O, YEMEN. Pekka, OH2YY, has informed OPDX that he will be on a business trip in Sanaa, Yemen, from the evening of May 7th until late night on May 11th. He has applied for permission to operate amateur radio during his visit, and he has received a written confirmation dated on April 23rd, to import his radio equipment and to operate them during his visit. So far, Pekka has not been assigned a 7O-callsign, and unless otherwise agreed after his arrival, he will be using the callsign 7O/OH2YY. Pekka will carry a FT840 transceiver and a FinnFet 1001 amplifier. He will also have a Cuscraft R5 vertical with him, and once in Sanaa, he will try to organize (setup) either a dipole or a long wire for 40 and 80 meters. Pekka has suggested the following frequencies: 3790, 7045, 14195, 18135, 21295, 24950, 28495 kHz. If the propagation allows, he will try to maximize the number of QSOs by staying on the higher frequencies. He will operate SSB only. His QTH in Sanaa will be a bit outside of the city in a residential district. It's a higher altitude location having a very nice and clear view to the north over the valley of the city of Sanaa. The QTH should be good for QSOs to North America, Caribbean, Europe and most of Asia, including Japan. On Tuesday, May 7th, Pekka will arrive in Sanaa so late that most likely he will have to wait until the next morning to get the antennas installed. He will have business meetings on Wednesday and Saturday, and Pekka is not aware of his detailed schedule yet. On Thursday and Friday he should be able to operate most of the day. Anyway, he will use all the available time for DXing. The QSL address is his home address: Pekka Ahlqvist, Vapaalanpolku 8B, 01650, Vantaa, Finland.

7O, YEMEN. A couple of sources are reporting that Chris Lorek, G4HCL, was recently in Sanaa, Yemen, and while there he made a handful of contacts as 7O/G4HCL "under the direct supervision of the Yemeni Communications Ministry". Chris is currently back in the UK, but will be back in Yemen on Saturday, May 11th, for a three week stay. He is expected to be operating on the amateur bands by himself from Sanaa and possibly other locations in the country. However, his operating time will be limited to his spare time due to his work schedule. This is not a DXpedition. He will be using a FT-990 with 100 watts into a vertical or dipole antennas. QSL information to be announced.

ARMED FORCES DAY. Amateurs are urged to take part in the upcoming 52nd Armed Forces Day event, May 11-12th. There will be an exchange of contacts with the Army, Air Force, Navy-Marine Corps and Coast Guard radio stations. This year's traditional Armed Forces Day actually falls on May 18th, but the traditional cross-band communications test was rescheduled to avoid a conflict with the Dayton Hamvention. Cross-band activity is expected to be on amateur frequencies in the 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands with transmissions on selected MARS frequencies. For more details, please check the Army MARS Web site at: http://www.asc.army.mil/MARS/afd/mars_afd.htm

CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND. Operators Duane/WV2B, William/VE1AAO, James/VE9DH, Ed/W0SD, Arliss/W7XU, Holly/N0QJM and Edith/W0OE are expected to be on the air from here late June 29th through July 8th. The operation will feature two full time stations and an attempt is being made to add a third, part time HF station to be used during peak propagation times, especially to the Pacific area where CY9 is needed by many. The group plans on operating on the west side of the island to have a clear shot to Asia, South America, North America and most of Europe. The landing is much more difficult on this side because of the prevailing winds which always seem to blow on St. Paul with high seas; therefore, the start up date is subject to landing conditions. As far as it is known, no previous operations have been from this side of the island. This operation will feature a full time, dedicated six meter station operated by W7XU, N0QJM, W0SD and W0OE. The six meter station WILL ONLY transmit on 50.157 MHz listening up when there is propagation. A beam and ACOM 1000 amplifier will be used with operation on SSB and CW. Liaison will be available on 28.886 MHz and E-mail updates via WINLINK 2000 will be provided to the appropriate Six Meter Internet sites. The Grid Square will be FN97. A special effort will be made to work Europe on double hop sporadic E in addition to North America and Caribbean areas! A second station will be set up for HF. The operation plans to use a 5 band Hex beam for 20-10 meters and a vertical on 30 and 40 meters. Given the time of the year, no operation is planned for 80 and 160 meters. An ACOM 1000 amplifier will be used. There will be activity on RTTY, SSB and CW. Operators will be WV2B, VE1AAO, VE9DH, W0SD, W7XU, N0QJM and W0OE. Planned frequencies are as follows:

All QSLs via W7XU.

DAYTON EVENT. The Northern Ohio DX Association (along with WVNO Radio) will once again sponsor a Hospitality Suite at this year's Dayton Hamvention. It will be in Suite 1011 on the 10th Club Floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel (old Stouffers) on Friday and Saturday evenings. All DXers/Contesters are welcome. Munchies and refreshments will be avaialble. Come and meet the members and friends of NODXA.

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

EP & YA, IRAN AND AFGHANISTAN. Stig, LA7JO (aka EP3UN), reports that he is on his way to Afghanistan after which he will be on vacation. He expects to return to Iran at the end of June.

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Look for F8DQL to be active as FO/F8DQL every day, around 0700z, from now through May 12th, from Tahiti's main island (OC-046, DIFO : FO002). Activity will be on 21010/020 kHz and 28030 khz on CW. QSL vi his home call.

FRENCH ISLANDS TO BE ACTIVATED. Yan, F0DSJ, informs OPDX that Dimitri/F0DSK, Ronan/F5TJP and himself will activate the following French island this week. The VHF activity will be done by F0DSJ and F0DSK. The HF activity will be done by F5TJP. Their schedule is as follows:

Not Sure e Grande (DIFM MA016 - IN88FT)
Ile a Cantu Aganton (DIFM MA076 - IN88ET)

HAM RADIO FAIR 2002. Dieter Dippel, DF4RD, would like to remind everyone that European's biggest Ham Radio Event (app. 20,000 visitors) will take place Friday, June 28th, through Sunday, June 30th, at Friedrichshafen, Bodensee (Lake Constance), South-West Germany (close to the Swiss and Austrian Border). A meeting of Contesters and DXers will be organized as in previous years by the BCC (Bavarian Contest Club) and the RRDXA (Rhein Ruhr DX Association) on Friday (RRDXA) and Saturday (BCC) evening. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive a copy of the press release as an additional bulletin. For non-subscribers, please visit the following Ham Radio Fair 2002 Web site for more details and information at: http://www.messe-fn.de/ham/

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

IQ0, ITALY. The team of I0CUT, I0JBL, IK0LNN, IK0NFV, IK0PEA, IK0SME, IZ0BXZ and possibly others will participate in the 2002 ARI International Contest with special callsign, IQ0N, in the category Multi/Single. Their activity will be on all bands and all modes. QSL via the bureau or direct to IK0NFV.

JD1, OGASAWARA. Six JA operators will be active on all bands (includes 6 meters) and all modes from Ogasawara (AS-031) on June 8-10th. Their callsigns will be JA1UII/JD1, JG1GGU/JD1, JH1HHC/JD1 JI1LET/JD1, JK1KNB/JD1 and 7N2UTO/JD1. QSL via home callsigns. The details and logs will be available at: http://www.geocities.co.jp/Technopolis-Mars/9110/

K1B, BAKER ISLAND. Activity is going strong. One of Hrane's, YT1AD, reports stated that it took seven ship crew members, and 13 + 1 radio fanatics almost 48 hours to set up three complete camps. The USA camp is operated by KW4DA, N6TQS, Z32ZM and S56A. The Serbian camp is operated by YT1AD, YU1DX, YU1AU and ZS6MG. The Russian camp is operated by RZ3AA, RA3AUU, RW3AH (9X0A) and LY3NUM. Remember, all CW, RTTY, PSK and SSTV QSOs are via YT1AD: Dr. Hrane Milosevic, 36206 Vitanovac, Yugoslavia. All SSB QSOs are via RZ3AA: Roman Thomas, P.O. Box 2059, Moscow, 101000, Russia. Activity should last until May 9th. For the latest updates, try the Web page: http://www.magma.ca/~ve3exy/

Some of the logs are now available at:

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY AND NEWS........... Just a quick note to let everyone know that Ted, W8TTS, has updated the WLH list on his Web page at: http://home.neo.rr.com/tsarah/www/w8tts.html Please note that LH-0758, Sable Island is CY0 and not VO1.

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


SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event callsign II0FM to be used for the "III Friendship Meeting" from May 20-26th. QSL via IZ0BTV.

VK9ML UPDATE AND STATISTICS. It was reported that all the logs from the VK9ML operation are now available online on their Web page. Statistics show that the VK9ML operation netted 50,950 QSOs: CW - 26,246; SSB- 23,188; and RTTY 1,516.

VP8THU VIDEO IS AVAILABLE. James, 9V1YC, states, "Yes, finally, at long last, the South Sandwich (VP8THU) DXpedition video is ready. The synopsis is here: http://home1.pacific.net.sg/~jamesb/vp8thuvideo.htm This one is a bit more dramatic than the last few. Smashing 40-foot seas, insane cliff-jumps into zodiacs, and thousands of penguins making a tremendous racket. A bit more wild DX fun this time." :-)

XW, LAOS. Rod, EA7JX/EH7JX, informs OPDX that he is in contact with Larry, XW1LLR, who has been working in the country for 8 years and has married a native Vientiane wife in Laos. He reportedly has one TS850S and two TS50S, and has begun putting up new antennas; "dipoles" in the jungle. He said for now to QSL via the club station XW8KPL. Rod adds that Larry has an 8 hectors farm for putting up a good antennas farm in the future. Larry was heard this past weekend on the 14245 DX net around 1500z.

YL DXER INJURIED. Lenny, K5OVC, informed OPDX that well-known YL Nellie, XE1CI, was hit by a car last week in her apartment house garage as she was walking her dogs. The driver of the car said he did not see her. Nellie had to have a hip replacement, but prior to going into surgery, her heart acted up and she ultimately had to have a pacemaker put in. The good news is that Nellie is home with nurses round the clock as she cannot bend or get in a car for about 3 month or so. She is confined to bed. Nellie will not be going to Dayton or Hamcom in Dallas. Lenny doesn't know if she will be able to go to the YL meeting in Palermo, Italy. At this time she will not be on the air as she has to find out if she can operate with a pacemaker in her. Besides, Lenny doesn't think she can get to the radio. Lenny will be keeping in touch with Nellie and will send us further updates on her condition. She is a very special lady, and get well cards to her along with your prayers will be appreciated. Her address is: Nellie de Lazard, Sierra Chalchihui 235-502B, Mexico City, 11000, Mexico.

YO, ROMANIA. Jean Michel, F6AJA, will be active again as YO/F6AJA for the 9th year from the QTH of YO8FZ from May 19-26th. He will be active only during his free time.

WHAT WERE THOSE OEH, OEP AND OEY PREFIXES? After some confusion on the band and on the DXClusters about callsigns like OEH6101 ... etc. on May 1st, Tom, DL8AAM, was nice enough to send OPDX information on the event:

"For some hours each year on May 1st they run the Austrian Emergency and Disaster-Communications Training Contest on 80 and 30m. The SSB operation on 30m is ok with the IARU rules under the point 'Emergency communication'. Red Cross (OEH's), Police (OEP's) & Military (OEY's) are licenced working OE-HAMs to train OPs of both radio services for a possible interaction QSOs in case of an emergency/disaster. (SWL-) QSL ok via OE-Bureau ! Stations active this year: OEH20 (Red Cross National HQ Vienna, via OE1XXK), OEH3101 (via OE3XRK), OEH5601 (via OE2XRK), OEH6101 (OP OE6PTG, via OE6XRK), OEH71 (via OE7XRK), OEH7201, OEH8101 (OP OE8FKQ, via OE8XRK), OEH91 (via OE9XRK), OEP213, OEY55 (OP OE1RGC)."

More info is available about this Contest on: http://www.oevsv.at

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