Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 563
May 27, 2002

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 563
BID: $OPDX.563
May 27, 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, K2JXW, N2OO, N3SIG, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WA4TLI, W5AA, W5BOS, K6RIM, N6FF, W6DXO, K7BV, K7OX, K8YSE, KU9C, N9TK, KA0CT, Southern Cross DX Group, 9A6AA, 9K2HN, DF3CB, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL7UFR, DL9GDB, EI4GK, EI8EM, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3XTT, GM3WOJ, HL1IWD, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, JI3DST, JI6KVR, LU5FF, OH6NJ, OM3JW, ON4BAM, OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, RA3AUU, RZ1AK, SM5DIC, SM5MX, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3CSK/VE3NH, VE3EXY, VE3HO, YT1AD and ZS4BS for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 19/May, through Sunday, 26/May there were 221 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, 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, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J5, J6, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, R1MV, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9N, VK9X, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, 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).


2002 KOREA DX CONVENTION. Lee, HL1IWD, Organizing Director for the convention, informs OPDX that the "2002 Korea DX Convention" will take place between August 31st through September 1st in Cheonan City in South Korea. The programs include DXCC field checking (with the help of K3ZO) and DXpedition video and seminars. Any foreign ham friends are welcome to join!

3XY, GUINEA. The DL7DF crew is happy to announce its next DXpedition to Guinea using the callsign 3XY7C. Operations will take place between October 30th (evening local time) and November 13th (noon local time). They will have several stations on the air on all bands from 160-6 meters on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. They will also make an attempt on SSTV. Their experienced crew includes Tom/DJ6TF, Dirk/DJ7UC, Manfred/DK1BT, Wolf/DL4WK, Frank/DL7UFR, Tom/DL7BO and Sigi/DL7DF. The equipment consists of 4 transceivers (2 x IC735, 2 x IC706), 2 x kW linears (maybe 3), a TH3 for 20/15/10, a A3WS (17/12), 2 Titanex V80E Lowband Verticals, a GP for 40/30, another R5 Multiband GP as well as 5 laptop computers. The QSL route is either direct or via the bureau to DL7DF. An on-line log will be available and updated during their DXpedition. For more details, check the 3XY7C website at: http://www.qsl.net/dl7df/3x/ Their pilot station for this DXpedition is Bernd, DF3CB (bernd@df3cb.com).

9A, CROATIAN ISLANDS. Operators Neno/9A7N/p, Luka/9A7Z/p, Ante/9A4DU/p, and possibly two members of the radio club "Korcula" (9A1CLM/p), plan to visit seven Croatian islands situated on south part of the Adriatic, from June 14-16th. QSL via their home callsigns.

       Island      IOTA     IOCA       WLHA      ARLHS
   1. Bisevo,      EU-016,  CI-007,   LH-0901,   CRO-067
   2. Scedro,      EU-016,  CI-127,   LH-1056,   CRO-135
   3. Vis,         EU-016,  CI-142    - - - - ,  CRO-146, CRO-150
   4. Jerolim,     EU-016,  CI-175    - - - - ,  CRO-161
   5. Parzan,      EU-016,  CI-199
   6. Sv. Klement, EU-016,  CI-218
   7. Ravnik,      EU-016,  CI-207

9H, MALTA. Dieter, DL9GDB, will again be on the air as 9H3UT from June 3-22nd. Activity will be on CW from Comino Island. Please QSL to DL9GDB via Bureau or direct.

9H, MALTA. Maurice, ON4BAM, reports that he will spend his holidays in Malta this year and has just received an E-mail confirmation of his callsign 9H3Z. Look for him to be active from July 15-30th on all HF bands with his TS- 450S and wire antenna on SSB and PSK. This will be a holiday style operation except during the IOTA contest. QSL via ON4BAM.

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. Peter, G4MJS, was currently active from the Hillview Gardens Resort station 9M6AAC/9M6A in Sabah, East Malaysia. Look for activity again by 9M6AAC, June 5-7th, with emphasis on the WARC bands and 50mhz. Also look for activity from Peter as 9M6A (contest call for Hillview Gardens) in the RSGB Jubilee Contest June 8-9th. By the way, Peter was active this past weekend in the CQ WPX CW Contest as 9M6A. QSL 9M6AAC and 9M6A via N2OO. Check out the following Web page: http://www.qsl.net/n2oo/history/qsl-n2oo.htm

9U, BURUNDI. Gus, SM5DIC/9U5D, informs OPDX that his good friend and colleague, UN Chief Communication Coordinator, Christian Alemanni in Bujumbura, Burundi, now has his Ham Radio License. His callsign is 9U5A. The ARCT bureau accepted his application and gave him a full legal license. He will be sending a copy to ARRL DXCC to be confirmed. Christian has little experience on short wave operation, especially pile ups. He only has had a French low class license and only worked VHF traffic over repeaters back home. So, he is a new DXer, PLEASE, be patient with him. Christian will have a French ham fellow as QSL manager. More details should be forthcoming.

ANTARCTIC ACTIVITY. Chris Post, N3SIG, informs OPDX that he is currently back stateside. However, he will be back on Ross Island (AN-011) on August 15th and plans to be active on HF shortly after his return. He also mentions that he got approval for his Antarctic New Zealand license to be renewed, so he will have the special ZL5CP callsign again. He will also use KC4/N3SIG from McMurdo Base Station. His QSL Manager will be AI3D for both callsigns.

BQ9, PRATAS ISLAND. The Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League (CTARL) announces its 7th DXpedition to Pratas Island. The callsign issued will be BQ9P. Operation will commence on or about 0900z on June 4th, and will end at approximately 2300z on June 12th. Operators include BV4FH/Paul (Team Leader), BV5CR/Wong, BV3FG/Robert, K4WA/Steven, K5YY/Sanford, W5FI/Gary and W0IZ/Igor. The team plans to operate 5 stations on all bands, 6 meters to 160 meters. QSL cards can be obtained via KU9C. Please Note:

Transportation costs and other DXpedition expenses are estimated at 8,000 USD. Donations will be graciously accepted with your QSL card, or in advance of the operation via KU9C. Any questions, comments, etc... Please contact Steve KU9C at: ku9c@arrl.net

DX VIDEO REVIEW (by Tedd, KB8NW). ***** The "VP8THU South Sandwich 2002" video is another fine addition to my James Brooks, 9V1YC, collection. As always, James's video photography is top notch, and brings this cold Antarctic island right into your living room. I would have to call this operation "EXTREME DXing". The Southern Thule Island (part of the South Sandwich Island Group) has been called by other expeditioners the "most horrible place on Earth". This video shows you the "extreme conditions and challenges" the VP8THU team went through just to air this rare entity. There is some beauty on the island as well as some historical information provided on the video. This video makes you appreciate the VP8THU's hard work as operators and devotion to DXing. The video is available at the following Web site at: http://home1.pacific.net.sg/~jamesb/vp8thuvideo.htm

C31, ANDORRA (YL Op). Look for well known YL DXer Denise, F6HWU, to be active for three days as C31YL between May 29-31st. This expedition was possible due to both the Clipperton DX Club and URA staff's efforts. Activity will be on HF CW only from URA Radio club station, open daily from 0600z to 2000z. She may try to activate the WARC bands. The QSL cards go exclusively to URA Bureau.

FR/T, TROMELIN. It has been reported by Jean-Louis, F5UJK, DX Manager on the Web page http://www.radioamateur.org, that Jacques, FR5ZU, has cancelled all his future ham activities on Tromelin Island which had been planned from June to July 2002. After DINA's storm disaster on Reunion Island, all Jacques' aerial gear had been completely destroyed. At the moment Jacques is looking for a new vertical (R8 or MA5B-HF) at a reasonnable price. If you can or want to help Jacques, you can reach him at his E-mail address: jacques.quillet@wanadoo.fr They are hoping he can be active next year from either Tromelin or Europa.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Klaus, DL7NS, will be active as HB0/DL7NS from June 1-12th from Triesenberg. Activity will be on the WARC bands CW with 100 watts + GP. QSL via DL7NS; OK via Bureau or direct.

GM7V TEAM. Chris, GM3WOJ, informs OPDX that the GM7V team will be busy in 2002. The GM7V team is going to be active as GB5HQ, GS2MP, GM0F, GM5A, GM4YXI, GD6IA, 9M2/GM4YXI (from rare IOTAs AS-074 and AS-046) and GM7V. Please visit their newly updated web site for more information, plus contest stories and photos at: http://www.gm7v.com

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

KH0, MARIANA ISLAND. Hiroyasu/JA4RED and Yasuo/JH4RLY will be active from Saipan as KH0/JH4RLY and KH0/JA4RED for four days between June 14-17th. Activity will be above 40 meters on SSTV, PSK31, and RTTY.

KL5, ALASKA (IOTA Op). Lanny, W5BOS, will activate IOTA NA-121, Walrus Isls, Alaska, July 8-10th. His callsign will be W5BOS/KL5. Operation will be on 20-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via W5BOS direct or via the bureau.


NCDXF PRESS RELEASE. Beginning May 22, 2002, Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) librarian duties will be assumed by Dick Wilson, K6LRN. Dick will process all requests for NCDXF's video lending program. Any individual or group wishing to borrow a video from NCDXF should contact Dick as follows: Dick Wilson, K6LRN, P. O. Box 273, Somerset, CA 95684-0273 (E-mail: k6lrn@arrl.net ) Information pertaining to the Northern California DX Foundation is available at: http://www.ncdxf.org

NEW DX CLUB FORMED. A new DX club has been formed in Spokane, WA, called Spokane DX Association (SDXA). The club officers are:

    President     -  Gary,  K7OX       Secretary   -   Charles, WA7LT
    V. President  -  Randy, K7TQ       Treasurer   -   Mary,    AA7RT

Anyone interested in DX/Contesting may contact any of the club officers. The club meets the first Thursday of every month and has 21 members at the present.

P4, ARUBA. Look for Dick/W3RM and Mike/N3MT to be active as P40RM and P40MT, respectively, from May 29th through June 19th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters mainly CW, with some SSB. QSL direct via their home callsigns.

PY0/F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Dennis, K7BV, informs OPDX that reports/rumors have been circulating about him being active from Fernando de Noronha between May 24th and June 1st. This information is incorrect and Dennis has not reported or released such information. However, Dennis did operate PY0F last year on those dates.

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

R1, MALYJ VYSOTSKIJ ISLAND. By the time you read this, this operation will be winding down or QRT (May 30th). The main callsign that was used was R1MVI. QSL to via OH2BR. Operators involved were: OH2BR, OH5NE, OH9MM, RW1AC, RV1AW, RA1ACJ, UA1AKC, UA1ARX, UA2FZ, RW3QC, RW4WR and RA3AUU. Three of the five Russian operators are on the WRTC-2002 team (RW1AC-RW3QC, UA2FZ-RW4WR, RV1AW-RA3AUU) and were active in this past weekend's WPX CW Contest as R1MVC, R1MVD and R1MVF. QSLs for R1MVC, R1MVD and R1MVF will be sent via the bureau to everyone who made a contact. Please DO not send your cards!!!

SPECIAL EVENT. Dennis, ZS4BS, informs OPDX that the Midlands Amateur Radio Club in South Africa will be operating a final station from Spioenkop (scene of one of the bloodiest battles fought to relieve Ladysmith) on May 31st. This is the last time ZS100ABW will be on the air to commemorate the roles played by the British, Boers and Zulus during the Anglo Boer War of 1899-1902. All contacts will be acknowledged with an attractive QSL card. Please QSL either via the Bureau or direct to: Midlands Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 100220, Scottsville, 3209, South Africa. Any queries can be directed to Willie Axford, ZS5WI, by E-mail at: zs5wi@iafrica.com For information of a historical nature, E-mail Sean Friend at: seanfriend@dorea.co.za

TI, COSTA RICA. Dick, W5AA, informs OPDX that he will be active as W5AA/TI8 for one month from the remote location of Pavones, on the Pacific near the Panama border begining May 22nd or 23rd.

TN, CONGO. By the time you read this, Josep/EA3BT and Nuria/EA3WL should be winding down their TN3B and TN3W operation. Remember, QSL both callsigns via EA3BT. Online logs are available on: http://www.ea3bt.com/congo/congo-frequencies.htm

TY, BENIN (Update). The French team has provided more information on their July 15th to August 14th operation to Grand-Popo, just near the southern border of Togo. Their shack will be 2 km away from the ocean. Their aim is to contact as many stations as possible from all continents, especially on WARC bands as well as low bands. 6m and SAT activities are also planned. Due to the proximity to Togo, they expect to transmit from the southern part of that country. At this time, they are looking to get a license but it is not a sure thing. In Benin, they know of several young guys who are really interested in ham-radio, but they don't have the money to pay for licences and gear. The team has asked for an extra license. Their antennas will stay there and they will provide a transceiver. They really hope to leave the country with at least 1 station (permanent resident) active from TY. Their relations with the OPT (Ministry of Telecommunications) was excellent during their operation last year. That is why they want to work hard to promote ham-radio in this country. So they are currently looking for donations. The DXpedition now has a Web page available at: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/f5cwu/html/benin02.htm

WP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLAND. Steve, KU9C, will be here from June 2-8th. During this stay, which Steve says is primarily a vacation and a 'break' before the PW0T cards hit, he will be running as WP2Z. His plans are to operate the digital modes, 6 meters and the WARC bands as time permits. If anyone needs the USVI for a new one, he will try to help. Feel free to E-mail him at: ku9c@arrl.net

XV9, VIETNAM. You still have a fews to contact Rolf, SM5MX, in Hanoi using the callsign XV9SW through May 28th. He has no antennas for lower bands, so he will be active mainly on CW and the higher bands. Rolf was active this past weekend in the CQ WPX CW Contest as a 21 MHz Low Power entry. QSL via SM3CXS as usual.

ZONE 2 (IOTA Op). The Castalia Island DX Association is proud to announce an upcoming DXpedition to Baffin Island Canada, VY0, IOTA NA-047, CQ Zone 2, from June 15th through June 18th. Current plans are for operations on 20, 15 and 10 meters during the evening hours from approximately 2200-0300z. Operations on the WARC bands may be attempted if time and conditions allow. The callsign for the DXpedition will be K4UP/VY0. QSLs go to the Castalia Island DX Assn. via K4UP.

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