Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 571
July 22, 2002

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 571
BID: $OPDX.571
July 22, 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, K1HT, NC1L, N2OO, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K4RFK, W4UBC, W4WX, K5MK, KK5DO, KG8DP, N6HR, K8YSE, W9DC, Archibald Family, Todd LeMense, 9A6AA, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, EA5RM, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3NKC, GM4YXI, HL1VAU, HL1XP, IK4ZHH, IZ8BRI, JI6KVR, LA9VDA, OH1EH, OH9MM, PY3DX, PY8AZT, RZ4HF, SP6ECA and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 14/July, through Sunday, 21/July there were 227 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE0X, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, 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, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2V, VP6, VP8/h, VP8/o, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, XZ, 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).

7Q, MALAWI. Ely, IN3VZE, is expected to be active as 7Q7CE from September 22nd through October 8th. Bands and modes of activity were not provided. QSL via his home callsign IN3VZE via the Bureau or direct to: Ely Camin, C.so 3 Novembre 136/2, 38100 Trento, ITALY.

8A, INDONESIA (New IOTA!). A group of operators from Indonesia and Italy plan to activate Masalembu Island as 8A3M, July 29th through August 4th. This will be a new IOTA (AS-###). Operators mentioned are: YC3DIK, YC3IZK, YC3MM, YC3OX, IT9SSI, IV3FSG, IZ8CCW and possibly others from the Mediterraneo DX Club. They expect to be active with two or three stations on the air on SSB, CW and RTTY. They are looking for contributions/donations for this operation. QSL via IZ8CCW.

9M2, WEST MALAYSIA (IOTA Op). Keith, GM4YXI, informs OPDX that after 5 months, and with lots of help from local people, he has managed to get his licence renewed once more. He plans to be active August 9-11th from Pulau Ketam (AS-074) and August 16-19th from Pulau Babi Besar (AS-046). The weekend of August 24-25th is still open. Keith will be active as 9M2/GM4YXI on CW/SSB on 20/17/15/12/10 meters, using the usual IOTA SSB frequencies and around 14040, 18088, 21040, 24910 and 28040 on CW. Using only a 100w and a vertical antenna, he will operate split (up) as necessary. Keith states he will look out specifically for openings to NA, especially the East Coast since this is a particularly challenging path. QSL only via Kim Larson, (c/o N3SL), 22 N Hidden Acres Dr, Sioux City, IA 51108, USA. Kim and Steve also have logs for his previous 9M2 activity. See the following Web page for details: http://www.qsl.net/n3sl/manager.htm He will try to get the online log updated as soon as possible after each trip. Keith will actually be there on medical business and states, "As ever, with this sort of trip (the expeditions are not the primary reason for my visit to Malaysia), last minute issues may cause a change of plan." Check the Web page for updates at: http://www.gm7v.com/

C5, THE GAMBIA. Juha, OH9MM, is going to celebrate his 30th birthday (November 28th) with a special Multi/Multi operation (Multi/Single also considered) from Gambia. The main focus is to operate the contest, but there will also be some activity before and after the contest (November 20th through December 1st). Activity will be on CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK31 on 160-6 meters. Operation site will be near Banjul and the callsign will be C53M. Juha reports that he has now 10 people to go with him (some not hams). However, he still needs a couple of CW operators to join them. Juha states The Gambia is very easy to get to and cheap access, at least for Scandinavian operators (others are also OK!). If interested, contact him at: oh9mm@sral.fi

C6, BAHAMAS. Members of the Southwest Ohio DX Association and the Hoosier DX and Contest Group will operate as C6AJR from Eleuthera (NA-001), July 24-31st. This will include an entry in the IOTA Contest as C6DX. Look for operators Jim/K8FL, Wayne/K8LEE, Mike/N9NS, Joe/W8GEX, Ron/W8ILC and Byron/WA8NJR to be active on 40-6 meters SSB, CW and PSK31. QSL C6AJR via W8GEX and C6DX via N8QET.

D4, CAPE VERDE. Alberto, IV3TAN, has announced that he will be active as D44TC during the CQ WW SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All Band entry, October 26-27th.

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, DXCC Manager, reports: "Effectively immediately, the DXCC Desk will accept confirmations for RTTY QSOs with Ed, P5/4L4FN. QSOs dating back to November, 2001 will be be counted." (See P5 for more news.)

GJ, JERSEY. Rich, K2WR, will be active as GJ2A during the IOTA Contest. QSL via GJ3DVC. There will be operations outside of the contest as MJ0AWR. QSL via K2WR.

IIA ACTIVITY. Operators of "Salento DX Team" will be on the air from two new islands available for IIA. The team plans to operate from Guaceto Reef (IIA BR-14) and Guaceto di fuori Reef (IIA BR-15). No callsigns were provided. QSL via home callsigns.

IOTA CONTEST THIS WEEKEND (July 27-28th)! With the contest coming up this weekend, it seems that the IOTA Contest gets bigger and bigger every year. OPDX recommends to visit Bill's, NG3K, Web page. You may want to see the growing list of RSGB IOTA potential contestants on the NG3K Announced Operations Web page for this contest: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/iota2002.html The page currently contains information about 131 operations from islands around the world, as announced by their organizers and friends. The page is also available in versions sorted by DXCC entity and IOTA number. To access these, just click on the appropriate heading at the top of the main page table. Those wanting an ASCII version of the list that they can more easily copy/paste for local editing can find it at: http://www.ng3k.com/Contest/conasc.html Additional operations may be submitted by using the form found at: http://www.ng3k.com/Contest/consub.html. Don't forget to include the island name and IOTA number in the Notes field. Finally, Ric, DL2VFR also maintains a page of announced operations that contestants may want to refer to. It can be found at: http://www.iota-post.de/contest2002/hauptteil_contest2002.html

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

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Bill, KG4DX (W4WX), member of the Florida DXPedition Group, will be active from GTMO August 16-21st. Bill will join Clayton, KG4PK, as an entry in the International Lighthouse Weekend Event, August 17-18th. They will operate from the very rare Windward Point Lighthouse (GTM-001). As far as they know, this is the first time this LH has been used during a amateur radio event. QSL KG4DX and KG4PK to W4WX.


MD4, ISLE OF MAN. Look for a group of operators to be active as MD4K during the IOTA Contest. OPDX was informed that this is a last minute effort, due to logistical issue, but the group consists of G1GUI, G3NKC, G4MJS, G4TSN, G4XUM and GD4GNH. This will be a a full mixed mode effort with experienced contesters.

OJ0, MARKET REEF. The "QLF DX TEAM" will be active from here August 31st through September 7th. They have applied for the OJ0LA callsign from the Finnish PTT. Operators are: LA5UKA, LA6YEA, LA8SDA, LA9VDA and OJ0/LB1NE. OH0RJ has been invited to join them. Operations will be on CW/SSB, maybe some RTTY and on all bands 160-10 meters with special attention paid to high and low bands. QSL OJ0LA to LA9VDA. For direct QSL, please send a SASE + 1 IRC or 2 USD. QSL OJ0/LB1NE via CBA. QSL OJ0RJ via OH0RJ. For more info, please visit the Web page at: http://home.c2i.net/la6yea/

P5, NORTH KOREA. QSL Manager Bruce, KK5DO, informs OPDX that Ed, P5/4L4FN, has repaired his AL-80a linear. It had a blown rectifier bridge. He had temporarily hooked up another 12v power supply so he could still use it and has just completed replacing the bridge with a larger one. He had to take the Hex Beam down. The mast he was using wasn't strong enough to hold it and the rotor. He is looking for something that will work better, and that might have to wait until he goes back to Beijing in 4-5 weeks. His work at the present time has kept him from doing as much operating as he would like, but he will be back on more as things settle down. Meanwhile, with great news that Ed's RTTY activity is now good for DXCC (see DXCC News above), Ed was active this past weekend on 20 meters RTTY (14081 kHz after 1130z) and 15 meters SSB (21225 kHz around 0415z).

PP3, BRAZIL (Island Op). Operators PY3JAF/Fauth, PY3ACC/Christensen, DL7AXD/Christopf, PY3YY/Garofalo, PY3KK/Koetz and PY3DX/Toledo will activate Casa da Polvora Island, valid only for DIB award, not IOTA. The DIB (Diploma das Ilhas Brasileiras) number is 33. They will use the callsign PP3P and activity will take place during the IOTA Contest.

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

R1, MALYJ VYSOTSKIJ ISLAND. Operators OH5NE, RA1ACJ, RV1AC and UA1ANA will activate IOTA EU-117 for the upcoming IOTA Contest as a Multi-Single entry. Callsign will be R1MVI.

SILENT KEY. Larry, K5MK, informs OPDX that "Eric Brown, G0KJW, passed away on July 12, 2002, at the age of 65. He was an RAF veteran, and was active in the IOTA, Holy Land, WAB and Islands of Scotland Award (IOSA) Programs. He is survived by Annette, his wife of 42 years. Those of us who knew Eric, and had the pleasure of operating from islands with him, were honored to have called him friend."

V6, MICRONESIA. Rolf, DK2ZF, is now operating as V63ZF from Pohnpei (OC-010) until July 29th. Most of his activity has been on 40/30/20/15 meters CW. Look for him after 0900z. QSLs via DK2ZF.

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Russ, W4UBC, will be active as VP5/W4UBC, July 21-27th. Activity will be 80/40/20 meters and the WARC bands as much as possible. This is a wedding anniversary trip, so Russ will be doing other things like swimming, snorkeling or whatever the XYL feels like. QSL DIRECT ONLY, no bureau cards, to his home callsign W4UBC. Please include SASE or return postage.

W0DXCC CONVENTION. Mark your calendars and bring your QSL cards on Saturday, September 28th, for the Midwest's Finest DX Convention in Omaha, Nebraska. This convention will prove to be a great time for the new DXer and to the experienced operator with DXCC and WAZ. Exhibitors from around the Midwest will be available to show and sell you new radio equipment. Various forums including Antennas, Radios, DXing, DXpeditions, and Organizations will be presented throughout the convention. DXCC, WAS, WAZ, and CQDX award card checking will be available throughout the day as well. The convention continues into the evening with a fantastic banquet, speakers, prizes, and surprises! The Grand Prize given at the banquet will be a T-8 Tennedyne Log Periodic, compliments of Chuck at Tennedyne. More information can be found at the W0DXCC Convention Web site at: http://members.cox.net/w0dxcc/

WRTC2002 FINAL RESULTS. Ari, OH1EH, reports that the final results of thee WRTC2002 can be found at: http://www.wrtc2002.org The top five winners are:

  1. OJ3A N5TJ/K1TO 438/2782 = 1.629.798
  2. OJ8E RA3AUU/RV1AW 426/2627 = 1.619.226
  3. OJ2V DL2CC/DL6FBL 473/2468 = 1.608.673
  4. OJ3R N6MJ/N2NL 436/2705 = 1.560.008
  5. OJ8K KQ2M/W7WA 394/2816 = 1.479.470
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