Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 574
August 12, 2002

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 574
BID: $OPDX.574
August 12, 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, K2PF, N2WKS, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4WLS, N4AA & QRZ DX, KK5DO, KH6BZF, K8YSE, N8MR, K9OT, W9VNE, W9DC, AK0A, A35RK, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL1YFF, DJ7ZG, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, GACW, G0PSE, GW0ANA, HK3SGP, I1JQJ - IK1ADH & 425 DX NEWS, IZ8AJQ, JI6KVR, LU6EF, LU7HN, LU9ESD, LZ1BJ, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, RV3GW, SP2BIK, UX5UO, VA3RJ & ICPO VK4AAR and ZS1AN for the following DX information.

EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTE (by KB8NW): There will "NOT" be an OPDX bulletin for August 19th. I know you heard this before, but it is true this time. My wife (chief proof-reader) and I will be taking a vacation. Also, I can really use the break! However, PLEASE continue to send your DX info to me.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4/August, through Sunday, 11/August there were 220 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0A, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J5, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, 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, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK9M, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

4W, EAST TIMOR. Thor, 4W6MM, was heard this past Friday switching sometimes between 14195 and 14002 kHz between 1500-1700z.

8P, BARBADOS. Dean, 8P6SH, will be active as 8P2K in the CQ/RJ Worldwide DX Contest (RTTY - September 28-29th) possibly as a Single Op/All Band or Single Op/Single Band (15 meters) entry. QSL via KU9C.

A5, BHUTAN. John, KP2A, and his XYL will be on holiday from here September 11-18th. Reportedly, they have tickets, visas and a license in hand to operate from Bhutan. John is expected to operate from the "Ham Center" as A52DX. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB. An on-line log search is expected to be active during and after the operation at: http://kp2a.vi/ QSL A52DX via W3HNK.

AH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Osamu, JA2VUP, is expected to be active as AH0B from Saipan Island (OC-086) from September 26-29th. Activity will include participation in the CQ/RJ Worldwide DX Contest (RTTY - September 28-29th) as a Single Op/All Band entry. He will focus on the WARC bands and PSK31 before the contest. QSL via JA2VUP.

AMATEUR RADIO CALLBOOK TO STOP PUBLICATION. According to the ARRL Web News, "Radio Amateur Callbook is throwing in the towel and will cease publication of its CD-ROM Callbook product effective with its winter 2003 edition, which will come out in November." Publisher Bob Hughes states that this is due to accessibility to the FCC database via the Internet, and sales have declined to levels that make it unprofitable to publish future editions.

C9, MOZAMBIQUE. Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG will once again be active from here (they were recently active as C98DC Oct. 2001 from Inhaca Island). Lot reports that after some days of preparations, they will start their 2 week activity around September 22nd. They do expect to operate from an island at Northern Mozambique. In Maputo, they will meet with Rei, C98RF (DL6DQW) and will probably travel together. Rei will do the CW and 6 meter activity and use his C98RF callsign. Babs and Lot will try to operate RTTY/PSK mostly on 18101 kHz. Look for them on the usual DX frequencies. QSL C98RF (CW,6m) to DL6DQW. QSL C98DC (SSB/RTTY/PSK) to DL7AFS. More information will be announced later. Check the Web page for updates at: http://www.qsl.net/dl7afs/

D4, CAPE VERDE. Alex, 4L5A, is expected to be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single Op/All Band entry. Callsign is currently unknown. QSL via IK3HHX.

DX OPERATOR(S) NEEDED (Interesting Operation Of The Week). OPDX has been informed that Susan Meckley, Skipper, W7KFI/mm, will be leaving in about two weeks on a 2+ year DXpedition into the South Pacific and Asia. She will be using a 46 ft. sailboat, much as Danny W. did on YASMI in the early and middle 50's. Susan will be single-handing the boat and has put out a notice that hams are welcome to ride along with her on the next leg of the trip. She states, "I supply the boat, and we split food and license costs. Now, can you get cheaper than that?" If interested, contact her via the following addresses that was provided: Susan Meckley, Skipper, S/V Menage-A-Trois, Carson City, NV 928707 E-mail address: suemeckley@earthlink.net

FP, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON (Update - Attention Topbanders!). Paul, K9OT, will be active here now through August 19th signing FP/K9OT. He will be taking along a collapsible pole to use on 80/160 meters and an inverted "L" antenna. He would like to make some 160m contacts from there, however, he knows the summer QRN will be a hinderance. He will be using only 100 watts for this operation. QSL via home callsign. Remember, Paul and his wife Peg/KB9LIE will enter in the North American QSO Party SSB Contest (August 17-18th) using the Green River Valley ARS club callsign FP/K9WM. QSL via NN9K. (Please refer to OPDX.566 and OPDX.570).

GJ, JERSEY. Chris, G0WFH, will be active as GJ0WFH/p from October 5-12th. Activity will be portable QRP on 160-10 meters SSB only. Look for him on the HF bands during the daytime and on the lower frequencies late at night using a kite antenna. QSL via G0DBX.

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Robert, N5KO, and others are expected to be active as HC8N in the CQ/RJ Worldwide DX Contest (RTTY - September 28-29th) as a Multi/Multi entry. PLEASE NOTE: HC8N has a new QSL manager as of April 2002. Please QSL via W5UE.

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

J4, CRETE. Operators Roberto/I2WIJ, Salvatore/IK8UND and Luigi/IK8HCG will be active in the CQWW SSB Contest as J49Z as a Multi/Single entry. For 160/80 meters, they will use a windom antenna, and on 40-10 meters they will use a 6 element yagi quad-bander. QSL via IK8UND, direct only.

KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA. A Multi-national team of DXers will be going to American Samoa (KH8) and their operation is expected to start October 26th. They will concentrate on Europe when propagation allows, thus allowing EU to gain IOTA OC-077 during openings. The team is currently studying the propagation forecasts for 160 meters. The team hopes that they will be able to give the deserving KH8 on topband. It is requested that you visit their Web site for updated info on propagation conditions from the islands. The team intends to activate two islands at the same time (3 operators on each island). The islands are Tutuila Island (IOTA OC-045) and Ofu Island (IOTA OC-077). Modes of operation will be CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31, SSTV. The dates are as follows:

The team consists of 6 operators:

   Glyn Jones GW0ANA, Team Leader          Doug Roberts, G0WMW
   Dr. Markus Dornach, DL9RCF              Roger Mulzer, DL5RBW
   David Flack, AH6HY                      Thomas Steinmann, DJ6OI

With local help on KH8 from Larry Gandy, AH8LG More information is available for readers at the KH8 DXpedition Web page at: http://www.ukdxers.co.uk


LX, LUXEMBOURG. Look for thirteen operators from UBA-Kortrijk (KTK) group to be active as LX/ON6CK/p from August 15-18th. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes, plus VHF and the satellites. QSL via the bureau to ON6CK or direct to ON4ADN.

P5, NORTH KOREA. Bruce, KK5DO, reports that Ed, P5/4L4FN, will be out of the country from August 13-27th. Bruce will be sending Ed some masts and elements (along with some odd and ends) to repair Ed's Hex beam. However, when Ed returns it may take several weeks to repair his Hex beam and erect the new mast.

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER. Lee, KH6BZF, propagation guru, reports: "From midnight to dawn, Monday and Tuesday (August 12-13th) about 60-70 meteors per hour will enter Earth's atmosphere. Viewing should be Good-to-Excellent due to the Moon transiting from a New Moon on the 8th August to the first quarter on the 15th August, of course weather permitting. This shower is created by the Earth passing through the debris field left from the Swift-Tuttle comet. These grain-like particles enter Earth's atmosphere, then burn up and create what most people call shooting stars! The Perseid Meteor shower is NOT expected to be as spectacular as the Leonid Meteor shower that occurs each November. But, if viewing is good, people will not be disappointed. For more info on meteor propagation, VHFers consult your ARRL handbook." More information can be sought at URLs: http://www.skyandtelescope.com -or- http://www.bishopmuseum.org

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

SILENT KEY. OPDX was informed that Bob Baird, W9NN, became a silent key on August 1, 2002. He was one of the founding members of the W9DXCC group circa. 1950. Bob was also one of the founders of the QCWA (charter member). He also held the callsign W9JJ from 1969 until 1980. Bob was a retired broadcast engineer from WGN (Chicago), and a gentlemen and ambassador for ham radio. Bob was a member of the FOC (First Class Operators Club). Bob lived near Stevens Point, Wisconsin. OPDX and its readers send out our deepest sympathy to Bob's family and friends.

THE GACW KEY DAY. The GACW KD is not a competition or contest but an event to encourage all amateur radio operators to bring out his/her old manual key (no electronic keys) and make as many QSOs as they can with other participants. The event takes place each year the last Saturday in February. Next event will be February 23rd, 2003, from 1800z Saturday until 0600z Sunday. Suggested frequencies are (on or up): 3530, 7030, 14030, 21030 and 28030 kHz. QSOs on the WARC bands are allowed but no recommended frequencies. Again, the mode is: A1A - CW, straight key only and no electronic key. Stations should call: CQ KD - CQ GACW KD, etc. Exchange: Greetings and RST plus your GACW #. Non GACW members send KD. If you make more than 10 QSOs you are invited to vote for 3 different stations that you felt had very good sending skills. The "GACW KEY DAY" will be awarded to the 5 most voted stations. For logging, there will be a simple list using log book format, etc. Deadline is no later than the 15st of March to GACW. Logs can be sent via E-mail as text-file to: gacw@lan.no-ip.org GACW address is: P.O. Box 9, B1875ZAA - Wilde, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

VK0, MACQUARIE ISLAND. Paul, A35RK, has informed OPDX that stateside stations might want to look for VK0MQI during the Anza Net (14183 kHz +/-). Paul states, "He has checked into the Anza Net on the last 2 Sundays (Zulu time....that's late Saturday night in North America) at shortly after 0500z. I don't know if this will be a 'regular' appearance, but it might be worth a listen if someone needs VK0/M."

XY, MYANMAR. The current group active there has been very easy to work. If you have not worked them yet, do not worry. They will be there until August 22nd. By the time you read this, they should have four stations active from Ngapali. The team seems to be using several different callsigns, so pay attention to what the operator says.

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