Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 579
September 23, 2002

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 579
BID: $OPDX.579
September 23, 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, NB1B, NC1L, W2GR, WB2RAJ, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, AD4IE, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4NU, W5UE, WW5L, K8YSE, WD8MGQ, 4S7DA, 9A6AA, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL2VFR, DL9RCF, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, HK3JJH, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, IN3XUG, JI6KVR, LA9VDA, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA0VDV, PY7ZY, UA0ACG, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY, VK4AAR, XQ5SM, Z32AF, ZL2ARN, ZL4HU and ZS6DX for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15/September, through Sunday, 22/September there were 228 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D6, 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, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J5, J6, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T33, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, 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).

NOTE FROM EDITOR (Jester or Gesture!): I want to thank the few (2) who spotted and told me about the BIG grammar error in OPDX.578. Probably this error was caused by my hurry to finish OPDX.578 Sunday morning so I could attend the Cleveland Indian's game that afternoon. The surprising thing was that it got by the Chief Proof-reader (Linda, my wife and teacher). Well, I can't blame her. She was editing the bulletin during the game (and this was not the first time she did it at a Tribe game)! Talk about dedication.......

14.325 EMERGENCY NET. Charles Harpole, K4VUD, wants to remind everyone that the USA Hurricane Watch Net is now active on 14.325 kHz handling potential emergency messages. A clear frequency will be very helpful during this important net.

7Q, MALAWI. Ely, IN3VZE, will be active as 7Q7CE from September 22nd through October 8th. Activity will be on the HF bands, including the WARC bands on SSB. QSL via his home callsign IN3VZE to the ARI Bureau or direct to: Ely Camin, C.SO Tre Novembre 136/2, I 38100 Trento ITALY.

8P, BARBADOS. Dave/NT1N and Jim/W1UK will operate from here in the CQWW SSB Contest as Multi/Single entry. Callsign is not known yet, and they will be active before and after the contest (October 24-25th, and 28th).

9H, MALTA (IOTA Op). Gerd/DJ4KW and Gisela/DK9GG will be active from Gozo Island (EU-023) between September 26th and October 8th. They are expected to sign DJ4KW/p and DK9GG/p. Activity will be on CW and the digital modes. QSL via their home callsigns.

9K, KUWAIT. John, W4NU, has been here since July and has been active as W4NU/9K2. He only operates on Sundays (usually two Sundays per month due to his job demands). John can usually be found after 1800z on/around 21250 kHz until about 2300z before moving onto 20 meters (14200 kHz) as the band opens up to North America. He will be here until at least the first of the new year. His QSL Manager is Nancy, NK4U.

C6, BAHAMAS. A five man team from the Magnolia DX Association will be active from Treasure Cay, Abaco Island (IOTA NA-080) in the Bahamas from October 21-28th. They will be participating in the CQWW SSB Contest in the new Multi-2 catagory using the callsign C6ARB. Team members will be active the week before the contest as homecall/C6A on 160-10 meters, CW and SSB. Team members are: Randy/W5UE, Stan/K5NY, Bernie/KK5EW, Joe/N5ID and Terry/W8JE. QSLs for C6ARB are via W5UE, and individual team member activity are via their home callsigns.

C9, MOZAMBIQUE. By the time you read this, Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG should be active from here for the next two weeks as C98DC. They arrived in Maputo on September 20th and were expected to head towards Bazaruto Island (AF-072) in northern Mozambque. Activity will be SSB on the usual DX frequencies and also on RTTY/PSK31 (watch 18101 kHz). QSL via DL7AFS. For more information, check out the Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/dl7afs/

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports the following:

ES, ESTONIA. Operators ES5TV, ES5RW, ES5MC, ES5RY, ES5QX, ES5RN and ES5MG will be active as ES6Q in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi/Single entry. Also, operators ES5TV, ES5RW, ES5MC, ES5RY, ES5QX, ES5RAH, ES5RN and ES5MG will be active as ES6Q in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi/Single entry. QSL both operations via ES5RY.

FO, AUSTRAL ISLANDS (Possible New IOTA). Silvano/I2YSB and Adriano/IK2GNW will be active as FO/I2YSB/p and FO/IK2GNW/p from Rurutu Island (OC-050), October 17-28th. While there they will try to also operate from Maria Island (OC-NEW). QSL via their home callsign. A web page has been set up for this operation at: http://digilander.libero.it/i2ysb/

FT/Z, AMSTERDAM ISLAND. Georges, F8OP, reports that Caroline, FT1ZK, has just received all her equipment. They are expecting her to be active very soon.

HC1, ECUADOR. Look for Jorge, HC1JQ, to be active in the CQ/RJ WW RTTY Contest as a Single Op/Single Band (10m) entry. QSL via HC1JQ.

HP, PANAMA. Elio, HP1BYS, will be active in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single Op/Single Band (20 meters) entry. QSL via HP1RCP.


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

IOTW FORUMS ACTIVE AGAIN. John, WD8MGQ, informs OPDX that the folowing "Islands On The Web" forums are once again operational:

John states, "Unfortunately, the provider lost all the E-mail addresses, so everyone needs to subscribe (for free of course) again. Our apologies for it taking so long to get back up to speed, but we had to make sure that this kind of error would not happen again." Please also visit the following interesting Web pages:

KH6, HAWAII. Just a quick reminder that Hiro, JA5XAE, will be here taking his DX vacation in Hawaii between September 22-26th and will be active KH6/JA5XAE. Refer to OPDX.575 for more details. QSL via his home callsign, direct or JARL bureau.

KH2, GUAM ISLAND AND KH0, MARIANA ISLAND (Update). Walt, KF2XN, currently active from Guam as KH2/KF2XN, will be going QRT by the end of the week. He is active mainly on 14.270-273 kHz from around 0830-1200z. QSL via W2GR. If everything goes as planned, he will hop a plane Thursday, September 26th, for a side trip and operate the weekend from KH0 Saipan (IOTA OC-O86) signing KH0/KF2XN. One report indicates that he will meet Jun/WH0V and Danny/KH2JU there. He will try to be active as much as possible on as many bands as possible, mainly on SSB, but he will try CW if possible. The QSL route for this trip will also be via W2GR: Mike Benjamin, 1064 99th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. QSL cards will be designed and printed after Walt's return home in October. They will be a nice photo QSL.

LSDXA 2003 OFFICERS ELECTED. The newly elected officers and directors of the Lone Star DX Association for 2003 were announced this week. The following LSDXA officers are:

  President/Chief Director  - Bill Priakos,  W5SJ W5SJ@dxer.org
  VP & Information Director - Tom Anderson,  WW5L WW5L@gte.net
  VP & Membership Director  - Bob Alexander, W5AH realex@flash.net
  Treasurer & Secretary     - Jim Bass,      K5KQI jwbass@autoeloan.com

  LSDXA Board Members:
  Herb Blair,    K5AT K5AT@dxer.org
  Lynn Schriner, W5FO lynnschriner@msn.com
  Tim Bratton,   K5RA K5RA@pulse.net
  Ken Knudson,   N5TY N5TY@arrl.net

  LSDXA Webmeister - Bob Winn, W5KNE  W5KNE@arrl.net

P40, ARUBA. Ken, K6TA, will be active here as P40TA in the ARRL 160M Contest (December 6-8th) as a Single Op/High Power entry. Kay, K6KO, will team up with Ken in the ARRL 10M Contest (December 14-15th) as P40K and as a Multi/Single/High Power entry. Ken will be on the island from December 3-17th. QSL both operations via WM6A.

PIRATE ALERT. Taka, JR3QHQ, reports that a station signing 7Q7YE was active on September 15th stating he was the QSL Manager. Taka states that this station was a PIRATE and he is NOT the QSL Manager. He also does NOT have plans to go to 7Q.

PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. Joeke, PA0VDV, will be active again as PJ2/PA0VDV from November 10th through December 2nd, from Curacao. Activity will be only CW on HF bands 80-10 meters with an emphasis on WARC bands. There will be NO activity planned in CQWW Contest. QSL via the bureau or direct to: Joeke van der Velde, Delleburen 1, 8421 RP Oldeberkoop, Netherlands.

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

S0, WESTERN SAHARA. Look for operators Fernando/EA1BT, Xavier/EA3BTD, Juan/EA5FWK, Francisco/EA5WV, Julio/EA5XX, Bela/N8SHZ and Luis/XE1L to be in Alicante on October 8th, and be on active from October 9-13th as S07L. Activity will be on 40-10 meters with several 100 watt stations active on SSB/RTTY/PSK31 (80 meters is possible). Julio, EA5XX, states that they will be using a "Buddipole" antenna ( http://www.buddipole.com/ ). Also, they will power the stations with a generator in the day and batteries at night. They are trying to get another generator on site so they can use high power. QSL info will be announced later.

SPECIAL EVENT AND 24TH HAM EXPO IN AUXERRE. On October 19-20th, in Auxerre, the 24th HAMEXPO Show will be held. This event is one of the more important activities in Europe, behind Friedrichshaffen. A lot of commercial and Ham societies will be there for these two days. A huge fleamarket will also be held indoors. Several thousand visitors are expected as each year. Auxerre is about 160 km south east of Paris in Northern Burgundy. The French REF Headquarter's callsign F6REF will be on the air on Saturday and Sunday by the REF89's hams.

SV5, DODECANESE. Phil, G4OBK, is now active as SV5/G4OBK from Kos Island (EU-001) until October 1st. His activity will only be for a few hours on most days, with operations on 40-10 meters CW/RTTY/PSK31 and maybe a little SSB. He will be giving out a multiplier during the CQ/RJ WW DX RTTY Contest, however, his time might be limited. QSL via his home callsign either direct or through the bureau.

TEAM-ZONE 2 DXPEDITION. A large group of operators from Canada and the U.S. will activate "CQ Zone 2" (Grid Square FO10mi) from October 21-31st. Callsigns to be used before the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) will be CJ2KCE, CJ2BY and CJ2SRE. During the contest (and after), look for the special event callsign VC2C to be used to commemorate the October 31st, 1902, completion of the Trans-Pacific Cable. This cable was the first telegraph cable between Canada and Australia/New Zealand. The British Empire was now linked together by an all-British telegraph line, from Australia to New Zealand to Norfolk Island to Fiji Island to Fanning Island then on to Vancouver, Canada. For more information, please see the Web page at: http://www.pacific-cable.org Their operating plan during the contest will be 160-10 meters, SSB only. Before and after the contest, look for activity on 2m, 6m, Satellite, RTTY, PSK31, SSTV, CW and the WARC bands. SPECIAL NOTE: On 80m, they will have a Full-size 4-square antenna and they will be active through Europe's sunrise and Japan's sunset. Operators include the following: VE3BY, VE3DXE, VE3CBA, VE3RS, VA3RMF, VE3TV, VA3KO, VE3TPZ, VA3RD, VA3ZV, VE3SRE, VE3XAP, VE3HAE, VE3KJS, VA3TSG, G3SXE, K8DD, AC8W, N8RA and NB1B. QSL CJ2BY via VE3BY. QSL CJ2SRE via VE3SRE. QSL CJ2KCE via VA2KCE. QSL requests are as follows for VC2C:

   USA/International Direct             Canada/International Direct
        and Bureau:                              and Bureau:
    Dennis Egan, NB1B                      James Davidson, VE3TPZ
    3 Keith Rd, Wayland                    65 Youngs St, Stratford
    MA 01778-4517  USA                     ON N5A 1J5 Canada

For sked requests and any additional information, send E-mail to: TeamZone2@QSL.net The TEAMZONE 2 Web site (under construction) is at: http://www.QSL.net/teamzone2

TK, CORSICA. Rudy/OM3PC and Miro/OM5RW will be active as TK/OM3PC/P and TK/OM5RW/P from now through September 30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW/SSB/RTTY. During the CQWW DX RTTY Contest they will be active as a Multi/Single category.

TM5, FRANCE (Special Callsign). Dom, F5SJB, will again be active as TM5CW for the CQ CW Contest. Also, look for TM5CW during some CW DX and QRP activity from November 11-25th. The callsign TM5CW is valid for the "Lons-le-Saunier City Telegraphy Award". A special QSL is available direct or via Bureau. QSL direct to F5SJB at: Dominique Meige, F-39130 Hautecour, France.

TN, CONGO. Walsker, CT3HK, was active this past week as TN3S. QSNs show he was on 21211 kHz around 2226z. "The Daily DX" reports that he has been working in Congo for one year and has finally received his license to operate. He will be working here the next three years. Reportedly, Walsker is a little intimidated by the pileups and will probably be working very closely with Luis, CT3DL, who will be taking lists. His activity will be on 80-6 meters, probably only on SSB. QSL via Madeira Team, P.O. Box 19, 9001-901 Funchal, Madeira Island or to the bureau.

VK8, AUSTRALIA (QRP Op). Alan, VK4AAR, reports that Claude, VK8XC, has asked him to manage his QSL chores effective immediately. Claude will be going QRP in the near future but is currently using 100w and a vertical. He is mostly on CW, so look for him on 14.009 kHz (preferred frequency). The best times are 1930-2130z and later between 0630-0830z. QSL direct to VK4AAR with SAE plus reply postage. Alan states, "The Australian postal rates are being misunderstood by many amateurs in other countries. Please let us put the CORRECT stamps on the reply envelope. 1 USD covers the postage nicely." VK4AAR's address is: Alan Roocroft, PO Box 421, Gatton 4343, Australia.

VK9, NORFOLK ISLAND. Jim Smith, VK9NS, and his wife Kristy, VK9NL, are the only active hams on Norfolk Island (CW only). There are two hams who are not very active, VK9NT and VK9JA. Jim can usually be found on CW between 1000 and 1330z on 7005, 10105 and 18070 kHz. After 2130z, watch 10 meters. He was spotted on 28481 (SSB) and 29030 (FM). QSL via his home callsign.

ZC4, U.K. BASES ON CYPRUS. Look for ZC4DW to be active in the CQ/RJ WW RTTY Contest possibly as a Single Op/All Band or Single Op/Single Band entry. QSL via G0DEZ.

ZONE 2. Nenad, VE3EXY, will be active as VE3EXY/2 from September 27th (about 2200z) through October 2nd (1300z). He will also be active in the CQ/RJ WW DX RTTY Contest. Activity during the contest will be on 20/15/10 meters and around the greyline times, either on 80 or 40 meters. Outside of the contest, he will be on RTTY, LF and the WARC bands. Suggested frequencies are:

ADDED NOTE: No 6 meters. Outside contest, Nenad will always be working split (2 kHz CW, 5 kHz RTTY). Sunrise/Sunset: 1035/2328z.

QSL via VE3EXY, direct with SASE (SAE + postage), via the bureau, or direct without postage. QSLs with sufficient return postage will be answered the same day (if in the log), or via the bureau otherwise. QSL cards are already printed, and there is no reason to wait. E-mail requests are not accepted. However, Nenad states e-QSL requests will be confirmed electronically, subject to receiving notification and electronicQSL server address. He will upload all Zone 2 electronic logs into LoTW as soon as this system becomes available.

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