Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 580
September 30, 2002

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 580
BID: $OPDX.580
September 30, 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, K1LD, K2PF, K2HJB, KA2NUE, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4ZW, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, N4GN, W4FOA, W4WX, W5KFT, W5UE, NW7US, AC8G, K8YSE, W9DC, 9A6AA, 9A7K, 9V1YC, CX7BY, DK7PE, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, E21EIC, EA5RM, EA5XX, F5NOD, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3SWH, HK3JJH, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, JI6KVR, LU1DZ, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA1AW, VA3DX, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE6JO and VE7IPU for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22/September, through Sunday, 29/September there were 227 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Z, 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, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H3, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S9, 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, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, 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, ZK2, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).

3C, EQUATORIAL GUINEA. Vitaly, VE6JO, informs OPDX that he plans to be here November 2-24th (tentatively). He states that his license was issued with the callsign 3C2A and as requested with all bands and all modes privileges. However, Vitaly is waiting for a copy to be FAXed to him (So, he has not seen it yet). He is also waiting for his visa. Vitaly will take with him his own equipment: FT-847, Sigma-5 vertical and some wire antennas for 40, 80 and (maybe) 160m. He is trying to locate a small beam and a solid state amplifier (weight of the luggage is very limited). Presently, his license is for 100 watts, but if he gets the amplifier, he will have to change his license to a higher power (this is an extra premium charge on his license).

5R, MADAGASCAR. Phil, G3SWH, has informed OPDX that he is pleased to announce that his wife and he will be back in Madagascar November 5-19th, and he expects to be re-issued with his 5R8HA callsign. He expects to be active from various places on the main island (IOTA AF-013) between the 5th and 13th, and from Nosy Komba (IOTA AF-057) between 14th and 19th. This will, as usual, be a holiday type operation with activity limited to when he is able to get on the air, but he will try to be as active as possible on all bands 40-10 meters, CW only. QSL via G3SWH, either direct with SASE and return postage or via the RSGB bureau.

5Z, KENYA. Alex, PA1AW, reports that Alex, 5Z4DZ, is looking for USA stations on 80 meters from about two hours before his sunrise at 0200z until just after his sunrise when he has to run to work. He has worked a number of stations in the 5, 0 and 7 call areas, but the general band is not too busy. During his sunset, he will be looking for Asian and European stations, but the QRN is still high at this time. Please remember that Alex is not allowed to operate on 160, 30 and 6 meters. For more details, check out the Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/5z4dz/

6J, MEXICO (Attention Prefix Hunters). Yuri, 6J1UN, has been very active from Mexico City. His activity seems to be mainly on 10 meters (between 28480 and 28510 kHz) at various times throughout the day. His QSL Manager Jim, N1NK, reports that Yuri will be active until the end of the year with the 6J1UN callsign. Jim states that he has received quite a stack of QSL requests for the new prefix. He is ordering QSL cards with the 6J1UN callsign, and he will start working down the backlog as soon as the cards arrive. An announcement will be sent out once he starts mailing out cards. N1NK's address is: Jim Spears, 494 West Demello Drive, Tiverton, RI 02878-2771.

9A, CROATIA (IOTAs and Lighthouses). Kresimir, 9A7K, plans a very big expedition between now and October 5th to many Croatian Islands with many WLH counters. During his activity he will be using the following callsigns: 9A7K and 9A0LH (working from lighthouses). He plans to activate the following islands and lighthouses (dates and times not provided):

QSL via 9A7K to home callsign address: Kresimir Juratovic, P.O.Box 88, HR-48001 Koprivnica, CROATIA. ADDED NOTE: Emir, 9A6AA, IOCA Manager, reports that 9A7K's (9A0LH) activities shall not be accepted for IOCA award!

9L, SIERRA LEONE. Glenn, VA3DX, informs OPDX that he has finally talked Zbig, 9L1BTB, into operating on RTTY. He was heard this past week on 20/15 meters. Watch 20 meters after 2230z and on 15 meters after 1300z. A contact with 9L is quite rare for RTTY, so please use patience when calling because Zbig is new to this mode. QSL 9L1BTB via SP7BTB.

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. Mack, JJ2QXI, will be active from 9M6AAC's shack between October 13-15th. Callsigns to be used will be 9M6A for the Oceanian Contest and 9M6AAC for outside of the contest. Mack is planning to operate on 160-6 meters, including the WARC bands, on CW/RTTY/SSB. QSL via N2OO. Mack states, "I know 9M6 is not so rare of an entity, but I would like to take as much time as possible to be on the air based on QSO requests." For any SKED on a particular band/mode or comments, please visit the Web site at: http://jj2qxi.tripod.com/

C9, MOZAMBIQUE. There was plently of activity from this one last week. Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG continue to be active as C98DC for another week. They have been hitting the WARC bands and 10 meters over past few days. QSL C98DC via DL7AFS. C98RF has also been very active with them but mainly on CW. QSL C98RF via DL6DQW.

CT3, MADEIRA ISLAND. By the time you read this, Ben, DJ8FW, is expected to be active as CT3AS until October 11th. Activity will be on CW, RTTY, PSK31 and some SSB. QSL via DJ8FW, bureau OK, but it takes time.

CT9, MADEIRA ISLAND. Rudi, DK7PE, informs OPDX that he and seven other members of the Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club will be operating as CT9DLH between November 7-11th. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters using SSB, CW and PSK. QSL via DL4FP.

DX BASH. Just a reminder that the 12th Annual DX BASH will be held next weekend on October 4-5th at Lake Buchanan near Austin, TX. All the details are on the Web page at: http://www.dxbash.com

FO, AUSTRAL ISLANDS (Rare IOTA To Be Activated!). Tony, 3D2AG, is planning on operating from a rare IOTA, Rapa Island (OC-051), in the Austral Islands group, in late October for a one month operation. He currently only has a dipole and would be interested to hear from any IOTA enthusiasts willing to loan or donate a compact directional antenna. If you can help, please contact Tony via E-mail at: nyeurt@upf.pf

GJ0, ISLE OF JERSEY. Chris, G0WFH, will be active as GJ0WFH/p from October 5-12th. His activity will be QRP on 160-10 meters SSB only. Look for him on the HF bands during the daytime hours. On the lower frequencies, look for him during his late night hours (where he will use a kite antenna for these bands). QSL via G0DBX.

HQ/HR, HONDURAS. Hiro, JA6WFM/HR3, will again sign HQ3J in the CQWW SSB Contest (October 26-27th) and HR3J in the CQWW CW Contest (November 23-24th). Activity will be from La Ceiba City in Honduras. QSL direct or via the bureau to JA6VU.

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

P5, NORTH KOREA. Ed, P5/4L4FN, has become very active again on 10 meters on 28530 kHz starting around 2200z with a very nice signal using his new Hex Beam. According to the latest info on the KK5DO P5 Web site, on October 5th, Ed would like to work licensed kids ages 16 or under (with the proper license). He will be on 28530 at 2200z. Also mentioned is that Ed has worked 15000 QSOs on 10 meters as September 22nd.

PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Tom, WB8N, informs OPDX that he will be active as PJ7/WB8N between October 20-25th. Activity will be on 20/15/10 meters +/- 5 kHz from the usual DX frequencies. Operations will be limited to 1200-1500z and 1900-2100z. QSL via home callsign.

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

S07, WESTERN SAHARA (Update). The S07L team expects to arrive at the Algerian airport of Tindouf during the evening of October 8th, so they will be on the air from Bir Lehlu between the morning of October 9th through the sunrise of October 13th. The operation will be on 40-10 meters on SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Some activity on 80, 6 meters and CW is possible. Operators now comfirmed are: EA1BT/Fernando, EA3BTD/Xevi, EA4BPJ/Jose, EA5XX/Julio, N8SHZ/Bela and XE1L/Luis. QSL via EA4URE. The log will be available after the DXpediton at: http://www.ure.es

S79, SEYCHELLES. Serge, EX0M, will be active as S79W from October 6-12th, from Mahe Island (IOTA AF-024). There were no bands/modes of activity provided. QSL via DF8WS.

SPECIAL EVENT. For the "Jamboree On The Air 2002", October 19-20th, the "Rattellini Ettore Scouts" will be active as IR2RES. For more deatils, please visit the Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/iz2dvi/activity/jota2002/jota02.htm

TI5, COSTA RICA. Harry, AC8G, in a press release announced: "Twelve USA and Canadian amateurs will journey to near San Jose, Costa Rica for a week beginning October 23, 2002. The principal activity will be as a Multi-Multi entry in the CQ WW SSB Contest using TI5N (QSL via W3HNK). The location will be at the mega station QTH of Keko, TI5KD, located near San Jose. Before and after the contest, the group expects to have activity on all bands from 160 to 6 meters using a variety of modes to include PSK31. Calls used will be TI5/homecall with the QSL route being the homecall or as announced. Please do not mix QSL card of TI5N or any of the group in SASE mailings. Members of the trip are AC8G, K6GXO, KE6WW, KA7KUZ, K8QOE, N1IZP, N6JRL, N0AT, VE3RZ, W8ILC, W8KKF and WA8LOW. TI5KD and several other local and visiting amateurs may join in the activity."

TO5, MARTINIQUE. Al, NH7A, will be active as TO5A in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single Op/All Band entry. QSL via F5VHJ.

TO8, MAYOTTE. Bernie, F6BLK, will be active as TO8MZ from now through October 9th. Activity will be mainly CW with some SSB, probably on all bands. QSL via F6BLK either direct or through the bureau.

TOP DXEXPEDITION. Gil, F5NOD, reports that "The TOP DX EXPEDITION" Web page has been updated at: http://www.qsl.net/f5nod/topdxexpe.html Send Gil your stats by using the form on the following Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/f5nod/topdxexpe_submit.html

TT8, CHAD. Pascal, F5PTM, is now active as TT8ZZ until early December. He received his licence last week on September 24th. He is expected to operate on 80-6 meters mostly CW. He was spotted this past weekend on 17/12/10 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

VP8GEO -- SOUTH GEORGIA VIDEO IS READY! James Brooks, 9V1YC, announces: "The VP8GEO South Georgia 2002 video is now ready, completing 'part 2' of this year's South Atlantic 'Micro-Lite' DXpedition video series. As with previous titles this video is not just about an amateur radio DXpedition, but also covers South Georgia's history, wildlife, and people. There are also numerous pileup sequences and in-depth interviews with the team members discussing the rather unique philosophy behind the trip.

Another interesting aspect of this release is that it's now available on DVD. With the rapid increase in popularity of this medium - especially in North America - both Part 1 (VP8THU) and Part 2 (VP8GEO) of this video were manufactured on separate DVD discs - in addition to the standard VHS video cassettes.

This is the first major DXpedition video ever released on professionally manufactured DVD, and it is hoped that the vast increase in picture and sound quality will encourage more people to switch over to this superior format. The upcoming WRTC Finland 2002 video (currently in production here) will also be released on DVD later this year." For more information please see: http://home1.pacific.net.sg/~jamesb/

WIRELESS ACCESS TO DXCLUSTER, CALLBOOKS, PROPAGATION. Tomas, NW7US, informs OPDX of the following: "For those who have wap/wireless devices that can read WML pages, I have put together a DX Cluster page, as well as a Callbook search and propagation resources at: http://wap.hfradio.org If you go there without a WAP device, you will just get the regular home page. If you go there WITH a WAP device, you will have a menu of options, and so forth. If you have any problems getting it to work with your device, please let me know the GMT date and time that you tried, and the error you are getting. Hope this is helpful. 73 de Tomas, NW7US // AAR0JA" Tomas's E-mail address is: nw7us@hfradio.org

XW, LAOS. Champ, E21EIC, informs OPDX that he and Larry, XW1LLR, are planning for activity/operation in the CQWW CW Contest from Laos at XW1LLR's station in November. He also mentioned that he recently had dinner with Larry, XW1LLR, and his XYL in Bangkok. Larry gave Champ ALL the XW1LLR QSL cards (from his Laos address) and his log. More cards are expected to be printed and should be finished at the end of October. Champ will reply to direct QSLs in November. If everyone would like to exchange QSL card with XW1LLR, please send your QSL card direct to E21EIC at: Champ C. Muangamphun, P.O. Box 1090, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10903 Thailand (or via HS Bureau). ADDED NOTE: Champ states that the XW1IC QSL card will be replied to at the entd of October.

ZK1, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. By the time you read this, the YL operators Elizabeth/VE7YL, June/VK4SJ, Mio/JR3MVF and Gwen/VK3DYL should be QRT from Lord Howe Islands and on their way to operate from the South Cook Islands between October 1-15th. Operations will be from Aitutaki Island (OC-083) October 1-6th and from Rarotonga (OC-113) October 7-15th. Their callsign is expected to be ZK1XYL. QSL via VK3DYL direct with sufficient return postage to: Gwen Tilson, 3 Gould Crt., Mt. Waverley 3149, Australia. Green stamps would be appreciated since this is a self-funded DXpedition, however, cards via the VK3 Bureau will also be answered. Direct cards without sufficient postage will be returned via the Bureau.

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