Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 592
December 30, 2002

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 592
BID: $OPDX.592
December 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, ARRL DX Bulletin, NA2M, NG3K, NP3D, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WA4VE, AA7UC, K8YSE, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL5NAM, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3NOM, G0PSE, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, JI1CUJ, JI3DST,, JI6KVR, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA3GIO, PT2ND, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK3DYL, VK8NSB, ZS1AN and ZS4BS for the following DX information.

SPECIAL NOTE FROM YOUR EDITOR. My recovery is still continuing (slow and sore). I have good days and bad (usually from over doing it from the day before). Again, I would like to thank the many "Welcome Back, Get Well Wishes and Holiday/New Year's Greeting" E-mail messages. There are too many to reply back (I truly "THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU"). By the way, I am amazed on how many DXers have gone through this type of operation (Makes you wonder. Go take a stress test!) Finally, my family (wife/OPDX's chief proof-reader Linda, Teddy [TJ], Katie) and I (KB8NW) would like to wish all DXers, Contesters and OPDX readers a very "Happy New Year". Also, we would like to once again thank the many who have contributed information over the year (there are too many to list). REMEMBER, without them there would not be an OPDX Bulletin. Also, a special thanks goes out to John Papay, K8YSE, (OPDX's Webmaster) and Dave Foran (HAMNET.ORG/NSHORE.ORG Administrator) for helping distribute the OPDX Bulletin...... 73 and Have a Great 2003 de Tedd KB8NW

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22/December, through Sunday, 29/December there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E3, 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, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK3, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

CB4, CHILE (Rare Prefix). Operator CE4FXY will be using a rare prefix in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th). Look for him to sign CB4Y as a Single-Op/Single Band (10m)/High Power entry. QSL via CE4FXY. Visit the Web site: http://www.qsl.net/cb4y/ An on-line log search will be available after the Contest.

E20, THAILAND. Shelly/K2BS and Ray/G3NOM (HS0ZDZ) report that the station E20AJ is the callsign of the amateur radio station at the 20th World Scout Jamboree in Sattahip, Thailand, which will be activated by a large international contingent. The Jamboree amateur radio operation will take place officially from December 29th (2002) to January 7th (2003), but activity can be expected from the 26th December 2002 onwards. All modes will be covered with several stations operational. The usual amateur bands available in Thailand will be used (i.e. 40, 20, 15, 20, 2m, and the following segments on 80/160m - 3524-3526, 3534-3536, 1834-1836 kHz). Some earlier reports mentioned WARC band operation, but this will not take place. However, there are some conflicting reports on the WARC/Low Band operations. Masa/JI1CUJ, the International Service Team staff of E20AJ, informed OPDX of the following:"With strong support from RAST and Government of Thailand, we will have fantastic license condition. Operation on 1.8 and 3.5 Mhz is usually severely restricted in Thailand, and is only permitted during contest. The WARC band are not permitted in Thailand. However, there is an information that the license of E20AJ covers all HF bands including WARC bands. We are trying to QRV on WARC and LOW bands as far as possible." The only thing we can tell OPDX readers is to listen and hope they are active on the WARC bands. The International Scouting Frequencies will be the preferred frequencies (i.e. 7090, 14290, 21360, 28390, 28990). The QSL Manager for DIRECT cards only is HB9AOF. For Bureau cards, please send to E20AJ at the Thailand QSL Bureau, (These will be handled by HS7AHV). Packet messages for people at the Jamboree can be sent to: E20AJ@E20AJ.#STP.CBI.THA.AS Additional information regarding E20AJ and their activities, as well as a broadcast through Web, can be found at: http://www.worldscout.pacific.net.th/

EY8, TAJIKISTAN. Nodir, EY8MM, reports that he will be active in the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 24-26th). QSL via K1BV.

FG, GUADELOUPE. Pierre, F6FXS, will be active once more from his son's QTH on the main island (IOTA NA-102 - DIFO FG001) as FG/F6FXS between February 12th and March 12th. He will be on holiday, but his activity will be CW. Pierre will run about 30 watts from an IC-706 and into a wire antenna. Search for him in the morning and the evening (local time) on 40-10 meters bands, but mainly around 14030, 18070, 21030 or 28030 kHz +/- QRM. QSL either direct or via the bureau. The address in the Buckmaster's call book, either on CD or online is correct.

FR, REUNION ISLAND (Attention!) Freddy, F5IRO, is expected to be active as FR/F5IRO through February 2003. Word has it that he will try to obtain permission to be active from Juan da Nova and Glorioso.

HC1, ECUADOR. Andy, NP3D, will be active as HC1/NP3D from Quito, Ecuador, from January 22-27th. Activity will be on CW/SSB on all HF bands including the WARC bands and 6 meters. He will also be in the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a low power class entry. QSL via W3HNK.

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

NEW OFFICERS FOR 2003. Members of the North Shenandoah DX Association (celebrating their 10th anniversery) elected the following officers for the year 2003:

      President      - Greg Lanham, WA4VE
      Vice President - Brian Mawhinney, WB3FUM
      Secretary/Treasurer - John Kanode, N4MM

P4, ARUBA. Alan, K4AVQ, is expected to be active as P40AV this coming weekend. Activity will be between January 4-18th on 160-10 meters with an emphasis CW and on 80/160 meters. QSL via K4AVQ.

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

S2, BANGLADESH (Update). Remember to look for Eric, VA7DZ, this week as S2/VA7DZ. He will be working from Dhaka and Sylhet between January 1-7th. Also, he is expected to be active from St. Martin's Island (IOTA AS-127), January 3-4th. Activity will be QRP. QSL via VA7DZ.

SILENT KEY. It is sad to report that Victor Rusinov, UT8LL (UB5LGM), became a Silent Key this past week. He died in a plane crash on December 23rd near Esfahan while on a business trip to Iran. Dxers and members of the IOTA community will mourns his sudden passing. OPDX and its readers would like to send out their deepest sympathy to Victor's family and friends.

SPECIAL EVENT. The callsign ZS90SAP will be active from January 1st through December 31st, 2003, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the South African Police Service. The SAPS was established in 1913 with the objective to enforce law and order and to ensure a save and secure environment for all the people of South Africa. Members of the Vaal Triangle Amateur Radio Club, under the leadership of Jan Swanepoel, ZS6ZYM, will operate ZS90SAP during 2003. The callsign will be active on the 80/40/20/10 meters as well as 6/2 meters and 70-cm. QSL cards will only be sent on receipt of your QSL card. QSL cards can be sent via the bureau or direct to ZS90SAP: Jan Swanepoel, PO Box 14393, Zuurfontein, 1912.

ST, SUDAN. Chris, DL5NAM, informs OPDX that after solving many problems, a German team has finally received permission and a license for Sudan. The German team will be using the callsign ST0RY (Sierra Tango Zero Radio Yankee) and will start their operation in March and stay approx. 3 weeks (+/-); also, they will be active in the WPX Contest. Their tickets are in hand; first material is on the way there. Their focus for this DXpedition will be the Low Bands, WARC Bands, RTTY and 6 meters (in this order). The German team consists of: Falk/DK7YY (CW), Dietmar/DL3DXX (CW), Uwe/DL9NDS (SSB/RTTY), Felix/DL7FER (SSB/CW) and Chris/DL5NAM (SSB/RTTY). Currently, they have plans for 3 HF stations (with amps), 3 Quarter Wave GP for the Low Bands, some Yagis for 10-20 meters (incl. WARC) and some wire. However, they would like to do better and are asking the ham community for help. Any help with used/new HF/UHF equipment is welcome, and also study material for hams to get their license. They will leave some materials for the national amateur radio club there. Also, they are looking for donations from DX clubs/associatons to help reduce the high cost of transportation. A web page will be available with a online log search thanks to DF3CB (also a possible 24 hour internet connection maybe available to them). Further details on pilot stations and their schedule will be forthcoming. For questions, please contact them via E-mail at: dl5nam@darc.de

SOTA NEWS. Andrew, ZS1AN, reports that South Africa has been incorporated into the "Summits on the Air" (SOTA) program effective January 1, 2003. To celebrate, a number of South African amateurs will be operating portable from mountain summits on January 1st. Rudi, ZS6DX, will operate from Magalliesberg (ZS/GP-008), Andrew, ZS1AN, will be operating from Maclear's Beacon on Table Mountain (ZS/WC-043), and it is likely that other summits will be active as well. They can be found on or around the following frequencies:

Please note that not all summits will be active on SSB. Summits will be actived from 0900z until 1600z on January 1, 2003. For further information about SOTA in South Africa, see their web site at: http://www.qsl.net/sotasa/ Also, you can E-mail them at: sotasa@qsl.net

ZK2, NIUE. Bert, PA3GIO, will be active as ZK2GI on Niue Island (pronounced 'new-ay'), IOTA OC-040, approximately from January 18-26th using his Kenwood TS-50 with only a 100 watts and a Doublet Antenna. Activity will be on 20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB only. He hopes there will be propagation to Europe approximately 0800-1400z peaking around 1100z. QSL (preferably) by E-mail to: qsl@pa3gio.nl (No attachment), or via the bureau to PA3GIO. Bert states, "I do not accept nor send eQSL's (i.e. www.eQSL.cc)! I do not read my E-mail when on a DXpedition..." Direct QSL go to: Bert vd Berg, Parklaan 38, NL-3931 KK Woudenberg, The Netherlands, Europe.

ZK3, TOKELAU ISLANDS. Atsu, 5W1SA, is currently active as ZK3SA. His length of stay is not known. His activity over the past week has be on 40/30/20/17/15/12 meters CW, with some RTTY. QSL via JH7OHF.

ZK3, TOKELAU ISLANDS (New IOTA). Marius, IZ8DBJ, reports that he will be heading here between February 1-8th and posssibly activate a new IOTA. His callsign will be ZK3DJ. QSL via home callsign direct ONLY.

ZL1AMO UPDATE. Judy Roush, AA7UC, continues to update us on Ron's, ZL1AMO condition. Ron still remains in isolation and continues to fight the ESBL infection, slowly but surely, he continues to improve. Intravenous feeding has been discontinued, and Ron is now eating solid food. Physically, Ron is still weak, but he is able to communicate with his family with the use of a mobile phone. Ron is anxious to resume his radio activities, and he continues to ask the family if they are receiving E-mails from the amateur radio community! Terri (Ron's daughter) has asked INDEXA to forward the Wright family's sincerest wishes to all for a blessed Christmas and a happy, peaceful, and prosperous new year. Judy also reports on behalf of the International DX Association (INDEXA) a "thank you" for your tremendous outpouring of support for Ron and his family. As of December 23rd, the ZL1AMO Air Ambulance Fund is within 5,000 USD of reaching its goal of 20,000 USD. Funds received as of this date have been forwarded to the air ambulance account in New Zealand, and INDEXA has covered the expenses involved in the transfer of funds so that every penny donated has gone directly to Ron's special account in New Zealand.

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