Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 597
February 3, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 597
BID: $OPDX.597
February 3, 2003
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, K1XM, N1SNB, W2SC, N3SL, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4SV, K4YL, N4AA & QRZ DX/The DX Magazine, W4BD, AJ6V, K6IPV, W6/IK3ZAW, WQ7R, K8YSE, N8BJQ, W9VNE, NW0L, 9A3Z, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL2VFR, DL3APO, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, HB9EAA, HK6DOS, HK6PSG, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, I2YSB, IK8UND, JI6KVR, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PS7AB, RW6HS, RZ3AA, SV1DPI, VA3RJ & ICPO, XE2AC and ZL4HU for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26/January, through Sunday, 2/February there were 239 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0A, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, 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, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH3, KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T31, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZK3, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

10 YEARS OF 9A. The year 2002 marks the 10th anniversary of allocation of the 9A prefix to Croatia. The Croatian Amateur Radio Association sponsored a special award for contacts made with 9A stations between July 5, 2002, and December 31, 2002. On the following Web address below, there is a link to the web site that shows a picture of the award and a page with award winners: http://www.hamradio.hr/award.asp The first 169 awards have been mailed out. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2003 (to be sent to Denis, 9A3Z, at: 9a3z@hamradio.hr ).

3B8, MAURITIUS (Update). Peter, DL3APO, wants to remind everyone that all preparations are going well for a German team to be active as 3B8/DK7AO (Please refer OPDX.594). However, due to health and family reasons, Katrin, DL1AXL (Frank's, DK7AO, XYL), has been forced to cancel her participation in the 3B8/DK7AO operation from February 9-15th. The team will now include Achim, DL1XD. QSL via DL3APO. For more details, update and the log, visit the Web page at: http://www.radioklub.de/3b8/

5W, SAMOA. The "World-Wide Young Contesters" will be sponsoring a DX operation from August 4-14th. Operators will include Hrvoje/9A6XX, M0GMT, Cedrick/K9YO, Jeff/N1SNB and Faisal/9K2RR. Operations will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK-31 and with two stations active 24 hours a day. QSL via N1SNB.

5W & KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA AND SAMOA. Ulli, DL2AH, will be going on his first DXpedition/operation to these two countries. Activity from Samoa (5W) is planned for July 2-15th and July 24-29th. Activity from American Samoa is planned for July 16-23rd. His operations will be on 40-10 meters SSB/RTTY/PSK using a FT-1000MB with GAP Titan and Windom antennas. He also plans to be active in the 2003 IOTA Contest.

8P, BARBADOS (Update). As mentioned last week, Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd). Tom informs OPDX that he will be there the week leading up to the contest and will mainly be there to checkout the station, primarily on the low bands. Since the contest is SSB, Tom will exclusively be on that mode.

9H, MALTA. Gaby/OE8YDQ and Chris/OE8CIQ will be active as 9H/homecall (but this could change, if they apply for a visitor's license) between April 20-27th. This will be a holiday style operation. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB with 100 watts and a vertical antenna. QSL via the bureau or direct to their home callsign. For more information, please visit their Web page at: http://www.oe8ciq.com

9Y, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO. Sigi, DL7DF, will be on holiday from here and will be active as 9Y4/DL7DF from March 23rd through April 10th. Activity will be on all bands CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV using a transceiver with a linear.

AH3, JOHNSTON ISLAND. Just a few more hours of activity from the AH3D team. Finnish operators Martti Laine/OH2BH, and Pertti Simovaara/OH2PM, and DX editor Bernie McClenny/W3UR are expected to leave early Tuesday (local time), February 4th. Remember to QSL via OH2BH's special postal box at: 2003 Johnston Atoll DXpedition, P.O. Box 73, 02380 Espoo, FINLAND.

CN2, MOROCCO. Jim, W7EJ, plans to be very active as CN2R from here in some upcoming contest. Look for him in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 21-23rd) as a Single-Op entry and the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. Also, look for him in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/ All Band/High Power entry. QSL via W7EJ.


FM, MARTINIQUE. Ed, AJ6V, will be operating from here using the callsign FM5BH bewteen February 11-18th. Activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. Outside of the contest he will mainly be active on SSB. QSL via W3HNK.

FO/M, MARQUESAS ISLANDS. Silvano, I2YSB, informs OPDX that he and six other operators (all experienced DXers and Contesters) will be active from here. Their operation is scheduled to start around late April and run for about 2 weeks. Exact dates will be announced soon. They plan to use a "FO" callsign, this is to be confirmed and announced later. The team consists of: Silvano/I2YSB, Flaviano/I2MOV, Marcello/IK2DIA, Adriano/IK2GNW, Giuseppe/IK2WXV, Carlo/IK1AOD and Andrea/IK1PMR. They will operate on all modes (CW, SSB, PSK/RTTY) on all HF bands, including 50 MHz (they will also operate a beacon on 50.105 MHz). Their equipment will include 3 complete HF stations,with linear amplifiers (including a TL-922) and several antennas (including beams for the higher bands). More information about the DXpedition QTH, operators' profiles, equipment and sponsors can be found on the following link from I2YSB's Web page at: http://digilander.libero.it/i2ysb/ Links to further information and online logs will be added.

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

J49, CRETE. Operators Roberto/I2WIJ, Luigi/IK8HCG and Salvatore/IK8UND will be active as J49Z in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multil-Single/High Power entry. Activity from the team will begin on Thursday, October 23rd, on all bands 160-10 meters, including 12/17 meters, mainly on SSB (but they will take a key and do some CW). A large range of antennas will be used: 11 element triband yagi, phased vertical array on 40 meters (2 or 4 verticals), single vertical 1/4 wave on 80 meters, Inverted "V" for 160 meters, a 8 element 5 band beam for 20/17/ 15/12/10 meters for the multiplier station, and a rotatable dipole for 40 meters. QSL via IK8UND. Visit the web site for this operation at: http://www.qsl.net/i2wij/j49z/j49z.html

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Members from the Virginia DX Century Club will be active from February 11-19th. Their activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest as KG4DZ. QSL KG4DZ via W4SD. Look for the following operators (with their own KG4 callsign) to be active: Don/W4ZYT/KG4ZK, Chuck/N8CH/KG4NW, Gordon/KU4EC/KG4EC and Chet/N6ZO/KG4ZO. QSL via their home callsigns.

KH6, HAWAII. Don, K6IPV, will be vacationing at "Seaqmaui", the B & B (ed. We think he means "Bed and Breakfest") of Terry, KH6SQ, from February 10-20th. He states, "This will be a casual operation, mostly SSB and as many bands as Terry has antennas for. He's got a couple of towers (which probably creates a hazard for the golfers on the course he lives alongside!), with beams and other assorted antennas. I'll take my keyer along but am a notoriously poor CW op!" He expects to be signing KH6/K6IPV and his dream is to be on the air enough when not vactioning with his wife and doing the "tourist" things. He wants to work more than 100 countries to earn DXCC from a different "country". QSL via direct.

OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Ari, OH5DX, will once again be active from here as OH0Z, this time during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 15-16th). His operating class is still to be decided. QSL via OH5DX (ex-OH1EH).

OOOPPPSSS DEPARTMENT. For those that missed it, in OPDX.596 under "IOTA NEWS......." the IOTA number listed as NA-073 should have been NA-072.

P4, ARUBA. Jim, N6TJ, will be active as P40T during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via VE3HO.

P4, ARUBA. Andy, K2LE, will be active as P4/K2LW now through February. His plans of activity were not provided. QSL via his home callsign.

PJ2, CURACAO. Operators Tom/AE9B, Marty/NW0L and Jerry/WB9Z will be active in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd), signing PJ2T. QSL PJ2T via N9AG. Look for all 3 operators to sign PJ2/homecall, on SSB, CW and RTTY before and after the contest from February 26th through March 4th. There will be an emphasis on the WARC bands. QSL non-contest QSOs via home callsigns.

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. William, W8EB, will be active as PJ7/W8EB from February 23rd throughh March 23rd. His activity will include the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as PJ7B and as a Single-Op/All Band entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-10 meters CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK-31. QSL both callsign via W8EB.

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

SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS. Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A, has been active over the past week on 40 and 10 meters CW (Yes CW!). Stateside QSNs show him on 7005 kHz after 0030z and as late as 0207z, as well as 28022 kHz between 1315-1415z. Europe reported him on 14022 kHz. Kostas, SV1DPI, states Monk Apollo is expected to be active also on SSB and RTTY. Veronica, W6/IK3ZAW, reports that Monk Apollo told her he has made several attempts (during his free time) to work U.S. stations on different bands, but his reception is very poor from his area. Good openings do not usually coincide with his free hours which he can spend on the radio. However, he reassured Veronica that he shall keep on trying. QSL only direct to one of the two following addresses:

       (Provided by SV1DPI)                  (Provided by W6/IK3ZAW)
       Monk Apollo                            Monk Apollo
       Monastery od Dochiariou                Docheiariou Monastery
       63087 Mount Athos                      63087, Dafni
       Greece                                 Mount Athos 

T8, PALAU (KH0 Cancelled). Takeshi, JA5AUC, has cancelled his Saipan operation (as reported in OPDX.596) and will be active instead from Palau Island as T88TM. He will be joined by Norikazu/JA5MY, Kouji/JA5SUD, Tatsuo/JA5EIY and Yuji/JA5ROH/T88RH. Activity will be from February 7-12th, on 160-6 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.

TI8, COSTA RICA. Operators Chadwick/K4UN, Carlos/TI2KAC, Fred/W4BD and possible others will be active as TI8/K4UN during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Multi-2/All Band entry. QSL via K4UN. They will be active a little over a week before the contest, and activity outside of the contest will be on 160-10 meters primarily on SSB with the possibility of some CW and PSK31.

V31, BELIZE (Update to OPDX.596/IOTA Op). Paul/K1XM informs OPDX that he and Charlotte/KQ1F still don't have their callsigns yet. However, he states they will operate the contest (ARRL DX SSB Contest, March 1-2nd) from Turneffe Island (IOTA NA-123). They will arrive at the site the Wednesday before the contest and leave the Wednesday after. Outside of the contest, Paul may operate CW or RTTY. Also, they may be on the air a bit from the mainland before they go to Turneffe, depending on what else they are doing and whether or not they can put up a wire at their hotel.

VK8, AUSTRALIA. David, VK2CZ, will be active as VK8AA in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. QSL via VK2CZ or VK8 bureau.

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND. It has been reported that Barry, VK2BJ, will be active as VK2LBJ beginning February 8th. Activity will be for one week. There was no information provided on his bands/modes of activity.

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND. David, VK2CZ, will be active active from here during the CQWW SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. His callsign is currently unknown at this time, but activity will include 160-10 meters. QSL via VK2CZ direct only.

VP6, PITCAIRN ISLAND (A Reminder!). Remember to look for Ed, W2SN, to be active this week as VP6EM beginning on February 4th. Activity will take place between 1700-2359z, on 10/15/20 meters SSB, depending on the propagation. QSL to his home callsign.

XE, MEXICO (160m Op). Operators Victor/XE1VIC, Arnulfo/XE1ME, Jesus/XE1JG, Ortega/XE1YJY and Ramon/XE1KK will be active as XE1RCS in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 21-23rd) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via CBA or Bureau. This is a good chance to work Mexico and Zone 6 on 160 meters. Also, there is some activity planned on 3.8 MHz the week before the contest. Operators will be using their personal callsigns.

ZK1/N & ZK1/S, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Nik, HB9EAA, informs OPDX that he will be active from Penrhyn, N. Cooks (OC-082) from March 8-15th and Aitutaki, S. Cooks (OC-083) from March 15-22nd. He hopes to go on the air with the callsign ZK1EAA, mainly on the CW mode. The license with the definitive callsign will be known after his arrival on Rarotonga. Activity will be mainly on CW on the following suggested frequencies: 14040, 21040 and 28040 kHz (+/- QRM). QSL via HB9EAA direct or via the bureau is OK. For more details, please visit the Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/hb9eaa/dxped03/

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