Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 598
February 10, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 598
BID: $OPDX.598
February 10, 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, ARRL Web Page, ARRL W1AW Bulletins, N1KC, NC1L, W1RG, K2AJY, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, CO2QQ, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, EA7JX, EY8MM, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, HK5MQZ, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, IK4ZHH, JA1ELY, JH1NBN, JI6KVR, JJ1LIB, OM3JW, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, SV1XV, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK3DYL, VK4FW, ZL4HU and ZA/Z35M for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd/February, through Sunday, 9th/February there were 232 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, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Z, 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, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH3, KH6, 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, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T31, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

3D2, FIJI. Tad, JF6OJX (also 7N4AHT, KH7J), will be active as 3D2JX from Mana Island (IOTA OC-121) between April 19-24th. His equipment will be a FT-897 and a wire antenna like a Windom 80. Activity will be on the lower bands 80-30 meters (especially for Europe) and also on 20-6 meters (160m if possible). QSL Manager is JN1HOW, and a log search will be available after the operation at: http://www.NDXA.jp/pedi/3d2-2003/ 7K1WLE/Hisa (WLE@DXing.org) and JJ1LIB/Ted (ted@DXing.org) will keep in touch with him almost everyday on 40 meters SSB.

9G, GHANA. Arno/DL1CW and Andy/DL3GA are now active from Cape Coast as 9G5ZZ and 9G5GA, respectively. Their activity will last until February 18th. They plan to operate on CW/RTTY/SSB on 80-10 meters including the WARC bands and possibly 6 meters also. 9G5GA was heard this past weekend in the RTTY contest while 9G5ZZ was operating on 40/30 meters CW. Look for activity in the ARRL CW Contest. QSLs via homecalls.

A5, BHUTAN. Glenn, W0GJ, active as A51B from Thimphu, Bhutan, and was quite active on 80 meters CW (around 3503 after 1200z) this past week. He was also heard on 3799 kHz SSB trying to work the West Coast after 1300z. Glen was heard during the CQ/RJ WW RTTY Contest this past weekend and is expected to be in the ARRL CW DX Contest (February 15-16th). He is expected to be here until February 26th. QSL via W0GJ direct.

C6, BAHAMAS. Look for Ivars, KC4PX, to be active as C6APX from Nassau (NA-001) now through February 15th. Activity will be on 6 meters. QSL via KC4PX.

D4, CAPE VERDE. Look for Oleg/UA3TT and Alex/RW3TN to be active as D44TT from here now through February 16th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. Oleg/UA3TT was active as D44AC in this past weekend's CQ/RJ Worldwide RTTY WPX Contest as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m) entry. QSL both callsigns via RW3TN.

D4, CAPE VERDE. Fabio, I4UFH, will be active as D44TD from here during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via CT1EKF.

DXCC NEWS..............

HP, PANAMA (IOTA Op). Joel, F5PAC, will once again be active from here between February 23rd and March 24th. His callsign was not provided and neither were bands/modes of activity (However, watch the IOTA frequencies.). He will activate some of the following islands and his schedule is as follows:

IO4, ITALY. Filippo, IK4ZHH, informs OPDX that he will use the callsign IO4T during the ARRL CW Contest (February 15-16th) as Single-Op/All Band/ High Power entry. QSL via IK4XCL.

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

J3, GRENADA. You have a few more days to work Manfred/DJ7RJ, as J3/homecall. His activity this past week has been mainly on CW, with some SSB on 80/30/17/15/12/10 meters. He is expected to be there until February 13th.

KH2, GUAM. Kaoru/JA3MCA, Kai/JE3NJZ and Yuki/JH1NBN will have a HAM vacation from here beginning late February 13th night through the morning of February 17th. Activities will be on SSB, CW, DATA and 160-6 meters. Please send QSLs to their individual JA home callsign as per QRZ.com. The following are their callsigns and QSL routes: W3MCA/KH2 via JA3MCA/Kaoru, N3JZ/KH2 via JE3NJZ/Kai and K3ZB/KH2 via JH1NBN/Yuki. ADDED NOTE: Yuki, JH1NBN, informs OPDX that they will participate (some hours) in the ARRL Contest next weekend.


P4, ARUBA (Update). Andy, P4/K2LE, currently active from here, will be in the ARRL CW Contest as a Single-Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

PIRATE ALERT. Larry, W7AB, trustee of KL0A, states that activity by KL0A January 28, 2003, at 2058z on 18072 kHz, was a PIRATE. Their station was not active during this time.

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

RUSSIAN CONTEST. Artyom, UA3VCS, states, "C'mon guys try this one out. A really good contest. See you all there!". He is expected to be active as BW3/UA3VCS from Taiwan (as Single-Op/Multi-Band entry??). QSL via his CBA. Also, Nodir, EY8MM, will be active as a Single-Op/Single Band (10m) entry. QSL via K1BV.

SILENT KEY. Pacific Division Director Jim Maxwell, W6CF, died February 6th at his home in Redwood Estates, California. He was 69 years old. Maxwell was an avid DXer and contester. He served as an ARRL Emergency Coordinator from 1991 to 1999, and he was a member of the ARRL DX Advisory Committee from 1988 through 1994. Maxwell previously held the call W6CUF. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

SPECIAL EVENT. The Federacion de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) will celebrate this year, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Cuban National Hero "Jose Marti", with the activation of 9 special callsigns from several diferent places in Cuba that are related with Jose Marti's life. The operations will be on all bands and modes. The following schedule is as follows:

   CO0J    February 8-9th              CO0A   July 12-13th
   CO0O    March 8-9th                 CO0R   August 9-10th
   CO0S    April 11-13th               CO0T   September 13-14th
   CO0E    May 10-11th                 CO0I   October 11-12th
   CO0M    June 14-15th

All QSOs will be confirmed via bureau (no QSL is needed) and those who achieve contact with all 9 stations will receive a Special Award.

SPECIAL EVENT. Be looking for the callsign TM6D to be used by the radio club, F6KLF, for the French contest at the end of February from "Department 26".

SV5, DODECANESE. Bill, SV5AZP, will be active from Rhodes during the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 21-23rd) as a Single-Op/Low Power entry. QSL via the address on QRZ.com.

SX1, GREECE. Costas, SV1XV, informs OPDX that he will be using the special contest callsign SX1R in the three CQ WPX Contests for 2003 and possibly in other contests as well. QSL via SV1XV by the bureau or direct.

TO1, MARTINIQUE. Stefano, IK2QEI, will be active as TO1A from Laurent's, FM5BH, shack in the ARRL International SSB DX Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via IK2QEI.

VK9C & VK9X, COCOS-KEELING AND CHRISTMAS ISLANDS. Three of the YLs who operated VK9YL and ZK1XYL last year, namely Gwen/VK3DYL, June/VK4SJ and Elizabeth/VE7YL (CW), will activate Cocos Keeling Islands (OC-003) October 12-25th, and Christmas Island (OC-002) October 26th through November 9th next. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, SSB and CW - no RTTY or PSK. Their callsigns and detailed QSL information will be announced later by the QSL Manager VK3DYL.

XT, BURKINA FASO. Fred, G4BWP, is expected to be active this week as XT2WP in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/Single Band (15m) entry. If time permits, he will try to be active the days before the contest on 30/17/12/6 meters CW before he goes QRT on February 17th. QSL via G4BWP.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. John, K0DQ, will be active as ZF2DQ in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. He informs OPDX that he will be there 3 days before the contest, mainly to prepare for the contest. Look for him on 12 and 17 meters for any activity happening before the contest. Activity will be from Bruce's, ZF2NT, QTH. QSL via K0DQ.

ZL1AMO IS BACK ON THE AIR. Ron, ZL1AMO, is back! He was heard this past week working AH3D on RTTY, and he was on 15 meters (21305 kHz) SSB around 0000z. By the way, Saturday, February 1st, was Ron's 66th birthday. It was also a special celebration for Ron's recovery organized by his daughter Terri, ZL1ADA. The pictures of Ron Wright, ZL1AMO, were taken by Jacky, F2CW/ZL3CW, and can be found at: http://www.qsl.net/aa0mz/zl1amo.htm

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