Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 599
February 17, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 599
BID: $OPDX.599
February 17, 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, K1XN & GoList, KZ2I, N2YO, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, WB4PVT, K5PX, N5FG, W5UE, KM6HB, WB6RSE, N7NG, WQ7B, K8AV, K8YSE, W8QZA, W8UVZ, W9ZR, W9AE, KD0JL, 9A6AA, CE4USW, CO8TW, CT1END, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G4KGT, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, I0MWI, JH0MGJ, JI3DST, JI6KVR, LU5FF, OE7SEL, OM3JW, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, OZ8AE, PS7AB, QTC, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK3DI, VK3ZZ, VO1HE/VO2HE and ZS4BS for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th/February, through Sunday, 16th/February there were 243 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 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, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, 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, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH3, KH4, KH6, 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, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T31, T33, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, 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. Brian, N6IZ, will be active as 3D2IZ from the Island of Namotu (IOTA OC-121), March 26th through April 6th. Activity will be 80-10 meters, primarily on CW. QSL to home callsign.

3D2, FIJI (Also KH6 and NA VE7 IOTA OPs). Andre, GM3VLB, will be on holiday with XYL Veronica and plans to be active as much as possible from the following IOTA locations:

They will then travel to Vancouver. His XYL, Veronica, will fly home, and Andre will be joined by Scottish partner Alex, G(M)0DHZ, and son Niall, VP8NJS, for their VE7 Dxpeditions (No callsigns provided):

5X, UGANDA. Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG, will be active as 5X1DC from Ssese Island for one more week until February 23rd. There has been plenty of activity on 28490, 28086 (RTTY), 24845, 18148, 14195, 14086 (RTTY) and 7053 kHz. QSL via DL7AFS.

A3, TONGA. Five German operators (Irina/DL8DYL, Reinhard/DL8YRM, Thomas/ DL5LYM, Wolfgang/DL4WG and Ralf/DL9DRA) will be active from March 17th through April 5th. Their callsigns and bands/modes of activity were not provided. QSL Manager is DL8YRM. QSL via the bureau or direct.

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Mario, CE3BFE, is back once again at Chilean Julio Escudero Base (WABA CE-11), of the Chilean Antarctic Institute, located on the Island King Jorge of the Shetlands (AN-010). Look for him to sign as CE9A. QSL via operator's instructions. Suggested frequencies are:

D4, CAPE VERDE. Gabriele, IK4UPB, will be active as D44TD in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/Single Band (band not known) entry. QSL via CT1EKF.

DAYTON HAMVENTION. All 160 meter enthusiasts are cordially invited to the Topband banquet on Friday night, May 16th, of the 2003 Hamvention in Dayton. This annual event brings together 160 meter fans from around the world for food, drink and comraderie. The event will be held at Neil's Heritage House Restaurant (2323 Schantz Ave, Dayton); 6:30 PM Social Hour (Cash Bar) and 8:00 PM Dinner. Cost is 27 USD each, which includes the complete dinner, taxes, and gratuities. Choose pork tenderloin, broiled salmon, or breast of chicken supreme. Make your dinner selection and pay in advance to: Randy Schaaf, W9ZR, 3600 S. B and K Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. PLEASE LET RANDY KNOW VIA E-MAIL IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING AND INCLUDE YOUR MEAL CHOICE. All paid reservations must be received by May 1st.

DP1, ANTARCTICA. Felix, DL5XL, will be active as DP1POL in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) possibly as a Single-Op (TBD). Activity will be from the German research base "Neumayer" in the Antarctica (IOTA AN-016), using 750 watts of output power and wire antennas. By the way, he was heard this past weekend in the contest. QSL via DL1ZBO.

FG, GUADELOUPE (Bird Op). Wayne, W9AE, will be active on the AO40 satellite from Deshaies, Guadeloupe (Grid FK96) from February 21-26th. Activity will be on CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

HR, HONDURAS. Tom, W0GLG, will be active from Puerta Limpera, a town on the North East corner of the country, until March 5th. His callsign was not provided. Tom will try to check into the 247 net or hang around the frequency 14195 kHz when he has a chance. Between March 2-4th, look for Tom to be on Cochinos Cayos (IOTA NA-160), a small island off the coast that is rather hard to get to. He states, "It is not as popular as Roatan and is much more sought after in the IOTA circles... I will be on 14260, 21260, 28460 + or -." Tom will be operating barefoot using a Kenwood (TS-570) with a vertical, and a couple of half squares. QSL via W0GLG.

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

KH4, MIDWAY ISLAND. Bill, NH6D, is expected to be active as KH4/NH6D for a few days this week. Watch between February 21-22nd. QSL via N6FF.

LIGHTHOUSE/LIGHTSHIP ACTIVITY. Members from the Croatian IOCA Group, Boro/9A3KB and Emir/9A6AA, will be active from the Lighthouse of Plicina Paklena (LH-0708), on February 22nd, and Lighthouse of Barbaran (LH-1018), on February 23rd, weather permitting, on 20, 15 and 40 meters, SSB. After the LH activity, they plan to activate the Island of Sv. Nikola (CI-118, EU-110), on February 23rd, on same frequencies.

LX, LUXEMBOURG. Operators Michel/LX1KQ, Alain/LX1UN and Philippe/LX2AJ will be active as LX9UN in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 21-23rd) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via LX1NJ.

NH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Kuroi Kazuhiko, JH0MGJ, informs OPDX that he will be active as AL5A/NH0 from Saipan in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (next May) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via JH0MGJ through the JARL bureau.

OX3, GREENLAND (Op now QRT). Joergen, OZ8AE, informs OPDX that Kim, OX3FV, is now QRT from Groennedal, Greenland. He is back in Denmark and his callsign is now OZ5FV (E-mail address is: oz5fv@lycos.com ) QSL for OX3FV are now via OZ5FV.

P3, CYPRUS. Operators G3SJJ, G3SVL and G3UEG will be active as P3F in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 21-23rd) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via 5B4AGN.

PIRATE QSL MANAGER. OPDX has been informed that there is a "Pirate QSL Manager" operating in France as of January 2003. This individual claims to be the QSL Manager for as many as 25-30 DX callsigns (he may be the same person who tried this from Brazil a few years ago). Please do not QSL to: P.O. BOX 4, Lancieux, 22770 FRANCE.

PY0S, ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS. The "425 DX NEWS" reports that Joca, PS7JN, is planning to return to here during the first half of April. His activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters SSB and RTTY (other modes and bands will depend on the equipment he takes with him). Further details are expected to be available and appear shortly on his Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/ps7jn/

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

SPECIAL EVENT. The Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club (EMDRC) in Melbourne, Australia, will be activating the special callsign, VI3GP, during the period 0000z March 6th until 0000z March 11th. The special callsign celebrates the running of the F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 10th. QSL via the Bureau, or direct to VK3ER: P.O. Box 87, MITCHAM, Victoria, Australia 3132 (with sufficient return postage). The VI3GP callsign also qualifies as a Club callsign towards the EMDRC Southern Cross Award. Further details are available at: http://www.emdrc.com.au

SPECIAL EVENT. On a stormy winter's night 85 years ago, the S.S. Florizel left the harbour of St John's, NF bound for Halifax and New York. The S.S. Florizel, pride of the Red Cross Line and with 137 souls on board, made a fatal navigational error and crashed onto the rocky shore 12 miles from Cape Race. At 4:50 AM the British Naval wireless station BZM at Mount Pearl, NF, near St John's, received an SOS from MZL; the Florizel. The Marconi operator Cecil Carter sent the message without waiting for a confirmation. He knew at best he had only moments before the power from the ship would fail as the seas were crashing over the stern. The Marconi House on board was a life saver; firstly for providing the means to send the distress call and secondly as the only safe shelter for up to 30 people during the 27 hour wait for rescue.

February 24th, 2003, will mark the anniversary and is being commemorated at Admiralty House Museum and Archives (Formerly H.M. Wireless station BZM), the site of a new permanent exhibition about the Florizel disaster of 1918. The special event call VO1MZL will be used, and it is planned to be a yearly CW-only event. VO1BZM is also a Marconi site and will also be in operation for International Marconi Day in April. The Museum web site is: http://www.nfld.com/~sirjames/. Operating times will be 1530-2230z and the proposed frequencies of operation are 14030, 21030 and 28030 kHz. QSL via Bureau or directly by call book address: VO1MZL, Admiralty House Museum, 3 Centennial St., Mount Pearl, NL A1N-1G4.

SPECIAL EVENT. The Oakdale Amateur Radio Club in Cape Town has been granted a special event callsign for the "CRICKET WORLD CUP" being played in the Republic of South Africa. The callsign is ZS03CWC and will be operating on all bands 80-10 meters until March 23rd. Please keep an ear open for this station. QSLs can be sent to ZS03CWC, PO Box 2132, Bellville 7535, for ZS stations and via ZS1AU on QRZ.COM for DX stations. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope for a special QSL card which will be available after the March 23rd.

ST0, SUDAN (Update). Floyd, N5FG, informs OPDX that the ST0RY operation will start on March 16th (after 2-3 days for paperwork and going through customs). They will leave the evening of April 2nd. Please refer to OPDX.592 for more details. For the latest info about the ST0RY DXpedition, go to the Web page at: http://www.df3cb.com/st0ry/

TI, COSTA RICA. Bill, W8QZA, will be active as TI5N as QRP in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) and as a Single-Op/All Band entry. There will be no activity outside of the contest. QSL via W3HNK.

WARD 2003 AWARD. The World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) Award is devoted to commemorate the World Amateur Radio Day celebrated by IARU on April 18th each year. It is issued by the MK QTC - Polish Amateur's Radio Journal with PZK (Polish Amateur Radio Union) support. The WARD Award is available for at least the following number of contacts: 10 QSOs on HF bands or 5 QSOs on VHF bands. All contacts must be made on April 18th between 0000-2400z. A standard application form including the list of QSOs should be sent before May 31, 2003, to: Redakcja MK QTC, ul. Wielmozy 5b, 82-337 Suchacz-Zamek, Poland. The price of the WARD Award is 5 USD or 5 Euro. The full color award is 210 x 297mm. The WARD Award is available also for the same amounts of SWL reports. E-mail: qtc@post.pl

YN, NICARAGUA. Operator Frosty/K5LBU, Ed/W5GCX and possibly others will be active as YN2EJ in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. The group plans to arrive on Wednesday night before the contest and spend Thursday putting up antennas and whatever. Ed, W5GCX, holds the callsign YN2EJ and he sometimes gets on 12/17 meters and works some CW possibly before the contest. If anyone would like to join them, they can get in touch with Ed, W5GCX (Good on QRZ.com). QSL via K5LBU.

YI, IRAQ. Steve, OM3JW, the Father/QSL Manager for Mike, OM2DX, who was active from YI1BGD, reports that Mike is now QRT. The Slovak Embassy in Baghdad was closed down, and his son Mike is on his way at home. Steve will get the log from Mike with his last days of operation after his arrival at home. Be patient please.

YO WEB PAGE AVAILABLE. Ciprian, N2YO (formerly YO3FWC), informs OPDX that the Romanian Amateur Radio Federation has a new web site at: http://www.hamradio.ro The YO callbook is online again and is now faster. Also, the final results for the the International Championship of Romania, 2002 edition (YO DX HF and YO DX VHF/UHF/SHF) are now available on the Web site. Any comments or suggestions are welcome at: webmaster@hamradio.ro

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Bruce, K5PX, informs OPDX that he will be active for the ARRL SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as ZF2PX. He will be a Single-Op/ Single Band (probably 20m) entry. Bruce will be active until March 7th. QSL to K5PX.

ZY0, TRINDADE ISLAND. Look for Linneu, PY1ON, to activate ZY0T for a few days between February 17-19th. Activity will be SSB only on the following suggested frequencies: 7050, 14200, 21300 and 28490 kHz. QSL via PY1YB direct or by the bureau.

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