Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 600
February 24, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 600
BID: $OPDX.600
February 24, 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, NC1L, K2FRD, N3GXF, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5FG, K6IF, K8YC, K8YSE, 9A6AA, 9K2HN, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL3APO, F5NQL & UFT, F6FVY, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, GM3YTS, JH6RTO, JI6KVR, LU4EJ, OM3JW, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA5NT, PY7XC, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE2MBS, XE1BEF DX Bulletin and YV4GMG for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th/February, through Sunday, 23rd/February there were 234 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, 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, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH4, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PY0T, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T31, T5, 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, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

3B8 OP UNSUCCESSFUL! Peter, DL3APO, informs OPDX, "We are back from Mauritius - frustrated and very disappointed!" The German team for the 3B8/DK7AO operation was unsuccessful in receiving permission to operate; even with the help of Jacky, 3B8CF. Peters states, "In the circle of the permission process, security must have played a main character."

6Y, JAMAICA. Kevin/WN9O and Mike/WO9Z will be active as 6Y5/homecall now through March 9th. They will participate in next weekend's ARRL DX SSB Contest as 6Y8Z. QSL via WO9Z.

8P, BARBADOS. Peter, W0SA, is now active as 8P9NX and is expected to be active until March 6th. Activity will be mainly on RTTY and CW. Over the past weekend, activity was spotted on/around 3517, 10107, 14014 and 14088 kHz after 2030z or 0100z. QSL via W0SA.

9S, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO. Look for Flo, F5CWU, to be active as 9S1X now through March 10th. He plans to participate in next weekend's ARRL International DX SSB Contest. QSL via F2YT.

A5, BHUTAN. Just a few more days to work Glen, W0GJ, as A51B. He will be going QRT at 0200z, Wednesday, February 26th. He has been very active on RTTY and 80 meters. QSL via W0GJ direct.

BY, CHINA. By special arrangement with the government of the People's Republic of China and the Chinese Radio Sports Association, Rick/AE3C and his 10-year old daughter Barbara/KB3HAS will be operating at various locations in Beijing and northern mainland China between February 23rd March 11th. AE3C will be active on HF, SSB and CW. Also, listen for KB3HAS on HF and CW. Callsigns were not mentioned, but look for them to sign possible BY*/homecall. QSL to their Pittsburgh QTH. ADDED NOTE: Rick states, "We will definitely CQ on the Live-Wire and HFPack freqs if they are available to us, 2300z-0100z. We will also try to set up an Echo-Link station if at all possible while there, especially if 440 is active."

C9, MOZAMBIQUE (IOTA Op). By the time you read ths Reinhard "Rei", DL6DQW, will be finishing up his activity as C98RF from Mocambique Island (AF-088); last day on that island is expect to be February 24th. Rei will move onto Quirimba Island (AF-061), and he will be active between February 25th and March 3rd. QSL via DL6DQW.

CDXA GATHERING. The Carolina DX Association (CDXA) invites all DXers and Contesters to visit their booth at the Charlotte, NC Hamfest, on March 8-9th. Some great forums are lined up for the event. Presenters will be:

Then join them for an evening of fellowship at Red Rocks Restaurant, Bar, and Bakery. This is a great opportunity to share stories with fellow DXers; This is priceless! If you'd like to come, let Bob Burton, CDXA VP know by dropping him a line at: Bob.Burton@McKesson.com

CT3, MADEIRA. Operators Rosel/DL3KWR and Hardy/DL3KWF are to be active as CT3/homecall from Madeira (DIP MA-001), March 6-20th. Their activity will be mainly CW on the WARC bands. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or via the bureau. Bureau QSL requests are available via E-mail at: dl3kwr@darc.de

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, DXCC Branch Manager, reports the following operations have recently been approved for DXCC credit:

FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Operators Didier/FY5FY, Marc/F1HAR, Herve/F5HRY, Oliver/F5MZN and Larry/F6FVY will be active in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL to FY5KE direct or via the bureau.

GMDX CONVENTION AND DINNER. The GM DX GROUP (Scotland's DX Association) invites you to attend their 6th annual convention/dinner on Saturday, April 26th, at King Robert Hotel, Whins of Milton, Stirling, Scotland. Activities start at 12:30 PM. Some of their programs include the following:

The convention will end with an evening DX Dinner and a visit to the hotel bar. There will be special rates at the hotel, and they suggest you arrange your accommodations as early as possible to avoid disappointment. The King Robert Hotel's telephone number is: 01786 811666 More details can be found on the GMDX Group's Web at: http://www.gmdx.org.uk

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

J2, DJIBOUTI. Karsten, DL2LAH, is expected to be active from here between the end of February and the beginning of June. Currently his callsign is unknown. His activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign. Cards will be answered after his return home.

J3, GRENADA. Look for Harry, AC8G, to be active in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op entry. He has applied for a special callsign, possibly J37K or J3**. Activity outside of the contest will be on March 28th and the 31st between 1500-2300z, on 20/15/10 meters SSB. He will consider requests for 12/17 meters. QSL via AC8G.

MU2, GUERNSEY. Operator Marios/5B4WN (aka G0WWW) and Stavros/5B4AFM (aka M0BBB) will be active in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Multi-Single entry. Activity will be on all bands. QSL via G4EOF.

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

ST, SUDAN. Gerben, PA5NT, states that there is a possibility that he will be active from the Sudan again after March 16th. The latest details and the final announcement will be available via his web site. ADDED NOTE: The ST2X story is now available on Dan's Web site and can also be downloaded in PDF format (as well as the JW0PK story). Dan's Web site is at: http://www.dx.to/

T8, PALAU. Seiji, JH6RTO, will be active as T88FS from March 13-17th. He will operate on 80-6 meters and on CW/SSB/RTTY. He points out that there is wrong QSL information on the Web clusters for both his 2001 and 2002 activities. The correct QSL route is via JH6RTO. His address can be found on the QRZ.com Web site or use: Seiji Fukushima, 1182-2506 Hase, Atsugi-city 243-0036 Japan.

TI, COSTA RICA. Operators Harry/AC8G, Terry/KA8KUZ, Ron/WA8LOW, Ron/W8ILC, Anthony/VE3RZ and Ed/K1EP will be active as TI5N in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Multi entry. Their activity will be near San Jose. QSL via W3HNK.

VE1, CANADA (A Contest Operation With A Different Twist!). Dan, K6IF, has announced that he was invited by Jim Fisher, VE1JF, to operate from his station for the upcoming CQWW WPX SSB Contest. The interesting twist about Dan's operation is that he plans to write about it and put it on the Web. He states, "This will be a major expedition for me, since I have never operated in a serious contest from outside California. I've decided to write up this effort in a similar way to my 2000 10 Meter effort - although the content will be quite different. While the 10 Meter story was mostly about planning and constructing the antennas and station; this story will be much more focused on my planning and strategizing for the operation of the contest. I will have the pleasure of operating a very well designed station that needs only a small amount of work to be competitive." If you would like to follow his saga, Dan has posted the first chapter (a short introduction) at: http://www.k6if.com/ He hopes you will enjoy it, and your comments/suggestions are valued.

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. David, KY1V, will be active as VP5/KY1V from March 11-18th. He states, "For the hams whom would like more than just a signal report, I will be actively pursuing short, meaningful QSOs from Whitby, North Caicos Island." QSL via KY1V. More information can be found at: http://www.ky1v.com

VP9, BERMUDA (VHF). Jon, N0JK, expects to be active June 13-16th from VP9GE's Tarrafal Apartments. He plans to operate mainly in the June VHF QSO Party as a Single-Op/Low Power entry. His station will be an IC-706 MII w/100 watts, a 5 element M2 on 6 meters and 9 element M2 on 2 meters. He hopes to be active on June 13th during the peak times for Europe and plans to be active during the entire contest period. Tear down will be Monday morning June 16th.

WRTC "FINLAND 2002" VIDEO. Review by Tedd, KB8NW: Let me first say I am not a contester, and from the start I was wondering whether or not I would really enjoy this video. However, as always, James Brooks's, 9Y1YC, videos are truly interesting and have excellent videography. There is only one way to describe this video on the "World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) Finland 2002" and that is: "The world's top contesters battle it out in an Olympic style atmosphere using high tech for scoring and refereeing." To shorten this, WOW! These guys are serious when it comes to contesting. As the camera moves from shack to shack and from operator to operator, you can see that this 24 hour event is stressful and very competitive. I highly recommend that you add this video to your collection, and I truly believe non-contesters (like myself) will enjoy this video. It is also available on DVD with special extras (rules, operators, scores). More details about the video can be found at: http://home1.pacific.net.sg/~jamesb/

ZF, CAYMAN ISLAND. Peter, N3GXF, is expected to be active as ZF2HW now through February 28th. Bands of activity are unknown at this time because Peter has a Technician Plus license. QSL via home callsign.

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