Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 601
March 3, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 601
BID: $OPDX.601
March 3, 2003
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
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Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, K3LR, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, W3LEO, K4SV, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, AC7DX, K8BL, K8PT, K8YSE, NE8Z, W9OL, 8P9BX, CE4USW, CE6TBN, CO8TW, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL2VFR, DL6KAC, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, HL1VAU, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, IK4MTF, Japan DX News, JI3DST, JI6KVR, JJ1TBB, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA5ET, RW3RN, RW6HS, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY, VE6JO, VK3EW, VK4AAR, VK4FW, XQ5SM, YO9HP and ZL4HU for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 23rd/February, through Sunday, 2nd/March there were 238 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, 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, FW, 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, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH4, KH6, KH8, KH9, 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, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T31, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, 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, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

6W, SENEGAL. John, F5VHQ (ex-OE5TGL), will be active as 6W/F5VHQ between April 19th and May 1st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB. QSL via F5VHQ.

8P, BARBADOS. Winston Seeney, 8P9BX (VE3WFS), informs OPDX that he attended a meeting of the Radio Society of Barbados and was told a QRP DX team is scheduled to operate on the Atlantic coast, on March 15th, and is scheduled to go on the air at 1400z. They will operate on CW and SSB on the lower ends of the bands from 40-10 meters.

9N, NEPAL. Dov Gavish, 4Z4DX, will be active as 9N7DX starting April 22nd for 4 weeks. Activity is expected to be on 160-6 meters CW and the digital modes. QSL via 4Z4DX. His Web site is at: http://www.qsl.net/4z4dx/

A4, OMAN. Alex, YO9HP, will once again be active as A45WD. He leaves for Oman today (Monday, March 3rd) and is expected to be active around the 5th or 6th of March. His length of stay is not known (possibly two weeks). Look for him on 80-10 meters including the WARC Bands on CW/SSB. QSL via bureau or YO9HP: Alex Panoiu, Pleasa - Prahova, RO-2038 ROMANIA ADDED NOTE: Alex would like to thank all stations who sent direct QSL (with SASE) or a bureau QSL. He has managed to reply to 99% of the direct cards before his trip back to Oman. Also, bureau QSLs are almost done, and he will drop the last batch via the A4 bureau. They normally send the cards out every 3-4 months.

BU2, TAIWAN. Mark Kawasaki, JJ1TBB, was happy to inform OPDX that he has received permission from the Taiwan Authority to operate as BU2/JJ1TBB from Taipei. He states "BU" is a very new prefix for Taiwan. His activity will be mainly CW/SSB on 40-10 meters. He was heard this past week on 21262 kHz around 0200z. Mark's work assignment is expected to keep him in Taiwan for 3-4 years. QSL via JL1ANP. ADDED NOTE: Mark may be known for his operations from Singapore as 9V1AN (1995-96), and Christmas Island as VK9XB (1996), Vietnam as XV2A (1991) and possibly from some others locations.

BW4, TAIWAN. Art, UA3VCS, states there is a minor change in his callsign for the upcoming Russian DX Contest (March 15-16th) and the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th). He will not sign BW3/UA3VCS as first announced, but he will sign BW4/UA3VCS. Art also mentioned that he will be a Single-Op/ Single Band (10m)/Low Power entry for the CQ WPX SSB Contest (and also a Single-Op/All Band/Low Power entry for the WPX CW Contest). QSL via the CBA (preferred) or bureau (it may take more than a year and a half to reply for the QSLs received via bureau).

CB5, CHILE (Attention Prefix Hunters). Ferdi, XQ5SM (SCDXG member), will put the CB5 prefix on the air for the first time during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th). Look for him to be active in the contest as CB5A as a Single-Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL via XQ5SM.

DAYTON HAMVENTION EVENT. Tim, K3LR, reports that the North Coast Contesters are pleased to announce: The 11th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner (Tickets are on sale NOW). Master of Ceremonies is Tim Duffy, K3LR. The 2003 Contest Hall of Fame Inductions will be formally announced by the CQ WorldWide Contest Director and CQ Contest Hall of Fame member, Bob Cox, K3EST. They are honored to have Rich Strand, KL7RA, as their dinner speaker. The dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 17th, at 6:30 PM: Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM. The event will be located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Official Contest Hotel), 5th and Jefferson Streets (Next to the Convention Center), Dayton (Downtown), Ohio in the VAN CLEVE BALLROOM. Menu: Prime Rib of Beef, Potato, vegetables, rolls, chocolate fudge cake, choice of beverage, coffee, tea or iced tea (* Vegetarian menu available by request at the dinner). Price is 31.00 USD per person. SEATING IS LIMITED TO 300, SO ORDER YOUR TICKETS EARLY. Seating is random and is not reserved. Tables are set in rounds or 8. All dinner ticket orders are handled exclusively by Craig Clark, K1QX at: Radioware and Radio Bookstore, PO Box 209, Rindge, NH 03461 http://www.radio-ware.com You can place your order by calling: Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM eastern USA time. 1-800-457-7373, 1-603-899-6957 for International, or by FAX 1-603-899-6826 24 hours You can also E-MAIL your orders to: jcclark@prexar.com Visa, Mastercard, American Express. Sorry no COD orders. E-MAILs must include charge card + number, callsign and return address information. Tickets will be sent via First Class US Mail no later than May 7, 2003. Please allow plenty of time for your tickets to arrive before you leave for Dayton. Radioware and Radio Bookstore is not responsible for tickets lost in the mail. Special thanks to Craig Clark, K1QX and Radioware - Radio Bookstore for once again handling the tickets. Deadline for ticket orders is May 6, 2003. NO EXCEPTIONS There will be no tickets at the door. Many contest operators from around the world will attend this event. If you enjoy radio contesting, you do not want to miss this dinner. They expect a quick sell out. Order your tickets early!

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

JW, SVALBARD. Francois, F8DVD, will once again be active from Spitzbergen Island (EU-026, WAZ 40). He will stay from April 20-24th, in Longyearbyen (Grid JQ78TF), the main city of Spitzbergen. Look for him as JW/F8DVD on 80-10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign either via the bureau or direct (SASE+postage).

KH6, HAWAII. Csaba Gal, DH7KU (HA7XQ), will be active from here as KH6/DH7KU during his spare time between March 9-15th. His main purpose for being here is to install different types of equipment at Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) at Manua Kea, but he hopes to be active in the evenings enough to make a few contacts. He will be using a Kenwood TS-50 into a multiband dipole or a 3 band GP.

KH6, HAWAII. Marty, K2PLF, is now active as KH6/K2PLF until March 14th from Sea Q Maui (OC-019, USI HI-018S, Maui County, Hawaii). He was heard in this past weekend's contest, but plans to concentrate over the next two weeks on the WARC bands and the lower bands.

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY (From Germany).............

MD4, ISLE OF MAN. Operators G0HSS, G3NKC, G4MJS, G4XUM and M0BEW will be active as MD4K in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-???? entry. QSL via G3NKC.

MJ, JERSEY. Pete/K8PT and Craig/K3PLV will be off to the Channel Island of Jersey (IOTA EU-013) again and will be operational from March 19-24th. Their callsigns will be MJ/K8PT and MJ/K3PLV. They will be operating SSB/CW/RTTY on all bands with concentration on the lower bands including 160 meters. Pete states, "Ham radio is our priority." QSL is via their home calls. Direct QSLs are preferred, but bureau cards will be answered as time permits.

MM0, SCOTLAND. Leo, W3LEO, will once again be active from Portpatrick in southwest Scotland from about March 4th to April 3rd. His callsign will be MM0LEO, and he plans to be in the CQWPX SSB Contest. Leo will use an Icom 706 (100 watts), an R-5 vertical [10, 12, 15, 17, 20 meters], and a 40-meter dipole in a delta configuration. Leo provided us with the following reference numbers: CQ Zone 14, ITU Zone 27, Grid Square IO-74ku, IOTA EU-005 [Great Britain] and Worked All Britain [WAB] Square NW-95. QSL via W3LEO.

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Rob, PA5ET, informed OPDX that he was pleased to announce that Ronald/PA3EWP, Dick/PA3FQA and himself (all members of the Low Land DX-pedition Team) will activate these islands between March 24th and April 3rd. Activity will be on all HF bands 160-10 meters CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and some SSTV. (UPDATE: Just before going to print, Rob informs OPDX that Tom/GM4FDM and Bill/AK0A have decided to join the team, so now there are 5 operators. Since Mr. RTTY [AK0A] is joining the team, we can expect a lot of RTTY especially on the WARC bands.) They will have two stations on around the clock. Equipment will be: 2 FT-1000MPs with 2 Alpha Amplifiers, 2 Quads antennas for 30-10 meters, a vertical for 40 meters and the Titanex V80e and V160e for 80 and 160 meters. They have requested local callsigns, but currently have not been informed of them. So for now, they will use OY/homecall. The group would like to use the requested local callsigns for 80/160 meter and for the WPX SSB Contest (the last weekend in March in which they will participate). All QSLs will be handled by the LLDXT QSL Manager PA5ET: Rob Snieder, Van Leeuwenstraat 137, 2273 VS Voorburg, The Netherlands. It is not likely that they will have on-line logs unless it is easy to get an Internet account. However, they are currently investigating the uses of a InterNet Cafe or local hams to upload their information on a daily basis. For more update-to-date information, please the LLDXT Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/lldxt/

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

RARE RUSSIAN DISTRICT. Alex, RW3RN, informs OPDX to tell the readers to look for special station UE3RDA to be active March 8-15th from the rarest district for the Russian District Award ( http://rdaward.org ). QSL via RW3RN: Alex Kuznetsov, Box 57, Tambov-23, 392023 Russia.

RU9, ASIATIC RUSSIA. Alex, RW3TN, will be active as RU9G in the Russian DX Contest (March 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All Band/CW entry. RDA: KP-06 or KP-07. QSL via RW3TN.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event station ZS03CWC to be active throughout the "Cricket World Cup" until March 23rd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via ZS1AU.

SPECIAL WEEKEND EVENT. The GMDX Group (Scotland's DX Association) introduces "Celtic Connections" to encourage activity by all radio amateurs worldwide to contact areas with Celtic origins. This is purely an activity weekend and will enable participants to pursue the Celtic Knot Award Scheme and provide an interest in contacting Celtic areas of the world. The event is to be held on the third weekend in April each year. Reports on activity are welcome and certificates of participation will be awarded to anyone who submits a report. If sufficient reports are received, the leading participants from the Celtic and the non-Celtic areas will be presented with an engraved commemorative Quaich (a small Scottish drinking cup). The 2003 Weekend will start at 0000z on Saturday, April 19th, and last until 2400z on Sunday, April 20th. For further details, please contact: Mr. Drew Givens, GM3YOR, 5 Langhouse Place, Inverkip, PA16 0EW, Scotland, U.K. or vist the GMDX Group's Web site at: http://www.gmdx.org.uk

TI, COSTA RICA (Correction to OPDX.600). Harry, AC8G, reports he gave out the wrong callsign for one of the operator's in the upcoming fall TI5N operation (during the CQWW DX SSB Contest). The callsign KA8KUZ should have been Brian, KA7KUZ.

TM5/TO5, MARTINIQUE. Al, F5VHJ (aka NH7A), who was active this past weekend as TM5A in the ARRL SSB Contest, will be active again in the CQ WPX Phone Contest (March 29-30th) as Single-Op/All Band entry. Also, Al will be active in the CQWW SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry, but using the callsign TO5A. QSL all three operations via F5VHJ.

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Update to OPDX.597). David, VK2CZ, reports that he has been allocated the callsign VK9XD for the CQWW SSB Contest (October 25-26th). QSL via VK2CZ direct only.

VP6/D, DUCIE ISLAND. Remember, the second DXpedition to Ducie Island will be active possibly next weekend on March 8th or 9th, depending upon seas and weather. The station callsign will be announced shortly before the operation begins (either from DXpedition organizer Kan, JA1BK, or the pilot stations JE2EHP, DJ8NK and WA2MOE). Activity is expected on CW, SSB and RTTY with operations on all HF bands and 6 meters. AO-40 was also mentioned. Please refer to OPDX.595 for more details. QSL via JR2KDN.

YA, AFGHANISTAN. YA1CQ was heard this past week and weekend on 17/12/10 meters. Check 18130 kHz around 1200z, around 24940/24950 kHz after 0630z and again after 0800z, and 28480 kHz after 0730z. QSL via JA1CQT. It has also been reported that Nick, G4KUX, is in the country until April 2004 and is active as YA4F. Most of his activity reported on the clusters has been on 40 and 6 meters. Watch around 7048 kHz after 1930z. QSL via G4KUX.

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