Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 604
March 24, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 604
BID: $OPDX.604
March 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

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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th/March, through Sunday, 23rd/March there were 228 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 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, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H3, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH3, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T31, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YB, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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).

3XY, GUINEA. Leo, UT1WL (a member of Lviv Shortwave Club regional branch of UARL) is currently working for one of the companies in Conakry in the Republic of Guinea. He obtained the license from the local authorities (as of March 16th) to operate as 3XY1L. He is expected to be active during the year 2003. This is not a DXpedition, and he will be active only during his spare time on the weekdays after 1800z and probably in the daytime during the weekends. Most of his activity will be on 20 and 15 meters. However, he will later try to activate 40 meters. Over the past week, he was mainly on 20 meters (watch 14195 and 14210 kHz) and activity took place between 2000-0000z. There were a few QSNs reported on 40 and 15 meters. Leo is using a TS-50S transceiver on battery power due to the hard situation with electricity. During his stay there, Leo will try to activate some local islands (including some new IOTAs - AF-NEW) but the exact dates will be announced later on. QSLs should be sent to UY5XE: George Chlijanc, P.O.Box 19, 79000, Lviv, Ukraine (either direct or via the bureau). A special thanks to Branko, YU1FW, for his consultations on the info about obtaining the license in Guinea.

4L, GEORGIA. Look for Shota, 4L6AM, to be active in the CQ WPX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/Single Band (band not mentioned)/High Power entry. QSL via the address on QRZ.com.

5Z4, KENYA. Tom/DL2RUM (5Z4BL) and Jan/DJ8NK (5Z4BK) will be on a vaction trip from here, March 30th to April 12th. Activity will be on CW/SSB/RTTY. No activity on 160/30/6 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.

9K, KUWAIT. Faisal, 9K2RR, is expected to use the new contest club callsign 9KCC next weekend. Activity for this new callsign is planned to be used on March 23rd on CW/SSB on 15 meters between 1200-1600z. More details about the new contest club can be found on the Web page: http://www.qsl.net/9kcc/ and http://www.9kcc.com

C5, THE GAMBIA. Andrius, LY2TA, will be active as C56TA from March 25th to April 7th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters SSB/CW/RTTY. QSL via LY2TA: Andrius Ignotas, P.O.Box 15, Kursenai, LT-5420, Lithuania.

C5, THE GAMBIA. An international group of operators LY2TA, RA4HTX, RZ4HF, YL1ZF, YL2KL and YL3CW will be active as C5P in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) and EA RTTY Contest. Their operating class is unknown. QSL via YL2KL. The group will be there for 2 weeks from March 25th through April 7th and will use the following callsigns: YL2KL - C53KL, YL3CW - C53CW, YL1ZF - C53ZF, LY2TA - C56TA, RZ4HF - C56HF and RA4HTX - C56HTX. They will be active CW/SSB/RTTY on all HF bands.

C5, THE GAMBIA (Lighthouse Activity). Kas, YL1ZFI, one of the international operators from the operation above, plans to be active from Fort James Island and also activate the lighthouse there (reference GAM-002). To indicate that he is on the island, Kas will sign /p to his Gambian callsign C53ZF. If you hear him without the /p then he is located at the hotel in Banjul and not on the island.

CQ9, MADEIRA ISLAND. Operators CT3EE, CT3BD, CT3DL, CT3IA, CT3IQ, CT3EN, CT3KU, CT3KY and CT3HK will be active as CQ9K in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via CT3EE or CT3BD or CT3DL. The station is located in Santo da Serra- Madeira Island and is composed of 1 FT 1000D, 1 FT1000MP, 1 TS 870, 2 IC756PROII, 2 Ameritron AL1500, 1 Commander, 1 Heathkit 922 Antennas: 2x3 Elem. Tribander, 1x6 element for 20m, 1x2 element for 40m, 2 dipols for 40m, 2 dipols for 80m, and a Delta loop for 80m.

CS6, PORTUGAL. Look for CS6RPA to operate as a Multi-Single station during the CQ WPX SSB Contest from Mendro Mount in Alentejo, South Portugal. This is a TEAM PORTUGAL joint effort by ARPA (Associacao Radioamadores Planicie Alentejana) and CRCV (Club Radio Costa Verde). The club station of ARPA will be used, including two Cushcraft A4S and a 40/80 m dipole. TEAM PORTUGAL this year is: CT1EAT, CT1ERK, CT1ETE, CT1GQN and CT2IAF. QSL cards should be addressed to CT1EAT direct or via bureau.

DXCC (EARLY) LISTING AVAILABLE. The DXCC 2002 Annual Report is now available on the ARRL web site at: http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/listings/2002-annual-list.pdf The report is in Adobe Acrobat format, and you will need Acrobat Reader 4.0 or later to read it.

EA8, CANARY ISLAND. Richard, EA8AJO, is expected to be active in the CQ WPX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via CBA.

EA9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Jim, N6TJ, will be active as EA9LZ during the CQ WPX CW Contest as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via VE3HO (this operation ONLY).

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Jean-Baptiste, F8DQL, will be active as FO/F8DQL from Tahiti (IOTA OC-046 and DIFO FO002) between May 3-25th. This will be a CW ONLY activity. Jean-Baptiste has also planned a several day trip to Moorea (IOTA OC-046 and DIFO FO010) whose dates will be provided later on. Suggested frequencies are: 14030, 21030 and 28030 kHz (+/- QRM). QSL via F8DQL to the French REF Bureau or direct to: Jean-Baptiste JACQUEMARD, 241, Boulevard Voltaire, F-75011 Paris, FRANCE. Direct QSLs without sufficient postage will be answered by the bureau.

FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Didier, FY5FY, will be active in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via FY5FY.

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. HC8N will be active during the CQ WPX SSB Contest in the Multi-Multi category with the following operators: N5KO, XE1KK, NM5M, KI7WX, OH0XX, K5KA and LU8ADX. Pre-contest activity will begin on Monday, March 24th on all bands from 160-6 meters plus FM Sats. QSL via W5UE.

HU, EL SALVADOR (Update to OPDX.603). Holger, DL7IO, informed OPDX that he and Birgit/DL7IQ will use the callsign HU1M for the whole time they are there (March 24th-April 11th and not only for the contest). Their contest effort is planned for a Multi-Single entry or possibly a Multi-2 entry if they get help from some local HAMs. On the weekend of April 5-6th, they will be active from Meanguera Island (NA-060) as HU1M/3. The schedules for the HR4 Island (Amapala Island) is not confirmed yet. Also, the callsign is not sure yet. Holger asked for HQ4M and the decision was expected last Wednesday, however, nothing was heard as of print time. If the callsign is denied, they will use HR4/homecall. They will have two radios (FT890) and 1x PA (500 W). Antennas will be: a beam for 20-10m, a HF9V vertical (80-10m) and dipoles (160/80m). They will be active on 160-10 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY. Holger cannot promise SSTV. The QSL route will be DK7AO. A log search will be available after their return. ADDED NOTE (from Holger): Germany had a change in their postal rates. For small letters (to outside Europe destinations) there is no difference between airmail or surface mail charges. Every letter costs 1.50 Euro. So it needs 2 green stamps or better one IRC. Letters mailed inside Europe are cheaper now and cost 51 Eurocent.

IOTA (XE) OPERATIONS. Look for a group of operators from Radio Club Cancun (RCC) to activate a few Mexican IOTAs using the callsign XF3RCC during the first part of April. All activity will be on 160-10 meters CW/SSB/RTTY. Their expected schedule is as follows:

    Cozumel (NA-090) - April 3-6th      Mujeres (NA-045) - April 8-11th
    Holbox  (NA-045) - April 6-8th      Contoy  (NA-045) - April 11-13th

Their operations are to celebrate the first anniversary of the RCC. QSL via XE3RCC: P.O. Box 1883, Cancun, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico

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

KH2, GUAM. Yoshi, JE2EHP, will be active from here as K1HP/KH2 between April 11-14th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters CW/SSB. QSL is via the Bureau to JE2EHP.

KH3, JOHNSTON ISLAND. John, KT6E, will be here for the next several months. Reports indicate that he is using just 100 watts with a long wire and has been worked on 20 SSB. QSNs show him signing KH3/KT3E and active on 14185 kHz around 0615z. John is there working, so his operating time will depend on his work schedule. "The Daily DX" is reporting the QSL address of: John Lee, PO Box 153, APO AP 96558 Johnston Atoll.

MU, GUERNSEY. Members of the Scouts Radio Club SP5ZCC (Operators SP5UAF, SP5LCC, SP5MBQ and SP5ULC/M0ULC) will be active from Guernsey Island from April 2-8th. This operation is organized to celebrate 23 years of the Scouts Radio Club SP5ZCC and also 70th Anniversary of the SP DX Contest. The callsigns to be used: MU/SP5UAF, MU/SP5LCC, MU/SP5MBQ and MU0ULC. The callsign MU0ULC will be used during the SP DX Contest. SPDXC is a single-country contest (SP HAMs work stations outside Poland), but all callsigns will be answered. Before and after the contest, operators will be active on all possible bands and modes. All QSL cards (for all callsigns) go via SP5ZCC (the best via the bureau).

OY, FAROE ISLAND (DXpedition Update). Rob, PA5ET, reports that thanks to a strike at SMYRIL LINE (the ferry line between Denmark-Shetland Islands-Faroe Islands) they had to change their planned OY activity. They are currently planning to go one week later which means they will arrive in the early morning of Monday, March 31st and stay until April 10th. Unfortunately, they will miss the CQ WPX Contest. The published callsigns will remain the same: OY7ET operator PA5ET, OY7QA operator PA3FQA, OY7TW operator GM4FDM, OY7WB operator AK0A, OY7WP operator PA3EWP and OY8PA for 160 meters and probably digital modes. On 80 meters they will be using their individual callsigns in contradiction to earlier announcements. They will have 3 stations with amps with one to be dedicated to digital modes. During the dark periods, they will mainly be active on 80 and 160 meters. You can expect lots of digital mode activity on the WARC bands, so this is your chance to fill the OY gaps on all bands and modes. All QSLs will be handled by the LLDXT QSL Manager PA5ET: Rob Snieder, Van Leeuwenstraat 137, 2273 VS Voorburg, The Netherlands. They hope to upload logs on daily basis using cellular phones. The latest developments can be found on the LLDXT web-site: http://www.qsl.net/lldxt/ Currently, they are working on a back-out plan if the strike is still on next week, and will go to the Isle of Man.

P3, CYPRUS. Operators RA9JX, RZ9UA, UA9UR, RW9UP, RW4WR, RA0AM, RZ9OA and UA9OTM will be active as P3A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi/??? entry. QSL via W3HNK.

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

S05, WESTERN SAHARA. Operators Marq/CT1BWW, Fernando/EA1BT, Juan/EA2RC, Julio/EA5XX, Max/I8NHJ, Jordan/KD7RCD, Doug/N6TQS, Hrane/YT1AD and Miki/YU1AU will be active as S05X from April 16-21st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. QSL via EA4URE. Toni, EA5RM, URE Magazine DX Editor, will act as pilot station. Any questions or comments can be sent to him at: ea5rm@ure.es Log will be posted at after the team returns back home at: http://www.ure.es

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for the special callsign, EW5HST, to be active during the "5th World High Speed Telegraphy Championship", which is to take place in Minsk, Belarus, on May 4-8th. For the moment, the callsign, EW5HST, will be used by the Championship's organizers. The "CW ONLY" station will be active around 1800z on the weekdays and at random (but longer times) on the weekends. The expected frequencies are to be around 30 kHz from any band edge; 14030 kHz will be used mostly. Any question regarding the Championship can be asked during any QSO. QSL via EU1SA. Details of the Championship can be found on: http://hst2003.osto.by/

SPECIAL EVENT. Sam, VE3XAP, informs OPDX that the Industry Canada has authorized the use of the following "Special Event Prefixes" to celebrate 50th Anniversary of the National Library of Canada between May 24th and July 27th. Look for Canadian operators to change their prefixes as follows:

              CK for all VE's            CY for all VO's
              CJ for all VA's            CZ for all VY's

ST2, SUDAN. Claudio, IV3OWC, has been very active as ST2CF over the past week and will continue until March 31st. Activity over the past week has been on 40/20/17/15/12 meters. Watch 24945, 21295, 18145, 14195 and 7048 kHz. Look for him to be active in the CQ WPX Contest. Also, check out the following Web page for more details at: http://www.irae2.com

ST0, SUDAN. The ST0RY team continues to be active. Activity has been heavy on the lower bands and the WARC bands, mainly CW with some RTTY and very little SSB. Three of the five operators are CW operators. They expect to leave the evening of April 2nd. For updates, watch the Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/st0ry/

TO3, MARTINIQUE. Danny, T93M, will be active from March 25-31st from the QTH of Laurent, FM5BH, on Martinique (IOTA NA-107) as FM/T93M. Activity will include an entry in CQ WPX SSB Contest in the Single-Op/All Band/ High Power category using the special callsign TO3M. Outside of the contest, you can expect him on the WARC and Low Bands. QSL for both callsigns goes to DJ2MX who recently moved to this new address: Mario Lovric, Kampenwandstrasse 13, D-81671 Muenchen, Germany. Mail sent to the old address (Mario Lovric, Am Oelberg 11, D-61231 Bad Nauheim, Germany) will be forwarded until April 2004.

V3, BELIZE. Jay, K0BCN, will be active from Caye Caulker (IOTA NA-073) as V31MX during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/ Single Band (15m)/Low power entry. QSL via K0BCN.

V6 & V7, MICRONESIA AND MARSHALL ISLAND (Update/Delay). Jeffrey, KI0RO, reports, "Due to inclement weather, my departure from Denver, Colorado, has been delayed. As a result, I will be arriving in each location a few days late. However, due to airline availability, I will be staying a few days longer in both Kosrae and Pohnpei." Here are the new dates for Jeffrey's IOTA operations:

All the other information in OPDX.603 is still valid.

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND. Four members of Yamato ARC (JA1ZEK) will be active from here between April 26th and May 2nd. They will be on all HF band from 160-6 meters CW/SSB/RTTY. They will have two 400 watts amplifiers with four rigs. Operators and their callsigns are: VK9XC - Karl/JA3MCA, VK9XE - Kuni/JA8VE, VK9XK - Sasi/JA1KJW and VK9XY - Mat/JA1JQY. Their suggested frequencies are:

QSL via each operator's home callsign as follows:

ZW2, BRAZIL. Sergio "CRIS", PY2TV, will be active in the CQ WPX SSB Contest using the special callsign/prefix ZW2TV from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He will be Single-Op/Single Band (10m)/ Low Power entry. QSL via the bureau or direct to PY2TV (SASE+postage).

ZW90, BRAZIL (Special Event/Callsign). Paul, PY3DX, Club Director of the "Associacao De Radiomadores", reports that their club station, PY3ARD (AR SOGIPA, from southern Brazil), has obtained from the Brazilian Telecom the special callsign ZW90S throughout the year. The callsign is to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 001RS - Gerge Black Scout Group that was created back in 1913 and is consider to be the oldest Scout Group in Brazil with uninterrupted activities ever since. The club will take part in the upcoming CQ WPX SSB Contest and will use the callsign for the very first time. QSL both callsigns, PY3ARD and ZW90S, via the bureau or direct to: Associacao De Radiomadores da SOGIPA, Rua Barao do Cotegipe, 400, 90540-020 - Porto Alegre, RS BRAZIL.

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