Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 606
April 7, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 606
BID: $OPDX.606
April 7, 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, AA1K, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, KA2AEV, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4WLS, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4WX, N5VL, W6AWO, K8YSE, 9A6AA, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL2VFR & IOTA-POST, DL6KVA, EA7FTR, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3SWH, HB9EAA, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, I2YSB, IZ4COT, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, JR3TVH, LU6EF, LU7DR, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA1AW, PA5NT, S05X Team, UU2JQ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE7DP, and VK3OT for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 30th/March, through Sunday, 6th/April there were 229 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, 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, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, 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, 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, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8/o, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, XZ, YA, 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).

5J0, SAN ANDRES ISLAND. Members of the Florida DXPedition Group have entered the CQWW SSB Contests from many DX locations starting in 1996 as WP2AHW. In 1997, they were C6AJT, 1998 as WP2Z, 1999 as J6J, 2000 as FG5BG, 2001 as J75J, and 2002 HI9X. In addition to the CQWW Contests, their members have operated from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Antigua, Montserrat, Haiti, Crete, Wake Island, Spratly Island, Chatham Island, East Malaysia and New Zealand. This year eight members will be operating from San Andres Island (IOTA NA-033) during the period of October 20-28th. They plan to run 4-5 stations before and after the contest. They have also requested the contest callsign 5J0X. In the past they have never asked for any assistance. This year they are asking for donations to help offset the cost. If you are interested in helping them out, please send your donations to: Bill Gallier, FDXPG, 2694 North Camel Ave., Middleburg, FL 32068. Visit their two web pages at: http://www.geocities.com/hk02003/ and http://www.geocities.com/w4wx1/upcoming/

8P, BARBADOS. Richard, G3RWL, is expected to be active from here until April 20th (No callsign was provided). Activity will be on 40-10 meters, plus 80 and 6 meters if he can arrange the antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct or to the bureau.

9N, NEPAL. Dov, 4Z4DX, is expected to be active as 9N7DX from April 22nd to May 13th. He will be looking for Israeli stations everyday on 14195 kHz starting around 1500z. His activity will be on all bands and modes, but mostly on PSK31/RTTY/CW.

A4, OMAN (Pirate Activity). Axel, DL6KVA, has been in contact with Alex, A45WD (YO9HP), and has confirmed that a station using Alex's callsign operating on 30 meters (March 29th, 2000-2100z on 10107.6 kHz) was a PIRATE. Alex states he is NOT licensed to operate on 30 meters (yet). All QSLs for this band activity will be returned. He is trying very hard to get approval to operate on 30 meters, but it is going very slow.

CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND (Update). OPDX was informed that the 5-6 operators (who will be named later) going to CY9-land July 24th-August 2nd, should be active on 160-2 meters SSB/CW/RTTY. The group is trying to get a CY9 callsign which will be put out after their arrival.

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, announced this past week that the following is approved for DXCC credit: VP6DIA - Ducie Island - March 8-13th, 2003

GACW DX CONTEST. Raul, LU6EF, GACW Coordinator, wants to remind everyone that the GACW World Wide DX Contest will be held during the third weekend of April (April 19-20th). For details and rules on the contest, please visit their Web site at: http://gacw.no-ip.org

IN SEARCH OF BY YOUR EDITOR! I know this has nothing to do with DX, but your editor's second love (other than DXing) is MUSIC. I have been searching for a music CD (not LP) called the "Young and Rich" by the group "The Tubes". The CD is now out of print. Please look at your local record/CD store to see if they have a copy. I am interested in buying a copy (or even a backup version) at a reasonable price......Thanks Tedd, KB8NW

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

IR4, ITALY. Igor, IZ4COT, informs OPDX that the IR4A contest team, which consists of operators IK4MSV, IK4SWX, IK4IDS, IK4HLU, IZ4COT, IZ4DIW and IZ4AGI, will be active during the ARI International Contest May 3-4th. QSL via the bureau (preferred) or via direct to: ARI, P.O. Box 178, 42100 Reggio Emilia, Itlay.

J5, GUINEA-BISSAU. Miguel, EA5IK, hopes to be active during his spare time from here, April 12-15th. No callsign or bands/modes of activity were provided. QSL via EA5BY.

J7, DOMINICA. Jon/AA1K and Jeanie/AB1P are now active through April 12th as J79K and J79P, respectively. This is a vacation and casual DXpedition. They will have a pair of IC-706's and wire antennas. Jon hopes to be active a little on all of the bands 160-6 meters, but he will focus mainly on CW, especially on the WARC bands. Jeanie will do some phone operating. The second radio will be monitoring 50.110 MHz or CQing on 50.102 MHz CW. Activity began late on April 5th and is expected to end early on April 12th. The only QSNs to report as of print time are Jon was heard on 10107 kHz around 2255z and on 18073/18080 after 1900z. QSL via their home callsign.

OH, ALAND ISLAND. Ben, SM6CCO, will be active as OH0CO from April 10-16th. Activity will be mainly on the WARC bands and CW. QSL via SM6CCO, bureau or direct.

OY, FAROE ISLAND. Plently of activity by the LLDXT group continues until April 10th. Remember ALL QSLs will be handled by LLDXT's QSL Manager PA5ET. Pictures and an online log search are now available on the LLDXT Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/lldxt/oy_2003/

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

S0, WESTERN SAHARA (Update). The S05X Team keeps preparing the next "BIGGEST DXPedition" ever seen in the Sahara Desert. They will have 11 operators from 6 different countries. The S05X Team will be active from April 16-21st, and be on air from Tifariti, Western Sahara, operating 24 hours, on all bands, all modes. The list of equipment includes: Kenwood TS2000, a few Icom 706s, Icom 756PRO and a BRAND NEW ICOM 7400 (Icom 746PRO) to test in this really hard environment. They have this special Icom IC7400 thanks to one of their supporters, the major Icom reseller in Italy: Giorgio Mossino's "D.A.E. Telecomunicazioni" who is always ready to support RADIO ACTIVITIES. Other kind supporters have supplied the team with 4 brand news laptops to use during their DXpedition. "Hewlett Packard of Italy" will let them use their fast new XE4000 for their logging and digitals transmission. From the first day of operation, S05X will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK, and is expected to provide you with a 59(9) signal from an exceptional locator for the very first time. The S05X Team will be on 6 meters from a very new LOCATOR: IL46RD They are going to use a 6 meters 3 element yagi (Cushcraft A30S) during the operation. They will try to be on air as much as propagation allows because they know this is the very first time this locator is activated. QSL Manager is URE, the Spanish National Asociation and Bureau, and the cards will go VIA EA4URE. Any comments or ideas can be sent to their specials pilot stations: Mauro I1JQJ (i1jqj@interlink.it) Maurizio (i121171@tin.it)

SPECIAL EVENT. The Maritime Radio Historical Society is pleased to announce that K6KPH will be on the air on April 26th, to participate in the annual International Marconi Day commemorative event. International Marconi Day takes place each year on a weekend close to the birthday of the great radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi. The event is organized by the Cornish Amateur Radio Club which offers awards to stations in various classes. See their Web site for details at: http://www.gb4imd.co.uk/ Station K6KPH's transmitting frequencies will be 7050, 14050 and 21050 kHz (3545 kHz may also be activated if conditions warrant). Also, K6KPH will begin operations on April 26th at 1700z (1000 PDT). The actual International Marconi Day event runs from 0000-2359z on April 26th. QSLs for K6KPH and reception reports may be sent to: Ms. DA Stoops, P.O. Box 381, Bolinas CA 94924-0381, USA. Visit the Maritime Radio Historical Society Web page at: http://www.radiomarine.org

TX4, MARQUESAS ISLAND (Update to OPDX.597 and OPDX.602). Silvano, I2YSB, informs OPDX that his callsign for his April 25th-May 9th operation will be TX4PG. Updates and all other information is available on his Web page at: http://digilander.libero.it/i2ysb/

V2, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA. A group of amateurs from the recently formed Antigua and Barbuda Radio Club (callsign V21ARC) will be going on DXpedition to the sister island of Barbuda over the Easter weekend (April 18-21st). Their callsign for this operation will be V21BBQ (BBQ is the Airport designator for Barbuda Airport!). They plan to operate on 160-10 meters plus localized 2 meter contacts. The plan is to have three stations on HF and one on 2 meters. To their knowledge, there has never been any ham activity from Barbuda. With their activity and presence on the island, they hope to expose the residents to ham radio and secondly, to familiarize the ham community with Barbuda. QSL to: Antigua & Barbuda Radio Club, P.O. Box 965, St.John's, Antigua, West Indies.

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Update). Steve, VK3OT (ex-VE3SIX), reported before he left Victoria on April 4th, that he has changed his operating schedule for his VK9XI operation between April 7-21st. His priority is now the 6 meters band and HF CW when 6 meters is closed. The following operating times are subject to change due to propagation and solar activity.

      Time     Band - Frequency           Mode
      ----     ----------------           -----
      0200z    10m - 28040 kHz (Up 5)     CW Primary
      0400z    15m - 21040 kHz (Up 5)     CW Primary
      0600z    20m - 14040 kHz (Up 5)     CW Primary
      0800z    30m - 10114 kHz (Up 1)     CW Only
      0900z    40m - 7030/7055 (Up 5)     CW Priority
      1000z    80m - 3530 (Up 5)/ 3797.5  CW Priority
      1100z   160m - 1827/1822 (Dn 5)     CW Only
   0000-1500z   6m - 50115 (Up 5) (QSX 50110 and 28885)

Steve may make possible appearances on the "IOTA Net", Saturday on 14260 kHz at 1300z and Sunday on 21260 at 1300z. Also, watch on the weekends for him to possibly show on the ALARA Net, 14222 kHz at 0600z and on the daily ANZA Net, 21205 kHz at 0500z. QSL via VK3OT (Direct ONLY) to: Steve Gregory, Post Office Box 622 Hamilton, Victoria 3300, Australia. For a printout of the frequency schedule, visit the Web page at: http://members.datafast.net.au/electronics/path.htm

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLAND. By the time you read this, Rodger/GM3JOB and Willie/GM4ZNC should be active once again as VP5/homecalls from North Caicos (NA-002) between now and April 19th. No QSNs have been reported yet as of print time, but they plan to be active on most bands CW/SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, either direct or through the bureau.

XY, MYANMAR. Franks, DL4KQ, is now active as XY4KQ until April 15th. He was heard this past weekend on 20 and 15 meters. Watch 14150 kHz between 1800 and 2045z. Also, watch 21307 kHz after 1630z. Remember, his activity is expected to be on all bands including the WARC bands, and he will try to activate a new IOTA (refer OPDX.603). For more info and updates, go to the Web page at: http://www.dx-pedition.de

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