Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 607
April 14, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 607
BID: $OPDX.607
April 14, 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, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5FF, WW5L, KI6T, K7OX, K8YSE, N8BJQ, NC8V, W8UVZ, 4X4PG, CE6TBN, CT1END, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL4AMK, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G0IAS, GM3WOJ, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, IN3XUG, JI3DST, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, LU1BR, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA1AW, S05X Team, SM2EKM, SP2FAP, VA3RJ & ICPO, and ZK1CG for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th/April, through Sunday, 13th/April there were 232 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, 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, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, I, IS, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH3, KH6, KH8, 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, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VK9X, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

4S, SRI LANKA. Ivan, UR9IDX (ex-8Q7VG), will be active as 4S7DXG until May 1st. His activity over the past week was on 30/20/15 meters CW/SSB. Watch 21020 kHz after 1630z. Also watch 14014, 14195 and 10107 kHz between 1630-2230z. QSL via UR9IDX, P.O. Box 85, Mariupol 87531, UKRAINE.

4X/4Z, ISRAEL (Contest). The Israel Amateur Radio Club will run the Holyland Contest on Saturday, April 19th, between 0000-2359z, both CW and SSB. This is a good opportunity to work a good number of 4X/4Z stations towards the famous "Holyland Award" as well as other Israeli awards. The Contest Manager is Mark, 4Z4KX (E-mail address: 4z4kx@iarc.org ). For complete details on this contest, please visit the Web page at: http://www.iarc.org

5Z, KENYA. QSL Manager Allan, G0IAS, informs OPDX that after nearly 12 years (when it was virtually impossible for a U.S. citizen to get a 5Z callsign) Don Gardner, ex-7Q7DC (KC7JDC), has been allocated 5Z4DE. Don is in Nairobi and will be transmitting after a long period of inactivity; as soon as possible (as soon as he gets his mast up!). ALL QSL cards are DIRECT ONLY to G0IAS. NO BUREAU and NOTHING sent to Don. ADDED NOTE BY ALLAN: Allan can still confirm any outstanding 7Q7DC QSL cards, but he states that he will probably close the books at the end of the year.

7P, A25 & ZS, LESOTHO, BOTSWANA AND SOUTH AFRICA. Operators Mauro/IN3QBR, Fabrizio/IN3ZNR and Joe/AA4NN are teaming up to go on the air as the "African Double Jump DXpedition". The team will be going to South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana starting at the end of June. According to their Web page, the team will meet with Andre, ZS6WPX, who will become their tour guide. Between June 28th and July 1st, the team will go on a Safari. There is a possibility they "MAY" do some operating using callsigns ZS/homecall. Early July 2nd, the team will head to Botswana's capital, Gaborone City. They plan to erect their antennas and operate from their hotel that day. Callsigns mentioned so far are A25NN and A25ZNR. They plan to leave for the town of Rustenburg on July 5th, and will travel to Sun City, South Africa. There "MAY" be some activity as ZS/homecall. Early July 7th, they will leave for Lesotho and expect to be there late afternoon. They will be active that same day. Expected callsigns will be 7P8JB and 7P8NR. Activity will last until July 11th. They depart for Johannesburg on July 12th and expect to leave for home July 13th. Please visit their Web page for updates at: http://www.qsl.net/xu7aay/africa/

7P, LESOTHO. "NOT TO BE CONFUSED with the African Double Jump DXpedition" listed above, look for three Texans (Frosty/K5LBU, Madison/W5MJ and Tom/WW5L) and one Canadian (Neil/VA7DX) to be active as 7P8CF, 7P8MJ, 7P8TA and 7P8NK, respectively, from July 18-25th. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters CW/SSB/PSK31/RTTY. QSL each by their home calls. The group currently does not have a Web page, but more details will be released after June 1st. Watch Frosty's Web page for possible updates at: http://WWW.k5lbu.com

DAYTON HAMVENTION DX DINNER PROGRAM. Steve Bolia, N8BJQ, informs OPDX that this year's SWODXA DX Dinner Banquet Program will be "A DXer's Expedition through the Halls of Power" with guest speaker Vice Admiral Scott Redd, U. S. Navy (Retired), K0DQ/A92Q. There are still some tickets available (Please refer to OPDX.597 for details).

DU, PHILIPPINES. Jon, N0NM, continues to be active as DU9/N0NM until April 23rd, before he leaves on a trip to HS-land. He was active this past week on 80 meters (between 3500-3506) after 1000z. If the bands are decent, he will usually try top band (watch 1828.3 kHz).

ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2003. The following are the officers for the Spokane DX Association for 2003:

    President -  Gary Elliott, K7OX   Secretary - George Tuncil, W6AEA
    Vice Pres -  Randy Foltz,  K7TQ   Treasurer - Dan Hearn,     N5AR

GM, SCOTLAND (Special Weekend Activity). The annual Scottish Activity Weekend takes place on April 19/20th, and is organized by the GM DX Group. This is not a contest, just an opportunity to work Scottish stations on all LF and HF bands, and to gain credits for several awards, including the new "Celtic Connections Award". For complete details, visit the Web page at" http://www.gmdx.org.uk Please work GM, MM, GS and MS stations during the weekend.

IN SEARCH OF BY YOUR EDITOR (Still Looking)! 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". Not just the song, but the entire CD. 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...........................


OH0, ALAND ISLAND (Cancelled!). Ben, SM6CCO, reports that he had to cancel his OH0CO operation from Aland Island. It was scheduled to take place between April 10-16th.

PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. Operators John/K1AR, Martin/W1MD, Jeff/WC4E, Steve/N8BJQ, Ron/K8NZ and Geoff/W0CG will be active from Curacao as PJ2T in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via N9AG.

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

S0, WESTERN SARAHA. The S05X team is expected to be active on Wednesday, April 16th. In the S05X press releases this past week, they informed the DX community that the S05X Team will also be active in the U.S. General Class Operator's bands. They also announced that another operator was added to the team. Joe, KO4RR, from Georgia and a well-known Contester and DXer/Dxpeditioner (E30GA, T32R, KO4RR/KH5K- Palmyra, K5K- Kingman Reef and KO4RR/I8) was added to the team of YT1AD, YU1AU, I8NHJ, CT1BWW, N6TQS, EA1BT, EA2RC, EA5RM, EA5XX and S01MZ. QSL Manager is EA4URE. Also, due to the high expense to travel into the desert, all donations to the S05X Team are WELCOME. Donations can be sent to the S05X QSL Manager: URE, Union de Radioaficionados Espanoles, Avda. Monte Igueldo 102, Madrid 28053, Spain. All names will be listed on their Web site at: http://www.pagus.it/s05x/

S2, BANGLADESH. Takeda, S21YY, was pleasing the RTTY operators this past weekend on 20 meters. Watch for him on/around 14080 kHz after 0100z.

SILENT KEY. Victor Rivera, ZK1CG and ZK1USA, received word from Poko, the son of Tuatai Tupou (ZK1MA North Cooks and ZK1CY South Cooks), that his father passed away in Australia on the morning of April 12th. Victor states, "Tuatai will be missed here and in Manihiki by a lot of people. Poko ask me to inform all his Ham radio friends of his passing away." OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to Tuatai's family and friends.

SPECIAL EVENT. The French Government Service ART has issued the special callsign TM0GAY, to Jean Marc, F8IXZ , to be used from June 20th to July 4th. This special callsign is issued as part of the French Gaypride activities. Activity will be on HF bands from 40-10 meters mainly on CW, SSB possibly as well. QSL via F8IXZ either direct ( + postage IRC or USD) or via the French REF Bureau. Direct cards with insufficient postage dues will be answered by the bureau.

SV9, CRETE. Jim, SM2EKM, will be active as SV9/SM2EKM from Agia Marina, Crete, May 29th through June 12th. Jim informs OPDX that most of his activity will be CW on all bands (but this depends on antenna instalation). QSL to his home callsign, bureau or direct. If there are any Bureau requests, E-mail to: sm2ekm@telia.com

VP8/LU1BR (Pirate Activity). Luis, LU1BR, has informed OPDX that a station using his callsign was operating on 10 and 12 meters on the CW mode was a PIRATE. Activity took place on March 13th, 2140-2240z on 28006 and 24896 kHz. Also, Luis mentions that probably this same person changed all his data entered on the QRZ.com Web page. All QSLs received for these bands activity will be returned.

WARD (Remember!). Just a reminder that the "World Amateur Radio Day" (WARD) will be celebrated by IARU on April 18th (Please refer to OPDX.602). For rules on how to receive the special WARD 2003 Award, go to the following Web site: http://qtc.radio.org.pl/ward2003/

XW, LAOS. Plently of activity from this one over the past week. Stations heard were XW1A, XW1FAN, XW6KM and XW1X. Operator Kamphan, XW1FAN, seemed to be the most active over the past week. Watch around 21220, 21225 and 21260 kHz after 0830z or between 1330-1430z.

YI, IRAQ. Some interesting QSNs where reported over the past week. Jim, KT4CK, was spotted as YI/KT4CK on the DX cluster system. Jim is with or has been with the 101st Airborne and lives near Ft. Campbell. DX Mail Reflectors suggest he was trying to attempt to contact his family on 21312 kHz at 1438z and 21278 kHz at 1632z. Also, heard was Mark, NG5L, signing as YI/NG5L over the past weekend. He was very active on 20 meters after/or just before 0500z and between 1945 and 2300z. Watch around 14195 kHz and 14240 kHz. Mark is with the 82nd Airborne in the Iraqi desert near Nassaryia. Remember, WORK FIRST WORRY LATER.

YK, SYRIA. Saad, N5FF, informs OPDX of the following: "This is to advise the DX community that my planned trip to the YK land, initially scheduled for tomorrow (April 12th), has been postponed due to the current overall situation in the Middle East. No firm date has been set for my trip yet, but it's possible to take place in couple of weeks or so, and it may even be postponed till later on in the year. I guess it's fair to say that the trip is now up in the air, but I will update you the minute I have concrete plans."

ZA, ALBANIA. Fred, IK7JWX, reports to look for "Team ZA3/ On The Air" from the city of Durazzo, Albania, May 29th through June 3rd. Activity will be on HF, WARC, and 6/2 meters. Modes to be used are: CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Their Grid Square will be JN91RH. Operators are: ZA1FD, ZA5G, IK7JWX, IK7LMX, IZ7CTE, IZ7ATN, IZ7BNH, IK7QMJ, IK7FPX, IK2DUW, IZ2DPX, IK6CAC, IZ0CKJ, IV3FSG, IK5MDF and IK5BHN. All the operators will have the prefix ZA3/. Please, QSL via their home call, either the bureau or direct w/SASE (addresses on QRZ.com).

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Jim, N6TJ, will once again be active as ZD8Z from April 16-26th. Activity will be on CW/SSB on the WARC bands and low bands. QSL via VE3HO, direct ONLY!

ZF, CAYMAN ISLAND. John, NC8V, informs OPDX that he will be conducting his usual operation from the Little Cayman Island (NA-016) this year from April 12th through April 19th. He will be using the callsign ZF2JC and will be operating mostly SSB near the IOTA frequencies on 20, 15, 12 and 10 meters. He will have a 6 meter antenna with him this year and will give that a try if the band should open. QSLs should go to his home address at: 15100 E. Scatter Ridge Rd., Athens OH 45701 (w/SASE etc... would be appreciated).

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