Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 611
May 26, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 611
BID: $OPDX.611
May 26, 2003
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
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** NOTE FROM THE EDITOR, TEDD, KB8NW (Dayton Wrap Up and Mentionables): HamVention 2003 is in the books. Even though the weather was not the greatest, the annual event was still great. I enjoy meeting and greeting my friends throughout world every year. However, it was on everyone's mind whether there would be another "HamVention" (as we know it!). The talk of it being moved was everywhere. Hopefully, this will not happen. Anyway, I think the Southwest Ohio DX Association's DX Forum and Dinner were particularly interesting for DXers this year. The talk by Vice Admiral Scott Redd U.S. Navy (retired), K0DQ, during the Friday night DX Dinner Banquet was interesting and enlightening. However, the turn out for the DX Forum was amazing (the largest I have ever seen). Your editor started off the forum presenting the "Northern Ohio DX Association's 2002 DXpedition of the Year" to the VP6DI group. Mike McGirr, K9AJ, accepted the award on behalf of the group. Wayne Mills, N7NG, followed with an interesting presentation of the ARRL's "Logbook of The World" (LOTW). The LOTW is still in the testing stage (possibly for 60 days), however, individuals can upload their logs now after downloading some software on the ARRL Web page. For more details, go to: http://www.arrl.org/lotw/ Next on the agenda was a presentation by Al Hernandex, K3VN, on the "ZL7C" operation, and then Bernie McClenny, W3UR, on the "AH3D" operation. The DX Forum ended with an interesting talk (no slides/video) by Don Miller, AE6IY. Don talked about some of his activities, as well as his views on the DXCC program and some public apologies. He also mentioned he knows of a new DXCC entity, and he plans to go there and activate it. No other details were given. STAY TUNED. For some great pictures of the Dayton HamVention, visit Tom's, K8CX, "Dayton 2003 Photo Gallery" at: http://hamgallery.com/dayton2003/

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 18th/May, through Sunday, 25th/May, there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH3, KH6, 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, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZL9, ZP, ZS

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

3DA0, SWAZILAND. Rad/ZS6RAD, Ron/ZS5ABD, Cliff/ZS6BOX and Willie/ZS5WI will be operating from Ezulwini, Swaziland (Callsign awaiting), from July 29th to August 3rd. They will be joined by Willie/3DA0BD, Andy/3DA0TM and Nigel/3DA0NG as time permits. Activity will be on all HF bands and on VHF using all modes including WSJT, between 0300-0700z and from 1400-2200z daily. They will also be participating in the SARL Phone Contest as a Multi-Operator station. Activity will end on Sunday afternoon, August 3rd. QSL via the SARL QSL Bureau (or direct) to ZS5WI: PO Box 1064, Eshowe, 3815, KZN, South Africa (enclosing a Self Addressed Envelope; South African stations to enclose a SASE). It will be appreciated if the cost of postage can be covered as they have not secured any sponsorship. Queries can be directed to: zs5wi@iafrica.com

4W, EAST TIMOR. Stu Greene, WA2MOE, sent out the following press release on May 22nd, about the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste: "4W1BK (JA1BK) and 4W2DN (JR2KDN) will be QRV from Timor Leste from May 24 to May 29, 2003. QSL information is 4W1BK via WA2MOE and 4W1DN via JR2KDN. This is a WFWL operation.

The United Nations no longer is in control and independence was won by the East Timorese on May 20, 2002. An application for new entity status will be filed together with an application to delete the former 4W territory as an entity under DXCC rules.

Article 5 of the treaty between Portugal and Indonesia of May 5, 1999, removed East Timor from the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories of the General Assembly and the deletion of the question of East Timor from the agendas of the Security Council and the General Assembly. The treaty, witnessed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, did not make the United Nations the administrator of East Timor but did provide for UN humanitarian assistance. Article 7 requested 'the Secretary-General to maintain an adequate United Nations presence in East Timor.'

The DX Advisory and Awards Committees quite possibly misinterpreted the language of the treaty as conferring status of East Timor as a UN administered territory which in fact was not the case. Only when the referendum authorized by the treaty was held and the East Timorese people declared themselves independent was there a new entity.

The role of UNTAET (UN Transitional Administration in East Timor) was humanitarian and peacekeeping and was not a quasi-government authorized to issue amateur radio licenses. UNTAET did not have the authority to issue amateur radio licenses; it was a peacekeeping mission and only after the referendum was there a Ministry of Communications which does have that authority. The text of the treaty for those interested is at: h ttp://www.un.org/peace/etimor99/agreement/agreeFrame_Eng01.html

If ARRL agrees, the UN sanctioned operations in East Timor would be deleted on the ground that East Timor was not an entity under the rules and a new entity would be created effective 20 May 2002, the date of the creation of the East Timorese state. Democratic Republic of Timor Leste became a UN state on 27 September, 2002. ITU has reassigned 4WA-4WZ to the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste on 23 April, 2003."

ADDED NOTES: Since this press release, there seems to be another operator other than the team of Kan/JA1BK (4W1BK) and Yuu/JR2KDN (4W2DN) who has been active. A station signing 4W3CW has been active on 30/20/15/10 meters CW and was active in the CQ WPX Contest this past weekend. The operator was heard sending QSL via QRZ.com. It seems that the operator is Peter, G3WQU. His length of stay is unknown. Also, no comments or announcements have been made from the DXCC Desk. Hopefully, something may be said by Wayne Mills, N7NG, after the holiday on Monday. Stay tuned.

4W, EAST TIMOR. Thor, TF3MM, is also currently active from here as 4W3DX and is expected to be there for another week. He is using a rhombic antenna (leg lengths are 115 meters, up 50 meters beaming EU). Most of his activity has been on 15 and 20 meters CW. Watch 21008 kHz after 2115z and 14002-14003 kHz between 1130-1800z. QSL via TF3MM. Thor states that he will QSL when he gets back to TF-land (should be done before Christmas).

5W & KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA AND SAMOA (Update). Ulli, DL2AH, is heading to the Pacific Ocean for a holiday between July 2-29th. He plans to be active as 5W0AH from Samoa, July 3-15th and July 25-29th. He will also be active from Ofu Island (OC-077), American Samoa (callsign not known yet), July 17-23rd. Activity will be on 40-10 meter SSB only using a FT897 + a GAP TITAN antenna. He will also be active ib the IOTA Contest.

ANTARCTICA NET. There is a new Antarctica Net every Saturday on 14300 kHz around 1900z. Net Control is LU4DXU. He is in touch with LU1Z stations. Last Saturday LU1ZV, the Esperanza Base, was on the air. They expect DP1POL for next Saturday.

C5, THE GAMBIA. Juha, OH9MM, reports that an international group of operators will be active as C53M during the CQWW CW Contest as a Multi-2 entry in November. QSL via OH9MM. Look for C56R to be active outside of the contest.

CANADIAN PREFIXES. Nenad, VE3EXY, informs OPDX to look for a lot of different Canadian prefixes in the year 2003. He states, "This will be like PX paradise for PX hunters." For more details, please visit the following Web site at: http://www.rac.ca/specialcalls.htm

CN, MOROCCO. Jim, W7EJ, will be active as CN2R during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via W7EJ. Jim will be active one week before the contest.

DIB NUMBER CHANGED! Pedro, PP5SZ, informs OPDX that all operations from "Cotijuba Island" (IOTA SA-060) with a DIB-43 reference number have been changed to DIB-80! Please make the correction in your DIB List Numbers. A new "Diploma das Ilhas Brasileiras" (DIB) List is available at: http://geocities.yahoo.com.br/pp5sz/diblist.htm

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, informs OPDX that the following operations from Iraq are approved for DXCC credit:

     YI/EK6KB        YI/ON4WW         YI/S57CQ
     YI/EK6DO        YI/ON6TT         YI/SM7PKK
     YI/F5ORF        YI/S53R          YI/VK4KMT

HAM COM. The 25th anniversary of Ham Com in Arlington, TX, between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the southwest's largest ham convention. Ham Com is also this year's ARRL National Convention and will be held June 20-22th. Listen for W1AW/5 (the convention's commemorative station) to be active. Also, the Lone Star DX Association (LSDXA) is presenting a world class DX program this year. For the DX program, please visit the following Web page at: http://www.dxer.org/lsdxa/agenda.html For Ham Com registration and information, please visit the following Web at: http://www.hamcom.org/

HS0, THAILAND. John, W6ZIP, informs OPDX that he will be active as HS0ZEH from May 31st to June 17th from several locations. Activity will be mainly on CW on 40-10 meters. There will be some SSB towards the end of his tour (last 2 days or so). QSL via home callsign.

INTERNATIONAL DX CONVENTION 2004 (Visalia). The Southern California DX Club has announced that the 55th Annual International DX Convention will be held in 2004 at the Holiday Inn Hotel/Conference Center in Visalia on April 23-25th. For online reservation and information, go to the following Web page at: http://www.visaliaholidayinn.com

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

J3, GRENADA. Paul, W4/G4BKI, has moved to Grenada and is now J3/G4BKI. He will be active for 1 year under that callsign until he receives his J38** callsign. His activity is mainly on 20/15 meters CW (between 2000- 2330z) right now. QSL information can be found on the Web page at: http://stcgrenada.com/amateurradio.htm

JW7, SVALBARD. Look for Tormod "Tom", LA7VK, to operate from Svalbard (EU-026) as JW7VK between May 29th and June 1st. QSL via LA7VK. Tom states, "For those who send and require a QSL card via mail, please remember to include a self-adressed envelope with one IRC or two green stamps. Otherwise, the return card will be sent via bureau." For more details, please visit the Web page at: http://www.dxpedition.org/dxjwpk/

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY. Operators Alex/RW6CW, Andy/RK6ABM, Slava/RZ6AER, Alex/RA6AFB, Vit/RK6ALP and Serge/RK6ADS will be active from the Lighthouse "Sazalniksky", ERU-174 for ARLHS and RLE-026 for RLHA (Russian Lighthouse Award), June 6-7th, using the the club callsign RW6AWW/p. Activity is planned for the HF bands CW/SSB. QSL via RW6CW.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER'S STATION (Special Activity). W1AW reports that the National Hurricane Center's Amateur Radio station WX4NHC (formerly W4EHW) will conduct its 2003 hurricane season on-the-air station test Sunday, June 1, 1300-2200 UTC. The event will mark the first time the NHC uses its new WX4NHC callsign. The purpose of the annual station test is to check out all of the WX4NHC radio, computer and antenna equipment using as many modes and frequencies as possible. Look for WX4NHC to operate on HF, VHF and UHF. Operation will follow this schedule:

Stations working WX4NHC are asked to provide a signal report, location and brief weather report. QSL cards are available via W4VBQ. Include a SASE with QSL requests.

NEW DX BOOKS FOR DXERS. Idiom Press is pleased and proud to announce the following new publication for DXers. For details on how to purchase these books, please visit the Web page at: http://www.idiompress.com

NEW OFFICERS FOR 2003-2004. The French National CW Society and The Union Francaise des Telegraphistes (UFT) has elected new officers for 2003-2004.

     President      : Raymond TALAZAC, F6BQV
     Vice President : Norbert LAURENT, F6AXX
     Treasurer      : Pierre GALLO, F6FXS
     Secretary      : Jean Pierre AUXENTIDES, F5TFP

The Board include also the following assistant members:

         Ghislain, F6CEL      Bernard, F5HEW     Andre, F5AKL
         Alain, F6ENO         Vincent, F5MJV
         Alain, F6EQV         Maurice, F5NQL
         Gerard, F6ICG        Martial, F5SIE.

The President has appointed, Jean Claude Perrotey, F9IQ, Honorary Past President, to be the UFT's CW consultant for the IARU French Society, RESEAU des EMETTEURS FRANCAIS (REF), whose UFT is associated.

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

SILENT KEY. Reports over the past weekend indicate that the ZK1AYL and ZK1SIM operation from Rarotonga (OC-013) by June/VK4SJ and Doug/VK4BP has ended in tragedy. Details are sketchy at this time, but it seems Doug was was killed when a truck hit his motorcycle while still in the South Cook Islands. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to June, and her family and friends.

SPECIAL EVENTS (French Activity to Commemorate WWI)...............

SPECIAL EVENT. Members of the North Country DX Association (K7ICE) and U.S. Islands Awards program (KL7USI) will host special event operations from the Yukon Territory and Alaska starting November 17th. Look for VY1/K7ICE to be on before and during ARRL's November Sweepstakes Phone Contest from near Watson Lake, Yukon. KL7USI will be on from Hyder Island, Alaska, in celebration of the USI's upcoming 10th anniversary starting around November 25th (14260 kHz). Look for mobile/portable SSB and PSK-31 operations from KL7JR's motor home (the "Icemobile"- WA license K7ICE) by WB7RBN and KL7JR (they will be fine tuning their prototype "Ice Stix" vertical antennas which they hope to market soon)! Listen for them also on the 3905 Century Club nets on 40 and 75 meters. QSL with SASE to KL7JR CBA.

SPECIAL EVENT. The members of the Belgium South Flanders DX Group (SF-DX-AG) will once again activate the callsign F/ON6JUN/P during the festivities in Ranville to celebrate the 59th anniversary of Europe being liberated (D-Day). This special event station will be on the air on all major HAM bands from Wednesday, June 4th to Saturday evening, June 7th. Their QTH will be from the garden of the "Memorial Pegasus Museum" in Ranville. Operators will be ON4AFU, ON4LBV, ON4CJV, ON4CLC, ON5SD and ON6BV. QSL via Victor, ON6BV.

SPECIAL EVENT. Jerome, F5ASD, will be active with the special callsign and special prefix, "TM5SC", to commemorate the last commercial flight of the Concorde Aircraft between PARIS and NEW YORK, May 25th through June 8th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, satellites (UO-14, AO-27,SO-50 and others) PSK31 on HF, VHF and UHF. Here are the following suggested frequencies for TM5SC (+/- 5 kHz or QRM): 3777, 7077, 14140, 18140, 21240, 24940, 28440 and 29330 kHz FM. VHF: 144.277 MHz. UHF: 432.200 MHz. QSL via Manager F5ASD. QSL via French Bureau or QSL direct to F5ASD: Mr. Aoutin Jerome, 14 rue Neuve, F-77410 Villeroy, France (Only 1 USD is needed for direct QSL). You could see the special QSL card on Jerome's Web site at: http://fr.groups.yahoo.com/group/f5asd-dx-news/

T33, BANABA. Bob Voss, N4CD, Public Relation Manager Banaba 2004 DXpedition, reports the following: "In March or April 2004 an International team of about 15 well known operators, including most of the award winning Cocos Island, TI9M, group, will be active from Banaba (T33) for a period of about 12 days. The main emphasis of this DXpedition will be to work Europe on all bands; especially on the low-bands. The team will use 5 stations around the clock. When the DX window to Europe is not open, the team will focus on all other areas of the world. Antennas systems with extreme low radiation angles have been specially designed by some of the world's foremost antenna experts to ensure optimum signals into Europe. We will be active from 6-160m in the modes CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and some SSTV with linear amplifiers available, when needed. We have arranged a suitable vessel to bring us and the equipment safely to and from Banaba, a 2 day trip from Tarawa, Kiribati. It will be a completely self supporting DXpedition since little of the infrastructure of Banaba is left. All food, water, medical support, radios, antennas and electrical power equipment must be brought in by boat. A T33C license has been issued for the team and the required landing permission on this private owned island has been granted by the responsible Council of Leaders which includes an exclusively permit to stay for the purpose of radio operation to our team between now and the time the DXpedition will take place. In the company of the other islands of Kiribati, Banaba has its own complex history, as well as a unique and beautiful culture that has evolved over many generations. Where it stands apart results from its geographical location and the discovery of phosphate on the Island in the late 19th century. A web-site has been opened, and will be updated as frequently as things progress at: http://www.dx-pedition.de/banaba2004/ On the web-site you can also find information about the rich history of Banaba. The QSL manager will be announced at a later date."

TK, CORSICA (Castle, Fort and Mill Op). Operators Pierre/F2WS (TK/F2WS) and Tony/TK5XN plan to activate from Corsica a Fort, a French Castle and a Mill starting June 7th and the week following. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters SSB. QSL via F2WS, direct (envelope + postage) or via the French REF Bureau. Look for the following to be activate (reference numbers are provided for awards programs).

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND. Your Editor met Charlie Summers, W0YG, at the Dayton HamVention, and he told us that he will be active as VK9XG from October 26th to November 8th this year. Charlie states that he will be mainly concentrating on the low bands and RTTY. Also, Force 12 is sponsoring the antennas and Lance Johnson Engineering has supplied the necessary preamp and terminating resisters to phase a pair of pennants for the USA. He will not be on 24 hours a day but will do his best to make 160 and 80 meters a real possibility for Stateside hams. QSL via W0YG, please direct.

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Paolo, IK2QPR, informs OPDX that he will be active from Providenciales Island (IOTA NA-002) as VP5/IK2QPR from August 16-23rd. QSL via his home callsign.

XU, CAMBODIA. Danny/M0GMT (aged 19) and Oliver/DJ9AO (aged 21) who are both members of the WWYC (World Wide Young Contesters Club, http://www.wwyc.net), will be operating from Cambodia, from August 4-18th. Their callsigns are yet to be confirmed. QSL is via G3SWH, bureau or direct (QTHR). They will be operational on all bands 160-6 meters, CW and SSB only. For further information and updates, please visit the DXpedition Web page at: http://www.geocities.com/dxpedition2003/

XW, LAOS. Champ, E21EIC (aka XW1IC), informs OPDX that he may be on 6 meters very soon from here. Hide, JR5XPG, is shipping a 6 meter 5 element yagi to Champ's address in Laos. Operating on 6 meters will be new for Champ because he is not allow to be active on that band in Thailand. He is expected to be there June 3-23rd (possibly to the 30th).

ZA, ALBANIA. Remember that the Italian team of operators will be active this week (May 29th through June 3rd) signing ZA3/home call. QSL via their home callsign.

Late Announcements for the CQ WPX CW Contest (Mainly for QSL Routes and added Interesting Facts)


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