Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 616
June 30, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 616
BID: $OPDX.616
June 30, 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, K2PF, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WA4PGM, WA5PAE, K8BL, K8YSE, KC8FS, W8UVZ, K0HB, 9A6AA, DL/VE3ZIK & Contesting.info, DL1ASA, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, EA5YN, F5NLY, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3SWH, HK6DOS, HL1VAU, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX News, IK8VRH, JI3DST, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, JJ1BDX/3, OE1ZKC, SP5UAF, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK8NSB and Radio Club Venezolano for the following DX information.

EDITOR'S NOTE: WOW!!! It was a real challenge putting this one together. I started Saturday about 5:00 PM and wrote this between operating Field Day (also fighting off spiders and bugs), and driving back and forth from the Field Day site (Headed home about 3:15 AM. Not much sleep... Must have been the bugs!). I woke up real early Sunday morning. Finished writing around 11:15 AM so the official proof-reader (my wife) can look at it while I head back out to Field Day. I came home around 3:30 PM, and corrected and added more to the bulletin... I do not recommend this to anyone.... Hope you had fun at Field Day!!! 73 de Tedd KB8NW

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd/June, through Sunday, 29th/June there were 208 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, A2, A4, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, 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, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HV, I, IS, J6, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, 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, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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).

3C0, ANNOBON ISLAND. Operators Franz/DJ9ZB, Elmo/EA5BYP, Victor/EA5FO and Vicente/EA5YN, will be active from Annobon Island in October. The station callsign is absolutely as sured, and it will be announced before the operation starts with other complete details (bands, modes, dates, etc). QSL via DJ9ZB.

4W, TIMOR LESTE. Well known DXer Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, sent out a press release (via WA2MOE) explaining why "East Timor" should be removed from the ARRL DXCC List and "Timor Leste" should be added as a new DXCC entity. Kan explains:

"Explanation of our petition to remove the former 4W and to add Timor Leste: The Eastern part of the island Timor was originally a Portuguese colony but was invaded by Indonesia in 1975.
Following the resignation of the Indonesian dictator General Suharto, Portugal and Indonesia entered into a treaty allowing an independence referendum to be held among the area's residents, and the United Nations began a short period of temporary administration and peacekeeping.
That area was called "East Timor", and the UN agency charged with assisting the people to independence was called UNTAET, standing for United Nations Transitional Administration of East Timor. It should be remembered that UNTAET was not a country but was a UN agency only.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) allocated to UNTAET a bloc of call prefixes 4WA-4WZ , and under the provisions of DXCC2000 rules, ARRL made "East Timor" a DXCC entity.
There is a problem with this. At the time the entity was established there was no state or country, just a land area which shortly would have a referendum for independence according to the treaty. DXCC2000 states that if '...provisional assignments not be ratified later by the full ITU, the Entity will be removed from the DXCC List '.
The referendum was held on May 20, 2002. Independence won, and the provisional allocation of 4WA-4WZ was returned to ITU by UNTAET. The allocation was never ratified. According to DXCC2000, UNTAET should have been removed immediately from the entities list. It was not.
The new political state is known as the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste and has been admitted to the United Nations. The ITU has now reallocated the same bloc of prefixes to Timor Leste and the government of that country has established a procedure whereby amateur radio licenses can be and are issued.
The conclusion is obvious: Since the ARRL added UNTAET/4W to the DXCC list it had to be removed when the provisional call bloc was cancelled effective May 20, 2002 because UNTAET disappeared and the United Nations returned this provisional allocation to ITU. The allocation to UNTAET was never ratified so removal from the DXCC list should have been automatic according to the rules of DXCC2000.
On the other hand, the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste became a United Nations member state on September 27, 2002 and is now eligible to be a new entity according to DXCC2000 criteria
  1. ITU has reallocated 4WA-4WZ to the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste and actual amateur radio activities started after this reallocation."

9A, CROATIA. OPDX has been informed that Braco, OE1EMS/T94JJ, is active at the moment from Krk Island (EU-136), and he is using the callsign 9A/OE1EMS. He will activate some other Croatian Islands and will use the callsign 9A/OE1EMS/p. With this callsign you can expect activity only on 20 meters and maybe 40 meters. Please note he will be active in the IOTA contest from Krk Island. QSL via DJ2MX.

9H, MALTA. Thomas, DL1ASA, will be on holiday on Gozo Island (EU-023) from August 1-15th. His callsign will be 9H3TM. His activity will be on all HF bands on CW, SSB, RTTY and will participate in the WAE-CW Contest on the weekend of August 9-10th. He will enter the contest as a Single-OP in Low-Power. QSL is "OK" via the DARC Bureau. For more details, see his Web site at: http://www.dl1asa.de.vu

B4, CHINA. Michael, BD5RV, reports that the People's Republic of China Headquarters Station BY1PK (operated by the JiangSu DX Club) will be active in the IARU HF World Championship. They will use the callsign B4HQ. QSL via BA4RD: Ken Wang, P.O.BOX 538, Nanjing 210005, P.R. CHINA.

C6, BAHAMAS. Look for Jimmy, W6JKV, to be active as C6/W6JKV between now and July 7th. His activity over the past week has been on 6 meters at various times between 1000-1800z (usually looking for Europe). Watch around/between 50110-50125 kHz.

CONVENTION. Hans, K0HB, states, "Keep your calendars clear for October 18th! The Twin City DX Association of Minnesota is proud to present the W0DXCC 2003 Conference at the Holiday Inn, Route 35W in Bloomington, Minnesota! Top DX speakers, the W0 Buro, ARRL DX Advisory Committee, DXCC card checking, retailers and demos of the top radios plus lots more for a an exciting day of DX fun. It's near Mall of America for the family, and don't miss the Vikings play the Denver Broncos on October 19th!" Visit the following Web page for more details at: http://www.TCDXA.org

DX INFO ON THE WEB. Dejan Menges, T94DJ, reports he is a Contest/DX Editor for the ARABiH. Please visit the ARABiH official Web page at: http://www.arabih.org

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA (Also, a ZL IOTA and Austral Islands [FO/A]). Look for operators Barry/ZS1FJ/G4MFW/ZL1MFW, Phil/G3SWH and Deon/ZS1ZL, to activate the following islands during a DXpedition to French Polynesia in July:

The callsigns to be used are: FO/G4MFW on SSB and RTTY and FO/G3SWH on CW. QSL routes: FO/G4MFW via ZS1FJ and FO/G3SWH via G3SWH. Activity will be on all bands, including the WARC bands (even during the IARU Contest weekend while on Tubuai Island). The low bands 160, 80 and 40 meters will also be on the air. Modes are SSB, CW and RTTY. The preliminary frequencies are:

Please note that small deviations might be needed, e.g. if the announced frequency is busy, not busy enough or filled with QRM. They will always work split, listening up 5 on SSB and up 1-2 on CW and RTTY. Strategically located pilot stations have been appointed to assist the expedition members in the efficient flow of traffic and information.

     European Pilot: Don, G3XTT        Pacific Pilot: Harry, KH6FKG
           US Pilot: Don, W0DM         African Pilot: ZS1AU

Expedition costs in the Pacific Region are extremely high and any donations from DX associations and individuals will be gratefully accepted and may be sent to G3SWH. Please do not send checks in any currency other than sterling or cash in currencies other than Euros and U.S. dollars. The expedition website will publish daily news, frequencies, operating conditions, pilot station activity, equipment status, E-mail addresses and QSL information. Web site is at: http://www.qsl.net/g4mfw/

I5, ITALY (Castles and IOTA). Paul-Joel, F2YT, will be touring the Italian Province of Grossetto (I5) from August 8-31st. He will be using the callsign I/F2YT. Paul-Joel will be activating a lot of Italian castles which count for the Italian Castles Award. Ottavio, IK1PML, the well known QSL cards printer, will also go with him, at times. A short trip to Elba Island (IOTA EU-028, IIA LI-001) is also scheduled between August 15-31st, where Paul will sign IA5/F2YT. Watch the clusters for spots. Activity is planned on 7052 and 14252 kHz SSB, but by request, Paul can make a CW QSO on the same frequency. QSL via F2YT, either direct or via the bureau.

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

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY. Francis/F6HKS and Jean Claude/F6HDH will be operating from the Contis Lighthouse, (FRA088, PB 060) for the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend, August 16-17th. They will be operating on CW and SSB from 40-10 meters, except the WARC bands. The other reference indicators are: French Departments Loire Atlantique, 44 and Province Brittany. QSL via their home callsign, include a SAE + sufficient postage or via the French REF bureau.

P4, ARUBA. John, KK9A, will be active as P40A during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single Band (20m) entry. QSL via WD9DZV.

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

SILENT KEY. It was announced last week that well known DXer "Al" Albert H. Hix, W8AH, became a Silent Key (SK) on June 25th. Almost every DXer who attended the Dayton Hamvention and DX Dinner Banquet knew or knew of Al. With DXCC totals of 388 it was hard not to notice him. He will surely be missed. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. ADDED NOTE: WV ARRL Section Manager, Hal, KC8FS, has provided OPDX InterNet Subscribers (as an additional bulletin) with a writeup from the Charleston Gazette on Al, W8AH.

SN0, POLAND. A Polish team for the IARU HF World Championship (July 12-13th) will be again active using the callsign of SN0HQ. QSOs will be confirmed via the bureau. QSL Manager is SP2PI. More details about SN0HQ (list of operators, station locations, SN0HQ award etc.) can be found at: http://www.sp5zcc.waw.pl/iaru/info.html

SOMETHING FREE! Emir, 9A6AA, member of the Croatian Amateur Radio Association and IOCA Manager, reports that the new IOCA directory (booklet) is finished. You can change (free of charge) your old IOCA booklet for a new one, during the "Hamradio" in Friedrichshafen.

SPECIAL EVENT. Territory Day is July 1st and marks the celebrating of the 25th year of Self-Government in the Northern Territory (NT). Early on July 1st, the most senior elected member of the Northern Territory government, the Honourable Chief Minister Clare Martin will be the first person to transmit on-air using a special amateur radio callsign, VI8NT, to celebrate the anniversary of self-government in the Northern Territory.

TK, CORSICA, Fred, F5OZK, will be active as TK/F5OZK between July 5-25th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, including the WARC bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

TM0, FRANCE. Look for TM0HQ to be active from the Official French Headquarter during the next IARU HF Contest, July 13-14th. QSL via the French REF Bureau.

MESSAGE FROM JUN, VK4SJ (aka - ZK1AYL). Jun, VK4SJ, sent OPDX the following message:

"I wish to SINCERELY THANK 'ALL' who sent E-Mails, Cards and Messages of Sympathy after the tragic accident on Rarotonga, Cook Islands on the 23rd of May that took the life of my husband Doug VK4BP - ZK1SIM. These tributes and cards were of a great comfort to our 2 Son's and myself and helped to ease the pain of our loss. The QSL cards for our DXpedition on Aitutaki OC-083 and Rarotonga OC-013 have been processed and will be posted by this coming weekend (June 28-29th). All cards without return postage will be returned via the Bureau. ......... June VK4SJ - ZK1AYL". Her address is: June Sim, VK4SJ, P.O. Box 406, Caloundra, Queensland, AUSTRALIA 4551.

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (Operators Needed!). Operators KY1V/David, WA4PGM/Kyle, plus three other ops are headed to VP5 for the 2003 CQWW CW Contest. Kyle/WA4PGM announced this past week that they are looking for one teenage operator that will get an all expense paid trip! (WOW!!!!) Plus two others ops to complete the team. La Villa Rose has been secured as the contest station; for more information go to: http://www.qth.com/vp5/ham-radio.html Please contact them ASAP to insure your spot. Their E-mail addresses are: KY1V - dave@ky1v.com and WA4PGM - vp5@wa4pgm.us

VP8, SOUTH SHETLAND (Update to OPDX.615). Dany, LZ2UU, informs OPDX more details of his stay at the Bulgarian Antarctic Base "St. Kliment Ohridski", situated on South Shetlands (Livingston Island). He will basically be their radio operator. Dany wil be there from the middle of November until the end of February 2004. He will use the callsign LZ0A on all amateur radio bands, CW, SSB and RTTY mode. However, in the CQWW DX-CW Contest, he will use the VP8/LZ2UU callsign (Also, maybe in any other contests too). There is no E-mail and Internet available there.

YV, VENEZUELA (Contest Activity). The Radio Club Venezolano Contest Committee would like to invite everyone to take part (and celebrate) in Radio Club Venezolano 70th anniversary during the Venezuela Independence Contest on July 5- 6th. Activity will be on CW/SSB and the new rules for the contest can be downloaded at: http://www.radioclub.venezolano.org (look for concursos) A special anniversary QSL will be available with QSOs with YV5AJ, the HQ station.

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