Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 619
July 21, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 619
BID: $OPDX.619
July 21, 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, NC1L, N2WB, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4WX, K6LA, K8YSE, KB8ZYY, WB8LFO, WB8YJF, WD9EWK, AC0X, 9A6AA, DL/VE3ZIK & Contesting.info, DF3CB, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL2VFR & IOTA-Post, DL6UAA, DL7UFR, EA5BYP, EA5RM, ES2NA, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3NKC, G0IAS, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, ON6NL, PA3GEO, PA5RA, SV1DPI, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY and VK4TI for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13th/July, through Sunday, 20th/July there were 209 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, 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).

THE NODXA "Radio For Apollo" PROJECT UPDATE (by Editor Tedd, KB8NW). Let me first say "HOW I AM IMPRESSED" with the DX community. Ten minutes after last week's bulletin was released, pledges were coming in quickly. In 24 hours, close to 1000 USD were pledged with three associations stating they would contribute something. Some individuals also stated they would donate more, if needed. The members of NODXA say "THANK YOU". However, the NODXA project is now on hold. Something is in the works and currently can not be publicized just yet. Details are forthcoming. Monk Apollo is aware of the ham community's efforts to help put him back on the air. He is also very grateful and prays for the ham community. Please stay tuned for updates. Once again, I thank the DX community..... 73 de Tedd KB8NW (President of NODXA and Editor of the OPDX)

3B8, MAURITIUS. Mart, DL6UAA, informs OPDX that Jacky, 3B8CF, is now active on RTTY everyday (except weekends) between 1300-1430z on 15 meters (around 21083-21084 kHz). He has repaired his old TONO-7000 and is now active. NA stations try 0300z on 14084 kHz (That's the time before he goes to work).

3C0, ANNOBON ISLAND (Update). Operators Franz/DJ9ZB/3C0F, Elmo/EA5BYP/3C0A, Victor/EA5FO/3C0R and Vicente/EA5YN/3C0V will be active from Annobon Island, between September 27th and October 10th. Activity will be on all modes/bands CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK, some SSTV and 160-6 meters. They hope to have at least two stations on the air 24 hours a day. Mounting this DXpedition is an expensive operation for operators. Any donations to help the operators, as small as it may be, will be gratefully appreciated and can be sent via the DX Club Tabarca Island, c/o President Elmo EA5BYP, P.O. Box 3097, 03080 Alicante, Spain. E-mail is: cayuco@telefonica.net Any additional donations included with your QSL card requests will be much appreciated. They would like to say thanks in advance. QSL via DJ9ZB.

7P8, LESOTHO (Update/Now Active). The Lone Star DX Association and the Texas DX Society's 7P8 DXpedition is now active until July 25th. The team includes: Charles Frost, K5LBU/7P8CF; Igor Zdorov of Minneapolis, MN, W0IZ/7P8IZ; Dave Anderson of Ashville, NC, K4SV/7P8DA; Madison Jones of Houston, TX, W5MJ/7P8MJ; Neil King of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada VA7DX/7P8NK; Tom Anderson of Colleyville, TX, WW5L/7P8TA; and Elizabeth White of Missouri City, TX, KA2UCA/7P8EW. Operators K4SV and VA7DX will also be operating from 3DA after 7P8. Their callsigns will be 3DA0SV for Dave Anderson/K4SV and 3DA0WC for Neil King/VA7DX. Larry Alkoff, N2LA, and his XYL Karen, K2DXV, of Austin who had joined the team withdrew from the DXpedition because of construction on their new home near Austin. Activity will be on all bands/modes. QSL via their home callsigns. They now have two Web pages for DXers to monitor updates for the DXpedition and on-line logs search. The web pages are: http://www.k4sv.com/lesotho.html and http://www.amsatnet.com/7p8.html To help pay shipping expenses of donated equipment, the team is selling a commemorative T-shirt like the one the team will be wearing on its QSL card. Short sleeve shirts in sizes Medium through X-Large are 20 USD and a limited number of long sleeve shirt in XXL and XL are aviable at 25 USD. Stateside and Canadaian postage is included in the cost. Add 5 USD for DX airmail delivery. Order through Frost or Tom Anderson via their callbook addresses.

9A, CROATIA (Croatian Island and IOTA Activity). Members from Radio club "Josipovac" (9A3QB, 9A3SO, 9A3IQ, 9A7DCO, 9A7BFR, ...) will participate in IOTA contest under 9A6K, from the Island of Kakan (EU-170). Before and after contest (on July 24-31st), they plan to activate (under 9A6K/p), the next following Croatian IOCA islands (mainly EU-170):

    - KUKULJAR, CI-231, LH E3224*    - PRCEVAC MALI, CI-329
    - BABULJAK, CI-495               - KRALJAK, CI-328
    - VODNJAK, CI-494                - DUPINICI, CI-327
    - BISAGA, CI-459 (NO IOTA)       - KAMESNJAK MALI, CI-325
    - LJUTAC, CI-255 (NO IOTA)       - PRISNJAK, CI-374 (NO IOTA), LH E3202*
    - BAVLJENAC, CI-246              - MURTER, CI-074 (NO IOTA)

QSL via 9A3QB, Mirko (via bureau).

C6, BAHAMAS. Ian, N8IK, will be active as C6AMK Coco Cay, Bahamas, August 8-9th. Activity will be 40 meters CW only. QSL via N8IK.

CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND. Operators Robert/N0RN, Vance/N5VL, Igor/W0IZ, Joe/KO4RR, Andrea/K5AAH (YL), Alan/K5AB and Dale/VE7SV will be active this week as CY9A from July 24th to August 2nd. Their announced suggested frequencies are:

QSL via N5VL. For updates, visit the Web page at: http://www.hometown.aol.com/vlepierre/myhomepage/index.html

DX RENTALS............................

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Operators Barry/ZS1FJ/G4MFW/ZL1MFW, Phil/G3SWH and Deon/ZS1ZL continue to be active for the rest of the week (July 26th) as FO/G4MFW and FO/G35WH (Yes, FO/G"35"WH. It seems the FO authorities misread the "S" for a "5" on Phil's license.). Remember, QSL FO/G4MFW to ZS1FJ and FO/G35WH to G3SWH.

GJ2/MJ0, JERSEY. Look for Rich, K2WR, as GJ2A in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/High Power/Mixed/24h/Island entry. Also, look for him to use GJ2A again in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL both operations via GJ3DVC or GJ Bureau. Look for some activity outside of the contest (before and after) as MJ0AWR, mainly on CW. QSL MJ0AWR to K2WR direct or via W2 Bureau.

HA5, HUNGARY. Robert, PA3GEO, will be active as HA5ORP from July 28th through August 13th. Activity will be on all HF bands on CW/SSB. He will use mobile whip antennas and also a wire openline dipole. His radio will be a FT-757 GX-II w/100 watts. QSL via PA3GEO to the QSL Bureau.

HI3, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Operators ON4IQ, ON4QX, HI8ROX and HI3TEJ will be active as HI3/ON4IQ in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-One entry (IOTA NA-096). QSL via ON4IQ.

IOTA NEWS (Remember, the RSGB IOTA Contest is this weekend!)...........

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY.........................

MD4, ISLE OF MAN. Once again MD4K will be active in the 2003 IOTA Contest. Operators this year are G0HSS, G1GEY, G3NKC, G4MJS, G4XUM and M0BEW, gratefully assisted by GD4GNH and GD0TEP. Please check out their Web page at: http://www.md4k.com QSL cards can be sent direct or via bureau to G3NKC (Chestnut House, 510 Crewe Rd, Wistaston, Crewe. CW2 6PS); or requested on line through the Web page (no card necessary!)

P4, ARUBA. By the time you read this, Colin, KU5B, will be active as KU5B/P4 or P40CJ now through July 24th. He will be operating from his hotel and various contest locations. Equipment used will be a Yaesu FT-840 w/100 watts into a dipole at the hotel. Activity will be on 10, 15, 20, and 40 meters both SSB and CW, with a main emphasis on CW. QSL via KU5B with SASE. His Web site is at: http://www.qsl.net/ku5b/

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

TZ, MALI (Update).The international team going to Bamako, Mali, August 12-22nd, have announced that their callsign for the operation will be TZ6RD. The QSL Manager will be EA4URE the Spanish National Bureau. Currently, operators confirm are: XE1L, N6TQS, I8NHJ, EA5RM, EA5RD, EA5KY and EA5XX.

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Three members of the Florida DXpedition Group (FDXPG), Bob/K9MDO/VP2MDO, William/N2WB/VP2MWB, and Bill/W4WX/VP2MHX will be on Montserrat July 22-29th. They each will have their own station set up and will operate most bands and modes. QSL VP2MDO and VP2MHX via their home callsigns and VP2MWB via N2OO only. Please send SASE if you want direct reply.

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Mike Foster who used to have the callsign VP2V/7Q7FM now has the new callsign VP2VFM. He was heard this week on 14200 kHz at 0102z. QSL is ONLY DIRECT to G0IAS (with return postage please).

VP6, PITCAIRN ISLAND. Lyle Burgoyne, VP6LJ, is back on the island. He used to serve as priest on the island for two years in the mid 90's. He is expected to be there for at least one year. Over the past fews weeks, he has been active on 20 meters SSB. Watch 14190, 14245 and 14268 kHz after 0500z (sometimes earlier).

W0DXCC 2003 CONVENTION. The doors of the Bloomington, Minnesota, Holiday Inn on Highway 35W and 94th Street will open to Amateur radio operators with DX in mind on October 18th at 8 AM. Well-known W0-DX speakers will be featured! CQ Hall of Fame Inductee and "Mr. W0DXCC 2002" Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, will speak on his experiences with four-square antennas and will offer us the latest news from Bhutan, and Ralph Fedor, K0IR, will present a seminar on his DXpeditions to various rare and very rare Antarctic DX Entities. Radio City, Mounds View, will present a fascinating demo comparing today's top radios and Timewave Technology will demonstrate the art of digital signal processing technology. Other outstanding speakers already booked for the Convention include K9LA, Carl Leutzelschwab with an intriguing talk on the challenges of W0-land propagation and W0IZ, Igor Zdorov, with a presentation on his DXpedition exploits to rare African and Asian DX Entities. "We are adding more great speakers and will be releasing the information shortly", Chairman Lou Sica, AC0X, reports. The Convention will conclude with a 7PM Banquet at the Holiday Inn with a Keynote Speaker. Details for the Convention can be requested by E-mailing w0dxcc@w0dxcc.com or sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: W0DXCC 2003, PO Box 390633, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55439-0633. Information is also available on the W0DXCC 2003 home page at: http://www.w0dxcc.com

XU, CAMBODIA (An IOTA and possibly XW!). Jaak, ES1FB, reports he will go to Shianoukville, Cambodia, from October 19-28th. His callsign will be XU7ACE, and he plans to be active in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest as a Single- Op/All Band entry. He also plans to be active as XU7ACV from Koh Poah Island (IOTA AS-133), October 21-23rd. Plans also include a trip to Vientienne, Laos, October 30th through November 4th. Possible callsign is XW1FB (?). QSL all operations to his home callsign ES1FB. For updates and a log search, visit the Web page at: http://www.hot.ee/xu7ace/

XZ, MYANMAR. Sigi, DL7DF, reports, "We actually had a special target in Africa for our 2003 DXpedition, however we ran into trouble getting the license. But we will go to another country instead - Myanmar, XZ. Myanmar is not amongst the top 10 of the most needed DXCC entities anymore but we hope for a success anyway." Operators DL7BO, DL7UFR, DL7DF, DL7KL, DJ6TF, DK1BT, DL4WK and plus two of their XYLs are planning to be active as XZ7A between September 30th and October 17th. They will have four stations active from two different operating places. One of the places is in the capitol, the other one in a sea village. The location in the capitol is very promising because they will be using a roof on a 25m high building. Their planned activity will be on 160-6 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. They will have two linears, beams, a Titanex V80 vertical, a R7 plus a 6m yagi. On this operation they will be emphasizing the low bands because the last activity was in 1998 and 2000. Pilots will once again be Bernd/DF3CB and Floyd/N5FG. Updated news, online logs and pictures, will be available during the DXpedition at: http://www.qsl.net/dl7df/

YJ, VANUATU (Update to OPDX.617). Trent, VK4TI, informs OPDX that the team who will be active as YJ0X in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest, intends to be in YJ8-land roughly 4 days prior and two days after the contest. They intend to leave the antenna at the site for future operators. He also mentions Les, VK3WA, is an excellent CW op, and they have had requests for RTTY. Their main focus was for the CQWW Contest as well as sightseeing. However, it does look like Vanuatu is a bit more needed than they thought by judging by the E-mails received here since the posting of their operation. QSL via VK4TI, using the QRZ.com address.

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