Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 629
October 6, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 629
BID: $OPDX.629
October 6, 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, ARRL Letter, K1RV, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3LEO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4WX, N5FG, N5PO, W6UKX, K7ZO, AA7UC, K8ND, K8YSE, KG8DP, CO8TW, CT1END, DL/VE3ZIK & Contesting.INFO, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL1ZU, DL2VFR & IOTA-Post, EA7FTR, F5NQL & UFT, F5RMY, G0PSE, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, LZ1PJ, UR5WCW, US5MTJ, VA3RJ & ICPO, YV5LIX and ZL1AMO for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 28th/September, through Sunday, 5th/October there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C0, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/m, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VK9X, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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).

4M9, VENEZUELA (Update/Rare District). Just a reminder that a group of YVs and YYs will be active as 4M9YY between October 7-12th from the very rare YV9 calling district and Grid Locator FJ67gv. Jose (Joe), YV5LIX, states, "This is the first time in the last 13 years that any serious effort is made to give both, the 4M9 prefix and the FJ67 grid, to the rest of the world." Operators are:

    YV4GD   Jose Mendez           YY5EDG  Emilio Daniel Gallo
    YV5HHV  Hugo Hernandez        YY5ERP  Eloy Ritter
    YV5IAL  Roberto Piol          YY5GAR  Argenis Graterol
    YV5KAJ  Pasquale Casale       YY5JMM  Jose Manuel Robaina
    YV5LIX  Jose Manuel Valdes    YY5OGU  Miguel Gonzalez
    YV5OHW  Gregorio Almonte      YY5OIH  Juan Carlos Yanez
    YV5SSB  Alexis Deniz          YY5RED  Rafael Giann
    YY5ADM  Arnaldo Aguilar

4M9YY will be active around the clock on all HF bands and modes (10, 12, 15, 17 ,20 ,30 ,40 ,80 and 160 meters, SSB/CW/RTTY/PSK31/PSK63) as well as on Satellite, 70 cm, 2 meters and 6 meters. Operations will be from San Fernardo de Apure which is located some 300 Km south of Caracas very near to the Brazilian and Colombian borders. This will be a great opportunity for hams in these countries to try a direct QSO on 2 meters and 70 centimeters with Venezuela. Also, if propagation allows and since this is the correct season of the year, hams in the southern portion of the continent, especially in Argentina and Uruguay, will experience some TEP openings on 6 and 2 meters. For satellite operators, 4M9YY will be a good catch to work the rare FJ67 Grid Locator. For more information (in Spanish for now, but in English very soon), visit the Web page at: http://www.4m9yy.com.ve/

4V200, HAITI. Operators Hans/DL7CM, Sid/DM2AYO, Manfred/DK1BT and Juergen/DL7UFN will be active from here between January 28th and February 15th. The German team will be using the special callsign 4V200YH (Four Victor 200 Years of Haiti). Activity will be on 160-6 meters on CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and SSTV. They plan to have 3 stations on the air (two on the air around the clock with AMPs). Antennas will be: 27m GP, 3 element band beam, HF9V and a 4 element for 6 meters. QSL via DL7CM. A Web page with a log search is already up and available at: http://www.qsl.net/dl7cm/haiti2.htm

4W3, TIMOR LESTE. Peter, 4W3CW, is expected to be active in this year's CQWW CW Contest as a Single-Op/Low Power entry. QSL via the address on QRZ.com.

5U, NIGER. Fred, G4BWP (ex-XT2WP), will be active as 5U7WP some days before and after the next CQWW CW Contest (November 29-30th). Activity will be on the HF bands and mainly on CW. During the contest, Fred will sign 5U7A or 5U5A (the callsign has not been issued to date). QSL via G4BWP, direct or via the bureau.

5Z, KENYA. Mirko, DJ1AA, is expected to be active from Nairobi now through October 23rd. He will sign 5Z4/DJ1AA (or possibly 5Z4**; still waiting for license). He also plans to be active in the German WAG Contest (October 18-19th). Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via DJ1AA (DARC bureau).

6Y, JAMAICA. Ken, K2KW, will be active as 6Y0A in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single Band (160m)/QRP entry. QSL via WA4WTG. He will also be active before the contest on 160 meters.

9H, MALTA (C5 Cancelled!). Holger/DL5XAT and Matthias/DL5OB have cancelled their C5 (The Gambia) operation scheduled for October 21st to November 2nd. They will now be active from Gozo Island (EU-023) from October 20-30th. Activity should include the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th). Contest callsign was not mentioned. However, outside of the contest look for 9H3SB (DL5XAT) and 9H3UD (DL5OB). QSL via the bureau or direct via home callsign.

9Y4, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (Update/Contest Change). Ben, DL6FBL, reports that Andy, 9Y4/DL4MEH, has received his native callsign, 9Y4ZC. Instead of 9Y4TBG, this callsign will now be used in future contests. So look for Ben to be active as 9Y4ZC (not 9Y4TBG) in the CQWW SSB Contest. QSL via DL6FBL (this contest only).

AH2, GUAM. Members of the Guam Contest Club will be on the air during the CQ WW DX Contest SSB at the end of this month. Look for operators JI3ERV/NH2C, JR7OMD/WI3O, JP1JFG/N2IU, JG3RPL/N1BJ, JH7QXJ, JR8VSE/NH2N and JE8KKX/AH2K to activate AH2R from Guam Island (KH2, Zone 27, IOTA OC-026) as a Multi-Op/2TX entry. QSL via JH7QXJ (Direct or JA bureau, NOT the KH2 bureau).

BQ9P, PRATAS ISLAND (Update). As this was being typed, operators BV4FH, BV3FG, BV3BW, DL3DXX, DK7YY, JI6KVR, ZL4PO, OE1WHC and N2OO are gathering in Taipei and expect to be on Pratas Island around noontime (1200 local time) October 7th. Paul, BV4FH, states they should have 5-6 hours before dark (sunset is 1820 local time) to set up antenna(s). They will first set up the low band antenna (depending the location difficulty). They will be aided by 3-4 soldiers to help put up the V80. The team hopes to set up at least 1 yagi before dark (one of the C3S for 10/15/20m) and if the moonlight is good, they will be able to set up the second yagi after dinner and rest. Remember activity will last until 0100z, October 16th. Operations will be on 160-6 meters including the WARC bands on CW/SSB/ RTTY/SSTV/PSK31. Frequncies will be in most DX windows (+/- QRM). Pilot stations: Floyd/N5FG (Eastern USA) and Lee/ZL2AL (ZL/VK). QSL via KU9C. The BQ9P's Web site is at: http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~iota/newpage64.htm

CO8, CUBA. Operators Eduardo/CO8LY, Juan/CO8TW and possibly others will activate station CO8LY in the next CQWW SSB Contest as Multi-Op/Two transceiver entry. QSL via EA7ADH.

CU2, AZORES. Ingo, DH5ST, will be on holiday from Sao Miguel, Azores (EU-003), between November 9-23rd. He will sign CU2/DH5ST/p and be active 80-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via address on QRZ.com.

DXPEDITION WINNER IS ANNOUNCED! The ARRL Letter reports that Daniel Bradke, W2AU, a 14 year old from Niskayuna, New York, will operate as part of the VP5X Contest Group during the CQ World-Wide CW Contest (November 29-30th). Bradke was the winner of a competition sponsored by the VP5X Contest Group headed by David Kopacz, KY1V. According to the VP5X Contest Group's Web site, "Daniel's essay, operating skills and enthusiasm have moved our contest team to select him to be our first annual VP5X Young Ham Team Member." Daniel, an Extra Class license holder, will receive an all expenses paid trip to Turks and Caicos Island (VP5) for the contest. More details are available via the ARRL Letter (Vol. 22, No. 39) this week or the VP5X Contest Group's Web site at: http://www.vp5x.com/

GP0, GUERNSEY ISLAND. The St. Helens Radio Club will again be active from Guernsey Island (IOTA EU-114) as GP0STH (GP0 ST. Helens). Operators Ron/G4DIY and Lee/G0DBE expect to be active from 1100z Thursday, October 9th, through Monday the 13th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters CW/SSB on the usual DXpedition frequencies. QSL via G4DIY direct or by the Bureau. PLEASE Note: If you are in the bureau, you will automatically be sent a QSL for each contact. They don't require your QSL card (Thanks). If you have to go direct, they will reply direct as long as return postage is received.

HK0, SAN ANDRES ISLAND (Update). Seven members of the Florida DXPedition Group will be on San Andres Island October 20-28th. They will be active as a Multi-Two entry in the CQWW Contest. The contest callsign has been put on hold. Orginally it was announced to be 5J0J, but it looks to be 5J0X now. They hope to receive a copy of the license soon. Stay tuned. Operators outside of the contest will be active as HK0/N2WB, HK0/KR4DA, HK0/W9AAZ, HK0/K4QD, HK0/N1WON, HK0/W1LR and HK0/W4WX. The team will be on all bands (160-6 meters) and on most modes (CW, RTTY, PSK-31, HELL, SSB) before and after the contest. QSL direct or via the bureau. Logs will also be available on LoTW. QSL 5J0J via N1WON, HK0/N2WB via N2OO, and all others via their home callsigns. Please view their Web sites at: http://www.geocities.com/w4wx1/upcoming and http://www.geocities.com/hk02003/

INDEXA OFFICERS 2003-2004. Judy, AA7UC, informs us that the International DX Association (INDEXA) has announced its elected directors and officers for the 2003-2004 term.

            President:           Judy Roush, AA7UC
            Vice-President:      Bill "Pick" Pickard, WA5PAE
            Secretary-Treasurer: Bill Jennings, W4UNP
            Directors:           Franz Langner, DJ9ZB
                                 Ron Wright, ZL1AMO
                                 Richard Grant, W9RG
                                 Nellie Saltiel de Lazard, XE1CI

INDEXA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting rare and semi-rare DX while promoting goodwill among amateur radio operators of the world. INDEXA also provides DX news and QSL routes via the daily INDEXA Information Session on 14.236 MHz at 2330z. For more information, visit INDEXA's Web site at: http://www.indexa.org Or contact Bill Jennings, W4UNP, P. O. Box 607, Rock Hill, SC 29731, USA.

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

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Look for Takashi, JF1MIA, to be active as KH0A during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th). Bands of activity were not provided. QSL via JF1MIA.

LOTW A HIT! The ARRL Letter reports this week that the "Logbook of the World" (LoTW), the League's new QSL-cardless awards and contact credit system, has proven to be a huge hit with the amateur community. Since opening September 15th, LoTW has acquired more than 2200 registered participants. Another 2400 or so applications are pending, and the QSO database of 4900 uploaded logs had topped 8 million contacts at week's end. For more details, please visit the ARRL Web Page at: http://www.arrl.org Also, news and announcements will be posted to the Logbook of the World Web site at: http://www.arrl.org/lotw/

LX, LUXEMBOURG. Operator Philippe, LX2AJ, will be active as LX7I in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single Band (40m) entry. QSL via LX2AJ. There is more information available via his Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/lx2aj/

MM0, SCOTLAND. Leo, W3LEO, informs OPDX that he will once again be active from Portpatrick in southwest Scotland from about October 13th to November 15th. His callsign will be MM0LEO, and he plans to be in the CQWW SSB Contest. He will use an Icom 706 (w/100 watts) using the following antennas: R-5 vertical [10/12/15/17/20 meters] and a 40-meter dipole [in inverted-V, semi-delta configuration]. QSL via W3LEO, CBA or bureau. He provides the following reference numbers: Worked All Britain [WAB] Square NW-95, CQ Zone 14, ITU Zone 27, Grid Square IO-74ku and IOTA EU-005.

MW, WALES. Joel, VE6WQ, will be active as MW/VE6WQ during the CQWW SSB Contest as a Single Band entry on either 15m or 20m depending on the conditions.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS APPOINTED. The following are new board members of the Clipperton DX Club:

    President      : Yannick F6FYD
    Vice-President : Joel F5IPW
    Vice-President : Jean-Louis F9DK
    Tresorier      : Gerard F2JD
    Tresorier adjoint: Jean-Louis F9DK
    Secretaire: Mauricette F8BPN
    Secretaires adjoints: Catherine F8CIQ et Patrice F6JOB
    Relations internationales: Gerard F2VX
    Fournitures: Alain F6BFH
    TM8CDX: Rafik F5CQ et Alain F6BFH
    Web master: Rafik: F5CQ
    Informations DX: Florent F5CWU et Joel F5IPW
    Relations avec RSGB/CDXC-UK: Vincent G0LMX
    Rubriques Radio-Ref: Didier F5OGL
    Diplomes DIFI/DXPA: Jean-Pierre F5XL
    Demandes de Subventions: Florent F5CWU
    Membres du bureau: F4AJQ Franck, F6ANA Alain, F5IL Jean-Claude
    Charge de mission, bulletin du CDXC: Alain, F5LMJ.

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

SPECIAL EVENT. Pi, K1RV, informs OPDX that there will be an upcoming operation onboard the USS Constitution "Old Ironsides" during their annual "Turn-around Cruise" on October 11th. They have been trying for several years to get onboard and operate a HF station. Look for them to operate as N1S from 1200-1800z on October 11th. The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy and is permanently berthed at the Old Boston Navy Shipyard. Each year they turn her around to allow for weathering. They also mention that they will have another station, N1B, operating on the pier of the shipyard. QSL manager for both of these stations is W1QWT. There will be three other U.S. Naval vessels on the air with them. Look for USS Caisson Young (WW2DD), USS Chaffee (callsign not provided) and USS Salem (K1USN). Operations will center around 7260, 14260, 18160 and 14039 kHz. Here is a Web link with additional information: http://ema.arrl.org/article.php?sid=213

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event station, LZ100JVA (Lima Zulu 100 John Vincent Atanasoff), to operate as of October 1st to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Vincent Atanasoff, the father of the electronic computer. In the early forties, together with his assistant Clifford Berry, John V. Atanasoff created the ABC (Atanasoff Berry Computer) in a laboratory in Iowa State University. Some of the computer basics he invented are still used in modern computers. J.V.A. was born on October 4th, 1903. His father was an immigrant from Bulgaria. A Web page is under construction and will be soon available at: http://www.qsl.net/lz1pj/lz100jva/. LZ100JVA will be activated by a group of Bulgarian amateurs. QSL via LZ1PJ. Direct requests go to CBA: P.O.Box 15, BG-1324 Sofia, Bulgaria. PLEASE include SAE + postage (1 IRC or 1 USD). Bureau cards and e-mail requests are also welcome.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event station, EN750WKD, to be activated by club station, UT7WZA, to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Prince Danylo Halytskyi's coronation (the founder of Lviv City), between October 23rd and November 3rd. QSL via UT7WZ either direct (Miroslav Lupiy, P.O.Box 94, Lviv, 79000, Ukraine) or through the bureau.

TI8, COSTA RICA. Operators Carlos/TI2KAC, Eddie/K4UN, Robert/W4BD, Will/K4WPM, Dennis/K4ZJ, N5VI and Keith/W4KTR will be active as TI8M in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via W4BD, by the bureau or w/SASE direct. Look for W4BD/TI8 and K4UN/TI8 before and after the contest. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.

UV7, UKRAINE. Look for station UV7M to be active in both CW/SSB CQWW DX Contest as a Multi-Op/All Band entry. Operators for the CW Contest will be: Anatol/UY5LO, Serge/US8MX, Vlad/UX3MX and US5MTJ. Operators for the SSB Contest will be: Valery/UT1ML and Vitaly/US5MTJ. QSL is OK and only via bureau to Vitaly/US5MTJ.

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Also VK9C). Operators Gerhard/DJ5IW, Thomas/DL2RMC, Hartmut/DM5TI and Andree/DL8LAS are now active from Christmas Island (OC-002) as VK9XW until October 11th (before moving to Cocos-Keeling Island as VK9CD between October 11-23rd). Activity will be on all modes, 160 through 6 meters with a focus on the lower and the WARC bands, including operations on AO-40. They will have 3 stations on the air. Over the past weekend, they were active on 30/20/15m (Mixed CW/SSB/RTTY). QSL VK9XW via DL2RMC. QSL VK9CD via DJ5IW. Pilot stations are: Floyd, N5FG (NA stations) and Bernd, DF3CB (Rest of the world). Their Web page is at: http://www.qsl.net/vk9xt/ EDITOR'S ADDED NOTE: REMEMBER, if you miss working these guys you will have a second chance to work the YL team mentioned in OPDX.628 and OPDX.612.

XV, VIETNAM. Lee, N5PO, informs OPDX that he plans to operate from Vietnam as XV2PO, November 25th to December 3rd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters (no WARC bands), CW ONLY. He will operate in the CQWW CW Contest as a Single-Op/All Band entry. His plans are to operate from the Kimdo Hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. QSL via N5PO direct or via the Bureau.

XZ7, MYANMAR. The German team (mentioned in OPDX.619) is now active as XZ7A until October 17th. Bernd, DF3CB, who has E-mail contact with them, states "the team arrived very well. Just the stopover in Bangkok was a little too long. The employees of Myanmar Travel and Tours met them at the airport. Therefore entry including all the equipment was no problem. Nothing got lost this time!" The entire roof is covered with antennas now. The hotel crew gave them a lot of support. The team reports that receiving on 80m is difficult (and worse on 160m). Some interesting pictures are now available on the Web of the XZ7A location and antenna setup at: http://www.qsl.net/dl7df/xz7a/pictures.html Activity over the past weekend covered 80-10 meters (including 30/17 meters) mainly on CW with some RTTY and SSB. QSL via DL7DF. Pilot stations are: Floyd/N5FG and Bernd/DF3CB.

ZL, NEW ZEALAND (Also, KH6). Roy, W6UKX, will operate as ZL/W6UKX from October 16th through November 6, and as W6UKX/KH6 from Hawaii a few days prior and after these dates. Operations will be SSB and CW, mostly 20 and 17 meters; with conditions permitting also 15-10 meters. QSL to his home callsign.

ZL4, NEW ZEALAND (IOTA Op). Chris, GM3WOJ, will be active as ZL1CT/4 from Stewart Island (OC-203), January 11-16th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters CW/SSB using only 400 watts to verticals. QSL via N3SL.

ZM8, KERMADEC ISLANDS. Ron, ZL1AMO, informs/reminds OPDX readers that Jacky, ZL3CW, will be leaving for Kermadec on October 7th. He should be active about October 10-18th from Raoul Island. This is not a DXpedition. Jacky will be there doing some maintenance on the communication gear (repeaters etc) for the Department of Conservation. He will be active as work permits. QSL this operation, ZM8CW, to Ron, ZL1AMO.

SPECIAL NOTE BY EDITOR: If you are having a problem receiving bounced mail
by sending mail to me via " kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org ", please send mail to
me via " kb8nw@arrl.net "...... TNX de Tedd KB8NW
<mailto:opdx-request@nshore.org?subject=help> Subscribe: <mailto:opdx-request@nshore.org?subject=subscribe> Unsubscribe: <mailto:opdx-request@nshore.org?subject=unsubscribe> OPDX WORLD-WIDE WEB HOME PAGE (provided by John, K8YSE): http://www.papays.com/opdx.html ALSO VISIT THE NORTHERN OHIO DX ASSOCIATION'S WEB HOME PAGE: http://www.en.com/users/k8yse/nodxa.html -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Excerpts and distribution of The OPDX Bulletin are granted as long as KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 receive credit. To contribute DX info, call BARF-80 BBS online at 440-237-8208 28.8k/14400/9600/2400/1200 and leave a message with the Sysop or send via InterNet Mail to: kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org - OR - Use the VOICE or FAX answering machine at 440-237-8208 which shares the same phone line as BARF-80 BBS using a data/fax/phone switch. To access: 1) Dial Number. 2) Wait for first ring (the second ring should be a false ring from the fax/data switch box) and then dial four quick ones ("1111"). (NOTE: Some FAX machines that send single "BEEPS" every second will not have to do this step.) 3) The phone will pick up and after the "BEEP" leave your voice message or FAX.