Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 631
October 20, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 631
BID: $OPDX.631
October 20, 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, K1JN, K1XN & GoList, K2UO, K3PD, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5FG, W5PF, K8YSE, 4L4AJ, CT1BOH, DL/VE3ZIK & contesting.info, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, F5CWU, F5NQL & UFT, F6FVY, F8BBL, GM3WOJ, HA0HW, HL1VAU, HP1AC, I2MOV, I2YSB, JG1OWV, JI3DST, JI3ERV, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, MM0BQI, ON5NT, SV3BEF, VA3RJ & ICPO, ZS5BBO and ZS6MG for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 12th/October, through Sunday, 19th/October there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, AP, BV, BV9P, BY, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, 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, T2, T32, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZK3, ZL, ZL8, ZP, ZS

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

SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS. By the time you read this, Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A, should be on the air (or close to being back on) in a "BIG WAY". Over the last several months, George Varvitsiotes, K6SV, has been communicating with Monk Apollo since his radio went down (off the air - broke) and began the project to help him get back on the air. George informed OPDX on Tuesday, October 14th, that he was leaving the next morning for Greece and would be taking Monk Apollo a new Icom IC-756 ProII and power supply donated by Icom. He stated that he had all the necessary papers (that Monk Apollo sent him) to enter Mount Athos and deliver the new radio. George also told OPDX that it is his intentions (with Monk Apollo's approval) to install all the antennas that were previous donated and get Monk Apollo back on the air in a big way. George informed OPDX of his plans back in July once OPDX announced that the Northern Ohio DX Association (NODXA) was looking into collecting funds to buy Monk Apollo a new radio. At that time he told OPDX he was going to Greece on family business and wanted to keep his plans a secret until the radio was delivered. OPDX and NODXA agreed to his wishes. Once again, OPDX and NODXA would like to thank the many "who wanted to help". We hope you get a chance to work Monk Apollo and welcome him back on the air. ADDED NOTE: George, K8SV, will also participate in the CQWW SSB Contest (See J43).

4L, GEORGIA. Imeda, 4L4AJ, will be active in the CQWW SSB DX Contest. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using High Power.

4X6, ISRAEL. Operators Seth/4X1DX and Zvi/4X6FR will be active as 4X6FR in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via 4X6OM.

9U, BURUNDI. The "DX Newsletter" reports that Richard, F8LPX, is working at the French embassy in Bujumbura for the next three years. He is expected to be active, but the callsign is not known yet.

AH2, GUAM (Update). Aki, JI3ERV/NH2C, Chairperson of Guam Contest Club (GCC), informs OPDX that members of the GCC will be on the air during the CQWW SSB Contest next weekend (October 25- 26th) as AH2R. This time they plan to set a target as the Oceanic leader in the Multi-OP 2-TX category and the World's Top 5. Also, they are trying to build an Oceanic record in this category. Operators are: Aki, JI3ERV/NH2C; Toshi, JR7OMD/WI3O; Osamu, JP1JFG/N2IU; Kaz, JG3RPL/N1BJ; Kou, JH7QXJ; Sam, JR8VSE/NH2N; and Noz, JE8KKX/AH2K. Guam Island's (KH2, Zone 27 and IOTA OC-026) sunrise and sunset are: 2013z and 0756z. QSL via JH7QXJ (Direct - See QRZ.com) or the JA bureau (NOT the KH2 bureau). SPECIAL NOTICES: Due to the band plan, their operation on 40m is limited between 7075 and 7100 kHz. Please listen carefully!! They are also planning participation in the CQWW CW Contest next month. Details will be released later.

BEWARE OF CLUSTER PIRATES. This has become a growing problem over the last few years. Laurent, F8BBL, informs OPDX that over the past few weeks someone has been pirating his callsign and causing problems on the DXclusters as well as QRM in pile ups. He is sorry, but it's not him, and he is confused/troubled about the problem. He also mentions that the French authority is informed.

BQ9P, PRATAS ISLAND. The Pratas Island DXpedition is now QRT as of 6:00 am (local time) on October 16th. The group made some 27000 QSOs. For more details, please visit their Web page at: http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~iota/newpage64.htm

CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND. Wojciech/SP9PT and Jerzy/SP9EVP are now active as CE0Y/homecall until November 1st. Both have been very active on 40 meters CW this past weekend, but there has been some activity on 20 and 17 meters as well. Keep a lookout for some digital and SSB activity. OPDX has also seen a spot from them on 6 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.

CT8, PORTUGAL. Timo, OH1NOA, will be active from CT1DVV/CT1ESV's QTH as CT8T in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/ All Band/High Power entry. QSLs will be sent out automatically via the Bureau.

EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Look for a Hungarian team to be active between November 2-9th and also participate in the HA-QRP Contest as EA6/HA5RT/p. The contest station will be on 3511 kHz using around 10 watts. The operators will use their home callsigns on the other bands as follows: EA6/HA6NL/p (Laci), EA6/HA6PS/p (Zsolt), EA6/HA6ZV/p (Tibor) and EA6/HA7JJS/p (Sanyi). Their main mode is CW, but some digital activity will also take place. QSLs should go via the bureau by their home calls, and for EA6/HA5RT/p via HA6NL.

FR/E, EUROPA. La GAZETTE du DX announced that the team which will be active from Europa has put online an Internet Web site where you can find all the necessary information about this DXpedition. The URL address is: http://europa2003.free.fr

FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Operators Didier/FY5FY, Marc/F1HAR, Herve/F5HRY, Romuald/F5LND, Olivier/F5MZN, Gerard/F6FGZ and Larry/F6FVY will be active from Zone 9 as FY5KE (Zone 9) in the CQWW SSB Contest as a Multi-Single category. QSL to FY5KE direct or via bureau.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Members of the Hungarian Pannon DX Club and P.V.R. Klub Puspokladany will operate from Liechtenstein again this fall. The operation will take place between November 2-10th from a rented house at Masescha 1350m ASL. Activity is planned for the HF bands (160-10 meters, with the main focus on lower bands) including the WARC bands, on CW/SSB and RTTY. They will have two stations on 24 hours a day. Operators are: HB0/HA0HW/p (Laci), HB0/HA4DX/p (Tomi) and HB0/HA4XG/p (Geza). They will be using a FT-840 and a TS-450 with groundplanes and wire antennas sponsored by DunaX. Cards can be sent to their home callsigns direct or via the HA bureau. Suggested Web pages to view:

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Dan, NN1N, will be active as HC8N during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via W5UE.

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Trey/N5KO and other operators will be active as HC8N during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via W5UE.

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

J43, GREECE. Operators George/K6SV, Xenofon/SV3BEF, Dimitris/SV3BEH, and Vangelis/SV3BEG-Vangelis will be active from Southern Greece (Grid Locator: KM17ek) as J43GRC in the CQWW SSB Contest as a Multi-Op/Low Power entry. The team will use a 3 element Tribander for 20/15/10m, and wires for the lower bands. QSL Manager is K6HRO.

KP2/WP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators John/K3TEJ and Darrell/AB2E will be active as WP2Z in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via KU9C. Operators will be on the WARC bands before the contest, and 160m after the contest signing KP2/K3TEJ and KP2/AB2E. QSL via their home calls.

KP3, PUERTO RICO. Felipe, NP4Z, will be active as KP3Z in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via WC4E.

LX, LUXEMBOURG. Two stations from LX have announced that they will be active from here during the CQWW SSB Contest. Look for the following stations:

  1. LX5A (operator: LX1AQ - Phil) as SOSB HP 80m
  2. LX9SW (operator: LX1RQ - Robert) as SOSB HP 20m

QSL both callsigns to LX1RQ or via the LX bureau.

PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Jos, CT1BOH, will be active from the station and QTH of PY0FF as PT0F from October 19-28th to take part in the CQWW SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL PT0F via W3HC.

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

RM0, ASIATIC RUSSIA. Andy, UA0ANW, will be active as RM0A in CQWW SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry from Zone 18. QSL via the bureau or direct (address on QRZ.com).

SILENT KEY. Zik, DL/VE3ZIK, informs OPDX that Ron, KZ5RO, became a Silent Key on October 13th. He states that Ron was a great HAM, QSL Manager and helped alot people with QSL information. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to Ron's family and friends.

SPECIAL ACTIVITY/EVENT. Take, JI3DST, informs OPDX that he and Joe, JA4PXE, are going to go to Manchester, UK, for the RSGB HFC 2003 International HF & IOTA Convention from Japan on October 30th. They plan to be active from the HF & IOTA Convention event station, MB2HFC, on November 2nd (From 800z to 9:00z) for Asia (JAPAN).

SPECIAL EVENT. To celebrate the Centennial of the Republic of Panama (1903-2003), look for special event station HP100RCP to be activated by the Radio Club de Panama from November 1-3rd. Activity will be on all bands and all modes (CW-SSB-RTTY & PSK31). A special commemorative QSL will be issued to all cards received with one green stamp or two IRCs to the following postal address: RADIO CLUB DE PANAMA, P.O. Box 10745, Panama, PANAMA.

TM7, FRANCE. Laurent, F8BBL, will be active with a special callsign, TM7W, from November 16-30th. Activity will included the CQWW CW Contest. QSL to the bureau via F8BBL.

TY4, BENIN. Jean-Marc, ON4JM, will be here for 2 months starting November 2nd because of his work. He has requested the callsign TY4JM from the Benin's Post and Telecommunication Office. Jean-Marc mentions that his activity will be limited because of his work Monday through Saturday, however, look for him possibly during his evening hours and on Sundays. He will be heading back to Belgium on December 23rd. QSL via ON4JM. Bureau cards are OK and it's preferred.

V55, NAMIBIA (Update/Change). Vlado/ZS6MG and Emil/ZS6EGB will be active as V55V and V55E, respectively (instead of V5/homecall as reported in OPDX.628), from October 23-27th. Also, they decided to use the callsign V55V for CQWW SSB Contest (instead of V51E). QSL via ZS6MG. They inform OPDX that they are not sure if this V55 prefix was used before from Namibia, and it may be of interest for the hams around the world.

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND. The YL group is now active from here as VK9XYL until October 27th. Most of their activity has been on 20/15 meters CW/SSB. However, there have been some QSNs on 40/17/12/10 meters. QSL via VK3DYL.

VP9, BERMUDA. Operators William/N1HRA, Matt/WE1H, Foster/N3KCJ and Joe/K1JN will be active from October 23-28th and will take part in the CQWW DX SSB Contest. Outside of the contest, they will be active on 160-6 meters as homecall/VP9. The contest callsign has yet to be determined. QSL to homecall outside of the contest and to K1JN for contest QSOs.

VP9, BERMUDA. Kurt, W6PH, will be active as VP9/W6PH from VP9GE's QTH in Hamilton Parish during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) and the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th). His entry in both contests will be Single-Op/All Band/Low Power. QSL only via W6PH direct.

WRTC 2006 (in Brazil!). Steve Morris, K7LXC, WRTC Sanctioning Committee Chairman, released last weekend: "The World Radiosport Team Championship Sanctioning Committee, LABRE - Liga de Amadores de Radio Emisspo, and the GADX Araucaria DX Group are pleased to announce the next WRTC competition in 2006 in Brazil. Following in the footsteps of previous WRTC competitions held in Seattle, San Francisco, Slovenia, and Finland, the WRTC showcases amateur radio competition at the highest level. The competitors are among the best operators in the world in this ham radio Olympic-type event. The previous WRTC competitions have demonstrated the high degree of friendship in ham radio activity, together with an enormous sense of ethical competitiveness. The competition will be in Florianopolis, capital of the Santa Catarina State in Southern Brazil in July 2006. This event is open to everyone - competitor and spectator alike. Everyone is invited to attend the WRTC2006."

XU, CAMBODIA (Also IOTA op). Jaak, ES1FB, is once again here and will be active as XU7ACE until October 28th. He is currently staying in Sihanoukville and plans to be in next weekend's CQWW DX SSB Contest. Look for him to sign XU7ACV from Koh Poah Island (AS-133) between October 21-23rd. QSL via ES1FB. For more information, please visit the Web page at: http://www.hot.ee/xu7ace/

YA, AFGHANISTAN. Masa, JG1OWV, QSL Manager and an operation's pilot for YA1D/YA0J, informs OPDX that Sada, YA1D, is now on a leave back in Japan. Masa and Sada are currently discussing what antennas beside his existing wire dipoles to take back to YA. Sada will be active again from Kabul after October 30th with probably a HexBeam for the high bands and a vertical for lower bands. Masa mentions that some QSLs came to him via his very old "Flying Horse" Callbook address (These take a long time to reach him). Please use his current address to QSL. His address is: Masahiro Wada, 391-C-1204, Shibacho, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, 236-0012, Japan.

ZS5, SOUTH AFRICA. Edwin, ZS5BBO, informs OPDX that he will be active in the upcoming CQWW SSB Contest as ZS5T as a Single-Op/Single Band (20m) entry. QSL via ZS5BBO.

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