Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 645
January 26, 2004

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 645
BID: $OPDX.645
January 26, 2004
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, ARRL DX Bulletin, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, N2OO, N2YO, W2CQ, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4JRB, KE4RVT, N4AA & QRZ DX, NX4D, AE6Y, K6VVA, WB6RSE, N7NG (via Sharon Taratula), NX7U, K8YSE, W8LU, W9OL, DL/VE3ZIK & www.contesting.info, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DK7PE, ES1FB, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, LA5HE, LZ1ZF, OK1DXE, SV1DPI, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4AAR and VK5DG for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 18th/January, through Sunday, 25th/January there were 223 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, 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, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH6, 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, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV9, T2, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, 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).

4S7, SRI LANKA. Members from Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club(LARC) will be here from March 3-8th. They will be operating all bands on SSB and CW. Operators will be Frank/DJ3FK, Bernd/DK7TF, Karl/DL4FP and Rudi/DK7PE. If possible, Rudi DK7PE will try some 160m, depending on the antennas possibilities. Rudi tells OPDX that callsigns are not known yet, but they should be: DK7PE (4S7PEG), DK7TF (4S7DLG), DL4FP (4S7**G not known) and DJ3FK (4S7**G not known).

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. Nakamura, JE1JKL, will be active as 9M6NA in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/Single Band (80m) entry. Activity will be from Labuan Island (OC-133) between February 17th and March 2nd. Outside of the contest, look for him on 160 and 80 meters. QSL via JE1JKL. E-mail requests for Bureau QSLs are OK via: 9m6na@jsfc.org Visit his Web page at: http://jsfc.org/je1jkl/9m6na.html

9Y, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. Look for Walter/DL8JS, Ulla/DF6QP, Alfons/DJ8VC, Eberhard/DJ8OT and Hannelore/DH5JR to be active this week as 9Y4/homecall until February 14th. They are expected to be active daily between 0900-1800z on the following suggested frequencies: 14277, 21377 and 28377 kHz. QSL to their home callsign via the DARC bureau.

AX, AUSTRALIA (Attention Bird Watchers!). According to the Wireless Institute of Australia, all VK amateurs can use the AX prefix on January 26th (their local time, this is a national holiday). ADDED NOTE: David, VK5DG, states "Circumstances permitting I will be using AX5DG on AO-40 during the 06:00 to 11:30 UTC window. AO-40 will be over the Pacific ocean during this time."

DXCC RULE CHANGE. Wayne Mills, N7NG, ARRL Membership Service Dept. Manager, sent out the following ARRL News Release (Dated January 20th):

At its January meeting in Windsor, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors removed paragraph 1.c) from the criteria for determining a DXCC Entity. This provision, implemented in 1998 as part of the DXCC 2000 Program, had provided that "An Entity will be added to the DXCC List as a Political Entity if it ...has a separate IARU Member Society." Since that time, the rule has allowed for the addition of four new DXCC Entities and the retention of one existing Entity.

At the time it was not expected that this would create difficulties with the administration of the IARU. Unfortunately, the provision has had the unintended consequence of stimulating applications for IARU membership that do not further the objectives of the IARU, creating an unfortunate and unnecessary administrative burden.

The rule change will have no effect on those Entities created by or as the result of the rule. According to DXCC Rule II, 5. C), "A change in the DXCC Criteria shall not affect the status of any Entity on the DXCC List at the time of the change."

The other two criteria for the determination of a Political Entity for DXCC continue in effect:

  1. The entity is a UN Member State.
  2. The entity (except international organizations) has been assigned a callsign prefix block by the ITU.

The text of the Board resolution reads:

WHEREAS, the DXCC 2000 program adopted by the Board in 1998 included changes to the criteria for a DXCC entity, and

WHEREAS, one of the new criteria makes separate IARU membership the basis for determination of a "political entity," and

WHEREAS, this rule has served a constructive purpose with respect to existing IARU societies, but WHEREAS, the rule also has had unforeseen consequences in creating an incentive for the creation of proposed IARU societies that do not further the objectives of the IARU, and

RECOGNIZING that elimination of the rule has no effect on the DXCC entities that already have been created as a result of the rule,

RESOLVED, that the DXCC rules are hereby amended by deleting IARU membership as a basis for determination of a "political entity."

DX CONVENTION. The DX Convention in Visalia will be held April 23-25th. For details and updated information, please visit the following Web page at: http://www.scdxc.org/visalia/index.html

FM,MARTINIQUE. Danny, T93M, will be active as FM/T93M in the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via DJ2MX. Visit his Web page at: http://www.t93m.com

FR/E, EUROPA (Some Interesting Reading). Jean Michel, F6AJA, informs OPDX readers that if you need some information about Europa Island, you can visit the following Web site at: http://LesNouvellesDX.free.fr Go to "articles parus" or "published articles" and choose "Europa". In this article, you can find a complete set of QSL cards (18 total) that were issued from operations from this island.

FS, FRENCH ST. MARTIN. Craig, AH8DX, will be active as FS/AH8DX in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via AH8DX.

HF0, SOUTH SHETLAND. Voytek, HF0QF, is currently active from Poland's Henryk Arctowski base station at Rakusa Point, King George Island until December. Activity will be on all bands (80-10 meters) CW/SSB. He was spotted on 40 meters SSB (7056 kHz) and 80 meters CW (3513 kHz) this week. Wanda, SP7IWA, handles his QSL cards. She is having them printed, so please be patient.

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

J43, GREECE. In the upcoming CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February 14-15th), look for SV1CIB, SV3FUO and SV3BSF to operate from SV3BSF's shack in a Multi-Single HP category with the callsign J43BSF. QSL via SV1CIB.

J6, ST.LUCIA (Update to OPDX.636). Scott, N9AG/J68AS, a member of the J6DX team expected to be here between February 11-25th for contesting and vacation, announced they have plans for a big effort on 160 meters. They will have an Inverted-L antenna, about 65 feet tall, on the side of the hill and a KW. The antenna will have a favorable path to the north and through the west to the southeast, but they are blocked by a hill toward Europe. They will be active on 160m beginning about February 14th, Scott suspects.

JW, SVALBARD. Rag, LA5HE, will once again be active as JW5HE from February 12-18th. There will be an emphasis on the low bands and CW. QSL via his home callsign.

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLAND. Rick, K6VVA, informs OPDX that he will be active as KP2CW in the ARRL CW DX Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via K6VVA. Rick will be there between February 18-24th. He tells OPDX that his activity outside of the contest will be on Thursday (2/18) and some on Friday (2/19) - All Bands as they are opening, but also doing setup/testing. He will also be active primarily on CW. The NCCC Co-Founder Rick, K6VVA, emerges from DX/Contest Mothballs after 25+ years and hopes to QSO many old friends!

LZ35, BULGARIA. Gosho, LZ1ZF, will be using the special callsign LZ35ZF to celebrate his 35th anniversary of being active on the Amateur Radio bands. The special callsign LZ35ZF will be available until December 31, 2004, on all bands and modes. QSL to LZ1ZF via the Bureau.

MOST WANTED DXCC LIST FOR SATELLITE! Scott, NX7U, reports, "Now that AMSAT-OSCAR 40 has been operational for some time, there are more and more individuals and DXpeditions expressing an interest in including a satellite station in their plans. It would seem to be a good time to compile a current 'Most Wanted' DX list for satellite. Please submit to me nx7u@arrl.net a list of DXCC entities CONFIRMED...any satellite, anytime. A simple text file with a single column of prefix or name will be fine. Hopefully this won't be a burden on paper-loggers. Please remember to include your own call. Remember--the more responses received, the more accurate and useful the information will be. I will compile the responses and post them on a Web page (URL to be announced). Please pass this information along to any Satellite DXer who may not get this directly. Thanks for your participation!"

P4, ARUBA. Andy, AE6Y, will be active as P40Y from February 15-22nd. His activity will include an entry in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd). Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-10 meters including the WARC bands. However, his activity before the contest will be limited because Andy told OPDX that he has a lot of station maintenance to do. QSL via AE6Y.

PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. Operators Martin/NW0L, Tom/AE9B, Geoff/W0CG, Jeff/K8ND and Jerry/WB9Z will activate the PJ2T contest station on Curacao during the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th) as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via N9AG.

PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Bil/W8EB and his wife Dorothy/W8DVC will be on the island from February 15th through March 21st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Bil's callsign will be PJ7/W8EB. His activity will include a Single-Op/All Band entry in the ARRL DX CW Contest as PJ7/W8EB and a Multi-Op/High Power entry (with K8RLM) in the ARRL DX Phone Contest as PJ7B. QSL both contests via W8EB. His equipment: FT-100D, Averatec Laptop, Ameritron 811H amplifier, WriteLog and DX4WIN software, Cushcraft R-7000 vertical for 10 thru 40, long wire for 80 and 160.

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

SFDXA AND MIAMI TROPICAL HAMBOREE. The South Florida DX Association (FDXA) is pleased to announce that the Speaker for DX Forum, at the Tropical Hamboree on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM, February 7th, will be Bob Schenck, N2OO. Bob has been to many terrific DX locations, so it is hard to name them all. He will give a presentation on the recent BQ9P Pratas Island DXpedition. Bob and the group were on Pratus this past October and after that highly successful operation, he continued on to Borneo as 9M6OO. Visit his Web sites to read more about his travels at: http://www.qsl.net/n2oo/, Pratas Island BQ9P: http://www.qsl.net/n2oo/history/bq9p.htm, and Borneo 9M6OO: http://www.qsl.net/n2oo/history/9m6oo.htm For more SFDXA and Miami Hamboree information, please visit The South Florida DX Association Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/k4fk/ Tropical Hamboree (February 7-8th) at: http://www.hamboree.org

SX1, GREECE. Kostas, SV1DPI, will be using the special callsign, SX1A, to operate in contests until June 2004. He was active this past weekend in the BARTG Contest and is expected to be in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest as a Single-Op/All Band/Low Power entry. He will also be in the ARRL International CW and SSB Contesto with the same callsign, SX1A, as a Single-Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL SX1A via SV1DPI.

VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS. Operators Gyuri (George)/HA5JI, Gyuri (Geo)/ VE3NZ and Lali/VE3NE will be active from Caicos Islands (NA-002) for a few more days as VP5/homecall (until January 29th). The trio was active over the past weekend as VP5JI during the CQ 160 CW Contest. All QSL cards are via HA8FW either via the Hungarian Bureau or direct to his address at QRZ.COM. His E-mail address is: ha8fw@freemail.hu QSL cards will be ready after the 1st of April.

YI, IRAQ (Update). Dwayne, KE4RVT, is now active with the callsign YI9RVT. He was heard on 20 meters CW (QRP) this past weekend. Remember, he will be operating CW/SSB QRO/QRP on 40-10 meters. He will be in Iraq for 12-18 months and will be operating during his downtime from work. Dwayne states a standard QSL will be available or an E-QSL.

YO DX HF 2003 CONTEST SCORES (ed. And I do not mean YAO!). Ciprian, N2YO, reports that the 2003 YO DX HF Contest scores are now available on the Romanian Amateur Radio Federation Web site at: http://www.hamradio.ro The final results can be directly accessed here: http://www.hamradio.ro/contests/yodxhf2003/ Ciprian states, "Congratulations to the winners" and many thanks to all contesters and their check logs. Printed awards will be sent via post mail.

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