Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 646
February 2, 2004

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 646
BID: $OPDX.646
February 2, 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, AI2Q, K2PF, W2NDP, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4SV, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5UE, KI6T, W6SJ, K7BV, K7RE, K7YMA, K8YSE, WE9V, CE6TBN, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DK7PE, DL7AFS, DU9/N0NM, EA7FTR, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, G3OAG, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, OZ8ABE, PY8AZT, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY and ZP6CW for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th/January, through Sunday, 1st/February there were 223 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, 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, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, 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, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, 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, 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).

4S7, SRI LANKA. "OOPPSS! It is my fault!", states Rudi, DK7PE. Members from Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club(LARC) will be here from February 3-8th (not March as first announced). So, look for the team to be active this week on 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 antenna's 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).

7Q, MALAWI (Update to OPDX.644). Steve, G4EDG, has joined the team of operators going to Malawi to be active between April 18th and May 1st.

9M2 & 9M6, EAST AND WEST MALAYSIA. Rich, PA0RRS, will be active as 9M2/homecall, from Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia, February 6-9th. He will then be active as 9M6/homecall from Keningau, East Malaysia, February 9-20th. Rich will also activate a West Malaysia IOTA between February 20th and March 2nd. Look for him to sign 9M2/homecall from Penang Island (AS-015). QSL via his home callsign, direct or via the bureau.

9Y, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO. Chad, WE9V, will be active as 9Y4/WE9V from Tobago Island (SA-009) from February 29th to March 10th. He plans on operating on all HF bands on CW, SSB and RTTY. He will participate as Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry in the ARRL DX SSB Contest using the station's call, 9Y4ZC. QSL 9Y4/WE9V and 9Y4ZC (ONLY ARRL DX SSB Contest 2004) to WE9V.

C6, BAHAMAS. Ivars, KC4PX, will again be active as C6APX in the Bahamas (FL15, IOTA NA-001). Activity will consist of 40, 20, 17, 15 and 6 meters from February 7-13th. QSL via his home callsign.

C6, BAHAMAS. Randy, W6SJ, will be active as C6AWS in the ARRL CW DX Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All Band/Low Power entry. Between February 17-21st he will operate as C6A/W6SJ, with an emphasis on the WARC Bands. He will be active primarily on CW. QSL via his home callsign.

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators Brian/K7RE, Bob/N4BP, Kevin/K4PG and possibly other stateside hams will be journeying to Freeport in the Bahamas to do about a 6 day operation prior to, and including the ARRL International DX CW Contest in mid-February. They will arrive and be setting up on Tuesday, February 17th, and will probably be on the air that late afternoon up until the contest begins, the weekend of February 21st. Brian, K7RE, will sign C6ALK and plans to operate as much 30 meters CW as possible before the contest. When 30m isn't open, he will be on the highest WARC band that is open and not being used by one of the other 2 stations in their shack. Look for Bob, N4BP, to sign C6AKQ and be active on RTTY on the WARC bands, and the regular bands if he runs out of QSOs on the WARC segments. He will also do some WARC band CW. Kevin, K4PG, will be signing C6APG and will not be at the site very long, but he should be an easy catch on 10 meters during the contest, possibly he will be doing some CW prior to the contest on the WARC bands. PLEASE NOTE: Preference will be given to stations OUTSIDE the U.S. mainland PRIOR to the contest, as they wish to work ONLY U.S. stations during the contest itself. During the contest, they plan to operate in the following categories:

They will be running the maximum allowable power in the Bahamas that is allowed for the most part in the contest, but will play with QRP before the contest if conditions allow. Radios will include the Elecraft K-2. QSL direct or via Bureau to their home callsign, BUT PLEASE PLEASE send an SASE or equivalent. Their home addresses are current on the QRZ.COM Web site, as well as their C6A callsigns.

DU9, PHILIPPINES. Jon, DU9/N0NM, from Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines, reports that he is on regularly on 160 meters once again. Look for him to show up on 1828.3 during the U.S. East Coast sunrise and his own sunrise. He states the noise is still high and has worked many EU dupes. QSL via W4DR.

DXCC NEWS..............

FM, MARTINIQUE. Look for Jacques, F5TRC, to be active as FM/F5TRC from the Martinique main island (IOTA NA-107, DIFO FM-001), until March 5th. This will be a vacation style operation, and his activity will be CW only on 40-10 meters. QSL via the French REF Bureau. For direct QSLs, please send a SAE with 1 IRC or 2 USD.

FM, MARTINIQUE. Fabrice, F5FUA, will be active as FM/F5FUA/p from Sainte Marie, Martinique, (IOTA NA-107, DIFO FM-001) from February 3-24th. His daily scheduled operation is as follows: 1100-1300z and 2200-2400z. His activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters (no modes provided), using an IC-706 MKIIG and a Double Dipole Multipbande Diamond W-8010. QSL via the French REF Bureau (preferred).

FO, CLIPPERTON ISLAND. Dave, K4SV, informs: "A DXpedition to Clipperton Island will take place on or about March 8th, 2004. A multi-national team of experienced operators will leave San Diego, California aboard a ship bound for Clipperton Island and will be operational for 8 to 10 days. A WEB site and callsign will be announced just prior to leaving for Clipperton. Clipperton Ranks high on the most wanted DX lists worldwide. Activity will be on all bands 10-160 meters on CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and also AO-40 (CW and SSB) using five stations with amplifiers and beam/ vertical antennas. ICOM America has agreed to sponsor the DXpedition and will be providing transceivers. Donations from DX clubs and individuals for the DXpedition would be welcome to help cover costs." The team is led by Dave Anderson, K4SV, and the group consists of an International team of operators from several countries. Operators are: Dave Anderson, K4SV; Neil King, VA7DX; Gerard Jobcot, F2JD; Bob Grimmick, N6OX; Arnie Shatz, N6HC (team doctor) and Hiro Miyake, JF1OCQ (Several more checking on availability). For more information or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Dave at his E-mail address at: K4SV2@Charter.net. QSL via K4YL.

HI3, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Nunez, HI3NR, is expected to be active in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 28-29th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via KB2MS.

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

J6, ST. LUCIA (Update/Reminder). Gary, KI6T, will be with the J6DX group operating from St. Lucia for the ARRL CW Contest. Outside of contest, Gary will operate J68GS. Gary likes the WARC bands. He will be here between February 11-25th. QSL via KI6T.

J73, DOMINICA. Look for Lars, SM0CCM, to be active as J73CCM between February 5th and March 4th. Activity will be on 160-6 meter CW with some RTTY and PSK. QSL via his home callsign, preferably through the bureau. For direct cards, please include 2 USD or 1 IRC.

L20, ARGENTINA. Look for L20H to be active in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February 14-15th). This will be a new prefix to be on the air for the RTTY mode. QSL via EA7FTR.


MU2, GUERNSEY. Rich, M5RIC, will be active as MU2Z during the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. He will be active before and after the contest as MU5RIC/p. QSL via M5RIC.

NP2/WP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLAND. Tony, N2TK, will be at St. Croix from February 25th to March 10th. He will be active as WP2Z during the CQ WW 160M SSB Contest and the ARRL SSB Contest. QSL via KU9C. Before and after the contests, Tony will be using N2TK/NP2. QSL via N2TK.

OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Operators Raimo/OH3BHL, Perti/OH7WW and Juha/OH9MM will be active as OH0I during the CQ/RJ WW RTTY WPX Contest (February 7-8th) as Multi-Single entry. QSL via OH3BHL.

OX2, GREENLAND (Special Event). Look for Allan, OX3KV (OZ8A), to use the special callsign OX2KAN during the rest of the year to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Kangaatsiaq municipality. Activity will be on all HF bands (mainly CW). Allan is only using a G5RV antenna right now, but once the snow is gone, he'll put up some more antennas. OX2KAN will also be active from NA-134. QSL via the OZ Bureau or direct to: BOX 551, 3955 Kangaatsiaq, Greenland.

P4, ARUBA. Operators Paolo/I2UIY and Jacobo/P43P will be active as P40G in the CQ/RJ WW RTTY WPX Contest (February 14-15th) as a Multi-?? entry. Also, look for Paolo to be active as P40G in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/?? entry. QSL both operations via I2EOW (bureau or direct).

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

SJ9, SWEDEN. Operators Markus/SM4XIH, Charlie/SM4RGD and possibly others will activate the "Borderstation between Sweden and Norway" from Morokulien as SJ9WL in the CQ/RJ WW RTTY WPX Contest (February 14-15th) as a Multi-Op/ Single entry. QSL via SM5DJZ.

TI8, COSTA RICA. Operators Carlos/TI2KAC, Eddie/K4UN, Robert/W4BD, William/K4WPM, Van/N5VI and Robert/NA4BW will be active as TI8M in the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via TI2KAC, direct or via the Bureau. Look for activity before the contest on 160-10 meters.

VK9L & VK9NB, LORD HOWE AND NORFOLK ISLANDS. Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG will be active as VK9LB from February 16-27th. They inform OPDX that they currently have a problem with transportation to Lord Howe Island as they are limited to only 14 KG per person. This means that they will have to leave some antennas and equipment at Brisbane. They state, "Of course to charter a private flight is a possibility. That is, however, too expensive for us." Activity will be on 80-6 meters on SSB, RTTY and PSK. Starting on March 1st, they will be active for 2 weeks as VK9NB from Norfolk Island. They hope their activity will be without restrictions from there. All QSLs are via DL7AFS. For more information, please visit their Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/dl7afs/

VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS. Operators David/W5AO, Connie/K5CM and Pamela/N5KW will be active as VP51V from North Caicos (NA-002) in the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as as Multi/Single entry. Look for the operators to be active outside of the contest signing VP5/homecall. QSL VP51V via Box 88, Morris, OK 74445-0088. QSL VP5/W5AO, VP5/K5CM, and VP5/N5KW via their home callsign (Call Book Addresses).

VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS. Dennis, K7BV, will travel here February 19-26th, to operate in the ARRL DX CW Contest using VP5M (approval pending). Look for VP5/K7BV to be used outside the contest with operating emphasis placed on the WARC bands and the 6/2 meter bands. Watch for updates on the following Web page: http://www.qth.com/k7bv/Turks/ VHF WSJT meteor scatter skeds can be arranged. QSL via KU9C.

VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS. Operators Elza/K4ISV and Donnie/K4CN will be active from North Caicos, February 24th through March 17th. They will be active as VP5B in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 28-29th) as a Multi/Single entry. They will also be active as VP5B in the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th) as a Multi/? entry. Callsigns before and after the contest will be VP5/K4ISV and VP5/K4CN. QSL both contest operations and activity outside of the contests via N2AU.

YV0, AVES ISLANDS. Reports indicate that the upcoming DXpedition to Aves Island is now delayed until late February or (possibly) March.

XU, CAMBODIA. Remember to look for Peter, NO2R, to be active as XU7ACY from Sihanoukville, February 2-8th. He plans to be active mainly on 160 meters and 80/40 meters. QSL via K2NJ, direct.

YI9, IRAQ. George, K7YMA, informs OPDX that he will be operating from Iraq as YI9YMA now through April 15th. He will be operating on 10, 15 and 20 meters SSB only as duties permit. QSL is via the W7 Bureau or his home callsign K7YMA. The K7YMA and YI9YMA information has been updated on QRZ, Buckmaster and the WM7D websites. George states that he will submit the log to LoTW upon his return home. He also mentions that his operation has been accredited by ARRL DXCC Desk.

YI9, IRAQ. Dwayne, KE4RVT, is currently working here and is active as YI9RVT. However, Alex, AI2Q, received and E-mail from Dwayne stating he has developed a problem with his Radio Shack 22-510 PS and blew the electrolytic capcitors. He is currently looking for a copy of the schematic and is running/operating by battery and minimal antenna. He is still waiting on antennas to arrive. There were two QSNs reported as this was being typed. Dwayne was spotted on 10107 kHz at 1953z and 28025 kHz at 1153z.

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