Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 657
April 19, 2004

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 657
BID: $OPDX.657
April 19, 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, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3UR The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4ES, N4GN, K8YSE, K9QVB, 9M2/G3TMA, DL/VE3ZIK & www.contesting.info, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL7AFS, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, M5AAV, MM0DFV, PA2R, PA4JJ, SP2FAP, T93Y, TA3J, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY, VK4AAR and ZL2AGY for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 11th/April, through Sunday, 18th/April there were 225 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, 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, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T33, 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, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS, ZS8

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

3B9, RODRIGUES ISLAND. The 3B9C operation went QRT on April 12th with a little over 153,000 QSOs.

5N, NIGERIA. Vlado, ZS6MG, is expected to be active this week as 5N0DKV/6. He is here on a business trip between April 20-30th, so activity will be limited due to his work schedule. It is suggested to look for him after 1600z possibly on the HF bands or 6 meters.

7Q, MALAWI (Update/Reminder). By the time you read this, the UK Malawi DXpedition should have started. As this was being typed Sunday morning (1530z), the UK team was not active. The callsign to be used by the UK Malawi DXpedition between April 18th and May 1st will be 7Q7MM. For more details, please refer to OPDX.650 and OPDX.655, or visit the UK Malawi DXpedition Web page at: http://www.malawi.digital-crocus.com QSL via G3LQP direct (Roger Brown, 262 Fir Tree Road, Epsom KT17 3NL, England) or via the bureau.

8Q, MALDIVES. Pierre, HB9QQ, is now active as 8Q7QQ from Velighoo (North Atoll) until April 27th. He has been hitting the WARC bands (30/17/12m) a lot. QSL via his home callsign.

9M2 & V8, WEST MALAYSIA AND BRUNEI (Borneo IOTAs). Ian, 9M2/G3TMA, informed OPDX that Derek/G3KHZ, Maurizio/IZ1CRR and he will activate a couple of Borneo IOTAs during the next couple of weeks. Look for the following:

QSL both activity via G3KHZ.

AM6/AN6/ED6, SPAIN (Attention Prefix Hunters!). Julio/EA3AIR, Wolf/OE2VEL and Juan/EA5BM will activate the EA6IB station during the CQ WPX CW Contest as a Multi-Single entry. The prefix of the station will be AM6, AN6 or ED6IB (probably this last one) during the contest. QSL via EA6IB's CBA address.

DXCC NEWS. Jan, PA4JJ, announced this past week that he received an E-mail from Bill Moore, NC1L, that the C56JJ DXpedition is approved for DXCC.

ELECTED OFFICIALS FOR 2004-2005. The following were re-elected for another term of office as Northern Ohio DX Association officials:

EW, BELARUS. Andrei NP3D, will be visiting his homeland from April 17-27th, to see his parents and friends. He will be active from there using his home callsign EW1AR on all modes and bands. Also, look for him to be active in the SP DX RTTY Contest as Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via W3HNK.

FRENCH NEWS AND ACTIVITY. There seems to be plenty of French special events and activities (some for D-Day) in the coming weeks and months. Look for the following to take place:

GB0, SCOTLAND (Special Activity). Members of the West of Scotland ARS and Scottish HAM Portal team will be active as GB0SHP to present the new "Scottish HAM Portal" on the air. The station's QTH: Hardgate, Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire; QRA Locator IO75TW and WAB NS47. The dates of their activity: April 19-25th (2004). Pertinent equipment available to their station: Transceiver Kenwood TS-940S, Amplifier SB-220. The antennas are: Cushcraft X7, Delta Loop 80 m, Delta Loop 40 m, and a number of portable antennas. Contacts will be carried out on all HF bands, CW, SSB and Digital Modes. A special QSL card will be issued. Any operator is welcome to the club's shack to operate as GB0SHP. Further information will be presented on the Scottish HAM Portal Web page at: http://www.scotham.net The Web page has info on: Scottish Islands, DX News, IOTA, Scottish & DX Awards, Equipment, Antennas, DX Forums, HAM Calendar, Pictures, DX Georaphy, Contests, DX Stories etc.... QSL cards for contacts with GB0SHP should be sent via RSGB QSL Bureau or direct to: P.O. Box 7469, Glasgow, G42 OYD, Scotland, U.K.

INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY (IMD). This annual event day will take place April 24th to celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi (April 25, 1874). The Cornish Radio Amateur Club (G4CRC) organizes this event each year and will be active as GB4IMD. Also, look for other special event stations to be active from historical Marconi sites during IMD. For more details on IMD as well as awards and a listing of participating station in this year's event, please visit the Web page at: http://www.gb4imd.co.uk/index.htm. Also, visit the Cornish Radio Amateur Club's Web page at: http://www.cornishradioamateurclub.org.uk.

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

JT4/JU4/JV4, MONGOLIA (Attention Prefix Hunters). Look for the following three special event stations to be active until May 15th to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Dornod Radio Club (JT2KAA) (the second amateur radio club in Mongolia). Stations active will be JU45D and JV45D (from Ulaanbaatar), and JT45D (from Choibalsan, Eastern Mongolia). QSL via JT2AN: P.O.Box 94, Dornod, Mongolia.

JW, SVALBARD. Manuel, CT1BWW/OK8BWW, and possibly others (according to the following Web pages) will be active as JW/CT1BWW form June 7-14th. There will be three stations active on 160-6 meters on CW/SSB/RTTY/ PSK31/SSTV. QSL via CT1BWW. For more details, visit the following Web pages at: http://www.geocities.com/ok8bww/ and http://www.ct1bww.4t.com.

NEW BOOK ("Ham Radio for Dummies" by Ward, N0AX). Details from a press release: "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Every new ham has the 'What do I do now?' feeling after passing the exam. Similarly, how can a prospective ham find out about the great things ham radio has to offer and how to participate? Addressing these issues is why I wrote 'Ham Radio for Dummies', available on April 12th. The book is designed to make ham radio easier to understand whether you have a license or not. (Its ISBN number is 0-7645-5987-7.) There are 384 pages of explanations, tables, graphics, photos, and links to on-line resources. It can be read from cover to cover or used as a 'get in, get out' desk reference. My goal was to produce the book I wish I'd had when I was just starting out - a Desktop Elmer, so to speak. If you're interested, just enter the title into a Web search engine and find your favorite bookseller. The Wiley site has a sample chapter to browse, as well as a Bonus Content link to a detailed guide to operating a radio that would be a good review for many hams. I hope the book will help us attract more people to ham radio and also help those that have passed the exam stay active in the hobby..... 73, Ward, N0AX"

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

T33C BANABA DXPEDITION. The T33C team arrived safely back on Tarawa on April 17th after a successful eleven day operation from Banaba Island. The complete log of 75,000 QSOs will be available to view on-line by April 18th. Direct QSL requests should go to F5CWU. The T33C team encourages all bureau QSL requests to be submitted by the O(nline) Q(sl) R(equest) system. OQRS information is available on the expedition Web site at: http://www.dx-pedition.de/banaba2004/. They would like to thank their sponsors for financial support and loan of equipment. The DXpedition team is also grateful to the people of Banaba, The Banaba Council of Elders, The Banaba Council, and amateur radio operators throughout the world. An expedition video will be available in the future as well as articles in many amateur radio publications.

WERE YOU ACTIVE APRIL 18TH? Just a reminder! If you were active April 18th, you can apply for the "World Amateur Radio Day 2004 Award". The WARD 2004 Award is designed to commemorate the "World Amateur Radio Day" celebrated by IARU on April 18th each year. The Award is issued by the MK QTC, Polish Amateur Radio Journal, with support of PZK (The Polish Amateur Radio Union). The WARD 2004 will be granted for at least the following numbers of contacts: either 10 QSOs on HF bands, or 5 QSOs on VHF+ bands. All contacts must be made between 0000 and 2400z on April 18, 2004. Send a standard application form (log extract), including the list of QSOs, to: Redakcja MK QTC, ul. Wielmozy 5b, 82-337 Suchacz-Zamek, Poland (on or before May 31, 2004). The price of the WARD 2004 Award is 10 IRCs or 5.00 USD or 5.00 EURO. It is a full color award, size: 210 x 297 mm. The WARD 2004 Award is also available to SWLs for the same numbers of reports.

WP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Bill/N4ES and Rich/N4ESS will be active as WP2Z during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Multi/One entry. QSL via KU9C. The two operators will be active from May 26th to June 1st. Outside of the contest, they will be active mostly evenings and early morning hours on CW with some SSB. They will set up on 160-10 meters, but depending on propagation their activity will primarily be 40 meter CW.

YA, AFGHANISTAN. Johnny, YA8G (LA5IIA), continues to be very active on various bands, usually after 1130z for about an hour and again at 0030z for a few hours. Word on the "TOPBAND Reflector" is that YA8G is on almost every day at 0030z on 1815 kHz listen up 2 kHz. QSL via LA4YW. The online logs are updated 2-3 times per week at: http://www.qsl.net/la8g/YA8G.htm

ZM6, NEW ZEALAND. Tony, ZL2AGY, informs OPDX that various club members from the ZL6CL Wairarapa Branch (46) of the NZART will operate the callsign ZM6CL until the end of May from their home stations. The CW operation will be done by Tony, ZL2AGY, and the other members may operate SSB from time to time. The use of the ZM6 prefix is to celebrate their town of Masterton's 150th anniversary. QSL via the NZART QSL Bureau or direct to: Box 860 Masterton, New Zealand (This will require a SASE with one IRC or two USD to cover the postage cost. Any cards received direct but without this will be QSLed via the bureau).

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