Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 670
July 26, 2004

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 670
BID: $OPDX.670
July 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 W1AW Bulletin, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3HC, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4SV, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, 3D2AA, DJ7IK, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, JR3TVH, M3ZYZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VU3DJQ and YV5RCV for the following DX information.

** SPECIAL NOTICE BY EDITOR (by KB8NW): This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late IOTA Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the IOTA Contest participants.

Also, there will "NOT" be an OPDX bulletin for August 2nd. I know, you heard this before, but it is true this time. My wife (chief proof-reader), daughter and I will be going to Las Vegas to visit my dad and step-mother (who we haven't seen in 2 years). Besides, I can really use the break! However, PLEASE continue to send your DX info to me.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 17th/July, through Saturday, 24th/July there were 204 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H3, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, 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, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, 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, VP2M, VP5, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD8, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS

* 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).

5X, UGANDA. Jay, K4ZLE, will once again return here and be active (as time permits while there) as 5X2A from August 3-21st. Some effort will be made to operate on the lower bands this year, mostly CW. Activity is also planned for PSK31. QSL direct via K4ZLE.

A35, TONGA (Update/Change In Plans/Rotuma - Possibly Later). Aisea, 3D2AA, informs OPDX that Christian, 3D2EA, has changed his plans and is now active from Tonga instead of Rotuma. Christian was first heard active as A35EA, but now it seems he is signing A35DX. He is expected to be active until July 29th. Activity will be on 40/17 meters and mainly on 20 meters. Christian is still hoping that when he gets back from Tonga he shall reconsider his Rotuma trip. QSL via 3D2EA.

AFRICA TRIPLE HOP DXPEDITION 2004. Dave/K4SV and Neil/VA7DX return to Africa July 28th and will be active from three DX locations through August 17th. Dave and Neil will operate from Lesotho, July 29th to August 6th, Swaziland, August 7-11th and Mozambique, August 12-17th. Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and other digital modes, with operations planned for 160-10 meters; subject to daily propagation conditions, with focus on the low bands nightly. Special effort will be made to work the general portion of the bands. Equipment has been provided by ZS6WB for meteor scatter and EME operation on 2m and 6m using FSK441 and JT65. Patience will be required because neither operator has much experience in either mode. Verticals will be used on 160 to 30 meters with 4 element A4S and WARC beams at 75 feet for the higher bands. Towers, antennas, logistical support, licensing and all in-country arrangements have been handled by African DX Safaris - ZS6WPX. They suggest that anyone needing these countries get your antennas ready to go now. Last year's callsigns will be reactivated with Dave using 7P8DA, 3DA0SV and C91DA. Neil will use 7P8NK, 3DA0WC and C91NK. Information on how to QSL and online logs will be available at: http://www.k4sv.com Logs will be uploaded daily and will be updated with the date of any QSL requests received and sent. QSL Manager for the entire operation will be: Stephen K4YL, PO Box 183, Flat Rock, NC 28731-0183 USA.

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

P40, ARUBA. Ken/K6TA and Kay/K6KO will be active from here as P40TA and P40K, respectively, from November 30th to December 21st. Both operators plan to be active as P40K in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest (December 11-12th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. Also, look for P40TA in the ARRL 160m Contest. QSL both callsigns via WM6A.

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

SILENT KEY. The ARRL Web page and W1AW Bulletins report that "radio astronomer, antenna designer, cosmic explorer and author John D. Kraus, W8JK, of Delaware, Ohio, died July 18th. He was 94. While he enjoyed a worldwide reputation, Kraus is perhaps best known in Amateur Radio circles for his bi-directional wire beam antenna--often dubbed the '8JK array. Other important Kraus designs include the corner reflector and helix antennas. The Michigan native was a pioneer of radiotelescope design and the father of the 'Big Ear' radiotelescope." For more information about John, W8JK, please read ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX006 or visit the ARRL Web at: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/07/21/1?nc=1 OPDX and its readers would like to send out their deepest sympathy to John's family and friends.

T6, AFGHANISTAN. Henry, F6EAY, is currently assigned in Kabul, Afghanistan, and is active using the callsign T6RF only on PSK31. Henry states, "The propagation is not very good and the signals are weak." QSL via his manager, Jean Pierre, F6ITD.

TWLHF (The World Lighthouse Foundation). Charles, M3ZYZ, Founder and President of TWLHF, provides the following information about the TWLHF:

"This foundation was established as a result of great appreciation for lighthouses and lighthouse keepers of whom there are ever fewer in the world. All people of good will from any part of the world can become members of this foundation, independent of whether they are radio amateurs or not. TWLHF will closely cooperate with associations of similar stand, attitude and interests by assisting and honouring one another as equal partners connected amicably and by a mutual love of lighthouses. The Foundation was the idea of Kresimir, 9A7K, along with other persons from across Europe including myself Charles, 'M3ZYZ'. I have been interested in Lighthouses from an early age and to combine them along with radio also, was a dream come true. The Foundation, of course, is not mainly aimed at Radio Amateurs but also SWL's and any other person who shares in the passion for seeing Lighthouses for whatever reason. The membership fee is €5 euros or equivelent in US Dollars, GBP etc and for this the member will recieve a beautiful full colour certificate bearing their name and unique member's number. In addition to the above, their are many Medals, Diploma's and Trophies all available, but moreso, they are achievable even to the SWL or Qrp station." For more information and details about the TWLHF, please visit their Web page at: http://www.twlhf.com

XU7, CAMBODIA. Jaak, ES1FB, will once again be active as XU7ACE starting around October 15th and end November 5th. QSL via ES1FB.

YV0, AVES ISLAND. The official YV0 DXpedition announcement was finally released this past week by the RCV. The press release states:

"The Radio Club Venezolano (RCV) is celebrating the 70th anniversary and would hereby announce an expedition to Aves Island - one of the top ten most wanted DXCC entities.

Aves Island (NA-020) is located at 15 40' 33" North 63 36' 27" West (FK85eq) which is around 600 kilometres north of mainland Venezuela. The island is about 580 meters long and 150 meters wide. The highest point on the island is only about 3 meters above sea level. Aves Island was claimed by Venezuela in 1865.

On August 23, 1972, the island was declared a wildlife sanctuary. In 1978 the Venezuelan Navy established a garrison in Aves called the Simon Bolivar = Scientific-Military Base. Now a new garrison has been installed this month, and this expedition will be there at the time of its inauguration. Last DXpedition to YV0 was in 1994.

Dates: From July 28th until August 8th. (on-the-air period depends on voyage to Aves)

Operators: K4UEE, K6MYC, OH2BH, OH0XX - as invited guest operators. The host group is YV1AVO, YV1DIG, YV4BOU, YV5AMH, YV5IVB, YV5JBI, YV5KM, YV5KXE, YV5OIE and YV6BTF. Also YY5FRD will be part of the crew.

Antennas: Sigma & SVDA vertical monoband antennas for HF provided by FORCE 12, the leading edge antennas for many successful DXpeditions and contest operations. On VHF M2 2x 41 ft. boomers on 6m and a 15.7 dbd yagi for 2m will be used. Crossed yagis for UHF and VHF will be used in satellite operation.

Modes: SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK, SSTV, FM and some other digital, many modes for the 1st time from YV0.

Bands: 75cms thru 160m including WARCs and satellite.

EME: Moon bounce operation for the 1st time from YV0.

Suggested Frequencies:

* only for Novice (please do not call if you are not a Novice)

Follow up operator instructions for split range and frequencies. Plus 50103, 144080 for EME operations.

Rigs: 4x Yaesu's FT1000MP Mark-V and 2x FT847's, 2x FinnFet HF amplifiers by MA-FET among others rigs & amps, also a 1kw (8877) on 6m and 350w on 2m (EME).

Online Logs: If a good communication can be established, a query for daily uploaded logs will be on the radio club (RCV) Web page.

Logs will be on ARRL's LOTW (Log of the World) but the expedition will NOT load logs into EQSL but right QSO's on the InBox will be honored.

QSL Manager is KB6NAN 'OK' on QRZ.com, (1 IRC or 1 USD is 'OK' worldwide, SASE is 'OK' for USA). QSLs (most probably full colour folded cards) will be printed after the Dxpedition. QSLing thru bureau are 'OK'.

Sponsors: FORCE 12 (www.force12inc.com) for all HF antennas and AMSAT-YV (www.amsat-yv.org) for the satellite operation.

Pilot for Asia and Oceania: ZL2AL, America: K6GNX and Europe: OH2RF.

Anything extra sent as contribution will be gratefully welcome to cover the expenses of the DXpedition and printing the QSL cards.

Profile: 6 HF stations plus a 6m/2m EME and a satellite station for (AO7-FO29-SO50-AO51...).

Trip to the island is expected to be a 24 hours or less depending on the ship. The set-up period after arrival will be some hours in the Caribbean heat.

Such as antennas and tents, in a high heat would take its toll. And thereafter... be our guest!

The main antennas will be taken down day before the ship arrival while a modest signal may be kept on the air until 8th of August.

At the hour (00 minutes) operators will ask for only AF/AS/OC, be polite and stop calling if you are not in this areas, just wait until the next general QRZ.

At half hours (30 minutes) operators will ask for short skip stations only, it means Caribbean & North SA, again please follow the previous lines instructions.

If the ship commander would allow operations on the ship, keep your ears on 6m for some Caribbean sea grids.

As you have noticed there are real good operators in the crew, so just follow their instructions.

WEB Page: www.radioclubvenezolano.org and follow Aves link on the left menu, then choose 2004 (will be active soon).

You can enjoy some info on all the RCV's DXpeditions to Aves Island."

RSGB IOTA CONTEST ACTIVITY. The following stations are expected to be active in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th, 2004). Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers the following consolidated listing of the participants in the 2004 RSGB IOTA Contest. For a more detailed listing in HTML format, please visit the Web page at: http://www.cpcug.org/user/wfeidt/Misc/iota2004.html. To get the list in order by Entity and IOTA, see: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/iotad2004.html and http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/iotai2004.html

 Contest        DXCC       IOTA       Island         QSL
 Callsign       Entity                              Route

 5B4/GM4AFF     Cyprus     AS-004     Cyprus        M0CMK
 5B4PRC         Cyprus     AS-004     Cyprus
 7S5A           Sweden     EU-177     Stora Alo     SM4DDS
 9A/HA6PS       Croatia    EU-170     Pasman        HA6PS
 9A/HA6ZV       Croatia    EU-170     Pasman        HA6ZV
 9A/HA7JJS      Croatia    EU-170     Pasman        HA7JJS
 9A/HA8KW       Croatia    EU-136     Rab           HA8KW
 9A2004YC       Croatia    EU-110     Sveti Andrija 9A5AEI
 9A6NL          Croatia    EU-170     Pasman        HA6NL
 9A7T/p         Croatia    EU-016     Korcula       9A2EU
 9A9Z           Croatia    EU-170     Obonjan       9A1ADE
 9A0CI          Croatia    EU-110     Sveti Nicola  HA3KNA
 9A0R           Croatia    EU-136     Krk           9A9R
 9H3OE          Malta      EU-023     Malta         OE5CMN
 9H4JB          Malta      EU-023     Gozo
 AA4V           USA        NA-110     Isle of Palms
 BI5D           China      AS-141     Dongtou       BA4RD
 BI5Z           China      AS-137     Zhoushan      BD5HAG
 BW9W           Taiwan     AS-155     Peng Chia Yu  BV2KI
 CO8TW          Cuba       NA-015     Cuba          IZ8CCW
 CS7T           Portugal   EU-040     Berlenga      CT1ILT
 CT9X           Madeira    AF-014     Porto Santo   N3SL
 DB1BAC         Germany    EU-047     Wangerooge    Buro
 DD6VSF         Germany    EU-047     Norderney     Buro
 DF0TX/p        Germany    EU-057     Ruegen        Buro
 DG3XA/p        Germany    EU-057     Ruegen        Buro
 DJ7YT/p        Germany    EU-128     Fehmarn       DJ7YT
 DL4FCH/p       Germany    EU-042     Pellworm      Buro
 DL5AUA/p       Germany    EU-127     Neuwerk       DL5AUA
 DL5CX/p        Germany    EU-015     Insel Gormitz DL5CX
 DL5KVV/p       Germany    EU-015     Insel Gormitz DL5KVV
 DL0HGW/p       Germany    EU-057     Vilm          Buro
 DL0KWH/p       Germany    EU-129     Usedom        Buro
 DS2GOO/2      South Korea AS-090     Tokchok       DS2GOO
 DS5AAQ/5      South Korea AS-081     Namhae        DS5AAQ Buro
 DS5ACV/5      South Korea AS-081     Namhae        DS5ACV Buro
 DS5DNO/5      South Korea AS-081     Namhae        DS5DNO Buro
 DS5HVJ/5      South Korea AS-081     Namhae        DS5HVJ Buro
 DS0DX/2       South Korea AS-105     YoungYu       HL1XP
 E20HHK/p      Thailand    AS-125     Chang         E21EIC
 E21EIC/p      Thailand    AS-107     Si Chang      E21EIC CBA
 EA1            Spain      EU-142     Mouro         ON4ADN
 EA1ABS/p       Spain      EU-142     Deva          EA1ABS
 EA1YY/p        Spain      EU-142     Deva          EA1YY
 EA5KB/p        Spain      EU-093     Portitxol     EA5KB
 EJ2MT          Ireland    EU-121     Bere          EI6HB
 EJ4F           Ireland    EU-103     Little Saltee ON5MF
 ES1FB/0        Estonia    EU-034     Saaremaa      ES1FB
 ES2U/p         Estonia    EU-149     Rammu         ES1QV
 F6KOP/p        France     EU-064     Noirmoutier
 G5W            England    EU-005     Great Britain
 GM2T           Scotland   EU-008     Isle of Tiree GM4UYZ
 GM2Z           Scotland   EU-123     Isle of Bute  GM2Z Buro
 GM4TOQ/p       Scotland   EU-123     Isle of Bute  GM4TOQ
 GU8D           Guernsey   EU-114     Guernsey      G3LZQ
 HI3/ON4QX Dominican Republic NA-096  Hispaniola    ON4QX
 HS0EHF/p       Thailand   AS-107     Si Chang      HS0EHF CBA
 IC8M           Italy      EU-031     Licosa        IZ8EDJ
 IC8OZM         Italy      EU-031     Procida       IC8OZM
 IC8WIC         Italy      EU-031     Capri         IC8WIC
 IH9/IQ2CJ      Italy      AF-018     Pantelleria   Buro
 IK7QMJ/7       Italy      EU-091     Grande        IK7QMJ
 IM0/IZ0EJQ     Sardinia   EU-165     San Pietro    IZ0EJQ
 IQ3GO/P        Italy      EU-130     Del Campo     Buro
 J45C          Dodecanese  EU-001     Kos
 J49LH          Crete      EU-015     Crete
 JI3DST/8       Japan      AS-147     Okushiri      Buro
 JJ3NAW/8       Japan      AS-147     TBD           Buro
 JM1PXG/6       Japan      AS-047     Kita Daito    JM1PXG
 JR3TVH/8       Japan      AS-147     TBD           Buro
 K1VSJ          USA        NA-046 Martha's Vineyard K1VSJ
 K3PFW          USA        NA-140     Smith         K3PFW
 KU8E           USA        NA-085     St George     KU8E
 LU8XW        Argentina    SA-008  Tierra del Fuego WD9EWK
 LZ1KSL       Bulgaria     EU-181  Sveta Anastasiya LZ4BU
 M8C            England    EU-011     St Marys      G4DFI
 MJ0DLQ/p       Jersey     EU-099    Minquiers Reef ON4ON
 MM0CWJ         Scotland   EU-010     South Uist    WA3RHW
 N1DX           USA        NA-137     Bailey        Buro
 N2GC           USA        NA-026     Long          N2GC
 N6HR/VE7       Canada     NA-061     Kaien         N6HR
 N7YX/VE7       Canada     NA-061     Kaien         N6HR
 NC2N           USA        NA-111     Long Beach    NC2N
 OD5            Lebanon    AS-108     Ramkin        I1HJT
 OH/SM0W        Finland    EU-101     Bergrund      SM0WKA Buro
 OH9A           Finland    EU-173    Sandstrom Reef OH1NOA
 OH0R        Aland Island  EU-002     Aland         OH2TA
 OH0Z        Aland Island  EU-002     Aland         OH5DX
 OY1CT       Faroe Islands EU-018     Stroemoy      OY1CT Direct
 OZ/DL1OKB      Denmark    EU-171     Nordjylland   DL1OKB Buro
 OZ/DL2JRM/p    Denmark    EU-030     Bornholm      Buro
 PA          Netherlands   EU-038     Texel
 PA/ON7BWB/p Netherlands   EU-146     Duiveland     ON7BWB
 PB2T/p      Netherlands   EU-146 Goeree Overflakkee PB2T
 RA0FF      Russia (Asia)  AS-018     Sakhalin      N6FF
 RA0FU/p    Russia (Asia)  AS-149     Moneron       RA0FU
 RA0FW/p    Russia (Asia)  AS-149     Moneron       RA0FW
 RI0BDI     Russia (Asia)  AS-005     Dickson       RA3XR
 RI1NU      Russia (Europe)EU-147     Zelenaya Luda RN1NU
 RK0FWL/p   Russia (Asia)  AS-149     Moneron       RA0FU
 RW0MM/p    Russia (Asia)  AS-066     Russkij       Buro
 RZ0ZWA/p   Russia (Asia)  AS-095     Starichkov
 SK6M           Sweden     EU-043     Tjorn    SC6AG Buro
 SK7DX          Sweden     EU-138     Hanoe         SM7DXQ
 SM1T           Sweden     EU-020     Gotland       SM1TDE
 SM3LF          Sweden     EU-087     Alnon         Buro
 SM3S           Sweden     EU-176     Grimskar      SM3GSK
 SM0ELV/5       Sweden     EU-177     Lilla Olso    SM0ELV Buro
 SP/DL6ZFG/p    Poland     EU-132     Wolin
 SP3BJK/1       Poland     EU-132     Wolin         SP3BJK
 SP4JWR/1       Poland     EU-132     Wolin         SP4JWR
 SX8J           Greece     EU-075     Aigina        SV1BKN
 TF7/LX9EG/m    Iceland    EU-071   Vestmannyeyjar  LX1NO
 TM4Z           France     EU-065     Ouessant
 TM8N           France     EU-064     Noirmoutier   F8DVD
 UE3FWM/1   Russia (Europe)EU-133     Moshnyi
 UW0G           Ukraine    EU-179     TBA           US0ZZ
 VY2/W1MO       Canada     NA-029     Prince Edward W1MO
 W2JU           USA        NA-046 Martha's Vineyard W2JU
 W2WB           USA        NA-111     Long Beach    W2WB
 W4YO           USA        NA-110     Harbor
 WA6WPG/p       USA        NA-144     Santa Rosa    WA6WPG
 WB8YJF/4       USA        NA-067     Ocracoke      WB8YJF
 XU7POS       Cambodia     AS-133     Koh Pos
 YE1P        Indonesia     OC-237     Peucang       YB1TC
 ZL/G3SQX   New Zealand    OC-201     Waiheke       G3SQX
 ZL6QH      New Zealand    OC-036     North         ZL2AOH
 ZX7XX          Brazil     SA-046     Itamaraca
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