Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 679
October 4, 2004

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 679
BID: $OPDX.679
October 4, 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 Letter, K1JN, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, N2US, NG3K, W3HNK, W3LEO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5WP, NW7US, K8YSE, CE6TBN, CT1EEB, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL2VFR, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G0WRE, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, PA3GIO, SM2EKM, UX0FF, VA3QSL, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE1JF, VK4AAR and VK4FW for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26th/September, through Sunday, 3rd/October there were 212 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J7, JA, JD/m, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

4Z0, ISRAEL (Special Event). Look for special event station 4Z0V to be active until October 9th. Activity is taking place during the Wine Festival at Rishon Le Zion. Activity over the past week was on 40/30/20/15/12 meters CW/SSB/PSK. QSL via 4Z4KX.

5Z4, KENYA (Interesting Callsign of the Week!). Miki, YT1CS, is currently active from Nairobi and will be there until November 18th. His callsign is 5Z4YT1CS (ed. Wow! What a mouthful. Yes, it is true and there is no "/" [slatch] between the 5Z4 and YT1CS). It was reported that Miki's activity would only be SSB on 20/15/10 meters. There is a possibility he may activate some of the IOTA islands there. QSL via YT1CS (direct or by the bureau).

7W0, ALGERIA. The 7W0AD is now active until October 9th. Activity over the past weekend was very active on 30m (RTTY) and 17 (SSB/RTTY) with some 40m (CW). QSL via EA4URE.

CE0Z, JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND. Marco, CE6TBN, informs OPDX that there is now no amateur radio operator on this island. Eliazar, CE0ZIS, left the island 4 months ago and is now living near Valparaiso City in CE2-land. Marco states that he has plans to travel to CE0Z next year, but he is not sure when yet.

CN, MOROCCO (Update OPDX.678). Last week we mentioned that Jan "Jim", SM2EKM, will be active as CN2KM in the CQWW DX CW Contest. Jan now has informed OPDX that he will be there November 23rd to December 1st. QSL via SM2EKM.

FR, REUNION ISLAND. Bert, PA3GIO, informs OPDX that he will be active as FR/PA3GIO/p from Reunion Island (AF-016), October 2-11th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB only using 100 watts and Doublet (Limited activity). He was heard this past weekend on 3800, 7046, 14260, 18145, 24945 and 28495 kHz. For Bureau QSLs, PLEASE use the easy QSL request form on his Web site. (ADDED NOTE: Also for all other operations.) For direct QSLs, please use the QSL info/address on his Web site at: http://www.pa3gio.nl/FR/

HZ1AB CHANGE. For almost six decades the HZ1AB club station in Saudi Arabia has been active. Originally known as the United States Military Training Mission station and more recently known as the Dhahran Amateur Radio Club, this station is now shut down. According to "The Daily DX" and the "ARRL Letter", Club Secretary Thomas Carlsson, SM0CXU/AB5CQ, said this week that new station license requirements in Saudi Arabia made it necessary to shut down the station, and the callsign has been reissued to a Saudi national. The QSL Manager Leo Fry, K8PYD, still has the HZ1AB logs and will handle any past/late QSL requests.

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

IOTA VIDEO. A new IOTA video is available on the recent CS7T operation to the Estelas Islands. The press release states that this is a professionally produced DVD and an excellent piece of HAM radio history directed by Jose Alberto, EA1OS, with incredible footage of these most beautiful Islands. For more details, please have a look at: http://web.newsguy.com/ea12537/Intro_Videos.htm They are not looking for any sponsorship so the DVD costs only 10 Euros (shipping included). For enquires contact Jose Alberto, EA1OS, at:

                    Jose Alberto Suarez Rodriguez
                    C/ Praga 23 - Urb. Valaire
                    E15008 - A Corunna, SPAIN

JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Itokazu, JR6TYH, is now active as JR6TYH/JD1 on Marcus Island (OC-073) until December 20th. During the past week he was heard on 21260 kHz between 0600-0900z and again at 2200-0000z. He reportedly has a tribander for 10/15/20 meters. QSL via the JARL Bureau.

KH9, WAKE ISLAND. Terry/K7ASU and George/AH8H are now active as K7ASU/KH9 and KH9/AH8H until about October 23rd. Activity will be limited as the two operators will only be on during their spare time. All of the activity reported so far has been CW on 20 and 15 meters between 0700-1030z. Watch around 14018 and 21017 kHz. QSL K7ASU/KH9 via K7ASU. QSL KH9/AH8H via AH8H: George Talbot, PO Box 45, APO AP 96555-0045, USA.

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY. Operators Jim/KA3UNQ and Stan/N2US will operate as N3L from Maryland's Hooper Strait Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-378), celebrating the 125th anniversary of the first lighting. Expected operation will be on SSB, October 16th, 1400-2200z. Suggested frequencies are: 14270 and 7270 kHz (+/- QRM). QSL with a SASE to KA3UNQ.

MM0, SCOTLAND. Leo, W3LEO, will once again be active from Portpatrick in southwest Scotland from about October 10th to November 15th. His callsign will be MM0LEO. In the CQWW DX SSB Contest, he will use GM3W [the contest callsign of the Wigtownshire A.R.C.]. He will use an Icom 706 (100 watts]), an R-5 vertical [10, 12, 15, 17, 20 meters], and a 40-meter dipole [in inverted-V, semi-delta configuration]. QSL via W3LEO -- QRZ.com address w/SASE or via W3 bureau for both callsign. His activity is good for the following awards and reference numbers:

NP3, PUERTO RICO. Several members of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC) will be traveling to the NP3U "Mi Casita" contest station of Carlos, WP4U, for the upcoming CQWW DX SSB Contest, October 30-31st. Operators Bill/N1HRA, Foster/N3KCJ, Joe/K1JN, Matt/WE1H, Pat/WL7Z and Dave/W1CTN will be making the trip. Look for some limited activity prior to the contest as homecall/KP4. QSLs for NP3U are via WP4U and for individual activity will be via the individual home call.

PIRATE ALERT! Bill, VK4FW, informs OPDX that he has received a few inquiries regarding a FW8FP station being active over the past week or so. He states, "This is a pirate...... don't waste your time QSLing please."

PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. Andy, DL5CW, will be active as PJ2/DL5CW from Curacao (SA-007), November 1-15th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters on all modes. QSL via the bureau is assured.

PROPAGATION (Last Minute Forecast Updates and More!). With the CQ WW SSB Contest coming up, Tomas, NW7US (AAR0JA/AAA0WA), Propagation Editor for CQ, CQ VHF, and Popular Communications, states for those who use the CQ Magazine Propagation Column "Last Minute Forecast" to help plan your operation, you might be interested in the "live" version of that table. Tomas has a live version of the LMF at: http://hfradio.org/lastminute_propagation.html Also, the NW7US HFRadio.org Propagation Center ( http://prop.hfradio.org/ ) which features a collection of live space weather and radio propagation data, as well as commentary by NW7US, graphics, and so forth, has been updated with a new layout. The data has been "load balanced" between several pages. Specific data that is of interest:

  1. CQ Magazine "Last-Minute Forecast" table is updated daily - for those who follow Tomas's column in CQ Magazine, you will know that the "Last Minute Forecast" is used with the published propagation tables. Use the latest table for DX scheduling, etc.
  2. Optimal Working Frequencies and predicted Smoothed Sunspots and 10.7-cm Flux tables are updated on a regular basis.
  3. Discussion forum for a wide topical range - from Propagation to Shortwave Listening, NVIS, and more ( http://hfradio.org/forums/ ).
  4. All of the major data is syndicated via RSS (XML RSS version 2.0) ( http://hfradio.org/propsupport/prop.rss ).
  5. Same information, plus SWL BCL database search, DX spots, Callsign Lookup via WAP/WML ( http://wap.hfradio.org ).
  6. Propagation and Space Weather e-Alert service (as used by the troops in the Middle East Theater, pigeon racers, and DXers alike) ( http://prop.hfradio.org/ealert/ ).

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

SOUTH PACIFIC DXPEDITION. Operators Carlo/IK6CAC and Elvira/IV3FSG will activate a few Pacific Ocean islands during the months of October and November. Look for them to join the Ocean Amateur Radio DX Group (ODXG) as VK9LA and VK9LW from Lord Howe Island, October 9-23rd. See VK9L below. The Italian team will also activate New Caledonia (OC-032) as FK/IK6CAC and FK/IV3FSG from October 25th to November 4th. Activity is also planned for Loyalty Island (OC-033) and the rare Belep Island (OC-079). They will move from FK-land to Vanuatu (YJ) and be active between November 5-13th. Callsigns for YJ-land were not provided. QSL via operators' instructions.

TJ, CAMEROON. Just a reminder! Also, refer to OPDX.669. Operators DL7DF, DL7UFR, DL7KL, DL7DF, DL4WK, DK1BT and SP3DOI will be active this week as TJ3SP and TJ3FR from October 6-20th. They will have four stations active and on all modes and all bands, except on 160m and 6m (no licence). For more information, please watch the Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/dl7df/

TO7, MARTINIQUE. Laurent, F5MUX, will be here and active between October 26th to November 5th. His activity will include the CQ WW DX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry using the callsign TO7X. All stations that contact him on a minimum of 4 bands will receive a QSL DIRECT automatically. All others will be confirmed via the bureau. QSL via F5MUX.

V5, NAMIBIA. Vladimir, ZS6MG, will be active as V55V in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via ZS6MG. His Web page is at: http://zs6mg.hobby.com.mk

VE1, CANADA. Jim, VE1JF, informs OPDX that he will be running as a Multi/2 in the upcoming CQWW SSB Contest and will attempt to "make a market" (ed. that how he phrased it!) for EU/NA 10M QSOs. Look for him to be on 28450 kHz (+/- QRM) around 1300z both days. He expects to have the other rig running EU on 20m at that time and will announce this and the frequency on the air. Jim will be running his F12 7/7/7 3-stack and is hopeful at least some of the EU Big Guns can hear and work him (He will, of course, be listening carefully for others).

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Update). Bill Horner, VK4FW, President of the ODXG, informs OPDX that "All systems go. Callsigns....... VK9LA for the OMs.... VK9LW for the YLs." QSLs will be handled by the Oceania Amateur Radio Dx Group Inc, P.O. Box 513, NAMBOUR 4560, AUSTRALIA. Activity will be between October 9-23rd. Operators will be: Vicki/VK2IVK (YL), Elvira/IV3FSG (YL), Laurie/G3UML, Eric/VK4NEF, Mike/VK3SU, Carlo/IK6CAC and Bill/VK4FW. Suggested frequencies are:

YJ0, VANUATU. Trent, VK4TI, is now active as YJ0AX until October 10th. He was active during this past weekend's Oceania DX Contest. Activity will be limited. Watch 40/20/15/10 meters on CW/SSB. QSL via VK4TI: Trent Sampson, PO BOX 1647, Toowoomba QLD 4350 Australia.

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