Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 681
October 18, 2004

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 681
BID: $OPDX.681
October 18, 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, NC1L, W1CWU, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4VUD, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4OI, W4WX, N5FG, WX5L, K8DD, K8YSE, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL6UAA, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, G3NKC, G4DYO, G0IAS, G0PSE, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, VA3RJ & ICPO, VA3YDX and YZ1SG for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th/October, through Sunday, 17th/October there were 219 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, 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, FK/C, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2M, VP5, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

3B8, MAURITIUS. Mart, DL6UAA, expects to arrive here October 20th and will be active as 3B8MM. He plans to stay until November 16th (the day before his birtday - November 17th). However, he states that the day of his return back to DL-land is not confirmed right now (possibly 1 week later). Mart also states it seems that a 160m operation will not be possible because there is not enough space at the main-QTH and "/p" activities are not allowed (at the moment).

5Z4, KENYA (IOTA Op). Miki, YT1CS, currently active as 5Z4YT1CS from Nairobi, has arranged a side trip to Lamu Island AF-040 (Coast Province North Group) from November 4-11th. He will be active on 80-10 meters SSB only, using 100W into an inverted "V" for 40/80 meters and verticals for the higher bands. The callsign to be used in this operation will be 5Z4YT1CS/M. Look for him on the usual IOTA frequencies. He will stay in Kenya until November 18th. QSL via YT1CS, by the bureau or direct.

7Q, MALAWI. Rumor has it that Les, 7Q7LA, will be back in Malawi, before the end of this month. More details are forthcoming.

9Y, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. Operators Stefan/DK1MM and Frank/DL2CC will be active as 9Y4ZC in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via DK1MM. Outside of the contest, between October 27th and November 2nd, they will sign as 9Y4/DK1MM and 9Y4/DL2CC.

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators Mike/K1EU, Joe/K1JB, Steve/K1MV and Jesse/KB1GWT will be active as C6AVV during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as Multi-Single entry. QSL via K1JB.

C6, BAHAMAS. Three members of SWODXA (Southwest Ohio DX Association) will be active as C6DX for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st). Members mentioned are Jim/K8FL, Wayne/K8LEE and Joe/W8GEX. They will be the Island of Eleuthera (NA-001) in the Bahamas. They are expected to be active there between October 26th and November 1st. The crew will be on all bands and modes PLUS 60 meters.

D4, CAPE VERDE. Alexander, 4L5A, will be active as D4B in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via K1BV. Visit the Web page: http://www.qsl.net/d44tt/

FM, MARTINIQUE. Gil, FM5FJ, will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. QSL via KU9C.

FR/G, GLORIOSO ISLAND. Another rare French DXpedition has been announced over the past week in the "La Gazette du DX" bulletin. The 2003 CDXC Europa DX team are planning a 15 day operation to Glorioso Island in May 2005. As with the Europa operation, the operators will be taken to the island by military personnel. The operators mentioned are: Didier/F5OGL, Dany/F5CW, Freddy/F5IRO, Pascal/F5PTM and possibly others. The team also plans to be an entry in the CQ WPX Contest while there. Now for the bad news. Due to international situations, this operation could be cancelled at any time. QSL via F5CQ.

GD4, ISLE OF MAN. Once again, the MD4K team plans another operation this year in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st). This year's operators include G1GEY, G3NKC, G0HSS, G4MJS, G4XUM, M0BEW, M0RHI and M5RIC. Their entry is still undecided; they may yet switch from Multi-2 to Multi-Multi this time. They welcome invites for QSYs in the contest. QSL via G3NKC, or requests through their Web page at: http://www.md4k.com

HK, COLOMBIA (Another Op Needed!). Tony, W4OI (ex-N7BG), reports that he has plans to do a Multi/2 operation this November from HK3CQ's Idyllic QTH in the mountains of Colombia, about an hour from Bogota. He is looking for another operator. They plan to only have 3 operators, Juan/HK3CQ, Tony/W4OI and one other which will allow for plenty of operating time. Anyone who is interested must be willing to bring a transceiver and/or amplifier and be willing to assist in putting up some wire antennas for 80/160m during the week before the contest. Tony states that they will commute to the station and stay in his apartment in Bogota, so living costs will be minimal. If interested, contact Tony via E-mail at: trogo@cfl.rr.com

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

J7, DOMINICA. Five members of the Florida DXPedition Group, Bill/W4WX (J75WX), Clarence/W9AAZ (J79AA), Larry/W1LR (J79LR), Cory/N1WON (J79CM) and Vance/N5VL (J79VL) will be here between October 26th and November 2nd. They will operate from the Picard Beach Resort Cottages. Look for them during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as J75J. They will be on all bands and modes prior to and after the contest. QSL J75J via their QSL Manager KR4DA and all others callsigns via the operators home callsign.

NEDXCC MEETING. Jim Tumelty, W1CWU, New England DX Century Club President, informs OPDX readers that if you are in the New England area (Beverly, Mass.) on October 25th, Eric Scace, K3NA, is scheduled to speak at their club's meeting. Eric, who recently participated in the 3B9C DXpedition in the spring, is scheduled to participate in the much anticipated 3Y0X - Peter One Island DXpedition in January. Everyone is invited to attend and bring along a friend. For further info, you can check the NEDXCC Web site at: http://www.nedxcc.org

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

T2, TUVALU. Just a reminder that Ulli, DL2AH, will be active this week from Funafuti Island (OC-015) between October 20-24th. His T2 callsign has not been announced yet. This will be a holiday style operation, but Ulli will be active on 20-10 meters SSB, RTTY and PSK31 using his FT897 and a Delta-Loop antenna. QSL via DL2AH, direct or to the DL Bureau.

TO7, FRENCH GUYANA. Members of the F6KOP of Provins ARS will once again be going on a DXpedition. The team will be active as TO7C from Salut Islands (SA-020 and DIFO FY008) between March 10-17th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters including the WARC bands on modes CW/SSB/PSK. Operators mentioned are: Frank/F4AJQ (SSB), Bernd/F9IE (CW/SSB), Dany/F5CW (CW/SSB Low Bands), Serge/F6AML (CW/SSB Low Bands), Bruno/F5AGB (CW), John/F5VHQ/ OE5TGL (SSB), Jean-Paul/F8BJI (Digimodes/SSB), Franck/F5TVG (CW/SSB/ Digimodes) and Guenther/OE3GCU (Digimodes/SSB). QSL via F9IE. The TO7C Web page is avalible at: http://to7c.free.fr

TX9, CHESTERFIELD ISLANDS. The Germans became active early October 14th as TX9. Yes, TX9 is the complete callsign. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW/SSB/RTTY and last until October 22nd. Pilot station/TX9 Web Master Bernd, DF3CB, reports there will be NO online log search until after the operation. QSL all CW QSO via DL4XS. QSL all SSB and RTTY QSOs via DL5NAM. Addresses for both QSL Manager and updated news on the DXpedition can be found on the Web page at: http://www.df3cb.com/chesterfield/

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Andrei, EW1AR, will be active as V44/EW1AR and NC2N/V44 between October 25th and November 1st from the Island of Nevis (NA-104). Activity will be on all HF bands CW, SSB and especially RTTY. QSL via W3HNK. Also, look for him during the CQ WW SSB Contest. He will be using the callsign V49A (entry QRP(A) 160m). QSL via V44NK.

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Boris, UU5SY, will be active as UU5SY/V44 between October 25th and November 1st. Activity will include the CQ WW SSB Contest as a Single-O/Single-Band (10m) entry. QSL via his home callsign KC2FVN.

V6, MICRONESIA. Look for Lanny, W5BOS, to be active as V6O from Pulap (Pollap) Island (IOTA OC-155), October 18-23rd. QSL via N6AWD.

VA4, CANADA. Rich, N0HJZ, will be operating as VA4MWA in the CQ WW DX Contest (October 30-31). Details of his entry in the contest were not provided. QSL via his home call.

VE3, CANADA (CISA Activity). Look for operators VA3YDX/p (Igor), VE3GKW (Boris) and VE3/ER1MF (Maxim) to activate several Canadian Islands for the CISA Trophy from October 22-25th. Here are the following Canadian Islands to be on the air:

        1. Manitoulin Island                    CISA: ON001
        2. Barrie Island                        CISA: ON015
        3. Great Clotche Island                 CISA: ON016
        4. Little Clotche Island                CISA: new activation
        5. Birch Island                         CISA: ON017
        6. Parry Island                         CISA: ON029
        7. Goat Island                          CISA: ON072

Their suggested (main) frequencies are: 3815, 7260, 14260 and 21260 kHz. Operations will be on the SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK modes. The team will also try to reach other islands for new activations if conditions permit. QSL via their home callsigns:

* New address!

VK2, AUSTRALIA. Travis, W5GED, will head here on December 1st and expects to be active as VK2GED for 3 weeks and will operate from VK2UW's QTH. Look for him to show up on a Pacific Island net on 14315 kHz at 0900z.

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND. The following was received from Bren, G4DYO, who was asked to forward the below message from Laurie Margolis, G3UML/VK9LA, to all bulletins, on Lord Howe Island: "We have noticed adverse comments on the cluster about some of our lowband operations, especially in the evenings EU time. We have sometimes joined nets like the I2ZGC or UR4DX operations around 7O45. The simple reason is that we are having huge problems being heard in the EU evening, and I would prefer to work 60 or 70 people on a net rather than shouting at the QRM for two hours each morning to no purpose. Sorry, but that's the way it is. We are hammering all the greyline times. 40 CW has been quite good. SSB much more difficult. Offensive Cluster comments are pointless. We have spent huge time, money and effort getting out here, and want to maximise the QSO rate. I will try to spend more time working 80 metre EU long path in the EU morning, but the contact rate is very slow, and other bands are busy then. I can hear many G's perfectly around 3799 at 0700 GMT, but they can't hear me despite power and good long path antenna. Unfortunately high band condx -- 17-12-15-1O -- are truly dreadful, at the half way point of our operation. Still trying!" 73 LAURIE, G3UML REMEMBER the VK9LA activity will end on October 23rd. QSL via Oceania Amateur Radio DX Group, Inc., P.O. Box 513, Nambour 4560, Australia.

VO2, CANADA (ZONE 2). Operators Stanely/AC8W/VA3ACW, Hank/K8DD/VE3RDD and Ian/K8MM will be active as VO2AAA from Labrador City, Labrador, during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Multi-Single, possibly a Multi-2 if they get another operator or two. QSLs for the contest callsign go to K8DD/VE3RDD.

VU4, ANDAMAN ISLANDS (Follow-Up/Update). Over the past week, it was learned that the two operators who requested everyone to write to the Indian Telecommunication Ministry to authorize an operation to Andaman Islands, are two separate efforts and that there is no competition between the two. However, there has been some letters written to Miku, VU2WAP, supporting Mrs. Bharathi, VU2RBI. These letters should be kept separate so as not to confuse the application with the minister of communications. Both are receiving plenty of support. For more details, please refer to last week's OPDX.680.

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