Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 242, February 12, 1996
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 242
February 12, 1996
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
Online at 216-237-8208 14400/9600/2400/1200/300 8/N/1
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, ARRL Letter, K1KI, WA4JQS,
KK6H, K9EC/4, WL7MY, WE9V, DF4RD, DJ5JH, I1HYW, PS7AB and G4BUE & DX
News Sheet for the following DX information.
4K2, FRANZ JOSEF LAND The DX News Sheet reports Sergey, R1FJZ, is often
active on 3503 kHz and on 160 meters between 1100-1200z. He has worked
170 EU and JA stations on 160 meters but only VE1ZZ and KL7RA in North
America. Stateside reports from the Ohio/Penn Network also show his
activity on 7003 kHz between 1230 and 1330z and on 14243 kHz at 0915z.
Sergey will be going QRT in August and the Russian government may be
discontinuing their Arctic bases making further activity rare.
BRAZILIAN NEWS Rony, PS7AB, reports to look out for the following stations
and islands that will be active:
- Imbituba Lighthouse (DFB SC-09) - Look for ZW5IZ from February 15-25th.
Activity will be on SSB/CW with operations on 80-10 meters.
QSL via PP5VB: PO Box 13, Imbituba/SC, 88780-000, Brasil.
- Trindade Island (IOTA SA-010, DIB-02, DFB OC-04) - There will be
activity from PY0TI between February-May. Activity will be
on SSB/CW with operations 80-10 meters. QSL via PY1UP:
Rua Alfredo Becker 536, Bloco 5, apt 1101, Sao Goncalo/RJ,
- Grande Santa Izabel Island (IOTA SA-025, DIB-19). Be looking for ZW8P
February 16-20th on SSB/CW. Operations on 80-10 meters. QSL
via PS8DX: Av. Dom Severino 846, Teresina/PI, 64049-380,
BV9P QSL CARD UPDATE Steve, KU9C, has just heard from Wayne, W4MPY, that
261 pounds of QSL cards for BV9P left his QTH on Thursday, and Steve should
be receiving them soon. He plans to have all QSL card requests that do not
require serious log searching out by February 29th with the help of Ralph,
K2PF. The card that everyone will be receiving is a beautiful folding card
with several pictures of the May/June 1995 DXpedition crew and the island
itself. The back side gives a lot of details on the BV9P operation. For
those of you who can't wait to see the card, Wayne, W4MPY has offered to
provide a scan of the picture side of the QSL card on his home page:
This card will be used to confirm QSOs from all three BV9P operations to
FS, SAINT MARTIN Paul, WX9E, will be active from the QTH of FS5PL
beginning on February 12th. He will be using FS/WX9E except during the
ARRL DX CW Contest. Mike, N0BSH, and Chad, WE9V, will join Paul and be
active from February 22nd to March 6th and sign FS/N0BSH and FS/WE9V.
The group will be active on CW/SSB on all bands 10-160 meters including
WARC bands. Chad will also make a special effort to activate FS on RTTY.
The group will be active for the CQWW 160 SSB contest for a Multi-Op
effort. The group will also operate in the Multi-Two category for the
ARRL DX SSB Contest. All contest efforts from FS will use the call FS5PL
or a special call not yet known. QSL FS/homecall via the homecall using
the new CBA. QSL FS5PL (or special contest call) via WX9E, for both
the CQWW DX 160 SSB and ARRL DX 1996 contests "ONLY".
HS, THAILAND The DXNS reports John, HS0ZAA, has written the rules for
HS stations to operate on 80 and 160 meters and submitted them to the
NEW PREFIXES FOR NEW UK HAMS The ARRL Letter reports that new M-prefix
call signs will start showing up on the bands this spring. The United
Kingdom is running out of the familiar G-series call signs the
government has issued since the 1920s for most UK stations.
The Radiocommunications Agency will begin issuing the M-series calls
starting April 1 to all new full licenses (both Class A and B). The first
call sign, M0AAA, has already been awarded to the Reading and District
Amateur Radio Club (on behalf of the Reading Novices Amateur Aerial
Association). RADARC reports it will use the club-station version of the
call, MX0AAA, beginning April 1 and offer a special QSL card to mark the
RADARC says the UK's Radiocommunications Agency will follow the same
prefix pattern it's used for the G-series calls over the years:
MW stations will be in Wales, MM will be Scotland, MI for Northern
Ireland, etc. Existing G stations are not affected by the move to the
new call sign block.
NL7, BARREN ISLANDS (New IOTA) Richard/N6IV/KL7, John/NL7TB and others
will again attempt to activate these new islands for the "US Islands
Award Program" and the "Islands On The Air Program". Their main goal
will be to totally concentrate on Ushagat Island, the largest of the
seven island groups. The team will depart from Homer, Alaska, and plans
to be active on the July 5-8th. Operations will be mainly on 14260 khz,
but the team will be using a vertical which can be used on 40 meters
also. Weather will play a major factor in this operation, but the team
has made provisions to "wait out the WX" for several days if needed.
QSL NL7TB direct only to the 1996 callbook. ADDED NOTE: Time and weather
permitting, the team plans to activate islands for the "Canadian Islands
Awards Program" on the return trip. VY1ISL may be used in the Yukon.
QSL MANAGER'S ADDRESS CHANGE Mike, K9EC, QSL Manager for VS6WO has
recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta. He wants to inform OPDX readers
that his callbook address is no longer valid. All QSL requests for
VS6WO should go to: Michael Zeug K9EC, 3850 Sugar Pike Rd, Canton,
GA 30115. QSLs via K9EC at the 9th call area bureau are OK. Please do
NOT send cards directly to VS6WO at the Hong Kong bureau! It takes a
year or more from the time those cards get to the Hong Kong bureau
before they make it back to Mike! Mike would also ask all DXers waiting
for VS6WO QSLs from the 1995 CQWW Contests to please be patient. He is
expecting to receive the logs for those contests very soon and QSL cards
will be sent out as soon as possible after he receives the logs.
V4, NEVIS Mike, N0BSH, will be active from here from February 14-21st,
which will include an all band entry in the ARRL DX CW contest. He has
applied for the callsign V47NZ. His activity will be CW (mostly) and SSB
on 10-160 meters including WARC bands. QSL via N0BSH: Michael Tessmer,
1702 1/2 Loomis Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54603
VK6, LACEPEDE ISLAND (NEW IOTA) Malcom, VK6LC, will be active sometime
in May. This island is located in the Western Australia State (Northwest
Coast) East group. These islands are very remote and will take up to 6
hours to navigate through 4000 kms of dangerous tracks. This expedition
will cost $5000 (US) in which Malcom will bear most of the cost. The
Diamond DX Club is trying to help raise $1000 (US) in donations to help
pay for this DXpedition. Contributions can be sent to the Diamond DX Club,
c/o I1HYW, Gianni Varetto, P.O. Box 1, 10060 Pancalieri, (Torino), Italy.
VK0, HEARD ISLAND Tony Deprato, WA4JQS/VP8BZL, and founder of the South
Sandwich Island Antarctic DX Group (SSIDXG), has informed the DX community
that with the reactivation of the KK6EK and ON6TT Heard Island DX group's
plans to go to Heard Island, SSIDXG has decided to step aside. SSIDXG had
planned to land on Heard Island this year for a three week operation.
Tony stated their landing date was set for December 2, 1996. SSIDXG had
transportation worked out for their operation along with shipping
arrangements for all their equipment and gear to the shipping company.
SSIDXG cited the following reasons for stepping aside:
OPDX feels Tony Deprato and the SSIDXG should be commended for their
great sportsmen attitude in this decision. OPDX will be looking forward
to and supporting any SSIDXG DXpedition in the future.
- A MAJOR SPLIT would come about in the DX world as DXERs would
have to make a decision as to which group to support.
- That the other Heard Island group left their gear in VK-LAND and
would either have to have it returned at an additional expense to
their group. This would not be fair to anyone or group.
- Since a joint effort had been refused the DX WORLD could not
afford to support money wisely to two "HIGHLY EXPENSIVE DXPEDITIONS
TO THE SAME ISLAND."
VK0WH JANUARY LOG UPDATE Jim, VK9NS, reports that he has received the
log for January from Warren and he was very inactive for almost two weeks
during the month. Warren is currently back on, but he prefers CW due to
his receiver set up - he has lots of noise (man made) and finds SSB hard
work. Check 7009 kHz around 1020z. All VK0WH QSL cards received to date
have been replied to. There are a couple of "slim slots" effecting the
W8 call area. No other reports will be made available until Jim gets
back from Tonga on March 21st.
XX9, MACAO Mine, JE1CTM, is planning a short trip here and hopes to
be active from Taipa Island. More details will be published in the
ZA PIRATE Wolff, DJ5JH, reports the call sign of his XYL, DJ8UY, has
been used by somebody in July, 1995, and QSLs for DJ8UY/ZA have began
showing up. Most are marked "via DJ8QP". Wolff states, "Do not waste
your QSL for this one."
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