The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 257
June 10, 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, WA3YVN, W5IJU & Island News, AA5DX, NL7TB, K8YSE, CT1ENQ & NPDXG, DF4RD, DL7VOA, DL9GOA & DX News Letter, EI7DNB, F6ARA & LNDX, G3ZYP, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, GB2ATG & BARTG, HA0DU, HA0HW, JA1IDY, PA3BIZ, VE9AA and YV5EED for the following DX information.
3Z, POLAND. Activity by 3Z0WAW has been heard on all bands (including the WARC bands), CW and SSB at various times through out the day. This is a special event station in Poland to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the transfer of the capital city from Cracow to Warsaw by Zygmunt III Waza. Length of activity is unknown. QSL via SP5PBE.
4M5, VENEZUELA (IOTA ALERT!). A group of 16 Venezeulan operators will activate Los Roques Island, SA-35, to celebrate Venezuelan Navy Day. Operation will take place from July 18-21st. They will operate CW, SSB, RTTY, satellite, VHF packet and 6 and 2 meters. The callsign will be 4M5LR and QSLs go to WS4E.
5V, TONGO. Roy, DL7UBA, and Lars, DL7ALM, have been very active as 5V7HR and 5V7ML, respectively, and will continue to do so until June 18th. Their activity seems to be mainly CW, but some SSB operations have been reported. Activity will be on all bands including the WARC bands. QSL via the homecalls.
9H, MALTA. On a combination holiday/DXpedition, operators Frits/PA0BEA, Bill/PA3BIZ, Teun/PA0TPM, Peter/PE1NZA, Anton/PA3CRA, Eric/PA3DES, Phillip/PA3EPV, and Andre/PA0JR will be active from June 23th until July 6th, as 9H3IE, 9H3ON, 9H3TD, 9H3TE, 9H3UJ, 9H3UK, 9H3WA and 9H3WH, respectively. The eight operator team will be active on 80-2 meters and 70 cms, including satellite operation. Operations (if possible) will be around the clock on the usual DX frequencies. From 1900-2100z, the group will be on 14180 and 18140 kHz during a Dutch net. They will be operating from the town of Sliema (Grid JM75FV and IOTA EU-023). All QSLs direct via CBA or Dutch QSL bureau. QSLs can also be sent through their club PI4KGL, P.O. Box 1126, 2340 BCOEGSTGEEST, The Netherlands.
BS7, SCARBOROUGH REEF. Your editor was told in Dayton by a well-known DXer not to report on the specifics on this one. But since most of all the DX bulletins have reported that another DXpedition to Scarborough Reef could take place in October 1996 (ed. I was told later!) when the typhoon seasons ends, I figured I would join in on the fun reporting the possibility of an operation.
CANADIAN IOTA ISLANDS. John, N6JM, will be active from the following islands with a vertical on 10-80 meters: Anticosti Island NA-077 (July 1-3rd), an island from the Newfoundlands Coast Group NA-198 (July 9/10th) and La Madeleine Island NA-038 (July 20/21).
CY0AA (SABLE DXPEDITION) FINAL UPDATE. Preparations for this operation continue to proceed on time and on schedule. Mike, VE9AA, will be the first arrival on the island. The CY0AA operation should begin on June 18th. The second group (WA8JOC & W9OEH) will then begin additional activity for another 9 to 10 days on June 24th, and all 3 stations will be active until July 3rd in the early morning. The band plan has now been updated to include 432 Mhz also. Look for them on the standard HF split frequencies, and on VHF, 50.110, or if a second station is needed on 6 meters at the same time. Due to multiple Es openings, the second frequency of 50.225 may be used. QSL information will be repeated periodically. Please LISTEN to the operators instructions. QSLs for 160-10 meters will go to WD8SDL, and for any VHF (2,4,6,70cm and satellite QSOs, cards should be sent to VE9AA. They ask that all cards go direct, with SASE (Canadian stamp etc. for VHF cards) required. Bureau cards will be handled but at a lower priority, and will most probably be of a lesser quality than direct QSLs. Turnaround time for bureau cards will try to be kept under a year. ADDED NOTE: OPDX InterNet subscribers will receive an additional bulletin containing the complete news release. Also, check out their WEB site at: http://www.cam.org/~dino/sable.html
JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. The DX News Sheets report that JG8NQJ will return to here on July 15th for a 3 month stay as JG8NQJ/JD1. QSL via JA8CJY.
KH5 & KH5K, PALMYRA/JARVIS ISLAND AND KINGMAN REEF. The Northern Portugal DX Group report rumors from Hawaii stating that a DXpedition to Palmyra (KH5) and Kingman Reef (KH5K) is in the works. For now the operators are in the planning phase and are facing the first major problem of getting the very difficult permission to land on Kingman Reef. (UPDATES to OPDX are very appreciated.)
NEW DX USENET GROUP NOW ACTIVE. Add the following new UseNet group "rec.radio.amateur.dx" to your reading list. Check it out!
OOPS DEPARTMENT. In last week's bulletin, we reported that cards for VQ9DX should go to AA6DX (WRONG!). VQ9DX cards go via AA5DX.
P5, NORTH KOREA. Sanyi, HA7VK (ex-XU7VK, XU95HA), is currently in Phenjan, North Korea at the Hungarian Embassy and has contacted several North Korean officials, reports the following: "At present time there is absolutely no chance to get an amateur radio license in North Korea. They will not even talk about a permission to operate." Sanyi has also spoken to BZ1HAM and other Chinese operators in Beijing, who have tried to pursue the same thing, but they have received the same results.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS
SV8, AEGEAN ISLANDS (GREECE). The Island News (News and Views for Radio Amateur Island Hunter, published twice each month) reports Vitto, I3BQC, will be active from the island called Samos (IOTA EU-049) and possibly other islands in the area June 20th to July 5th as SV8/I3BQC. QSL via CBA.
TRANSATLANTIC CHALLENGE. To assist in the study of transatlantic VHF propagation, a test beacon will operate from the SW coast of Ireland from Sunday 9th June 1996, for a period of aproximately 3 months. The beacon's callsign is EI3DP/P, operating on 144.480 MHz (CW) and running 25 watts with a 8 element Quagi at 20 ft, pointing at USA/Canada. Beacon transmissions are every 60 seconds sending "TEST DE EI3DP/P EI3DP/P EI3DP/P QTH IO41XP". Any station in USA/Canada which monitors the transmission and wishes to attempt a two way QSO is invited to telephone a paging receiver number +353 1 2032371. This will give a bureau service with Alphanumeric message service. The station operator Jim Ryan, EI3DP, will appreciate any reports from stations who may monitor the transmission. Home address as per callbook. Tel: (home +353 21 632365) (work) +353 21 504744
ZL8RI KERMADEC ISLAND DXPEDITION WRAP-UP... Al, WA3YVN, provided OPDX with a detailed fax of the ZL8RI operation. The ZL8RI team consisting of Ken/ZL2HU (Leader), Lee/ZL2AI, Chris/ZL2DX, Ron/ZL2TT, Peter/ZL3GQ, Bin/JA3ENU and Al/WA3YVN were able to make 34,000 QSOs including 1,439 on RTTY and 303 on 160 meters. The QSO breakdown was: 54.6% SSB, 41.2% CW and 4.2% RTTY. This accomplishment was done despite a day of strong gale winds which damaged their 160 meter antenna a few days before leaving. They also had a generator fail, and it could not be repaired. Violent weather also played a big part on their trip there and back. The sailing ship the "EVOHE" lost one of two engines on the trip back to New Zealand which made some of the operators have doubts whether or not the ship would make it back on its own power. In all, the ZL8RI DXpedition was a big success, and the DX community is very appreciative of their hard work to provide many with a new one!
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Date: Wed Jun 5 04:22:42 1996
From: shep@TSO.Cin.IX.net (KEN SCHEPER)
Subject: (Fwd) CY0AA FINAL UPDATE
Subject: CY0AA FINAL UPDATE
CY0AA EXPEDITION TEAM
5875 Cedaridge Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45247
WA8JOC FAX# (513) 598-6887
WA8JOC email firstname.lastname@example.org
VE9AA email email@example.com
W9OEH email firstname.lastname@example.org
June 1, 1996
The expedition draws nigh! Our plans to begin operation on the 18th of June continue to proceed on time, on schedule. We have been in contact with both the airlines, and the officer in charge on the island, on a regular basis. We are all feeling the great energy from the amateurs all over the world who have contacted the participants with good wishes, and some additional contributions. We have been gratified also that other DXpeditioners from very successful operations have been open with suggestions to help us along too!
Mike, VE9AA, will be the first arrival on the island. The CY0AA operation should begin on June 18th. Operations will be updated daily by communications with both W9OEH, and WA8JOC. The second group (WA8JOC & W9OEH) will then begin additional activity for another 9 to 10 days, on June 24th, and all 3 stations will be active until July 3rd in the early morning. There will begin to be a phase out/tear down of the stations on July 2nd, with our departure set for the later part of the afternoon of the 3rd of July. Unfortunately, additional packing time will be necessary on the island since we'll have to have part of the equipment shipped out on a flight on July 2nd in the early afternoon. At that point the expeditioners will make decisions based upon band conditions, and demand, which frequencies will remain active, and which antennas will be disassembled, and where our final efforts should be directed.
We have promised our sponsors, the North California DX Foundation, UK Six Meter Group and the Six Meter Internat'l Radio Club (SMIRK), Icom North America, Cushcraft, Oklahoma Comm Center, WJ2O Qsl's, Heil Sound, EQF Logging Software, RSGB/Chilthern DX Groups,EUDXF,OZ DX group and others along with acore of the amateur radio community that have been kind enough to send in donations, and allow us the use of their equipment, a first class operation!
The band plan has now been updated to include 432 Mhz also. Look for us on the standard HF split frequencies, and on VHF, 50.110, or if a second station is needed on 6 meters at the same time, due to multiple Es openings, the second frequency of 50.225 may be used. QSL information will be repeated periodically PleaseLISTEN to the operators instructions.
QSL's for 160 - 10 meters will go to WD8SDL,and for any VHF (2,4,6,70cm and satellite QSO's, cards should be sent to VE9AA. We ask that all cards go direct, with SASE(Canadian stamp etc. for VHF cards) required. Bureau cards will be handled but at a lower priority, and will most probably be of a lesser quality than direct QSL's. Turnaround time for bureau cards will try to be kept under a year. We will do our utmost to turn direct cards in a matter of one to two weeks. Please keep in mind that QSL's will not be printed until after we arrive back at our homes. This could take a month or two after the operation is completed before we would have any QSL's to send out. We ask also that NO DUPLICATE QSL's be resubmitted until 6 months after the original submission by stations wanting confirmations. Multi - QSO labels will be used, and no duplicate QSO's will be verified via the bureau. This will cut down on the cost to our QSL sponsor, WJ2O QSL's, in all fairness to his generosity.
We wish to have the guidelines out in the open before the operation begins. This should facilitate all of our efforts to get out the cards needed without duplicated effort on our part, or yours.
We certainly expect duplicate QSO's on SOME frequencies, but please keep them to a minimum. We will try to confirm all calls before the end of a QSO, so you know if you're in the log on that band/mode. The dupe QSO's will be weeded out when the QSL's are issued, and only one per mode/band will be issued.
We will be run on no lists, so you know where NOT to look for us. We will try to use standard splits for pileups, but the ultimate decision is that of the operator. We will try to conserve frequency spectrum space, and will try to work pileups on one frequency first. If the operator feels this is unproductive, then split frequency will be used. PLEASE LISTEN for instructions given by the operator.
We continue to solicit funds, since the undertaking has exceeded our original estimates, but we're still here, and going, in any case. Any funds will graciously be accepted by either VE9AA, or WA8JOC. No amount is to small ..... it all adds up!
Thanks to all! We'll hope to keep everyone hopping from Sable....See you from there SOON!
THE CY0AA EXPEDITION TEAM VE9AA WA8JOC W9OEH MIKE KEN WAYNE
VE9AA,--- CY0AA-JUN 96---,VE9MS/B, EX-VE1MQ, VE1BTT
send any donations (large or small) for CY0AA to: MIKE SMITH, 131 SMITH, GEARY, NB, E2V 2G3, CANADA
"C" - "Y" - "0" - "A" - "A"
( see you on Atlantic Adventure )
Tedd Mirgliotta KB8NW
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