Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 239, January 22, 1996
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 239
January 22, 1995
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, WB2DND, K4CEF & Southeastern
Cluster Group, Inside DX, N4VZ, KK6H, AA8SM, K8JP, KR9U, N9JCL, K0HB,
9M2TO, DK1RP, DL9GOA & DX News Letter, F6ARA, G4BUE & DX NEWS SHEET,
GU3MBS, JH1ROJ, ON6TT and PS7AB the following DX information.
3B8, MAURITIUS Peter, DK1RP (ex-8Q7AB, ex-SV5/DK1RP/P, ex-J6/DK1RP)
will be visiting Jacky, 3B8CF, on the 16th of February and will be there
for about two weeks. Activity is planned for 80-10 meter including the
WARC bands with operations on CW/SSB. QSL via the German DARC bureau,
when the cards are printed.
5W, WESTERN SAMOA The DXNS report Adriano, IK2GNW, will be active
February 23-25th, probably as 5W1NW. Some operations will be on CW and
RTTY but mainly on SSB. Activity will be on all bands, 160-6 meters
with priority for Europe, especially LF bands. Check daily at 1630z on
3.8+ MHz and QSX below. QSL to home call.
9L1PG/9L1MG QSL UPDATE Scott, AA8SM, reports that Paul/9L1PG and
Millie/9L1MG have not been able to get their logs out of Sierre Leone
due to the government shutdowns. He was able to receive their logs
via a fax for their QSL Manager Cecil, NW8F. The logs for 9L1MG were
dated December 22-26, 1995 (approx. 100 QSOs) and for 9L1PG they were
dated December 22-26, 1995 (approx. 675 QSOs). If you have been waiting
on your cards for these two stations, please be patient. Cecil, NW8F,
will be getting the cards out soon. Please send him an SASE.
9M2, WEST MALAYSIA Tex, 9M2TO, reports he will be in the CQWW 160M
Contest. JA1XAC will be sending him a 160 meter antenna to use. He hasn't
decided on what frequency to use, but he states he will transmit around
around 1900 +/-.
A3, KINGDOM OF TONGA Paul, KK6H, will sign A35RK between February 20th
and March 20th. Modes of operation will be primarily CW and RTTY. Paul
states he will be on SSB if he gets REALLY bored. This is a "business
trip" in preparation for a permanent re-location to Tonga in July, but
he should be able to get on the air for at least a couple of hours each
day (most likely between 1700-1900z and 0500-0900z). He reports he will
NOT be on 160 meters this trip. A35RK will be active from each of the
following IOTA islands at one time or another, but the exact dates are
to be arranged upon arrival: Tongatapu group OC-049, Ha'apai group OC-169
and Vava'u group OC-064. A new QSL route will be used for this operation
and all past, plus future A35RK operations, QSL via: Direct to W7TSQ,
Robert Preston, 809 Cary Road, Edmonds, WA 98020 USA (W7 bureau c/o
W7TSQ). Please... DO NOT send cards to KK6H, W6 bureau, or A3 bureau!
CALLSIGN CHANGE As reported last week, John/K9UWA and Jean/N9PXF are
going to Aruba for the CQWW 160 CW Contest (January 26-28th). John has
changed his callsign that was previously announced due to a conflict with
Mike's, K4PI, P49I opeartion which takes place during the same time.
Instead of using P40I, John will use the callsign P40WA. (Refer to
OPDX.238 more details.)
D2TT AND D3T QSL CARDS Peter, ON6TT, reports cards for the July-August
1995 operations have arrived from the printer. ON5NT, his QSL Manager,
is mailing them right now. "Sorry for the delay," de Peter, ON6TT.
GU, GUERNSEY (160M this coming weekend!) Steve, GU3MBS, reports people
keep telling him they need GU for a new 160 meters country. So, next
weekend a temporary dipole will be put up at the Guernsey ARS HQ and
operations will take place at the club station GU3HFN during the night
of January 27-28th to take part in the CQWW 160M CW Contest. DX stations
needing GU will have to listen carefully in the uproar for a modest
signal (FT-990 with no amp, & not-very-high dipole). QSL via bureau, or
direct to Guernsey ARS GU3HFN, P. O. Box 100, Guernsey GY1 3EL, via UK.
[These are the ONLY routes for GU3HFN QSLs].
IOTA NEWS Paz Island, IOTA SA-027 (DIB: 063, DFB: SC-01) will be
active next week (January 26-28th). Operations will be on CW/SSB with
activity on 10-80 meters. The callsign is not known yet. Check the IOTA
frequencies and the Brazil DX Nets for operations and updates. QSL via
PP5LL...... JUST A REMINDER! Later in the week, Robben Island (AF-064)
will be active. A group led by Barry, ZS1FJ/G4MFW, will be on CW/SSB/RTTY
with activity on 80-10 meters. Length of operation will be from January
26-29th. The callsign will be ZS64RI. QSLs via KA1JC....
J7, DOMINICA Scott, N9JCL, reports that he has received the callsign
J77A, so look him, Tom/K0SN, Paul/WC9E and Jim/AA9PB to be active until
January 25th. As this bulletin was being prepared, QSNs show that they
were active on 40, 75 and 80 meters. QSL via K0SN. (Refer to OPDX.236
for more details.)
JW, SVALBARD Claude, F6EOZ, will on the boat with Jean Louis Etienne
(French Artic and Antarctic explorer) in Svalbard from March 3rd until
the middle of May. He will use JW/F6EOZ/MM or JW/TM6E/MM callsign
specially in satellite and 20 meters.
KH9 DXPEDITION (Final News Update) The following is an edited excerpt
from a press release by Don, WB2DND: "The Dateline DX Association is
pleased to publish this update on its plans to activate Wake Island,
February 1-7th. This will be a one week, all band, all mode (including
Satellite) operation by 4 experienced operators with the intention of
taking KH9 off the DX Bulletin's most needed 100 list and satisfying the
large European demand. Wake ranked 86 overall but in the top 20 for
Europeans. The call used will be AL7EL/KH9. KC7V has had to pass on
going due to business comittments. We will miss you Mike. N6EK, Bob
Fabry, will join the team as the fourth operator--welcome aboard.
Our needed equipment has been acquired. Wake Island is currently a
limited access U. S. Military Installation located 19* 17' N. 166* 39' E.
It is the first American possession in time zone #1, approximately 2300
miles West of Hawaii. The new QSL route will be K4HQI: Lloyd Westbrook,
Box 368, Commerce, GA 30529. Please direct your comments to either
Tom Harrell, AL7EL,
27257 Nellis Road,
Evans Mills, NY 13637
Don Greenbaum, WB2DND,
SPECIAL NOTE: All OPDX subscribers (on InterNet) will receive an
additional bulletin containing the complete press release.
250 Standish St. Duxbury, MA 02332
KP4, PUERTO RICO Ken KP4XS reports that a contest team is being put
together to be active in CQWW WPX SSB Contest which takes place in March.
The current team line up is: 160m-ND3F, 75m-W4MYA, 40m-open, 20m-KF3P,
15m-KP4XS and 10m-W2EOS. Ken states they need a "GREAT" 40 meter operator!
The SSB operator needs to know the ropes on 40 meters; one who can handle
the QRM and knows the splits, etc. The WPX SSB contest is the last weekend
of March and the team will be a Multi/Multi entry. The KP4XS Puerto Rico
QTH will be the operating site. It is located in SW Puerto Rico on 18
acres and sits on a hilltop at 220 feet above sea level with ocean views
from north to west to south. KP5 is easily seen from "THE HILL". All
accomodations are provided. The only thing you provide is your own airfare.
If interested on becoming the 40 meters operator, contact Ken Ramirez,
KP4XS, via InterNet at: firstname.lastname@example.org
P5, NORTH KOREA The latest rumor on this one is reported in Inside DX:
"Watch for OH2BH, OH0XX, and possible others from here starting around
mid to late February."
PACIFIC DXPEDITION Adriano, IK2GNW, will be active from American Samoa
(KH8) February 18-22nd as KH8/IK2GNW, Western Samoa (5W) February 23-25th
(probably as 5W1NW), Tonga (A35) February 25-29th (probably as A35NW)
and Hawaii (KH6) March 1-3th as KH6/IK2GNW. Some operations will be on
CW and RTTY but mainly on SSB. Activity will be on all bands, 160-6 meters
with priority for Europe, especially LF bands. Check daily at 1630z on
3.8+ MHz and QSX below. QSL to home call.
VP5, TURKS & CAICOS Joe, K8JP, will be here February 11-19th. Operations
will be mostly on CW, low bands and the WARC bands. He callsign will be
VP5/K8JP, but he plans to participate in the ARRL DX CW Contest as VP5JP
(Single/OP entry). Joe will also be going on an over-night IOTA trip to
Salt Cay (NA-003), in the Turks Islands. QSL to K8JP's new address:
Joe Pontek, P.O. Box 59573, Schaumburg, IL 60159-0573.
The DXNL reports Koji, JJ2QEH, and Mack, JJ2QXI, have rented the shack
of VP5JM and want to make as many contacts as possible from February
3-9th. Each operator will handle their own QSLs for the QSOs made via
the bureau or direct. JJ2QEH via Koji Iida, 1866-2, Ota, Minokamo,
Gifu 505, Japan and JJ2QXI via Masahiro Mori, 1268, Atobe, Mugegawa,
Mugi, Gifu 501-26, Japan.
XV, VIETNAM JA3UB, JR3MVF and JH3GRE will be visiting the club station
in Ho-chi-minh City from February 9-15th. They were asked to maintain
their equipment and antennas at the club. In their spare time, they will
be active on 160-6 meters SSB/CW including WARC bands using 500watts and
wire antennas for the low bands. Callsign and QSL route will be announced
later. Send schedule/request to JH3GRE's FAX at 81+727-22-5959.
ADDED NOTE: As this bulletin was being prepared a station, XV1A, was
reported on the 14226 DX Net at 1615z Sunday (January 21st).
XV7SW UPDATE Hans, K0HB, reports hearing Rolf, XV7SX, on 160 meters, and
that Rolf plans to be active more regularly on 1827 kHz at his sunrise in
Hanoi at 2330z. Europeans report hearing Rolf on 3505 kHz around 0000z.
XZ, MYANMAR DXNS reports that XZ1A will be active in the CQWW 160 Meter
Contest. Meanwhile, Pekka, OH1RY, says he and OH1MA will be active January
26th through February 3rd as XZ1R. More details are forthcoming.
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Date: Sun Jan 14 12:12:08 1996
Subject: KH9 Final News
DATELINE DX ASSOCIATION
13 January, 1996
The Dateline DX Association is pleased to publish this update on its plans to
activate Wake Island, February 1 through Feb. 7, 1996. This will be a one
week, all band, all mode (including Satellite) operation by 4 experienced
operators with the intention of taking KH9 off the DX Bulletin's most needed
100 list and satisfying the large European demand. Wake ranked 86 overall
but in the top 20 for Europeans. The call used will be AL7EL/KH9. KC7V has
had to pass on going due to business comittments..we will miss you Mike.
N6EK, Bob Fabry, will join the team as the fourth operator--welcome aboard.
Our needed equipment is acquired. The two tribanders, DX77 Vertical and 6
meter beam, courtesy of Hygain, are now on Wake. Icom, HRO, Heil, AEA,
Antennaco, The Radio Works, JA8CDG (who flew in from Tokyo to teach WB2DND
satellite basics), NI6T (modified PK232), Aurum Telemedia (Laptop computers
and internet access), Battlecreek Special, and KA7LDN (2 meter ant.) have
all delivered the promised donations of equipment. Our technical advisor
AA1V has made sure all the cables, rtty interfaces, preamps, etc are in
good working order. Our plane reservations and entry authorizations to
Wake are confirmed.
Funding has been received from NCDXF, INDEXA, Chiltern DX Club, RSGB's HF
DXPedition Fund, SNEDXA and RDXA. If your club wants to support this effort
please contact either WB2DND or AL7EL.
Wake Island is currently a limited access U. S. Military Installation located
19* 17' N. 166* 39' E. It is the first American possession in time zone #1,
approximately 2300 miles West of Hawaii.
Our earlier release incorrectly stated this was the first RTTY and Satellite
operation. We stand corrected, these modes have been aired from Wake.
Nevertheless, there is a great demand for both and we will do our best to
satisfy these modes as well. An internet home page (www.aurumtel.com/wake/)
will be maintained and email to Wake (email@example.com) will be available to
make sure we do not miss the rare openings to Europe, the Middle East and East
Coast USA. We will not schedule private QSOs however, and DON'T EVEN THINK OF
ASKING US TO SHOW UP ON A NET.
New QSL route: K4HQI: Lloyd Westbrook, Box 368, Commerce, GA 30529.
Please direct your comments to either coordinator:
Tom Harrell, AL7EL,
OR 27257 Nellis Road,
Evans Mills, NY
Don Greenbaum, WB2DND,
OR 250 Standish St. Duxbury,
Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA
Visit the WAKE home page: http://www.aurumtel.com/wake/
Subject: Heard Island Update
Over the past month we have been reorganizing the expedition to Heard
Island for the 1996-97 season. We are pleased to announce the initial
selection of team members:
EA8AFJ Michel Sabatino
HB9AHL Willy Rusch
KA6W Ted Algren
K0IR Ralph Fedor
KK6EK Robert Schmieder
N6EK Bob Fabry
NP4IW Carlos Nascimento
ON6TT Peter Casier
PA3DUU Arie Nugteren
RA3AUU Igor Harry Booklan
We still have a substantial number of persons who have expressed interest
in participating, and we are working through the list. For a short time, we
will consider additional candidates for the team. We expect to announce the
balance of the team on January 31.
During the past month several persons suggested that we delay the
expedition by another year, in order to take advantage of better
propagation as we move into the new solar cycle. It was also suggested that
we attempt to activate several islands on the same trip, and it was
suggested that our group abandon our plans entirely.
We welcomed all these suggestions, and studied them seriously. In addition
to enjoying better propagation, a delay might enable us to obtain less
expensive transportation. It might also enable us to find sources of
corporate or foundational support that normally have a longer planning
time. On the other hand, abandonment of the present project would mean
abandoning our supporters, and complete loss of our investment, which is
very great. We certainly do not want anyone to feel that we are not
committed to the project, or that they cannot count on us to deliver what
In considering these ideas, we sought the advice of a large number of
outside persons, most of whom are accomplished DXers. The input we received
was very strongly in favor of continuing with the present plan. Therefore,
we did decide to continue, and do so with confidence that we will succeed.
We have all the equipment, a superb team, and the organization needed to do
it safely and to satisfy the desires of the radio amateur community. The
best estimate of schedule would have us on Heard Island in early January,
operating for 3 weeks.
The budget for this expedition totals $320K. We plan to raise that by
including 20 participants at $10K each, leaving another $120K to raise. We
need your help to reach this goal. Numerous foundations and clubs have
already made major commitments of support, for which we are grateful. We
would welcome additional individual, club, and corporate support.
If you have the software for the World Wide Web, we invite you to look at
the scoping document for this expedition, which can be found at:
As always, we welcome your ideas and suggestions.
Tedd Mirgliotta KB8NW
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