Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 260, July 1, 1996

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 260
BID: $OPDX.260
July 1, 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 DX Bulletin, AD1C, AA2SZ, W4/YV5DTA, KQ4GC, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5RH, N5OGP, WA6BXH, AA7VB, AA8U, KD8JN, CT1EED, DF4RD, DL7VOA, DL9GOA & DX News Letter, EY8MM, F6AJA, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, PS7AB and ZS1CM for the following DX information.

3D2, ROTUMA ISLAND. The ARRL DX Bulletin reports that Antoine, 3D2AG, is planning a one month DXpedition for around August of this year. The call will be 3D2AG/P and his activity will be on CW/RTTY 80-10 meters. QSL direct to his CBA.

5R8, NOSY BE ISLAND (MADAGASCAR). Gerard F2JD/5R8EN will be active from this coastal island (IOTA AF-57) starting next Thursday, July 4th, for 3 or 4 days. He will be there on business not a DXpedition, but he will take a transceiver with him. Gerard will operate during his free time on SSB and CW. He will also be using 5R8EN/P as the callsign. QSL via F6AJA.

5W, WESTERN SAMOA. The DXNS reports Perry, WH6XY, will be active for a year as 5W1PC. He has been heard on 14226 kHz between 0130 and 0300z.

ATTENTION (IOTA, Grid Square, and County Hunters)! Randall, KD6JN will be on Hatteras Island (NA-067, Grid FM-25, Dare County), from July 13-20th. He will be signing KD8JN/4 de NA-067 primarily on SSB, with CW on request. Randall will be operating all bands, including WARC, except 160 meters. A special QSL will be available direct or via the bureau. Send an SASE (US), or an SAE and 1 IRC (DX) to KD8JN, Randall L. Phelps, 1226 Delverne Ave SW, Canton, OH 44710-1306 U.S.A.

A4, OMAN. Chris, G3VUO, is currently on Masirah Island (AS-014) and has just obtained the callsign of A45XL. He will be active very soon. This Omani island is located in the Arabian Sea Coast North Group.


BHUTAN (A5). Frank, ZS1CM, talked to his good friend Barry, ZS1FJ, recently in regards to the A5 announcements (reported in OPDX.259 and other DX publications). Frank tells OPDX, "To give him (Barry) half a chance and he will combine business and his great passion for DX... Regretfully, A5 does not appear in his itinary at this moment."
MALPELO ISLAND (HK0). Ross, K5RH, has recently talked to Bert, HK5JPS, and he verified that the announcement (reported in OPDX.259 and other DX publications) of a planned February operation is not true. Bert also stated he never said in Dayton that the HKs were planning such a DXpedition. Bert can be found on 14165 khz almost daily around 1200z and he would probably have something to say if the Bogata club has such plans in the future.

CENTRAL ASIA MAIL. Nodir, EY8MM, reports some DXers in Central Asia are having some difficulties with the local postal system in their countries and would like to make some suggestions in QSLing to these areas:

  1. Do not send Hard curency. (Even if you think it easier for you and better for DX. Post officers will still find it and discard the opened envelope.)
  2. Send 2 IRC which will cover all postage.
  3. FYI air mail tarriffs:
               EX-land         11.30 soms      90 cents
               EY-land         210 Rubles      72 cents
               UN-land         47 tenge        72 cents
  4. Use a label for both addresses (return/receiver).
  5. If you don't need a QSL urgently use the bureau service.

CQ, INSUA ISLAND (Portugal). The following team will activate IOTA EU-150 from July 26-29th: CT1ZW, CT1BQH, CT1BWW, CT1CJJ, CT1DVV, CT1EEB, CT1ENQ, CT1ESV, CT1ETZ and CT1FMX. This 4 day operation, which includes activity in the IOTA Contest, will be on all bands on SSB/CW, but no RTTY on this trip. Outside the IOTA Contest they will have 3 stations running simultaneously. There will be two stations with triband beams and a third one with verticals, running KW power (with generators permitting). They have requested the callsign CQ2I. Operators will also be active using their own call/portable. The station location will be operating from a 25th Century old Portuguese Fort. The Island is good for the following awards: IOTA EU-150 (Islands On The Air Award), DIP MI-001 (Portuguese Islands Award), DFP FMI-Unknown at the moment (Lighthouses Award) and DCFP F-006 (Portuguese Castles Award). QSL Manager is WA1ECA (European stations can also QSL via CT1EEB ). QSLs direct or via the bureau.

FT5, CROZET. Samuel, FT5WE, reported that he will be a participant in the upcoming IOTA Contest. He plans to be active as a Multi/Op entry, and he will probably be using the callsign of compatriot, FT5WF.

GU6, ISLE OF SARK. Operators G3KHZ, G3SJJ and G3TMA (IOTA Contest Co-ordinator) will be active as GU6D from this Guernsey Island group (EU-114) during this year's IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). Sark is a small island where motor cars are prohibited. Transportation on the island is by bicycle; horse and cart. QSL via G3SJJ.

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Bill, KQ4GC, will be going here July 12-18th. He will operate on all bands, RTTY and SSB. His callsign will be KG4GC. QSL to home call (KQ4GC) with SASE please.

KH0, MARIANAS ISLANDS. JA6CNL and JA6IP will be active from Saipan, July 14-17th, as KH0N and KH0/JA6IP, respectively. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, including the WARC bands and 6 meters. Operations will be on CW/SSB and with plans to participate in the All Asian DX CW Contest. QSL via homecall or via NKDXC, Box 805, Yahata, 805, Japan.



Frank, DL5PV, recently operated HI7/DL5PV and gave his home call as the QSL route. His address in the callbook is incorrect. Please send all QSL requests to: Frank Eichstaedt, DL5PV, Mussbacher STR. 7, D-67067 Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Nick UN7JX is requesting all QSLs for UN7JX go NOT to via N2AU, but UN7JX via CBA.

NEWS ON KH1, KH3, KH4, AND KH5. The following was from WASHINGTON (AP): U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka wants the federal government to give the state of Hawaii jurisdiction over seven U.S. possessions in the Pacific region. Akaka's "Insular Areas Consolidation Act of 1996" would transfer jurisdiction over Baker Island (KH1), Jarvis Island (KH5), Howland Island (KH1), Johnston Atoll (KH3), Kingman Reef (KH5K), Midway Island (KH4), and Palmyra Atoll (KH5) to Hawaii (KH6). The bill was prompted by the revelation that the new owners of Palmyra Atoll - KVR Inc. of New York - want to create a nuclear waste storage facility there. The Hawaii congressional delegation and state officials oppose the proposal. "My legislation will give the state of Hawaii a stronger voice in the fate of U.S. possessions in the Pacific that currently are not part of any state or territory," Akaka said. Similar legislation was introduced in the House last year.

OOPS DEPARTMENT. QSL information in last week's bulletin (OPDX.259) under OY, FAROE ISLAND should have read: Greg Rybczynski, Hagmarksv. 18, 448 33 Floda, Sweden (not Poland as reported).

PACIFIC DXPEDITION. Just a reminder, that the 8-land group (KB8ECG, KG8CO, KG8DS, K8AQM and N8CC) begins their Pacific trip today. Here is the latest Date/Callsign: July 1-4, Majuro - V73TR, V73JB; July 5-7, Pohnpei - V63CK, V63CF; July 7-9, Truk - V63CK, V63CF; July 10-12, Palau - KC6JJ, KC6BP; July 13-17, Osaka - 7J3YAD (Konsai International Radio Club); July 17-19, Maui - KH6/K8AQM, KH6/KG8CO, NH6/N8CC; July 20-24, Ofu - KH8/KB8ECG, KH8/KG8DS, KH8/KG8CO, KH8/K8AQM, NH8/N8CC; July 24-29, Apia - 5W0BS, 5W0DG, 5W0KI, 5W0TR, 5W0JB. QSL all calls via AA8HZ. Activity on RTTY will take place July 17-29th.

PALESTINE OPERATION WRAP-UP. From a portion of a press release from Ray, G3NOM, and JA1UT, Yoshi states: "An operation took place from the Gaza Strip, Palestine from 14th - 22nd June, 1996. The operators were JA1UT, JA1UPA, JA8CDG, JA8RUZ/KH2Y, and G3NOM. Callsigns used were JA1UT/ZC6 etc. Approximately 6000 QSOs were made mainly on 7,14, and 21 MHz, CW/SSB and RTTY. The operation was linked with a United Nations aid project, to improve communications between certain hospitals and ambulances in the Gaza area, and to establish communications at the newly constructed Palestine International Airport. Therefore, amateur radio operating was a secondary activity. It may be of interest to note, from the DXCC point of view, that amongst other things, the Palestine Authority has a National Assembly, issues its own passports, and postage stamps, has its own police force, and judicial system, and importantly from the amateur radio view, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications is the authority that assigns, frequencies and licences for telecommunications services in Palestine. The regulations for the amateur radio service are already established. Three Palestine nationals have been licensed, and during this visit arrangements have been made to set up an amateur radio station in the MPT headquarters - ZC6MPT. Equipment and antennas have been donated by the JA1UT group. Details of the formal regulations for guest licences are presently being drafted, and several temporary licences have been issued to visitors." ADDED NOTE: OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete press release as an additional bulletin.

P4, ARUBA. Look for Bob this week signing P40I. He will be there from July 4-9th. Activity will be on all bands CW/SSB. QSL via CBA. Dennis, AA7VB, will be here July 11-16th, primarily for the IARU Contest. Outside the contest, Dennis is willing to schedule contacts for anyone who needs a particular band or bands. Contact him via E-mail: aa7vb@aol.com. His callsign will be P40Z and he will be operating from Carl's, P49V, QTH which has plenty of antennas to assist him with this process.

PX7, BRAZIL. Special event station PX7AB will be active July 1-7th, to commemorate Brazil's "Annual Fire Prevention Week". Operations will be only on 20 and 40 meters SSB. Check the usual DX frequencies and the Brazil DX Net (Sat/Sun, 14222 kHz at 1900z). QSL via PS7AB, Ronaldo Reis, PO Box 2021, Natal/RN, 59094-970, Brazil.

ZC4, UK SOVEREIGN BASE. PA0ERA and PA2HJS will be active from July 4-20th as ZC4EKJ with emphasis on 6 meters.

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Jim, N6TJ, will once again be active as ZD8Z bewteen July 9-17th. Operations will be on CW/SSB all bands, including the IARU HF Championship. QSL to VE3HO.

ZL8RI QSL (and ZL9 DXpedition) UPDATE. Ron, ZL2TT/ZL8RI, reports the QSLs for the ZL8RI DXpedition to Raoul Island in the Kermadecs have arrived in New Zealand from the Yaesu Company of Japan who have donated them to the DXpedition. The report is they look FABULOUS. QSLs are now being written out and their objective is to post all QSLs out on July 29, 1996. NO QSLS will be sent out prior to that date. The last meeting of the ZL8RI team will be held on July 7th to finalize any wrap up issues and the planning for the ZL9CI DXpedition slated for January/February 1999.

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