Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 288, January 20, 1997

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 288
BID: $OPDX.288
January 20, 1997
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, N2MAU, K4PC, K4WA, WT4K, W5IJU & ISLAND/DX News, W5KSI, W6OSP, W8EB, NL7TB, AH0W, 4L5A, DL6LAU, DL7VOA, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, F6AJA, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, PP5SZ, PS7AB, RU6BV and SM0BFJ for the following DX information.

3RD ANNUAL W/VE ISLAND CONTEST (by John, NL7TB). "Just a reminder that the W/VE Island Contest, sponsored by the US Islands Awards Program, will take place on August 16 and 17th. We've made some changes and hopefully made the contest more appealing. We ask that you read the contest rules carefully, especially when submitting your entry. Russ, VE6VK, will manage the contest and I will handle the award certificates and plaques. Please check the USI Website for the complete contest rules. You won't want to miss this one!"..... 73, John NL7TB http://www.owt.com/usislands/

4L, GEORGIA. Al, 4L5A, states he will be very active in CQWW 160M CW Contest. He will be using a Yaesu FT-1000MP and HF2500E amp into a X-Q Quad antenna fixed on 124m tower. He will operate mainly on 1820 kHz. QSL via IK3HHX. There will be a special color QSL for this contest with a view of the antenna.

5R8, MALAGASY REPUBLIC. The "DX News Sheet" reports Maurizio, 5R8FH, is a lay missionary in South Central Malagasy and is active on 20 and 15 meters with 80 watts and a three element yagi on Europe. QSL via I1PIN.

5X, UGANDA (IT'S A FIRST!). Leif, SM0BFJ (QSL Manager for 5X1D), informs OPDX that Gus, 5X1D, will return to Uganda at the end of January. This time he will try 2 meter EME operation (this will be the first time in 5X-land). He will run 500 watt into a 17 element yagi. Those interested to arrange a schedule can write to Gus's E-mail address: jageror@wfp.or.ug He will also be active on 6 meter (50.150 MHz) between 1730-1900z calling CQ with 100 watt with a 3 element yagi. He might do some work on 80 and 160 meters, but his effort will be on 2 and 6 meter.

BRAZILIAN IOTA ACTIVITY. Look for Mel Island (IOTA SA-047) to be activated by PY5AA (SSB) and PQ5L (CW), from February 20-24th. QSL PY5AA via home call and PQ5L via PP5LL. This island is also good for DIB-24, DFB PR-01 and DFH-PR-01 (first). Look for Bailique Island to be activated by Mario, PQ8MM, on February 5-9th. Activity will be on SSB 80-10 meters. This island has an IOTA of SA-045 (also good for DIB 35). QSL via PQ8MM: Mario Gomes, Cx Postal 533, Macapa-AP, 68906-970, Brazil. ATTENTION: Please QSL only via direct NOT via bureau.

DX NEWS LETTER has a new editor as of January 1, 1997. Uwe, DL9GOA, will be stepping down as editor and will be replaced by Michael, DJ5AV. Michael is 58 years old, retired and a well known, active DXer. OPDX wishes him the best in the new position.

EP2DA OPERATION 1967-1971 (Need a card!). Chris, K4PC, has provided OPDX with the following information:

"Date: Thu, 16 January One of our local club members who has traveled abroad, moved to our area abt 2 yrs ago. In a long chat with him, I found out that he operated in Tehran under the call EP2DA from 1967-1971. He told me of some of the contacts, operating conditions, licensing etc. but also told me that he has a logbook in his possession. Unfortunately, he only has a small portion of the logbooks because when he was moved around by his employer, the rest of the logbooks were lost by the moving company. But the log that he has had quite a few US calls. I just thought that maybe there might be a few out there who workd EP2DA who never got a card for this operation. Ops can QSL with a SASE to KD2DY Don Alexander, 330 Appalachian Drive, Boone, NC 28607. Don said if he can find them in this partial log, a QSL will be returned in the SASE. Just thought some DXer's could use this rare info....." 73, Chris K4PC

FRENCH DX NEWS (by F6AJA). Jean, F6AJA, reports that he has received the logs for FK5M (Matthew Island) expedition. The QSLs will be ready in the early part of February and the card will be mailed as soon as possible.... ....Gerard, F2JD (ex-5R8EN, S79JD etc..), hopes to get his Panamanian (HP) licence for this end of January.... Yannick, F6FYD (exST2YD, T5YD etc..), will be in India (VU) for his business, starting next week for one year.

J7, DOMINICA. DL3LAR, DL8OBQ and DL6LAU will be active, February 12th to March 3th including both ARRL contests and the CQWW 160m SSB Contest. They "might" use the callsign J75T for all contacts made. They will have two complete stations with us, including 26m tall vertical for 160/80/40 meters and a 5 element log-periodic for 14-28 MHz. They might signing FG/homecall for a few days February 10-11th. All QSLs should go to DL6LAU, via the bureau or CBA. Carsten Esch, DL6LAU, states, "We are thinking about a stateside QSL-collector for us who might ship us the collected direct stateside QSLs requests (to save some dollars) on both sides (AIR MAIL to US is 2US$ here!) any volunteers???"

JD, OGASAWARA. The "Island/DX News" reports Aki, JD1AMA, is active daily on 1908 kHz and listening 1826 kHz at his sunrise at 2122z.

KG, GUANTANAMO BAY. Bill/WT4K, Jan/K4QD and Rusty/KG4AU will be active in the CQ World-Wide RTTY WPX Contest February 8-9th, as a Multi/Single entry using WT4K's call KG4GC. QSL to WT4K [ex-KQ4GC] with SASE or through bureau. Jan/KG4QD and Bill/KG4GC will also be active February 10-14th on both CW and SSB on all bands.

KP4, PUERTO RICO. Paul, K4UJ (ex KR4UJ), and Steve, K4WA (ex KR4DL), will operate from KP4 January 22nd through January 27th, including operation in the CQWW 160M CW Contest. The contest callsign will be KP4/K4UJ; operation outside the contest on all bands will be KP4/homecall. QSL via homecall.

MEXICO's HAM CONVENTION. The Association of Radio Amateurs of the Republic of Mexico (ARARM) announces the "37th Annual Amateur Radio Convention" to be held July 10-13, 1997, at the Convention Center in Leon, Guanajuato. ARARM welcomes international amateur radio visitors and their families to this event which will include programs on satellite, DXing, packet radio, emergency radio services, etc. in addition to a variety of technical seminars and workshops. As usual, special cultural programs and tours will be available for all guests of the convention. The convention organizers have selected the Real de Minas Hotel as the main hotel. For registration information, please contact Mr. Sergio Valdes Sada XE2RJ at tel: 011-528-357113 or fax: 011-528-353368.

OCEANIA IOTA DXPEDITION. Silvano, KB5GL, reports he and three operators will be operating from Oceania IOTA OC-137 Stradbroke Island, in the Queensland South Coast Island Group. Operations will begin on Saturday, March 15th, at 0530z and terminating Monday, March 17th, at 0100z. Activty will be SSB only: 3995, 7065, 14260, 21260 kHz. Silvano will be operating with his Australian issued callsign of VK4WGL. The other operators will include: Sergio/VK4GK, Angelina/VK4AAC and John/VK4WX. QSLs for VK4WGL go to KB5GL's CBA. All others to the VK4's CBA.

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. The "DX News Letter", report Dietmar, DL3DXX, and Joerg, DL8WPX, will head for Misimi Island where they will stay from February 20th until March 4th. In Papua New Guinea, the team will be joined by Falk, DK7YY, and Juergen, DL7UFN. A licence has been promised orally. Emphasis will be put on lowband CW.

PIRATE ALERT! It has been reported that 8B8KB, worked on 40 meters CW and other frequencies, was a PIRATE. There is no YB8KAR station. DO NOT QSL! The IOTA Dxpedition to Tukang Besi Islands has been rescheduled for March 1997, per Tjok, YB0RX, one of the main organizers. They will use the callsign 8B8WI.

PJ8, ST. MAARTIN. Ron, ND5S, his wife Sue, KF5LG, Bill, W8EB, and his wife Dorothy, KB8ZXO, will be on the island from Feburary 23rd to March 8th, operating as PJ8/ on all bands CW, SSB and RTTY including the WARC bands. They will be using the special callsign of PJ8A again for the ARRL DX Phone Contest the weekend of February 28th through March 2nd. Please QSL via W9NIP for the contest QSOs and QSL via the home callsign for the rest of the contacts. Equipment will be the FT-900CAT that was used by AA8U for his S. Cook trip, ZK1AAU, and an Icom 706. Antennas are a Cushcraft R-7000 atop the condo complex at the 100 ft. level and an all band 160 to 10 meter inverted V trap dipole. A daily schedule is kept with the hams back home in Michigan at 2030z on 14195 and anyone wishing a PJ8/ contact from St. Maartin may jump in at that time. They will move to another frequency to accomodate all license classes. They generally are on the air 1230z to 1600z each day. Afternoons are spend doing the non ham related activities.

RSGB IOTA (New Checkpoint). The RSGB IOTA Committee is happy to announce the following new Country Assistant and Checkpoint appointments for Brazil and South America:

RUSSIAN CAPITAL. Serge, RU6BV, will be active from here starting January 19th for about 3 weeks. From the Russian capital of Moscow, he will be signing with the callsign RU6BV/3. His activity will be on CW and SSB all bands, exclude WARC and 160m. He states this will be an educational trip for him. After his trip (February), he will be sending out special QSL cards for these contacts. QSL cards are already printed. QSLs for RU6BV/3 go to his home address: Serge W. Guryew, Kadoshskay str. 13/1, Tuapse, 352803, RUSSIA.

S2, KUTUBDIA ISLAND (Bangladesh). The DXNS states Vittorio/I1SLY, Fernanda/IK1FLF, and Manju/S21AM, are planning to be active from this possible new IOTA February 21-23rd.

VK0, MACQUARIE ISLAND. As of the beginning of December, there are three radio amateurs who are working at the meteorological station on the island. Operators are Tom, VK0TS, who is a Communications Technical Officer; Eric, VK0KBB, in the engineering section; and Graham, VK0WG, who is attached to the meteorology unit. All have been too busy working during the crew change-over which leaves no time for amateur radio. VK0TS has plans to be active on CW/SSB mainly 80 and 40 meters.

VK0IR HEARD ISLAND DXPEDITION. VK0IR started its radio operations at 0654z on Tuesday, January 14th. Reports indicated that they landed on the island at 2230z January 11th (0330z local time) in 30 knot winds. All operators and equipment were put ashore by helicopter, taking 51 trips over five hours. Presently, activity continues on all bands. Updated information and "LOG INFORMATION" can be found on their WEB-site.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLAND. Bruce, W6OSP, and Joe, WA6VNR, report that they will be operating here as ZF2QM in the CQWW 160M Contest . QSL Via W6OSP.

ZY & ZZ, FURADO ISLAND AND FRANCES ISLAND (BRAZIL). Look for ZY3CEJ February 8-11th, on SB/CW, all bands, usual DX frequencies and the Brazil DX Net. This island does not have an IOTA but is good for DIB-62. QSL via PY3CEJ; or F6FNU. Frances Island is a Brazilian island located in the Espirito Santo State Group (IOTA SA-067, also DIB-068, DFB-ES-07), and will be active February 8-12th. The callsigns to be used: SSB - ZZ0Z (Lima/PY1NEZ), ZW0Z (Lineu/PY1ADV) and for CW - ZX0Z (Zeca/PY1LVF). Activity will be all bands. Suggested frequencies: SSB - 50100, 28400, 24905, 21200, 18075, 14200, 7060, 3790 kHz and CW - 50100, 28015, 24915, 21015, 18075, 14015, 10150, 7015, 3515, 1815 kHz. QSL via home call or via bureau.

SPECIAL REQUEST (STOP THE MAIL!.) Paul Kidd, A35RK, has requested OPDX to tell its users to pass along the following information. PLEASE DO NOT SEND E-MAIL to Paul. He will not reply to any E-mail requests. Paul states that there is no "real" Internet in Tonga: it's an E-mail-only store and forward system, with a periodic (EXPENSIVE!) satellite link to New Zealand. The cost is HUGE! He mainly uses it for family and business matters. He will not respond to any messages dealing with amateur radio operations.

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