Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 292, February 17, 1997

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 292
BID: $OPDX.292
February 17, 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, KE2VB, N2MAU, K4RB, W4BYG, NL7TB, WX7K, BV/N0IAT, 9K2HN, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DL8OBC, EA5BY, EI6HB, F5SHQ, F6AJA, G4BUE & DX News Sheets, ON6TT, PS7AB, XE1KK, YV5AMH and ZL1ANJ for the following DX information.

3A, MONACO. The "DX News Sheet" reports that Manfred, DJ7RJ, will be active March 3-13th, as 3A/DJ7RJ while on holiday. Activity will on CW/SSB and 40-10 meters, with a possibility of operations on 160 and 80 meters if he finds the space to erect antennas. QSL to home call.

8B (or will it be YE8), TUKANG BESI ISLAND (New IOTA). Reportedly, everything is a go. Activity will begin March 7th at 0000z and will end March 9th 2400z. Tjork, YB0RX, and others have added another operator to the team (a CW operator). Callsign is still not yet known at this time, 8B8WI is the requested one, but Tjok stated some difficulty with the authority for using a special prefix, so they may have to settle with YE8 prefix. The team hopes that an IOTA number will be issued on the first day. Operations will be from Wanci Village on the Island of Wangi-wangi in the Tukang Besi Islands Group, with activity on 80-10 meters (including the WARC Bands) CW/SSB. QSL is via YC8KAR.

9K/NLD, KUWAIT NATIONAL AND LIBERATION DAY AWARD. On February 25th and 26th (every year) the state of Kuwait celebrates its National and Liberation Day. To mark this auspicious event, Kuwait Amateur Radio Society is delighted to announce an international award for Kuwait National and Liberation Day award. Two stations will be active during these days signing callsign/NLD (Look for club station 9K2RA/LND). The contest is open to both licensed radio amateurs and SWLs. ADDED NOTE: Details of this event will be sent to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers as an additional bulletin.

BV, TAIWAN (160 METERS). Chung, BV4ME, and Leo, BV7FC, have been reportedly active on the lower bands including 160 meters. No times were provide for Leo on 160, but Chung has been here often on 1828 kHz around 2000-2230z. QSL both direct to their CBA.

BV9, PRATAS ISLAND. Joe Fitter, BV/N0IAT in Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C., reported the following this past week: "Had a nice discussion with several of my Taiwanese/Chinese hams during the Chinese Lunar New Years holiday. One of the topics of discussion was the upcoming DXpedition to Pratas Island, one of the newest of DXCC countries. It is with a sad note that I must report that the application to revisit Pratas Island was rejected. Citing military preparedness, the officials rejected the application for a return to the island for DX operations. So, at this time, there is no plan for a return to Pratas Island during the first half of 1997. For those not aware, Pratas is one of the Republic of China's strongholds and it is primarily an island of military installations, and not for civilian use. It was with great privelege that the BV9P operation(s) were able to occur on Pratas. It is with hope that a future operation to Pratas will be realized, either in the second half of 1997 or early 1998......" Regards, Joe Fitter, BV/N0IAT

D4, CAPE VERDE. Didier, 6W/F5OGL, and Christian, 6W1QV, will try to be active from here Februay 26th to March 4th.

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Angel/EA3ALD, Manolo/EA8ZS and Tony/EA5BY will be running the CQWW DX 160 SSB Contest with the callsign EA8ZS. Before and after the contest, they will be using EA8/own call. If someone needs EA8 on any band/mode, they will accept skeds during the evening hours. Send request to: agaliana@alc.es

EK, ARMENIA. EK6GC is currently active on 160 meter SSB (no times of activity were given). He will also be active in the CQWW 160M SSB Contest. QSL to P.O. Box 25, Charentsavan, 378562 Armenia. Internet E-mail address: ampr@arminco.com

HP, PANAMA. As we reported several bulletins back Gerard, F2JD, would soon be active from here and now Gerard has been issued a callsign and is now active as HP1XBI. He will be active from 40-15 meters (including the WARC bands). Gerard will try to activate some of the Panamnian coastal islands, as usual. QSL via F6AJA.

J2, DJIBOUTI. Dominique, F5RYC, is reported to be heading back here and will be active as J28YC. QSL via F6EJI.

MU0, GUERNSEY. Mathieu, F5SHQ, reports to OPDX that he is now active from here with the callsign "MU0ASP". He will be there for a few months. He is active on 20, 30 and 40 meters mostly on CW. QSLs are "OK" via bureau or direct to: Mathieu Roche, F5SHQ, 4 cours de la liberation, 33000 Bordeaux, France.


USI ALERT. Dave, K1HT, will be active from Cumberland Island GA-002S on 14260 kHz from February 17-21st. QSL direct to K8JLF or bureau via K1HT.

V31, BELIZE. Members of the Cuba Libre Contest Club, John/W2NA, Vic/KI6IM and Bill/WA9L will be active as V31DX during the ARRL DX Phone Contest. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. QSL via AA6BB.

V5/ZS6YG OPERATION. Operators from Colorado -- KV0Q, W0YG. WB0HBS and W8UVZ should be QRT by the time you read this. As of Thursday last week, the team passed out about 700 QSOs on 160 meters. The team has reported that contacts were difficult due to area storms which caused static and high winds. They were using an inverted vee on 160m with apex at 260 feet using 60 ft mast on top of 200 ft high lighthouse on the Atlantic coast.

VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS. If you do not have a chance to work Joe, K8JP, this past weekend during the ARRL DX CW Contest as VP5JP, you will have a second chance this coming weekend during the CQWW 160M SSB Contest (February 21-23rd).

WHAT HAPPENED ON KERGUELEN? OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive an additional bulletin containing the details (by Peter, ON6TT), why the VK0IR team did not operate from here.

WP2, VIRGIN ISLANDS (U.S.). Operators KE2VB, K2ZJ and K2ZL will be active as WP2Z during the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 1-2nd). The WP2Z will be a Multi 2 entry for the contest.

XE, MEXICO. Ramon, XE1KK, informs OPDX that once again the Radio Club Satelite, XE1RCS, will be active in the CQWW 160M SSB Contest as a Multi-Op/Single Transmiter entry. The group has installed a brand new 1/4 wave vertical, two dipoles, and 6 beverages which includes running full power. A lot of planning and teamwork has been made for this contest. They hope to do better than last year placing 6th in the world. For more information contact Ramon at "xe1kk@amsat.org" or visit their WEB site: http://www.xe1rcs.org.mx/

XT, BURKINA FASO. Ray, W4BYG, states he will be traveling to the French part of western Africa, from February 18-25th, and may possibly extend his stay another two weeks. He will signing XT2AR and plans to be on or about 14195 or 14245 kHz after 2100z, each evening. He will be running a FT-757 to a ground plane. He may also try 40 meters if conditions are not good. QSL via W4BYG.

YV0, AVES ISLAND. "Rumors of a DXpedition to Aves Island this summer are not true", states Reinaldo, YV5AMH, President of the Radio Club Venezolano and Vice-President of the Venezuela DX Club, "no plans for Aves Island this year. The closest date is March or April 1999."

ZL, NEW ZEALAND. Look for operators Tapani, OH5BM, and Martin, ZL1ANJ, to be active as ZL1ANJ as a MultiOp-Single Transmitter enrty in the ARRL DX Phone Contest. Operations are planned to be on 80-10 meters.

ZK1, SOUTH COOK. The "DX News Letter" reports that VE6JO is expected to be active from February 22nd until March 10th. They state he holds a valid licence, but he has to borrow equipment on the island.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND. The DXNL also reports Lothar, DJ4ZB, has been active since February 4th as ZL7ZB. He will stay there until March 13th (?). Lothar works in phone only from 80-6 meters. QSL via homecall.

ZY0SG/ZY0SK OPERATION. The St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks DXpedition is now QRT! Last QSO was logged at 1015z. Despite the great difficulties, Tino and Karl made almost 10.000 QSOs.

SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE EDITOR. Please send all DX announcements/information "ONLY" to the addresses below and "NOT" to the distribution InterNet address of: dxinfo@barf80.nshore.org


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