Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 318
August 18, 1997

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 318
BID: $OPDX.318
August 11, 1997
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
Online at 216-237-8208 28.8k-1200 Baud 8/N/1

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AD1C, K4PC, N4GN, W4FOA, W4NS, WB2YQH & WB2RAJ THE 59(9) DXReport, AA7AV, K7JJ, AP2TJ, BV/N0IAT, CX8DX, EX0V, 9M2OM/G3NOM, 9M2TO, G3SWH, G3SXW, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, JA4DND, PS7AB, RA1QHJ, SM7NAS, SP2FOV, VK4LW and VK4AAR for the following DX information.

5H, ZANZIBAR ISLAND (Tanzania). Phil, G3SWH, will be active on CW only all bands from 80-10 meters, conditions permitting. From September 16-22nd, he will be active from mainland Tanzania as 5H3/G3SWH and from September 22-29th, he will be on Zanzibar Island (IOTA AF-032) as 5H1/G3SWH. Phil will be using one of the IOTA Committee's Yaesu FT-900AT transceivers with 100 watts to wire antennas. This is a holiday operation, and activity will probably be restricted to 3 or 4 hours per day. There will be a special printed QSL made available, either from his home address: Phil Whitchurch, 21 Dickensons Grove, Congresbury, Bristol, BS19 5HQ, United Kingdom, with SAE and adequate return postage or via the RSGB bureau.

5V, TOGO. The Voo-Doo Contest Group has announced they will be active as 5V7A in the upcoming 1997 CQ World-Wide DX CW Contest on November 29-30th. They will enter the Multi/Multi category with eleven team members, eight one-kilowatt stations (all TS930 and Alpha amplifiers), 18 antennas (including nine Force 12 and Cushcraft yagis; and also balloons/kites for a 160 meters 132 foot vertical). This is an expanded operation from their 1996 project which secured a first-place contest finish. A sea container is en route from UK with 100 ft. of tower, 2500 ft. of hard-line and 2000 ft. of rotor cable. Full details of this Contest/DXpedition are available on their Web page (thanks to Warren, K7WX) at the URL: http://www.getnet.com/~k7wx/5v7a.html. The WEB site contains many photos, maps, QSL cards and much more. Please drop by and also check the "Flash" section from time to time for latest news. Team members will activate their personal call-signs outside of the contest, including WARC bands: G3SXW/5V7A, G3ZEM/5V7ZM, G4FAM/5V7FA, GM3YTS/5V7RF, K5VT/5V7VT, K7GE/5V7JL, K7PN/5V7PN, KC7V/5V7MF, N7BG/5V7BG, N7MB/5V7MB and W6RGG/5V7BV. QSL via home-call except 5V7A which goes to GM4AGL. They will also welcome E-mail requests for bureau replies for 5V7A cards. Send request to: g3sxw@compuserve.com

9M0, LAYANG LAYANG ISLAND (Spratly Islands). If you missed the N2OO's operation from here last week, you will have a second chance this week. Pekka, OH2YY, currently based in Beijing, will be making another short operating stint from the Layang Layang Resort. Currently his call sign is still pending, but it will be issued upon his arrival in Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia, his port of departure to this DXpedition. Pekka's expected arrival is during the morning of August 19th, local time, and his departure will be on the morning of August 22nd. He plans to be active almost immediately following his arrival. The equipment is a Yaesu FT-840 transceiver and Cuschraft R5 and 40M dipole antennas. If arrangements can be completed, the beam antenna used by N2OO will be left behind for this operation. The "regular" bands 7, 14 and 21 MHz will be employed, almost exclusively on SSB. Watch 7045, 14195 and 21295 kHz. Pekka is no stranger to DX in his native Finland and has recently joined the spirit of the South China Sea DX Team in preparation for exploits to several rare countries in the region. Pekka is extremely thankful to Alfons, 9M6MU, and Doris, 9M6DU, who have provided extremely valauble assistance in making this operation possible. QSLs for his Spratly operation will be handled by Martti Laine, OH2BH, Nuottaniementie 3D20, 02230 Espoo, Finland.

AP2AP IS A PIRATE! The following was sent to OPDX on behalf of PARS by Tariq, AP2TJ: "The Pakistan Amateur Radio Society (PARS) advises all radio amateurs that the call "AP2AP" being used by JA8WPP and/or JA1EZM is a fake. No such call has been issued by the licensing authorities to anyone and these "Amateurs" have no permission to operate in AP temporary or otherwise. There has been no change in local licensing regulations. PARS requests all amateurs to discourage this type of piracy by not responding to CQs or QSO requests from this fake call. Such activity can only be detrimental to the genuine hams in AP. The operator should also be advised that it is known that he is a pirate. ARRL and JARL are also being informed by copy of this notification so that QSL cards from this station are not accepted for any awards. This is in addition to any legal or punitive action the local authorities may take against the operator/s for illegal operation of a transmitting station under the relevant laws."

AP50, PAKISTAN. Tariq, AP2TJ, reports to OPDX that the digital station AP50NK will be active in Amtor/Pactor/Gtor (auto-reply) on mark frequencies 14065 kHz (0300-1700z) and 7038 (1700-0300z). Contacts with AP50NK will qualify as a QSO for the AP50 Golden Jubilee award.

BU, TAIWAN. Prefix Hunters start looking for this new prefix "BU". Look for BU0DX on the ham bands, especially 20 meters CW. QSL to BV200: c/o CTARL, PO Box 73, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.

ER, MOLDOVA. Chris, K4PC, will be leaving with a team of workers on September 27th for a two week missions trip to work in some children's orphanages in Moldova. They will be installing hot water heaters, weatherstripping windows and installing FM radio receivers for the children to listen to broadcasts. If any spare time becomes available, Chris is hoping to operate RTTY, CW and SSB on 40, 80 and 160 meters. He has been in contact with Sergey, ER1AN, by E-mail and fax about obtaining a license, and he is almost sure Chris will be issued a license. All the paperwork has been faxed to him and forwarded to the PTT for approval. Sergey and Chris hope to hear about the results within a few weeks. He will not be taking any equipment, so he will have to try and operate from a home or club station. More updates and details are forthcoming.

EX0, KYRGYZSTAN. Valery, EX0V (ex-UM8NU), reports he is now active on RTTY (thanks to Juanjo, EA3CB, for a gift computer). Look for him on 14080 kHz +/- QRM around 0100-0300 and 1200-1800z. He also plans to be active on the other bands (80-40-30 meters). If any person wants to make a schedule with him, send E-mail to: EX0V@amsat.org. QSL EX0V (and UM8NU, UM8NAP, UM93NU, UM1N) to N6FF (ex KL7H/W6).

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Henry/SP2FOV and Kazik/DL2SBY will by active from here as HB0/SP2FOV and HB0/DL2SBY, from August 20-27th. They plan to be active on 80-10 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via home call.

HELP WANTED (one spot filled). Rick, VK4LW, from ODXG reports they have filled one of the two operators needed for the upcoming Willis DXpedition. The new operator added is Bill Snider, K6KM. Bill, within the past year, has operated as TI2/K6KM, TI4/K6KM, M/K6KM, OH2/K6KM and OH0/K6KM. He has also operated from EP, DL, KH5, KH2 and GU. Bill's perfered mode is CW, but he does operate the SSB contests. ODXG still needs another operator ASAP!!!!! They have had a few interested parties but none confirmed as of yet. The DXpediton has a mixture of OM's or YL's. If interested, you will need to be in Cairns ready to go at the boat by 1230z, September 9th. You will return approx. 24th September. Please contact Rick if you are interested at: zerk@keylink.com.au.

HR6, HONDURAS. The same group of Uruguay Dx Group that activated CX0XY, P40AN/CR and last year FO0/ALE/CAA/REB will be on Roatan Island (IOTA NA-057) from August 23th to September 3rd. Look for HR6/CX3CE, HR6/CX4CR and HR6/CX3AN to be active on all bands including 6 meters and the WARC bands. Activity will be mostly SSB, but with some CW. QSL via CX3CE, Box 244, Montevideo 11000, Uruguay-South America.

HZ, SAUDI ARABIA. Vic, N7CVJ, at HZ1AB says the gang there is making big plans to be in the 1997 CQ WW RTTY Contest, September 27-28th. Most likely this will be a Multi/Single all band effort.


IRCS (Special Request). Alan, VK4AAR, sent your editor the following important message: "Hello Tedd... I must plead with DXers to make sure that their post office puts an official imprint on the left hand side of IRCs when they purchase them. If they use 2nd hand IRCs that don't have this stamp, I suggest they try to "unload" it/them at their local post office and thereby remove them from the system. In any case, don't send them to me if you need me to supply a QSL card. My post office (the only one for 80 Kms!) has suddenly woken up that I have been tendering the occasional invalid IRC for stamps and now is refusing them. I have paid the postage for a few people but that will now cease... I can't afford it on my pension. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE IRC(s) ARE CORRECTLY VALIDATED AT YOUR POST OFFICE WHEN YOU PURCHASE IT (THEM). I WILL NOT (N-O-T) BE ABLE TO REPLY TO YOUR REQUEST IF THE IRC(s) ARE INVALID. I would appreciate it if you could publish this on behalf of QSL managers everywhere. Thanks....... 73 de Alan, VK4AAR"

J3, GRENADA. Harry, W8KKF, will be active in the 1997 CQ WW SSB Contest as J37K. He is also looking for more operators to join him. You can contact Harry via his E-mail address at hflasher@dayton.net or via the telephone at 937-434-9616. QSL via home call.

JW, SVALBARD. Kjell, SM7NAS, informs OPDX that from August 29th to September 1st he will sign JW/SM7NAS. He will be operating from the QTH of JW5E (the local ham club in Longyearbyen, Svalbard). He states the antennas that are available there are a 5 element beam up 100 ft for 10/15/20 meters and a full size delta loop for 40 meters. If possible, he will operate on the WARC bands and the low bands as well. The low bands will be difficult due to the sunlight that is almost round the clock. All QSLs go to SM7NAS via bureau or direct: Kjell Adolfsson, Dalbovagen 16B, S-59096 Overum, Sweden.

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Skip, JE2HCJ, is planning to go to Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands from August 22-25th. He plans on using the callsign N2PQE/KH0. Activity will be CW/SSB/RTTY on 40-10 meters. QSL via JE2HCJ. If you want make schedule for North America or Europe, please contact JE2HCJ via E-mail at je2hcj@ibm.net.


TT8, CHAD. Burns, W4FOA, talked\worked Jim, TT8/WA4KKY, who is in Chad repairing/installing some sort of communications system. He passed along the following info: He and John (WB4MBU) will be alternating in/out of TT8 for what he said was more or less permanently. Jim indicated he (and John) will be active around 18150 kHz, although he was worked today on 14225 kHz. Also, he stated he is hearing quite well on 75 meters and will be on 3928 around 1100-1230z which he indicated was his "gray line" (some confusion on this point). He also stated he had just moved, so his callbook address is not correct and was telling all to QSL via the WA4 bureau. Jim also mentioned that plans are for John to bring some digital stuff with him when he arrives around 6-7th of September. He did not further identify what digital equipment he would be bringing.

VR6, PITCAIRN ISLAND. The 59(9) DXReport states Tom, VR6TC, has been active on 14188 kHz at 0130z and will give out CW QSOs as well. QSL via WD6GUD. Tom is the real OT of Pitcairn Island!

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