Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 328
October 27, 1997

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 328
BID: $OPDX.328
October 27, 1997
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
Online at 440-237-8208 28.8k-1200 Baud 8/N/1 (New Area Code!)

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB2E, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, N2VW, K4MA, KF4OOX, N5FG, KH7RS, W7YAQ, AG8L, K8DD, DL8ZAJ, DU9RG, EY8MM, F6AJA, G3XTT, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, JA1HGY, JE1CKA, LZ1BB, OH2BVE, OH2TA and DL4YT/K4YT for the following DX information.

3B8, MAURITIUS. Jacques, F6HMJ, will be active as 3B8/F6HMJ from November 26th to December 12th. He will be active on all bands.

3D2, ROTUMA ISLAND. The rumor mill reports Ron, ZL1AMO, will be going here November 8th for one week. He will probably sign 3D2RW/R. QSL via home call.

4I, PHILIPPINES. Robin, DU9RG, reports to OPDX that he will be signing with special prefix 4I9RG for the month of November. This special prefix is to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA).

5R, MADAGASCAR. Klaus, DJ9DX, and Theo, DJ1RL, will be active from here between November 5-14th. Their callsigns will be issued upon their arrival. Activity will be 160-10 meters with DJ1RL handling the CW and DJ9DX doing the SSB part. QSL via direct or via the bureau. After Madagascar, they will go to Mayotte (see down below).

5X, UGANDA. Mats, SM7PKK, currently signing 5X1Z, states he has just put up a 160m Inverted-L. Listen for him on 1833 kHz. He will be trying the antenna out mainly towards EU in the evening hours around 2100-2200z.

9M0, LAYANG-LAYANG (Update). OPDX has received the latest update from the CDXC (Chiltern DX Club) on the DXpedition to the Spratly Islands which will take place February 12-24th. OPDX InterNet Subscriber will receive the complete press release (long) as an additional bulletin. In short, a multinational group of DXpeditioners, primarily members of the UK's CDXC (Chiltern DX Club), the UK DX Foundation, will operate from Layang Layang Island. The operation is timed to take place soon after the island re-opens to visitors following the typhoon season in order to maximize the opportunities for good LF propagation. The team is expected to include G3NUG, G3OZF, G3SED, G3WGV, G3XTT, G4JVG, G0OPB, K5VT, VK2BEX, 9M2OM(G3NOM) and 9M6SU. It is planned to keep four stations on the air round the clock to maximize band openings. All HF bands will be activated on SSB, CW and RTTY, and the group will also have equipment for 6 meters. The callsign will be 9M0C.

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators K8DD, AC8W and N8KR plan to be active from here November 25th through December 2nd. Their stay will include an entry as a Mult/Single in the 1997 CQWW CW Contest as K8DD/C6A. QSL to home callsigns.

FH, MAYOTTE. After their operation from Madagascar (see above), Klaus, DJ9DX, and Theo, DJ1RL, will be active from here between November 15-28th. They will sign FH/homecall. Activity will be the same as their 5R operation. QSL via direct or via the bureau.

FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON. "The 59(9) DXReport" states Ron, FP5EK, will QRT from here before the end of the year and move to Gandor, Newfoundland (VO1). QSL via K1RH.

KH0, SAIPAN ISLAND. A group of JA operators will be active from here October 31st to November 3rd. Planned activity will be 160-6 meters. Look for the following (operator/QSL info): KH2/JA4DND via JA4DND, KH2/JA1HGY via JA1HGY, W1BRK/KH0 via JA1BRK, WH2Q/WH0 via JI1DLZ, KH0/JA1HYF via JA1HYF, KH0/JR1MLU via JR1MLU.

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Jim, K4MA, will be on St.Croix from November 11-17th. His plans of band operations were not mentioned, but he will use the callsign KP2/K4MA. QSL via K4MA. Jim will also participate during the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes as WP2Z. QSL via KU9C.

NEW ELECTED OFFICERS. The following DXers have been elected for the Willamette Valley DX Club for 1998: President - Vince/K7REG; Vice-President - John/W7WZ; Secretary - Bill/AA7KF; Treasurer - Mike/K7NT; Director - Russ/W7LXR and Director - Craig/N7OR.

NO RTTY (A need for support). As mentioned in OPDX.327, Dan, LZ2UU, will be the radioman for a scientific team that will visit the Bulgarian Antarctic base "St. Kliment Ohridski" on Livingston Island in the South Shetland group. Harry, LZ1BB, Editor of The QRP Digest, reports to OPDX that, "There won't be any RTTY activity without help." The Internet Business Center Ltd. supported the expedition with only $600 without any plans to take advantage of RTTY capability of LZ0A. There is a need for more sponsorship to put LZ0A on RTTY. If it does not happen, there will be NO RTTY QSOs. If RTTY fans who would like to help the LZ0A operation, please send donations (payable) to: Internet Business Center Lrd., v.k. Krasno selo, bl.207A-A-6, Sofia-1618, Bulgaria.

POSSIBLE NEW COUNTRY IN THE WORKS? On October 14th, the Nevis Island (V4) administration decided to secede from its federation with St. Kitts (V4), which was formed after the countries obtained their independence in 1983. It is now required to have a two-thirds majority vote by the island's 5000 voters in a referendum to implement it.

POSSIBLE PREFIX CHANGE? UK amateurs on Pitcairn Island using the VR6 prefix may be switching to VP6. Reportedly, the VR6 prefix now belongs to People Republic of China since the handover of Hong Kong.


SPECIAL EVENT. If you were lucky to work OF0TA from Aland Island during the CQWW SSB Contest, please note the special prefix OF0 was used to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the independance of Finland. The station was operated by Pekka, OH2TA. QSL via OH2TA: Pekka Holstila, Linnaistentie 7, 01640 Vantaa, Finland.

TARL WEB HOME PAGE. Nodir, EY8MM (currently in VK3-land until November), request DXers to check out the Tajik Amateur Radio League Home page at: http://www.geocities..com/CapeCanaveral/Hangar/5873/

TG, GUATEMALA. A group of Finnish DXers will be active from here between January 18th and February 5th (1998). They will arrive in Guatemala City on January 17th. The purpose is to be on the air from the eastern part of Guatemala to gain better propagation to Europe, which is main target. Other regions will be worked without exceptions. The same scale of operation is expected as they had from XF3/OH3JF and others in 1996, with emphasis on low bands (160-30 meters). More information will be published later.

UK & EY, UZBEKISTAN AND TAJIKISTAN. Karl, DL4YT/K4YT, will be making his last trip to UK and EY before returning to Washington for a 2 year assignment. He will arrive in Tashkent late on October 29th, and plans to operate from the station of UK9AA on the night of the 30th. Karl will travel to Dushanbe on the 31st and is hopeful to be able to operate as EY8/K4YT from EY8CQ's big station. He plans to return to Tashkent on or about November 4th or 5th and be active again as UK4YT before flying back to Frankfurt on the 6th. Karl mentions that he will carry UK9AA, UK8AXA and UK0A QSLs which he has received to take back with him. PLEASE NOTE, from now on QSLs, should only go direct to UK9AA, UK8AXA and UK0A. All of Karl's operations should continue to go via his brother, W2TK, Bob Renz, 366 Rutherford Av, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071.

V2, ANTIGUA. John/K3TEJ, Ed/WA3WSJ and Darrell/AB2E will activate V26KW for the CQWW CW Contest November 29-30th. Their planned activity will be from November 25th through December 2nd, on all bands including WARC badns from 160-10 meters. They will activate the V26B Superstation site of Roy Carty, V21N, so they should be loud on all bands. QSL info is K3TEJ for V26KW, WA3WSJ for V26ED, and AB2E for V26E.

V31, BELIZE OPERATION CANCELLED. Reported in OPDX.327, the group from W5 land that was going to activate Ambergris Caye, Belize, beginning November 7th, has now been cancelled. It has been reported that the daughter of K5KR was killed in automobile accident October 20th. OPDX would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family.

VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS. The group which activated VP5T in the CQWW DX SSB Contest will continue to be active until October 28th. Look for N2VW, W2OF and WA2VYA to be active on CW and the WARC bands signing with their homecall/VP5. QSL to homecalls for N2VW and WA2VYA. W2OF via K2SB. QSL for VP5T go to N2VW via direct w/postage, via ARRL bureau, or by E-mail request to <n2vw@skyhigh.com> for bureau reply.

WP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Dave, AG8L, will be mounting a serious Single Op effort for the ARRL CW Sweepstakes Contest, November 1-3rd. He will be using the famous Windwood contest station and using the WP2Z callsign. He will be active before and after the contest using the call KP2/AG8L. Most of the activity will be after the contest. The QSL route for KP2/AG8L is via KM6ON (now NN6C). Both direct and bureau cards are accepted. The QSL route for WP2Z is via KU9C. This is the new standard route for all operations, and both direct and bureau cards will be answered. Please allow time for logs to get to KU9C from the various WP2Z ops.

VU2, INDIA. Jim, VK9NS/VU2JBS, will be visiting Yannick, F6FYD, who is in India at the moment. He will arrive on November 3rd and be there for a few weeks. They will be active under Jim's callsign as VU2JBS. They are looking to obtain a licence for the Andaman or Laccadives Islands. ADDED NOTE: During this same period, they will try to be active from Bangladesh as S21ZA (VK9NS) and S21?? (F6FYD).

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Paul, KF4OOX, reported to OPDX he will be transfering to Ascension Island on October 29th (or there abouts). He hopes to be active within a few days, if not the same day he arrives. His callsign will be ZD8V which he received last month while he was down there for a 5 week stay. He plans on being active after work between 1800 and 2300z and on the weekends. He will be active on 20-10 meters. Also, he plans to operate on 6 meters once he receives his 6m antenna. QSL via his home call sign KF4OOX or Paul L. Hutley, CSR 6310 Ascension, P.O. Box 4915, Patrick AFB, Fl 32925. He also mentions that you can QSL to his parents' house and they will forward it to him: Paul L. Hutley, 298 Logan Ave, Sharon, Pa 16146. Paul also mentions there is another stateside ham on the island. He is Dave, AC4IV, and his callsign is ZD8T. He is on the island for a long term assignment. He tries to be active at night and on the weekends.

IMPORTANT NOTICE! Users of the online BARF-80 BBS (Home of the OPDX Bulletin) take note, the area code has change as of August 16th. The new 440 area code will replace the 216 area code. Currently both area codes can be used, but the 216 area code will be permanently replaced in April 1998. BARF-80 BBS online at 440-237-8208 28.8k-1200 Baud 8/N/1

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

OPDX WORLD-WIDE WEB HOME (provided by John, K8YSE):
OPDX SPANISH WEB SITE. (provide by "QTC Magazine" and Tony Pernas, EA1CSI):

Excerpts and distribution of The OPDX Bulletin are granted as long as KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 receive credit. To contribute DX info, call BARF-80 BBS online at 440-237-8208 14400/9600/2400/1200/300 and leave a message with the Sysop or send InterNet Mail to one of the two following addresses: kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org -or- aq474@cleveland.freenet.edu - OR - Send a message via packet to KB8NW @ WA8BXN.OH.USA.NA - OR - Use the VOICE or FAX answering machine at 440-237-8208 which shares the same phone line as BARF-80 BBS using a data/fax/phone switch. To access: 1) Dial Number. 2) Wait for first ring (the second ring should be a false ring from the fax/data switch box) and then dial four quick ones ("1111"). (NOTE: Some FAX machines that send single "BEEPS" every second will not have to do this step.) 3) The phone will pick up and after the "BEEP" leave your voice message or FAX.

Tedd Mirgliotta KB8NW
InterNet: kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org
Basic Amateur Radio Frequency BBS (BARF-80) +1 440/237-8208
"Totally devoted to Amateur Radio" - 24 Hrs a day 8/N/1 14.4k-300 baud