Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 333
December 1, 1997

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 333
BID: $OPDX.332
December 1, 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, K2BF, N2NL, NY2U, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4JRB, N5OGP, W5IJU & Island/DX News, KD6BYI, K7WX, DL2CC, F6AJA & LNDX, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, G4FRE and LU1DZ for the following DX information.

10-10 NET. With 10 meters becoming very active, check out the Channel Islands Chapter's "10X International Net" every Wednesday at 1800-2000z and again at 0200-0400z. Non-members are welcome. For more information, send E-mail to: rcnoll@ix.netcom.com

5X, UGANDA. Frank, DL2CC, will be active until December 3rd with the callsign 5X1M. His activity will be mainly on CW and the low bands, but also RTTY and SSB. QSL via ON5NT.

8Q, MALDIVES. (Excerpts from a press release. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive an additional bulletin with the complete news release). The Central Arizona DX Association has announced an upcoming DXpedition to the Republic of the Maldives (8Q7, Zone 22, Indian Ocean). The team leaves Los Angeles for Taipei on January 16th, and will arrive in the capital city of Male by January 18th, after a brief stopover in in Singapore. Their plans are to be active beginning January 19th, with 24 hour operating on most bands through January 28th. They will be using the callsign 8Q7AA. Members of the 8Q7AA DXpedition team will be:

There will be four stations running Yaesu FT-1000MP transceivers, Alpha amplifiers and Force 12 antennas from 160 through 10-meters, including all WARC bands. A concentrated effort will be made on the low bands with adequate power and antennas. N6NT, K7WX, K7ZV and NN7X will focus on 40, 80 and 160-meters, with special attention being given to openings for North America. The 8Q7AA operation will be active during the CQWW 160 meter CW DX Contest. This contest begins at 2200 GMT on January 23 and ends on January 25th. 8Q7AA will be a high power multi-operator entry in this contest. QSL requests can go to N7TX either direct, bureau or E-mail routes. Direct QSLs to: Steve Thompson, N7TX, 119 E. Jasmine St., Mesa, AZ 85201-1811 USA (Please enclose an airmail SASE with adequate postage.) Bureau QSLs: Cards should be clearly marked 8Q7AA via N7TX. Internet: Bureau QSLs can be requested by sending E-mail to the following address: n7tx@cadxa.org -- More complete details are available at their WWW home page: http://www.cadxa.org/8q7aa

9K, KUWAIT. The "DXNS" report Bob, 9K2ZZ, is once again active. He will be there until December, 1998. A log server is available at the following WEB site: QSL via W8CNL, direct only.

ATTENTION RTTY CONTESTERS! William "Mr. Bill" Eddy, NY2U, President of TARA and Contest Manager, has informed OPDX that QST has published the wrong dates for the "TARA RTTY Sprint". Mr. Bill states the Troy Amateur Radio Association (TARA) has, for the last six years, sponsored the "Annual TARA RTTY SPRINT" which is normally held on the second weekend of December. However, this year the contest was moved to the first weekend of December (6th and 7th) to avoid any conflict with the ARRL's 10 Meter Contest. The trouble they have now is that the ARRL has put their OLD contest weekend date (December 13rd and 14th) in their November issue of QST, on page 94! Mr. Bill states, "I would feel really terrible if somebody missed our contest due to this error." He has also supplied OPDX with the complete set of "Official Rules and Regulations" for the contest. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive this as an additional bulletin.

ATTENTION 160M CONTESTERS! It has been reported that the December issue of the CQ Contest Column has the wrong mode listed for the January contest dates. January is CW not SSB. The SSB dates are February 27th to March 1st (2200Z to 1600Z). The conetst was moved back one week to avoid the ARRL CW DX Contest.

A4, OMAN. After their stay and activity from Ali's (A61AJ) QTH, look for David/K3LP and Rich/KE3Q to be active as A43/K3LP and A43/KE3Q. They will stay in Muscat from December 2-5th. QSL via W3UR (ex WR3E).

GD, ISLE OF MAN. Look for Steve this week (if you do not work him during the contest this past weekend) as GD4UOL. His activity will last until December 6th with operations on CW. QSL via GD Bureau.

IOTA NUMBERS PLEASE! Some indivduals were asking what the IOTA numbers were for Deception Island (LU1ZC) and Staten Island (L20XSI) mentioned in last week's bulletin (OPDX.332). Staten Island is IOTA SA-049 and Deception Island is IOTA AN-010.

J8, ST. VINCENT. "The Daily DX" reports that Volkmar, DF2SS, will operate from this Caribean Island from December 20th to January 9th. He will be signing J8/DF2SS. He plans to be active on RTTY and CW. QSL via DL2MDZ.

KH2, GUAM. Dave, N2NL, reports he is being transferred (he is with the U.S. Coast Guard) to Guam in January. He will be there for at least 2 years. Dave has indicated he will be active as N2NL/KH2 sometime in the spring (once all his equipment has arrived on the island). He will operate mostly CW and will be active on most bands and in contests. His operating time will be somewhat limited due to the nature of his job (he is stationed on a patrol boat but plans to be quite active when he can). He also mentions his tentative plans to put KH2 and KH0 on 160 meters during the winter season of 1998 and 1999 (especially to help Europe and the US with these two countries on topband). His tentative QSL information is via either W2YC or CBA.

MU, GUERNSEY. If you were lucky to work Jay, K4LZE, as MW0BKA from Wales, you may be just as lucky to catch him as MU0BKA from Guernsey between December 4-9th. His activity will be mainly CW 160-10 meters, 7 kHz up from bottom of the band edge. There will be some SSB. QSL via home call.

NEW PROPAGATION SERVICE AVAILABLE FOR AMATEURS! Announced this week was the availability of a new radio propagation service known as "CAROS", or the Coordinated Amateur Radio Observation System. This service can be found on the World-Wide-Web at: http://solar.uleth.ca/solar/www/caros.html CAROS is based on the principle of amateurs contributing radio propagation information for others to use. They have been planning to implement such a service primarily to test whether amateurs can supply sufficient information to make such a global service useful. Its success or failure will be directly dependent upon those who use it and find it useful. The complete announcement and details will be available to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers as an additional bulletin.


P4, ARUBA. The 59(9) DXReport states Martin, VE3MR, will be here as P40MR until late April. He operates SSB. QSL via VE3MR.

QSL INFO FOR THE CQWW CW DX CONTEST. If you are looking for help to locate QSL help on the stations you worked this past weekend during the contest, check out the following WEB sites. These sites are updated almost daily:

SPECIAL EVENT. The French DX Bulletin reports that F5HWB will be using the special callsign TM0UN from November 29th to December 4th for "World Day for Disable Persons". QSL via F5HWB.

SPECIAL EVENT. Members from the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society (NOARS) will be active on the U.S.S Cod Submarine, located on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio, December 7th, which is Pearl Harbor Day. They will be using the callsign K8KRG. There will be network news coverage at the submarine as well as "Ham Radio" operations on the General parts of the bands, mainly 40 and 80 meters. A new color QSL card can be obtained.

SPECIAL EVENT. Joel, WU1F, announces he will be active as K1K from December 23-30th to celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah ("The Festival of Lights"). QSL via WU1F (direct or bureau).

VK, AUSTRALIA (and the Fiji Islands). Dave, G4FRE, and Meg, G7FRE, are currently operating from here on 80-6 meter as VK2IDR and VK2TNL respectively until December 15th. They will be in Fiji, December 16-20th on their way back to the USA. They are currently awaiting the licencing paperwork to operate from there. There is a good possibility the itinerary will be repeated after Christmas. QSLs via G3AUA.

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):
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Tedd Mirgliotta KB8NW
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