Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 336
December 22, 1997

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 336
BID: $OPDX.336
December 22, 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, N1HRW, W1EKT, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, W2CE, K4MD, K4ZW, KI4RU, N6RT, K8JP, K8YSE, DL3KUD, F6AJA & LNDX, HB9HFN, JA6VZB, LA4KQ, OH2BVE, OK1KT, VA3DX, VK4AAR and VE9AA for the following DX information.

SPECIAL EDITOR'S NOTE: My family (wife/OPDX's chief proof-reader Linda, Tedd [TJ], Katie) and I (KB8NW) would like to wish all DXers, Contesters and OPDX readers a very "Happy Holiday and Season's Greetings". Also, we would like thank the many who have contributed information over the year (there are too many to list). Without them there would not be an OPDX Bulletin.

8P, BARBADOS. Glenn, VA3DX, reports to OPDX that he will be active again as 8P9DX, from January 18th to February 1st. His time and activity will included the CQ 160 Meter CW Contest (January 23-25th). He will be active on all bands. QSLs should be sent to VA3DX or VE3ICR and not to the 8P QSL bureau!!

CU1, AZORES. Matt, DL3KUD, will be going here again between December 29th and January 7th. He will be active from Santa Maria Island (IOTA EU-003) as CU1/DL3KUD. His planned operations will be on the Low-Bands (especially 160m) and the WARC bands. Activity will be on CW and probably some RTTY (his first steps in RTTY, please be patient!). His suggested frequencies (+/-QRM): 1834, 3504 (QSX 3527), 7004, 10104, 18074, 24894 kHz. QSLs will be answered via bureau. If possible, do not send any QSLs direct.

DXPEDITION PACIFIC 98' is what the main sponsors (ALCATEL CZECH and the Czech DX Foundation [OKDXF]) are calling this operation. Members of the OFDXF will be heading for the multi-stop trip to the Pacific with the following itinerary: Departure is from Praha

If possible, the group might divide during the stop on Western Samoa and try spend few days on American Samoa. Operators will also have a license for Rotuma Island, but due to transport problem, nothing is sure. The operators will be OK1TN, OK1KT and OK1VD. They will be equipped with PAs as well as beams for the WARC bands and 20-10 meter and a vertical for the 40 meters band. If possible, at least two stations will be on the air. Callsigns will be announced later, and a all mode operation is expected on the usual DX frequencies. QSL information is via: OKDX Foundation, P.O.BOX 73 Bradlec, 293 06 Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. ADDED NOTE: During the process of planning there appeared a possibility to activate Midway Island for a week or ten days. Unfortunately, it could not be possible without additional charges (not very high - it is only a hop from Hawaii), so any donations would be very appreciated.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Kazik, DL2SBY, will be active from here December 27th through January 3rd. He will be active on both CW and SSB. Check the DX Nets on 14226 or 14247 kHz. For CW, look for him at the bottom of the band edge. QSL via homecall.

HP, PANAMA. Gerard, F2JD/HP1XBI, is headed back to France after more than 21000 QSOs. He will be back in Panama in the middle of January for two more months.

IOTA NEWS. Herve, F5RMY, and some other operators will be using the callsign TM5CRO from Porquerolles Islands (IOTA EU070) from January 14-20th. They will be active on CW and SSB from 160-10 meters. QSL via F5RMY.

IOTA SURVEY BE CONDUCTED. Chris, N1HRW, reports, "The Islands on the Web Website is conducting a web-based 'Top Needed IOTA Islands' Survey. This survey will be used to generate a list of the most needed IOTA islands in the world and the percent of IOTA chasers needing them. IOTA Chasers can take part in the survey by filling out a form on the IOTW website at: http://islandchaser.com (go to the "Survey" section of the site). The IOTA need list form can be E-mailed to "n1hrw@islandchaser.com", or send the list to Chris Taron N1HRW, 607 Harwood Ct., Champaign, IL 61820. The survey has been ongoing and runs until 0000z January 10, 1998. Survey results will be displayed on the site on Jan 10.

NEW OFFICIALS. The Carolina DX Association held elections for 1998 at their annual Christmas dinner and meeting. The following will serve for 1998: President - Joe Simpkins, K4MD; Vice-President - Cliff Wagoner, W4WN and Secretary/Treasurer - Gary Dixon, K4MQG. Also, serving the Club for another year as the editor of their monthly newsletter will be Don Daso, K4ZA. The Pileup, their newsletter, is on the internet at the URL address: http://www.cdxa.org


SOUTH PACIFIC DXPEDITION. Cedric, HB9HFN, informs OPDX that he and HB9DLZ will be active from Tonga and Western Samoa. Details are as follows: From Tongatapu, they will be there from February 5-10th and sign A35LZ (HB9DLZ) and A35FN (HB9HFN). From Western Samoa, they will be there from February 10-23th and sign 5W0LZ (HB9DLZ) and 5W0FN (HB9HFN). They will be especially active for Europe and mostly on CW (80-10 meters). QSL via home call (via bureau preferred). For more details see: http://www.qsl.net/hb9hfn/

T88, BELAU (SSTV activity). Tosy, JA6VZB, is planning to be active as a Mobile SSTV station during the SSTV contest (January 2-3rd) as T88JA. The contest exchange is: send your original picture and serial number. QSL via bureau to JA6BSM. (PLEASE send it via bureau. Every QSL will be submitted to bureau.)

TG, GUATEMALA. Toni/OH1TD, Heikki/OH3JF, Hessu/OH6XY and Raija/OH7LIX will be on the air from January 18th to February 5th (1998). They will arrive in Guatemala on January 16th, and their flights back are on February 6th. They will possibly be assigned with the TG0OH callsign (to be confirmed later). They will always operate split and suggested operating frequencies are as follows:

For lowband operators, the following sunset and sunrise times apply during their DXpedition to TG-land: sunrise between 0033-0030z and sunset times 1149-1158z. Their equipment includes: IC-730, IC-735, IC-751 and TS-690. Linear amplifiers are Heathkit SB-1000 and Tokio HI-Power HL-700B. Antennas will be 2 phased HF2V's - like in XF3/OH3JF expedition where their 80m signal in Europe was very strong with this antenna set-up. In addition they have a Cuscraft X7, A3WS and R7000. For top band they have two antennas and for some other purpose G5RV. They will operate from SanBenito which is at the lake, Lago Peten Iza. This QTH is on the northern part of Guatemala, and there is a clear view over the lake towards Europe, as the stations will be located by the lake. QSL via the bureau or direct to calbook addresses: RTTY via OH6XY and CW/SSB via OH3JF.

V2, ANTIGUA. Operators Bob/AA1M, Jim/W1HL, Tim/KA1MID and Mike/W1USN have plans to vacation and operate from Antigua from February 23rd to March 2nd (1998). They currently have not been issued callsigns. QSLs can be sent direct to each Op or via bureau.

V31, BELIZE. Joe, K8JP, and his XYL Beverly are currently on the road driving to Belize and expect to arrive around December 23rd. If all goes well, he states he will start operating as V31JP on Christmas Day, December 25th, and run through January 12, 1998. He plans on participating in the "Stew Perry Top Band Challenge" (December 27-28th). Outside of the contest, he will be on mainly 160, 80 and 40 meters. Look for him on 1827.7, listening up 2 kHz. When the band is open to Europe or Asia, he states that he will give them priority. The same applies to 80 and 40 meters, 3507.7, 3527.7, 7007.7 and 7027.7 kHz, listening 2 kHz up when the band is open to Europe and Asia. He will operate some 75 meters SSB in the DX window. Joe will be checking/moving to 160 on the half hours. He suggests that when working him on 40 or 80 meters tell him that you would like to work him on 160 meters before he goes to 160 meters. Please QSL via his new address: Joe Pontek, Sr., 26441 Devaney Rd., Arcadia, IN 46030, USA.

V4, ST. KITTS. Halvard, LA7XK, will be active in the first of the new year (January 4-17th) as V47XK. Look for activity during his mornings and evenings. QSL via homecall.

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

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Tedd Mirgliotta KB8NW
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