Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 340
January 19, 1998

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 340
BID: $OPDX.340
January 19, 1998
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, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, W5FKX, K7BV, K7WX, K9NW, N0TG, 9K2HN, F6AJA & LNDX, FR5DX, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, G4BWP, G4ZVJ, JA1ELY, LX1NO, OA4QV, PT2NP, UA2FZ, VE2EH, VE3BW, VK3RX and ZS6RVG for the following DX information.

3DA, SWAZILAND. The "DX News Sheet" reports Jon, 3DA0CA, is now active on 160 meters, 2100-2200z for OC and JA, and 0245z for EU and NA, on 1827 kHz QSX up 5. QSL via W4DR.

4X50, ISRAEL. Look for this special 4X50 prefix with a /SK suffix to be used until May 1st to celebrate Israel's 50th anniversary.

7P8, LESOTHO. Reminder to look for Dave/ZS6RVG, Dick/ZS6CAL and Mark/ZS6HZ to be active from here between 22nd and 26th of January. Look for them in the normal DX windows signing their homecall/7P8. They state that they will be working SSTV and RTTY as much as possible, but the SSB DXers will also get a chance. For more details, check OPDX.332.

8Q7AA DXPEDITION UPDATE. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive an additional bulletin containing the following message by Warren Hill, K7WX, called: "8Q7AA E-mail Feedback"

9G5, Ghana. Andy, G4ZVJ, will be active from here February 5th through March 1st, as 9G5VJ. Activity will be on all HF bands, mostly CW, including the ARRL DX CW Contest and possibly the WPX RTTY Contest. QSL via G4ZVJ (Direct or via Bureau). His direct address: Andy Chadwick, 5 Thorpe Chase, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1UA, U.K. Andy states that he will accept Bureau requests via the InterNet: andy@g4zvj.demon.co.uk Also, visit his website: http://www.g4zvj.demon.co.uk

AX, AUSTRALIA (Special Prefix). To celebrate "Australia Day" on January 26th, the Australian amateurs will be permitted to use the prefix "AX" instead of VK for the period January 24-26th. The use of the "AX" prefix is optional.

C4, CYPRUS. A group of UA2s operators will be active from 5B4-land during CQWW 160M CW Contest, January 23-25th. Look for UA2FB, UA2FF and UA2FZ as a Multi/Single entry using the callsign C42A. QSL via DK4VW CBA (maildrop only), SASE please, cards then will be forwarded to UA2-land.

CO2, CUBA. Look for Winston, CO2WF, on 40 meters (7050-7060 kHz) between 0200 and 0300z (SSB mode). He is also very active on 14151 or 21215 kHz between 1900 and 2100z. Also, he can sometimes be found on 12 and 17 meters, CW. QSL via VE2EH.

FS, SAINT MARTIN. Dennis, K7BV, will be operating from FS5PL's QTH in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd). He will also operate a day or two before and after the contest as FS/K7BV, looking for contacts with JA's and others still needing FS. The FS/K7BV QSOs can be confirmed via his home callsign or the K7 bureau. The FS5PL QSL contacts will need to go to Lionel's QSL Manager N0JT. Dennis also mentions he will be operating the 8P9Z station in the July IARU Contest as 8P9**. All QSLs should be sent to his home callsign or the K7 bureau. His address is: Dennis Motschenbacher, 4357 Appollonio Way, Carson City, NV 89704 USA

FT5X, KERGUELEN ISLAND. It has been reported that Rene, FR5HR, now signing FT5X/FR5HR, will be active daily from Kerguelen Island on the following frequencies: 14240 kHz at 0200z (Good opening to the States!), 24950 kHz at 1300z and 18130 kHz at 1400z. Rene will stay on the Kerguelen until the end of February. He can't operate on CW! (He said no permission!). Meanwhile, Helios, FT5XN, has been active on 20 meters (14031 kHz) CW around 0330 and 0400z. QSL via F6PEN.

GB50, ENGLAND (Special Event/Prefix). During the month of June, the station GB50MKI will be active to celebrate the 50 years since the Mark 1 computer was programmed. It was designed in the Engineering Department of Manchester University. The station's HF operations is expected to be active on ALL band, although emphasis will be placed on data modes. Other modes will also be activated. Brief information may be obtained via the Web site: http://www.mcc.ac.uk/Radio/

GU, GUERNSEY. Jean Marc, F5SGI, will be active as GU/F5SGI from April 11-17th. He will be active mostly on CW from 40-10 meters. There will be activity on SSB on 14260 kHz. QSL direct or via the bureau.

HR6, HONDURAS. Joe, VE3BW, will be arriving here February 1st for three weeks. He will be active on all bands, including six meters. He will be active during the ARRL DX Contest, but his contest operation will be cut short due too his departure. QSL to his homecall.

IOTA NEWS.......

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Operators JN1TCC, JS1PNS, JA2HBK, JJ2NYT, JK2TQB and JR4URW will be traveling to Saipan Island and will be active February 14-16th. This will be the group's first ever overseas DX operation. They will use reciprocal callsign like KH0/homecall. Activities will be on 40-10 meters with operations on SSB, CW and RTTY. QSL via homecall.

NOIDXC DXER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS NEEDED. Don, W5FKX, President of NOIDXC, reports: "The seventh annual New Orleans International DX Convention will be held again this year at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter on August 14 and 15. Plans are already being finalized on a number of outstanding DX and technical presentations and we are looking forward to another memorable convention. Circle the dates on your calendar and make plans to join us in New Orleans this August. Beginning now, and continuing through the month of February, we are inviting nominations for DXer of the Year. Please send in your nominations on behalf of those who have significantly contributed to our enjoyment of DXing. Nominations for DXer of the Year can be mailed or e-mailed to: Stan Pulitzer, 4236 Vincennes Place, New Orleans, LA 70125 -or- w5jyk@aol.com....."

OA463, PERU (Special Event/Prefix). Cesar, OA4QV, informs OPDX that during the month of January he will be using the special callsign OA463QV to commemorate 463 years (or is it 63?) of the Foundation of Lima (18-01-1535). QSL via OA4QV CBA.

P4, ARUBA. Look for Mike, K4PI, to be active until January 27th, as P49I. His activity includes an entry in the CQ 160 Meter CW Contest. QSL via home call.


TL, CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. The 59(9) DXReport states Pascal, TL8PL, is still active despite an original January 1 QRT date. OPDX has done some searching and found Pascal was active this past Sunday on 40 meters (7022 kHz at 0515z). It is also reported that he likes the low end of 15 and 17 meters from 1200-1300z. QSL via F5LNA.

TROUBLE IN VANUATU. Alan, VK4AAR, reports to OPDX that a YJ station that he has been looking for several weeks (because he is manager) finally came on the air only for a few moments on January 12th (OPDX has decided not to mention the station's callsign, due to possible repercussions). With an unusually weak signal on 20m, the station said that there is big trouble in Vanuatu at the moment, and he has lowered his antennas (hence the poor signal) as a precaution. The situation is that there is a civil uprising. Alan asked him to stay a minute or two, and he refused saying "I must go QRT immediately!" He sounded quite disturbed, but said he was OK and had survived the big cyclone of recent days. Alan states he has a number of QSLs to reply for this station, but needs to check with him and his logs for the reports. Anyone who is currently still waiting for a reply at this time...please be patient and Alan will get them turned around as soon as possible.

XT, BURKINA FASO. "The 59(9) DXReport" states Mike, F5RLE, will be active on all bands, mostly CW January 22-March 9 as XT2DM.

XW30/XW30A FROM LAOS NOW QRT. This DXpedition received good news during the week in that the authorities in Vientiane had authorized a two day extension to the operation. The DXpedition went QRT on the 16th at midnight Laos time instead of the 14th. This gave many an extra chance to work the XW30/XW30A stations. If you did not work them, you will have another chance later in the year. The Laotians have invited the group back to operate in October. We are sure more details will be forthcoming.

ZX0, ABRA ANTARCTIC DXPEDITION. Paul, PT2NP (ABRA Director Secretary), informs OPDX that the ABRA-DX Brazilian Association will activate its fourth DXpedition, this time to the Antarctic region. From January 22nd to February 8th, operators Lunkes, PT2HF, and Paul, PT2NP, will be active from the Brazilian "Comandante Ferraz" Antarctic Base Station, located on King George Island (counts for DXCC South Shetland Is., IOTA AN-010, DIB-20). Their callsigns will be ZX0DX (SSB) and ZX0CW (CW). They may also use the "Comandante Ferraz" Antarctic Station's callsign ZX0ECF. Besides operating on SSB and CW, they intend to work on RTTY, as ZX0CW. Suggested frequencies:

The QSL manager will only be PT2GTI (OK in the Callbook). The cards can be sent to him directly or via bureau. There may be operations from other islands near Antarctic Peninsula.

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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