Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 341
January 26, 1998

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 341
BID: $OPDX.341
January 26, 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, K2WE, KA2AEV, WB2CJL, K3DI, K3ZO, W4WX, WA4JQS, N5PG, K8BK, N8BJQ, N0ZOH, AH0W/OH2LVG, G3VMW, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, G4BWP, HB9ABO, HB9CYN, JA1IST/DL6FDB, OH2BU/OH7RF and PA3GBQ for the following DX information.

3B7, ST. BRANDON. A large group of operators will activate this rare location from May 6-17th. Several stations will be on the air 24 hours a day on all bands operating on CW, SSB, RTTY and SSTV. Operators and participants are: 3B8CF, 4X1DF/A, HB9ABO, HB9ADP, HB9AFH, HB9AFI, HB9AHL, HB9AJW, HB9BQI, HB9BQW, HB9BXE, HB9JAI and K5KG. The organizators are the Union of Swiss Short Wave Amateurs (USKA), Section Zug, HB9RF; and Project initiator HB9JAI. They have a written confirmation by the Mauritian authorities saying that a radio licence for St. Brandon will be granted. To assure the necessary funds for their DXpedition, they are asking for help from the DX community. To help, contact Josef Meier, HB9AJW, E-mail address: 100450.540@compuserve.com. A dedicated Web site for the St. Brandon DXpedition is under construction. It should be operational by mid February, 1998. The link to this site can eventually be obtained from http://www.uska.ch (under "Links", "DXPedition").

3B9, RODRIGUEZ ISLAND. The "DX News Sheet" states that the Midway-Kure DX Foundation (MKDXF) is planning a spring DXpedition.

3C0, PAGALU ISLAND. Rumor has it that a group of possibly four to six operators will be active from here beginning sometime in March. Activity will be on CW/SSB/RTTY, all bands, with an emphasis on 160, 80 and 40 meters.

8P9, BARBADOS. Steve, K2WE, will be here February 17-24th and active as 8P9AP. He will be staying on the south shore of the island in a place called St. Lawrence Gap. He plans to be active in the ARRL CW DX Contest and will be operational on all bands. QSL via homecall (ex-NI2C).

9G, GHANA (UPDATE). G3VMW, G3XAQ, G3ZEM and G4ZVJ will be active from Accra in Ghana during the month of February, 1998. Andy, G4ZVJ, will be active from February 5th through March 1st as 9G5VJ, and will be active in the FOC Marathon. He will be joined on February 12th by Alan, G3XAQ, who will be active as 9G5XA until February 23rd. Steve/G3VMW and Bob/ G3ZEM fly to Accra on February 20th to join the others and will be active as 9G5SW and 9G5ZM on all bands. They will be active during the ARRL CW Contest and the the RSGB 7 MHz CW Contest. Activity will be mainly on CW but with the possibility of some RTTY and SSB if required. QSL routes: 9G5SW via G3VMW or RSGB Bureau, 9G5VJ via G4ZVJ or RSGB Bureau, 9G5XA via G3XAQ or RSGB Bureau and 9G5ZM via G3ZEM or RSGB Bureau.

9G, GHANA (Another ham in Ghana!). Steve, PA3GBQ, reports to OPDX that he will be traveling to Ghana in the first 3 weeks of February, 1998. He explanins that this is not a DXxpedition but maybe he will find some time and equipment to operate on the ham bands. He will be traveling throughout the country. His probable callsign may be 9G5BQ. QSL via PA3GBQ (1998 CBA) or bureau.

D6, COMOROS ISLANDS. Start looking for Martin, HB9CYN, and Chris, HB9CYV, to be active as D68YN and D68YV, respectively, until February 6th. Their activity will be on 160-10 meters all bands, mainly on CW but with some SSB. They will also be on RS-12/13 satellites. SORRY NO RTTY. QSL routes are: D68YN to HB9CYN and D68YV to HB9CYV. (QSLs via bureau preferred, Direct: Oversea mail with 2 US-$ needed, Europe 1 US-$). Stations worked can be found after the DXpedition on the following Web-Page: http://ab5eh-lin.tamucc.edu/~hb9cyn/ Also, QSL requests (via bureau) may be sent to the addresses mentioned on the WWW-site above.

FS/FJ, SAINT MARTIN. Dick, K3DI, will be here and active as FS/K3DI. He hopes to get a wire up and be on during the CQ 160M SSB Contest on February 28th and March 1st. Also, he will be active in the REF SSB Contest during the same weekend. QSL via his homecall (listed down below under VP2E) or via his E-mail address for bureau replies: wilder@clark.net

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. A RTTY team will be at GTMO for the 4th Annual World-Wide RTTY WPX Contest Sponsored by Hal Communications Corp! Team members are: Bill/KG4GC (W4WX), Rusty/KG4AU (WV3N), Jan/KG4QD (K4QD), Joyce/KG4OS (WA4OMS), Wayne/KG4WD and Clayton/KG4PK. Look for KG4GC to be used during the contest February 14-15th. Members will arrive at GTMO on the 13th and depart on the 20th of February. The team will be active after the contest on all modes and bands. A special thanks to Rusry for sponsoring them! QSL Contest QSO's to: Bill Gallier, KG4GC/W4WX, 4094 Sandy Run Drive E., Middleburg, FL. 32068. Please include a SASE. Bureau cards will also be answered. Non-contest QSO's go to home call. Any comments or questions can be sent to: w4wx@bellsouth.net

KH1/KH5/KH5K, BAKER/HOWLAND ISLAND, PALMYRA ISLAND AND KINGMAN REEF. Seven operators of the South Sandwich Island Antarctic DX Group (SSIDXG) and the Midway-Kure Island DX Foundation (MKDXF) plan to be active again from these two islands. Activity will begin February 4th with a 3-5 days operation from each islands. Activity will be on CW/SSB and RTTY. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the official press release as an additional bulletin.

MW8, WALES. Operators G3NKC, G3NLY, G5LP, G4BWP, G0KRL and others to be confirmed later, will activate the Welsh island Anglesey (EU-124) in the IOTA contest later this year. Their callsign this year will be MW8Z. (Previous operations were as MW7Z, MW6Z and GW5LP/P). More information will be forthcoming. QSL MW8Z via G5LP.


SPACE "A" DXPEDITION GROUP". Bill, W4WX/KG4GC, is interested in forming a "Space "A" DXPedition Group". Members would be from all over the world. Only requirements would be: [a] retired military with space available privileges, [b] have email address. The group would communicate via e-mail and organize at least one DXPedition a year. There are many places available to visit via military air. In the past couple of years, Bill has been to CU, JA, V2, HP1, HP3, KG4, KH6, KP4... With some help on arranging transportation and permission, Bill states they could go to places like: HR, VP9, KH2, WH0, HH, VQ9, HZ and many other military facilities!! Send your thoughts and ideas to Bill at: w4wx@bellsouth.net

SPECIAL EVENT. The 1998 Winter Carnival Special Event Station will be using the a special 1x1 callsign W8C beginning Thursday, January 29th at 1100z and lasting through Saturday, January 31st at 1100z. Suggested operating frequencies will be on or near: 3984, 7246, 14256 and 21336 kHz. The Husky Amateur Radio Club, at Michigan Technological University, will be operating the annual Winter Carnival special event station. There will be certificates available. For more info on the Husky Amateur Radio Club, visit the website at http://w8yy.resnet.mtu.edu or, for more information on Winter Carnival at Michigan Tech., stop by the MTU homepage at http://www.mtu.edu

"THE NEW DXCC RULES -- WHAT WAS CHANGED?" Editorial by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive this as an additional bulletin. If you are not a subscriber and did not receive a copy of the new rules, send a message (E-Mail) to opdx-request@nshore.org along with the word "archive" in the "Subject:" line and then use the command: get volume98/340.1 (command is case sensitive). Also, you can get a copy from the official OPDX HOME PAGE (provided by John, K8YSE): http://www.en.com/users/k8yse/opdx.html

THAILAND/MALAYSIA 40 METERS NET. HS1RU net control of this 40 meter net on 7060 kHz at 1300z will now listen on 7153 every day at 1330z for any USA stations that wish to work him.

V2, ANTIGUA & BARBUDA. Team Antigua will once again activate V26B from this beautiful Island in the upcoming ARRL DX Contests, both CW and SSB. Their entry in both contests will be a Multi-operator/Multi-Transmitter catagory. QSL V26B to WT3Q. The following are the operators of V26B (with their own personal V2 and QSL routes): V26A (Dale/N3BNA via WB3DNA); V26B (Sam/WT3Q via WT3Q); V26DX (Doug/W3CF via KK3S); V26E (Darrell/AB2E via AB2E) and V26U (Bill/W2UDT via W2UDT). Other operators included: John/N2NC, Andy/N2NT, John/WA2C, and possibly a few other operators will be added to these two operations. Please note that in Team Antigua there are many Frankford Radio Club Members. The Frankford Radio Club, celebrating its 70th anniversary, has extended its qualifying period for their beautiful award. Additional information about the Frankford Radio Club and the 70th Anniversary Award can be found at the following WEB site: http://www.frc-contest.org

V3, BELIZE. A joint IOTA DXpedition between the members of the Southern CA DX Club and the Bay Area DX Association (MI) will activate South Water Cay, Belize (IOTA NA-180) for the period 3-10 February 98. Operators will be V31VI (N6KZ), V31UY (N6UY), V31NX (N6FH), and V31TR (K8BK). Operations will be on all bands 10-160 meters on both SSB and CW. Equipment will be 100 watt transceivers with verticals and one 3-element triband yagi. Electrical power will be from a solar-charged battery system. QSL to home US calls.

VK0, MACQUARIE ISLAND. The 59(9) DXReport states Tom, VK0TS, is now back in Australia as VK1TS. He may go back in 1999 with better gear. Currently there is only one amateur on the island and only on UHF.

VP2E, ANGUILLA. Dick, K3DI, will be active as VP2EEI in the ARRL CW Contest (February 21-22nd). QSL via homecall (Dick Wilder, K3DI, 913 Shore Acres Road, Arnold, MD 21012-1724) or via E-mail for a bureau QSL: wilder@clark.net

YS, EL SALVADOR. The DX-group from Finland, originally aiming to activate Guatemala, has now crossed the border of El Salvador and has activated YS1X, especially for Europeans. TG0OH and TG7/OH3JF operations have been cancelled (NO other details given). The group will be active until Friday, February 6th. They will be near the City of San Salvador, at the QTH of Raymundo, YS1RRD. YS1X is the "contest" call sign of YS1RRD. Operators include: Carl/OH6XY (CW, RTTY), Toni/OH1TD (SSB), Heikki/OH3JF (CW) and Raija/OH7LIX (SSB). Suggest Frequencies:

One station will be on for 24 hours per day. Second and third stations will be on at least 16 hours per day. The fourth (QRP) station will occasionally be active. QSL via OH2BU, Jari Jussila, Pilvijarvi, FIN-02400 Kirkkonummi, FINLAND

1998 DAYTON DX DINNER ANNOUNCEMENT. The Southwest Ohio DX Association is pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual DX Dinner to be held on Friday, May 15th, 1998, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dayton, OH. There will be a cash bar at 6:30 PM and dinner at 7:15 PM. Tickets are $30.00 and must be purchased in advance. Groups wishing to sit together must order as a group. A table seats eight. Please make your check or money order payable to SWODXA and send an SASE for ticket return. Seats will be assigned in the order that requests are received. Seats will be assigned on 15 March 1997. Seating is limited. Please order tickets from Tom Inglin, NR8Z, 4061 Eaton Road, Hamilton, OH 45013. For information on the dinner, contact Steve Bolia, N8BJQ at (937) 788-2803 or e-mail to n8bjq@erinet.com. Check the SWODXA homepage at http://members.aol.com/SteveB4622/index.htm for updates.

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

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