Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 342
February 2, 1998

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 342
BID: $OPDX.342
February 2, 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, AD1C, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, K4TSJ, WA6AXE, AA8LL, EA4DX, F6AJA & LNDX, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, G3XTT, PA3DZN and 9A2EU for the following DX information.

4KA/4JA, AZERBAIJAN. The French DX Bulletin LNDX states that from January 15th through December 31st, the stations from Azerbaijan may use the prefix 4KA and 4JA instead of 4K and 4J. The Radio Club from Baku may use the 4K80ADR (Azerbaidjan Democratic Republic) for celebrating the country's 80 years of independence.

5H, TANZANIA. Dave Heil, K8MN, currently signing OH2/K8MN from downtown Helsinki, informed OPDX this past weekend his next assignment (and last before he retires) will take him to Tanzania. Dave and his wife Leila will leave OH-land in July. Then they will spend several months in the U.S. before they travel to Dar Es Salaam in early autumn. Dave hopes to receive a callsign ending with "US" or "MN" once again. This will be their fourth African assignment. Dave has been active as J52US, 9L1US and A22MN.

8P, BARBADOS. The "DX News Sheet" reports that Martyn, G3RFX, will be active February 2-16th as 8P9FX from Christ Church. Activity will be on CW/SSB, mostly 40 and 20m with some 17 and 15 meters. More information can be found at: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/g3rfx/ QSL via home call.

9M0C DXPEDITION UPDATE. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive an additional bulletin containing the complete press release by the Chiltern DX Club (CDXC) and The UK DX Foundation. Meanwhile, the Spratly Islands DXpedtion is on track and will take place February 12-24th. Much of their equipment has already reached the Layang-Layang Island to await their arrival. It has been reported that Aki, VK2BEX, has had to withdraw from the operation, but was replaced with three operators. The new operators are: John Krzymuski, N2QW (ex-AB2EC); Jeff Morris, 9H1EL; and Kazuo Ogasawara, JA1RJU. They will now have 13 operators. For updates, check out the WEB site: http://members.aol.com/spratly98/

9N, NEPAL. Vladimir, RU6FP, is now active as 9N1FP for the next 4 months. His activity will be mainly on CW, and his license only permits him to be active on 20 and 40 meter. Check 14002 kHz around 1230z and 7005 kHz between 1200 and 1330z. QSL via RU6FP.

C6A, BAHAMAS. Look for Wade, AA8LL, to be operational as AA8LL/C6A from Crooked Island (NA-113), February 2-4th. Activity will be on the IOTA phone frequencies from 40-10 meters. QSL to home call, AA8LL.

CN, MORROCO. Look for F5LMK to sign as CN/F5LMK from May 9-16th. He will be active on SSB from 80-10 meters.

DXAC NEWS. The newly elected Great Lakes Division Director, Joe Falcone, N8TI, has selected Ted Pauck, K8NA, to replace Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, as his DXAC representative. Ted is not new to the Committee. He was on the DXAC perviously (1991) before KB8NW and also served as DXAC Chairman. Tedd, KB8NW, will stay on in the Great Lakes Division as an Assistant Director.

FT5W/FT5X/FT5Z, CROZET/KERGUELEN/AMSTERDAM ISLANDS. Rene, FR5HR, currently active as FT5X/FR5HR from Kerguelen until the end of February, states he is not sure if he can activate the other place (FT5Z and FT5W).

FT5X, KERGUELEN ISLANDS. Elios, FT5XN, states he listens regularly for NA stations between 0300 to 0500z on 14209/14031 kHz and between 1300 to 1400z on the same frequencies. It was also mentioned that the Clipperton DX Foundation sent him an amplifier, and he should receive it soon. Elios knows, FT5X is really most wanted on the lower and WARC bands, that is why he promised to build dipoles for those bands as soon as possible. QSL via F6PEN: Ribes Gerard, 16 rue Viollet Leduc, 31100 Toulouse FRANCE.

J47, GREECE (Special Event Station). The Radio DX Group of Thrace will operate the special event station J47XCF from February 1-28th. This station will operate during the "Xanthi Carnival Festival 1998" which is part of the "Thrace Folk Festival 1998." This station will operate on all modes and bands. They report that contacts will be confirmed with a beautiful QSL card which will picture the official carnival poster of the city Xanthi.

KH4, MIDWAY ATOLL. The 59(9) DXReport states Ted, NH6YK, may be active from here March 18-29th as NH4/NH6YK (he now has an Advanced license).

KH9, WAKE ISLAND. The Dateline DX Association follows its September, 1997, North Cook operation by announcing a return to Wake Island (KH9) with dates on the island for February 26th through March 11th. This operation follows a successful 1996 Wake operation and its emphasis will again be on EU and the low bands. With upbeat conditions, other areas should enjoy good availability almost around the clock. They intend to complete the needs for those who may have missed it earlier. Operators will be Tom K8XP (ZK1XXP, AL7EL/KH9, V7/AL7EL); Bob N2OO (9M6OO, V85OO, V85OM, XX9OO); N6MZ (VK0IR, ZK1XXP, SV5/N6MZ); and Bill N2WB (KG4WB). Four stations are planned with directional antennas for 10 through 20 and verticals for 40, 80 and 160. Special efforts on RTTY will be handled by N2WB. N1DG will again do the website. This operation comes very soon after the North Cook operation and the chance to return was unexpected. Because they did not want to pass up the opportunity to again activate Wake, they are going under less than satisfactory financial circumstances. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be forwarded to: The Dateline DX Association, Robert Pond, 9 River Cove, Portsmouth, VA 23703. Calls to be announced at a later date. QSL to Robert Pond WA4YBV, 9 River Cove, Portsmouth, VA 23703.

NEW IOTA. Ibrahim, 7Z1IS, reports to OPDX that he will activate Tarut Island for the first time. His operation began on January 30th, but it will last until February 4th. Tarut Island is IOTA AS-111 and is located in the Arabian Gulf Group. He will sign 7Z1IS/P on the IOTA frequencies on 40-10 meters. There are two ways available to QSL: 1) via QSL Manager SM0OFG. 2) Direct to Ibrahim address: Ibrahim Saud, Po.Box 3361, Al khobar 31952, Saudi Arabia (IRC's are not accepted in Saudi Arabia, PLEASE use one green stamp).

P4, ARUBA. Operators Carl/AI6V, Rusty/W6OAT and Paolo/I2UIY, will be active from February 15th to March 15th, as P40K, P40V, P49V and P4/I2UIY. They also plan to be active in both the CW/SSB ARRL DX Contests and also the CQ 160 Meter SSB Contest.


S7, SEYCHELLES. Kurt, S79MX, announced that he has obtained special permission to operate on 80 meters. This is only for two weekends in February. The following days have been authorized: Friday, February 13th from 0000z through Sunday, February 15th 2400z and Friday, February 20th from 0000z through Sunday, February 22th 2400z. The frequency to be used will be 3508 kHz (+/-). Using only 100 watts, Kurt will maximize his presence on 80m during these time frames to give as many as possible a chance to work this rare 80m DX.

SLIM REPORTED. The 59(9) DXReport states that Mehdi, F5PFP, reports he has confirmed with French Radiocom Service that no license has been issued to the 16 person crew on the 1997/98 mission to St. Paul & Amsterdam Island. Therefore, FT5ZH is definitely Antarctic Slim!

T48, CUBA. Members of the No-Name Dx-Group (VE3ESE/Don, VE3NXB/Greg and VE3NQK/Gord), as well as many of the Santiago operators, will be operating as T48** (callsign not known yet) from Santiago de Cuba. Activity will be from February 27th through March 8th. Operations will include the CQ 160m Contest and the ARRL SSB DX contest. QSL via VE3ESE, with a SASE (CANADIAN POSTAGE ONLY) or SAE and a GREEN STAMP. All cards received via BUREAU, will be returned via BUREAU. Also, please check KWARC's web site at: http://www.kwarc.org Click on the special link, to see if your station was logged. Operators send out a special THANKS to the KITCHENER-WATERLOO AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, for their help and support.

TT, CHAD. Plenty of activity from this one! Eric, F5JKK, who was recently issued the call TT8JE, was heard on 17, 20 and 40 meters this past weekend. He expects to be there until March. QSL via F6FNU. Also, John, TT8JFC, was heard this past week on 20 meters (14213 kHz) from 2030 to 2330z. He was also heard on RTTY around 14082 kHz between 2330 and 0030z. QSL via WA4ZJB.

XU, CAMBODIA (Well this is an interesting one!). Harv, XU2FB, is now active as XUF2B (yep, this is not a typo!). He was heard on 20 meters signing this callsign. Also, according to the "DX News Sheet", Harv now has authorization for 30 meters and expects to be active on 80 meters soon with a new antenna. QSL via N4JR.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND. It has been reported that Joe, YB1AQS, and a DL group (DL2OAP, DL3DXX, DL7UFN, DK1BT and DK7YY), will be active February 23rd to March 9th. They will use the callsign ZL7DK.

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