Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 345
February 23, 1998

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 345
BID: $OPDX.345
February 23, 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, K4VUD, N4BQW, N4JQQ, WA4FFW, WA4JQS, KB5GL, N5AW, N5VL & The Island/DX News, K8XP, W8EB, G3HSR, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, HB9FAP, JA0DWY, LA6WEA, OE2GEN, PA3ERC, VK3CWX, VK6APK, XE1KK and ZP5AZL for the following DX information.

3C, EQUATORIAL GUINEA. Alan, 3C5I, made his first contacts on six meters (possibly the first ever from 3C?) last weekend with Italy (apparently on double hop E's). He runs a beacon intermittantly on 50.107 MHz with 10 watts to a 4 element quad. Note, however, local TV makes reception difficult for him in the evenings (approximately 1500-2300z). Also, Alan is on the HF bands, but his main interest is six meters. He expects to be in Malabo for two years. QSL to Alan Isaachsen, c/o Mobil Equatorial Guinea, P. O. Box 13908, Dallas, TX 75313.

5R, MALAGASY REPUBLIC. The "DX News Sheet" reports Ray, is still quite active as 5R8FK, often on 30 meters CW around 0000z. QSL via NY3N.

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. The 59(9) DXReport states Pekka, OH2YY, will be signing 9M6PO from Kenigou for the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th). His top priority is the lower frequencies.

9N1, NEPAL. Just a reminder that Charlie, K4VUD, has returned to Nepal and will be active as 9N1UD. He will be active in the upcoming contests until his return to USA on March 9th. Please refer to OPDX.339. QSL via K4VUD.

C6, BAHAMAS. Steve, N4JQQ, will be active from Treasure Cay, Abaco, July 10th to August 2nd, as C6AFP. He was there this past week, but his main activity was to work on his house there. He states that he took a PK-232 for RTTY to be used in the future by him or by anyone wanting to rent his house (you must bring your own laptop). QSL C6AFP via N4JQQ, Steve Rutledge, 199 S. Grove Park Road, Memphis, TN 38117.

HK0, PROVIDENCIA (Update, please refer to OPDX.344). Silvano, KB5GL, reported to OPDX that he will now be operating as HK0/KB5GL instead of KB5BL/HK0 (as reported earlier). Also, Vance, N5VL, from the Island/DX News, told OPDX that he talked to Silvano by telephone and informed him that he has extended his IOTA operation from NA-049. His new dates are February 26 to March 6th.

JX, JAN MAYEN. Ken, LA6WEA, reports to OPDX that Per, JX7DFA, will be active every Saturday on 18090 kHz from 1400-1500z, looking for U.S. stations. He states QSL via: JX7DFA, N-8099 Jan Mayen, Norway or via home call LA7DFA.

KH9, WAKE ISLAND. The Dateline DX Association returns to Wake Island this week and will be active from February 26th through March 11th. Their emphasis will again be on Europe and the low bands. Operators will be Tom/K8XP (ZK1XXP, AL7EL/KH9, V7/AL7EL), Bob/N2OO (9M6OO, V85OO, V85OM, XX9OO), Michael/N6MZ (VK0IR, ZK1XXP, SV5/N6MZ), and Bill/N2WB (KG4WB). Four stations are planned to be active 24 hours with directional antennas for 10 through 20 and verticals for 40, 80 and 160. Special efforts on RTTY will be handled by N2WB. Operators will sign K8XP/KH9, N6MZ/KH9, N2OO/KH9 and N2WB/KH9. QSL via WA4YBV. For more details, please refer to OPDX.342. Also, checkout the Dateline DX Association Web Site whcih can be found at: www.goldtel.net/ddxa Updated information can be found there for the upcoming Wake Island operation, as well as other operations in the past. The site is still under construction and is not yet quite complete.

OE9, AUSTRIA. Gerald, OE2GEN, reports that some members of the Austrian OE2DX-GROUP (OE2S) will be active in the 1998 ARRL Internation Phone Contest (March 7-8th) as OE9S. QSL via OE2GEN, please via bureau.

PJ8, ST. MAARTEN. By the time you read this, Ron, ND5S, and Bill, W8EB, (along with their wives KF5LG and W8DVC) will be active from here until March 8th. They will be using the contest callsign PJ8A for both CW/SSB ARRL Contests and the CQWW 160 Meters Phone Contest. They plan to keep a sked each day on 14200 kHz + or - 2030z with the gang back home. If you need a contact, you can make it then. They will also be active on RTTY and the satellites.


SSIDXG AND MKDXF PACIFIC ISLANDS DXPEDITION (Update). The Dxpedition has already begun with SSIDXG member Mark, KA4IST, operating from Palmyra as KA4IST/KH5 on February 5th. Mark will operate as much as possible on CW, SSB and RTTY, but will also be serving as member of the crew of the transportation ship. On February 20th, SSIDXG member Chuck, N4BQW, another operator, joined Mark on the island. During the upcoming week, look for more operators to arrive. Slated to arrive on February 25th, are Joe/N4DAZ, Harold/K4AU, and MKDXF members Pat/NH6UY, and Mac/WA4FFW. The around the clock operations from Palmyra will continue with several stations on the air until February 26th. At that point and time, the group will depart for either Baker-Howland or Kingman Reef. They have permission to operate from Kingman, but the group is at the mercy of the USFWS and negotiations are continuing for this leg. There is a possibility for Chuck and Mark to put Kingman Reef on the air before the others arrive on the 25th. The Team's plan is to sail for Howland Island starting operations on or about March 5th and be on the air for six days. The trip will be in conjunction with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Again, the team of operators will be at the mercy of the USFWS's work schedule, and they have stated that they have 6 days work there. The six operators have announced that they would like to dedicate and conduct this dxpedition in the "Spirit and the Memory" of the late Eric Edberg, W6DU. Eric was Board member of the NCDXF. Eric loved DX and loved to see anyone work a new one no matter where in the world they lived. Eric became a "Silent Key (SK)" on January 19th only hours after voting from his hospital bed to help support this operation. It is in that spirit and in his memory that the team has dedicated this dxpedition. In the Spirit of Eric, W6DU, the team will do everything possible to work as many contacts as possible throughout every part of the world. They will work all bands CW, SSB, RTTY, and they will try six meters. The only factors that will influence their operation are propagation and weather Look for the following callsigns to be used:

SPECIAL EVENT. The callsign VI3GP has been allocated to the Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club for use from March 5-8th, inclusive, in conjuntion with the running of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Please QSL to the Club callsign VK3ER, either via the Bureau or direct to: EMDRC, PO Box 87, Mitcham 3132, Victoria, Australia with sufficient return postage and SAE. Operating frequencies will be supplied at a later date.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for ZC6MPT to be activated by Yoshi, JA1UT, and the International Amateur Radio Volunteers beginning March 13th. Activity will probably last for about a week from Palestine. QSL via JA1UT.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for 8J0WPG to be active during the "1998 Winter Paralympic Games" in Nagano, Japan, from February 23rd to March 31st. Activity will be on all bands CW/SSB. Send all QSLs via JARL bureau. Sample QSL and more infomation is avaiable at the Web site: http://www.clio.or.jp/~obayashi/8j0wpg/

SPECIAL EVENT. The Northern Corridor Radio Group will be activating the special callsign VI6EWT to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the East-West Telegraph. This line carried all communications between Adelaide and Perth, a distance of some 2700Km. Operations will be from the tiny township of Eucla which is located at the border of Western Australia and South Australia. Eucla is the site of one of the Telegraph Repeater stations placed along the route of the East-West line. A team of 15 operators will commence operations at 0100z on Saturday, March 21st and end the 24 hours operation later on Sunday, March 22nd. This period of operation coincides with the Australian Field Day Contest. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. Following this initial Field Day operation, the callsign will be used on all bands and all modes by various operators in VK6-land. This period of operation will probably be for about 2 weeks. This may be extended if interest is high and propagation is good. The Northern Corridor Radio Group will also be using the VI6EWT call for the CQWW WPX SSB Contest, March 28-29th, from its VK6ANC club shack. The QSL cards for direct request may include a photo of the ruins of the Eucla Telegraph Station. Bureau cards may not be as elaborate; it all depends on numbers and costs. QSL VI6EWT via the bureau or direct to: Northern Corridor Radio Group Inc. VK6ANC, PO Box 244, North Beach, WA 6920, Australia

XE, MEXICO. Look for the XE1RCS contest team to be active in the CQ 160 Meter Contest (February 27th to March 1st). During the contest, and for the third year in a row, they hope to work again all 50 states as well as many Canadian Provinces. They will also be looking for Europe and other DX stations. The team operators are XE1ME, XE1VIC, XE1YJY, XE1JG, XE1YAW and XE1KK. They will be using six beverages, two half wave dipoles, and a 1/4 wave vertical at full legal power. QSL via bureau or via XE1KK: Ramon Santoyo V., P.O. Box 19-564, 03901 Mexico, D.F. MEXICO

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Ken, G4RWD, will be active from here March 13-20th as ZF1RD or possibly as ZF/G4RWD. Operations will take place from the CIARS club station. Also, look for Ken to be active in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest. QSL via homecall.

ZP0, PARAGUAY. Tom, ZP5AZL, reports to OPDX that he will be active in the ARRL DX Phone Contest as a Single/Operator 20 meter high power entry using the special callsign ZP0Z. He plans to make use of his new antenna system (4 elements over 4 elements monoband stacked yagis).

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