Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 351
April 6, 1998

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 351
BID: $OPDX.351
April 6, 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, W7TSQ, HA/N9NC, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, HB9CYN, I1JQJ & 425 DX News, ON4BDS, PA0JR and SM0DJZ following DX information.

IMPORTANT NOTICE (Last Notice)! Users of the online BARF-80 BBS (Home of the OPDX Bulletin) take note, the area code has now changed permanently to 440 as of April 4th. BARF-80 BBS online is now at 440-237-8208.

3D2/R, ROTUMA ISLAND. Looks like Karel/OK1CF and Milan/OK1DWC members of the OK DX Foundation will be active from here for one week starting April 4th. Using the callsigns 3D2CB/R and 3D2WC/R, look for CW/SSB activity on 160-10 meters, including the WARC bands. QSL via OKDXF. It was reported that the rest of the OKDXF Team will be heading back to OK-land.

5R, MADAGASCAR. John, SM0DJZ, QSL Manager for Ake, SM7CIP, reports that Ake is active in Madagascar and is now using the new callsign 5R8FU. Ake can sometimes be found on the WARC bands (24899 and 18072 kHz) or on 15 meters (21010 kHz) CW. His activity seem to be centered around 1500-1800z. John states that Ake activity is "a low profile all band operation. He will probably stay in 5R8 for a long time." John has just received Ake's logs for February and March, and he has managed to work over 600 QSOs, mostly on CW and on higher frequencies. Ake has some wire/GP antennas and an antenna for 160 meters but only has a 100 watt station. Plans are in the works for him to have a linear amp running along with directional antennas. QSLs for Ake are still under the printing stage and John will make an announcement when they are ready to go out in the mail. So PLEASE be patient. Ake also held the former callsigns YA1AR and T5AR. John still has the logs for YA1AR/T5AR ("They will NEVER be closed!!!"). QSL requests are welcome via the bureau or direct at: SM0DJZ, Jan "John" Hallenberg, Siriusgatan 106, SE-195 55 Mersta, Sweden.

5V, TOGO. Look for Marc, F5CPU, to be active as 5V7BM. His activity will last until the end of 1999. No other details or QSL information was given.

9M8, EASTERN MALAYSIA. Peter, PB0ALB, should be active by the end of the week (April 10) from Serian, 50 miles Kuching, Sarawak. No details were available on his operations, but he will be there until May 22nd. QSL via homecall.

A3, TONGA (Update). Paul, A35RK, reports that he has now installed a vertical antenna for 80/40/30 meters. He will be active on 80 and 30 meters CW, but on 40 meters he will be active mainly on CW with some SSB operations. He is on IOTA OC-169 (Ha'apai Group). QSL ONLY (repeat only) to W7TSQ.

A3, TONGA. Ed, K8VIR, who was active from Chatham Island, will be active once again, this time as A35VI. Activity should happen soon and last until May. No QSNs have been reported yet, but keep listening to 14260 and 21300 kHz for his activity. QSL via Ed Hartz, Box 480, Green Valley, AZ 85622, USA.

CE0, SAN FELIX ISLAND. The "DX News Letter" reports that John, CE0ZAM, will activate XQ0X on CW/SSB on all bands for about 20 days in April or May.

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Look this week for Ron, G4DIY, to sign EA8/G4DIY from here. Activity will last until April 11th. He will be active mostly on CW and on 20, 17 and 12 meters. QSL via homecall.

H40, TEMOTU ISLANDS. The H40AA team continues to stick to their plan of being very active on 15 and 20 meters. There has been some reported QSNs of 40/17/10 meters activities. The OPDX InterNet Subscriber will receive an additional bulletin that contains the latest press release by OH2BN (QSL Manager for H40AA). Meanwhile, Jim, VK9NS, continues to be active as H40AB for the next 2 weeks despite some technical difficulties. It has been reported that Jim is having some power supply problems. He has been forced to use solar cells during the day and a battery at other times. By the time you read this, he may have the problem fixed. Jim as been very active during the past weekend on the WARC bands. QSL via

HK0, MALPELO ISLANDS. Pedro, HK3JJH, is currently active from here as HK3JJH/0M after obtaining approval of the Colombian Navy. This will be a very short operation lasting until April 6th ot 7th. He will be active mainly SSB on 14260 kHz. QSL direct ONLY via his home callsign: Pedro Allina, P.O. Box 81119, Bogota D.C., Columbia S.A.


MORE NEW COUNTRIES (OOOPPPSS! I mean "ENTITIES"!). Paul, F6EXV, reports that on April 1st (1998), he filed a petition on behalf of the "Clipperton DX Club" for the addition of two new counters to the DXCC list, namely the "Marquesas Islands and the Austral Islands". Pauls states the following:

"Under the new definitions of what constitutes a 'political entity', namely IARU membership, French Polynesia is clearly a 'point 1 country'. Furthermore, any island of the Marquesas group is situated more than 350 km way from any other island of the parent country. Any island of the Australs is situated more than 350 km away from any other island of the parent country, and more than 800 km away from any island of the Marquesas. The submission asks for addition to the list as of June 2nd 1983, date when the CORA, representing French Polynesia, joined the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)."
SIDED NOTE: The DXAC voted against the addition on these islands before because they felt that the French Poynesia is not considered to be a "PARENT" country and that France is the parent country...... Stay tuned! Also, the Marquesas Islands have a WEB site available at: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/4269

P4, ARUBA. Martin, VE3MR, who is active as P49M, has been very busy on 12 meters (around 24940 +/- 10 kHz) between 1400 and 1800z. Also, check 10 amd 17 meters around the same time. His operations should last until April 22. QSL via VE3MR.


RESULTS of The DX Magazine's "1997 Most Wanted Countries" can be found at the following WEB site (English): http://www.qsl.net/cwsp/dxcce100.htm For the Spanish version, drop the "e" in "dxcce100". The top five countries (ENTITIES) are: P5, BV9P, A5, BS7 and VU4/A.

SU8, EGYPT (Special Event Update). [Please refer to OPDX.350] Hossam, SU1HM, Egyptian Radio Amateur Assembly (ERAA) Network Manager, now announces that a special award will be issued for any station that made a QSO with SU8LXR + SU0ERA + any other 4 "SU" stations. Special event station took place between March 29st and April 4th.

SV, GREECE. Look for Berkin, TA3J, and his XYL Nilay, TA3YJ, to be active from here until April 12th, as SV/TA3J and SV/TA3YJ. Their SSB activity will be on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 2 meters and 70cm. QSL via home calls, bureau or direct to the following addresses:

TXK8, NEW CALEDONIA (Update). "The 59(9) DXReport" states that the planned operation, TXK8DX by FK8GM and friends, was cancelled due to the illness of an operator and typhoon activity in the area.

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS. Chuck, KB0QKK, has been active as VQ9KK from Diego Garcia. His activity has been mainly on 15 and 10 meters SSB at various times and frequencies. The length of his stay is not known. QSL to his home call.

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

OPDX WORLD-WIDE WEB HOME (provided by John, K8YSE):
OPDX SPANISH WEB SITE. (provide by "QTC Magazine" and Tony Pernas, EA1CSI):

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Tedd Mirgliotta KB8NW
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