Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 355
May 4, 1998

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 355
BID: $OPDX.355
May 4, 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, Ham Radio Outlet, WF1N, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, K3LR, W3HC, W3UR & The Daily DX, W4WX, K6CT, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, F6AXP, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, G4YRH, HB9ABO, HC2AE, JH1ORA, TA1BY, ZS5BBO and ZS5AKV following DX information.

1X, CHECHNYA REPUBLIC. Khamzat, 1X5AA, located near the city of Grozny, continues to be very active on 20 meters CW. Activity seems to take place between 2300 and 0130z around 14015 kHz. Many ask if this is a new entity. The answer now is NO. For DXCC purposes, if license and documentation is acceptable, 1X5AA counts for European Russia. QSL via W3HNK.

3B7, ST. BRANDON (UPDATE). A press release by Urs, HB9ABO, reports that HB9JAI just received the license for their 3B7 DXpedition from the Mauritian Telecommunication authorities. The callsign that was issued is 3B7RF. The updated list of operators will be: 3B8CF, HB9ABO, HB9ADP, HB9AFH, HB9AFI, HB9AHL, HB9AJW, HB9BQI, HB9BQW, HB9BXE, HB9JAI, JA3IG, K5KG and W7SE. Four stations will be active from two sites on Raphael Island, one of the 22 islands making up the archipelago. The operation is scheduled to start May 7th and last until May 17th. The operation has received an ARRL Colvin Award grant of $5000 (USD) to help in funding. During the first three days, operations will be on mainly 40, 20 and 15 meters, but the announced suggested frequency are:

The QSL information is via HB9RF: P.O. Box 37, CH-6319 Allenwinden, Switzerland. Cards received via bureau will be replied via the bureau. For further information regarding the DXpedition can be found on the WEB site: http://www.3b7-brandon.ch ADDED NOTE: OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive an additional bulletin containing the complete press release by Urs, HB9ABO.

5X, UGANDA. Peter, ON6TT, signing 5X1T, has been quite active on the WARC bands. Look for him on 17 or 12 meters beginning around 1800z. QSL via ON5NT.

6th ANNUAL DAYTON HAMVENTION CONTEST DINNER will be held on May 16th at 6:30 PM. There will be inductees into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame "Class of 1998", door prizes and more. Roger, G3SXW, will be the guest dinner speaker. There is LIMITED seating of 300. Ticket sales are ahead of last year. Place your ticket order now at Radio BookStore at 1-800-457-7373 or 603-899-6957 (10 am to 6 pm eastern USA time). Ticket order deadline is approaching fast. Don't be left out!

6Y5, JAMAICA. Mitsumasa, N2HNQ, has been active on 15 and 12 meters. Activity on CW, SSB and RTTY have been reported. Look for him signing N2HNQ/6Y5. QSL via JH4IFF. Also, look for Katsuyuki, N8QDB, signing N8QDB/6Y5. Activity has been mainly on CW, with some SSB, on 12, 15, 20 and 40 meters. QSL via JR4ISF. The length of both operations is unknown.

BI, XI-SHA ISLAND (CHINA). Operators BD7IA, BD7IX, BD7JA, BD7KW, BG7NQ, and BD7YA are planning to operate from here. The team of operators call themselves the "BI7Y Ham Group" and will use the callsign BI7Y from Xi-Sha. Activity should have begun, but no QSNs have been reported. Their operation is to last until May 10th. Their departure may have been delayed because the team has mentioned that a ship only travels there once a month, and they were not sure on the exact day. The group plans to be active on 40, 20, 15, 10 meters with operations on SSB, CW and RTTY. QSL via BD7JA (QSL direct only) to: Yang, P.O. Box 1713 Guangzhou (510600) P.R. China.

BI3H, SHIJIUTUO ISLANDS (Upcoming operation and QSL Update). The group of Chinese who activated this new IOTA (AS-134) during the April 24-26th BI3H operation will be going back again. The group made 2698 QSOs (922 on CW and 1776 on SSB) in 23 hours. They will return to the island again in July during the IOTA Contest. QSL cards for the BI3H DXpedition will be printed after the July operation. QSL Manager Mac, W3HC, has received over 200 letters already for cards and some wanted their cards ASAP so they could send them in to ARRL for credit for China. The sponsors for the QSLs are: N1XME/Joe, AA8GQ/Helmut, K5AB/Alan, and AD4LX/Ray.

EP, IRAN. Ali, EP2MKO, has been active recently on the bottom portion on 20 meters (14011 kHz) bewteen 2000 and 2100z. Also, check 15 meters (21004 kHz) after 2130z. QSL via UA6HCW.

FO0/H40 SUMMARY LETTER FROM JA1BK (provided by Kaz, JH1ORA). OPDX InteNet Subscribers will receive a letter from Kan, JA1BK, as an additional bulletin.

FO0FI/FO0FR SUMMARY FROM Bob/W6RJ AND Rob/W6KR (provide by Ham Radio Oulet, HRO). OPDX InteNet Subscribers will receive information posted on the HRO WEB SITE (http://hamradio.com) as an additional bulletin.

FR5/T, TROMELIN ISLAND. Henri, FR5ZQ/T, continues to be active and has been appearing on 14272 kHz at or around 1400z, sometimes with Hito, JA8FCG. It has been mentioned by Hito that Henri doesn't like pile-ups, so he makes a list for Henri.

HP3, PANAMA. Gary, K4GZ, and Bill, W4WX, will be active from Volcan, Panama, May 12-18th. Both will be signing /HP3 on SSB, CW and RTTY. QSL to home callsigns with SASE or via bureau.



RX1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND. RX1OX/FJL was heard this past week on 30 and 20 meters CW. Check between 2100 and 2200z.

SPECIAL CALLSIGN ON THE AIR FROM AFRICA TELECOM 98. A special callsign, ZS98IARU, will be on the air from Monday, May 4th, to Saturday, May 9th, from the IARU Region One stand at Africa Telecom 98. The conference and exhibition are being held at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Amateur Radio is well represented at this important ITU event. The station will be on the air during the exhibition opening times: 0800- 1600z. Arrangements are being made to operate the station outside exhibition hours. A special QSL card will be issued. The QSL address is: P.O. BOX 1842, Hillcrest 3650.

SPECIAL EVENT STATION. Look for special event station GI6YM to be active until the end of the year end. The station is on the air in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the YMCA Radio Club. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW and SSB. QSL via K1WY.

SPECIAL EVENT STATION. The Guayaquil Radio Club (GRC) is celebrating 75 years of their foundation with a special commemorative QSL. The GRC invites all ham operators of the world to make a contact with the official GRC station, HC2GRC, on May 9th, from the 0000-2400 (Ecuador time, -5 GMT) on the HF bands.

SPECIAL EVENT STATION. The WAMRAC and the World Amateur Radio Christian Association (WACRAL) from Hudderfields will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and will be on the air as GB4OWR during May 5-6th and May 8-10th on the following suggested frequencies and time periods. On Friday, May 8th, and Saturday, May 9th: 14333 (0600-0700z), 3747 (0700-0745z), 7045-7050 (0815-0930z), 14333 (0930-1100z), 21350 (1230-1330z), 28333 (1600-1800z) and 21350 (1800-1900z). On Sunday, May 10th: The usual Sunday a.m. U.K. WACRAL Net on 3747 kHz at 0700-0800z. The station will be in use on Tuesday the 5th and Wednesday the 6th on 3747 kHz between 0900-1100z and 1230-1430z, although other bands may be used briefly. For earlier times or later times on these two days, the frequencies assigned for Friday and Saturday can be used. NOTE: All planned frequencies are +/- QRM.

SPECIAL EVENT UPDATE. Last week in OPDX.354 we mentioned details on the special events stations that would be active during 1998 World Football Cup. This event is organized by FRANCE and the REF-UNION (French Amateur Radio Society) and they have decided to propose during this world competition a Diploma (1998 WORLD FOOTBALL CUP AWARD) for all Hams and SWLs in the world. Between June 10th and July 12th, 10 specials callsigns will be activated from each city where competition will take place (Please refer to OPDX.354 for callsigns and locations). They have now announced that French hams will use a special prefix FBC (for FootBall Cup, ex. FBC6REF). ONLY contacts/heard made between June 10th and July 12, 1998, are valid for the awards. Awards that are available:

Only a certified list of contacts/heard is necessary with application, NO QSLs
FEE: 60FF or 12 IRC or 12 U.S. green stamps (any other money is NOT ACCEPTED)
MANAGER: FB1NAN, Patrick ROCHE, 33 Rue de Terre Blanche, F-63118 CEBAZAT, FRANCE

S2,BANGLADESH. The "DX News Sheet" reports that S21K is newly licensed and is a resident on Bhola Island. This also may be a new IOTA, but no other details have been provided and no QSNs have been reported.

TJ, CAMEROON. The "DX News Letter" reports John, WB4MBU/TT8JFC, currently in Chad, will be going here for 2 months. Activity will possibly take place during May and June. No other details and dates were mentioned, but he has applied for a license.

TT8, CHAD. Erci, TT8JE, has been very active on 20 meters CW/SSB. Activity seems to be around/between 2100z and 0100z. Check 14025 and 14195 kHz. QSL via F6FNU.

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Look for operators Tom/K6CT, Terry/N6CW and Frederick/K9VV to be active as VP2VDX in the CQWW WPX CW Contest as a Multi/Single entry. The group will be here May 27th through June 2nd. Activity outside the contest will be on the WARC bands and 6 meters. QSL via K6CT.

VP8/G, SOUTH GEORGIA. "The Daily DX" reports that Carl, G4VFU, who will be leaving the Falkland Islands by the time you read this, plans to be active from here sometime between December, 1998, and February, 1999.

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