Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 358
May 25, 1998

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 358
BID: $OPDX.358
May 25, 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, K4EP, N5OGP, N6VV, W6TER, W7TSQ, K8RF, K8YSE, AH0W/OH2LVG, DL7UFR, F6CYV, F6AJA & LNDX, HA0DU, LU6XQG, SM0CMH, T93Y, T97M, UA3AB, VK4AAR, YS1RR and 9K2HN following DX information.

3B7RF DXPEDITION UPDATE AND WRAP-UP (From 3B7 crew and Gerry/W6TER). "The crew is safe after a harrowing 75 hours aboard the vessel Umbrina II. After tear down, they boarded on 18 May, 0800z, for the 30 hour trip to Mauritius. About two hours out (around the Sudan Bank), two weather systems influenced the seas to extreme proportions. The vessel captain wisely decided to anchor in safe harbor, near the most Southern island in the St. Brandon archipelago. Although, they had adequate supply of water, the sea provide the food source. Finally, after the seas subsided, they arrived safely in Mauritius, about 1300z, May 20th...." Gerry/W6TER The crew issued the following press release to the media, in Mauritius: "An international group of amateur radio operators has successfully completed a "DXPedition" to the St. Brandon archipelago. The group of "Ham" operators from Mauritius, Switzerland, USA, Japan and Israel undertook this challenging adventure to confirm radio propagation predictions from remote St. Brandon to other parts of the World. Using the call sign 3B7RF, they contacted over 53,000 hams throughout the World. No ham operation of proportions has ever taken place from Mauritius or its outer islands. The DXPedition was conducted with the approval of the Mauritius Telecom Authority which issued the radio license. Assistance for the twelve days of radio operation on St. Brandon was provided by the Raphael Fishing Company, the crew of the Umbrina II vessel and Mr. Jacky Mandary, 3B8CF."

5B4, CYPRUS. Edin, T97M, and Boris, T93Y, inform OPDX that they will be active from here during the period of May 26th to June 3rd. Activity will include operations in the CQWW WPX CW Contest. Their CEPT callsigns 5B4/T97M and 5B4/T93Y will be probably be used outside the contest. For the contest they will try to get some special callsign preferably with 7M and 3Y suffix. QSL information for T97M is via K2PF, and for T93Y it is W6MD (ex N2MAU). A WWW LOG search will be implemented as soon as they get back home...

5X, UGANDA. "The 59(9) DXReport" states that Laurence, GM4DMA, will be active as 5X1LH throughout July while on a work assignment. Activity will be between 80-2 meters.

6W, SENEGAL. After their activity from N'Gor Island, Chris, 6W1QV, and Didier, 6W1RE, will be active in the Senegalese islands - Goree Island and Sarpent Islet (IOTA AF-045), from May 29th to June 2nd. They will use the callsign 6W1QV/P. Activity will be on 10/15/20 meters CW/SSB. QSL via 6W1QV direct or the 6W bureau. Didier, 6W1RE, will be going back to France at the end of June.

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. Andy, UA3AB, informs OPDX that operators UA9CI, UA9CLB, UA9CDV and UA9CDV will travel here and will be active from the Hillview Gardens Resort to operate all bands/modes as 9M6AAT and/or 9M6AAC. Look for them as a Multi/Single entry in CQWW WPX CW Contest. They will stay there until June 4th.

CY9RF, ST. PAUL ISLAND DXPEDITION (Update). Dan, K8RF, reports that there has been another operator added. Len, W8RC, has joined the group/team of K8RF, WA9S and VE9AA. However, Dan states he would like to add one more operator to the group. Their operation will take place May 28th through June 2nd and they will participate in the CQWW WPX CW Contest as a Multi-Operator/Multi-Transmitter entry.

FO, AUSTRAL ISLANDS (Possible new DXCC entity!). Albert, FO5JR, will leave Tahiti on July 20th and arrive on Rimatara Island (IOTA OC-050) on July 22nd, in the Austral Island group. He hopes to start his activity on July 24th or 25th. He will stay there until August 13th. He will be active only on CW around 14010 and 21010 kHz. PLEASE NOTE: He doesn't like pile-ups and needs a "normal" QSO (which includes a name and QTH). QSL via home callsign.

INTERNET DX CHAT ROOM AVAILABLE. Doug, N6RT, reports to OPDX that he has set up a "IRC DX Chat Room". The room name is #CQDX and it can be found on the InderNet IRC network. Doug has put up a WEB page at the URL address http://members.home.com/dab/dxchat.html which describes how it can help DXers and how to get there.


JU1, MONGOLIA (UPDATE). Steve, HA0DU, reports that the JU1HA team has experienced unforeseen and serious problems which will influence their operations. The Hungarian Dxpedition team have, however, solved their problems and changed their callsign to JT1X. So look for this callsign on the bands! They will operate the four fully equipped stations which includes two monster log-per beams and several other antennas. Operations will last until June 2nd. Refer to OPDX.357.

KH2/NH2/WH2, GUAM. Dave, N2NL, reports that he will be living on Guam for at least the next 2 years and hopes to be very active during this time. Dave will be active as N2NL/KH2 operating mostly CW on the WARC bands and 20 meters RTTY. During the upcoming weekend, he plans to be active in the CQWW WPX CW Contest signing either /NH2 or /WH2. PLEASE, QSL ONLY via his QSL Manager, W2YC. Any cards sent direct to Dave must be fowarded to W2YC as he keeps all of Dave's logs which he E-mails to him weekly.

LU8, TIERRA DEL FUEGO (Argentina). The El Radio Club Ushuaia will activate IOTA SA-008 from their headquarters and participate in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) on the 40 meters band as LU8XW. QSL via Box 58, 9410 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

OH0, ALAND/AHVENANMAA. The world famous B.I.G. station at Aland/Ahvenanmaa will soon be active again as OH0W on all bands including a Multi-Single entry in the CQWW WPX CW Contest. Operators include OH2TA/OH0TA, OH2BCI, OH2KW and OH5BQ. QSL via OH2IW, CBA.

OOOOPPPSS! (Blame it on Dayton HamVention fatigue!). We made a little error last week on the WEB Page address under the heading "COULD YOU HAVE WON A PRIZE AT THE DAYTON HAMVENTION?" (ed. Sorry John!) The address for John's (K8YSE) homepage should have read: http://www.en.com/users/k8yse/hamdraw1.html We had en.con instead of en.com.


SU, EGYPT. Ahmed, SU1AH, in Cairo, has been active on 20 meters RTTY recently. Check around 14080 kHz between 2130 and 2300z.

T30, WEST KIRIBATI. Ron, ZL1AMO, is once again active from here as T30RW. His length of activity is unknown (it may have already ended, last QSN was reported May 24th at 0336z on 15 meters RTTY). Check the CW segments, especially the WARC bands. Also, watch for RTTY. QSL via ZL1AMO.

TF, ICELAND. Sigi/DL7DF, and his crew (Tom/DL7BO and YL, Ben/DL7BY, Frank/DL7UFR, Wolfgang/DL2NWK) will be active from June 15-21st. They will operate especially on the low bands and on CW, but SSB and RTTY are also possible. They will use 2 complete stations, and their antennas are: a 5 element beam for 20, 15, 10 meters; 3 element beam for 17 and 12 meters; GP for 30, 40, 80 and 160 meters and beverages. Look for them on the usual DX frequencies. QSL via DL7DF.

TR, GABON. It has been reported that Thieny, F5ILM/FR5DT, is currently in Gabon for the next 4 months. He presently does not have a license but has applied for one. Once he receives his license, look for him to be active on all bands CW.


V2, ANTIGUA. Just a quick reminder that two members of the Oklahoma DX Association will be operating from here May 26th until June 2nd. Jim, K5TT (ex-WV5S), and Dave, W5AO (ex-N5CG), will be operating 160-10 meters including WARC bands. They will also enter the CQ WPX CW Contest. Their callsigns are V26TT and V26GG, respectively. QSL information is K5TT/WV5S for V26TT and Box 88, Morris, OK 74445-0088 for V26GG. Additional information is available via k5tt@contesting.com.

V63 MOKIL ATOLL (New IOTA) OPERATION CANCELLED. The V63 Mokil Atoll operation by Lew/N6VV, Dan/W7DR and Mike/NG7S scheduled for June 1st has been cancelled. The supply ship which was supposed to deliver generators and gasoline to the island in May was unable to make its normal stop due to a water crisis on other outer islands. The air charter which was scheduled to deliver the crew on June 1st, has informed them that they cannot carry gasoline aboard the aircraft. However, NG7S will be active from Pohnpei Island as previously planned using the call V73DC. Please refer to OPDX.350.

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):
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