Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 363
June 29, 1998

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 363
BID: $OPDX.363
June 29, 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, K8YSE, KF8TM, NE8Z, WB8YJF, W8CNL, DL2HEB, EA5GRC, EA5KY, F5PHW, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, GM4SUC, LU1DZ, LY1DR, LY3BA, ON7ZV, P43P, PA3DMH, VE2CY, ZL1RS and ZS6Y for the following DX information.

1A0, SOV. MIL. ORDER OF MALTA. Activity by a station signing 1A0KM on 20/15 meters, June 13th, was a pirate. This has now been comfirmed Francesco, IK0FVC. Generally there are announcements in advance if a 1A0KM operation would take place.

ECUADOR DXPEDITION. Rick, NE8Z, will once again be returning to Ecuador for a 3 week visit from July 5-26th. He will be traveling to different areas in Ecudor using the following callsigns:

He will be using a Kenwood TS-50/AT-50, Heath SB-200 AMP, Cushcraft R-7 Vertical and AEA PK-232MBX for RTTY. His activity and operations will be mostly on the WARC bands CW and 20 meters RTTY. From "La Isla", IOTA SA-056, he will operate as HC1MD/HC4 for 8 hours on either July 22, 23 or 24th from 1500-2300z only on 21260 or 14260 kHz SSB. John, WD8MGQ, will have full information as to which day he will activate SA-056. He can be reached daily on 14260 kHz or via E-mail at: wd8mgq@tir.com The IOTA trip will be planned according to the weather and malaria conditions in the area. All of Rick's CW/RTTY operating as HC1MD/HC4 will be from Atacames on the mainland between July 19-25. Thanks to Bill, W8HVX, who has helped Rick set up for his first ever RTTY transmissions from Ecuador. It is suggested to watch 20 meters mainly for RTTY. Bill will have regular contact with Rick and can be reached via E-mail at: w8hvx@ismi.net -- All QSLs should go via: K8LJG, John Kroll, 3528 Craig Drive, Flint, MI 48506 USA (John E-mail address is: k8ljg@tir.com). A short story and photographs will be posted after the trip on the new Web page for the Southeast Michigan DX Association (SEMDXA) at: http://www.semdxa.org/


KH4, MIDWAY ISLAND. The "DX News Sheet" reports that Ted, NH6YK, will be active again about August 1-15th, as KH4/NH6YK while visiting his XYL who is stationed here. Activity will be on HF and 6 meters. More information is to follow. QSL via home call.

LA, NORWAY. Ulli, DL2HEB, reports that he will be active between July 19th and August 3rd from Norway and some Norwegian islands with his QRP-Rig using the callsign LA/DL2HEB/p. Operations will be only CW and possibly some Amtor/Pactor. He will also take part in the IOTA Contest, probably from Gurskoy or Hareidland islands (both in EU-079, that is the Soroyane Group).

NOT ZS8, PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS! Ed, ZS6Y, informs OPDX a lot of individuals are getting the impression that ZS80NRM is operating from ZS8-land. He is NOT. Ed is operating from the Republic of South Africa.

OOOPPPSS! Last week we mentioned Mark as ON5WW, this was wrong. Mark, who was active as S07WW this week is ON4WW, not ON5WW.

P4, ARUBA. The Aruba IARU Member HQ Station (SA, ITU Zone 11, IOTA SA-036), will be active during the 1998 IARU HF Contest weekend July 11-12th. The callsign P43R will be active on all bands SSB/CW, and a special QSL card will be printed for the 1998 IARU HF Contest. QSL via P43ARC or Bureau.

POLAR BEAR DX-PEDITION 98. Operators Aldo/VE3IMR/VA3AG, John/VE3VGI, Paul/VE3KBL, Garry/VE3XN, Bob/VE3LLE, Don/VE3UNA, Doug/VE3BKR, Craig/VE3CIJ, Lyle/VA3DXE and George/VE3INB will start a DXpedition on Sunday, August 18th, 2230z, at Toronto Union Station. They will be operating from the Ontario Northland Railway's " Northlander" under the callsign XM3PBX. They will operate until they arrive in Cochrane, Ontario. They will then transfer XM3PBX to the ONR's Polar Bear Express to Moosonee. Once they arrive in Moosonee, they will setup XM3PBX at the ONR's Moosonee train station and operate from there. Two from the group will move their gear to the Moose Factory Museum and operate a station from there under the callsign CH3HBC/325 to celebrate the 325th anniversary of Moose Factory. The Moose Factory station will be operated by Bob/VE3LLE and Lyle/VA3DXE as the main operators with some help from the rest of the group. John/VE3VGI and Aldo/VE3IMR/VA3AG will be flying up to Charlton Island to operate an IOTA island under the callsign of either VE8C or VE8I. The call hasn't been determined yet. There is also a fourth station, CI3XXV, that will operate from various freshwater islands (weather permiting) under the callsign CI3XXV/25 and maritime mobile CI3XXV/MM from the M.V. Polar Princess out of Moosonee. This will continue until Saturday, August 22nd, when all stations except XM3PBX and CH3HBC/325 will cease operation. CH3HBC/325 will continue to be active until the end of August, being run by local hams, Paul/VE3KBL and Craig/VE3CIJ. On Saturday, August 22nd, they will leave Moosonee on the Polar Bear Express operating XM3PBX as they travel southbound until they reach the final destination at which time the Polar Bear DXpedition will cease all operations. They intend to operate on 40, 20, 15, 6 and 2 meters. For updates, check out the Polar Bear 98 Web site at: http://webhome.idirect.com/~galati/


SPECIAL EVENT. Commemorating the 2nd National Olympic Games, the Worlds Lithuanian Sports Games and National Folk Festival from June 22nd to July 6th, a number of LY stations will be using the special prefix LY98. Some stations already active are: LY98BA, LY98DR, LY98DT, LY98FW, LY98TX and LY98TZ. QSL LY98DR via LY1DR, Saulius Zalnerauskas, Box 922, Kaunas, 3005, Lithuania. QSL LY98TZ via LY2TZ. QSL LY98BA via LY3BA: Gediminas Lucinskas, P.O.Box 34, LT-5280 Birzai, Lithuania.

T8, BELAU. Hide, JM1LJS, will be active as T88LJ between July 26th and August 2nd. Activity will be mainly on: CW 7008 and 10104 kHz and SSB 3840 kHz. QSL via home call.

TL5, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. Alex, PA3DZN, recently became active from Bangui as TL5A. He will be active on 160-6 meters, CW, SSB & RTTY. QSL via PA3DMH: Alex van Hengel, Schoener 85, 2991JK Barendrecht, The Netherlands. Also, QSL is OK via bureau. Log Search is available at: http://www.igr.nl/users/pa3dmh/logs/log_search.html and will be updated on a regular basis.

VK9, WILLIS ISLANDS. Look for Graeme, VK5GW, to be active as VK9WG for the next six months beginning July. QSL via home call.

ZA, ALBANIA. Luis, EA5KY, will be traveling to Lac, 50 km north of Tirana, July 3-18th, and will be active as ZA/EA5KY. He is setting up an amateur radio station for the Franciscans missioners. He mentions this isn't a Dxpedition. Geni, ZA1B, states he will not have problems working as ZA/EA5KY. Luis will try to be active on all bands 80-10 meters on his free time. His equipment is a TS-50 and dipoles. Suggested frequencies are:

There may be 80 meters activity if conditions are good. QSL via EA4URE, bureau or direct. They will be answered at the end of his activity.

ZL8, KERMADEC ISLANDS. Bob, ZL1RS, reported earlier in the week that "Everything is going to plan, and later this week I am departing for Raoul Island (Kermadec group)." By the time you read this, Bob should be operating between his work commitments from Raoul until July 15th. He states, "I'll TRY to get on as much as I can ... especially nearer the end of the trip when my work will be finished." Watch out for ZL8RS mainly on SSB, with a little (slow) CW on 160 and 30 meters. Lee, ZL2AL, has kindly loaned Bob a laptop computer so there will be some RTTY. Also, Bob finished building a compact 8877 amplifier to take along. He states, "Please note that the generator power supply is SUPPOSED to be off from 1100z to 1900z. There is nothing I can do about that. Any operation between these hours will be battery powered and "QRP". Bob provides the following POSSIBLE operating frequencies and times (all subject to change due to his work schedule):

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