Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 365
July 13, 1998

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 365
BID: $OPDX.365
July 13, 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, K1RV, WB2RAJ/WB2TQH & The 59(9) DXReport, W0YG, DK9IP, DL3KUD, EC1BXI, ER1DA, EU7SA, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, LY2IJ, ON4CEL, RA1QHJ, VE3ZZ and Larry Clark for the following DX information.

5H, TANZANIA. Ted, W0RA, will operate from the QTH of Dale, 5H3DD, from July 20th to the 25th. Check the following suggested times/frequencies: 1330z/14010 kHz (up 2 - Ted will check for long path to the U.S. west coast. If there are no openings he will beam short path.); 1700z/21010 (up 2) and 1830z/21295 (up 10); 1930z/28480 (up 10, if the band is open). For Pactor look before and after the CW times on 14072 and 21072 kHz. Ted will use an FT-747, SB200 amp and a tribander at 50 ft. He is also taking a small antenna tuner and will attempt some WARC band activity, especially on 17 meters. QSL via W0RA, direct or bureau. Please no QSLs via 5H3DD or the Tanzanian bureau.

9V8, SINGAPORE. "The 59(9) DXReport" states that Singapore stations can use the 9V8 prefix from July 18-November 15.

A SPECIAL CHALLENGE AND REQUEST (Attention U.S. Prefix Hunters and IOTA Chasers!). OPDX received a message containing a request for help by a Spanish student and Novice class operator named Jorge Fernandez, EC1BXI. Jorge reports he will be going to Arousa Island IOTA EU-080 to operate during the IOTA Contest using the callsign EC1BXI/P. This will be a single operator expedition. Jorge's NOVICE class license will make it a real challenge for him during the upcoming contest. He states, "For this reasons my station will be a "small gun" and my operation frequences limited. I need your help, because with my 50W and my small segment of frequencies authorized, I am not able to work too many USA stations." His equipment will be a vertical FRITZEL GPA-30 (10.15.20), a 40/80 dipole CAB-RADAR (Spanish made), an MFJ 949-E tuner, and a TS-140S. Spanish novices are only able to operate in certain segments of the 10/15/80 meters bands (if they want to use the SSB). These are: 10m 28.900 - 29.100 // 15m 21.150 - 21.200 // 80m 3.6 - 3.7 Jorge would like to give the possibility to many USA hams to work EU-080 (he states that he will probably be the only station in that reference) and also add the EC prefix for the WPX chasers. In Europe, EC is a very common prefix, but in the USA this is not the same because of the different band segments. For this reason, Jorge will try working SPLIT for "USA HAMS". Look for him during the contest:

The QSL will be 100% via Callbook: Jorge Fernandez, EC1BXI, P.O. Box 54, 36980 O Grove, (Pontevedra) SPAIN, EUROPE. (He is a member of RSGB and his QSL Manager is G4RRA. Jorge reports having trouble with the bureau because he is not a member in Spain [EA]). By the way, Jorge was active early in the year as EF1IAT from Toxa Island. QSL via EC1BXI.

DX NET CHANGE. The Butterfly DX Net that is usually on 14226.5 kHz has moved to 14252 kHz as of July 5th.

EA6, ISLAND OF MALLORCA. Frank, ON4CEL, will be on holiday to visit his girlfriend on the Balearic Islands from July 17-23rd. His callsign was not mentioned, but he will probably sign /EA6 or EA6/. Activity will be mainly CW on 40-10 meters (main time 1200-1600z). QSL is OK via bureau or direct to: Beuselinck Franky, Oostmolenstraat 97, 9880 Aalter, Belgium (Frank has moved to another place, so the address in the callbook is incorrect).

EP, IRAN. Ali, EP2MKO, has been active on 15 meters between 1800 and 2000z CW (low end of the band). He was heard saying that he plans to visit some new IOTAs in August or September. No other details were given. QSL via UA6HCW.

FS, ST. MARTIN. Ken/K7ZUM and Craig/N7KG have firm plans to be active in this year's 1998 CQWW Phone Contest (October 24-25th). They will be operating all bands and signing as FS/K7ZUM. QSL via the bureau or direct to the CBA address of K7ZUM (ex-KA7ZUM). It was also mentioned that Craig, N7KG, will also be doing a Single Op 160 meters effort as FS/N7KG. Dates were not given. QSL via the bureau or direct to his CBA.


J6, ST. LUCIA (NA-108). The Southwest Ohio DX Association will once again be active between November 23rd and December 7th. They will sign J6DX during the CQWW CW Contest and ARRL 160 Meter Contests. They are currently in need of another operator to join them. If interested, contact Scott, N9AG, via the telephone at 937-548-6230 (please between 0000-0200z) or E-mail: scottal@erinet.com

MORE OPS NEEDED! Nick, VK2ICV, is looking for 2 more operators to join him at Lord Howe Island for the CQ WW CW Contest in November. The contest team already consists of NM7N, N0TT and Nick. If interested, contact Nick via E-mail at: watchman@tig.com.au

MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND. This upcoming weekend on July 18-19th, there will be 20 ships/submarines lined up to activate the radio rooms on board retired ships/subs around the world. This event is sponsored by the USS Salem Radio Club. The club station K1USN will be active during the event along with some of the following other ships/subs: USS Cod, USS Drum, USS, Batfish, USS Requin, USS Massachusetts, USS The O'Sullivans, USS Little Rock, USS Pampanitio, USS Lexington, USS Texas and HMCS Haida. Suggested frequencies are:

A special QSL for working K1USN is availabe via W1QWT W/SASE or via the bureau. A certificate is available to anyone working two or more ships/subs by sending log data and a 9 X 12 SASE (with two Postal Units) to W1QWT. More details are available in the July QST on pages 77 and 99 or check the Web site: http://www.uss-salem.org

PT8, BRAZIL. Claus, DJ8UG, who was active as CP4BT for the last 6 years, is now QRT from his QTH in Bolivia. His next location will be in PY8-land. Look for him (mostly in CW) using the call PT8ZCB starting about September. QSOs with CP4BT as well as PT8ZCB can be confirmed via his QSL Manager DL9OT, Hans Kriegl, Schubertstr. 38, D-76275 Ettlingen, Germany (Bureau is preferred).


RARE IOTA TO BE ACTIVATED. RA1QQ, RW1ZZ and possibly SP6TPM will leave July 17th from Severomorsk by yacht to Kambalnitskie Koshki Islands (IOTA EU-160 located in the Barents Sea Coars Group, last operated in 1990). They will be active as RA1QQ/1, RW1ZZ/P and possibly as R1OTA. They planned to be active 3-7 days which includes activity during the IOTA Contest. QSL Manager RA1QQ (Nick A. Smerdov, P.O.Box 24, Cherepovets, 162627, Russia). All questions/comments can be directed to RA1QQ, by E-Mail: albert@metacom.ru

SV5, DODECANESE. The "DX News Sheet" reports Phil, G4OBK, hopes to be active July 23rd through August 4th as SV5/G4OBK. Activity will be mainly CW which includes the IOTA Contest. He will operate from Kalithea, near Rhodes with wire antennas while on holiday. QSL via home call.

TF7, VESTMANNAEYAR ISLANDS (Update). Matt, DL3KUD, will be active from Iceland July 20-29th. From Heimaey, this island has an IOTA of EU-071 (Grid-Loc HP93UK). Matt will use the callsign TF7/DL3KUD and plans to be operational on 160-6 meters using CW, RTTY and the Satellite RS12. Equipment includes a 16m-Vertical, Dipoles + 500Watts-PA (6m=100W). He plans to participate in the IOTA Contest. QSL 100% via bureau!

VK9C & VK9X, COCOS-KEELING AND CHRISTMAS ISLANDS. Charlie, W0YG, currently in South Africa (see OPDX.364), reported to OPDX just before leaving for ZS-land that George, W8UVZ, and himself will operate from Christmas and Cocos Islands from February 6, 1999, until February 20, 1999. They will spend a week at each location. Emphasis will be primarily on the low bands, WARC bands and RTTY. Some 6 meters activity will be attempted. However, the purpose of the DXpedition will be to give as many of the deserving low band contacts as possible. A Battle Creek Special and beverages will be used for 160/80 meters. They hope to expand on the excellent operation the German group gave us in 1995. Callsigns are not yet available. More details later!

VP8, SOUTH SANDWICH. Mixed reports on this one! Some reports indicate that Carl, G4VFU, is planning on being active from here January/February 1999, possibly for 2 weeks as VP8/G4VFU. Earlier reports stated that Carl would go to South Georgia Island during this time, but reports now state his plans do not include South Georgia. All we can say now is "Stay Tuned". QSL via G0HXL.

ZD9IL NEWS. Edwin, ZS5BBO, reports that a beam antenna has been donated to Ian on the island of Tristan Da Cunha. The antenna is a Crushcraft A3S with 40m attachment. At this stage, Edwin is trying to work out the shipping details from the USA to Cape Town. If anybody can help with freight sponsorship, please contact Edwin, ZS5BBO, (via E-mail at: musto@icon.co.za) as soon as possible as he would like the antenna to arrive by end July for Ian to take back to the island in August.

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