Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 379
October 19, 1998

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 379
BID: $OPDX.379
October 19, 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, W1EK, N2OO, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, W3HC, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4GN, KP4BH, NN5O, W5AJ, W8KKF, W0YG, 4L5O, 9K2HA, CT3HF, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, IK2XDE, LU9AY, UA0SJ and VE3CUI for the following DX information.

3W, VIETNAM. Jani, YB0US/NM6US, will be operating from Vietnam as 3W6US. Operation will be from October 22-26th, this is including the CQWW SSB Contest. Overall operation will be SSB only. Watch 14195, 14260, 21295 and 21360 kHz. QSL via N2OO, PO Box 345, Tuckerton, NJ 08087.

4L, GEORGIA. Omari, 4L5O, will be active in the CQWW SSB Contest as a low power Single Operator/Single Band (3.8 MHz) entry. QSL ONLY via CBA. If anybody is interested in a contact with Omari, send E-mail to: 4l5o@caucasus.net

9A, CROATIA. QSL Manager Mac, W3HC, states that next week will be a good time to work Croatia. Look for 9A1CHP and 9A1CEI to operate as 9A7P during the upcoming contest and during the upcoming months. W3HC will handle the cards direct with postage.

A6, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. "The 59(9) DXReport" states to look for Frank, DL2CC, to be active as A61AC during the CQWW SSB Contest. QSL via ON7LX.

BJDXC AND SCSDXT JOIN FORCES FOR 1998 CQWW SSB CONTEST. Tim, N4GN, reports in a press release that two major activities have been planned to provide you with Zone 24 contacts on a variety of bands. From Beijing, China, the South China Sea DX Team (SCSDXT) has teamed up with the newly founded Beijing DX Club (BJDXC) and drafted a first-ever Multi-Multi operation to take place from mainland China. The CRSA and Chinese government have allowed the team to use the historic call indicator B1A (Bravo One Alpha). The 6-station affair will use Yaesu FT1000MP radios and Alpha 91B amplifiers with beam antennas. The Finnish operators involved are OH2BH, OH2KI, OH2PM, OH2TA, OH2YY and OH6LI while the Chinese team consists of BA1AA, BA1AB, BA1AJ, BA1DU, BA1FB, BA1HAM, BA1KA, BA1OK, BG1AC, BZ1DCH, BZ1BM and BA4TB. From Macau, at the QTH of XX9X in the heart of Macau, look for activity by the visiting U.S. group of N6AA, K6JL, K6MC, AB6BH, K5OT, N6ZZ and W6XD together with XX9AS, XX9MD and XX9XF. They will be racing against B1A in the Multi-Multi category. XX9X is a joint contest callsign of A.R.M. Macau, SCSDXT and Alberto Simao, XX9AS, which was used in several activities in the past. The build-up of the station will bring the XX9 signals on the air the week prior to the contest by this group using their own personal callsigns. QSL both B1A and XX9X via Steve Weatley, KU9C.

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators Kevin/N8ZJN/C6AKL, James/KB8YKR, Byron/WA8NJR, Joe/W8GEX/C6AJR and John/WZ8D/C6AIE will be active as C6DX from December 8-16th, from the island of Abaco (IOTA NA-080). Activity will be on 160 meters through 6 meters and maybe 2 meters. Their main focus on this trip will be the ARRL 10 Meter Contest and 6 meter F2, TEP, and E-skip. Their callsign last year was C6AIE. QSL to WZ8D at: John Walker, 1930 Meredith Ln., Loveland, Ohio. 45140-7216 USA.

CP6, BOLIVIA. Mats, LU9AY, reports that he will be signing CP6/LU9AY, from November 25th to December 5th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via LU9AY: 670 Honorio Pueyrredon, ZIP 1405, Buenos Aires, Argentina (DO NOT use the old LU9AUY via POB 13, ZIP 1411). Bureau cards are OK.

CQ9, MADEIRA. The team of CT3HK, CT3IA, CT3BD, CT3HF, CT3BM, CT3DL and CT3KN will be active in the CQWW SSB Contest with the special callsign CQ9K as a Multi-Single entry. QSLs via CS3MAD (or CT3 bureau).

E3, ERITREA. By the time you read this, Jacky, F2CW, should be QRT from here and on his way to the southern part of the country. He will not operate from this area, but he will return to his operating location and operate for 4 days between October 21-25th. It has been reported that he has made about 16000 QSOs so far. Jacky will leave next week and head to Djibouti. Look for him to possibly operate as J28AG for 3 days before heading to Nairobi, Kenya.

EL, LIBERIA. The "DX News Letter" reports that EI5GIY is here on a work assignment but wants to become active as EL2VO. Look for him to possibly be active until October 29th. QSL via EI5GIY.

FR/G, GLORIOSO ISLAND. Jacques, FR5ZU, who is only active on SSB, will remain active as FR5ZU/G until October 30th. He was heard this past weekend on 14256 kHz around 0245z and on 28480 kHz bewteen 1245 and 1300z. QSL via VE2NW.

FT5X, KERGUELEN ISLAND. The "DX News Sheet" reports that Helios, FT5XN, will once again be active in January. QSL via F6PEN.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. A Hungarian group consisting of HA0HW/Laci, HA4XG/ Geza, HA6NL/Laci, HA6PQ/Tibor, HA6PX/Csaba and HA6ZV/Tibor will be active during this year's HA-QRP Contest (sponsored by Radiotechnika the journal of Electronika), starting 0000z, November 1st, and until 0700z, November 7th. During their activity they will be on 3511 kHz, +/-QRM, 24 hours a day with the callsign of HB0/HA5RT/p (As a QRP station, which means that power input is 10 watts or less). They will operate from Triesenberg at 1400 meters ASL. The operators will use HB0/callsign/p on other bands, mainly on CW and RTTY with TEN-TEC OMNI V, FT-840, GPs and dipoles. Their suggested frequencies are:

QSL cards for confirmation with HB0/HA5RT/p QSOs should go to HA6NL and for the others should go via their home callsigns.

HI8, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. The German team of DL1JDK, DL3ALI, DL4JAN, DL4JS and DK8YY will be active as homecall/HI8 from October 21st to November 1st. Their activity will be on all bands CW/SSB. Also look for DK8YY/HI8 to be an entry in the CQWW SSB Contest. QSL via DL4JAN.

INDIAN OCEAN DXPEDITION UPDATE. Charlie, W0YG, reports to OPDX that the callsigns have now been issued for their intended Indian Ocean operation next February. They are VK9XX for Christmas Island and VK9YY for Cocos-Keeling. Operations as VK9XX will be from February 6-13th (1999) and from VK9YY from February 13-20th (1999). W8UVZ, K9FD and W0YG will operate, concentrating on 80/160m, the WARC bands, RTTY and some 6m activity if there is an opening.

J3, GRENADA (Update and Reminder!). Look for J3A to be a Multi-Multi entry in the CQWW SSB Contest. The group is planning six complete stations operating from the Grenada Emergency Operating Center. About one-half of the group will arrive on October 20th and the balance the following day. Expect non contest operating to begin late October 21st. Several members will remain a few days after the contest while most of the operators will return home on October 28th. Participating amateurs are: WA8LOW, W8KKF, NH7C, HN7CC, N0AT, N0KK, W5WW, K5PN, VE3RZ, IK3VIA, DL6LAU, ES7RE, IK6CAC, N6HR and KP2A. Operators' Grenada calls are expected to be J3/homecall, although previously assigned callsigns might be reissued (W8KKF as J37K, WA8LOW as J37L, KP2A as J37A and N0AT as J38AT). Activity will be on all bands, but there are plans for six meters and the WARC bands. Also, a RTTY station will be available. QSLs for J3A should go to WA8LOW. QSL individual callsigns to home call or as announced. Do not, repeat not, send cards to the J3 bureau. Please do not combine mailing of J3A cards (expect J37L,WA8LOW) with cards for the individual oparators. It has also been announced that K2KQ will lead another group in November to activate J3A in the CQWW CW Contest. WA8LOW will also handle the QSLs for this event.

QRP ACTIVITY. James, NN5O, reports to OPDX that between October 26th and November 8th, he will be operating QRP (using a MFJ-9420, 9 watts) on 20 meters SSB/CW. Look for him to be on 14040+, 14160+ and somewhere above 14300 kHz for Generals from IT/, HB9/ and DL/ from hotels/B&Bs and occasionally from his rental car. James states, "Although this is not a rare DX, it should be a pretty good test for all concerned as to what you can and cannot do with a small, light setup while on vacation in Europe with a little planning."


SPECIAL PREFIXES. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first two-way trans-Atlantic exchange between Amateur Radio Operators", Industry Canada (Canada's FCC) has authorized the use of the following special callsign prefixes from December 1st to December 31st (1998) (normal prefix/special prefix): VE1 to CG1, VE2/CG2, VA2/CF2, VE3/CG3, VA3/CF3, VE4/CG4, VE5/CG5, VE6/CG6, VE7/CG7, VE8/CG8, VE9/CG9, VO1/CJ1, VO2/CJ2, VY1/CK1 and VY2/CK2. "Help take note of a very special event in the history of International Amateur Radio, and work one of these prefixes... 73" de Eddy VE3CUI

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI. Karl/DL1VU and Gerhard/DJ5IW will be active as T32VU and T32IW respectively starting November 3rd. Karl will be handling the CW action while Gerhard does the SSB part.

VP2E, ANGUILLA. Joe, W1EK, is attempting to operate from the island of Anguilla during the CQWW DX PHONE Contest October 24 and 25th. He has not been assigned a callsign yet. Joe's station will consist ICOM 735, dipoles and maybe a vertical antenna, and possibly an amplifier. The hotel has their own electric generator for public power failures, but Joe is attempting to ship a small 22 LBS generator in case ALL FAILS during the contest. Joe hopes to be active on the air by October 22nd, for a few contacts before the contest. He departs on October 26th, and will make as many contacts after the contest as human energy and coffees allows. You can QSL via W1EK any callbook, or CD-ROM address.

UA0, ASIATIC RUSSIA. Yuri, UA0SJ, reports to OPDX that he is now active RTTY and is trying PACTOR. He is also sometimes on SSTV. If interested in a contact, send E-mail to Yuri at: ua0sj@windoms.sitek.net All QSOs for contacts with him during the JARTS WW RTTY Contest and the upcoming CQWW SSB DX Contest are to be sent direct ONLY to: Yuri A. Maltsev, P.O.BOX 2304, Bratsk-city, 665700, Russia / Asiatic /

WP3, PUERTO RICO. Jimmy, KP2BH, reports to OPDX that with a last minute setup due to hurricane Georges, the WP3A team will be active in the CQWW SSB Contest. The WP3A team consists of: WP3A/Jaime, WP4NHM/Rafael and KP2BH/Jimmy.

ZC4, UK BASE ON CYPRUS. An operator name David, signing ZC4DG, has been active over the last few weeks on SSB. He was heard this past week on 18150 kHz between 1400 and 1430z. There has been another report stating he has also been on 20, 12 and 10 meters (28455 kHz just be 1200z, The Daily DX). His length of stay is not known. QSL via G0OAB.

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