Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 381
November 2, 1998

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 381
BID: $OPDX.381
November 2, 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, W2FG, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, W3UR & The Daily DX, WD4NGB, W0YG, BV4AS, BV4FH, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DL1HCM, EA3BT, F6AJA & LNDX, G3SXW, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, G4UOL, HA0DU, JM1LJS, ON4VT & Picture DX Bulletin, OZ5AAH, RA1QHJ, RA0FF, RW3AH, SM7CQY, SP5UAF, SV1NA, US0SJ, VK2ICV, YS1RR and ZL1RS for the following DX information.

3W, VIETNAM. Eugene, RA0F, reports to OPDX that Coly, UA0FM, will be active again from here as 3W5FW during the middle of November. Coly's equipment is a TS-520 (near 180W), ICOM-700 and FURUNO (marine TX for HF, 400W), 2 element Quad for 20/15/10 meters and a for 40/80/160 meters he uses a GP's. Coly does not have antenna for the WARC bands, but he will try using his Quad with tuner. On 160 meters, look for him on 1826 kHz and RX +3 up (1400-1500z to USA, 1930-2030z to EU and at his sunrise at 2300z. QSL via: P.O.BOX 66, Vladimir, 600011, Russia

5N, NIGERIA. Bogdan, SP5CPR, will be active as 5N3CPR once again. He will be here until the middle of December. He will be active on all bands. The QSL route is OK via his Polish callsign via the bureau, "he prefers bureau confirming".

5R, MADAGASCAR. The French DX Bulletin "LNDX" reports that Andre/F6AOI, Alain/F6BFH, Bernard/F9IE and their wives will be in 5R-land from November 15th to December 7th. They will try to be active from Sainte Marie Island and Nosy Be (both are IOTA AF-057). Activity will be on all bands CW and SSB.

5R, MADAGASCAR. "The 59(9) DXReport" states Ake, SM7CIP, will be active as 5R8FU for at least one more year. His activity includes RTTY, but he is currently putting up antennas for 160, 80 and 40 meters. He was heard this past week on 28485 kHz arouns 1315z. QSL via SM0DJZ.

9Q, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (ex-Zaire). The "DX News Sheet" reports that Pat, 5N0T, and XYL Nicole, 5N0YL, who are waiting for licences, report an application for the Association of the Radio Amateurs Operators of Congo was made to the Government in Kinshasa in September. Approval is awaited from the Minister of PTT, and then licences should be issued.

AFRICAN ACTIVITY. From the "Picture DX Bulletin", ZS6HZ states he will be traveling to Arusha, Tanzania (5H), at the end of November, early December, 1998. He will also be traveling through Zimbabwe (Z2) and Zambia (9J). The actual dates are still unknown, but ZS6HZ has to leave South Africa on November 27th and has to be in Tanzania on December 5th. He is guessing that he will be in Zambia around November 1-3rd and again around December 9-11th. Callsigns are also unknown at this time as he is trying to obtain license for these three countries. He states that he would like to operate SSTV from these countries as well as SSB. Expect signals to be weak because he will be operating from a vehicle using dipole antennas.

BV9P, PRATAS ISLAND DXPEDITION. The following was from a press release on the upcoming BV9P operation which takes place 0600z November 12th through 0000z November 19th. Operators will be as follows: BV2KI/Bruce, BV2KS/Evan, BV2VA/William, BV4AS/Jimmy, BV4FH/Paul, BV4ME/Chung, BV4QA/Ou, BV7FC/Lieon, JA1BK/Kan, KU9C/Steven, OH2BH/Martti and the first YL ham on Pratas XE1CI/Nellie. Suggested frequencies:

QSL Manager will be KU9C. Those wishing to contribute financially to the BV9P operation, send your contributions to:
  Chinatrust Commercial Bank Feng-Yuan Branch        P.O. Box 163
  #341, Chungshan Road, Feng-Yuan city,              FENG-YUAN City
  Taichung Hsien, Taiwan R.O.C.               -or-   420 Taiwan R.O.C.
  Account Name: Chiang Hui-Yu                        (Paul Pai/BV4FH)
  Account No# 392-13-13826-06

E3, ERITREA. By the time you read this the "Space A DX Group" should have arrived in Asmara, Eritrea, the nights of November 3rd, and 4th. They will make every attempt to be active starting during the day of November 5th. They cannot get their callsigns until they are in Eritrea, but they were told it would be assigned starting at E30AA and up. They will use only one call unless required to use each operator's call. They will be active until midday of November 17th, and fly out just after midnight the morning of November 18th. With the added $500 dollars cost per operator for the license, and the recent activity from Eritrea, they have scaled down to 10 operators. They are: WD4NGB/Bruce, KO4RR/Joe, N5VL/Vance, IV3FSG/Elvira, I8NHJ/Max, EA8AFJ/Michel, OK1TN/Slavek, N9NS/ Mike, NF6S/Larry and DJ9ZB/Franz. They plan on operating 3 stations 24 hours a day. This week's complete/unedited press release will be sent to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers as an additional bulletin.

E3, ERITREA. Zoli, HA5PP, continues to be active as E30HA, reportedly making over 7000 QSOs so far. He is trying to put up something for 40 meters, so keep a lookout for him there. Also, he is going to try to be active on CW. He wants to stay until November 8th, but he may go back with better equipment just before the CQWW CW Contest. In between, he has plans with Yemen. QSL via HA5YPP: P.O. Box 1157, Budapest, H-1245, Hungary, Europe

GD4, ISLE OF MAN. Steve, G4UOL, will be active as GD4UOL on CW only on all the HF bands from 2000z Friday, November 20th to around 1600z Friday, December 4th. QSLs should go to the GD bureau rather than his home callsign as this speeds up the process. QSLs direct are via his home callsign of G4UOL. Skeds via email are welcome outside the contest. Send them to: steve@g4uol.demon.co.uk Steve expects to concentrate this year on 18 and 24 MHz, as long as the bands produce QSOs. More information about his previous trips can be found on his WEB pages at: http://www.g4uol.demon.co.uk In the CQWW CW Contest he will be Single Op/Low Power, unassisted.

HI8, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Another Bavarian Contest Club (BCC) operation will take place from as DL1HCM/HI8, from November 24th until December 6th, from Samana Peninsula in the northern part of the Dominican Republic. Mike, DL1HCM, will be an entry into CQWW DX CW Contest as SOP/all band/ high power. Outside the contest the main emphasis will be CW on 160m, 80m and WARC bands. Mike states, "I will take a microphone with me for SSB operation, but please don't expect too much, I am a very untrained SSB operator." QSL to DL1HCM, via bureau or, direct to: Mike Peters, Moislinger Allee 72, 23558 Luebeck, Germany.

LA, NORWAY (Special Suffix). Ben, OZ5AAH (ex: OY5IPA,OX3IPA, TF/OZ5IPA+), will be active as LA/OZ5IPA from Oslo, Norway, November 6-9th. He will also be an entry in the IPA (police) Contest (Nov. 7-8th). Ben works all bands CW/SSB. He will be "OK" for most police awards. See the photo in "CQ-magazine", July, 1997. QSL direct only to: PreBEN Jakobsen, 9 Knoldager, DK-2670 Greve, Denmark.

PACIFIC DXPEDITION (Update). Last week we reported that Karl/DL1VU and Gerhard/DJ5IW would be active this week from T32-land (Christmas Island), but this is just a start of a string of activities. The "DX News Letter" reports that Gerhard, DJ5IW, will return (not sure where) on Decemeber 1st, but Karl will go on and travel to the following: Kanton Island signing T31AF, to Western Kiribati as T30CT and to Banaba as T33VU. More activities are planned, but they will depend on the transportation facilities. All QSLs via buro for T32IW/T32VU via DJ5IW, all others via DL2MDZ.


SILENT KEY. Egene Korotkov, RW0AY, became a Silent Key on October 7th. Egene enjoyed working DX and designing radio equipment. Condolences to his wife and family.

SK7, VEN ISLAND (Rare Swedish Island, IOTA EU-137). A group of 9 operators from the Swedish DX-club SSRA (SM7AVZ, SM7BCX, SM7CQY, SM7DAY, SM7DDR, SM7DXQ, SM7EQL, SM7MPM and SM7NGH) will operate from this island from 1500z on November 6th to 1300z on November 8th. Theu will use the callsign SK7DX. Two stations will be active: One station consisting of IC-765, Drake L4B and a 3 element tribander; the other one with a Kenwood TS-570 and a R7 vertical. Both stations will be on the air around the clock. Listen for them on the normal IOTA frequencies. QSL to SM7DXQ direct: Mats Freden, Klagerupsvagen 258. S-21232 Malmoe, Sweden or via the bureau.

TM5, FRANCE. The LNDX reports that Dominique, F5SJB, will once again be active as TM5CW from November 27th to December 7th. He will participate in the CQWW CW Contest.

TY, BENIN (Just a reminder!). Look for the German team of Sigi/DL7DF, Tom/DL7BO & YL, Frank/DL7UFR and Tom/DJ6TF to be active this week from November 4th to November 17th. They will operate especially on the low bands and on CW, but SSB and RTTY are also possible. They will use 2 complete stations. Look for them on the usual DX frequencies. QSL via DL7DF.

VK9C, COCOS-KEELING ISLAND. Hide, JM1LJS, informs OPDX that he will be going here December 26, 1998 to January 2, 1999. His callsign will be VK9CL. Hide will operate on 80-10 meters bands CW/SSB/(FM). He states that his operating station will be a "simple system" due to the weight limit of the airplane: 400W+DP or GP. Hide adds that from January 2-4th, look for him to use VK6SJS. If you hear him sign VK6SJS/HRP on January 3rd, his QTH is the "Hutt River Province" (He states there is no credit of DXCC for this location). QSL infomation is as follows: Hideyuki Kai, 4-22-15, Takata-Higashi, Kohoku-ku Yokohama-City 223-0063, JAPAN (Please note: Address was changed and the callbook address is not correct.)

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND. Plans are well underway for a DXpedition to Lord Howe Island between November 22nd and December 1st. The callsign to be used will be VK9LX. It has been reported from a press release that the bulk of the equipment has arrived, and the team members are signed up. The team leader is Nick, VK2ICV. The other team members are: Bill/K6KM, Charlie/N0TT, Ray/N4RU and Mary Lou/NM7N. The DXpedition has two purposes: to provide a DX contacts with Lord Howe Island and to participate in the CQWW CW Contest. Before the contest they will be operating 2 stations on all the HF bands, including the WARC bands and 160 meters. Operations are also planned for 6 meters. Modes of operation will be CW, SSB, and RTTY. Before the contest they will be emphasizing operations on the low bands and WARC bands, propagation permitting. During the contest they will be operating as Multi/Single working all HF bands except the WARC bands. Propagation information for the various bands has been prepared by Bob, NM7M, and is available on the VK9LX WEB site. QSL via VK2ICV, Nick Hacko, P.O.Box 730, Parramatta, NSW 2124, Australia. For further information check the VK9LX web site at: http://qsl.net/vk9lx/ E-mail for the DXpedition can be sent to: vk9lx@qsl.net Those wishing to contribute financially to the DXpedition to help cover shipping costs, etc. should check the web site for information on where to send donations.

VU4, ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS. Ted, W2FG, reports that Nat, VU2NTA, is now making another attempt to try to obtain permission for a VU4 operation. Nat states the the going is pretty tough with the government, and they are "very unsupportive on the matter", but he is hopeful. He (Nat) has requested for all DXers to send him an E-mail showing their callsigns requesting the activation of Andaman & Nicobar Islands by Indian amateurs. (PLEASE NOTE: Nats states, "THAT ANY REQUESTS TO JOIN THE EXPEDITION BY NON INDIAN HAS and WILL DEFINITELY MAKE THE EXPEDITION A NON STARTER!!!!!!) For support, Hams/DXers are to mail their requests to Nat at: vu2nta@amsat.org

YA, AFGANISTAN. The "DX News Sheet" reports that Mike, K5KWG, is trying to obtain permission to be active during his regular work trips. However, Mike is currently active in a Albania until December 1st as ZA1MH. QSL via Z32KV.

ZK3, TOKELAU. It seems that Ron, ZL1AMO, was not able to book passage on the boat to the island to operate as ZK3RW during last week's contest. Reports indicate that he will try again this week.

ZL8, KERMADEC. Bob, ZL1RS, has announced to look for ZL8RS to be active from the Kermadec Islands, November 9-17th. Bob states that he intends to focus mainly on 17/15/12/10 meters SSB with some slow CW on 30 meters. Operation will depend on his work schedule. QSL via ZL1RS (R Sutton, 109 Wright Rd, RD2 Katikati, New Zealand). To see photos from Bob's last trip, check out the WEB page: http://www.qsl.net/zl1rs/

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