Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 393
January 25, 1999

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 393
BID: $OPDX.393
January 25, 1999
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, K1VV, K1XN & Golist, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, W3UR & The Daily DX, W4SMG, W7TSQ, WB8BGY, W0YG, 5H3US/K8MN, 425 DX News, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DL7VRO, F5NOD, G3SWH, G3VMW, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, JA6VQA, OZ6TL, RV1CC, SM7AED, SP2UKB, VA3DX and YO2LDE & South-West DX Bulletin for the following DX information.

4S7, SRI LANKA. Bob, ZL1RS, is currently in Sri Lanka for the next nine months. He hopes to be able to have his radio sent to him and obtain a license. Usually the licensing procedures in Sri Lanka can take up to three months. QSL direct only via ZL1RS.

5Z, LAMU ISLAND UPDATE. Jim/G3RTE, Phil/G3SWH, John/G3WGV and Rob/5Z4RL, who will activate Lamu Island on the northern Kenyan coast between February 17-24th, have announced that their callsign will be 5Z4LI, and their thanks go out to 5Z4NU and 5Z4RL of the ARSK for their assistance with this allocation. QSLs will be handled by G3SWH, Phil Whitchurch, 21 Dickensons Grove, Congresbury, Bristol, BS49 5HQ, United Kingdom or via the RSGB bureau. For more detail, please refer to OPDX.390.

6 METERS OPERATIONS PLANNED FROM 3B9. OPDX has learned that Ned Stearns, AA7A, avid VHF DXer/Contester from Arizona, has joined the major multi-national DXpedition group that is heading out to Rodrigues Island, 3B9. The plan is to be active on April 1st and be on the air for as much as 10 days. Ned is reportedly in charge of assembling the six meter station. He states, "That time of year and this part of the solar cycle looks promising for potential six meter propagation to EU and JA and possibly the U.S. over the long path." Ned will be bring a modest station with him which will include modest power (100 W), modest antennas (5 elements on 5 meter boom) and a 6 meter attended beacon. He is willing to work with DX enthusiasts in EU, JA and the US in order to plan his 6 meter operating schedules for this once-in-a-lifetime DXpedition. Ned can be reached via E-mail at: stearns@goodnet.com

8P, BARBADOS. Glenn, VA3DX, will be going to Barbados again from January 23rd-February 6th. He will use the callsign 8P9DX. His activity will be on RTTY/SSB/CW and all bands. Glenn states that he will be a serious entry in the CQWW 160 CW Contest. QSLs are via VE3ICR ("OK" in any callbook since 1984).

C5, THE GAMBIA. Steve, G3VMW, informs OPDX that he will be operational from Banjul as C56/G3VMW or possibly C56SW from March 4-18th. There will be activity on all bands 160-10 meters CW only and in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest March 13-14th. The C5 log with an Internet log search facility will be available immediately after the operation at: http://www.bramham.demon.co.uk QSL via G3VMW: Steve Wilson, G3VMW, Bramham, Wetherby, West Yorks, U.K.

DXCC NEWS. The ARRL has announced that Wayne Mills, N7NG, will be the DXAC Chairman and that John Kanode, N4MM, will be the ARRL Board DXCC Liaison for 1999.

DU, PHILIPPINES. "The 59(9) DXReport" states that Andy, G4ZVJ, will be active sometime between now and February 24th as DU3/AH8F. Activity will be CW on all bands.

E3, ERITREA. The "425 DX News" reports that Joe/I2YDX and Bob/IK2WXZ are planning to activate some Eritrean islands between January 30th and February 7th. They will only be using 100 watts into a vertical antenna and will operate CW (40 kHz from band edge) and SSB on the usual IOTA frequencies. Their callsigns are to be issued upon their arrival. QSL via home callsigns.

FR/T, TROMELIN. Henri, FR5ZQ, will once again be active from here as FR5ZQ/T sometime between February 3rd and March 3rd. His activity will be limited due to his meteorological work on the island. Operation will be CW/SSB on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. His suggested possible schedule is:

    0900-1300z 21010 kHz              1300-1400z 14272 kHz (a JA net)
    1100-1200z 21190 to 21300 kHz     1600-1800z 28450-28505 kHz
    1200-1400z 28450-28505 kHz        1600-1800z 14133-14200 kHz

QSL via Henri's home callsign: Henri Namtameco, Rampe de Saint-Francois, 5052 Tour de la Chaumiere, 97400 Saint-Denis, Reunion Island via France

KH0, MARIANA ISLAND. Look for Kazu, JA1RJU, to be active from here beginning in February as KH2K/KH0. Activity will be on CW, all bands including 160 meters. QSL via JA1RJU.

KH0, MARIANA ISLAND. The members of Oita DX Club (Kazu/JA6BTO, Kim/AF4LX, Take/JA6PBO and Aki/AF4KH) will be on the air from Saipan Island, Northern Marianas, between February 11-14th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters with operation on CW/SSB/SSTV. Their callsigns were not mentioned. QSL via JA6VQA via bureau or direct to JA6VQA: Akio Tagami, 6-kumi tomioka Oita 870-0947 Japan.


SN0, POLAND. Look for several station to be active using this special prefix in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Amateur Radio Club SP2PMK in Torun. The following stations will be using the special prefix SN0 until the end of the month of January: SN0BBD (QSL via SP2BBD); SN0BMX (QSL via SP2BMX); SN0EFU (QSL via SP2EFU); SN0BNM (QSL via SQ2BNM); SN0SWT (QSL via SP2SWT); SN0UKB (QSL via SP2UKB); SN0PI (QSL via SP2PI) and SN0PMK (QSL via SP2PI).

SPECIAL EVENT - ARRL HQ STAFF TO SUPPORT SCHOOL CLUB ROUNDUP. The ARRL HQ staff will support this year's School Club Roundup (SCR) operating on HF from Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW. The SCR takes place February 8-13th. "Special emphasis will be put on contacting youth groups, especially school clubs," said ARRL Field and Educational Services Correspondent Dan Miller, K3UFG. Depending on propagation and the availability of volunteers, watch for W1AW between 1600 and 1700 UTC on the suggested SCR frequencies. Details for suggested exchanges and frequencies can be found in January's, 1999 QST, page 92, or at the Web site: http://www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/99/scr.html Each day of the event, HQ staff volunteers will spend their lunch hours at W1AW making contact with as many youngsters as possible.

SPECIAL EVENT (Four countries will be involved with this one). An era in the History of the Communication will come to an end. The Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) will be fully implemented on February 1st. This will cause the International listening watch on 500 kHz to cease. Operators from Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Island and Denmark will be active February 1-28th and in the Special Event Weekend April 10-11th. Look for the following stations to be active:

Stations will be active on the following suggested frequencies, plus/minus 5 kHz: 1830, 3535, 7025, 10125, 14035, 18075, 21035, 24905 and 28035 kHz. You can expect RTTY activity from OZ1OXB. There will be a special QSL card with a Historical background for the worked "Coastradiostation" for QSOs in February. All QSOs will be confirmed via the Bureau. Those who want a direct QSL card can obtain it via the operator worked. Awards are available and will be issued for Amateur Stations and SWL confirming QSOs with: 3 of the 4 countries (Category 3); for QSOs with all 4 countries (Category 2); and for QSO with all 8 Amateur Callsigns (Category 1).

SPECIAL EVENT. The West Jackson County Amateur Radio Club will activate the special callsign N5D to celebrate the 300th anniversary of "D'Ibervill's landing in Ocean Springs, MS". Activity will be from 2200z, April 23rd to 2200z, April 25th. Suggested frquencies will are: 7255, 14255, 21355 and 28455 kHz. QSL to: West Jackson County ARC, P.O. Box 1822, Ocean Springs, MS 59564

T9 AND ZA OPERATION UPDATE. Daniel, YO2LDE, informs OPDX that his activity from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania may now be limited to 10 days of operation (5 days in each country) than first reported (refer to OPDX.390). His operation may get cut due to funds. However, the NCDXF has sponsored some funds (200 USD) for his expedition, but Daniel states more funds are needed for a three week operation. For more details, check the Web page: http://www.qsl.net/yo2lde/dxpedition.html

VK4XN PIRATE ACTIVE. A pirate station signing VK4XN has been active on 80 meters and other bands. However, VK4XN is an active callsign. Eric, VK4XN, holder of the license, states that he is 92 years old and blind, and has NOT been on the radio for years. He does maintain his license, but he states he only listens. Eric states he gets QSL cards all the time from people around the world. He also states that someone has been using his callsign and has had this trouble for the last several years now. He has asked for help in putting the word out that ANYONE who works VK4XN, has worked a pirate station!!!! Eric says he writes to everyone who QSLs for help to put the word out.

VK9X & VK9Y, CHRISTMAS AND COCOS-KEELING ISLANDS. A final press release from Charlie, W0YG, states that the team will leave on February 1st to head towards these islands. Look for W0YG, W8UVZ and WB9Z to become active from Christmas Island as VK9XX from February 6-13th and from Cocos-Keeling from February 13-20th, as VK9YY. Their activity will be mainly on 160/80 meters CW, the WARC bands both CW and SSB, and RTTY on 15/20 meters. QSL via W0YG. Charlie states, "Please do not include VK9XX and VK9YY cards in the same envelope."

VP8CRB NOW QRT. Jan, K4QD (VP8CRB), is now QRT from the Falkland Islands. He states that he has made over 10,000 QSO (140 QSOs on 160 meters). Jan states that if anyone has a question about their 160 meter contact, they can contact him via E-mail at: k4qd@juno.com He also mentions that the logs are online at: http://no4j.com/nfdxa/logs/vp8crb.htm His RTTY logs are also online at: http://no4j.com/nfdxa/logs/vp8tty.htm Jan's possible next trip may be a return trip to South Georgia or some other location.

YV0, AVES ISLAND. The "DX News Sheet" reports that the Venezuela DX Club (YVDXC) and the Association de Radio aficionados de Venezuela (ARV) met on December 18th and agreed on a joint DXpedition in 2000.

ZL9CI DXPEDITION NOW QRT. According to Don, N1DG, the ZL9CI Campbell Island DXpedition went QRT at 2359z Janaury 24th. Congratulations to the ZL9CI team for setting a new DXpedition record of 95000+ QSOS (possibly more, maybe 100k).

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