Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 394
February 1, 1999

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 394
BID: $OPDX.394
February 1, 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, WA2MOE, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, W3HC, W3UR & The Daily DX, KN4T, N4JF, N4GN, WB4ZNH, KL7AK, W6/G0AZT, K8PYD, W8UVZ, WD8MGQ, KI0LO, New York Times, CO8TW, DJ2MX, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, EA5BYP, F6AJA & LNDX, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, G0PSE, HJ3PXA, JW5NM, LU1DZ, OH2BH, OK1RD, PY7ZY, RW3RQ, VK3AKK, YO2LDE & South-West DX Bulletin and ZS5BBO for the following DX information.

3A, MONACO. Leo, K8PYD, reports to us that he will be on the air from February 18th to March 2nd, possibly as 3A/K8PYD. Operations are to be mainly RTTY with some CW.

3B8, MAURITIUS. The "DX News Letter" reports to look for Hans, DJ7MI, to be active this week from February 2-20th as 3B8/DJ7MI. He will be on the air especially on CW on the lowbands. QSL via bureau to DJ7MI.

3W, VIETNAM. The "DX News Sheet" reports Nikolay/UA0FM (3W5FM) is now active on 160 meters (1825kHz) at his sunrise (2316z) for Europe. QSL via his home callsign.

5A, LIBYA. Abubaker, 5A1A, continues to be active on 10 meter CW mostly weekends around 28040 kHz between 1545 and 1630z. Also, check for SSB activity on 28445 around the same times. For low band activity, check between 2100 and 0000z on 160/80 meters. He says QSL by "Registered Mail" ONLY to Box 74421, Tripoli, Libya.

5H, TANZANIA. Ralph, 5H3RK, is another very active station from here. Some may remember Ralph who was previously active as Z21HS a couple of years ago or so. He is a very active CW op who likes low bands when possible. Over the last week, he has been heard on 20 and 40 meters between 2000 and 0400z. He will be attached to the Swedish Embassy for the next couple of years. Between Ralph and Dave, 5H3US, they should provide a lot of DXers with Tanzanian QSOs. He has met Dave, 5H3US, and perhaps they will get together for a serious CQWW 160 effort. So far, from temporary quarters, he just has a multi-band vertical on the air. But he has a yagi and will probably put it up soon now that he's in permanent quarters. QSL via Ralph Karhammar, 5H3RK, PO Box 9274, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

5H, TANZANIA. The "DX News Sheet" reports Maurizio, IK2GZU, will be active February 8-28th, while working at a mission. No callsign was mentioned. He will be active on the HF bands using a tri-band beam and dipoles. QSL via home callsign direct or bureau (E-mail request can be sent to ik2gzu@spidernet for bureau cards).

9G, GHANA. The "DX News Letter" reports that Seth/9G1OO, Arie/PA3ERA, and Bert/PA3FUE intend to activate the club station 9G1AA in Dormaa-Ahenkro during February (no specific dates given). Look for them to be active mostly on CW on 20/15/40 meters. DO NOT QSL via PA2FAS. The correct QSL route is via PA3ERA, Arie Barendrecht, Taankade 10, NL-3311 TN Dordrecht, The Netherlands (also for 9G1OO and PI4DEC).

BT1WW, CHINA. During this past weekend, the Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA) aired a special event experimental station BT1WW for 48 hours to participate in the CQWW 160-meter Contest from Beijing. What was unique is that the antenna is some 300 feet above the ground, but the sad news is that the location is rather noisy and mounting a receiving antenna was impossible. The operators of this event are BA1AB, BA1OK, OH2BH and others.

CT3, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Alain, F5LMJ, will be active as CT3/F5LMJ from February 13-20th. He will be active on CW on 10, 14 and 18 MHz (10110, 14030 and 18080 kHz). However, his activity will be limited because he is on vacation.

HK0, SAN ANDRES. Carl, WB4ZNH, reports that he and his wife (Martha, WN4FVU) are going on a contest DXpedition with a group from the Woodbridge Wireless from Northern, VA, as HK0/W4DC. He states they will be there for two weeks in San Andres, "alternately relaxing, building the station, killing ourselves during the contest and then packing it all back up again." Their operation will take place during the ARRL DX Phone Contest the first full weekend of March. He also mentions that they are attempting to get a special distinctive Columbian callsign for the duration of the contest and that it might not be possible, so if not, they will be signing HK0/W4DC. For more information, check their Web page at: http://www.pwcweb.com/wwi/DXpedition/


ITU NEWS. From Saturday's (Janaury 23rd) New York Times: "In a step towards virtual statehood, Palestinians are about to be granted a form of long-distance independence, their own country code for international telephone calls..... Over Isralei objections, the International Tele- communications Union quietly announced this month that the area code 970 had been reserved for the Palestine National Authority territory in the West Bank and Gaza. The union, a United Nations affiliate based in Geneva, agreed in principle to give the Palestinians a code at its membership meeting in November...... The International Telecommunications Union governs the global allocation and regulation of area codes, broadcast frequencies, Internet bandwidths and satellite signals. It voted to give Palestine its own country code, as well as its own radio call signs and broadcast frequency assignments."

J3, GRENADA. "The 59(9) DXReport" states that Bill, K4LTA, plans to be active as J3/K4LTA from March 10th-April 10th. QSL via homecall.

KH6, HAWAII. Look for Richard, K5NA, to be active this month as KH6X, February 16-27th. Activity includes an entry in the ARRL DX CW Contest.


POSSIBLE NEW ONE? Foreign Minister Ali Alatas announced Wednesday, that Indonesia will propose to the People's Consultative Assembly, the nation's highest constitutional body, that East Timor be allowed to become independent. Alatas said the Indonesian government will put the proposal to the assembly by the end of this year. The assembly would then vote on whether to allow East Timor to become an independent country.


SPECIAL EVENT. Operators CO8DD, CM8SW, CM8YK, CO8TW, CO8HF, CO8KL, CO8YL, CM8UF and CO8IK will activate the station CO9NAA in commemorating the 146 anniversary of the birth of Jose Marti, the Cuban's national hero. They will be active on all HF band with two stations. QSL via CO8RCB: PO Box 5, Santiago de Cuba, CP 90 100, Cuba. E-mail request: co9naa@co9nla.uo.edu.cu

SPECIAL EVENT. Another country/station (please refer to OPDX.393) has announced that they will be active with a special callsign to honor the work done by the coast radio stations around the world for almost 100 years. Communication on CW will stop on February 1st at most of the world's coast radio stations as the new GMDSS system will take over communications with ships. Look for JW0LGS to be active February 1-28th. Operations will take place form Svalbard Radio/LGS - the world's northernmost coast radio station. JW0LGS will be operating CW only 1830, 3510, 7010, 10110, 14010, 18070, 21010, 24890 and 28010 kHz. Operators will be JW5NM and JW6MY. QSL via JW5NM, Box 498, 9170 Longyearbyen, Svalbard Island, Norway.

SPECIAL EVENT/PREFIX. From February 1-7th, look for operators RK3RWR and RW3RQ, from the "Michurinsk Contest Groupe", to activate the special callsigns UE3RCG and UE3ROM, respectively. Activity will be on all bands CW/SSB and the WARC bands. You can receive a "MCG-MEDAL" trophy for QSOs with these 2 stations during this period. This trophy is free, but please send QSLs and LOG data to: Andy B. Yatskiv, RW3RQ, P.O. Box 30, Michurinsk 393740, Russia. For more details, send E-mail to: valer~su@html.ru

T3 DXPEDITIONS (Also 3D2). Members of the OKDX Foundation, Jarda/OK1RD, Jiri/OK1RI and Slavek/OK1TN will be active from West Kiribati (T30) and Kanton Island (T31) or Banaba Island (T33). The team will first start their activity on February 25th from Nadi, Fiji, for 4 days as 3D2TN. On February 28th, they will take a flight from Nadi to Tarawa, Kiribati. From March 1st, for about a week, they will operate as T30RD from Tarawa. During their time spent in Tarawa and depending on the current situation there, they will hire a boat with 2 sailors to sail to Kanton Island or Banaba Island. They are hoping that on March 10th or about, their activity will start from Kanton Island as T31RD or Banaba Island as T33RD and last until March 28th. They spend more time operating in Tarawa until April 8th, where they will take a flight back to Fiji and further via L.A., Frankfurt to Prague. The crew's operations will be on all bands including the WARC bands with two comLplete HF stations on CW/SSB modes only. QSL cards for all operation via OKDXF.

T9 & ZA OPERATIONS UPDATE. Daniel, YO2LDE, provided OPDX with another update and states that these operations are a "GO". Operation will start February 15 and end on February 25th (He did not say which country he will start in). Daniel will operate with the callsigns ZA/YO2LDE and T9/YO2LDE. Suggested frequencies are:

    RTTY - 3588, 7038, 14088, 21088 and 28088 kHz
    CW   - 14020, 18090, 21020, 24900 and 28020 kHz
    SSB  - 14215, 18145, 21215, 24945 and 28495 kHz

QSL direct ONLY to YO2LDE: Daniel M. Vuescu, Zadei F3-1-7, RO-1700 Resita, Romania. Or to N1NJ: Tony Naglieri, 22 Sherwin Street, Ware, MA 01082-1020, USA. DO NOT SEND QSL VIA "YO (Romania)" BUREAU !!!

VP9, BERMUDA. Dick, N1RCT, will be on a RTTY DXpedition now through Thursday, February 4th, as VP9/N1RCT. Activity will be from the North Shore on 20 meters RTTY. He will use a multi-band dipole and a 100W. Special attention will be given to JA/SE Asia from 2200-2300z each day. Send direct QSLs (with SASE, etc) to: Eddie Schneider, W6/G0AZT, P.O. Box 5194, Richmond CA 94805. QSLs can also be sent via Bureau to N1RCT ONLY (no bureau to W6/G0AZT!). There is a minor Web page setup on: http://www.megalink.net/~n1rct/dxcc/vp9.html

ZD9, TRISTAN DA CUNHA. Ian, ZD9IL, is not very active at the moment as he is having transceiver problems. His QSL Manager ZS5BBO will advise us when Ian has his transceiver up and running again.

ZS, SOUTH AFRICA. Edwin, ZS5BBO, reports to OPDX that he is still active daily on 20 meters (+/- 14205) from 1500z daily.

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