Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 397
February 22, 1999

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 397
BID: $OPDX.397
February 22, 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, AD1C, K1XN & The Golist, K2DO, K2KQ, N2AU, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, NG3K, W3GO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4CIA, N4GN, W5AJ, K7BV, K8YSE, W8EB, N9AG, BA1HAM, CE3CDV, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, HA5PP, HB9HFN, HL2KAT, JA8RUZ, ON6TT/5X1T, SM0AGD, UA0MF, VE3NQK, VK3TZ, VK9NS and XE1ITJ for the following DX information.

3D2, FIJI. Karl, K0KL, will be active next month as 3D2KE bewteen March 20-27th. Activity will be mostly on 40 and 15 meters CW. QSL via homecall.

3V8, TUNISIA. The "DX News Sheet" reports that Vlad, UA2FF, and other operators will be active in the CQ 160 Meter SSB Contest from the 3V8BB station.

4U1ITU, ITU HQ. Look for Don/K2KQ, Tom/K1TW and Piero/IK2BHX to activate 4U1ITU in the ARRL DX SSB contest as a Multi-2 entry.

5T, MAURITANIA. The International Amateur Radio Volunteers (IARV) will go to Mauritania to establish an emergency radio communication system in North Mauritania area. This time Tada, JA1CPS, is the leader and will head up a team of 5 operators. Yoshi, JA1UT, is NOT going to Mauritania this time due to the Palestine operation. The IARV will stay in Mauritania from March 11-17th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, including the WARC bands on CW/SSB/RTTY mode. They have not specified which frequencies they will operate but will seek popular DX frequencies. They will operate during their spare time. QSL via JA1UT.

CE0, EASTER ISLAND. Roberto "Bob", CE3CDV, reports a group of 10 friends will depart on February 27th to activate Easter Island as CE0AA. They will be active until March 20th. Activity will be on CW/SSB on 160-6 meters. The QSL Manager is Sergio Del Gaudio, CE3WDH, P.O.Box 240-3, Santiago, CHILE. QSLs via Bureau are also OK.

CORRECTION TO OPDX.396. Under "HC8, GALAPAGOS", we mentioned that N5KO's name was Bob. This is incorrect. His name is Trey. Also, the LINK to the V26B site in the bulletin had a capital "B" in the URL and hence it would not work. The address should have been: http://www.frc-contest.org/v26b/index.htm

DXCC NEWS. If you are not a OPDX InterNet Subscriber, you missed a special bulletin that was sent out announcing that the DXCC Desk will be purging 9U contacts as far back as January 1, 1994, and after. The purging will take place before March. The DXCC Desk reasoning is: "The submission of forged documentation is a clear violation of DXCC Section 1, Basic Rule 7, and also Rule 12 (a). Bill Moore, NC1L, from the League, says. "The list includes the callsigns listed below and may or may not be limited to these: 9U/F5FHI, 9U/EA1FH, 9U5W, 9U5DX, 9U5T, 9U5CW and 9U5DX. Remember, only the contacts dated January 1, 1994, or after do not count. Some have credits before this and these would be OK. The station 4U9U is OK."

E4, PALESTINE. The excitement continues from this one even though the LIDS/KIDS and SPACE CADETS try to disrupt operations. REMEMBER, ignore them! Anyway, several stations have been active with more to be aired in the coming weeks. As reported in last week's bulletin and in the specially issued OPDX bulletin (to OPDX InterNet Subscribers) throughout the week E44A, E44B, E44C, E44D and E44DX are all licensed to operate. A message from Jim Smith, VK9NS, earlier in the week informed OPDX that he talked to Ali, E44A (JY4NE). Ali stated that there are four students at the local college being trained so that they, too, can be licensed in the near future. Jim states, "....this is good news and hopefully we can expect plenty of activity in months and years to come. For myself, the appearance of Palestine on the bands with that brand new ITU allocated prefix/callsign has been one of the most signifcant events my amateur radio life. Having worked in the Middle East and knowing a little of events it is special. We should wish Palestine and its radio amateurs every success as they join our hobby." The E44DX team continues to be very active mainly on SSB, but they were active for a few days last week before the CW contest and will do some CW operations after the ARRL International DX CW Contest, starting at 0000z, Monday. Their focus will be on 7 MHz. The E44DX Palestine DXpedition team's absolute highlight, however, has been their meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat where Yasser Arafat expressed his support for ham radio, and he sent his regards to the worldwide amateur community. Your editor talked to Bernie, W3UR (Editor of "The Daily DX"), on 10 meters last Saturday and he informed me that at that time, the team has worked about 23000 QSOs. Their goal is over 35000 QSOs before their operation ends on Tuesday, February 23rd. The International Amateur Radio Volunteers (IARV) team led by Yoshi, JA1UT, is Palestine right now. The team is has 7 members/operators to help establish another radio-telecommunications system in Palestine. The announcement indicated that Toshi/JA8RUZ and Hiro/JP1TRJ will concentrate on amateur radio operation 24 hours continuously with two radios. Activity will be on 80-10 meters including WARC band CW and SSB. There wil be NO RTTY this trip. Yoshi was spotted over the weekend as JA1UT/E4.

FW, WALLIS ISLANDS. Just a quick reminder that Cedric, HB9HFN, will be active from here February 23th through March 8th. His callsign will be FW5FN. Please refer to OPDX.390 for more details. Cedric states that he will try to post the log during his DXpedition every 3-4 days on his Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/hb9hfn/log/fw_search.html QSL cards will be available via the bureau. You can fill in your request at: http://www.qsl.net/hb9hfn/log/fw_search.html#request Or send direct with a SAE (Self addressed envelopes) and the necessary return postage.

GU, GUERNSEY. "The 59(9) DXReport" is reporting that Bill, G4YWY, will be active from here March 24-28th, as GU4YWY/M. Look for him to be active mainly on 17/15 meters and the IOTA frequencies. QSL homecall.

HK0, SAN ANDRES (Update). The Woodbridge Wireless (WWI) from Woodbridge, Virginia, is pleased to announce its 4th DXpedition which will coincide with the 1999 ARRL DX Phone Contest. The callsign, as of now, will be HK0/W4DC, but they trying to obtain a short contest call. They plan to operate from March 2-9th. During the contest, two transmitters will be on the air. Operations before and after the contest will emphasize RTTY, CW, and the WARC bands. All contest QSOs will be confirmed auto- matically with a photo QSL via the bureau. You can send a SASE to W4DC if you need one quicker, or for QSOs outside the contest. The "TEAM SAN ANDRES" members are W4DC, K5OF, AA3KX, WB4ZNH, WN4FVU (if you need a YL contact), N2PP, and WZ8P. For the latest news and log checking, check out their Home Page at: http://www.pwcweb.com/wwi/DXpedition/

J6, ST. LUCIA. The St. Lucia Amateur Radio Club will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the independence of St. Lucia with an activity day on Monday, February 22nd. Look for J69SF on 10, 12, 15, 17 and 20 meters (SSB and CW) 1800-2200z. Activity will continue later if demand requires. The club will be sending a special certificate upon request. Help with the postage will be appreciated. Send certificate requests to: St. Lucia Radio Club, co/ Givan George J69AC, PO Box 1677, Castries, St. Lucia, West Indies.

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. The Florida Dxpedition Group will be active from here March 18-25th. Look for Bill/W4WX/KG4GC and William/N2WB/KG4WB to be active during the BARTG RTTY Contest (March 20-21st). Their contest callsign will be KG4WB. Also, look for them before and after the contest on all bands with special attention to 6 meters and RTTY. QSL via home callsign.

OON6TT ON THE ROAD AGAIN. Peter, ON6TT/5X1T, will be going to three countries (Ethiopia/Eritrea/Djibouti) in a 14 days emergency mission to assess needs and to bring in an intervention team to boost the UN World Food Programme's preparedness to deal with the conflict on the level of IT and communications. Peter states to not expect a large scale operation if he is able to receive licenses and to look for him during his evenings.

PJ8, ST. MAARTEN. Ron/ND5S, his wife Sue/KF5LG, Bil/W8EB and his wife Dorothy/W8DVC will once again be on this island. They will be there for three weeks between February 22nd through March 14th. The group will be using the callsign of PJ8A for the ARRL DX Phone Contest and will use the prefix of PJ8/homecall for the rest of the time. They will be concentrating on 160 and 80 meters but have the capability to operate on 160-10 meters. The group's equipment includes: Icom 706, PK232 for RTTY, plus the Yaesu FT-900CAT, KamPlus for RTTY, Yaesu FL-2100Z amplifier, two R-7000 verticals and a 127 foot sloper for 160 and 80 meters. One vertical is located at the top of the 10 story building as well as the sloper. The other vertical will be installed on the three story balcony. This is their fifth year on the island. They will maintain a daily sked on 14200 kHz at 2030z with the gang back home in Michigan. So if someone wants to request a sked on the other bands, please feel free to stop by and make a schedule.


S7, SEYCHELLES. Erik/SM0AGD, with his XYL Eva and Thor/LA7XB, will be here for 2 weeks, March 1-14th. This is not a full-scale DXpedition, so look for S79AG and S79XB. QSL to operator's homecall. Erik mentions that there are some restrictions, 80 meters is not allowed at all and 40 meters only between 7050-7100 kHz. Look for them on CW above 7050 kHz.

SPECIAL EVENT. Once again the Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club (EMDRC) will be operating with the special event callsign VI3GP to celebrate the 1999 Australian Formula One Grand Prix. Operation will take place on all HF bands 160-10 meters (SSB and CW) and locally on 2m. Various EMDRC operators will operate from their home QTHs, many of whom are regular DXers. The callsign will be operational from 0000z, March 4th, through 2359z, March 7th, except for the 2 hours during the actual GP (approx 0300-0500z March 7th). QSL to VK3ER via the bureau or direct to the CBA, PO Box 87, Mitcham, 3132, AUSTRALIA, with return postage and SAE. As usual, a special QSL card is being designed for this year's GP.

T4, CUBA. During the ARRL International DX SSB Contest, look for the "No-Name DX-Group" to be active again operating as T48RAC from Santiago. Activity will be on all bands. Operators will be VE3ESE, VE3SDN, CO8HF, CO8KL, CO8OT, CO8TW, CO8LY, CO8UZ, CO8VN, CO8DC, CO8AJ, CO8DD and CM8YK. There will be an on-line QSOs look up on the "KWARC" Web page at: http://www.kwarc.org Use the Cuban Flag as your guide. QSL via VE3ESE, Don Fisher, 48 Lucerne Dr., Kitchener, Ontario N2E 1B3. Send a SAE, and green stamp for QSL card or SASE in Canadian postage.

UA0, ASIATIC RUSSIA. Mike, UA0MF, informs OPDX that he is on daily during his evening on 160 meters (1830.5 kHz) calling USA at from 1200z to 1400z. He is in "Zone 19", and if somebody needs him for some awards, just send him a message for a sked via his E-mail address at: ua0mf@mail.primorye.ru His QSL Manager in the USA is W3HNK. Direct QSL cards can be sent to is address: Mike Filippov, P.O.Box 20, Vladivostok, 690021, Russia.

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND. Ed, K8VIR, will be active again March 6-18th as VK9EHH. Look for his SSB activity on 14162, 14260 and 21300 kHz. QSL via W8WC.

VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS. George/N2GA and Diane/K2DO will be active from the Providenciales, May 24th through June 1st. They will be active as a Multi-Single entry in the CQ WPX CW Contest on May 29th and 30th, as VP5GA. Before and after the contest they will be active as VP5/N2GA and VP5/K2DO. Please QSL to home calls and to N2GA for VP5GA.

XF4, REVILLAGIGEDO. A group from XE1 operators will activate Socoro Island (NA-030) belonging to the Archipelago of Revillagigedo, March 1-15th. Their callsign will be XF4MX. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, Satellites, RTTY, CW and SSB. THe XF4MX DXpedition is formed by the following Operators:

They will also be in the ARRL DX SSB Contest as a Multi-Single entry.

XT, BURKINA FASO. The "DX News Letter" reports that Michel/F5RLE and Joel/F5AOW, are active as XT2DM (on CW) and XT2OW (on SSB) now until March 1st. Look for them to be active on 12/17/30 meters. QSL via F5RLE.

XU7, KAMPUCHEA (Cambodia). OPDX has been informed by Chung, HL2KAT, that Mr. Song Hyung Sub, HL2AQN, will be active here as XU7AAC from March 11-15th. He will leave Seoul, Korea, March 10th at 0000z to fly to BangKok and from here to Pnompenh. He will depart from Pnompenh on March 17th. Activity will be on 40/15/10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via HL2AQN: Song Hyung Sub, Buwon Apt. 9-101, 340, Wonjeong-dong, Bucheon, Kyunggi-do, 421-200 Korea. Chung states that a relative Website can be found at: http://www.qsl.net/hl2kat/ Also, Song's E-mail address is: hl2aqn@sbsmail.net

SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE EDITOR. Please send all DX announcements/information "ONLY" to the addresses below and "NOT" to the distribution InterNet address of: dxinfo@barf80.nshore.org

OPDX WORLD-WIDE WEB HOME (provided by John, K8YSE):
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