Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 398
March 1, 1999

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 398
BID: $OPDX.398
March 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, N2SU, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, W3EH, N4TO, N4GN, N5AW, W5CTV, WC6DX, KE9KD, N9WDQ, K0RX, W0YG, 9K2HN, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, F6AJA & LNDX, G3VMW, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, G4UZN, HB9HFN, IK3ZAW, JA3EMU, LZ3IH, ON4CEL, ON4VT & The Picture DX Bulletin, OZ5AAH, OZ5TOM, PA1AW, PT2NP, PY7ZY and ZP5AZL for the following DX information.

3B8, MAURITIUS. The "DX News Sheet" reports Bob, G3PJT, will be active March 8-20th as 3B8/G3PJT from 3B8CF's QTH. Activity will be mainly CW but there will be some SSB. Look for him on 80-10 meters (including the WARC bands), and in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest (March 13-14th). QSL via his home call.

3B8, MAURITIUS. The "Les Nouvelles DX" reports that Patrick, F6CMH, will be active as 3B8/F6CMH from March 17-26th. He will be operating on all bands SSB.

5A22, LIBYA. QSL Manager Veronica, IK3ZAW, informs OPDX that starting March 1st, Abu Baker, 5A1A, will be signing the special callsign 5A22PA. The reason for the special callsign was not given. Look for him on the bands 160-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via IK3ZAW, via the bureau or direct to: Veronica Della Dora, Piazza Fiume 14, 30126, Lido/Venezia, Italy.

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. Tony, G4UZN, will be operating from Sabah with the call 9M6TUZ from the Hillview Gardens Resort between March 16-23rd. Operations will be mainly CW. QSL via home callsign, G4UZN, direct or via the bureau (direct is preferred).

9N7, NEPAL. "The 59(9) DXReport" is reporting Sergio, IZ6BRN, who is currently active as AP2WAP, makes occasional trips to Mirmi. He is licensed as 9N7RN and plans to make his next trip in late March/early April for a few weeks. QSL via IK4ZGY.

A9, BAHRAIN. Will, WC6DX, is active until March 16th as A92GF in Bahrain. He will be operating on all bands including WARC bands, but especially near the IOTA frequencies. He is especially looking for North America West Coast stations. He will be active in the ARRL DX Contest March 6-7th, and has requested a special contest callsign TBA. North America stations QSL via WC6DX, others via EA7FR. Bureau cards are welcome to either call, but please DO NOT QSL to the Bahrain bureau.

BV, TAIWAN. Look for Juergen, DJ3KR, to be active as BV3/DJ3KR after his Svalbard operation (See JW below). His activity will take place March 19-23rd and March 26th-April 17th. He will be operating mainly on the low bands and the WARC bands. QSL via DH3MG.

C5, THE GAMBIA. Frank, ON4CEL (ex-5A21PA), will be active here March 17-25th. No callsign was mentioned. Activity will be 80-10 meters mainly on CW, but with some SSB operations. Frank mentions that just like his 5A operation, he will try to work USA hams on the lower bands during their greyline time. QSL via the bureau or direct to: Franky Beuselinck, Oostmolenstraat 95, 9880 Aalter, Belgium. DO NOT use the address in the callbooks. There will be an on-line log available on his Web site after the operation at: http://user.online.be/~frankyb/index.html

C5, THE GAMBIA (Update). Steve, G3VMW, reports that he has been issued the callsign C56SW for his DXpedition trip to The Gambia next week. Please refer to OPDX.393. He will be active on all bands 160-10 meters between March 4-18th, from Kololi, near Banjul, mainly on CW. His equipment is a Kenwood TS-570DG with doublet, loop and 160m dipole antennas. QSL via his home callsign (G3VMW). His C56SW logs will be on his Web page with a log search when he returns back home.

CE0AA DXPEDITION UPDATE. A few additional details about the CE0AA DXpedition to Easter Island have been provided (Thanks to N5AW and XQ3IDY). The team will leave Santiago at 1200z on Saturday, February 27th, to take a 5 hour flight to CE0 and stay until March 20th. They will have 6 stations up and plan to include 6 meters. It wasn't clear if there will be an experienced 6 meter operator along, but they were advised to use the 50.110 DX calling frequency. They are also planning operation on 160 meters (1830 khz) and have special permission to operate on 30 meters (10.105 mhz). The QSL route is via CE3WDH as previously reported.

E44DX WRAP-UP. Excerpts from a press release from Tim Totten, N4GN, state that the E44DX team of W3UR, OH1RY, OH2TA and OH2BH returned to Tel Aviv, Israel on Tuesday, 23 February, after completing 33,775 QSOs with 14,640 individual DXers in 7 days of operation from Gaza City, Palestine. SPECIAL NOTE: The complete press release will be provided to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers. However, the press release states that please QSL E44DX via OH2BN. A multi-color, folded QSL card is being designed. Meanwhile, an on-line log search is now available at the official E44DX web site: http://www.n4gn.com/e44dx/ Due to the number of requests from DXers with E-mail-only accounts, the same log search database may now also be searched via e-mail! Simply send a message to e44dx-log@n4gn.com with your call sign at the beginning of the SUBJECT line. The BODY of the message is ignored. Coming soon--the E44DX Internet Slide Show! Watch the web site for further details.

E4, PALESTINE. The update on the IARV team in Palestine is that Yoshi, JA1UT, returned home last Wednesday and Toshi, JA8RUZ, and the others will be or should be QRT (on Monday) by the time you read this. However, the four Hungarian DXers, Zoli/HA1AG, Gyula/HA1TJ, Anti/HA3OV and Laci/HA3NU operating as E44/HA1AG from Gaza, will be active until 1300z on March 3rd. The operators have mainly focused on CW but have operated on SSB and RTTY. The team has kept two stations on the air simultaniously around the clock. Their preferred frequency has been 7 kHz from the band edge on CW and 80 kHz on RTTY. SSB has been on the usual DX windows. A Web page has been set up for on-line QSO look up at: http://www.okdxc.cz/e44/ QSL via Zoli Pitman, HA1AG, Somogyi Bela ut 18, Gyor H-9024, HUNGARY. SPECIAL NOTICE: In some callbooks (RAC), the Zip code is given as 9300. It's wrong! Although the letters sent to the wrong zip code reach HA1AG, it take much longer. QSLs will be printed right after the operation. Another station signing, E41/OK1DTP, has been active on the 80/20/10 meters bands. Not much is known about this station and activity has been very limited. The operator states he is in Jenin, West Bank, and to QSL to OK1TD.

E44IPA, PALESTINE? Ben, OZ5AAH, Chairman of International Police Radio Club in Denmark (ex OX3IPA, OY5IPA, TF/OZ5IPA, HS0/OZ5IPA and more) will be active from Hebron area from March 10-15th. The callsign has not yet been confirmed by authorities, but Ben will try to get E44IPA. Activity will be mainly CW on the WARC bands and the lower bands. QSL via home callsign, direct only. QSLs are good for most police awards (Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Lt. Colombo). Any support/donations are most welcome. His E-mail address is: beniparc@post3.tele.dk His Web page is: http://home3.inet.tele.dk/beniparc/

FR5/T, TROMELIN ISLAND. Henri, FR5ZQ, now signing FR5ZQ/T, has been active over the weekend on 20 and 10 meters SSB. He will be there until March 3rd. Activity seems to take place around 1800z and 0300z.

FT5Z, AMSTERDAM ISLAND (This one is interesting!). The "Picture DX Bulletin" reports that Mikael, FT5ZJ, is more frequently active now on SSTV. He is mostly seen on 20 meters between 1600 and 2000z. QSL F2YT. See the "Picture DX Bulletin's" pictures of the month at: http://www.ping.be/on4vt/

FW, WALLIS ISLAND (Update). Cedric, HB9HFN, now signing FW5FN, reported eariler in the week that he lost his amplifier after only 300 QSOs. He also states that propagation is not very good but hopes it will improve. Europe, look for him on 10108 or 10135 kHz as it seems that there no EU QRM on these frequencies. Cedric states there will be NO 160 meters due to his linear and no trees for support around the hotel. He will, however, spend more time on 80 meters.

HK, COLOMBIA. Gerard, F2JD, who is active as HK3/G0SHN and can ususally be found on HF, is now active on 6 meters also. Sorry, no QSNs yet.


JW, SVALBARD. By the time you read this, Juergen, DJ3KR, should be active as JW/DJ3KR until March 5th. He will be operating mainly on the low bands and the WARC bands. QSL via DH3MG.

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Look for Vic/N4TO and Arlan/N4OO to be active as KG4TO and KG4BV, respectively, from March 12-22nd. Operations will be primarily CW, and they will concentrate on the LF and WARC bands. QSLs via the home callsign of the operators, KG4BV via N4OO and KG4TO via N4TO.

PJ8, ST. MAARTEN. George, W3EH (ex K2KTT), will be activating PJ8/W3EH (formerly PJ7/K2KTT) from March 2-9th. He will be an entry in the 10 meter ARRL Phone DX Contest. As time permits, George hopes to be active on 80-10 meters both CW/SSB. QSL via W3EH, or for older listings including all paperback callbooks back to 1982, QSL via K2KTT.


S21, BANGLADESH. It seems Bob, G3REP, continues to be active as S21YP on 20 meters CW. Activity seems to be around 0200 and 0300z. QSL via home callsign.

SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS. Several sources are reporting that Vangelis, SV2BFN, and possibly two other operators are planning to be active at the end of May. This will mainly be a SSB/RTTY operation.


YK, SYRIA. It has been reported that Omar, YK1AO, can usually be found on Fridays on the low end of 40 meters looking for USA stations. He has a good signal, but you have to QRS a bit to around 13 wpm. The best time to find him is 0400-0500z (late stateside Thrusday nite). Bob, N2SU, states, "This makes sense because Friday is the Muslim sabbath and is a good time to try for Middle Eastern stations..... FYI, Syria is #26 Most Needed (World) and #24 (USA) according to The DX Magazine."

ZP40, PARAGUAY. Tom, ZP5AZL, will be active in the ARRL DX Phone Contest March 6-7th, possibly using the special callsign ZP40Z. The same callsign will be used again in the CQ WPX SSB Contest in late March. His activity will be on all bands, especially the high bands. QSL via W3HNK. Also, look for Juan, ZP5MAL, to be active in the ARRL DX Phone Contest using the callsign ZP6T. He will only be active 1on 5 meter as a High Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

ZV0, ST. PETER & ST. PAUL ARCHIPELAGO. Paul, PT2NP, Director-Secretary of the ABRA (DX Brazilian Association) provides the following update. The DXpedition will be using the call signs: ZV0SB (SSB) and ZV0SW (CW). Also, for the first time during their DXpeditions, they will try to work on 160 meters. The following is their suggested frequencies:

Their main pilot and land coordinator will again be Ari, PT2BW. There will be at least another pilot. They are making the best effort to work in RTTY too, but it is not sure for the present. If this mode happens, the call sign will be ZV0SY and frequencies will be around 14080 and 21080 kHz. For more details, please refer to OPDX.395 and the ABRA Web site at: http://www.pt2dx.org.br

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