Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 409
May 17, 1999

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 409
BID: $OPDX.409
May 17, 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, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, AJ3M, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4VA, N5VT, N6RT, K8YSE, W9DC, A35RK, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DL5KAT, DL9GDB, G4BUE & DX News Sheet, GM3WOJ, GM4YXI, IK1QBT, JA1ELY, JA1IST, LA0CX, LU9AY, ON6TT, OZ8AE, PA3GIO, SM7PKK, VA3JFF, VK8AV, 4L5O and 9A4KK for the following DX information.

4L, GEORGIA. Omari, 4L5O, informs OPDX that Georgia has two autonomy republics, Apkhazia and Adjara. According to Omari, only the following prefixes and suffix are good (anything else is a pirate):

  1. Apkhazia (ex-UF6V) can use the prefixes/suffix: 4L1-4L0 and the first letter in the suffix "V" it means APKHAZIA.
  2. Adjara (ex-UF6Q) can use the prefixes/suffix: 4L1-4L0 and the first letter in the suffix "Q" it means ADJARA.

For more details/questions contact Omari via E-mail at: 4L5O@caucasus.net

4U1UN, UNITED NATIONS. It has been reported that Mats, SM7PKK/5X1Z, and Peter, ON6TT/5X1T, will be active from 4U1UN on May 16-18th, right after Dayton. However, reports indicate that there are no antennas in place at 4U1UN for DXing. The only antenna available is a beacon antenna which is owned by the beacon group and not available for normal amateur use. LATE BREAKING NEWS.... Your editor talked to Peter at the Dayton HamVention this past weekend, and he told me that Mats and he will "definitely" operate from 4U1UN. He also said that there are antennas in place to use. Also, Peter and Mats will be traveling to Kosovo in about a week.

5P, DENMARK. The CEPT Amateur Radio Club will sign 5P1ER from the European Radiocommunication Office in Copenhagen during the CQ WPX Contest. The operator will be OZ8AE. All QSOs will be QSLed via the bureau.

6O, REPUBLIC OF SOMALILAND (Possible new one? WFWL!). You still have a few days to work Baldur/DJ6SI and Franz/DJ9ZB as 6O0X and 6O1Z, respectively. Operation is to terminate May 18th. DJ6SI will operate CW while DJ9ZB will operate SSB. They are operating from Hargeiza, the capital city. QSL via their home callsigns. Somaliland declared independence from Somalia on May 18, 1991, although the independence of Somaliland has not been recognized by other countries. Somaliland has its own elected government and parliament. This is not enough to be added as a new "ENTITY" for DXCC. Somaliland must meet one of the three criteria (under DXCC Rules Section II Part 1): 1 - UN Member State; 2 - Assigned a callsign prefix bloc by the ITU; and 3 - A separate IARU Member Society. If anything, this operation "MAY" count for T5 or nothing for DXCC. As always, WFWL! More information about Somaliland can be found on the Web site at: http://www.anaserve.com/~mbali/home.htm

9H3, MALTA. Dieter, DL9GDB, will be active as 9H3UT from May 22nd through June 3rd, from Comino Island. QSL via DL9GDB via bureau or direct to: Dieter Brachmann, Kolumbusring 56, 18106 Rostock, Germany. QSL requests are possible via E-mail to: dl9gdb@t-online.de

A35RK SPECIAL REQUEST. Paul, A35RK, has recently been plagued with equipment and antenna failures and is in need some help getting new rigs, antennas, and parts to Tonga. If anyone is planning a trip to Tonga, and would be willing to hand-carry some "stuff" for him, PLEASE contact his QSL Manager, Bob Preston (W7TSQ) at: w7tsq@aol.com Or meet Paul and Bob on 14155 kHz at 0330z. Paul states that he will gladly pay all "over-weight baggage" charges and any other additional travel expenses incurred. Also, he will gladly "put you up" for free at his family guesthouse on Lifuka Island, Ha'apai, while you're there.

ATTENTION CANADIAN ISLAND AWARD CHASERS! Jeff, VA3JFF, will be activating 2 islands on June 5th. Starting at about 1700z, Jeff will operate from ON-149 (Bobcaygeon), and then at about 1800z he will relocate to ON-NEW (Buckeye Centre) and operate from there for a few hours. He will use his callsign VA3JFF on both islands.

CQ WW SSB CONTEST "October 2000". Chris, GM3WOJ, reports that the North of Scotland Contest Group (GM7V) is mounting a major expedition to the Shetland Islands for the CQ Worldwide SSB Contest in October 2000. They hope to sign a special callsign ??7V - a possible new prefix to identify Shetland from mainland Scotland - more details later.

CY9, ST PAUL ISLAND. The "DX News Sheet" reports that Robbie, VY2SS, and possibly 7 or 8 other VE and W operators will be active from here June 5-14th as CY9SS. Activity will be on CW/SSB, RTTY, SAT and possibly EME. Operations will be on 160-70cm (including WARC). QSL via VY2SS.


DX1, PHILIPPINES. "The Daily DX" reports that Martti, OH2BH, will be active during the CQ WPX CW Contest with the "ultimate callsign" DX1S. Yes, "DX IS" Martti.

EAST TIMOR (Closer to becoming a new one?). The residents of East Timor, Indonesia (YB) will vote on August 8th in a referendum for autonomy under control of Indonesia. If they reject it, Indonesia has pledged to give East Timor full independence.

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Kreso, 9A4KK, will be active during CQ WPX CW Conetst as EA8/9A4KK on 10 meters only. Also, he states that he will possibly be active before and after the contest on SSB. He will be on EA8 from May 23rd through June 6th. QSL via home call (bureau or callbook). Also, look for Fernando, EA3KU, to be active from Tenerife Island in the next CQ WPX CW Contest as ED8PP and also as EA8/EA3KU before and after the contest. QSL via his home callsign: Fernando Martinez Lizama, P.0. BOX 69, L'Ametlla de Mar 43860, Tarragona, SPAIN

GM ISLAND DXPEDITIONS. Don, W9DC, informs OPDX that he hopes to make a number of contacts with NA stations and try to introduce them to the World Lighthouse Award and the Scottish Islands Award. He will be active from the following Scottish Islands:

Since access to the islands is dependent on weather conditions, alternate Scottish island operations may be chosen at the last moment.. Any requests or additional information may be obtained from Don via E-mail at: W9DC@innova.net

II1, ITALY. Tony, IK1QBT, informs that the Italian Western Riviera DX team callsign "II1R" will be active during the 1999 CQ WPX CW Contest as Multi/Operator category. QSL route is via I1NVU new's QSL Manager starting April 1st, 1999, address: Claudio Di Pietro, Via G.Galilei 424/10 zip 18038 Sanremo - Italy, via direct or bureau.

IOTA NEWS..........

JT, MONGOLIA. "The 59(9) DXReport" states that Laurence, GM4DMA, is expected to be active from here in July. There were no other details given. QSL via homecall.

KH0, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. Ban/KF4VSV, Michy/JH2CYU, Akio/JH2QFY, Kou/JR2BUM, Goto/JR2XKV, Yasu/JJ2CYO and Yasu/JS2ITP will be active on 160-6 meters SSB/CW and possibly RTTY from Saipan. Activity will be from June 12-15th. They will focus on the WARC bands and 6 meters (50.090 CW and 50.115 SSB). QSL via home callsigns, except KF4VSV (QSL via JF2WXS).

KP2, VIRGIN ISLANDS. Jeff, N5TJ, will be active signing KP2/N5TJ from St. Croix on May 25-31st. This will include an entry in the CQ WPX CW Contest. During the contest, Jeff will sign WP2Z. QSL WP2Z via KU9C. Outside of the contest Jeff will sign N5TJ/KP2. QSL N5TJ/KP2 to his home callsign.

OJ0, MARKET REEF. Uli, LA0CX, informs OPDX that the announced OJ0 DXpedition has been moved from the last weekend in June to the first weekend of July. Look for operators OH0RJ, LA3IKA and LA0CX to be active July 2-5th on all bands from 160-6 with a stress on 12 meters. QSL via their homecalls.

PACIFIC DXPEDITION. Mats, 5X1Z/SM7PKK, announced this past week that a DXpedition is being planned for T31 Kanton Island and ZK3 Tokelau. The initial itinerary is as follows:

They intend to have three stations with 1KW which will be manned by 6 operators. There will be beams for all the higher bands including the WARC bands and verticals for the low bands. The operation will feature one SSB site, one CW site and one WARC/Lowband/RTTY site. More info will come out after the Dayton Hamvention. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive an additional bulletin containing Mats complete press release.


SV9, CRETE. Look for OH2M, OH3LQK and OH9MM to be active May 24-31st. Their activity will be on 160-10 meters CW/SSB. It will probably be an entry in the CQ WPX CW Contest.

TK, CORSICA. Bert, PA3GIO, will be on Lavezzi Island (EU-164, TK011), transport permitting, between June 3-7th. He will also be on Grande Sanguinaire (EU-104, TK002) June 9-12th. He will be signing as TK/PA3GIO/p on both islands. Also, there will be some activity as TK/PA3GIO/m or /p on Corsica (EU-014). Check out his 1998 QSL and operation pictures on: http://www.xs4all.nl/~pa3gio/1998-05-2/index.html

W1AW/8 (Late breaking news!). It was announced at the Dayton HamVention that in the year 2000, HamVention attendees will be able to operate as W1AW/8 from the convention. EXPECT long lines if you want a chance to operate.

ZK1, SOUTH COOK ISLAND. Jim, ZK1JD, from Rarotonga, has been quite active recently on 10 meters SSB. Check 28445 kHz after 0100z. Also, check 17 meters on 18130 kHz around 0830z and 20 meters on 14174 kHz around 0330z. QSL direct to Box 491.

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