Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 423
August 23, 1999

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 423
BID: $OPDX.423
August 23, 1999
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
Online at 440-237-8208 28.8k-1200 Baud 8/N/1

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, K1XN & The Golist, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, W3UR & The Daily DX, NG3K, N6FF, N6RT, WD8SDL, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, EA4DX, DL5NAM, HK6DOS, LA7MFA, OZ8AE, PT7WA, RA3SL, SV1IW, SV2CWY, VK4AAR, VK4NM, VK8NSB and ZD8V for the following DX information.


3X, GUINEA (Another interesting callsign!). Look for Karel, ON4QY, to signs 3XY2A from Conakry for the next few years. Karel was spotted this past week on 21275 kHz between 1630 and 1930z. QSL via ON4QY.

5H, TANZANIA. Wayne/K8LEE and Roger/WD8SDL will be active from Dar es Salaam, October 19th through November 2nd, as 5H3/homecall. They will also be active as a Multi/Single entry in the CQWW SSB Contest, teaming up with Dave Heil and using the callsign 5H3US. QSL via home call and 5H3US via WA8JOC.

9L, SIERRA LEONE. The "DX News Letter" reports that Jacky, F2CW/ZL3CW, is here and hopes to receive a licence for the next three months.

FO, CLIPPERTON ISLAND (To be activated in the year 2000). John, N7CQQ, and The N7CQQ Amateur Radio Club, report in a press release that they have finalizing plans for their expedition to the Clipperton Island scheduled for February 26, 2000 through March 15, 2000. They will be aboard the motor vessel Shogun from San Diego, California. Their goal is the following: first of all is to provide as many European and other stations with a new country on as many band modes as possible. The last operation to Clipperton Island was in 1992 (FO0CI). Going to the island, transportation is limited and very expensive. Also, difficult but not impossible to obtain are the license and landing permit, but the team has them in hand. They plan to operate from two locations each having 3 stations. Each operating location will have specialized mode/band capability to enhance the CW or SSB operation. Those specialties will cover RTTY, Satellite, 6 meters and 160 meters. List of some operators who have expressed a desire to go are: Peter/ON6TT, Charlie/W6KK, Mike/ N9NS, Al/K3VN, Vincent/G0LMX, James/9V1YC, Jacques/ZL3CW(F2CW), Arie/ PA3DUU, Werner/HB9US, Ron/W6OM (N6VO), Ruech/HB9AHL, Stan/FO5IW, Bill/ N2WB, Ralph/K0IR, Michael/N6MZ, Bob/K4UEE, Koji/JK7TKE and their host John/N7CQQ. This operation will need financial assistance due to the high costs. If you would like to help offset costs, donations can be sent to: N7CQQ Amateur Radio Club, Inc., P.O. Box 81, Searchlight, Nevada 89046 (ACCOUNT: 4961527327 Bank of America). They will have a CLIPPERTON ISLAND Web Site to provide updated information as the operation progresses. This site is made possible by the endless efforts of Doug, N6RT. The complete press release will be sent to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers as an additional bulletin.

FO0, AUSTRAL ISLANDS. "The 59(9) DXReport" reports that JK1TKE will be active October 14-24th from Tubuai Island. Activity will be on HF and 6 Meters. No callsign was given.

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

KH3, JOHNSTON ISLAND. Bill, NH6D, will be back on Johnston Island August 24-27th. Bill currently does not know what damage hurricane Dora did to the antenna or the ham shack. The shack is very old and has numerous entries for possible water damage. Bill will attempt to operate on all bands, and he is hoping to be able to load up on 12/17/40/80/160 meters this trip. Dick, N6FF, hopes to post the logs daily, if there is reliable Internet access from KH3.

LX, LUXEMBOURG. Look for a group of DL operators and Luxemburg operators will sign LX0RL from the LX IARU Society in Eisenborn between August 28th-September 3rd. QSL via DL4FCH (only for this operation). All QSOs will be answered automatically via bureau, but if you want to send direct, QSLs to: Peter Niksch, Saalburgstr. 4, D-60385 Frankfurt, Germany.

OX, GREENLAND. Joergen, OZ8AE, will sign OX/OZ8AE and be active from Groennedal near Ivigtut in the Southern part of Greenland (NA-018) from September 4th - October 5th. Activity will be on all bands CW. He will take part in the SAC Contest (CW) on September 18th 1200z-September 19th 1200z (Please note NEW operating hours this year. For details, check the Web site http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/ ). Joergen might also be active on the SSB section of the SAC Contest on September 25th 1200-September 26th 1200z. QSL to OZ8AE direct or via the bureau.

PZ, SURINAME. Bob, K3BYV, now signing as PZ5DX until (at least) January, 2000, was very active this past week. His activity was mainly on 15 and 10 meters SSB 1430 and 1800z. Check 28420 (and up) and 21355 kHz. He has also been heard on 20 and 12 meters after 2100z. QSL via K3BYV.


RARE/NEW IOTA'S TO BE ACTIVATED (Update, Please Refer to OPDX.421). Stuie, VK8NSB, Team Leader, reports at the present no callsigns are confirmed, but they hope to have VK8MI for Melville Island and VK8CI for Croker Island. A QSL Manager is not set at the moment.

SV, GREECE. Stathis, SV1DKL, reports that he will be in the 1999 CQWW SSB Contest in October from a super DX/Contest site located about 1975 meters high on top of a mountain. He plans on running Single Op/All Bands/Low Power, using solar cells. He has already made accomodations for his antenna setups which include the following: 2 X FD-4 Windoms, Full Diploe for 160m, a 100m long wire and hundreds of 10-50 meters radials. He wants to be in or ranked in the first 10 of Europe's SOAB Low Power Category.

T2, TUVALU (Also 3D2/FiJi). Just a quick reminder! (Please, refer to OPDX.411) Look for Roberto, EA4DX, to be active from Funafuti (OC-015), Tuvalu, beginning August 26th through September 12th. His callsign will be received upon his arrival. Later, he will operate as 3D2DX from Viti Levu (Fiji, IOTA OC-016) from September 13-16th. Activity on both islands should be 80-10 meters SSB. Suggested frequencies: 3795-3799, 7042-7045, 14195, 18135, 21295, 24945 and 28395 kHz. QSL via EA4CP. A log search will be available after his return at the URL: http://www.qsl.net/ea4dx/

T31 & ZK3, CENTRAL KIRIBATI AND TOKELAU (More info!). Lech, LA7MFA, informs OPDX that he is pleased to announce the official Home Page of the 1999 "Double Trouble" Pacific DXpedition to Kanton and Tokelau Islands. The address of their Web page is: http://www.qsl.net/t31t/ Lech has been appointed the Web page administrator and he states that the page is still in its early stagies, but they are working on it. He also mentions that you can also contact them by sending an E-mail to: t31t@qsl.net

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. A group of members from the Bavarian Contest Club (BCC) will activate VP2M ( NA-108 ) from October 25th through November 9th. Activity will be on all bands from 160-6 meters on SSB. Upon request, operators Chris/DL5NAM (Team Leader), Uwe/DL9NDS and KLaus DL7NFK will do CW or RTTY/Pactor. QSL direct via CBA of DL5NAM.

VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLAND. Bad News. The planned operation from the Lakshadweep Islands (formerly known as the Laccadive Islands) which was to be active in the fall of this year, has now been postponed until March 2000. The reason for the postponement of the DXpedition is due to some of the final approvals and personal schedules.

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Paul, ZD8V (KF4OOX), was active this past week on 14247 kHz between 0100 and 0300z. Paul informed OPDX that he will be leaving the island and going on vacation September 8-13th. He should be back on Ascension September 14th. Paul mentions he will be attending the Melbourne (FL) Hamfest on September 11-12th while stateside.

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):
OPDX SPANISH WEB SITE. (provide by "QTC Magazine" and Tony Pernas, EA1CSI):

Excerpts and distribution of The OPDX Bulletin are granted as long as KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 receive credit. To contribute DX info, call BARF-80 BBS online at 440-237-8208 14400/9600/2400/1200/300 and leave a message with the Sysop or send InterNet Mail to one of the two following addresses: kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org -or- aq474@cleveland.freenet.edu - OR - Send a message via packet to KB8NW @ WA8BXN.OH.USA.NA - OR - Use the VOICE or FAX answering machine at 440-237-8208 which shares the same phone line as BARF-80 BBS using a data/fax/phone switch. To access: 1) Dial Number. 2) Wait for first ring (the second ring should be a false ring from the fax/data switch box) and then dial four quick ones ("1111"). (NOTE: Some FAX machines that send single "BEEPS" every second will not have to do this step.) 3) The phone will pick up and after the "BEEP" leave your voice message or FAX.

Tedd Mirgliotta KB8NW
InterNet: kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org
Basic Amateur Radio Frequency BBS (BARF-80) +1 440/237-8208
"Totally devoted to Amateur Radio" - 24 Hrs a day 8/N/1 14.4k-300 baud