Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 428
September 27, 1999

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 428
BID: $OPDX.428
September 27, 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, W1LU, WW2R, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, K3UG, WB3JFS,AA5DX, W4SMG, KH6BZF REPORTS, K8YSE, NE8Z/HC1MD, BD7NQ, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, EA5BY, EA4DX, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, JA1ELY, JA1SGU, JI3DST, OH2BR, OZ6ACD, PY2ZX & QTC Magazine, ZR6AXB and 9M2TO for the following DX information.

3C0, ANNOBON ISLAND. The 3C0R operation is now QRT. Tony, EA5BY, reported that the team had some misfortunes during their operation and trip there:

  1. The RTTY equipment was damaged and could not be fixed.
  2. One amplifier was damaged during the operation.
  3. One laptop was damaged during the operation.

The GOOD NEWS is: The team has obtained from the authorities the approval for future operations from Annobon. Therefore, they will leave all the generators and gear at the Base.

3V8, TUNISIA. "The 59(9) DXReport" reports that Albert, F2KN, will be active from the 3V8BB club station October 5-15th. PLEASE NOTE: QSL this operation ONLY via F6FNU.

6 METER BEACON. Tex, 9M2TO, reports that the members of MARTS have installed a new 6 meter beacon on 50.005 MHz. The beacon is on the island of Penang (9M2TO QTH) using the callsign is 9M2TO/B. The beacon is on 24 hours days running 25 watts into a 5/8 GP.

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. Phil Whitchurch, G3SWH, informs OPDX that he will be active as 9M6PWT from Sabah between November 3-15th. He menitions that this will be a holiday operation on all bands 40-10 meters, CW only. He will be staying in three different hotels, and he already has permission to put up his antennas. Times of activity will be on an "as and when" basis, but he will probably follow the extablished pattern of early mornings and late afternoons, local time. QSLs will be via his home address.

AGELESS DXPEDITIONER HEADS FOR AFRICA. Look for 76 years old DXpeditioner Mako, JA1OEM, to be returning to West Africa. His planned schedules are as follows:

QSL direct ONLY and NO Bureau cards. Direct address is: Mako Toyofuku, P.O.Box 9, Sawara, 287-0003 JAPAN

ATTENTION TOPBANDERS! Propagation Guru Lee, KH6BZF, informs OPDX that in the northern hemisphere during the evenings/nights of October 1-2nd, 2-3rd, and 4-5th, respectively, some low K-indices are expected. Lee would like to hear how you did during these nights. His E-mail address is: KH6BZF@arrl.net

E4, PALESTINE (Update). Ayar, E44/OZ6ACD, informed OPDX that he has not been on the air for a couple of months due to a death in the family. He has planned to be active again by September 17th, but reports that his down system is down. His is currently trying to restore his antenna and hopes to be on the air soon. Ayar states that he plans to be active until Christmas, but he "might continue well beyond the Millinium celebrations!" He wants to remind OPDX readers NOT to send QSL cards to his callbook address. QSL ONLY to Allis, OZ1ACB. Ayar travels to Denmark every 2-3 months, so it is much better/easier to send the cards directly to Allis or via the bureau to her.

FO & FO0, FRENCH POLYNESIA AND MARQUESAS ISLANDS. The "LNDX" reports that Serge/F6AUS and F6AOI will be active as FO/home call or a FO0 callsign from the following scheduled islands:

The operators will be active on SSB, CW and RTTY.

FT5X/FR5HR QSLS ARE NOT GOOD FOR DXCC. Mike, W4SMG, reports that he and others are finding out that these cards are being rejected by the DXCC Desk. The Desk states that the operator was not physically on the island and was operating from aboard a ship which will not count. By the way, this operation took place back in January, 1998.

HC, ECUADOR. Rick, NE8Z, will be active as HC1MD from Tumbaco, Ecuador, and HC1MD/HC7 from the Amazon Jungle from November 30th-December 14th. Most of his activity will be on the WARC bands CW. Rick will also be especially active on 6 meters with a TS680s and a Cushcraft yagi. All QSLs go via: K8LJG, direct CBA or bureau. SPECIAL NOTE FROM RICK/NE8Z: "Maria (HC1MM) and I will be touring EA (Barcelona & the Eastern coast of Spain), C3-Andorra, ZB2, EA9-Ceuta, CN-Morocco and EA6-Palma/Mallorca beginning October 22nd. I would like to meet local DXers in those areas if possible. I plan on only taking 2 meters for the mobile. ---- My E-mail address is: ne8z@mich.com ----"

IOTA NEWS.......

J6, ST.LUCIA. Barry/K3UG, K3LP, N3NT and K7KL will be here for the CQWW SSB Contest using the callsign J6R. QSLs to N3NT's CBA. They will be active on all bands during the week prior to the contest concentrating on CW/RTTY and WARC contacts.

J8, ST. VINCENT. Look for Mike/K6MYC and Jimmy/W6JKV to be active from Mustique Island (IOTA NA-025) between October 29th and November 6th. At this time their reported activity will be on 2 and 6 meters. Also, no callsigns were mentioned.

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Yama/JA1SGU and Kaz/JJ1KZI are to be active October 6-9th as KH0T and KH0V, respectively. They will be active mainly on the WARC bands CW. QSL via following their home callsign; KH0T to JA1SGU (S. Yamazaki, 1-6-10 Towa, Adachi-ku, Tokyo 120-0003 JAPAN) and KH0V to JJ1KZI.

KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE?? Jeff, WB3JFS, sent this question to OPDX and states "Just wanted to let you (your editor) and the readers of OPDX in on a news story that appeared to be imminent. Could Montenegro be next?" Check out the following Web page: http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/europe/9909/24/kosovo.us/

PJ2, NETH. ANTILLES. Joeke, PA0VDV will be active from Curacao (NA-145) as PJ2/PA0VDV between October 7th and November 15th. His activity will be mainly CW.

PS2, VITORIA ISLAND (New DIB!). Al Archangelo, PY2ZX, editor of QTC Magazine, informs OPDX that the LABRE-SP (Brazilian Amateur Radio League) is promoting the first DXpedtion to the Vitoria Island (IOTA SA-028). The callsign will be PS2V (Papa Sierra Two Victor). The island is located on the north shore of Sao Paulo State, and will be activate for the first time giving out a new DIB number 76 (DIB, the "Brazilian Islands Award"). Also, on the island is a lighthouse which is 101 meters above sea level having the DFB number SP03 (DFB, the "Brazilian Lighthouses Award"). The PS2V DXpedition will take place October 8-12th. Operators will be: Martins/PY2HN, Tony/PY2MT, Jac/PY2PA, Claudio/PY2KP, Waldir/PY2WC, Tom/PY2YU and Al/PY2ZX. Activity will be on all the HF bands (WARC bands included, 160 meters to be confirmed) and the VHF bands (6 and 2 meters) on SSB and CW. QSL via PY2AA, the LABRE-SP International Bureau.


REMEMBER TO LOOK FOR THE DOUBLE TROULBE DXPEDITION. They will be active this week until October 3 from Kanton Island as T31T. Please refer to OPDX.423/422.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event stations ZS100ZAR and ZS100OVS to be active from South Africa for the centenary commemorations of the Anglo Boer War. According to Marius, ZR6AXB, "the Boers were the first in history to order two-way radio telegraph equipment for military purposes. To commemorate the war with the focus on the roll of communication during the war, special event stations will be active in the capitols of the two Boer Republics- Oranje Vrystaat (Orange Free State) and Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek: Bloemfontein and Pretoria, using the special event call signs: ZS100-OVS and ZS100ZAR respectively. The stations will initially be active over the period 7 to 13 October, including the date of the outbreak of the war 100 years ago." Suggested frequencies are: 3640, 7082 and 14160 kHz. QSL cards will be issued.

TY, BENIN. The "DX News Letter" reports that Eddie, W6/G0AZT, planned to participate in the CQWW RTTY Contest this past weekend and continue to be active until September 29th as TY1RY. Outside of the contest, he will also be on SSB. QSL direct ONLY to Eddie Schneider, PO Box 5194, Richmond, CA 94805, USA.

USI ALERT. Scott, W1LU, will be operating as W1L from Little Comfort Island, Rhode Island (No IOTA, but new U.S. Island) on September 28th at 1600z. QSL to W1LU (ex: WA1P). Suggested frequency will be 14260 kHz ONLY, and he also hopes to make a trip to Great Island (U.S. Islands # RI-012S) later that day.

V6, MICRONESIA. Tunehiro/JA7AB and Shoji/JA7HMZ will be active from Pohnpei Island September 27th through October 3rd. JA7AB will sign V63TM and JA7HMZ will sign V63DX. Activity will be on all bands CW and SSB. They will concentrate on working Europe and the east coast of North America. QSL via their home callsign.

VP6BR PITCAIRN ISLAND DXPEDITION. The following is an excerpt from a press release by Jukka Heikinheimo, OH2BR. Jukka will start his DXpedition to Pitcairn Island in January 2000 to celebrate his 40 year long Amateur Radio career. The goal is to give the DX community a maximum number of VP6 contacts on all ten amateur bands from 6 to 160 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY. Pitcairn Island, VP6, stands at position 52 on the 425 DX Bulletin 1998 Most Wanted List. With the recent DXpeditions its actual position would be closer to 30. The call sign to be used has been confirmed as VP6BR. QSL via home call OH2BR. SPECIAL NOTE: OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete press release as an additional bulletin.

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS. Ron, AA5DX, will be returning to Diego Garcia at the end of this month. He plans to stay until the end of January, beginning of February 2000. He will be active as VQ9DX, mostly on CW, concentrating on the lower bands 160 and 80 meters. Ron states that he will also be active on the other HF bands as well as 6 meters. QSL via AA5DX (home callsign) and allow for time to reply as he will only be able to answer the cards upon his return stateside.

ZK1, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. "The 59(9) DXReport" reports that Yasu, JI1NJC, will be active from Rarotanga October 5-10th. His activity will be on all bands and 6 meters. Look for his beacon on 50.105 MHz. Yasu's callsign will be issued upon his arrival. QSL via JI1NJC.

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