Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 440
December 20, 1999

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 440
BID: $OPDX.440
December 20, 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, W2FXA, WB2RAJ/WB2YQH & The 59(9) DXReport, W3HC, N4AA & QRZ DX, K6RIM, N6KI, N6ZS, W8IK/4, K8YSE, KE9KD & DX-Central, W9DC, A35RK, BA4EG, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DJ7IK, DS1GQS, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, IK0AZG, JA8RUZ, OK1JR, PY1KS, RA0FF, SP5EWY, TA3J, UK9AA, ZL2HU and 9A4KK for the following DX information.

SPECIAL EDITOR'S NOTE: My family (wife/OPDX's chief proof-reader Linda, Tedd [TJ], Katie) and I (KB8NW) would like to wish all DXers, Contesters and OPDX readers a very "Happy Holiday and Season's Greetings". Also, we would like thank the many who have contributed information over the year (there are too many to list). REMEMBER, without them there would not be an OPDX Bulletin. I would also thank the many who sent holiday greetings. I tried to answer some and wished I could answer each one of them individually, but it would take a huge amount of time. You would not believe the amount of E-mail I receive...... ............73 and Have a Great Holiday de Tedd KB8NW

3V8, TUNISIA. An announcement from the "Association of Tunisian Radio Amateurs" (ASTRA) and from the Headquarters of the Tunisian Scouts reports that a second amateur radio station in Tunisia is on the air! Station 3V8ST is located in the capital of Tunis at the headquarter of Tunisian Scouts. A special thanks goes to Mustapha/DL1BDF and Udo/DL1BDI for setting up the station last week, to John/K3TUP for sponsoring the TS-440, and the "Royal Omany Soltanat Amateur Radio Club of Oman" (ROARS) for the Yaesu FT-747-GX. Also, a special thanks to DARC and the IARU region 1 (STARS) and Andy/DJ7IK for sponsoring some material. A picture of the new station was sent to OPDX and it can be viewed at the Official OPDX Web page by John, K8YSE, at: http://www.en.com/users/k8yse/3v8sts11.jpg

3W, VIETNAM. Tom, SP5AUC (ex-YI9CW), who is now active as 3W7CW and sometimes as XU7AAS, will be returning to Poland on January 9th for a short holiday. He will return to Vietnam probably in February. When he returns he will have a 3 element tribander (currently he is using only R7). With the new antenna up, Tom will be spending more time in contests. QSLs cards for 3W7CW and XU7AAS with nice pictures from Vietnam and Cambodia should be received from the printer soon. However, Tom will not send QSL cards out until he returns to Poland for a longer holiday in June, July and August. Not many QSNs are available for Tom, but most of his activity seems to be on 17 and 15 meters CW between 1200 and 1600z.

5H3, TANZANIA. "The 59(9) DXReport" reports that John, IN3GNV, will be active until January 15th as 5H3MG. Operations will be on RTTY and SSB. OPDX has only seen one QSN reported on John and that was on RTTY, 14086 kHz at 1915z. QSL via IN3YYQ.

9N, NEPAL (Update and OOOPPSS/Correction). Your editor's fingers got ahead of themselves typing 9N7DU instead of the correct callsign 9N7UD in last week's bulletin. However, Charlie, K4VUD, continues to be active as 9N7UD for the next few weeks. He was spotted this past week mainly operating on 20 meters CW (around 14032 kHz between 0130 and 0230z). He was also active on 40 meters CW around 2345z. Charlie was active on 20 meters SSB on 14195 kHz after 1200z.

A35, TONGA (He's back!). Paul, A35RK, informed OPDX that he is back on the air. This past week Paul received a new rig (TS-570DG) and a new TNC. He also mentioned that a new Force-12 C3S antenna and repair parts for his low-band vertical will be shipped soon. A35RK can now be found on 30-10 meters (6 meters and the low bands will come later when the repair parts and a 6m transceiver arrive). Paul would like to thanks all those who wrote offering assistance. Especially, he wants to thank Bob Preston (W7TSQ) and Dennis Bowman (W7SNH) for arranging all the purchases and shipping of his replacement gear. Also, many thanks to N6AX for offering to repair his broken rigs. Paul was heard this past weekend on 15/10 meters CW/SSB, after 2130z. QSL via W7TSQ.

DXCC FAQ #7 by Bill Moore, NC1L, will be sent to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers as an additional bulletin........

FM, MARTINIQUE. The "Les Nouvelles DX" reports that Daniel/F5LGQ and Frank/F5JOT will be here as FM/homecall from March 18th through April 1st. They will be active CW/SSB on 80-10 meters (including the WARCs). Also, they expect to be in Dominica (J7) from March 23-25th for the CQ WPX SSB Contest.

HR/HK/PY, HONDURAS/COLOMBIA/BRAZIL. Gerard, F2JD/HK3JBR, is currently active as HR5/F2JD until January 4th. He will return to Bogota, and he will leave Bogota on January 5th for Sao Paulo in Brazil for four months at least.


JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Shiro, JD1BIC, has been very active as JD1BIC/JD1 on 17 and 10 meters CW after 2200z. Length of stay is unknown. QSL to the JARL Bureau or direct to: Shiro Hazama, 3-7 Taura, Yokoskua, 237-0075, Japan.

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Toshi, JA8RUZ, is planning to be active from St. Thomas Island as KH2Y/KP2 from January 2-7th for a five night operation. He mentions that this is mainly a vacation, but he will find time to operate using his IC-706 and all band GP. Activity will be on all bands CW/SSB, but particularly on the WARC bands and 10 meters. QSL via JA8RUZ at: C.P.O Box 166, Asahikawa, 070-8691, Japan.


NEW ASIAN HF DX WEBCLUSTER. Eugene, RA0FF, informs OPDX that a new Asian HF WebCluster is available at: http://ra0ff.snc.ru

PACIFIC WRAP-UP. Andre, F6AOI/FO0AOI, and Serge, F6AUS/FO0SOU, have made 12000 QSOs from FO-land (half on SSB as FO0AOI and half on CW as FO0SOU). Their totals are:

      8295 QSOs from Marquesas  - November 4-14th
      1934 QSOs from Raiatea    - November 15-19th
      1140 QSOs from Bora Bora  - November 20-21st
       621 QSOs from Papeete    - November 22nd


VK0LD GOING QRT. In a surprise announcement this week, Alan, VK0LD, from the Macquarie Island Research Station and a member of the ANARE team, states, "VK0LD will go permanently QRT from Macquarie Island as of 1200z 31st December 1999." This is sad news for many. Alan was to be active until late in the year of 2000. Apparently, Alan's decision to QRT has to due with complaints, operators who cannot listen and control themselves. For more details on Alan's announcements and the VK0LD schedule, check the Web page: http://www.geocities.com/vk0ld/3.html Here is Alan's announced schedule for this week: December 20th, 21st: NO OPERATION

VP9, BERMUDA. Gene, W2FXA, reports that there is a correction to the dates on his earlier announcement here. Look for him to be active from Bermuda as W2FXA/VP9 from December 27th through January 4th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW and SSB. QSL home call.

XE, MEXICO. The "DX News Letter" reports that Neil, XE1/G0JHC, and Lee, XE1/G0ULN, will be active from December 22nd through January 10th. Their activity will be on 80-6 meters. QSLs via homecalls.

XU, CAMBODIA (Operation Wrap-up!). Andy, G4ZVJ, informs OPDX that between November 21st and December 5th he made over 18000 CW QSOs as XU7AAV on all bands 160-6 meters. Including 3825 QSOs in CQWW CW Contest. Please QSL via G4ZVJ: Andy Chadwick, 5 Thorpe Chase, Ripon, HG4 1UA U.K. Also, for more information visit Andy's Web page at: http://www.g4zvj.demon.co.uk/xu.htm

ZA, ALBANIA. A message from Stan, OK1JR, reports that he is now here and says, "Hello from Country of Eagles..... and I want to say hello to everyone, especially to OPDX readers." Stan informs OPDX that he just received his license from the local authority, and he will be active on 160-2 meters. He is working in ZA-land and plans to be on the bands late afternoons and evenings (his local time), but there will be more activity during the weekends. Stan will stay here for a few years and hopes that everybody can get a ZA QSO with him very easily. There is no QSL bureau in Albania, so QSL only via his home callsign address: Stan Matejicek, Moskevska 1464, CZ 10100 Praha 10, Czech Republic.

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Tedd Mirgliotta KB8NW
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