Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 446
January 31, 2000

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 446
BID: $OPDX.446
January 31, 2000
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, K1KO, AI2Q, K2KW, WB2RAJ & The 59(9) DXReport, W3EH, N4AA & QRZ DX, K4VUD, N4MM, WA5PAE, KG6OK, N6FF, N6NG, K7DBV, K7WX, K8YSE, KB8ZW, WA8AA, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DL5AXX, DL7DST, G4UZN, I2YSB, JA1ELY, JA3VXH, JM1LJS, LZ2RS, PR7AR, ZP6CU and ZS5BBO for the following DX information.

3XY, GUINEA. Robert, 3XY1B0 (yes 3XY1B[zero]), was heard again this past week around 14009 kHz at 0630z. QSL via F5XX.

6W, SENEGAL. Phil, F5PHW, is expected to be in Dakar during the month of February as 6W1/F5PHW before going on to French Guiana (see FY below). Activity will be on CW, SSB and perhaps also RTTY. QSL ONLY via F6KPQ, via bureau or direct to: Club Radio-Amateur de Lanester, Chemin de Parc AR GROEZ, F-56600 Lanester, France.

7Q, MALAWI. Edwin, ZS5BBO, who went to Malawi during December 1999, reports to OPDX about his 7Q7BO operation and states, "Unfortunately the operating time was restricted due to numerous factors. However there will be another DXpedition to Lake Malawi. The plan is to go back in December 2000. If anybody is interested in being part of this team I would like to hear from him or her and I will be able to pass on any further information. This time I would like to have a station on all band 160m - 10m plus 6m CW, SSB and RTTY. I need specialists on RTTY as well as CW for this operation." Meanwhile, Edwin is very busy doing QSL cards as they come in daily. He would like to request that if you or if you know of anyone who worked him as 7Q7BO to please QSL as soon as possible. He would really like to get all the QSL cards out and sent by the end of March. The QSL address is: Edwin Musto, P.O. Box 211032, Bluff, 4036, South Africa. ADDED NOTE: Edwin mentions he is also in the process of doing all the GM8V QSL cards. He also suggests to send your card A.S.A.P to the above address.

9J2, ZAMBIA. Brian, 9J2BO, has been active on 40/30/12/10 meters. Look for him on 40/30 meters CW after 0400z. Check for him on CW around 24910 kHz between 1445 and 1900z. Also, check 28410 kHz after 1130z. ADDED INFORMATION: "The 59(9) DXReport" reports that Brian is not working RTTY at present due to a faulty F3 key on his keyboard. He is looking for a replacement but parts are scarce in Lusaka.

CARIBBEAN OPERATION. George, W3EH (ex-K2KTT), informs OPDX that he will be at his home in Sint Maarten, Dutch West Indies from March 1-5th. He plans to be active as PJ/W3EH with operations on 80-10 meters. Also, look for him to be active as FS/W3EH but only on 20-10 meters (which includes the WARC bands). George states activity will definitely be on SSB and hopefully CW as well. QSL via W3EH or N2VE.

DX MAGAZINE'S 100 MOST NEED DXCC ENTITIES. Carl, N4AA, Editor of QRZ DX and the DX Magazine, report he has posted this listing (worldwide only) to his Web page under "DX News" at: http://www.dxpub.com The top ten are:

    1 -  P5   NORTH KOREA           6 -  3Y/B    BOUVET
    2 -  VU4  ANDAMAN               7 -  VU7     LAKSHADWEEP
    3 -  A5   BHUTAN                8 -  VK0/M   MACQUARIE
    4 -  BS7  SCARBOROUGH           9 -  VP8/SS  S.SANDWICH
    5 -  7O   YEMEN                10 -  3C      EQUATORIAL GUINEA

FY, FRENCH GUYANA. Phil, F5PHW, will active here for about 5 days starting around February 15th. He will sign FY/F5PHW. Activity and QSL information will be the same as his 6W1/F5PHW (see 6W1 above) before he returns to Dakar.

GH4, JERSEY ISLAND. "The 59(9) DXReport" reports that Chris, G0WFH, will sign GH4BJC/P from August 12-22nd. Activity will be on SSB 80-10 meters including the WARC bands. QSL via ISWL bureau.

HR, HONDURAS. Gene, K7DBV, will spend the month of February in Honduras. He states from February 2nd to the 5th, expect activity on 20/15 meters RTTY during his afternoons and 40/80 meters CW in the evenings. Further operations during the month will be limited by his work schedule. On Sat/Sun, February 26-27th, he will operate from IOTA NA-160, Cayos Cochinos. Gene states that a callsign of HR3GAW is possible, otherwise look for him to sign K7DBV/HR3 from La Ceiba and HR6/K7DBV on NA-160. All QSLs to K7DBV direct or via ARRL W7 bureau.

J3, GRENADA. Lance, W7GJ (ex-WA3GPL, WA1JXN, WA1JXN/C6A, ZF2OC/ZF8), will be leaving for Grenada on February 5th, and hopes to be licensed and operational from February 8-15th. He states that this should coincide with the February solar rotation peak. On this trip he will have only 6 meters and will be using a 3 element beam and barefoot IC-706 (100w). Lance will try to string up a 10 meter dipole for 28885 kHz liason frequency. By the way, Lance will be scouting the area for a future 2 meters EME DXpedition. QSL to: Lance Collister, P.O. Box 73, Frenchtown, MT 59834 USA.

JX, JAN MAYAN. Per, LA7DFA, will once again return here in April for 6 months and sign as JX7DFA. He plans to be very active, especially on RTTY and 144 MHz. QSL via LA7DFA.

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Karl, K1KO, informs OPDX that he is planning to be in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for about one week beginning the evening of Tuesday, February 8, 2000. He will be operating as KG4KO at various times and will try to emphasize the lower bands, especially 160 and 80 meters. However, there has been a lot of problems attempting to use the lower bands there due to electrical interference from the nearby desalinization plant. There are plans to move the KG4 Club shack some distance away from the current location, but Karl is not sure whether that will have already happened when he arrives. Regardless of this, Karl will also attempt to provide KG4 to the Far East stations if the bands are open. The operation, on any band, will be primarily CW on the usual DX frequencies working split. QSL direct only to K1KO: Karl Oyster Jr., 1448 Lotus Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4011.

MD, ISLE OF MAN. A group of German operators DL3OI, DL4LQM, DL5AXX, DL5LYM and DL7URH will be here from February 15-21st. Ulf, DL5AXX, informs OPDX that the group will be a Multi-Two entry in the ARRL DX CW Contest. Before the contest they will be active on 160-10 meters including the WARC bands but mainly on CW with some RTTY. Their callsigns will be MD/homecall and go to the operaters' homecall.

NEW DXCC CARD CHECKER PROGRAM. John Kanode, N4MM, reported this week: "The ARRL Board at the recent meeting in Memphis has approved a new DXCC Card Checker program. This new program will replace the now existing Field Representative program. The change takes place on March 31, 2000. Full details will be on the web soon."

NEW SCDXC OFFICERS. The following amateurs have been elected to serve as officers in the Southern California DX Club (SCDXC) for 2000:

   President            Jim Zimmerman N6KZ          jimzim@ptw.com
   Vice President   Chuck Constantine KR6C          kr6c@juno.com
   Secretary           Herb Rosenberg KG6OK         kg6ok@pacbell.net
   Treasurer             Skip Bolnick KJ6Y          kj6y@aol.com
   Membership   Chairman Harvey Shore K6EXO         af006@lafn.org
   Director           Charlotte Iseda KB6FXS        ciseda@juno.com
   Director              Neil Kaltman K6SMF         k6smf@aol.com
   Ex Officio          Harvey Laidman W8DX          harveyl@outadaloop.com

The official mailing address for all SCDXC correspondences during the year 2000 go to: Southern California DX Club (SCDXC), Attn: Herb Rosenberg, (KG6OK, Secretary), 17861 Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705-1111 (E-mail: kg6ok@pacbell.net ) Visit the SCDXC Web site for the latest information on activities and additional SCDXC information at: http://www.scdxc.org

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. The "DX News Letter" reports that Elmer, ex-7Q7DX, from Malawi is now active as P29DX. OPDX has not yet seen any QSN reports on this station, but we will continue to look. A SPECIAL NOTE OF INTEREST: DXNL reports that a few years ago the P29DX callsign was allocated to Stephen Telenius-Lowe, G4JVG; QSL via G3LQP. QSLs for 7Q7DX and the new P29DX go via his QSL Manager, EA4CEN, (direct or bureau) or direct ONLY to: Dr. Elmer Ribeyro, Esparza Sopas Hospital, Box 112, Wabagenga Province, Papua New Guinea.

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................

T8, PALAU. Hide, JM1LJS, will be active as T88LJ from February 11-14th. Activity will be on all HF band CW/SSB. QSL Manger is JH8DEH.

V4, NEVIS. Thaire, W2APF, will be active as V47JR now through February 6th. He will be hanging near/around the QRP freqencies on 40-10 meters in the mornings and again in the late afternoons and evenings. However, he will favor 30/17/12 meters. Thaire states that two friends from the UK will be joining him: Jim/GM0FET as V47JW and Ann/GM0RAO as V47AW. His friends will be operating SSB with an Icom 706. Thaire will be using a Sierra and the Norcal 40A. Antennas will include a 44 ft. flat top, a Windom, and an "up and outer" from the G-QRP antenna book.

VK9, LORD HOWE ISLAND. Yuji, JA3IG, will be active as VK9LY from February 8-15th. He will be active on the HF bands and hopes to be on six meters as well using ICOM's new equipment IC-756PRO and a HB9CV antenna. QSL either direct to homecall or JARL bureau.

VK9C/VK9X, COCOS-KEELING and CHRISTMAS ISLANDS. German operators Richard (Ric)/DJ4OI, Bernd/DJ3OS and Joachim (Joe)/DF6IC will be active from these two islands in the Indian Ocean. The DXpedition to Cocos-Keeling will take place February 5-16th, with the operators signing VK9CN (Ric), VK9CO (Bernd) and VK9CP (Joe). Then from February 16-26th, they will be on Christmas Island signing VK9XS (Ric), VK9XT (Bernd), and VK9XU (Joe). The team will be active on 160-10 meters SSB, but also listen for VK9XT and VK9CO operating 6 meters, PACTOR-II and PSK. QSL via their home callsign.

VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS. Kenny, K2KW, will be active as VP5/K2KW from February 15-22nd from North Caicos Island (IOTA NA-002). VP5TT has been requested for the ARRL CW Contest. Outside the contest, operations will be on CW and SSB. The QTH is K4ISV's rent-a-QTH, and the equipment will be a 1.5 kilowatt station with Yagis on 10-40, and wires. QSL VP5/K2KW and VP5TT via WA4WTG.

VP6, PITCAIRN. Jukka, OH2BR, is now active as VP6BR. After visiting some island sites he has decided to operate from the VP6PAC shack, which has a 20 meters high tower available at the site. His activity varies from diferent times bands/modes. Check your local PacketCluster or Telent Cluster for the latest activity. He will be there for four months.

XZ, MYANMAR. The XZ0A team continues to be active from Thahtay Kyun Island for another week (until February 6th). Excerpts from the latest press release states, "Top band enthusiasts,...... A listing of all 160-meter QSOs with XZ0A as of 1/25/00 has been added to our web site. This area will be updated every 24 to 48 hours. You are welcome to check to see if you are in the log..... The 180-foot transmitting tower and multiple wavelength beverages for both LP and SP are all working well...... there should be many opportunities to us on work zone 26." From another press release by Dick, N6FF, sent out on January 29th states: "The XZ0A operation is in its final week, only 6 operators remain on the island. 15 operators are now in Yangon, and may be heard as XZ1DX (Dan), XZ1YL (Sally), XZ1L (Luis), XZ1ZZ (Rich), etc. These are really not pirate stations, and their operating schedule is unknown. There are 3 operating stations remaining, and XZ0A will continue to operate right up until the 5 or 6th of Feb, and then back home by the 7th of Feb. They realize that everyone did not work them on all the desired band/modes, but hope most folks got either a brand new one, a new IOTA, or a band/mode filler. For the latest updates, check the Web page at: http://www.getnet.com/~k7wx/flash.htm

ZK1, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (OOOPPPSS!!). OPDX was informed by QSL Manager Sil, I2YSB, that the Italian operator Adriano, IK2GNW, was actually on South Cook Island (OC-083) last weekend not North Cook as reported in last week's bulletin (OOOPPPSS, sorry). Adriano was active as ZK1GNW from South Cook until January 24/25th. He is now active (for sure) from North Cook (OC-014) as of January 28th, but he is now signing ZK1NCI and will operate until February 3rd. He has been very active on 20/12/10 meters CW/SSB/RTTY. Check 10 meters after 2130z, 12 meters after 2330z and 20 meters after 0315z. QSL the ZK1NCI operation ONLY direct to IK2GNW (Do- nations will be appreciated). QSL ZK1GNW operation to I2YSB direct or via the Bureau. The ZK1GNW log is online at the Web page: http://digilander.iol.it/i2ysb/

ZM7, CHATHAM ISLANDS. Look for Lothar, DJ4ZB, to be active as ZM7ZB from the Chatham Hotel now through March 2nd. He will listen especially for European stations on 24935, 28395, 28495, 28595 and 28460 kHz. QSL via DJ4ZB, Lothar Grotehusmann, Quaekerstrasse 35, D-13403 Berlin, Germany.

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