The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 551
February 25, 2002
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, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, NC1L, W3UR & The Daily DX, KB4UTV, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4CT, N5VL, AD6WL, KH6BZF, AC7DX, K8PT, K8YSE, KU9C, 4L5O, 9K2HN, 9V1YC, CE6TBN, CE4USW, CX3AN, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DL2VFR, DL4TT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3XTT, GM4YXI, GU0SUP, ON7SA, OZ6OM & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, and Z36W for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 17/February, through Sunday, 24/February there were 240 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0A, CE0X, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH3, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0T, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
THE EXCITEMENT AND ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK......................
3W, VIETNAM. Conny, DL1DA, is expected to be active this week, possibly as 3W9KCS, until March 15th. He will be on holiday so activity may be limited. Look for him to be on 40-10 meters CW. QSL via DL1DA.
6W, SENEGAL. Francois, VE2XO, is expected to be in Dakar from February 27th through March 3rd. The callsign is not known yet. Activity should be like his recent Guinea operation (3XY6A). Watch 20/17/15 meters SSB.
9K, KUWAIT (Special Activity). Every year on February 25-26th the country of Kuwait celebrates its "National and Liberation Day". To participate in this occasion, the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society will be active using the callsign 9K2NLD on many amateur bands and modes. There will be a special QSL card issued for the occasion. By the time you read this the event should have started and it is expected to end 2359z on Thursday, February 28th. There is no deadline for submitting applications for the QSL card which should be addressed to: Kuwait Amateur Radio Society, P.O. BOX 5240 Safat, 13053, Kuwait.
D2, ANGOLA. Joao, CT1BFL, is now in Luanda and is signing D2U for the next two years. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via CT1BFL.
DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, DXCC Manager, reports the following: "9Q0AR (Democratic Republic of Congo) has been on hold awaiting supporting documentation. This has been received and upon review it is now being accepted for DXCC credit. Anyone who had this rejected during a recent submission can contact DXCC at email@example.com for an update to their record. Or, it can be sent with the next submission for credit."
DAWG X-RAY CLUB (The only DX-Club you don't want to belong to!)..... Fritz, DL4TT, wants DXers to visit the following Web site. He is looking for your feedback. Check out the URL at: http://www.qsl.net/dl4tt/DawgX-rayClub.html
FIVE STAR DXERS ASSOCIATION (Update). Don Field, G3XTT, D68C Publicity Officer, informs OPDX of the following: "Phil G3SWH reports that around 85% of the direct requests for D68C QSLs have now been processed and that around 42,500 QSOs have been confirmed to date. Our thanks again to Phil. The team is now starting to think about the perennial question, 'Where do we go next?'. The Five Star DXers Association, with its expeditions to 9M0C and D68C, now has considerable experience in mounting large-scale operations to 'top 100' DXCC entities, with the ability to cover all bands and modes to fill those missing slots, and is looking to mount its next operation in late-2003 or early 2004. We are not planning to head for Peter 1 or Bouvet, but the sort of DX entity where you may have a 20m QSO, but are finding those low band, WARC or data slots hard to fill. To this end, we would be interested in your 9-band, 3-mode 'wanted' lists, so we can gain some idea of which these entities might be. E-mail your needs to Don, G3XTT, at: firstname.lastname@example.org Being mainly a European group our preference would be for an African location for reasons of cost, propagation and travel time. (We have of course already reviewed the various 'most-wanted' surveys.) If there are enough responses, we will make the analysis public, for the benefit of other would-be DXpeditioners."
GJ, JERSEY. Pete/K8PT and Craig/K3PLV will make their 3rd annual trek to the Channel Islands and activate Jersey from March 13-19th. The emphasis will be on CW and RTTY, however, Craig will try RS-12/13 for evening (USA time) passes. Concentration will be on WARC bands during daylight and 30/40/80 meters during the evenings. Callsigns will be MJ/K8PT and MJ/K3PLV. QSLs go via their home callsigns.
KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Vance, N5VL, will be active as KG4VL from March 1-6th. This will include an entry in the ARRL International DX Contest. Look for some 160 meters operations on CW and SSB. QSL to N5VL.
P4, ARUBA. John, KK9A, who was active as P40A this past weekend in the 160 contest, will be here until March 9th. Look for activity on 160-10 meters CW/SSB during his stay. QSL via KK9A.
P5, NORTH KOREA (P5/4L4FN Status). It was reported this past week, Bruce, KK5DO, (QSL Manager for Ed, P5/4L4FN) was heard saying he has a good feeling that all of the P5/4L4FN contacts will count for DXCC. However, this is not official yet. He mentioned North Korea dosn't issue any license so any written permission to operate will suffice. Government officials have checked his station on a few occasions and the North Korean government obviously knows he is operating there. His current contract with the United Nations World Food Program is good until June and if it is renewed he will be there for another year. Ed continues to be active on 15 meters SSB. However, he has been practicing some RTTY and CW and should be on those modes soon.
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
SOUTH SANDWICH/SOUTH GEORGIA POST EXPEDITION REPORT. James, 9V1YC, provided OPDX with a post report on this DXpedition. The complete report will be sent to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers as an additional. In short, the DXpedition achieved all its goals, and results were absolutely outstanding. The expedition made 70,428 QSOs in total using SSB, CW and RTTY. On-air time was 80 hours at VP8THU, and 7 days, 10 hours at VP8GEO. Operators were EI5IQ, EI6FR, HB9ASZ, K0IR, K4UEE, K5TR, N5KO, PA3FQA, VE3EJ, W3WL, W7EW and 9V1YC. QSL routes are as follows: VP8THU is via VE3XN; and VP8GEO is via VE3GCO Logs are with the managers, QSL's have already been printed, and cards are now rolling out. At this time they do not have a Web site or an on-line log check. A full write up will appear in the usual magazines, and stay tuned for two really cool videos coming out soon.
SPECIAL EVENT. The unique callsign GB50 has been issued by the United Kingdom Radiocommunications Agency for a special event station to be established at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee (50th Anniversary of her succession to the throne) from May 29th through June 9th. The station will be run by Cray Valley Radio Society (CVRS), in association with Burnham Beeches Radio Society (BBRC), and with the support of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). Activity will be on daily between 0700-2200z on all bands from 80-6 meters on CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. A 144 MHz station will also be active on CW, SSB and FM. The station will be open to the public. The QSL Manager will be Owen, G4DFI. A Web site is now up and running and will be kept updated with the latest news at: http://www.gb50.com OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete announcement with some more interesting information as an additional bulletin.
WWV/WWVH TO CHANGE FORMAT. Propagation guru Lee, KH6BZF, informs OPDX that "SEC/NOAA has announced that a WWV/WWVH format change will occur on March 12, 2002, radio day." Stay tuned to 2.5, 5.0, 10, 15, 20 MHz for details.
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