The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 526
August 27, 2001
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, KF2TI, N3SL, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4WX, WA4FFW, KH6BZF, W6DXO, AL7KC, K7ZZ, NH7A, K8YSE, DH5JG, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DL2VFR, F5NQL,, GW0ANA, IV3TAN, JH8KYU, RW3RN, UA6MF, VA3RJ, VE1JS, VK6CQ and YS1RR for the following DX information.
* EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTE (by KB8NW): I know I said that "There will 'NOT' be an OPDX bulletin for August 27th", but due to some significant and important announcements I decided to send one out anyway before going on vacation (Call me "dedicated to my readers" or "crazy" as my wife would say!)
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Thursday, 16/August, through Thursday, 23/August there were 228 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E4, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YB, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
3D2, CONWAY REEF. Raymundo, YS1RR, reports that he received a phone call from Hrane, YT1AD, and was told he couldn't get landing authorization for KH1 this time (see KH1 below), so he will go again to Conway Reef in October. Team members will be YT1AD, YU7AV, YZ7AA, YU1AU, YU1DX, Z32ZM, YT6A (possibly), RZ3AA and K1LZ. One member of their team is also a journalist. The team will leave from Fiji on September 30th, on the ship "MV Princess 2" and arrive on Conway Reef on October 1st. They should be active on the same day and then for the next 10 days (October 10th). The callsigns will be announced the first day of the operation (one call for CW and one call for SSB/RTTY). Their license is valid until December 31, 2002, and they estimate the cost of the operation is approx. 45000 USD. All donations are welcomed via YS1RR. Two stations will be active on 160-6 meters, including the WARC bands, around the DX windows. Pilots stations for this DXpedition will be YU1AA and VEJEXY. QSL CW QSOs via YT1AD: Dr. Hrane Milosevic, 36206 Vitanovac, YUGOSLAVIA.QSL SSB/RTTY QSOs via Z32AU: Dragan Kostevski, P.O. Box 35, 6000 OHRID, MACEDONIA, Europe. A Web site will be available after September 10th, for "Conway Reef 2" operation at: http://www.kragujevac.co.yu/3d2/
4W, EAST TIMOR. Jose, CT1EEB (aka VK8CS, 4W6EB, CU3/CT1EEB), informed the DX community that Amateur Radio won't be forgotten in East Timor now that the only active DXers in the Territory have left or are about to leave. Carlos Poinho, CU3FT, active DXer from the Azores Archipelago and a Telecom Tech. for the Portuguese Air-Force, is in Tour-of-Duty for UNTAET in Dili, Capital of East-Timor, and will try to be as active as possible with the callsign 4W/CU3FT. The license has just been received from the United Nations in New York, and the creditation procedures is in process by DXCC. Special attention will be given to the WARC bands and 6 meters, especially the upcoming F2 openings in October/November. Also, he will work with ETARA (East-Timor Amateur Radio Association) and the local authorities to set up a future licensing authority after East Timor receives its full independence. Jose will also help in introducing Amateur radio to the East-Timor nationals. QSL via Manager CT1EEB: Jose Emanuel Ribeiro de Sa, P. O. Box 79, P-3860 Estarreja, Portugal.
9E, ETHIOPIA. Silvio, IV3TRK, will be active as 9E1S Friday, August 24th through September 4th. Activity will be mainly CW. He will also be active on the low bands. The only problem is that his antenna for the Top Band is a simple T antenna because he doesn't have enough space to install a better antenna for reception. The RX conditions on the low bands in Ethiopia are very poor during this season (rainy season). E-mail sked can be made via: email@example.com QSL via IV3TRK.
C6, BAHAMAS. Several MDXA members are planning to operate in the CQWW SSB Contest (October 27 - 28th) from C6A. They will be active the week before the contest (October 20th) with individual callsigns operating SSB, CW and perhaps some RTTY. They have rented the villa offered by Ken Helton, KC4SZE / C6AHN on Treasure Cay, Abaco Island (NA-080). This is the same QTH used by the C6AJX group for the 1999 CQWW CW Contest. Confirmed operators as of now are: Ernie - W5OXA/C6AKO, Randy - W5UE/C6ARB, Alan - N5PA, Stan - K5NY and Bernie - KK5EW. Details are still being worked out, so watch their web site for up to the minute information at: http://mdxa.org/c6a-2001.html
CN, MOROCCO. Al, NH7A, will be active in the CQWW SSB Contest as a Single Op/All Band entry as CN2AC. QSL via F6BEE. Also, F6BEE will be active in CQWW CW Contest as a Single Op/All Band entry as CN2JS. QSL via F6BEE.
KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Bill, W4WX, member of the Florida DXPedition Group (FDXPG), will be operating from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, September 7-14th as KG4DX (ex-KG4GC). He will be active on RTTY and some SSB along with activity on the WARC bands and 6 meters. QSL direct or via bureau to his home call.
KH1, BAKER AND HOWLAND ISLANDS. Hrane, YT1AD, states that they have "received provisional permit for disembarkation of our expedition" from the United States Fish and Wild Services, " and this is a main step for our activity."
KH3, JOHNSTON ATOLL. Just a reminder that Dan, KH6UW, will lead a group of four operators including AL7KC, W7TSQ and K7ZZ on a trip to Johnston Island (OC-023) from September 11-18th. The group will be active on 160- 6 meters including the WARC bands using CW and SSB, using the callsign K3J. Two 24-hour stations will be used, with a third activated as needed. European contacts will be emphasized when band openings permit. In response to many requests, a six-meter station (with beacon) has been added to the group's capabilities. A web site, which will contain log checking, may be found at: http://www.qsl.net/k3j/ Many people have contributed to the success of the trip, but special thanks goes to Force 12 for antenna support. QSL via AH6HN.
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RI6, EUROPEAN RUSSIA. Ivan, UA6MF, informs OPDX that a group will be planning an island DXpedition to the Azov Sea. Activity will be from the RR 17-04 island group for the "Russian Robinson Award ( RRA )". The callsign will be RI6LAP as well as their home callsigns: UA6LGR/p, UA6LAM/p and UA6MF/p. Operations will be on August 24-26th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. QSLs for RI6LAP is OK via UA6MF, the bureau or direct to: Ivan. A. Gudima, P. Box 47, Rostov-on-Don, 344007, Russia.
SILENT KEY. Mac, WA4FFW, reports with deep sorrow of the passing of Joe Curlott, W4CTG. Many knew him as K5CTG before he changed his call to represent the 4th district as W4CTG. Joe lost a very quick 6 week fight with cancer and the swiftness was a shock to all. He was at Dayton this year and started having problems shortly after returning home. He became a Silent Key July 30. Many knew Joe as the Anchor and Beacon Station for 80 METER DXING. He gathered both Stateside and DX stations on 3772 kHz nightly for the past 16 years. Although he had worked and confirmed around 320 on that band, he was always there stirring up contacts for others to work. He was a gentleman and always willing to help someone work a new one on 80. He will be greatly missed.
SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event station UM8LA to be active on all bands between August 27th and September 5th to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the independence for Uzbekistan. QSL via RW3RN: Alex Kuznetsov.Box 57,Tambov-23,392023 Russia.
T2, TUVALU. Hiro, JA0SC, will be active as T22SC from Funafuti, August 23-30th. Activity will be on SSTV and RTTY. QSL via JA0SC, direct or via the bureau.
TI, COSTA RICA. Hide, JH8KYU (ex-3W2KYU/9M6HTT), will visit TI5KD's shack in Costa Rica from September 27th through October 2nd. The main purpose of his trip is to participate in the CQ/RJ RTTY Contest as a Single Op/All Band entry. The callsign used will be TI5U in the contest. Hide won the Oceanian low power record in that contest from KH0 last year. He wants to make many more contacts than last year's contest, so he will use some great antennas and a high power amplifier. Hide will also operate as TI5/JH8KYU on SSB/CW outside the contest. QSLs for both TI5U and TI5/JH8KYU go to Hide's CBA.
Z2, ZIMBABWE (QRP Safari Op). Harry, W6DXO, informs OPDX that he is pleased to announce, thanks through the courtesy of the Zimbabwe Amateur Radio Society, that he will be operating as Z2/W6DXO, September 27th through October 5th, from the Linkwasha Wilderness Camp, and the Victoria Falls Hotel both in Zimbabwe. Working conditions mandate QRP Ops. He will concentrate on 20 meters. QSL via W6DXO direct only.
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