The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 650
March 1, 2004
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3HC, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WA4PGM, K5LBU, AC8G, K8YSE, CO2TK, DL/VE3ZIK & www.contesting.info, DK2ZF, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL6KAC, DL6ZFG, EA5YN, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F5VHJ, G3SWH, G4JVG, GM4YXI, HA5BWW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, ON6UQ, PA3GIO, VA3RJ & ICPO, VA5DX and VK3SX for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd/February, through Sunday, 29th/February there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 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, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZK3, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
3DA0, SWAZILAND. Look for a group of four operators to be active starting on March 13th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. There will be two CW operators and two Phone operators. The Phone guys are Don/W0DM (3DA0DM) and Charles "Frosty"/K5LBU (3DA0CF). The CW guys are Paul/NOAH (3DA0AX) and Chuck/W4GMY (3DA0CG). There will also be activity on RTTY and PSK. They are going to be setting up an "L" antenna and several beverages for 160m along with a 54 foot vertical for 75m. Their antennas also include a 4 element triband beam and a 2 element beam for 12/17 meters. They will also have two Butternut HF6V verticals, a 3 element 6m beam, two 160/80/40 meter dipoles and a Tennadyne T6 LogP. Radios will be two Icom 756PROII, one Icom 746 for PSK and a Yaesu FT897 along with two 500 watt amps. QSL to their home callsigns.
3Z8, POLAND. Wilhelm, SP8AJC, will be active as 3Z8Z in both the ARRL DX Phone and CQ WPX SSB Contests as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via SP8AJC.
4L6, GEORGIA. Shota, 4L6AM, will be active in the Russian DX Contest (March 20-21th) as a Single-Op/Single Band (20m) entry. QSL via address on QRZ.com.
5V, TOGO (Update). Look for 5V7C to be activated this week. The 5V7C team had a meeting last weekend at Franck's, F4AQJ, QTH. All flight tickets, their passports and visas, and the hotel reservations are in hand (for the several weeks). The gear has been collected from each member, F6KOP, friends and especially from some of their sponsors. Franck/F5TVG and John/F5VHQ will fly to Lome, Togo, two days before the rest of the team to pickup the licenses and begin to set up the equipment at the hotel. They will also check to see how the stations operate, so some 5V7C QSOs are possible on March 4th (in the evening) and 5th. The rest of the team will meet in Paris at Charles de Gaulle, Roissy Airport, on March 6th at 0900z; boarding at 1250z. The whole team consists of: Frank/F4AJQ, Dany/ F5CW, John/F5VHQ, Romain/F8BUI, Frank/F5YVG and Pascal/F5JSD. Two pilot stations have been confirmed: Bruno/F5AGB for Europe and French speaking countries, Floyd/N5FG for the Americas, an Australian and a Japanese pilot station are expected to be announced before the DXpedition. The team's return flight is scheduled on March 13th, late in the evening (time to be confirmed,) so there will be 5V7C signals on the air up to 1200z and/or possibly later. Don't forget to visit the 5V7C Web page at: http://5v7c.free.fr/le_togo.htm
7Q, MALAWI (Update). Steve, G4JVG, sent out the following press release this past weekend informing OPDX that the planning for the major UK Malawi DXpedition scheduled for April 18th to May 1st is progressing well. Their Web page is at: http://www.malawi.digital-crocus.com A fifth team member, Steve/G4EDG, has been added to the existing team of Mark/G4AXX, Dick/GU4CHY, Rich/M5RIC and Steve/G4JVG. Steve/G4EDG is a veteran of numerous DXpeditions and has been added to share the CW operating with Dick. Mark/G4AXX and Steve/G4JVG will share the SSB responsibilities, while all the team will operate on RTTY and PSK. Steve states, "Following numerous requests, we have decided to add 160m (CW only) to the bands on which we will operate. Initially we had decided against using topband because the cost of shipping a suitable vertical to and from Malawi was prohibitive. We have still received insufficient sponsorship to allow for this. However, we should be able to erect a suitable wire inverted-L antenna and so we will certainly give 160m a try. The 7Q licenses have now been issued and are awaiting our collection in Malawi. The callsign we will be using on the DXpedition will be announced on our website shortly before the operation commences. Our expected operating frequencies and propagation tables to various areas of the world can also be found on the website. In order to be as accurate and up to date as possible, the propagation tables will be fully updated after the start of April. Donations continue to be requested. We are very grateful indeed to the small number of European DX clubs and generous individuals in Europe and Japan who have sent donations, but so far no donation from any of the American DX clubs has been forthcoming. The donations promised so far will cover about 50% of the cost of printing QSL cards for the DXpedition only." If you or your local DX club would like to make a donation, please contact Steve, G4JVG, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
9M2, WEST MALAYSIA. Keith, GM4YXI, informs OPDX that he will be active again this year as 9M2/GM4YXI, March 7-29th. Keith says, "I have no definite plans for which IOTAs I will try this year but hope to be QRV the weekends of the 13-14th and 20-21st, March. I will try for AS-073 and, if I can find some accommodation, get back to AS-097. I will post last minute plans on DX summit." Activity will be on 20/17/15 meters and, if possible, 12/10 meters CW and SSB. As usual, Keith will use a FT900 and vertical antennas. Keith states, "I tend to lurk around the usual IOTA SSB QRGs and on CW higher in the band. As always, I will have the fantastic support of Kim and Steve, N3SL as QSL managers. This year I hope to be QRV from home base in KL, work schedule allowing, mostly on CW. I also plan to be QRV for WPX SSB as 9M2RPN, as a Multi-2 entry with Rich, G4ZFE."
CO2, CUBA. Pepin, CO2TK, will be active in the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th) as a Single-Op/Single Band/Low Power entry. QSL via F6FNU.
CT3/CQ9, MADEIRA ISLAND (Contest Activities). In March, there will be several operators active from here during the contest weekends. Look for the following operators next weekend during the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th):
QSL to operators home callsign. Also, look for CQ9K to be activated in the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via CS3MAD. Operators of CQ9K are: CT3BD, CT3DL, CT3DZ, CT3EE, CT3EN, CT3IA, CT3IQ, CT3HK, CT3KU, CT3KY and CT3LG.
EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Christian, DL6KAC, is now active from EA6 again (Mallorca Island, IOTA: EU-004, DIE: E-021) until March 26th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters (maybe 80m). Operations will be mainly SSB, maybe some digimode. Antennas will be: Dipoles, maybe Inverted L for 80m. Power will be: 350W. This will be a holiday style operation. QSL via the DARC Bureau or direct (QRZ.com address).
FM5, MARTINIQUE. Gilbert, FM5FJ, will be active in the ARRL SSB DX Contest (March 6-7th) as a Single-Op/Single Band (15m)/Low Power entry. QSL via KU9C.
FO0, CLIPPERTON ISLAND. The Clipperton Island DXpedition is back on and has been rescheduled for April. New transportation has been arranged for another boat and the group is now looking for about 5 to 7 more operators to join the original team. This will bring the team up to 12 to 14 operators. The boat is expected to leave on or about April 10th. The license and landing permission are all in hand. There will be five full time stations on the air and the team will place special emphasis on working Europe and the low bands. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Dave, K4SV, for more information at: email@example.com
FY5, FRENCH GUIANA. Operators Didier/FY5FY, Marc/F1HAR, Herve/F5HRY, Olivier/F5MZN and Laurent/F6FVY will be active as FY5KE in the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via direct or via the bureau.
HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. A Hungarian DXpedition will be active from Masescha (1350m ASL) between April 1-8th. Activity is planned for 160-10 meters (including the WARC bands), mostly CW with some SSB. Operators HA5AUC/Pista, HA5BWW/Ed, HA5OJ/Pisti and HA7PC/Karcsi will sign HB0/homecall/P. QSL via their home callsigns (bureau is OK). ADDED NOTE: Also, look for them on 144 and 432 MHz, with the callsign HB0/HA5KHC/P, on the CW and SSB modes. QSL via HA5KHC, Bureau is OK.
HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Roger/ON7TQ and Marcel/ON6UQ will be active as HB0/homecall from September 12-19th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW/SSB (maybe the WARC bands, but not sure yet). QSL via their home callsigns, to the bureau or direct.
HI3, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Ted, HI3TEJ, will be active in the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th) as Single-Op/All Band/QRP entry. He is expected to be QRP mostly on 80-10 meters with some QSOs on 160 meters. QSL ONLY via ON4IQ.
HI9, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Bert, PA3GIO, will be active as PA3GIO/HI9 from Hispaniola Island (NA-096), March 11-18th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/ 17/15/12/10 meters on SSB. For the QSL info, please visit the following Web sites at: http://www.pa3gio.nl/HI9/ and (Mirror USA) http://www.qsl.net/pa3gio/HI9/
J3, GRENADA. Harry, AC8G, will be active from here starting March 5th and is expected to depart on the 9th. He will use J37K during the ARRL SSB DX Contest weekend (March 6-7th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via AC8G; a SASE is best, but the bureau is OK (Do NOT send to the J3 Bureau). During the operating hours outside of the contest, he will put an emphasis on non-USA and Canadian QSOs. As a side note, if one sends IRCs be sure the left box is stamped by the issuing post office. His postal office is rejecting those with just a printed Country code or other printed info in that box.
LX, LUXEMBOURG. Operators Philippe/LX1AQ, Robert/LX1RQ, Joel/LX1ER and possibly others will be active as LX5A during the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via the bureau or direct to LX1RQ.
PACIFIC TOUR 2004. Rolf, DK2ZF, has began his Pacific Tour from Fiji, on February 27th and will end his travels on April 21st in Guam (with 5 or 6 islands/atolls between this time). Rolf provides OPDX with the following schedule:
He has antennas for 80-10 meters, he prefers 40/30/20 meters CW. Rolf told us he has a kite now and plans to try 80/160 meters. His radio is a FT-847 w/100 watts. QSL direct with 2 USDs for stations outside of Europe.
PJ4, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. An early announcement by Daniel, T93M, indicates he will be active from Bonaire as PJ4/T93M in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via DJ2MX.
QSL INFO AND NEWS................
R1, FRANZ JOSEF ISLAND. Members of the Moscow Contest Club, consisting of Valery/RD3AF, Leo/RN3AZ, Yuri/RU3AV, Leonid/RZ3DU, Nick/UA3DX and Viktor/ UA3AKO, have finished plans on their upcoming DXpedition to Franz Josef Land (EU-019). They will operate from this abandoned archipelago as R1FJ from the Island of Zemlya Aleksandry, March 17-25th (weather permitting). Their activity will be on all bands CW, SSB and RTTY. They will also participate in the Russian DX Contest (March 20-21st). Their radio equipment is: FT-1000MPs, FT-857, FT-890 with ACOM-2000 and TL-922. Antennas include: TH-3MK4s, A-3WS,DX-77s and Inverted Vs for 80/160m. QSL via DL6ZFG: Rolf Rahne, P.O. Box 15, 39241 Gommern, Germany. For Russia and the CIS countries, QSL via UA3AKO: Victor Slabodchikov, P.O Box 867, Moscow, 119334, Russia. The team is looking for financial support, and it would be greatly appreciated. For details, contact either: DL6ZFG - firstname.lastname@example.org or UA3AKO - email@example.com. Also, visit the following Web page for updates at: http://www.dl6zfg.de/exp.htm
SILENT KEY. Bob, VK3SX, informs OPDX that Chuck, VK6CF, became a "Silent Key" (SK) after a long battle with an illness. He was always a fine DXer and true amateur, his voice will be sadly missed by those who knew him on the bands. OPDX and its readers would like to send out their deepest sympathy to Chuck's family and friends.
SV9, CRETE. Giannis, SV9FBG, will be active in the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single Band (no band provided) entry. QSL via SV9FBG.
T93, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. Operators Daniel/T93M, Boris/T93Y, Mario/T94DX (DJ2MX) and Edin/T97M will be active as T93M in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via DJ2MX.
TO5, MARTINIQUE. Al, F5VHJ, will be operating from Martinique for the ARRL Phone Contest as TO5A. QSL via F5VHJ.
V8, BRUNEI. OPDX was asked to remind everyone that Jim/G3RTE, Phil/G3SWH and Ray/HS0ZDZ (aka G3NOM), who are all members of FOC and CDXC, in association with Greg/V85GD, will be mounting a Multi-band, Multi-mode DXpedition to Negara Brunei Darussalam (Brunei) between March 8-15th. The main operation will take place from the QTH of Greg, V85GD, under the special callsign of V8JIM. A single operator entry will also be made in the RSGB's Commonwealth Contest using the special callsign of V8NOM. Brunei is #82 in the 2003 Most Wanted survey by the 425 DX News. The January 2003 ARRL listing shows Brunei at #129. In addition, Brunei counts as OC-088 for the Islands on the Air (IOTA) award. Activity is planned for all bands from 160-10 meters and will include CW, SSB and digital modes. Propagation permitting, they plan to have three stations on the air for as many hours every day as is possible. Their main objective is to work as many European, North American and ROTW stations on as many bands as possible. They have set an expedition target of 12,000 QSOs, with an approximately equal split between CW, SSB and digital modes. The QSL Manager for V8JIM will be G3SWH and for V8NOM it will be GM4FDM. They are happy to meet the costs of transport to and from Brunei, but will appreciate sponsorship and donations towards their living expenses, printing QSLs and the like. Any surplus will be equally distributed between the operators to offset their personal contributions.
VB5, CANADA (Special Event). Look for the special event callsign, VB5C, to be active from March 1-30th. This special event is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Canadian Curling Brier. Activity will be on 20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB. QSL to VA5DX CBA: Doug Renwick, P.O. Box 50, Clavet, Saskatchewan, Canada S0K 0Y0.
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND. Look for Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG to be active this week from Norfolk Island now through March 13th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters SSB/RTTY/PSK. QSL via DL7AFS, to the DARC Bureau or direct to: Baerbel Linge, Eichwaldstrasse 86, D-34123 Kassel, Germany.
YI9, IRAQ. Vicente, EA5YN, reports that Ramon Gomez de Salazar, YN1GSR (3C1GS), is active as YI9GS for the next 5 months. As this was being written, no QSNs have been reported. QSL via EA5BYP, direct only.
YU0, SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO (Special Event). Marko, 4N1JA, informs OPDX to look for the special callsign, YU0HST, to be active during 2004 from the City of Nish. Activity is for the "IV European and Region I IARU Championship" on "High Speed Telegraphy" (callsign suffix). Activity during the past week has been on 80/40/20/15 meters CW. There were a few spots on SSB. QSL via YU1AST: P.O. Box 76, 18106, Nis, Serbia and Montenegro.
XZ, BURMA. Conny/DL1DA and Abo/DO6ST are now active as XZ1DA and XZ6ST, respectively. The length of their stay is not known at this time. Conny was very active over the past weekend on CW on the WARC bands, as well as 20/15/10 meters. Not much SSB activity. QSL via their home callsigns.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Look for Bob, K3UL, to be active as ZF2UL from Grand Cayman (NA-016) until March 4th. He plans to operate on CW on the low bands, if time permits. He was heard this past weekend on CW on 15 and 17 meters. On SSB, he was heard on 17/15/12 meters. QSL via home call.
ZP1, PARAGUAY. Tom, ZP5AZL, will operate in the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) with the special contest callsign, ZP1C, as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via W3HNK.
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