The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 525
August 20, 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, K2MFY, KF2TI, W3UR & The Daily DX, AF4MI, N4AA & QRZ DX, KW4DA, W5FI, W6OM, K8MR, K8PT, K8YSE, DL6KAC, E21EIC, F5SLD, G3XTT, JA7KXD, LY1FW, OA4AHW, PA1AW, PY1LVF, RZ1AK, UR7GG, UT5RP, VA3RJ, VK2CE, VK4DX and YT1HA for the following DX information.
* EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTE (by KB8NW): There will "NOT" be an OPDX bulletin for August 27th. I know, you heard this before, but it is true this time. My wife Linda (chief proof-reader) and I will be going to Windsor, ONT., for a short vacation. I can really use the break! However, PLEASE continue to send your DX info to me.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 11/August, through Saturday, 18/August there were 228 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B6, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E4, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH4, KH6, KH8, 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, PY0F, PY0T, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YB, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
2001 OHIO QSO PARTY. The Mad River Radio Club is pleased to announce that the Ohio QSO Party (OQP) will be next weekend from 1600z Saturday, August 25th, through 0400z Sunday, August 26th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters CW/SSB. Categories are: SINGLE OPERATOR, MULTI OPERATOR and MOBILE. Object for Amateurs outside the state of Ohio is to make contact with as many Ohio stations as possible. Non-Ohio stations may work only Ohio stations, while Ohio stations may contact anyone. Certificates will be awarded to the top five single operator entries in the high power, low power, and QRP categories, with separate awards for both Ohio and non-Ohio stations. Certificates will be awarded to the five highest mobile scoring stations within Ohio. Plaques are also available and will be awarded based upon sponsorship. This year's Plaque Sponsers:
For more information on the OQP and complete rules, please visit the MRRC Web Page at: http://www.qsl.net/mrrc/oqp.html
A5, BHUTAN. Tony, IK7WUL, is now active as A52UL from Thimbu until August 28th. He was heard on/around 14195 kHz between 1530 and 1830z. QSL via I7JFQ.
CONTEST CALENDER AVAILBLE. Mike, VK4DX, informs OPDX that he has redesigned and updated his Web site at: http://www.vk4dx.net His site now includes an "International HF Radio Contest Calendar" with contest rules and a new software links page with pricing information.
EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Christian, DL6KAC, will be going to Mallorca Island (IOTA EU-004, DIE E-021) from September 5-27th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, maybe 80m, SSB and maybe CW. His antennas: Dipoles on the high bands, Inverted L for 40/80 meters using 350 watts. This will be a holiday style operation. QSL to homecall via DARC bureau or direct (qrz.com).
HS, THAILAND (SEANET Activity). Thai operators will be active during the SEANET Contest, August 18-19th (1200z-1200z) 24hr. HS0AC, HQ of the RAST, will be active on all band CW/SSB. Also look for them on 80 meters (3524 kHz), 160 meters (1834 kHz) around 1930-2230z. QSL via G3NOM: Ray Gerrard, P.O.BOX 1300, Nana Post office, Bangkok 10112, THAILAND. Also, scheduled to be active as Single Ops are the following:
JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. JF8HIQ/JD1 was heard on 18133 kHz at 0945z and JD1BCK was heard on 15 meters between 0730-0930z (check 21230).
PSK31 DX NOTES. Dima, UT5RP, informs OPDX that the "PSK31 DX Reflector" will be closing down on August 20th; reason unknown. However, "PSK31 DX Notes", are available on the Packet Radio Network or on the InterNet at the following URLs:
To subscribe to the Ukrainian PSK31 DX Reflector, send an E-mail to:
email@example.com Subject:(Blank) Message Body:subscribe psk31
THE PY0T STORY. Vieira, PY1LVF, provided OPDX with the following story and information on his recent Trindade operation. This press release has been edited for publication. He writes: "We (operators Vieira/PY1LVF and Ricardo/PY1VOY) arrived in Rio after a short stop in Vitoria where we decided to get off the ship and take a plane. The ship is still scheduled to arrive in Rio with the entire crew next Saturday. Equipment and antennas remain in the ship. I realize that some information should be spread out to avoid any misunderstanding and/or confusion as follows:
The ship arrived at the island on schedule August 7th at 1900z, but we were not allowed to disembark (not even the militaries) because of the strong winds and heavy rains. We stayed overnight on the ship to start on the next day, August 8th. We finally took a helicopter at 1000z, and the trip did not last more than 5 minutes to step onto the island. Equipment arrived after us, trip by trip.
The first day was tough, windy, cold and raining most of the day. We felt some weather improvements on the next day but not in terms of wind intensity. At least there were no more raining, and the temperature was higher than the previous day. Unfortunatelly, we had to close down the station's operation 5 hours before departure. All the equipment was scheduled to go back to the ship in the morning. A break from the Island was celebrated with cocktails, and we departed during the afternoon. We actually had to use the boat to get back to the ship, which was a very dangerous experience but we got back safely to the ship. The actual dates of the operation were: August 8th, 2001 (first QSO at 1401z) through August 10th, 2001 (Last QSO at 1130z). The PT0T and ZX0Z call were authorized by the ANATEL while we were already on the island despite our use of the callsign homecall/PY0T. We did not want to loose time while waiting for the special callsign authorization. 4000 QSOs were made with 80 countries on 40-10 meters. Unfortunately, our antenna tuner did not work well on 12m and this the only band left blank. For QSLs, PY1LVF (Vieira) will be handling this task. It will take about 2 to 3 weeks to have all cards printed out. He expects to start mailing out cards in mid September. Cards via the bureau will be accepted, but since PY1 Bureau is running very slow on sending and receiving cards, we recommend to use direct if you need the country for your DXCC. Cards via Bureau usually take more than a year to receive. There are a few PY1 hams who have already sent cards direct to the destination bureau to avoid loosing and/or taking that delay.
We may have some more information to provide to whoever is interested to know about the trip, the operation and the island. I understand that many hams were not able to make a QSO since the operation just took 2 days. We hope we can keep this door open with the Brazilian Navy so that, not only us, but other groups can make many 2 days operations and give the opportunity to those hams that need the country for the first time." QSL Manager PY1LVF: Jose Luiz Vieira Fernandes, P.O.Box 18009, Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil - South America 20722-970 73's ... Vieira PY1LVF/PY0T & ZX0T
QSL INFO AND NEWS..........................
RA3, EUROPEAN RUSSIA. Ron, W6OM, is on a business trip again to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. He will be active on 80/40 meters CW with his usual RA3/W6OM callsign each night. QSL to W6OM.
S2, BANGLADESH. Mr. SHIN will operate as S21YH again from 1800z of August 21st, to 1759z of August 28th. He will mainly use 7-24 MHz bands with CW (QRS) and SSB. QSL via 7M4PTE with a SASE to the following mailing address: Mr. SHIN, Makoto, 2-3-18, Naritanishi, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo 166-0016, JAPAN.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS CELEBRATING THEIR INDEPENDENCE...........
TY, BENIN. A French team of operators are now active until August 29th. Look for TY22DX, TY0CDX and TY68F. Activity seems to be on 40-10 meters (including the WARC bands) CW/SSB at various times through the day.
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