The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 617
July 7, 2003
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th/June, through Sunday, 6th/July there were 214 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, 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, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, 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).
3D2, FIJI (Addition/Correction to OPDX.616). Paul, A35RK, informs OPDX that Mike/KM9D (aka T21MY), Jan/KF4TUG (aka T2YL), himself, and his wife Va'inga will be visiting with Jytte Jarl, 3D2AJ, and her husband Arnold, at their home on Vanua Levu. They will be there from July 12-21st. Mike and Jan, who have been sailing around the Pacific the last two years, may stay longer on Fiji. Anyway, Paul states he will be active, on a casual basis, from Vanua Levu, using his Fiji callsign, 3D2RK. This is a holiday for them, not a DXpedition operation, but there will be equipment and antennas available to them. Mike and Jan may also be active from the same QTH, but Paul doesn't know their callsigns yet. QSL 3D2RK via W7TSQ.
3DA, SWAZILAND. Rad/ZS6RAD, Ron/ZS5ABD, Cliff/ZS6BOX and Willie/ZS5WI will be operating from Swaziland from July 29th to August 3rd. They have been granted the callsign 3DA0DX by the Swaziland authorities. They will be joined by Willy/3DA0BD and Andy/3DA0TM. Activity will be on most bands from 160 meters through to UHF as time and conditions dictate. They will be using Phone, CW, WSJT, Slow Scan and RTTY from 0300-0700z and from 1400-2200z daily. QSL via the bureau or direct to ZS5WI: PO Box 1064, Eshowe, 3815, KZN, South Africa (Enclose a SAE, and it will be appreciated if the cost of postage can be covered as they have not secured any sponsorship).
40 METERS TO CHANGE! The following was announced on the ARRL Web site this past week: "Radio History is Made at WRC-03 with 7-MHz Realignment Compromise (July 3, 2003) -- There's good news from World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03) for 40-meter enthusiasts. In an 11th-hour compromise, delegates to WRC-03, which wraps up officially July 4, agreed to move broadcasters out of 7100 to 7200 kHz in Regions 1 and 3 to make room for the Amateur Service. The agreement eventually will mean a 200-kHz worldwide allocation at 40 meters. Although the change does not go into effect until 2009, that's considered speedy in International Telecommunication Union (ITU) terms. Some of the timelines proposed during discussions on the 7 MHz agenda item would have held off the changes until 2033! The WRC-03 action on 7 MHz makes no change in the exclusive US 40-meter allocation. US amateurs will continue to enjoy the full 7000 to 7300 kHz band they now have."
60 METERS IS UP AND ACTIVE! Martin, W9XN/8, reports that the 1st Continental U.S. QSO on 60 meters took place at on 5403.5 kHz at 0400z, on July 3rd. QSO was between W9XN/8 (Martin) in Westover, W.V. and N0FW (Pete) in Cincinnati (Hamilton), OH. RS reports were 59 both ways. Martin states that he used a TS-430S and 60 Meter Tri-Pole.
7P, LESOTHO (Update to OPDX.612). The July 18-25th 7P8 DXpedition by the Lone Star DX Association and the Texas DX Society has added two additional operators to its team. Noted Texas contester Larry Alkoff, N2LA, and his XYL Karen, K2DXV, of Austin have joined the U.S.-Canada team of K5LBU/7P8CF, W0IZ/7P8IZ, K4SV/7P8DA, W5MJ/7P8MJ, VA7DX/7P8NK and WW5L/7P8TA that will be on an all bands, all modes operation from Mohale's Hoek, Lesotho. The Alkoffs have requested the callsign 7P8LA and 7P8KA. The Alkoffs are members of the Central Texas DX and Contest Club in Austin. A online Web site and log search will be available once the DXpedition begins at: http://www.amsatnet.com/7p8.html
9A, CROATIA. Operators 9A1A, 9A7A, 9A3B, 9A4D, 9A5D and 9A7D will be active as 9A0HQ in the IARU HF World Championship (July 12-13th). Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via 9A1A (automatically via the bureau for all contacts).
C6, BAHAMAS. Steve/AK0M and his wife Sandy (callsign not provided) will be active as C6ASB and C6ASC, respectively, on Abaco Island (NA-080) from July 22-30th. Steve informs OPDX that this trip is primarily a family vacation, and he will be on the air as time permits. However, he does mention he will do some participation in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op. Steve states this operation will be low key, 100 watts (IC-706) and QRP (FT-817) to a vertical from N4JQQ's old QTH, and a Buddipole from the beach. CW is his preferred mode, but there may be some SSB, and maybe PSK31. QSL via his home callsign, AK0M.
CP1, BOLIVIA (Special Activity/Contest). Look for Radio Club La Paz's official club station, CP1AA, to be on the air along with some other CP1 stations July 19th. Stations will be calling: CQ OH! LINDA LA PAZ TEST. A nice diploma will be awarded and a QSL confirming the contact. All amateur stations can participate. Their band/mode schedule are as follows:
MODE BAND CP TIME UTC TIME SSB 80 1800-2200 2200-0200 SSB 40 1300-2200 1700-0200 SSB 20 1600-2000 2000-0000 CW 20 1600-2000 2000-0000 RTTY 20 1600-2000 2000-0000
QSLs should be sent before August 31st, 2003, to: RADIO CLUB LA PAZ, P.O.BOX 2111, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA. Their Web site is at: http://www.radioclublapaz.netfirms.com
DA0, GERMANY. Look for 55 operators from DARC to activate the callsign DA0HQ in the IARU Contest. QSL via DL5AXX.
HB9, SWITZERLAND. Operators HB9CVN, HB9DOS, HB9DQP, HB9FAE, HB9FBL, HB9FBM, HB9DOM, HB9YC, HB9ALM and HB9BZM will be active during the IARU Contest using the callsign HB9A. Activity will be on all bands and modes.
JX, JAN MAYEN. Ove, LA2IJ, will be active as JX2IJ from July 24-31st. Activity will be mostly on RTTY, but also on SSB. Operating hours are uncertain. Suggested frequencies are: for RTTY 14083 and 21083; and for SSB on 20/17/15/12/10 meters depending on conditions. Ove informs OPDX he will be busy with work most of the days. QSL via LA2IJ direct or via the bureau. If direct, return postage must be 2 USD or 1 IRC due to high postal rates in Norway.
KP4, PUERTO RICO. Alfredo, WP3C, will be active as KP4AH in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/24 Hrs/CW Only entry. QSL via DIRECT ONLY to KP4AH.
LT1, ARGENTINA. The "Bad Power Team", consisting of operators LU1FAM, LU1FGE, LU1FKR and LW9EOC, will be active in the IARU International Contest as LT1F. QSL via AC7DX. Their Web page is at: http://www.badpower.com.ar
OE, AUSTRIA. Be looking for several OE*XHQ stations to be active and handing out multipliers during the IARU World Championship. For example, don't be surprised to hear OE1XHQ on SSB on one band, and on the same band on SSB hear them signing OE5XHQ. Complete details on WHO is operating WHAT callsigns on what band ....etc is currently not available.
OJ0, MARKET REEF. Seppo/OH1VR and Lasse/OH0RJ will be active from here July 10-14th. They will be active as OJ0VR and OJ0RJ on 160-6 meters. Look for them to be active as OJ0U during the IARU World Championship. QSL via OH1VR, direct ONLY!
OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Karl, DK4ARL, will be active as OY/DK4ARL from August 4-13th. He prefers CW and SSB. Karl will be active from a camping site. His mobile home will be his QTH. QSL via the DARC Bureau.
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SV5, DODECANESE. Look for Hubert, DK9NCX, to be active as SV5/DK9NCX from August 20th through September 3rd. Activity will be QRP and on CW/SSB. QSL via the DARC Bureau.
SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS (Gone Silent!). Bad News! Kostas, SV1DPI, informed the DX community this past week that he telephoned Monk Apollo to ask him to be active again. Monk Apollo told him that his HF transceiver (an old Icom) has been burned up for two months. A friend of his (a radioamateur from Thessaloniki) tried to repair it without success. So he now has no radio, and it looks like no activity until he receives another radio.
T32, EAST KIRIBATI (Also, possibly KH6). Hiro, JA0SC (ex-KH0/JA0SC, 3D2HY, XU7ABE, A35SC, 5W0HY, T22SC, 9N7SC, VK9CI and VK9LI), plans a visit to Christmas Island, East Kiribati, and work on the digital modes mostly as T32SC in early August. He will depart Narita on August 2nd and arrive in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the same day. He might be active as KH6/JA0SC. Hiro will depart Honolulu on August 3rd and arrive on Christmas Island on the same day. Using the callsign T32SC, he will be active from Captain Cook Hotel for 7 days. Activity will be on 20-10 meters, mostly using SSTV and RTTY. His equipment is: Rigs - HL-200BDX and FT-100 (Max-power 200 watts); Antennas: 2 element HB9CV and 14-28 Mhz tri-bander. He will depart Christmas Island on August 11th and arrive in Honolulu on the same day. Once again, he might be active as KH6/JA0SC before returning to Narita (August 12th). QSL to his home callsign JA0SC direct (address is OK on QRZ.COM). ADDED NOTE: Hiro will be active in the "26th JASTA SSTV Activity Contest". Contest rules are available at the URL: http://village.infoweb.ne.jp/%7Ejasta/english/index.html
T5/EI5C (Where are the doc's?). Bill Leehan, N5SUM, is trying to put together a list of DXers who like to see or be interested in "pushing" (getting the ball rolling) the Irish IRTS (ARRL) to obtain/submit documentation for their 1994 T5/EI5C operation. Currently, T5/EI5C cards are NOT accepted for DXCC because they never submitted the necessary documents. Bill has tried on several occasions to contact the operator, the club (EI5C) president and the secretary of the IRTS. He has NEVER received the courtesy of a reply, even when he sent money ($$) for postage. If you are interested in helping to get the ball rolling or would like to be added to the list of DXers that need T5/EI5C to count, please E-mail Bill at: email@example.com
TF, ICELAND. After his activity from Faroe Island (see OY above), Karl, DK4ARL, will head to Iceland and be active as TF/DK4ARL from August 14-21st. QSL via the DARC Bureau.
TZ, MALI. A intenational team called the "NUMBER-ONES" is preparing to go to the Mali Republic, and will be active on the air from August 12-23rd. Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK, SSTV and Satellite AO-40 with operations on all bands. Their QTH will be from Bamako, the capital city of this beautiful and tropical African country. All operators are veteran Dxpeditioners and "Number One" operators:
There will be more operators added to complete this "DREAM TEAM" operating from Mali. They want to reach every place in the world with very strong signals from Africa in a 10 days, 24 hours, all modes, all bands operation. The URE, Spanish Radioamatuer Association, will be the QSL manager, so the QSL cards will be via EA4URE. More information is forthcoming.
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Matt, IK2SGC, informs OPDX that he will be on North Caicos as VP5/IK2SGC from August 10-19th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters and also 6 meters.
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Dave, AH6HY, will be active as VP5/AH6HY from Grand Turk Island (NA-003), September 26th through October 4th. His activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB only. QSL via AH6HY. His Web site is at: http://www.qsl.net/ah6hy/
VP9, BERMUDA. Lou, K1YR, informs OPDX that he will be operating as VP9/K1YR from VP9GE's QTH from July 9-16th. This will include the IARU Contest. Activity will be on SSB/CW HF and maybe 6 meters. QSL to his home call.
W1AW/3 IARU OPERATIONS. Well-known contester Tim, K3LR, announced this past week: "As many of you already know, next weekend is the IARU HF World Championship contest. Station K3LR (nine band modes) along with two band modes at K3CR and one band mode at W3GH will host the Headquarters station for the American Radio Relay League as W1AW/3 for the 24 hour contest. As you can imagine, this operation is a dream come true for me. Many regular contest men from the K3LR multi multi team will be here to give the ARRL HQ multiplier out to as many stations as possible. Operators scheduled to be on the team are: K3UA, N3RA, N9RV, K8MR, W9ZRX, W2RQ, LZ4AX, K8AZ, K8NZ, W9RE, W3GH and N3GJ. Thanks to Jim/WA3FET and Bob/W3GH for their help in manning their stations for the W1AW/3 effort. Also special thanks to the dedication and hard work by Dave, W9ZRX, we will have real time Intenet linked combined CT log data from the station at Penn State University (K3CR). We hope that conditions and world wide participation are good for this event."
XU, CAMBODIA. Danny/M0GMT (19 yrs old) and Oliver/DJ9AO (20 yrs old), members of the World Wide Young Contesters Club ( http://www.wwyc.net ), will be operating from here between August 3-18th. Their QTH will be in Sihanoukville. Activity is planned on all bands 160-6 meters on CW and SSB, if possible with two stations at the same time. The activity will include an entry in the WAE CW Contest. Their assigned callsigns are XU7ACT and XU7ACU. QSLs are via G3SWH. A Web site is available, as well as online log checking, please visit for updated information at: http://www.geocities.com/dxpedition2003/
YR0, ROMANIA. The Romanian Amateur Radio Federation will participate in the 2003 IARU World Wide Championship with a team representing 50 operators gathered around the IARU HQ contest station using the callsign YR0HW. This year the RARF will use the suffix HW instead of the usual HQ suffix letters in the honor of YO4HW, their team leader for many years, who died last year after putting a serious effort in this competition. A special colored QSL card will be printed and sent via the bureau to all contacts.
ZA, ALBANIA (ALBANIA HITS THE RADIOWAVES AGAIN!). A press release from Martti Laine, OH2BH: "The International group will be in Albania as you read this. DL6LAU, DL8OBQ, OH2BH, OH2NB and OH3BHL are there and making the preparatory steps for setting up a training program to enhance amateur radio further as well as operating on several new band modes, such as 6 meters and 2 meters.
They will join Geni, ZA1B and operate this callsign until 13 July with two stations. QSL cards will be handled together with the April/May ZA1B operation by OH2BH.
At the end of the week they will team up with the Albanian resident operators for the IARU Radiosport and activate the AARA (Albanian Amateur Radio Association) HQ station. ZA1A may be re-activated for the period of the IARU Contest and the upcoming training program. QSL ZA1A also via OH2BH."
ZONE 2. Two members from "Club de Radioamateur de Beauce" will activate this rare zone between July 8-15th. Look for Jacques/VE2AZX and Rosaire/ VE2GHZ to be active from Sept-Iles, Havre Saint-Pierre and Natashquan. They will operate SSB, mainly between 2300 and 0200z, on HF bands 40, 20 and 15 meters (Suggested frequencies are: 7095/7225, 14195 and 21295 kHz up), depending on local conditions, using the callsign VE2GHZ/2. QSL via home callsign either direct (CBA) or through the bureau.
ZS5, SOUTH AFRICA. Edwin, ZS5BBO, informs OPDX that after a long absence of two years, he has finally put up his beam. He will be active as ZS5T in the up and coming IARU HF World Championship (July 12-13th). He is looking forward to working old friends and making new ones in the contest. Edwin will be operating on 10, 15 and 20 meters. Between now and the contest, Edwin will be active at odd times conducting tests and would appreciate reports from around the world.
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