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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 488

07.12.2000 01:04:14

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster

DX Bulletin No. 488

BID: $OPDX.488

December 4, 2000

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, AA1AC, AI2Q, N2OO, WB2YQH/

WB2RAJ & The 59(9) DX Report, W3HC, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4QD, K4VUD,


& DX News Letter, DK9KX, DL7VYL, EA3BT, F5NOD, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX,


and 9M2TO for the following DX information.

3D2, CONWAY REEF. Hrane, YT1AD, reports that their plans are firm for

the upcoming DXpedition. The operation will take place February 18-27th

in 2001. The operators will be YT1AD, YU1RL, YU1NR, YU7AV, YS1RR, Z32AU

and Z32ZM. Activity will be on 160-6 meters as well as 2 meters. The modes

to be used are: CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and SSTV. The total costs of the

DXpedition is 45000 USD. Any donation will be highly appreciated. More

details will be forthcoming.

3DA0, SWAZILAND. Dan, W5AHC, is here currently installing a communications

systems for church groups for an undetermined time. He has reportedly

received the callsign 3DA0AA. So far no QSNs have been reported on any


3Z, POLAND (Special Event). Look for special event station 3Z0KOR from

Olsztyn to be active during the whole of December. The station is on the

air to celebrate 25 years of Polish Reserve Officers' Club. If you work

this station a special award is available. QSL via SP4KSY (bureau or

direct). You can find additional information on this activity on the Web

site: http://www.cqsp.republika.pl/3z0korenglish.htm

4S OPERATION WRAP-UP. Phil Whitchurch, G3SWH, informs OPDX that he had

a rather disappointing operation from Sri Lanka. He reports, "The airline

managed to lose my baggage containing the R-7000 antenna, the vibroplex,

tools and headphones etc., not to mention all my clothes. I hand carried

the IC-706, power supply, laptop etc. When the airline found and forwarded

the bags, the Sri Lankan customs impounded the antenna, and all my other

equipment and refused to release it without documentation from the Sri

Lankan Ministry of Defence. A copy of my Sri Lankan licence was not

acceptable. I was very lucky to manage to negotiate the release of the

equipment in time to load it aboard the homeward bound aircraft. I did

manage a limited operation, mainly on 24 MHz CW and made 584 QSOs with

63 DXCC entities, but it was nowhere near the level of activity which

I had planned..... 73 for now."

A4, OMAN. Murtadha, A41LZ, has been active around 14180 kHz (+/- 10 kHz)

after 0330z. Chris, A45XR, was heard this past week on 28033 kHz around


A5, BHUTAN (and XU, Combodia). By the time you read this, Charly/K4VUD

and Yani/9M6US will be operating from Ham Center in Thimphu, Bhutan.

They plan to run two stations. Charly will be operating from December

1-12th, signing A52UD on SSB/CW emphasizing the low bands. He was on this

past weekend on/around 7048, 14260 and 28495 kHz. Jani will be using A52AP

from December 1-7th, concentrating on SSB and RTTY on higher bands. He was

heard this past weekend on 24936 kHz around 1145z. Jani will go to Cambodia

(XU) from December 8-12th operating as XU7AAP including a participation in

the ARRL 10m Contest. QSLs for A52UD go via K4VUD, while A52AP and XU7AAP

go via N2OO.

BY/R1ANF. There has been some confusion on this station's activity. First

this station is reportedly operating from the Chinese Antarctic Base "Great

Wall" in the South Shetlands (King George Island), not China. The operator

was Oleg, UA1PBA, visiting the Chinese base. This activity sparked a press

release by Alan, BA1DU, stating "According to current radio regulation of

China, it is impossible to issue such a BY/ callsign. The authorities never

permit foreigners to operate amateur radio stations independently in China,

and all holders of Chinese guest amateur radio operating license can only

operate under a BY club callsign/guest's home call sign. Although there

are no national boundaries in Antarctica, Chinese authorities never permit

that callsign operation". QSL via RK1PWA: Nick Shapkin, P.O.Box 73,

164744 Amderma, Arkhangelskaja, Russia.

D6, COMOROS (Update to OPDX.486). Josep, EA3BT, sent out another short

press release this past weekend requesting input from the DX community

on what "bands and modes" he and his wife (Nuria/EA3WL) should be active

on from Comoros. Their activity will be from January 13-28th. You can

find information on their DXpedition and leave your input on what

bands and modes they should operate on at: http://www.qsl.net/ea3bt

EP, IRAN (Update). Hamid, EP3HR, manager of the club station EP4PTT,

reports that this station is now only working on 20 meters SSB. This is

because their equipment is homemade and can only work on 20 meters,

but they are planning to make a four band radio which will work on 40,

20, 15 and 10 meters. Unfortunately, a pirate station near their country

of Iran and as been using the callsign EP4PTT asking for IRCs or green

stamps. QSL information for EP4PTT is only via the bureau of Iran with this

address: C/O Directorate of Telecommunications, Box 11365 - 931, Tehran,


ET, ETHIOPIA. Claudio, ET3VSC, was heard on 17/12 meters this past

weekend. Activity was on 18076 kHz at 1958z and 24957 kHz beginning

at 1300z.


for the FO-lands via Los Angeles and hopes to be active on Rangiroa

(OC-066) with his FO0CLA callsign. He will be there for at least 8 months

and also hopes to be active from Rurutu (OC-050) in the Austral's,

Mangareva (OC-063) in the Gambier Island group, and maybe from Pukapuka

Atoll (OC-062). QSL via F6CTL.

FS, FRENCH ST. MARTIN. Just a reminder! Look for members from the North

Jersey DX Association (NJDXA) to begin their activity December 5th (Refer

to OPDX.482). The seven operators will be active until December 12th with

two stations on the air on CW/SSB on all bands. They will be active during

the ARRL 10M Contest as FS/W2JJ. Operators Mike/WA2VUN, Jay/WB2BHC,

Gene/K2KJI, Maryann/K2RVH, Bob/W5GJ, Ann/W2AZK, and Brian/KF2HC will

use their own individual callsigns outside of the contest. QSL via

their home callsigns.

FT/W/X/Z, A NO GO. In OPDX.486 we mentioned that Andre, F6GQO, was going

to travel on the vessel "Marion Dufresnes" and possibly be active from

Crozet, Kerguelen and Amsterdam Islands. Unfortunatly, Andre, couldn't

obtain the permission to be active.

IOTA NEWS.........

AF-050. The "LNDX" reports that Yannick F6FYD/5T5YD hopes to be active

from Arguin Island soon, maybe during the coming week.

EU-038. Marc, ON5FP, and his YL Tine will make a short trip to Texel

Island from December 28-30th. Marc informs OPDX that although

this is primarily meant to be a relaxing trip, expect some

activity from a nearby Texel lighthouse. Activity will most

likely be on 20 and 40 meters, signing PA/ON5FP/P. QSL via

his home callsign.

NA-079. Jan/K4QD and John/AF4WM will be active from the Dry Tortugas

National Park for a few days starting about December 10th.

The exact time of operation will depend upon weather because the

team is sailing from North Florida. They will operate portable

from Ft. Jefferson on Garden Key. QSL via CBA.

OC-NEW. Plans are well on the way for a trip to Breaksea Island by

operators VK6YS/Wally (team coordinator), VK8AN/Dan, VK6CX/

Bruce, VK6KHD/Nigel and Jim, an interested party (not licenced),

beginning January 18th or 19th through January 22nd or 23rd

(2001), using the callsign VK6BSI. Alan, VK4AAR, reports that

Breaksea Island is a Class "A" reserve and requires a special

permit from the "Conservation and Land Management" (CALM)

people in order to land and stay. Two of the operators are

"survivors" of the ill-fated Browse Island expedition last

September when their boat was driven up the beach by the sea.

This island is in the "Western Australia State (South Coast)

West Group" and lies just south of Albany at 35 degrees

11.334 minutes South, and 118 degrees 03.703 minutes East.

It has never been activated before, and an IOTA Reference

Number will be allocated once operations are under way. QSL

via VK4AAR (direct only): Alan Roocroft, POB 421, Gatton 4343,

Australia. Alan states, "Remember, it is NOT a good idea to

send envelopes with Australian stamps as there is now a

special type of stamp for use on international mail. The

postal authorities assure me that using the wrong stamps WILL

incur a penalty. So please use Greenstamps (for preference)

or IRCs."

SA-024. A group of Brazilian operators will activate an island in the

Sao Paulo State West Group called Comprida Island. This island

is located near the city of Iguape, south coast of Sao Paulo

State (PY2). Operations will take place from December 13-18/19th.

This will be a full time operation, depending on propagation

conditions on 160-6 meters on CW/FM/SSB. Look for the following

callsigns/operators: PU1NEZ/2 (Carl), PY1LVF/2 (Zeca), PY1NEW/2

(Pete) and PY1NEZ/2 (Lima). QSL via their home callsigns

(addresses are correct in the QRZ Database/Buckmaster/Flying

Horse Callbook) or Bureau. Suggested frequencies are (+/- 10


CW - 1835, 3530, 7030, 10115, 14040, 18098, 21040, 24895,

28040 and 50080 kHz.

SSB - 1850, 3755, 7055, 14190, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24950.

28360, 28460, 28560 and 50110.

JD1, OGASAWARA. Eiji, JQ1SUO, informs OPDX that he will be going to

Hahajima (AS-031) and will be active as JQ1SUO/JD1 from December 30th

through January 3rd (2001). Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW/SSB.

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. A group of JA operators will be active from December

8-11th on 40-10 meters SSB/CW, and possibly 6 meters. Look for the

callsigns W1VX/KH0, KZ5C/KH0 and KH0/JR1IBD from Saipan Island. QSL routes

are as follows: W1VX/KH0 via JF1OCQ, KZ5C/KH0 via JA0QBY and KH0/JR1IBD

via JR1IBD. Please do NOT send directly to the U.S. or the Bureau.

KP2/WP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLAND. Dave, AG8L, will be active from the Windwood

contest station, WP2Z, from December 6-13th, including an entry in the

ARRL 10M Contest. The callsign KP2/AG8L will be used outside of the

contest. The station is located on the island of St. Croix in the U.S.

Virgin Islands. Dave states that there is no 6 meter activity possible,

but there may be some PSK-31 activity after the contest. QSL routes are:

KP2/AG8L via NN6C and WP2Z (contest callsign) via KU9C.

PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Andre, PY0FF, has been very active on 6 meters

lately. Listen for him between 1330 and 1800z.

QSL INFO AND NEWS..............

JUST A REMINDER! If you are sending for stateside QSLs, the postal

rate will be going up "1 cent" in the beginning of the new year 2001.

Please be considerate and DO NOT stick the QSL Managers with the


Tex, 9M2TO, reports that ALL the September and Ootober QSOS QSLs have

been sent out to the JARL Bureau. Also, all the direct QSLs received

for both JA0DMV and 9M2TO before November 18th have been replied to.

He states that over the last 5 years he has made a total of 117,941

QSOs and has automatically sent to the QSL bureau 108,480 cards. He

has also replied to 4,925 direct.

Several have asked what the address for 7M4PTE, QSL Manager for

S21YH is. Well, here it is thanks to Eric/W4DXX: Kazunori Abe,

7-12, Kagura, Ashhikawa 070-8007, JAPAN

Mac, W3HC, reports that he is now the QSL Manager for BA2BI.

Rick, AI5P, reports that he is sorry to report that the CY9 QSL cards

from the printers in Europe have not yet been received. The QSL cards

for AI5P/CY9 were mailed from the Czech Republic October 6th, but have

not yet been received in Arkansas. The other cards for KT1J/CY9, WA4RX/

CY9, and WV2B/CY9 are being printed in Bulgaria, and he has no status

report on them. Please be patient and do not send second requests to

any of the QSL managers. All will be confirmed in due course, and they

are sorry for the extended delay.

Gerda, DL7VYL, informs OPDX that her husband Fritz, DL7VRO, QSL

Manager for 7P8AA (and many others), states that he has been in the

hospital. Fritz hopes to have the 7P8AA cards out by the end of

December. ADDED NOTE: OPDX and the NODXA gang send out our best

wishes and a get well quick for Fritz.

Jean Michel, F6AJA, reports that the FM/F2JD QSLs are not printed yet.

However, if you are interested to see if you are in the log send an

E-mail message to " log.f6kpo@eudil.fr " with the callsign as subject

and "FM/F2JD" in the body message.

Gil, F5NOD, one of the FR/F6KDF/T Team, reports that they are currently

working on the Tromelin Island QSLs. He states that the first QSLs will

be sent out during the second part of this month (around 12000 QSLs).

JT1R Team. Operators were JT1BH, JT1BJ, JT1BL and JT1CD. QSL to:

P.O.Box 602, Ulaanbaatar-44, Mongolia.

A few people have requested the QSL address for Monk Apollo, SV2ASP

and SY2A, so here it is: Monk Apollo, Monastery Dochiariou,

GR-63087 Mt. Athos, Greece.

Alan, VK0MM, reports that an "eQSL" for ONLY VK0LD is now available

via the Web at the following URL: http://www.eQSL.cc/qslcard

He states, "Follow the instructions on the page and you can check

whether you are 'in the log' AND obtain your QSL card at the same

time. The log has been VERY carefully checked, however if a card is

not available for you, and you are pretty certain that you had a bona

fide QSO with VK0LD, then Email me and I will double check the

original log. VK0LD QSL cards via postal means are not available."

Alan's E-mail address is: vk0mm@yahoo.com

ADDED NOTE: Currently, the ARRL's DXCC Desk will not accept eQSLs

for their award. However, according to Wayne, N7NG, from the League,

reports, "DXCC is not prepared to accept electronic confirmations from

anyone at this time. The League is actively engaged in establishing

a suitable program, but it won't even be beta-tested until (probably)

next summer."

SPECIAL EVENT. The USS Wisconsin Radio Club will make its debut under

the callsign N4WIS during a four day special event from the Nauticus

National Maritime Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, December 7-10th. This

event commemorates the 59th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor,

and marks the permanent berthing of the Wisconsin at the Nauticus Museum.

Operations from the museum will be on CW and SSB 40-10 meters (7035, 10110,

14035, 18078, 21035, 28035, 7235, 14210, 18120, 21260) as well as 2 meter

FM (146.970). Times are 1300-2200z (0800-1700 EST). Other off site operation

by the club on additional ham bands during other hours using the N4WIS

callsign are planned. A commemorative QSL or certificate will be available.

The complete press release with more information about the battleship

will be sent to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers as an additional bulletin.

TT8, CHAD. The "LNDX" reports that Christian, TT8DX, has started to be

active on 6 meters. There were no QSNs provided. Also, he is installing

7 elements beam soon for all HF bands.

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. "The 59(9) DX Report" reports that Graham, M0AEP, will

be active from here December 6-20th as VP2MDD. There was no mention of

bands or modes of operation. QSL via M0AEP.

VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS. Bruce, AA5B, is now active from North Caicos.

He was active as VP5K during last weekend's ARRL 160m Contest. He is also

expected to be in the upcoming 10 meter contest running full power, but

will be on the air during the week as VP5/AA5B. Look for him around the

QRP frequencies and on the WARC bands alot. He states that he will be

happy to have a 2xQRP QSO with you!

VP9, BERMUDA. Just a quick reminder! Mark, AA1AC, will be active next

week (December 8-12th) from Hamilton Parish, Bermuda, as AA1AC/VP9. His

activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via home callsign.

VY, CANADA. Dennis, K7BV, will operate the ARRL 10 Meter Contest from the

VY1 Yukon multiplier. He will use VY1/K7BV in and outside of the contest.

He will operate mostly CW from VY1JA's Whitehorse QTH. His "Warm-up"

activity (literally-considering the location...) will occur in the 24

hours before the contest. QSL via Steve, KU9C.

ZD8, ASCENSION (Did not happen!). Jim, N6TJ/ZD8Z, was not active from

here as expected during the CQWW CW Contest, but changed his plans and

was active from Hawaii instead as KH7R.


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From: "Russ Wilson" <ve6vk@cadvision.com>

To: "KB8NW" <kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org>

Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 15:51:47 -0000

MIME-Version: 1.0

To: IOTA Dxers world wide.

This is an official notice that all past iota dxpeditions from 1989-1999


will be closed from June 2001.

Present qsl managers are I1HYW and VK6LC.

Gianni I1HYW will retire as my qsl manager as from 1st. Jan 2001.

Call signs and Operations are listed by date order:

1. VK6LC/P. Thevenard Island, OC.140, 07.01.1989-13.05.1989 QSL VK6LC

2. VK6LC/P. Penguin Island, OC.164, 02.05.1992-03.05.1992 QSL VK6LC

3. VK6LC/P. Woody Island, OC.170, 09.10.1992-12.10.1992 QSL VK6LC

4. VK6CHI. Cheyne Island, OC.193, 16.03.1993-23.03.1993 QSL I1HYW

5. VK8TI. East Bremmer Isl, OC.185, 19.05.1993-23.05.1993 QSL VK8CR/VK6LC

6. VK6LC/P. Rottnest Island, OC.164, 24.07.1993-25.07.1993 QSL VK6LC

7. VK8ISL. North Island, OC.198, 17.08.1994-21.08.1994 QSL I1HYW

8. VK6ISL. Malus Island, OC.199, 26.08.1994-30.08.1994 QSL I1HYW

9. VK6ISL. Faure Island, OC.206, 12.05.1995-15.05.1995 QSL I1HYW/K1IYD

10. VK6ISL. Finucane Island, OC.199, 21.01.1996-21.01.1996 QSL VK6LC

11. VK6ISL Lacepede Islands, OC.214, 16.05.1996-22.05.1996 QSL I1HYW

12. VK6ISL. Sholl Island, OC.140, 22.06.1996-09.07.1996 QSL I1HYW

13. VK5ISL. St.Peter Island, OC.220, 26.03.1997-30.03.1997 QSL I1HYW

14. VK6ISL. Rottnest Island, OC.164, 05.09.1997-11.09.1997 QSL VK6LC

15. VK6ISL. Malus Island, OC.199, 20.02.1999-20.02.1999 QSL VK6LC

16. VK6ISL. Green Island, OC.183, 06.06.1999-06.06.1999 QSL VK6LC

17. VK9RS. Imperieuse Reef, OC.230, 21.09.1999-25.09.1999 QSL I1HYW/VK6LC

"Closing grand tally of 51,000 qso's"

Distribution authorised by: VK6LC 28th. November 2000.

Best wishes,

Russ. Wilson, VE6VK,

Awards Manager, Radio Amateurs of Canada.

QSL Mgr for 3D2AA, 3D2CC, V8IAN & VE6RH.

ALT e-mail ve6vk@rac.ca

Home Page www.cadvision.com/ve6vk


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From: Don Lynch <w4zyt@exis.net>

Date: Sun, 03 Dec 2000 02:57:58 +0000

The USS Wisconsin Radio Club will make its debut under callsign N4WIS

during a four-day special event from the Nauticus National Maritime

Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, December 7-10. This event commemorates the

59th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor, and marks the permanent

berthing of the Wisconsin at the Nauticus Museum. Operations from the

museum will be on CW and SSB 40-10 meters (7035, 10110, 14035, 18078,

21035, 28035, 7235, 14210, 18120, 21260) as well as 2 meter FM

(146.970). Times 1300-2200 UTC (0800-1700 EST). Other off site

operation by the club on additional ham bands during other hours using

the N4WIS callsign is planned. A commemorative QSL or certificate will

be available.

USS Wisconsin alumni or other interested hams,

particularly those with a Navy or WWII background, are invited to join

the USS Wisconsin Radio Club as associate members.

The USS Wisconsin (BB-64) is the last and largest of the

US Navy's battleships. She has had a distinguished career following her

commissioning in 1943, serving in the Pacific in WWII as well as seeing

action in Korea and Desert Storm. She is eighteen stories tall, mounts

nine 16-inch guns, and is over 900 feet in length. On 7 December, she

will become a permanent exhibit at the Nauticus National Maritime Museum

in a ceremony attended by the governors of both Wisconsin and Virginia

as well as by a host of senior Navy officials.

The USS Wisconsin Radio Club is the brainchild of Elias

"Bus" Etheridge, K4IX, a ham since 1936, who served with distinction as

a Naval officer during WWII. The staff of the Nauticus Museum and the

USS Wisconsin Foundation have been most supportive of the club's

efforts, and it is anticipated that the Radio Club will become a part of

the permanent USS Wisconsin installation.

For information contact: Bus, K4IX (k4ix@arrl.net),

Carey KT4P (cbrown@exis.net), or Don W4ZYT (w4zyt@exis.net).


Tedd Mirgliotta KB8NW

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