OPDX Special Bulletin 1352.1 February 19, 2018

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Special Bulletin No. 1352.1
BID: $OPDX.1352.1
February 19, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, OH

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, N7NG and Z32ZM for the following DX information.


  Pristina, Kosovo - Monday morning, February 19th, 2018
ES2RR, OG2M, OH1MA, OH2BH and Z62FB left Pristina and crossed the Albanian
border at 2PM today on their way to their Albanian homes. They plan to
work on antennas at ZA1EM and ZA1F tomorrow before finally heading to
their respective countries on Wednesday. They left a piece of their hearts,
and left their Kosovo operating sites in intact for their return over the
weekend of the ARRL DX (SSB) Contest in two weeks.
  The first Kosovo activation resulted in 81,478 QSOs with 26,487 individual
callsigns. Of the total number of QSOs, some 22% (17,876) were from North
America and 10% (8255) were with DXers in Asia. Europe was obviously
dominating with 66% (53,725) QSOs.
  Delegates from ten (10) different countries were part of the initial
activity. They returned home with many fond memories of this now 10 year
old Republic, which was finally granted DXCC status on January 21, 2018.
  The festivities surrounding Kosovo�s 10th anniversary were warm and
memorable. The entire country - particularly the capital Pristina - were
the party grounds, with the main street full of people listening to the
open-air street concerts, featuring the famous British singer Rita Ora,
a Kosovo native. The evening was cold - below the freezing mark - but
the warmth of the occasion overrode the cold February night at 650
meters above sea level.
  In the comfort of the city center, the Government of Kosovo offered a
memorable reception and luncheon marking Amateur Radio�s past ten years
toward this memorable day. Martti Laine, OH2BH of Project Goodwill Kosovo
and Hans Blondeel-Timmerman, PB2T of the International Amateur Radio
Union were personally awarded plaques commemorating their support in
making this day happen.
  Kosovo�s good name is now carved in stone, and many Kosovar voices
will continue to penetrate the radio spectrum. A new DXCC counter was
  Please kindly look at your QSOs in Club Log and at QRZ.com (Z60A).
In the case of errors, please allow the group look at problems and
correct them accordingly. For a next three weeks, errors will be worked
out and the log will be entered into Logbook of the World (LoTW). Early
donors will receive their direct QSL cards with others to follow immediately
thereafter. Thank you for being part of the first (Z60A) Kosovo activation.

Z68M, KOSOVO. Mome, Z32ZM, informs OPDX that the next two weekends in
Feb/March he will be active on all HF bands 160-10 meters using all modes
(CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and JT65). This will be a ONE MAN DX activity. Mome
tells OPDX, [edited] "I have had this licence for a few weeks earlier,
but didn't wanted to interrupt & mix-up with the SHARK's Z60A celebration
and activity." QSL via ClubLog's OQRS is strongly recommended for direct
and Bureau QSL cards. However, for those who wish direct QSLs, but don't
have PayPal, Mome is OK on QRZ.com (https://www.qrz.com/db/z32zm) and
PLEASE USE ONLY WHITE ENVELOPES (Air-Mail envelopes are still target of
post office robbery  here in Macedonia). QSL cards for this operation
will be printed after this activity with logos & callsigns of main sup-
porters via My PayPal address  . Another, bigger activity from
Kosovo is planned for later this year and lets hope that by then 6m - 50MHz
will be allowed for HAM Radio use. For sure, that will be a BIG PLEASURE
for all of us ...... in any case:  STAY TUNED ON SIX  !"

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