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OPDX 483 October 30, 2000

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The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 483
BID: $OPDX.483
October 30, 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, WB2YQH/WB2RAJ & The 59(9) DX Report, K3MLA, K3TEJ, W3UR & The Daily DX, WB4PVT, K8IW, K8YSE, N9PD, K0RX, NU0Q, BD7NQ, CT1BWW, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, EA5RM, F5NOD, G3SWH, HK3JJH, HR1ERL, IZ1DFI, JA3MZB, JF2MBF, JF6OJX, LA9XGA, PS7AB, PY2YP, VK2GJH and VK4AAR for the following DX information.

1SL1A, SEALAND (Interesting report of the week! DX IS...)
OPDX received a report this week from a person named Jon stating that he along with some other hams are going to be operating from the "Principality of Sealand" sometime next month or in December. The callsign that they will be using is 1SL1A. Sealand is currently being disputed worldwide as being its own entity. More details on this operation is forthcoming soon. You may have heard of Sealand, if not, here are some links you may find useful for research:



Here is an ABC News article on Sealand.. Click on the picture for a video news story using realplayer video.

5T, MAURITANIA (possibly S0)
Eight members of the "International Amateur Radio Volunteers" (IARV) led by Yoshi, JA1UT, will visit 5T-land for their NGO project. They will operate as 5T5U, same as last December. In addition, if allowed, they will try to enter the land of Sahara Occidental and operate S07CRS. QSL for their operation will be handled by JA1UT.

Members of the Borneo ARC will be signing with the special callsign 9M6C from November 3-5th. Activity is expected to only be on 14195 and 21195 kHz.

Jack Haden, VK2GJH, will be active as C21JH (RI-39) during the period December 10-22nd, inclusive. A special focus will be on 50 MHz band with HF activity on a limited basis. He will be monitoring 50.110 and 28.885 MHz using an IC-736 (100w) to a five element at 45 feet. Jack states, "Any donations from the 50 MHz fans for this operation would be appreciated due to travel costs incurred in the HIGH SEASON." QSL via VK2GJH direct only.

John, K3TEJ, will be active from Treasure Cay (NA-080) from November 21-28th as K3TEJ/C6A. Activity will be on 160-10 meters including the WARC bands. He will participate in the CQWW CW Contest as C6AKW. QSL via K3TEJ

Look for operators CT1BWW and CT1DGK to activate CQ2K in comemorating the year 2000 on November 10-12th. Activity will be on all bands (no 160m), including the WARC bands and an entry in the JIDXC Contest. A special QSL card will be available via QSL Manager CT1BWW.

There are only a few days left for this operation. Operations are expected to end November 1st. This station was very active during last weekend's contest. QSL via DL5NAM.

The Easter Iowa DX Association is pleased to announce its officers for the 2001 calendar year:

        President           - Heinz Blankenhagen, NR0X
        Vice President      - Rick Heinrich, N0YY
        Secretary/Treasurer - Tom Kueny, K0DX
Congratulations and best of luck to these fine amateurs.

Steve, G4UOL, is expected to be active November 17th through December 1st as GD4UOL. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW only with an entry in the CQWW CW Contest. QSL via G4UOL.

AS-056. Masa, JA6GXK, will be active from Danjo Archipelago (Meshima Island) several times during the next few months: November 14-24th, Decemeber 15-25th, January 5-16th, February 6-16th and March 20-30th. However, this is not a DXpedition and Masa will only be active during his spare time. Suggested frequencies are: 14260 (+/- 10 kHz) or 21260 (+/- 10 kHz). QSL only via the Bureau.

OC-129. John, G3IZM, will depart the UK for Manila on December 17th, and will be operational as DU7/G3IZM from Guimeras Island in the Visayan Group between December 19th and January 5th, as swimming and other holiday pursuits permit! His activity will be done with an IC706 MK2G with dipoles over the sea on 20/15 meters CW/SSB. QSL to home callsign.

Tor, LA9XGA, will be operating with the callsign JW9XGA from the JW5E Club hut in Longyearbyen Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard. He will be active from November 2-8th. Activity will be on all bands, CW/SSB /RTTY/PSK31. QSL via LA9XGA to the bureau or direct to: Tor-Atle Sandal, Hamnaflot 6, N-4200 Sauda Norway. For more info, check the Web site at:


Bill, NU0Q, will operate WP2Z from St. Croix during the ARRL CW Sweepstakes Contest November 4-6th. Before and after the contest, he will sign KP2/NU0Q. IMPORTANT: QSL WP2Z via KU9C. QSL KP2/NU0Q via NU0Q.

There are only a few days left for this operation. Operations are expected to end November 1st. K5K was heard during the CQWW DX SSB Contest begging for QSOs on 20 meters.

Rumors continue to be pass around about a possible P5 operation to take place at the end of October. However, according to "The Daily DX" a multi-national team of operators who meet in Seoul, South Korea "in preparation for trip and possible demonstration operation of amateur Radio in North Korea", were informed by authorites "that per- mission to operate Amateur Radio would not be granted." The group was, however, given a new date of January 7, 2001, for a possible Amateur Radio operations. Only a few details are available because of the sensitive nature of this operation. More details are to follow. Let's hope that this operation can take place, KYFC and stay tuned.

PV3, BRAZIL (Special Operation)
Look for PV3DC to be active from "Fort Duque de Caxias" from November 2-5th. The will be valid for the "Brazilian Historical Fortifications Award" (DFH) as RS-01. Activity will be on CW/SSB on all bands 80-10 meters. QSL Manager is Ruy Brasil (CBA/QRZ). E-mail address is: py3afe@sgnet-rs.com.br

Logs for 3A/IZ1DFI (Gianni) and 3A/IK1QBT (Tony) for their October 21-22nd operation are now available at:


If you are missing from the log file, send E-mails to:
IK1QBT/Tony - k1qbt@amsat.org or Gianni/IZ1DFI iz1dfi@libero.it
with your callsign and log information, and they will do a search for you.

Terry Liang, BD7NQ, informs OPDX that QSLs for B7K go via W2AY, NOT BD7NQ.

Charlie, WB4PVT, has talked to Georgi, LZ1ZF, and he reports that Georgi is the QSL Manager for BT4ARDF. Georgi has just returned from China where he took part in The 10th Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championship (were he took 4th on 2 meters band and 5th on 80 meters). He states that all logs (over 4000 QSO's) are at his disposal, and he is the QSL Manager for all contacts regardless of the operator of BT4ARDF. QSL cards will be printed in two weeks. Georgi will QSL 100% via the bureau, but states that the LZ QSL bureau is quite slow, so he will also confirm directly (please SASE) via CBA or to: LZ1ZF, P.O.Box 11, 4300 KARLOVO, BULGARIA.

Gil, F5NOD, reports that the FO0/F5JJW log is now available on his Web site:

Pictures will also be available soon. The operation was from Mangareva Island (Gambier). Reference number: OC-063 (IOTA) and FO-108 (DIFO). Gil states, unfortunatly, the operation from Tikeau Island was cancelled and Joel (F5JJW) is back home.
Gil, F5NOD, also reports that the FK-DX Group Wep page is now on-line at:

Two members of the Radio Club GRAPA (Grupo de Radioaficionaodoa al Packet) HR1AAB/Alberto and Antonio/HR1ERL were active in this past weekend's CQWW DX SSB Contest as HR1AAB. QSL via: P.O. BOX 1734, Tegucigalpa Honduras, Central America, Zip Code 11101.

SV9/K7BV QSLS. Mike, K8IW, informed OPDX that he talked to Steve, KU9C, and was told that the QSLs would be ready in about a month. They are having a full colored QSL card printed, but had some problems with the picture. The picture was sent to the printer just recently, and Steve thinks the turn around will be pretty quick. He is sorry for the delay, but wanted to do a nice card for this operaiton.

VK6BM QSLs. Alan, VK4AAR, advises that after several unexpected holdups at the printer's, he has been advised that he should be receiving the VK6BM (OC-234) QSL cards very soon. All the envelopes are ready with stamps on them, so as soon as he receives the cards, they will be on their way to the DXers, progressively over the following days. Alan will make sure such delays do NOT occur on future operations. He thanks all for your patience.

Toni, EA5RM, informs OPDX that the XU7ABD log is now available at the Web site:


Cesar, PY2YP, Chairman of the Grupo de CW de Sao Paulo (CWSP), informs OPDX that the Grupo de CW de Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo CW Group) has a new URL address:

The CWSP site hosts the logs for AX0LD (Macquarie Island) and PS0S (Peter & Paul Rocks).

QSL cards for YC3ZMI (IOTA OC-237 operation) should be sent to IK8CCW at: Antonio Cannataro, PO Box 360, 87100 Cosenza ITALY (he is not member of ARI).

Look for UA4SKW to operate the special event station to commemorate 80th Anniversary of Mariy-El Republic. The special event callsign UE4SMA will be used now through November 30th. QSL to: 80 years of Mariy-El, P.O.Box 145, Yoshkar-Ola, 424000, Mariy-El, Russia. A "Special Commemorative QSL" card will be available. A donation of a USD to defray printing would be appreciated. For more information, contact Tom UA4SKW at: toms@mail.ru There will be a special award certificate "Mariy-El 80" for those who made QSOs with Russian stations from "UA4S"-oblast during year 2000 (foreign stations need 2 QSOs, CIS - 3, Russia - 5 QSO`s). UE4SMA counts for 2 QSOs for everyone. The certificate fee is 4USD or 10 IRCs.

Larry, K3MLA/KG4ML, will be in Geraldton, Western Australia, from November 5-17th. However, he states this will be a business trip and has been issued the callsign VK6BRP. He will be taking his FT-100, along with a rigblaster interface and laptop, and will be trying to hand out some PSK31 contacts from Zone 29. Larry plans on operating 40-10 meters, including the WARC bands, operating CW and SSB. He is hoping that the "Best Western" motel will be "HAM Friendly" to antennas (this may be a problem). As a backup, Larry is taking an ATAS-100 mobile HF antenna just in case he can only operate from the rental car. Like his KG4 operations, if he is not working, he will be operating the radio! QSL via his home callsign, K3MLA.

"The 59(9) DX Report" reports that Ed, AA4EH, will be active from October 31st through November 6th as VK9LEH, His activity will be on 20/15/10 meters and the WARC bands. QSL via AA4EH.

"The DX News Letter" reports that Patrick, W3PO (ex F6DWY), will be active as VQ9PO beginning October 30th. Activity will last until next March. Look for him to be mostly on CW and on all bands. QSL via W3PO.

YJ, VANUATU (DXpedition Update)
"The Prairie DX Group" has provided more details to their DXpedition to Vanuatu November 19-29th. The group plans to not only have real-time on-line logging, but also a live Web cam active during the operation. They expect to be assigned the callsigns YJ0PD for their general operating and YJ0V for the CQWW CW Contest. The complete press release will be sent to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers as an additional bulletin. The QSL route for the DXpedition (including CQWW CW Contest) is via N9PD, direct (please include SASE, IRC or USD) or via bureau. DO NOT SEND QSL CARDS VIA "YJ VANUATU BUREAU". For further information, please check their Web page:

Or contact them at: kf9zz@arrl.net

Remember to look for operators Yasu/ JI1NJC and Yu/JR2KDN to be active from Penrhyn Island (IOTA OC-082, Grid Locator BI11) now through November 4th as ZK1NJC and ZK1NDK, respectively. Both are veteran DXpeditioners. However, as this bulletin was being prepared during the CQWW DX Contest Sunday morning, PacketCluster spots show the duo is currently active from the South Cook. Hopefully the team will be able to travel to the North Cook Islands. Activity is expected to be on CW/SSB/RTTY on 160-6 meters. Please refer to

for further details and QSL routes.


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Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 16:51:49 +0000
From: EFL {eflev@bellsouth.net}
MIME-Version: 1.0
To: kb8nw {kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org}
Subject: Prairie DX Group YJ DXpedition Update

Dear Fellow DXer:

The Prairie DX Group http://www.n9pd.com is pleased to announce that we will again have live real-time on line logs available during our DXpedition. We also have incorporated other exciting new innovations to our website and complement the DXpedition experience. Full details are listed below in our Update #2. If you have any questions, please contact us at kf9zz@arrl.net Please feel free to distribute the message listed below.


Prairie DX Group DXpedition to Vanuatu Nov. 19-29, 2000
Update #2 Real-time on-line logging, live web cam, announcement board, photo gallery, and more!

In 1998, as FP/N9PD, The Prairie DX Group http://www.n9pd.com became the first (and still only) DXpedition to have our logs available live on-line in real-time. This November, during our DXpedition to Vanuatu, we will again demonstrate real-time activity from a DXpedition on an Internet web site.

We expect to be assigned the call YJ0PD for our general operating and YJ0V for the CQWW CW Contest.

Not only will we have live real-time logs available (including during the CQWW CW Contest), we will add the following new features:

1. Live web cam updated every few minutes
2. Photo Gallery. Learn more about our DXpedition and about our destination, Vanuatu. Digital pictures which will be regularly updated on our web-page.
3. A daily update message billboard with operating information for the day.
4. Recorded sound files and possibly live streaming audio from the DXpedition. Hear what the pileups sound like in Vanuatu.

We have tried hard to incorporate Amateur Radio and the Internet because one of our major goals to expose Amateur Radio to non-hams around the world. Hopefully we will be able to interest a few of these non-hams to become licensed, or at least find out about our hobby. (If you are a teacher/activities director/librarian/media director… and want to incorporate our DXpedition into your classroom, please send us a message.)

Our DXpedition is both Ham Radio and Internet, with a twist for experimentation. For both communication methods, please make an effort to work us while we visit Vanuatu. QSL Route for the DXpedition (including CQWW CW Contest) is via N9PD, direct (please include SASE, IRC or $) or via buro. DO NOT SEND QSL CARDS VIA "YJ VANUATU BURO.

For further information, please see our web page http://www.n9pd.com or contact us at kf9zz@arrl.net

73s and bcnu from Vanuatu!
The Prairie DX Group N9PD

From: "Rod Ingram" {wc7n@wave.net}
To: "KB8NW" {kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org}
Subject: Fw: 4W/K7BV & 4W/N6FF DXpedition Wrap-up
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2000 22:37:51 -0700
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4W/K7BV & 4W/N6FF DXpedition Wrap-up

Dick and I would like to thank all the DXers who helped make our 4W DXpedition a memorable one – hopefully for all. We trust you had as much fun working us as we did getting those 13,000 contacts into the log. Although the trip proved to be challenging in some ways, both Dick and I left East Timor feeling reasonably satisfied that we had accomplished our goal – “Provide a new country for DXers on the 160, 80, 40 and 30 meter bands.”

Some 5,400 QSOs were made on those four low bands. 160 meters got a tremendous amount of attention. Considering that the three population centers of the world were well over 5,000 miles away and the propagation we experienced was less than cooperative, we were pleased with the following continental breakdown of contacts on Top Band:

160 Meters by Continent NA-115 Asia-217 EU-79 OC-23

We knew we were going to be an “Alligator” on the two lowest bands with such fantastic transmitting antennas but felt it was better to “roar” than to have callers working so hard to pick us out of the noise. That left us with the noise problems – and there were plenty to overcome including typical Equator QRN, sunspot storms galore, local lightening, and a countryside full of patched together electrical connections of every imaginable kind lighting nearby dirt floor grass huts. In addition, our actual operating position was inside an active communications building with people coming and going performing their respective responsibilities for the UN Mission. Numerous local power failures each day contributed to our frustration but we were very grateful that there was an emergency generator available to power us back up not long after each failure.

The Band by Band breakdown for the trip came out as follows:

160   439          17   1227
80   1033          15   1375
40   2011          12    855
30   1908          10   2250
20   1550           6    267*

(Yes several JAs bagged a 10 band 4W sweep !)

Ross 4W6UN was there for our arrival in Dili and made sure our taxi driver had proper instructions to our operating QTH, some 3-4 hours away by car. Thor 4W6MM did an incredible job supporting the DXpedition; allowing us access to a 220 foot tower to hang our 160 and 80 meter slopers as well as allowing us to use his impressive YAESU station as well as his powerful Emtron DX-3 amplifier from Australia (a real workhorse!). It seemed each day we presented him with a new station problem to be solved and he was always up for the challenge.

We wish to thank YAESU for their efforts to insure Thor had his new fabulous Mark-V transceiver in time for us to use it during this adventure. We also we able to use the FT1000MP they had earlier donated to the East Timor Amateur Radio Association.

We appreciate the patience that was exhibited by most callers as the conditions described above (as well as some serious sleep deprivation) made our operating practices occasionally appear disjointed. And to George (the fist sized spider we befriended and named) and the resident scorpions we offer our thanks for not adding discomfort – to say the least – to our operation!

Rod, WC7N, thank you for doing a yeoman’s job as our Pilot Station and Andy, W6/G4VPM we all appreciate you keeping the website current and getting those logs up for review.

QSL via the man with the huge job still to do, Steve KU9C. He will soon have a photo to use to print the cards which should then follow some weeks later from Wayne W4MPY.

A detailed story about the trip and video are being prepared.

73 Dennis K7BV and Dick N6FF

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