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OPDX 529 September 17, 2001

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The Ohio/Penn Dx 9acketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 529
BID: $OPDX.529
September 17, 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, N1OLO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4CY/9K2ZZ, K4VUD, K4ZW, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5JIM, W6OD, N7NG, K8CX, K8YSE, W8CNL, WB8YJF, W0GJ, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DL2OBF, FM5GU, JA1ELY, JI3DST, PA3HEP, PA0VHA, VK4AAR, YB1BOD and Ben Moses for the following DX information.

The tragedy and terrorist act that took place in New York, September 11, 2001, will have an effect on everyone in years to come, especially the future youth of the world. Modern man (I use the term loosely after what has happen) has provided the world (by TV broadcasts) imagines that were horrifying. It is hard to believe that individuals would go to such great lengths to create such destruction and death. However, if the individuals who plotted this terrible act of terrorism think they have damaged the "American Spirit/Patriotism", they better think otherwise. Over the last several days, after reading my E-mail and messages from the DX Reflectors, I was "truly touched" by my fellow DXers/Amateurs from other countries expressing their condolences and outrage of this terrorist act. If anything, this tragedy has strenghtend the "American Spirit/Patriotism" and has bought the world closer together. Check out the following web site:

My family would like to send our condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones in the World Trade Center tragedy and thank the many heroic individuals in their recuse work. Also, we would like to thank the many foreign individuals/amateurs/friends who expressed their condolences. Please pray for world peace and God bless America..... 73 de Tedd KB8NW

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9/September, through Sunday, 16/September there were 218 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5Z, 6W, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH3, 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, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T32, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZK1/n, ZK1/s, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).

Jack/PA3BAG and Hans/PA0VHA will be active as 3B8/PA3BAG and 3B8/PA0VHA from October 1-16th. Their activity will be on RTTY, PSK31, CW and SSB on all bands including the WARC bands. QSL Manager for this event is PA0VHA: Hans Vernhout, Ph.de Goedestraat 54, NL 3132 XR Vlaardingen, The Netherlands. As members of the PI4CC contest group, see also their home page at:


Effective September 15th, the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (KARS), in conjunction with the Kuwait Ministry of Communications, has authorized the use of the callsign 9K2USA. This single callsign 9K2USA (NINE KILO TWO UNITED STATES of AMERICA) will be heard on all bands and all modes and will be used by "all Kuwait Amateurs" simultaneously. As a small token of the sympathy and support for the people of the United States from the citizens of Kuwait, and as an expression of deep condolence, the callsign will be used until the end of September. The Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (KARS) will be doing the QSL chores. They will put together a common database, and all QSLs will be via 9K2RA.

Elmer, 9L1DX, a doctor working in Sierra Leone, is expected to be there for the next two or three years. During his spare time, look for him on 80/40/20/15/10 meters SSB. He was active during the last week on 15 meters (between 21253 and 21300 kHz) at various times (around 0030z, 1100z and 2345z). QSL via EA4CEN.

Hein, DL2OBF, will be at the Hillview Gardens Resort for this year's CQ WW DX SSB Contest. He will take part as 9M6A in the Single Op/All Band/Assisted category. His operating time outside the contest will be limited; some CW with a focus on the WARC bands is possible. QSL via N2OO.

Mako/JA1OEM and Toshi/JA1ELY will operate from Botswana during the following schedule. Mako will operate between September 21st and October 17th. His activity will be on 160-10 meters, SSB (limited English)/CW. Toshi will operate between September 21-28th. His activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB/CW/RTTY. They don't know what their callsigns are, possibly A25/JA1OEM and A25/JA1ELY. QSL to homecall.
JA1OEM - Shinichi Toyofuku: P.O.Box 9, Sswara, 287-8691 JAPAN
JA1ELY - Toshikazu Kusano: P.O.Box 8, Kamata, Tokyo, 144-8691 JAPAN

Dr. Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, informs OPDX (in a long press release which will be sent to all OPDX InterNet Subscriber as an additional bulletin) that October 26, 2001, marks the inaugural day for the Bhutan Amateur Radio Club (BARC). The officers of the new club are: President: Mr. Thinley Dorji
Director of the BTA
Ministry of Communications

Secretary: Mr. Phub Tshering,
Executive Engineer of the BTA

Member : Mr. Thinlay Wangchuck,
Ministry of Trade and Industry

Mr. Yasuo (Zorro) Miyazawa (JH1AJT) and Dr. Glenn Johnson (W0GJ) are Honorary/Founding Members, and have been issued special lifetime callsigns of A51A and A51B respectively. To celebrate the formation of the Bhutan Amateur Radio Club, A50A will be active as a multi-multi entry in the CQWW SSB Contest October 27-28th. A team of U.S. operators will be helping the licensed Bhutanese hams learn to operate in a contest environment from the Bhutan Ham Centre, operated by Yeshey Dorji, A51AA. Before and after the contest the U.S. hams will concentrate on the low bands, WARC bands and new modes. Expect A50A to be active in future contests and special events in Bhutan. Currently, here is the list of operators:

   U.S. Operators: (Oct. 23 - Nov. 1)       Bhutan Operators:
   Dave Anderson, KW4DA - A52DA             Yeshey Dorji,    A51AA
   Chuck Brady,   N4BQW - A52CB             Kesang Namgyel,  A51KC
   Pat Cahill,    NOADQ - A52PC             Parop Kinley,    A51PK
   Glenn Johnson, W0GJ  - A51B              Pema Rinzen,     A51PR
   Stewart Lewis, W0SHL - A52SL             Dorji Yeshey,    A51UD
   Ken Nollet,    K0EN  - A52ED             Ambika Gurung,   A51YL
   Steve Towle,   W0HT  - A52ST             Wangpo Dorji,    A51WD

QSL information for A50A: Bhutan Amateur Radio Club (BARC), P.O. Box 88 Thimphu, Bhutan (At least two green stamps required for return postage). Also, Bhutan is not set up to handle bureau cards yet. The American Team QSL information is via their home callsign. The Bhutanese operator's QSL information can be found on:

To see more information on visiting Bhutan, check out the Web site:

Wayne Mills, N7NG/1, Manager of the ARRL's Membership Services Department, reports: "Effective immediately, all applications for DXCC credit that are postmarked by September 30th, will be eligible for inclusion in the next Annual List. Applications do not need to be actually received in Newington by that date. All mail must show clear evidence of the posting date, or date of receipt by carriers other than the world postal system. This change should alleviate most problems arising from mail delays currently being reported. Applications will still be listed on the web as we receive them."

Operators and members of the Pordenone Gangsters Club, Andy/IV3BTY, Luke/IV3JVJ, Dan/IV3TDM, Leon/FM5DN, Dennis/FM5GU and Lucien/FM5WD will be active as FM5GU in the CQWW SSB Contest as a Multi/Single entry. For details, check out the Web site: h


Jon/WB8YJF and Leo/K8PYD will be active from the Austral Islands, September 24th through October 3rd. There will be a heavy emphasis on RTTY. They will also be active on CW with some SSB. Their activity will include an entry in the CQWW RTTY Contest. Callsigns will be announced later (possibly FO0SEV and FO0FRY). Operations will be on 80-10 meters. They will use WB8YJF's callsign in the contest. QSLs go to home callsign direct, if possible (It is MUCH faster).

AS-147. Takeshi, JE3DST, will be active from Okushiri Island (Okushiri- cho Okushiri-gun Hokkaidou) from September 22-25th, as JI3DST/8. Activity will be on 17/15/12/10/6 meters SSB. QSL via the Bureau ONLY (Please don't send QSL by Air mail.).

EU-128. Karl, DL1ZU, will activate the Schleswig-Holstein State East Group as DL1ZU/p, September 19th through October 7th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters on CW and PSK31. QSL via the homecall/bureau.

NA-136. John, N1OLO, informs OPDX that due to new restrictions placed on them by the island's owner, station N1EV will only be operating from Sheffield Island on September 30th, 1400-2100z. They will be operating on 15, 20, and 40 meters SSB. The modes CW/RTTY/PSK31 will be operated on a secondary basis. Please check the DX cluster for frequency and mode.

JT, MONGOLIA (Trip Cancelled)
Ken, K4ZW, reports that "given the tragic events in the United States this week and the certainty of further action, the uncertainty of air travel out of Washington D.C., and the desires of our families, Karl/K4YT and I have decided to postpone our journey to Mongolia. It is our desire to complete this project in the near future once conditions dictate that it is prudent to do so. For those of you who have provided support for this effort, all the items have been procured and will be used towards their stated intent. Details regarding the rescheduling of our trip will be provided once they are known."

Jim, WA2EUJ, who was active as KC4USV and working at McMurdo Station on their radio communications gear, indicated that he would be on the air as much as possible during the next few months. Jim is just one of several operators at KC4USV and states his QSL Manager is K1IED. Station KC4USV has been heard on or around 14203, 14250 or 18130 kHz, usually after 0000z and as late as 0800z.

The K3J team finally made it to the Atoll after flight delays and clearance to fly due to the tragedy in New York. Their operation began September 14th. Operations are "expected" to end September 18th.

Activity by KH4/DL7VFR and KH4/DL2RUM that was to take place September 20-29th, is now cancelled due to circumstances and tragedy in the USA (flights not assured, special security requirements on KH4).

Jim Buffington, K5JIM, Publicity Chairman for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society, reports that plans for "Lighthouse Christmas Lights 2001" have been announced by the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS), sponsor of the special event. "It's not a contest, and you do NOT have to operate from a lighthouse in order to participate," said ARLHS President and Founder, Jim Weidner, K2JXW. "Christmas Lights" will take place from 0001z December 22, 2001, through 2359z January 2, 2002. Any and all modes can be used. Detailed information about the event, including suggested frequencies, can be found on the ARLHS Web site:

Certificates will be available for working five or more lighthouses or lightships, and for working ten or more ARLHS member stations.

A group of Dutch radio amateurs will operate as LX9SW now through September 23rd. Activity will be on CW/SSB/RTTY on all bands, including the WARC bands. QSL via PA1KW, bureau ok. There will be an on-line log-search with info and links at:


Hein, DL2OBF, will be active in the CQ WW CW Contest as MU/DL2OBF. He will take part in the Single Op/All Band/Low Power category. There will be no operations outside the contest. QSL via DL2OBF.

Larry, W6OD, reported that the QSLs and certificates for the Andorra "contest/anniversary" special event stations actived in March 2000 are being received. He received his on September 9th.

Charly, K4VUD, informed OPDX that he made over 4200 contacts over this past summer with his HS0ZCW callsign in Thailand. He had time to make only two contacts with his new India callsign, VU3CHE, but he did see the Taj Mahal and attend the Dalai Lama's birthday celebration in India. QSL via buro or direct to K4VUD.

SPECIAL THANKS. Alan, VK4AAR, states, "A word of thanks to the amateurs of the world who made it possible to donate around $20,000.00 (TO DATE) to the charity, Camp Quality, which works hard to make life a little more tolerable and pleasant for children suffering with cancer and other terminal illnesses. Surplus funds after postage stamps were bought made this possible. From the kids, Camp Quality, VK0MM and me..... thank you so much..... 73, Alan..VK4AAR."

Nobu, JA7AYE, will operate as T88AY between September 20th and September 24th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, SSB/CW. He will pay special attention for EU. QSL to homecall: Nobuyasu Hosaka, 98-118, Haramae, Oogawara, 989-1201 JAPAN.

Remember to look for Sam, JA1EUI, staying in Danang at the end of the week (September 21-28th). He hopes to sign XV3Z or XV3ZZ. His activity will be on 80-6 meters SSB. QSL via JA1EUI: Satoru Matushima, 2469-5 Toda, Atugi, 243-0023, Japan.

Donny, YB1BOD, informs OPDX that the ORARI Lokal Bekasi Club station, YE1ZTC, will participate in the upcomming CQWW CW Contest and probably the Phone Contest. Last year they participate with the callsign YC1ZTC, however, shortly after they were granted the callsign YE1ZTC to enchance their DX operating (The Indonesian prefixes YC and YF prefix do not have privileges on 20 meter and the WARC bands). Their main bands for the contests will be the 15, 10 and 20 meters since they have marginal antennas on 160, 80 and 40 meters. They request to please lower your CW speed (25 - 30 wpm) since not all of their operators are used to contest style QSO (however they are training them). They will enter the contest as a Multi/Single entry. QSL cards should be either via the Bureau, the address listed on QRZ.COM or YB1BOD (who handles the cards for YE1ZTC).

Roger/G3SXW and Nigel/G3TXF are now active until September 23rd, as ZL7/homecall. Their activity will be CW only on the following suggested frequencies: 3503, 7003, 10103, 14023, 18073, 21023, 24893 and 28023 kHz (listening 1-3 kHz up). QSL via their home callsign, G3SXW and G3TXF. For more detailed information, check the Web page:


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The Complete Press Release by Glenn, W0GJ, on the BARC.

14 September 2001

A50A - Bhutan Amateur Radio Club Forms

October 26, 2001 marks the inaugural day for the Bhutan Amateur Radio Club (BARC).

Amateur Radio was officially allowed in the Kingdom of Bhutan in early 2000 with two DXpeditions: A52A and A52JS together making over 100,000 contacts for this most needed entity. There have been several individuals and group visits to Bhutan since.

Dr. Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, a member of the A52A DXpedtion, returned in January 2001 for medical work and also taught Bhutan's first amateur radio classes. A total of seven Bhutanese were officially licensed after passing written and Morse exams!

It is not a simple matter to form an organization or club in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The Bhutan Telecommunications Authority (BTA), also responsible for the management of radio frequency spectrum, assisted in establishing the Club.

The primary purpose of the club is to foster amateur radio interest in the young Bhutanese and also to enable the club members to be active on the air. One other purpose is to promote the understanding of radio communications.

ICOM America has donated an ICOM 756Pro for the club and it will be used as the main radio at the Bhutan Ham Centre for visiting hams.

An anonymous donor has donated seven complete stations for the BARC members to check out and use.

Mr. Bob Heil, K9EID, of Heil Sound, has donated several headsets and accessories. ICOM Japan previously donated an IC-746 during the A52A DXpedition. The A52A team and Dr. Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, have donated several antennas for the club.

The officers of the new club are:

President: Mr. Thinley Dorji
Director of the BTA
Ministry of Communications

Secretary: Mr. Phub Tshering,
Executive Engineer of the BTA

Member : Mr. Thinlay Wangchuck,
Ministry of Trade and Industry

Mr. Yasuo (Zorro) Miyazawa (JH1AJT) and Dr. Glenn Johnson (W0GJ) are Honorary/Founding Members, and have been issued special lifetime callsigns of A51A and A51B respectively.

To celebrate the formation of the Bhutan Amateur Radio Club, A50A will be active as a multi-multi entry in the CQWW SSB Contest October 27-28. A team of U.S. operators will be helping the licensed Bhutanese hams learn to operate in a contest environment from the Bhutan Ham Centre, operated by Yeshey Dorji, A51AA. Before and after the contest the U.S. hams will concentrate on the low bands, WARC bands and new modes.

Expect A50A to be active in future contests and special events in Bhutan.

See http://www.qsl.net/a51aa for information on visiting Bhutan.

U.S. Operators:   (October 23 - November 1, 2001)
        Dave Anderson, KW4DA    A52DA
        Chuck Brady, N4BQW      A52CB
        Pat Cahill, N0ADQ       A52PC
        Glenn Johnson, W0GJ     A51B
        Stewart Lewis, W0SHL    A52SL
        Ken Nollet, K0EN        A52ED
        Steve Towle, W0HT       A52ST

Bhutan Operators:
        Yeshey Dorji,           A51AA
        Kesang Namgyel,         A51KC
        Parop Kinley,           A51PK
        Pema Rinzen,            A51PR
        Dorji Yeshey,           A51YL
        Wangpo Dorji,           A51WD

QSL information:
        A50A   Bhutan Amateur Radio Club (BARC)
        P.O. Box 88

        (At least two greenstamps required for return postage)
        (Bhutan is not set up to handle bureau cards yet)

American Team QSL information: Home Call Bhutan Ham QSL information: see www.qrz.com

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