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OPDX 541 December 17, 2001

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The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 541
BID: $OPDX.541
December 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, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W7TVF, K8YSE, KE0UI, CT1END, DJ7ZG, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DL5EBE, DS5UCP, EA3NY, G3XTT, GM0HCQ, HA8IB, I2UIY, I1JQJ/IK7ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, IZ1CRR, JA3AAW, LA6FJA, PA3AXU, UY5XE, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4CP and YU1AB for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9/December, through Sunday, 16/December there were 226 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, 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, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH5, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

Karl, W9XK, is now active signing 3W2XK near Saigon and will be in Vietnam until April 9th. He was spotted this past week on 14260 and 14245 kHz. Other reports indicate that he will also be active on 15 and and 10 meters. Also, check the Southern Cross Net (14226 kHz at 1200z) and the DX Family Hour Net (14245 kHz at 1500z) almost every day. QSLs should be sent via W9XK but after April 9th.

5U, NIGER (Update)
Paolo, I2UIY, reports that the dates of their DXpedition to Niger have been finally decided and tickets (licenses) are in their hands. The DXpedition will take place from Fenruary 3-18th, 2002. A Web site has been created to support the upcoming DXpedition and the URL address is:

There is survey on the Web page to help them understand on which bands and modes Niger is needed by the DX community. Please help them spreading the word about the survey. Paolo also mentions that during last weekend they tested the new antennas for low bands that they will carry with them. The 7 operators will keep 3 stations active on SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK31 from 160-6 meters. A station will be active on 80/160m each night.

Esmond, 8R1AK, continues to be very active with the special callsign 8R1USA until the end of the year. His activity over the past week was on 20/17/15/12/10 meters usually starting after 2300z and staying on until 0200z or later. QSL via 8R1AK.

Gus, 9U5D, was active this past week on 20/17/15 meters. Watch 14248, 18148 and 21290 kHz after 1845z. QSL via SM5BFS. Also, Piero, IK2BHX, is expected to be active as 9U5DX until January 4th. He is currently there on an UN mission. He will be on the air mainly on the WARC bands during his spare time.

There was plently of activity from here over the past week. Operators A41KJ, A41LD, A41LZ, A41MO, A45XK and A45XR were all active. A41LZ was probably the most active on 80/40/20/15/12 meters SSB. A45XR was heard active on 160 meters between 2030 and 2100z. A45XK was heard on RTTY around 14080 kHz after 1415z.

Wangpo, A51WD, was active on 15 meters on 21280 kHz after 0530z and again around 1100z. QSL via Bhutan ARC.

On 21275 kHz each Monday at about 1700z a traffic net-like operation is held on this frequency. DXers have a chance at this time to work stations from Antarctica, however, DXers should allow the Antarctica stations a chance to exchange their traffic info first before trying to work them. The net is usually visited by ZS7/ZS4AGA and R1ANF, as well as VP8CMH/mm regularly. In the coming weeks, they expect the following stations to possibly visit them: KC4/N3SIG from Mc Murdo Base, R1ANF who is expected to arrive at Bellingshausen Base, YL Mechita who might be active from DP0GVN from the Neumyer Base and the possible activation of the new German base "Kohnen Station".

D902, SOUTH KOREA (Attention Prefix Hunters)
Look for special event station D902WSF to be active December 31st through January 4th, from the Pohang Branch in South Korea. The callsign's (D902WSF) phonetics represent the following:
D9 02 W S F
South Korea 2002 year World Cup Sun Rising Festival Activity will be on 80/40/15/10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via DS5UCP either via the KARL Bureau or direct.

Maury, IZ1CRR, the 425DXN Webmaster, reports that after having great success with the 2001 edition of DXCC most wanted, they are doing it again. The 2002 DXCC Most Wanted Survey is running on the 425DXN Web site at:

You simply have to check the unconfirmed countries based on ARRL approved operations.

Plently of activity was also active from here this past week. EP3PTT was active on SSB and RTTY on 15 meters (various frequencies) usually between 1200 and 1330z. Also, EP3SMH, was active on 15 meters (sometimes on 10 meters) SSB with very few takers. Watch 28500 and 21293 kHz between 1130 and 1330z. EP3HR has been active on PSK31 on 20 meters starting around 1645z and again around 1645z.

F, FRANCE (Valid Activity)
Michel, PY3ZM, is currently active from here as F/PY3ZM and was spotted on 10 meters 28462 kHz at 1817z. He informs OPDX that he is trying to put a stop of claims that he is a pirate. Michel has sent OPDX a copy of his French license, as well as his Brazilian and Czech Republic licenses. According to his French license, he is valid until June 29, 2002. QSL via PY3ZM.

FO/M, MARQUESAS (Also, Possibly ZK1)
Eddie, EA3NY, informs OPDX that he just got married last weekend and has left Barcelona to head to Tahiti. His plans are to operate from Hiva Oa Island (in the Marquesas Island group). He may also be active from Aitutaki Island in the South Cook Islands. His activity is expected to be between December 12-25th. No callsign was mentioned, but he will use a TS-570 and dipoles. ADDED NOTE: He states that his new wife is happy to participate in this mini DXpedition/Honeymoon.....

The CUWS announces that it will be active from Jersey, on the Channel Islands, as GJ6UW from the afternoon of February 15th to the morning of February 17th, 2002. Jersey counts as EU-013 for the RSGB's Islands on the Air award. Operators on the trip will be Martin Atherton, G3ZAY, and Dominic Smith, M0BLF. They will be active from a location in the northern part of the island and hope to work on all bands from topband to ten meters, SSB and CW. Topband operation should be with a 160m dipole located about 750 ft. on a cliff overlooking salt-water. QSL information is via the manager, M0BLF, either direct or via the bureau. Please do not send bureau cards to G6UW.

AS-037. JM6CIP and JN3FPV will operate as JM6CIP/6 and JN3FPV/6 from Koshiki Island, December 22-23rd. QSL via their home calls.

POR-033. A special event station signing CS5E will be active December 26-28th, from Outao Lighthouse to join the ARLHS Lighthouse Christmas Lights QSO Party '2001. Contacts will also be valid for the Portuguese Lighthouse Award (reference DFP FES13), and the Portuguese Castles and Fortresses Award (reference F039 - Forte de Santiago de Outao). Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters, SSB. Look for them near the World Lighthouse frequencies. Suggested SSB frequencies (+/- 20 kc): 7070, 14270, 21370 and 28370 kHz. QSL via QRZ.COM or via the bureau.

USA-069. Anita/N5AOK and H. O./WA5MLT will activate Boliver Point Lighthouse, Texas, during the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society's second annual Lighthouse Christmas Lights event 2001. The event period will start 0001z Saturday, December 22nd, and will continue through 2359z Sunday, December 23rd. Listen for the special event callsign N5L. Daytime activity will be on 20/15/10 meters and the nighttime activity will be 40 meters. QSL direct with a SASE to N5AOK.

USA-475. Look for John, W2AGN, to activate the special memorial callsign W3IYQ from Marcus Hook Rear Range Light, in Delaware, for the "Lighthouse Christmas Lights" event, December 22nd to January 2nd. Look for SSB activity on 14270, 21270 and 28370 kHz, December 22nd. Look for CW activity on 14035, 21035 and 28.035 kHz, December 29th. A special QSL will be issued, SASE requested.

OPDX was informed by Toma, YU1AB, that operators Hrane/ YT1AD and Voja/YU7AV will be in North Korea on business from December 18-22nd. They will take a FT-570 + a 400w amp and 3 elemnet beam. They will try to get a license.
Ed's, P5/4L4FN, last two days of operation took place over the past weekend. He will disassemble some of his equipment before heading home for his Christmas break. There is still no word on his written permission. Let's hope when he returns in January that he will have it in hand.

Bill, W7TVF, reports that the 5W0VF logs are on his Web site at:


Lot, DJ7ZG, reports that all direct QSLs for the C98DC operation (Sept. 28th-Oct. 13th) from Inhaca Island (with enough postage) have been mailed.

Sherman, K4KU, reports that he is now the QSL Manager for Mohamed, CN8YR, in Casablanca, Morocco. He is currently getting ready to have his QSLs printed. QSL CN8YR to: Sherman A. Harrison, 4824 Edens View, Kingsport, TN 37664-4638.

D68C QSL UPDATE. Don, G3XTT, informs us that Phil, G3SWH, reports that nearly 60% of the direct requests for D68C QSLs have now been processed and that around 30,000 QSOs have been confirmed to date. Phil also reports that he is starting to receive a large number of "second requests". This is not necessary, and only slows things down. The D68C team wants to record its thanks to Phil for his efforts to date. When he agreed to take on the job, he had little idea that D68C would make some 75% more QSOs than any previous DXpedition!

CORRECTION. Mike, GM0HCQ, informs OPDX that an old address was published in OPDX.505 dated April 2, 2001, a while back. QSLs for GM0HCQ/MM should go to the following address: Mike Gloistein, 27 Stormont Way, Scone, Perthshire, PH2 6SP, Scotland, UK. DO NOT use the address at Rose Cottage Kinlochleven. Mike has not lived there for over two years, and any QSL cards sent to this address will not be forwarded on to him.

QSL Manager Charlie, HA8IB, reports that all hams sending him direct QSLs confirming contact(s) with FO/HG9B and to assure that their card(s) have been delivered to him, should send a short E-mail message to him asking if he has received your cards. This will help avoid any problems. His E-mail address is: ha8ib@bekesnet.hu QSL via DIRECT ONLY /w 2 USD to HA8IB: Karoly Szabo, Aradi u.42, Fuzesgyarmat, 5525 HUNGARY

Alfredo, IK7JWX, reports that if you would like an electronic QSL card for his operations as IK7JWX, IK7JWX/7, IK7JWX/p, IB0/IK7JWX, IJ7/IK7JWX, IL7/IK7JWX, ZA/IK7JWX, IQ7J, IQ7J/p and IR7GM, go to following the Web site at:


Gerard, PA3AXU, reported that a electronic "test version" of his QSL for the "PA3AXU 2001 Pacific Trip" has been received from the printers. Parts of the (double) card can be found on the Web page at:

He hopes to get the cards soon to be able to start sending out the confirmations for the approximate 1400 direct requests.

S9, SAO TOME (Update)
Last week (in OPDX.540) we mentioned that a group of Scandinavians (called "Team Hot Coil") would be active from here February 4-10th (possibly the 11th). Stein, LA6FJA, informs OPDX that the group has received the callsign S9LA to use instead of S92LA as first reported.

Look for the special event callsign EM75W to be active to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Lviv Shortwave Club now through December 28th. Activity has been on 40/30/10 meters this past week. Watch 7009, 10105 and 28470 kHz. QSL to UT1WL via the bureau or direct to: Box 5951, Lviv 79054, Ukraine.

Bob, KE0UI, will be active from TI5KD's QTH in Heredia, Costa Rica, from February 18th to February 27th. Activity will be on all HF bands and 6m, with concentration on CW on WARC bands. For a description of the station, see the Web page at:

Bob will be active in the UBA CW Contest on February 23rd as TI5N. QSL to home callsign or the stateside Zero Bureau.

The team that bought you VK9WI from Willis Island in the year 2000 and VK9ML from Mellish Reef in 2001 are at it again! They will be back on Mellish Reef in April of 2002. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including the WARC bands. However, the team will concentrate mostly on CW and the WARC bands this time. For further details. please check the Web site at:


The "425 DX News" reports that Garth, VE3HO, is reporting that the DXpedition to Ducie Island has been rescheduled for the end of March. A new charter ship has been arranged and Kan, JA1BK, (group leader) is now looking for donations. The group of operators is still being finalized.

As of December 16th (from the YA5T Web site), Peter, ON6TT, is running behind schedule, so he will not go back into YA-land before his Christmas break. As this bulletin was being written, Peter was in the United Arab Emirates and was expected to go back to Pakistan, Monday, December 17th. For up-to-date info, watch the Web page at:


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From: "Ari Korhonen" {ari.korhonen@kolumbus.fi}
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Subject: WRTC2002 - Press release # 12 - Referees
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 17:43:14 +0200
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The WRTC2002 Organizing Committee is pleased to make an announcement of several nominations for the referee function associated with the upcoming event in Finland in July of next year.

Olli Rissanen, OA4DMR (OH0XX) together with Roger Western, G3SXW will be managing the WRTC2002 referee function. In the interim, Ari Korhonen, OH1EH will assist the referee community by providing preliminary information needed for the selected referees to be able to proceed with their personal planning.

The first twenty-five referees were selected, and they represent the first wave out of a total of fifty (50) on-site referees, one at each participating site. The underlying reasons are practical - such as the organizers' desire to have the balance of Finnish (OH) referees nominated concurrently with the foreign ones. Here the fact is that few applications have so far been received from OH-land, while the local language capability is required in several site situations.

We are now pleased to welcome the following veteran contesters and WRTC experts to join in the worldwide fun at WRTC2002:


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