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OPDX 550 February 18, 2002

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The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 550
BID: $OPDX.550
February 18, 2002
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, Steve Higley, KA2AEV, W2GR, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4CT, W4WX, WW5L, WX5L, K8AV, K8YSE, K8BN, KU9C, W9DC, KB0CY, N0TG, ARRL Letter, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DL3DXX, DL5EBE, DL6KAC, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, FM5GU, I0MWI, OZ6OM & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA3GIO, S53R, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3NQK and VE3EXY for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10/February, through Sunday, 17/February there were 242 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, 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, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, 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, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, 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).

Francois, VE2XO, will operate as 3XY6A from Conakry between February 18-25th (possibly 26th) between 2200-0100z on 20 and/or 17 meters on SSB and RTYY. Also, there maybe activity on February 27th, between 0800-1300z on 15 meters. Francois will also be active as 3XY8A from Los Islands (AF-051) on February 23-24th; SSB only. Activity will depend on power availability (he won't have a generator with him). He has been informed that he should have power between 1700-0900z. This will be his first RTTY operation, so please have patience.

Remember to look for Michel/F6COW and Dominique/F6EPY to be active from Upolu as 5W0MP (QSL via F6COW) and 5W0DA (QSL via F6EPY), February 19-28th. Activity will be mostly on CW with an emphasis on Europe on 80/40/30/17/12 meters). Please refer to OPDX.546, or go to their Web site at:


C6, BAHAMAS (IOTA Activity)
Bill/K1CN and his wife Laurel/N1EBL are expected to be signing C6AMM and C6AWW, respectively, now through March 2nd from Harbour Island (NA-001). QSL both callsigns via K1CN either direct or through the bureau.

Bert, PA3GIO, will once again be on the move to activate several islands during the month of March. His planned schedule is as follows:

FS - From March 5-6th, look for Bert to sign FS/PA3GIO/m on St. Martin Island (NA-105). Activity will be on 20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB. QSL (preferably by the Bureau) to PA3GIO.

PJ7 - From March 5-6th, look for Bert to sign PJ7/PA3GIO/m on St. Maarten Island (NA-105). Activity will be on 20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB. QSL (preferably by the Bureau) to PA3GIO.

PJ6 - From March 7-14th, look for Bert to sign PJ6/PA3GIO/m or /p on Saba Island (NA-145). Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB. QSL (preferably by the Bureau) to PA3GIO.

HI9 - From March 15-21st, look for Bert to sign PA3GIO/HI9 from the Dominican Republic (NA-096). Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/ 15/12/10 meters SSB. QSL (preferably by the Bureau) to PA3GIO.

FJ - From March 22-28th, look for Bert to sign FJ/PA3GIO/m or /p on St. Barthelemy Island (NA-146). Activity will be on 80/40/20/ 17/15/12/10 meters SSB. QSL (preferably by the Bureau) to PA3GIO.

Bert has set up some Web pages for these operations and they can be found on the following URL address:

Web site: http://www.pa3gio.nl/FSPJ7/
USA Mirror: http://www.qsl.net/pa3gio/FSPJ7/
Web site: http://www.pa3gio.nl/PJ6
USA Mirror: http://www.qsl.net/pa3gio/PJ6/
Web site: http://www.pa3gio.nl/HI9/
USA Mirror: http://www.qsl.net/pa3gio/HI9/
Web site: http://www.pa3gio.nl/FJ/
USA Mirror: http://www.qsl.net/pa3gio/FJ/

Paul, W4PFM, will be here for 6 months and has just received his callsign ET3PMW. He has been active on 10 and 15 meters the past week. Watch around 28438 kHz after 1430z and on 21270 kHz (net) after 0700z. QSL via W7KEU.

Henri, F5DBC, is expected to be active (callsign unknown) now from Les Saintes (NA-114) until February 24th. Look for him during his evenings on 20 meters on CW and SSB. QSL via F5DBC: Henri Civel, Les Reaux de Saint Dolay, 56130 La Roche Bernard, France.

Jean Marc is expected to be active as FM/F5SGI from February 19th through March 2nd. His activity will be on the HF bands mostly on CW. He will also try to operate from FM5CW's and FM5FA's stations. QSL via REF bureau or direct CBA.

Members of the "Pordenone Gangsters Group", Luke/IV3JVJ, Max/IV3FHH, Andy/IV3BTY and Claudio/IV3OWC will be back in Martinique for a DXing, contesting and also leisure trip. From March 24th to 29th, they will operate as FM/homecall from the FM5GU station. They should have a great signal and will concentrate on lower bands. Max will operate CW only, while the others will mainly operate SSB with some CW and RTTY. The QSL Manager for this operation is Daniele IV3TDM; use the call book address. Then Dennis/FM5GU and Lucien/FM5WD will join them and the group will enter the WPX SSB Contest as Multi-Single station. The callsign will be FM5GU, and the QSL manager for FM5GU is Steve, KU9C, as usual. All details about this operation, The Pordenone Gangsters and their schedule can be found on the FM5GU's Web page at:


Mike, KA2AEV/V26R, informs OPDX that the members of the Frankford Radio Club (FRC) will celebrate their 75th annivserary in 2002. To commemorate the occasion, the FRC is making available an award to anyone who contacts 75 or more FRC members in contests during 2002. The award is also available to SWLs. QSLs are not required. For more info on this award, please check the FRC web site at:

ADDED NOTE: OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the press release as an additional bulletin.

The Lone Star DX Association is proud to announce that Tom Christian, VP6TC, and leader of the upcoming March 2002 Ducie Island Dxpedition, will be the DX luncheon speaker at Ham-Com 2002 in Arlington, Texas, June 7-8th. Tom Christian, the great- great-great-grandson of Fletcher Christian leader of the famous "Mutiny on the Bounty" in 1789, is known as the voice of Pitcairn, the island's most active ham radio operator. He is also president of the Pitcarin Island Amateur Radio Association (PIARA). Tom will also have color slides and video from the Ducie Island DXpedition scheduled for March 2002. ADDED NOTE: OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the press release as an additional bulletin.

Operators Bob/KB0CY, Denny/KB9DPF and Lor/W3QA will be active as HR3/KB0CY, HR3/KB9DPF and HR3/W3QA from February 16th through March 3rd; when time allows while participating in a medical mission. Operations will include CW, PSK31 and SSB on 40/20/15/10 meters. QSL to their home callsigns.

Charlie, N4CT (ex-T5CT, SV0CT, G5BAU, GC5BAU, TJ1AW, K4PHY/YV5, etc...), has informed OPDX that he is now licensed as HS0ZDR. However, his time for operating/QSLing will be limited because he will be traveling to various overseas locations for the next 2 months. When he is active he is in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He has unlimited access to a 150 ft. ROOF and will be taking a 2 elemnet 21 MHz beam there either next month or April. Presently, he is using a 7 MHz fishpole vertical and worked a lot of stateside stations using the callsign HS0/N4CT in the Oct/Dec timeframe. ADDED NOTE: Charlie is looking for a very reliable stateside manager. His E-mail address is: n4ct@onebox.com

EU-004. Christian, DL6KAC, will once again be active from EA6 (the Island of Mallorca, DIE: E-021) starting around March 8th (possibly the 9th - starting dates not yet clear) until March 24th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, mainly on SSB (CW Key is available). He will use 350 watts into dipoles for the high bands and an Inverted L for 40/80 meters. This will be a holiday style operation. QSL via DARC bureau or direct (qrz.com).

SA-019. PW6AI is currently active with an excellent signal from Abrolhos Island Lighthouse which is good for the World Lighthouse Award LH-0463. Watch the usual IOTA frequencies and QSL via PT2GTI. The team should be there until February 22nd.

KG4, Guantanamo Bay
Bill, W4WX, a member of the Florida DXPedition Group, will be active as KG4DX from GTMO from February 22-27th. This trip is dedicated to 6 meters and PSK-31. QSL via W4WX.

KH1, BAKER ISLAND (DXpedition Update)
Hrane, YT1AD, announced the crew for the KH1 DXpedition to Baker Island is as follows:

    Hrane, YT1AD     Vlado, Z31FU (ZS6MG)     Dough, N6TQS
    Steva, YZ7AA     Roman, RZ3AA              Dave, KW4DA
     Miki, YU1AU      Igor, RA3AUU             Eric, K3NA
   Dragan, Z32AU    Krassy, KZ1LZ             and a USFW representative
     Mome, Z32ZM      Will, K6NDV

The team will travel for 6 days on the "Princess II" via 3D2 and T2. Their arrival on KH1 is expected on April 29th. A special 1 x 1 callsign will be announced on April 29th. There will be 6 stations active in three tents using IC-756 Pro II, 5 LPA (3 x ACOM 1000 and 2 x 400 W solid-state amplifiers). They will have 7 beams, 3 dipoles, 3 verticals and 1 Beverage for 80/160m. For power, they will use 3 generators (2 x 5kw and 1 x 3.5kw). Activity will be on 160-10 meters as well as 6 and 2 meters. Modes will be CW, SSB, PSK, RTTY, SSTV, FM, and satelite 28/144. Pilot stations will be VE3EXY and YU1AA. The Web site will be edited by 4N1NM and 4N1FG.

Steve Higley notified OPDX that he is putting together a Web page on Jarvis Island (KH5J) at: http://jarvisisland.net He is very interested in hearing about the past (April 1990) and future DXpeditions to the island. Steve would like to get in touch with individuals who have been on Jarvis broadcasting in the last ten years and is trying to obtain first-hand accounts of the island's status, interesting anecdotes and stories, as well as any recent photos. He can be contacted at:
Steve Higley, 6385 Georgetown Court, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 USA
(719) 332-4772 -or- (1) 719-598-9054

Claudio, the current operator at LU1ZA, which is the club station callsign of "Base Naval Orcadas", will be going QRT on March 11th. The supply vessel was expected to arrive at the end of last week with a new crew and a new operator (Jose-Louis) who might be active on the amateur bands again. QSLs for Claudio operations go via LU4DXU.

P5, NORTH KOREA (Updates)
Nenad, VE3EXY, received the latest update from Hrane, YT1AD, on the upcoming P5 DXpedition. Hrane/YT1AD and Voja/YU7AV are ready for their departure to Pyongyang on March 5th. They will travel to P5 using the following routes: Beograd-Moscow-Beijing-Pyong Yang. Their equipment will be as follows: TS-850, FT-100, LPA 400w, dipoles, dipoles 80/40m and a multiband beam for 20/17/15/12/10 meters (which is already in P5). No problems are expected at this point in time. QSL info and duration of stay to be announced.

* Ed, 4L4FN/P5, was active this past weekend on 15 meters SSB during his usual times (between 2230-0300z). He has been testing some RTTY equipment and has made a few QSOs with it. The KK5DO Web site states "NO CW" yet. Also, Ed will pack everything up and will be gone for about a week. (Still no word on his written permission.)

By the time you read this, the PW0T operation should be active. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including the WARC bands, using CW, SSB, RTTY, SSTV and PSK31. QSL via KU9C. Check out the following web page for up to the minute information and pictures at:

ADDED NOTES BY Steve, KU9C: Steve requests to WAIT until the operation is QRT, and send all of your QSL requests in one envelope. If you need a separate QSL for that 160 contact, let Steve know with a post-it note or something. But, save yourself some postage, and don't send multiple envelopes. Also, DO NOT request cards for other operations in the same envelope (such as BQ9P, WP2Z,...etc). If you want a bureau card, simply E-mail Steve your QSO information to: ku9c@arrl.net
DO NOT ask for a Bureau QSL if you have already requested a direct QSL response. Steve states to look for a wait on the Bureau cards because he mails bureau cards direct to each country's bureau once or twice a year. He just finished his winter mailing.
Donations will be deeply appreciated by the team, and can be sent with your QSL request or directly to K7BV (see the web site for details). This is not a low cost undertaking. Fuel alone for the trip out and back was over $12,000....but they hope the lengthy stay will substantly diminish the demand for this country.

CT3EE, that operated in December during the ARRL 10m Contest by DK1BT and DL3DXX, should be QSLed to DL3DXX directly or via the DARC QSL bureau. This is a reliable way to get a CT3 card through the QSL bureau service.

Gary, K8BN, reports that the K7UGA QSL cards are now at KC7V's QTH where they will begin their journey to the many corners of the globe. QSL cards were purchased from their friends at Franklin Printing, WZ8P, in Zanesville Ohio: http://www.qsl.net/wz8p/

Doug, W0AH, operated as V31AH and QRP in the 2002 ARRL DX CW Contest this past weekend. QSL is via W2GR direct via CBA or via the Bureau.

It has been reported that Jean Claude, TR8XX, F2XX, became a silent key on February 11th. He had been an avid DXer for a long time both in France (F2XX) and Gabon (TR8XX). Many DXers worked Jean on CW from several of his African DXpeditions. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Another Winter Olympics special event station is on the air. Operator Ray Friess, WA7ITZ, in Salt Lake City, has been operating the special event station WA7ITZ/W19OG to commemorate the 19th Winter Olympic Games (W19OG). Look for activity to be on 160-10 meters near the lower edge of the General phone bands. Some CW operation is possible. QSL to WA7ITZ: 1801 Jennifer Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.

Look for special event station, IR0MA, to be active during the month of April to commemorate the 2755th birthday of Roma. This station will be good for 5 points towards the "Natale di Roma Award". OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive details of this award as an additional bulletin. Also, on April 21st, IR0MA will be active from the Capitolium of Roma. QSL only direct to I0MWI via the CBA.

Don Fisher, VE3ESE, the radio club from the University of Oriente and the No-Name DX Group, will be operating as T48RAC (unconfirmed at this time) from Santiago de Cuba. They will be operating in the SSB contest March 2-3rd. Also, look for CO9NLA to be active now through March 14th. QSL via Don's home callsign VE3ESE.

Despite opposition by "Radio Club of Costa Rica", this operation is a go. As this was being written, the Cocos Island 2002 DXpedition Team was gathering in Costa Rica and hoped to depart from Puntarenas on Sunday, February 17th, with arrival at the operating location approximately 48 hours later. The official radio licenses for all 15 participants, as well as the landing and park permits, have been issued by the Costa Rican authorities. Reports indicate that the multi-national team was re-issued the callsign TI9M by the Control National Radio (CNR) and the licensing authority has revised the license to be used by all team members. The DXpedition founder and leader, Henry Grunbeck, TI2HMG (TI9M), has assembled an international team of world-class operators for this rare trip. The world's largest uninhabited island, Cocos is a popular destination for scuba divers, but it hasn't been activated on amateur radio for more than five years. Although Cocos Island is territorially part of Costa Rica, it is a separate DXCC country with the prefix TI9. Because Cocos is a nature preserve, the DXpedition visitors will be required to sleep aboard their ship, a 90-foot fishing/diving vessel anchored 1000 feet offshore; there is no overnight camping allowed on the island. DXing is not exactly camping, however, and the team anticipates 24-hour operations with four HF transmitters on all bands from 160-6 meters. Due to the logistics involved in the 350-mile crossing to Cocos Island, the team can't pinpoint exactly when they'll be on the air. They estimate 40 to 48 hours of travel time, with a few additional hours to set up and become operational once they reach the island. This part of the trip will be no small feat: The island receives over 26 feet of rain per year - about an inch a day - so the first priority is setting up shelter and protecting the equipment from the elements. The final day of operations will be March 2, 2002. To keep track of the DXpedition's progress, visit the Web site at:

The team will update the page as often as communication links allow. Team members are: William Turney, WS4Y; Martino Rizzi, IK3RIY; Alan Homer, KI7WO; Larry Strain, N7DF; Flo Moudar, F5CWU; Matt De La Hunt, KA0KKO; Rob Snieder, PA5ET; Ronald Stuy, PA3EWP; Robert Voss, N4CD; William Boeckenhaupt, AK0A; Alan Maenchen, AD6E; Richard Smith, N6KT; Simon Gadaleta, IZ7ATN; Eugene Kuleshov, RK3AD; and Henry, TI2HMG also TI9M.

Randy, N0TG, will be active as N0TG/VP5 from March 1-7th. Activity will be on all bands with emphasis on CW. QSL via his home callsign.

Mark, VP8CSA, will be active between February 24th and March 16th and then move onto Ascension Island as ZD8CSA from March 16-26th. Activity will depend on what time will allow, but look for him on 6 meters. QSL via DL1SDN. Mark may be on St. Helena (ZD7) for a week (+/-) later this year also.

Robert, S53R/YA5T, informs OPDX that "YA5T has been on the air now for over 2 weeks with over 10,000 Qs in the log (plus over 2000 which Peter, ON6TT, made during his first visit). Recent activity has mostly been on CW. We will try to dedicate some time to SSB too. Digital modes are not planned now. However, if Peter comes here in the next weeks he may bring the modem along and will give it a try. We are still very much tied up with our work, but at least Fridays and Saturdays (weekend here) we try to stay on the radio as much as possible. A small vertically polarized antenna has been installed for 80/160. About 200 Qs were made on 80, but we still have to hit 160. Next weekend Eid celebrations will bring business life to a standstill here, so we will try to do more radio, focusing on lower bands over night - however still work permitting. We still are in emergency situation so there are basically no schedules for us............ 73 de Robert, S53R/YA5T"

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Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 08:57:22 -0600
From: Tom Anderson {ww5l@gte.net}
Organization: Anderson Communications
Subject: VP6TC to be Ham Com Speaker

VP6TC To Be HamCom DX Luncheon Speaker

The Lone Star DX Association is proud to announce that Tom Christian, VP6TC and leader of the upcoming March 2002 Ducie Island Dxpedition, will be the DX luncheon speaker at Ham-Com 2002 in Arlington, Texas, June 7-8.

Christian, great-great-great-grandson of Fletcher Christian leader of the famous "Mutiny on the Bounty" in 1789, is known as the voice of Pitcairn as the island's most active ham radio operator. He is also president of the Pitcarin Island Amateur Radio Association (PIARA).

Tom will also have color slides and video from the Ducie Island DXpedition scheduled for March 2002. With assistance from an ARRL Colvin Award, PIARA plans to conduct the DXpedition from Ducie--which became the newest ARRL DXCC entity as of November 16, 2001 and has not yet been activated, making it the most-wanted DXCC entity. Poor weather scuttled the initial attempt to land a DXpedition team on Ducie Island in November. Christian, VP6TC, has announced that a international DXpedition team now plans to depart by boat from Mangareva on March 12. Once on Ducie Island, the DXpedition will use a VP6 call sign to be announced at the start of the operation, which will include both SSB and CW and possibly RTTY on 160 through 6 meters. In addition to Christian, operators will include Kan Mizoguchi, VP6BK/JA1BK; Dave Brown, VP6DB; Mike McGirr, K9AJ; Vince Thompson, K5VT; Miralda Warren, VP6MW; Jin Fujiwara, JF1IST; and Mac Shimamoto, JA3USA. HF QSLs go to Garth Hamilton, VE3HO. Six-meter QSLs go to JA1BK. Log checks will be available on the "DX Cluster from Japan" Web site. More information is available on the VE3HO QSL Manager Web page, and on WD4NGB's DX Is Web site.

Some 2,000 articles and books, 5 major motion pictures, and numerous shorter documentary films have looked into virtually every aspect of this mutiny led by Fletcher Christian against Captain William Bligh. It is undeniably one of the most famous sea stories of all time. There is much disagreement as to who was to blame for the incident, and the history remains, to this day, an interesting topic for maritime history and South Pacific historians.

The people onboard the Bounty arrived on Pitcairn in late 1789 and Pitcairners celebrate the January 23 as the day in 1790 when the Bounty was burnt. The community at Pitcairn, wasn't located for 18 years until an American ship stopped at the island.

In 1808 an American sealing ship called Topaz (Captained by Mayhew Folger) found Pitcairn; and at that time only one of the original mutineers (John Adams) was still alive. It was during the time the Tahitians and Mutineers were on Pitcairn the Pitcairn/Norfolk (Pidgin English) language was developed. It continued to be developed other places they went. In the 1830's the Pitcairners were invited to Tahiti by the Queen of Tahiti. They went but once they arrived they realized that life there wasn't for them. They convinced an American captain, William Driver to return them back to Pitcairn. They sailed on his ship the Charles Doggett and arrived on Pitcairn on September 3 1831.

Pitcairn today is one of the world's most isolated inhabited islands as ships call on the island only a few times a year. It has a resident population of about 60 persons.

Registration and DX luncheon information will be available soon at the HamCom web page http://www.hamcom.org/ or Lone Star DX Association web page http://www.dxer.org/lsdxa

Additional information on Christian and Pitcairn Island is available at:

Pitcairn Island web page
(also includes Tom's normal on-air operating times and frequencies)
(includes map of the island)

In addition to the DX luncheon, the LSDXA is planning nearly two full days of DX programs, activities, and lots of door prizes at the luncheon and DX programs.

2001-2002 LSDXA Officers:
Bill Priakos, W5SJ, president, bpriakos@sbcglobal.net
Herb Blair, K5AT, Information Director, K5AT@dxer.org
Bud Walton K5HW, treasurer, bud.walton@att.net
Bob Alexander W5AH, activities director, w5ah@dxer.org
Tom Anderson, WW5L, membership director, WW5L@gte.net

From: KA2AEV@aol.com
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 15:52:43 EST
Subject: 75th Anniversary Award for the Frankford Radio Club
To: kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org
MIME-Version: 1.0

Ted, I know this is alittle different, but Im a member of the FRC and they asked me to get the word out about our 75th anniversary operating award. We'd really appreciate it if you could fit a word or two in the OPDX about it. Thanks for all of your help in the past
73 de Mike Samanka
Member of Team Antigua & The Frankford Radio Club

2002 marks the 75th anniversary of the Frankford Radio Club. To commemorate the occasion, the FRC is making available an award to anyone who contacts 75 or more FRC members in contests during 2002. The award is also available to SWLs.

QSLs are not required. For more information on this award, please check the FRC web site:


On the web site you will find a roster of active FRC members that can be downloaded. The file is in .DIF format which can be read by a variety of spreadsheet programs.

The award is free to DX stations and an SASE for domestic stations. Also, an FRC tee shirt is available instead of the award for a fee of $22.00.

Also, during the 2002 Pennsylvania QSO Party, the FRC will serve as the "Bonus Point Station". The call used will be W3FRC. All contacts with W3FRC during the PAQP are worth 200 bonus points in the contest. A special, limited edition of the classic FRC QSL card will be used to confirm QSOs for this operation. QSLs will go via the bureau to all DX stations. Domestic QSLs will need to send an SASE. The operation will be on 160 meters through 2 meters from the QTH of Bill - K3ANS.

For any additional information, Please contact this award coordinator John Lindmeier, K3ZV at:


Hope to see lots of you on this weekend. Have a great 2002 contest year and good luck to all.

From: "Stefano Cipriani" {i0mwi@libero.it}
To: {kb8nw@arrl.net}
Subject: Natale di Roma Award (2002)
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 10:36:44 +0100
MIME-Version: 1.0

Hi Tedd,
Please publish in Your bulletin.
73 and good luck!



The 5th "Natale di Roma" award will be issued to amateur stations and SWL by the A.RA.C., in collaboration with the Municipality of Roma, to promote the amateur radio activity on the 2755th birthday of the "Eternal City". It may be claimed for having scored at least 20 points, making contacts (/HRD) with amateur stations located in the province of Roma. The same station contacted (/heard) on different bands, or in differentmodes, or in different days, would be considered as different stations contacted (/heard).

from 00.00 utc of April 1, 2002
to 24.00 utc of April 30, 2002


2 points for each QSO (/HRD) with amateur stations located in the province of Roma.
5 points for each QSO (/HRD) with "IR0MA" special event station, active all month, but on April 21 it will be located inside of the Commune of Roma.
At least 20 points needed.

- OM(hf)
- OM(vhf-uhf)
- SWL(all bands)

Each claim must be accompanied by a QSO's list furnished with the callsigns of stations worked (/heard), dates, bands and modes of the contacts (/receptions), final score, meeting the requirement of the award. It must be forwarded to award manager:

                  Stefano Cipriani - I0MWI
                      Via Taranto, 60
                   I-00055 Ladispoli (RM)
                        I T A L Y
                    email: i0mwi@qsl.net

Each application, in form of log with all significant data of qso's, must be accompanied by the processing fee of 10,00= Euro or 10,00= $usa and it will be accepted only if received by the award manager not later than August 31, 2001.

The Award will be printed in full colors, and it will be signed on by the Syndic of the City.

The best qualified HAMs on each class will receive an handsome plate, in recognition of the excellent performance.

Decisions of the A.RA.C. on any matter pertaining to the administration of this award are final.

The President of A.RA.C.
Carlo Rampichini - I0XKH

Associazione Radioamatori e Computeristi
Via Gregorio VII, 255 - 00165 Roma (RM)
E-mail: arac@arac.it

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