The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 574
August 12, 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, K2PF, N2WKS, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4WLS, N4AA & QRZ DX, KK5DO, KH6BZF, K8YSE, N8MR, K9OT, W9VNE, W9DC, AK0A, A35RK, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL1YFF, DJ7ZG, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, GACW, G0PSE, GW0ANA, HK3SGP, I1JQJ - IK1ADH & 425 DX NEWS, IZ8AJQ, JI6KVR, LU6EF, LU7HN, LU9ESD, LZ1BJ, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, RV3GW, SP2BIK, UX5UO, VA3RJ & ICPO VK4AAR and ZS1AN for the following DX information.
EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTE (by KB8NW)
There will "NOT" be an OPDX bulletin for August 19th. I know you heard this before, but it is true this time. My wife (chief proof-reader) and I will be taking a vacation. Also, I can really use the break! However, PLEASE continue to send your DX info to me.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4/August, through Sunday, 11/August there were 220 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0A, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J5, JA, 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, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK9M, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).
4W, EAST TIMOR
Thor, 4W6MM, was heard this past Friday switching sometimes between 14195 and 14002 kHz between 1500-1700z.
Dean, 8P6SH, will be active as 8P2K in the CQ/RJ Worldwide DX Contest (RTTY - September 28-29th) possibly as a Single Op/All Band or Single Op/Single Band (15 meters) entry. QSL via KU9C.
John, KP2A, and his XYL will be on holiday from here September 11-18th. Reportedly, they have tickets, visas and a license in hand to operate from Bhutan. John is expected to operate from the "Ham Center" as A52DX. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB. An on-line log search is expected to be active during and after the operation at:
AH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Osamu, JA2VUP, is expected to be active as AH0B from Saipan Island (OC-086) from September 26-29th. Activity will include participation in the CQ/RJ Worldwide DX Contest (RTTY - September 28-29th) as a Single Op/All Band entry. He will focus on the WARC bands and PSK31 before the contest. QSL via JA2VUP.
AMATEUR RADIO CALLBOOK TO STOP PUBLICATION
According to the ARRL Web News, "Radio Amateur Callbook is throwing in the towel and will cease publication of its CD-ROM Callbook product effective with its winter 2003 edition, which will come out in November." Publisher Bob Hughes states that this is due to accessibility to the FCC database via the Internet, and sales have declined to levels that make it unprofitable to publish future editions.
Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG will once again be active from here (they were recently active as C98DC Oct. 2001 from Inhaca Island). Lot reports that after some days of preparations, they will start their 2 week activity around September 22nd. They do expect to operate from an island at Northern Mozambique. In Maputo, they will meet with Rei, C98RF (DL6DQW) and will probably travel together. Rei will do the CW and 6 meter activity and use his C98RF callsign. Babs and Lot will try to operate RTTY/PSK mostly on 18101 kHz. Look for them on the usual DX frequencies. QSL C98RF (CW,6m) to DL6DQW. QSL C98DC (SSB/RTTY/PSK) to DL7AFS. More information will be announced later. Check the Web page for updates at:
D4, CAPE VERDE
Alex, 4L5A, is expected to be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single Op/All Band entry. Callsign is currently unknown. QSL via IK3HHX.
DX OPERATOR(S) NEEDED (Interesting Operation Of The Week)
OPDX has been informed that Susan Meckley, Skipper, W7KFI/mm, will be leaving in about two weeks on a 2+ year DXpedition into the South Pacific and Asia. She will be using a 46 ft. sailboat, much as Danny W. did on YASMI in the early and middle 50's. Susan will be single-handing the boat and has put out a notice that hams are welcome to ride along with her on the next leg of the trip. She states, "I supply the boat, and we split food and license costs. Now, can you get cheaper than that?" If interested, contact her via the following addresses that was provided: Susan Meckley, Skipper, S/V Menage-A-Trois, Carson City, NV 928707 E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
FP, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON (Update - Attention Topbanders!)
Paul, K9OT, will be active here now through August 19th signing FP/K9OT. He will be taking along a collapsible pole to use on 80/160 meters and an inverted "L" antenna. He would like to make some 160m contacts from there, however, he knows the summer QRN will be a hinderance. He will be using only 100 watts for this operation. QSL via home callsign. Remember, Paul and his wife Peg/KB9LIE will enter in the North American QSO Party SSB Contest (August 17-18th) using the Green River Valley ARS club callsign FP/K9WM. QSL via NN9K. (Please refer to OPDX.566 and OPDX.570).
Chris, G0WFH, will be active as GJ0WFH/p from October 5-12th. Activity will be portable QRP on 160-10 meters SSB only. Look for him on the HF bands during the daytime and on the lower frequencies late at night using a kite antenna. QSL via G0DBX.
HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Robert, N5KO, and others are expected to be active as HC8N in the CQ/RJ Worldwide DX Contest (RTTY - September 28-29th) as a Multi/Multi entry. PLEASE NOTE: HC8N has a new QSL manager as of April 2002. Please QSL via W5UE.
AF-018. Roberto, IK2XRJ, will be active as IH9/homecall from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001) now through August 22nd. Activity will be SSB only on 40-10 meters, possibly also on 6 meters. QSL via home callsign either direct or through the bureau.
EU-028. Look for Vanni/IK4RUX and Ermanno/IZ4AIH to be active as IA5/homecall from Elba Island (IIA LI-001) now through August 17th. Activity will be on SSB. They are planning a side trip to at least one satellite island. QSL via home callsigns either direct or through the bureau.
EU-042. Rud, DJ3XG, is expected to activate a few islands in the Schleswig-Holstein State North West Group as DJ3XG/p now through August 20th. Islands that were mentioned are: Japsand (German Island Award N-32), Amrum (N-18), Norderoog (N-33), Norderoogsand (N-34) and Suederoogsand (N-35). QSL via bureau. ADDED NOTE: See Lighthouse/Lightship News for more on Rud's operations.
EU-052. Operators Luigi/IK8HCG and Salvatore/IK8UND will be active from Paxi Island from August 13-22nd. They will use the callsigns SV8/IK8HCG and SV8/IK8UND. Activity will be on 40-10 meters with a vertical antenna. QSL via IK8UND.
EU-073. Erminio, IZ8AJQ, informs OPDX readers to look for a team of operators (IJ7/I7XUW, IJ7/IK7BPV, IJ7/IZ7AUH, IJ7/IK7AFM, IJ7/IZ8AJQ, IJ7/IW7BVY, IJ7/IK7MJA, IJ7/IGFS, IJ7/IZ8DBJ, IJ7/IK7WDS, IJ7/IK7NYD, IJ7/IK7FFX, IJ7/I7YYZ, IJ7/IK7MCJ and IJ7/IZ7EUC) to be active from San Pietro Island, September 9-15th. Activity will be on HF and 6 meters on CW/SSB/Digital. QSL to their home callsigns via the Bureau or direct.
EU-181. Boyan/LZ1BJ, XYL Ely/LZ1JB, Lyuben/LZ1ZC and others will be active as homecall/1 from Sveta Anastasiya Island between August 15-22nd. They plan to use 1000 watts into a beam and vertical antennas on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters. QSLs are preferably via LZ QSL Bureau to their home callsigns.
EU-186. Operators Nikolay/LZ1NK, Llian/LZ1CNN, Zdravka/LZ1ZQ and
LZ4MA will use the special prefixes/callsigns TB05GF and
YM05GF to activate Gokceada Island from August 23-26th.
Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 3520, 7020, 10105, 14020, 18075, 21020 and 28020
SSB - 3780, 7050, 14250, 18125, 21250 and 28550 kHz.
QSL via LZ1NK: Nikolay Enchev, Parchevich 43 A, 4300 Karlovo, Bulgaria.
Operators Roberto/I2WIJ, Salvatore/IK8UND and Luigi/IK8HCG will be active in the CQWW SSB Contest as J49Z as a Multi/Single entry. For 160/80 meters, they will use a windom antenna, and on 40-10 meters they will use a 6 element yagi quad-bander. QSL via IK8UND, direct only.
KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA
A Multi-national team of DXers will be going to American Samoa (KH8) and their operation is expected to start October 26th. They will concentrate on Europe when propagation allows, thus allowing EU to gain IOTA OC-077 during openings. The team is currently studying the propagation forecasts for 160 meters. The team hopes that they will be able to give the deserving KH8 on topband. It is requested that you visit their Web site for updated info on propagation conditions from the islands. The team intends to activate two islands at the same time (3 operators on each island). The islands are Tutuila Island (IOTA OC-045) and Ofu Island (IOTA OC-077). Modes of operation will be CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31, SSTV. The dates are as follows:
October 29th to November 8th (2002) - Activity from Tutuila Island
October 30th to November 6th (2002) - Activity from Ofu Island
The team consists of 6 operators:
Glyn Jones GW0ANA, Team Leader Doug Roberts, G0WMW Dr. Markus Dornach, DL9RCF Roger Mulzer, DL5RBW David Flack, AH6HY Thomas Steinmann, DJ6OIWith local help on KH8 from Larry Gandy, AH8LG More information is available for readers at the KH8 DXpedition Web page at:
LIGHTHOUSE/LIGHTSHIP NEWS AND ACTIVITY
Operators of the "Association of Radioamadores of the High Minho" will be active as CQ0GIL between August 17-19th from the hospital ship "Gil Eannes". The ship is located at the dock berths of Viana of the Castle, Portugal. QSL via operator's instructions.
A special event station signing CS5E will be active for the ILLW, August 17th from 0900-1900z from the Guia Lighthouse. Reference number is ARLHS POR024. It will also be valid for the Portuguese Lighthouse Award - Reference DFP FES05. Activity will be on 20, 15 and 10 meters SSB. QSL via the address on qrz.com or the bureau.
Look for Rug, DJ3XG/p, to be active during the International Lighthouse/ Lightship Weekend (August 17-18th) from Amrum Island (IOTA EU-042, DID N-18 for the German Islands Award) and Amrum Lighthouse (ARLHS FED-032, GLHA/DLTD #2 for the German Lighthouse Award). QSL to DJ3XG direct or via bureau.
Volker/DL1WH and Peter/DL2RPS will be active as DL0FFF from the lightship "Fehmarnbelt" (ARLHS FED-141) in Lubeck, from August 15-18th, for the International Lightship/Lighthouse Weekend (ILLW). Activity will be on CW/SSB. This will be the first amateur radio activity to take place from this ship. QSL via the bureau or direct to DL1WH.
Operators Nick/G0WZK, Bill/G3WNI and Tom/G0PSE will be active as GB2APL from Anvil Point Lighthouse (ENG-001) during the ILLW. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the RSGB Bureau or direct to G0PSE. E-mail requests to receive a QSL via the Bureau go to: email@example.com
Look for GB2ELH to operate from Eshaness Lighthouse (SCO-075) in the Shetland Islands (EU-012) during the ILLW (August 17-18th). QSL via MM5PSL or WA7OBH.
Look for GB2LBN to be active in the ILLW from Barns Ness Lighthouse (ARLHS SCO-015). QSL via GM4UYZ.
Look for GB5PW to operate from Pendeen Watch Lighthouse (ARLHS ENG-100) during the ILLW (August 17-18th). QSL via bureau or direct to G0CAM. Look for IQ1L to be active from La Lanterna (WAIL LI-005, ITA-177), Genova, during the ILLW (August 17-18th). QSL via the bureau.
Mike, N8MR, informs OPDX to look for the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse (USA-253), in Michigan, to be active in the ILLW August 17-18th, using the special 1x1 callsign K8E. Modes of operation include HF/VHF, CW/SSB, FM Satellite and possible HF digital. Collectors of ARLHS numbers can get credit for three upon request: Eagle Harbor Lighthouse USA-253, Front Range Light USA-254 and Rear Range Light USA-255. QSL to N8MR with #10 SASE or larger. Check out the Web page at:
(Update) As mentioned in OPDX.573, the members of "Bahia Blanca DX Group" will be active during the Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Operators AY7DSY, LU9ESD, LU8EBK, LU6EPR, LU6DRD and LU8DWR will activate the Recalada Lighthouse (ARG-009) for the first time on all possible HF bands (SSB). QSL via LU7DSY, OK in qrz.com. Emmanuel, LU9ESD, informs OPDX that this lighthouse is the longest operating in all of the South America Continent and 3rd largest in the world being 79 meters above the ground with a bigger lamp and lens. To view photos of this lighthouse, please click on this link:
Look for an Idaho-Oregon DX Group to use the callsign N7L from the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse (USA-906) in Newport, Oregon, during the ILLW (August 17-18th). QSL is via K7VV, Box 12941, Salem, OR 97309.
Look for RK6AXS/p and RK6CZ/p, to be active August 16-18th, from the Sudzhukskiy Lighthouse (WLHA lh-0754, RLHA rle-022, ARLHS new one). The Sudzhukskiy lighthouse is not on land but in the Black Sea (RA6A region) and the base is under water. This will be the first time this lighthouse will be activate, but the starting date and the duration of the operation will depend on weather conditions. QSL via home callsigns.
A group of radio amateurs from Gdansk, Poland, will be operating from the old lighthouse in Gdansk, Nowy Port, during the period of August 17-18th, using the callsign SN2NP. Operators are: SP2BIK, SP2BRN, SP2IZC, SP2TQW and SQ2BXJ. QSL via SP2BIK.
(UPDATE) Don, W9DC, informs OPDX that the WLH has issued a new reference
number, LH-0423, for the upcoming Dassen Island lighthouse operation by
Andrew, ZS1AN. Andrew should be on during the LH weekend if weather
permits. Meanwhile, Andrew, ZS1AN, has announced the following operating
schedule. He will operate as ZS1AN/P from 1600z on Friday, August 16th
until 1200z on Sunday, August 18th, on the following frequencies
0500-0600z 7026 CW 1500-1600z 14026 CW 0600-0800z 14026 CW 1600-1700z 21026 CW 0900-1000z 14026 CW 1700-1900z 14026 CW * 1000-1100z 14226 USB 1900-2000z 7026 CW 1200-1500 21026 CW 2000-2200z 3526 CW * Primarily for other South African LighthousesFor additional information, please check out the Web site at:
Look for thirteen operators from UBA-Kortrijk (KTK) group to be active as LX/ON6CK/p from August 15-18th. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes, plus VHF and the satellites. QSL via the bureau to ON6CK or direct to ON4ADN.
P5, NORTH KOREA
Bruce, KK5DO, reports that Ed, P5/4L4FN, will be out of the country from August 13-27th. Bruce will be sending Ed some masts and elements (along with some odd and ends) to repair Ed's Hex beam. However, when Ed returns it may take several weeks to repair his Hex beam and erect the new mast.
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER
Lee, KH6BZF, propagation guru, reports: "From midnight to dawn, Monday and Tuesday (August 12-13th) about 60-70 meteors per hour will enter Earth's atmosphere. Viewing should be Good-to-Excellent due to the Moon transiting from a New Moon on the 8th August to the first quarter on the 15th August, of course weather permitting. This shower is created by the Earth passing through the debris field left from the Swift-Tuttle comet. These grain-like particles enter Earth's atmosphere, then burn up and create what most people call shooting stars! The Perseid Meteor shower is NOT expected to be as spectacular as the Leonid Meteor shower that occurs each November. But, if viewing is good, people will not be disappointed. For more info on meteor propagation, VHFers consult your ARRL handbook." More information can be sought at URLs:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
Ralph, K2PF, informs OPDX that he is now the QSL Manager for Denis, 4J9NM. Denis can be found sometimes on 15 meters SSB on around 21285 kHz between 1630-1900z.
QSLs for 5K3W are HK3SGP. Send cards to: Francisco "Siso" Hennessey, Jet Box 9779, P.O. Box: 02-5242, Miami, FL 33102-5242, USA.
Rene, HR1RMG/HR2, has a new QSL address: Rene Mendoza Garay, P.O. Box-1000, San Pedro Sula, HONDURAS.
If you worked Larry, K4WLS/KL7, from Adak Island (Andreanof Islands - IOTA NA-039) and Aleutian Islands from 1972-1975, and need this IOTA, please sent an E-mail to the address below with the callsign, QSO Data, and mail address. If you are in his logs, he will mail you a card. His E-mail address is: K4WLS@carolina.rr.com
QSLs for Rene/LU7HN and LO7H go via EA7FTR. Also, QSLs for Mark/LU7HF and LV7H go via EA7FTR.
Hans-Juergen, DL1YFF, informs OPDX that there was a change in the German postage. As you might know, in the European Community (most West European countries) the currencies have changed to the EURO. This has also changed the national stamps, which has also changed to the EURO. Particularly in Gemany, the national post office withdraws the old stamps with DM (Deutschmark) on them from the market and has replaced them all with the new EURO. Furthermore, they (German Postal System) have declared the old ones not to be used anymore on letters as of July 1st, which means they are void on letters. As you know, many hams use SASE letters for their direct QSL service, particularly for DXpeditions and many still use the old stamps because they do not know about the changes. Their old stamps are not absolutely void because they can be changed into new ones at the postal offices in Germany, however, this will come to an end in September.
A log search, as well as QSL information and update to date activity on the current Benin (TY) operation, can be found on the Web page:
Gennady, UX5UO, informs OPDX that he has a new QSL Manager. QSL to Mike, W4SMG (for USA only).
Zev, N2WKS, was active this past week from British Virgin Islands as VP2V/N2WKS and will probably be QRT by the time you read this. He was expected to be active from Virgin Gaurda, August 9-12th, with an entry in the WAE CW Contest. QSL via N2WKS. Look for pictures and the logs on his Web page at:
TI9M QSLS. Bill, AK0A, reported on Monday, August 5th, the first batch of cards went into the mail that day.
OPDX was informed that Bob Baird, W9NN, became a silent key on August 1, 2002. He was one of the founding members of the W9DXCC group circa. 1950. Bob was also one of the founders of the QCWA (charter member). He also held the callsign W9JJ from 1969 until 1980. Bob was a retired broadcast engineer from WGN (Chicago), and a gentlemen and ambassador for ham radio. Bob was a member of the FOC (First Class Operators Club). Bob lived near Stevens Point, Wisconsin. OPDX and its readers send out our deepest sympathy to Bob's family and friends.
THE GACW KEY DAY
The GACW KD is not a competition or contest but an event to encourage all amateur radio operators to bring out his/her old manual key (no electronic keys) and make as many QSOs as they can with other participants. The event takes place each year the last Saturday in February. Next event will be February 23rd, 2003, from 1800z Saturday until 0600z Sunday. Suggested frequencies are (on or up): 3530, 7030, 14030, 21030 and 28030 kHz. QSOs on the WARC bands are allowed but no recommended frequencies. Again, the mode is: A1A - CW, straight key only and no electronic key. Stations should call: CQ KD - CQ GACW KD, etc. Exchange: Greetings and RST plus your GACW #. Non GACW members send KD. If you make more than 10 QSOs you are invited to vote for 3 different stations that you felt had very good sending skills. The "GACW KEY DAY" will be awarded to the 5 most voted stations. For logging, there will be a simple list using log book format, etc. Deadline is no later than the 15st of March to GACW. Logs can be sent via E-mail as text-file to:
VK0, MACQUARIE ISLAND
Paul, A35RK, has informed OPDX that stateside stations might want to look for VK0MQI during the Anza Net (14183 kHz +/-). Paul states, "He has checked into the Anza Net on the last 2 Sundays (Zulu time....that's late Saturday night in North America) at shortly after 0500z. I don't know if this will be a 'regular' appearance, but it might be worth a listen if someone needs VK0/M."
The current group active there has been very easy to work. If you have not worked them yet, do not worry. They will be there until August 22nd. By the time you read this, they should have four stations active from Ngapali. The team seems to be using several different callsigns, so pay attention to what the operator says.
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