OPDX 585 November 4, 2002

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 585
BID: $OPDX.585
November 4, 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, ARRL Letter, NB1B, K2KW, KM3T, NG3K, W3BJ, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5FG, WA5PAE, K8YSE, W8CNL, W8QZA, N9XX, DH5JG, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3NKC, G3NUG, G3SWH, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, JI6KVR, OH5DX, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PS7AB, PY1NEZ, TG9NX, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4AAR and ZL2AL for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27/October, through Sunday, 3/November there were 245 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 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, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0A, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, D6, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/n, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS

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

A team of German operators are now active as 3XY7C. The team consists of: Tom/DJ6TF, Dirk/DJ7UC, Manfred/DK1BT, Wolf/DL4WK, Frank/DL7UFR, Tom/DL7BO and Sigi/DL7DF. Activity will continue until November 13th on 160-6 meters on CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. They expect to have more than one station active. There was plently of activity this past weekend on many bands including the WARC bands and 6 meters. They have with them 4 transceivers (two IC-735 and two IC-706), two kw amplifiers (possibly 3), and an arrangement of antennas: TH3 for the 20/15/10m, A3WS (17/12m), 2 Vertical Titanex V80E low bands, GP on 40/30m, and R5 Multibandes GP. QSL via DL7DF. Their Web site is at:


Just a reminder that Phil, G3SWH, is expected to be active this week as 5R8HA through November 19th (see OPDX.580). He expects to be active from various places on the main island (IOTA AF-013) between November 5-13th, and from Nosy Komba (IOTA AF-057) as 5R8HA/P between November 14-19th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, CW only. Also, his activity will be limited (holiday type operation). QSL via G3SWH, either direct with SAE and return postage or via the RSGB bureau.

Jean Marc, F8IXZ, will be in the National Park of Djouj, in North Senegal, near the Mauritanian boarder, from December 14-22nd. He has asked for a 6W callsign, but if he can't get it, he will be signing as 6W4/F8IXZ as guest operator. On the way, at the beginning and at the end of his trip in Senegal, he will have short stays in Dakar where he will sign 6W1/F8IXZ. His equipement consists of a FT847 and a G5RV antenna. He plans to be active on 40-10 meters, the WARC bands included and mostly on CW. QSL via F8IXZ.

Team Vertical will head back to Jamaica from November 16-26th. Operators include K2KW, KE7X, N6BT, N6XG, W6FOG, W6NS and W7CB. While the main goal will be QRP single band entries in the CQ WW CW Contest (November 23-24th), this will be a well-rounded DXpedition covering many bands and modes. In the contest, look for 6Y9A to be activated by Walter, N6XG, on 15m QRP; 6Y2A to be activated by Fredrick, KE7X, on 20m QRP; 6Y4A to be activated by Ken, K2KW, on 40m QRP; 6Y8A to be activated by Tom, N6BT, on 80m QRP and 6Y0A to be activated by Larry, W7CB, on 160m QRP. Outside the contest, operators will sign homecall/6Y5, and activity will be on 160-6 meters, the WARC bands, and the Satellites. Most modes will be covered: CW, SSB, RTTY, and some PSK31. There will be a dedicated 6m station (W6NS/6Y5 w/ breakable beacon on 50.101) and 2 dedicated Satellite stations (W6FOG/6Y5) on AO-7, AO-27, AO-40, FO-20, FO-29, and UO-14. QSL all QSOs via WA4WTG. QSL exception - USA satellite QSOs will be sent via AMSAT. For more details, please visit:


Joe, G3MRC, is active as 7Q7BP possibly through next spring. He was heard this past week on 20 and 10 meters CW. Watch for activity on/around 14021 kHz after 0400z and 28025 kHz after 1830z. QSL via G3MRC: Brian J. Poole, 18 Grosvenor Avenue, Kidderminster, Worcs., DY10 1SS, England.

Special event station 8N1OGA continues to be active to commemorate the 75 years of the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) until the end of Janaury 2003 (Please refer to OPDX.576). Activity this past weekend has been on 160/80/30/12 meters. QSLs will be sent out via the bureau unless you QSL direct to JA1MRM. The log search and more details about the activity can be found on:


Bob, 9K2ZZ, was active this past week on 28004 kHz around 1300z, 14003 kHz around 2145z and on 14200 kHz around 0315z. He was also active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single Op/Single Band (10m) entry last weekend. He made 3802 QSOs with 154 countries on 10 meters. QSL via W8CNL: Ray McClure, 5 McKenzie Circle, North Augusta, S.C. 29841-4319.

Yasu, JA9LSZ, reportedly has arrived in Katmandu for work and will be here until November 9th. He is expected to be active as 9N7SZ during his spare time on 80-6 meters. QSL via JA9LSZ.

Rex, VK8RH, will once again be active from here as C21RH now through November 22nd. Activity will be on HF and 6 meters. His primary frequency will be on 14260 kHz, however, he will also listen to 18125, 28885 and 50110 kHz. QSL via VK4AAR: Alan Roocroft, P.O. Box 421, Gatton 4343, Australia. For logs and updates, visit the Web page at:


Frosty, K5LBU, will be heading back to South Africa for a week in November. He will leave Houston on November 23rd and will arrive in Johannesburg on the 24th. Andre, ZS6WPX, will pick him up, and they will travel to Mozambique. They are not sure what the callsigns will be, but Frosty is hoping to have something like C9(?)CF and Andre may use C9(?)WPX. They will have a triband beam for 10/15/20 meters and a rotatable dipole for 12/17 meters. Also, they plan to put up a 40 meter dipole. Activity will only be for about 4 days. Frosty states he has to be back in his classroom on December 2nd.

Juan, CE4USW, will be active as CE4U in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single Op/Single Band (15m)/Low Power entry. QSL via CE4USW.

Operators Timo, OH1NOA, will be active as CT8T from the QTH of CT1DVV/CT1ESV for the upcoming CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSLs will be automatic via the Bureau. For more details, visit:

Al, 4L5A, who was recently active as D44TT, is expected to be to be active as D4B in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry. E-mail QSL requests for Bureau QSLs are OK per 4L5A on QRZ.com. However, for QSOs on 3 and more bands an E-mail request can be sent for a direct QSL.

Look for Nicolas, F5TGR, to be active as D44TR from Sal Island (AF-086) through November 12th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters CW/SSB. He was heard this past weekend on 21280 kHz around 1115z. QSL to F5TGR, via the Bureau or direct to: Nicolas Quennet, 8 bis Rue de la marne, 95220 Herblay, France.

* The ARRL Letter reports: "The ARRL's DXCC Branch is digging out following the annual 'September rush,' says ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG. Applications postmarked by September 30th have been accepted, and updates received by that date will be included in The DXCC Yearbook, which will be published in the spring. 'Although the DXCC Branch was able to become current last summer, the September deadline has come again along with its inherent increase in workload,' Mills said. 'We are currently working on about 2400 applications which include more than 240,000 QSL cards.' This represents nearly half of all applications--and cards--received each year. Mills said that as applications are logged into the DXCC system, they are listed on the ARRL Web site

With new DXCC software in place next year, the League hopes to be able to publish DXCC standings on the ARRL Web site on a near-real-time basis, Mills said, eliminating the need for the September deadline. 'This will spread the workload throughout the year and, along with the introduction of electronic DXCC applications, minimize turnaround time for DXCC applications,' he predicted."

* An official announcement has not yet been made by Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, but reports indicate that 7Z1AC and TT8VMFR are now approved for DXCC.

Biel, EA6DD, plans on being active in the CQ World Wide DX CW (November 23-24th) as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL via the Bureau or CBA. Also, visit his Web page at:


Antoine, 3D2AG, is expected to be on air as FO5RK from Rapa Island (IOTA OC-051, DIFO FO-123) now through November 28th. Activity will be on CW and SSB with some digital modes during his late afternoon, night and early morning hours. QSL direct to: Antoine de Ramon N'Yeurt (attn. C.E. Payn), Laboratoire Terre Ocean, Universite de la Polynesie Francaise, B.P. 6570, 98702 Faa'a, Tahiti. For more details on Rapa Island and Antoine's operation, please the Web page at:


Richard, K2WR, is expected to be active as MJ0AWR between November 20-25th. However, during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) he will be active as GJ2A as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL MJ0AWR via K2WR. QSL GJ2A via GJ3DVC.

NEW IOTA ACTIVATED. Victor, UT8LL, along with Massoud, EP2ES, from the Iranian PTT and several other Iranian amateurs activated Qeys (Kish) Island in the Hormozgan Province Group as EP6KI. The island received the new reference number AS-166. Activity took place during the International Air Show between October 30th and November 3rd. QSL via G4WFZ, direct or through the RSGB bureau. It was mentioned that this is the first of several unnumbered IOTA groups in Iran to be activated.

AF-004. Frank, DH5JG, will be operating from the Island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands (DIE S-007), as EA8/DH5JG/p from November 17-29th. His rig will be IC-706 with 100w into a Doublet antenna. Activity will be CW with some SSB on 40-10 meters including the WARC bands. Frank will also participate in the CQWW CW Contest. QSL to homecall via bureau.

AS-049. Remember to look for Takeshi, JI3DST, to be active as JI3DST/6 from Tokara Island between November 6-17th. The operation will be on 40/17/15/12/10/6 meters SSB. QSL via JI3DST, direct or via the bureau (Bureau is Best).

SA-024. The Rio DX Group will operate from Comprida Island (World Locator: GG65CA) from November 4-11th. Operators will be PY1LVF (Vieira), PY1NEW (Pete), PY1NEZ (Lima) and PY1VOY (Rick). Activity will be on 80-6 meters CW/SSB on or near the usual DX and IOTA frequencies. The callsign will be PR2C or homecall/p. QSL direct or via the Bureau, according to operator's request. Addresses can be found on the QRZ or Buckmaster Web pages.

You still have a few days left to work K8T and K8O by the multi-national team of DXers from American Samoa (KH8). The team has activated two islands: Tutuila Island (K8T on IOTA OC-045) and Ofu Island (K8O on IOTA OC-077). There are 3 operators on each island. The team on Tutuila Island (K8T) will go QRT on November 8th and the team on Ofu Island (K8O) will go QRT on November 6th. QSL K8O via AH6HY. QSL K8T via GW0ANA. For more information, visit the KH8 DXpedition Web page at:


Mike Young, KM9D, reports that he will be on an amateur radio DXpedition to activate Swains Island, American Samoa. Swains Island is located approximately 200nm NNW of Tutuila Island, near position 11S, 171W. Permission to visit and assemble a temporary radio station has been granted by the Jennings family and their support for this endeavour is very much appreciated. Validation material will be submitted to the IOTA committee for this "rare category" island. The reference assigned for the "Islands on the Air" award program is: OC-200. The single operator/single transmitter, favoring CW, will sign KM9D/KH8. The operation is expected to begin on November 4th and continue for at least one week. In an effort to make contact with as many stations as possible, on all of the continents, it is proposed that activity will be limited to the HF bands, 40-10 meters. Requests for QSL cards should be directed to the QSL Manager, OM2SA.

Bill, W8QZA, will be operating as KH6/W8QZA in the CQWW DX CW Contest as a Single Op/Single Band (20m)/QRP entry. QSL via CBA.

Floyd, N5FG, reports that the tentative plan (not totally firmed up yet) for the Magnolia DX Association's "DX Day" will be held on Saturday December 7, 2002, at the Latimer Community Center (just north of Ocean Springs). Activity starting "around 1:00 PM. Their program is:
Junk in the trunk all afternoon
Guest Speakers starting at 1:00 PM (to be finalized):
Wes Lamboley/W3WL
Randy Becnel/W5UE
Gary Jones/W5FI
Dick Brown/W5AA
Trey Garlough/N5KO (NOT FIRMED UP YET!!!)
Blue Ribbon Panel of DXers for a Q&A
Snacks mid afternoon
DX Dinner 6:00 PM
Awards and prizes (They have some nice prizes this year!)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Several motels in the immediate area (Exit 50 off I-10) are available in case you need a place to stay the night. Contact Floyd and he will handle reservations for you at: floydgee@datasync.com
MORE LATER as it develops, but please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested. AND let Floyd know. He states that they will need a count for the DX Dinner (Steak and all the trimmings). For more details, visit the MDXA Web page at:


Jukka, OH2MA, plans to activate OH0Z again this time in the CQWW CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single Op/All Band category. QSLs are via Ari Korhonen, OH5DX (ex OH1EH), Kreetalank.9A1, FIN29200 Harjavalta, FINLAND. ADDED NOTE: OH0Z has several new antennas, including stacked yagis for the second radio (SO2R).

Ed, 4L4FN, must be feeling better because he showed up this past weekend on 21225 kHz around 0000z (Sunday). QSL via KK5DO.

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN (FS also possible)
Dave, KM3T, informs OPDX that he will be active from PJ7UQ's QTH. He will sign PJ7/KM3T and possibly FS/KM3T before and after the contest. He is expected to sign PJ7A in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSLs for Dave's PJ7 operation go only to K2PF. However, he does not handle cards for prior PJ7 operations.

Tony, PY8IT, will be here from December 8-10th and plans to be active as PY0FT. He will concentrate on the digital modes (RTTY, PSK31, SSTV). QSL via JA1ELY.

Taka, JR3TVH/6, was active on Miyako Island (AS-079) during the past week (November 1-4th). QSL via JR3TVH either direct or via the bureau.

MD4K. Dave, G3NKC, informs OPDX that he will be acting as QSL Manager for any QSO in the CQWW SSB Contest 2002 or IOTA 2002. Direct is preferred, but bureau cards will also be accepted via G3NKC.

The logs for the recent S07L DXpedition are now on-line at:


CORRECTION/NOT MY MANAGER. It was reported to OPDX two weeks ago that Dave, KZ8Y, was the QSL Manager for Franco, TG9NX, because the 8th Area QSL Bureau was receiving cards for Franco that were sent to Dave (Please see OPDX.583 for details). However, Franco states that this is incorrect and QSLs should only be sent direct as per the address on QRZ.com.

These are the routes for QSLs for VC2C for the CQWW SSB Contest, Zone 2 operation.
U.S. Stations - Direct via NB1B only.
VE Stations - Direct via VE3TPZ only.
Outside U.S. and Canada - Either NB1B or VE3TPZ.
Hard Copy 60M Reception Reports and QSL requests go via VE3BY.
E-mail 60M Reception Reports go via:
radiotoronto@yahoo.com -or- NB1B@ARRL.net

QSL Manager Alan, VK4AAR, wants to remind everyone that he is now handling the QSL chores for VK8XC and VK8DP. QSL both DIRECT to VK4AAR at the address below. SAE appreciated but a "greenstamp" is a must (an IRC can be used if greenstamp is unavailable). His address is: Alan Roocroft, PO Box 421, Gatton 4343, Australia.

Special event W0O was on the air from Frankenstein, Missouri, on October 31st and November 1st, to celebrate Halloween. The Mid-Missouri Amateur Radio Club and the Warrensburg (Missouri) Amateur Radio Club sponsored the Halloween special event. QSL to Tom Hammond, N0SS. For more information, please visit the Mid-Missouri ARC Web site at:


Enrique, XE1IH (ex-XE1LWY, QSL Mgr. of XF4LWY and XF4IH), reports that on October 26th he received from his printer a part of the QSLs for the XF4IH DXpedition to the Cacaluta Island (IOTA NA-188). On October 28th, Enrique began sending out a package of 300 QSLs. He hopes to have all QSLs out by the end of the month. He thanks you for your patience.

John, KX7YT, is expected to be active this week as S21YV between November 8th and December 4th. Activity will be on 20/15/10 meters SSB and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign.

Paul/K1XM and Charlotte/KQ1F will operate as S9MX from Principe from approx. November 19-27th. They may operate from Sao Tome from November 28th through December 1st. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest.

Complete details have not been available yet, but there was a report this past weekend that Daniel, KL7Y, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Hawaii. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to Daniel's family and friends.

A report states that Christian, ex-TT8DX, should be going here and will be active between November 15th and until the end of the year. No callsign or bands and modes of operations were provided. QSL via F5OGL.

Paul, ON7UR, is reportedly in the country as of October 30th. He is expected to receive a callsign. His length of stay is unknown at this time. QSL via ON4ACA.

Pascal, F5PTM, is currently in Djamena and is active as TT8ZZ until possibly December. Activity will be on 80-10 meters on SSB/CW. He was heard this past weekend on 15/12/10 meters CW sometime between 1200-1700z. Watch around 24910, 21016 and 28024 kHz. QSL via F5PTM.

Look for Alfredo, WP3C, to be active in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL via W3HNK.

XW, LAOS (Update/Change)
Champ, E21EIC, reports that he will not be operating as XW1LLR in the CQWW CW Contest as first announced. He will now be active as XW1IC and as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. He states that he will also be active on 80 and 160 meters. Champ will only be using a 100 watts and plans to be active before and after contest. His activity will also be on the WARC band. QSL via E21EIC; OK for direct or RAST QSL Bureau.

Hiroo, XW2A, was not able to be active as XY1M during the CQWW DX SSB Contest weekend due to a bad cold. However, he is now active until November 12th from Yangon. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB. He was heard this past weekend on 15 meters (21295 and 21031 kHz) between 1245 and 1545z. QSL via XW2A: P.O.Box 2659 Vientiane Laos.

The last of the YA5T crew (Mark, VK4KMT) has now left the country. As per the YA5T Web page, "the operators are now all on a break, prior to going on another assignment, or already there...... This completes this phase of there operation in Afghanistan. They may return, but at a much latter date."

Dan, N9XX, states he will be active as ZF2RR outside of the CQWW CW Contest between November 17-26th (as time permits). However, he will be involved in a Multi-Op entry as ZF1A during the CQWW CW Contest. QSL ZF2RR (2000 and 2002 ONLY) via N9XX CBA/QRZ/Buck.

ZL7C NOW QRT! (Excerpts from a press releases by Lee, ZL2AL)
The ZL7C team finished the CQWW DX SSB Contest and went QRT as of 1015z on October 27th, and began a mad rush to pack up all the gear and antenna systems to be ready for their plane to New Zealand on Monday, October 28th. The flight from ZL7 to New Zealand with the gear totaling over a ton in the Convair 440 was expected to take about 3 1/2 hours. The team thanks all the hams around the world that played "cat and mouse" with them over the past two weeks. The provisional total number of QSOs stands at 72,200, including some 5513 QSOs plus 88 dupes logged in the CQWW SSB Contest. This includes 120 Band Zones and 300 Band Countries. Their entry in the CQWW Contest was on two radios only and included operation on 10, 15, 20 and 40 meters. QSL via: Kermadec DX Association ZL7C, C/O Ken Holdom ZL4HU, P O Box 7, Clyde, Central Otago, NEW ZEALAND. The ZL7C log is available on the Web site at:


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