OPDX 596.1 January 27, 2003

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 596.1
BID: $OPDX.596.1
January 27, 2003
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, KE3Q, W3UR and The Daily DX for the following special DX information.


"The Daily DX" reported the following today:
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a plan to permanently close a chemical weapons disposal facility on Johnston Island. With the completion of the cleanup of the facility on Johnston Island, the facility is expected to close, and it will be soon, and a near-future administration change will put the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in charge of the overall operations of this U.S. territory. Future DXpeditions to Johnston Island, KH3, may be much more difficult."

"On top of all of this, the Johnston Island Club station, KJ6BZ, will be dismantled. Finnish operators Martti Laine/OH2BH and Pertti Simovaara/OH2PM, along with DX editor Bernie McClenny/W3UR, have obtained special permission to visit, document and operate from the club station for one week just prior to the demolition, which is scheduled just days after the operation. In the spirit of 'cleanup,' the ham radio team is going to do its best to 'clean up the demand' for KH3 for Europe, low bands and WARC bands. The AH3D crew will also 'tidy up' on 6 meters to the extent propagation cooperates, and RTTY. The all-band CW, SSB and RTTY operation is scheduled to take place starting today, until February 4th."

"The group will use proven `sanitation materials,' such as the recently launched DXpedition-grade Yaesu FT-857 and FT-897 radios with amplifiers. They will use a variety of antennas to spray their signals across the airwaves including a TH11, 3-element 10 meter beam, duo bander for 12 and 17 meters and various wires for the low bands."

"To help manage the cleanup, Dr. Bill Avery, K6GNX, will step in as the team's pilot station. He will act as a point person to relay news between the operating crew and the DX community." Bill can be reached via E-mail at: bavery@telemetry.com "This may very well be the last `big sweep' from Johnston Island for a long time. Those wishing to fill their needed list should monitor the following frequencies:

CW - 1827.5, 3506, 7006, 10106, 14024, 18075, 21024, 24895, 28024 and 50105 kHz
SSB - 3795, 7082, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945, 28495 and 50105 kHz
RTTY - 14085 or 21085 kHz."

QSL AH3D via OH2BH: 2003 Johnston Atoll DXpedition, P.O. Box 73, 02380 Espoo, FINLAND. ADDED NOTE: Ricahrd, KE3Q, also Editor of "The Dialy DX", mentions the callsign AH3D is actually Martti's U.S. callsign, one that he's held for some time.


There is a small correction to OPDX.596 under "IOTA News...".
The IOTA listed as NA-073 should have been NA-072.

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