Be sure to read OPDX Special Bulletin 596.1 as well as Bulletin 596.

OPDX 597 February 3, 2003

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 597
BID: $OPDX.597
February 3, 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, K1XM, N1SNB, W2SC, N3SL, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4SV, K4YL, N4AA & QRZ DX/The DX Magazine, W4BD, AJ6V, K6IPV, W6/IK3ZAW, WQ7R, K8YSE, N8BJQ, W9VNE, NW0L, 9A3Z, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL2VFR, DL3APO, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, HB9EAA, HK6DOS, HK6PSG, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, I2YSB, IK8UND, JI6KVR, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PS7AB, RW6HS, RZ3AA, SV1DPI, VA3RJ & ICPO, XE2AC and ZL4HU for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26/January, through Sunday, 2/February there were 239 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0A, CE0Z, 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, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH3, 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, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T31, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZK3, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

The year 2002 marks the 10th anniversary of allocation of the 9A prefix to Croatia. The Croatian Amateur Radio Association sponsored a special award for contacts made with 9A stations between July 5, 2002, and December 31, 2002. On the following Web address below, there is a link to the web site that shows a picture of the award and a page with award winners:
The first 169 awards have been mailed out. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2003 (to be sent to Denis, 9A3Z, at: ).

3B8, MAURITIUS (Update)
Peter, DL3APO, wants to remind everyone that all preparations are going well for a German team to be active as 3B8/DK7AO (Please refer OPDX.594). However, due to health and family reasons, Katrin, DL1AXL (Frank's, DK7AO, XYL), has been forced to cancel her participation in the 3B8/DK7AO operation from February 9-15th. The team will now include Achim, DL1XD. QSL via DL3APO. For more details, update and the log, visit the Web page at:

The "World-Wide Young Contesters" will be sponsoring a DX operation from August 4-14th. Operators will include Hrvoje/9A6XX, M0GMT, Cedrick/K9YO, Jeff/N1SNB and Faisal/9K2RR. Operations will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK-31 and with two stations active 24 hours a day. QSL via N1SNB.

Ulli, DL2AH, will be going on his first DXpedition/operation to these two countries. Activity from Samoa (5W) is planned for July 2-15th and July 24-29th. Activity from American Samoa is planned for July 16-23rd. His operations will be on 40-10 meters SSB/RTTY/PSK using a FT-1000MB with GAP Titan and Windom antennas. He also plans to be active in the 2003 IOTA Contest.

8P, BARBADOS (Update)
As mentioned last week, Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd). Tom informs OPDX that he will be there the week leading up to the contest and will mainly be there to checkout the station, primarily on the low bands. Since the contest is SSB, Tom will exclusively be on that mode.

Gaby/OE8YDQ and Chris/OE8CIQ will be active as 9H/homecall (but this could change, if they apply for a visitor's license) between April 20-27th. This will be a holiday style operation. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB with 100 watts and a vertical antenna. QSL via the bureau or direct to their home callsign. For more information, please visit their Web page at:

Sigi, DL7DF, will be on holiday from here and will be active as 9Y4/DL7DF from March 23rd through April 10th. Activity will be on all bands CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV using a transceiver with a linear.

Just a few more hours of activity from the AH3D team. Finnish operators Martti Laine/OH2BH, and Pertti Simovaara/OH2PM, and DX editor Bernie McClenny/W3UR are expected to leave early Tuesday (local time), February 4th. Remember to QSL via OH2BH's special postal box at: 2003 Johnston Atoll DXpedition, P.O. Box 73, 02380 Espoo, FINLAND.

Jim, W7EJ, plans to be very active as CN2R from here in some upcoming contest. Look for him in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 21-23rd) as a Single-Op entry and the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. Also, look for him in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/ All Band/High Power entry. QSL via W7EJ.


* Steve Bolia, N8BJQ, reports: "The Southwest Ohio DX Association is pleased to announce the Eighteenth Annual DX Dinner to be held on Friday, May 16th, 2003, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dayton, OH. There will be a cash bar at 6:30 PM and dinner at 7:15 PM. Tickets are 34.00 USD and must be purchased in advance. Groups wishing to sit together must order as a group. A table seats eight. Please make your check or money order payable to SWODXA and send an SASE for ticket return. Seats will be assigned in the order that requests are received. Seats will be assigned on March 16, 2003. Seating is limited." Please order tickets from:
Steve Bolia, N8BJQ, 7354 Thackery Rd, Springfield OH 45502
For information on the dinner, check the Web page at:
Or contact Steve Bolia, N8BJQ at (937) 788-2803 or send an E-mail to:

* Jim, W9VNE, reports, "Don Miller, ex-W9WNV and now AE6IY, informed me that he is planning on attending the Dayton Hamvention in May. He said that he will be a speaker at the DX Forum. Don now lives in Los Angeles County, California. Don will be remembered as a prolific DXer with superb operating skills who traveled extensively during the mid 1960s and 1970s. After some personal problems Don has reentered Ham Radio and the world of DX." ADDED NOTE: A Web page has been set up to cover Don's past DXpedition at:

Ed, AJ6V, will be operating from here using the callsign FM5BH bewteen February 11-18th. Activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. Outside of the contest he will mainly be active on SSB. QSL via W3HNK.

Silvano, I2YSB, informs OPDX that he and six other operators (all experienced DXers and Contesters) will be active from here. Their operation is scheduled to start around late April and run for about 2 weeks. Exact dates will be announced soon. They plan to use a "FO" callsign, this is to be confirmed and announced later. The team consists of: Silvano/I2YSB, Flaviano/I2MOV, Marcello/IK2DIA, Adriano/IK2GNW, Giuseppe/IK2WXV, Carlo/IK1AOD and Andrea/IK1PMR. They will operate on all modes (CW, SSB, PSK/RTTY) on all HF bands, including 50 MHz (they will also operate a beacon on 50.105 MHz). Their equipment will include 3 complete HF stations,with linear amplifiers (including a TL-922) and several antennas (including beams for the higher bands). More information about the DXpedition QTH, operators' profiles, equipment and sponsors can be found on the following link from I2YSB's Web page at:
Links to further information and online logs will be added.

AS-006. Remember to look for Terry, VE7TLL, as VR2/VE7TLL from Lantau Island, Hong Kong, now through February 10th. Watch the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via CBA.

AS-047. Toshiyuki, JM1PXG, (and possibly others) will be active as JM1PXG/6 from Daito Island from July 25-28th. Activity will include the 2003 IOTA Contest. QSL via home callsign to the JARL Bureau or direct.

AS-049. Hiro, JO1EPY, will be active as JO1EPY/6 from Tokara Islands (Nakano-shima) from 0000z, March 1st to 1000z, March 3rd. His activity will be on 40/17/15/12/10 meters CW/SSB. His main frequencies are: 21260 kHz SSB or 21040 kHz CW. QSL via the bureau or direct to his home address: Hiroshi Kotoku, 3-4-19 Kishimachi Kawagoe City, Saitama 350-1131 Japan.

EU-048. Jean Marc, F5SGI, will be on Groix Island (DIFM AT012) from April 7-12th, using CW with the special callsign TM6ILE. His activity will be on 80-10 meters (His stay was previously announced from April 14-20th). Jean Marc may provide some SSB activity on April 12th during the morning, from the Fort du Grognon, which counts for the French Forts and Castles Award program as DFCF 56002. QSL via the bureau or direct.

EU-052. Spiros, SV8CS, will be active from Zante Island in the western part of Greece during the CQWW 160m SSB Contest (February 21-23rd) with his special contest callsign SY8A. The callsign SY8A is NOT for Mount Athos but a special Greek contest call.

EU-129. A large German team will be active from Usedom Island as DL0KWH in the 2003 IOTA Contest. This Multi-Op team will consists of DL2SWW, DH7NO, DH2AX, DL6ATM, DL2RTK, DH1LA, DL2VFR and possibly others. They will operate from Peenemuende (known for where the V1 and V2 rockets were built in WWII). The group will be using beams and ground planes with 500 watts PA, and they will be on the air 2-3 days before the contest with individual callsigns. Activity will include CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSLs will be via the bureau 100%.

EU-174. Michael, DF3IS, will be active as SV8/DF3IS from Thasos Island, September 11-25th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via his home callsign (no E-QSL accept).

NA-057. Ray, WQ7R, informs OPDX that he will be active as HQ9R from Roatan Island during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All Band/Low Power entry. Ray states he will be leaving Las Vegas on March 22nd and will arrive on Roatan Island the same afternoon via direct from Houston. This year Ray will be staying with friends at their beach house on the north shore. His equipment will be a FT1000MKv w/voice keyer, RigblasterPro for the digital modes and an assortment of other necessary parts and pieces. Antennas will be: an A3 tribander and dipoles for 40/80. He expects to be on the air March 27th, probably on SSB testing the antennas and rig. Again on the 28th, he will be on SSB and CW, and on the 29-30th, he will be devoted to the contest. After the contest, Ray will be on and very active until April 4th. He does want to do RTTY and PSK on this trip but has no schedule for those operations. As mentioned, his contest callsign will be HQ9R, however before and after the contest, he will sign WQ7R/HR9. All QSLs should go to his good friend Dick Wolf, N6FF. Cards will be printed prior to departing for Honduras, and all logs will be computer generated and forwarded to Dick after his return to his home QTH on April 5th. Ray states he will not be checking into any DX nets.

NA-149. The German team of Hans/DL7CM and Sid/DM2AYO will be active as HH6/DL7CM and HH6/DM2AYO from the Haitian coastal Island of Ile a Vache now through February 15th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW, SSB and RTTY using a beam and a GP for the lower bands. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or via the Bureau.

SA-042. Operators Carlos/CT1AHU, Jose/PY8EA, Daniel/PT7BI, Roberto/ PT2GTI and Jorge/PT2HF will be activating Mexiana Island (DIB-69), a rare wanted IOTA, on May 21-25th. Their callsign is still unknown. Activity is planned for 40/20/15/10 meters SSB. More details are forthcoming.

Operators Roberto/I2WIJ, Luigi/IK8HCG and Salvatore/IK8UND will be active as J49Z in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multil-Single/High Power entry. Activity from the team will begin on Thursday, October 23rd, on all bands 160-10 meters, including 12/17 meters, mainly on SSB (but they will take a key and do some CW). A large range of antennas will be used: 11 element triband yagi, phased vertical array on 40 meters (2 or 4 verticals), single vertical 1/4 wave on 80 meters, Inverted "V" for 160 meters, a 8 element 5 band beam for 20/17/ 15/12/10 meters for the multiplier station, and a rotatable dipole for 40 meters. QSL via IK8UND. Visit the web site for this operation at:

Members from the Virginia DX Century Club will be active from February 11-19th. Their activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest as KG4DZ. QSL KG4DZ via W4SD. Look for the following operators (with their own KG4 callsign) to be active: Don/W4ZYT/KG4ZK, Chuck/N8CH/KG4NW, Gordon/KU4EC/KG4EC and Chet/N6ZO/KG4ZO. QSL via their home callsigns.

Don, K6IPV, will be vacationing at "Seaqmaui", the B & B (ed. We think he means "Bed and Breakfest") of Terry, KH6SQ, from February 10-20th. He states, "This will be a casual operation, mostly SSB and as many bands as Terry has antennas for. He's got a couple of towers (which probably creates a hazard for the golfers on the course he lives alongside!), with beams and other assorted antennas. I'll take my keyer along but am a notoriously poor CW op!" He expects to be signing KH6/K6IPV and his dream is to be on the air enough when not vactioning with his wife and doing the "tourist" things. He wants to work more than 100 countries to earn DXCC from a different "country". QSL via direct.

Ari, OH5DX, will once again be active from here as OH0Z, this time during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 15-16th). His operating class is still to be decided. QSL via OH5DX (ex-OH1EH).

For those that missed it, in OPDX.596 under "IOTA NEWS......." the IOTA number listed as NA-073 should have been NA-072.

Jim, N6TJ, will be active as P40T during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via VE3HO.

Andy, K2LE, will be active as P4/K2LW now through February. His plans of activity were not provided. QSL via his home callsign.

Operators Tom/AE9B, Marty/NW0L and Jerry/WB9Z will be active in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd), signing PJ2T. QSL PJ2T via N9AG. Look for all 3 operators to sign PJ2/homecall, on SSB, CW and RTTY before and after the contest from February 26th through March 4th. There will be an emphasis on the WARC bands. QSL non-contest QSOs via home callsigns.

William, W8EB, will be active as PJ7/W8EB from February 23rd throughh March 23rd. His activity will include the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as PJ7B and as a Single-Op/All Band entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-10 meters CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK-31. QSL both callsign via W8EB.

K1B QSL UPDATE/CHANGE. Roman Thomas, RZ3AA (K1B, K5K, 3D2CI etc.), reports, "I completely understand the problems that many of you are having getting the SSB K1B QSL cards. I feel bad for each of you who have still not received your QSL card. Unfortunately the mail situation in my country certainly has room for improvement. In hindsight it was probably not a good choice to use a Russian QSL address." Roman explains he processed more than 3000 direct QSL requests that were returned direct and has received more than 1000 bureau QSL cards that have all been sent back via the bureau. However, he has received about 300 direct QSL card requests which were already opened and were missing IRCs or postage money, these have been answered via the bureau. Also, he has received at least 200 E-mail requests asking for status on specific cards which never arrived. Roman suspects many more card requests were lost somewhere in the mail system. To date, Roman still receives about 20 direct requests per week, all being returned direct. If you would like to pick up a K1B SSB QSL card in person, Roman will be at Dayton this year and he is prepared to hand out cards there. Watch for an announcement.

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Due to Roman's mail situation a new QSL route has been announced. If you worked K1B using "SSB ONLY", QSL requests can now be sent to K4YL (ex-W4SMG) to the following address: Stephen M. Grose, P.O.Box 183, Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731-0183. Please include the following:
1) Your QSL Card indicating Time in GMT, Date, Band, Mode and Report.
2) A Self Addressed Envelope (SAE) with all necessary addressing information (USA send SASE).
3) One Green Stamp (preferred) or One Large IRC is accepted.
Please make sure the envelope contains the three items shown above. "NO" Bureau cards will be accepted. Please send Bureau cards via Roman, RZ3AA, via the Russian Bureau. All cards will be processed in the order they are received. PLEASE send ONLY SSB cards. Depending on the demand, some delay might result if additional cards have to be printed. All CW and Digital requests are to be sent to Hrane, YT1AD. Any questions can be E-mailed to Stephen, K4YL at:

As of February 1, 2003, Kim, daughter of Steve, N3SL, is the QSL Manager for "J", VY1JA, and Les, KL7J. She is handling all of the VY1JA cards EXCEPT for Japan, which remain with Akio, JA3JM. QSL direct (SASE or USD) or bureau. QSLs for KL7J are via direct ONLY (to Kim). The logs of both of these active stations can be searched at:
QSL instructions are listed there also.

Oscar, HK6DOS, informs OPDX that due to the high cost of the mail in Colombia, all QSL cards for HK6DOS (via direct and bureau) must be sent to EA5KB, his QSL Manager.

Luis, HK6PSG, informs OPDX that due to the high cost of the mail in Colombia, all QSL cards for HK6PSG (via direct and bureau) must be sent to EA5OL, his QSL Manager.

Vasilij, RW6HS, informs OPDX that he is NOT the QSL Manager for ER100 and ER3DX. However, he is the QSL Manager for the following special Kazakhstan callsigns: UO60SB, UP57EX, UP58EX and UQ1EDX.

Paul, K1XM, reports that the S9MX/S9CR cards arrived from the printer last Wednesday (January 22nd). Charlotte, KQ1F, has answered all requests received, probably around 1500 cards. Most were mailed the morning of January 27th, the rest were to go into the mail the following day.

Luis, XE2AC, informs OPDX that he has a new QSL Manager. QSL all cards for XE2AC and 6J2AC now via Paco, EA5OL.

Ken, ZL4HU, announced:"Please be patient regarding the issue of ZL7C QSL Cards. We HAVE received the cards from Vertex Standard (formerly Yaesu) and we are presently working on these. A mail out date will be advised within the next few days. PLEASE and I say again PLEASE DO NOT send 2nd QSL Card requests. We have already received some and these are causing further delays in processing....... Many thanks and keep an eye out for the release of the QSL information for ZL7C."

Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A, has been active over the past week on 40 and 10 meters CW (Yes CW!). Stateside QSNs show him on 7005 kHz after 0030z and as late as 0207z, as well as 28022 kHz between 1315-1415z. Europe reported him on 14022 kHz. Kostas, SV1DPI, states Monk Apollo is expected to be active also on SSB and RTTY. Veronica, W6/IK3ZAW, reports that Monk Apollo told her he has made several attempts (during his free time) to work U.S. stations on different bands, but his reception is very poor from his area. Good openings do not usually coincide with his free hours which he can spend on the radio. However, he reassured Veronica that he shall keep on trying. QSL only direct to one of the two following addresses:

       (Provided by SV1DPI)                  (Provided by W6/IK3ZAW)
       Monk Apollo                            Monk Apollo
       Monastery od Dochiariou                Docheiariou Monastery
       63087 Mount Athos                      63087, Dafni
       Greece                                 Mount Athos

T8, PALAU (KH0 Cancelled)
Takeshi, JA5AUC, has cancelled his Saipan operation (as reported in OPDX.596) and will be active instead from Palau Island as T88TM. He will be joined by Norikazu/JA5MY, Kouji/JA5SUD, Tatsuo/JA5EIY and Yuji/JA5ROH/T88RH. Activity will be from February 7-12th, on 160-6 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.

Operators Chadwick/K4UN, Carlos/TI2KAC, Fred/W4BD and possible others will be active as TI8/K4UN during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Multi-2/All Band entry. QSL via K4UN. They will be active a little over a week before the contest, and activity outside of the contest will be on 160-10 meters primarily on SSB with the possibility of some CW and PSK31.

V31, BELIZE (Update to OPDX.596/IOTA Op)
Paul/K1XM informs OPDX that he and Charlotte/KQ1F still don't have their callsigns yet. However, he states they will operate the contest (ARRL DX SSB Contest, March 1-2nd) from Turneffe Island (IOTA NA-123). They will arrive at the site the Wednesday before the contest and leave the Wednesday after. Outside of the contest, Paul may operate CW or RTTY. Also, they may be on the air a bit from the mainland before they go to Turneffe, depending on what else they are doing and whether or not they can put up a wire at their hotel.

David, VK2CZ, will be active as VK8AA in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. QSL via VK2CZ or VK8 bureau.

It has been reported that Barry, VK2BJ, will be active as VK2LBJ beginning February 8th. Activity will be for one week. There was no information provided on his bands/modes of activity.

David, VK2CZ, will be active active from here during the CQWW SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. His callsign is currently unknown at this time, but activity will include 160-10 meters. QSL via VK2CZ direct only.

Remember to look for Ed, W2SN, to be active this week as VP6EM beginning on February 4th. Activity will take place between 1700-2359z, on 10/15/20 meters SSB, depending on the propagation. QSL to his home callsign.

XE, MEXICO (160m Op)
Operators Victor/XE1VIC, Arnulfo/XE1ME, Jesus/XE1JG, Ortega/XE1YJY and Ramon/XE1KK will be active as XE1RCS in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 21-23rd) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via CBA or Bureau. This is a good chance to work Mexico and Zone 6 on 160 meters. Also, there is some activity planned on 3.8 MHz the week before the contest. Operators will be using their personal callsigns.

Nik, HB9EAA, informs OPDX that he will be active from Penrhyn, N. Cooks (OC-082) from March 8-15th and Aitutaki, S. Cooks (OC-083) from March 15-22nd. He hopes to go on the air with the callsign ZK1EAA, mainly on the CW mode. The license with the definitive callsign will be known after his arrival on Rarotonga. Activity will be mainly on CW on the following suggested frequencies: 14040, 21040 and 28040 kHz (+/- QRM). QSL via HB9EAA direct or via the bureau is OK. For more details, please visit the Web page at:

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