OPDX 598 February 10, 2003

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 598
BID: $OPDX.598
February 10, 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, ARRL Web Page, ARRL W1AW Bulletins, N1KC, NC1L, W1RG, K2AJY, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, CO2QQ, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, EA7JX, EY8MM, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, HK5MQZ, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, IK4ZHH, JA1ELY, JH1NBN, JI6KVR, JJ1LIB, OM3JW, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, SV1XV, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK3DYL, VK4FW, ZL4HU and ZA/Z35M for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd/February, through Sunday, 9th/February there were 232 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, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Z, 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, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH3, KH6, 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, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T31, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK3, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

Tad, JF6OJX (also 7N4AHT, KH7J), will be active as 3D2JX from Mana Island (IOTA OC-121) between April 19-24th. His equipment will be a FT-897 and a wire antenna like a Windom 80. Activity will be on the lower bands 80-30 meters (especially for Europe) and also on 20-6 meters (160m if possible). QSL Manager is JN1HOW, and a log search will be available after the operation at:

http://www.NDXA.jp/pedi/3d2-2003/ 7K1WLE/Hisa
(WLE@DXing.org) and JJ1LIB/Ted (ted@DXing.org) will keep in touch with him almost everyday on 40 meters SSB.

Arno/DL1CW and Andy/DL3GA are now active from Cape Coast as 9G5ZZ and 9G5GA, respectively. Their activity will last until February 18th. They plan to operate on CW/RTTY/SSB on 80-10 meters including the WARC bands and possibly 6 meters also. 9G5GA was heard this past weekend in the RTTY contest while 9G5ZZ was operating on 40/30 meters CW. Look for activity in the ARRL CW Contest. QSLs via homecalls.

Glenn, W0GJ, active as A51B from Thimphu, Bhutan, and was quite active on 80 meters CW (around 3503 after 1200z) this past week. He was also heard on 3799 kHz SSB trying to work the West Coast after 1300z. Glen was heard during the CQ/RJ WW RTTY Contest this past weekend and is expected to be in the ARRL CW DX Contest (February 15-16th). He is expected to be here until February 26th. QSL via W0GJ direct.

Look for Ivars, KC4PX, to be active as C6APX from Nassau (NA-001) now through February 15th. Activity will be on 6 meters. QSL via KC4PX.

Look for Oleg/UA3TT and Alex/RW3TN to be active as D44TT from here now through February 16th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. Oleg/UA3TT was active as D44AC in this past weekend's CQ/RJ Worldwide RTTY WPX Contest as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m) entry. QSL both callsigns via RW3TN.

Fabio, I4UFH, will be active as D44TD from here during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via CT1EKF.

* Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, would like to remind everyone that the cutoff date for the next Honor Roll list is rapidly approaching. In order to appear in the next list that will appear in August 2003 QST, you must be current on the DXCC Honor Roll as of March 31, 2003. Applications must be received or postmarked March 31st, 2003. With the addition of Ducie Island in 2002, the minimum number of entities required is 326, and these include only current entities. Deleted entities do not count towards Honor Roll. For Number One Honor Roll, the total is 335 current entities. Plaques are still available for anyone who is currently, or previously on the Honor Roll. See the DXCC Web site for the latest order form.

* POSSIBLE TWO NEW ENTITIES AND ONE DELETION??? Not yet, but getting closer. Yugoslavia's Parliament formally abolished its nation (Yugoslavia) on Tuesday, February 4th. The remaining two republics of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) will now become two loose unions with semi-independence. According to a deal arranged by the European Union with an aim to keep the two republics together, Serbia and Montenegro will continue to share the capital of Belgrade, and a joint administration for defense and foreign affairs. With the approval by the two chambers of the Yugoslav parliament, the birth of a new country called "Serbia and Montenegro" was formed. According to the ARRL Web page, "The new arrangement will have little immediate impact on Amateur Radio. For DXCC purposes, Serbia and Montenegro will be considered a single entity--at least for the time being--and amateurs there are expected to continue using YU/YT prefixes. The situation could change in three years when residents of the two republics would be allowed to vote to stick together or go their separate ways."

Joel, F5PAC, will once again be active from here between February 23rd and March 24th. His callsign was not provided and neither were bands/modes of activity (However, watch the IOTA frequencies.). He will activate some of the following islands and his schedule is as follows:

  • NA-170 - San Blas Province Group from February 25-27th
  • NA-202 - Colon/Veraguas North Province Group from March 3-5th
  • NA-088 - Bocas Del Toro Province Group from March 8-9th
  • NA-071 - Chiriqui/Veraguas South Province Group from March 11-12th
  • NA-203 - Los Santos/Herrera/Cocle Province Group from March 15-16th
  • NA-072 - Panama/Darien Province Group from March 19-20th

    IO4, ITALY
    Filippo, IK4ZHH, informs OPDX that he will use the callsign IO4T during the ARRL CW Contest (February 15-16th) as Single-Op/All Band/ High Power entry. QSL via IK4XCL.

    EU-042. Operators Detlev/DL1RTW and Klaus/DL7UXG will sign homecall/p from Pellworm Island's Lighthouse, June 20-22nd. Other reference numbers are: German Island Award N-23, German Lighthouse Award No. 40 and ARLHS FED 187. QSL via their home callsigns.
    EU-172. Klaus, DL7UXG, will be active as OZ/DL7UXG/p from Langeland Island (Danish Island Award - FY-19), July 26th through August 8th. QSL via his home callsign.
    NA-129. Look for VE8NET to be active from Banks Island during the 2003 IOTA Contest, July 26-27th. The callsign is from the Western Arctic Amateur Radio Association. They have 5 confirmed operators and are looking for five more. Operation will be on all HF bands plus 6 meters from the community of Sachs Harbour. Modes will be packet, CW, SSB and satellite. The QSL Manager will be Neil Sutherland, VE8CQ. QSL cards will will be in the form of certificates shaped like the island and will have all the important informataion necessary to be considered complete for your collection.
    You have a few more days to work Manfred/DJ7RJ, as J3/homecall. His activity this past week has been mainly on CW, with some SSB on 80/30/17/15/12/10 meters. He is expected to be there until February 13th.

    KH2, GUAM
    Kaoru/JA3MCA, Kai/JE3NJZ and Yuki/JH1NBN will have a HAM vacation from here beginning late February 13th night through the morning of Febraury 17th. Activities will be on SSB, CW, DATA and 160-6 meters. Please send QSLs to their individual JA home callsign as per QRZ.com. The following are their callsigns and QSL routes: W3MCA/KH2 via JA3MCA/Kaoru, N3JZ/KH2 via JE3NJZ/Kai and K3ZB/KH2 via JH1NBN/Yuki. ADDED NOTE: Yuki, JH1NBN, informs OPDX that they will participate (some hours) in the ARRL Contest next weekend.

    * Election results for officers of the South Florida DX Association (SFDXA) were announced at the "Gathering of Friends" DX dinner after the Miami Tropical Hamboree, Saturday, February 1, 2003. The results are:

            President:      Bill, W2CQ            Directors at Large:
            Vice-President: Steve, W4DTA        Mike, W4UM    Don, W3AZD
            Secretary:      Gil, W1RG           Bruce, W4OV   Pete, N8PR
            Treasurer:      John, K4WJ
       SFDXA is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
     * The officers of the National Capitol DX Association for the year
       2003 are:
         President:       Terry Hines, N4ZH     Treasurer:  Brian Bayus, N1KC
         Vice President:  Dick Maylott, W2YE    Secretary:  George Vincent, K3GV
       The NCDXA's Web site can be found at:     

    P4, ARUBA (Update)
    Andy, P4/K2LE, currently active from here, will be in the ARRL CW Contest as a Single-Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

    Larry, W7AB, trustee of KL0A, states that activity by KL0A January 28, 2003, at 2058z on 18072 kHz, was a PIRATE. Their station was not active during this time.

    HELP NEEDED! OPDX has been asked to help find/locate the right QSL route for the Johnston Island operation during September 1992 by KH3AF. individual requesting the help states, "I have sent many QSL cards to his address listed in the FCC database, nothing ever came back."

    Rod, EA7JX, informs OPDX that he is the new QSL Manager for Serge, EK6DZ. He is also QSL Manager for EK60SB and VK3FY/DU8 (from OC-235 and OC-180). His address is: Rodrigo Herrera, P.O. Box 47, 41310, Brenes, Sevilla, Spain.

    Nodir, EY8MM, reports that he has updated the online log for D4B which includes the CQWW 160 Contest. The URL address is:


    Jairo, HK5MQZ, operator of the last Malpelo operation and active DXer, wants to inform DXers interested in his QSLs that air mail has increased 100% in Colombia this year. He requests that you send two greenstamps or two IRCs when sending for cards. He also requests, if possible, to use registered mail.

    Gerad, F2JD, active as HR5/F2JD has logged 10000 QSOs at this time. You can check to see if you are in his log by sending an E-mail to: log.f6kpo@eudil.fr (Put YOUR callsign on the Subject line.)

    Bill Horner, VK4FW, reports that the FW8FP QSL cards will arrive from the printer this week. He apologizes for the delay. The QSL will be a two sided photographic card, and they had many problems getting good quality photos for the QSL. He will commence QSLing immediately once cards are received. All mail that was received has been put in order by date and will be answered the same way. Please do not re-QSL.

    Photos of the recent XY2A operation can be viewed at the following Web page (some written in Japanese and English): http://qth.com/dxshack

    One of the QSL Managers for YI1BGD (please refer to OPDX.596), Steve, OM3JW, reports that he will receive the YI1BGD QSLs from the printer on Monday, February 10th. He requests to PLEASE be patient. A list of QSLs which Steve has received directly are on the Web site:


    Vlado, ZA/Z35M, informs OPDX that all direct QSL requests for ZA/Z35M (also fo Z35M) received as of February 1st, have been answered direct from Macedonia. QSL only direct to his home address: Vladimir Kovaceski, Box 10, Struga 6330, Macedonia. Vlado adds since June 2002, ZA/Z35M has made 21000 QSOs all on HF, CW and SSB. His is rig: IC-745, 100w and G5RV antenna.

    Artyom, UA3VCS, states, "C'mon guys try this one out. A really good contest. See you all there!". He is expected to be active as BW3/UA3VCS from Taiwan (as Single-Op/Multi-Band entry??). QSL via his CBA. Also, Nodir, EY8MM, will be active as a Single-Op/Single Band (10m) entry. QSL via K1BV.

    Pacific Division Director Jim Maxwell, W6CF, died February 6th at his home in Redwood Estates, California. He was 69 years old. Maxwell was an avid DXer and contester. He served as an ARRL Emergency Coordinator from 1991 to 1999, and he was a member of the ARRL DX Advisory Committee from 1988 through 1994. Maxwell previously held the call W6CUF. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

    The Federacion de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) will celebrate this year, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Cuban National Hero "Jose Marti", with the activation of 9 special callsigns from several diferent places in Cuba that are related with Jose Marti's life. The operations will be on all bands and modes. The following schedule is as follows:

       CO0J    February 8-9th              CO0A   July 12-13th
       CO0O    March 8-9th                 CO0R   August 9-10th
       CO0S    April 11-13th               CO0T   September 13-14th
       CO0E    May 10-11th                 CO0I   Octuber 11-12th
       CO0M    June 14-15th
    All QSOs will be confirmed via bureau (no QSL is needed) and those who
    achieve contact with all 9 stations will receive a Special Award.

    Be looking for the callsign TM6D to be used by the radio club, F6KLF, for the French contest at the end of February from "Department 26".

    Bill, SV5AZP, will be active from Rhodes during the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 21-23rd) as a Single-Op/Low Power entry. QSL via the address on QRZ.com.

    Costas, SV1XV, informs OPDX that he will be using the special contest callsign SX1R in the three CQ WPX Contests for 2003 and possibly in other contests as well. QSL via SV1XV by the bureau or direct.

    Stefano, IK2QEI, will be active as TO1A from Laurent's, FM5BH, shack in the ARRL International SSB DX Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via IK2QEI.

    Three of the YLs who operated VK9YL and ZK1XYL last year, namely Gwen/VK3DYL, June/VK4SJ and Elizabeth/VE7YL (CW), will activate Cocos Keeling Islands (OC-003) October 12-25th, and Christmas Island (OC-002) October 26th through November 9th next. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, SSB and CW - no RTTY or PSK. Their callsigns and detailed QSL information will be announced later by the QSL Manager VK3DYL.

    Fred, G4BWP, is expected to be active this week as XT2WP in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/Single Band (15m) entry. If time permits, he will try to be active the days before the contest on 30/17/12/6 meters CW before he goes QRT on February 17th. QSL via G4BWP.

    John, K0DQ, will be active as ZF2DQ in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. He informs OPDX that he will be there 3 days before the contest, mainly to prepare for the contest. Look for him on 12 and 17 meters for any activity happening before the contest. Activity will be from Bruce's, ZF2NT, QTH. QSL via K0DQ.

    Ron, ZL1AMO, is back! He was heard this past week working AH3D on RTTY, and he was on 15 meters (21305 kHz) SSB around 0000z. By the way, Saturday, February 1st, was Ron's 66th birthday. It was also a special celebration for Ron's recovery organized by his daughter Terri, ZL1ADA. The pictures of Ron Wright, ZL1AMO, were taken by Jacky, F2CW/ZL3CW, and can be found at:


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    Date: Sun, 09 Feb 2003 15:07:33 +1300
    From: Ken Holdom [zl2hu@clear.net.nz]
    Subject: ZL7C Chatham Islands DXpedition QSL Info.
    To: Tedd Mirgliotta OPDX Bulletin [kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org]
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    The Kermadec Dx Association wishes to announce the the blank QSL cards for the Chatham Islands DXpedition which took place in October 2002 arrived in New Zealand on the 27th January. The cards were provided courtesy of Vertex Standard (formerly Yaesu, Japan) who have been one of our major sponsors for many years.

    With the almost 5000 envelopes containing many thousands of QSO's received to date we have begun processing these cards and we expect this process to continue for approximately another 2 - 3 weeks.

    We have already noticed that there is a significant number (in excess of 100 to date) that do not contain Self Addressed Envelopes OR return postage. These cards WILL be sent via the bureau with a suitable notation.

    To those who sent more than the minimal number of IRC's or greenstamps we thank you for your support which will be used offset some of our expenses.

    We hope to have all incoming cards answered within the next two weeks and we will be doing a BULK mail out by ECOMOMY POST on 1 March 2003. Please be patient and await the arrival of your cards If by the end of April you do not have your cards then may we suggest that this is an appropriate time to consider whether to send a 2nd request.

    All second requests received before the 1 May will not be answered until all cards have been filed When filing is complete a check will be made to see if the first requests have been answered. As it will be some weeks after the 1st May before all our cards are sorted please do not ask if we have received your cards in the interim.

    Incoming bureau cards along with those that did not include return addressed envelopes or return postage will be processed when time permits.

    To all those who used our previous Wellington Addresses I cannot guarantee that we will have received your cards.

    Please feel free to pass the above information on by whatever means to as many others as possible.

    Finally, we have enjoyed your company to make ZL7C yet another very successfull Kermadec DX Association DXpedition. With our three DXpeditions to date we have put in excess of 200,000 QSO's in the logs of many fellow hams and we are delighted to have provided new ones for some of you.

    Please note that any replies to this message should be direct and not via the reflectors.

    Kind Regards and good Dxing

    Ken Holdom ZL4HU
    Group Organiser / Team Leader / QSL Manger
    Kermadec Dx Association

    P O Box 7
    Central Otago
    New Zealand

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