OPDX 601 March 3, 2003

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 601
BID: $OPDX.601
March 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, K1XN & GoList, K3LR, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, W3LEO, K4SV, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, AC7DX, K8BL, K8PT, K8YSE, NE8Z, W9OL, 8P9BX, CE4USW, CE6TBN, CO8TW, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL2VFR, DL6KAC, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, HL1VAU, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, IK4MTF, Japan DX News, JI3DST, JI6KVR, JJ1TBB, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA5ET, RW3RN, RW6HS, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY, VE6JO, VK3EW, VK4AAR, VK4FW, XQ5SM, YO9HP and ZL4HU for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 23rd/February, through Sunday, 2nd/March there were 238 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 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, C9, CE, 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, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH4, KH6, KH8, KH9, 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, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T31, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, 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).

John, F5VHQ (ex-OE5TGL), will be active as 6W/F5VHQ between April 19th and May 1st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB. QSL via F5VHQ.

Winston Seeney, 8P9BX (VE3WFS), informs OPDX that he attended a meeting of the Radio Society of Barbados and was told a QRP DX team is scheduled to operate on the Atlantic coast, on March 15th, and is scheduled to go on the air at 1400z. They will operate on CW and SSB on the lower ends of the bands from 40-10 meters.

Dov Gavish, 4Z4DX, will be active as 9N7DX starting April 22nd for 4 weeks. Activity is expected to be on 160-6 meters CW and the digital modes. QSL via 4Z4DX. His Web site is at:


Alex, YO9HP, will once again be active as A45WD. He leaves for Oman today (Monday, March 3rd) and is expected to be active around the 5th or 6th of March. His length of stay is not known (possibly two weeks). Look for him on 80-10 meters including the WARC Bands on CW/SSB. QSL via bureau or YO9HP: Alex Panoiu, Pleasa - Prahova, RO-2038 ROMANIA ADDED NOTE: Alex would like to thank all stations who sent direct QSL (with SASE) or a bureau QSL. He has managed to reply to 99% of the direct cards before his trip back to Oman. Also, bureau QSLs are almost done, and he will drop the last batch via the A4 bureau. They normally send the cards out every 3-4 months.

Mark Kawasaki, JJ1TBB, was happy to inform OPDX that he has received permission from the Taiwan Authority to operate as BU2/JJ1TBB from Taipei. He states "BU" is a very new prefix for Taiwan. His activity will be mainly CW/SSB on 40-10 meters. He was heard this past week on 21262 kHz around 0200z. Mark's work assignment is expected to keep him in Taiwan for 3-4 years. QSL via JL1ANP. ADDED NOTE: Mark may be known for his operations from Singapore as 9V1AN (1995-96), and Christmas Island as VK9XB (1996), Vietnam as XV2A (1991) and possibly from some others locations.

Art, UA3VCS, states there is a minor change in his callsign for the upcoming Russian DX Contest (March 15-16th) and the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th). He will not sign BW3/UA3VCS as first announced, but he will sign BW4/UA3VCS. Art also mentioned that he will be a Single-Op/ Single Band (10m)/Low Power entry for the CQ WPX SSB Contest (and also a Single-Op/All Band/Low Power entry for the WPX CW Contest). QSL via the CBA (preferred) or bureau (it may take more than a year and a half to reply for the QSLs received via bureau).

CB5, CHILE (Attention Prefix Hunters)
Ferdi, XQ5SM (SCDXG member), will put the CB5 prefix on the air for the first time during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th). Look for him to be active in the contest as CB5A as a Single-Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL via XQ5SM.

Tim, K3LR, reports that the North Coast Contesters are pleased to announce: The 11th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner (Tickets are on sale NOW). Master of Ceremonies is Tim Duffy, K3LR. The 2003 Contest Hall of Fame Inductions will be formally announced by the CQ WorldWide Contest Director and CQ Contest Hall of Fame member, Bob Cox, K3EST. They are honored to have Rich Strand, KL7RA, as their dinner speaker. The dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 17th, at 6:30 PM: Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM. The event will be located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Official Contest Hotel), 5th and Jefferson Streets (Next to the Convention Center), Dayton (Downtown), Ohio in the VAN CLEVE BALLROOM. Menu: Prime Rib of Beef, Potato, vegetables, rolls, chocolate fudge cake, choice of beverage, coffee, tea or iced tea (* Vegetarian menu available by request at the dinner). Price is 31.00 USD per person. SEATING IS LIMITED TO 300, SO ORDER YOUR TICKETS EARLY. Seating is random and is not reserved. Tables are set in rounds or 8. All dinner ticket orders are handled exclusively by Craig Clark, K1QX at: Radioware and Radio Bookstore, PO Box 209, Rindge, NH 03461

You can place your order by calling: Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM eastern USA time.
1-800-457-7373 1-603-899-6957 for International

or by FAX 1-603-899-6826 24 hours

You can also E-MAIL your orders to: jcclark@prexar.com
Visa, Mastercard, American Express. Sorry no COD orders. E-MAILs must include charge card + number, callsign and return address information. Tickets will be sent via First Class US Mail no later than May 7, 2003. Please allow plenty of time for your tickets to arrive before you leave for Dayton. Radioware and Radio Bookstore is not responsible for tickets lost in the mail. Special thanks to Craig Clark, K1QX and Radioware - Radio Bookstore for once again handling the tickets. Deadline for ticket orders is May 6, 2003. NO EXCEPTIONS There will be no tickets at the door. Many contest operators from around the world will attend this event. If you enjoy radio contesting, you do not want to miss this dinner. They expect a quick sell out. Order your tickets early!

AS-084. Club members of Pyoungteak DX Club (PDXC) will be active from the Chuja Island Group between March 18th and March 24th. The operators who will activate this Korean island, which has been silent for 5 years, are: Han/DS2GOO, Son/DS3HWS, Chae/DS5BSX and Choi/6K2CLF. The operators will sign as homecall/4 and use their club callsign D90HE/4. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (all bands) SSB/RTTY with 100w transceivers. QSLs for DS2GOO/4 and D90HE/4 are via DS2GOO, and the others are via their homecall. More detailed information and their schedule will be available at:

A log search and various pictures will be available after their return.

AS-079. Takeshi "Take", JI3DST, will be active as JI3DST/6 from Miyako Island (Miyako-jima Hirara-City Okinawa-ken) as follows:
March 20th (0700z) to March 23rd (0000z)
April 26th (0700z) to May 5th (0000z)
Activity will be on 40/17/15/12/10/6 meters SSB. He will listen for DX stations on 6 meters (especially AF and SA). QSL only via the Bureau.

EU-004. Christian, DL6KAC, will be active as EA6/DL6KAC from Mallorca Island (DIE: E-021), starting March 11th through April 10th. This will be a holiday style operation with activity on 40-10 meters (maybe 80m) mainly on SSB, but with some RTTY and/or PSK31. Using 350 watts, his antennas will be dipoles, maybe an Inverted L for 80m. QSL via the DARC Bureau or direct (using the QRZ.com address).

NA-144. Tom, WA6WPG, is expected to be active next weekend (March 8-9th) from Anacapa Island (USI CA-002S) as WA6WPG/p. His operation will last for 26 hours with activity on 40-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

SA-085. UPDATE TO OPDX.600. Marco, CE6TBN, informs OPDX that he will be joining the 3G1P team on the Pan de Azucar Island DXpedition to take place March 14-17th. QSL via XQ1IDM.

Francois, F8DVD, will once again be active from Spitzbergen Island (EU-026, WAZ 40). He will stay from April 20-24th, in Longyearbyen (Grid JQ78TF), the main city of Spitzbergen. Look for him as JW/F8DVD on 80-10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign either via the bureau or direct (SASE+postage).

Csaba Gal, DH7KU (HA7XQ), will be active from here as KH6/DH7KU during his spare time between March 9-15th. His main purpose for being here is to install different types of equipment at Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) at Manua Kea, but he hopes to be active in the evenings enough to make a few contacts. He will be using a Kenwood TS-50 into a multiband dipole or a 3 band GP.

Marty, K2PLF, is now active as KH6/K2PLF until March 14th from Sea Q Maui (OC-019, USI HI-018S, Maui County, Hawaii). He was heard in this past weekend's contest, but plans to concentrate over the next two weeks on the WARC bands and the lower bands.

Look for DL4OK/p to be active July 15-29th, which includes the IOTA Contest from Pellworm Island. Reference numbers are: IOTA EU-042, German Island Award N-023, German Lighthouse Nr. 40 and ARLHS-LH FED 187. Activity will be on all bands CW/SSB. QSL via their homecall/bureau.

Operators DH7AX, DH1LA and DL2VFR are going to Hiddensee Island from May 29th through June 1st. Activity will include the 1st German Island and Lighthouse Weekend. Island reference numbers are: IOTA EU-057 and German Island Award O-005. Two lighthouses will be activated:
Dornbusch - German Lighthouse Nr. 17 and ARLHS FED-026
Gellen - German Lighthouse Nr. 22 and ARLHS FED-088
Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via their homecall/bureau.

Operators G0HSS, G3NKC, G4MJS, G4XUM and M0BEW will be active as MD4K in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-???? entry. QSL via G3NKC.

Pete/K8PT and Craig/K3PLV will be off to the Channel Island of Jersey (IOTA EU-013) again and will be operational from March 19-24th. Their callsigns will be MJ/K8PT and MJ/K3PLV. They will be operating SSB/CW/RTTY on all bands with concentration on the lower bands including 160 meters. Pete states, "Ham radio is our priority." QSL is via their home calls. Direct QSLs are preferred, but bureau cards will be answered as time permits.

Leo, W3LEO, will once again be active from Portpatrick in southwest Scotland from about March 4th to April 3rd. His callsign will be MM0LEO, and he plans to be in the CQWPX SSB Contest. Leo will use an Icom 706 (100 watts), an R-5 vertical [10, 12, 15, 17, 20 meters], and a 40-meter dipole in a delta configuration. Leo provided us with the following reference numbers: CQ Zone 14, ITU Zone 27, Grid Square IO-74ku, IOTA EU-005 [Great Britain] and Worked All Britain [WAB] Square NW-95. QSL via W3LEO.

Rob, PA5ET, informed OPDX that he was pleased to announce that Ronald/PA3EWP, Dick/PA3FQA and himself (all members of the Low Land DX-pedition Team) will activate these islands between March 24th and April 3rd. Activity will be on all HF bands 160-10 meters CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and some SSTV. (UPDATE: Just before going to print, Rob informs OPDX that Tom/GM4FDM and Bill/AK0A have decided to join the team, so now there are 5 operators. Since Mr. RTTY [AK0A] is joining the team, we can expect a lot of RTTY especially on the WARC bands.) They will have two stations on around the clock. Equipment will be: 2 FT-1000MPs with 2 Alpha Amplifiers, 2 Quads antennas for 30-10 meters, a vertical for 40 meters and the Titanex V80e and V160e for 80 and 160 meters. They have requested local callsigns, but currently have not been informed of them. So for now, they will use OY/homecall. The group would like to use the requested local callsigns for 80/160 meter and for the WPX SSB Contest (the last weekend in March in which they will participate). All QSLs will be handled by the LLDXT QSL Manager PA5ET: Rob Snieder, Van Leeuwenstraat 137, 2273 VS Voorburg, The Netherlands. It is not likely that they will have on-line logs unless it is easy to get an Internet account. However, they are currently investigating the uses of a InterNet Cafe or local hams to upload their information on a daily basis. For more update-to-date information, please the LLDXT Web site at:


INTERESTING QSL TOOL. Bill, W9OL, in Chicago, has provided the DXers with an interesting chart/list on his Web page. This Web page contains info on the amount of IRCs or GSs (Greenstamps) needed to QSL to various countries. The URL is: http://files.billnjudy.com/ Bill states, "Hams in all countries are invited to send me data on the amount of IRCs or GSs needed to return QSL requests from their country." His E-mail address is: w9ol@billnjudy.com

Vitaly, VE6JO, reports that his 3C2MV DXpedition was approved for DXCC credit. QSL cards were designed and ordered mid-February with an estimated delivery of mid-March. He has started to prepare labels for the cards received direct and will proceed with mailing as soon as he receives the QSLs from the print shop. There is a possibility of a delay at the beginning as he has to go to a construction site (no, not in 3C-land, local site in Alberta) around the end of March to beginning of May. Vitaly states, "DX clubs and individuals that supported this DXpedition and has made some donations will receive my QSLs first with couple of photos. Cards received direct but with not sufficient postage and/or with old and incorrectly stamped IRCs will be returned via the bureau."

Juan Pablo, CE4USW, 3G5Q Webmaster and Team Member, informs OPDX that he has uploaded the 3G5Q log to the Web page at: http://www.qsl.net/3g5q

Ferdi, XQ5SM, SCDXG Chairman, informs OPDX that the following Chilean stations were active during the ARRL DX Phone Contest this past weekend:
CE4Y (CE4FXY) -- 28 MHz - High Power
3G5A (XQ5SM) -- All Band - Low Power
CE3NR (CE3NR & CE4PBB) -- Multi-Single
Please QSL all via the route listed on QRZ.com.

Juan, CO8TW, was active in the ARRL SSB Contest over the past weekend as Single-Op/Single Band (10m)/Low Power 100 watts entry. QSL via IZ8CCW, and the log will be online after the contest at:


EA8BH in the contest over the past weekend was Martti, OH2BH, in the Canary Islands. Martti's equipment for the ARRL SSB Contest was small and light (8.6 lbs!), the Yaesu FT-897. During these turbulent times it is advantageous to have all your equipment hand carried--such rigs are the FT-897 and the FinnFet FF-1001 solid-state kilowatt, all fitting into a small airline hand-carry bag. A special QSL will be available that shows/features this compact approach. QSL via OH2BH. ADDED NOTE: In the announcement for Martti's -EA8BH operation- the following was mentioned: "When returning from AH3D and on the Seattle- Copenhagen leg, all their Samsonite case's locking systems were broken by the actions of the Sea-Tac security people. The checking was done in a secure area at the Seattle airport, and with no access to the luggage keys, they broke into them, resulting in damage and messy re-packing."

FO0/N5XX QSL STATUS. Bob, K8BL, reports that Clark, N5XX (aka FO/N5XX, A35XX, ZK1XXX, ZK2XX, etc.), informed him he is sorry about the delay in sending out QSLs, and he (Clark) hasn't been back to the States yet, so, the QSLs are piling up. Clark understands that there are about 4000 QSLs waiting for him at home. He intends to answer all when he returns home in April. Clark also adds, "No need to send another if you have sent one already. Sorry this is taking so long. But, we're here for the Americas Cup and will do a tour of the South Island after it's over before we come home for the summer."

Operator Alfredo signed HC1HC/QRP in the ARRL PHONE Contest over the past weekend. QSL via NE8Z: Rick Dorsch, P.O. Box 616, Hamburg, MI 48139 USA.

LCRA TO BE DISSOLVED: "My old friend HK3DDD has just informed me that postal rates in Colombia were doubled as of January 1, 2003, and it now costs the equivalent of 2.00 USD to send a letter from Colombia to the USA", Fred, K3ZO reports. "It now costs HJ/HK hams the equivalent of 13 cents per QSL to send outgoing cards through the bureau, but anyway the bureau won't be available any longer because the Colombian IARU-member society LCRA is meeting this Saturday to dissolve itself, since with only 200 paid-up members and 8000.00 USD of debt it feels it can no longer stay in business. Beto says Colombian hams have stopped calling CQ and running stations because they can't afford to handle the consequences economically. Colombian DXers are simply searching and pouncing these days, looking for new countries for themselves".

ATTENTION HK HAMS! Alan, VK4AAR, informs OPDX, "I read with sadness of the imminent closure of the HK buro and the increased postage rates. If there are any HK or HJ amateurs who could use my service as a QSL Manager please ask them to E-mail me. There are no charges and I only need to get their log updates regularly (as E-mail attachments preferably)." His E-mail address is: almee@dodo.com.au His postal address is: Alan Roocroft, VK4AAR, POB 421, Gatton 4343, Australia.

Bill Horner, VK4FW, reports that the FW8FP QSL cards finally arrived from the print shop on Monday, February 24th. He is currently busy sending QSLs out everyday until finished. However, he states that there were some cards received with no return or insufficent postage..... these will not be answered as Bill does not have any access to the bureau system. QSL via: Bill Horner, PO Box 1343, Maroochydore, 4558, Australia.

K1B QSL REPORT. Dave, K4SV, reports that he has had an overwhelming response to the new QSL SSB route for K1B. All the available K1B QSL cards have been sent out, but he expects a new shipment of cards to arrive any day that will fill the current backlog. He requests to PLEASE be patient. Dave has received "850 QSL requests with about 2500 Band/Mode QSOs". Please send your requests to: Stephen Grose, K4YL (ex W4SMG), P.O. Box 183, Flat Rock, NC 28731-0183. Dave states, "Our goal is to get everyone QSLed for K1B who has not received their cards. It is very unfortunate that some have never received their QSLs after several attempts and many dollars spent. We can not bring back the lost money but we can get you a K1B QSL card. Any small donations will be gratefully accepted towards printing cards, printing supplies and postage. PLEASE REMEMBER: USA send SASE; DX send SAE, with one Green Stamp preferred or one Large IRC accepted. Sorry, only direct QSL requests ONLY. Bureau cards for SSB to RZ3AA and CW/Digital to YT1AD."

QSL Manager Ron, AC7DX, reports that he is now the new manager for both LU1FKR and LT1F (an Argentine Contest station).

QSL LX7I, which was active in this past weekend's ARRL International DX SSB Contest, via LX2AJ.

QSL TO1A via IK2QEI. Operator was Stefano, IK2QEI, in this past weekend's ARRL International DX SSB Contest. He was also activate outside of the contest as FM/IK2QEI.

Vasilij, RW6HS, reports that he is now the QSL Manager for EX2F (ex-UM8FJ, UM8MF and UN7GZ).

The QSL Manager for the VC2A cards (for the period June 15th to July 15th, 2001) should go to Jacques, VE2QK, (also the VE2 incoming QSL Bureau Manager). He also responds to bureau cards. Send QSLs to:
c/o J. Dube, VE2QK,
875 St. Severe St.,
Trois-Rivieres, PQ G9A 4G4

Ken Holdom, ZL4HU, Group Organizer/Team Leader/QSL Manager for the Kermadec DX Association, announces that all QSL requests for the highly successfull DXpedition to the Chatham Isalnds, ZL7C, in October 2002, which were received as of Wednesday, February 26th, were answered and despatched through the New Zeraland Post on Friday, February 28th. Please note that this does NOT include cards received via the different QSL Services. These will be mailed out at a later date when time permits. For those of you who did not include sufficient postage OR a return Self Addressed Envelope with your requests, these cards WILL go via the bureau. For those who included other DXpedition cards with your ZL7C requests, these will take a little longer to process and will be mailed out accordingly. Please if possible, avoid sending second requests until after the 1 May 2003. This gives them more time to spend on genuine 1st requests. PLEASE NOTE: OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive Ken's complete press release as an additional bulletin. Also, Ken, ZL4HU, had arranged to have the ZL7C QSL card (double sided) to be viewed on the Web at: http://www.qsl.net/zl7c/

Alex, RW3RN, informs OPDX to tell the readers to look for special station UE3RDA to be active March 8-15th from the rarest district for the Russian District Award

( http://rdaward.org )
. QSL via RW3RN: Alex Kuznetsov, Box 57, Tambov-23, 392023 Russia.

Alex, RW3TN, will be active as RU9G in the Russian DX Contest (March 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All Band/CW entry. RDA: KP-06 or KP-07. QSL via RW3TN.

Look for special event station ZS03CWC to be active throughout the "Cricket World Cup" until March 23rd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via ZS1AU.

The GMDX Group (Scotland's DX Association) introduces "Celtic Connections" to encourage activity by all radio amateurs worldwide to contact areas with Celtic origins. This is purely an activity weekend and will enable participants to pursue the Celtic Knot Award Scheme and provide an interest in contacting Celtic areas of the world. The event is to be held on the third weekend in April each year. Reports on activity are welcome and certificates of participation will be awarded to anyone who submits a report. If sufficient reports are received, the leading participants from the Celtic and the non-Celtic areas will be presented with an engraved commemorative Quaich (a small Scottish drinking cup). The 2003 Weekend will start at 0000z on Saturday, April 19th, and last until 2400z on Sunday, April 20th. For further details, please contact: Mr. Drew Givens, GM3YOR, 5 Langhouse Place, Inverkip, PA16 0EW, Scotland, U.K. or vist the GMDX Group's Web site at:


TI, COSTA RICA (Correction to OPDX.600)
Harry, AC8G, reports he gave out the wrong callsign for one of the operator's in the upcoming fall TI5N operation (during the CQWW DX SSB Contest). The callsign KA8KUZ should have been Brian, KA7KUZ.

Al, F5VHJ (aka NH7A), who was active this past weekend as TM5A in the ARRL SSB Contest, will be active again in the CQ WPX Phone Contests (March 29-30th) as Single-Op/All Band entry. Also, Al will be active in the CQWW SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry, but using the callsign TO5A. QSL all three operations via F5VHJ.

David, VK2CZ, reports that he has been allocated the callsign VK9XD for the CQWW SSB Contest (October 25-26th). QSL via VK2CZ direct only.

Remember, the second DXpedition to Ducie Island will be active possibly next weekend on March 8th or 9th, depending upon seas and weather. The station callsign will be announced shortly before the operation begins (either from DXpedition organizer Kan, JA1BK, or the pilot stations JE2EHP, DJ8NK and WA2MOE). Activity is expected on CW, SSB and RTTY with operations on all HF bands and 6 meters. AO-40 was also mentioned. Please refer to OPDX.595 for more details. QSL via JR2KDN.

YA1CQ was heard this past week and weekend on 17/12/10 meters. Check 18130 kHz around 1200z, around 24940/24950 kHz after 0630z and again after 0800z, and 28480 kHz after 0730z. QSL via JA1CQT. It has also been reported that Nick, G4KUX, is in the country until April 2004 and is active as YA4F. Most of his activity reported on the clusters has been on 40 and 6 meters. Watch around 7048 kHz after 1930z. QSL via G4KUX.

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From: Ken Holdom [zl2hu@clear.net.nz]
Subject: ZL&C QSL Card Release
To: Tedd Mirgliotta OPDX Bulletin [kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org]
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Hi All

The Kermadec Dx Association wishes to announce that all QSL requests for our highly successfull DXpedition to the Chatham Isalnds, ZL7C ,in October 2002 which were received as of Wednesday 26th February will be answered and despatched through New Zeraland Post on Friday 28 February 2003. Please note that this does NOT include cards received via QSL Services and the like. These will be mailed out at a later date when time permits.

Our mailout on 28 Feb. will consist of some 5100 plus envelopes which contain in excess of 19,200 QSO's and they will be mailed taking advantage of New Zealand Post's International ECONOMY rate, so we would ask that you please be patient and allow between 3 and 5 weeks for delivery.

Our processing team have completed this task in just over one month from the time we received our cards from our major sponsors, Vertex Standard, (formerly Yaesu of Japan) whom we thank very much for their ongoing sponsorship. Our team have done a fantastic job in such a short period of time considering each member had work and travel commitments to work around.

To those of you who did not include sufficient postage OR a return Self addressed envelope with your requests these cards WILL go via the bureau.

To those who included other DXpedition cards with your ZL7C requests these will take a little longer to process and mailed out accordingly.

We would appreciate you all NOT posting messages to the various REFLECTORS etc on receipt of your cards. This only causes panic and high blood pressure levels amongst our community and prompts unnecessary emails to me.

I will begin processing incomming QSL information emails as of 1 May 2003 when by which time you should have received your ZL7C cards. At this date I will be in a position to check to see if your cards have actually arrived at my QTH.

We will also begin processing 2nd requests after this date. Please if possible, avoid sending second requests until after the 1 May 2003. This gives us more time to spend on genuine 1st requests.

As I have mentioned in my earlier postings, cards that have been sent to my OLD Wellington addresses may not reach me and those who sent them to other addresses from pre 1989 call books etc I suggest you update your records etc. Those who NOW reside at the old addresses do not allways appreciate mail for previous property owners especially after some 3 years.

Please feel free to publish this email in full in any media format you consider appropriate. The wider the coverage the less problems/complaints we will receive.

Finally, we thank you all for participating in our Dxpedition which as I mentioned earlier was a huge success and without your contacts this would not have been possible. Yes we did have some fun and I hope that you all enjoyed the contacts that you made with us, all be it they were so brief.

To those who supported us, a big thank you and we hope that you will continue to support DXpeditions in the future regardless of their size.

Kind regards and best wishes for the future and Good DXing. Our HOBBY is still very much alive and well.

Ken Holdom ZL4HU
Group Organiser / Team Leader / QSL Manager
Kermadec DX Association

Postal address:
P O Box 7
Central Otago
New Zealand

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