OPDX 605 March 31, 2003

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 605
BID: $OPDX.605
March 31, 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, K1BV, K1XN & GoList, N2OO, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4QD, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, K5LBU, W5UE, K8YSE, W9DX, DJ8FW, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, EA5RM, F5NQL & UFT, F6CYV, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3SWH, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, IK5CBE, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, LU7DW, OE1GZA, OK1JR, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PY2YU, S05X Team, T93Y, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE7DP, VK5GN, Z35M and ZC4DW for the following DX information.
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 23rd/March, through Sunday, 30th/March there were 226 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY9, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH3, KH6, 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, T30, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).

Remember to look for Brian, N6IZ, to be active as 3D2IZ from Namotu Island (OC-121) through April 6th. His activity will be mainly on CW on 80-10 meters. He was heard over the weekend on 14023 kHz between 0430-0730z and 7005 kHz between 1000-1345z.

Guenter, OE1GZA, informs OPDX that he will be active once again from here on April 4th and most probably also on April 5th. He will activate the rare 4Z8-prefix using the callsign 4Z8GZ. The operation will take place in Tel Aviv. Activity will be on 20-10 meters. QSL to OE1GZA. Guenter's Web page is at:


Frosty, K5LBU, reports that they have lost one of the operators for their July trip to Lesotho. Operators now aboard are: Frosty/K5LBU (7P8CF), Tom/WW5L (7P8TA) and Madison/W5MJ (7P8MJ). Reportedly, all the equipment is already in Lesotho, and the operators will not have to carry any heavy radio equipment. If interested in joining the operation, please contact Frosty/K5LBU at: frosty1@pdq.net Frosty states more details on this operation will be forthcoming.

Look for Riccardo/IZ5EBL and Rossella/IZ5BRO to be active from April 13-21st as 8Q7RL and 8Q7RC. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB with some CW and PSK31. QSL via their home callsigns.

Ben, DJ8FW, will be active as CT3AS, from April 9-21st. Activity will be on CW/RTTY/PSK31 on 80-15 meters as time permits. QSL via DJ8FW.

A group of 5-6 operators will be going here between July 24th and August 2nd. Their activity will include an entry in the July IOTA Contest. St. Paul Island's IOTA number is NA-094.

Frank, VE7DP, informs OPDX that he will be making a short visit to the Philippines during April. Some of his partners/ operators from his 2001 activations (which includes 4I1P, 4H2B and DU1/VE7DP) will be joining him again. This trip's destinations of interest are Semirara Islands (OC-125), also Calagua Islands (OC-202) or Cagayan Islands (OC-207). Most of their activity will take place April 6-18th. More info/details are forthcoming.

AF-064. (Update). Operators Phil/G3SWH, David/G3UNA, Vidi/ZS1EL, Kosie/ZS1SR, Malcolm/ZS1MC and Andrew/ZS1AN, will be active at the end of the week from Robben Island (as well as the lighthouse SAF023) using the special callsign ZS1RBN. Activity will take place between April 4-7th, and propagation permitting, they will have two stations on the air on a 24 hours a day basis. One station will operate SSB and one will operate CW on all bands 80-10 meters. Suggested operating frequencies will be:
SSB - 3755, 7055, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24950 and 28460 kHz
CW - 3530, 7026, 10115, 14040, 18098, 21040, 24920 and 28040 kHz.
Nevertheless, small deviations might be needed, e.g. if the announced frequency is busy, not busy enough or filled with QRM. QSLs will be handled by G3SWH, either direct to his CBA: 21 Dickensons Grove, Congresbury, Bristol, BS49 5HQ, U.K. (with SAE and return postage) or via the RSGB bureau.

AS-043. Operators Suehiro/JI1PLF, Mitsuo/JA1UNS, Hisashi/7N1GMK and 7L4PVR will be active as homecall/1 from Hachijo Island from June 6-9th. Look for activity on 80-10 meters SSB, CW and PSK31. QSL direct to their home callsign or via the JARL QSL bureau.

AS-049. (Update) Toshi, JM1PXG, will be active as JM1PXG/6 from Tokara Kuchino-shima starting around 0100z on May 3rd. The length of his stay has been increased to one day due to the schedule change of the ferry. He will now stay until around 0000z on May 5th. Toshi's activity will be on 10/12/15/17/20/40 meters CW only. QSL via JARL or direct to his home call.

NA-082. Randy, W5UE, wants to remind everyone that several members of the Magnolia DX Association will be active from Cat Island, Mississippi (USI MS002S), from April 4-6th. Cat Island is a barrier island located about 6 miles south of Gulfport, MS, in the Mississippi Sound. They will be active on 80-10 meters (including the WARC bands) on CW and SSB. They will be using the special event callsign K5C from multiple stations. Team organizers are Bill/K5YG, Glenn/K2FF, Darryl/KD5CQT, and Randy/W5UE. QSL via K2FF. Their Web page is at: http://mdxa.org Read the article of their September 2002 trip to NA-082 in the March/Arpil 2003 issue of The DX Magazine.

Giuseppe "Beppe", IK5CBE, informs OPDX that he, Alberto/IK5FTV and possibly others will activate Palmaria Island using the special callsign IP1A from April 4-7th. Palmaria Island does not have an IOTA number, but is valid "only" for the Italian Islands Award with the reference number IIA SP-001. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. A Web page has been set up for this operation at:


Philip, KA0PGQ, announced that he will be active from here in October. Activity will include an entry in the CQWW SSB Contest as QRP. He is looking for advice on his operation, and his E-mail address is: pschweit@mninter.net

The Association des Radioamateurs Senegalais has elected the following officers for 2003:

        President           -  Malick M'Bengue,    6W1FJ
        1st Vice President  -  Mustafa Diop,       6W1KI
        2nd Vice President  -  Jean Georges Imbo,  6W1OO
        Secretary           -  Monique Imbo (XYL), 6W1OM
        Assistant Secretary -  Bilal Youssef,      6W1RD
        Treasurer           -  Roger Zogbi,        6W1BR
        Assistant Treasurer -  Geoges Farrage,     6W1PQ
        IARU Liaison Officer-  Monique Imbo (XYL), 6W1OM
        DX Manager          -  Jean Louis Pipien,  6W6JX
Jean-Louis, 6W6JX, asks the French speaking Hams to have a look on the Association des Radioamateurs Senegalais Web site at the following address:
Some pages on this web are still under construction, but it's a good over- all view of the 6W ham activities. The ARAS and QSL bureau addresses are: Association des Radio-Amateurs du Senegal, Box 971, Dakar, Senegal. ADDED NOTE: If you are journeying to Dakar on weekends, you can meet the 6W hams at their Radio Club at the following address: Immeuble des Colis Postaux, Avenue El-Hadj Malick Sy, Dakar. The Radio Club is open every Saturday at 1700z.

Ted Melinosky, K1BV, Awards Editor CQ Magazine and K1BV DX Awards Directory, informs OPDX that 4L5A and EY8MM has asked him to handle cards for these operations. Ted is "OK" in all the online lookups. He has the Feb/Mar 2003 logs for D44TT and is awaiting the logs for D4B. He doesn't have cards yet, but hopes to get them shortly. Bureau cards are accepted as well.

AP2AUM QSLS. Boris, T93Y, informs OPDX that he has received information that Willy, 9A4NA/T98N, was expected to be active during the CQ WPX SSB Contest using the callsign of Asad, AP2AUM. Also, please note that QSL information for AP2AUM QSOs made in the year 2003 will be via 9A4NA: Zeljko Curkovic, Vukovarska 125, HR-21000 Split, Croatia.

The logs are now on-line for the D90HE operation from Chu-Ja Island (AS-084). Visit the Web page:


TEAM HAITI 2003 WRAP-UP. Jan Heise, K4QD, reports: "The HH4 team from the Florida DXpedition Group (FDXPG) has returned safely home. It was a hot, dry and dusty two weeks at the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. The supply ship had still not arrived when we left, so we ate a lot of beans and rice. It also somewhat impacted our low band and six meter operations because of antennas and coax that were on the ship. The team made over 18,000 contacts on 160 through 10 meters on SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK-31 and 10M FM. The logs have been uploaded, and log checking can be accessed from the Team Haiti web site at:

If you have questions about a QSO, contact that operator directly. QSL HH4/K4QD, HH4/W4WX and HH4/K9MDO direct to home calls. QSL HH4/N2WB via N2OO. The team wants to thank our pilot station, Roger K9RB. We also want to thank Jim, KC4HW, for processing and uploading the logs to the Internet."

Samy, JR8KJR/8, was active from Rishiri Island (AS-147) over the past weekend. QSL direct to JR8KJR or via the JARL QSL bureau.

Activity by L71F during last weekend's contest was from the "Bad Power Station" (LT1F). Operators were: LU1AEE, LU1FGE, LU1FKR, LU1FMO, LU2DKT, LU2FT, LU2NI, LU3FP, LU4DX, LU5DX, LU5HM, LU6ETB, LU6FQD, LU7DW and LU9HS. QSL via AC7DX.

There has been a QSL route update for P41P during the CQ WPX SSB Contest last weekend. Please QSL via I2MQP.

Ton, PY2YU, was active as PX2W during the 2003 CQ WPX SSB Contest, on 10 meters. QSL via PY2YU to the bureau or direct to: Hamilton Oliveira Martins, Rua Rui Coelho de Oliveira Filho, 131, Jd. Panorama, 18030-020 Sorocaba, SP, Brazil.

If you heard R9/N5XZ during the CQ WPX Contest this past weekend it was Allan/N5XZ with RA9JP and RW9QW/9 at the mike. QSL via his home callsign.

Paco, EA4AHK, the QSL Manager for Francisco Cortadellas, TT8FC, reports he has been receiving a lot of QSLs for CW contacts. Paco states that TT8FC does not work CW, does not work the American Band and does not work 40m band.

"In a state of panic!", says Martin, VK5GN. The 2003 CQ WPX SSB Contest was Martin's last operation as VK5GN. His XYL (VK5QP) has been offered a new job as University Librarian at the University of Tasmania (VK7), so they are moving interstate. Martin states, "Down come all the towers (8) and pack all the beams etc and off we go. Don't have any idea when I will have a new contest station up and running. Both Bureau and direct QSLs will continue to work for at least 12 months."

VP6DIA log is now available on-line at the following URL address:


WRTC2002 QSL CARDS, T-SHIRTS AND PLAQUES. The WRTC2002 Organizing Committee announced that all OJ1 thru OJ8 QSL cards are printed and ready for release. If you still would like to obtain your QSL cards directly, you have a chance until April 15th. Send your SASE so that it would reach Toni, OH2JTE, by that date: Toni Linden, Ohratie 16E218, 01370 Vantaa, FINLAND. The plaque and T-shirt winners as well as the Early Bird submission winners can be viewed at the following site:

There are a total of 71 T-shirt winners, and they kindly ask you to select your size and inform Ari, OH5DX, directly via E-mail at: oh5dx@sral.fi If no further information is received by April 1st, an XL-size T-shirt will be mailed. If your postal address has been changed over the past 12 months, you may wish to inform OH5DX accordingly.

Yves, F6CYV, reports that F5JRY is not the QSL Manager for XU7ABN. The only QSL valid address for Claude, F9LC (aka XU7ABN), is: Laget Claude, Po Box 1373, General Post Office, Phnom Penh, Kampuchea. For many QSL routes see: http://f6cyv.free.fr/f6cyvqsl.php Vladimir Kovaceski, Z35M, informs OPDX that all direct QSL requests for ZA/Z35M and Z35M received as of March 22, 2003, have been also answered direct. His address is: Vladimir Kovaceski, Box 10, Struga 6330, Macedonia.

A bulletin from the "S05X Team" announced this past week the biggest INTERNATIONAL team ever seen in the desert will be on air from Western Sahara next April 15th. Operators Hrane/YT1AD, Miki/YU1AU, Max/I8NHJ, Doug/N6TQS, Jordan/KD7RCD, Marq/CT1BWW, Juanca/EA2RC, Fernand/ EA1BT, Toni/EA5RM, Julio/EA5XX and Mahafud/S01MZ (all 11 are first class operators) will be doing their best and represent six different countries: Yugoslavia, USA, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Western Sahara. They will be working from the very heart of the desert as S05X. All of them are very well known DXers and DXpeditioners, and their plans include a 24 hours, all band, all mode, operation from S0-land. Using 1KW output power, they are going to transmit especially on the low bands, CW and SSB, as well as PSK31, RTTY and 6 meters. They will take a special interest/care to listen for USA's West Coast openings. Their antenna farm will include a few yagis, so they expect to have worldwide coverage. Their pilot stations will be the two main editors of the 425 DX News:

Mauro/I1JQJ ( i1jqj@interlink.it ) and Maurizio ( i121171@tin.it )
The QSL Manager is EA4URE, the Spanish Bureau, and S05X is going to be on the air until April 20th. The "S05X Team" now has a Web page active with a SURVEY to fill out for your "S05X" needs/wants (bands/modes). Go to:
On-line log search shows 32,906 QSSOs as of Friday, March 28th. The log was not updated during the CQ WPX Contest.

You have until April 2nd to work ST0RY. They continue to be very active, especially during last weekend's contest. All the operators are in good spirits and the equipment is holding up. Pictures, log and updates can be found on the Web page at:


Tusti, W4WET, is now active as T30ONM from Tarawa. His orginal plans were to head to Nauru (C21) and then go to Tarawa. Nauru said he could get a visa upon arrival, but the airline bumped him because he had no visa. It looks like Tusti will be here through the rest of the week and maybe longer as Nauru does not look possible. Anyway, Tusti has been very active on 20 meters RTTY (some 10/15 meters). QSL via W4WET.

David, F5THR, should be active as TU5CD now through July 1st. As this was being written, no QSNs were reported as of yet. QSL via F8BON.

V6, MICRONESIA (New IOTA Activated)
You have a couple of more days to work Joe/I2YDX and Robert/IK2WXZ from Nukuoro Island (OC-259) as V60A and V60Z, respectively. They plan to leave this new IOTA on April 1st (they have been there since March 28th). After their operation on Nukuoro Island and they head back to Pohnpei, another source reports that the two operators will make a several hour stop on Oroluk Island (OC-NEW). They are expected to activate this new IOTA possibly between 0000-0600z (maybe as late as 0800). After this activity, they will then go to Mokwil Island (OC-226) and be active from April 6-7th as V63DT and V63ZR. Most of their activity has been on 40/20/15 meters, mainly SSB very little CW.

XY, MYANMAR (Update to OPDX.603)
Frank, DL4KQ, will use the callsign XY4KQ during his operation from April 1-15th. For updated information, please watch the Web page at:


Stan Matejicek, OK1JR, informs OPDX that he has just received his Indonesian Radio Amateur Licence, and his callsign is YB0AJR. He will stay in Indonesia another few months at the Czech Embassy. Stan plans to be active on 160-6 meters from not only from Jakarta (YB0), but also from other Indonesian Islands. QSL via OK1JN (his dad). You can find more details on the Web page at:

LAST MINUTE NOTE: If you worked Stan during the CQ WPX Contest, he was on West Jawa Island.

Bill, G4EHT, will be visiting his son Dez, ZC4DW, between April 14-28th. Bill will be on a family holiday but hopes to schedule in some time on HF CW. He will be operating from the Eastern Sovereign Base using their club callsign ZC4ESB. Please be patient with Bill as he hasn't worked pile-ups for many years. QSL via G4EHT: Bill Watson, 7 Darwin Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 7ET, ENGLAND.

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