OPDX 614 June 16, 2003

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 614
BID: $OPDX.614
June 16, 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, NC1L, W1RQ, K2FF, N2OO, N2WB, WA2MOE, WA2VUY, K3PD, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N6UK/DL4TT, K8YSE, KG8DP, N8PR, W8CNL, W9DC, K0BCN, 9A6AA, CT1END, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL6UAA, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, GM0CLN, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, JA1ELY, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, LX1NO, MM0DFV, OZ4ACK, SM3CVM, TA3YJ, VA3RJ & ICPO and VE3EXY for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 8th/June, through Sunday, 15th/June there were 214 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, 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, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, 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, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, VE, VK, VP2E, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS

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

Fritz, N6UK/DL4TT, informed OPDX that he was active as 4U1UN on June 10th, a day later than first announced because his trip back from Europe was delayed. However, Fritz provided OPDX with the following report on the 4U1UN station: "Access to the station is quite limited right now, as is the equipment/antennas that are available. The only antenna I could use was a folded dipole for the HF bands. The power was 100 watts."
QSO breakdown:

       Band    No. of QSOs  Comments
       50 MHz    111        Sporadic E to eastcoast, midwest a very
                            few W6 and VE
       24 MHz     27        US: W0 and east coast
       14 MHz     71        20% US and 80% EU/AS
        7 MHz      1        no condx
         Total   210
"There is currently activity improving the antenna situation (for 6m and shortwave). We hope future operations will be less limited. QSL only via Box 3873, Grand Central Station New York, NY 10163 USA. (Be patient with QSLing. Currently there is a backlog due to limited capacity of the QSL Manager.)"

Thor, 4W3DX, continues to be very active on 20 meters CW/SSB/RTTY, as well as some activity on 40/15 meters. Most of his activity takes place between 1000-1430z, however, he has been heard on after 0230z. Watch around (+/- 5 kHz) 14025, 14195, 21083 and 7005 kHz. ADDED NOTE: Stu, WA2MOE, announced this week, "A petition was filed with the Chief Executive Officer of ARRL today seeking removal of UNTAET (United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor) from the DXCC entities list and for the addition of Timor Leste as an entity." The petition states that DXCC rule under "Section II. DXCC List Criteria -- Criteria:

(b): The entity has been assigned a call sign prefix bloc by the ITU. A provisional prefix bloc assignment may be made by the Secretary General of ITU. Should such provisional assignments not be ratified later by the full ITU, the Entity will be removed from the DXCC List."
and should be applied. Stu states, "The assignment was not ratified and UNTAET returned it to ITU which has reissued the block 4WA-4WZ to Timor Leste. It is the position of JA1BK and WA2MOE that the addition of 4W to the DXCC entities list was premature and that a mistake was made."

Pete, N8PR, will be operating as C6AHR from Andros Island (IOTA NA-001) from June 21-23rd. Activity will be on SSB and CW with operations on 80-10 meters including the WARC bands are planned. QSL via N8PR.

Lars, SM3CVM, plans to be active as CU2/SM3CVM/P from Sao Miguel (EU-003), June 24th- July 6th. Activity will be mainly CW on 80-10 meters. This will be a holiday operation, so he will mostly be active late evenings local time. QSL to his home callsign via the bureau or direct to CBA.

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, informs OPDX that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
S05X - Western Sahara -- April 15th through 21st, 2003

AS-081. Operators DS5AAQ, DS5ACV, DS5ARL, DS5DNO, DS5DYM, DS5KJR and DS5MNO will be active from Ch'angson Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/12 hour entry. Contest callsign will be DS5AAQ/p or HomeCall/p...etc. QSL via their home callsign by the Bureau.

EU-008. The Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club (CPSARC), GM2T, will once again operate from the Isle of Tiree (IOSA NH04, WAB NM04), the most westerly of Scotland's Inner Hebridean Islands, during the RSGB IOTA (Islands on the Air) Contest which runs from 1200z, July 26th until 1200z, July 27th, using the clubs special contest callsign GM2T. The team will consist of: Cambell/MM0DXC, Bob/GM4UYZ, John/MM0JXI, BrianM0RNR, Landles/ GM4XZZ, Ron/GM4IKU, Innes/GM4VJV, Stevie/MM3SRU, Isa/MM3ISA, and Iain/MM1CPP/MM3IDM. In addition to operation during the contest, a small group of the team (Cambell, Brian, Iain, Stevie and Isa) will be travelling to Tiree over the weekend of July 19th to set up the station in preparation for the contest and will be operational from Tiree on all HF bands during the week before the contest from around Monday, July 21st, using the club callsign MM0CPS/P. QSL's for both callsigns via GM4UYZ.

EU-010. A team from the Forth Valley Contest Group will operate from Benbecula (IOSA OH04 and WAB NF75), one of Scotland's Outer Hebridean Islands, during the RSGB IOTA (Islands on the Air) Contest. During the contest (which runs from 1200z, July 26th until 1200z, July 27th), they will be using the special contest callsign GM4V. At present, the team consists of John/MM0CCC, Robert/MM0ANT, Colin/GM0CLN, Ian/GM4ZRR and Keith/GM0FZM. The QSL Manager for all GM4V's operations is MM0ANT (his QSL details are avaliable at QRZ.com). They hope to post updates on their Web page at:

If you would like to contact the group, you can E-mail them at: gm4v@mm0fvc.co.uk They look forward to working you in the contest.

EU-017. Antonello, IK2DUW, will be active as ID9/IK2DUW from Filicudi Island now through June 23rd. Activity will be on CW/SSB/RTTY and PSK.

EU-020. Martin, SM0DTK, will be active from Gotland Island as SM0DTK/1 from June 19th through July 18th. Any sked can be arranged by
E-mail via: sm0dtk@passagen.se
Look at QTH at: http://hem.passagen.se/sm0dtk/
(Click "Losgodis")

EU-123. Look for Ed, G3SQX, to be active as GM7X from the Isle of Arran during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a 100w CW entry. QSL via G3SQX.

EU-170. (IOCA 2003 Tour!) Look for operators Eugene (9A/RZ3EC), Sergey (9A/UA3NAN) and Emir/9A6AA (also as 9A0CI) to go on a 7 day expedition (July 12-19th) to activate rare Croatian islands and lighthouses in the Dalmatia North Group. More information is available at: http://www.inet.hr/9a6aa
Some islands/LH they are going to activate are:
Karantunic : CI-421, CRO-065, LH-0674
Kosara : CI-043, CRO-071, LH-0749
Babac : CI-005, CRO-024, LH-0831
Mrtovnjak : CI-195, LH-1296
Ravan : CI-422, LH-0908
Blitvenica : CI-156, LH-0913

NA-046. Brad, W1RQ, will be going to Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, MA, using the callsign W1RQ/NA046, from June 21st through July 12th. Operation will be SSB only, using the typical IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign W1RQ.

NA-128. CORRECTION. Nenad's, VE3EXY, activity as CK2/VE3EXY/P from Orleans Island (Zone 4) is IOTA NA-128, not NA-125 as mentioned in last week's bulletin. QSL via his home callsign VE3EXY.

OC-019. Now through July 3rd, look for Tom, KH6/W4MDL, to be active during the weekends from various islands around Oahu. He plans to activate Ford Island (USI HI-022S, Honolulu county), Konoehe Island (USI HI-new) and Sand Island (HI-021S, Honolulu county). Activity will be on 20-10 meters, including the WARC bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or bureau.

OC-140. By the time you read this, the VK6 DX Chasers Club should be active from Thevenard Island as VI6TI. Look for them on or near the usual IOTA frequencies, 40-6 meters plus AO-40, SSB and CW. The 8 member team will be active through June 22nd. INTERESTING NOTE: Alek, VK6APK, states that for a sked, if you need them real bad, call on the Phone at +61 4 28925406.

OC-241. A group of operators are expected to operate as 8A9R from Rote Island (WW Loc: PH19) in the middle of June for about 10 days. This will be a multi-band operation. Kadek, YC9BU, will be one of the operators and also the QSL Manager. The team will be operating near an old lighthouse on Rote Island, which will be submitted for World Lighthouse Award acceptance. Further information is forthcoming.

(Commemorative Station of The Ogasawara Islands 35th Anniversary of the Reversion). Toshi, JA1ELY, reports the following: "Ogawawara Islands are located approximately 1000km south of Tokyo, and it is distinguished from the mainland on the DXCC program as JD1. The Village of Ogasawara organized the commemorative amateur radio station to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the reversion from June 10th through August 31st this year. This radio station is the club station and is employed including many newcomers who are from among the 2400 residents of Ogasawara Islands. For this purpose, we trained the people of the village for purposes of allowing them to obtain the license. The same callsign 'JD1YAB' is the JARL commemorative station of reversion employed 34 years ago, i.e., one year after return, is used for this radio station under the recognition of the JARL!! We will operate all bands, all modes including 80-2 meters band and SSB, CW, RTTY, SSTV, Satellite(AO-10, UO-14) etc up to 200W output depending on each operators privileges. All QSLs will be sent to the world via the bureau automatically without any requests. Also, if you want it directly, it will be issued by the QSL Manager/JA1MRM. Send SAE (Self Addressed Envelope) and 1 IRC or sufficient return postage. JA1MRM: Saburo Asano, 3-26-8, Toyotama-Kita, Nerima, Tokyo, 176-0012 Japan."
73 ..... JD1YAB Operation Manager: Toshi/JA1ELY and Aki/JD1AMA

By the time you read this Jake, N6XIV/KH9, is expected (June 14th) or has left Wake Island after having added approximately over 1,500 additional QSOs to the log on his second trip. However, Chuck, N4BQW/KH9, will be remaining on the island for about 4 to 5 more weeks. Both operators were working 20 meters between 0600z and 1100z this past week giving the beam and amplifier a nice workout. Chuck, N4BQW, took time out to work Glenn/K2FF and Frank/W6FRH on 30 meters last weekend with solid signals reported both ways on the wire antenna. An additional antenna for 40/80/160 meters was installed this past week and Jake was working 40 meters, so Wake Island should now be active on multiple bands. Just as a reminder, Chuck will operate whenever he has spare time outside of his work requirements. And remember, QSLs for N6XIV/KH9 go via K2FF, while QSLs for N4BQW/KH9 go via KB6NAN.

Wade, AA8LL, plans to activate the Beaver Island, Michigan, Lighthouse on Friday, June 19th through Saturday, June 20th. It is reference number LH-1527 for the WLA and USA-046 for the ARLHS. Wade will be on the usual lighthouse frequencies 40-10 meters (if the propagation cooperates) and mostly SSB. The call and QSL route will be AA8LL.

The Old Barney Amateur Radio Club will be operating N2OB from the Barnegat Lighthouse (ARLHS Lighthouse USA-039), Long Beach Island, NJ (IOTA NA-111) (USI NJ001S) on August 2nd, (rain date August 3rd) from 1300-2300z. Operation will be primarily on or around 7240 and 14240 kHz SSB and 146.835 MHz (-600 FM rpt). A special photo QSL is via N2OB, PO Box 345, Tuckerton, NJ 08087 USA.

Pavel, OD5/OK1MU, in Beirut informs/reminds OPDX and its readers that his stay in Lebanon is coming to an end and he will be going back to the Czech Republic at the end of July. He was heard on 20 and 17 meters CW last week. He is preparing a special color double-sized QSL cards (with the support of OKDXF) which will be sent to everyone who worked Pavel on all 9 HF bands 160-10 meters. A list of stations which have already worked OD5/OK1MU on 9 bands is available at: http://www.qsl.net/ok1mu There is some 40 days left for those who need to work Pavel on certain bands and are interested to get his special QSL card. For a sked, send and E-mail to: ok1mu@yahoo.com On behalf of the operator and his QSL manager OK1TN, they are requesting the HAM community for patience with the QSL cards (which are managed via the OK QSL Bureau). They just received 25,000 QSL cards from the printers, and since Pavel will finish his activities from Lebanon at the end of July, they will send all QSL cards they get via the bureau after his return. "PLEASE, be patient, all QSOs will be confirmed!"

Mogens, OZ4ACK, informs OPDX that a PIRATE station has been active from Copenhagen using the callsign OZ9TR.

QSL CORRECTION. OPDX has been notified by Norby, LX1NO, that Phil, F5OGG, does NOT QSL through his home callsign. All QSLs for F5OGG/p activities (in this case 9A/F5OGG/p mentioned in last week's OPDX.613) must be requested through LX1NO. Phil will not answer these requests, and it would not make sense to send direct or bureau requests to him since it will cause a huge delay.

3B9FR QSLING ROUTE. Mart, DL6UAA, informs OPDX that over the past few months he has been reading about problems with QSLing to Robert, 3B9FR. Mart states he is in contact with Robert, and he does a good job! The only problem he sees is some WRONG details about Robert's address being published. Here is the correct QSL adresss (and please, send it only like this ... NO VIA MAURITIUS OR other via in the address field. Also, NO callsign on on the envelope):
Robert Felicite,
P.O.Box 31
Rodrigues Isl.
If possible, don't use envlopes larger then 17cm x 12cm. In that style Mart states he has NO problems with his mailings to Robert.

Ray, W8CNL, reports to OPDX: "Bob Furzer, 9K2ZZ, has informed me this morning (June 13th) that he will be QRT from Kuwait next weekend. The tower and antennas should be coming down the 20th or so. He is not sure of the next callsign he might use. I would really like to wrap up the QSLing by the end of the year. I have about 3000 cards left and quite sure no more will ever be ordered. SASE or SAE and postage is a must. I will except postage from your country, ie: dollars, pounds, rubles, lire, francs, etc. I am all caught up on the QSLing, so if you didn't get a card, better try again. If you're after 10 band/mode contacts, just send 1 card and a note with the other contacts your after. Please don't send 10 separate cards!!! Any comments or questions, send to me direct. Don't tie up the reflectors. If you're not sure if you're in the log, write me before sending a card. Thanks for reading. 73 and Gud DX.... Raymond H. McClure - W8CNL, 5 McKenzie Circle, North Augusta, S.C. 29841-4319"

Special Event Field Day Station, CQ0QXL, was activated by CT2IGX/Bruno, CT2IEL/Filipe and CT2FUQ/Joao. QSL via CT4IS.

QSL JR8XXQ/JD1 (activity from Minami-Torishima) via: Kouichi Saito, 505-11, 3-15-111, Musa, Kushiro, Hokkaido 085-0806 Japan.

Jurij, MM0DFV, was active as MM0DFV/p this past week from (June 11-12th) from Isle of Arran (Western Scotland). Co-ordinates of the island are: 55,43 N and 5,11 W, QRA-Locator is IO75KK. QSL cards for QSOs can be sent through RSGB QSL Bureau or via his home address (QRZ.com). The info for the islands diplomas:

  • : EU-123 -- URL: http://www.rsgbiota.org/
  • : CL-O1 -- URL: http://www.gmdx.org.uk/
  • IA: CS-14 -- URL: http://www.iosa.co.uk/
  • Area should be NSO2 (Unitary Authority: North Ayrshire).
  • URL: http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/g1ntw/wab.htm
    You can read about Arran Island and see photos on the Web site at:

    Nilay, TA3YJ, reports that she has sent out QSL cards for TA3YJ, TA3YJ/0, TA3YJ/3, TA3YJ/4, TA3YJ/LH, SV1/TA3YJ, LZ2/TA3YJ, TA3J, TA3J/0, TA3J/1, TA3J/3, TA3J/4, TA3J/LH, SV1/TA3J, LZ1/TA3J, LZ2/TA3J, YM3BU, YM3ATA, YM3SV, YM75TA, YM21TA, YM3LZ/WPX2000 and YM3LZ/WAE2000 to QSL Bureaus of Monaco, Tunisia, Cyprus, Algeria, Malta, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, China, Andorra, Chile, Cuba, Morocco, Portugal, Philippines, Ireland, Moldova, Estonia, Ecuador, Colombia, South Korea, Panama, Jordan, Argentina, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Faroe Islands, Aruba, Brazil, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Australia (VK2, VK3, VK4), India, Mexio, Indonesia, Iraq, Latvia, Venezuela, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, New Zealand, South Africa, Armenia, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan direct on June 14th.

    Look for special event station to as sign, W1T (W 1oo TourdeFrance). Activity will be on all bands during the Tour de France bicycle race, July 5-27th, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France (TdF) and USA's Lance Armstong's attempt to win his 5th consecutive TdF. The operators are: Angel/WA2VUY and Rudolf/K2MVW. QSL via WA2VUY. The QSL card will have a unique photograph of the 21 of the 22 living Tour Champions taken October 24, 2002, in Paris, France, at a special reunion.

    Pete, K3PD, informs OPDX that La Marr is returning to Kiritimati (Christmas) Island (CQ Zone 31, GRID - BJ11) using the callsign T32Z licensed for E. Kiribati (Line Islands). He expects to arrive on June 30th, and will operate as time permits for several weeks. La Marr will be active on 50 MHz, and the HF bands, SSB, CW, and some digital modes. The QSL Manager for T32Z is K3PD. Any prior requests for QSLs that have been sent to N7YL are no longer available. Logs prior to 2002 may not be available. The preferred method is to send SASE direct to his QSL Manager K3PD. SASE without adequate postage will be returned via the Bureau. You may request a QSL via the Bureau by marking your cards: T32Z via K3PD. QSLs are being printed, and logs will need to be copied, please do not expect instant return on your QSL requests until the QSLs and Logs are ready. The direct QSLs will be answered first. Direct any questions about the operation or QSLs to the QSL Manager Pete, K3PD, via E-mail at: k3pd@arrl.net

    USI ACTIVITY (Field Day Operation)
    Members of the Rusty Zipper HF and DX Contest Club will once again activate, NA8KD, from South Bass Island (U.S. Islands Award OH-USI-007L, Ottawa County) during Field Day. Operators mentioned are Mark/KG8DP and possibly one other to be named later. It will be a limited operation, but when on the air, they will sure to be heard. The group is expected to also activate Kelly's Island (OH-USI-001L, Erie County) and North Bass Island (OH-USI-006, Ottawa County). North Bass Island has not yet been activated. More info to follow in the next few weeks. All QSL should go to KG8DP (OK via address at QRZ.com).

    V3, BELIZE
    Jay/K0BCN/V31MX and Cal/V31MF will be active from Caye Caulker (IOTA NA-073) from July 23rd until noon of July 29th. They will operate on 80-10 meters SSB with some CW activity. Look for V31MF to be active in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). Jay states he will be sitting this one out. QSL both callsign via K0BCN, either direct or via the bureau.

    Three members of the Florida DXpedition Group are on the "Road Again"! Operators Bill/W4WX/VP2MHX, William N2WB/VP2MWB and Bob/K9MDO/VP2MDO will be here July 22-29th. They will have three Kenwood stations and will be active on most bands and modes. QSL via their home callsigns, CBA. N2WB via QSL Manager N2OO.

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