OPDX 615 June 23, 2003

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 615
BID: $OPDX.615
June 23, 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 Letter, K1XN & GoList, W2CE, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4UU, KU4EC, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5WW, WA5PAE, K8YSE, W9DC, 9A6AA, CT1EAT, CT1END, DH9SB, DL/VE3ZIK & Contesting.info, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL2VFR, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G4IRN, G0IAS, GM4SUC, HK8JEH, HP1AC, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, I2YSB, IV3SKB, IZ8FAV, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, LX1NO, OH6NJ, OM3JW, ON4CAS, PA1KW, RW6HKF, VA3RJ & ICPO and YV5EED for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th/June, through Sunday, 22nd/June there were 212 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/o, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

Frank/W2IX and Ray/W2RE gave many a real treat and surprise to work 4U1UN on Sunday morning, June 22nd. They were operating SSB and CW. Activity was on 20/17/6 meters as this bulletin was being typed.

7Q7/10JUNE, MALAWI (Good or Not!)
It seems this one caused some confusion over a week ago. First reports indicated that this was a PIRATE station. However, this is NOT the case. According to Leo, CT1CSN, activity was by Vasco, 7Q7CT, who has a Malawian official document granting the use of the callsign, 7Q7/10JUNE, to be used as a special event. June 10th was Portugal's Day and is commemorated by the various Portuguese communities around the world. So those who worked Vasco with the callsign 7Q7/10JUNE made a legitimate contact. QSL Manager is ZS6AMX.

THIS IS JUST A REMINDER! Operators Kresimir/9A7K, Phil/F5OGG and Branko/9A6BND will activate several islands and lighthouses over the next week until June 30th. Activity began over the past weekend. Watch around 14260 kHz. Remember to QSL via operator's home callsign, except Phil/F5OGG (QSL via LX1NO). LAST MINUTE UPDATE: Look for the 9A0LH team to be active from Palagruza (EU-090 and WLH-0057) early Monday morning, June 23rd.

Francisco, CT1EAT, informs OPDX that he will be active as CT3/CT1EAT on a DX holiday, from Porto Santo Island (AF-014) starting on the July 24th, ending on the 30th. The radio operation will take place mainly on the AO-40 satellite, but also on HF (from 20-10m), on SSB and RTTY modes. He will be an entry in the IOTA Contest as CT9T as a Single Operator/Low Power, SSB only. QSL via CT bureau, or direct to his home callsign via CBA address: P.O. Box 172, 7801-902 Beja, Portugal. For more information, please visit his home page at:


Martial, F5SIE, will be active as FH/F5SIE, from Mayotte Island (IOTA AF-027 and DIFO FH001) between July 1-15th. This will be a CW only operation with activity on 40/17/15 meters with a TS-50 and wire antennas. QSL (PLEASE) via the French REF bureau.

HP, PANAMA (Special Event)
Members of the Panama Radio Club invite all amateur radio stations in the world to make a contact with special event station HP100RCP to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Panama. Activity will take place November 1-3rd on all bands on modes CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK31. A special commemorate QSL can be obtained by sending your QSL plus 2 IRC or one USD to: Radio Club de Panama, P.O. Box 10745, Panama 4, Panama. You can view the special event station at HP100RCP and the QSL card on PRC's Web sites at:


IOTA CONTEST (Attention Island-hopper and Island-chaser!)
Ric, DL2VFR, informs OPDX that already 42 stations have announced their participation in the 2003 IOTA Contest and have been listed now on the following Web page at:

Ric states, "This is useful if you are looking for a QTH or if you are looking to see who will be QRV ?" Everybody is invited to send his/her island QTH report to: info@iota-post.com In the last years he has had more than 130 reports. Deadline for reports are the 24th of July. After that date Ric is heading to EU-129 where he is participating with the team of DL0KWH from Usedom Island.

AF-019. Paolo, IZ8FDH (member of "VESUVIO DX TEAM") will be active from Favignana Island (IIA TP-011) as IF9/IZ8FDH, fron June 29th to July 6th. Activity will be on HF and 6 meters. QSL to IZ8FDH via the bureau or direct to the address: Paolo Capobianco, Via Enrico Cocchia n. 26, 80124 Napoli-Italy.

AS-080. If you were lucky this past weekend to work 6K2BYF/3 it was from Anmyun Island. Choi, HL5FUA, states activity is expected to last until June 23rd on 40-10 meters including the WARC bands. QSL via 6K2BYF.

EU-008. John, GM0VIV, will be active as GM0VIV/p from the following Inner Hebrides Islands Group between June 23-25th as follows: Monday evening, June 23rd, from Mull (IOSA NH-15, SCOTIA CN10); Tuesday morning, June 24th 0900z from Gometra (IOSA NH-28, SCOTIA CN-06); Tuesday afternoon, June 24th, from Ulva (IOSA NH-18, SCOTIA CN-05); and Wednesday morning, June 25th 1000z from Iona (IOSA NH-16, SCOTIA CN-01). He will be on Mull overnight Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. QSL via home callsign, CBA.

EU-101. Hans, OH6MY, will be active as OH6MY/p from his summer QTH at Anterskar (Lapporarna Island -- WW Loc. KP03OI) between July 7th to August 3rd. He will be using a IC-706 at low power on a car battery with a G5RV antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or via the bureau.

EU-184. A group of Finnish operators will be active from Hailuoto Island and Marjaniemi Lighthouse as OH6AW/8 between June 27th and July 1st. Operations will be on HF, 6 meters and 2 meters. Operators will be OH6HJE, OH6NJ, OH6UV and OH6XX. QSL via OH6AD.

SA-040. Operators Pablo/HK8RQS, Victor/HK8JEH and Albaro/HK8HIX will be active from Morro Island, October 11-14th.

SA-063. Ramon, YV5EED, Events Coordinator for ARV Caracas and Grupo DX Caracas, informs OPDX that the Association of Radioamateurs of Venezuela and the Grupo DX Caracas has activated Remediadora Island instead of La Cotorra Island to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Venezuelan National Guard Day 2003, from June 20-24th. They will operate on HF from 160-10 meters, including 6 meters on SSB and CW. QSL via W4SO (mail drop). Cards will be verified and mailed from Venezuela.

OC-241. CHANGE IN PLANS! The multi-team active from Rote Island were expected to use the callsign 8A9R, but they used another callsign instaed, YE9R. They will be active until June 25th. QSL via YC9BU.

Yoshiro, N1VF, plans to be signing N1VF/KH2 from Guam Islands (OC-026), November 21-24th. No details on bands/modes of activity were provided. QSL to his home call: Yoshiro Nishimura, c/o David Manela, 2248 Mountain Ridge Rd., Chula Vista CA 91914 USA.

Members of the Georgian Bay ARC will be back at Flower Pot Island on August 2nd, 3rd and 4th. They will be transmitting on 20, 40 and 80 meters. Flower Pot Island is in the Great Lakes in Georgian Bay. The Lighthouse reference number is WLH 0763 and is wanted by 70% of the lighthouse chasers.

Mike, GM4SUC, sends the following reminder: "Well it doesn't seem nearly a year has passed since the last International Lighthouse/ Lightship Weekend when over 385 stations were active at lighthouses and lightships throughout the world. This year the event will be from 0001z on Saturday, August 16th until 2359z on Sunday, August 17th, 2003. Full details of the rules and an entry form can be found at:

A list of stations that have already confirmed their participation can be found at:
So come and join us in the fun of the weekend, listen out for the QRP, newly licensed and other lighthouses/lightships, and give them a call."

Marek, DH9SB, reports he has a new Web site which contains a weekly overview of DXpeditions/Special Event Stations operating in the current week. He provides two URL addresses:


Operators CT1GFK/P, CT1GPQ/P and CT2IHP/P were active from Culatra Island (IOTA EU-145, DIP AL-01 for the Portuguese Islands Award) during the past weekend. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or bureau.

Gordon, KU4EC, informs OPDX that his 2002 KG4EC Guantanamo Bay logs are now available on-line at:

He states, "For those who want to check if they are in the log or not, sorry for the delay getting these posted."

QSL UPDATE FOR TI/AI5P. Rick, AI5P, reports that QSLs arrived June 16th from the printer. He expects to have all direct cards received answered in about 10 days or so. He thanks you for your patience.

Silvano, I2YSB, QSL Manager of TX4PG, reports to OPDX that all direct requests for TX4PG QSLs have been sent out.

ANYONE NEED A QSL MANAGER? Gert, K5WW, writes to OPDX and states: "I am offering my services as QSL manager to the DX community. Anyone who makes a lot of QSOs and doesn't have enough time to handle his/her own QSL, has no local QSL bureau or just wants to spend more time on the radio instead of QSL'ing can contact me. I have several years of experience handling the incoming and outgoing QSL for the members of two large clubs and their contest stations. I'm a member of The QSL Managers' Society. I accept paper and/or electronic logs. If you don't already have it a webpage with information about your station and a logbook search will be created. All requests are welcome at:

I'd appreciate it if you could find a couple of lines in the next edition of your magazine to publish this. I recently moved and now live in a 'no antennas welcome' neighborhood. So my own DX activities have to be postponed, and I have plenty of time to help other DX'ers with their QSL."

Claudio, IV3OWC (aka-ST2CF and 9E1C), informs us that his ST2CF QSLs have arrived, and he has begun to confirm direct cards. Also, QSLs for his 9E1C operation have all been sent out.

XW2A QSL PROBLEMS. Hiro, XW2A, reports he has a big problem with the postal system. So, please do not send U.S. dollars, only IRC's!!! He states over 95% of mail with green stamps are stolen. His address is: PO Box 10003, Mail Service Office, Vientiane, Laos.

A group of Russian amateurs are going on a mountain DXpedition in Carachayevo-Cherkessya Republic, Russia, from June 25-29th. The exact location is Gidam-Bashi Mountain (2410m), Aksaut Canyon, Main Caucasus Range. Reference numbers are: QTH-locator is LN03PO, R-03-03 for Russian Mountain Award, and KC-04 for Russian Districts Award. The members of the DXpedition are: RA6ED/P, UA6ECU/P, UA6EM/P, UA6EDQ/P, RA6EAG/P, UA6EZ/P, UA6EDU/P, RZ6HGG/P, RW6HKF/P, RN6FJ/P and RV6HJD/P. They plan to be active on 80-15 meters SSB/CW and 144/430 FM. QSL are 100% via the bureau and direct,

S7, SEYCHELLES (Update to OPDX.613). John Warburton, G4IRN, will be active from here September 13-16th and 23-27th. This past week John received his licence for The Seychelles. His callsign will be S79IRN.

Look for GB1WIS (first Woman In Space) to be active on the LEO (Low Earth Orbiting) satellitess UO14, FO29, AO7 and possibly AO40 up to June 30th. Activity periods will be posted on the AMSAT NA BB at regular intervals.

Next weekend is the ARRL's Field Day and participants may have a real treat to work the Space Station during the weekend event. The "ARRL Letter" states: "The Expedition 7 crew may be on the air from NA1SS during ARRL Field Day the weekend of June 28-29th. 'We don't know if the crew will be active or not, but give it a try,' said ARISS Mentor Charlie Sufana, AJ9N. Sufana advises 'good operating sense' and recommends that FD operators wait for the crew to finish a previous contact before calling. 'You may be only hearing a station or two, he pointed out, 'but they are hearing hundreds.' Look for the ISS during Field Day during these time slots: Northern and Southeastern U.S., June 28th, 1821-1842 UTC; Southern and Northeastern U.S., June 29th, 1059-1117 UTC; Western U.S., June 29th, 1233-1253 UTC; Northeastern U.S., June 29th, 1723-1744 UTC; and Northwestern and Southern U.S., June 29th, 1859-1920 UTC. ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, notes that Field Day contacts with the ISS crew do not count for satellite QSO bonus points, just contact credit. 'Valid satellite contacts must be Earth-satellite-Earth contacts through a satellite transponder or repeater,' he explained. (See Field Day rule 7.3.7.)"

French operators will activate the special callsign TM5AR to participate in the celebration of the " 'L' Armada Rouen 2003". Activity will be on 80-2 meters. For the 4th time since 1989, a large group of sail boats (fleet) will gather/head to Rouen, Normandy, France. More than 30 great barques, two/three/or four masted schooners, bricks, ketches and other sea clippers from all over the whole world will stay and parade on the River Seine from June 28th to July 6th. The last Armada was in 1999, where more than 10 millions people enjoyed the visit from the ships. More are expected this year. QSL via instructions for direct cards or via the French REF Bureau.

Bert, PA1KW, informs OPDX that he will be active during the IOTA Contest in July from Kos Island (EU-001) as SV5/PA1KW. He also mentions that he will be active before and after the contest. QSL via his home callsign, bureau or direct (SASE).

Mike/T21MY and Jan/T2YL continue to be active until about June 26th. Mike was heard this past week on 80/30/15/12/10 meters CW at various times. Jan was heard on 20/17/15 meters SSB. QSL Manager George, OM2SA, reports that he has received the first set of logs about two weeks ago and the first batch of direct QSLs (500) are in the mail. He is working on them everyday and requests everyone to please be patient.

Baldur, DJ6SI, has once again surprised everyone and showed up as T5X on June 16th. The length of his stay is not known. He has been very active on 17 meters CW as well as 80/40/30/20/15 meters. QSL via DJ6SI.

Wayne/N5WD and his wife Pamela/KB5UAE are planning to be active as V31WD and V31UA, respectively, from Placencia (EK56), July 15-21st. Wayne will be concentrating on 6 meters during the CQWW VHF Contest weekend. However, he will be on 80-6 meters at other times during the week and can do PSK31/SSB/CW. He tells OPDX, "Maybe next trip we'll add WSJT". QSLs to N5WD, callbook address or via the W5 bureau.

Mike Foster is now operating as VP2V/7Q7FM until he gets his own British Virgin callsign. His activity is mostly on 20 meters until he gets his antennas sorted out. Watch around 14200 kHz. QSL "ONLY DIRECT" via Allen, G0IAS. Allen states, "PLEASE add a bit to the return postage....sorry, my pockets are only so deep...and NO return postage no card."

Gary/K4UU and Bud/K4ISV are now active from North Caicos until June 25th. Their callsign are homecalls/VP5. Gary was heard over the past weekend on/around 14184 kHz after 0100z. Bud was heard on 80 meters SSB (3793 and 3796 kHz) after 1000z and again at 0130z. QSLs for K4UU/VP5 go to his home callsign. No QSL details were provided for Bud's activity.

Look for LZ2UU to be active as VP8/LZ2UU during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/ All Band/Low Power entry. Activity will be from LZ0A, the Bulgarian Antarctic Base on Livingston Island, South Shetland. QSL via LZ2UU.

Steve, OM3JW, reports that his son Mike, OM2DX, will be going back to Baghdad on June 25th. Mike's activity will be limited to a few weeks because Slovak Ambassy in Baghdad was totally destroyed. His power amplifier was lost and antenna systems (log-periodic yagi for 20-10m, vertical HF6 and wire dipoles on low bands) were destroyed. Mike expects to operate as YI1BGD from the club station. However, he believe that he will receive his personal callsign very soon. He will also look for YI1BGD documents (licence that was issue in 1978) and will send his copy to ARRL. The reason for this is that some people are now having their YI1BGD QSLs rejected for DXCC (Mike's activity). For more info and updates, go to the following Web page at:


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