OPDX 624 September 1, 2003

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 624
BID: $OPDX.624
September 1, 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, K2PF, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, F5NQL & UFT, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, PA0ABM and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.

Well the "2003 Blackout" affected many including me. As I mentioned in the last bulletin, I finished OPDX.623 within minutes before leaving for my vacation. With the power going out after 3:30 PM Thursday, August 14th, I was unable to finish the bulletin until the power was turned back on Friday morning about 5:30 AM, August 15th. Everything seemed to be fine and working when I left for MTSU in Tennesee and Biloxi, Mississippi, except the UPS backup for my LINUX mail system (BARF80). However, with the rolling blackouts in the Cleveland area, BARF80 took a system hard-drive crash and currently is being worked on by Dave Foran, WB8APD, Administrator for HAMNET.ORG and NSHORE.ORG. All my main mail (between August 16-23rd) is now being stored on NSHORE.ORG until BARF80 is re-activated again. So, that is the reason for the short bulletin this week (NO MAIL - NO INFO). Hopefully, no mail was lost, and if you E-mailed me something, it is still in storage. My mail (as of August 24th) is now being forwarded to a family ISP E-mail account until BARF80 is back online.....

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 24th/August, through Sunday, 31st/August there were 220 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VK9X, VP2V, VP5, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

Ian, 3B8IK, has been active on PSK31 on or around 21070 kHz. Look for him after 0845z and after 1330z.

Robert, 3B9FR, (now a NODXA member) was quite active last week (with a great signal) on 20 and 17 meters CW. Watch around 14022 kHz (+/- a few kHz) after 1230z or 0230z. Watch around 18070 kHz (+/- a few kHz) after 1230z and as late as 1700z.

Leo, 3XY1L, continues to be very active. This past weekend he spent alot of time on 10 meters SSB on 28504 kHz usually between 1700-1900z. His activity during the week was on 15 and 20 meters SSB (21285 and 14195 kHz) between 1700-1900z. QSL via UY5XE.

Nelson, 4S7NE, has been very active on the WARC bands with very few takers. Watch for activity on 30 meters as early as 1215z and after 1900z (as late as 0100z). Watch 17 meters around 18072 kHz (+/-) between 1000-1200z. Watch 12 meters around 24901 kHz after 1145z. QSL via: Nelson Ranasinghe, No. 18, Katana Housing Scheme, Demanhandiya 11270, Sri Lanka. Seal the envelope with tape and send only the QSL card with a green stamp. No return envelope is needed.

Manfred, 5W0MW, became active August 29th. Most of his activity has been on 30/20/17/15/12/10 meters, mainly on CW with some SSB. The length of his stay is unknown. QSL via DJ7RJ.

Henk, 9G1AA, was heard this past weekend mainly on 15 meters CW/SSB on various frequencies (21007, 21209, 21268 and 21280) and times. QSL via PA3AAW.

Ian, 9M2/G3TMA, was active this past weekend looking for stateside stations on 17 meters CW. Activity was on 18070 khz between 1500-1830z. QSL via the address on BUCK.com. Also active was Masaru, 9M2/JI1ETU, on 15 meters CW/SSB at various times and frequencies. QSL via the address on BUCK.com.

Word out of Japan is that the BQ9P operation will have/use SSTV on this trip. According to their Web page, concentration will be on SSTV and the WARC bands. The DXpedition team still needs landing permission, but they say this should not be a problem. This operation is scheduled to take place October 9-16th. Activity will also be on CW/SSB/RTTY and on 160-6 meters. Operators listed so far are: BV3BW, BV3FG, BV4FH, DL3DXX, DK7YY, JI6KVR, OE1WHC, UA3VCS and ZL4PO. Remember their Web is at:


Yves, F5PRU, will be in the French Alps for some mountaineering training for the Army September 1-20th. He will start in the town of Briancon (1326m ASL, the highest town in the CEE). In his spare time Yves will be active as F5PRU/p on 40 and 15 meters, mainly CW, using a 3 watt transceiver and a vertical antenna. This operation counts for French reference numbers: Hautes Alpes (DDFM 05) and French Province - Cote d'Aur (DPF 20). QSL via F5PRU, direct or by the bureau.

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, announced that the E4/DF3EC operation (August 7-10th) has now been approved for DXCC.

It was announced (while your Editor was on vaction) by the ARRL Awards Committee that Timor Leste (4W), which was formally known as East Timor (4W), will NOT be added to the DXCC List as a new entity. There will NOT be a removal from the DXCC List, but East Timor's name will be changed to Timor Leste. More details are available via the ARRL Web at:


AS-079. Look for Mat, JS6PXB, to sign homecall/6 from Tarama Island (JIIA 079-008), September 2-3rd. Activity will be on 40, 15 and 10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via his home callsign, either direct or via the bureau.

Wino, PA0ABM, provides OPDX readers with the following: "The Gatti-Hallicrafters Expedition of 1947-1948, the first Grand HAM DXpedition ever, found its way to the World-Wide Web in June 2003. Besides the ARRL article (see QST December 1993), you can read the story Gatti told in the International Harvester, and the (short) story of Bob Leo, W6PBV (now W7LR). I can tell now that there is a BIG update available. In this update both hams, Bob Leo, W6PBV (now W7LR), and Bill Snyder, (W0LHS), tell the story in their own words. Bob and Bill provided me with a lot of documents and pictures, which are illustrated on the many web-pages. Make sure you read both stories, they are very different. There is even a Dutch version available. The link is:

Enjoy the reading. Thanks to Bob Leo and Bill Snyder for letting me do this job.... 73, Wino, PA0ABM, devoted to CW."

Look for special event station EO12J to be active to celebrate 12 years of independence in the Ukraine. Activity over the past weekend has been on 20/17/15/12/10 meters. Watch the following frequencies: 14204, 18070-85, 18130, 18145, 21031, 24897, 24945 and 28024 kHz. QSL via K2PF.

Magdi, ST2BSS, was heard (almost daily) active on 15 meters (21260-21280 kHz) this past week at various times between 1300-1900z. QSL via DL5NAM.

Alan, SU9BN, was active this past weekend on 15/20 meters. Watch between 21250-21280 kHz between 1000-1500z. Also, watch during the week for him on 40 meters around 7005 kHz after 2330z. QSL via EA7FTR.

Andy, G3AB, is now active as VK9XAB until September 6th. His activity has been mainly on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters CW at various times throughout the day. QSL via G3AB.

Operator Larry, XW1A, was heard August 28th on 21290 kHz between 1600-1700z. He stated to QSL via E21EIC direct or via the bureau.

Sada, YA1D, was heard on 15/20 meters this past week on 21265 kHz at 1545z and on 14270 kHz between 1430-1745z. He said QSL via JG1OWV.

Plenty of activity took place this past week. Patrick, F5ORF, was active as YI/F5ORF, on 20/15 meters. Watch between 1700-1800z on 14195, 21195 or just below 21200 kHz. QSL via KU9C. Also active was Abel, YI/KC0LEK, on 20/15 meters SSB and PSK31. Watch between 1130-1630z on 14070-71, 21070, 21255 and 21302 kHz. QSL via address on QRZ.com. Willie, YI/KV4EB, was mainly active on 17 meters SSB. Watch around 18160 kHz between 1645-2000z. He also sometimes visits 21280 kHz. "The Daily DX" also reports that Willie is now on RTTY, so be watching 14088 kHz possibly around 0300z. QSL via K0JN. Robert, S53R, was also active as YI9R on 20/15/10 meters CW usually between 1130-2000z. QSL via K2PF. Also active this past week on 20 meters was YI/OM2DX and YI/SM7WZA.

"The Daily DX" reports that Joca, PS7JN, will once again be active from here between September 1-14th. His expected callsign will be ZS0S. QSL via PS7JN.

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