OPDX 660 May 10, 2004

Be sure to read Special OPDX Bulletin 660.1 released after OPDX 660

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 660
BID: $OPDX.660
May 10, 2004
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1DG, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, K2PF, NG3K, K3LR, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, K8YSE, K9PG, N0SS, CT2GVG, DL/VE3ZIK & www.contesting.info, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, E21EIC, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F8BBL, G3SWH, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, MM0DFV, OH2BH, OK2BOB, SM0DTK, SP2FAP, SV1CNS, SV2AEL, UA3AHA, UT5RP, VA3RJ & ICPO and ZL4HU for the following DX information.

Because I will be attending the Dayton HamVention, there will "NOT" be a bulletin next week. If an important announcement(s) takes place, I will probably release a bulletin late Monday night. In any case, please continue to send your information (you never know what I might do!). I hope to see you at Dayton and the NODXA Hospitality Suite!

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd/May, through Sunday, 9th/May there were 219 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, 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, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8

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

Dave/WA8WV and Hal/KC8FS will operate as a Multi/Single from Reut, Israel, during the CQWW DX Phone Contest in October. They will operate from the IARC's 4X4REM club station in Reut and will be using the callsign 4X0WV (Four X-ray Zero Whisky Victor) during the contest. QSLs will go to KC8FS.

AO0, SPAIN (Special Event/Prefix)
Look for the special event callsign AO0FL to be aired between May 21-30th for the wedding of Prince Felipe and Dona Letizia Ortiz. QSL via EA4RCU.

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:

   Station    Valid Dates Of Operation        Entity
   -------    -------------------------       -------
   9Q0AR      January  1st - March 31st 2004  Democratic Republic of Congo
   9Q1KS      January  1st - March 31st 2004  Democratic Republic of Congo
   9U5M       February 4th - March 17th 2004  Burundi
   HH2SJR     January 1, 1998 to Current      Haiti
   TT8XZ      December 4-19th 2003            Chad
   XF4IH      March 3-20th 2004               Rivellagigedo
   YI/AB8DY   July 2, 2003, to Current        Iraq
   YI/N3YPI   August 22, 2003 to Current      Iraq

Choon, E20HHK, will be working in Northern part of Thailand until May 23rd. He will be active as E20HHK/6 and E20HHK/5 usually on CW. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via E21EIC.

The special event callsign EO60FO was issued to celebrate the liberation of Odessa region in WWII. Activity will last until August 27th and will start from Odessa City and then all 26 regions accordingly to the date of their liberation back in 1944. Activity will be on all bands/modes. QSL via the Ukrainian Bureau.

Look for special event station ER0ITU to be active May 13-17th to celebrate the "World Telecommunications Day". QSL via ER1DA, by the Bureau or direct to: Valery Metaxa, P.O. Box 3000, Chisinau, MD 2071, Moldova.

The Scottish-Russian ARS is honored to invite the radio amateurs all over the world to participate in the (first ever) European Digital DX Contest which will be held on the third full weekend in May every year. The objective of the contest is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs in Europe using the BPSK31 mode. Everybody can work everybody for QSO and multiplier credit. This year's contest will start at 1200z on May 22nd and last through 1200z May 23rd. Activity will be on the BPSK31 mode and on the 80/40/20/15/10 meters band. Recommended frequencies are in accordance with the IARU bandplan. For more details, please visit the following Web pages:
Official EUPSKDXC Website: http://www.srars.org/eudxpsk.htm
Scottish HAM Portal: http://www.scotham.net
PDF Rules: http://www.srars.org/eudxpsk.pdf
Russian Rules: http://www.qrz.ru/contest/detail/492.html

EUROPEAN UNION ACTIVITIES (over the past week!)
S504, SLOVENIA (Attention Prefix Hunters!)
OPDX was informed that all stations in Slovenia are allowed to use additional "04" in their prefix to celebrate the new members entering the European Union (ex. S55OO can use the callsign S5045OO, S56A S5046A etc....). Also, the ZRS will be active with the special callsign S52004EU. Also, spotted on the DXCluster was S50EUR. Length of activity was not provided.

Special event stations to celebrate the new members entering the European Union have been active from Poland: SN4EU, HF1EU, HF2EU, 3Z8EU and SP0EURO. Again, length of activity was not provided.

Special event station OL0EU was active but seems to be QRT now. QSL via OK1DJG.

Three stations were active over the past week to celebrate the new members entering the European Union: LY2004U (QSL via LY1FW), LY2004O (QSL via LY2UF) and LY2004P (QSL via LY1XA). Again, length of activity was not provided.

Special event station HA2004EU was active but seems to be QRT now. QSL via HA5X.

Special event station 9H1MRL/25 was active but seems to be QRTnow. QSL via 9H1XE.

Special event station C4EU was active but seems to be QRT now. QSL via 5B4AGC.

ADDED NOTE (Award Available)
Remember, the "Europe Day 2004 Award" is available if you made 25 QSOs with stations from any territories of the European Union Member States on any HF or VHF+ bands between 0000z and 2359z on May 9th. (Any combination of the number of QSOs and Member States will be accepted.) The award is sponsored by the Polish MK QTC Magazine and PZK Zwiaze Krotkofalowcow. Please refer to OPDX.658 for more details or send an E-mail to: qtc@post.pl

European Union Member States: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom.

DX HOSPITALITY SUITE. The Northern Ohio DX Association (along with Janeen Hire, W8ZET) will once again sponsor a Hospitality Suite at this year's Dayton Hamvention. It will be in Suite 1011 on the 10th Club Floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel (old Stouffers) on Friday and Saturday evenings (possibly late Thursday evening -- Look for signs!). All DXers/Contesters are welcome. Munchies and refreshments will be avaialble. Come and meet the members and friends of NODXA.

THE DAYTON CONTEST SUPER SUITE. Contester Tim Duff, K3LR, states, "Our 17th year, getting better every year!" The contest suite will be open Thursday, May 13th, Friday, May 14th and Saturday, May 15th, from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM every night. Located in the Miami Room (2nd Floor) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (downtown) Dayton, Ohio. The 2004 CONTEST SUPER SUITE is sponsored by DX Engineering. The suite is hosted by North Coast Contesters, The Frankford Radio Club and The Mad River Radio Club. The "Midnight Pizza Party Lineup" (don't miss one!):

Thursday, midnight - Sponsored by "Friends Of Bill Fisher, W4AN"
Friday, midnight - Sponsored by "Members of The Yankee Clipper Contest Club"
Saturday, midnight - In Memory of K4OJ. Sponsored by "Florida Contest Group"
This is an open invitation for Contesters and DXers to enjoy 3 great evenings of super conversation. Join them for FUN! Cash bar with lots of room and sit down tables. For details, contact Tim, K3LR, at: K3LR@k3lr.com

SMC Dayton Hooters Party. Paul, K9PG, reports that the Society Of Midwest Contesters will be hosting its annual Dayton get-together/ party/beer bash on Thursday, May 13th, in "The Garage" at the Hooters in Centerville, OH starting around 6:30pm. There will be free wings for one hour.... starting whenever the most people are there (usually around 7:00 PM or so). Here's a map to the location:

If you're coming from the Crowne Plaza, it's faster if you pass the Miami-Centerville exit and hop on the I-675 extension about a mile further south... get off at the first exit and go right about a half mile. (Thanks AC8G) Everyone is invited.... Questions? Ask Paul at: PAUL@k9pg.com

Antenna Forum Agenda: Tim, K3LR, Antenna Forum Moderator, reports, "You are welcome to spend 3 hours next Friday afternoon hearing outstanding presentations on great antenna and propagation topics." "The Basics of How Antennas Work" - Bill Parker, W8DMR

"Selected Terrain Studies for Optimum HF Station Performance" - Dean Straw, N6BV

"SlippNott Rotator Enhancements" - Tom Taormina, K5RC (presented by K3LR)

"The W8JI Antenna Notebook" - Tom Rauch, W8JI

"An Investigation Into Ground Systems for Best HF Performance" - Rudy Severns, N6LF

"W6NL 40 meter Moxon Yagi" - David Leeson, W6NL (presented by K3LR)

"Propagation Software Review" - Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA

CONTEST FORUM PROGRAM. Doug Grant, K1DG, Organizer/Moderator of the Hamvetion Contest Forum, announced the following agenda for the Contest Forum to be held in Room 4 on Saturday, May 15th, from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM. The program and speakers are as follows:

"Prince Edward Island Contesting at VY2ZM: Not Your Basic Caribbean Operation!" - Jeff Briggs, K1ZM/VY2ZM

"The Contesting Apprentice" - a sneak preview of next year's new reality TV series (Applications for Contesting Apprentice show contestant auditions are being accepted now by the Contesting Apprentice Review Board... To apply, send an E-mail to k1dg@ix.netcom.com by Tuesday, May 11th. Applicants MUST be planning to attend the Hamvention)

"Getting Young Hams into Contesting - the VP5X Program" - David Kopacz, KY1V/VP5X, and Daniel Bradke, W2AU

"Are we getting closer to the Ideal Radio for Contesting? - Rob Sherwood, NC0B

"NCJ Update" - Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, Editor, National Contest Journal

"Panel Discussion: A Look Back at 25 Years of Contesting" - featuring the "Class" of 1979

Tom, N0SS, reports that the KC DX Club will (again, as in the past 20+ years) be offering its trademark "CW Pileup Contest" on SATURDAY night (only) at the KCDX Hospitality Suite at the Crowne-Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton. The pileups are expected to begin around 9:00 PM, and will stop around midnight. This year's pileup will be a bit more 'challenging' than those previously offered. It's still 100 calls, with no more than two (2) callsigns sent at any one time (though there are still those who will try to argue the point), and speeds between 25 and 40 WPM, with received tones between 300Hz and 1kHz (not everyone zero beats your signal, right?). Tom states, "Though I've not heard, it's my guess that the KCDX Club will again offer some pretty nice prizes to the top scoring ops, so come to compete..."

Dave, G4WFQ, will be active as G4WFQ/HI9 from here (IOTA NA-096), June 12-24th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW, with some RTTY and SSB. QSL via G3SWH.

Champ, E21EIC, will be active as HS0AC during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via GM4FDM.

EU-008. Look for Jeff, G3LWM, to be active as GM0PNS during his spare time from the Scottish Island of Pabay now through May 14th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters.

EU-020. Martin, SM0DTK, will be active from Gotland Island between May 14-23rd, using the callsign SM0DTK/1. Any skeds can be arranged via E-mail to: sm0dtk@passagen.se For more info, check Martin's Web site at:

http://hem.passagen.se/sm0dtk/ (Click on "Losgodis")

EU-032. Leon, ON4ZD, will be active as F/ON4ZD/p from the Fort Boyard Island. His activity began on Friday, May 10th, and will end on Saturday, May 15th, around 1300z. Other references are:
- DIFM AT 026 (French Mainland Sea Islands)
- DFCF 17003 (French Forts and Castles award)
- French Departments award : Charente Maritime/17
- Province : Poitou-Charentes.
QSL via his home callsign, either direct or by the bureau.

EU-032. A French team consisting of Fabrice/F5NBQ, Eric/F5LOW, Christian/F2EJ, Christian/F1SDQ, Jean-Philippe/F4EEK, Laurent/ F5MNK and Jacky/F5OIU will be active as TM1X from AIX Island between May 15th to 20th. Activity is planned for 80-10 meters on CW and SSB, and may be the digital modes (RTTY, PSK31). They will have two 100 watts stations using wires and beam antennas. AIX Island other references are:
DIFM AT-023 (for the French islands award)
PB-036 for the headlight (Onshore Lighthouses DPLF Award)
QSL via F4EEK, either by the bureau or direct to:
Herbouille Jean-Philippe, 12 rue Francois Mauriac, 16100 COGNAC, France.

EU-052. Look for Jindrick/OK1AMM and Bob/OK2BOB to be active as SV8/OK1AMM/p and SV8/OK2BOB/p from Kerkyra Island (Corfu Island), May 14-23rd. Activity will be CW/SSB on 160-10 meters.

EU-159. A team of members from the Bordeaux DX Group will be active as TM7BDX on Saturday, June 12th, from the Cordouan Island's lighthouse. Operators are: F2VX, F5OZF, F5RXL, F5SSG, F6EXV and F8BBL. The one day activity will take place between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (local time), on 40-10 meters CW and SSB. Other references are: WLH 271 and DIFM 032. QSL via F8BBL by the Bureau or direct.

NA-029. Norman, W1MO, will be active as VY2/W1MO from Prince Edward Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via W1MO.

Jose, N4BAA, who is in the Navy, is on his way to the Persian Gulf again. He has the following licenses and will be operating as YI9BAA, 9K2/N4BAA, and A92/N4BAA starting around July 29th and will be in the area until November 15th. Jose states that he will be emphasizing 160-40 meters CW and a little RTTY on 20 meters.

An online log for the recent 7Q7MM DXpededition is now avaiable at:


QSL CT7Z via CT2GVG by the bureau or direct to: Nelson Fernandes, P.O. Box 32, CP 2846-999 Amora, Portugal.

Special event station EO59JM was active to celebrate the 59th anniversary of the Victory in World War II. QSL via K2PF.

Operators JA4PXE/6 and JH4WXV/6 ended their operation to Uji Island (IOTA AS-067,JIIA-067-006) last week. QSL via their home address listed on QRZ.com. For questions on their QSL card, please send an E-mail to:

Even though two years have passed since this operation has gone QRT, QSL cards can be claimed by the bureau for the JA6GXK Danjo Island (AS-056) operation or direct to him using a SASE. The preservation of the log is up to March, 2005. Please refer to QRZ.com for the address. Questions can be E-mailed to: ja6gxk@jarl.com

Z2 QSL BUREAU. Don, G3BJ, announced the following: "At the Zimbabwe Amateur Radio Society (ZARS) council meeting held on May 3, 2004, ZARS took the decision to close the Zimbabwe QSL Bureau. This is simply due to the excessive cost of services that are now prevalent in Zimbabwe. The main cost is for the posting of cards to the various bureaus around the world. This is coupled with a declining number of members such that reasonable subscriptions can no longer support the costs of running the bureau. ZARS has recommended to members that QSL Managers be sought if they do not already have a manager. A number have taken up the suggestion and arrangements have been made. Member societies should note this information and advise their QSL managers accordingly."

Ken Holdom, ZL4HU (Group Organizer/Team Leader/QSL Manager), member of the Kermadec DX Association, reports the the issue of commemorative envelopes for the ZL9CI DXpedition in January 1999 was one of the significant milestones for this record setting DXpedition. The Kermadec DX Association has a small limited supply of these envelopes left, and they are anxious to find a good home for these amongst the very finest of collectors, DXers, and others worldwide. They are now selling these at the very modest sum of 10 USD per envelope postage paid. If you are interested please reply directly to: zl2hu@clear.net.nz

Laci, HA0HW, informs OPDX that he (and others) will operate from different parts of Greece this summer. He provides the following:

       Operators:            Tomi/HA4DX   Geza/HA4XG  Laci/HA0HW
                             ----------   ----------  ----------
   SV5 Dodecanese              J45DX        J45XG       J45HW
   SV7 Thrake Island           J47DX        J47XG       J47HW
   SV8 (Various islands)       J48DX        J48XG       J48HW
   SV9 Crete (and her islands) J49DX        J49XG       J49HW

Laci states (edited), "The first event will take place from Thassos (EU-174) between May 21-27th with our J48 callsigns. Then we will take part in the CQWW WPX CW Contest, and we will be operating from Thrake as J47s between May 28-31st. If the propagation will allow us, we will use 3 stations with Gps and wire antennas. Our main mode is CW and SSB, but we will do RTTY and PSK31 too, on all HF bands." QSLs via operator's home callsign via the HA QSL Bureau or direct to operator's addresses.

SX, GREECE (2004 Olympic Games Celebration Programs/Activities)
This summer the 2004 Olympic Games will take place in Athens, Greece, during August. Look for many special event stations to be active (some activity has started already). The following upcoming activity and information was provided by Savas, SV2AEL:
1) 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES (Countdown on the Air program!). A special and interesting "Countdown on the Air" program will take place in the coming days leading upto the 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES (starting day August 13th) from many Greek radio amateurs. Look for nine Multi-Operators special event stations such as SX9A, SX8A, SX7A, SX6A, SX5A, SX4A, SX3A, SX2A and SX1A, from nine Greek regions to be active between May 6th and August 12th. The station SX9A was spotted this past week on May 6th. These stations will be on the air every 10 days, one by one, to celebrate the 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES. Their activities will be on all bands and modes. Some Greek radio clubs are providing several DX awards and planning special events for this program. All the contacts will be replied with a special QSL card via bureau. There will NOT be any QSL Manager. QSL via Greek Buraeu ONLY. For more info, a calendar and on-line logs, please visit the "2004 OLYMPIC GAMES Countdown on the Air" program Web site at:


2) OLYMPIC PREFIXES FOR GREEKs and FOREIGNERs HAM. The Greek Communications Authority has announced that Greek radio amateurs may use the optional SX2004 or SY2004 callsign prefix from June 1st, 2004, until November 15th, 2004, to commemorate the Athens Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2004. QSL via operator's instructions. Also, the foreigner radio amateurs, as visitors in Greece, from the CEPT countries or from countries with reciprocity (U.S.A., Canada, Cyprus, Switzeland and Australia) can use the special prefix J42004 from August 1st, 2004 until November 15th, 2004, without any license from Greek Authorities. All the others needs to commumicate with the Greek Authorities for special permission. QSL via operator's instructions.

PLEASE NOTE that you can find the official Web site of ATHENS OLYMPIC GAMES 2004 at:


Look for special event station TM6MKI to be active June 1-14th, from the Panazol and Haute Vienne area (Limousin Province), for the 60th anniversary of the Landing in Normandy. (D-Day, 6th of June 1944). This activity also commemorates the killing of most of the inhabitants in the village of Oradour sur Glane, who where shot and burnt in a church (10th of June 1944), by the "Das Reich" SS division, in retaliation of partisans actions. The suffix "MKI" has been chosen to symbolize the famous transceiver "MKII" used by the partisans during WWII. Some TM6MKI activities are scheduled using an original MKII transceiver, on June 5th and 6th. QSL per operator's instruction.

Bob, N2OO, informs OPDX that James, KC4MC, is on a 6 month deployment to Iraq and will be active as YI9MC. More details are to be provided later. QSL via N2OO. Bob states that it will be a nice photo QSL card.

ZA, ALBANIA (Last week's news from Albania by Martti, OH2BH)
"Many noticed ZA/OH2BH and ZA/OH2PM signals bouncing in from Albania last week. Indeed, some 6000 QSOs were made--not only to please the Deserving but also to remind us about our shared responsibility to help those in need.

This time, five stations were fully equipped: ZA1BH, ZA1BS, ZA1DC, ZA1DJ and ZA1S. These callsigns were launched into the battle and these fine people made their first radio contact to the world. Their signals reached all parts of the world with ease and also many U.S stations were on hand to experience their first day of operating.

Radio equipment was donated by W3UR, K9MM, G3TXF, EA2NO and OH2PM, but many more recently licensed ZA hams are still in need of any gear to bring more ZA signals to the bands and make the Albanians welcome to this great passion of ours.

You are welcome to join this undertaking by making your old gear active from Albania. Your contacts are K7JA c.margelli@vxstdusa.com, N7NG n7ng@arrl.org and K9LA k9la@arrl.net. Or just meet personally ZA1B, OH2BH, OH2PM, G3LQP and the above U.S persons in Dayton to present your desire for support. For U.S. tax payers, your donations can be procssed by the Northern California DX Foundation. Contact W6OSP w6osp@aol.com for details."

Look for special event station ZW1I to be active until the end of of May (31st) to celebrate the City of Itaborai's 437th anniversary. This city is located 50 km North of Rio de Janeiro. Activity will be on all bands, CW and SSB. QSL via PY1AMF, by the Bureau or direct to: P.O. Box 112436, 24800-000 Itaborai, RJ Brazil.

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