OPDX 661 May 24, 2004

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 661
BID: $OPDX.661
May 24, 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, K1NT, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, WW5L, K8YSE, DH7WW, DK3KC, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL1EKC, EI5IF, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA, G3AB, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK8VRH, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, LU6EF, OE3EPW, OH2BH, ON6UM, OZ5AAH, RA3XR, RA9XF, SM0FWW, VA3RJ & ICPO and VK4AAR for the following DX information.

Originally, this bulletin was to go out early Friday evening, but thanks to the thunderstorms in north- east Ohio, I am without power (they say until late Sunday!!!). It has been pretty frustrating over the last two days with the thunderstorms, downed trees and breaking branches in the yard, and a creek which overflowed and dumped into our swimming pool (the XYL is not too happy). I would really appreciate if someone could please put this bulletin on the DX Reflectors. Thanks much.... 73 de Tedd KB8NW

Since there was no bulletin last week because I was in Dayton for the HamVention, I decided to release this one a few days earlier. As far as the HamVention goes.... there were NO new major announcements of upcoming DXpeditions. However, can you guess what was on everyones mind and what the number one question was? The answer: When is Scarborough Reef going to be on the air (followed by VU4 and VU7)? No one seemed to have an answer. Anyway, I had a great time meeting DXers and Contester over the three days....... 73 de Tedd KB8NW

* 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).

Yes, activity did take place on May 17th. The operators were Dimitri/N2OW and Andy/RW3AH. Remember to QSL via the QSL Manager, HB9BOU.

Lee, K1NT, will be active as OE/K1NT from now until May 25th, from Salzburg and Vienna, Austria. This is a vacation, so his operating will be limited. QSL via K1NT. Also, look for Lee to be active as 4U1VIC on May 23rd, on CW between 1200-1900z from the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. Emphasis will be placed on the WARC bands.

Conrad, DF7OL, is active as 6W8CK for the next year. He was spotted this past week on 15 meters PSK31 around 0900z and 1545z. His QSL Manager told OPDX to look for Conrad (for now) on 20 and 15 meters CW, PSK31 and RTTY. In November, he will go to Germany for a visit, but he will return with some other antennas for his new QTH. QSL Manager is Uli, DH7WW. QSL is "ok" via the bureau or direct to: Ulrich Moeckel, Muldenstr. 1, 08304 Schoenheide, Germany.

Look for Dave/K4SV and Neil/VA7DX to activate some African entities during late July and mid-August. Their expected plans are as follows:
Lesotho - July 29th through August 6th as 7P8DA (Dave) and 7P8NK (Neil)
Swaziland - August 7-11th as 3DA0SV (Dave) and 3DA0WC (Neil)
Mozambique - August 12-17th, their callsigns to be announced later.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters (subject to propagation) with an emphasis on the lower bands during their evenings. Modes will be CW, SSB, RTTY and other digital modes. A special effort will be made to work the General portion of the bands. Their QSL Manager for all activity will be K4YL: Stephen M. Grose, P.O. Box 183, Flat Rock, NC 28731-0183. Daily online logs will be available at:


Look for the "Korea Keymen's Club" radio station, D80HQ, to be active as D80HQ/3 in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th). Operators will be HL2UOK, DS3DGA and DS5EVU/3. QSL via DS1KVP.

Pat, EI5IF, has been trying to obtain an EL callsign but has not managed to contact anyone in Liberia by phone or E-mail. However, he will be based in Monrovia from June until Nov/Dec and will use the callsign EL/EI5IF. Pat will try to get on the radio as much as possible, but this will depend on his work load. He mentions that he is going to bring a small Alinco DX70TH and hopefully also use their military HF gear.

The Lone Star DX Association is proud to announce its 2004 Ham Com DX programs and luncheon speaker for June 18-19th at the Arlington Convention Center. Luncheon tickets are 30.00 USD, and online registration is available at the Ham Com website. Tickets will not be mailed out this year as in the past. All tickets will be available for pickup at the Arlington Convention Center during Ham-Com. For questions on Ham Com itself, there is a questions link on the Ham Com Web page. As usual there will be many door prizes given out at the luncheon and at each program session. In addition, there will be some special "YL/XYL ONLY" door prize drawings. For additional information please check the LSDXA Web page at:

Also, visit the main Ham Com Web page at:

AS-005. Operators Serge/RA3XR and Nick/UA3YH will be on an expedition to the Island of Dikson (OBL-TM, RR-06-09) between June 15th and September 15th. Nick/UA3YH will be there mainly for work in a scientist program. Look for them to be active as RA3XR/0 and UA3YH/0. Also, they hope to get a special callsign. QSL via the bureau or direct to the following addresses: RA3XR/0 - P.O.Box 5015, Obninsk-5, 249035 RUSSIA. UA3YH/0 - Blokhintzeva Street 11-15, Obninsk, 249033 RUSSIA. Visit the Web page at:


AS-117. Kenji,JA4GXS, will be active as JA4GXS/4 from Saba Island (JIIA-AS-117-???, Yamaguchi Prefecture) sometime during June (the date is undecided). This is an uninhabited island. Activity will be on CW and SSB on 21260, 14260, 7055 and 10117 kHz. QSL via JA4GXS, either via the JARL Bureau or direct to: Kenji Sasaki, 2-15 Ishikannon-cho, Yamaguchi, 753-0038 Japan.

EU-115. The East Cork Radio Group, EI7M, will join forces with the Bristol Contest Group for the 2004 IOTA Contest. The team will be active from Bere Island. More details will be available soon. For more information on the IOTA Contest, please visit the Web page at:


EU-031. Operators Tony/IK8UHA, Tony/IK8VRH and Ciro/IW8EZU will be active from from La Nave Rock (IIA NA-035), May 22-23rd. Activity will be on SSB/CW/RTTY/PSK31 only on 40/20/17/6 meters. The team will use the callsign IR8DX/P. QSL via IK8VRH.

EU-034. Vello, ES1QD, will once again be on Muhu Island, May 21-24th. He will use the callsign ES1QD/0 and in the Baltic Contest (May 22-23rd) the callsign ES0QD. Look for him on 30/20/17 meters CW/SSB.

EU-041. Luigi, IZ5FKK, will be active as IM0/IZ5FKK from Maddalena Island (IIA SS-001), July 5-15th. Activity will be on the HF bands as well as 6 and 2 meters. Modes will be SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign, direct or via the bureau.

EU-054. Operators IT9EJW, IT9GAC, IT9TPJ and possibly others from the Radio Gruppo Etna Contest Team will be active from Favignana Island, May 29th through June 2nd. The team will also be active as IF9RGE in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via IT9EJW, by the bureau or direct to: P.O. BOX 18, 95028 VALVERDE, ITALY.

OC-071. (UPDATE/NOTICE!) Alan Roocroft, VK4AAR, states, "Just a note to advise IOTA chasers that VK6LI didn't go to Long Island as planned. Instead they opted to land on another island in the same group. This was PASCO ISLAND ... OC-071. I don't think anyone realized this but they worked VK6LI, they got OC-071 just the same. Sorry for the delay in advising you and your readers. QSL route for both VK6LI and VK6AN is VK4AAR: Alan Roocroft, POB 421, Gatton 4343. Australia ... direct only."

Look for Franc, S59AA, to be active as IS0/S52A in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via S59AA. Outside of contest, he will operate as IS0/S59AA.

Leif/SM0FWW and Seth/SM0XBI will be active from here as J79FWW and J79XBI until May 28th. Activity will be on all bands (depending on band conditions) CW/SSB. They will also try some PSK. Most of their activity so far has been on 40/30/20 meters. QSL via the bureau or to the following addresses:

     SM0FWW  (J79FWW)                SM0XBI  (J79XBI)
     Brantingsgatan 54               Asavagen  10
     SE-11535  STOCKHOLM             SE-13244 SALTSJO-BOO
     SWEDEN                          SWEDEN

Mauro, IW1RHG, and 24 other operators will activate IR1PL from Portofino's Lighthouse (ARHLS ITA-131), from 0000z, June 18th to 2400z, June 19th. Activity will be on all bands CW/SSB/PSK31/Packet/ SSTV...etc. For up-to-date news, visit the Web page at:


LU/Q, ARGENTINA (Rare Province)
Operators LU1DZ, LU6UO and LW2DX will be airing the "RARE" San Luis Province, May 20-24th. Activity will be on all bands. They will sign LU1DZ/Q, LU6UO/Q and LW2DX/Q, where the "Q" stands for San Luis, due to their Communications Authorities. The operation will be mainly CW, but also SSB will be available.

LX, LUXEMBOURG (Update/Wrap-up)
Ivo, ON6UM, informed OPDX that their (Frans/ON4LO and Rob/ON6QX) LX operation was a big success. So they have desided that they will activate LX again later this year. More info and data will be provide soon. Also, ON6UM, ON4LO and ON6QX will also soon activate the "Channel ils ALDERNEY". The trio will also plan for a 2005 DXpedition to ARUBA. There will be more info later this year.

OE/90KK, AUSTRIA (Special Activity)
Peter, OE3EPW, President of the Austrian Military Radio Society (AMRS), which is part of the OeVSV (their national HAM radio organization), informs OPDX that from June 1st October 31st, AMRS club stations will use the special appendix "/90KK" to their usual callsigns. This is in memory of all the former K/K signal soldiers doing their duty within WWI some 90 years ago. HISTORICAL NOTE: Until 1918, Austria was a huge Empire ruled by the Habsburgers for more than 600 years. The Austrian Emperor (Kaiser) was also King (Koenig) of Hungary. His Army consisted of military personnel from all the different crown-lands and was called "Kaiserlich/Koenigliche Armee (K/K Army)". That's the reason for the "KK" in the callsigns. Look for the following stations to be on the air:

      OE1XRC/90KK    OE4XRC/90KK
      OE2XRM/90KK    OE5XAM/90KK      OE8XRC/90KK - Only from 0000z,
      OE2XCW/90KK    OE5XCL/90KK                     June 11th to 2400z,
      OE3XRC/90KK    OE7XBH/90KK                     June 12th
There will be a QSL Manager for all these stations: Robert, OE4RGC. A special QSL will be provided. INTERESTING NOTE: Peter informed OPDX that all their club members are either active or retired military personnel of the Austrian armed forces.

Marcus, DL1EKC, plans to be active as OH0EC from Finstrom on Aland Archipelago, May 25th through June 4th. Operations will be mainly on CW using 80-10 meters, eventually including some WARC activity. OH0EC will participate in CQ WPX Contest as Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via DL1EKC, preferred via the bureau.

Look for Seppo, OH1VR, to be active as OJ0VR, May 24-27th. Activity will be on all bands (also 6 meters) CW and SSB. QSL via OH1VR CBA: Ojakatu 3 A 18, 33100 Tampere, Finland.

Tom/DL2RMC and Heiko/DL1RTL will be active on a holiday DXpedition as OY/DL1RTL and OY/DL2RMC between August 30th and September 9th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK/SSTV. QSL via their home callsigns. Also, visit the Web page for updates at:


OPDX was informed that Vincent, F5MJV, serving in the French Navy, is expected to leave Europe for the French Polynesia territories (Tahiti, Marquesas and Australes) for one year starting on July 1st. He has applied for a new callsign, possibly "FO5**", which he has asked for and is awaiting to date. While traveling to the French Polynesia territories, Vincent will be operating as /MM using a 100 watts into a vertical antenna. Activity will be mainly CW during his spare time. He will activate some rare and semi-rare IOTAs during his stops. Other stops are also scheduled in other Pacific Ocean countries (ZL, 3D, W6, KH6, VK...). During the year, Vincent could give us some good surprises. Further information will be forthcoming in due time. QSL Manager is F5NQL (either direct w/SAE+postage or via the French REF Bureau). F5NQL's address is OK in the CBA, QRZ.com and Buckmaster Web site. Have a look at Vincent's Web page (sorry only in French) at:


Raul, DK3KC, who is the QSL Manager for their local section of the DARC, reports that DL5NAM is "NOT" the QSL Manager for ST2BSS. In the past he has received in the past a lot of QSL cards for DL5NAM (for ST2BSS). All of the QSL cards are being returned to the sender via the bureau.

Special event station RP9XPO was active to celebrate the 59th anniversary of the Victory in World War II. QSL via RA9XF. Also, RP9X via UA9XW and RP9XPS via RV9XJ.

Alan Roocroft, VK4AAR, states, "If any Zimbabwe amateurs wish to use my QSL Manager service (now that they have no bureau), they can E-mail me at: almee2@dodo.com.au

I have room for several more on my list. This also applies to amateurs ANYWHERE." Alan is the QSL Manager for the following: 9V0A, 9V1DX, C21RH, KH2VM, P29RH, V63PD, VI0ANARE, VK0MM (Macquarie), VK6AN (OC-266), VK6BM (OC-234), VK6BSI (OC-243), VK8AN, VK6LI (OC-071), VK8AN/6 (OC-154), VK8AN/8 (OC-229), VK8AV/3 (OC-136), VK8DP, VK8MI (OC-173), VK8RH, VK8XC, VU3RSB, YJ8AA, ZK2JJ and ZK2PJ.

All of the logs for each of the callsigns used during the Project Goodwill Albania 2003 are now available online at:

Check out the database and see your QSOs. A total of 95,481 QSOs were made!

The 5th Annual Museum Ships Radio Special Event will be sponsored by the USS Salem Radio Club and will take place beginning at 1330z, on July the 21st and ending 1900z on July the 22nd. Work six of the ships during the special event and receive an attractive certificate. For more details, visit the following Web page at:


Ben, OZ5AAH, will be active as SV9/OZ5IPA from another new country for the "Police Awards", May 26th to June 3rd. Activity will be from Rethymnon as his XYL permits. QSL direct to his home callsign: 25 Gjethusparken, DK-3300 Fr.vaerk DENMARK.

The "425 DX News" states that Mike Gloistein, GM0HCQ (VP8CMH/mm), is reporting amateur radio operator Alex Cottle (home callsign not provided) is currently wintering at the British Antarctic Survey base, Jordan Cove, on Bird Island. He was expected to be active after May 12th, but no QSNs have been reported yet. Alex operates SSB only, and it was mentioned that he has little experience of amateur radio operations and no experience at all of pile-ups. So, please go easy on him. Alex is likely to operate after 1800z, presumably starting on 20 meters. QSL via GM0HCQ. Further information is expected from Mike and will be posted on his Web site once he is back home in early June. His Web page is at:


Jean Michel, F6AJA, informs OPDX that he will once again be active as YO/F6AJA from Romania between May 24-30th. He will be active from YO8FZ's QTH in Suceava during his free time.

Andy, G3AB, will be active from the Eastern Sovereign Base Area of Cyprus during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) signing ZC4/G3AB. QSL via G3AB.

Chris, ZL1CT (GM3WOJ), states, "Sorry to say that our ZL7V DXpedition is postponed - completely bogged-down in paperwork trying to secure the callsign at the moment." They hope to proceed maybe by Easter 2005, but it looks as if they might actually be able to activate ZL8 before then with an international team. Chris will keep us fully informed.

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