OPDX Bulletin 682 October 25, 2004

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 682
BID: $OPDX.682
October 25, 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, K1XN & GoList, K2KW, N3SIG, NG3K, W3HNK, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4WLS, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, W4DTA, N5AU, W6SJ, K8YSE, CE6TBN, DJ2MX, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL6KAC, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F6FVY, G0IAS, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ8BRI, JI3ERV/NH2C, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, MM0DFV, OH2BH, ON4UN, OZ5AAH, PA7FM, PF5X, UA0SR, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3DZ and XE1L for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 17th/October, through Sunday, 24th/October there were 227 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, 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, FJ, FK, FK/C, 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, J2, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, K, KG4, KH0, KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PY0F, PZ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS

* 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).

Team Vertical will be operational from Taveuni Island (OC-016), Fiji from November 20-30th. Operations will be on 160-10 meters, mainly on CW. The group will have 6 low-power stations and ocean-front vertical arrays on all bands. The team will focus on working Europeans on all bands. A special emphasis will be given to 80 and 160 meters operations. The 160m frequency will be 1825.5 kHz, "up 2" for EU/USA, and "down 2" for JA. The group will also operate in the CQ WW CW Contest as 3D2XA in the Multi-Multi category. Operators include: 3D2EE/AG9A, 3D2KW/K2KW, 3D2OK/WA6O, 3D2SS/W2VJN, 3D2TS/N6BT and 3D2XA/KE7X. More information is available at:

QSL all Team Vertical 3D2 stations via WA4WTG.

Marios, 5B4WN, will be active as C4W in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. The QSL route is via LoTW.

5B, CYPRUS (QRP Contest Effort)
The contest team of RADIOTECHNIKA Magazine will operate from Limasol, Cyprus, during the 2004 HA-QRP Contest between November 2-9th. The contest station will work on 80 meters as 5B/HA5RT/QRP with 10 watts. The operators are: HA6NL/Laci, HA6PS/Zsolt, HA6ZV/Tibor and HA7JJS/Al They will work on other bands, too, with 5B/homecall. QSL info: 5B4/HA5RT/QRP via HA6NL, and all other cards should go via operator's home callsign, or via the HA QSL Bureau. For details on the HA-QRP Contest, please visit the Web page:


Miki, YT1CS, continues to be active from here as 5Z4YT1CS from Nairobi. He was heard this past weekend on 10 meters SSB (yes, the band has been open) on 28467 kHz at 1100z. Look for Miki to participate in CQ WW SSB Contest as 5Z4YT1CS. Remember, the day after the contest he will leave to go to Lamu Island (AF-040 - Coast Province North Group), where he will stay until November 11th. The callsign will be 5Z4YT1CS/M. QSL via YT1CS, by the bureau or direct.

Dany, F5CW, will be here November 18-30th and operate from the ham shack/QTH in "Le Calao", 6W7RV. His activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest as a Single-Op/Low-Power/Single-Band (band to be choosen later) entry. "Le Calao" ham shack can be viewed on the Web page at:


7Q, MALAWI (Update)
Allan, G0IAS, updates OPDX that Les, 7Q7LA, will once again be on the air. He is hand carrying some (ham) stuff for Ron, 7Q7RM, to make sure that it arrives safe and sound and doesn't get lost, broken, or what mostly happens, stolen, on its way there.!! Les will leave the UK, on the 28th of this month and is expected to arrive at the Lakeshore on the 30th. Harry, 7Q7HB, should be at Lillongwe International to meet him there where he will either fly him to the Lakeshore or be driven up there to Club Makokola. Les will stay here with his XYL Faye until the early part of January 2005. However, Harry, 7Q7HB, will leave for the UK on November 10th. The two 7Q stations will try their best to put something up for 80 and 160 meters. OPDX was told these two bands are very hard to operate on due to the noise level. More details about their 160/80 operations are forthcoming. QSL Route for 7Q7LA remains via DIRECT ONLY to G0IAS (not allowed to use the RSGB and there is NO BUREAU in 7Q).

Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P1A in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via NN1N.

Ivo, 9A3A, is now active as 9L1ADA from Freetown until November 1st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using only 100 watts into a long wire antenna. He has been heard over the past week on 160, 40, 30, 20, 17 and 12 meters CW at various times. QSL info is available on (QRZ.com) (search for 9L1ADA, send direct to his address in Italy). Do not send cards to 5B4ADA. Ivo moved to Italy two years ago.

Enno, PF5X, informs OPDX that on October 21st, he received his license from the local authorities, and his station was inspected and approved for active usage. His callsign is 9V1CW, and Enno will be in Singapore for about 3 years. He is using a FT1000MP and a broadband vertical (GPM-1500 by WiMo). If the vertical does not work out satisfactorly, he will try to hang out a G5RVjr (10-40m version). Due to a heavy travel schedule, Enno cannot be active very often. Look for him on 80-10 meters (30, 17m in particular), 99.9% CW as indicated by his callsign. All QSLs via PA0KHS (Bureau is OK). The QSL cards are already printed (high quality glossy cards, design based upon the Singapore flag and printed by ON5UR). If you like to get a QSL direct, please send SAE + sufficient return postage (for airmail return to non-EU destinations, please enclose 2USD/Euro, otherwise 1 USD/Euro).

This is just a reminder. By the time you read this, members of the Clipperton DX Club, composed namely of Gerard/F2VX, Jean-Louis/F9DK, Vincent/G0LMX and Alain/F5LMJ, will be active as A52CDX. The team will be active from two different locations (divided into two time periods) during their stay there. From October 24-31st, the team will be active from the Ham Center in Thimphu. An entry the CQWW SSB Contest is scheduled as part of the activity. They expect to have 2 or 3 stations active at the same time on 80-10 meters on CW, SSB and Digital modes (PA 1 kW, Yagi, verticals and wires antennas). From November 2-11th, the team will be setting up a new amateur radio club station at Jakar High School (Central Bhutan). A 100 watt transmitter and wire antennas will put them on the air. The members of the expedition will once again be active as A52CDX. For both operations, QSL via F9DX, either direct or via the French REF Bureau. For more info, visit the Web page at:


Aki, JI3ERV/NH2C, Chairperson of Guam Contest Club, informs OPDX that the Guam Contest Club will be on the air as AH2R during CQ WW DX SSB Contest at the end of this month (October 30-31st). This time they set a target as the Oceanic leader in the Multi-OP 2-TX category and World Top 5. Also, they are trying to build an Oceanic record in this category. They will operate 40m on 7075-7100 kHz because of the band plan limitation. Please listen carefully to these frequencies. Operators mentioned are: Aki/JI3ERV/NH2C, Toshi/JR7OMD/WI3O, Kaz/JG3RPL/N1BJ and Nozomu/JE8KKX/AH2K. QSL via JH7QXJ, direct (see QRZ.com) or by the JA Bureau ("NOT" KH2 bureau). The Sunrise/Sunset are: 2014/0755z.

ANTARCTICA RECORD TRIP (Attention Stamp Collectors!)
On September 14th, 2004, the famous yacht "Apostol Andrey" started a new circumnavigation trip. The yacht will travel around the shores of the Antarctica without going further to the North beyond the 60th parallel which is the border of the Antarctic region in accordance with the International Agreement. The crew will try to establish a record of penetrating sailing yachts to the south - to cross the 70th parallel of the south latitude. The skipper, Nikolay Andrey, has the callsign of R3AL/MM and has the QSL cards already printed for this expedition. He will transmit from the Antarctica starting December 2004 until March 2005. The ship also has an official Russian postmark onboard and a special postal stationary envelope for this expedition. Thanks to the friends who are helping the WAP Staff, they are trying to set up a regular schedule (with Nikolay), and as soon as available, they will let all of the Antarctic chasers know what it is. For details on the World-Wide Antarctic Program (WAP) and the "Apostol Andrey" expedition, please visit the following Web pages:


Members of the Taiwanese Amateur Radio and Japanese Amateur Radio Clubs will do a friendship BV-JA joint operation in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as BV0J. Operators mentioned will be BV3BW, BW0IR, BW2/JR1FWR, BW2/JH0KHR and BW3/JD1BKQ. They will enter the contest as a Multi/2-TX entry. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters. QSL route for BV0J is via BW0IR, direct or by the Bureau.

Randy, W6SJ, will be active as C6AWS from November 26th through December 2nd. Activity will include a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry in the CQ WW DX CW Contest. During non-contest periods, he will concentrate on the WARC bands. QSL to his home call.

Tomas, LY1DF, will be active as EA6/LY1DF in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) possibly as a Single-Op/All-Band or Single-Band entry. QSL via LY1DF. Look for activity before and after the contest on CW on all bands.

The OH2U Contest Team (along with a few other operators) will be active as EA8ZS in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-Multi entry. Operators mentioned are OH1MA, OH1JT, OH1RY, OH2HE, OH2IW, OH2JA, OH2MM, OH2UA, OH4JFN, OH6EI, OH7JR, OH7RR, OH0XX and EA8ZS. QSL "ONLY THIS OPERATION" to OH1JT.

Laurent, F5MUX, will be active as FM5BH during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power or Single-Op/All-Band/ Assisted category. All stations which contact him on a minimum of 4 bands will receive a QSL DIRECT automatically. All others will be confirmed via the bureau. He also mentions that he will be active as TO7X before and after his contest activity.

Operators FY1FL, F1HAR, F5HRY, F5MZN, F6EPY, F6FGZ and F6FVY will be active as FY5KE in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL direct or via the bureau.

Look for Jurij, MM0DFV, to be active as GM2Z from Hardgate (Clydebank) in West Dunbartonshire during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL cards for contacts with GM2Z should be sent via RSGB QSL Bureau or direct to MM0DFV: Jurij Phunkner, P.O. Box 7469, Glasgow, G42 0YD, Scotland, U.K.

Christian, DL6KAC, will be active starting October 25th until October 29th as HB0/DL6KAC. Later he will join the contest team (DJ2YE and friends) as a Multi-Multi entry signing HB0/HB9AON. Expect activity on all bands (160-10 meters, no WARC) before and during the contest. As they have to build up the antennas, activity before the contest will not be "fulltime", but expect at least some hours per day. Antennas will be monobanders for 40-10 meters (2/4/4/5 elements) and dipoles for 160/80m + the usual hi-power setup for the contest.

Operators Lawrence/K5OT, John/AB6BH, Barbara/K6BL, Tony/K6MC, Rich/N6AA, Earl/N6TW, Philip/N6ZZ, David/W6NL and Art/W6XD will be active as HC8L in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via W5UE.

Hiro, JA6WFM/HI8, and a group of Dominican operators plan to be active as HI3CCP in the CQ World Wide SSB DX Contest as a Multi-Multi entry. The team plans to set up two stations per band. QSL via AD4Z (Please do not send it to HI bureau).

AS-008. JO1DPQ will activate Miyake Island (JIIA AS-008-006) from now through November 5th. QSL via his home callsign.

SA-NEW. (Update) Marco, CE6TBN, informs OPDX that Mike/K9AJ, Mario/ CE6NE, Lucas/LU1FAM and himself plan to activate Rennell Island in the Ultima Esperanza Province South Group, February 11-15th. Activity will be on all bands. He does have a yacht contacted to go to the island.

Denis, K7GK, will be active as J79A in the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/*?*/Low-Power entry. QSL via K7GK.

Chris, N3SIG, informs OPDX that he has been redeployed to the Antarctica to McMurdo Station some time in the 1st week of November. He is expected to be there until March 5th. However, Chris adds that the ham shack's antennas there were destroyed, and they also suffered damage to the main HF rig. He plans to hand carry a HF rig from home in PA to Antarctica. When Chris gets there, he will construct a dipole and will be on the air as KC4/N3SIG mainly on 14243 kHz (The unofficial Antarctica ham freq). He may also be on 40 meters, too. ADDED NOTE: Chris has created an Antarctic Ham Radio mailing list group under Yahoo Groups. Here he will post his operating schedules and other Antarctic topics. He invites everyone to join. To subscribe, send an e-mail to:


Ben, OZ5AAH, will be active as LY/OZ5IPA from here between November 3-8th. He will also take part in this year's International Police Association (IPA) Contest November 6-7th. Contest info is available at:

His activity will be on CW and SSB. QSL via OZ5AAH. Skeds can be arranged. Please, visit the following Web page for details at:

Mat, F5SHQ, will be active as MJ0ASP during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via F5SHQ.

Operators DF7TH, DJ5CL, DJ5IW, DL2DVE, DL4RDJ and DL4YAO are expected to be active during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) possibly as a Multi-Single or a Multi-2 entry. Callsign has not yet been confirmed at the moment. QSL via DJ5CL.

Dany, T93M, will be active from Bonaire Island (SA-006) between October 27th and November 2nd. He will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest as PJ4J. Activity outside of the contest he will be active as PJ4/T93M. QSL via DJ2MX.

Egidio, IZ8BRI, one of the WAP Staff informs: QSLs for IA0PS, IK7JGQ/KC4 and IK7JGQ/MM are now ready by request via Luigi, IK8OZZ. The WAP Staff also states that Michele, IK7JGQ has been active from the Antarctica, Terra Nova Bay, which counts for the WADA Awards as ITA-01.

UA4WHX PACIFIC TOUR QSL CARDS. Larry, K4WLS, reports that Vlad, UA4WHX, states all received QSL cards (including the ones sent to the TN address) have been processed. The return cards are all ready to be mailed as soon as he returns from an out of town work assignment. He will sign all the cards, and then mail them out. He did not say that he had a signature stamp, so this could take some time. Larry states, "He must have a warehouse full of cards. If you have not sent Vlad a donation to help with the cost of the QSL cards, he sure would appreciate it. If he gave you a new one, please strongly consider it. His address is OK in the current RAC. He told me months ago to tell all the guys to be patient and their cards would show up when they least expect it."

Serge, UA0SR, informs OPDX that his QSL Manager from now on is Joe, W3HNK. Joe has the logs from UA0SR from January 1, 2000, and he can confirm QSOs for this period. Serge states, "Please, all QSLs for UA0SR from October 2004 only via W3HNK." This information does not apply to Russian stations. QSL via: Serge T. Sobolev, P.O.Box 323, Irkutsk 664050, RUSSIA.

Something strange happened on the sun last week. "All the sunspots vanished." This is a sign, say forecasters, that solar minimum is coming sooner than expected. There is some interesting reading (or if you perfer, audio file) on Science @ NASA Web page at:


The German team had to QRT earlier than expected. They went QRT on Wednesday, October 20th, "due to the schedule of the skipper." QSL all CW QSOs via DL4XS. QSL all SSB and RTTY QSOs via DL5NAM.

DL4XS - Maike Voss, Friedrichsthal 21, 51688 Wipperfuerth, Germany.
DL5NAM - Chris Sauvageot, Guttenburg 19, 91322 Graefenberg, Germany.
Online logs are expected to be available on their Web page after the operation. Updated news on the DXpedition can be found on the Web page at:

QSL Manager Dennis, PA7FM, informs OPDX that after a 2 month trip through Africa, (active as 5U7DX, TZ6M and TY5M) Michael, TY5M (homecall PA5M) went QRT from Benin on the 17th of October. This is 4 days earlier than originally planned as work was finished early. Michael is off of work for a few weeks at his home in The Netherlands and is preparing himself for the 3Y0X operation. There is a chance he will go somewhere in the world for the WFP of the UN in December, but it is not known yet where that will be. All QSLs for one of these operations should go to: Dennis Robbemond, Loggerhof 11, 3181NS Rozenburg, The Netherlands. ADDED NOTES FROM PA7FM: "So far all TZ6M cards have been answered. 5U7DX cards have not yet arrived from the printer (although it was published a few weeks ago), while TY5M cards are waiting to get printed. Please keep in mind that 1 USD does not cover postage costs outside Europe anymore. Those cards, with unsufficient return postage will be answered throught the bureau." All logs for Michael's operations (the following logs: YI/PA5M, 9U5M, ST2DX, 5U7DX, TZ6M and TY5M) are online at:


Pavel, UA0YAY, will be active during the upcoming CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) from CQ ZONE 23. QSL via IK2QPR.

Operators UN9GC, UN7GM, UN6G, UN9LW, UN7LEZ, UN7FK, UN7FZ, UA9MA, RN6BY and RZ3TZ will be active as UP5G in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL route was not provided.

Ratko, YU1NR, will be active as V29NR in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via YU1NR.

Operators Art/N3DXX and Steve/KN5H will be active as V31RM in the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via KN5H.

Look for Shoji, JA7HMZ (V63DX), from Pohnpei, to be active as V6A in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Before and after the contest, he will try to look for EU on 80 meters CW. Look for him as V6A on October 29th and November 1-3rd between 1830-1930z on 1828 kHz (+/- QRM).

VE2, CANADA (Zone 2/Update)
Operator Yuri/VE3DZ, Ed/VE3FWA, Sergei/VE2QIP and possibly Yves/VE2XAA will take part in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest as VE2IM (Multi-Single entry). Activity prior to and right after the Contest, operators are expected to be on the air signing homecall/2.

Look for David, VK2CZ, to be active as VK9XD from October 25th to November 4th. His activity will include participation in the CQ WW SSB DX Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.

Operators KC5EA, N5AU, N5TJ, K5MR, VE3EJ, K1DG and N2NT will be active a VP2E in the CQ WW SSB Contest as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via N5AU direct. Look for some activity on the WARC bands prior to the contest.

Steve, W4DTA (YV5DTA), informs OPDX that he will be active from VP9-land starting October 27th, and is part of the group that will be on during the CQ WW SSB Contest as W4OV/VP9 (See OPDX.680). He will be active during his spare time as W4DTA/VP9 during the dates prior to the contest. QSL via his homecall.

Peter, NO2R, is once again heading back to Sihanoukville and will be active as XU7ACY from January 9-20th. Activity will be on 40, 80 and 160 meters CW/SSB. QSL via K2NJ.

Operators from China, Hong Kong and Macao will participate in the 2004 CQWW DX SSB Contest 2004 as a special joint team effort from October 30-31st, in Macao SAR, China. The team will sign-on with the special callsign, XX9C in the Multi-Multi category. They plan to have 5 stations active at the same time on 160-10 meters. All 5 stations will be set up on Taipa Island (AS-075). Team members include:

Macao - XX9BB, XX9HX, XX9JD, XX9JX, XX9KC and XX9XO
Nanjing - BA4RF, BA4RD and BA4RZ

QSL via XX9BB Kam Po (Savio) Leong, P.O. Box 6018 Macau (Macao), SAR, China. Their Web page is at:


Martti/OH2BH and Pertti/OH2PM will be in Albania, October 26-31st, finalizing Project Goodwill Albania related activities with the hopes to bring a number of new students on the air. They will be accompanied by the IARU folks assisting the Albanian Telecom in variety of regulatory issues. You will hear ZA/OH2BH and ZA/OH2PM active during the CQWW, most likely in two single-band categories. QSL to their home calls. The "Project Goodwill Albania" Web page is at:


Look for Ronnie, SM7DKF, to be active as ZK1DKF from the Island of Rarotonga (OC-013) from October 28th to November 1st. Then from November 2-13th, he will move to the Island of Aitutaki (OC-083). Activity will be limited because he is on a holiday, but look for him on 30-10 meters SSB/PSK. QSL ONLY direct to SM7DKF: Ronnie Nilsson, Vaestra Haeggviksvaegen 12, SE-236 32 Hoellviken, Sweden. For more information on equipment and frequencies, visit his Web page at:


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