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Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin No. 1137.1
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Special Bulletin No. 1137.1
November 18, 2013
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet
Clusters Network OH2BH, OH2BN and JA1TRC for the following DX information.
XZ1J (Press Release). XZ1J - Update Nov. 17, 2013:
The XZ1J Team members are operating from two Camp Site locations about
300' apart; CW Camp and SSB Camp.
The SSB Camp has two stations; one with a Spider Beam covering all bands
and the 2nd station is using 1/4 vertical antennas for 12, 17 and 40 meters.
The CW Camp has three stations; the 1st station has a Tri-Band Beam (10,
15 & 20) and the 2nd station is using 1/4 verticals for 40, 30, 17 and
12 meters plus an Inverted L for 160 Meters (abt 80 vertical and 47'
hortizonal). The third station is mainly used for 30 meter CW and 20
meter RTTY when time permits.
Our efforts on 160 meters started last night and ended this morning
around 6:00 AM with many QSO's in the log. We'll be on 160 and/or 80
meters all night; sunset to sunrise.
During our second day, we had to move the SSB Camp site to reduce the
S9 noise level from a local power line. The new location has minimum QRN.
This evening, we'll update our Operating Frequency Chart to eliminate
some of the interference with several other DX-peditions. This data will
be updated to the http://www.xz1j.org/ website and
Both Zorro and Jay have our team working hard to get the QSO's in the
log. QSLing is via Zorro's QTH or http://www.qrz.com/ for XZ1J.
73's...... XZ1J Team
Z81X JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (Two Press Releases)........
NEWS FROM SOUTH SUDAN, SUNDAY 17-NOV-2013
What a wonderful occasion it was when twenty-one Ministry of Telecommuni-
cation and Postal Services administrators, led by Director General Meshack
Madol Yol, arrived for a full-day Amateur Radio training session organized
by International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) R1 and Radio Arcalas Mission
Goodwill South Sudan. The session was conducted by Hans, PB2T, IARU R1
President together with Wayne, N7NG and Martti, OH2BH. The memorable
occasion took place at the European Union compound in the capital Juba.
A joint working group was formed and the day was capped with the interview
by local broadcasters in the nation's capital.
The program is sponsored by IARU R1, ARRL, EUDXF, DX University and
YASME Foundation. The next day and with some 600 QSOs under his belt,
Hans departed to resume his subsequent duties at ITU in Geneva.
The low-band operation also got underway for the first night with no
receiving antennas but 160M and 80M verticals gave a good start, with a
full footprint for the United States and the first 50 JA station logged
on the first shot indicating the same for the Far East. Now both directions
are also covered by beverages. It is now expected that 160, 80 and 30M will
be active every night on CW for the next six days and then providing an
80M SSB toward the weekend.
The team of Dietmar, DL3DXX; Wayne, N7NG; Pertti, OH2PM; Olli, OH0XX,
Martti, OH2BH and Veijo, OH6KN with valuable support from Diay, Z81D and
Massimo, Z81B are at the controls.
They use three Yaesu FTdx3000s with no interaction between the bands
in operation. Yaesu is their radio provider while Acom and Italian SPE
amps are employed on the low bands.
With the low-band QSO total now exceeding 2000, it is also noted that
both nights were different with regard to the overall propagation profile.
Therefore one bad night may be followed by a good night, requiring a sharp
ear and great patience. So far the split is Europe 67%, NA 19% and ASIA 13%.
Logs are now uploaded at ClubLog for first two days along with Z81X
QSOs of May. 2013 at www.qrz.com/db/Z81X.
LAST NIGHT AT Z81X
It may be interesting to note that some infrastructure is still missing
in the Republic of South Sudan. There is no electricity grid or running
water in the capital. Also, the postal system is not yet established and
many issues need to be improvised. Getting fuel for the generator is an
arduous task and more recently fuel has been in short supply in the whole
There was to be enough fuel for the generator but running it was ruled
out suddenly. It was 3AM just at the peak of low-band action when elec-
tricity was switched off, leaving the operators and the pileup idling.
This happened when the going neared its climax.
So, negotiations are underway and we kindly ask for your understanding.
Sometimes these basic services are taken for granted. The team are cramped
in three small huts with all their belongings, including the radios, but
hopefully we will soon gain access to larger premises as promised initially.
It is extremely hot and thunderstorms are expected to bother us during
the week; hence lightning arrestors are mounted on all cables. No equipment
or men are lost in the process and all radio gear remains in good shape.
The antenna farm is soon complete and we just need more fuel to keep
running. Why don't we go to the petrol station? We have not seen one with
a supply of diesel fuel.
In life, things are relative --- and in DX even more so. Hopefully see
Team at Z81X
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