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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 615

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 615
BID: $OPDX.615
June 23, 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, ARRL Letter, K1XN & GoList, W2CE, NG3K, W3UR & The
Newsletter, DL2VFR, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G4IRN, G0IAS,
PA1KW, RW6HKF, VA3RJ & ICPO and YV5EED for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 15th/June, through Sunday, 22nd/June there were 212
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W,
6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2,
A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, 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, FK, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB,
HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA,
JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY,
LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ7, PY,
PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF,
TG, TI, TJ, TK, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V7, VE,
VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/o, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW,
YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF,
ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

4U, UNITED NATIONS HQ. Frank/W2IX and Ray/W2RE gave many a real treat
and surprise to work 4U1UN on Sunday morning, June 22nd. They were
operating SSB and CW. Activity was on 20/17/6 meters as this bulletin
was being typed.

7Q7/10JUNE, MALAWI (Good or Not!). It seems this one caused some confusion
over a week ago. First reports indicated that this was a PIRATE station.
However, this is NOT the case. According to Leo, CT1CSN, activity was
by Vasco, 7Q7CT, who has a Malawian official document granting the use
of the callsign, 7Q7/10JUNE, to be used as a special event. June 10th was
Portugal's Day and is commemorated by the various Portuguese communities
around the world. So those who worked Vasco with the callsign 7Q7/10JUNE
made a legitimate contact. QSL Manager is ZS6AMX.

9A, CROATIA. THIS IS JUST A REMINDER! Operators Kresimir/9A7K, Phil/F5OGG
and Branko/9A6BND will activate several islands and lighthouses over the
next week until June 30th. Activity began over the past weekend. Watch
around 14260 kHz. Remember to QSL via operator's home callsign, except
Phil/F5OGG (QSL via LX1NO). LAST MINUTE UPDATE: Look for the 9A0LH team
to be active from Palagruza (EU-090 and WLH-0057) early Monday morning,
June 23rd.

CT3, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Francisco, CT1EAT, informs OPDX that he will be
active as CT3/CT1EAT on a DX holiday, from Porto Santo Island (AF-014)
starting on the July 24th, ending on the 30th. The radio operation will
take place mainly on the AO-40 satellite, but also on HF (from 20-10m),
on SSB and RTTY modes. He will be an entry in the IOTA Contest as CT9T
as a Single Operator/Low Power, SSB only. QSL via CT bureau, or direct
to his home callsign via CBA address: P.O. Box 172, 7801-902 Beja,
Portugal. For more information, please visit his home page at:

FH, MAYOTTE. Martial, F5SIE, will be active as FH/F5SIE, from Mayotte
Island (IOTA AF-027 and DIFO FH001) between July 1-15th. This will be
a CW only operation with activity on 40/17/15 meters with a TS-50 and
wire antennas. QSL (PLEASE) via the French REF bureau.

HP, PANAMA (Special Event). Members of the Panama Radio Club invite all
amateur radio stations in the world to make a contact with special event
station HP100RCP to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of
Panama. Activity will take place November 1-3rd on all bands on modes
CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK31. A special commemorate QSL can be obtained by sending
your QSL plus 2 IRC or one USD to: Radio Club de Panama, P.O. Box 10745,
Panama 4, Panama. You can view the special event station at HP100RCP and
the QSL card on PRC's Web sites at:

IOTA CONTEST (Attention Island-hopper and Island-chaser!). Ric, DL2VFR,
informs OPDX that already 42 stations have announced their participation
in the 2003 IOTA Contest and have been listed now on the following Web
page at:       
Ric states, "This is useful if you are looking for a QTH or if you are
looking to see who will be QRV ?" Everybody is invited to send his/her
island QTH report to:               [EMAIL PROTECTED]
In the last years he has had more than 130 reports. Deadline for reports
are the 24th of July. After that date Ric is heading to EU-129 where he
is participating with the team of DL0KWH from Usedom Island.

IOTA NEWS...................
    AF-019.  Paolo, IZ8FDH (member of "VESUVIO DX TEAM") will be active
             from Favignana Island (IIA TP-011) as IF9/IZ8FDH, fron June
             29th to July 6th. Activity will be on HF and 6 meters. QSL
             to IZ8FDH via the bureau or direct to the address:
             Paolo Capobianco, Via Enrico Cocchia n. 26, 80124 Napoli-Italy.

    AS-080.  If you were lucky this past weekend to work 6K2BYF/3 it was
             from Anmyun Island. Choi, HL5FUA, states activity is expected
             to last until June 23rd on 40-10 meters including the WARC
             bands. QSL via 6K2BYF.

    EU-008.  John, GM0VIV, will be active as GM0VIV/p from the following
             Inner Hebrides Islands Group between June 23-25th as follows:
             Monday evening, June 23rd, from Mull (IOSA NH-15, SCOTIA CN10);
             Tuesday morning, June 24th 0900z from Gometra (IOSA NH-28,
             SCOTIA CN-06); Tuesday afternoon, June 24th, from Ulva (IOSA
             NH-18, SCOTIA CN-05); and Wednesday morning, June 25th 1000z
             from Iona (IOSA NH-16, SCOTIA CN-01). He will be on Mull
             overnight Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. QSL via home
             callsign, CBA.

    EU-101.  Hans, OH6MY, will be active as OH6MY/p from his summer QTH at
             Anterskar (Lapporarna Island -- WW Loc. KP03OI) between July
             7th to August 3rd. He will be using a IC-706 at low power on
             a car battery with a G5RV antenna. QSL via his home callsign,
             direct or via the bureau.

    EU-184.  A group of Finnish operators will be active from Hailuoto
             Island and Marjaniemi Lighthouse as OH6AW/8 between June
             27th and July 1st. Operations will be on HF, 6 meters and
             2 meters. Operators will be OH6HJE, OH6NJ, OH6UV and OH6XX.
             QSL via OH6AD.

    SA-040.  Operators Pablo/HK8RQS, Victor/HK8JEH and Albaro/HK8HIX will
             be active from Morro Island, October 11-14th.

    SA-063.  Ramon, YV5EED, Events Coordinator for ARV Caracas and Grupo
             DX Caracas, informs OPDX that the Association of Radioamateurs
             of Venezuela and the Grupo DX Caracas has activated Remediadora
             Island instead of La Cotorra Island to celebrate the 65th
             Anniversary of the Venezuelan National Guard Day 2003, from
             June 20-24th. They will operate on HF from 160-10 meters,
             including 6 meters on SSB and CW. QSL via W4SO (mail drop).
             Cards will be verified and mailed from Venezuela.

    OC-241.  CHANGE IN PLANS! The multi-team active from Rote Island were
             expected to use the callsign 8A9R, but they used another
             callsign instaed, YE9R. They will be active until June 25th.
             QSL via YC9BU.

KH2, GUAM. Yoshiro, N1VF, plans to be signing N1VF/KH2 from Guam Islands
(OC-026), November 21-24th. No details on bands/modes of activity were
provided. QSL to his home call: Yoshiro Nishimura, c/o David Manela,
2248 Mountain Ridge Rd., Chula Vista CA 91914 USA.

    Members of the Georgian Bay ARC will be back at Flower Pot Island
    on August 2nd, 3rd and 4th. They will be transmitting on 20, 40 and
    80 meters. Flower Pot Island is in the Great Lakes in Georgian Bay.
    The Lighthouse reference number is WLH 0763 and is wanted by 70% of
    the lighthouse chasers.

    Mike, GM4SUC, sends the following reminder: "Well it doesn't seem
    nearly a year has passed since the last International Lighthouse/
    Lightship Weekend when over 385 stations were active at lighthouses
    and lightships throughout the world. This year the event will be from
    0001z on Saturday, August 16th until 2359z on Sunday, August 17th,
    2003. Full details of the rules and an entry form can be found at:
    A list of stations that have already confirmed their participation
    can be found at:
    So come and join us in the fun of the weekend, listen out for the QRP,
    newly licensed and other lighthouses/lightships, and give them a call."

NEW DX WEB PAGE. Marek, DH9SB, reports he has a new Web site which contains
a weekly overview of DXpeditions/Special Event Stations operating in the
current week. He provides two URL addresses:

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
   Operators CT1GFK/P, CT1GPQ/P and CT2IHP/P were active from Culatra
   Island (IOTA EU-145, DIP AL-01 for the Portuguese Islands Award) during
   the past weekend. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or bureau.

   Gordon, KU4EC, informs OPDX that his 2002 KG4EC Guantanamo Bay logs
   are now available on-line at:
   He states, "For those who want to check if they are in the log or
   not, sorry for the delay getting these posted."

   QSL UPDATE FOR TI/AI5P. Rick, AI5P, reports that QSLs arrived June
   16th from the printer. He expects to have all direct cards received
   answered in about 10 days or so. He thanks you for your patience.

   Silvano, I2YSB, QSL Manager of TX4PG, reports to OPDX that all direct
   requests for TX4PG QSLs have been sent out.

   ANYONE NEED A QSL MANAGER? Gert, K5WW, writes to OPDX and states:
   "I am offering my services as QSL manager to the DX community. Anyone
   who makes a lot of QSOs and doesn't have enough time to handle his/her
   own QSL, has no local QSL bureau or just wants to spend more time on
   the radio instead of QSL'ing can contact me. I have several years of
   experience handling the incoming and outgoing QSL for the members of
   two large clubs and their contest stations. I'm a member of The QSL
   Managers' Society. I accept paper and/or electronic logs. If you don't
   already have it a webpage with information about your station and a
   logbook search will be created. All requests are welcome at:
                                  [EMAIL PROTECTED]
   I'd appreciate it if you could find a couple of lines in the next
   edition of your magazine to publish this. I recently moved and now
   live in a 'no antennas welcome' neighborhood. So my own DX activities
   have to be postponed, and I have plenty of time to help other DX'ers
   with their QSL."

   Claudio, IV3OWC (aka-ST2CF and 9E1C), informs us that his ST2CF QSLs
   have arrived, and he has begun to  confirm direct cards. Also, QSLs
   for his 9E1C operation have all been sent out.

   XW2A QSL PROBLEMS. Hiro, XW2A, reports he has a big problem with the
   postal system. So, please do not send U.S. dollars, only IRC's!!! He
   states over 95% of mail with green stamps are stolen. His address is:
   PO Box 10003, Mail Service Office, Vientiane, Laos.

RUSSIAN MOUNTAIN DXPEDITION. A group of Russian amateurs are going on a
mountain DXpedition in Carachayevo-Cherkessya Republic, Russia, from June
25-29th. The exact location is Gidam-Bashi Mountain (2410m), Aksaut Canyon,
Main Caucasus Range. Reference numbers are: QTH-locator is LN03PO, R-03-03
for Russian Mountain Award, and KC-04 for Russian Districts Award. The
members of the DXpedition are: RA6ED/P, UA6ECU/P, UA6EM/P, UA6EDQ/P,
They plan to be active on 80-15 meters SSB/CW and 144/430 FM. QSL are
100% via the bureau and direct.

S7, SEYCHELLES (Update to OPDX.613). John Warburton, G4IRN, will be active
from here September 13-16th and 23-27th. This past week John received his
licence for The Seychelles. His callsign will be S79IRN.

SPACE DX NEWS ACTIVITY................
    Look for GB1WIS (first Woman In Space) to be active on the LEO (Low
    Earth Orbiting) satellitess UO14, FO29, AO7 and possibly AO40 up to
    June 30th. Activity periods will be posted on the AMSAT NA BB at
    regular intervals.

    Next weekend is the ARRL's Field Day and participants may have a real
    treat to work the Space Station during the weekend event. The "ARRL
    Letter" states: "The Expedition 7 crew may be on the air from NA1SS
    during ARRL Field Day the weekend of June 28-29th. 'We don't know if
    the crew will be active or not, but give it a try,' said ARISS Mentor
    Charlie Sufana, AJ9N. Sufana advises 'good operating sense' and
    recommends that FD operators wait for the crew to finish a previous
    contact before calling. 'You may be only hearing a station or two, he
    pointed out, 'but they are hearing hundreds.' Look for the ISS during
    Field Day during these time slots: Northern and Southeastern U.S.,
    June 28th, 1821-1842 UTC; Southern and Northeastern U.S., June 29th,
    1059-1117 UTC; Western U.S., June 29th, 1233-1253 UTC; Northeastern
    U.S., June 29th, 1723-1744 UTC; and Northwestern and Southern U.S.,
    June 29th, 1859-1920 UTC. ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson,
    N1ND, notes that Field Day contacts with the ISS crew do not count
    for satellite QSO bonus points, just contact credit. 'Valid satellite
    contacts must be Earth-satellite-Earth contacts through a satellite
    transponder or repeater,' he explained. (See Field Day rule 7.3.7.)"

SPECIAL EVENT. French operators will activate the special callsign TM5AR
to participate in the celebration of the " 'L' Armada Rouen 2003". Activity
will be on 80-2 meters. For the 4th time since 1989, a large group of sail
boats (fleet) will gather/head to Rouen, Normandy, France. More than 30
great barques, two/three/or four masted schooners, bricks, ketches and
other sea clippers from all over the whole world will stay and parade
on the River Seine from June 28th to July 6th. The last Armada was in 1999,
where more than 10 millions people enjoyed the visit from the ships. More
are expected this year. QSL via instructions for direct cards or via the
French REF Bureau.

SV5, DODECANESE. Bert, PA1KW, informs OPDX that he will be active during
the IOTA Contest in July from Kos Island (EU-001) as SV5/PA1KW. He also
mentions that he will be active before and after the contest. QSL via
his home callsign, bureau or direct (SASE).

T2, TUVALU. Mike/T21MY and Jan/T2YL continue to be active until about
June 26th. Mike was heard this past week on 80/30/15/12/10 meters CW at
various times. Jan was heard on 20/17/15 meters SSB. QSL Manager George,
OM2SA, reports that he has received the first set of logs about two weeks
ago and the first batch of direct QSLs (500) are in the mail. He is working
on them everyday and requests everyone to please be patient.

T5, SOMALIA. Baldur, DJ6SI, has once again surprised everyone and showed
up as T5X on June 16th. The length of his stay is not known. He has been
very active on 17 meters CW as well as 80/40/30/20/15 meters. QSL via

V31, BELIZE. Wayne/N5WD and his wife Pamela/KB5UAE are planning to be
active as V31WD and V31UA, respectively, from Placencia (EK56), July
15-21st. Wayne will be concentrating on 6 meters during the CQWW VHF
Contest weekend. However, he will be on 80-6 meters at other times during
the week and can do PSK31/SSB/CW. He tells OPDX, "Maybe next trip we'll
add WSJT". QSLs to N5WD, callbook address or via the W5 bureau.

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Mike Foster is now operating as VP2V/7Q7FM
until he gets his own British Virgin callsign. His activity is mostly on
20 meters until he gets his antennas sorted out. Watch around 14200 kHz.
QSL "ONLY DIRECT" via Allen, G0IAS. Allen states, "PLEASE add a bit to the
return postage....sorry, my pockets are only so deep...and NO return postage
no card."

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Gary/K4UU and Bud/K4ISV are now active
from North Caicos until June 25th. Their callsign are homecalls/VP5. Gary
was heard over the past weekend on/around 14184 kHz after 0100z. Bud was
heard on 80 meters SSB (3793 and 3796 kHz) after 1000z and again at 0130z.
QSLs for K4UU/VP5 go to his home callsign. No QSL details were provided
for Bud's activity.

VP8, SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Look for LZ2UU to be active as VP8/LZ2UU
during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/
All Band/Low Power entry. Activity will be from LZ0A, the Bulgarian
Antarctic Base on Livingston Island, South Shetland. QSL via LZ2UU.

YI, IRAQ. Steve, OM3JW, reports that his son Mike, OM2DX, will be going
back to Baghdad on June 25th. Mike's activity will be limited to a few
weeks because Slovak Ambassy in Baghdad was totally destroyed. His power
amplifier was lost and antenna systems (log-periodic yagi for 20-10m,
vertical HF6 and wire dipoles on low bands) were destroyed. Mike expects
to operate as YI1BGD from the club station. However, he believe that he
will receive his personal callsign very soon. He will also look for
YI1BGD documents (licence that was issue in 1978) and will send his copy
to ARRL. The reason for this is that some people are now having their
YI1BGD QSLs rejected for DXCC (Mike's activity). For more info and
updates, go to the following Web page at:

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