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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 620

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 620
BID: $OPDX.620
July 28, 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, AA1AC, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, K2FF, K2KW, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX,
DL/VE3ZIK &, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL2VFR &
IOTA-Post, F5NQL & UFT, F8BBL, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G4EDG, G4KGT,
Islands News, LA2IJ, LA5YJ, RSGB Web Page, TA3YJ, UR5WCW, VA3RJ & ICPO
and YV1DIG for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 20th/July, through Sunday, 27th/July there were 211
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X,
8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7,
AP, BV, BY, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY9, D4, DL,
DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, ER, ES, EU, EX, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM,
FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8,
HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K,
KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE,
OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, S0, S2, S5,
SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR,
TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9N,
VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB,
YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZK1/s,

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

3B9, RODRIGUES ISLAND. Guy, FR5ZL, is a new operator on the island as
3B9ZL. He will be there for about the next three weeks. His activity
has been on 15 and 20 meters CW/SSB. Watch around 21022 and 21275 kHz
after 1100z and around 14017 and 14190 kHz 0230z. QSL via FR5ZL. Meanwhile,
Robert, 3B9FR, (ed. NOW a NODXA member!) continues to be active on 20
meters CW around 14024-25 kHz usually after 0300z and sometimes after

CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND. CY9A is now active until August 2nd. Please refer
to OPDX.619 for the suggested operating frequencies (+/- 5 kHz). QSL via

DX HOLIDAY WEBSITE. Kenny, K2KW, reports that the "DX Holiday Website"
has been updated. The Web site lists information on where to operate
overseas. Categories included are:  Rent-a-QTH, Ham Friendly Locations,
Club Stations and general information. The recent updates include:
         New Rent-a-QTHs in PJ2, 9M8, ZP, PEI (VE)
         Recent Rent-a-QTHs in HC8, ZK1, YL, G.
It also includes new Ham friendly locations or information updates in:
  NA - 6Y, C6, FM, FS, HR and VP2V   OC - W, H4, H40, KH6, KH8, P2 and ZK1/s
  SA - P4 and PJ2                    AS - 1S/9M0 and BV
  EU - 9H, CU, DL, SM and TA         AF - 3B8, 3DA, 7P, 7Q, A22, C5, C9,
                                          CT3 and S9
There's also great DXpedition Reference material in the "DXpedition
Resources" section. The Web page's URL is:
Kenny, K2KW, would like to thank the many who contributed the new
information and patiently waited for this new update.

DXCC NEWS...........................
   Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, wants to remind everyone that
   once again, the deadline for submitting applications for the 2003 DXCC
   Annual List is rapidly approaching. Applications must be postmarked
   September 30, 2003.

   Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that the following are
   approved for DXCC credit:
        Guinea - 3XY1L (1/Jan/2003 - 31/Dec/2003)
        Guinea - 3XD02 (19/Mar/2003 - 31/Apr/2003)
        Sudan  - ST2CF (17/Mar/2003 - 2/Apr/2003)
        Guinea-Bissau - J5UCW and J5UDX (8/Mar/2003 - 6/Apr/2003)
        Afghanistan - YA/N4SIX (Ongoing)
        Angola - D2CR (1/Jan/2003 - 31/Dec/2003)
        Uganda - 5X2A (24/Jun/2002 - 1/Jul/2003)

FP, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON. By the time you read this, look for Paul,
FP/K9OT, and Peg, FP/KB9LIE (YL), to be active from Miquelon (NA-032).
They will be on the air from now through August 5th. Activity will be
on CW/SSB on 160-6 meters (emphasis on 40, 30, 17, and 12 meters). On
6 meters they will have a breakable beacon around 50.120 MHz. They will
run 100 watts to a variety of antennas: wire, inverted-L, and 6 meter
beam w/Armstrong rotor. Paul and Peg will be looking for station who are
QRP, mobile, and VK/ZL/JA/JT/Oceania in particular. FP/K9OT will participate
in the CW NA QSO Party. QSL via their home callsign, bureau or direct.
Their web site is:  

IOTA NEWS.........................
   AS-147.  Takeshi "TAKE", JI3DST, was active this past weekend as
            JI3DST/8 in the IOTA Contest from Okushiri Island (Okushiri-cho
            Okushiri-gun Hokkaidou) and will continue to be active until
            0000z, August 3rd. Activity will be on 40/17/15/12/10/6 meters
            SSB. QSL via the Bureau ONLY.

   EU-004.  Steve, DJ7AO, has activated Mallorca Island instead of Fehmarn
            Island (EU-128) this past weekend for the IOTA Contest. He
            will be active until August 4th as EA6/DJ7AO. He will also
            activate some lighthouses. Activity will be mainly 20 meters
            CW/SSB. For more details on past and present lighthouse
            activations, please visit the Web site at:

   EU-170.  Milan, 9A5DJ (OK1DJG), and Lada, 9A5LO (OK1LO), will activate
            the Island of Pasman (CI-085) until August 8th. Activity
            will be on HF, 6 and 2 meters, mainly CW. Maybe they will
            activate some other Croatian islands around Pasman Island.

   OC-133.  Members of the Kinabalu Amateur Radio Transmitting Society
            (operators 9M6KM and 9M6KTC) will be active August 16-17th
            from Tiga Islands. The name, TIGA ISLAND (Malaysia name PULAU
            TIGA) is about 40 miles from Cotakinapal, Borneo Island, Saba
            State. Look for activity on 15 and 20 meters. QSL via the
            address on

JX, JAN MAYEN (Update to OPDX.617). Ove, LA2IJ, informs OPDX that he is
sorry to report his JX2IJ operation is delayed. Flights to JX-land on
Thursday were cancelled due to thick fog, and Friday was not better. The
next possibility is Wednesday (July 30th) if weather permits. He will
possibly follow that flight. Length of his stay is not known - max 6

KH9, WAKE ISLAND. By the time you read this, Jake, N6XIV/KH9, should once
again be active from Wake Island beginning on or about July 26th (if all
goes as planned). His visit will run approximately four weeks, and this
will be his last KH9 work assignment for 2003. Jake will operate whenever
possible during his very limited spare time. Just a reminder, he operates
SSB only. QSLs go via K2FF direct or bureau. LAST MINUTE UPDATE (before
going to print): Glenn, K2FF, informs OPDX that "Jake came up at 0830z
on July 27th on 7.254 using a home-brew 40m vertical and had a nice QSO
with K2FF and W6FRH. He reports that the C3SS tribander has some element
damage and he's trying to get some parts shipped to Wake in a week or two.
If this does not work out then he will continue to use the 40m vertical
and a long wire for other bands. Operating times will be as usual with a
start time around 0730z and lasting for a few hours. Again he hopes to be
on the island for four to six weeks and this will be his last KH9 trip
for 2003."

that there are only three weeks to go before the International Lighthouse/
Ship Weekend takes place (starts at 0001z Saturday, August 16th and ends
2359z Sunday, August 17th). There are just over 250 stations in 34 countries
confirming their participation in the event. The list of these stations
can be found at:
Mike states, "If you have notified us of your participation would you
please check that the details are correct." Full rules and details of the
weekend event can be found at:

OHIO QSO PARTY. It's less than one month away for the 2003 Ohio QSO Party
(OQP). The OQP runs from 1600z Saturday, August 23rd, to 0400z August 24th.
Full details, including rules, planned operations, past scores, records,
software, operating aids, awards, etc., are available at the OQP website
You can also sign up there for the the latest news via the OQP E-mail
reflector. Remember, 2003 is Ohio's Bicentennial, celebrating 200 years
of statehood. We hope you'll join us in celebrating on August 23rd,
whether from Ohio or elsewhere, in one of the best state QSO parties.

QSL INFO AND NEWS....................
   Members of the F6KNL Radio Club of Cenon (REF33), operators F8BBL,
   F1DHX, F0DVX and F0ECL, were active from Margaux Island (DIFM: AT-102).
   QSL via F8BBL Bureau or direct.

   Steve, G4EDG, informs OPDX that direct QSLs for his ZL4/G4EDG (OC-203)
   operation were mailed July 24th. All bureau cards will be processed as
   they arrive.

   Nilay, TA3YJ, informs OPDX that QSL cards of TA3YJ, TA3YJ/0, TA3YJ/3,
   TA3YJ/4, TA3YJ/LH, SV1/TA3YJ, LZ2/TA3YJ, TA3J, TA3J/0, TA3J/1, TA3J/3,
   YM75TA, YM21TA, YM3LZ/WPX2000 and YM3LZ/WAE2000 were sent to the QSL
   Bureaus of Cyprus, Algeria, Croatia, Malta, Kuwait, Oman, Chile,
   Portugal, Uruguay, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Moldova, Tajikistan, France,
   United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Ecuador, Colombia, Republic Of Korea
   (South Korea), Panama, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Belgium,
   Denmark, Netherlands, Brazil, Russia, Slovenia, Poland, San Marino,
   Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cote D'Ivoire, Ukraine, Australia (VK2, VK3, VK4,
   VK5 and VK7), Mexico, Latvia, Romania, Venezuela, New Zealand direct
   July 25th.

   POSTAL RATES INCREASED (VE and CX). The cost of DXing is going up
   again. It was announced that postal rates will go up in Canada and
   Uruguay. Hal, K4HB, provides the following info:
     For Canada: Effective January 12, 2004, Canada will increase its
     rates as follows:
          Canada to Canada will increase from .48 to .49
          Canada to the US will increase from .65 to .80
          Canada to all other countries will increase from 1.25 to 1.40

     As of July 25, 2003, 1 USD = 1.38 CAD. Unless the USD picks up on
     the foreign exchange between now and January 2004, 1 USD will be a
     little short for sufficient postage from Canada to countries other
     than the US.

     For Uruguay: This country increased its rates on July 1, 2003. Postage
     to the US and other countries went from 24 pesos to 36 pesos. (Don't
     know about the rate to other SA countries) The present exchange rate
     is 1USD = 27 Pesos, so 1USD is not enough for return postage anymore.

     Hal, K4HB, states, "The 'Foreign Postage Rates' Web page has been
     updated with this information. Thanks to Pierre, VE2PIJ, and Bill
     Plum for passing this on to us."

   RSGB IOTA Contest (Late listings)
   QSL 90CI via HA3KNA. Activity was from Island of Sveti Nikola (EU-110
   and CI-118). Operators were: HA1AG, HA3OV, HA3NU, HA6OI, HA1TX and

   QSL BI5P via direct or via bureau to BA4RD (P.O.Box 538 Nanjing, China).
   Activity was from Pingtan Island (AS-138). Operators were: BA4TA, BD4RS,
   BD5RV, BA5RX, BD5RT and some other BY5s. More details can be obtained
   on the JSDXC's Web site at:

   QSL HP1XVH (Guenter) via N0JT. Activity was from Contadora Island

   QSL HS0EHF/p via HS0EHF. Activity was from Si Chang Island (AS-107).

   QSL IB0P via I5JHW. Activity was from Ponza Island (EU-045 and IIA
   LT-0010). Operators were: I5JHW, I5NSR, I5OYY, I5UKS, IK5FTQ, IK5ZTW,
   I5HLK and SWL Francesco.

   QSL IQ2CJ/3 via the Bureau. Activity was from Pallestrina Island
   (IOTA EU-131 and IIA VE033). Operators were: IK2JUB, IK2NCJ, IK2FIL,
   IW2HAJ and IW2JOD.

   QSL KB4CRT/4 via home address. Activity was from Key West, Fla (NA-062).

   QSL MD0BJM/M via direct or RSGB. Activity was from the Isle of Man

   QSL OH0Y via OH6YF. Activity was from Aland Island (EU-002). Operator
   was  Harry, OH6YF, celebrating 20 years (1983-2003) of HAM radio.

   QSL F/ON5MF/P via ON5MF, direct or by the bureau is OK. Activity was
   from Ile Sainte-Marguerite (EU-058). Operators were: ON5MF and ON6NN.

   Tony, TK5XN, active in the IOTA Contest, was from Corsica (EU-014,
   DIFM TK-01). QSL via Paul, F2YT.

   Jack, W4NF, activated Hatteras/Pea Island, NC (NA-067). QSL via his
   home callsign.

   QSL VY2TT via K6LA. Activity was from Prince Edward Island (NA-029).
   Operator was Ken, K6LA.

   QSL K9AJ/VY0 via home callsign. Operator Mike was active from Southampton
   Island (NA-007). ADDED NOTE: Jim/K9PPY/VY0 and Mike/K9AJ/VY0 made over
   5,000 QSOs from NA-225. Mike, K9AJ, was not able to be active from

   QSL YW6P (IOTA Contest) via EA7JX. QSL YV5JBI/P (outside contest) via
   YV5JBI. Activity was from Piritu Afuera Island.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event station EN3WLL now through August
3rd from Lviv, Ukraine, to commemorate the Polish scientist Ignacy
Lukasiewicz (who was the first-ever to use a kerosene lamp for the first
time during the medical operation on July 31, 1853, in Lviv). QSL via
UR4WXQ to the bureau or direct to: P.O.Box 7072, Lviv 79018, Ukraine.

SPECIAL EVENT. Operators Jack/G0FQN, Mark/G1PIE/M3PIE, and Pam/2E1HQY
will be active next Saturday, August 2nd, as GB2SCL from Ribblehead
Station on the Settle and Carlisle Line. This activity will commemorate
the 35th anniversary of the withdrawal of the steam train by the British
Railways. ADDED NOTE: A steam train will be driven through the station
while the team is operating.

SPECIAL EVENT. John Hughes/G4KGT and G4PSG, Station Manager, Prestwood
Scout Group Amateur Radio Club, informs OPDX that the RSGB Mobile
Demonstration Vehicle, GB4FUN, will be present at WINGS2003, August 2-9th,
at Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, England. There will be world-wide
representation by over 3000 Guides and Scouts. The Amateur Radio Station
callsign GB4FUN will be active from 1400 BST Sunday, August 3rd, with
daily sessions thereafter 0930 to 1230 and 1400 to 1700, for demonstration
purposes and for greetings messages to be passed (subject to existing
bi-lateral agreements). Please listen around the usual Scout SSB
frequencies. It is hoped that further activity will take place outside
the session times.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event station GB90RSGB to be on the air
from RSGB HQ in Potters Bar now through August 9th, to celebrate the 90th
anniversary of the formation of the Society. Activity will mainly be on
the HF bands, CW and SSB, but with some digital modes and VHF operations.
Also, you may have heard over the past weekend some stations signing
GB90RSGB/number (ex. GB90RSGB/32). These station were also celebrating
the RSGB anniversary and were involved in what was called "Party in the
Park". The numbers at the end of GB90RSGB represents the RSGB district
number the station was in. Some 58 stations were expected to be on. A
special 90th anniversary award is available for those making contact with
or monitoring any GB90RSGB stations. Details can be found at:

TI5, COSTA RICA. Operators Harry/AC8G, Ron/WA8LOW, W8ILC/Ron, Brian/KA7KUZ,
Kecko/TI5KD, Tony/VE3RZ, Jorge/CX6VM, Ed/K1EP, Tom/ZP5AZL, Juan/ZP5MAL,
Dale/N3BNA and Dave/WT8R, will be manning the TI5N Contest station as a
Multi-Multi entry in the CQWW SSB Contest, October 25-26th. QSL TI5N via
W3HNK. For a day or two before and after the contest, the individual
operators will be on using TI5/own-callsign as time permits. Expect a
higher level of CW and other non SSB modes on the contest bands due
to the large SSB volume in the contest. Attention will also be directed
to 6 meters and the WARC bands using various modes. QSLs for the individual
QSOs should go to the callbook address unless advised otherwise. IMPORTANT:
Do not mix the contest QSL with ones for the individual contacts.

TS7, TUNISIA (Large IOTA Op). About 17 OMs and 3 XYLs will operate from
Kerkennah Islands (IOTA AF-073) from November 19th to December 1st. Their
activity will include the CQ World Wide DX CW  Contest (November 29-30th)
as a Multi-2 entry using the callsign TS7N. During their time there,
they plan to have five active stations on all modes and on 160-6 meters.
Operators mentioned are: 9K2RR, JH4RHF, DK1BT, DJ9CB, DJ7IK, DK7YY,
DL3KDV, DF2SS and possibly more. QSL via DL9USA. More information is
forthcoming, and an online Web page will be available in August at:

USI ACTIVITY. Look for NODXA member Byron, KF8UN, to be active from
Tappan Lake Island (USI OH-New) between August 9-10th. Activity will
be on all bands 80-6 meters. QSL via the address on

VP9, BERMUDA. Mark, AA1AC, will operate as AA1AC/VP9 from the Hamilton
Parish, Bermuda, during August 10-13th. No other details were provided.
QSL via home call.

W9DXCC 2003. The Northern Illinois DX Association is pleased to announce
the 51th annual W9DXCC convention at Rolling Meadows (a NW suburb of
Chicago) Illinois on September 19-20th. This will be the 50th anniversary
of the first W9DXCC initiated by Bob Baird, W9NN, and held in Chicago
in 1953. Their banquet speaker will be Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, ARRL CEO. Dave's
topic will be the recently completed World Radio Conference 2003 from the
DX'ers perspective. Dave is also Secretary of the International Amateur
Radio Union, and has been instrumental in acquiring new frequencies for
amateurs, as well as protecting current allocations. The complete W9DXCC
schedule, and on-line registration is available at the W9DXCC website at:
Contact W9VA for info and questions via E-mail at:    [EMAIL PROTECTED]

XU, CAMBODIA. Hugo, LA5YJ (ex-9N7YJ), informs OPDX that he will be active
as XU7ACW at least until September 9th. He was heard this past week on
40/30/20/17 meters CW. Watch 7006, 10105 and 18075 kHz after 1330z, and
14030 kHz after 1830z. QSL to LA5YJ with a SAE and please 1 IRC (If not
available, 2 USD or equivalent). Postage from LA is 1.50 USD.

ZB2, GIBRALTAR. Carl, GW0VSW, will be one of four Sea Cadet Instructors
training in Gibraltar between August 15-29th. He will operate mainly QRP
(Some QRO operation may be possible) using an FT-817 and dipoles on all
bands CW/SSB as ZB2/GW0VSW/p. However, Sea Cadet/Naval training must take
priority, so expected times of operation will be early morning and late
evening around 0500z and 2100z. Suggested frequencies are: 7030, 7055,
10106, 14060 and 14255 kHz. QSL is OK via his homecall.

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