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The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 492
BID: $OPDX.492
January 1, 2001
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, K2KW, W3UR & The Daily DX, WB3LHD, K4PI, K4ZLE, KN4UG, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4WSZ, WB4PVT, N5FG, N7NU, K8YSE, F5NOD, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI3DST, OE8CIQ, PY2KQ, PY3CQ and RW3GU for the following DX information.

My family (wife/OPDX's chief proof-reader Linda, Tedd [TJ], Katie) and I (KB8NW) would like to wish all DXers, Contesters and OPDX readers a very "Happy New Year". The year 2000 was a great year for DXers/Contesters. It brought two new DXCC entities, East Timor and Chesterfield Island. The year 2000 has also brought DXers activity from Bhutan (A5). For years this entity has been the number one most wanted country. It has also brought us Bouvet (3Y), Clipperton Island (FO0) and Tromelin Island (FR/T), just to name a few. WOW, what a year! Let's hope that the year 2001 will be just as kind to DXers as 2000 was. Many would like to see a major operations to North Korea (P5) and Scar- borough Reef (BS7). After working one or both of these entities many DXers would probably receive the ultimate "ARRL DXCC #1 Award". Also, let's hope the new year brings the DXers/Contesters another exciting year and great band conditions. As always, I would like thank the many who have contributed information over the year (there are too many to list). REMEMBER, without them there would not be an OPDX Bulletin.

There has been a lot of activity from this one over the last few months. Abid/3B8FG, Jacky/3B8CF, Rashid/3B8FQ and Pat/3B8GF have been quite active on 20 meters, generally after 0200z. Pat usually can be found on SSB while the others are on CW. There has been some 10 meters CW/SSB QSNs by 3B8CF and 3B8FG after 1200z.

Astronaut Chuck Brady, N4BQW, continues to be active in between the bad weather he has been receiving. This past week he has been active on a few other bands besides 20/15/10 meters. There were spots on 12 meters (24945 kHz between 1400-1900z), 40 meters (7096 kHz between 0045 and 0130z) and 80 meters (3790 kHz between 0100 and 0200z). QSL via WA4FFW. Also, watch the following Web pages for updates:


This special prefix is being used by some DU operators to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Philippine Amateur Radio Association. Aki, 4D68HBC, was heard this past week. QSL via JA1HBC.

Ananada, 4S7NB, likes to frequent 20 meters (between 14180 and 14205 kHz) after 0100z.

Albert, 5R8O, continues to please the many on 20 meters CW around 14015 kHz (+/- 3 kHz) after 0200z. QSL via 5R8FL. For the SSB ops, Andre, 5R8FL, likes between 14185 and 14200 kHz after 0230z. He sometimes can be found on 10 meters, this past week on 28507 kHz at 1145z. QSL via CBA. Ake, 5R8FU, was also active on 10 meters CW/SSB. He was around 28029 kHz (0930-1000z) and 28442 kHz (1230-1400z). QSL via SM5DJZ.

Dan, 5U7DG, was heard on 3796 kHz this past weekend around 0100z and again at 1600z. QSL via K4SE.

The "425 DX News" reports that Gil, IZ1DLV, will be active from Dhiggiri Island (AS-013) from January 2-9th. He will operate on 10, 12, 15, 17 and 20 meters SSB. There was no callsign mentioned. QSL direct ONLY to IZ1DLV: Gil, P. O. Box 7039, 16148 Genova - GE, Italy.

ALbert, 9H1AL, has been active on the WARC bands. He seems to like 12 meters lately. Check around 24900 or 24957 kHz between 1530z and 1630z. Also, check 18070 kHz around 1730z and 10103 kHz beginning around 2300z. He was also on 40 meters (7004 kHz) around 0030z.

Lawrence, 9N7RB, in Katmandu, has been active on 20 meters CW/SSB between 1230-1300 and around 0200z. Check around 14010 and 14190 kHz.

James, 9V1YC, has been keeping folks happy on 40 meters CW on 7011 kHz beginning around 2200z. He later moves to 15 or 20 meters around 2300z. Check 14025 and 21021 kHz.

"QRZ DX" reports that another operation from here will take place by Dimitri, RA9CO, as A52CO, scheduled for March 15-21st. He has his visa and tickets. QSL via UA9DD. ADDED NOTE: Remember to look for Glenn, W0GJ, and his son Mark, N0MJ, to be active this week as A52GJ and A52MJ.

The "Russian Robinson Club" is proud to announce that the "International Complex Expedition" to the South Pole will take place from now through January 15th, with possible activities from D4/, CE8/R3RRC (Punta Arenas), R3RRC/ant (Patriot Hills Base - WABA MN-01) and from an air balloon above the South Pole as R3RRC/am. Operators will be RW3GW, UA3GVV and UA0XB. QSLs are via RW3GW. Also, for two QSOs made on two different bands or with two different callsigns during the Expedition, it is possible to receive a "Special Award" in honor of the 180th anniversary of the discovery of the Antarctica by the famous Russian Explorers and Icemen Bellinghausen and Lazarev. The fee of the Award is 12 IRCs for the HAMs outside of Russia. (USD are not acceptable) The Award Manager is: Valery I. Sushkov, RW3GW, P.O. Box 3, Lipetsk - 398000, Russia.

The "Russian Robinson Club" also plans to activate the Chilean island "Riesco" in the Magallanes and Antarctica Chilean Province Group from January 15-20th, with the possible callsign XQ8RI. Operators will be RW3GW, UA3GVV and UA0XB. QSL via UA9OBA. For more details on both oper- ations check the Web page:


David, BA4DW, has been very active lately on 80 and 40 meters CW. Check 7000-7025 kHz starting around 1000z and around 3500-3515 kHz between 1230 and 1430z. QSL via: David Y.J. Zhou, P.O. Box 040-088, Shanghai, 200040, China.

Lee, N7NU, will be in Treasure Cay on Abaco Island from January 18-26th, as N7NU/C6A and/or C6AJX. Activity will be on 80-10 meters and MAYBE 160 meters upon request. He will concentrate on CW and will try some PSK31. There is one catch to his activity, Lee states, "The hamming is (gasp!) secondary to vacation with my girl friend :-) ". QSL via N7NU.

Under "T8, PALAU", we reported that Koji, JK7TKE, would be active this past week as T88TU from Belau. This operation took place earlier back in the fall.

Gabriel, D2EB, was active on 10/15 meters CW this past week on 21025 kHz between 2100-0000z and 28030 kHz 0900-1300z. QSL via I3LLH.

Gil, F5NOD, CW operator for the FR/F6KDF/Tromelin Island 2000 expedition, reports that the "French Overseas Island Award" (DIFO) Web site has been update and now has some QSL pictures available on the site. Check it out at:


"QRZ DX" reports that Bob, W4VQ, has filed a petition to the DXCC and DXAC asking them to consider the removal of Macao (XX9) from the DXCC List in accordance with DXCC Rule 5. This comes as a result of Portugal turning Macao over to China, December 20, 1999.

The DXCC Desk is reporting that it takes about 8 weeks for processing QSL cards now.

DXPEDITION UNIVERSITY (Learn the Art of DXing in Jamaica!)
Kenny/K2KW and Tom/N6BT informed the DX community that after 10 years of planning and 2 years of writing materials, DX University is now a reality. You have a chance to go to Jamaica and "Learn the art and 'How To' of DXpedition Planning and Running Pileups!" DXpedition University ("DXU") is the first of its kind to provide a training ground for energetic radio amateurs wanting to learn the foundational methods and tactics of DXpeditioning. A group of 6-10 hams will go to a proven site in Jamaica (6Y). Participants become part of a team, just like the World Record 6Y2A Team. Learning begins before the trip with planning procedures and continues through the Jamaica stay. With expert hands-on training, team members will be shown the essential skills needed to feel confident about venturing out on their own DX-oriented vacations and in their ability to run and control pile-ups. There is not only personal instruction, but also hard copy manuals covering all aspects are also included. Besides setting up a complete multiple transmitter station and running DX pile-ups during the week, the team will participate in the A.R.R.L. SSB contest, with additional pointers provided during real-time. This is a learning environment, and all questions will be answered and fully explained. The Jamaican accommodations are radio-oriented (not a luxury hotel) and include full time staff, transportation (private driver), plus side trips during the week. To learn more about DXU and how you can join the team in Jamaica, visit the DXU site at:


Mohsen, EP3SMH, was active over the holiday weekend on 15 meters SSB on 21286 kHz starting around 1300z. EP2MKO was heard on 10 meters CW the past week between 1230 and 1400z. He was also heard on 18070 kHz after 1400z.

Jacques, F6HMJ, will be active as FG/F6HMJ from here from January 10-24th. His modes and bands of activity were not mention.

Pat, FR5FD, was heard active this past week on the WARC bands. On some bands begging for a contact. Check 30 meters starting around 0130z and as late as 0330z. Check 17 meters around 18075 kHz around 0030z. Check 12 meters 24893 kHz between 1200 and 1500z.

Jay, K4ZLE (MU0BKA), will be activae as HR3/K4ZLE from January 12-15th. Activity will be on all HF bands, preference will be given to CW and the WARC bands. He will have PSK31 with him. QSL via K4ZLE.

AS-047. Takeshi "TAKE", JI3DST, will be active from Daitou Island (Daitoujima Shimajira-gun Okinawa-ken) now through 0200z January 7th. He will sign as JI3DST/6 on 40/17/15/10/6 meters SSB. QSL via JI3DST: Takeshi "TAKE" Funaki, 2-18-26 Hannan-cho Abeno-ku Osaka-city, OSAKA 545-0021 JAPAN.

NA-213. Floyd, N5FG, reports to OPDX that the "Magnolia DX Association" has confirmed/planned a trip to Dauphin Island, Alaska, (New IOTA) for late February 2001. There will be at least two station active with many ops...etc.. The special callsign W4D will be used. Activity will be on the usual IOTA frequencies 80-10 meters and on all modes including PSK31 and RTTY. Operation will last 3 days and 2 nights (start on a Friday afternoon and last until Sunday night - local times). QSL via W5UE or via the W5 QSL Bureau.

Chris, OE8CIQ, reports that from January 1st to December 31st (2001) all amateur radio stations in Austria are allowed to use the special prefix OE75 to celebrate the 75 anniversary of the OEVSV (this is the Austrian amateur radio club). He (Chris) will be on air as often as possible using the callsign OE75CIQ. There will be several awards that will be issued by the OEVSV. You can find more information on Chris's homepage at:


Mike, K4PI, informs OPDX that Nasir, AP2NK, has asked him to relay the following: "those sending QSLs should not use his P.O. Box that is listed in the Callbook, but to use his street address shown in Buckmaster and QRZ. The P.O. Box is not very secure..."

Gil, F5NOD, member of the FR/F6KDF/Tromelin Island 2000 expedition, informs the DX community that they continue to work on the FR/F6KDF/T QSLs. They have received the QSLs from the printer one month ago. They have more than 10,000 QSL cards ready to be mailed, but they will mail all of the QSLs at the same time. The first QSL will be sent out around the 15th of January 15th.

Laurent, KM5M, is the QSL Manager for FO5RA. He states that the QSL cards aren't printed yet but will begin working on them in a few days.

Bob, W4WSZ, reports that he will not be handling cards for P43DO after January 1st, 2001. Please QSL direct P43DO.

Ben, PY2KQ (PP500A), informs OPDX that all QSLs for the PP500A operation are now being send to all operators via the Bureau and the direct QSLs are being returned direct.

QSL ROUTE FOR VK0MM. Just a reminder to watch for Alan's QSL route on the following Web site: http://www.geocities.com/vk0ld/QSLVK0MM.html

Buckmaster HamCall Notification Service: Registered HamCall users can take advantage of HamCall Notification Service. If you look up a call on Buckmaster's callsign server at http://buck.com/call and it is not found in their database, the HamCall Notification Service will ask you if you wish to be notified when the callsign is found. All you must do is enter your HamCall User Name and Password and your request will be stored and automatically checked every day. When they add the callsign to their database, you will receive a courtesy E-mail announcing the callsign has been added. It also provides you with a link to the HamCall callsign lookup site. Each time you request a notification you will be shown a list of other requests you have made that are currently outstanding.


The XI Panamerican Jamboree will gather 8,000 Scouts from all America, for a joyful start to the new millennium, with 6 days of fascinating activities in spectacular natural settings like the Iguau Falls and the ecological Park in Paraguay, as well as the lake and the power station of Itaipu. The XI Panamerican Jamboree will happen on January 7-12th. A special station will be active for the event. Look for station PS5J to be active on all modes and bands. QSL via PY5UEB. Also, check out the Web page at:


Albert, HB9BCK, is active as T20CK until January 8th. He has been very active 20/12/10 meters CW/SSB. Most of his activity seems to start around 2030z and lasts until 0500z. Frequencies to watch for are (or around): 14005, 14260, 24895, 24970, 28005 and 28495 kHz. QSL via the bureau or CBA.

Don, KN4UG, will be operating from here during January 19-30th, 2001. He will operate in the 160 Meters Contest and the NA QSO Contest on the weekends. During the week he will be active mostly on 28460 kHz as KN4UG/VP5. QSL to his home callsign in N.C.

WEB SITE CHANGE. Ron, WB3LHD, WPADXA Webmaster, informs OPDX that the "Western PA DX Association" Web site has moved to the following URL:

Please update your URL's and bookmarks. They are sorry to all for the inconvenience.

Mauro/IN3QBR and Fabry/IN3ZNR are very active now from here until about January 8th as XW3QBR and XW3ZNR. Most of the activity has been on 20 meters CW/SSB with some activity on 15 meters.

Excerpts from a press release by Bernie, W3UR, editor of "The Daily DX" report that the Cinco Nueve Contest Group (CNCG) and the Willamette Valley DX Club (WVDXC) are sponsoring a DXpedition to Syria. "DX Syria 2001" is a non-profit organization formed for the promotion and organization of this expedition. The Syrian government and local Syrian hams invited an American team of 8 operators for a February 2001 DXpedition at the Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE) site in Damascus. The group hopes to be on the air February 3rd. The group will be active for 9 days. The STE operating site is the same one used by the 1994 YK0A expedition. The group has been assigned YK9A and plans to be active on 6 through 160 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY. Team members will include: Ron/WJ7R, Dick/N7RO, Bob/W4DR, Rosalie/N4CFL (YL), Carl/K9LA, Vicky/AE9YL (YL), Jim/W4PRO and team leader Al/K7AR. QSL cards will be handled by K9LA: Carl Luetzelschwab, 1227 Pion Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845, USA. The DX Syria 2001 Web site can be found at: http://www.qsl.net/k7ar The Web site will include pre-trip news, setup news, propagation con- ditions, updated daily online logs and suggested operating frequencies. (OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete press release as an additional bulletin.)

Jay, K4ZLE (MU0BKA), will be active as ZB2/K4ZLE from January 12-15th. Activity will be on all HF bands, with a preference to CW and the WARC bands. He will have PSK31 with him. QSL via K4ZLE.

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From: "Bernie McClenny, W3UR" {bernie@dailydx.com}
Subject: [ The Daily DX ] DX Syria 2001
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 14:15:36 +0000
Organization: The Daily DX

For Immediate Release

December 31, 2000

The Cinco Nueve Contest Group (CNCG) and the Willamette Valley DX Club (WVDXC) are sponsoring a DXpedition to Syria. "DX Syria 2001" is a non-profit organization formed for the promotion and organization of this expedition. The Syrian government and local Syrian hams invited an American team of 8 operators for a February 2001 DXpedition at the Syrian Telecommunication Establishment (STE) site in Damascus. The group will leave the US on Feb. 1, 2001 and hopes to be on the air Feb. 3rd. The group will be active for 9 days. The STE operating site is the same one used by the 1994 YK0A expedition.

The group has been assigned YK9A and plans to be QRV on 6 through 160 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY. Team members will include Ron Vincent, WJ7R; Dick Moen, N7RO; Bob Eshleman, W4DR; Rosalie Eshleman (YL), N4CFL; Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA; Vicky Luetzelschwab (YL), AE9YL; Jim Wise, W4PRO and team leader Al Rovner, K7AR.

The team will be equipped with four IC-756 PROs, which were graciously loaned by Icom America, and three AL-811H amplifiers. Three stations will be active on the HF bands, with the fourth station monitoring 6 meter beacons and activity. The 6 meter station will become active during band openings.

Antennas will include a Battlecreek Special (40, 80, 160), wire antennas for 160 and 80 meters, a 40 meter beam, (2) beams for 10-20 meters, a R5 vertical for general use, and a 6 meter Yagi.

Syria ranked # 74 on the 1999 ARRL DXCC Most Wanted list. Syria ranks # 24 in the US on The DX Magazines 1999 Most Wanted list. In the Eastern Time Zone it ranks 35, in the Central Time Zone 20, in the Mountain Time Zone 18 and in the Western Time Zone # 26. In Japan Syria ranks also high on the most wanted list. With this in mind a major emphasis will be put into working stations from the US and Japan. The expedition intends to focus on low band operation especially looking for long path openings to the west coast of North America, and short path openings to the East Coast and Midwest. The group will erect low noise receiving antennas for 160 and 80 meters to aid low band reception.

DX Syria 2001 will have three pilot stations, which will be in contact with the YK9A team. Dick Wolf, N6FF, (n6ff@tco.net) will handle the western half of the US while Bernie McClenny, W3UR, (bernie@dailydx.com) will handle the eastern half. Masao Ueki, JH3VNC, (m-ueki@po.bcap.co.jp) will be the Japanese pilot station.

The DX Syria 2001 web site can be found at www.qsl.net/k7ar and will include pre-trip news, setup news, propagation conditions, updated daily online logs and suggested operating frequencies.

QSL cards will be handled by K9LA, Carl Luetzelschwab, 1227 Pion Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845, USA.

Sponsors for DX Syria 2001 include the Willamette Valley DX Club, the Cinco Nueve Contest Group, INDEXA, ICOM America, HAL Communications, WriteLog Software, the Central Virginia Contest Club and Mark Perrin, N7MQ.

For more information please contact Al Rovner, K7AR at k7ar@arrl.net

-- Bernie McClenny, W3UR
Editor of The Daily DX & How's DX?

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