The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 769
July 31, 2006
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, K1VV, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5XK, WW5L, K8YSE, NE8Z/HC1MD, W9DX, N0HJZ, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, CX5BW, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, HA5BWW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, LU6EF, M0RNR, OH2BH, OH2BN, PT7WA, RSGB IOTA, UT5UGR, VA3RJ & ICPO, YO3JW and YU1AB for the following DX information.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (Tedd, KB8NW)
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to provide the latest update on the Swains Island DXpedition and to accommodate the late RSGB IOTA Contest announcements. Also, we advise readers to visit NG3K Amateur Radio Contest/DX Web Page which will provide a consolidated listing of the RSGB IOTA Contest participants at:
KH8S, SWAINS ISLAND (News/Update)
Operators Kan/JA1BK (Team Leader), Uti/KS6FO, Paul/F6EXV, John/K1ER, Tets/AH7C and John/K8YSE are on their way to activate the new DXCC entity (#337) under the callsign KH8SI. According to a press release by Larry Gandy, AH8LG, the team set sail for Swains Island on the "MV Tokelau" from Pago Pago harbor on Thursday, July 27th, at 12:30 local Samoan time which is 2330z. The trip will take about 24 hours to get to Swains Island (OC-200) and should be operational about 6 hours after landing. This means they should be on landing around 0000z Saturday and possibly be on the air around 0600z. The team would have liked to have been there earlier but transportation availability in American Samoa has been the reason for their delay. This will be a short operation. The team will leave Swains Island on Tuesday, August 1st. They need to be back in Pago Pago on August 3rd to catch their flights. The team will be concentrating on 160-17 meters CW/SSB because of expected propagation conditions. They are also taking plenty of equipment with them. This list was released earlier in the week:
1 EA FT-2000 TXR Many other dipoles for other bands. 1 EA FT-1000MP TXR A pushup mast and other types. 1 EA ALPHA 87A AMP Lots of rope and a slingshot for 1 EA PL-922A AMP getting rope in the coconut trees. 1 EA VL-1000 AMP Plus all the other stuff like food, 1 EA FT-900 water, coax cable, computers for 2 EA HB9CV BEAMS ONE FOR 18 AND 14 logging, gas for generators, tents 1 EA 3EL SPIDERBEAM 15-17-20 and nets for bugs. 1 EA 5500 WATT GENERATOR 1 EA 4500 WATT GENERATOR 1 EA FOLDED DIPOLE 3-30 MHZOPDX and its readers would like to wish the team the best of luck and a safe operation. The KH8SI team is calling this a "FRIENDLY DXPEDITION IS!" operation.
PLEASE NOTE: The team "WILL NOT" be in the IOTA Contest, so please DO NOT ask for a contest report. If you need OC-200 for a new island, PLEASE JUST MAKE A NORMAL QSO CONTACT. QSL this KH8SI operation via JA1BK.
ONE LAST NOTE: A couple of the team members were active this past week from American Samoa. John, K8YSE, informed your editor on Wednesday that he made 900 QSOs as KH8/K8YSE. QSL via K8YSE. Paul, F6EXV, was also active as WH8/WH7S. QSL via F6EXV.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 21st/July, through Friday, 28th/July there were 196 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, K, 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, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).
Operators Toma/YU1AB and Emin/T91S will be active as YU6/YU1AB and YU6/DK4ES, respectively, from August 1-10th. Activity will be focused on the SSB and CW modes. QSL via YU1AB.
4O3T AND YU6AO, MONTENEGRO NEWS
Both 4O3T and YU6AO operations are still very active all over the bands (CW/SSB/RTTY). Activity will continue through August 13-15th. There are no press releases or updates to report on from the YU6AO team. However, the YU6AO team now has a Web page with an online log search at:
Martti Laine, OH2BH, (one of the operators of the 4O3T team) has put out a few press releases over the past week with some pictures. On Thursday, July 27th, Martti informs that the first wave of operators have done a mammoth job and 50k QSOs have been made. The first team of operators are preparing to leave as the second team is beginning to arrive. Martti states, "DXpedition leader Ranko Boca, YT6A, indicates that every- thing is on track for the next 50K QSOs with a new and fresh operator fleet." OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive all of Martti's press releases (minus the picture) as an additional bulletin.
JUST A REMINDER: The 4O3T online log is available at:
C9, MOZAMBIQUE (IOTA Op)
Ken/G3OCA and Rei/DL6DQW will be in C9-land from August 5-14th. During their stay, they plan to activate the Island of Inhacamba (AF-103) the last unactivated IOTA group in Mozambique. The callsign may be C94KF. QSL via G3OCA. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, CW and SSB. Also, look for them to be active from the mainland using the callsign C94RF or C93RF.
COULD THERE BE A 338?
There have been several reports in the media that Kosovo Representatives have formally made a pitch for independence face-to-face with Serbia. Kosovo's ethnic Albanian President Fatmir Sejdiu said independence was "the beginning and end of our position." Could this be DXCC entity 338 in the close future?
CT3, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Zoltan, HA5PP, will be active as CT3/HA5PP during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band entry (band not mentioned). QSL via HA5PP.
IOTA NEWS (RSGB IOTA Contest this weekend, July 29-30th)
AS-122. Operators HL2UOK, HL2AEJ, HL2IFR, HL2ADO and HL2IYI will be active as D7C from Daecheong Island, July 28-30th. Activity will include the IOTA Contest. QSL via HL2IFR.
EU-006. Dave, EI3IO, will be active as EJ3IO from the Aran Islands from July 27th to August 1st. QSL via his home callsign.
EU-008. Members of the Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club (CPSARC) will once again operate from the Isle of Tiree (IOSA NH04, WAB NM04), the most westernly of Scotland's Inner Hebridean Islands, during the RSGB IOTA (Islands on the Air) Contest which runs from 1200z, July 29th until 1200z, July 30th, using the club's special contest callsign GM2T. This year's team consists of : Cambell/MM0DXC, Bob/GM4UYZ, John/ MM0JXI, Brian/M0RNR, Landles/GM4XZZ, Norman/GM4IUS, Willie/ MM0WZZ, Gareth/M3INO, Derek/MM3PYX, Colin/2M0CRR, Moe/MM0MRM, Ellis/GM4GZW and Geoff/MM5AHO. For QSL information visit http://www.qrz.com/gm2t or QSL via GM4UYZ Bob. For details about CPSARC, visit their Web page at:
EU-030. Look for Jens, DL8WOW, to be active as OZ/DL8WOW from Bornholm Island (BO-001 for the Danish Islands Award, WLOTA LH-2203), August 7-17th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mainly QRP CW at 5 watts. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-064. Members of the RC de Provins ARC will be active as TM7C from Ile de Noirmoutier, July 27th through August 8th. Operators mentioned are: Frank/F4AJQ (SSB), John/F5VHQ (SSB), Jean-Paul/ F8BJI (SSB), Pascal/F5JSD (CW), Flo/F5CWU (CW) and Bernard/F9IE (CW). Activity will include the IOTA Contest as a Multi-Op/ Mixed-Mode/24-HR/Low-Power entry. Look for activity outside of the contest on the HF bands, including the WARC bands and 6m. Modes will be CW, SSB and digitals. QSL via F6KOP, bureau preferred.
EU-091. Operators IK6CAC, IK7JWX, 9A3A, IK7QMJ, IK7FPX, IK7LMX and I7PXV will be active as IK6CAC/7 in the IOTA Contest as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode/Low-Power/DXpedition entry from Grande Island of Porto Cesareo (LE)(IIA LE-02). Outside the contest, look for activity on 6m (WW. Locator JN80WG). QSL via the home callsign, by the bureau or (QRZ.com).
EU-127. Operators Andy/DL7AT, Olaf/DL4HG, Dirk/DJ1LD, Andy/DG3XA and Thorsten/DG7TG will be active as DF0TX and DA0T from Helgoland Island (N-14 for the German Islands Award, WLOTA LH-0518), July 28-30th. Activity will include the IOTA Contest. The operators might use homecall/p prior to the contest. QSL via their home callsign. QSL DF0TX via the information on (QRZ.com).
EU-149. Operators ES1AN, ES1LS, ES1QV, ES1LSR, ES2EZ, ES2DJ and ES2NJ will be active as ES2U from Rammu Island from July 27th to August 1st. Activity will include the IOTA Contest.
EU-183. A group of Romanian hams will try to activate Sacalinu Mare Island in the Black Sea. They will be active in the IOTA Contest and after with the callsign YP1W. The group will be on the island between July 26 and August 6th. If possible, they will try to activate some of the lighthouses in the area: ROM 007 and ROM 008 (using homecall/p). Operators mentioned are: YO3JW, YO8RIJ, YO9GJX, YO9WF and YO9XC. QSL via YO3JW.
NA-026. Andrei, EW1AR-NP3D, will be active as NP3D/W2 in the IOTA Contest.
NA-096. Mark, KB2MS, will be active as HI3/KB2MS from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic between July 28th to about August 23rd. Activity will be on all bands, except 160 meters. QSL only direct via his home callsign.
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Skip, JE2HCJ, is expected to be active as KH0/JE2HCJ from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (OC-086), July 27-31st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
Peter, SP5PB, will be active as SP5PB/2 from Stilo Lighthouse (POL-017) to commemorate 100th anniversary of the lighthouse's establishment. Activity will be on HF both CW and SSB between August 17-20th. A special award will be issued for all who make contact with SP5PB/2 from Stilo Lighthouse. Details on the award is available at:
NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE-LIGHTSHIP WEEKEND QSO PARTY (NLLW-2006)
The NLLW QSO Party will be held August 5th, 0001z to August 6th, on through 2359z. The activity is to promote public awareness of ham radio and lighthouses; to contribute to the recognition that lighthouses, lightships, and their keepers deserve; to foster camaraderie within the ham fraternity; and to provide fellowship amongst the members of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society. Awards are available. Please visit:
P3, CYPRUS (AS-004)
Denis, 5B4AHI, will be active as P3B during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via RX3RC.
P40, ARUBA (SA-036)
John, W2GD, will be active as P40W during both the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) and the CQWW CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Activity outside the contest will be on the WARC bands and 160m. QSL via N2MM.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
Effective, July 1st, QSL 3B8FQ direct or via K5XK--not via RW6HS or the RB5 routes listed in some databases. Rachid's direct address is now updated on (QRZ.com) and QSLs are being printed for distribution by Ron, K5XK. Rachid now has an updated rig and is spending more time on the WARC bands as time and propogation allow.
C91TL QSL STATUS. Tom, WW5L/C91TL, reports that all 200+ cards for his C91TL Mozambique operation received direct as of Monday, July 24th, have been answered. Approximately 2,100 contacts are in the log. He also mentions that the QSL routes for other stations on their Mozambique DXpedition go via the following QSL routes:
C91CF & C91HQ--K5LBU--Frosty C91TK-NQ7R--Tom C91TL--WW5L--Tom C91H-ZS6JR--Daniel C91JR--N4PJ--ArtADDED NOTE: An online log search for the K5LBU Mozambique DXpedition (June 29th-July 13th) is now available for callsigns C91CF, C91HQ, C91TL, C91JR, C91EE, and C91TK at:
Luke, PT7WA, reports that QSLs for all WRTC2006 stations will be managed by PP5VB. You may QSL via Bureau or direct to PP5VB. He also provided a list of SA-026 and SA-027 WRTC stations:
SA-026 (13 stations) SA-027 (5 stations) --------------------- ------------------- PT5G by N9RV and K3LR PT5P by DL6FBL and DL2CC PT5I by YL2KL and YL1ZF PT5Q by W2SC and K5ZD PT5J by N6BV and AG9A PT5X by PY2NY and PY2EMC PT5O by HP1WW and N5ZO PW5N by JK2VOC and JA2BNN PT5T by PY2YU and PY1NX PW5W by RA3AUU and RV1AW PT5V by 9A6XX and DJ1YFK PT5W by LY2TA and LY2CY PW5C by N6MJ and N2NL PW5D by K1ZM and K1KI PP5WRTC was also from SA-026. PW5E by BA4RF and BA7NQ The other PT5 and PW5 stations PW5J by P43E and WA1S (YL´s) were operating from the Santa PW5T by UA9DM and RZ3AA Catarina State mainland. PW5U by XE1KK and XE1NTTSILENT KEYS (SK)
CW7BY - Raul Roji, a very enthusiastic DXer and Contester became a "SK" on July 25th. His age was 84.
HA5HR - Alex (Szilard Kerekes), a known Hungarian HAM, old timer - became a "SK" on July 19th. His age was 84. His previous callsign at the age of 35 was YR5BP.
OPDX and its reader would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the above individuals.
The International Shortwave League (ISWL) still continues with their 60th (Diamond) Anniversary celebrations this coming weekend: July 29-30th. Look for GB6SWL to be active for 2 days from Walton on the Naze, Essex. Herbie, G6XOU, will be the main operator. PLEASE NOTE: The ISWL QSL information has been changed. Herbie Yeldham, G6XOU, has taken over as the QSL Manager for ALL ISWL Club and Special Event Callsigns. Herbie has also become the ISWL's QSL Bureau Manager. All cards and logs sent to the old address WILL be forwarded to Herbie, so there is no need to resend cards to the new address. The NEW address for the Bureau and QSL Manager, is: The ISWL QSL Bureau, Belle Fleurs, 18 Wade Reach, Walton on the Naze, Essex, CO14 8RG England. Also, see (QRZ.com) for further details. Direct Cards are welcomed, also via the ISWL Bureau, or the RSGB Bureau, or Electronic cards via, www.eqsl.cc (They do not currently use LOTW).
OTHER NOTE: The ISWL Club callsigns - "GS4BJC /P" and "MX1SWL /P" will also be active until the end of July. The ISWL Awards Program is open to non members for a very small fee to cover postage to any country in the world. For all details, including QSL information and the Special Diamond Anniversary Awards, etc....., please visit:
Giannis, SV5FRI, will be active from Symi Island (MIA MGD-030), August 6-19th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters CW/SSB. QSL direct to SV5FRI via address on (QRZ.com).
Hide, JM1LJS/T88LJ/T80W, plans to be active as T80W from the Rental Shack of West Plaza by the Sea Hotel, Koror, Republic of Palau (OC-009), October 6-10th. If he can not use the special callsign T80W, he will be signing T88LJ. QSL via JM1LJS, direct or by the bureau. More information is available at:
Operators Tom/DL2RUM and Jan/DJ8NK will be active as TX5T and TX5NK, respectively, between August 31st and September 11th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via their home callsigns.
VB4, CANADA (Attention Prefix Hunters!)
Rich, N0HJZ, will be operating from Canada from October 26-30th as VB4MWA. He believes this is the first time in 15 years that the VB4 prefix has been used. Rich will also be operating in the CQWW DX Phone Contest using the VB4MWA callsign. He will enter in the contest as a Single-Operator/High-Power/Assisted category. QSL via his home callsign with an SASE.
Some pictures of "Team Ukraine" at WRTC 2006 in Florianopolis, Brazil are available at:
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From: "Jarmo J. Jaakola, OH2BN"
Subject: 4O3T --- Montenegro --- 75M SSB From The Beautiful Coastal City of Bar Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 16:31:01 +0300 The following message is from Martti, OH2BH now in Montenegro: 4O3T --- MONTENEGRO 75M SSB From The Beautiful Coastal City of Bar During the first weekend, with more than 30.000 QSOs in the books, the 160/80M emphases were on cw with low-band powerhouse Ditmar, DL3DXX and the likes of him at the helm. In spite of the summer season, they were able to get their signals deep into the Midwest of the U.S. on 160M using a Titanex vertical. On Monday, first steps were taken to prepare 75M SSB activity for the coming weekend from Ocas near the coastal city of Bar. Trial operations will be conducted tonight by Dragan, YT6Y. The location is part of a navy radio station utilizing large commercial wide-band conical antennas with a gain of 5dBi. It's a low-band dream location with a large sloping plateau next to the Adriatic Sea with an open shot toward the United States, Japan and Europe. While the place looks like a paradise, it hides an extensive radial field buried into the ground. We heard stories about 200-watt ship radios relaying messages with S9 telephone-like signals below 2MHz from Cuba and other long distance maritime locations. In the evening, sipping the best local wines during a planning session, Nick, LZ1JY was heard making a rock solid commitment to put three-thousand 75M QSOs into the books from this marvelous QTH. "I'm not gonna leave the country before the job gets done", Nick affirmed. Nick will be operating with his personal low-band gear while Acom Bulgaria has lined up their best amplifiers for this activation. On the regular 4O3T sites, plans were made to boost the second weekend run for an even stronger performance than the first because the sites are now built up and fully stabilized. Latest on July 27, RTTY will added when the IK1PMR and K2LEO duo arrives. Also the first 6M QSOs were made yesterday, and soon the magic band will be up and running. ------------------------------------------------ From: "Jarmo J. Jaakola, OH2BN" Subject: OH2BH: WHAT DO YOU DO IF ONE MORNING YOU WAKE UP IN A NEW DXCC COUNTER? Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 12:36:51 +0300 The following report is from Martti, OH2BH, now in Montenegro: WHAT DO YOU DO IF ONE MORNING YOU WAKE UP IN A NEW DXCC COUNTER? While in Montenegro, one thing is a must. Find Rajko, YU6DZ who has been a most productive local operator in the Republic of Montenegro since its birth and who has delighted the bands with his solid presence. Driving to his house through and under climbing gravevines and honeybee hives shows immediately that there is a ham there spelled with a capital H --- a 4-element quad overlooks the property and the man himself with Mama Margarita are there to welcome us. Over an expresso and cookies we talk, and we talk some more over some homemade brandy. Ugh, gulping the stuff down, it is strong like the signals on 20M this morning. "Life will never be the same again now that QSOs are coming in left and right", says Rajko, a 65-year old retired Chief Naval Security Officer. "My days have got a new routine. Yes, there's breakfast and lunch and dinner, but nowadays there are QSOs in between them. It's only some twenty days and I have more than 6500 of them", Rajko muses. He is considering on updating his current Yaesu FT101B to more modern gear but Mama Margarita objects. "If Rajko gets into this changing mode, he may update everything - and I may have to go as well". Margarita is full of happy life and humor and nowadays even more so. "I have started to collect stamps and I get a full bag every day. We are now seen as popular favorites by our mailman". And then we open some of the letters that have arrived today. "It only took a few days until I realized that it would not work on my own frequency but I saw that the tubes of my separate VFO would still light up, and I gave them some rock and roll", Rajko continues. But I find many people not in the log - and we start leafing through the pages of Rajko's logbook filled with handwritten entries that look like objects of art. The QSOs go fine all the way, but then in the final stage people do not understand that the confirmation phase is equally important. It's a matter of not leaving a good affair halfway through. "I cross them out - look at these... there was a QSO but no more. They should make a solid one and not run away", Rajko points out. He tunes up the trustworthy FT101B and lets his old electronic key sing, and sure it does. We realize that he wants to be perfect on the end part - maybe even throw in a CQ before starting the next QSO. Do we all remember that CQ means "I seek you"? Surely Rajko does that and then some more. That gives us a chance to review his logbooks and find out the first ten that got him during his first days. USA: W7CB, W6LZ, W3UR, W3LPL, NG8Z, W3BGN, N4OA, N6AR, K2VV, W5UN JA: JJ2LPV, JA4DND, JA3FGJ, JE2LUN, JA1EOD, JA2XKM, JG3FPD, JJ2LPV, JA2FMW, JR2JLO EU: YZ7AA, I2ZBX, HB9AFI, DL6KVN, LA6CF, LX1NO, SM5DJZ, OK1TM, SP8AJR, OH2BU But we find a treasure there as well: with his transverter and 7 watts Rajko has added HI3TEJ, NL7AU/4, N4IS and W1JR to his book on 6M! Mamma Margarita is packing up something for us to take home, as they do in those friendly corners of the world. We get two jars of honey and two bottles of brandy made by YU6DZ from their own berries. We are hugging and hoping to see again. It's a warm feeling to have met Rajko and Margarita in their own element - under the climbing grapevines and and the 4-element cubical quad. As we back out, my cell phone sends a text message - it's from Bernie, W3UR. "I am just working Rajko on RTTY". But Rajko is still standing on the driveway and waving us goodbye. We did not see anything looking like RTTY in the house. But I just answer Bernie: "DX Is". ----------------- From: "Jarmo J. Jaakola, OH2BN" Subject: OH2BH: 4O3T OPERATION HITS THE 50.000 QSO MARK AFTER FIRST WEEK Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 15:38:54 +0300 The following story is from Martti, OH2BH: 4O3T OPERATION HITS THE 50.000 QSO MARK AFTER FIRST WEEK It is Thursday with 50K QSOs under the belt and the first wave of operators having done a mammoth job, coupled with building the camp in temperatures often reaching 45 degrees C (115 F). They have not seen clouds or rain during the entire week. The home going ops will be saying goodbye on tonight's dinner cruise while welcoming many of the second week people to Montenegro. DXpedition leader Ranko Boca, YT6A indicates that everything is on track for the next 50K QSOs with a new and fresh operator fleet. He also wants to recognize Hans, PB2T for acting as site manager in Klinci and other members of the Organizing Committee for their valuable contributions as well as all the guest operators for giving their best effort and time out of their summer schedules. The 4O3T powerhouses, Ranko, YT6A and Dragan, YT6Y were heading home yesterday to see their families after ten days away, only to return today to lead the dinner cruise. Ranko's message to the world is: "Allow us to celebrate on Thursday night, we will be back on duty on Friday". Many people have commented on the huge signals emanating from 4O3T. Here is the lineup: the Obosnik site is located on top of a 600m mountain overseeing the beautiful Boka Bay with the following antennas: 10M: 5-L, 15M: 3-L & 4-L, 20M: 3-L and 5-L beams fed together, 40M: 5-L beaming to USA, 80/160M: slopers from a 45m tower plus NE and NW beverages; on the Klinci site a TB36 tribander is used plus a Titanex vertical and a variety of other vertical and wire antennas. On both locations they use 2-L SteppIR beams on WARC bands donated by SteppIR and the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF). Five (5) Yaesu FT1000 transceivers with a range of amplifiers are employed while a new FT2000 has undergone severe field testing, driving a huge Henry amplifier to provide Yaesu with a complete field report. Other smaller radios are used for a number of special tasks.
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