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YT1AD Says 'Never Again!' to Future P5 DXpedition Attempts:

from The ARRL Letter, Vol 21, No 11 on March 19, 2002
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YT1AD Says 'Never Again!' to Future P5 DXpedition Attempts:

The Daily DX this week reported additional details about the recent aborted effort by noted DXer Hrane Milosevic, YT1AD, to operate from North Korea. Milosevic described his visit there as "a thrill," but said the DXpedition was thwarted when military personnel intervened. He indicated that he would not make any further attempts to operate from North Korea--now the second most-wanted DXCC entity after the soon-to-be-activated Ducie Island.

Hrane Milosevic, YT1AD. [ARRL Photo]

Accompanied by Voja Kapun, YU7AV, Milosevic said he arrived in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang March 5 and was welcomed by representatives of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Foreign Affairs.

"We were stationed in Yangakdo Hotel, on the bank of the river with the same name," he said, according to a translation of e-mail communications provided Nenad Stevanovic, VE3EXY, provided to The Daily DX. "The hotel has 47 floors, and we were on the 40th floor, with almost ideal conditions for work. All our equipment was put together, and we were about to start our operation with the previously assigned call sign, P5A."

The P5A team reportedly had the nod to operate from civilian authorities in North Korea. Milosevic said a uniformed official appeared unexpectedly and imposed a ban on the operation until the team got permission from military authorities as well. That permission was supposed to arrive March 8, "but nobody showed up, possibly because of a holiday," Milosevic speculated, adding that he and YU7AV did not want to risk starting up an unauthorized operation.

"Meanwhile," he added, "we had fun listening to all the pirates pretending to be us, when we did not make a single contact."

When a military official finally showed up last Sunday, March 10, he simply said, "No transmission until further notice." At that point, Milosevic said, he and Kapun had no other choice but to leave North Korea. "After landing in Beijing, our only comment was, never again!!!" Milosevic said.

North Korea is not out of reach for DXers, but DXCC credit remains elusive. Ed Giorgadze, P5/4L4FN, of the Republic of Georgia continues to operate from there as his schedule permits. Giorgadze--who is with the UN World Food Program--has obtained oral permission to operate, but his operation has not yet been approved for DXCC credit. More information on P5/4L4FN is on the AMSAT Net Web site operated by Bruce Paige, KK5DO. P5/4L4FN has been active on SSB and RTTY.

Ed Giorgadze, P5/4L4FN, at his operating position in North Korea. He uses an ICOM IC-706MkIIG to a vertical antenna and has been active on SSB and RTTY. [Photo courtesy of KK5DO]


The ARRL Letter Vol. 21, No. 11 March 15, 2002

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YT1AD Says 'Never Again!' to Future P5 DXpedition  
by S5M on March 19, 2002 Mail this to a friend!
GL with KH1, Doc!

73 de Mario, S56A, N1YU
YT1AD Says 'Never Again!' to Future P5 DXpedition  
by N0HF on March 21, 2002 Mail this to a friend!
Intersting article. I worked P5/YT1AD on March 5th, 2002. He was transmitting around 6.991 MHz and
was listening up from 7MHz. The pileup was ferocious. He was working an even mix of stateside and JA's.
I am almost convinced that this was a pirate but because the timing of his visit to N. Korea, there is a glimmer of hope that it was Hrane just making a few QSO's before the P5A callsign was used? Did any of you
work this station? I'd really be interested in hearing other's comments on this.
Thanks, Dan
RE: YT1AD Says 'Never Again!' to Future P5 DXpedit  
by N6TGK on March 21, 2002 Mail this to a friend!
I'd say your contact was a pirate as Hrane said they never made a single contact due to lack of permission to operate.
YT1AD Says 'Never Again!' to Future P5 DXpedition  
by REMOVED_W0AKR_EHAM on March 21, 2002 Mail this to a friend!
P5 shouldn't even be on the list until a real operation can occur and count. It just makes for more frustration and those willing to "buy" a QSL from a prearranged expeditioner as in the past.

No thanks. I can wait or do without. DXCC isn't worth this much trouble.

One can thank ARRL for pushing this addition. All about $$.
YT1AD Says 'Never Again!' to Future P5 DXpedition  
by KG6AMW on March 23, 2002 Mail this to a friend!
Paying taxes is all about money. Dxing is more like hearding cattle. You move along at a steady pace until you get to the end of the line. Patience is the order of the day. No P5 today or tomorrow, but maybe next month. And it when it happens, oh the joy. Until then, put your earphones on, put your head down and listen. You never know when that next dx station (whatever it is) comes through. Just be ready.
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