That’s right, P51BH took to the airwaves (operator OH2BH) for a maximum of 4 hours on April 21, 1999. Just short of 300 QSQs were made giving an insight / demonstration of what amateur radio is to DPRK officials. In actual fact this would be the second ever (DXCC approved) North Korea activity with P5/OH2AM being the first in 1995.
I had no problem with OH2BH putting P5 on the air. What was disgusting was ARRL caving in to OH2BH with approval for DXCC credit. Never should of been approved. 73 DE WA2HZR
Also that I call Martii one of my friends, this is when all this madness started. WHY wasn’t it on the DXCC list before? I think it was at this time that new “counters” had to be found for any and every possible reason. Unfortunately, I am one of those who missed the only “REAL” operation from there with Ed, 4L4FN having “oral permission” to operate from North Korea. Time will tell when there will be another REAL operation from there, or it will deleted for one or the other reason. I obtained my #1 Honor Roll Plaque before this joke. It’s still hanging at my wall, albeit “invalid” …
But with nowadays restrictions on amateur radio at many other places, it is an unreachable dream for many of today’s DX’ers anyway 🙁
73 de Gary, DF2RG