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Eastern Iowa DX Association

Welcome to the Eastern Iowa DX Association web site! Our club is open to any amateur radio operator who is interested in DXing and/or contesting. You are cordially invited to attend club meetings and get aquainted. We have many friendly, outgoing members with varied areas of expertise, who would be delighted to meet you and offer their help as needed. (Detailed club information is on the "About EIDXA" page.)


EIDXA News     (Updated February 19, 2021)

EIDXA Meetings
EIDXA in-person meetings are on hold indefinitely due to Covid 19 virus concerns. When this crisis is resolved, we will resume meetings. Stay tuned!

We normally meet quarterly in January, April, July and October on a Friday evening. Our normal meeting location is the Hall Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. A program of interest follows the business meeting. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

January 2021 Eastern Iowa DXer
The January 2021 edition of the Eastern Iowa DXer is now available on the "Newsletter" page. Bob, WØGXA, has as usual put together a great newsletter, loaded with good information. Be sure you don't miss it!

Membership roster updated on November 16, 2020
The membership roster has been updated. Thanks to Mike, NA9Q, for updating the list! You can find the list on the "Members" page.

Buy-Sell-Trade Listings
There are several interesting listings of equipment for sale on the "Buy-Sell-Trade" page -- take a look!

EIDXA Email Reflector
The EIDXA email reflector is available for your use. To post to the reflector, email your message for the group to: eastern-iowa-dx-association@googlegroups.com 
The reflector allows you to include photos or other files in your message.

You may visit the group homepage here:
    https://groups.google.com/group/eastern-iowa-dx-association
The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.



The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin
For February 19, 2021 - February 28, 2021

DX News items are courtesy of:

The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX)
   Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, Editor (kb8nw@hotmail.com or kb8nw@arrl.net)
   The bulletin is available at http://www.papays.com/opdx.html

This list is a compilation of current DX operations (or those that start within the current week) from recent issues of the OPDX bulletin, with the dates of operation highlighted in red. The items appear in order of callsign prefix. Hot links are provided for QSL information wherever possible. Credit for the source is given at the end of each item. Articles will remain on this list for a maximum of 5 weeks.

3A, MONACO. Operators Mireille/F4FRL and Patrice/F5RBB will be active as 3A/homecall from Monaco beginning February 24th until March 2nd. Activity will be on 40-20 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1498 January 11, 2021]  (0221)

3A, MONACO.  Blaise, 3A2OC, is a new active ham from Monaco City. He states on QRZ.com, "I operate with long wire and vertical antenna, with Yaesu FTDX-3000." No QSNs have been reported on the DXCluster yet. QSL via his address on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1500 January 25, 2021]  (0124)

3W, VIETNAM. Sebastian, SP5FAR, reports to OPDX that he has been in Da Nang, Vietnam, since January and is expected to be active as 3W9FAR until March (no specific date mentioned). Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using a Xiegu G90 into Magnetic Loop Antenna made by OMØET. Modes will be SSB (20w) and the Digital modes [FT8] (10w). He states, "Due to the nature of my work (ed. he is an Airline Pilot), I am unable to provide exact hours of operation. On my days off I try to be active 0200-0500 UTC and 1100-1700 UTC. Antenna is located outside the window on 7th floor." QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0207)

5A, LIBYA. YL Elham, 5AØYL, continues to be active from Tripoli. Activity has been mainly on 20/17 meters FT8 between 0830-1130z and 1500-1800z. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

5R, MADAGASCAR. Gallo, IZ8DFO, has been issued the callsign 5R8DO on February 9th, but no details on when he will use this callsign. His license (view on QRZ.com) lists a Yaesu FT-450D with 100 watts. No other details are available. Stay Tuned!
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

5V, TOGO (Update/Change). Daniel, HB9EHD, who was active as 5VDE, is now signing 5V7DE from Togo until February 20th. He states, "There is a problem with the callsign 5VDE on FT8, due to non-ICU standard callsign." QSL via HB9EHD direct or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

8Q, MALDIVES. Sergei, RU3AN, will be active as 8Q7/RU3AN or a 8Q7 callsign (will pick-up his license upon arrival) from Makunudu Island until February 15th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0207)

9A, CROATIA (Special Event). Tom, 9A2AA, will be using the special event callsign 9A64AA until the end of the year. Activity is to celebrate the 64th anniversary of his amateur radio activity. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1500 January 25, 2021]  (0124)

9J, ZAMBIA. Brad, 9J2RS, is a new operator from Lusaka, Zambia. He states that he is a "transplant from Baltimore, MD USA, and was lucky enough to find an Elmer in 9J2BO (Brian Otter)" in Zambia. Brad is up and operating on 20/17/15 meters using a vertical at 5m (roof-top). His equipment is a 100 watt 20-year-old marine transceiver (Yaesu System 600) on loan from 9J2BO. QSL via address on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

9K, KUWAIT (Special Event). Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society will activate the special event callsign 9K6ØNLD throughout the month of February. Activity is to celebrate Kuwait's 60th National Day (February 25th) and Liberation Day (February 26th). QSL via 9K2RA. For more details, see QRZ.com. ADDED NOTE: Also, all Kuwaiti amateur radio operators are allowed to use the special prefix "9K6Ø" during this time. Example: Look for 9K2GS to sign 9K6ØGS (QSL via EC6DX & LoTW), 9K2BS signing 9K6ØBS (QSL via EC6DX) and 9K2OW signing 9K6ØOW (QSL via EC6DX & LoTW).
-[OPDX # 1501 February 1, 2021]  (0131)

A6, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (Special Event). Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS) will activate the special callsign A6ØCV to promote the Covid Vaccine. Length of activity is currently unknown. QSL via EA7FTR.
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0207)

AAW 2021. The 18th Antarctic Activity Week will take place between February 20-28th. All Radio Amateurs (OMs & SWLs) around the world, Clubs and Organizations as well as other important groups and individual operators WW, to join and share with them, this initiative. Apply your special AAW's callsign, get a WAP reference and jump into the competition. Some operators have already signed-up to participate. See the following Web page at:
        http://www.waponline.it/antarctic-activity-week/aaw-2021
The WAP's intention is to draw WW attention to the Antarctic Continent, and the AAW is a unique event World-Wide (WW) where Hams (in any corners of the world, and not necessarily in Antarctica) wish to celebrate and improve World-Wide interest around the Icy Continent.
  Purpose of the A.A.W. is to increase worldwide interest around Antarctic Continent and its related matters, with the aim of staying close to the researchers and personnel who are spending their time away from home and families, studying the Antarctic life and its secrets. Addition purpose is to share what Nations and Organizations are doing to protect this still non contaminated corner of the world, to share a WW message of peace.
-[OPDX # 1498 January 11, 2021]  (0214)

AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND. Just a reminder that the 13th American Lighthouses Weekend sponsored by the Bahia Blanca DX Group in Argentina will also be held this weekend between February 19-21st. For complete details and a list of participating stations, see:
    http://www.grupodxbb.com.ar
Currently, there are 70 participates and 15 countries listed.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

C9, MOZAMBIQUE (Reminder). Bruno, CS7AMN, is expected to be active now as C91BVA from Maputo. Length of his stay is unknown. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes with an IC-7400 into End-Fed antenna. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau (via CS7AMN), ClubLog's OQRS or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

CEØY, EASTER ISLAND. LATAM Airlines pilot Camilo Johnson Amorrortu was recently issued the callsign CDØYJA and plans to be active from Hotu Matua, Easter Island (SA-001), when time permits. No other details were provided. QSLs go direct to XR3UNION: Conjunta Federachi Radio Club de Chile, Casilla 13630, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0117)

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Oleg, ZS1ANF (UA1PBA, RI1ANF, RI1ANX, etc.), an Antarctic veteran, will once again be active as ZS7ANF from Wolf's Fang Runway (WAP MNB-12), Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, starting sometime in February. QSL via RK1PWA. ADDED NOTE: There is a possibility that Oleg may also be operating from the Whichaway Camp (WAP MNB-11) too.
-[OPDX # 1501 February 1, 2021]  (0131)

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Takumi, JG3PLH, will be active as 8J1RL from Showa Research Station, Queen Maud Land (AN-015), between February 2021 and January 2022. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via JG2MLI or by the JARL Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0117)

CE9, ANTARCTICA. By the time you read this, Felix, DL5XL, will be active as DP1POL from the German research station "Neumayer III" in Antarctica (AN-016, WAP DEU-08, (WWFF DLFF-022). He is part of the wintering team as an electronics engineer and will be there until mid-March. Activity will be on various HF bands, possibly QO-100 satellite, using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via DL1ZBO, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0117)

CO, CUBA (LH Op). Reinaldo, CO6RD, will be active from a lighthouse (ARLHS CUB-045) on Cayo Blanco de Zaza (possibly NA-204) between February 19-21st, during the American Lighthouses Weekend. Activity will be on CW, RTTY, BPSK and FT8/FT4. QSL via EA5GL direct.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

CT3, MADERIRA. Operators Georg/DD8ZX and Klaus/DJ9KM will once again be active as CT9/DD8ZX and CT9/DJ9KM from Madeira Island (AF-014) from February 27th until March 6th (depending on the Covid-19 situation). Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using mostly the Digital modes (FT8 and RTTY). QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1495 December 21, 2020]  (0221)

DL, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the Local Branch Kerpen (G29) will activate the special event callsign DC22ØGERKE from February 1st until April 30th. Activity is to celebrate the 220th birthday of Clemens Gerke. Most radio amateurs have something to do with him without even knowing it: Clemens Friedrich Gerke is the reformer of the Morse code telegraphy system. For more details, see QRZ.com. QSL via DJ6SI direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1501 February 1, 2021]  (0131)

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of January 28th. The list contains 340 entities. The following are the top 26 entities:
   1. P5 DPRK (North Korea)     14. KH4 Midway Island
   2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island        15. ZS8 Prince Edward & Marion Islands
   3. FT5/W Crozet Island       16. PYØS Saint Peter and Paul Rocks
   4. BS7H Scarborough Reef     17. PYØT Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands
   5. CEØX San Felix Islands    18. KP5 Desecheo Island
   6. BV9P Pratas Island        19. SV/A Mount Athos
   7. KH7K Kure Island          20. VP8S South Sandwich Islands
   8. KH3 Johnston Island       21. KH5 Palmyra & Jarvis Islands
   9. 3Y/P Peter 1 Island       22. ZL9 New Zealand Subantarctic Islands
  10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island    23. JD/M Minami Torishima
  11. FT/G Glorioso Island      24. EZ Turkmenistan
  12. VKØM Macquarie Island     25. YK Syria
  13. YVØ Aves Island           26. FK/C Chesterfield Island
  There have been no changes in the "Top 26" since we last reported back on January 4th. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list (340) is available at:  https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1501 February 1, 2021]  (0131)

F, FRANCE (Special Event/Reminder). Look for special event station TM18AAW to be on the air between February 14-28th. Activity is to celebrate the 18th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW). Operator will be François, F8DVD, from his QTH of Mâcon in the east part of France, 60 km North of Lyon (JN26JH). The new reference number for the WAP program is 310. Details on the WAP program can be found at: http://www.waponline.it Activity will be on various HF bands between 40-40 meters. QSL via F8DVD, direct (SAE + 2 USDs) or via Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Vincent, F4CVQ, will be active with the special event callsign TM1CCA from Remoncourt, France, for the "Village Association Fighting Against Pediatric Cancers." Activity will be on various HF bands. Operation will be on most weekends through March. QSL via F4CVQ or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0117)

FM, MARTINIQUE. Laurent, FM5BH, will be active during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via W3HNK or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

FM, MARTINIQUE. Romanic, W7ROM, is now active as FM4WDM from Le Morne-Vert. Activity has been on 15 meters FT8 using a FT-818 + LDG W817 into a W3EDP-style antenna; he also has a FT-450D. QSL via operators instructions.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). Andy, GØSFJ, will be active with the special callsign GB4VAX from Market Harborough until February 28th, in "promoting the take-up of the COVID-19 Vaccine to the Amateur Community worldwide." QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0207)

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). Look for special event station GB8ØATC to be on the air during 2021-2022 for the celebration of 80th anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps (ATC), now known as the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC). QSL via address on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1500 January 25, 2021]  (0124)

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of the British Railways Amateur Society (BRARS) will be active as GBØLMR during 2021. Activity is to celebrate 55th anniversary of the forming of the British Railways ARS in 1966. Activity will be on various HF/VHF/UHF bands using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via the RSGB Bureau or direct to 2E1HQY. Visit the BRARS FaceBook page for updates:
    https://www.facebook.com/BritishRailwaysAmateurRadioSociety
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0117)

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). The GB75ISWL callsign is to celebrate the 75th anniversary since the ISWL (International Short Wave League) was first formed in 1946. It will be on the air throughout 2021. Activity will be on most bands and modes using using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (FT8/FT4 and PSK31/63/125). QSL via the RSGB Bureau. Paper QSLs will be QSLR only, all contacts will be uploaded to eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0117)

HH, HAITI. William, KO7SS, will be active as HH2AA from Radio Club D'Haïti in Obleon during the ARRL International DX Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Low-Power/Assisted entry. He states, "Solar powered, remote operated station." QSL via LoTW only.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

I, ITALY (Special Event). Members of the amateur radio clubs ARI Cadore and ARI Belluno are now active as IQ3DD during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina, Italy, until February 28th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/15/10/2 meters including 70cm and 23cm ES'HAIL 2 QO-100 satellite. Modes are CW, SSB and the Digital modes. A special QSL card will be available. QSL via Bureau or direct to: ARI Brunico Montal Section 25, 39030, Brunico San Lorenzo, Italy, or via the QSL Manager IN3ZWF. For more information, see QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

I, ITALY. Members of the UN Global Service Center ARC (4U1GSC) in Brindisi, Italy, will be active as 4U13FEB until February 28th, to promote "World Radio Day" [February 13th]. Operations are usually on various HF bands. QSL via 9A2AA, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

ISØ, SARDINIA. Tibor, OM3RM, will be active as ISØ/OM3RM from Sardinia (Remotely) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via OM2VL, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Reminder). Tom, NL7RR, is expected to be active starting around February 26th, as KH9/NL7RR from Wake Island (OC-053) for about 6 weeks, as time permits. Tom hopes to be on 40/20 meters on SSB. QSL via AL7JX, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0221)

KH9, WAKE ISLAND. Tom, NL7RR, is expected to return to Wake Island and be active as NL7RR/KH9 starting in mid-February. He plans to stay for 90 days this trip. Last activity he was on 40/20 meters SSB. QSL via AL7J.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0214)

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Dan, K8RF, will be active as NP2J from St. Croix during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m) entry. QSL via LoTW or direct: Dan Flaig, PO Box 25941, Christiansted, VI 00824-194. PLEASE, no Bureau cards.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators Julio/AD4Z, Ezekiel/NK4DX and Jaime/WP3A will be active as KP2B during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. This operation depends on the new Convid-19 regulations for the island. QSL via EB7DX.
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0214)

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Brad, KØBZ, is now active remotely as KP2/KØBZ as of January 26th. For details, see QRZ.com. QSL via his home callsign direct, LoTW, or eQSL. NO Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1501 February 1, 2021]  (0131)

KP4, PUERTO RICO. Operators Ken/KP4AA and Will/AA4NC will be active as KP4AA from Cabo Rojo during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via direct.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

KP4, PUERTO RICO. Yuriy, N2TTA, will be active as NP3X from the Coamo Contest Club station during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via EB7DX.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

KP4, PUERTO RICO (NA-099). Operators Edgar/N2GK, Gary/W2VQ, Al/WP3C and Paul/WP3TT will be active as NP4DX in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. Activity will also count for the WLOTA as LH-2802. Operations outside of the contest will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and 100 watts. QSL via MØOXO. See the Web page at:
    https://wp3c73.wixsite.com/wp3c
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

LX, LUXEMBOURG (Special Event). Andy, LX1DA, will activate the special event callsign LX4ØDA for 6 months during 2021 to celebrate his 40th anniversary as a amateur radio operator. Activity will be broken down into two 3-month periods (February 1st-March 31st and September 1st-December 31st). QSL via LX1DA, ClubLog or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1501 February 1, 2021]  (0131)

LZ, BULGARIA (Special Event). George, LZ2VP, has activated the special event station LZ19ØFT to celebrate the 190th birthday of the Bulgarian Revolutionary Filip Totyu until December 31st. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via LZ2VP.
-[OPDX # 1500 January 25, 2021]  (0124)

OA, PERU (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club Peruano (OA4O) will activate four different special event callsigns (with a single suffix spelling the word PERU) throughout the 2021 year to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Peruvian Independence. QSL all callsign via OA4O. The special callsigns and months are as follows:
    OC2ØØP -- January/May/September   OC2ØØR -- March/July/November
    OC2ØØE -- February/June/October     OC2ØØU -- April/August/December
Contacts with the four stations, regardless of the order, will award individual the Bicentennial Diploma of Independence in the following ways:
    a) Bronze: Form the word PERU only once
    b) Silver:   Form the word PERU twice
    c) Gold:     Form the word PERU three times
-[OPDX # 1500 January 25, 2021]  (0124)

OE, AUSTRIA. Alex, OE3DMA, will be active during the 18th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW - February 20-28th) as OE18AAW from Altenburg (WAP-309, OEFF-0077) during that event. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via OE3DMA.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

OH, FINLAND (Special Event/Special Press Release from OH2BH). Members of the Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL) will be celebrating their 100th anniversary throughout the year 2021 using the callsign OH1ØØSRAL. The Finnish Amateur Radio League also offers a special "SRAL100" award by working at least 100 Finnish (OH) stations during 2021. You can apply for the award by seeing the rules at:
    https://www.sral.fi/english 
PRESS RELEASE: Martti, OH2BH, reports [edited]: The year 2021 will mark the 100th anniversary for the home of all OH's at some point - the SRAL (Suomen Radioamatööriliitto/Finnish Amateur Radio League) - also hosting a lineup of activities domestically and internationally. Obviously, many live local activities will be highly dependent on the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. A new SRAL President Jorma, OH2KI, is a full blast DXer and Contester (ZB2X) so there is no doubt that he will sincerely support the SRAL and its members, continuing being one of the most active EU nations on those segments of our great passion. Many SRAL activities and related certificates will soon surface for contacting many of the SRAL promoted activities. Such are OH1ØØSRAL activity currently underway and more to follow.
-[OPDX # 1501 February 1, 2021]  (0131)

OZ, DENMARK (Special Event/Interesting Callsign of the Week!). Members of the Experimental Danish Radio Amateurs (EDR) are now active as OVØJUTLANDIA until March 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Danish hospital ship "Jutlandia" (1951). Operations will be on all HF bands including 30/17/12m using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. All two way contacts and SWL reports will be valid for the special OVØJUTLANDIA award. See QRZ.com for details. QSL card can be requested via Clublog's OQRS to be sent via the Bureau or direct. All logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1501 February 1, 2021]  (0131)

P4, ARUBA (Reminder/Update). John, W2GD, will once again be active as P4ØW from Aruba (SA-036) between February 14-23rd. Activity will be (when time permits) on the various HF bands with some focus on the 30/17/12 meters and 160 meters mostly on CW (before and after the contest). His activity will also include an entry in the upcoming ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) signing as P44W and as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or N2MM. No bureau cards.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

PA, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Members of the Girls Scouting organization, TDOTA (Thinking Day On The Air), with some boys from the Boy Scouts organization JOTA (Jamboree On The Air), will activate the special event callsign PA21BP during February. The callsign PA 21 BP stands for commemorating the founder of the world's biggest youth movement Scouting: Baden Powell (BP). Operators of this callsign are the operators of the PA3EFR/J-crew, a specialist group of Scouters, members of Scouting Nederland through the national Fellowship called Plusscouts. This crew primarily brings TDOTA and JOTA to Scouting groups that are eager to get involved in the annual global Radio Scouting activities. The operators mentioned are: Patrick/PE2PVD, Guido/PD2GWE, Evelyn/PD1EHO, Sander/PD9HIX, Thomas/PA3TVV, Maarten/PD2SVA, Ramon/PD1RJM, Anne-Paul/ PD3APM, Bas/PD7BDN, Ronald/PB7TT and Erwin/PA3EFR. Activity will be on all bands and modes (Digital modes like FT-4/8, DMR and Echolink). QSL PA21BP via PA3EFR.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0131)

PA, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Hans, PA7HPH, will activate the special event station PC19HOPE from Vaassen beginning January 15th until March 10th. Activity is to commemorate (not forget) the economic, social problems, and the many people who have died (loss of their loved ones or were left in solitude) as of the result of the pandemic. QSL via PA7HPH, by the Bureau or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1495 December 21, 2020]  (0114)

PJ4, BONAIRE. Marty, W1MD, will be active as PJ4A from the "PJ4G Radio House" on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) during ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. He states that he will use a 20m mono-band antenna but will move and may pop-up on the lower bands in the evening. Outside the contest, Marty will be active as PJ4/W1MD. QSL PJ4A via K4BAI or LoTW. QSL PJ4/W1MD via his home callsign. Check out the "PJ4G Radio House" at:
    http://www.pj4g.com
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0214)

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Tom, AA9A, will once again be active as PJ7AA from Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten (NA-105), beginning February 27th until March 27th, 2021. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and FT8. Operations will be with 100 watts with a K3 and Buddi-pole. QSL via AA9A, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1468 June 15, 2020]  (0221)

PY, BRAZIL (LH Op!). Operators Charles/PU3NVN, Douglas/PU3DPA and Gilberto/ PY3GIL, will be active as ZW3CM from the Capão Brand Lighthouse (BRA-127) in Tavares, RS, Brazil, during the 13th American Lighthouses Weekend between February 19-23rd. QSL via PU3DPA, by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0214)

PY, BRAZIL. Operators Orlando/PT2OP, Ronaldo/PS8RV and Jim/PY7XC will be active as ZY7T from the Tamandaré Lighthouse (ARLHS BRA-102; DFB PE-02) between February 19-23rd. Activity will also be in the 13th American Lighthouse Weekend. QSL via PT2OP, direct, eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0214)

SM, SWEDEN (Special Event). Members of the Kristianstads Radioamatörer (KRA)[SK7BQ], in the southernmost Swedish Province of Scania, will be activating the special event callsign 7S6ØBQ during the entire 2021 year celebrating the 60th anniversary of the club. As far as we know, this is the first time the prefix 7S6Ø is activated. Activity will be on 160m-70cm and possibly higher bands. QSL via LoTW, direct with 3 USDs or 3 Euros (no IRCs as they cannot redeem them), to their QSL Manager SM7BHM: Ewe Håkansson, Pilspetsvägen 4, SE-291 66 Kristianstad, Sweden. You can QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, also only direct, 3 USDs or 3 Euros. Do not worry if you see a mailing address to AA7G on PayPal. Gert, AA7G, is a member of the club and handles PayPal payments in coordination with SM7BHM. They will not be uploading logs in real-time to LoTW. They will be collected after each operation and uploaded to LoTW after that. Please bear in mind that the members of SK7BQ are both skilled world-class contest operators and complete beginners so have patience with them, they will let all members use the unique callsign if they want. A special QSL will be printed and sent out for the event.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0117)

SP, POLAND (Special Event). Members of the Amateur Radio Club "LOK" of Warsaw (SP5KAB) are celebrating their 70th anniversary as a club and will be active as SN7ØKAB. QSL via SP5KAB.
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0207)

SP, POLAND (Special Event). Wojciech, SP2FVN, will activate the special event callsign SNØMORSE to celebrate the 230th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 2, 1872), an American painter and inventor who developed and electric telegraph. In 1838 he and his friend Alfred Vail developed the Morse Code. QSL via SP2FVN.
-[OPDX # 1500 January 25, 2021]  (0124)

SV, GREECE (Special Event). The Greek Ministry of Digital Governance are allowing Greek Radio Amateurs to use the following special prefixes to celebrate Greece's bicentennial of the 1821 Greek Revolution (where Greek revolutionaries fought against the Ottoman Empire between 1821 and 1830) throughout 2021:
(see -- https://raag.org/2021/02/11/xorigisi-edk-gia-toys-ellines-radioerasitexnes)
     SX2ØØ -- Greek Radio Amateur Radio with Class 1 licenses (SV)
     SY2ØØ -- Introductory Level licenses (SY)
     SZ2ØØ -- Club stations (SZ)
ADDED NOTES: These special prefix stations (along with other special Greek stations) are valid for a special "200 Years of Greek Independence Award" and is available in four different levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Activity should be on various HF bands and modes. The award manager is SV2RCK. Complete details are available at:
  https://sv2rck.gr/200YEARS
  Some announced special event stations to look for are as follows:
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------
  SV1AVD/SX2ØØ via (d)       SX2ØØEXU via (d/C)      SX2ØØKGA via (B)
  SV1QZT/SX2ØØ via (B/d/L/C) SX2ØØFJN via (e/L)      SX2ØØODQ via LoTW
  SV2OEL/SX2ØØ via (d/e/L)   SX2ØØFRI via (L/e)      SX2ØØRCK via (d)
  SX2ØØAEL via (d,L,e)       SX2ØØFUO via LoTW       SX2ØØRGI via (d/L)
  SX2ØØAIQ via (e/L/C)       SX2ØØFUP via LoTW       SX2ØØRK via SV1RK
  SX2ØØAQT via (d)           SX2ØØGWY via (d,B,L,e)  SX2ØØRMA via (d/L/e)
  SX2ØØAVD via LoTW          SX2ØØHEP via SV1HEP     SX2ØØRMU via (d/e/B)
  SX2ØØBBO via LoTW          SX2ØØHJW via (d)        SX2ØØRUX via (d)
  SX2ØØCLJ via SV2CLJ        SX2ØØHQL via SV2HQL     SX2ØØSFK via (L/B)
  SX2ØØCOL via SV9COL        SX2ØØHXV via LoTW       SX2ØØSLB via (d/e)
  SX2ØØCQY via SV3CQY        SX2ØØHXX via (d/e/L)    SX2ØØSPC via SV3SPC
  SX2ØØCXW  via (L/e)        SX2ØØIBQ via SV3IBQ     SX2ØØSPD via SV3SPD
  SX2ØØDAY via (C/d)         SX2ØØJAO via (L/C/d)    SX2ØØWT via SV2WT
  SX2ØØDCD via LoTW          SX2ØØJMC via (d)        SY2ØØDCF via LoTW
  SX2ØØDCX via SV3DCX        SX2ØØKF via SV2KF       SY2DCF/SY2ØØ via LoTW
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

TT, CHAD. Nicolas, F8FQX (ex-TJ3SN, TN5SN, 5T5SN, TY2CA), is once again very active as TT8SN from N'Djamena. Activity can be on various HF bands and 6 meters. However, this past week he was on 160/40/30/12/10 meters CW. QSL via DL9USA and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0207)

TY, BENIN. Ian, ZS6JSI, has been active recently as ZS6JSI/TY from Parakou about 400km north from capital city. He has been there since late January and is expected to be there for 6 months. Activity recently has been mainly on 20 meters FT8 around 1630-1700z and 2130-2200z. However, Ian has told OPDX that he operates mobile and can be on 80/40/20 meters using SSB and FT8. Equipment is an ICOM IC-718 transceiver with 100 watts into a ZS6BKW directional antenna pointed towards Europe and Africa and a Trap dipole directional towards the Americas. Ian states when time allows to look for him between 6:00pm and 8:00pm local time. He mentions, "I will confirm on (https://logbook.qrz.com/), (http://qrzcq.com/) and I have applied for LoTW await the certificate." ADDED NOTE: Ian states that he operates from the Trans World Radio [TWR] (https://www.twr.org) gospel broadcast station in Parakou on 1476 and 1566 kHz.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

UT, UKRAINE (Special Event). Look for special event stations EM15ØPLU, EN15ØPLU and EO15ØPLU to be active from the Volyn region until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate 150th anniversary of the birth of Lesya Ukrainka one of Ukrainian literature's foremost writers, best known for her poems and plays. Operations will be on various bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. A special "Lesya Ukrainka" diploma will be issued in electronic format. See QRZ.com for details. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0207)

VK, AUSTRALIA (Special Event). Members of the Pride Radio Group (VK3PRG) will be activating the special event callsign VI2Ø21PRIDE during the following expected scheduled events:
   * February 19th (Start of Sydney Mardi Gras) - March 7th (End of Sydney
    Mardi Gras)
   * April 19th (Midsumma Start) - May 5th (Midsumma End)
   * June 1st (Start of Pride Month) - June 30th (End of Pride Month)
A unique QSL card will be issued for each event, and awards for operating all three events will also be issued. QSL via VK3FUR or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, check QRZ.com or the following Web pages:
    https://prideradio.group
    https://twitter.com/prideradiogroup
-[OPDX # 1501 February 1, 2021]  (0214)

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Jim, K4QPL, will be active as VP5M from the Providenciales during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. Neil, VP8AWU, on the Falkland Islands (SA-002), was heard on 40 meters SSB, February 15th and 17th, between 0100-0300z. QSL via direct only.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

VR, HONG KONG (Special Event). Hong Kong's 1555th Kowloon Group (VR2CS) will activate the special event memorial station VR2BLEE to honor one of the most popular icons in modern history, the legendary martial arts master Bruce Lee (The Dragon) who still inspires people worldwide more than 47 years after his passing. The chief operator of VR2BLEE will be Igor, VR2ZQZ. Length of activity and operations were not mentioned. QSL via address on QRZ.com direct. For more details on Bruce Lee, see:
    https://brucelee.com
-[OPDX # 1500 January 25, 2021]  (0124)

XE, MEXICO. Members of the Radio Experimentadores of Campeche will activate the special callsign 4A3G from the Champoton Lighthouse (MEX-093, WW Loc. EK49) between February 19-21st. Activity will include this weekend's 13th American Lighthouse Weekend and throughout the year 2021 in different amateur radio events. Operations will be on various HF bands, satellites and the Digital modes and bands; as long as the propagation allows it. QSL via XE3AA or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

YB, INDONESIA. Pri, YBØECT, from Jakarta, will be active during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (20m)/High-Power entry. QSL via W2FB only!
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0214)

YB, INDONESIA. Yohanes, YB2DX, will be active in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or direct only.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

YO, ROMANIA (Special Event). Members of the Sport Club Pandurii Tirgu-Jiu (YO7KFX) have activated the special callsign YP145B from Tirgu-Jiu, Romania, until March 3rd. Activity is to celebrate 145th anniversary if the birth of the great sculptor Constantin Brâncu?i. Operations will be on various HF bands. All QSOs will be confirmed with a specially printed QSL for this event. A printed or digital version of a special diploma/award is available. See QRZ.com for details.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

YU, SERBIA (Special Event). Members of the Serbian CW Club (ScwC) will be active as YT165TESLA during the year of 2021 to celebrate the 165th anniversary of Nikola Tesla's birth. QSL via the Bureau, LoTW or YU1MM direct.
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0207)

YV, VENEZUELA (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club Valencia A.C. will activate the special callsign YW2ØØBC from Valencia to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo 1821.
-[OPDX # 1503 February 15, 2021]  (0214)

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Massimo, IZØEGB, is once again active as Z81B and working in Juba, South Sudan. Length of stay is unknown. Most of his activity has been on 20 meters SSB. QSL via IZØEGA, ClubLog's OQRS, eQSL and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND (Update). Operator Tev, TA1HZ, is now active as ZD8HZ, and is there on a working assignment in Georgetown on Ascension Island (AF-003) for the duration of 2021. He will try to be on the air during his free time (since he is there working) using a Yaesu FT991 running 100w to a Windom wire antenna (80m-10m). Activity this past Sunday (17th) has been mainly FT8 on 20 and 17 meters. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or eQSL. He states, "If you still need a hard-copy QSL card, please DO NOT SEND ANYTHING BEFORE 2022. I will not be back to Istanbul to check my POB 73 address and your mail can get lost."
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0117)

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Dan, N6MJ, will be active as ZF1A on Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Look for activity outside of the contest on 160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Bruce, KØBJ, will once again be active as ZF2BJ from Grand Cayman Island (NA-016) between February 20th and March 5th. Activity will be on various HF bands with focus on 30/17/12m CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1501 February 1, 2021]  (0214)

ZL, NEW ZEALAND. Operators Mark/ZL3AB, Geoff/ZL3GA and Phil/ZL3PAH will use the "Quake Contesters" callsign ZL3X during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or direct to ZL3PAH. No Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1504 February 22, 2021]  (0221)

ZL, NEW ZEALAND (Special Event). Members of the Radio Society of Christchurch [RSC](ZL3AC) will be active as ZL1ØØRSC throughout the month of February. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the club's founding (February 1921). QSL via the address on QRZ.com or the operator's instructions.
-[OPDX # 1500 January 25, 2021]  (0131)

ZP, PARAGUAY. Manu, ZP9MCE, will be active from Hohenau-Itapúa during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. QSL via LoTW or EA5ZD.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]  (0214)


Selected Upcoming Contests

Start End Contest
Feb 262200ZFeb 282200ZCQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB
Feb 271500ZFeb 280159ZSouth Carolina QSO Party
Feb 271800ZFeb 280559ZNorth American QSO Party, RTTY
Feb 271800ZFeb 280559ZNA Collegiate Championship, RTTY
Feb 281500ZMar 10059ZNorth Carolina QSO Party
Mar 6 0000ZMar 72400ZARRL Inter. DX Contest, SSB
Mar 131200ZMar 141200ZSouth America 10 Meter Contest
Mar 131400ZMar 140200ZOklahoma QSO Party
Mar 141500ZMar 142200ZOklahoma QSO Party
Mar 131500ZMar 141500ZStew Perry Topband Challenge
Mar 131900ZMar 141900ZIdaho QSO Party
Mar 132300ZMar 140300ZNorth American Sprint, RTTY
Mar 141800ZMar 150100ZWisconsin QSO Party