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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 acquainted. 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.)

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EIDXA News     (Updated May 3, 2022)

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

In the meantime, we are doing Zoom meetings on or close to our normal meeting dates. Notice of upcoming Zoom meetings will be posted here and to the EIDXA Google Groups email reflector.)

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.

WB8ZRL Estate Sale by EIDXA - UPDATED!
Jim Spencer, WØSR and Terry Cellman, WØAWL have put together a list of the equipment donated to the EIDXA by Tom Vavra, WB8ZRL (SK). This equipment is now for sale, and the complete list of remaing items appears on the "Buy-Sell-Trade" page of this website. Please visit the page - there may be a special treasure just waiting for you.

January 2022 Eastern Iowa DXer
The January 2022 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. Featured are several tributes to WB8ZRL (SK), a very nice article on DXing in the Kingdom of Eswatini, and comments from the high seas by WØODS. Great reading all! Be sure you don't pass it up!

EIDXA DXpedition Support
Our treasurer, Mike NA9Q, and president, Gayle KØFLY, cooperated to put together a list of all DXpeditions that the EIDXA has supported since 2002. That list is now available here.

Membership roster updated on May 1, 2022
The membership roster has been updated as we have three new members! They are AEØDX, WØIY and KB4SBY. Congratulations to all! They have been added to the member roster which you can find on the "Members" page. Former members who are now Silent Keys are listed separately below the active members list. The SK list is preliminary and we are working to add all known former members who are now SK.

Buy-Sell-Trade Listings
The "Buy-Sell-Trade" page provides a place to advertise any ham radio equipment you may have for sale. We can publish pictures of your gear and any text you would like. Contact the webmaster to post your ad!

March 12, 2022: There is a new listing of a large number of items for sale, including transceivers, antennas, tuners, power supplies and antenna rotators by Tom, KDØHF on behalf of the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club from the estates of WØSS and KWØO. Look below the WB8ZRL estate listing...

EIDXA Email Reflector
The EIDXA email reflector is on Google Groups and 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. If you are not a member of the group but would like to be, please email the webmaster.

You may visit the group homepage here:
The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.

The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin
For May 22, 2022 to May 29, 2022

Craig Fastenow, KØCF, Editor

This bulletin is a compilation of currently active DX operations (or those that will become active within the current week) from recent issues of the four DX bulletins listed below, with the dates of operation highlighted in red. The articles are ordered by the entity's official callsign prefix. Hot links are provided for QSL and other information wherever possible. Articles will remain in The Bulletin while active with a 5 week maximum. Credit for the source is given at the end of each article.

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
   The ARRL DX Bulletin
      The bulletin is available at http://www.arrl.org
   425 DX News, A.R.I. DX Bulletin (425DXN)
      Edited by Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ & Valeria Pregliasco, IK1ADH
      425 DX News Home Page: https://www.425dxn.org/
      425 DX News Google Group: https://groups.google.com/g/425eng
   DX Newsletter (DXNL)
      Edited by Andreas Salder, DK5ON
      A weekly service of DARC Committee "DX", http://www.darcdxhf.de

3B8, MAURITIUS. Fabian, DF3XY will be active holiday style as 3B8/DF3XY from Mauritius (AF-049) from May 21st to June 2nd. He will operate mainly FT8 on 40, 30 and 20 meters. QSL via DF3XY, direct or bureau.
-[425DXN # 1619 May 14, 2022]  (0515-0605)

3B9, RODRIGUES ISLAND. Robert, 3B9FR has been active using CW on 17 meters around 1500z. QSL via MØOXO.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 19 May 12, 2022]  (0515-0605)

3D2, FIJI. Operators Wojtek/SP5MXZ (3D2SP) and Marcin/SP5ES (3D2EZ) are now in Fiji with Dom/3D2USU. 3D2SP has been on 30/10 meters FT8, while 3D2EZ has been on 20/17/12 meters CW. This is part of the team getting ready for a Rotuma DXpedition. QSL 3D2EZ via SP5ES and 3D2SP via LoTW. QSL 3D2USU via LoTW (QSL CARDS will be send out when he returns back home to Europe).
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0515-0529)

3D2/R, ROTUMA. The team expects to set sail from Port Denarau Marina on May 20th in the morning (Fiji time). They will be QRV as E51DOM/mm during the voyage, which will take about 72 hours. 3D2RRR will then be active from Rotuma for a couple of weeks. Plans are to run two stations on CW, one on SSB, and five on FT8 (Fox & Hound). "This will be an experimental FT8 activity", they say. "We will operate two radios on the same band at the same time". QSL via ClubLog's OQRS. Updates will be posted to https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup.
-[425DXN # 1620 May 21, 2022]  (0522-0605)

3X, GUINEA. Jean-Philippe, F1TMY, is now active as 3X1A from Conakry. Length of stay is not known at this time. Activity will be on various HF bands (160-6m) and on QO100 (IJ39) satellite. No QSNs reported yet. He states, "Portable activities will take place from the Los Islands (AF-051)." Dates were not provided. QSL only via ClubLog's OQRS, no direct QSL.
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0515-0605)

4O, MONTENEGRO. Special event call 4O2IPA is QRV from Podgorica during all of May to commemorate the Second IPA Games 2022. QSL via operators' instructions.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 19 May 12, 2022]  (0515-0529)

5X, UGANDA. Anders, SMØHPL, has returned to Uganda and is active from Kampala as 5X7W during his spare time on 20-10m (CW, FT8/4, JT65). QSL via SMØHPL, LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS; a manager for bureau cards still has to be appointed.
-[DXNL # 2301 May 11, 2022]  (0515-0605)

9K, KUWAIT. Abdallah, 9K2GS, will be active as 9K2K during the CQWW WPX Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single- Op/High-Power entry. QSL via EC6DX or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1554 February 21, 2022]  (0522-0529)

9N, NEPAL. Robert, S53R/9N7AA, posted the following, May 14th, on QRZ.com: [edited] "QRM continues to be prohibitive for any normal CW/SSB on 20m inclusive and below, where even FT8 struggles with signals heavily plagued by the local interference/QRM. Higher bands are surprisingly good and 6m started showing some life. For the time being, only Asia and the Western part of the Pacific have been heard/worked. Most of the activity is on CW and occasionally some SSB, but I've started doing some RTTY again, which is great fun and requires operator skills and interaction, as opposed to utterly boring and unchallenging, yet I must admit very useful FT8/FT4 modes. The license has been renewed and extended until May 2023. Please note that 60m band is not permitted in Nepal. QSL via S57DX, direct only, and of course, LoTW and ClubLog will be updated at least once a week. Please use s57dx@yahoo.com for PayPal requests and will try to set up the OQRS soon. Last but not least - NO Flags, QRZ.COM log, eQSL, etc.."
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0515-0529)

A4, OMAN. Mohammad, A41NN is QRV using SSB and FT8 from Grid Square LL93fl. QSL direct to A61BK.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 19 May 12, 2022]  (0515-0605)

C5, GAMBIA. Operators Gérard/F5NVF, Abdel/MØNPT (7X2TT) and Luc/F5RAV will once again be active as C5C from Kololi (WW Loc. IK13PK), The Gambia, from May 23rd to June 10th. The team also hopes to be active again from Bijol Island (AF-060) as C5B. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, including 60m, using CW, SSB, FT8/FT4 and the QO-100 satellite. QSL via F5RAV, direct, eQSL or LoTW. The trio has also included a "Go Fund Me" page (https://gofund.me/6ad9d75d) for their operation which was started by Zorro, JH1AJT/SK, to help improvements, living conditions and the local village school. See the Web page for more details.
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0522-0612)

CE, CHILE (Special Event). Operators Rafael/CD2JUW, Cristian/CE2GT, Miguel/CE2MHB, Danel/CD2DDC, Todos/CB2R, Marcelo/CA1HDG, Javier/CD2JZB, Juan/CE2JLH and Juan/CD2SNJ will be active as CB2R during the month of May (1-29th) to commemorate the "Month of the Sea", a very special month in Chile. Activity will be on 80/40/20/10 meters using SSB and FT8. A special digital QSL and certificates are available. QSL via eQSL and LoTW. See QRZ.com for more details.
-[OPDX # 1563 May 2, 2022]  (0501-0529)

D2, ANGOLA. Mikalai/UT6UY/SN2UY has returned to the hospital in Cabinde where he works as an anesthesiologist. During his spare time, he operates as D2UY on 40, 20, 15, and 10m, mostly on CW. Right now, he uses a 100W and a vertical antenna; a hex beam will be added soon. The duration of his stay as well as a QSL route is unknown so far.
-[DXNL # 2302 May 18, 2022]  (0522-0612)

D4, CAPE VERDE. Operators Pierre/HB9AMO, Philippe/HB9ARF and Marco/HB9CAT will be active as D4Z from Sao Vicente Island (AF-086) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. Look for some activity before and after the contest.
-[OPDX # 1564 May 9, 2022]  (0522-0529)

DU, PHILIPPINES. Irek, SP3SUX will be QRV as DV8/KH7EA from Mindanao Island, IOTA OC-130, from May 14th to 27th. Activity will be during his daytime hours on 80 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to SP3SUX.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 19 May 12, 2022]  (0515-0529)

DXCC TOP TWENTY. Here are the top 20 entities on ClubLog’s "DXCC Most Wanted" list, last updated May 19, 2022:
   1. P5     DPRK (North Korea)  11. FT/G   Glorioso Island
   2. 3Y/B   Bouvet Island       12. VKØM   Macquarie Island
   3. FT5/W  Crozet Island       13. YVØ    Aves Island
   4. BS7H   Scarborough Reef    14. KH4    Midway Island
   5. CEØX   San Felix Islands   15. ZS8    Prince Edward & Marion Islands
   6. BV9P   Pratas Island       16. PYØS   Saint Peter And Paul Rocks
   7. KH7K   Kure Island         17. PYØT   Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands
   8. KH3    Johnston Island     18. KP5    Desecheo Island
   9. 3Y/P   Peter 1 Island      19. VP8S   South Sandwich Islands
  10. FT5/X  Kerguelen Island    20. KH5    Palmyra & Jarvis Islands
For the complete list, see https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[KØCF May 21, 2022]  (0522-0612)

EA, SPAIN. Special callsign EH4ØURV will be activated from April 30th to May 29th in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Union de Radioaficionados de Vizcaya (https://www.radioaficionadosbizkaia.com), URE's branch in the province of Biscay. QSL via EA2URV.
-[425DXN # 1617 April 30, 2022]  (0501-0529)

F, FRANCE. The Radio Club de Prix-les-Mezieres will operate special callsign TM8ADJ on May 19th-28th in memory of their friend Yves Lepicie, F8ADJ, who passed away on 13 June 2021. QSL via F4KJP.
-[425DXN # 1619 May 14, 2022]  (0515-0529)

FG, GUADELOUPE. Reiner, DL2AAZ will be active holiday style as TO2AS from Basse- Terre (NA-102), Guadeloupe from May 27th to June 10th. He will operate CW and SSB on 40-10 meters. QSL via DL2AAZ, direct or bureau.
-[425DXN # 1619 May 14, 2022]  (0522-0612)

FM, MARTINIQUE. Marius, ON4RU will be active as FM/OQ3R from Martinique (NA-107) from May 21st to June 4th. He will operate CW only on 160-10m and will participate in the CQ WW WPX CW Contest as TO3F. QSLs direct to ON4RU. [TNX NG3K]
-[425DXN # 1619 May 14, 2022]  (0515-0605)

FT/X, KERGUELEN ISLAND. The Les Nouvelles DX reports that Arthur, FT4XW, has found a location for his equipment and he still has to find a place to install his inverted V. As reported in December, Arthur is totally new to ham radio, and is currently working on the Kerguelen Islands at Port-aux-Francais on a scientific mission as an electronic engineer. He has been there since October and will be there until December 2022. He states that he has a XIEGU G90 and a DX Commander SOTA/POTA vertical antenna. QSL via F6EXV, either direct (standard procedures) or by the Bureau. LoTW will be uploaded 6 months after the end of operation. As of May 12th, there has been only one QSNs reported since the beginning of the year.
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0515-0605)

GI, NORTHERN IRELAND. The North West Group ARC (MNØNWG) will run special event station GBØAEL from May 13th to 30th to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's transatlantic flight. QSL via eQSL. On May 20-21, 1932, Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop and alone across the Atlantic, leaving Harbor Grace on Newfoundland, Canada, and landing 15 hours later near Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
-[425DXN # 1618 May 7, 2022]  (0508-0529)

HC, ECUADOR (Special Event). Members of the Ecuador DX Club will activate the special callsign HD1E from Quito from 0000 UTC on Monday, May 23rd to 2359 UTC on Tuesday, May 24th. Activity is to celebrate Ecuador's Bicentennial Independence Day (May 24th). Operations will be on all bands and modes. QSL via LoTW. Those who participate in this special event will be awarded the Ecuador Independence Day commemorative diploma, for free. Link: https://ecuadordxclub.org/bicentennial
-[OPDX # 1563 May 2, 2022]  (0522-0529)

HC, ECUADOR (Special Event). Members of the HCDX Group will be active with the special callsign HD2ØØBP from Quito to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha until the end of May. Activity will be on SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL via EC5R.
-[OPDX # 1563 May 2, 2022]  (0501-0529)

HH, HAITI. Members of the Radio Club d'Haiti are QRV as HH18MAI until May 23rd to commemorate the creation of the flag of Haiti. QSL via N2OO.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 20 May 19, 2022]  (0522-0529)

HS, THAILAND. Werner, DH7OT is QRV as HSØZMO from Phuket Island. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters. QSL to DH7OT.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 19 May 12, 2022]  (0515-0605)

I, ITALY. The United Nations Global Service Centre ARC (4U1GSC) in Brindisi is active as 4U29MAY until May 31st. QSL via 9A2AA. The special callsign promotes the International Day of UN Peacekeepers (May 29th). DXCC wise, it counts for Italy.
-[425DXN # 1619 May 14, 2022]  (0515-0529)

I, ITALY. Members of ARI Genova (IQ1GE) will operate special callsign II1PA on May 1st-30th for the 30th anniversary of Porto Antico, the cultural center dominated by Renzo Piano's iconic multi-armed Bigo Crane. QSL via the bureau; the log will be uploaded to Club Log, LoTW and eQSL.
-[425DXN # 1616 April 23, 2022]  (0501-0529)

JA, JAPAN (Special Event). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "Reversion of OKINAWA to JAPAN", special event station 8N65ØJP is now active until September 30th. QSL via Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0515-0605)

JA, JAPAN. Once again, the ITU Japan Amateur Radio Club is operating special callsign 8J1ITU until May 31st to celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (May 17th) and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union. QSL via the bureau. Also taking part in the celebrations are A91WTIS from Bahrain on May 11th-17th (QSL via EC6DX), and HZ1WTIS from Saudi Arabia on May 13th-17th (QSL via LoTW).
-[425DXN # 1619 May 14, 2022]  (0515-0529)

JA, JAPAN (Special Event). Members of the Voice of Toyoake Amateur Radio Club (JH2ZCW) will be active with the special callsign 8N2TY from Toyoake City, Aichi, Honshu Island (AS-007), until November 30th, to commemorate 50th anniversary of the Toyoake City. Activity will be on 160m-1.2 GHz using various modes. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or direct to: 31-8 Shimosugaike, Yokoyama, Anjo-City, Aichi Pref. 446-0045, Toyokazu Inuzuka, Japan.
-[OPDX # 1564 May 9, 2022]  (0508-0529)

JT, MONGOLIA. Andrey, R9YU and Gennady, R5QA are QRV as JVØYU from the Bayan-Olgii Province until June 10th. Activity is on 160 to 2 meters, and on 70 centimeters, using CW, SSB, and FT8 in DX-pedition mode. QSL via RW6HS.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 19 May 12, 2022]  (0515-0612)

K, UNITED STATES. Bruce, K5TEN will be active again as K4D from Dog Island (NA-085) on May 16th-26th. He will operate SSB, CW and FM on 40-6 meters. QSL direct to K5TEN.
-[425DXN # 1619 May 14, 2022]  (0515-0529)

KHØ, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. Tom, KHØ/KCØW is no longer QRV from his home on Saipan, but is again active on the amateur radio bands as KHØW/m. "I'm now interested in a new challenge, mobile operating", he says. He will operate mainly CW, with sporadic SSB QSOs in contests. He also plans to be active from the American Memorial Park for POTA enthusiasts, and from Mount Tapochau for SOTA. QSL direct to KCØW and log search on ClubLog.
-[425DXN # 1618 May 7, 2022]  (0508-0529)

KH6, HAWAII. Operators Jim/N6TJ, John/KH6SH, Oliver/W6NV, Robert/N6TV and Larry/N6TR will be active as NH7T from the KH6YY station in Haleiwa, HI, during the CQ WPX CW DX Contest (May 28-29th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via KH6SH.
-[OPDX # 1551 January 31, 2022]  (0522-0529)

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Mariano, LU8EOT, will be active as KP2B from the Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands (NA-023), station (remotely) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via EB7DX.
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0522-0529)

KP4, PUERTO RICO. Yuriy, N2TTA, will be active as WP3C in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Activity will also count for the WLOTA as LH-2802. QSL via MØOXO. To see the WP3C/NP4DX contest station, go to the Web page at:  https://wp3c73.wixsite.com/wp3c
FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WP3C.NP4DX.PR.Contest.Station
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0522-0529)

OA, PERU. Tony, OA4DX, will be active as 4T4T from Lima during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band entry. QSL via OA4DX.
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0522-0529)

OHØ, ALAND ISLANDS. Keijo, OG5O (aka OH2OT and OG55W) and Raili, OH2HOD will be active as OHØ/OG5O and OHØ/OH2HOD from Lemland (grid square KO09cx), Aland Islands (EU-002) on May 21st-27th. They will operate CW and digital modes on various bands, 60 and 6 meters included. QSLs via LoTW and ClubLog's OQRS. [TNX NG3K]
-[425DXN # 1619 May 14, 2022]  (0515-0529)

OZ, DENMARK. Mike, DG5LAC will be active as OZ/DG5LAC from Romo Island (EU-125) on May 15th-27th. He will operate SSB and FT8/FT4 on the HF bands. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW, or via DG5LAC.
-[425DXN # 1619 May 14, 2022]  (0515-0529)

P4, ARUBA. John, W2GD, will once again be active as P44W (not P4ØL/P49Y this time) between May 24-31st. 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 CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or N2MM. No bureau cards.
-[OPDX # 1561 April 18, 2022]  (0522-0529)

PY, BRAZIL (Special Event). Freemasons Hams linked to the "Grande Oriente do Brasil" (GOB) will carry out a special operation during the month of May 2022 in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the GOB, which will take place on June 17th of this year. Look for the following 11 special event stations to be on the air between May 1-30th: PP2ØØGOB, PR2ØØGOB, PS2ØØGOB, PV2ØØGOB, PW2ØØGOB, PX2ØØGOB, ZV2ØØGOB, ZWØØGOB, ZX2ØØGOB, ZY2ØØGOB and ZZ2ØØGOB. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. A special "200 Years GOB Diploma" will be available (see QRZ.com for details). QSL all callsigns via PT2OP.
-[OPDX # 1563 May 2, 2022]  (0501-0529)

S9, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE. Ryan, KØEFW is QRV as S9EFW until the end of May. Activity is on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using SSB. QSL to KØEFW.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 20 May 19, 2022]  (0522-0529)

SP, POLAND (Special Event). Look for the following stations now active with the special suffix "ZOT" to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Polish Amateur Radio Union's West Pomeranian PZK Regional Branch (Zachodniopomorski Oddzial Terenowy) in Szczecin until August 30th. The following stations are:
3Z75ZOT -- QSL via the Bureau or direct
HF75ZOT -- QSL via the Bureau to SP1PBW
SN75ZOT -- QSL via the Bureau or direct
SO75ZOT -- Listen for QSL info
SP75ZOT -- Listen for QSL info
SQ75ZOT -- QSL via SP1EG or by the Bureau;
from Wolin Island (EU-132) Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, FM and the Digital modes. A digital diploma is available. See QRZ.com for details.
-[OPDX # 1564 May 9, 2022]  (0508-0529)

SV, GREECE (Special Event). Members of Radio Amateur Association of Western Peloponnese (ERDYP) and friends will activate the special event station SX335T between May 1st-31st. Activity is taking place with the Hellenic Mira 335 Squadrons during the NATO Tiger Meet 2022 at ARAXOS 116 Military Airport, Greece. QSL via LoTW and eQSL only.
-[OPDX # 1557 March 14, 2022]  (0501-0529)

TA, TURKEY. Byron, KF8UN, will be active as TA/KF8UN from Turkey between May 22-24th. Activity will be mainly 20 meters SSB. QSL via KF8UN direct.
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0522-0529)

TR, GABON. Roland, F8EN is QRV as TR8CR until the end of July. Activity is on 40, 30, and 20 meters using mainly CW. QSL via F6AJA.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 18 May 5, 2022]  (0508-0529)

TY, BENIN. A station signing TY5TZ has been active on 20/15 meters CW. Currently, no other details are available. WFWL.
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0515-0529)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA. Commemorating the 117th anniversary since the birth of Mikhail A. Sholokhov (the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature), special callsigns R117MS and UE37MS will be active on May 23rd-29th during the 37th edition of the Sholokhov Spring Festival. A certificate will be available on https://hamlog.online/club/mdxc. QSLs via RQ7L.
-[425DXN # 1620 May 21, 2022]  (0522-0529)

V4, SAINT KITTS & NEVIS. Bob, WX4G will be active again as V48A from St. Kitts (NA-104) on May 24th-31st. He will operate mainly CW, FT8 and FT4, and will take Part in the CQ WW WPX CW Contest. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS, eQSL, or WX4G.
-[425DXN # 1619 May 14, 2022]  (0522-0529)

V5, NAMIBIA. Paul, ZS2PS, reports on QRZ.com that he will be operating as V5/ZS5PS and 100% mobile when he visits Namibia sometime early May through mid-June. He states [edited], "I cannot give you a fixed QTH as I will be operating from my Landcruiser, and we will be staying wherever we get to from about 4pm local time on the day. My setup is a Yaesu 857D, and a Hustler antenna. I have coils for 80, 60, 40, 20, 30 and 10m and will be using them depending on conditions. Will be doing some POTA along the way. Most probably from Kaudaum, Estosha, or the Waterberg game reserves. If trip seem rather haphazard in planning, it is because we never plan a trip. We decide on the day in which direction we will go." QSL via ZS2PS, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1563 May 2, 2022]  (0501-0605)

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS. Stewie, WV7MS is a newly licensed amateur who is employed as a firefighter on Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands "for the foreseeable future". Previously QRV as V7/WV7MS, as of May 6th he holds the callsign V73MS. He operates SSB on 15, 17 and 20m. QSL via eQSL and LoTW.
-[425DXN # 1619 May 14, 2022]  (0515-0605)

VE, CANADA. Ron, VA3CX marks Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee with the callsign VB3Q7Ø until June 30th. QSL via VA3CX.
-[DXNL # 2302 May 18, 2022]  (0522-0612)

VE, CANADA (Special Event). Radio amateurs in Canada are permitted to use the following special callsign prefixes in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, who is the constitutional monarchy serving as the head of Canada. These prefixes are in use from May 15th until July 14th. Here are the prefixes they can use: Province & Special Province & Special Province & Special Territory Event Territory Event Territory Event
Prefixes            Prefixes            Prefixes
----------------    ----------------    -----------------
VE1 (NS) --> VX1    VA4 (MB) --> VG4    VE8 (NT)  --> VX8
VA1 (NS) --> VG1    VE5 (SK) --> VX5    VE9 (NB)  --> VX9
VE2 (QC) --> VX2    VA5 (SK) --> VG5    VO1 (NF)  --> XJ1
VA2 (QC) --> VG2    VE6 (AB) --> VX6    VO2 (LAB) --> XJ2
VE3 (ON) --> VX3    VA6 (AB) --> VG6    VYØ (NU)  --> XKØ
VA3 (ON) --> VG3    VE7 (BC) --> VX7    VY1 (YT)  --> XK1
VE4 (MB) --> VX4    VA7 (BC) --> VG7    VY2 (PEI) --> XK2

Complete details at:
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0515-0619)

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS. John, K4BAI and Jim, K4QPL will be QRV from Providenciales (NA-002), Turks and Caicos, as VP5/K4BAI and VP5/K4QPL respectively on May 24th-31st. QSLs via home calls. They will participate in the CQ WW WPX CW Contest as VP5M (QSL via LoTW, or direct to K4QPL). [TNX NG3K]
-[425DXN # 1620 May 21, 2022]  (0522-0529)

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Mario, W4HBW, (formerly VP5VMA, I2HBW, 3A2NY), is once again back on Providenciales Island (NA-002) and is active as VP5MA. The length of his stay is not known at this time. Activity has been on 80/40/17/10 meters using FT8. QSLs for VP5MA can only be direct or via ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0515-0529)

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. Look for Laurie, G3UML to be active as VP8TLE from the Falkland Islands (SA-002) until May 24th. "This is not primarily a radio trip", he says, "but I do hope to get some time in on the air" from VP8LP's station. He will operate SSB only, most likely on 20, 15 and 10 meters. QSL via G3UML.
-[425DXN # 1620 May 21, 2022]  (0522-0529)

XE, MEXICO. Special event station XI8RM will be QRV on May 19th-28th during the 8th edition of the Rally Maya Mexico. Activity is expected to take place on 80-6 meters SSB, FT8 and FT4 from Chiquila (May 22nd-23rd, grid EL61), Uxmal (May 24th-26th, grid EL50) and Riviera Maya (May 27th-28th, grid EL60). QSL via EA5GL and LoTW. See http://radioaficionados.mx/xi8rm for more information.
-[425DXN # 1620 May 21, 2022]  (0522-0529)

XE, MEXICO. Zalo, XE3N plans to be active holiday style as XF3N from Holbox Island (NA-045) on May 22nd-23rd. He will operate SSB, FT8 and FT4 on 40-6 meters. QSL via EA5GL and LoTW.
-[425DXN # 1620 May 21, 2022]  (0522-0529)

YB, INDONESIA. Special callsigns YB8HZ, YB8DKL, YC8AQY, YC8BNZ and YC8ES will be active from Pulau Sapuka Besar (OC-247) on May 27th-29th. Plans are to be QRV on the HF bands and 6 meters. [TNX JN6RZM]
-[425DXN # 1620 May 21, 2022]  (0522-0529)

Z6, KOSOVO. Bodo, DF8DX and Rene, DL2JRM will be QRV as Z68QQ from Gjilan from May 23rd to 30th. They will be active as Z66BCC in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL Z68QQ via DF8DX and Z66BCC via DL2JRM.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 20 May 19, 2022]  (0522-0529)

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. William, KO7SS, will once again be active as ZF2SS from Cayman Brac Island (NA-016) during the following contests in 2022: CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th), CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) and the ARRL 160m Contest (December 3-4th). QSL via LoTW only.
-[OPDX # 1557 March 14, 2022]  (0522-0529)

ZL, NEW ZEALAND. Operators Geoff/ZL3GA and Phil/ZL3PAH will use the "Quake Contesters" callsign ZL3X during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or direct to ZL3PAH. No Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0522-0529)


Solar Data
The Weekly Solar Data chart plots Solar Flux Index (SFI), Sunspot number and Planetary K-Index for the past 7 days. With 8 Planetary K-index readings each day, only the maximum and average K-index values are plotted. Note: You may click here or on the chart above to see the same data for the past month.

In propagation news, new highs for Cycle 25 were set for both Solar Flux and Sunspots! The Solar Flux hit 180 on May 18th and the Sunspot count was 173 on May 16th. Cycle 25 is indeed coming to life! The Flux was high all week, ranging from 153 to 180, while sunspots were more variable, with a low of 105 and the high of 173. Geomagnetic conditions have been relatively calm with the Planetary K index hitting a high of 4 on the 15th and 20th, and holding at 3 the rest of the week. Predicted solar flux is 170 on May 22-24, then declining to 168, 166, 150, and 136 on May 25-28.

Editor’s Note: You may notice that with higher Solar Flux and Sunspot numbers, I have increased the top of the charts from 180 to 225. Here’s hoping that I will have to adjust it even higher as the Cycle continues to progress!

Highs for Cycle 25:
  Solar Flux: 180 on May 18, 2022.
  Sunspots: 173 on May 16, 2022.

Selected Upcoming Contests

Contest Start End Web Site
CQ WW WPX Contest, CW May 28 0000Z May 29 2359Z Rules
Kentucky QSO Party Jun 4 1400Z Jun 5 0200Z Rules
ARRL Inter. Digital Contest Jun 4 1800Z Jun 6 2400Z Rules
ARRL June VHF Contest Jun 11 1800Z Jun 13 0300Z Rules
All Asian DX Contest, CW Jun 18 0000Z Jun 19 2400Z Rules
Stew Perry Topband Challenge Jun 18 1500Z Jun 19 1500Z Rules
West Virginia QSO Party Jun 18 1600Z Jun 19 0400Z Rules
ARRL Kids Day Jun 18 1800Z Jun 18 2359Z Rules
His Maj. King of Spain Contest, SSB Jun 25 1200Z Jun 26 1200Z Rules
ARRL Field Day Jun 25 1800Z Jun 26 2100Z Rules
RAC Canada Day Contest Jul 1 0000Z Jul 1 2359Z Rules