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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 October 6, 2020)

EIDXA Meetings
We will hold a Zoom EIDXA meeting this Friday, October 9th, 2020.  We will start a "chat" secession by 7:00 pm and the regular meeting will start at  7:30 pm.

The Zoom connection information has been emailed to all members. Thanks to Art, KØAIZ for setting this up.

Remember, this is a non-moderated meeting, a first for me. Try to keep your mic muted when not speaking.

I'm looking forward to a fun and interesting time so please join us wherever you are.

73,  Jim  WØSR


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.

October 2020 Eastern Iowa DXer
The October 2020 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 February 8, 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 October 25 - November 1, 2020

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.

4U, UNITED NATIONS HQ (Special Event). Members of the United Nations Amateur Radio Club [UNARC], station 4U1UN, is now active as 4U75UN to celebrate the opening of the General Assembly and 75th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations. The General Assembly, established in 1945 under the United Nations Charter, is a main deliberative organ of the United Nations. The operations will be done remotely. QSL via HB9BOU. LoTW will be added soon. Also, the ClubLog Logsearch will be opened soon. The 4U75UN QSL cards are ordered and the processing of the QSL requests will start after they receive them from the print shop. Watch for possible updates on the United Nations Amateur Radio Club's (4U1UN) Facebook at:  https://tinyurl.com/r7yxlo6
-[OPDX # 1484 October 5, 2020]

5U, NIGER. Adrien, F4IHM, is now active as 5U4IHM from Niamey, Niger, and is there on a mission assignment. Activity will be limited on various HF bands (mainly 40/20m) using CW and FT8, with a FT-817 into a wire antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or the REF Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1483 September 28, 2020]

5X, UGANDA. DX-World.net reports that John, 5X1JT, is a new operator from Nansana, Uganda. He is on assignment there for 2 years and is still trying to get up and running properly. It's likely he will use wire antennas. QSL Manager is currently to be arranged.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

7Q, MALAWI. Don, K6ZO, is currently and once again active as 7Q6M (as time and power allows) from Embangweni Mission Hospital at the Loudon Station in Malawi as a Mission worker until mid-December. At the main station, activity will be on CW and SSB at various times, usually on 20, 40 and 80 meters (possibly 160m). At his residence, he has a modest station and wire antennas for FT-8. He plans to be in both the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL 7Q6M via K6ZO.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

8Q, MALDIVES. Remo, HB9SHD, will be active as 8Q7RM from Kandolhu Island (AS-013) between November 2-29th (He states, "Please note that the schedule is subject to change due to the actual situation."). Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via HB9SHD.
-[OPDX # 1487 October 26, 2020]

9G, GHANA. Thomas, DL2RMC, is now active as 9G5FI from Accra, Ghana, possibly through the next year. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, FT8 and the QO-100 satellite. Operations on 160/80 meters may not be possible while using a vertical. QSL via DL1RTL, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS and soon LoTW. Look for possible details/updates at:  http://www.dl2rmc.com
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

9M2, WEST MALAYSIA. (MARTS PENANG EVENT STATION) Yoshida, JE1SCJ, is currently active as 9M4DXX from Pinang State IOTA group (AS-015) on Penang Island, West Malaysia, until the end of December. If you need him on the low bands (160/80m), please work before he leaves. He will operate FT8 on weekends until the end of the year. QSL via the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1484 October 5, 2020]

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. Saty, JE1JKL, will once again be active as 9M6NA from Labuan Island (OC-133), East Malaysia, for both CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All- Band (40-10m)/Low-Power entries. However, both operations will be done remotely thus not eligible for IOTA credit but good for DXCC. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS only for Bureau and direct QSLs. All the logs are promptly uploaded to LoTW. Visit Saty's home page at:   https://jsfc.org/je1jkl/9m6na.html
-[OPDX # 1482 September 21, 2020]

A3, TONGA. Operators Stan/LZ1GC and Ivan/LZ1PM will be active as A35GC from Tonga from October 19th until November 2nd. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Their goal is to make 15,000 QSOs. QSL via LZ1GC, ClubLog's OQRS, direct or by the Bureau. Look for the logs to be uploaded to ClubLog during their operation. Uploads to LoTW will be one month later for sponsors, and six months for everyone else after their activity. A Web page is currently under constructions at:       http://www.c21gc.com/index.php/a35gc-dxpedition-2020
-[OPDX # 1459 April 6, 2020]

C6, BAHAMAS. Richard, KN4CV, will be active as KN4CV/C6A from Alice Town, Bimini Islands (NA-001), The Bahamas. Activity will be on various HF bands, using AV640 antenna. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

CE, CHILE (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club de Copiapo are now active as XR33M until November 13th. Activity is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the successful rescue of the 33 miners in the "San José" mine in Chile. Look for operations to be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, SSTV, FT4/FT8, PSK and RTTY. Stations that make contact with XR33M will receive their special commemorative QSL via the Bureau once the activity is completed. If you prefer to receive your QSL directly, you can do so through QSL Manager LZ1JZ.
-[OPDX # 1486 October 19, 2020]

CE, CHILE (Special Event). Members of the Chilean Pacific DX Group [CPDXG](CE3PCG) will be active as XR5ØØM during the month of October. Activity is to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Strait of Magellan and First Circumnavigation of the Earth. Activity will be on all HF bands. Modes were not mentioned. Operators mentioned are Mau/CE7KF, Juan/CE3BN, Bob/CE3DOH and Esteban/XQ7UP. QSL via XQ7UP, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS and eQSL. SWL reports are welcome. Visit the CPDXG Web page at:  https://www.cpdxg.cl
-[OPDX # 1483 September 28, 2020]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. The LU1ZG Argentina Base Belgrano II (AN-011) in the Antarctica is now active during October. Length of activity is not yet known. Activity will be mainly on the Digital modes. LU1ZG was heard this past week on 15 meters FT8. QSL via LU4DXU, LoTW or by the Bureau via LU4AA.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

CN, MOROCCO (Special Event). Members of a Moroccan radio group will be active as 5E1EC to commemorate the 40th day since the passing of Boumehdi El Moujahid, CN8EC, between October 23-31st. The group states that this is a tribute to an individual who was passionate and devoted to radio activity as well as a role model in ethics, a true leader and was admired by many of his colleagues. Operators mentioned are Kacem/CN8LR, Abdelghani/ CN8AM, Hassan/CN8SG, Mohamed/CN8KD, Azeddine/CN8PG, Mohamed/CN8AAD, Atmane/ CN8ATM, Mohamed/CN8PA, Saaid/CN8WW and Kaoukab/CN8QR. QSL via RW6HS.
-[OPDX # 1486 October 19, 2020]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of October 3rd. 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. JD/M Minami Torishima
  10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island    23. EZ Turkmenistan
  11. FT/G Glorioso Island      24. ZL9 New Zealand Subantarctic Islands
  12. VKØM Macquarie Island     25. YK Syria
  13. YVØ Aves Island           26. FK/C Chesterfield Island
No changes in the "Top 26" since we last reported back on September 7th. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list (340) is available at:  https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1484 October 5, 2020]\

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Operators Franck/F4FHM and Dany/FØGFI will be active with the special callsign TM75ONU from Aulnoye-Aymeries between October 17-31st. Activity is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations. Operations will be on various HF and VHF, using SSB and FT8. Suggested SSB frequencies are: 3675, 7175, 14275, 18135, 21275, 24975 and 28475 kHz. QSL via eQSL only.
-[OPDX # 1483 September 28, 2020]

FG, GUADELOUPE. Philippe, F1DUZ, will once again be active as FG4KH from Guadeloupe (NA-102) beginning October 16th until November 5th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB and FT8. He will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

HC, ECUADOR (Special Event). Member of the Azuay Radio Club (HC5ARC) will be active as HD2ØØC from Cuenca, Ecuador, from October 31st until November 3rd. Activity is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the city Cuenca's independence. An award will be available for achieving a minimum of 3 QSOs on different bands and / or modes.
-[OPDX # 1486 October 19, 2020]

HC, ECUADOR. Members of the HCDX Group will be active as HD1X from a remaining tropical rainforest from Chocó eco-region (Grid FI09iv), promoting the biodiversity of their country, Ecuador. The special callsign HD1X will be active beginning October 31st (1700 UTC) until November 3rd (1700 UTC) on various HF bands including 30/17/12m, using SSB, SSTV and the Digital modes (FT4/FT8). VHF & UHF will be activated on the FM and SSB ham Satellites. QSL via EC5R.
-[OPDX # 1482 September 21, 2020]

I, ITALY (Special Event). Ivo, 9A3A, will be active with the special callsign 4U75B from United Nations Global Service Center [UNGSC] (4U1GSC), Brindisi, Italy, until December 31st, 2020. Activity is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. QSL via 9A2AA, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

J8, ST. VINCENT. By the time you read this, Mac, 8P5AB, will be active as J88/8P5AB until December 3rd. Activity will be on various HF bands using FT8 and VHF bands on the Digital modes. QSL via 8P5AB, direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA (Reminder). Take, JG8NQJ, is once again active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group until mid-January 2021. He is usually there to work on the island's weather station. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He will usually be mainly on 17 meters, but will also be on 20/15/12/10/6 meters using CW (possibly RTTY), with a Yaesu FT-450 and 50W. QSL via JA8CJY or by the Bureau via JG8NQJ.
-[OPDX # 1486 October 19, 2020]

JX, JAN MAYEN ISLAND. Erik, LA2US/JW2US, who is expected to be active as JX2US from Olonkin City, Jan Mayen Island (EU-022), begining October 2020 until March 2021, is now on Jan Mayen as of October 1st. Do not look for him right away because his first few days will be used for training and settling-in. QSL only via ClubLog's OQRS, at:
    https://clublog.org/logsearch/JX2US
QSL card service via the OQRS (ClubLog) will open when he returns home in April 2021. Upload to LoTW will be after he returns home. IMPORTANT: Do not send direct QSL requests to Jan Mayen by mail! Erik will not handle any QSL card requests while he is on Jan Mayen.
-[OPDX # 1484 October 5, 2020]

LoTW. The Daily DX reports that ZL2IFB, Gary Hinson, has written a 'simple step-by-step instructions' called "LoTW New User Guide, Get going with Logbook of The World". The 33-page instructions include lots of graphics and photos to help get you get on LoTW. Check it out at  https://www.g4ifb.com/LoTW_New_User_Guide.pdf.
-[The Daily DX, Vol 14 Nr 183 September 18, 2020. Used with permission.]

OE, AUSTRIA (Special Event). Hannes, OE1SGU, will be active as OE65SGU from Vienna until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate 65th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty. QSL via LoTW or eQSL only - no paper cards please! ADDED NOTE: Hannes is also active as OE199ØSGU until October 31st, to celebrate his 30th anniversary being an amateur radio operator. QSL via OE1SGU, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL. Read QRZ.com for more details.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

OE, AUSTRIA (Special Event). Jo, OE6VIE, will be active as OE65VIE from Styria until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate 65th anniversary of the Austrian State Treaty. QSL via DE1QSL, direct, the DARC Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

OE, AUSTRIA (United Nations Special Event). Members of the Amateur Radio Contest DX Club [4U1A] (ARCDXC, http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a ) are active using the special callsign 4U75A from Vienna, Austria, until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations. Usually, activity will be on 80/40/ 20/15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL Manager is UA3DX (via the Bureau or direct). ADDED NOTE: Just a reminder that this counts for Austria for DXCC purposes.
-[OPDX # 1484 October 5, 2020]

ON, BELGIUM (Special Event). Members of the Oostkust Radioclub [ONZ] (ON6HC) will be active as OR39CLM until November 13th. Activity is to commemorate the liberation of the city Knokke-Heist by Canadian forces on November 1st, 1944. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. A free OR39CLM award is available by submitting your request at:
    https://www.onz.be/or39clm
The award is also available to SWLs. The award will be sent to you by E-mail in .JPG format. QSL via the Bureau only via ON6HC.
-[OPDX # 1486 October 19, 2020]

OZ, DENMARK (Special Event). Experimental Danish Radio Amateurs Association (EDR) will activate the special callsign OZ1ØØMILL beginning October 15th until December 23rd. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the unification of Southern Jutland with Denmark in 1920. Operations will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and Digital modes. QSL via OZ1ACB OQRS. QSL cards can be requested via ClubLog's OQRS to be sent via the Bureau or direct. All logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. Please send no QSL cards to them via the Bureau. A special OZ1ØØMILL award is available. There are three categories of awards: Gold, Silver and Bronze. See QRZ.com for more details.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

P4, ARUBA. John, W2GD, will once again be active as P4ØW from Aruba (SA-036) between October 20-27th and November 19-25th (Travel restrictions dependent). Activity will include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) and the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entries. Operations outside of the contest are usually on 160/80m and 30/17/12 meters as time permits and with an emphasis on CW. Watch 160m on the hour and 80m on the half hour. QSL via LoTW or direct to N2MM, Bureau cards are no longer accepted. Logs will be loaded on LoTW upon his return to the USA.
-[OPDX # 1473 July 20, 2020]

PA, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event/Tribute to Eddie van Halen). With the passing of Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, legendary guitarist of the band Van Halen, October 6th 2020, a special tribute event station will be on air as PA515ØEVH from October 28th until at least until January 31st 2021, a few days after Eddie's birthday. The operator is Frank, PF1SCT, from Tilburg, The Netherlands. The numbers 5150 refer to different moments in the Van Halen history, including Eddie's recording studio, guitars and the first album with lead singer Sammy Hager. QSL via PF1SCT by the Bureau. Frank states that there will be a limited amount of special QSL cards, only via the Bureau. For more details and a video, see QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

PJ4, BONAIRE (Special Event/Award). PJ4TEN is a special event station active during October 2020 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of "10/10/10" - October 10th, 2010. On that date the former country of the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved, and Bonaire became a 'special municipality' of the Netherlands. As a result, Bonaire became a new DXCC entity on that date. To mark the 10th anniversary, Bonaire's radio amateurs are organizing a month-long operating event. A PDF award will be available to those who achieve 10 points by making contacts with PJ4 stations during October.
Rules:
  1. A total of 10 points are required.
  2. A contact with PJ4TEN is worth 2 points.
  3. A contact with any other PJ4 station is worth 1 point.
  4. Exception: on the exact anniversary, between 0000UTC and 2359UTC on
     Saturday October 10th, all PJ4 stations count 2 points.
  5. All stations may be worked more than once on different bands and/or
     modes for additional points. Example: QSOs with PJ4TEN on 14 MHz SSB
     and 7 MHz FT8, and with PJ4NX on 14 MHz CW and 7 MHz FT8, would count
     a total of 6 points (2+2+1+1). However, if all those QSOs took place
     on 10/10/20 a total of 8 points would be scored (2+2+2+2).
  6. Only contacts made between 0000 UTC on October 1st and 2359 UTC on
     October 31st count towards the Bonaire 10/10/10 Award.
  7. There is no fee and no QSLs are required.
  8. To apply: send a list of contacts made, stating the date, time (UTC),
     band and mode to: pj4ten@gmail.com
  9. The award is also available to SWLs on a 'heard' basis. For each
     contact logged, please list at least two stations with which the
     PJ4 station was in contact.
The following is a list of all currently-licensed Bonaire stations:
  PJ4BZL (Berry)   PJ4KY (Bert)    PJ4TEN (special event station)
  PJ4DX (Steve)    PJ4NG (Noah)    PJ4/DC7MO (Monika)
  PJ4EVA (Eva)     PJ4NX (Peter)   PJ4/DL1COP (Holger)
  PJ4GR (Gerard)   PJ4RF (Rinse
  PJ4/PE1NMB (Erwin, awaiting PJ4 callsign)

Other PJ4 callsigns may also be active during the month.
For the special event station PJ4TEN, along with PJ4DX, PJ4KY and PJ4NX, the QSL information is via Tim Beaumont, MØURX, direct, via OQRS and via LoTW. QSL PJ4BZL, PJ4EVA, PJ4GR and PJ4RF via info on QRZ.com. QSL PJ4NG via K4BAI.
-[OPDX # 1477 August 17, 2020]

STANDARD TIME. Remember to change your clocks next weekend! Countries who observe Daylight Saving Time (DST), which took place on Sunday, March 10th, are now expected to move their "local clocks" backward 1 hour on Sunday, November 1st, from 2:00 AM local time to 1:00 AM. In 2020, Daylight Saving Time (DST) will again go into effect on Sunday, March 14th, 2021, at 2:00 AM local time. For the history and details about ST and DST, as well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who observe DST), see:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_time
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time
    http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2021.html
    https://www.timeanddate.com/time/change/usa?year=2020
ADDED NOTE: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know NOT to change their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on "some" ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs.
-[OPDX # 1487 October 26, 2020]

T8, PALAU. Gary, KE1AT, is now active as T88SS from Koror Island (OC-009). His length of stay is unknown. Activity will be on various HF bands. He was heard this past week on 80/30/17/15 meters FT8. QSL via his QSL Manager EA5GL.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

TG, GUATEMALA. After postponing his trip this month, Dwight, VE7BV, will once again be active as TG9BBV from Antigua, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, between November 1-30th. Activity will be on holiday style on most bands. Operations will be mostly CW, but with some SSB and FT8. QSL via VE7BV, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1460 April 13, 2020]

TG, GUATEMALA. QSL Manager Pedro, EA5GL, informs OPDX that Dante, TG9ADM, from Guatemala City, will be daily on 3512 and 1802 kHz (+/- QRM) around 0300 UTC on CW for anyone who needs TG in those bands.
-[OPDX # 1486 October 19, 2020]

UT, UKRAINE. Radio amateurs from the Kharkiv and Lviv regions will be active with the special callsign EN1ØØLT to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Kharkiv Theater for Children and Youth beginning September 1st until March 31st, 2021. An award is available, see QRZ.com for details. QSL via UT5LU.
-[OPDX # 1483 September 28, 2020]

V3, BELIZE. Bob, WØYBS, will be active as V31CO from Cay Caulker beginning October 24th until November 13th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters, using CW, SSB, FT8 and RTTY, with a FT-817ND running QRP and a MiniPA50 amp (45 watts) into an EndFed long-wire. QSL via WØYBS and LoTW. For more details and updates, see:  http://w0ybs.com/w0ybs_036.htm
-[OPDX # 1487 October 26, 2020]

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS. Since July 2019, Randy, KX4QD, has been living on Kwajalein Island, (OC-028), Marshall Islands, and is active sometimes as V7/KX4QD or V73AX. He states his operating habits are usually on 40/20 meters FT8, using a dipole and a 100-watt limit. Randy mentions that he doesn't do too well from there on SSB. He works FT8 usually on Thursday evenings (starting around 0600z). QSL via KX4QD.
-[OPDX # 1485 October 12, 2020]

VE, CANADA (Special Events). Ron, VA3RVK, will once again be active as XL3T from October 24th until November 24th. Activity is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ending of World War II and the Canadian Liberation. Also, look for him to sign CJ3T on November 28th for commemorating the 75th anniversary of the ending of World War II. QSL both callsigns via VE3AT.
-[OPDX # 1486 October 19, 2020]

VE, CANADA. David, VE3SSJ, will be active as VC3R from his cottage on Lake Huron (VE3SSJ, WW Loc. EN85) in Ontario during both CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1486 October 19, 2020]

VK, AUSTRALIA (Special Event). Members of the Australian Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR) are activating the special event station VK65PFA to celebrate the eradication of the wild Polio Virus in the 65 countries, States and Territories in Africa as announced by the WHO on August 25th, 2020. The activation commences on October 24th marking World Polio Day and will be active until November 24th. QSL via OQRS only. For more details, see QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1486 October 19, 2020]

VK, AUSTRALIA (Special Event). Fred, VK3DAC/VK4FE, reports that special event callsign VI75WW2 will be active until November 11th. Activity is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The commemorative callsign is in recognition of those who served and those who were at home during the conflict. The world-wide relief at the end of the war and the joy that peace had been regained is indicated by the QSL card. The QSL card picture has been named "The Dancing Man", is a photograph of a man who was filmed dancing on the street in Sydney Australia, at the end of WWII. Upon receiving news of the end of the War in 1945, a reporter took note of a man's joyful expression and dance and asked him to do it again. The man consented and was caught on motion picture film in an Australian edition of the newsreel Movietone News. The film and stills from it have taken on iconic status in Australian history and culture and symbolize joyous elation to war's end.
QSL details: For those who make contact with VI75WW2, the QSL is available as a download from (https://www.silvertrain.com.au/) under the Amateur Radio tab and then Special Event Station logs.
-[OPDX # 1480 September 7, 2020]

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS (Update). An update from "The Daily DX" and some other sources reports that Bob, WT3A/DU7ET (aka VE5TE, XQ6ET, GØWET), will once again be active from Diego Garcia (AF-006) for possibly the next 4-5 months. He is there working on a ship. His callsign this time will be the reissued callsign VQ9T (not VQ9ET as first reported). Ed, N1TO, used this callsign back in 2001 and 2002. Activity will be soon after his quarantine and will be mainly CW using a wire antenna. QSL via DU7ET.
-[OPDX # 1484 October 5, 2020]

YB, INDONESIA (Special Event). Members of the ORARI Lokal Kulon Progo will be active as 8I69K from Wates, Jogjakarta, Java Island (OC-021). Activity is to celebrate the 69th anniversary of Kulon Progo. Operations will be on various HF and VHF bands. Length of activity is not known. QSL via 8I69K direct.
-[OPDX # 1482 September 21, 2020]

ZP, PARAGUAY. Manu, ZP9MCE, will be active from Hohenau during both CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entries with a focus on the Low Bands. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1486 October 19, 2020]