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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.)

Home of The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin.


EIDXA News     (Updated January 17, 2022)

EIDXA Meetings
Next EIDXA Meeting:

Date:  Friday, January 21, 2022 on Zoom.

Time:  Zoom doors open at 6:30 PM; Meeting begins at 7:30 PM.

Location:  Zoom. Meeting connection details will be emailed to all members.

Program:  We have a great program scheduled with Tim Duffy, K3LR, CEO of DX Engineering. Tim is not only the CEO of a great Ham Radio distributor and manufacturer, but is also a world-class contester and DXer. He has a fabulous contest station at his home in western Pennsylvania. Tim will address us via Zoom following introductions, but prior to our business meeting. 

Note: If you do not receive the meeting link via email, please contact either KØFLY or KØCF via the email links on the "Officers" page.


(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.

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 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
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!

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:
    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 January 16, 2022 to January 23, 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 Klaus Poels, DL7UXG
      A weekly service of DARC Committee "DX", http://www.darcdxhf.de

3B8, MAURITIUS. Ray, HB9DNG/F5UKV (ex-9Q5RP), will be moving and be active as 3B8HH from the small village of Pereybèrein, very close to Cap Malheureux in the north part of Mauritius, starting around January 20th. He informs OPDX that he will be running up to 100 watts into wires and End-Fed antennas. Activity will be on 80-2 meters (possibly 160m) using mainly CW and some SSB. Having his station is completely installed, Ray plans to operate some digital (PSK at the beginning; then RTTY). He also mentions that he might use FM on 10 meters. His operating schedule will be more or less daily; probably starting from 1800 UTC and onward accordingly to propagation conditions. Regarding QSLing, Ray states that he is "from the old school and like 'paper QSL'." At the very beginning, Ray will start with direct QSLing, but very quickly will use the Mauritian MARS (Mauritius Amateur Radio Society) QSL Bureau. Currently, he does not have a QSL Manager. He will upload his log to ClubLog. There will be NO eQSL. More info about the operator and his station is available on QRZ.Com and HAMQth.com.
-[OPDX # 1549 January 17, 2022]  (0116-0130)

3B8, MAURITIUS. Simon Luttrell (ex-XWØLP) had moved to the Turkish coast of Fethiye, but "the cold weather created a lot of problems for my lungs, and I had to quickly look for a new and hot country to call home", he posted to eHam.net on January 10th. He has now left Turkey and relocated to "sunny Mauritius. I have rented a nice house with a big garden and hope to be on the air in the next month or so with my 3B8 callsign. Especially, I hope to do some low band DXing".
-[425DXN # 1602 January 15, 2022] (0116-0130)

3X, GUINEA. Jean-Philippe, 3X2Ø21 is QRV from Conakry. Activity is on the HF bands. He has been QRV on 20 meters using SSB around 2100z. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 1 January 6, 2022]  (0109-0123)

4L, GEORGIA. Ilya, 4L9M plans an operation over the next two months including the CQWW 160 CW and the CQWW 160 SSB contests. QSL via R3XA.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 52 December 30, 2021]  (0102-0206)

5Z, KENYA. Ferdy, HB9DSP, will be active as 5Z4/HB9DSP from Malindi (WW Loc. LI06br), Kenya, beginning now until January 27th, depending on the current Covid situation. This will be his first ever DXpedition. Activity will be on 20/15/10 meters using mainly SSB with some FT8. His equipment is an Icom IC-7300 into an Spiderbeam Quad. QSL via HB9DSP, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW (preferable).
-[OPDX # 1549 January 17, 2022]  (0116-0130)

6W, SENEGAL. Jacques, F6HMJ, will once again be active as 6W7/F6HMJ from Senegal from December 29th to February 22nd. Activity will be mostly on CW with some SSB on 40-10 meters with a dipole and IC-706MKIIG. QSL via F6HMJ.
-[OPDX # 1546 December 27, 2021]  (1226-0130)

6Y, JAMAICA. Neville, G3RFS, is once again active as 6Y5FS from Jamaica (NA-097) [as of January 13th] for the next two months. Activity has been on 20 meters CW. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS, or via G4BWP direct. Logs will be computerized after he returns home to be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1549 January 17, 2022]  (0116-0220)

8P, BARBADOS. Chris, WA7RAR is QRV as 8P9CB from St. Phillip. Activity is in his spare time on 30 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to WA7RAR.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 1 January 6, 2022]  (0109-0123)

9A, CROATIA. 9A652AA and 9A655AX are the special callsigns that Tom, 9A2AA and Josip, 9A5AX will be using throughout 2022 to mark their 65th year in amateur radio. QSL via home calls. [TNX 9A2AA}
-[425DXN # 1600 January 1, 2022]  (0102-0123)

C5, THE GAMBIA. John, GMØKTO, will once again be active as C5/GMØKTO, but this time from the Senegambia Beach Hotel in Kololi starting January 12th. The length of his stay was not mentioned. John was there in 2014, but at a different location (Bijilo). Activity will be mainly holiday style, not a DXpedition, using an ICOM 706 with 100 watts into a half-size G5RV antenna and possibly a vertical. QSL via GMØKTO, direct or by the Bureau. No other details were provided.
-[OPDX # 1548 January 10, 2022]  (0109-0130)

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Alex, UG1A (ex-RD1AV), a "Seasonal Drill Team Leader", will once again be active as RI1ANC in his spare time from the Russian Vostok Base club station in the Antarctica (AN-016, WFF RFF-168) from January 13th until the beginning of February. Activity will be on various HF bands using mostly CW. QSL via RN1ON, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1549 January 17, 2022]  (0116-0206)

DL, GERMANY. The DARC club Hanau (DOK F09) celebrates 85 years of amateur radio in their city with the special DOK 85AFHU for their club callsign DLØHO during 2022. QSL via bureau.
-[DXNL # 2284 January 12, 2022] (0116-0206)

DL, GERMANY. The DARC club Telgte (DOK N44) celebrates its 44th anniversary in 2022 with the callsign DP44N44T (special DOK 44N44). An award is also available. QSL via bureau. https://dp44n44t.de/44n44/
-[DXNL # 2284 January 12, 2022] (0116-0206)

DL, GERMANY. The contest group of DKØBN celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022 with the call DKØ5ØBN (special DOK 50BN) on HF, VHF, and UHF. QSL via bureau, DK5PD (d), LoTW, eQSL.
-[DXNL # 2283 January 5, 2022]  (0109-0123)

DL, GERMANY. The DARC club in Bergkamen (DOK O47) celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2022 with the callsign DF4ØBGK (special DOK 40O47). QSL via bureau, LoTW, eQSL.
-[DXNL # 2283 January 5, 2022]  (0109-0123)

DL, GERMANY. The DARC club Lindau-Westallgaeu (DOK T13) celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2022 with the callsign DL6ØLINDAU (special DOK 60T13). QSL via bureau and DL1CBQ (d).
-[DXNL # 2283 January 5, 2022]  (0109-0123)

DL, GERMANY. The DARC club Wolfsburg (DOK H24) marks its 70th anniversary with the callsign DL7ØWB (special DOK 70H24). QSL via bureau.
-[DXNL # 2283 January 5, 2022]  (0109-0123)

DL, GERMANY. The DARC district Ruhrgebiet celebrates its 75th anniversary with the callsign DL75DRG (special DOK 75DRG). In addition, they also operate DL73AFUG (special DOK 73AFUG), marking the passing of West Germany's first post-World War II amateur radio law 73 years ago. An award is available as well. QSL via bureau. 
https://ham-awards.de/index.php/ham-awards/75drg-award/
-[DXNL # 2283 January 5, 2022]  (0109-0123)

DL, GERMANY. The German national club DARC celebrates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their headquarter building with the callsign DB5ØAFZ (special DOK 50AFZ) throughout 2022. The usual club calls DFØAFZ and DLØAFZ also hand out the special DOK 50AFZ this year. An award is available as well. QSL for DB5ØAFZ via bureau, ClubLog's OQRS, eQSL; direct via DL2VFR.
-[DXNL # 2283 January 5, 2022]  (0109-0123)

DL, GERMANY. German special callsign expected to be activated throughout 2022 include:
  * DB5ØAFZ for the 50th anniversary since the Deutscher Amateur
    Radio Club (DARC) relocated from Kiel to the Amateurfunk-Zentrum
    (Amateur Radio Centre), the newly built headquarters in Baunatal.
    All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau; direct
    cards via DL2VFR.
  * DF4ØBGK for the 40th anniversary of DARC Ortsverband Bergkamen.
    QSL via the bureau, LoTW and eQSL.
  * DKØ5ØBN for the 50th anniversary of Contestgruppe Bingen (DKØBN)
    QSL via the bureau, LoTW and eQSL; direct cards via DK5PD.
  * DL6ØLINDAU for DARC Ortsverband Lindau-Westallgau's 60th anniversary.
    All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau;
    direct cards via DL1CBQ.
  * DL73AFUG for the 73rd anniversary of the first Amateurfunkgesetz
    (AfuG), the German amateur radio regulations that came into force
    on March 23, 1949. QSL via operator's instructions.
  * DL75DRG for the 75th anniversary of DARC Distrikt Ruhrgebiet.
    QSL via operator's instructions. See https://ham-awards.de/ for the
    75DRG Diplom/Award.
  * DL75HIL for the 75th anniversary of DARC Ortsverband Hilden
    (DLØHIL/DLØCK). QSL via the bureau, LoTW and eQSL.
-[425DXN # 1600 January 1, 2022]  (0102-0123)

DL, GERMANY. Special callsign DM6ØCSJ will be activated from January 1st to July 31st for the 60th anniversary of Club Station Jesewitz (DLØSAX). QSL via the bureau and eQSL; direct cards via DL2VM. [TNX DX Newsletter]
-[425DXN # 1600 January 1, 2022]  (0102-0123)

DXCC TOP TWENTY. Here are the top 20 entities on ClubLog’s "DXCC Most Wanted" list, last updated January 11, 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 January 16, 2022]  (0116-0130)

FG, GUADELOUPE. Pascal F1MNQ, Pierre F1TCV, Michel F5LRL, Didier F6BCW and Keith VE7KW will be active as TO6S from Les Saintes (NA-114), Guadeloupe from January 20th to February 1st. They plan to use ClubLog Live Stream (https://clublog.org/livestream/TO6S), and to operate CW, SSB, FT8/FT4 and RTTY on 160-6 meters with two stations. QSL via F6KJS, direct or bureau. See https://les-saintes.f6kjs.fr/ for more information.
-[425DXN # 1601 January 8, 2022] (0116-0130)

FS, ST. MARTIN ISLAND. Peter, G4HSO, will be active as FS/G4HSO from Saint Martin Island (NA-105) sometime during January. Activity will be on various HF bands using mainly CW. QSL via LoTW only; NO paper QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1549 January 17, 2022]  (0116-0130)

FS, ST. MARTIN. David, F8AAN, will once again be active as FS/F8AAN from St. Martin Island (NA-105) between January 1-20th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW only with 100 watts. David normally uses a FT-897 into a portable antenna. QSL via F8AAN, direct, LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS and eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1546 December 27, 2021]  (1226-0123)

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). Operators Austin/MØMNE and Roy/MØTKF will activate two special event stations GB19ØØHA and GB19ØØHW from their locations near the Hadrian's Wall (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) throughout the year 2022. Activity is to commemorate 1900th anniversary since the building of Hadrian's Wall, the Northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire and which was the inspiration for the Wall in George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones". Operations will be on the HF and VHF bands using CW and the Digital modes. The special event station is officially part of the Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival (January 24th-December 23rd) where hundreds of events and activities will be taking place in a yearlong festival across Hadrian's Wall. Details about the festival are available at: https://1900.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk QSL via LoTW and ClubLog's OQRS
-[OPDX # 1549 January 17, 2022]  (0116-0206)

G, ENGLAND. The Medway Amateur Receiving and Transmitting Society is operating special callsign GB6NU until January 27th in remembrance of its founder, William "Bill" Edgar Nutton G6NU (January 1, 1894-January 22, 1982), during the society's centenary year. QSL via eQSL.
-[425DXN # 1601 January 8, 2022]  (0109-0130)

G, ENGLAND. Members of the Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society will be QRV with special calls GBØHNY, GB1HNY, GB2HNY, GB4HNY, GB5HNY, GB6HNY, GB8HNY, and GB9HNY from December 28th to January 24th, to celebrate the New Year 2022. QSL via operators' instructions.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 51 December 23, 2021]  (1226-0130)

GM, SCOTLAND. Special event station GB2KW is active until January 28th from near Inverness, Scotland using vintage equipment manufactured by KW Electronics Ltd during the 1960s and 1970s. Logsearch on ClubLog and QSL via LoTW only. Also active from England, especially over the "KW Weekend" (January 8th-9th), are expected to be GB5KW, GB5KWD, GB8KW and possibly others.
-[425DXN # 1601 January 8, 2022]  (0109-0130)

HB9, SWITZERLAND. Members of the USKA section Schaffhausen (HB9SH) celebrate their group's 50th anniversary with the callsign HB5ØSH during 2022. Paper QSLs are planned only for contacts during the 2022 Helvetia Contest; other contacts to be confirmed via eQSL and LoTW only. For more information see qrz.com. https://www.hb9sh.ch/
-[DXNL # 2283 January 5, 2022]  (0109-0123)

HS, THAILAND. Brad, VK2BY is QRV as HSØZNR from the Nam Yuen district until January 21st. QSL direct to VK2BY.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 50 December 16, 2021]  (0123)

I, ITALY. To promote the World Radiosport Team Championship to be held in Italy in July 2023, twelve special callsigns will be activated between January 1st and the end of the IARU HF Championship (July 10th at 11:59 UTC). Look for II1WRTC, II2WRTC, II3WRTC, II4WRTC, II5WRTC, II6WRTC, II7WRTC, II8WRTC, II9WRTC, IIØWRTC, IR1WRTC and IOØWRTC (the latter from Sardinia) to be QRV on the HF bands CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. A certificate for QSOs made with special stations will be available; see https://www.wrtc2022.it/en/wrtc2022-award-19.asp for the rules and the real-time scoreboard.
-[425DXN # 1600 January 1, 2022]  (0102-0123)

J7, DOMINICA. Walter, J79WTA will be QRV for the next four to six months. He operates in his spare time, mostly evenings, using SSB, and digital modes. QSL via the bureau, direct or LoTW.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 52 December 30, 2021]  (0102-0123)

JA, JAPAN. JI3DST/5, JJ5RBH, JS6RRR/5 and JS6RRR/p (for FT8) will be active from Shodo Island (AS-200) from January 20th until February 24th. Look for activity on 80-2m CW, SSB and digital modes. QSL via operator's instructions. [TNX DX World]
-[425DXN # 1602 January 15, 2022] (0116-0213)

K, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Members of the Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club (KM1CC) will be on the air between 1330 UTC, January 18th and 0200 UTC,- January 19th, to commemorate the 119th anniversary of Marconi sending the first transatlantic message from the USA to Europe (UK). This message was sent from Marconi's Wireless Station, South Wellfleet, MA, USA, the night of January 18, 1903, and received at his Poldhu Station, UK, station in the early hours of January 19th due to time zone differences. The historic Marconi Wireless Station site is part of Cape Cod National Seashore, the site is listed as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. For more information, see:  https://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/historyculture/marconi.htm
Due to Covid, regrettably the SSB operations for January 18th, 2022, are canceled. However, they still plan to have the CW ops. The CW operations will take place inside the park's Coast Guard Station that sits to the south of the Wireless Station Site. Both locations are in rare grid FN51. Suggested frequencies are (+/- 20 kHz): 7035, 10110, 14035, 18080, 21035 and 10m (no freq. provided). There will be NO FT4/FT8 or Digital modes. QSL via LoTW is preferred; DX via the Bureau; and direct to N1NS.
-[OPDX # 1549 January 17, 2022]  (0116-0123)

K, UNITED STATES. Straight Key Century Club (SKCC). During January, the club celebrates its founding in 2006 with the callsigns K3Y/Ø to K3Y/9 and K3Y/KH6, /KL7, and /KP4. For more information see: https://www.skccgroup.com/k3y/
-[DXNL # 2282 December 29, 2021]  (0102-0123)

KL7, ALASKA. Fred, KB4DMQ is QRV from Shemya Island, signing KL7FBI until January 24th. Look for him on 40 meter FT8. QSL via KB4DMQ.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 52 December 30, 2021]  (0102-0123)

LA, NORWAY. LA1ØØB is the special callsign for NRRL's Bergensgruppen (LA1B) to celebrate its 100th anniversary throughout 2022. Several classes of awards will be offered for contacts made with LA1ØØB; look for the rules to be published on 1 January: https://www.la1b.no/.
-[425DXN # 1600 January 1, 2022]  (0102-0123)

LU, ARGENTINA. AMSAT Argentina, LU7AA will celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the LUSAT (LO-19) satellite on January 15th-23rd. Activity on the HF bands will be on SSB, CW and digital modes. More information can be found at http://lu4aao.org/lu7aa/cert_32_aniv_lusat_2022.htm.[TNX LU4AAO]
-[425DXN # 1602 January 15, 2022] (0116-0123)

LZ, BULGARIA. Once again Radio Club Blagovestnik (LZ1KCP) will use twelve special callsigns throughout 2022 to honor as many different Orthodox saints: LZ29ØWA (January), LZ251MA (February), LZ475GJ (March), LZ3Ø3AT (April), LZ33ØAL (May), LZ444KA (June), LZ54ØDS (July), LZ258ML (August), LZ31ZE (September), LZ457PP (October), LZ4Ø7IZ (November) and LZ634SM (December). QSL via the bureau or direct to P.O. Box 36, 4300 Karlovo, Bulgaria. Details on the "All Saints 2022"" award can be found at http://www.lz1kcp.com/.
-[425DXN # 1601 January 8, 2022]  (0109-0123)

ON, BELGIUM. Belgium's national amateur radio society UBA celebrates its 75th anniversary during January and February with 64 special callsigns (ON75- prefix) on HF (SSB, CW, digital modes). There are two series of awards available. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (until the end of March 2022) or via ON9TT.
-[DXNL # 2282 December 29, 2021]  (0102-0123)

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Operators Cornel/YP5C/YO5CDF and Mihai/YO6SM are currently active as OY/YP5C and OY/YO6SM, respectively, from the Faroe Islands. The length of their stay is not known at this time. Activity seems to be focused on 20 meters SSB. QSL OY/YP5C via YP5C or eQSL. QSL OY/YO6SM via YO6SM, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1549 January 17, 2022]  (0116-0130)

OZ, DENMARK. During January, the special event station OZ5ØQ marks Queen Margrethe II's golden jubilee with QSOs and awards. For more information see qrz.com. QSL via OZ1ACB, ClubLog’s OQRS, LoTW, eQSL.
-[DXNL # 2282 December 29, 2021]  (0102-0130)

PA, NETHERLANDS. Frans/PC2F plans to operate as PFØ1MAX during each racing weekend of the Formula 1 season in 2022. For detailed schedules see qrz.com. QSL via PC2F, LoTW, eQSL.
-[DXNL # 2284 January 12, 2022] (0116-0206)

PA, NETHERLANDS. The Dutch city of Leiden will be European City of Science in 2022 and will host a 365-day science festival "for anyone with an inquisitive mind" (https://leiden2022.nl/). Members of VERON Leiden will participate in the event and will be active as PA22L. QSL via the bureau to PI4LDN.
-[425DXN # 1600 January 1, 2022]  (0102-0123)

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Jeff, VA3QSL, will be active as PJ7/VA3QSL from the Dutch side of St. Maarten, (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) beginning January 4th until February 6th. Activity will be 'holiday style' on CW, SSB and the Digital modes on 40-6 meters using 100 watts and a Buddipole antenna. QSL via VA3QSL, by the Bureau, direct (for USA/CAN 2 USDs, for DX 2 Euros or 1 IRC), or LOTW after his return home February 22nd.
-[OPDX # 1547 January 3, 2022]  (0102-0206)

PY, BRAZIL (Special Event). Look for special event station PR2ØØIND to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Brazil's independence. QSL only via LoTW and eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1549 January 17, 2022]  (0116-0206)

PY, BRAZIL. Members of the Radioamateur Group of Conceicao do Coite, led by Robson/PY6TV, are going to pay Friars Island (SA-023) a visit from January 20th to 23rd and operate as ZY6A. QSL via direct.
-[DXNL # 2281 December 22, 2021] (0116-0123)

PY, BRAZIL. Peter/PY5CC is going to put 3 different special event callsigns on the air in 2022. During April, PX522BR marks the 522nd anniversary of Brazil's discovery. During September, PX2ØØBR celebrates the country's independence. Throughout the whole year, PX2Ø22BR will be active as well. QSL via ClubLog’s OQRS and LoTW.
-[DXNL # 2282 December 29, 2021]  (0102-0123)

S7, SEYCHELLES (New YL Op). On January 6th, a new YL operator from Anse Etoile, Mahe Island, was listed on QRZ.com: Beverly "Beverly" Marcelin, S79BMK. She posted the following: "Hello, I am new to the radio hobby and still learning a lot. I am a foundation license passed in Seychelles via remote RSGB system, thanks to local radio club (www.sara.sc) and supportive members with SMA (Seychelles Maritime Academy) lending the venue. I am a very occasional radio operator and if it happens you QSO with me it's like having New-Year Eve and Easter the same day  I am looking forward to more QRV and good luck to all in 2022." QSL info will be posted soon. Picture is available on QRZ.com (https://cdn-bio.qrz.com/k/s79bmk/abc1a.jpg).
-[OPDX # 1548 January 10, 2022]  (0109-0123)

SM, SWEDEN. The Skoevde Amateur Radio Club (SARK, SK6EI) celebrates its 50th anniversary during 2022 with the callsign SK5ØEI. QSL via bureau, LoTW.
-[DXNL # 2284 January 12, 2022] (0116-0206)

SP, POLAND. SP2YRY, SP2ZIE, SP2PMW, and SP1NQN, members of the RVG Club, operate as SN3ØWOSP until the end of February, supporting a nationwide charity event. QSL via SP2UUU.
-[DXNL # 2284 January 12, 2022] (0116-0220)

SP, POLAND. HF2Ø22HNY celebrates the new year until the end of January. QSL via SP2PBM (d/B), ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW.
-[DXNL # 2283 January 5, 2022]  (0109-0130)

SP, POLAND. Dominik SQ9ORN, Maciek SP9RBL, Pawel SN9PJ and Thomas SP9TL will be active "out in the field" between January 1st and December 14th, 2022, and will operate special callsigns HF9FIELD (January, April, July and October), SN9FIELD (February, May, August and November) and SP9FIELD (March, June, September and December). QSL via eQSL. A certificate will be available for working the 3 special stations; the details will be published on https://www.qrz.com/db/HF9FIELD.
-[425DXN # 1599 December 25, 2021]  (0102-0123)

SV, GREECE. Special event call SX1CAF commemorates the first flight over Greece 110 years ago. QSL via eQSL only.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 1 January 6, 2022]  (0109-0123)

TA, TURKEY. TC6ØTRAC is the special callsign for the Turkiye Radyo Amatorleri Cemiyeti (the Turkish Amateur Radio Association, the national IARU member society) to celebrate its 60th anniversary during 2022. QSL via the bureau.
-[425DXN # 1601 January 8, 2022]  (0109-0123)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA. R9ØMMK, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, remains active until the end of January. An award is also available. QSL via R8AR.
-[DXNL # 2284 January 12, 2022] (0116-0130)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA. Special callsigns R9ØØBL, R9ØØDM, R9ØØDV and R9ØØRO will be activated from Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast on January 17th-31st for the annual commemoration of the end (January 27, 1944) of the nearly 900-day siege of Leningrad during World War II. QSL via operator's instructions.
-[425DXN # 1602 January 15, 2022] (0116-0130)

UA9, ASIATIC RUSSIA (Special Event). Eugene, RAØFF, will activate the special event station RØ75F from Sakhalin Island (AS-018, RDA SL-11, RRA RR-13-12) from January 1st until February 28th, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the oblast Sakhalin Region. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and the Digital modes. Special diploma is available (see QRZ.com for details). QSL via RN3RQ, LoTW or ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1547 January 3, 2022]  (0102-0206)

UT, UKRAINE. The radio club Pryluky (UR4RZX) marks its 10th anniversary with the callsign EN1ØRKP beginning December 15th until January 31st. An award is also available. QSL via bureau and UV3RT (d).
-[DXNL # 2280 December 15, 2021]  (0123)

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Thaire, W2APF, will be active as VP2MDX from Montserrat Island (NA-103) from January 9th until February 18th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB, with a Elecraft KX1 and KPA100 into a Buddie1pole Hexbeam and Delta Loop antennas. QSL via W2APF. LoTW is in the works (he hopes to have it active by end of stay).
-[OPDX # 1548 January 10, 2022]  (0109-0213)

XE, MEXICO (Special Event). Gonzalo, XE3N, will be active as 6F6F from Playa del Carmen during the 2022 contests. Special callsign is to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Playa del Carmen City, Quintana Roo, Mexico. QSL via EA5GL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1548 January 10, 2022]  (0109-0123)

XE, MEXICO. The Mexican society Federacion Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores (FMRE) celebrates its 90th anniversary during January, February, and March 2022 with special event callsigns (4A9ØFMRE and 33 other callsigns with the 4A9Ø- prefix) on HF (CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8, FT4) and via satellite. For a detailed schedule see: http://fmre90.puebladx.org/
-[DXNL # 2282 December 29, 2021]  (0102-0123)

XV, VIETNAM. Eddy, XV1X has been QRV on 40 meters using FT8 beginning around 1100z. QSL via XV1X.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 2 January 13, 2022] (0116-0206)

YB, INDONESIA. Donny, YBØDX (incumbent ORARI Chairman for 2021-26) and Dave, YC5YC (founder & director of https://dxportable.com/, DXPortable Amateur Radio) will be active as YBØDX/7 (QSL via YB8RW) and YC5YC/7 (QSL via EA7FTR) from Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo (OC-088) on January 23rd-24th. They will operate SSB and digital modes on the HF bands. [TNX DX World]
-[425DXN # 1602 January 15, 2022] (0116-0130)

YB, INDONESIA. Look for YB1TIA/4 to be joining YB1TDL/4 and YC1RQZ/4 and be active from Rakata Island (OC-262) on January 15th-20th. QSLs direct to HA3JB (OQRS on http://www.ha3jb.com/oqrs.html). Also QRV from the same location will be YB1RET/4 (QSL via LoTW), who will operate SSB on January 15-16 for about 30 hours.
-[425DXN # 1602 January 15, 2022] (0116-0123)

YB, INDONESIA. YB6ABO/p, YC1BIQ/6, YDØAVE/6 and YE1AR/6 will be active from Pulau Rondo (OC-245) on January 20th-27th. The island is Indonesia's northernmost territory. They will operate FT8 as well as CW and SSB on 160-10m. QSL YB6ABO/p, YC1BIQ/6 and YDØAVE/6 via N2OO; QSL YE1AR/6 via ClubLog's OQRS or via N2OO.
-[425DXN # 1602 January 15, 2022] (0116-0130)

YB, INDONESIA. Special event stations 7B2C, 7B2E, 7B2T, 7B2H and 7B2O are QRV until the end of October 2022 to celebrate the Javanese-Hindu Ceto Temple that was built in 1475. Activity is on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via operators' instructions.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 50 December 16, 2021]  (0123)

ZC4, UK SOV. BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS. Garry, 2M1DHG, continues to be active  as ZC4GR from the Eastern Sovereign Base Area (ESBA) [WW Loc. KM65WC] of Cyprus for about another 18 months. Activity recently has been on 30 meters FT8 (1600-1930z) and 20/17 meters SSB (1300-1530z). Just a reminder that Garry usually operates mainly on SSB and the Digital modes (FT8) using a FT-450 into a Buddipole (40-10m). He does state that he also uses SSTV, PSK31 and WSPR, and suggests looking for him between 1700-1900z a few nights during the week. QSL via EB7DX and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1548 January 10, 2022]  (0109-0123)

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Jim, WB2REM, is now active as ZF2OO from the Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) until January 2023. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using mostly FT8/FT4 as well as some SSB and CW. QSL via WB2REM, direct (w/SASE), LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. No Bureau. See ZF2OO for further details.
-[OPDX # 1549 January 17, 2022]  (0116-0206)


Propagation

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.

Solar flux held steady early in the week ranging from 100 to 103, and has slowly increased to 116 over the last few days, with a predicted peak of 120 on January 16th-24th, repeating in mid-February. Sunspots are coming back, starting the week at 32, now up to 120. With the K-Index holding at 3 or less early in the week, geomagnetic conditions have been calm, except for the 14th, when it hit 6. Band conditions continue to follow the solar flux, with 15 and 10 meters showing significant openings to Europe and South America in the past couple of days.

Selected Upcoming Contests

Contest Start End Web Site
North American QSO Party, SSB Jan 22 1800Z Jan 23 0559Z Rules
NA Collegiate Championship, SSB Jan 22 1800Z Jan 23 0559Z Rules
CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW Jan 28 2200Z Jan 30 2200Z Rules
Vermont QSO Party Feb 5 0000Z Feb 6 2400Z Rules
10-10 Int. Winter Contest, SSB Feb 5 0001Z Feb 6 2359Z Rules
Mexico RTTY International Contest Feb 5 1200Z Feb 6 2359Z Rules
Minnesota QSO Party Feb 5 1400Z Feb 5 2400Z Rules
British Columbia QSO Party Feb 5 1600Z Feb 6 0359Z Rules
British Columbia QSO Party Feb 6 1600Z Feb 6 2359Z Rules
North American Sprint, CW Feb 5 2300Z Feb 6 0300Z Rules
CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest Feb 12 0000Z Feb 13 2359Z Rules
ARRL School Club Roundup Feb 14 1300Z Feb 18 2359Z Rules
ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW Feb 19 0000Z Feb 20 2400Z Rules
CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB Feb 25 2200Z Feb 27 2200Z Rules
South Carolina QSO Party Feb 26 1500Z Feb 27 0159Z Rules
North American QSO Party, RTTY Feb 26 1800Z Feb 27 0559Z Rules
NA Collegiate Championship, RTTY Feb 26 1800Z Feb 27 0559Z Rules
North Carolina QSO Party Feb 27 1500Z Feb 28 0100Z Rules