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 March 25, 2021)

EIDXA Meetings
A Zoom EIDXA meeting will be held on April 30, 2021.  The Zoom room will be open by 6:30 and the business meeting will start as usual at 7:30 pm.

We have an interesting program lined up:  Automate Your Station.

Have you ever considered automating your ham station?  Even partial automation will help avoid equipment damage and unnecessary surprises. Don't miss our April 30th meeting when our own Dave Jaksa, WØVX, will present a program on station automation.  Topics covered are reasons to automate, what/how to automate, and operating an automated station.  Dave will illustrate this conversion with his own experience at WØVX.

Zoom meeting details will be sent out later, closer to the meeting date. Watch your email for it!

EIDXA in-person meetings are on hold indefinitely due to Covid 19 virus concerns. When this crisis is resolved, we will resume LA2USmeetings. 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.

April 2021 Eastern Iowa DXer
The April 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:
The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.

The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin
For May 2, 2021 - May 9, 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.

3D2, FIJI. New Ham and YL operator Joanna "JK", 3D2ZK, from Denarau, Nadi, Fiji, was heard this past Saturday on 40 and 20 meters FT8, around 0355z and 1241z, respectively. Remember, she is expected to join forces with the Rebel DX Group and be active from 3D2/C (Conway Reef), 3D2/R (Rotuma Island) and several rare IOTAs around Fiji during May for 3-4 months.
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

3D2, FIJI. Dom, 3Z9DX, a member of the Rebel DX Group, is now active as 3D2DOM. Activity has been mainly on 20 meters using CW and SSB. Watch after 0600z. The following was reported on the Rebel DX Group's Facebook page on March 31st: Rebels still on quarantine but playing some radio. If some of you need any band, slot, mode, point... Just let us know. We can make a schedule. Preparation for Conway, Rotuma and some rare IOTA groups will be in progress after quarantine. More info soon.....
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0509)

3YØJ, BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION (Press Release #2 from the Intrepid-DX Group, dated April 29th). 3YØJ DXpedition to Bouvet Island, January/February 2023 [edited] -- Bouvet is like the Mount Everest of DXCC entities. It is among the most challenging entities to activate due to significant transportation costs and personal sacrifices required by the team to make the 42-day round trip. Fortunately, Bouvet is not our first mountain. We are well prepared for this challenge.
All plans are going well. We are researching polar quality tents and equipment. We are discussing antenna specifications with various manufacturers. We will make careful choices to help us meet the demand for Bouvet contacts.
We are delighted to add a second Physician to our team. Dr. Mike Crown- over/AB5EB and Dr. Bill Straw/KO7SS are both seasoned Emergency Physicians and will help the team immensely with their expertise.
Our fund-raising is going very well. We have received a significant donation from our longtime friend Y. Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT. Zorro has always been an enthusiastic supporter of our missions and his generosity is greatly appreciated.
We are pleased to announce that we will receive the ARRL's Colvin Grant, as well as large donations from the Far East DX-ploiters Foundation, the German DX Foundation and the Twin Cities DX Association. We would love to add your Club or your Call to our sponsors pages.
This will be an arduous and expensive mission. Our budget is $764,000 USDs and the 3YØJ team will fund much of this mission. We desperately need the global DX Community to support our mission and help us make this important activation of the #2 most wanted DXCC entity. It is only through this kind of support that we can achieve our mission of making 100,000 contacts or more from Bouvet.
In closing, we especially wish to thank our many Foundation, Club and Individual donors. Without this kind of support, operations to the world's rarest entities would not be possible. Please include your call sign, mailing address and email address with your PayPal submissions. We would not want to miss QSLing with you! You can follow our plans from our website and the 3YØJ Facebook:
Thank you,
Paul Ewing-N6PSE Co-Leader
Kenneth Opskar-LA7GIA Co-Leader
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0606)

3Y/B, BOUVET ISLAND (The Major News of the Week!)
* If you missed OPDX Special Bulletin (OPDX.1510.1 - Press Release from the Intrepid-DX Group, dated April 4th), here are excerpts from the press release and Web page -- The Intrepid-DX Group will team-up with Intrepid Norwegian DXpeditioner Ken Opskar, LA7GIA, to activate Bouvet Island (the #2 Most Wanted DXCC Entity), between January / February 2023.
  In January 2023, 14 men will board the Braveheart in Capetown and make the treacherous voyage to Bouvet. They will plan to spend twenty days at Bouvet and weather permitting, they plan to have 14 to 16 good days of radio activity. The callsign will be 3YØJ, and they will be active on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8/FT4 modes.
  From their Web page (https://3y0j.com/), the current 3YØJ team consists of Paul/N6PSE (Team Co-Leader), Ken/LA7GIA (Team Co-Leader), Axel/DL6KVA, Jun/JH4RHF, Kevin/K6TD, Laci/HAØNAR, Steve/W1SRD, Rune/ LA7THA, Bill/N2WB, Rob/N7QT, David/WD5COV, Erwann/LB1QI, Adrian/KO8SCA and Mike/AB5EB, with Honorary Team Members John Snuggerud/LA1VC (SK) and Dr. Charles E. Brady Jr./N4BQW (SK). The 3YØJ Support Team consists of Tony/EA5RM (Chief Pilot/EU Pilot), Lucas/W6AER (West Coast Pilot & Webmaster), Peter/W2IRT (East Coast Pilot), Hal/JR4OZR (JA/Asia Pilot), Mason/KM4SII (Youth Pilot), Siso/HK3W (South America Pilot), Luke/VK3HJ (VK/ZL Pilot) and Charles/MØOXO (QSL Manager). No real- time or online log will be available, however they will do daily uploads to ClubLog for Log Searching and Statistics. Log search and busted callsign functionality will be available on the MØOXO website.
  The 3YØJ team is looking for funding, and details are available on their Web page. Each team member will contribute a minimum of 20,000 USDs each and your donation will be spent on securing the budget of 764,000 USDs.
  Once again you can follow their plans from their Web site and the 3YØJ Facebook pages:
* NCDXF NEWS (Press Release, dated April 4th) [edited] --  The Northern
  California DX Foundation (NCDXF) is pleased to announce it will be a
  major contributor (100,000 USDs) to the Intrepid DX Group's 3YØJ Bouvet
  Island DXpedition planned for January/February 2023. Bouvet Island is
  currently #2 Most Wanted globally on the ClubLog list.
    NCDXF-supported DXpeditions have activated many of the ten most-
  needed entities. NCDXF-funded DXpeditions during Cycle 24 have put
  well over 1 million QSOs into DXers' logs! We expect to continue
  this mission for Cycle 25 and beyond.
    The (https://3y0j.com/) has details of the 2023 Bouvet Island
    DXpeditions to rare entities like Bouvet Island that are so remote
  are becoming more expensive and difficult to reach, a trend that we
  believe will continue. In the last three years, two DXpeditions have
  attempted activation of Bouvet, but severe storms damaged ships that
  were so very close.
    NCDXF's primary purpose is to help fund well-organized DXpeditions
  to desirable DXCC entities like Bouvet Island. During the last 49
  years, NCDXF has granted nearly $1.3 million to hundreds of DXpedi-
  tions - helping to put an "all-time-new-one" (ATNO) in the log and
  make DX happen for thousands of DXers worldwide.  The credit for
  these large grants goes to the NCDXF contributors, individuals and
  clubs who support the DX community.  Without those contributions,
  DXpeditions to entities like Bouvet or other desirable locations
  would not be possible.
    If you agree with the importance of NCDXF's work, and if you are
  not a current contributor, we hope you will become one today by going
  to (http://www.ncdxf.org/pages/join_renew.html). Your contribution
  will continue to help make DX happen. You can also support future
  DXpeditions by including the NCDXF Cycle 25 Fund in your estate plan.
    We wish the Intrepid DX Group a safe and very successful trip to
  Bouvet Island.
      73.... Glenn Johnson, WØGJ, NCDXF Secretary
* Bob Schenck, N2OO, INDEXA President, reports that the International
  DX Association (INDEXA) is a proud supporter of the 3YØJ DXpedition
  to Bouvet!
* Reports indicate Central Arizona DX Association (CADXA) became a
  proud supporter of the 3YØJ DXpedition to Bouvet!
* From DXEngineering News: Paul, N6PSE, Co-Leader of the January 2023
  3YØJ DXpedition to Bouvet Island is the special guest on this week’s
  episode of the Weekend Special with Tim, K3LR! The video is just under
  30 minute on YouTube.com on the DXE channel at:
* REBEL DX GROUP (Update, April 4th) -- FIRST UPDATE [edited]: Folks,
  due to the hundreds emails today regarding our plans for 3YØI, the
  answer is nothing changed after 3YØJ publication. We are on track
  for this year activity from Bouvet Island by the end of the year.
  DX GROUP -- First of all, we would like to wish the recently announced
  3YØJ Bouvet DXpedition all the best for a successful activity in 2023.
  There is enough space for even 3 more activities from 3YØ land. We
  know how much detailed planning goes into a project like this and
  cross fingers for them.
    From a Rebel perspective, the 3YØJ announcement does not change our
  plans. December 15, 2021, is when we plan to leave Cape Town and again
  head south into the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties before attempt-
  ing a Bouvet landing. We absolutely know from experience how volatile
  the seas around this most remote island are.
    Our team of 8 operators aim to spend up to 30 days on Bouvet.
  Depending on weather, we will likely spend 7-10 days each way on the
  high seas getting there and returning.
    Once on the island and our camp is set up, we will run 8 stations
  covering 160-6m. Modes include CW, SSB, FT4/FT8, RTTY and OQ100.
    The total budget for our Bouvet DXpedition is considerably less
  than that of 3YØJ. We also have had no backing from any of the DX
  foundations. Nonetheless, we are now missing only 32,000 USDs from
  our final cost of 267,000 USDs. We absolutely hope between now and
  December we can accrue this missing amount, and appeal to all generous
  donors to help us with our final push to meet target.
  More info will be posted soon.
-[OPDX # 1511 April 12, 2021]  (0516)

4J, AZERBAIJAN (Special Event). Look for special event station 4J88ØM to be active to celebrate the 880th birthday of the writer and philosopher Nizami Ganjavi. QSL via 4J3DJ direct or RA4AAT by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

4X, ISRAEL. The "Land of Craters" program continues with the second activation from one of four craters in Israel located in the Negev Desert. The operation will use the callsign 4XØGDL from April 30th until May 1st. The crater is the largest called "Big Crater (HaMakhtesh HaGadol)". Reference numbers are: Holyland Square G-26-BS, WW Grid Square KM70lx and WWFF Reference 4XFF-0189. Radio amateurs working 3 of the 4 craters will receive a beautiful certificate on the program's Web site. Operators mentioned are Amir/4X1AR, Chanan/4Z1DZ, Dan/4Z5SL, Gal/4X1KW, Gil/4Z1KD, Hilik/4X6YA, Roy/4X5IQ, Shimon/4Z1SH, Udi/4X6ZM, Zvika/4X1ZV and Zeev/4X5ZS. QSL via 4X6ZM, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details, see QRZ.com.
ADDED NOTES: The first crater (called Arif; on Mount Arif) was activate last November using the callsign 4XØARF. The next two craters ("Ramon Crater" 4XØRMN and "The Small Crater" 4XØKTN) are expected to be activated in the future during some weekends (dates have not been announced). Online logs are available at: https://www.iarc.org/craters
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

4X, ISRAEL (Israel celebrates 73 years of Independence). Jan, 4X1VF, informs OPDX readers, "This year is a very special for the ham radio family all over the world." Special activity will take place during these days using the special callsigns 4X73(XX) and 4Z73(XX). The "XX" will include each operator's last two letters of their private callsign. The activity will start 0600 UTC, April 14th, until Saturday, 2200 UTC, April 17th. QSL connects will be uploaded to LoTW or operators will have their own private QSL cards printed. Some of the operators will use the special callsigns during the "Holyland Contest" that will be taking place in the same weekend.
-[OPDX # 1506 March 8, 2021]  (0516)

4X, ISRAEL (Special Callsign). Israel, 4X1OM, is sometimes active as 4X9AA from Ein Vered at the "Lev-Hasharon (private) Museum for History of Tractors and Agricultural machinery". (http://tractor.org.il) WW Loc: KM72LG and Holyland Square: G-12-HS. QSL via Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1511 April 12, 2021]  (0516)

A2, BOTSWANA (Rescheduled). David, VE7VR, will be active as A25VR from Botswana beginning April 28th until May 24th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-20 meters. Operations will be low power using an Elecraft KX2 transceiver (10 watts) with a 40/20 meters inverted V in a baobab tree. Should a tree not be available, he will have a 40' SpiderBeam fiberglass pole to elevate the antenna. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1460 April 13, 2020]  (0530)

CE9, ANTARCTICA - SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Lee, DS4NMJ, is part of a scientific team and is now active again from the King Se-Jong Korean Antarctic Base on King George Island (AN-010), South Shetlands (VP8/SH), as DT8A until December 31st. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8, with 100 watts. He has been heard on 40/20 meters using FT8 (F/H) at various times. QSL via DS5TOS.
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0509)

CTU AND HAMVENTION FORUM (Now OPEN to Register). Tim, K3LR, reports the following on April 27th [edited]: Registration is now OPEN for Virtual Contest University 2021 on May 20th, 2021, and for 2021 Hamvention Forums on May 21st, 2021. Both events are being held live through Zoom Webinar and are free. You must register to be included in the webinars. You need to register for each event separately. Four Icom radios will be given away at each virtual event. The drawing times are random and you must be registered and on Zoom at the time of the drawing to win. Both events will be recorded and available on YouTube at the conclusion of the events. For more information please go to:
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0523)

DL, GERMANY. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the "German DX Foundation" (GDXF), look for the special event callsign DL25GDXF to be active beginning May 1st until July 31st. QSL via DL6DH. The callsign is good towards the GDXF diploma which is a mandatory QSO. For details, see: https://gdxf.de/gdxf25
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0606)

DL, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC), a national non-profit organization for amateur radio enthusiasts in Germany, are now active as DA21WARD for World Amateur Radio Day (April 18th) until June 30th. QSL via DK5ON, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0509)

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of April 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. 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 April 5th. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list (340) is available at:  https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0606)

EA, SPAIN (Special Event). Look for the following Spanish stations to be active between May 7-9th, to celebrate/commemorate "Europe Day - On The Air 2021" which was created in 1950. The special callsigns are: AO1EU, AO2EU, AO3EU, AO4EU, AO5EU, AO6EU, AO7EU, AO8EU and AO9EU. As usual, a special QSL and an Award will be available. Contact also valid for the Radio Clubs of the World Award, EANET. QSL all callsigns via EA3RKF. For more details, see: https://fediea.org/eudota
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0509)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the APRA-62 Radio Club (F4KLR) are activating the special callsign TMØISS in honor of the French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG/FXØISS, onboard the ISS. Activity from Wingles (Pas-de-Calais) will last until September. Operations will be on all bands and modes. A special double QSL card on glossy paper has been created. Watch QRZ.com for updates as well as the following media Web pages:
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0606)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Operators Michel/F8GGZ and Serge/F6HFI will activate the special callsign TM2ØØNB to commemorate the bicentennial of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte (May 5th, 1821) between May 1-15th. Listen for a special QSL route/address for this station.
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0516)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the Société Havraise de Télé- graphie Sans Fil (SHTSF) will activate the special callsign TM1ØØSHT to celebrate their club's 100th anniversary. SHTSF was created just 100 years ago by Raoul Cénac-Thaly, associate professor of physics at the Lycée for boys in Le Havre, the current Lycée François 1er. With the Radio-Club du Nord de la France, it is the oldest amateur radio club in the country. Activity will take place on some weekends starting April 4th through August 1st (see QRZ.com for schedule). For obtaining a special diploma, see the SHTSF Web site for details at: https://shtsf.fr
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0509)

FR, REUNION ISLAND (New Arrivals). Operators Phil/F5TRO and XYL Ann/F5BSB will be new arrivals and permanent residents on the island in May. Their callsigns will be FR8UA and FR8TZ, respectively. Phil states he will be active on 80-2 meters (and 70cm) at first, using CW, SSB and some Digital modes. QSL via direct or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0606)

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). The following stations are active in honor of HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, passing on April 9th at the age of 99:
  GBØDOE -- Activity until May 6th; QSL via the Bureau or direct only.
  GB1PPP -- Activity until April 30th; QSL via eQSL.
  GB2DOE -- Activity until May 15th; QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.
  GB4RIP -- Activity until April 19th; QSL via GØNSY
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

GU, GUERNSEY. Members of the Guernsey Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will activate the special event station GB5LIB from 0001 UTC, May 8th, until 2359 UTC, May 14th. Activity will be on all bands and modes from 160-10 meters, and maybe 4/6m if conditions allow. Some satellite operation is likely too, including QO100. The station will be on air to celebrate the 76th anniversary of the Liberation of the islands in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. QSL via LoTW (preferred), but see QRZ.com for more details.
-[OPDX # 1509 March 29, 2021]  (0516)

HL, SOUTH KOREA (Special Event). Members of the Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL)[HLØHQ] are using the special callsign HL41GDM in remembrance of the 41st anniversary of the Democratic Uprising (May 18th, 1980). Activity will be on all bands and modes through May 31st. QSL via HL4CCM, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS, or eQSL. For more details, see: https://www.qrz.com/db/HL41GDM
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0606)

HP, PANAMA (Special Event). Be looking for the special event callsign
HP2ØØI to be active to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Republic
of Panama independence. QSL via HP1DAV.
-[OPDX # 1512 April 19, 2021]  (0523)

HV, VATICAN. Members of the ARI Civitavecchia (IQØCV) will be active as HV9SMG from the Vatican Radio Broadcasting Centre (Santa Maria di Galeria, Vatican City) on April 24th. Activity will be on 40/20/10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IKØCNA.
-[OPDX # 1512 April 19, 2021]  (0523)

I, ITALY (Special Event). Members of the ARI Section of Belluno will activate the special event callsign IB3CAI on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the CAI Section of Belluno and the 70th Anniversary of the 7° Alpini Refuge in Pis Pilon, Schiara Group, in a series of amateur radio activations between May 1st and September 30th. QSL via IU3EDK, direct or by the Bureau. All radio amateurs who connect them, on any band and mode, will be sent the special QSL via the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

I, ITALY (Special Event). Look for special event station II5RCH from Grosseto to be on the air until May 9th. Activity is during the 35th anniversary/memorial of the Chernobyl disaster. QSL via the address on QRZ.com or via the Bureau to IZ5RHU.
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0509)

I, ITALY (Special Event). Look for special event station II5RCH from Grosseto from April 18th until May 9th, to be active during the 35th anniversary/memorial of the Chernobyl disaster. QSL via the address on QRZ.com or via the Bureau to IZ5RHU.
-[OPDX # 1511 April 12, 2021]  (0509)

JA, JAPAN (Special Event). Look for 8N1MORSE to be active from many districts of Japan. This special amateur radio station is to promote the Morse Communication activities in 2021 and commemorate the 230th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Morse, the 120th anniversary of the Guglielmo Marconi's 1st successful transatlantic radio communication by Morse Code, etc. This station is valid from April 12, 2021 to February 28, 2022 and will be operated by members of A1 Club and Denpaken Club-Employee Social Club of NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology) with support of CQ Publishing Co., Ltd. Official website is under construction at: https://www.8n1morse.org
-[OPDX # 1512 April 19, 2021]  (0523)

JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Take, JG8NQJ, is once again active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island, Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007), for the next 3 months. 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 may try 40/30 meters and 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 # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0509)

JD1, OGASAWARA. Harry, JG7PSJ (JD1BMH/KW2X/WHØRU), will once again be active as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island (AS-031) from April 30th until May 7th. This will be his 25th visit. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his Web page for more details at: http://jd1bmh.webcrow.jp Also, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jd1bmh
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0509)

JT, MONGOLIA (Special Event). Members of the "JTDXA Team" have activated the special event station JU1ØØDX to mark the 100th anniversary of the Mongolian People's Revolution. QSL via JT1CH.
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

JW, SVALBARD. Tom, OH6VDA/LA6VDA, will once again be active as JW6VDA from the JW5E club station (http://jw5e.com/) in Longyearbyen (JQ78tf) on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) beginning April 26th until May 9th. Activity will be on various HF bands using SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS or QRZ.com log. Bureau cards via LA6VDA.
-[OPDX # 1512 April 19, 2021]  (0509)

LZ, BULGARIA (Special Callsign/Event). Members of the "School Radio Club and TV - "Young Hams" (LZ1KAK) will use the special callsign LZ1BOTEV to mark the 145th anniversary of the sacrifice of the revolutionary, poet, publicist, journalist, translator, thinker and literary critic - Hristo Botev. For Bulgarians, Botev's personality is an icon, a national symbol. A poet and a rebel, a zealous guardian of national ideas, he left a lasting mark in the pre-liberation history of Bulgaria. Activity will be on 80-2 meters using various modes, as well as the Digital modes, the QO-100 satellite and SSTV. QSL via LZ1KAK.
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

OE, AUSTRIA (Special Event). Hannes, OE3SGU/OE1SGU, will activate the special event station OE5ØAGCW from Vienna during the month of May. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the German Telegraphy Club (AGCW). Operations will be on 160-6 meters using CW. QSL via the Bureau, OQRS, LoTW or eQSL. NO SWL-reports via eQSL pse!
-[OPDX # 1511 April 12, 2021]  (0530)

OM, SLOVAK REPUBLIC (Special Event). Operators Roman/OM3TOW (spokesman of the RÚ) and Brani/OM2FY will be active as OM7ØØMHZ from Bratislava. Special event callsign is to celebrate the allocation of frequencies from 700 MHz band for 5G in Slovak Republic. RÚ is the independent regulatory authority and pricing authority in the sector of electronic communications and postal services. QSL via OM2FY.
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

ON, BELGIUM (Special Event)
* Kathleen, ON3KAT, will be using the special event callsign OS3KAT until December 12th, to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the "First Trans- Atlantic Radio Transmission." QSL via her home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
* Guy, ON3DWG, will be active as OS3DWG during the event. QSL via ON3DWG, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL.
* Alain, ON3AR, will be active as OS3AR during the event. QSL via ON3AR, direct or by the Bureau (NO LoTW or eQSL).
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

ON, BELGIUM (Special Prefix). The Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has announced that all Belgian radio amateurs and Belgian radio clubs may replace the normal prefix "ON" in their call- sign by the special prefix OS during the period between April 18, 2021 to December 12, 2021. This measure does NOT apply to short callsigns (vanity calls) and the callsigns of unmanned stations. The BIPT explains its decision to celebrate two special events of special importance this year:
  1) The "International Radio Amateur Day", on April 18, 2021.
  2) The anniversary of the first transatlantic radio transmission,
     on December 12, 2021. On that date, it will be 120 years ago
     that Guglielmo MARCONI first succeeded in bridging the Atlantic
     Ocean wireless with radio signals.
-[OPDX # 1511 April 12, 2021]  (0516)

PJ2, CURACAO. Jeff, K8ND, will once again be active as PJ2ND from the PJ2T Caribbean Contesting Consortium's (CCC) Signal Point contest station on Curacao Island (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) from April 15th until May 3rd (depending on Covid-19 restrictions). QSL PJ2ND via K8ND or LoTW. QSL PJ2T via W3HNK.
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0509)

PY, BRAZIL (Special Event). Members of the Araucaria DX Group have activated the special event callsign PX521BR until May 21st. Operation is to commemorate the 521st anniversary of the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral on April 22nd, 1500. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

PYØF, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. "DX-World.net" reports that operators Fabio/ PY2RMZ, Marcio/PU4MDO and possibly 2 other operators are planning a DXpedition to Fernando de Noronha for either May or June of this year. The dates need to be confirmed. The team plans to sign as PXØN and be active on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using dipole antennas. QSL via EA7FTR. The team is looking for support and can be contacted via E-mail at:
-[OPDX # 1505 March 1, 2021]  (0530)

SM, SWEDEN (Special Event). Members of the Hisingens Radio Club (SK6AW) will activate the special callsign SE4ØØG to take part in the celebration of Gothenburg City's 400th anniversary (June 4th) from May 1st until July 31st. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW. QSL only via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0606)

SP, POLAND (Special Event). Look for the special event callsigns to be active in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Third Silesian Uprising. The list of stations to be active between May 1-31st are:
3Z1921PS -- QSL via SP6YG (OT-31) SO1921PS -- QSL via SP9KJM (OT-06)
HF1921PS -- QSL via SP9KJU (OT-31) SP1921PS -- QSL via SP9PNB (OT-06)
SN1921PS -- QSL via SP9KDU (OT-06) SQ1921PS -- QSL via SP9PKM (OT-31)
A special certificate is available. For more details, see:
More information about the Uprising can be found here:
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

SP, POLAND (Special Event). Members of the Piastowski Klub Krótkofalowców (SP6PAZ-SN6O) will activate the special event callsign SO1ØØPS between May 1-31st. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the "Third Silesian Uprising - 1921-2021". Operations will be on 160/80/40/30/20/ 17/15/12/10/2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8/FT4. Operators mentioned are Krzysztof/SP6DVP, Andrzej/SP6GCU, Janek/SP6IHE, Bogdan/SP6LUV, Jarek/ SP6OJK, Andrzej/SP6RTX, Slawek/SP6ZC, and Boguslaw/SQ6NDC. QSL via SP6PAZ, by the PZK Bureau, direct, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. A special diploma is available. Details available at: https://logsp.pzk.org.pl/index.php?page=award&id=88
-[OPDX # 1507 March 15, 2021]  (0530)

T5, SOMALIA. Ali, EP3CQ, will once again be active as 6O1OO from Somalia starting sometime in May. He returns to Mogadishu on April 25th and expects to be operational after his quarantine at the end of the month. The length of his stay will be two months (exact end date to be confirmed later). As always, his activity will be limited to his spare time because he works for the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) in Mogadishu. Activity will be on 80/60/40/30/20/17/15/10/6 meters (mostly on 40/20 meters FT8) using CW, SSB and FT8. It is suggested to watch for him on 20 meters most days at 1700z. His rig is a FT-450D w/100 and 180 watts into a Little Tarheel II and SE-360. The 6O1OO station is currently the only active and licensed Amateur Radio Station in Somalia. QSL direct to: Ali Solhjoo, Schnackenburgstr. 3, Berlin 12159, Germany. QSL cards will be replied on a bi-monthly basis. IRCs are not accepted. For updates, it is suggested to watch QRZ.com or Twitter (https://twitter.com/EP3CQ).
ADDED NOTES: All received QSL cards by April 10th, 2021, will be replied to by April 15th, 2021. Any QSL card that is received after April 10th, will be replied to in July 2021. Ali also mentions that he is looking for support/help to upgrade his 3 year old station.
-[OPDX # 1512 April 19, 2021]  (0530)

T5, SOMALIA. Alex, IT9HRK (aka T6/IT9HRK, 5A/IT9HRK, YI9/IT9ADT) is reportedly now based in Mogadishu for the next couple of months as of April 11th, and is expected to be active as T5/IT9HRK. He works for the UN crisis management. Activity will be on various HF bands using mainly SSB, but will try CW, RTTY and PSK.
-[OPDX # 1512 April 19, 2021]  (0523)

TA, TURKEY (Special Event). Look for special event station TC568FA to be active until May 29th. Activity is to celebrate the 568th anniversary of the "Conquest of Istanbul". Operations will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. A special certificate is available. See QRZ.com for details.
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0530)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Update/Correction/Special Event). To commemorate 76th anniversary of the Victory in WW II, the Union of Russian Radio Amateurs (SRR), is conducting "Victory-76" special on-the-air event from May 2nd (starts at 0000 UTC) until May 9th (ends at 1159 UTC). Many special memorial stations with "RP76" (not RP75 as mentioned last week) prefix in their callsigns will be active. Activity will be on all HF band and modes including the satellites. A special award (diploma) is available. The complete list of participating stations is available at:
For more details, see:
For QSL routes, check QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0509)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). Members of the Stavropol Radio Club (RO7T) will activate the special callsign R75T from Stavropol between May 1-31st. Activity is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the radio club. Operations will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL via RO7T, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

VK, AUSTRALIA (Special Event) [edited]. After 8 weeks on the air, both VI1ØØAF and VK1ØØAF continue to be very popular around the bands. Conditions have been poor making it tough for the team, but they have pushed on and successfully now have over 20k QSOs in the log. Tim, MØURX, has begun the task of sending out the Special Event QSL cards around the World. The QSL card can be viewed on (www.qrz.com).
After an absence of over 25 years, Amateur radio appeared on Air Force Base Darwin on the March 31st, 2021 (Air Force Birthday), many stations were worked during the 1 day very special operation of VI1ØØAF. Other special activations have also been completed by team members around Australia, and some future special activations of Military locations around Australia are scheduled over the next couple of months. For all the information visit (www.qrz.com).
I ask that DXers please not to E-mail myself or any of the operators on the team for skeds, this is not a DXpedition, and the team members are volunteering their time and stations when they can to get on air and make a QSO for you possible.
I wish you good luck if in working the special Centenary of the Air Force Amateur Radio Stations in Australia.
73, Stuie VK8NSB, Station Manager - VI1ØØAF & VK1ØØAF
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND. A few sources are reporting that Steve, VK6SJ, will be active as VK9XX from Christmas Island (OC-002) between May 7-28th. Activity will be concentrated on FT8 on 80/40/30 meters during his spare time. He will be using a FT-857D with a vertical antenna. QSL via EB7DX.
-[OPDX # 1512 April 19, 2021]  (0530)

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. The Falkland Islands will have a new operator in May. Matthew, MØZMS, informs OPDX of the following [edited]: "I will be deploying to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI), Mount Pleasant Complex, Falkland Islands, at the end of April after two weeks quarantine here in the UK.
  Falkland Islands Communications Regulator has issued me with the full temporary license VP8ZMS valid from now until my expected departure at the end of August 2021.
  I hope to be active using the RAFARS club station shack (VP8RAF & VP8FIR), but I am taking my own FT-817, digital interface and some basic dipole kit just as backup.
  Details of Rigs/power/modes & Bands I will try to publish here, VP8ZMS Twitter Page (https://twitter.com/Vp8Zms) as well as operating times and other info I find interesting!
  If time permits, or for a special occasion I will activate VP8RAF, but QSL cards etc. are not in my control with that call.
  I am in the process of setting up LoTW & ClubLog for the call, and will be issuing paper QSL Cards via the Bureau on my return to the UK.
  My main focus of operating is of course to have a go at being the 'Rare DX' for once, but also to promote awareness of the Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society (RAFARS, of which I am the serving members representative - https://www.rafars.org/council_members/), the Falkland Islands and the RAF/BFSAI."
-[OPDX # 1509 March 29, 2021]  (0530)

XE, MEXICO (Special). Members of the Association of Radio Amateur of the Mexican Republic (ARARM) will activate three special callsign to celebrate their club's 61st anniversary. Look for 6D1A, 6D2A and 6D3A to be active until May 16th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters on all modes and the satellites. Diplomas will be awarded in three different categories (Gold/Silver/Bronze) based on the number of special stations contacted by the applicant (or reports in the case of SWLs). Complete details are available on QRZ.com. QSL Manager is XE2T via direct or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1512 April 19, 2021]  (0516)

YB, INDONESIA (Special Event). Members of ORARI Lokal Landak Radio Club (YH7AD) will activate the special event callsign 8A36ND from Landak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, to celebrate "Naik Dango - A Vibrant Dayak Celebration". Naik Dango is a very special time for them, a time to celebrate their unique culture and pay tribute to their ancestors. Activity will be on 80/40 meters using SSB and FT8. Listen for QSL instructions.
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

YL, LATVIA (Special Event). Members of the Telegraphy Working Group (AGCW, https://www.agcw.de/) are celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. On this occasion, an activity competition on the amateur radio bands on CW is organized during the month of May. All radio amateurs are cordially invited to take an active part from May 1st to May 31st. Hanz, YL3JD, will activate the special callsign YL5ØAGCW during the month of May. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20 meters. All QSOs will be made with a side swiper or straight key. QSL via LoTW. ADDED NOTE: In addition, look for the following special stations during this event: DR5ØAGCW and DP5ØAGCW with the special DOK AGCW5Ø, SN5ØAGCW, PA5ØAGCW, CR5ØAGCW and OE5ØAGCW will also be represented. All participants receive a certificate and the best placed are rewarded with special awards. Further details can be found on the anniversary activity website listed above.
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0530)

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Sigfrido, IW9FMD (5HØRS, 7Q7RS, HB9FFN, T6AB), is once again active as Z81S from South Sudan. The length of his stay is unknown. He is there working with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in South Sudan). Activity will be limited to his free time, but most of his operations has been on 15 meters SSB so far. QSL via IT9YVO direct only.
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0606)

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