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 September 23, 2018)

EIDXA October 2018 Meeting
The October EIDXA meeting is scheduled for October 19 at the Hall Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. This is our normal meeting location and time. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

October 2018 Eastern Iowa DXer
The October 2018 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!

Buy-Sell-Trade New Listings
There are a bunch of new listings on the "Buy-Sell-Trade" page. Some really nice stuff for sale -- 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.

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The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.

DX News      (Updated October 14, 2018)

DX News items, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of:
  The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX)
  Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, Editor (kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org)
  For subscription info, please see http://hamnet.org/mailman/listinfo/opdx
This list is a compilation of current DX operations (or those that start within the current week) from recent DX bulletins, 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.

5W, WESTERN SAMOA. Steve, WB2IQU, will once again be active from Apia, Samoa, as 5W2IQ between October 18-25th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters. QSL via WB2IQU direct.
-[OPDX # 1384 October 8, 2018]

5WØ & YJ, SAMOA AND VANUATU (Reminder). By the time you read this, Stan, LZ1GC, should begin his activity from two different entities in the Pacific. His tentative schedule is as follows:
  September 28th-October 14th -- From Apia, Samoa (OC-097); callsign 5WØGC
  October 15th-November 4th   -- From Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035), Vanuatu; callsign YJØGC.
The YJØGC team, consisting of Stan/LZ1GC, Lubo/OM5ZW and Karel/OK2WM will be on October 15th, at the Nadi Airport, Fiji Republic (3D2). The same day is their flight to Port Vila, Vanuatu. Due to the late arrival time in Vanuatu and the night's arrival, most likely YJØGC should be on the air around 20 GMT, on October 15th.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters, with a focus on 160/80m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:  http://www.c21gc.com
-[OPDX # 1383 September 28, 2018]

8P, BARBADOS. Charles, 8P6ET, will be active this year as 8P1W during the following contests: CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th), CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). Look for him to be as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry in all the contests. QSL via KU9C.
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

8Q, MALDIVES. Operators Wilbert/PE7T and James/9V1YC are currently active as 8Q7PE and 8Q7YC, respectively from Ukulhas Island, Alif Alif Atoll, Maldives (AS-013), until October 21st. Activity is on various HF bands, usually on CW, SSB and possibly FT8. QSL 8Q7YC via W5UE, and 8Q7PE via PE7T by the Bureau only.
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Adam, ZL4ASC, is now active signing ZL5A over the 2018-2019 Antarctic season (13 months) from the Scott Base on Ross Island (AN-011). He states on QRZ.com, "Please note I will be working on critical communications equipment and can only operate as an amateur in my spare time." Look for more info to be forthcoming. Meanwhile, visit his Web site for more information regarding his adventure on the Scott Base which is still under construction at:  http://www.adamcampbell.co.nz
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Sergey, R3IW, will be active as RI1ANW from the Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica, until March 2019. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via RN1ON or ClubLog's OQRS.
 -[OPDX # 1374 July 30, 2018]

D4, CAPE VERDE. Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as D44TWO from Praia, Santiago Island (AF-005), between October 6-21st. Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (FT8, PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW. Equipment is a FT-450D into a home-made HEX BEAM and a dipole for 40 meters. QSL via MØOXO (OQRS available).
-[OPDX # 1384 October 8, 2018]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of October 6th. The list contain 340 entities and here are the top 10 entities:
  1. P5    DPRK (North Korea)     6. BV9P  Pratas Island
  2. 3Y/B  Bouvet Island          7. KH7K  Kure Island
  3. FT5/W Crozet Island          8. KH3   Johnston Island
  4. CEØX  San Felix Islands      9. VKØM  Macquarie Island
  5. BS7H  Scarborough Reef      10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:  https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1384 October 8, 2018]

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Kasimir, DL2SBY, is now active as EA8/DL2SBY from Fuerteventura Island (AF-004). Length of activity unknown. Activity will usually be on 40-6 meters including 17/12 meters and possibly 30 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. His equipment will be a TS480SAT with a 400 watts amp, antennas are a Triple Leg (20/17/15/12/10m), vertical (80-10m) and an Inverted Vee (30/40m). QSL HBØ/DL2SBY via DL2SBY, direct or the OQRS (Bureau/direct) via ClubLog's OQRS ONLY. Do not send your QSL via the Bureau! His log will be uploaded to LoTW later.
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

EA9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as EA9/W1XGI from Melilla between October 16-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands (probably 40-10m) using mainly CW and FT8. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:  http://island.geocities.jp/ea9melilla
-[OPDX # 1377 August 20, 2018]

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Look for special event callsign, TM62GG, to be on the air from Meurchin (Pas-de-Calais 62) for the 100th anniversary of WWI (Grande Guerre). Dates of activity are June 17-18th; October 12-14th and 27-28th; November 1st, 3-4th, and 10-11th; and December 1-2nd. QSL via F4AHN, by the Bureau or direct.
-[OPDX # 1363 May 7, 2018]

FG, GUADELOUPE. Philippe, F1DUZ, will once again be active as FG4KH from Guadeloupe (NA-102) between October 16th and November 7th. Activity will be on various HF bands as well as 6 meters using SSB, the Digital modes (JT65, FT8, Hell) and with 2m/70cm Tropo, TEP and EME on JT65B. He also plans to participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Web sites for EME and TEP info and the logs online are at:
  144 MHz: http://fgdxpeditionf1duz.monsite-orange.fr
  432 MHz: http://fg4kh-eme-70cm.monsite-orange.fr
-[OPDX # 1384 October 8, 2018]

FR, REUNION ISLAND. Stephan, DL9HAL, plans/hopes to be active as FR/DL9HAL from Reunion Island sometime during October 2018. He states, "No expedition, only holiday-style. No schedule. QSL cards will be printed afterwards. PSE send the card only via my manager (MØOXO) or direct. NO other QSL - bureau for cards will never reach me. And be sure - QSL 100%"
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

FR, REUNION ISLAND (Also Mayotte, FH). Willi, DJ7RJ, reports that he will be active from Reunion Island (AF-016) for three weeks in October, and then one week in Mayotte. Callsigns were not mentioned (possibly special callsigns or FR/homecall and FH/homecall). His activity is to focus on the lower bands. No other details were provided.
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB has updated his "FT8 Operating Guide" (Version 1.20), a collection of "tips, pragmatic suggestions aimed at making FT8 easier and more effective to use on the HF bands": http://www.g4ifb.com/
-[425 DX NEWS No 1424 18 August 2018]

HP, PANAMA (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club de Panama and the GREMPA (an emergency group) will activate the scout station 3E1JT from Panama between now and October 31st. They will also participate during the Jamboree On The Air [JOTA] (October 19-21st). Activity will be on all bands using SSB including CW and the Satellites. QSL via HP1ALX.
-[OPDX # 1384 October 8, 2018]

HS, THAILAND (Special Event). Members of the Radio Society of Thailand (RAST) are now active as HS5ØIARU until October 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3. QSL via the Bureau, by ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: The IARU Region 3 (Asia-Pacific Region) will grant the 50th Anniversary Award to radio amateurs who certify having contacted at least five contacts (QSOs) on different modes or bands with Special Event Stations for commemorating the 50th Anniversary of IARU Region 3 from eligible countries that are in Region III whose amateur societies are members of IARU Region 3. Special event callsigns will have the number "5Ø" as the prefix number and IARU as their special event callsign suffix. (i.e. BV5ØIARU, HL5ØIARU, HS5ØIARU, V85ØIARU, VI5ØIARU3, YB5ØIARU, etc.) The anniversary award rules can be found at:  http://awards-iaru-r3.org
-[OPDX # 1368 June 18, 2018]

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Several sources are reporting that operators Bill/W4WV and Al/W6HGF will be active as KG4WV and KG4HF, respectively, from Club Gitmo between October 10-24th. Activity will be on various HF bands but with some focus on 160/80m, and using mainly SSB and FT8, with some operations on CW, PSK and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns. They will also make nightly uploads to ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Carsten, OY1CT, is active almost daily from Streymoy Island in the Faroe Islands (EU-018) around/about 14033 kHz after 1500z. QSL via OY1CT direct or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

P4, ARUBA. Operators Vernon/NN5E and Jim/NT5V will be active as P4/homecall from Aruba (SA-036) between October 12-19th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via their home callsigns direct, or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1383 September 28, 2018]

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Philip, N2HX, will once again be active as PJ7PL from the Royal Palms between October 20th and November 4th. Activity will include operations in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. Outside of the contest, activity will be holiday style on 30-10 meters using SSB and RTTY, possibly FT8 -- depending on what he brings down. QSL via N2HX or WA1ZAM.
-[OPDX # 1374 July 30, 2018]

SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS. Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A, is back at the Monastery from Mount Athos, and was heard on CW (14036 kHz), Friday, October 12th, between 1140-1900z. He is expected to be more active.
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

TT8KO DXPEDITION NEWS. Kenneth, LA7GIA, was active earlier in the week as TT8KO, but on October 10th, he was shut down by the national security police. As of press time, Kenneth has been waiting for the Chief of the National Security (who is traveling with the President of Chad) to personally check out his radio and equipment. As of late October 13th, Kenneth has been through two interrogations by the security police and is still waiting and thinking about returning home.
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

TT8, CHAD. Kenneth, LA7GIA, has announced his next DXpedition to take place from a hotel in N’Djamena between October 9-21st. His callsign will be TT8KO. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using mainly CW and possibly SSB. There are no Digital modes planned. Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also, watch his Web page at:  http://la7gia.com/Chad/index.html
-[OPDX # 1378 August 27, 2018]

TU, CÔTE D'IVOIRE. Bertrand, DF3FS, will once again be active as TU5MH from the Ivory Coast or Côte d’Ivoire between October 20-29th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via DF3FS or LoTW. Also, QSL requests via ClubLog's OQRS (your card not needed). Please do not send your QSL via Bureau, use the OQRS system from ClubLog for confirmation via the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1383 September 28, 2018]

V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON, will once again be active as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home, between October 10th and November 6th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB and FT8. Equipment is a Yaesu FT1000MP, FT857D and an Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. John states his antennas are a 33', 40-10m Vertical, 35', 80m Top Loaded Vertical, a base loaded 160m Vertical and on 6m a 5 element Yagi. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
  Also, visiting and operating from John's QTH will be Clive, GM3POI, between October 23-30th, as V4/GM3POI, on CW, SSB and FT8. Clive will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) signing as V47X, and as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL V47X via MØURX.
-[OPDX # 1378 August 27, 2018]

V4, ST. KITTS. Gary, GØFWX, will once again be active as V47FWX from Calypso Bay, St. Kitts (NA-104), between August 18-25th and between November 7-14th. He will be operating from the QTH of John, V47JA. Activity will be holiday style (in between sunbathing and the casino) on various HF bands. QSL via MØURX or the OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1373 July 23, 2018]

VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND. Operators Everett "Ev"/W6ABM, Joseph/N7BF, Russ/ N7QR and Peter/ZL2HM will be active as VK9EV, VK9BF, VK9QR, VK9PM, respectively, from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between October 10-19th. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. They will be on Norfolk Island during the 244th anniversary and celebration of its discovery. QSL VK9BF via N7BF. QSL VK9EV via W6ABM, direct, by the Bureau (not the VK Bureau) and LoTW. QSL VK9QR via N7QR direct. QSL VK9PM via ZL2HM.
-[OPDX # 1371 July 9, 2018]

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Date Changes). Operators Chris/G3SVL, Nigel/G3TXF, David/G3WGN, Mike/G3WPH and Tony/G2NF (all 6Gs Group members) will be active as VK9XG from Christmas Island between October 17-29th (not October 16-30th). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and possibly RTTY. QSL via G3TXF. Full logs will be uploaded to LoTW during the operation. For more details and updates, see:  http://www.6gs.org.uk/christmas-island-2018
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Update). Operators Chris/G3SVL, Nigel/G3TXF, David/G3WGN, Mike/G3WPH and Tony/G2NF (all 6Gs Group members) will be active as VK9XG from Christmas Island between October 16-30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and possibly RTTY. They plan to use FT8 (DXpedition mode) as the primary Data mode. Suggested FT8 frequencies are listed here:  http://www.6gs.org.uk/vk9xg-on-ft8 QSL via G3TXF. Full logs will be uploaded to LoTW during the operation. For more details and updates, see:  http://www.6gs.org.uk/christmas-island-2018
  PLEASE NOTE: The callsign VK9XG is being reissued: if you worked VK9XG in 2006 or earlier, please QSL (direct only) to Charlie, WØYG, with 2.00 USDs and SAE.
-[OPDX # 1383 September 28, 2018]

VP6D, DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #11, dated October 10th). VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition (OC-182) -- After 18 months of intensive planning we will soon begin our long journey to Ducie Island. This is a team effort and you are part of the team. Please help us to work you by reviewing this important information.

  1. You can follow our progress as we sail to and from Ducie Island. <https://share.garmin.com/VP6D> Tracking will be available on Oct. 16th as we depart Mangareva.
  2. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook - updated from the ship and island.
  3. As time permits, we’ll send Press Releases to the DX-bulletins and upload photos to VP6D.com from the island.
  4. Your only email route to VP6D is through the pilot team.
  5. The pilots do not have the logs. Please don’t ask them about NiL, busted calls, skeds, etc. -- Do send them helpful suggestions.
  6. There is no access to personal email while on the ship or on the island.
  7. The log will be uploaded daily, OQRS will be available at VP6D.com shortly after we leave the island.
  8. The process for reporting busted / missing QSOs will be available when OQRS opens.
  9. We are uploading the log only to VP6D.com - there is no Leaderboard.
  10. We plan to use WSJT-X Version 1.9.1 as a Fox on all bands except 160 where we will not use DX-pedition mode. VP6D FT8 operating guidelines posted at VP6D.com
  11. DXA at DXA3.org/VP6D will update about 3 minutes after your contact. Check here to see if you are in our log.
  12. The log may show FT8 dupes even if you didn’t dupe us, we will resolve dupes after the DX-pedition.
  13. Thanks to Lance, W7GJ, our plan to activate 6m EME is a first for Ducie Island.

  There will be at least 3 DXpeditions operating from the Pacific during Oct/Nov. Ensure you are in the correct pileup for the DX you are trying to work. If you see your contact on VP6D’s DXA that contact is in our log.
  Please consider a donation at VP6D.com to help offset the team’s significant investment to put Ducie Island on the air. Those who process a donation on VP6D.com before we sail on 16 October will receive their LoTW confirmation while we’re on the island.
  We wish everyone the best of luck in getting in the log, we’ll do our best to get you the Qs you want.
73, Team Ducie 2018
  Please direct questions to: info@vp6d.com
  VP6D Web page: https://www.vp6d.com
  VP6D FaceBook page:
  VP6D Twitter page : https://twitter.com/VP6D_2018
ADDED NOTES (From Gene, K5GS, date October 10th). The team is as ready as we can be. We begin our travel this weekend, first meeting in Tahiti. Nigel Jolly will not be with us on the boat, his son Matt will be the skipper. Nigel will meet us in Tahiti on Oct 15th, he will then fly to Tonga. He was awarded a last-minute contract to bring supplies to Tonga, his other ship Claymore II has the job. Nigel must be in Tonga to arrange the Customs and Immigration formalities.
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

XU, CAMBODIA. Jaye, VK2SD, will be active as XU7AME from Phnom Penh between October 6-16th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters. Equipment is a Yeasu FT900 w/100 watts, MFJ 2289 BigEar portable antenna (40-6m). Also, he has a rotatable 20m full size dipole, and OCF 40-10m dipole, and various lengths of wire to make an antenna if required. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1384 October 8, 2018]

ZD9, TRISTAN DA CUNHA. Steve, G4EDG, will be active as ZD9CW from Tristan da Cunha Island (AF-029) between September 20th and October 22nd. Activity will mainly be CW and RTTY, but some SSB too (No FT8). Operations will be on 40-15 meters and possibly 80m later in the operation. QSL via LZ1JZ. Steve will upload logs to LoTW during the operation if possible.
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND. Operators Shige/JH1GNU, Kaz/JH1HRJ and Tack/JE1SCJ will be active as ZL7X from Chatham Islands (OC-038) between October 16-22nd. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. The focus will be on the low bands CW and all bands FT8. Suggested frequencies are:
  CW  - 1822.5, 3504, 7004, 10115, 14010, 18080, 21010, 24895 and 28010
  SSB - 3785, 7080, 14210, 18140, 21305, 24970 and 28510
  FT8 - 1840*, 3563, 7060, 10140, 14095, 18105, 21095, 24920 and 28095 kHz
        * FT8: DXpedition mode except 160m
QSL via JAØVSH (direct/by the Bureau), LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1378 August 27, 2018]

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9L, SIERRA LEONE (Update to OPDX.1367). Mark, KW4XJ, who is now active as 9L1YXJ from Freetown (WW Loc. IJ38jk), informs OPDX that his overseas assignment is for 3 years and he has been there for 9 months now. Mark operates mainly on CW and the Digital modes on the HF bands (40-10m). He adds that he [edited] uses an "ICOM IC-7300 running 100 watts, Chameleon EMCOMM II end-fed wire antenna in an inverted L configuration, with a telescopic mast up about 25’, then the rest of the wire out horizontally to a convenient supporting anchor. I had to switch to the wire antenna as we have progressed into the rainy season, and we do get some rather strong wind gusts and monsoon rains here in the tropics. Before that I was using a Chameleon mil-whip w/extension. That worked very well but is a portable antenna. No way it could hold up to the storms this time of year. The wire antenna seems to be holding up well so far. I am going to be ordering an Elecraft 500-watt amplifier and electronic antenna tuner here shortly. I hope to have that delivered and installed in about a month or so. Right now, I’m using a MFJ manual antenna tuner — it works fine but after a while it gets tiring and the lazy side of me wants to just hit a button to tune. :) With the sunspot cycle where it is I’ve only been able to make FT8 and CW contacts with just 100 watts. Sometimes PSK31 will work from here. I’ve made a handful of RTTY contacts. Usually CW and FT8 most of the time. SSB seems pointless after many attempted QSOs to Europe that were very marginal at best if we could get through at all. That is why I was thinking the amplifier would help. My CW skills are still pretty basic, I can reliably manage about 13 WPM on the air. I did do my first ever CW contest here recently for the CQMM DX. I made over 300 contacts which I thought was a decent showing given my relatively low power, rookie operator, and slow speed. I need to find another CW contest to try. I’m still relatively new at operating on HF. I’ve got a lot of unexpected, excellent advice from hams around the world — the US, but also lots of help from the UK, Germany, Brazil, and Japanese operators. This is an amazing hobby. I’ve had FT8/JT65 QSOs from here in Freetown to the Falkland Islands, Iceland, Japan (lots of Japan on the long path), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the West coast of Canada, all with my modest setup." QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1368 June 18, 2018]

9X, RWANDA. Alan, KE4TA, after a long ride back from Pretoria, he is now back in Kigali and will be active as 9XØTA during his spare time. He states, "Things are very busy here right now, and likely to get busier in the next few weeks. I'll try to get on the air when I get the chance." He should be here for just under 2-1/2 years. Activity will be primarily on 20/17 meters using 600W/100W of power. He does have antennas or antenna+tuner combinations for 80-10 meters and 6m. Modes will be SSB, the Digital modes and some CW. Power may be restricted by the Rwandan authorities in accordance with their laws. Radio is a Yaesu FT-991, and antenna will be a Hexbeam on a push up tower. Alan, states, "Noise levels here are extremely high. Please don't be offended if I'm not answering your call, I likely can't hear you." QSL via DIRECT to N4GNR. He will also use LoTW. For more details, pictures and updates (maybe even an operating schedule), visit his Web page at:  http://www.rwandadx.com
-[OPDX # 1365.May 28, 2018]

ISØ, SARDINIA. Simone, ISØAFM, is active with the special callsign IRØFOC from Cagliari until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the "First Class CW Operators' Club" (FOC). A special award will be issued in May, for valid contacts for that award for only those worked between May 1-31st, 2018. QSL via LoTW or direct to ISØAFM.
-[OPDX # 1350 February 5, 2018]

SU, EGYPT. After more than five years in Jordan and about three years of activity as JY9FC which resulted with more than 90k QSO, Jovica, E78A, has a new work assignment in Cairo, Egypt, until the end of 2018. Jovica will be active as SU9JT with 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via E73Y, by the Bureau or direct. ClubLog's OQRS will be activated when QSL cards are received from printer at the end of February.
-[OPDX # 1353 February 26, 2018]

SU9, EGYPT. Nacho, EA1AK/EA7TN, continues to be active as SU9JG from Gezira Island, in the Nile River, near Cairo (Zone 34). Activity has been on FT8 and on 30/20/17/15/10 meters. QSL via LoTW or EA5GL. Check QRZ.com for more details, especially for QSOs on FT8.
-[OPDX # 1364 May 14, 2018]

VKØ/M, MACQUARIE ISLAND. Reports state that Norbert, VK5MQ, is now active as VKØAI from Macquarie Island (AN-005). He is expected to be there with the next winter team for one year. QSNs show that he was on 30/20 meters running FT8 between 0440-0630z. He has an Icom IC-7300 transceiver and a vertical antenna. QSL via VK5MQ.
-[OPDX # 1362 April 30, 2018]

XZ, MYANMAR. Simon, HSØZIB, was signing XZ2A last week, and is "the first resident amateur radio station in Myanmar since 1962". Currently, Simon is in Bangkok for a couple of weeks collecting some ham gear before returning to Naypyitaw. He is a British ham who is living in Naypyitaw, the new capital city of Myanmar. Simon teaches English, science and STEM at an international school. He also runs a "one-man-band" educational charity called "TeacherSimon.org". His license states that he can use 15, 12 and 10 meters only, and can operate on SSB and various Digital modes. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, watch for his posts on QRZ.com at:  https://www.qrz.com/db/XZ2A
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Andy, MØHLT, is now active as ZD8AC from Georgetown for the next two years. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He hopes to be on the air Saturday afternoons on 20 or 15 meters on/near the RSGB IOTA frequencies. He will be using his TS-50 and a Spider beam (40-10m). QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1346 January 8, 2018]