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Eastern Iowa DX Association

Welcome to the Eastern Iowa DX Association web site! Our club is open to any amateur radio operator who is interested in DXing and/or contesting. You are cordially invited to attend club meetings and get aquainted. We have many friendly, outgoing members with varied areas of expertise, who would be delighted to meet you and offer their help as needed. (Detailed club information is on the "About EIDXA" page.)


EIDXA News     (Updated 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:
    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 April 11, 2021 - April 18, 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. 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)

3D2, FIJI (New Ham). Joanna "JK", 3D2ZK, from Denarau, Nadi, Fiji, posted the following on QRZ.com [edited], "I'm very new to the HAM radio family. Please be patient when you hear me. I finished Jagielonica Law University in Krakow, Poland. I am a living rebel, so I joined forces with Rebel DX Group. My plan is to be active from 3D2/C (Conway Reef), 3D2/R (Rotuma Island) and several rare IOTAs around Fiji from May 2021 for 3-4 months." No QSNs have been reported yet.
-[OPDX # 1507 March 15, 2021]  (0418)

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:
    http://www.3y0j.com
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/901378553769436
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* 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
  DXpedition.
    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
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* Bob Schenck, N2OO, INDEXA President, reports that the International
  DX Association (INDEXA) is a proud supporter of the 3YØJ DXpedition
  to Bouvet!
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* Reports indicate Central Arizona DX Association (CADXA) became a
  proud supporter of the 3YØJ DXpedition to Bouvet!
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* 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:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHS8nr49rWA&t=3s
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* 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.
    SECOND UPDATE [edited]: PRESS RELEASE - 3YØI, BOUVET 2021 BY REBEL
  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)

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)

4X, ISRAEL (Special Event/Contest). Operators Ruben/4Z5FI and Jan/4X1VF will be active as 4X73T during the Holy Land Contest between 2100 UTC, Friday, April 16th, and 2100 UTC, Saturday, April 17th. The special contest callsign is being used to celebrate 73rd anniversary of Israel's Independence. This will be the first time 4XFF-019 will be activated from the Dead Sea area and will take place from a very rare Holy Land Square L19BL. A special QSL will be sent out for every contact. QSL via the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1508 March 22, 2021]  (0418)

9A, CROATIA (Special Event). Members of the radio club "Libertas" (9A4J) will activate the special "Ronald Brown Memorial" callsign 9A25RBM through April 30th. The special activity is in memory to former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ronald Harmon Brown, together with other 34 crew members and passengers who lost their lives in an airplane crash at 700m asl St. Ivan Hill, 12km east of Dubrovnik, on April 3rd, 1996, while doing final landing approach to Dubrovnik airport - Cilipi. QSL via address on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0502)

C9, MOZAMBIQUE. By the time you read this, the Russian team that was active as A25RU from Botswana last week should be active as C92RU near Barra Beach, Inhambane Province, Mozambique, between April 4-13th. Operators mentioned are Vasily/R7AL, Leo/UI8J, Vlad/R9LR and Mike/RU3UR. Activity will be on various HF bands (160-10m) and QO-100 SAT (depends on propagation) with the priority to most distant regions (NA and ASIA), using CW, SSB and FT8 (F/H) modes. They will have 4 stations (3 with amps) on the air. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:
    https://rv6ali.wixsite.com/mozambique2021
UPDATE as of April 3rd (0500z) [edited]: "We finally crossed the C9 border successfully yesterday evening at around 2000z. Due to the total curfew in Mozambique we were forced to stay overnight in Maputo and continue the journey next morning. It's still 400 Km to go." Later that evening, the team arrived at Barra Beach.
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0418)

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Mark, W5MED, who has been active as KC4USV from McMurdo Station on Ross Island (AN-011) in Antarctica, is expected to be on the air at various time during "World Amateur Radio Day", April 18th. It is suggested to watch 14243 kHz on SSB and 14070 kHz on FT8. Mark will be there until October of this year. QSL via K7MT.
-[OPDX # 1511 April 12, 2021]  (0425)

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)

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Paul, VK2PAD, is currently stationed at Casey Station as an instrument electrician and trades supervisor and is active as VKØPD. Length of stay is not known. Activity will be on 40/20 meters. The equipment that he has is an IC7300 and IC705, 300w linear amplifier, 3 x 10m telescoping fiberglass poles and loads of wire to build antennas. QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1508 March 22, 2021]  (0425)

CP, BOLIVIA. Antonio, EA5RM, is once again be active as CP1XRM from Bolivia until April 27th, working as Solidaridad Medica and Radio-amateurs Without Frontiers NGO volunteer. Activity will be limited to his spare time on 160-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via EA8RM or LOTW.
-[OPDX # 1509 March 29, 2021]  (0502)

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)

DL, GERMANY (Special Event). In 2021, the Radio Telegraphy High Speed Club (HSC) is celebrating its 70th anniversary. To mark this event, HSC was granted the special DOK number HSC70 to be used by its club stations DAØHSC and DKØHSC throughout the year. Furthermore, the special callsign DP7ØHSC was assigned to HSC to be activated exclusively on CW. It will also use the special DOK number HSC70. Its HSC number is 1951, which is the year when the HSC was founded. This station may be operated in 2021 by any German HSC member upon special application. QSL via the Bureau or LoTW. For further information, visit the HSC Web site at:
    http://www.highspeedclub.org
-[OPDX # 1508 March 22, 2021]  (0425)

DL, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the DARC will activate the special event station DL21EURO during the UEFA (under the age of 21) European Football Championship from March 24th until June 6th. See QRZ.com for more details. QSL via the Bureau or direct to DK5ON.
-[OPDX # 1506 March 8, 2021]  (0425)

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 March 8th. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list (340) is available at:  https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0509)

EA, SPAIN (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club Henares (EA4RCH) will activate the special event callsign EH4WRD from San Fernando de Henares, Madrid, between April 12-18th, during the 2021 World Amateur Radio Day. QSL via EA4RCH.
-[OPDX # 1511 April 12, 2021]  (0418)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the ISS Fan Club (http://issfanclub.eu) will activate the special event station TM6ØYURI for the 60th anniversary of the first space human flight with Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Activity will take place between April 10-25th. QSL via F1UJT, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1511 April 12, 2021]  (0502)

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)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Nicolas, F4HZS, will be active as TM15ØPAR from Berlancourt, France, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the popular uprising of 1871 called Paris Commune (see QRZ.com for more details). Activity will take place on the following days: March 20-21st, April 4th/10-11th/17-18th/24-25th, and May 1-2nd/8-9th/15-16th. QSL via F4HZS, direct or the REF Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1502 February 8, 2021]  (0418)

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)

JW, SVALBARD. There is a new station on Bear Island (EU-027) by the club "Bjørnøya Meteorologiske Stasjon" and the callsign is JW1I. We only saw one QSN on the PacketCluster and it was 20 meters SSB. QSL via the Bureau (LA). Erling, LB2PG, seems to manage the station per QRZ.com, and he is there currently as JW/LB2PG.
-[OPDX # 1509 March 29, 2021]  (0502)

JX, JAN MAYEN (Reminder). Erik's, JX2US, activity is quickly coming to an end, and he is expected to head back to Norway on April 15th. Over the past week, activity has been on 20 meters CW and FT8. QSL via LoTW, LA2US direct or ClubLog's OQRS upon his return.
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0418)

LZ, BULGARIA (Special Event). Look for special event callsign LZ2ØØGSR to be active from Sofia between April 1-30th. Activity is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Georgi Sava Rakovski (1821-1867), a famous publicist, writer, historian, ethnographer and creator of the revolutionary movement for the liberation of Bulgaria. QSL via LZ1XM or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1508 March 22, 2021]  (0502)

OK, CZECH REPUBLIC (Special Event). Members of the Radioclub Chrudim will be active as OL75KCR from Chrudim to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the foundation of Radioclub Chrudim. Activity will be from April 1st until December 31st, 2021. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1509 March 29, 2021]  (0502)

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)

OX, GREENLAND. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX beginning April 8th until May 1st, but this time from 2-3 different locations. He will activate two locations on the west coast in Greenland's main island (NA-018, WW Loc. GP47TA and GP44DE). He will also activate one location on the east coast in Greenland's Coastal Island South East Group (NA-151, WW Loc. HP15EO). Activity usually will be on 40-4 meters with a focus 50 and 70 MHz. When not active, he will run a WSPR beacon on 40-6 meters. He states this is NOT a DXpedition, and the best chance to work him will be around lunchtime and after dinner (his local time UTC-2), also during the weekend, possibly at night/morning. QSL via OZØJ direct (see QRZ.com). Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL. For more details and updates, watch QRZ.com or his Web page at:
    http://geronne.dk/index.php/ox3lx/ox3lx-dxped
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0502)

P4, ARUBA (Special Event/Contest). Jean-Pierre, P43A, posts on QRZ.com: [edited] "Five years after the first time this special callsign was issued, DTZ (Dienst Telecommunicatie Zaken) once again allowed me to use the P45 prefix between the 15th of March and the 15th of April 2021. Aruba is celebrating 35 years of Status Aparte and 45 years of Himno y Bandera this year... and after 30 years I am still a P4 HAM, hihi! We will operate the CQWW WPX SSB Contest with it, so work us if you are around!"
-[OPDX # 1508 March 22, 2021]  (0418)

PA, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Alex, PA1AW, will be active with the special callsign PA96WARD celebrating "World Amateur Radio Day 2021" (WARD) on April 18th. It was on April 18th, 1925, that the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was formed in Paris. QSL via PA1AW.
-[OPDX # 1507 March 15, 2021]  (0425)

PA, THE NETHERLANDS. Ruud, PG1R, is now active as PG96WARD from Leersum until April 30th. Activity is to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day (April 18th) and to remind you that the IARU was founded for 96 years. Operations will be on SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via PG1R, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0502)

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 LABRE-DF (PT2AAA) will activate the special event callsign ZW61DF to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the founding of Brasília, the Brazilian capital. Activity will be between April 1-30th. Operations will be on CW, SSB and FT8. The QSL Manager is PT2GTI. Paper QSL via Bureau or direct with SAE + 2GS.
-[OPDX # 1507 March 15, 2021]  (0502)

REBEL DX GROUP NEWS. The following was posted on the Rebel DX Group's Facebook page on March 15th [edited]: Hello folks -- Things are going slow during pandemic, but we are going forward with our plans. After visiting South Africa 2 months ago, we can confirm that all equipment is ready for this year's 2021 (November - December) Bouvet operation part 2. We really hope this time wild ocean will cooperate with us.
  In the meantime we are finally going back to our Rebel vessel located in Fiji. Plans are to go back to Conway Reef for 3 weeks, Rotuma for 3 to 4 weeks and some very rare IOTAs around 3D2 zone. We will be testing some of our new ideas to operate 5 different stations on FT8 (FOX & HUND) at the same time by 1 operator. (NO ROBOTS INVOLVED!!!!) This will be video recorded. Some stationary test went very promising. This (HATE OR LOVE) mode will definitely help some small pistols to get rare DXCCs into the log.
  Just to remind you, our last trip to Conway (operated by 2 ops. Tack/ JE1CKA and Dom/3Z9DX) did over 33,828 QSOs in less than 8 days. That is world record for QSO/DAY/Operator (2067 QSOs a day/operator):
    https://gdxf.de/megadxpeditions/qsosperday.php
It means we are going to work DX not for party. And now some very important words from the REBELS.
  "Sincere thanks to my OH friends; OHØXX, OH1MA and our Rebel Ambassador OH2BH, who promptly responded my urgent need of amplifiers and released three (3) pcs of Juma 1000 light-weight amplifiers."
  We had a plan to swap our amplifiers from heavy to light weight type. We got them in less than 3 days from Finland....
  Thank you again guys
  Rebel Dx Team
-[OPDX # 1508 March 22, 2021]  (0425)

S7, SEYCHELLES (Special Event). Members of the Seychelles Amateur Radio Society (SARA) will activate the special callsign S77SARA from Mahe Island (AF-024) during World Amateur Radio Day (April 18th). Operators mentioned are Kamil/S79KW, Rick/S79RP and Ravi/S79VU, and they will be on the air between 1100-1300 UTC.
-[OPDX # 1511 April 12, 2021]  (0425)

UA, RUSSIA (Special Event). There will be plenty special event stations active over the next week or so to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the space flight of Yuri A. Gagarin. A special award/diploma by the Miller-DX Club is available for working the following stations between April 12-25th: RA6ØYG, RC6ØYG, RD6ØYG, RG6ØYG, RJ6ØYG, RK6ØYG, RL6ØYG, RM6ØYG, RO6ØYG, RQ6ØYG, RT6ØYG, RU6ØYG, RV6ØYG, RWG6ØYTC, RX6ØYG, R6ØYAG, RN61YG from all Federal Districts of Russia, as well as K1S - USA Radio communications during the project days with the R6ØMCC ATP in Korolev, Moscow Region, Mission Control Center, are credited to the Star Patrol diploma. For the first time, a new member of the Miller-DX Club, cosmonaut Alexander Volkov, U4MIR, will take an active part in the project. QSL Manager for all special callsigns is RQ7L. For more details, see:  https://mdxc.ru
-[OPDX # 1511 April 12, 2021]  (0425)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). Members of the Tambov Radio Club (RK3R) will activate the special callsign R75RAA to celebrate their club's 75th anniversary. A full-color electronic anniversary diploma will be issued to all participants of the activity days (April 1-30th). See QRZ.com for details. QSL via RN3RQ.
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0502)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). To celebrate/commemorate the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space (April 12th, 1961), look for the following stations to be active:
  R1961AG -- April 8-13th; operators mentioned Valery/UA4CGR, Aleksandr/RK4CYW, Sergey/RA4DR, Aleksey/RQ4C, Sergey/RX4CD, Aleksandr/R4CDP, Svetlana/R4CEV and Oleg/RA4DZ; QSL via RA4DR;
ADDED NOTE: Some members of this team will be active between April 10-13th from the landing site of the first cosmonaut on the planet Earth. This place to be on left coast of Volga River, near the village of Smelovka.
  R1961GP -- April 7-13th; operator Roman, R4CR; QSL via R4CR or ClubLog's OQRS.
  R6ØRDK -- April 10-12th; operator Alexander, RA4DAR; QSL via the operator's instructions.
-[OPDX # 1510 April 5, 2021]  (0418)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). Pavel, RK3LC, will be active with the special callsign R1Ø8M from Smolensk, Russia, from now until April 30th. Activity is to commemorate the 87th anniversary of the birth of Yuri Gagarin (March 9th, 1934) and the 60th anniversary of his historic 108-minute first flight into outer space (April 12th, 1961). QSL via: Pavel Aleyev, Normandii-Nem d.26, kv.44, Smolensk 214000, Russia.
-[OPDX # 1507 March 15, 2021]  (0418)

VK, AUSTRALIA (Update/Special Event). The following is a press release by Stuie, VK8NSB, Station Manager VI1ØØAF & VK1ØØAF (dated March 13th) [edited]: "The Royal Australian Air Force - 100 Year Centenary. VK1ØØAF & VI1ØØAF" -- Since both VI1ØØAF & VK1ØØAF hit the airways on March 1st, 2021, 18 of the 46 operators have now used the VI1ØØAF call- sign for a total of 4661 QSOs. 12 of the 46 operators have used the VK1ØØAF callsign for a total of 3612 QSOs. The bands have not been the best, but the operators are working hard to ensure that they are active as much as possible during their allocated period with the specified callsign. Log books are uploaded to OQRS & LoTW the day after each operators allocated time, so please if you see a “Not in Log” , try again in a few days' time, but in the meantime work the station again if you're not 100% sure of the QSO. The QSL card is now being finalized with the designer and will be at the printers very soon, we expect to be sending the QSL card out in late April.
-[OPDX # 1508 March 22, 2021]  (0425)

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Pete, K8PGJ, is once again active as ZF2PG from the Sunny Isle of Grand Cayman (NA-016) [remotely]. Activity will be on 160-10 meters and include the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th). LoTW will be utilized and direct QSLs to his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1509 March 29, 2021]  (0502)


Selected Upcoming Contests

Start End Contest Web Site
Apr 16 2100Z Apr 17 2100Z Holyland DX Contest Rules
Apr 17 0700Z Apr 18 0659Z YU DX Contest Rules
Apr 17 0900Z Apr 18 2359Z CQMM DX Contest Rules
Apr 17 1400Z Apr 18 2000Z Texas State Parks on the Air Rules
Apr 17 1600Z Apr 18 0400Z Michigan QSO Party Rules
Apr 17 1800Z Apr 18 0500Z Ontario QSO Party Rules
Apr 18 1200Z Apr 18 1800Z Ontario QSO Party Rules
Apr 18 1800Z Apr 18 2359Z ARRL Rookie Roundup, SSB Rules
Apr 24 0001Z Apr 25 2359Z 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital Rules
Apr 24 1200Z Apr 25 1200Z SP DX RTTY Contest Rules
Apr 24 1300Z Apr 25 1259Z Helvetia Contest Rules
Apr 24 1600Z Apr 25 0159Z Florida QSO Party Rules
Apr 25 1200Z Apr 25 2159Z Florida QSO Party Rules
May 1 0001Z May 2 2359Z 10-10 Int. Spring Contest, CW Rules
May 1 1200Z May 2 1159Z ARI International DX Contest Rules
May 1 1300Z May 2 0700Z 7th Call Area QSO Party Rules
May 1 1500Z May 2 0300Z Indiana QSO Party Rules
May 1 1700Z May 2 2359Z Delaware QSO Party Rules
May 1 2000Z May 2 0500Z New England QSO Party Rules
May 2 1300Z May 2 2400Z New England QSO Party Rules