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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 May 17, 2020)

EIDXA April 2020 Meeting
The April meeting is on hold indefinitely due to Covid 19 virus concerns. When this crisis is resolved, we will resume meetings. Stay tuned!

We normally meet quarterly in January, April, July and October on a Friday evening. Our normal meeting location is the Hall Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. A program of interest follows the business meeting. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

Note: The presentation by Al, KØVM from the October 2019 meeting is available for download on the "Meetings" page.

April 2020 Eastern Iowa DXer
The April 2020 edition of the Eastern Iowa DXer is now available on the "Newsletter" page. Bob, WØGXA, has as usual put together a great newsletter, loaded with good information. Be sure you don't miss it!

EIDXA Member KCØQ SK
Jim Spencer, WØSR reports that Jeff Russell, KCØQ, has lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72. Jeff was the creator of the "Kansas City Keyer", which evolved into the Super CMOS line of keyers from Idiom Press, in your editor's humble opinion, the finest keyer of all time. RIP, Jeff.

  EIDXA Member NNØL SK
NNØLWe regret to inform you that EIDXA member Ronnie Borkgren,
NNØL of Anamosa became a Silent Key on March 3 following a
sudden illness. He was 77.

Ronnie was a great guy and will be sorely missed by the eastern
Iowa Ham Radio community.


Membership roster updated on February 8, 2020
The membership roster has been updated. Thanks to Mike, NA9Q, for updating the list! You can find the list on the "Members" page.

Buy-Sell-Trade Listings  -  Updated April 2, 2020!
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.



DX News      (Updated May 24, 2020)

DX News items are courtesy of:

The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX)
   Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, Editor (kb8nw@hotmail.com or kb8nw@arrl.net)
   The bulletin is available at http://www.papays.com/opdx.html

This list is a compilation of current DX operations (or those that start within the current week) from recent issues of the OPDX bulletin, with the dates of operation highlighted in red. The items appear in order of callsign prefix. Hot links are provided for QSL information wherever possible. Credit for the source is given at the end of each item.

2020 W9DXCC DX CONVENTION NEWS (Cancelled). The following was posted on the W9DXCC Web page (http://w9dxcc.com) [edited]: The board of directors for the Northern Illinois DX Association voted unanimously on May 19th to cancel this year's W9DXCC convention (scheduled for September 11-12th) due to the coronavirus pandemic and expected limitations in Illinois surrounding large gatherings this fall. Plans are already being made to book the 2021 convention at the Marriott in Naperville, where the 68th annual W9DXCC is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 11-12th.
   Thank you for your continued support of W9DXCC and we look forward to gathering in person again in 2021. There have been tentative discussions about a possible virtual convention this year. Updates will be shared via email and the website if there are developments.
-[OPDX # 1466 May 25, 2020]

3YØI (BOUVET), T22T (TUVALU) AND T33T (BANABA) DXPEDITION NEWS. The Rebel DX Group reports on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup):   Unfortunately, our plans regarding activating Banaba Island and Tuvalu has been affected by the current COVID-19 situation - just like in case of many other DXpeditions around the world. We're forced to postpone the DXpedition, but it's not canceled. No worries! We'll resume our plans once the island would become accessible again. Meanwhile, we keep an eye on any possibilities to continue our plans in terms of activation Bouvet Island at the end of this year. Surprisingly, the long wait until the end of 2020 may not affect our plans at all and we'll be able to continue with our initial 3YØI plans without any disruption. We still miss a portion of our necessary budget to activate Bouvet. Just like in case of many other top-most-wanted-DXCC DXpeditions, it can't happen without your support. We kindly ask for any possible donations via our GFM page at:
         https://www.gofundme.com/f/3y0i-bouvet-island-expedition
Don't forget to add your callsign in the donation form. Once donated, your callsign would automatically be listed in the donors' list there.
-[OPDX # 1464 May 11, 2020]

4J, AZERBAIJAN. Look for Azerbaijani amateur radio operators to be using either the 4J75 or 4K75 prefixes starting May 5th, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the victory in WW2. Length of activity is not known at this time.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

4J, AZERBAIJAN (Special Event). Members of the Federation of Radiosport of the Republic of Azerbaijan (FRS) will activate two special event stations 4JØSTAYHOME and 4KØSTAYHOME during the COVID-19 crisis. Length of activity was not mentioned. QSL via DC9RI (DARC or direct).
-[OPDX # 1461 April 20, 2020]

4L, GEORGIA. Operator Vaho, 4L8A, will be active from Tbilisi during the CQWW WPX CW Contests (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via MØOXO OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1465 May 18, 2020]

4X, ISRAEL (Special Event). Isaac, 4Z1TL, will activate special event "Stay-At-Home" station 4X2BESAFE from Herzliya beginning April 26th until August 12th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via 4Z1TL direct. NO IRCs.
-[OPDX # 1462 April 27, 2020]

5W, SAMOA (Special Event). Atsu, 5W1SA, is expected to be active as 5W19STAYSAFE from Apia during the pandemic COVID-19 lock-down. He states, "I know everyone struggles with Covid-19, whereas we in Samoa have no positive cases so far. One of the very rare Covid-Free Island countries that I'm transmitting from. Yes, the Island is really isolated from any other land and the Samoa Government decided to close the border at the early stage. I wish everybody Stay Safe at your places and we will see the end of pandemic as soon as possible. I also wish I could help you kill time while calling me or enjoy collecting DXCC, WPX or any other award you are trying.... 73 and Stay Safe all!!" QSL via LoTW (NO Paper Card).
-[OPDX # 1462 April 27, 2020]

5Z, KENYA (Special Event). Members of the Radio Society of Kenya (RSK) is proud to share in the activity with their special event callsign 5Z4STAYHOME in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has wrought globally! Length of activity was not mentioned. QSL via the Bureau only. Visit their Web page at:  https://qsl.net/arsk
-[OPDX # 1464 May 11, 2020]

6Y, JAMAICA (Special Event). Nigel, 6Y5HN, is another station supporting the COVID-19 Stay Home event by being active as 6Y6STAYHOME. Length of activity is unknown. He states, "Our small Island is on the brink of something never before experienced. It pales in comparison to hurricanes and other natural disasters." Activity was heard on 40 meters. QSL via EA5GL.
-[OPDX # 1462 April 27, 2020]

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF WWII (Special Event). During the month of May, look for the following special event stations to be active:
  4X75V Israel; via 4X6ZM; (*)            RP75KB Russia; via UF2F
  4Z75V Israel; via 4X6ZM; (*)            RP75KC Russia; via RN3RQ
  EV75B Belarus; via (B); (*)             RP75KF Russia; via RW3NW
  EV75F Belarus; via EW3W (d/C); (*)      RP75KK Russia; via RX1CQ
  EV75GA Belarus; via EW1D; (*)           RP75KN Russia; via UA3NFI
  EV75GK Belarus; via EW4A (C/L/e); (*)   RP75MK Russia; via UA4AVA
  EV75K Belarus; via EW8BQ; (*)           RP75ML Russia; via (O)
  EV75M Belarus; via EW1I (C/L/e); (*)    RP75MM Russia; via RN3RQ
  EV75OB Belarus; via (d); (*)            RP75O Russia; via R2EA
  EV75PG Belarus; via RW6HS; (*)          RP75ON Russia; via RZ3LC
  GB4VVV England; via (e); (**)           RP75QP Russia; via UA3OO
  GB75VEC N. Ireland;(see QRZ.com); (***) RP75RF Russia; via RK3SB
  GB75VED England; via 2EØNDZ; (***)      RP75TH Russia; via RA6AAW (B/e)
  GB75VET England; via MØIRU; (***)       RP75TK Russia; via R9GM
  GU75LIB Guernsey; v (B/d-GU8ITE); (**)  RP75UA Russia; via RU3DFA
  LI8MAI Norway; via LA5YJ; (****)        RP75VP Russia; via RA3FP
  MØIRU England; via MØIRU (L); (***)     RP75VT Russia; via (L/e)
  RP75AO Russia; via RZ5D                 RP75ZK Russia; via RA6AAW (B/e)
  RP75AOS Russia; via RZ1OK               UP75A Kazakhstan; via (e/L)
  RP75AS Russia; via RX1CQ                UP75B Kazakhstan; via (e/L)
  RP75BKF Russia; via RN3RQ (d/B/L)       UP75D Kazakhstan; via (e/L)
  RP75DM Russia; via RA9WJV               UP75E Kazakhstan; via (e/L)
  RP75EP Russia; via UA1ZZ (B)            UP75O Kazakhstan; via (e/L)
  RP75GS Russia; via ???                  UP75P Kazakhstan; via (e/L)
  RP75IE Russia; via RA9AEA (B/e)         UP75POBEDA Kazakhstan; via (e/L)
  RP75IS Russia; via RW3QM                UP75VK Kazakhstan; via UN7LAN
  RP75K Russia; via R5WW                  YT5DP Serbia; (****)
Most station will be active through May 9th; others through the 10th (*), 11-12th (**), 28th(***) or 31st (****)
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

9J, ZAMBIA. Time is running out to work Mario, IZ3KVD, as 9J2MYT from Lusaka (WW Loc. KH44DO). He is expected to go QRT at the end of May. Activity has been on 20/17/15/10 meters SSB using a Yaesu 897D into a long wire antenna. QSL via IZ3KVD direct only.
-[OPDX # 1465 May 18, 2020]

9M2, WEST MALAYSIA (Special Event). Due to the Novel Coronavirus (Covid 19) outbreak, everyone is encouraged to follow the new norms of life with social distancing, washing your hands frequently and wearing face mask whilst being outside in public, even working from home (WFH). The Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters Society (MARTS) wishes to thank Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) for approving the following special event callsign to be used for a period of 3 months starting from May 15th. The callsigns that were approved to be on air are: 9M4StayHome, 9M4DudukRumah and 9M4Covid19. These callsigns will be activated on the HF and VHF frequencies using SSB, CW and the Digital mode. The callsign will be on aired from various locations all over Malaysia. Coordinators are Zanirul/9M2PRO, Nornazmi/9M2MDX, Nasir/9W2VWT and Rabin/9W2PD. For direct QSL cards, send to 9W2PD: Rabin Harichandra, PO Box 73, 71050 Port Dickson NS, MALAYSIA. Kindly include a SASE and 2 USDs. IRC are NOT accepted in Malaysia. Bureau QSLs can be send to: MARTS, PO Box 10777, 50724 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.
-[OPDX # 1464 May 11, 2020]

9V, SINGAPORE (Special Event). James, 9V1YC, announces on QRZ.com that the special callsign 9V1STAYHOME will be active through June 30th. Activity is to promote social distancing in the global battle against COVID-19. QSL via LoTW only. Logs will be uploaded after June 30th, 2020. No direct or Bureau QSLs please.
-[OPDX # 1464 May 11, 2020]

A3, TONGA. Masa, JAØRQV, will once again be active as A35JP from Tongatapu Island (OC-049) beginning November 24th, 2019 until November 2020. He states, "This time, I will be stationed there as a resident supervisor of the international corporation project." Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. Equipment is an IC-7300 w/100W into a Vertical antenna. QSL via LoTW and ClubLog's OQRS, or direct w/2 USDs or by the Bureau via his home callsign JAØRQV. He states, "If you need paper QSL, please be patient to receive it because I will be able to issue paper QSL after I return to Japan in November 2020. Please do not send SASE to my home address." He also mentions, "During the period, if possible, I will try to activate some outer islands again such as Niuatoputapu (OC-191), Niuafo'ou (OC-123), Vava'u (OC-064) and Ha'apai (OC-169). Details will be announced once decided."
-[OPDX # 1437 October 28, 2019]

A6, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS) will activate twelve stations with suffix NMT (National Medical Taskforce) during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. This is recognition of the efforts of all medical teams and cadres, and all health workers in the country, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, administrators and technicians, who work around the clock, in light of the conditions and challenges that the world is currently experiencing due to the outbreak. Length of their activity is not known at this time. Look for the following stations:
  A6ØNMT/1 - Op A61M;  QSL via A61BK    A6ØNMT/7  - Op A61FJ; QSL via direct
  A6ØNMT/2 - Op A61Q;  QSL via EA7FTR   A6ØNMT/8  - Op A61RJ; QSL via direct
  A6ØNMT/3 - Op A61NN; QSL via A61NN    A6ØNMT/9  - Op A61HA; QSL via A61BK
  A6ØNMT/4 - Op A61FK; QSL via A61BK    A6ØNMT/1Ø - Op A61GC; QSL via direct
  A6ØNMT/5 - Op A61DD; QSL via A92AA    A6ØNMT/11 - Op A61AY; QSL via direct
  A6ØNMT/6 - Op A61QQ; QSL via A61BK    A6ØNMT/12 - Op A61BK; QSL via A61BK
-[OPDX # 1465 May 18, 2020]

ARRL HAMFEST/CONVENTION CANCELLATIONS (Update). The ARRL has created a Web page that lists all hamfests and conventions that have advised the League that they are canceling scheduled events due to the concerns over the coronavirus (currently there are 39 listed):  https://tinyurl.com/rn7nrf4
-[OPDX # 1459 April 6, 2020]

BV, TAIWAN (Special Event). Look for special event station BV12ØSU to be active until August 4th. Activity is to celebrates the 120th anniversary of Soochow University in Taiwan. Operations will be on various HF bands and modes (FT8 was mentioned). QSL via BU2EQ or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1454 March 2, 2020]

BY, CHINA. Members of the ZhangJiaGang Amateur Radio Association will be active as BI4WXD during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Multi-2/High-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Weihai/BD4SS, Gu/BD4TS, Xinrong/BI4SCC, Dale/BA4TB, Xingang/BH4TVU and Yun/BH4QBV. QSL via BI4SCC.
-[OPDX # 1465 May 18, 2020]

CE, CHILE (Special Event). Jorge, CE3YP, will activating the special event callsign CB3STAYHOME from Santiago, Chile. For SARL Finland Stay At Home SAH awards please visit their Web site. Activity will be on 80-10 meters on FT-8. Look for some SSB operations on 14250-14270 kHz between 1200-1600 UTC. All QSO will be logged on LoTW.  QSL cards are via Pedro, EA5GL, only. No direct, Bureau, eQSL, QRZ.com or ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1462 April 27, 2020]

CE, CHILE (Special Event). Operators Cocke/CE3JBD, Juan/CE3BN, Sebastian/CE3GCA, Alejandro/CE3VRT and Alejandro/CE3ARU will be active as CB3SH from Santiago until September 30th. Their "Stay-Home" activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB, FT8 and PSK. QSL will only be done in digital form and you must request it via E-mail to:  covid19.special.event@gmail.com  Also, QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details, see QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1462 April 27, 2020]

CE, CHILE (Special Event). Special event "Stay-At-Home" station 3G2HOME is now active. Length of activity is not known. Activity has been mainly on 20 meters CW. QSL only via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1462 April 27, 2020]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Member and operators of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition team (JARE) will be active as 8J1RL from Showa Research Station, Queen Maud Land (AN-015), until January 2021. Operators mentioned are Take/JA1AGS and Hiro/JH7JCX. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via JG2MLI or by the JARL Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1462 April 27, 2020]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Alexander, RX3ABI, will be active as RI1ANM from the Russian Mirny Station in Queen Mary Land, Antarctica (AN-016), on the Antarctic coast of the Davis Sea, until early 2021. This is the first Soviet Antarctic station and was established on February 13th, 1956. Activity will be on various HF bands during his spare time. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1460 April 13, 2020]

DU, THE PHILIPPINES. Members of the Philippine Amateur Radio Association will activate special event station DXØSTAYHOME "for the duration of the community quarantine in the Philippines." Eddie, DU1EV, informs, "We encourage everyone to stay home and operate their amateur radio stations." QSL via DX1PAR.
-[OPDX # 1461 April 20, 2020]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of April 29th. The list contains 340 entities. The following are the top 26 entities:
   1. P5 DPRK (North Korea)     14. KH4 Midway Island
   2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island        15. ZS8 Prince Edward & Marion Islands
   3. FT5/W Crozet Island       16. PYØS Saint Peter and Paul Rocks
   4. BS7H Scarborough Reef     17. PYØT Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands
   5. CEØX San Felix Islands    18. KP5 Desecheo Island
   6. BV9P Pratas Island        19. SV/A Mount Athos
   7. KH7K Kure Island          20. VP8S South Sandwich Islands
   8. KH3 Johnston Island       21. KH5 Palmyra & Jarvis Islands
   9. 3Y/P Peter 1 Island       22. JD/M Minami Torishima
  10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island    23. EZ Turkmenistan
  11. FT/G Glorioso Island      24. ZL9 New Zealand Subantarctic Islands
  12. VKØM Macquarie Island     25. YK Syria
  13. YVØ Aves Island           26. FK/C Chesterfield Island
This month there has been a shake-up since "VP8O South Orkney Islands" has been dropped from the top 26 from 16th to 44th. So, everything has moved up one (between 16th and 26th) and "FK/C Chesterfield Island" has been added to the list. Some small changes have happened: "KH5 Palmyra & Jarvis Islands" moved from 23rd to 21st, and "KH5 Palmyra & Jarvis Islands" moved from 24th to 20nd. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list (340) is available at:  https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

E7, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. Radio amateur operators in Bosnia and Herzegovina are joining STAY HOME campaign, and beginning 2200 UTC April 7th until 2200 UTC May 31st, will be operating with the special callsign E7STAYHOME. Activity will include operators from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and will be on all bands and modes. Operators Robert/E77E and Boris/E73Y will handle the QSL cards and will send them via the Bureau to everybody in the LOG. Also, you can expect LoTW upload after the operation is completed and all LOGs are collected. STAY HOME - STAY SAFE!
-[OPDX # 1460 April 13, 2020]

EA, SPAIN (Special Event). Look for special event URE Huelva station EH7STAYHOME to be active. No other details provided. QSL via EB7DX, direct, LoTW and Auto Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club Laurilsiva (EA8RKL) from Gran Canaria (AF-004) will be active as EH8DDC between May 24-31st. Activity is to celebrate the feast day of the Autonomous Community of Canaria. Operations will be on all possible bands and modes. Participants who manage to make four contacts without repeating bands and modes on the same day will receive a digital Diploma. The lists (log) must be sent before June 15th, and E-mail to:  listasea8rkl@gmail.com  (stating their callsign, name and surname). QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1466 May 25, 2020]

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club du Val d'Issole (F8KGH) will be active as TM1SAFE from the South of France to promote the "STAY HOME" campaign and stop the spread of COVID-19. The purpose of this special event callsign is to highlight the importance of staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and to express their solidarity with all the people who are affected by this virus. In addition, the amateur radio community wishes to express its gratitude to all the medical personnel who give their best in their tireless efforts to comfort all patients in their fight against this pandemic. QSL is available via eQSL, QRZ.com, LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS, HRDLOG or their QSL Manager F4GPB.
-[OPDX # 1466 May 25, 2020]

F, FRANCE. Maurice, F5NQL, will activate the Provins ARC callsign, F6KOP, during the next CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Assisted/High-Power entry. WW. Loc. JN18pn. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau, or direct to Christian/F5GSJ (see QRZ.com). If you use the Bureau, please only via REF Bureau (the French IARU Society and the only one).
-[OPDX # 1466 May 25, 2020]

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the French Radio Club APRA62 (F4KLR) will be active as TM18JUIN during the following dates in May (8-9th, 23-24th, 30-31st) and June (6-7th, 13-14th, 18-21st, 27th). Activity is to commemorate General Charles de Gaulle's appeal to the French on the BBC (June 18th, 1940) to continue resisting the German occupation, refuse defeat and to continue fighting with him in Great Britain, within the Free French Forces. QSL via F4AHN. For more details, see QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1464 May 11, 2020]

FM, MARTINIQUE. Marius, ON4RU/OQ3R, will be active as FM/OQ3R from Martinique (NA-107) beginning May 25th until June 6th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW only. He also plans to be in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op entry signing TO3F. QSL both call-signs direct to ON4RU only (not Bureau member).
-[OPDX # 1455 March 9, 2020]

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of the Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society (RAFARS) are now active as GB75VED from RAFARS HQ RAF Cosford until May 28th. Activity is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. QSL via 2EØNDZ (RAFARS QSL Manager).
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of the RSGB Contest Club will activate the following callsigns between May 1-31st and August 1-31st: GB1945PE, GB1945PJ and GB75PEACE. Activity is to celebrate VE (Victory in Europe) and VJ (Victory in Japan) Days. Operations will be on various HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.  A schedule of operation for each callsign can be found on QRZ.com. QSLs are only via LoTW and eQSL. No paper QSL cards.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Members of the La Loma Del Toro Contest Club will be active as HI3Y during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. This operation is dedicated to the memory of their good friend and operator Edwin Nunez, HI3K/SK. Operators mentioned are Jamie/WP3A, Julio/HI3A, Lor/HI3Y, Tino/HI3CC, César/HI3CMM and Franky/HI3TT. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1453 February 24, 2020]

HL, SOUTH KOREA (Special Event). Look for special event station HL4ØGDM to be active until May 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the May 18th Democratic Uprising in Gwangju. Operations will be on all bands and modes. Operators mentioned are HL4CCM, HL4CBI, HL4CEL, HL4CBX, HL4CJG, HL4CRO, HL4CTL, DS4FLF, DS4GDG, DS4BZC, DS4FMG, DS4FQS, DS4GKG, DS4HCB, HL4TRQ, HL4RFW, DS4GOD, DS4HCJ, DS4HDJ and DS4HEO. QSL via HL4CCM, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details, see QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

JA, JAPAN (Special Event). Look for special event station 8J1ITU to be on the air from Japan as of 1500z April 30th, through 1459z on May 31st. Activity is to celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of the ITU (World Telecommunication and Information Society Day - May 17th). 8J1ITU is operated by the Japan ITU Amateur Radio Club during the month of May every year. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the club members will be getting  on the air from the club's main base [as the base station is on Japan Honshu Island (AS-007, JIIA AS-007-001, WLOTA 2376)], from Kasumigaura City (Japan  JCC# 1430) and at a member's home QTH (as a portable station) following the worldwide "Stay-At-Home" policy :) !!) QSL via the Bureau (JARL) or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Kelly, NM7H, continues to be active as KG4NE from Guantanamo Bay until possibly May 28th or early June. Activity has been primarily on FT8 and FT4 on various HF bands between 160-6 meters. QSL via NM7H, ClubLog, LoTW and eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1464 May 11, 2020]

KP4, PUERTO RICO (NA-099). Operators Carlos/KP4EJ and Alfredo/WP3C will be active as KP4EJ during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Multi- Single entry. QSL via KP4EJ.
-[OPDX # 1466 May 25, 2020]

LA, NORWAY. The Norwegian National Guard's Radio Amateur Club (LA1V) has been given permission to operate with the special callsign LN1V («Liberation Norway One Victory») during all of the year 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary for the liberation of Norway at the end of WW2 (all of Norway was liberated from WW2, May 8th, 1945). Most of the LN1V activity will therefore be mainly during the month of May. Operations will be mostly on the bands between 160 meters to 70 centimeters (including 60m and 4m) using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Also, LN1V will participate in some contests during the year. QSL via the club's chairman LA4LN, either direct (preferably) or via the Bureau, but no electronic QSLs. More info about LN1V is available on the QRZ.com and QRZCQ.com web sites.
-[OPDX # 1460 April 13, 2020]

LY, LITHUANIA. Rolandas, LY5AA, will be active as LY88A from Kaunas during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m)/High-Power entry. QSL via LY5AA direct to: Rolandas Zakelis, Naujakuriu g.82-19, LT47131 Kaunas, LITHUANIA.
-[OPDX # 1466 May 25, 2020]

OD, LEBANON (Special Event). Members of the Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) will activate the special event callsigns OD5ØSH and OD5STAYHOME to spread awareness and to Stay-At-Home as part of social distancing policies during the COVID-19 outbreak. QSL via IZ8CLM.
-[OPDX # 1462 April 27, 2020]

OE, AUSTRIA. Jo, OE4VIE, is now active as OE5ØMHZ from WW Loc. JN87dc until June 30th. Activity is to mark the 30th anniversary of the first provisional release of the frequency range 50-52 MHz for Amateur Radio in Austria. Operations will be on CW, SSB and the Digital modes on 6 meters. QSL via LoTW and eQSL; paper QSLs will be sent automatically via the Bureau. (He DOES NOT NEED YOUR QSL!)
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

OE, AUSTRIA (Special Event). Martti, OH2BH, on April 24th, reported the following:   UN International Center in Vienna, Austria, is joining The STAYHOME movement -- United Nations ARC President, James, K2QI in New York, has approved the callsign 4U2STAYHOME to promote the amateur radio goodwill and social networking over the air. Andy, RW3AH, opened up the stream of communication today, Thursday, on 40M CW. QSL via UA3DX.
  4U2STAYHOME count for both CMA and SHA awards:
         http://www.qrz.com/db/%20OH2STAYHOME
-[OPDX # 1462 April 27, 2020]

OZ, DENMARK. Henning, OZ2I/OZ1BI, will be active as 5Q6EE from the EDR HQ station in Odense during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via OZ2I, LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:     http://www.oz2i.dk/index.html
-[OPDX # 1465 May 18, 2020]

PY, BRAZIL (Special Event). Operators Freddy/PY3YD, Joselito/PS8BR, Fernando/PS8CW, Raimundo/PS8DX, Jose/PS8ET, Milton/PS8HF, Nelson/PS8NF, Pirajah/PS8RF, Dalton/PS8TV and Andre/PT9AL are using the special event callsign ZW8THANKS as a tribute to health care professionals fighting COVID-19. Activity will be on all bands and modes including the satellites. QSL via direct, eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1461 April 20, 2020]

S5, SLOVENIA (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club Cerkno will activate special event callsign S5ØØE throughout 2020. Activity is to mark half a million QSOs made from the S5ØE (WW Loc. JN76AD) station. A special QSL will confirm each contact via the Bureau in early 2021. The Log will be uploaded to the ARRL LoTW and ClubLog on a regular basis. For those who want to send QSL cards direct, please request a QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred) or send SASE with 3 USDs or equivalent in EUR to cover return postage for their QSL Manager Miran Voncina (S5ØO), Cvetkova 35, 5282 Cerkno, Slovenija. Cards with insufficient postage or no return envelope will be returned via the QSL Bureau. Special S5ØØE T-shirt will be awarded to a station with the highest number of QSOs (band/mode) from each continent and Slovenija. For more information and updates, please visit the Radio Club Cerkno S5ØE Web site at:  http://www.s50e.si
-[OPDX # 1455 March 9, 2020]

SP, POLAND (Special Event). Members and guest of the Harcerski Klub Lacznosci Gornica (SP9ZKN) will be active as 3Z1ØØKW from Wadowice the the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) until May 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Karol Józef Wojtyla birth. QSL via info on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1465 May 18, 2020]

SP, POLAND (Special Event). Czeslaw, SP9FZU, will be active with the special callsign SN1ØØPS from Gliwice in memory of Second Silesian Civil War, 1920. Activity will be on various HF bands. Length of his operation was not mentioned. QSL via SP9KAG, by the Bureau or direct.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

SP, POLAND (Special Event). Members of the Radio-Club Krobia have activated special event station SN1ØØKW until May 31st. Activity is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II (born as Karol Wojtyla [1920-2005]). QSL via SP3PGS by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1459 April 6, 2020]

SPECIAL STAY AT HOME STATIONS/ACTIVITIES (Updated/Corrections). Many more special event stations have hit the airwaves (or soon will be) to promote individuals to "STAY-AT-HOME" and raise awareness for the restrictions necessary to fight the spread the coronavirus. List also includes special event stations to thank all health and medical workers. Here is a checklist of stations announced to be active (Updated May 24th, some with QRT dates):
    3G2HOME (Chile)          July 14th    GB5SAH (England)            May 28th
   *4JØSTAYHOME (Azerbaijan)  May 31st    GB6NHS (England)            May 22nd
   *4KØSTAYHOME (Azerbaijan)  May 31st    GB6SAH (England)            May 26th
    4MSTAYHOME (Venezuela)    ????????    GB8NHS (Northern Ireland)   May 26th
   *4U2STAYHOME (Austria)     ????????    GB8SAH (England)                 QRT
   *4U9STAYHOME (Italy)      June 15th    GB9KS (England)             May 31st
    4X2BESAFE (Israel)             QRT    GB9KW (England)                 ????
   *5B4STAYHOME (Cyprus)     July 31st    GB9NHS (England)            May 12th
   *5JSTAYHOME (Colombia)    July 27th    GB9SH (England)             May 31st
   *5W1STAYSAFE (Samoa)       ????????    GB9WYH (England)            May 11th
    5Z4STAYHOME (Kenya)       ????????      (WYH=Wash Your Hands)
   *6Y6STAYHOME (Jamaica)    July 23rd    HAØHOME (Hungary)               ????
    8A1HOME (Indonesia)       May 29th    HAØSTAY (Hungary)               ????
    8A1STAYHOME (Indonesia)   May 29th    HA127STAY (Hungary)             ????
    8C2WFH (Indonesia)        May 19th    HG2ØAT (Hungary)            May 15th
    8C2STAYHOME  (Indonesia)  ????????    HG2ØAY (Hungary)            May 15th
   *9K9STAYHOME (Kuwait)     July 19th    HG2ØHO (Hungary)            May 15th
    9M4Covid19 (W.Malaysia)   Aug.15th    HG2ØME (Hungary)            May 15th
    9M4DudukRumah (W.Malaysia)Aug.15th    HG2ØST (Hungary)            May 15th
   *9M4STAYHOME (W.Malaysia)  Aug.15th   *HZ1STAYHOME (Saudi Arabia)      ????
   *9V1STAYHOME (Singapore)  June 30th    II3STAY (Italy)            Dec. 31st
    A6ØSH/1 [SH=StayHome] (U.A.E.)????    IO6STAY (Italy)            July 20th
    A6ØSH/2  (U.A.E.)             ????    II9SH (Italy)                   ????
    A6ØSH/3  (U.A.E.)             ????    IX1HPN/STAYHOME (Italy)         ????
    A6ØSH/4  (U.A.E.)             ????    K2H (United States)         May 31st
    A6ØSH/5  (U.A.E.)             ????    KC1KUG/STAYH (United States)     QRT
    A6ØSH/6  (U.A.E.)             ????    OD5ØSH (Lebanon)                ????
    A6ØSH/7  (U.A.E.)             ????   *OD5STAYHOME (Lebanon)           ????
    A6ØSH/8  (U.A.E.)             ????   *OE1STAYHOME (Austria)       May 15th
    A6ØSH/9  (U.A.E.)             ????    OHØPYSYKOTONA               July 3rd
    A6ØSH/1Ø (U.A.E.)             ????      (Finland; "Pysykotona" means
    A6ØSH/11 (U.A.E.)             ????       StayHome in Finnish)
    A6ØSH/12 (U.A.E.)             ????    OH1PYSYKOTONA (Finland)     July 3rd
    A6ØSH/13 (U.A.E.)             ????    OH2PYSYKOTONA (Finland)     July 3rd
    A6ØSH/14 (U.A.E.)             ????    OH3PYSYKOTONA (Finland)     July 3rd
   *A6ØSTAYHOME (U.A.E.)          ????    OH4PYSYKOTONA (Finland)     July 3rd
    A69STAYHOME (U.A.E.)          ????    OH5PYSYKOTONA (Finland)     July 3rd
    ATØII (India)          August 18th    OH6PYSYKOTONA (Finland)     July 3rd
    AT2ABC (India)         August 18th    OH7PYSYKOTONA (Finland)     July 3rd
    AT2BB                  August 18th    OH8PYSYKOTONA (Finland)     July 3rd
    AT2BTC (India)                ????    OH9PYSYKOTONA (Finland)     July 3rd
    AT2CVD (India)                ????   *OHØSTAYHOME (Aland Island)      ????
    AT2EFE (India)           July 18th   *OH1STAYHOME (Finland)       July 8th
    AT2GOK (India)           July 26th   *OH2STAYHOME (Finland)       July 8th
    AT2HWC (India)                ????   *OH3STAYHOME (Finland)       July 8th
    AT2RB  (India)                ????   *OH4STAYHOME (Finland)       July 8th
    AT2SFF                 August 14th   *OH5STAYHOME (Finland)       July 8th
    AT2SH  (India)                ????   *OH6STAYHOME (Finland)       July 8th
    AT2ØSH (India)                ????   *OH7STAYHOME (Finland)       July 8th
    AT2SHI (India)           July 23rd   *OH8STAYHOME (Finland)       July 8th
    AT2SON (India)                ????   *OH9STAYHOME (Finland)       July 8th
    AT9CID (India)                ????    ON4HEROES                       ????
    AT9FC  (India)                ????    ON4STAYSTRONG (Belgium)         ????
    AT9SS  (India)                ????    OO7STAYHOME (Belgium)           ????
    AU2STH (India)            May 31st   *OP2STAYHOME (Belgium)       May 12th
    AT2THC (India)          August 1st   *OP6STAYHOME (Belgium)           ????
    AT2TNX (India)           June 30th    OQ1HOME (Belgium)               ????
    AU2COV (India)           July 26th    OQ4ANGELS (Belgium)         May 17th
    AU2IAG (India)           July 26th   *OR2STAYHOME (Belgium)           ????
    AU2SHW (India)                ????   *OR2STAYHOME (Belgium)           ????
    AX2Ø2ØSTAYHOME (Australia)    ????   *OR2ØSTAYHOME (Belgium)      May 15th
    BØCRA (P.R. China)             QRT    OR4LIFE (Belgium)               ????
    B1CRA (P.R. China)             QRT   *OR4STAYHOME (Belgium)       May 18th
    B2CRA (P.R. China)             QRT    OR7LIFE (Belgium)               ????
    B3CRA (P.R. China)             QRT   *OR8STAYHOME (Belgium)           ????
    B4CRA (P.R. China)             QRT   *OSØSTAYHOME (Belgium)       May 17th
    B5CRA (P.R. China)             QRT   *OT2STAYHOME (Belgium)       May 17th
    B6CRA (P.R. China)             QRT    OT2ØLIFE (Belgium)              ????
    B7CRA (P.R. China)             QRT   *OT2ØSTAYHOME (Belgium)          ????
    B8CRA (P.R. China)             QRT    OT4HOPE (Belgium)               ????
    B9CRA (P.R. China)             QRT    OT6STAYSAFE (Belgium)       May 11th
    CB2HOME (Chile)          July 14th    OT7STAYSAFE (Belgium)       May 11th
    CB3SH  (Chile)      September 30th   *OZ7STAYHOME (Denmark)           ????
   *CB3STAYHOME (Chile)       July 8th    PC19STAYSAFE (Netherlands)      ????
    CH2IR  (Canada)          June 20th    PC6STAYHOME (Netherlands)   May 10th
    CN2ØSH (Morocco)               QRT    PE6STAYHOME (Netherlands)       ????
   *CQ8STAYHOME (Azores)          ????   *PR2STAYHOME (Brazil)            ????
    CQ8THANKS   (Azores)          ????    R3STAYHOME (European Russia)     QRT
   *CR2STAYHOME (Azores)      May 26th   *SZ3STAYHOME (Greece)            ????
   *CT1STAYHOME (Portugal)         QRT   *TC1STAYHOME (Turkey)        May 25th
   *CV7STAYHOME (Uruguay)         ????    TC19MED (Turkey)            May 29th
   *DXØSTAYHOME (Philippine)  May 15th   *TC3STAYHOME (Turkey)       June 23rd
                                          TM1SAFE (France)
    E2STAYHOME  (Thailand)   July 15th    VC2STAYHOM (Canada)          May 6th
   *E7STAYHOME (Bosnia & Herzegovina)     VC3STAYHOM (Canada)         May 10th
        May 31st                          VE9HOME (Canada)            May 10th
   *EH5STAYHOME (Spain)           ????    W4IPC/STAYHOME (United States)  ????
   *EH7STAYHOME (Spain)           ????   *VI2Ø2ØSTAYHOME (Australia)  July 6th
    GBØEDH (England)          May 18th    VI2ØSH (Australia)         July 30th
    GBØFLW (England)              ????    XM2STAYHOM (Canada)Callsign canceled
    GBØGIG (Wales)            May 28th    XR2STAYHOME (Chile)     October 18th
    GBØKYD (England)          May 16th   *XR3STAYHOME (Chile)             ????
    GB1CCW (England)          May 14th   *YO1STAYHOME (Romania) September 15th
    GB1COR (Scotland)              QRT   *YO19STAYHOME (Romania)September 15th
    GB1HSC [Health & Social Care]         YS1STAYHOM1 (El Salvador)       ????
      (Northern Ireland)      May 17th    YS1STAYHOM2 (El Salvador)       ????
    GB1KEY (Wales)            May 28th    YS1STAYHOM3 (El Salvador)       ????
    GB2CCW (England)          May 31st    YS1STAYHOM4 (El Salvador)       ????
    GB2HOM (England)          May 31st    YS1STAYHOM5 (El Salvador)       ????
    GB2SH (England)                QRT    YS1STAYHOM6 (El Salvador)       ????
    GB2SHS (England)          May 24th   *Z3ØSTAYHOME (North Macedonia)   ????
    GB2SAH (England)          May 28th   *Z39STAYHOME (North Macedonia)   ????
    GB4GCT (England)              ????   *Z6ØSTAYHOME (Kosovo)            ????
    GB4KW (England)               ????   *ZW5STAYHOME (Brazil)             QRT
    GB4NHS (Northern Ireland)     ????   *ZW8THANKS   (Brazil)            ????
    GB4SAH [SAH=Stay-At-Home] (England)
    GB5KW (England)               ????
    GB5NHS  Northern Ireland) May 31st
       [NHS=National Health Service]
   (*) Stations that qualify (as May 8th per QRZ.com) for the SRAL awards....
   QSL via operator's instructions.
  ADDED NOTES: If you missed the SARL special announcement, the Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL) is providing a number of special awards during these Stay-At-Home "OH" operations (as well as other countries signing STAYHOME that qualified) which run through July 8th. Complete details can be found on the SRAL Web page at:  https://www.sral.fi/2020/04/07/finland-stay-home
  JUST A REMINDER! The European DX Contest Club (EUDXCC) is now also providing a number of special awards (Golden and Silver) during these Stay-At-Home operations. As with the SARL awards, contacts are encouraged with the official special event callsign stations for the awareness of COVID-19 pandemic around the world. Award's Manager is Francesco, IK6QON. For more details and a list of station that qualify, see:
        https://eudxcc.altervista.org/award-stayhome-staysafe
-[OPDX # 1466 May 25, 2020]

SV, GREECE (Special Event). Members of the Association of Radio Amateurs of the Western Peloponnese (ERDYP) be active as SZ3STAYHOME in the area of Patras (KM08) to assist/aware everyone about war against Covid-19 and to Stay-Home and Stay-Safe during this health crisis. QSL via LoTW, e-QSL or QRZ.com. Online log at:
   http://www.hamlog.eu/Log_list_*SZ3STAYHOME
Visit the ERDYP Web page at:    http://erdyp.gr/?p=1592
-[OPDX # 1461 April 20, 2020]

T8 PALAU. Yoshiaki, JR3QFB, will once again be active as T88JH from Koror Island (OC-009) beginning March 27-31st until September 17-28th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK, JT65 and FT8/FT4. He also plans to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th). QSL T88JH via JR3QFB, direct, by the Bureau (JA only), eQSL, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

TG, GUATEMALA. Enrique, YS1RM, is now active as TG9/YS1RM from Guatemala City. Length of his stay is unknown at this time. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. No other details were provided. QSL via YS1RM, direct, LOTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1465 May 18, 2020]

U.S. POSTAL STOPPAGE (Updated as April 18th). The U.S. Postal Service has "Temporary Service Suspensions" outgoing mail to many countries. Due to widespread transportation cancellations and restrictions, the Postal Service will temporarily suspend international mail service to the following destinations. (Dates in parentheses show when service was suspended to that country.)
  Angola (4/7/20)              India (4/3/20)            Rep. of the Congo (4/10/20)
  Benin (4/7/20)               Kenya (4/10/20)           Rwanda (4/10/20
  Bermuda* (4/17/20)           Kiribati (4/10/20)        Samoa* (4/3/20)
  Bolivia (4/3/20)             Kuwait (4/3/20)           Saudi Arabia* (4/1/20)
  Bosnia & Herzegovina(4/7/20) Kyrgyzstan (4/7/20)       Senegal (4/7/20)
  Botswana* (4/3/20)           Laos (4/7/20)             Seychelles (4/7/20)
  Burundi (4/10/20)            Lebanon (4/7/20)          Solomon Islands (4/7/20)
  Cameroon (4/7/20)            Lesotho (4/10/20)         South Africa* (4/3/20)
  Cape Verde* (4/17/20)        Libya* (4/3/20)           South Sudan* (4/17/20)
  Cayman Islands* (4/3/20)     Madagascar* (4/3/20)      Sri Lanka* (4/3/20)
  Chad* (4/3/20)               Malawi* (4/10/20)         Sudan (4/7/20)
  Cook Islands (4/7/20)        Maldives* (4/3/20)        Swaziland/Eswatini* (4/17/20)
  Costa Rica (4/7/20)          Mauritius* (4/10/20)      Tajikistan (4/7/20)
  Cuba (4/10/20)               Moldova (4/7/20)          Tanzania (4/7/20)
  Curaçao* (4/10/20)           Mongolia* (4/3/20)        Timor-Leste (4/7/20)
  Dem. Rep. of Congo (4/10/20) Mozambique (4/7/20)       Tonga (4/7/20)
  Ecuador* (4/3/20)            Nepal* (4/10/20)          UAE (4/10/20)
  Fiji* (4/3/20)               New Caledonia* (4/3/20)   Uganda (4/7/20)
  French Polynesia* (4/3/20)   New Guinea (4/10/20)      Uruguay (4/7/20)
  Gambia (4/7/20)              Oman* (4/17/20)           Vanuatu (4/7/20)
  Guatemala (4/7/20)           Panama* (4/3/20)          Venezuela (4/7/20)
  Guinea Bissau (4/10/20)      Papua New Guinea (4/7/20) Yemen* (4/17/20)
  Guyana (4/10/20)             Paraguay (4/7/20)         Zambia (4/10/20)
  Honduras* (4/3/20)           Peru* (4/3/20)            Zimbabwe (4/3/20)
  *denotes countries not accepting incoming mail
Please do not attempt to send an item addressed to any of the affected countries. If you do, the item will be returned to you.
** Unless noted otherwise on International Service Alerts, service suspensions to a particular country do not affect delivery of military and diplomatic mail.
-[OPDX # 1461 April 20, 2020]

UT, UKRAINE (Special Event). Look for EO1ØØA, EM1ØØALK and EM1ØØLK from Sumy, Ukraine, special memorial stations to celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of "Marshal Kozhedub", Ivan Nikitovitch Kozhedub. A Marshal of Aviation, Ivan Nykytovych Kozhedub was a Soviet military aviator and a WWII fighter ace. He is credited with 62 individual air victories! Activity will be on various HF bands. Listen for the QSL route. A special diploma is available. See QRZ.com for details.
-[OPDX # 1464 May 11, 2020]

VE, CANADA. Pete, VE3IKV, will be active as VX3X from Canada during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/ Non-Assisted. QSL via VE3IKV direct. Outside of the contest, Pete will be active on various HF bands and 6 meters until June 30th.
-[OPDX # 1455 March 9, 2020]

VE, CANADA (Special Event). Ian, VO2IR, is now active as CH2IR from Labrador City until June 20th. He is using this callsign during the pandemic COVID-19 lock-down to remind everyone to Stay-At-Home. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via VO2IR.
-[OPDX # 1462 April 27, 2020]

VE, CANADA (Special Prefixes). As of April 20th, Canadian stations are allowed to use the following special prefixes until June 20th. This activity is to remind everyone to Stay-At-Home and help contain/stop the spread of COVID-19. Look for the following stations to possibly to change their prefixes from: VA to CF, VE to CG, VO to CH and VY to CI.
-[OPDX # 1462 April 27, 2020]

VE, CANADA (Special Event). Pierre, VE2EH, will be active as XM2STAYHOM (no "E") to raise awareness for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic and global public health emergency. Length of operation was not mentioned. QSL via VE2EH by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1459 April 6, 2020]

VU, INDIA (Special Event). Dinesh "Pandir", VU2DCT, will use the special callsign ATØII (II=Improve Immunity) from Lucknow, India, to spread the awareness of the Covid-19 pandemic situation. Activity will be through August 18th. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1466 May 25, 2020]

VU, INDIA (Special Event). Utsav, VU3ZIG, will use the special callsign AT2SON (SON=Save Our Nation) from Habra, India, which was issued by WPC Ministry of Telecommunications Government of India, to show the gratitude and tribute for the COVID-19 warriors during this pandemic situation. Activity will be through August 18th. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1466 May 25, 2020]

VU, INDIA (Special Event). Jatin Shah, VU2KWJ, is activating the special event station AT2TNX (Next to Ajit Mehta Hospital) in Chowpatty Bandstand, Mumbai, to express a special thanks to all the Front-liners Fighting against Covid-19 across world during the COVID-19 situation. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15 meters using SSB and the Digital modes (FT8/FT4/RTTY). QSL via his home callsign, direct or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

VU, INDIA (Special Event). Jayant, VU2JAU, is activating the special event station AU2STH Near Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India, during the COVID-19 crisis. The special callsign AU2STH stands for STAY HOME and keep yourself safe from this crisis. AU2STH will be in operation up to May 31st. It is used to spread the word to the Global Community and Protect them from the problem. Stations who have contacts with AU2STH will be receiving the E Certificate of appreciation for Coordination. Activity will be on HF, VHF and the satellites. Suggested frequencies are on 7065, 14150 and 14215 kHz daily. QSL via VU2JAU direct.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

VU, INDIA (Special Event). Kaustav Saha, VU2UUU, is activating the special event station AT2SHI (suffix Stay Home India) from Gurugram (WW Loc. ML88nk), India, to spread the message "Stay Home Stay Safe" during the wake of CONVID-19. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

VU, INDIA (Special Event). Members of the Indian Academy of Communication & Disaster Management will be active as AU2IAG from Kolkata, India. This is a special callsign for providing assistance in fighting against COVID-19 pandemic. Activity will last until July 16th. QSL via VU2MQT.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

VU, INDIA (Special Event). Members of the Indian Institute of Hams, Bangalore Club (IIH) [VU2IIH], will be active as AT2GOK until July 26th, providing assistance in fighting COVID-19. They state, "We conduct roll call net everyday on VU2ZO repeater 145.275 minus shift at 10:00 am, 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm. On HF, 8:00 am and 7:00 pm. We monitor these frequencies at all time for any assistance. Also to encourage SWLS we do conduct roll call net on Hamsphere 11:30 am on 7070 kHz. QSL via direct (see QRZ.com).
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

VU, INDIA (Special Event). Members of the West Bengal Radio Club (VU2WB) will be active as AU2COV from Kolkata, India, until July 26th. Activity is to provide assistance in fighting against COVID-19 pandemic. QSL via VU2WB.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

VU, INDIA (Special Event). Subbu, VU2NTL, will be active as AT9SS from Kerala until July 28th. He is another station spreading the seriousness of COVID-19 and to "STAY SAFE AT HOME". QSL via VU2NTL.
-[OPDX # 1463 May 4, 2020]

XU, CAMBODIA. Chenxing, BG9XD, is now active as XU7AMG from Phnom Penh until June 14th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via BG9XD direct.
-[OPDX # 1461 April 20, 2020]

YI, IRAQ. The "DX-World.net" reports that Giorgio, IU5HWS, "will be in Iraq for 4-5 months starting in March. He's going there with the Italian Army Airborne Brigade." Activity will be on 40/20/10 meters (modes were not mentioned). Giorgio will sign as YI/IU5HWS and he plans to update his QRZ.com page with more details later.
-[OPDX # 1453 February 24, 2020]

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. William, KO7SS, will be active as ZF2SS from Cayman Brac Island (NA-016) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW only.
-[OPDX # 1455 March 9, 2020]

ZL, NEW ZEALAND (Special Event). The following was posted on March 31st, on the NZART (New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters) Web site [https://www.nzart.org.nz/], by Don, ZL2TLL, NZART ALO: Use of ZM callsigns during COVID-19 Lock-down -- At the suggestion of Paul, ZL4TT, we applied to Radio Spectrum Management for, and have been granted, approval to treat the COVID-19 lock down period as a "special event". This means that, for the duration of the lock down, New Zealand Amateurs may use the ZM prefix instead of the ZL prefix on their callsign. Please feel free to use these callsigns from today. We hope that the use of the ZM prefix will:
  * help to relieve the boredom for amateurs stuck at home over the
    lock-down period; and
  * increase the profile of New Zealand amateurs (and New Zealand in
    general) overseas.
  Stay safe in your bubble.
-[OPDX # 1459 April 6, 2020]

ZS, SOUTH AFRICA (Special Event). The Port Elizabeth Amateur Radio Society has registered the special callsign ZS182ØS and will be operating the callsign for the rest of this year. The ZS182ØS callsign commemorates the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the 1820 British Settlers in the Eastern Cape area of South Africa. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL via the Bureau to Tom, ZS2EC, also via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS and QRZ.com. For more details about the Settlers, see:
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1820_Settlers
   https://www.1820settlers.com
-[OPDX # 1465 May 18, 2020]




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S7, SEYCHELLES. Ravi, VU2IIX, will be active as S79VU from Mahe Island starting September 30th, and will stay until the end of June 2021. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. Listen for his QSL instructions.
-[OPDX # 1432 September 23, 2019]