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 April 22, 2018)

EIDXA July 2018 Meeting
The next EIDXA meeting will be held on a Friday yet to be determined in July, 2018 at our normal meeting location, the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

Annual Antique Radio Auction
by the Iowa Antique Radio Club, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Saturday, April 28th 2018, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. (Hayrack items start at 9:00 AM)
Hawkeye Downs, 4400 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (rear of complex).
Check-in of consigned items will be on April 26th and 27th from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
Questions, please contact Craig Huseboe, WDØGAP (641) 844-8748, email cmhusebo@marshallnet.com

April 2018 Eastern Iowa DXer
The April 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. Bob says, "121 pages.... I might have gone overboard..." Included is a preliminary report from Bouvet! 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!

New EIDXA Email Reflector
The new reflector is now on line. To post to the new reflector, email your message for the group to: eastern-iowa-dx-association@googlegroups.com 
You may visit the group homepage here:
The group homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group. This new reflector allows us to forward photos or other files to the group. Nice!

DX News      (Updated April 22, 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.

3B8, MAURITIUS. Operators Giulio/IW3HVB, Corrado/IK3YBX, Fabio/IZ3IBL and Vittorio/I3VFJ are now active as 3B8MB from Mauritius Island (AF-049) until April 27th. Activity is mainly on 144 and 1296 MHz EME. QSL via IW3HVB. For more details and update, check out:  http://www.iw3hvb.it/?page_id=396
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 2018]

5U, NIGER. Torbjon, SM7RME, is expected to be active as 5U7R from Niamey. The length of his stay is not known. Activity will be during his spare time on various HF bands. QSL via SM7EHU.
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 2018]

5W, SAMOA. To celebrate his 20th anniversary for being on the air, look for Atsu, 5W1SA, to be active as 5W2ØSAMOA throughout 2018 on HF and 6 meters. He has been on Samoa (OC-097) since 1998 and has logged approximately 100K QSOs. QSL via LoTW (preferred), eQSL after confirming LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. Atsu states (about paper QSLs), "After 20 years operating and living in Samoa, there is not enough budget available for QSL card printing. If anyone offers me part of cost or actual printed card, please contact myself or my QSL manager JA1DXA (Katsu) for arrangement."
-[OPDX # 1346 January 8, 2018]

6W, SENEGAL (Update). Franz, DC4CQ, informs OPDX that he has a temporary license, 6W/DC4CQ, from Senegal for the period of April 15-28th. Activity will be on 40-15 meters using a FT 857D with 100 watts into antennas: FD4 (40), 20, 17m, a triple leg for 15-17-20m and a probable homebrew Magnetic-Loop 15-20m. He states that he "will work SSB, and if the conditions are bad he will be on the Digital modes FT8 (JT65, PSK31)." Franz, states, "I'm a gynecologist, obstetrician and an engineer. I will work together with my wife (general medicine) at the Hospital -- St. Jean de Dieu in Thiès, Senegal. My job will be in education of prenatal ultrasound and introduction of a new surgery system. Therefore, I have a lot to do and I will only operate in the evening." QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1355 March 12, 2018]

6W, SENEGAL. YL Elvira, IV3FSG, is now active as 6W/IV3FSG from Thies, near Dakar. The length of her stay is unknown. She works for the Informatici Senza Frontiere organization. Activity will be limited to her spare time on 80-10 meters. Look for Elvira to operate SSB and possibly the Digital modes. QSL all SSB and Digital mode QSOs via IK3GES. Logs will be uploaded to both LoTW and ClubLog after the operation.
-[OPDX # 1355 March 12, 2018]

7P, LESOTHO. Bernie, ZS4TX, will once again be active as 7P8Z from Maseru (WW Loc. KG30vo) between April 27-28th. Activity will be on 2m EME. Planned operations are from Moonrise time 1440Z [First 3 degrees blocked by mountain range] on Friday the 27th until Moonset on Sunday 0340Z, 29th of April 2018. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1360 April 16, 2018]

7Q, MALAWI. John, N6JW, is now (since January 4th) active as 7Q7JW. Length of his stay is not known at this time. Activity has been on 40/20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1347 January 15, 2018]

8P, BARBADOS. Richard "Dick", G3RWL, will once again be active as 8P6DR from Barbados  (NA-021) between March 20th and April 29th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and some RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau using ClubLog's OQRS. See QRZ.com for more QSL info.
-[OPDX # 1350 February 5, 2018]

9N, NEPAL. Sergey, R4WAA, will be active as 9N7WA from Nepal between April 20-27th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via R4WAA orClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Matthias, DH5CW, will be active as DPØGVN from the German Neumayer Station III (AN-016, WWFF DLFF-022, WW Loc. IB59UH) between mid-February 2018 to mid-February 2019. Activity will be on various HF bands during his spare time. QSL via DL5EBE.
-[OPDX # 1347 January 15, 2018]

DAYTON-XENIA HAMVENTION NEWS (DX Forum). Details of the SWODXA DX Forum for the 2018 Day-Zenia Hamvention have been posted. The DX Forum will be in Room 1 on Saturday, May 19th, between 3:15-5:00 PM (EDT), at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Ohio. Jay Slough, K4ZLE, will be the moderator. The scheduled talks this year are:
    6O6O - Somalia - by Adrian, KO8SCA
    3C1L/3CØL - Equatorial Guinea & Annobon Island - by Yuris, YL2GM
    3YØZ - Bouvet - by Bob, K4UEE
  The complete write-up about the above forum talks can be found on the
SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) Web page at:  http://swodxaevents.org/latest-news
The complete list of HamVention Forums for all three days with times and dates can be found on the HamVention Web page at:  http://hamvention.org
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 2018]

DAYTON-XENIA HAMVENTION NEWS (Contester Related Events in Dayton). Tim, K3LR, reports the following updates/information for the HamVention:
  * Many of the Dayton contester related activities are listed on the
    Contest Super Suite web site at:   http://contestsupersuite.com
  * Four nights of Super Suite fun hosted by the North Coast Contesters (NCC),
    the Frankford Radio Club (FRC) and the Mad River Radio Club (MRRC).
  * There is a tab for Contest Related Events which gives you a good
    summary of activities including speaker/topic information for the
    Hamvention. Friday Antenna forum, the Saturday RTTY Contest forum
    and the Saturday Contest forum.
  * ConTest University (CTU) is held the day before Hamvention opens.
    Information to register is at:  http://contestuniversity.com
    CTU is still taking applications for CTU tuition scholarships for
    those 25 years old or younger – use the Contact Us tab to apply.
  * The Dayton Contest Dinner will be held Saturday evening May 19th.
    Club tables are filling up and singles are still available. Chris,
    DL1MGB, is the speaker. Details are at:  http://contestdinner.com
  * The 29th annual Dayton Top Band dinner is Friday, May 18th. Jerry,
    WB9Z, is the speaker. Details are at:  http://topbanddinner.com
  * Then there are four nights of pizza parties in the Contest Super Suite
    hosted by the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC), the Yankee Clipper
    Contest Club (YCCC) and the Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC).
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

DXCC NEWS. Sharon Taratula, ARRL Awards Manager, states, "The ET7L contact still is not acceptable for DXCC credit."
-[OPDX # 1360 April 16, 2018]

DXCC NEWS. The 2017 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and downloading at the following URL. The DXCC Yearbook includes the 2017 Annual List, as well as the 2017 Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers. http://www.arrl.org/files/file/DXCC/DXCCYearbook/DXCC%20YEARBOOK%202017.pdf
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of March 30th. The list contain 340 entities and here are the top 10 entities:
    1. P5    DPRK (North Korea)      6. KH1   Baker Howland Islands
    2. 3Y/B  Bouvet Island           7. BV9P  Pratas Island
    3. FT5/W Crozet Island           8. KH7K  Kure Island
    4. CEØX  San Felix Islands       9. KH3   Johnston Island
    5. BS7H  Scarborough Reef       10. VKØM  Macquarie Island

The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY (Just A Reminder). Operators Rick/AI5P, Barry/NØKV, Gregory/WØZA and Jim/WDØE are now active as FJ/AI5P and FJ/NØKV from Pointe Milou, St. Barthelemy Island (NA-146, Grid Square FK87), until April 27th. Activity is on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and some Satellite operations. FJ/NØKV logs will be updated to LoTW while Rick's logs (FJ/AI5P) will not since he continues to be an analog guy with an actual key and pen/paper log. Paper QSLs will be available from both NØKV and AI5P direct and via the Bureau. All U.S. addressees send SASE; addressees outside the US should send SAE plus 2 USDs for return postage. Use of ClubLog is not anticipated.
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 2018]

HR, HONDURAS. Gerard, F2JD, will once again be active as HR5/F2JD from Copan Ruinas, Honduras, between February 15th and May 10th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via F6AJA, direct or via the French REF Bureau. The log will be posted on:  http://lesnouvellesdx.fr/voirlogs.php
-[OPDX # 1346 January 8, 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]

J8, ST. VINCENT. Brian, GW4DVB, will once again be active as J88PI from Palm Island (aka Prune Island, WW Loc. FK92HO, IOTA NA-025), in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Island group, between April 21-29th. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/10/6 meters SSB only using a Yaesu FT991A into a 10m vertical antenna and a MØCVO HW-40HP off center fed dipole. QSL via GW4DVB, by the Bureau or direct to: PO Box 20:20, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Wales - UK CF72 9ZA. For more details and updates, check:  http://www.g4dvb.co.uk  ADDED NOTE: Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort. This idyllic tropical hideaway is situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an idyllic archipelago of 32 tropical islands and cays known for its stunning natural beauty, clear, warm waters and turtles.
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Take, JG8NQJ, is once again active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group as of March 15th, for the next three months. He is usually there to work on the island's weather station. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He will be mainly on 17 meters but will also be on 20/15/12/10/6 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL via JA8CJY or by the Bureau via JG8NQJ.
-[OPDX # 1356 March 19, 2018]

KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Update). Philip, N7NVK, now active as KH9/N7NVK, reported on QRZ.com this past week on April 13th: "I am now on Wake Is. I am working out the logistics to get on the air this coming weekend (20 meters SSB) in the neighborhood of 14.225 split, listening up 5kc. Saturday the 14th (USA) at 2200 UTC. Hope the bands are favorable."
-[OPDX # 1360 April 16, 2018]

KH9, WAKE ISLAND. Philip, N7NVK, will be active as KH9/N7NVK from Wake Island (OC-053) starting sometime in April. He will be there on a 3-month rotation and 1 month off. He states, "I will be using an Elecraft KX3 into either a G5RV or a Buddipole, power output will be QRP for now. I will be working split and please have patience with me as I have not been on the receiving side of a pile-up. I do use LoTW, but can only upload when internet is available, which is limited. As of now I do not have QSL cards, but I hope to have some on my next rotation. We do have a US Post Office on the island, but mail is only delivered every two weeks during resupply. I hope to work out the logistics and cost for the QSL cards for those that want them." He also mentions to look for updates in the ARRL DX bulletins.
-[OPDX # 1356 March 19, 2018]

OJØ, MARKET REEF. Pasi, OH3WS, will once again be active as OJØW from Market Reef between April 27th and May 4th.  Activity will be on 20-6 meters using CW and SSB. Pasi will try 60m on both CW and SSB, listen on 5354 kHz. QSL via OH3WS, by the Bureau or direct.
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

PJ5 & PJ6, ST. EUSTATIUS AND SABA ISLANDS. Rick, AI5P, will be active as PJ5/AI5P from Sint Eustatius Island (NA-145) between April 9-16th, and PJ6/AI5P from Saba Island (NA-145) between April 28th and May 5th. Activity will be holiday style and usually on 40-10 meters using mostly CW (probably most of time on 30/17 meters CW). QSL via AI5P, direct or by the Bureau. No LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1355 March 12, 2018]

PJ6, ST. EUSTATIUS AND SABA ISLANDS. Operators Claus/DK7KF and Angelo/ DM1AC are now active as PJ6E from Saba Island (NA-145, WW Locator FK87jp) until April 28th. This is a VHF only operation. QSL via DL9MS. More details are available on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 2018]

RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND (Update). Per "DXNews.com", Eugene, UA4RX, has finally received his old RI1FJ callsign (was using UA4RX/1). He will be active from Heiss Island until September 2018. Activity has been on 40 and 30 meters CW, but he can be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via UA2FM direct or use ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 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]

SV9, CRETE. Seppo, OH1VR, will be active as SV9/OH1VR from Kato Stalos, Crete (EU-015), between April 26th and May 2nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mainly CW. QSL only direct via OH1VR.
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 2018]

SV9, CRETE. Mek, SP7VC, will be active as SV9/SP7VC from Crete (EU-015) between April 29th and May 6th. Activity will be on 160-15 meters as well as 4 meters. QSL via SP7VC, direct, LoTW or PayPal. For possible updates, watch:  http://expedition.sp7vc.pl
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 2018]

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI. Ken, KH6QJ, will once again be active as T32AZ from Kiritimati Island [Christmas Island] (OC-024) between April 17-24th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters but will focus on 40 meters using CW and SSB. He also plans to be in Worked All Provinces China (WAPC) Contest (April 21-22nd). QSL via his home call, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1355 March 12, 2018]

V4, ST. KITTS AD NEVIS. Alex, W1CDC, will once again be active from St. Kitts between April 23rd-May 5th, but this time sign as V47CDC. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 2018]

V6, MICRONESIA. Operators Sho, JA7HMZ, will once again be active as V63DX from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between April 18-24th. Activity will be focused on 160 meters FT8. He will be looking for European stations on 160m. QSL via his home callsign direct or LoTW. No Bureau QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

VKØ/M, MACQUARIE ISLAND. Norbert, VK5MQ, will be active as VKØAI from Macquarie Island (AN - 005) very soon. He is expected to be there with the next winter team for one year. He has an Icom IC-7300 transceiver and a vertical antenna. There are no other details at this time.
-[OPDX # 1356 March 19, 2018]

XW, LAOS. Bruce, 3W3B (HSØZCY/XU7ADF/XW1B/AA4XR), who lives in Da Nang, will once again be active as XW4XR from Vientiane between April 23rd and May 4th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters (possibly 6m) using CW, RTTY and JT65. QSL via E21EIC and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 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]

YJ, VANUATU (Reminder). Grant, VK5GR, is now active as YJØAG from Efate (OC-035) until April 29th. This is another holiday style DXPedition with his family. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mostly the Digital modes (RTTY, FT8, PSK, Olivia) as well as SSB and some SSTV, possibly CW. QSL will again be managed by MØOXO through his OQRS service for electronically requested cards delivered to you either direct or via the Bureau. QSL via the Bureau go to VK5GR.
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 2018]

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3W, VIETNAM. Dirk, DF2XG, is now active as 3W9XG from Hai Phong. Length of his stay is unknown at this time. He is there working as a project manager for an industrial project in Quang Ngai. He states that he may be relocated to the Quang Ngai Province at beginning of 2018. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using a FT-991 (with a key) into a random wire running only 20 watts. He was heard this past week on 20 meters CW around 1115z. QSL via info on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1343 December 11, 2017]

5R, MADAGASCAR. Marco, ON8XB, is once again active as 5R8XB from Madagascar (AF-013). The length of his stay is unknown at this time. Most of his activities have been on 20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1342 December 4, 2017]

5V, TOGO. John, N9MDH, will be active as 5V1JE from Lomé until end of May 2018, more or less. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (he likes the 30m band) using SSB and the Digital modes. He will use an Icom IC-7300 transceiver into a Gap Titan antenna. QSL via eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1340 November 20, 2017]

5Z4, KENYA. Nick, LZ4NM, will now be active 5Z4/LZ4NM from Kenya until June 30th, 2018. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He was active this past weekend's IARU HF Contest as 5Z4NM. Currently, his equipment is an Icom IC-7000, Inverted Vee (40/20m) and a DunaX vertical (20-10m). QSL direct to: Amateur Radio Society of Kenya (ARSK), Box 45681, Nairobi, 00100, Kenya.
-[OPDX # 1321 July 10, 2017]

9X, RWANDA. Peter, HB9DVG, is now active as 9X9PJ (and possibly later as 9X9PJ/P) from Kigali during the next two years. Activity will be on 20-10 meters using SSB. His equipment is an Elecraft KX3 transceiver with a HLA 300 amp into a Buddipole Vertical. QSL via his home callsign direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1333 October 2, 2017]

JW, SVALBARD. Morten, LA4JSA, will be active as JW4JSA, from Bear Island [Bjørnøya] (EU-027), until June 1st, 2018. He is there on a work assignment. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1343 December 11, 2017]

RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND. Eugene, UA4RX, is now active as UA4RX/1 from Heiss Island until possibly August 2018. He wanted to renew his RI1FJ callsign, but word has it that he ran into a snag and will continue to use UA4RX/1 until the licensing problem is corrected. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via UA2FM direct or use ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1329 September 4, 2017]

YS, EL SALVADOR. Markus, HB9KNA, is now active as YS1/HB9KNA from La Libertad (WW Loc. EK53hl) until May 2018. He moved there in early December and is waiting for his permanent residence papers so that he can apply for his YS callsign. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB. Currently, there is NOT a QSL route (no Bureau, no e-QSL or LoTW).
-[OPDX # 1346 January 8, 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]