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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 June 23, 2019)

EIDXA July 2019 Meeting
The July meeting will be held on Friday, July 19 at our normal meeting location, the Hall Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

April 2019 Eastern Iowa DXer
The April 2019 edition of the Eastern Iowa DXer is now available on the "Newsletter" page. Bob, WØGXA, has as usual put together a great newsletter, loaded with good information. Be sure you don't miss it!

Buy-Sell-Trade 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.



DX News      (Updated June 23, 2019)

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.


5X, UGANDA. Anders, SMØHPL, is once again active as 5X7W from Kampala until July 6th. Activity will be limited to his spare time (due to his job) on 20-10 meters (possibly 30m) using CW, JT65 and FT8. QSL via SMØHPLClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1419 June 24, 2019]

6O, SOMALIA (Update). Ali, EP3CQ, is once again active as 6O1OO starting sometime mid-June until the end of July. Activity will be limited to his spare time because he works for the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) in Mogadishu. Operations will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15/10 meters (mostly on 40/20meters FT8) using SSB and FT8. Also, effective as of February 11, 2019, the callsign, 6O1OO, has been accepted for DXCC credit. QSL direct to Ali Solhjoo, Schnackenburgstr. 3, Berlin 12159, Germany. QSL cards will be replied to on a bi-monthly basis. IRC's are not accepted. See QRZ.com for more info and picture of his station. Flash news will be posted via Twitter: @ep3cq
-[OPDX # 1416 June 3, 2019]

8P, BARBADOS. Charles, 8P6ET, will be active as 8P6ET beginning on June 10th. Activity will be on 15/17/20/40 meters, propagation permitting, using CW and SSB. The antennas: Buddipole Vertical and multi-band Inverted V with 10 watts. Charles, will also be active as 8P1W during the following contests:
  * CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
      Low-Power entry.
  * CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
      Low-Power entry.
QSL 8P6ET and 8P1W via KU9C.
-[OPDX # 1417 June 10, 2019]

9G, GHANA (Reminder). Matteo, IZ4YGS, is now active as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi (Western Region), Ghana, until July 2nd. Matt informed OPDX back in December that he travels to Ghana almost every month for work reasons. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He is usually on "almost every evening" on 160-6 meters; Setup FT-891, small 300w amp and vertical antenna, using mostly FT8 and SSB. On FT8 (Fox-Hound Mode) the suggested frequencies are: 3567, 7056, 10131 and 14090 kHz. QSL via LoTW, IZ4YGS direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1417 June 10, 2019]

9Y4, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO. Karel, OK2ZI, will be active as 9Y4/OK2ZI from Trinidad (SA-011) from June 28th until July 6th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW (6 month after his expedition). For more details, see:  http://www.ok2zi.cz/exped.php
-[OPDX # 1419 June 24, 2019]

BVØ, TAIWAN (Special Event). Look for special event station BVØME to be active from New Taipei City until December 13th. Activity is to celebrate same-sex marriage in Taiwan which was legalized on May 24th, 2019, making Taiwan the first nation in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage. The suffix "ME" stands for Marriage Equality. Operations will be on FT8 frequencies during the weekdays and SSB on the HF bands during weekends. QSL via BU2EQ. Paper QSL cards (preferably direct) and eQSLs are welcome.
-[OPDX # 1419 June 24, 2019]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of May 29th. The list contains 340 entities. The following are the top 10 entities:
    1. P5    DPRK (North Korea)   6. BV9P  Pratas Island
    2. 3Y/B  Bouvet Island        7. KH7K  Kure Island
    3. FT5/W Crozet Island        8. KH3   Johnston Island
    4. BS7H  Scarborough Reef     9. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
    5. CEØX  San Felix Islands   10. 3Y/P  Peter 1 Island

No changes this month. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at: https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1416 June 3, 2019]

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. "DX News" reports that Milan, OK1DWC, is expected back on Rarotonga Island (OC-013) and will be active as E51DWC. His length of stay is not known at this time. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1415 May 27, 2019]

EUROPE TOUR (3A, HBØ, Z6). Mome, Z32ZM, informs OPDX that after the Messe Friedrichshafen 44th International Amateur Radio Exhibition (June 21-23rd), he plans to be active as:
   HBØ/Z32ZM from Liechtenstein (between June 23-26th);
   3A/Z32ZM from Monaco (between June 27-29th) and
   Z68MA from Kosovo (between July 1-30th, with a possible extension
              into August if 6 meter conditions are good).
He states, "Any support from the International DX Community is welcome." QSL via ClubLog's OQRS is recommended! Look for additional information to be available soon on:  https://www.qrz.com/db/Z32ZM
-[OPDX # 1418 June 17, 2019]

FG, GUADELOUPE. Operators Gildas/F6HMQ and Michel/F6GWV will once again be active as FG/F6HMQ and FG/F6GWV from Guadeloupe between June 14-25th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using "light equipment". They will probably use the callsign TO1T during some contests (QSL via F6HMQ). QSL FG/F6GWV and Gildas FG/F6HMQ via their home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1417 June 10, 2019]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB has created an "FT8 Operating Guide" (Version 2.22 as of June 23, 2019), a collection of "tips and pragmatic suggestions aimed at making FT8 easier and more effective to use on the HF bands": http://www.g4ifb.com/
-[KØCF June 23, 2019]

HR, HONDURAS. John, AD8J, will be active as HR9/AD8J from Guanaja from June 22nd until July 6th. This QTH is IOTA NA-057 and rare grid EK76. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW or direct to his home callsign with SASE.
-[OPDX # 1417 June 10, 2019]

HS, THAILAND (Update/Special Event). Champ, E21EIC, updates OPDX on the two special event stations to mark the Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (King Rama X):
HS1ØKING - The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage
           of H.M. the King (RAST) will activate this special even station
           from May 1st until July 31st. Activity will be on all bands
           and all modes including satellite operations.
QSL via: Radio Amateur Society of Thailand, G.P.O.Box 2008, Bangkok 10501, Thailand. All QSOs/QSL Card will send automatically via the Bureau. (No need to send QSL requests).
-[OPDX # 1413 May 6, 2019]

JW, SVALBARD. Erling, LB2PG, will be active as JW/LB2PG from Bear Island (EU-027) starting sometime in June, but plans to stay until November 2019. Activity will be on 80-20 meters using SSB with a FT-990 and 1KW amp into multi-band dipole antenna. QSL via LB2PG by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1415 May 27, 2019]

PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS ISLAND (Reminder). David, W9DR, will be active as PJ5/W9DR from Sint Eustatius Island (NA-145, WW Loc. FK87ml) from June 25th until July 2nd. Activity will be on 6 meters only using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via W9DR direct.
-[OPDX # 1418 June 17, 2019]

SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS (Will It Be Silent?). Last week OPDX was asked if Mount Athos will be silent. To start, when Kostas Stamatis, SV1DPI, reported the passing of Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/SK, he stated on his Facebook page that "there are more monks who are radio amateurs in Mount Athos", but Monk Apollo "was the only one on the air from Mount Athos, working DX." Kostas also stated, "Ham radio will find another operator sooner or later from Mount Athos (according my info, Monastery of Docheiariou will take care so another monk will become a radio amateur soon and get Monk Apollo's place and duties)." An interesting thing showed up this past week, your editor received his July issue of QST, and on page 80, it mentions that "Mount Athos will not go dark." Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG, who is located and lives at the Koutloumousiou Monastery is another operator. If you go to his QRZ.com page, it states, "I became Radio Amateur in 2015 after been trained by the DX Plus Hellenic Radio Amateur Team and George, SV1RP, who is member of the Team. I took and passed exams in the Ministry of Telecommunication. I am member of DX Plus Hellenic Radio Amateur Team and the only one member of RAAG in Mount Athos. Because my main QTH is Koutloumousiou Holy Monastery and I am permanent resident in Mt. Athos, I do not use "/A" when I operate because as everybody knows," /A" means Alternative location of the station." There are pictures of Monk Iakovos on the QRZ.com page. He operates CW, SSB and has been in contests. He reportedly has an IC-735 and a 40-meter vertical. Currently, there have not been any cluster spots reported, but you may want to keep an eye out for some. His QSL Manager is SV1RP. Here is his QSL card:  http://tinyurl.com/y59ubzuz
-[OPDX # 1419 June 24, 2019]

T2, TUVALU. Antoine, 3D2AG, will be active as T2AR from Funafuti Island (OC-015) from June 27th until July 6th. Activity will be focused on the low bands (including 160m) and other various HF bands including 6/2m using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL via 3D2AG (PayPal). Only paper logs will be used. NO LoTW or eQSL please. Digimode QSOs will be uploaded to QRZ.com after the expedition. Watch QRZ.com for updates. ADDED NOTE: This operation will be in collaboration with John, KK7L, who will activate the T2R Club callsign from June 27th until July 6th. QSL T2R via N7SMIClubLog's OQRS and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1419 June 24, 2019]

T6, AFGHANISTAN. Robert, S53R, will once again be in Kabul starting June 24th, and will be there for two years working with the UN World Food Program. Activity will be limited to his free time, but he plans to be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. His callsign is not known at this time, but he was active in 2002 from Afghanistan as YA5T. Since then, the prefix YA was abandoned in 2005.
-[OPDX # 1418 June 17, 2019]

VE, CANADA (Special Event/Hamfest). In celebration of the Centennial of the Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club (WARC), various members of the WARC will be using the special callsign VX4WARC for the month of June 2019. Activity will be on all bands and multiple modes (SSB, CW and FT8). Contacts are eligible for credit toward the Worked All Winnipeg Award:  http://winnipegarc.org/awards.html
For more details on the WARC100 Centennial Hamfest and VX4ARC, see:  http://winnipegarc.org/100/index.html
-[OPDX # 1413 May 6, 2019]

XV, VIETNAM. Sven, HB9DXB, will be active as XV9DXB from his second home in Vietnam starting around June 1st. Activity will be on 80/40/20/10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via HB9DXB direct or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1411 April 22, 2019] 

XW, LAOS. Bruce, 3W3B (HSØZCY/XU7ADF/XW1B/AA4XR), who lives in Da Nang, will once again be active as XW4XR from Vientiane from June 26th until July 7th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters (60m included) using CW, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL via E21EIC and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1418 June 17, 2019]

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Diya, YI1DZ, will be active as Z81D from Juba sometime after June 22nd. Activity will be limited to his spare time on 80-10 meters using SSB and various Digital modes. QSL via OM3JW.
-[OPDX # 1419 June 24, 2019]

ZF2, CAYMAN ISLANDS (Update). Kan, JJ2RCJ, will once again be active as ZF2CJ from the ZF1A Amateur Radio Club Station on Grand Cayman Island (NA-016) between June 23-25th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, but with a focus on FT8. Suggested FT* frequencies are 3567, 7056, 14090, 18095, 21090, 24911 and 28090 kHz. QSL via his home callsign, direct (only GS no IRCs), ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1417 June 10, 2019]



Older Items

9G, GHANA (Update). Last week we mentioned that Matt, IZ4YGS, is active as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi (Western Region), Ghana. Matt informed OPDX of the following [edited]: "I'm travelling to Ghana almost every month for work reasons and it will be so throughout 2019. I'd like to be on-air from 80-6m, but it will take some time to be operational on all bands. I'll start with an FT-891 and wire antennas, SSB and FT8, mainly in the evening after work. Ham radio won't be my main activity in Ghana, but I'll do my best to let everybody have fun." QSL via IZ4YGS, direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1395 December 24, 2018]

C5, THE GAMBIA. Przemyslaw, SP3PS, who became a resident of Gambia in 2017, is once again active as C5SP from Sanyang. Checkout his house being built on QRZ.com (under C5SP and SP3PS). He was heard on 20 meters using FT8 on December 29th at various times. According to Przemyslaw QRZ.com page, he can be active on the following bands:
   80/40/30 meters using SSB and FT-8, into dipole antennas
   30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB and FT-8, into a Directional MultiBand-7-PL Antenna from Julian, SP3PL
QSL via SP3PS, direct, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1396 December 31, 2018]