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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 February 8, 2020)

EIDXA January 2020 Meeting
The January meeting will be held on Friday, January 31 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. The program will be presented by Glenn, WØGJ. 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.

January 2020 Eastern Iowa DXer
The January 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!

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  -  New Items 01/29/2020!
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 February 15, 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.

3V8, TUNISIA. Operator SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY) will be active as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:  http://www.kf5eyy.info
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

3W, VIETNAM. Wolfgang, DL5MAE, is once again active as 3W2MAE from Phan Thiet between February 13-20th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. ADDED NOTE: See QRZ.com about the high level noise problem Wolfgang has in Vietnam.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

4S, SIR LANKA. Peter, DCØKK, will once again be active as 4S7KKG from Moragalla, Sri Lanka (AS-003, WLOTA 0762) until March 30th. He states that he preferably likes to be active on the Digital modes and CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct and by the Bureau. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

4U, AUSTRIA (Special Event). Members of the Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC, http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a ) are active using the special callsign 4UNR during the month of February from the 4U1A station at the United Nations Vienna International Center. Activity is celebrating World Radio Day and will usually be on 80/40/20/15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL Manager is UA3DX (via the Bureau or direct). For more details, see:
  http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a/special-event/4unr-un-radio
ADDED NOTE: Just a reminder that this counts for Austria for DXCC purposes.
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

5H, TANZANIA. Chas, NK8O/VE3ISD, will once again be active as 5H3DX from Zinga, Tanzania, from February 16th until March 16th. Activity will be from the pediatric hospital at Zinga. Usual operations will be holiday style. Power output will be the legal limit for Tanzania at 100w and the primary antenna should be a Hexbeam configured for 40-6 meters, including the WARC bands. Operations will be primarily CW, with PSK31, FT8 and possibly SSB. He states that he will use a simple wire antenna and his KX3 with a KXPA100 amp. See QSL info on QRZ.com. Also, QSL via LoTW and eQSL. NO Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1441 November 25, 2019]

5H, TANZANIA (Reminder). The Italian DXpedition Team (IDT) will be activating Zanzibar Island (AF-032) in Tanzania between February 4-18th. The IDT will be using two callsigns: 5I5TT for CW, SSB and RTTY; 5I4ZZ for FT8 and FT4. Operators mentioned are Alfeo/I1HJT, Tony/I2PJA, Silvano/ I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA, Stefano/IK2HKT, Paolo/IW1ARB and Mac/JA3USA. Activity will be on 160-10 meters with 4 stations on the air. Suggested frequencies are:
  CW   - 1826, 3530, 7025, 10115, 14030, 18068, 21030, 24890 and 28030 kHz
  SSB  - 3775, 7090, 14240, 18130, 21310, 24950 and 28470 kHz
  RTTY - 14084 kHz
  FT4  - 3575, 7047.5, 10140, 14080, 18104, 21140, 24919 and 28180 kHz
  FT8  - 1845, 3585, 7056, 10131, 14084, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz
     ** For Japanese stations only: FT8 on 160m will use the normal mode.
        Their RX frequency will be on 1908 kHz.
  The IDT is conducting a band/mode survey for their Tanzania operation at:  http://www.i2ysb.com/idt  QSL via OQRS (http://win.i2ysb.com/logonline/). QSL via I2YSB direct only or LoTW after the operation.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

5Z, KENYA. Scott, WA5A, is once again active as 5Z4/WA5A from Ruaka until late March. Activity will be holiday style on 40/20/15 meters (possibly 160/80m) using mainly SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

6W, SENEGAL (Update/Reminder). Willy, ON4AVT, will once again be active as 6W7/ON4AVT beginning February 16th until March 27th. His main activity will be on 60/40/20/10 meters using mostly FT8/FT4, with some CW and SSB, with a FT-891 with 100 watts into a HyEndFed antenna. QSL via the Bureau. For more details and updates, watch:  https://www.on4avt.be/trip_to_senegal.htm
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

6Y, JAMAICA (Reminder/Update). Neil, GØRNU, is once again active as 6Y/GØRNU from the QTH of 6Y5NZ at St. Mary, Jamaica, until February 17th. Activity will be on most days, on 160-6 meters depending on propagation and other activities. Modes will be SSB, FT8 and other Digital modes. He will most likey be using the Digital modes during his nighttime hours (EST) as not to disturb others. Look for more details on his operations/activities on his QRZ.com page. QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

6W, SENEGAL. Dani, EA4ATI, Dani, is once again active as 6W1/EA4ATI from Dakar until February 26th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using SSB with a FT-857D w/100 watt into a vertical antenna. QSL via EA4R or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

6Y, JAMAICA. Rob, N1TRK, will be active as N1TRK/6Y from Negril, Jamaica (NA-097), between February 8-20th. Activity will be on 40/20/17/10 meters using primarily FT8 with some SSB. Equipment is a Elecraft KX2 into a W1SFR end fed or 40 meter dipole. He suggests to look for him at his sunset. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

8P, BARBADOS. Tom, W2SC, will once again be active as 8P5A during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to HA1AG.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

8Q, MALDIVES (Reminder). Hiro, JG1SXP, will be active as 8Q7HK from Maldive Islands (AS-013) between February 19-24th. Activity will be on 80-15 meters (possibly 160m) using FT9, CW and some SSB, with 200 watts into a 15m vertical. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS or direct.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

9G, GHANA. Matteo, IZ4YGS, will once again be active as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi (Western Region), Ghana, between February 1-26th. Activity will be limited to his spare time (usually on "almost every evening", between 2100-0000z) on 160-20 meters using mostly FT8 (F/H) and SSB, with a Yaesu FT-891 and 100 watts into a vertical antenna. On FT8 (Fox-Hound Mode) the suggested frequencies are: 3567, 7056, 10131 and 14090 kHz. On FT8 (Standard Mode) on the standard frequencies; PLEASE SEND REPORT FIRST, not the Loc. He will also be active through the QO-100 geostationary satellite, USB mode. He will update daily to ClubLog. QSL via LoTW, IZ4YGS direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

9N, NEPAL. After a several days of delay, operators Yuris/YL2GM and Eugene/ EA5EL are expected to be active soon as 9N7AM through February 16th. Yuris says they are stuck in Abu Dhabi, hope to be in Nepal on February 10th in the afternoon. Not clear when could be on the air. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Suggested frequencies are:
  CW   - 1826.5/1821, 3524, 7024, 10113, 14024, 18083, 21024, 24903 and
         28024 kHz
  SSB  - 3790, 7090, 14190, 18140, 21290, 24940 and 28490 kHz
  RTTY - 3583, 7043, 10143, 14083, 18105, 21083, 24923 and 28083 kHz
  FT8 (F/H) - 1836, 3565, 7070, 10143, 14090, 18095, 21090, 24910 and
         28090 kHz
Frequencies can change due to QRM or local noise. Split operation will always be used. They will listen CW starting from up 1 (160 down 2, JA 1810-1820), RTTY up 1 and SSB up 5. PLEASE listen and follow the operator instructions on the air. Also, obey operator's instructions regarding areas of the world being called and do not call if you are from other parts of the world. For FT8, PLEASE study carefully the "FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide" at:
   https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT8_DXpedition_Mode.pdf
 Set up your software and CAT interfaces properly before calling them. This guide is available in multiple other languages on WSJT home page at:
  https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html
 QSL via YL2GN, ClubLog's OQRS and LoTW. For more details, updates and QSL info, see:  http://www.lral.lv/9n7am/index.html
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

9Q, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Paolo, IK7UXW, is now active as 9Q1C from Gombe, Kinshasa. His length of stay is unknown at this time. Activity has been on 20 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 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]

C5, GAMBIA. Andre, ON7YK, is once again active as C5YK from Bijilo until early March 2020. Activity will be on 60/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using mostly FT8 as well as CW, SSB, JT65, JT9 and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct, LoTW or eQSL. Please NO QSL direct to his home address before March 2020!!!! Visit his Web page at:  http://www.on7yk.eu/index.html
-[OPDX # 1442 December 2, 2019]

C6A & YS, BAHAMAS AND EL SALVADOR (Reminder/Update Change). Gerhard, OE3GEA, will be active as C6AGE (possibly from Nassau) between February 20-23rd (not 20-25th) and as YS/OE3GEA from El Salvador between February 26-28th. He informed OPDX, "Had to change dates a little in order to meet several friends on my Route, as this is a trip to see friends, of course in combination with some radio activity...hi; so I am looking forward to a numbers of nice CW contacts." Activity will be on CW and on 40-10 meters using a TS-480SAT with 100 watts into an Outbacker and dipole. QSL via OE3GEA, by the Bureau or direct. Logs will not be uploaded to LoTW or ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Look for RI1ANC to be active once again from Vostok Station (AN-016, WFF RFF-168) in the Antarctica starting February 10th. Operator(s) were not named, but activity will be mainly in FT8 with some CW and SSB. QSL via RN1ON, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

CN, MOROCCO. A group of several operators will be active as CN4M from Casablanca between February 22-23rd. No other details were provided. QSL via RW6HS.
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

CN, MOROCCO. Guy, F8ALU, is once again active as CN2BG until early March. Look for him on SSB generally on 14115 or 14130 kHz. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

CN, MOROCCO. Jean-Pierre, F6CTF, has been active as CN2JF since December 10th and continues until February 28th. Activity has been on 80/40/20/17 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via EA5GL.
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

CT3, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Henning, OZ2I/CT9ABR, will be using the special callsign CR3EE from Madeira (AF-014) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Outside of the contest (before and after), Henning will sign CT9ABR. QSL both callsigns via OZ2I.
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

DU, PHILIPPINES. Press, N6SS, will be active as DU6/N6SS during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. Paper QSLs for DU6/N6SS direct to N6SS QRZ.com address only. All DU6/N6SS contest and digital logs will be uploaded to LoTW after returning home in late March.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

E4, PALESTINE (Reminder). Members of the Radio Club de Provins (F6KOP) are now active as E44CC from Palestine until February 17th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK, FT4 and FT8. QSL via F5GSJ, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or their OQRS (preferred). For more details and updates, see:  https://palestine2020.wordpress.com
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

FG, GUADELOUPE. Operators Gildas/F6HMQ and Michel/F6GWV will once again be active as FG/F6HMQ and FG/F6GWV from Guadeloupe from February 21st until March 8th.  Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using "light equipment". They will also be in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) using the callsign TO3Z. QSL via F6HMQ. QSL FG/F6GWV and Gildas FG/F6HMQ via their home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

FG, GUADELOUPE. Jean-Pierre, F6ITD, will once again be active as FG/F6ITD from Guadeloupe and one of its islands beginning January 13th until March 9th. This is his 11th trip. Island mentioned is La Desirade Island (IOTA NA-102, Lighthouse GUA005 and French Flora Faune FFF 1000). Activity will be on all HF bands (80-6m) using CW, SSB, FT8 and the Digital modes. Look for him to use the callsign TO7D during some contests. Radio equipment is a FT-450D + Tokyo 550 Power 500w. QSL via his home callsign, direct or LoTW (preferred). Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY (Reminder/Update). Operators Pat/N2IEN, Lee/WW2DX, Rock/ WW1X and Ray/W2RE will be active as FJ/N2IEN, FJ/WW2DX, FJ/WW1X and FJ/W2RE, respectively, from St. Barthelemy (NA-146) between February 15-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on various HF (160-6m)/VHF/UHF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, EME and satellites. QSL via their home callsigns. The group will also be in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) [possibly as FJ/N2IEN].
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

FJ, ST. BARTHEMELY. Operators Pat/N2IEN, Lee/WW2DX, Rock/WW1X and Ray/W2RE will be active as FJ/N2IEN, FJ/WW2DX, FJ/WW1X and FJ/W2RE, respectively, from St. Barthemely (NA-146) between February 15-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on various HF (160-6m)/VHF/UHF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and satellites. QSL via their home callsigns. The group will also be in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th). No other details available at this time.
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

FM, MARTINIQUE. Yuri, VE3DZ, will be active as TO4A from Martinique (NA-107) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via VE3DZ or OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

FS, ST. MARTIN (Update/Reminder). After his Puerto Rico operation, Mike, VE7ACN (aka RWØCN, VA7XW, AA7CH), will be active as FS/RWØCN from Saint Martin Island between February 9-16th. There is a possibility (but not guaranteed) of a side trip to Tintamarre Island (NA-199) as FS/VE7ACN. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (possibly 160m, if there is room) using mainly CW and SSB (FT8 very unlikely). He also plans to be in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th). Equipment is a K3 w/Expert 1.3K-FA (1300 W) into a vertical and/or Inverted V. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, direct or by the Bureau to VE7ACN. For more details and updates, see:  https://www.ve7acn.com/kopiya-glavnaya-russkij
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

FR, REUNION ISLAND. Roland, F8EN (ex-CN8EM, FO8BV, 3C3CR, TR8CR, TR5ØR), will be active as FR/F8EN from Reunion Island beginning January 23rd until February 18th. Activity will be CW only on various HF bands. QSL via F6AJA, direct or through the REF Bureau. The QSL will be printed upon his return to France and the log will be uploaded on the LNDX Web site at:  http://LesNouvellesDX.fr/voirlogs.php
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

H44, SOLOMON ISLANDS (Reminder/Update). Bernhard, DL2GAC, will once again be active as H44MS from Malaita Island (OC-047), Solomon Islands, beginning February 5th until April 20th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB and possibly FT8. QSL via DL2GAC, direct or via ClubLog's OQRS. Possibly LoTW in the future.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

HH, HAITI. William, KO7SS, will be active as HH2AA from Radio Club D'Haïti in Obleon during the ARRL International DX Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. He states, "Solar power remote operation." QSL via LoTW only.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

HR, HONDURAS. Dennis, W1UE, will once again be active as HQ9X during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. QSL HQ9X via KQ1F or W1UE. Dennis will be active outside of the contest (as time allows) signing homecall/HR9 and will be there until February 28th. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

HR, HONDURAS. Gerard, F2JD, will once again be active as HR5/F2JD from Copan-Ruinas in Honduras beginning December 12th until April 4th. As usual he will be active on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Paper QSL from F6AJA direct  or via the REF Bureau. The logs will be posted on the LNDX Web site at:  http://LesNouvellesDX.fr/voirlogs.php
-[OPDX # 1442 December 2, 2019]

HS, THAILAND. Lory, HB9DUS, is now active as HSØZKE from Bangkok until the end of February. Activity will be holiday style mainly on 20 meters using CW and FT8. QSL via HB9DUS.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

HS, THAILAND. Lars, SM6NT, will once again be active as HSØZME from Hua Hin beginning November 12th until April 6th, 2020. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

J8, ST. VINCENT AND GRENADINES. David, WJ2O, will be active as J8/WJ2O from Saint Vincent Island (NA-109) between February 9-20th. Activity will be on various HF bands (no 160m) using CW and FT8. He also plans to be active in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/ High-Power entry. QSL via N2ZN. For updates, watch his FaceBook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/667223760010677
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

JT, MONGOLIA. George, K8GG, and several others have been reporting that JT5DX has been working New England and Eastern & Western Ohio before going QRT about JT5 Sunrise. QSNs show it starts about 2200z and then ends about 0000z. Also watch between 0930-1300z. JT5DX has also been on 80 meters.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

KH2, GUAM. Operators Toshinobu/JI3ERV/NH2C and Mikawa/JR7OMD will be active as AH2R during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

KH6, HAWAII. Operators Stanley/AH6KO, Curt/AH6RE, Lloyd/KH6LC, Robert/NH6V, Oliver/W6NV, Jim/W6SC, Frederic/KH7Y, Denny/KX7M and Gary/W7EE will be active as KH6/N6DA during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via WA6WPG or direct. The group reports [edited]: "Our MM will be signing KH6/N6DA this year in honor of our good friend Don Amyx, N6DA, who passed away in 2017. Don was one of the founding members of the NCCC and frequently joined the KH6LC group in our MM efforts. He was a great CW operator and always fun to be around. We hope you'll remember Don when you work KH6/N6DA in the upcoming ARRL DX CW Contest. TU, Aloha."
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

KH8/S SWAINS ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update, dated January 20th) [edited]. The following is from the Swains Island DXpedition Web page:
  50 days to go....
  The preparations are part of the fun too. An amazing load of work is done by all team members. Antennas, hardware, software, the camp set up, medical well-being, transportation, satellite connections, inter-camp communication, operating schedules, vaccinations to name just a few....
  Yesterday we had a video conference call between all international team members to discuss the final loose ends. All lights are green.
  The European members will depart from Amsterdam and Frankfurt on Saturday, March 7th. Flying through Singapore, New Zealand and Samoa to their neighboring islands American Samoa. Our American members will depart the same weekend to meet up in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
  The vessel Manu-Atele* will bring us to the Swains atoll. This will be a 24-hour journey. Landing on the island will be done by smaller boats  at high tide to minimize reef issues. A serious challenge. Think of all the radio equipment, antenna materials, tents, generators, fuel and food for two weeks. The ship will leave after landing. Hopefully picking the team up again after 14 days.
  * https://swains2020.lldxt.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/MV.jpg
    For more details and updates, see:  https://swains2020.lldxt.eu
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Brian, ND3F, will be active as KP2/ND3F from St. Croix between February 12-18th. Activity will be on various HF bands using portable antennas, KX3 and small PA. QSL via EA5GL.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active from here as NP2P during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

KP4, PUERTO RICO (NA-099). Operators Van/N5TOO and Alexis/W4XO will be active as NP4DX in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Multi-Single entry. Activity will also count for the WLOTA as LH-2802. Operations outside of the contest will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and 100 watts. QSL via W3HNK, direct preferred.
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

KP4, PUERTO RICO. Felipe, NP4Z, will be active as KP3DX from San Juan during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via N4AO.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

LX, LUXEMBOURG. Operators Rene/DL2JRM, Dan/DL5SE and Holger/DL5KUT will be active as LX2ØI from Eschdorf (WW Loc. JN29XV) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Multi-Op entry. The special callsign is for the 20th anniversary of the LX7I contest station. QSL via LX2A. In celebration, they will issue a special LX2ØI Award for those who work them on many Band/Mode slots in 2020. For more details, see:  http://lx7i.com/lx20i
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

P4, ARUBA. John, W2GD, will be active as P44W between February 11-17th. Activity will be on the HF bands, with some focus on the 30/17/12 meters and 160 meters mostly on CW. His activity will also include an entry in the upcoming ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 15-16th). QSL via LoTW or N2MM.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

P4, ARUBA. Steve, K3SW, will be active as P4ØSW from Aruba (SA-036) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/Assisted/High-Power entry. There will be limited operations outside the ARRL DX CW Contest hours. QSL via LoTW, direct QSLs to K3SW are OK with 3 USDs for postage, card and envelope. No bureau cards.
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

P4, ARUBA. Lee, K3DMG, is active as K3DMG/P4 from Aruba (SA-036) through the end of February. Activity will be on 80-10 meters with the focus on the Digital modes. QSL via LoTW only. No paper QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

PACIFIC TOUR (Update/Reminder). Operators Will/AA4NC and Ron/AA4VK will be active from 8 different islands during this year. Their updated schedule is as follows:
  French Polynesia --- As TX4N and TX4VK until February 17th. Look for Will to be
                       active during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as
                       a Single-Op-Low-Power entry signing TX4N.
  New Zealand -------- As ZL/AA4NC and ZL/AA4VK between February 18-20th
  Norfolk Island ----- As VK9NR and VK9NN between February 21-24th
  Australia ---------- As VK/AA4NC and VK/AA4VK between February 24-27th
  Papua New Guinea --- As P29NC and P29VK; from February 28th until March 1st
  Solomon Islands ---- As H44NC and H44VK between March 1-3rd
  Vanuatu ------------ As YJØNC and YJØVK between March 3-6th
  Fiji --------------- As 3D2AA and 3D2VK (callsign tentative); Look for Will to be
                       active as 3D2AA during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th)
                       as a Single-Op-Low-Power entry.
Activity on most islands will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4, with 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL routes have been changed. QSL all callsigns via EA5GL.
-[OPDX # 1452 February 17, 2020]

PJ2, CURACAO. Thilo, DL9NBJ, is once again active as PJ2/DL9NBJ from Westpunt, Curacao (SA-099), until February 19th. Using an Elecraft KX3 with a KXPA100 100 watt PA into vertical wire dipole, 12m fiberglass pole and a ZS6BKW. Look for him on the HF bands operating CW, SSB and FT8. QSL only via ClubLog's OQRS. He states, "Please no SASE and no cards via Bureau. I don't need your cards, I will put it into trash can."
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

PJ4, BONAIRE. Scott, NE9U, will be active as PJ4/NE9U from the "PJ4G Radio House" on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) between February 8-22nd. Activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) with operators Dan/K1TO, Noah/K2NG and Ron/KK9K joining Scott as a Multi-2 entry signing as PJ4A. QSL PJ4A (also LoTW) via K4BAI. QSL PJ4/NE9U via NE9U or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: Usually the team of operators will all be active as PJ4/homecall before and after the contest. Checkout the PJ4G Radio House Web page at:  http://www.pj4g.com
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS. Chuck, KG9N, will be active as PJ5/KG9N from St. Eustatius (NA-145) between February 4-21st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, RTTY and possibly SSB. Contests include the ARRL DX CW (February 15-16th) and CQ WPX RTTY (February 8-9th). QSL via KG9N, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

PYØF, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Andre, PP6ZZ, will once again be active as PYØFF from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003, DIB OC-01, WLOTA 1208, WWFF PYFF-016) between February 3-18th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. His activity will also include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th). QSL via W9VA or by LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

T3Ø, WEST KIRIBATI. Nobu, JAØJHQ, who was active as C21NH, is now active as T3ØNH. His length of stay is unknown as this was being written. Activity was on 40/20/17/15 meters FT8. QSL via JAØNHQ. Watch for updates on:  https://pandasan.jimdofree.com
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

TI, COSTA RICA. Operators Mike/W1USN and7 Bob/AA1M will be active as TI5/homecall from Atenas beginning February 20th until March 4th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, the Digital modes and some FM satellites. QSL via their home callsigns or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1435 October 14, 2019]

TI, COSTA RICA. Operators Mike/G3WPH, John/G4IRN and Lee/KY7M will be active as TI7W from Guanacaste during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL TI7W via W4FS. Operators will sign TI7/G3WPH, TI7/G4IRN and TI7/KY7M outside of the contests on all bands (possibly 60m). QSL via LoTW or operator's instructions.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

TL, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. Fernando, EA4BB (aka 9Q6BB), will be active as TL8BB (pending) from Bangui sometime after February 16th, possibly for a few months. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via W3HNK or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

TN, REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO. Ken, UA9FGR, will be active as TN/UA9FGR from Brazzaville between February 9-29th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8, with low power and simple antennas. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

TT, CHAD (160m). Nicolas, F8FQX (ex-TJ3SN, TN5SN, 5T5SN, TY2CA), who has been in N'Djamena since December and plans to be there for the next 3-4 years, will be on various HF bands and 6 meters signing TT8SN. This past weekend there were reports that Nicolas was on 160 meters using FT8 and CW. Watch between 1836-1840 kHz starting as early as 1815z and as late as 0545z. QSL via DL9USA and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

TZ, MALI. Ulmar, DK1CE, is now active as TZ/DK1CE from TZ4AM's QTH in Bamako, Mali, until February 20th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). Members of the Russian Robinson Club are active with the special event callsign R2ØØANT until March 31st. Activity is to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the Antarctica. QSL via RZ3EC. Aso, a special "Antarctica 200 award" is available. Complete details are available on QRZ.com and at: https://antarctica200.hamlog.ru
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

V3, BELIZE. Operators Gerd/DJ4KW and XYL Gisela/DK9GG will once again be active as V31YN and V31GW, respectively, from Consejo Shores during the end of February. Activity will be on 160-10 meters including the 30/17/12m bands using CW and RTTY. They will only operate with 100 watts max. See their equipment and QTH at:
   http://echo34.de/Mitglieder/V31YN/Information
QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau or LoTW. For more
details about their operation, see:
   http://www.qslnet.de/member/dj4kw/v31yn.htm
   http://www.qslnet.de/dk9gg
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

V3, BELIZE. Uwe, DL8UD, will be active as V31KO from Mayahill/Belmopan between February 11-20th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. He will also be in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) signing as V3O and as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/Assisted entry. QSL via DL8UD, by the Bureau or direct (incl. 2 USDs and SASE; NO IRCs). He will try to upload the log daily on ClubLog. He states [edited], "Please don't make any dupe calls; give other OMs the chance to work V31; Check upload daily at ClubLog."
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

V3, BELIZE. Robert, WØYBS, will be active as V31CO from Caye Caulker Island (NA-073, not NA-105) starting February 1st for 3 weeks. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, RTTY and FT8. Robert bought a condo on the Island of Caye Caulker in October of 2019. He plans on being active on a fairly regular basis throughout the coming years. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. He will upload LoTW logs on a regular basis but will not send QSL cards until returning to his home in Colorado. For more details and updates, see: http://w0ybs.com
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON, will once again be active as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, from February 21st until March 5th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB and FT8. Equipment is a Yaesu FT1000MP, FT857D and an Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. John states his antennas are a Mosley Mini32A 10/15/20m, 33' Vertical 10-40m, 35' Top Loaded 80m Vertical, 160m Vertical and 6m 5 element Yagi. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Operators Larry/K3VX and Bill/W3WH will be active as V4/K3VX and V4/W3WH from V47JA's QTH on Saint Kitts Island (NA-104) before and after the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th). During the contest, they will sign as V4/K3VX as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via their home callsigns.
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

V6, MICRONESIA. Sho, JA7HMZ, will once again be active as V63DX from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between February 14-21st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters and all modes. He will be looking for European stations on 160m. QSL via his home callsign direct or LoTW. No Bureau QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

VE8, CANADA. Garth, VE8NSD, member of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA), will be active as VE8RST from Hay River, Northwest Territories (NT) from January 1st until February 28th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via K7ICE. For updates, watch QRZ.com or the NCDXA Facebook page at:
  https://www.facebook.com/North-Country-DX-Assoc-K7ICE-1717462798496577
-[OPDX # 1443 December 9, 2019]

VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Reminder). Janusz, SP9FIH, will be active as VK9NK from Norfolk Island (OC-005) beginning January 12th until April 12th. He states, " It is my tribute to Jim Smith, VK9NS, who lived and operated from there for years. According to  last internet poll VK9N is 85th most wanted entity." Activity will be on 160-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. Suggested frequencies are:
  SSB  - 7095, 14195, 18140, 21195, 24940 and 28420 kHz
  RTTY - 1845, 3569, 7045, 10145, 14095, 18095, 21095, 24920 and 28095 kHz
  FT8 (F/H) - 1845 (1908 JA), 3569, 7045, 10145, 14095, 18095, 21095,
         24920 and 28095 kHz
Equipment will be an IC-7200 and Expert 1.3K-FA into a Spiderbeam and verticals. QSL via SP9FIH or ClubLog's OQRS. His Web page is now online with a needs band/mode survey at:  http://vk9nk.dxpeditions.org
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

VP2M, MONSERRAT. A W1 U.S. team will be active as VP2MSS from Gingerbread Hill, Montserrat (NA-103) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (Reminder/Update). Operators Pat/KØPC and Bill/ACØW will once again be active as VP5K from Jody's, VP5JM QTH on Providenciales Island (NA-002), during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. Look for operators to sign VP5/KØPC and VP5/ACØW outside of the contest. The operators will be there between February 12-17th. QSL VP5/KØPC and VP5K via KØPCClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. QSL VP5/ACØW via ACØW or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

VP8PJ SOUTH ORKNEY ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Quick Update,
Press Release #11
).
  * Gene, K5GS, reported the following on January 26th: "After a stop at
    the Panama Canal for transfer to a different ship, our sea container
    arrived in Coronel, Chile, on December 25th. It was then placed on a
    coastal barge, arriving Punta Arenas on January 13th. The equipment
    is now in secure storage at a local warehouse.
      There will be a Press Release shortly before the team members leave
    home to meet the Braveheart at Punta Arenas."
      There are 8 pictures available on the VP8PJ South Orkney Island Web
    page at:  https://sorkney.com/gallery/shipment
  * Press Release #11, dated Feb. 2, 2020, South Orkneys 2020 DX-pedition
    VP8PJ (AN-008) [edited] -- We're on autopilot, next stop Punta Arenas,
    Chile.
      The project is on schedule --  Team members will begin arriving in
    Punta Arenas on February 9th, Braveheart is scheduled to arrive on
    February 13th, we load the ship on Feb 14th and depart on Feb 15th
    for Signy Island. Nigel Jolly will have already arrived by air to
    arrange for refueling and resupplying Braveheart.
      Logging - Log Search -- We will use N1MM+ for logging and WSJT-X
    Version 2.1.2 for FT8.
      Assuming a stable satellite connection, QSOs will be uploaded to the
    log server in near real-time, you can monitor logging activity at:
       https://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/logsearch.php?dxcallsign=VP8PJ
    We do not upload by band, by mode or by operating position.
      OQRS will be available within 10 days after we leave the island. We
    need time to validate the logs.
      QSL Manager, Tim, MØURX, will work on Busted Calls and Not in Log
    issues after the log is validated. Please use the form on Tim's OQRS
    site, do not send e-mails.
      Split Operation and Fox/Hound -- The Band Plan is posted on our website
    (Island Operations), unless otherwise announced by the operator, all
    radio operations will be split.  FT8 will use Fox / Hound mode on all
    bands except 60m, where we will use normal FT8 operation.
      VP8PJ at Groups.io -- A reflector is available at groups.io for you
    to provide input to the team. The pilots will monitor the reflector
    and summarize pertinent information by region. There's a one-time
    registration for the reflector, please review the "Sticky Notes" at
    the top of the message list. Please, no requests for log checks,
    busted calls, Not in Log, or schedules. We appreciate thoughtful and
    helpful information from your region. VP8PJ+subscribe@groups.io
      Follow the Braveheart -- Shortly before we leave Punta Arenas, we'll
    activate the Garmin inReach personal locator. You'll be able to follow
    our journey on the web during the estimated 6 days at sea to and from
    the island.  You can Follow Braveheart from our website or at:
        https://share.garmin.com/sorkney
      K6TU's Propagation as a Service -- We thank Stu, K6TU, for making
    available his K6TU Propagation as a Service tool at no cost to you.
    Accessed from our website (K6TU Propagation Tools), Stu's website is
    configured with our station and antenna specifications. The tool
    automates and greatly simplifies the process of building VOCAP pre-
    dictions customized for your location. Knowing the details of our
    station configurations, location and antenna heights, the tool will
    generate your customized propagation charts.
      WSPR Beacon -- "A QRP Labs Ultimate 3 WSPR beacon will be on board
    Braveheart running 30dBm on 40, 20 and 15m sequentially every 10
    minutes whenever the VP8PJ/MM station is not in use."
      Fundraising -- Early donors (those that donated before we sail on
    February 15th) will receive their LoTW confirmation(s) while we're
    on the island, usually within 24 hours of the contact(s). All other
    donors will receive their LoTW confirmation(s) when OQRS opens.
      With the Braveheart and freight bills paid and the equipment in
    Chile, our last remaining major expenses are shipping the equipment
    back home, generator fuel, port fees, general surcharges, fuel sur-
    charge and a few smaller but still significant expense items. It's
    not unusual for unexpected fees and other charges to materialize so
    we remain vigilant with the budget management.
      We have over 600 individual (early) donors, 73 Premier Sponsors and
    55 club / foundation sponsors. Is your club or name/callsign listed
    on our website? All donations are appreciated and will help offset the
    project's estimated cost of ~$310,000(USDs).
      We want to thank everyone that helped us along the way to plan this
    project, especially members of the 2011 VP8ORK DX-pedition, Ralph/KØIR
    and Don/N1DG who provided invaluable assistance and information. Their
    guidance through the landing permit process and island logistics is
    greatly appreciated.
      Thanks for your continued interest and support of our project.
    Good luck in the pileups.... 73, Team VP8PJ
       Website: https://sorkney.com/
       Please direct your questions to: info@sorkney.com
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

YB, INDONESIA (Special Event). Look for special event station 8A17BJR between February 19-21st. Activity is to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the local ORARI Kota Banjar radio club. Operations will be on 80/40/2 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Special certificates are available, see:  https://orarilokalkotabanjar.design.blog/download  QSL via details on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

YB, INDONESIA. Yohanes, YB2DX, will be active in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to YB2DX only.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

YN, NICARAGUA. Operators John/KB8RJ and YL Christina/WD8KUR are now active as YN5J and YN5CS, respectively, from San Juan del Sur until March 18th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using Icom 7200 with 100 watts into a tuner and End-Fed long wire. QSL both callsigns via KB8RJ.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Diya, YI1DZ, continues to be active as Z81D from Juba for at least another 6 months. Activity has been on 80-10 meters (possibly 60m) using SSB, FT8 and possibly FT4. QSL via OM3JW.
-[OPDX # 1445 December 23, 2019]

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Randy, WW6RG, is expected to head back to Ascension Island on February 18th, and be active as ZD8RA for another short operation. Activity will be on 20 meters QRP using SSB between 0830-1030z and between 1730-1930z. QSL via WW6RG.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (Reminder/Update). Mike, DF8AN, will be active as ZF2AN from Grand Cayman Island (NA-016) between February 14-23rd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using mainly CW, RTTY and the Digital modes (FT8 [F/H], JT, PSK, MFSK16 and some HELL, too). FT8 QRGs are 14090, 7045 or 10142 kHz. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL. NO ClubLog, LoTW or OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Operators Dan/N6MJ, John/K6AM, Tim/N6WIN and Bill/ W9KKN will be active as ZF1A on Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Multi-Single entry. Look for activity outside of the contest on 160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via K6AM, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

ZL, NEW ZEALAND. Operators Mark/ZL3AB, Geoff/ZL3GA and Phil/ZL3PAH will use the "Quake Contesters" callsign ZL3X during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or direct to ZL3PAH. No Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1450 February 3, 2020]

ZP, PARAGUAY. Operators Dale/N3BNA, Bud/N7CW and Edgar/KC2RG will be active as ZPØR from the QTH of ZP5DBC during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th). Before the contest, operators will be testing the station. Look for ZP/KC2RG (QSL via KC2RG) on CW and ZP/N3BNA (QSL via KA2AEV) on the Digital modes.
-[OPDX # 1451 February 10, 2020]

ZP, PARAGUAY. Manu, ZP9MCE, will be active from Hohenau-Itapúa during the CQ 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) and the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 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]