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 September 15, 2019)

EIDXA October 2019 Meeting
The October meeting will be held on Friday in October 25th 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.

July 2019 Eastern Iowa DXer
The July 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:
The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.

DX News      (Updated September 15, 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.

3DA, SWAZILAND - AFRICAN TOUR (Reminder). By the time you read this, Pista, HA5AO, will once again be active as 3DAØAO from the Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) until September 30th. He will be active from the Mountain Inn Resort at Mbabane. His plan is to start to set up antenna and station on the 16th, and he can be expected on the air by the evening. The station set up contains an Elecraft K3S with a KPA500 and fed into a vertical antenna. Pista will operate on the 80-10m bands using mainly CW and FT8 on the higher bands. Pista plans to be active on September 21st and 22nd in the All Africa DX Contest as a Single-Op/Single-Transmitter/CW-Mode/All- Band/High-Power entry.   After the eSwatini operation Pista, HA5AO, will arrive in Lesotho on the 1st of October and plans to stay until October 19th. He will again use the 7P8AO callsign. Flight and room at Molengoane Lodge is also booked. Due to other commitments the operation from Lesotho will take place during his free time mainly on CW and FT8 on the higher bands.   QSL policy, Logsearch and OQRS is available at:   https://www.ha5ao.com
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 2019]

5W, SAMOA. Heli, DDØVR, (along with XYL Bigi, DE3BWR) who was active as C6A/DDØVR from the Bahamas during January and February this year, informed OPDX that he has received his Samoan license. Look for Heli to sign as 5WØVR between September 9-16th. Activity will be on various HF bands (80-6m). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. ADDED NOTE: Heli will also be active from Fiji as 3D2VR between September 2-9th, and September 23-27th. They will also be in Tonga as A35JY between September 16-21st.
-[OPDX # 1412 April 29, 2019]

6O, SOMALIA (Reminder/Update). Ken, LA7GIA, is now in Somalia and will be active as 6O7O until September 28th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters mainly on CW. Activity on other modes (SSB, FT8) will be limited and on 1-2 bands only. Most of his activity so far (as this was being written) has been on 20 meters CW. For more details and updates, visit his Web page and the following media pages:
QSL via MØOXO. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog. Also, make sure you read Ken's "QSO & QSL Policy" on his Web page.
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 2019]

7Q, MALAWI (Update). Operators Bill/KC4D (7Q7WW), Don/K6ZO (7Q6M) and Junior/7Q7JN are currently active from Embangweni Mission Hospital at the Loudon Station in Malawi as time and power allows. Bill states that he will operate as 7Q7WW during his free time with his friends 7Q6M (Don/ K6ZO) and 7Q7JN (Junior). At the main station, they are on CW and SSB at various times, usually on 20, 40 and 80 meters. At their residence, they have a modest station and wire antennas for FT-8. For 7Q7WW QSLs, please send cards direct to the KC4D address. If you're in the U.S., include a SASE; outside of the U.S., please also include 1 USD to help with postage. Bill states, "Unfortunately, I'm not currently set up for e-QSLs, but expect to get these on LoTW eventually." QSL 7Q6M via K6ZO and 7Q7JN via address on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 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]

8R, GUYANA. Rudi, DK7PE, will be active as 8R1CW from Guyana between September 21-28th. Activity will be limited to his spare time on various HF bands, using an Elecraft KX3 with new Juma 1000 amp into wire antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, see:  https://www.rooody.de
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 2019]

9G, GHANA (Reminder). Chip, KB1QU, will be active as 9G5QU between September 8-21st. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW, FT8 and FT4. QSL via N4GNR direct.
-[OPDX # 1430 September 9, 2019]

9M2, WEST MALAYSIA (Special Event). Members of the Kelab Radio Amateur Jalan Klang Lama, the 9MDXC and MARTS will be activating the special event callsign 9M16KING from Kuala Lumpur beginning now until September 30th. Activity is to celebrate the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong (16th constitutional monarch and head of state of Malaysia). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and various Digital modes. QSL via the operators' instructions.
-[OPDX # 1429 September 2, 2019]

9U, BURUNDI (Reminder). Francesco, IV3TMM, will once again be active as 9U3TMM from Bujumbura (WW Loc. KI46QP) from now until September 17th. Activity will be on 60-6 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via IV3TMM, by the A.R.I. Italian Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1429 September 2, 2019]

A3, TONGA - PACIFIC (DXPEDITION) TOUR CONTINUES (Update). By the time you read this, Heli, DDØVR, (along with XYL Bigi, DE3BWR) should be active as A35JY until September 21st. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL via DDØVR.
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 2019]

C21, NAURU (Update). Operators Yuris/YL2GM, Jack/YL2KA, Kaspars/YL1ZF and Kristers/YL3JA will be active as C21WW (not C21W as first announced) from Nauru (OC-031) between September 16-25th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, possibly 60m, using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. The suggested frequencies are:
CW    - 1826.5/1821, 3524, 7024, 10113, 14024, 18083, 21024, 24903 and 28024
SSB   - 3790, 7090, 14190, 18140, 21290, 24940 and 28490
RTTY  - 3583, 7043, 10143, 14083, 18105, 21083, 24923 and 28083
FT8(*) - 1836, 3565, 7070, 10143, 14090, 18095, 21090, 24910 and 28090 kHz
  * - FT8 will be Fox & Hound mode
  Split operation will  always be used: QSX CW up 2 (160m down 2, for JA
  1810-1820); and QSX SSB/RTTY up 5.
  QSL via YL2GN direct or ClubLog's OQRS (for direct or by the Bureau) for paper QSLs. Full LoTW upload will be done 6 months after the end of the DXpedition. For more details and updates, see (new URL):  http://www.lral.lv/c21ww_t30l/index.html Please do not send log correction requests. Corrections will not be provided. All individual supporters 20 USDs+ will receive direct QSL. Please do not send your QSL to them via Bureau - they are not required.
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 2019]

CN, MOROCCO. Royal Amateur Radio Association of Morocco (ARRAM) is now active using the special event callsign 5E6A for their National Celebration until September 29th. QSL via EA7FTR direct.
-[OPDX # 1426 August 12, 2019]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of August 30th. 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 # 1429 September 2, 2019]

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder/Update). Fred, DH5FS, will be active as E51SFS from the South Cook Islands between September 8-25th. He is scheduled to operate from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between September 8-16th, and from Aitutaki Island, (OC-083) between September 20-25th. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL via his home callsign or ClubLog. Also, checkout the new ClubLog feature "Livestream" at:  https://clublog.org/livestream/E51SFS
See details below under "QSL INFO AND NEWS" about the new ClubLog feature. Fred is also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dh5fs
-[OPDX # 1430 September 9, 2019]

FK, NEW CALEDONIA. Jan, F6EYB, will once again be active as FK8CJ from Noumea, New Caledonia (OC-032), from August 29th until the end of the year. Activity will be on various HF bands (mainly 30/20/17 meters). QSL via F6EYB, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1428 August 26, 2019]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB has created an "FT8 Operating Guide" (Version 2.26 as of September 13, 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 September 13, 2019]

J6, ST. LUCIA. Bill, K9HZ, will once again be active as J68HZ from his villa at Labrelotte Bay, Castries, St. Lucia (NA-108, WLOTA L-1336) beginning August 23rd until October 4th. Activity is usually on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, AM, RTTY, WSJT and FT8. QSL via his home callsign. He does use the LoTW (preferred), ClubLog's OQRS and eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1427 August 19, 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]

KHØ, MARIANA ISLANDS (Reminder). Harry, JG7PSJ/JD1BMH/KW2X, will once again be active as WHØRU from Saipan (OC-086) between September 15-22nd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LoTW or direct to JG7PSJ. For possible updates, watch: http://jg7psj.starfree.jp
-[OPDX # 1430 September 9, 2019]

MD, ISLE OF MAN. Members of the NB DX Team will be active as MD/OP2D from Isle of Man (EU-116) between September 21-27th. Operators mentioned are Erik/ON4ANN (Team Leader), Erik/ON4CCV, Cedric/ON4CKM, Rudi/ON6MI, Andre/ON4DTO, Patrick/ON4DCU, Willy/ON2BDJ, Luc/ON4AAQ, Yvo/ON5CD and Walter/ON8CW. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via MØURX direct (2 USDs and a SAE. No IRCs) or via his OQRS (http://m0urx.com/oqrs/). Bureau cards via OQRS ONLY. For more details or updates, see:  http://users.telenet.be/on4ann/MD
-[OPDX # 1414 May 13, 2019]

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Puiu, YO5BIM, is currently and once again active as P29VIM from Port Moresby, until September 22nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (including 60m) using mainly CW, JT9 and FT8, with an Icom IC-706 MK2G. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1429 September 2, 2019]

PY, BRAZIL. Mor, PT7ZT, will be celebrating 40 years of being an amateur radio operator by using the callsigns ZY4ØZT in August and ZZ4ØZT in September. QSL via PT7ZT direct only or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1426 August 12, 2019]

S7, SEYCHELLES DXPEDITION (Update). Lance, W7GJ, will be active as S79GJ from La Digue Island (AF-024, WW Loc. LI75vp), Seychelles, from September 20th until October 5th. Lance informs OPDX this past week of the following:   "All the equipment has been set up and checked and then packed up to go on the plane with me to S79. This is primarily a 6m EME DXpedition, but I have packed a 20m dipole and may also get on 20m FT8 during the first few days of October. Full details are on my website:  http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj/Seychelles%202019.htm  Although the CP1GJ 6m EME DXpedition in May was a big success, I am especially excited about S79GJ because nobody from NA has ever contacted S79 before on 6m. This is especially well suited to NA horizon-only stations during their moonrise.... GL and VY 73, Lance" QSL via his home callsign direct.
-[OPDX # 1430 September 9, 2019]

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI. Ken, KH6QJ, will once again be active as T32AZ from Crystal Lodge, Kiritimati Island [Christmas Island] (OC-024) until September 24th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15 meters but will focus on 40 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home call, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 2019]

T6, AFGHANISTAN (Reminder/Update). Robert, S53R (ex-YA5T), is once again active from Kabul as of September 4th, signing T6AA and may continue until the summer 2021. He will be there for two years working with the UN World Food Program. Robert has been issued two callsign: T6AA and T6A (to be used during contest). Activities outside of the contests will be limited to his free time, but he plans to be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He was heard early in the week on 60/30/20/17 meters CW and FT8 as early as 0700z and as late as 2300z. QSL via S53R, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1430 September 9, 2019]

T8 PALAU. Operators Yas/JA6UBY (T88RR), Hiro/JM1LIG (T88FM) and YL Miyo/ JO3LVG (T88MK) will once again be active from Koror Island (OC-009) between September 12-20th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, FM and the Digital modes (FT8, JT9 and JT65). QSL T88RR via JA6UBY direct only or eQSL. QSL T88FM via JM1LIG direct only. QSL T88MK via JO3LVG, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1430 September 9, 2019]

TT8, CHAD. Jean Louis, ZS6AAG, is now active as TT8JLH from N'Djamena. He is there working for the Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF](Doctors Without Borders), and the length of his stay is unknown. Activity has been on 20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign and eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1429 September 2, 2019]

V2, ANTIGUA (Reminder). Bud, AA3B, will once again be active as V26K from Antigua (NA-100) between September 8-20th. Activity will be sporadic because he is doing maintenance on the station but will be primarily CW on various HF bands. QSL via LoTW or via AA3B, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1429 September 2, 2019]

VP6R PITCAIRN ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. On September 8th, the following was posted by Ralph, KØIR, on the Pitcairn Island DXpedition 2019 Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/580069859103416) with pictures [edited]: "The Braveheart arrived on Pitcairn Island on schedule on Sept. 6th. After waiting out a torrential rain, all our DXpedition gear was unloaded and taken ashore by the Pitcairn Island longboats. Generators, fuel, antennas and masts, Flex radios, ACOM amps, the DX Engineering 160 vertical, Yagis, ----- everything. It's all there, stored safe and dry in the engineering building. When the roads dry out, all our gear will be moved to our operating sites and be ready for us when we arrive in October.
  This process will save us 150 to 200 man-hours of installation time and get us on the air much faster.
  Thank you Braveheart and Pitcairn Island crews!!
Also, check out the Pitcairn Island DXpedition Web page at:
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 2019]

XW, LAOS (Update). Per DX-World.net, Simon, G6JFY/HSØZIB/XZ2A, has announced
that he has received his new callsign XWØLP (Suffix "LP" stands for Luang
Prabang, the town in north Laos where he now lives). License is good for
one year as of October 1st and is initially valid only for 20-meter band
operations. Simon states, "On 20 meters, I will be active every day,
mostly using FT8. My rig sits right next to my work desk, so I can keep
an eye on the band and answer calls as they are received. I WON'T use
Fox + Hounds mode on FT8, just simple, single mode. I operate my FT8
software manually so that I can select which call to reply to." QSL via
ClubLog's OQRS. NO BUREAU cards.
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 2019]

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Steve, WB4GHY, is currently on Ascension Island on a work detail. Look for him to possibly be active on various days as ZD8SC. The length of his stay is unknown. Activity will be on 80-10 meters on SSB only using an IC-7000 to a directional antenna. QSL via WB4GHY or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1428 August 26, 2019]

ZK3A TOKELAU ISLANDS DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). The following was reported on August 29th, on the ZK3A Web page (https://tokelau2019.com) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ZK3A_2019) [edited]: The ZK3A team will be on all 3 of the Islands in Tokelau (Fakaofo, Nukunonu & Atafu).
  * Scheduled for October 1 through October 11.
  * The Amateur Radio Club in Tokelau will have callsigns for each of these
    islands, ZK3RF, ZK3RN & ZK3RA.
  * Each club stations utilize electricity from the island’s solar panels.
  * The ZK3A team will be donating to all 3 islands the following.
    TS-590S, Dipole for 40m & 20m, A3S and a 800w Linear Amplifier.
  * In addition the team has shipped 3 x 6 KVA generators to be used
    during our activation. At the end of our time on the island, we
    will be donating these generators to each of the Tokelau Islands.
  * Total donation from our team is around $ 8,000 USD.
  ADDED NOTES: The ZK3A Tokelau Island DXpedition is conducting a survey on what bands and modes are needed for this operation. Give them your input at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZK3A
  Also, it has been reported: A free of charge certificate issued in electronic format will be available for working ZK3A on 3 different bands regardless of mode, or on 3 different modes regardless of band send your application to:  uz1rr at ukr.net
-[OPDX # 1429 September 2, 2019]

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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]