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 August 11, 2019)

EIDXA October 2019 Meeting
The October meeting will be held on a yet-to-bed determined Friday in October 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 August 18, 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.

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]

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]

CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND. The CY9C team is now QRT and the OQRS is activated (link is on their Web page). The CY9C team made 25k QSOs. Just a reminder, QSLs are available: ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW, direct via WA4DAN. PLEASE NOTE: No Bureau, No IRCs. For more details and updates, watch: http://cy9c.com
-[OPDX # 1426 August 12, 2019]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of July 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 # 1425 August 5, 2019]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB has created an "FT8 Operating Guide" (Version 2.26 as of August 18, 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 August 18, 2019]

H4, SOLOMON ISLANDS. Operators Michael/DL2GMI and Bernhard/DL2GAC will be active as H44MI and H44MS, respectively from Malaita Island (OC-047) from August 23rd until September 2nd. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10/6 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8 (normal mode or F/H-Mode according to the activity). QSL via their home callsign, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW. Maybe an OQRS later.
-[OPDX # 1425 August 5, 2019]

HC, ECUADOR. Joe, IZ1HGP, will be active as HC2/IZ1HGP from Isidro Ayora Finca "Tio Giorgio", Guayas, Ecuador, from August 1st until September 1st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. Modes were not mentioned, but he will have the following antennas a Mosley TA 63N 3 element Yagi for 20-6 meters, Inverted Vee dipole for 80/40 meters, Longwire for 160/80/40 meters, OFC for 160/80/40/20 meters and a vertical for 80/40 meters. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, by the Bureau or direct via IZ1HGP.
-[OPDX # 1417 June 10, 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]

KH4, MIDWAY ISLAND (Update #3/Postponed). Ron, KH6DV, reports on August 15th, on QRZ.com:
  For a number of very good reasons the Midway expedition is being postponed. Some of the things we are working on will take a number of months – one will take 4 or 5 by itself. We could postpone for just a couple months but then we would be operating during the summer with its associated terrible conditions.
  The changes we are working on will make for a much better and more exciting expedition and are well worth waiting for.
-[OPDX # 1427 August 19, 2019]

KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA. Atsu, 5W1SA, is once again active as KH8C from Tutuila (OC-045) until August 25th. Activity is mainly FT4 and FT8 during his nights and weekends. QSL via LoTW, or via JF1OCQ.
-[OPDX # 1427 August 19, 2019]

OJØ, MARKET REEF (50 YEARS CELEBRATIONS UPDATE --- OJØO THIS WEEK). [Edited Press Release by Martti, OH2BH, dated August 15th, -- OJØO QRV FROM SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH THRU AUGUST 24TH] --- Multiple OJØ callsigns were activated during the summer season 2019 and the party wagon is to continue this coming Saturday, August 17th, with weather permitting as always. Up to this point some 35.000 OJØ QSOS were made. These include some 6M magic to U.S. along with many other great openings.
  Jun, JH4RHF, will lead his mostly oriental team thus an effective Far East penetration would be expected. Additionally Miro, OM5RW, had joint the team as another low-band expert with his standing as one of the OM7M lead operators along with his powerful first ever Z6ØA new DXCC participation..
  The team is JH4RHF, JE6HIB, DS4EOI and OM5RW with on-site support by Henri, OH3JR/OJØJR and Pertti, OG2M/OJØMR. They are well on their way to Helsinki, Finland, from where they fly tomorrow to Aland Islands to catch their boat. The wind will be 10m/s due South and should allow their landing. QSL OJØO via ClubLog's OQRS.
  It is also estimated that September 19th, will see another OJØ-operation in the Scandinavian Activity Contest (CW) led again by Market veteran Henri, OH3JR/OJØJR, with activity continuing until Saturday, 28th. This include dismantling the permanent antennas and taking back the used equipment.
-[OPDX # 1427 August 19, 2019]

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Alessandro, IZ1AZA, will be active as OY/IZ1AZA from the Faroe Islands between August 21-26th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1426 August 12, 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]

SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS (Update). OPDX has been informed that per the DXCC Desk staff, they do not yet have any documentation from Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG, that states he is in fact active from Mount Athos. So currently, any operation by him doesn't count for DXCC. (WFWL)
-[OPDX # 1423 July 22, 2019]

T33T BANABA ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted on the Rebel DX Group Media pages on July 2nd, with several pictures [edited]: "Dom arrived safely in Japan today. He has several meetings scheduled over the next few days/week. Once back in Fiji and after a little more boat 'work’, then the Rebels will be off for Banaba and T33T. We love our newest Rebel (and our newest skull & crossbones pirate flag). And we still have an opening for an operator if one of you DXers is interested.... 73 for now!"
  ADDED NOTES. NO specific dates announced yet. It is recommended to watch T33T (Banaba Island) on the QRZ.com Web pages, the Rebel DX Groups Web and Facebook pages for updates:
Also, keep an eye on 3Z9DX tracker at:
-[OPDX # 1421 July 8, 2019]

XW, LAOS. Simon, HSØZIB/XZ2A, has announced that beginning the middle of August he will be based in the town of Luang Prabang, in north Laos. He stated on eHAM.net, "I just got back from a meeting with the Lao licensing authorities and should pick up my XW license in a week or so. Initially, I will only operate on 20 meters, primarily using FT8 and SSTV." Stay tuned for more details.
-[OPDX # 1423 July 22, 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]