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 October 21, 2019)

EIDXA October 2019 Meeting
The October meeting will be held on Friday in October 18th 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.

Note: The presentation by Al, KØVM from the October 2019 meeting is available for download on the "Meetings" page.

October 2019 Eastern Iowa DXer
The October 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.

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The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.

DX News      (Updated December 1, 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.

3D2/R ROTUMA DXPEDITION NEWS. Antoine, 3D2AG, reports on November 29th the following on QRZ.com: "Sailing to Rotuma is now confirmed for the 14th of December, with start of operations around the 17th of December. Because of the need to take drums of diesel fuel, a heavy-duty generator, and other equipment flying is not an option. Focus will be on low bands including 160m, 80m and 60m, with QRO when required. There will be NO internet access during the expedition; FT8 logs will be uploaded to Club- Log AFTER the expedition and CW/SSB/RTTY contacts will be recorded on paper logs as customary for this OP. Efforts are being made now to source a backup generator, fuel and pack antennas / gear ready for the end of the month. Please note that as this is a one-op expedition, the station may not be QRV all the time. Efforts will be made to be active at local SR/SS and known opening times to EU, NA, SA, OC and AS. The Southern Es 6m season has officially begun, and there will be much 6m activation as well from Rotuma. Beware of pirates impersonating the Rotuma expedition, especially in EU! QSL Information: Via 3D2AG, using PayPal to email address (nyeurt@gmail.com) (preferred, safer)/ direct for CW/SSB/RTTY and ClubLog's OQRS (FT8/Digimodes only). No LoTW unless OQRS made first and ADIF file sent (expedition uses paper logs for CW). Donations welcome to assist with generator and fuel procurement for low bands QRO operation."
   EDITOR'S NOTES: For more details, updates, and operating schedule and frequencies, watch the QRZ.com at:  https://www.qrz.com/lookup/3D2AG/P
-[OPDX # 1442 December 2, 2019]

3YØI BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION. It was reported on November 27th, on the 3YØI Bouvet Island Web page (https://bouvetoya.org/3yoi-receives-25k-grant) and the Rebel DX Group's FacBook page (https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup) that the team received "a donation of 25,000 USDs from one of the well- known DX club. They didn't ask any monkey business questions and decided to support our project based on our preparations and the first attempt to activate Bouvet Island." They also mentioned, "Since we have already collected more than 10,000 USDs at our GoFundMe page, it put us at 35,000+ USDs out of 85 thousand of our missing budged and gives us further moti- vation to continue and develop the 3YØI DXpedition project."
  On November 30th, they reported on FaceBook: "Following the generous grant of 25,000 USDs today we received an donation from amateur radio enthusiast who donate PayPal of 10,000 USDs shrinking our missing budget to 40 thousands USD. We're are very grateful for supporting and believing in our project. We strongly encourage to donate via our GoFundMe page
https://www.gofundme.com/f/3y0i-bouvet-island-expedition ) where it's possible to place donor's callsign and list your name among other donors who have been backing the 3YØI DXpedition."
  For more details and updates on the Bouvet Island DXpedition, watch the following Web page and Media sites at: 
   This is the main site where you can find more details on the project
   and news:  https://bouvetoya.org
   Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
   Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg
   Rebel DX Group:  https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup
-[OPDX # 1442 December 2, 2019]

4S, SRI LANKA. Bernd, DK7TF, will once again be active as 4S7DLG from Ambalangoda. His length of stay unknown at this time. Activity should be on all HF bands mainly on SSB and FT8, using a TS-480 into a Hexbeam and GP. QSL via MØOXO or his OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1442 December 2, 2019]

5Z, KENYA. Andy, G3AB, is now based/resides in Nairobi (been there since September 30th), and is expected to be active as 5Z4/G3AB. Activity will be on 20-10 meters using an IC-7300 and dipoles. His QRZ.com page states that he is awaiting the arrival of further equipment and antennas. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1438 November 4, 2019]

7Q, MALAWI. By the time you read this (as November 18th), Karl, DK2WV, will be active as 7Q7W from Lilongwe for about 3 weeks. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via DK2WV.
-[OPDX # 1441 November 25, 2019]

8Q, MALDIVES (Reminder). Roly, ZL1BQD, will be active as 8Q7XR from Maldives (AS-013) beginning November 10th until December 30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign. ADDED NOTE: Beware that this is a re-issued callsign. Mark, MØDXR, used this callsign in 2008.
-[OPDX # 1439 November 11, 2019]

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, THE GAMBIA (Reminder). Paul, SA6PIS, will be active as C56PIS from the Ocean Bay Hotel, Bakau, The Gambia, until December 13th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1442 December 2, 2019]

C5, THE 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]

C5, THE GAMBIA. Carlo, ON4BR, will be active as C56BR from The Gambia until December 14th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign direct.
-[OPDX # 1442 December 2, 2019]

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators George/AA7JV, Tomi/HA7RY, Feco/HA8KW and Mike/KN4EEI will be active as C6AGU from Wood Cay Island (NA-001) from November 15th until December 9th. Activity will be focused on 160/80 meters using CW and FT8, including entries in the CQWW DX CW (November 23-24th) and ARRL 160m (December 6-8th) Contests. QSL via HA7RY.
-[OPDX # 1438 November 4, 2019]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of November 27th. 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.
3Y/P  Peter 1 Island
  5. CEØX  San Felix Islands      10. 
FT5/X Kerguelen Island
The only change this month is 3Y/P Peter 1 Island and FT5/X Kerguelen Island switch places. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:
-[OPDX # 1442 December 2, 2019]

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Andrea, IK1PMR, is currently active as EA8/IK1PMR from Tenerife Island (AF-004) for the next few weeks. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using all modes with a K3 and 500w amp. QSL via HB9FKK (his Swiss callsign), by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1441 November 25, 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]

FS, ST. MARTIN (Update to OPDX.1423). Operators John/K9EL, Paul/K9NU, Gary/N9AOL, John/W9ILY and Marco/FS4WBS will be active as TO9W from Orient Bay, Saint Martin Island (NA-105) between December 4-13th. John, K9EL, provides the following update, dated November 4th: "In less than 30 days, we will be in Saint Martin! We arrive late on December 3rd and we will spend all day December 4th and probably into the 5th setting up antennas. We will put one station on the air as soon as possible, most likely 20 meters. Ultimately, we will be able to have 3 stations operating simultaneously. All antennas will come down on December 13th. We have a new large fiberglass mast for an improved 160-meter TX antenna. We will alternate between CW and FT8 on 160 meters.
  Please make sure to update your logging programs to recognize TO9W as Saint Martin. Our intention is to activate ClubLog real-time log updates, assuming a steady Internet connection. We plan to upload to LoTW daily. All questions, comments and requests for schedules should be sent to our pilots, K9NB or W9MK. Our QSL Manager is W9ILY.
  73 from the TO9W team – W9ILY, K9NU, N9AOL, K9EL, W9MK, K9NB"
  Their activity will be on 160-6 meters but with a focus on 160/80/40 meters. They plan is to operate FT8 in the Fox/Hound mode on DXpedition frequencies. SSB and RTTY are also planned. There will be NO operation on 60 meters or PSK modes. When the normal FT8 frequencies are busy, they will operate Fox/Hound mode on 3567, 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz. If those frequencies are busy, they will announce their operating frequency. Also, look for them to be in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest between December 6-8th. QSL via W9ILY, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:  http://k9el.com/SaintMartin2019/SXM2019.htm
-[OPDX # 1439 November 11, 2019]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB has created an "FT8 Operating Guide" (Version 2.27 as of November 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 November 18, 2019]

HC, ECUADOR. Antonio "Toni", EA5RM, plans to be in Ecuador from December 2nd until January 5th. He will be on the air during his spare time mainly as HC3/EA5RM from Loja, and perhaps also as HC2/EA5RM from Guayaquil. His activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

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]

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]

SV/A, MT. ATHOS. Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG, has been active as SV2RSG/A from the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou of Mount Athos. Activity has been on mostly 20 meters at various times between 1100-1830z (some 40m). It is interesting that he is now signing with a "/A" ("/A" as meaning of alternative). Back in July, OPDX was 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. However, several sources are reporting that Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager, has recently stated "operations by SV2RSG/A (if from Mount Athos must identify '/A') are accepted by ARRL DXCC." It was verified on Friday, November 8th, (thanks to Goose, W8AV, a Great Lakes DXCC Checker) from the DXCC Desk that SV2RSG/A is good for DXCC. QSL via SV2RSG/A direct.
-[OPDX # 1439 November 11, 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. Nobuaki, JAØJHQ, will once again be active as T88PB from the VIP-Guest Hotel in Koror City, Palau, between December 6-8th. Activity usually is on 160-6 meters using CW and 6m FT8, but his Web page states "Mainly 160m CW / FT8". His equipment is an IC-7300 w/TL933 amp (about 500w) into a 3 element Yagi and DP antennas. QSL via LoTW (preferred) or direct to his home callsign. For more details and updates, see his Web page at:  http://pandasan.jimdo.com
-[OPDX # 1438 November 4, 2019]

TR, GABON. Roland, F8EN, (ex-CN8EM/FO8BV/3C3CR/TR5ØR) will once again be active as TR8CR from Libreville. He will be there sometime at the end of September until December 15th. Activity will start probably early October. Operations will be mainly CW. QSL via F6AJA, direct or by the REF Bureau. The log will be posted on the LNDX Web site at:  http://lesnouvellesdx.fr/voirlogs.php  F6AJA will update when he receives a copy of the log.
-[OPDX # 1432 September 23, 2019]

TT, CHAD. Nicolas, F8FQX (ex-TJ3SN, TN5SN, 5T5SN, TY2CA), who has been in N'Djamena since August 24th, finally received his TT8SN license on October 4th. However, by the time you read this, Nicolas will be returning to France, but will return December 1st. He plans to be there for the next 3-4 years and will be on various HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via DL9USA and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1435 October 14, 2019]

V6, MICRONESIA (Reminder). Haru, JA1XGI, will once again be active as V6K from Kosrae Island (OC-059) between December 2-9th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20 meters using mainly CW with some RTTY and FT8. Focus will be on EU/NA/SA/Middle East of Asia. He will also be in the ARRL 160m CW Contest (December 6-8th). Suggested frequencies are:
   CW   - 1815/1822.5, 3525, 7025, 10115 and 14040 kHz
   RTTY - 7035, 10140 and 14080 kHz
   FT8(N) - 1840*, 3573, 7074, 10136 and 14074 kHz
   FT8(F/H) - 7051, 10131 and 14085 kHz
      *  QSX 1908 (JA)
      ** Frequency on the above will change by band condition.
His equipment will be an Icom IC7300 with a DXV600L(Tiny PA) into two vertical antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW (available after 3 month). For more details and updates, watch:  http://v6k.client.jp
-[OPDX # 1442 December 2, 2019]

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS. Jerry, WA2TTI, will be active as VP5/WA2TTI from Turks and Caicos Islands (NA-002) between December 2-7th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands probably running QRP. QSL via his home callsign only.
-[OPDX # 1439 November 11, 2019]

VP8/VP8DXU SOUTH ORKNEY DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release, dated November 2nd).   Equipment Consolidation (Update) [edited] -- During the week of October 21-27th, 2019, team members and helpers met in Placerville and Los Altos Hills, California, to consolidate, test and repack the equipment to be used during the South Orkney Island DXpedition.
  On Friday, October 25th, we visited the Elecraft factory to receive 8 K3s stations, including amplifiers, pan adapters and other supporting equipment. During the week antennas were assembled, tuned, tested and marked for easy transport and reassembly.
  All software was loaded on Lenovo laptops, QSOs were entered into N1MM and test logs were uploaded to our log search server over the Inmarsat BGAN satellite network.
  Photos of the week are posted at:
Thanks to all who participated and to the equipment suppliers that are supporting the project, a complete list at:
73, VP8/VP8DXU Team
-[OPDX # 1438 November 4, 2019]

VU, INDIA (Special Event). Look for special event station AU2JCB to be active beginning November 23rd until December 16th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB. Suggested frequencies are (depending on the propagation): 3710, 7040, 7150, 14210, 14250, 14310, 21235, 21310, 21350, 28490, 28510 and 28545 kHz. On FM Mode: 6m - 50800 and 51500; 10m 29700 kHz. If higher bands are open, operations will be on those bands. The operator will be Surabhi, VU2DSI. QSL direct (with 2 IRCs) to VU2DSI. Operations are to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the birth (November 30th) of Sir Jagadeesh Chandra Bose, India's great scientist and inventor who they consider the "Father of Wireless Communication". For more details, see the following Web page
at:  http://www.qsl.net/vu2msy/JCBOSE.htm ADDED NOTE: There will be other VU operators celebrating this anniversary.
-[OPDX # 1440 November 18, 2019]

XT2, BURKINA FASO. Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, between December 2-20th. Activity is usually holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (FT8, PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW. QSL via MØOXO, direct or by MØOXO's OQRS <http://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/>.
-[OPDX # 1414 May 13, 2019]

XW, LAOS. Bruce, 3W3B (HSØZCY/XU7ADF/XW1B/AA4XR), who lives in Da Nang, will once again be active as XW4XR from Vientiane between December 4-14th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters (60m included) using CW, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL via E21EIC and LoTW (preferred method).
-[OPDX # 1436 October 21, 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]

Z6, KOSOVO. Mome, Z32ZM, informs OPDX that due to his bad health, need of money and RIGs, he was unable to be active from Kosovo during last summer. However, he states that he is now planning to be active from Vitina, Kosovo, as Z68MA by the end of November and December this year. It will be mostly TOP bands activity (160 & 80m) and some 40/30m. He is looking for some support (via his PayPal at z32zm@t.mk) and any donations are appreciated. QSL via his home callsign or ClubLog's OQRS (recommended).
-[OPDX # 1439 November 11, 2019]

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. James, VK4GKA (ex-P29HG), is now active as Z81C from Juba until December 31st, but one source states that he will reside there for at least 18 months. His activity will be on SSB and limited as time  permits.  QSL info TBD.
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Darrin, N4WTN, who has been on the islands since October 1st, has finally received his permanent ZD8 callsign from the local government. Begin looking for him to sign ZD8DRP. QSL via: Darrin R Proehl, PO Box 4235, Patrick AFB, FL 32925, Ascension Island.
-[OPDX # 1440 November 18, 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]