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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.)

Home of The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin.

EIDXA News     (Updated December 5, 2021)

EIDXA Meetings
(EIDXA in-person meetings are on hold indefinitely due to Covid 19 virus concerns. When this crisis is resolved, we will resume normal meetings. Stay tuned! 

In the meantime, we are doing Zoom meetings on or close to our normal meeting dates. Notice of upcoming Zoom meetings will be posted here and to the EIDXA Google Groups email reflector.)

We normally meet quarterly in January, April, July and October on a Friday evening. Our normal meeting location is the Hall Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. A program of interest follows the business meeting. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

QST Article
Congratulations to EIDXA member and Club Secretary, George Cooley, NG7A, for a great article in November 2021 QST, page 33, titled “An Optimized Inverted L for 160 & 80 Meters”. Very well written and very interesting, George! If you are a Top-Band and 80 meter enthusiast, it will be well worth your time reading it.

Goldie Haendel (XYL of Rich Haendel, W3ACO)


Goldene (“Goldie”) Haendel, XYL of Rich, W3ACO, passed away on November 15, 2021. Goldie grew up in Iowa City, where her father ran an iconic grocery store. Her passion for all things food led her to start “Goldie’s Seafood Market” in the 1980s. Goldie graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in criminology and was an active member of many Iowa City community organizations. Goldie is survived by her husband, two daughters and their families, and four nephews. For arrangements and more details, please see the Full Obituary.

October 2021 Eastern Iowa DXer
The October 2021 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. Featured is a fabulous article about the Top 12 most-wanted DXCC entities and why they are so difficult by WØGJ; WØGXA writes about his "New Elm Tree" antenna support; a report on 6-meter DX in 2021 from K8OM; and a report from the Huntsville (Alabama) Hamfest by WØAWL. Great reading all! Be sure you don't pass it up!

EIDXA DXpedition Support
Our treasurer, Mike NA9Q, and president, Gayle KØFLY, cooperated to put together a list of all DXpeditions that the EIDXA has supported since 2002. That list is now available here.

Membership roster updated on November 16, 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
The "Buy-Sell-Trade" page provides a place to advertise any ham radio equipment you may have for sale. We can publish pictures of your gear and any text you would like. Contact the webmaster to post your ad!

EIDXA Email Reflector
The EIDXA email reflector is on Google Groups and 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. If you are not a member of the group but would like to be, please email the webmaster.

You may visit the group homepage here:
The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.

The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin
For December 5, 2021 to December 12, 2021

Craig Fastenow, KØCF, Editor

This bulletin is a compilation of currently active DX operations (or those that will become active within the current week) from recent issues of the four DX bulletins listed below, with the dates of operation highlighted in red. The articles are ordered by the entity's official callsign prefix. Hot links are provided for QSL and other information wherever possible. Articles will remain in The Bulletin while active with a 5 week maximum. Credit for the source is given at the end of each article.

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
   The ARRL DX Bulletin
      The bulletin is available at http://www.arrl.org
   425 DX News, A.R.I. DX Bulletin (425DXN)
      Edited by Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ & Valeria Pregliasco, IK1ADH
      425 DX News Home Page: https://www.425dxn.org/
      425 DX News Google Group: https://groups.google.com/g/425eng
   DX Newsletter (DXNL)
      Edited by Klaus Poels, DL7UXG
      A weekly service of DARC Committee "DX", http://www.darcdxhf.de

3X, GUINEA. Jean Philippe, F1TMY is now QRV as 3X2Ø21 from Conakry. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using SSB, and on Satellite QO-100. This includes some portable operations from the Los Islands, IOTA AF-051. QSL to F1TMY.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 44 November 4, 2021]  (1212)

5X, UGANDA. John Paul, KN6NNF is QRV as 5X3Z from Kubamitwe. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using FT8. QSL via LoTW.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 46 November 18, 2021]  (1212)

6W, SENEGAL. Dani, EA4ATI, is now active with his new callsign 6W1TG from Dakar. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mainly SSB. He was heard this past week on 40/20 meters SSB around 1330-1430z and again around 2215-2400z. QSL via EA4R. Dani will try to upload his log to LoTW and eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1543 December 6, 2021]  (1226)

6Y, JAMAICA. Lester, W8YCM will be active again as 6Y6Y from Jamaica (NA-097) from November 28th until sometime in January. QSL direct only to W8YCM.
-[425DXN # 1594 November 20, 2021]  (1226)

9J, ZAMBIA. Mario, IK1MYT, is once again active as 9J2MYT from Lusaka (WW Loc. KH44DO) and will be there until June 2022. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters SSB using a Yaesu 897D into a homemade vertical and a long wire antenna. He was heard this past week on 20/15 meters SSB between 1500-1645z. QSL via IZ3KVD direct only. QSL will be printed after his return to Italy.
-[OPDX # 1543 December 6, 2021]  (0102)

A5, BHUTAN. Peter, HB9DVG (G4ENL) will be working in Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan from November 17th to December 21st, and will try and operate SSB and FT8 on the HF bands as A52CC when time permits. "Poor location" he says, "but let's try. I am a novice with FT8, so have patience". QSL via N4GNR.
-[425DXN # 1594 November 20, 2021]  (1226)

A9, BAHRAIN. Celebrating the Kingdom of Bahrain's 50th National Day, members of the Bahrain Amateur Radio Society (BARS) will operate special callsign A95ØND on December 1st-16th. QSL via EC6DX.
-[425DXN # 1595 November 27, 2021]  (1219)

C6, BAHAMAS. Brian, ND3F is QRV as C6AQQ from New Providence Island, IOTA NA-001, until December 7th. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via EA5GL.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 48 December 2, 2021]  (1219)

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Oleg, ZS1ANF (UA1O, ex UA1PBA) will be active again as ZS7ANF from Wolf's Fang Runway, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica (AN-016) starting around late November-early December for the duration of the 2021-22 Antarctic summer season. He is also expected to be signing RI6ØANT before the end the year. QSL ZS7ANF via RK1PWA and ZS1ANF; QSL RI6ØANT via RZ3EC. [TNX DX World]
-[425DXN # 1594 November 20, 2021]  (1226)

CE9, ANTARCTICA. For the third year, Sebastian, SQ1SGB, will be active as VP8/SQ1SGB from the British Antarctic Research Base Station (WAP GBR-40) starting around November 18th until January 31st. On QRZ.com, he states that he will "build rhombic antenna for aircraft communication (40m) so I will use that antenna for my ham radio activity." He also suggests watching for him on 40m (7190 kHz) and 20m. QSL via EB7DX.
-[OPDX # 1540 November 15, 2021]  (1219)

D2, ANGOLA. Jose, PP2BR is now QRV as D2PR from Luanda. Activity is on 20, 15, and 10 meters using SSB. QSL via operator's instructions.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 48 December 2, 2021]  (0102)

DL, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the DARC local association R14 will activate special event station DR125MB (special DOK 125MB) to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Muengsten Bridge, Germany's highest railway bridge. Activity will last until November 30th, 2022. The bridge connects the cities of Solingen and Remscheid and stretches 107 meters above the Wupper valley. QSL via DD3JN direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1543 December 6, 2021]  (0102)

DL, GERMANY. Members of the DARC club Uckermark (DOK Y01) support the annual Christmas activities from Santa Claus' post office in Himmelpfort with the callsigns DLØAGU and DM3A (special DOK 21SCPO for both) from November 11th until December 24th. QSL via bureau.
-[DXNL # 2275 November 10, 2021]  (1219)

DXCC TOP TWENTY. Here are the top 20 entities on ClubLog’s "DXCC Most Wanted" list, last updated December 1, 2021:
   1. P5     DPRK (North Korea)  11. FT/G   Glorioso Island
   2. 3Y/B   Bouvet Island       12. VKØM   Macquarie Island
   3. FT5/W  Crozet Island       13. YVØ    Aves Island
   4. BS7H   Scarborough Reef    14. KH4    Midway Island
   5. CEØX   San Felix Islands   15. ZS8    Prince Edward & Marion Islands
   6. BV9P   Pratas Island       16. PYØS   Saint Peter And Paul Rocks
   7. KH7K   Kure Island         17. PYØT   Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands
   8. KH3    Johnston Island     18. KP5    Desecheo Island
   9. 3Y/P   Peter 1 Island      19. SV/A   Mount Athos
  10. FT5/X  Kerguelen Island    20. VP8S   South Sandwich Islands
For the complete list, see https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[KØCF December 4, 2021]  (1219)

EA, SPAIN (Special Event). Pascual, EA5WO, will activate the special event callsign AN5OKW from Torrent (Valencia), Spain, (WW Loc. IM199) between December 6-20th, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Moscow. Activity will be on various HF bands using Digital modes. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or E-mail (certificate).
-[OPDX # 1543 December 6, 2021]  (1219)

EA, SPAIN. The Union de Radioaficionados de Leon (EA1URL) will operate special callsigns AM1111D, AM1111E, AM1111I, AM1111L, AM1111N, AM1111O and AM1111R on December 1st-19th in celebration of the 1111th anniversary since the establishment of the ancient Kingdom of Leon, now part of the autonomous community of Castile and Leon within the modern Kingdom of Spain. See https://reinodeleon.ure.es.
-[425DXN # 1595 November 27, 2021]  (1219)

F, FRANCE. The Radio Club de Nice is active as TM8AB until December 6th to commemorate the anniversary of the first Transatlantic amateur two-way contact between Leon Deloy F8AB and Fred Schnell 1MO (28 November 1923). QSL via F4KJQ.
-[425DXN # 1596 December 4, 2021]  (1212)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Look for the following stations to celebrate St. Nicolas: TM57STN -- December 2-16th, TM57MC -- December 12-26thTM57HNY -- December 29th, 2021 to January 12th, 2022 The Saint Nicolas is traditionally celebrated on December 6th mainly in several European countries of Northern and Eastern Europe; in particular Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, the North-East of France, especially in Lorraine in Alsace "where he distributes gifts to all good children". QSL via F4DHQ, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1542 November 29, 2021]  (0102)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the "Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales French Space Agency", look for special event stations TM6ØCNES, TO6ØCNES and TO6ØCNES to be active. Length of activity is not known. QSL via F1UJT, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1542 November 29, 2021]  (1212)

F, FRANCE. F1PHB, F5BQU, F5TLZ, F6BGH and F8EFU will be active as TM57STN (Saint Nicholas, December 2nd-16th), TM57MC (Merry Christmas, December 12th-26th) and TM57HNY (Happy New Year, December 29th to January 12th). QSL via F-11734, direct or bureau. [TNX F8REF]
-[425DXN # 1595 November 27, 2021]  (0102)

F, FRANCE. Members of the Radioclub de Harnes (F8KHW) use the special event callsign TM1ØØORP from November 27th until December 22nd. Operators are FØDKB, F4GPW, F4GZU, F4HDX, F4HTN, F4IKU, F4JBK, F5MIV, and F4HQB. For an operation schedule see TM100ORP on qrz.com. QSL via bureau and eQSL.
-[DXNL # 2277 November 24, 2021]  (1226)

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Operators Philippe/F6ETI and YL Mau/F8BPN will be active as FO/F6ETI and FO/F8BPN, respectively, in the French Polynesia Islands until December 14th. Activity will be holiday style with a K2 with 8 watts into a dipole on 20 meters CW between 0600-0730z. They plan  to activate the islands of Tahiti (OC-046), Moorea (OC-046), Raiatea (OC-067) and Huahine (OC-067). QSL via their home callsign by the REF QSL Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1542 November 29, 2021]  (1212)

FS, ST. MARTIN. Operators Pier/W1NA and Marco/KC9FFV will be active as FS/W1NA and FS/KC9FFV, respectively, from Saint Martin Island (NA-105) sometime this December and "on and off" for the entire year of 2022. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL both callsigns via IZ1MHY or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1543 December 6, 2021]  (1219)

FS, SAINT MARTIN. John K9EL, Paul K9NU, Bob W9AP, Mike W9MK and Marco FS4WBS will be active as TO9W from Saint Martin (NA-105) on December 1st-10th, including an entry in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest (December 3rd-5th). They will operate CW, SSB, FT8 and some RTTY with three stations. "The team's primary focus will be on 160-, 80- and 40-meters during hours of darkness", they say, but "we will also operate 30 through 6 depending on openings". QSL TO9W via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS (preferred), or via W9ILY. See http://www.k9el.com/TO9W/TO9W.htm for more information, including the link to the TO9W Facebook page that will be used for photos and real time updates during the operation.
-[425DXN # 1593 November 13, 2021]  (1212)

FT/X, KERGUELEN ISLAND. The following was posted (in French and English), December 3rd, on QRZ.com: "Hello -- I'm Arthur, FT4XW, I'm a total newbie at ham radio. Currently I am working on the Kerguelen Islands for a scientific mission which will last beginning October 2021 until December 2022. I do not know if I will succeed to establish radio contacts, but I remain optimistic. I got a XIEGU G90 and a DX Commander SOTA / POTA vertical antenna." QSL via FT4XW. There have been NO QSNs reported yet.
-[OPDX # 1543 December 6, 2021]  (0109)

G, ENGLAND. John/G3UCQ signs GB1SMK until December 12th, making contacts with a genuine morse key used in a Spitfire plane. QSL via eQSL.
-[DXNL # 2277 November 24, 2021]  (1212)

GM, SCOTLAND (Special Event). Gavin, GMØGAV (ex-VP8GAV), will activate the special callsign GB6ØANT (WAP-337) during the month of December to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty Signature. QSL GB6ØANT via GMØLVI.
-[OPDX # 1536 October 18, 2021]  (1226)

GM, SCOTLAND (Special Event). Special event stations GB1ØØ2ZE and GB2ZE will be active to commemorate centenary achievement by Paul Godley's, 1921 DXpedition to Ardrossan, Scotland. Paul Godley, 2ZE, was able to receive the first transatlantic shortwave amateur radio message from the amateur station 1BCG located in Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.A. The received message was recorded in Godley's logbook on the 12th of December 1921 at 02:52 GMT which was hastily composed by his 1BCG colleagues:
  "Nr 1 de 1BCG words 12, New York. Date December 11, 1921,
  to Paul Godley, Ardrossan, Scotland. Hearty Congratulations.
  (Signed) Burghard, Inman, Grinan, Armstrong, Amy, Cronkhite."
Further details can be found here: https://www.transatlantic.org.uk All UK and Crown dependency licensed radio amateurs may use the suffix "/2ZE" with your own callsign between December 1-26th, 2021.
-[OPDX # 1541 November 22, 2021]  (1226)

HA, HUNGARY. Special event station HG5PLANET will be active from November 16th until December 16th for the Planet Budapest 2021 Sustainability Expo and Summit. QSL via eQSL. [TNX HA5BA]
-[425DXN # 1594 November 20, 2021]  (1226)

HB, SWITZERLAND. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the historic Transatlantic Tests of December 1921, members of the HB4FR Amateur Radio Club will be active as HB1BCG on December 1st-31st (1BCG was the callsign of the Connecticut station whose message crossed the Atlantic Ocean to be received in Scotland). QSL via HB9ACA.
-[425DXN # 1595 November 27, 2021]  (0102)

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Operators Hrane/YT1AD and Milos/YT3M will be active as HI7/YT1AD from the Dominican Republic between December 4th-14th. QSL via YT1AD. No other details are available.
-[OPDX # 1543 December 6, 2021]  (1219)

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Kasimir, DL2SBY will be active holiday style from the Dominican Republic on December 1st-14th. He will operate CW, FT8 and possibly some SSB as HI7/DL2SBY from Punta Cana (NA-096) and Bayahibe (NA-096). During the second week he might go on a one-day side trip to Saona Island (NA-122) and be active as HI2/DL2SBY. QSL via LoTW, or direct only to DL2SBY or ClubLog's OQRS. He no longer uses the bureau.
-[425DXN # 1595 November 27, 2021]  (1219)

HR, HONDURAS. Gerard, F2JD, will once again be active as HR5/F2JD from Copan-Ruinas in Honduras from December 8th to April 5th. 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 # 1530 September 6, 2021]  (0102)

HS, THAILAND (Reminder). Lars, SM6NT, will once again be active as HSØZME from Hua Hin beginning November 9th until April 5th (2022). Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW. View his setup on QRZ.com. QSL via SM6NT, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1539 November 8, 2021]  (1212)

I, ITALY. Members of the Italian Naval Old Rhythmers Club (www.inorc.it) will be active as II1TCWC on December 12th-17th to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the first radio transmission sent across the Atlantic Ocean (December 12, 1901). They will operate only CW. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau. A certificate will be available; see https://www.qrz.com/db/II1TCWC for information. [TNX IN3MDR]
-[425DXN # 1596 December 4, 2021]  (1219)

I, ITALY. The ARI Fidenza Club (IQ4FE) issues an award "Elettra: The Miracle Ship" in 2021, drawing attention to Marconi's yacht Elettra and its significance in his radio experiments. During December, II4DTH commemorates Marconi's death and other events around the ship between 1937 and 1977. QSL via IQ4FE. http://www.arifidenza.it/
-[DXNL # 2278 December 1, 2021]  (0102)

I, ITALY (Special Event). Members of the Dolomites Contest Team (IQ3DQ), Belluno's Club, is proud to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Association by activating the special event callsign IB3ABM between December 1st-15th. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. A special A4 sized printable diploma will be available for download after the event end. To earn this special diploma, you must collect 15 points by working these following callsigns: 5 pt. Special Callsign IB3ABM 3 pt. Section Callsign IQ3DQ 1 pt. Personal Callsigns: Enrico/IK3HHV, Antonio/IK3SVT, AlbertoIW3GID, Andrea/IW3SSD, Joe/IZ3BSU and Alessandro/IU3EDK ** Every Personal CALLSIGN can be contact ONLY 1 time each day.
-[OPDX # 1542 November 29, 2021]  (1212)

I, ITALY. Special callsign II6MI will be in use from November 20th until December 20th for the centenary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Milite Ignoto), which contains the remains of an unidentified soldier killed during World War I. QSL via eQSL. More information can be found on https://www.qrz.com/db/II6MI.
-[425DXN # 1593 November 13, 2021]  (1219)

K, UNITED STATES. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the historic Transatlantic Tests of December 1921, when the ARRL's representative Paul Godley, 2ZE set up his listening station in Ardrossan (Scotland) and re the signals of more than two dozen US amateur radio stations, the first from 1BCG in Connecticut. During the UTC night between December 11th-12th those transmissions will be recreated by W2AN/1BCG from the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut, using a replica transmitter constructed by volunteers at the Antique Wireless Association. Transmissions will start on +/- 1820 kHz CW at 23:00 UTC, then every 15 minutes until 03:45 UTC on December 12th. Transmissions from W2AN/1BCG will be one-way, just like the original Transatlantic Tests. You can get a SWL certificate by sending a copy of the transmitted message to 1BCG@AntiqueWireless.org. See http://1BCG.org for more information.
-[425DXN # 1596 December 4, 2021]  (1212)

LU, ARGENTINA (Special Event). Members of the "Radio Club Grupo DX San Miguel" are using the special callsign LU5DSM/ANT (WAP-340) from San Miguel to celebrate the signing and 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) in 1961. Activity will last until December 31st. QSL via LU5DSM. This is one of many stations on the air to celebrate the ATS60 event. Several "FREE" ATS60 online awards are available. For details and list of stations, see the WAP Web page at:  http://www.waponline.it
-[OPDX # 1540 November 15, 2021]  (1219)

LZ, BULGARIA. The Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik (LZ1KCP) continues to honor the memory of Orthodox saints during December with the callsign LZ14MP. QSOs count towards the new All Saints - 2021 award. QSL via bureau, LZ1KCP. http://www.lz1kcp.com/
-[DXNL # 2278 December 1, 2021]  (0102)

LZ, BULGARIA. The special callsign LZØ1MLN will be used until December 31st, 2022, by the LZ Contest Team to celebrate the 1,000,000th QSO made by the LZ9W Multi-Multi Contest Station (http://www.lz9w.com/). The mark was reached during this year's CQ WW DX SSB Contest. QSL via LZ1PM.
-[425DXN # 1594 November 20, 2021]  (1226)

OE, AUSTRIA. The special callsign OE5ØADXB is for the Austrian DX Board (OE1XBC) to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary during the month of December. QSL via the bureau or direct (preferred) to ADXB, c/o Musisches Zentrum, Zeltgasse 7, 1080 Wien, Austria.
-[425DXN # 1595 November 27, 2021]  (0102)

OE, AUSTRIA. The VIC Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (4U1A, https://4u1a.club/) will be active as 4Y1A on December 7th-11th (in celebration of International Civil Aviation Day) and as 4U1XMAS on December 12th-31st. These activities count for Austria for DXCC, and for the Vienna International Centre for the CQ DX Marathon. QSLs via UA3DX, direct or bureau.
-[425DXN # 1595 November 27, 2021]  (0102)

OH, FINLAND. The Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. To earn the "OH Northern Light 100-year Certificate" (OH-NL-100), contact fifty OH and fifty OF stations during 2021, and ten "multipliers". The list of special centennial activations will be completed during the month of December by three multipliers: OI3AX (QRV on December 3rd-7th, QSL via OH2LGW), OF2YOTA (QSL via ClubLog's OQRS) and Santa Claus station, OF9X (Old Father 9 Xmas, QSL via OH2BH). These special stations greet you with 59(9) SRAL message and you can greet them back with 59(9) MX (Merry Christmas). Your log extract should be sent to of9x@sral.fi during January 2022. Complete rules for the OH-NL-100 Certificate can be found on https://www.sral.fi/en/. [TNX OH2BH]
-[425DXN # 1596 December 4, 2021]  (0102)

OH, FINLAND. Finish hams operate from Santa Claus Land with the callsign OH9SCL during December. QSL via OH9AB, LoTW.
-[DXNL # 2278 December 1, 2021]  (0102)

OH, FINLAND (Special Event). Members of the Market Reef DX Association (OH9A) gang will operate with the special Christmas event station callsign OG1XMAS beginning November 29th to December 26th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. The MRDXA state, "This operation is Eco-Friendly: We confirm all our QSOs via LoTW and ClubLog after the operation." PLEASE DO NOT SEND DIRECT QSLS!
-[OPDX # 1542 November 29, 2021]  (1226)

OZ, DENMARK. Frank/5P2BA will be active with the callsign XP1SC from Denmark and maybe other European countries (not from Greenland) from November 25th until January 6th next year. QSL via OZ2CBA.
-[DXNL # 2277 November 24, 2021]  (0102)

PA, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Once again members of the Radio Scouting Fellowship (PI4RS) and the PA3EFR/J-Plusscouts will activate two special callsigns:
    PH21XMAS - Beginning December 6th, 2021, until January 3rd, 2022
    PH21HNY  - Beginning December 10th, 2021, until January 31st, 2022
These callsigns will operate on all frequencies from different QTH's around The Netherlands. They hope to be able to work every day on SSB and the Digital modes. QSL route TBD.
-[OPDX # 1540 November 15, 2021]  (1226)

PA, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Ray, PA5DX, will be activating three special event stations (SES), PA21XMAS, PD21SANTA and PD22HNY during the Christmas holiday season. The SES's PA21XMAS and PD21SANTA will be active between December 1-31st. The SES PD22HNY will be active until the end of January 2022. Activity of operations and modes were not mentioned, but there will be a special award for working at least 2 Christmas stations to download on QRZ.com at:  https://www.qrz.com/db/PA21XMAS
No QSLs will be available and only the award will be available...
-[OPDX # 1537 October 25, 2021]  (0102)

PA, NETHERLANDS. Hans, PA7HPH will be using special callsign PC19VACCIN from November 13th to December 31st. See qrz.com for more information about this activity. QSL via PA7HPH (bureau preferred).
-[425DXN # 1592 November 6, 2021]  (1212)

SØ, WESTERN SAHARA. The Sahrawi Amateur Radio Union special callsign SØS from Tifariti is once again being used. Activity has been on 40/17/10 meters SSB. Length of activity is not known. QSL via EA2JG direct or ClubLog's OQRS. NO LoTW or Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1543 December 6, 2021]  (1226)

S2, BANGLADESH. The S21DX operation from IOTA group AS-140 [425DXN 1589] has been brought forward and is now expected to take place on December 10th-16th in accordance with the operating permission granted by the licensing authority. S21AM and S21RC will run one station on the HF bands SSB and FT8; a second station will be on the QO-100 satellite. QSL via EB7DX. See https://s21dx.org for more information.
-[425DXN # 1596 December 4, 2021]  (1219)

S5, SLOVENIA. Special event station S522PMC will be active from December 3rd to January 2nd, 2022, to promote the PMC Contest, sponsored by the Radio Club Slovenj Gradec (S59DCD). All QSOs will be confirmed via the bureau. The International Association of Peace Messenger Cities was established in 1988 to recognize and encourage the role and responsibility cities have in creating a culture of peace. The PMC Contest, promoting contacts between stations located in the Peace Messenger Cities and the rest of the world, will be held on January 1st-2nd (see http://www.s59dcd.si/ for complete information).
-[425DXN # 1596 December 4, 2021]  (0102)

S5, SLOVENIA (Special Event). Members of the Radioclub Moravče will be active as S51ØØI to celebrate 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. Look for S51ØØI to be active until December 31st. QSL via the Bureau or direct.
-[OPDX # 1541 November 22, 2021]  (1226)

SPECIAL EVENT (Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Crossband Operation from Battleship IOWA’s NEPM). With operating authorization from the Navy's 3rd Fleet Spectrum Manager, the Battleship IOWA Amateur Radio Association (BIARA), Inc. and the IOWA's Innovation and Engineering Team will activate the ship's legacy Navy callsign, NEPM, on December 7th, 2021, in memory of Pearl Harbor Day. Operation will be between 1600-2359 UTC. NEPM will TRANSMIT on 14781.5 kHz using J3E USB and listen on 14343.0 kHz J3E USB. Amateurs are reminded that they may NOT transmit on 14781.5 kHz. If there is traffic on 14343.0 kHz, the NEPM operator will advise of an alternate frequency where he is listening. QSLs will be available if a SASE is provided. NEPM, NI6BB or NE6PM are all listed on QRZ.com and any route will get your request to the QSL manager. Please visit BIARA's Web site at (https://biara.org) for more information about radio operations aboard the Battleship IOWA soon to be the home of the National Museum of the Surface Navy.
-[OPDX # 1538 November 1, 2021]  (1212)

SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS. Several reports state that Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG, will be active as SV2RSG/A from Mount Athos until December 7th. There will be some activity on 160m. There has been some activity on 160, 40 and 20 meters on CW and FT8 this past week. QSL SV2RSG/A via SV1RP.
-[OPDX # 1543 December 6, 2021]  (1212)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). Look for special event station R2ØØNN from the Yaroslavl region to be active until December 12th. Activity is to celebrate the 200th birthday anniversary of poet Nikolay Nekrasov. An award and plaque are available. Details on: https://www.radioclub76.ru QSL via RC3M.
-[OPDX # 1543 December 6, 2021]  (1212)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA. Special callsigns R2Ø21DX and UE31DX (QSLs via RQ7L) will be active on November 17th-30th for the 31st anniversary of the Miller DX Club (http://mdxc.ru/). Also joining the celebrations is DL31MDXC from Germany (QSL via DL7NV).
-[425DXN # 1594 November 20, 2021]  (1226)

VE, CANADA (Special Event). Look for special event station VX3INSULIN from Kingston, ON, Canada, to be active between December 1-31st. Activity is to mark the 100th anniversary of a Canadian team at the University of Toronto's discovery of insulin in the summer of 1921. Operations will be primarily digital, with FT8 and FT4 being the dominant modes of use. Other digital modes will be used as conditions permit. QSL via VE3NOO, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1538 November 1, 2021]  (1226)

VE, CANADA. The Signal Hill National Historic Site is the location where Guglielmo Marconi received the very first wireless transatlantic message on December 12, 1901. Commemorating the 120th anniversary of that historic event, the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs will operate special callsign VD1M on December 1st-31st. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, or direct to VO1IDX.
-[425DXN # 1596 December 4, 2021]  (0102)

VE, CANADA. Also celebrating 100 Years of Transatlantic Amateur Communications, the York Region Amateur Radio Club will be active as CF3BP from November 13th to December 12th. 3BP was the callsign of Edward Rogers Sr., who was the first Canadian amateur to successfully transmit a transatlantic radio signal from Newmarket (Ontario) to Androssan, (Scotland).
-[425DXN # 1593 November 13, 2021]  (1212)

VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND. Nick, VK2DX is QRV as VK9DX and has been active on 15 meters using CW around 1800z. QSL direct to VK2DX.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 44 November 4, 2021]  (1212)

VU, INDIA (Special Event). For the 16th year, look for special event station AU2JCB, to be active beginning November 19th until December 15th. 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 Datta, VU2DSI. QSL direct (with 2 IRCs) to VU2DSI to: Datta Degaokar, Surabhi Mehherabad, Ahmednagar, MH 414006, INDIA. Operations are to celebrate the 163rd 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 pages at:
ADDED NOTE: Usually, there are other VU operators celebrating this anniversary.
-[OPDX # 1538 November 1, 2021]  (1212)

VU, INDIA. Abie, AB1F, is back on the air again as VU2ABE as of November 13th, and after some hiccups with getting the HB9CV atop of the tower. He states that he was operational during "the first day of the JIDX contest. Conditions were very poor and even contacts between Asian stations were difficult. It may be difficult to make a Stateside QSO with 100 watts." Remember, Abie is expected to be there until December 18th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters, depending on propagation. QSL via AB1F direct, LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS. QSL by the Bureau to AB1F.
-[OPDX # 1540 November 15, 2021]  (1219)

XT2, BURKINA FASO. By the time you read this, Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, until December 20th. Activity is usually holiday style on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (FT8, PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and CW. He also mentioned that SSB will be used but only when propagation conditions allow. He usually will concentrate on 160/80/60 meters. He will also be active on the Satellites. Harald states that a big storm destroyed his vertical and Hex beam, so he will be using a multi-band dipole with Matchbox. See QRZ.com for more possible details. QSL via MØOXO, direct or by MØOXO's OQRS (http://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/). Bureau QSL cards are not required and any sent to him via the Bureau will not arrive there.
-[OPDX # 1543 December 6, 2021]  (1219)

YB, INDONESIA (Special Event). Look for the following 10 special event stations to be active from November 26th to December 12th: 8H13H, 8H13U, 8H13T, 8G13T, 8G13A, 8G13N, 8G13G, 8G13S, 8G13E and 8G13L. Activity is in commemoration of 13th anniversary Tangerang Selatan City. Special event stations intend to hold activities to earn several different "TANGERANG SELATAN AWARD 2021". See QRZ.com for details.
-[OPDX # 1541 November 22, 2021]  (1212)

Z2, ZIMBABWE. Tom/DL7BO and Tom/DJ6TF had to postpone their plans for Zimbabwe (scheduled for December 2nd to 14th) into February 2022.
-[DXNL # 2278 December 1, 2021]  (1212)

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Mike, DG1CMZ/NT6V, is currently active as ZF2MZ from Grand Cayman. Length of stay is unknown. QSL ZF2MZ via NT6V direct or DG1CMZ by the Bureau. Look for Mike to be active as ZF1A from ZF1EJ station during the CQWW DX CW Contest. QSL ZF1A via K7ZO, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. All logs are uploaded to LoTW within two weeks of the operation.
-[OPDX # 1542 November 29, 2021]  (1212)

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Stan, K5GO, is once again active as ZF9CW from Cayman Brac (NA-016) until March 24th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using mainly CW and some SSB (no Digital). He also plans to be in several contests signing ZF5T. Look for him to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/Assisted entry. QSL via K5GO direct or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1540 November 15, 2021]  (1219)


Solar Data
The Weekly Solar Data chart plots Solar Flux Index (SFI), Sunspot number and Planetary K-Index for the past 7 days. With 8 Planetary K-index readings each day, only the maximum and average K-index values are plotted. Note: You may click here or on the chart above to see the same data for the past month.

This was another calm week, with solar flux beginning the week at 92, then slowly declining to end the week at 88. The Planetary K-Index began and ended the week at 3, but reached a high of 5 on November 30th. Sunspots were low, ranging from 29 to 61. 

Selected Upcoming Contests

Contest Start End Web Site
ARRL 10-Meter Contest Dec 11 0000Z Dec 12 2359Z Rules
RAC Winter Contest Dec 18 0000Z Dec 18 2359Z Rules
ARRL EME Contest Dec 18 0000Z Dec 19 2359Z Rules
OK DX RTTY Contest Dec 18 0000Z Dec 18 2400Z Rules
Croatian CW Contest Dec 18 1400Z Dec 19 1400Z Rules
Stew Perry Topband Challenge Dec 18 1500Z Dec 19 1500Z Rules
ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW Dec 19 1800Z Dec 19 2359Z Rules
RAEM Contest Dec 26 0000Z Dec 26 1159Z Rules
DARC Christmas Contest Dec 26 0830Z Dec 26 1059Z Rules
YOTA Contest Dec 30 1200Z Dec 30 2359Z Rules
ARRL Kids Day Jan 1 1800Z Jan 1 2359Z Rules