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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 September 23, 2018)

EIDXA October 2018 Meeting
The October EIDXA meeting is scheduled for October 19 at the Hall Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. This is our normal meeting location and time. 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.

October 2018 Eastern Iowa DXer
The October 2018 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 New Listings
There are a bunch of new listings on the "Buy-Sell-Trade" page. Some really nice stuff for sale -- 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 December 16, 2018)

DX News items, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of:
  The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX)
  Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, Editor (kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org)
  For subscription info, please see http://hamnet.org/mailman/listinfo/opdx
This list is a compilation of current DX operations (or those that start within the current week) from recent DX bulletins, 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.


3YØI BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. On December 9th, the following was posted: "The 3YØI Team has decided to follow the new FT8 standards and change our software to WSJT-X Version 2.0 Expedition Mode (Fox /Hound).
  NOTE: We would like to remind you that older versions 1.8, 1.9 (or JTDX) WILL NOT decode signals sent from WSJT-X Version 2.0."
  They also posted: "Today, December 10, starting at 1700Z we will conduct 24 hours of testing via FT8 Expedition Mode version 2.0 on our listed 3YØI Band Plan frequencies. We welcome all Hams using version 2.0 to participate in this 24 hour test. This will be helpful for us and all who make contact when we land on Bouvet. Our Callsign during this 24 hour test will be E51DOM/mm."
  On December 12th, the following was posted about "Ham Radio Foundations & Clubs": "As I write, and as you see on our "Sponsors" page (*), we have not listed a single Amateur Radio foundation or DX club that has donated to our cause (yet). (*) <https://www.rebeldxgroup.com/sponsors/>   To answer a friends inquiry as to, "why is that?" – well, we've yet to see an offer from a foundation or club that did not come with "strings attached".
  Let's be clear, IF a foundation or a club wants to donate to our cause they can – and we'll gladly accept those donations to buy more Satellite Internet minutes, and we'll also list them as a Donor, but don't expect the Rebels to accept your list of members, your logo, requests for free QSL cards, LoTW requirements, online log specifications, QSL via bureau requirements, list of remote control ops and on and on, and on...
  The Rebel DX Group thanks all of our listed Sponsors(*) who have donated to date!"
  No other details to report, other than that there were a few 3YØI pirates active recently. Departure dates are still not known. It is still a mystery... 
  Remember, it takes 12 days to get to Bouvet from South Africa, and they plan to stay on the island for at least 2 weeks, if the weather cooperates.
The 3YØI DXpedition's band plan frequencies (160-6m) and modes (CW/SSB/ FT8) can be found at:
  https://www.rebeldxgroup.com
  https://bouvetoya.org/3yoi-bandplan
QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW or via 3Z9DX. For more details and updates, we suggest watching the following Web pages:
  https://bouvetoya.org
  https://www.rebeldxgroup.com
  http://jouban.jp/3y0i_ja (For JA stations)
  https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
  https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup
  https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg
-[OPDX # 1394 December 17, 2018]

4S, SRI LANKA (Reminder). Peter, DCØKK, will once again be active as 4S7KKG from Moragalla, Sri Lanka (AS-003, WLOTA 0762) until April 1st. 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 # 1388 November 5, 2018]

5R, MADAGASCAR. Eric, F6ICX, will once again be active as 5R8IC from Saint Marie Island (AF-090, WLOTA LH-0491) from November 5th until mid-February 2019. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters, mainly CW, but some SSB, RTTY, and PSK63, using a FT450 with 100 watts into various GPs or Inverted-Ls and a Hexbeam for 20-10 meters. There will be no online log during his activity. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com). Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

9G, GHANA. Matt, IZ4YGS, will soon be active as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi (Western Region), Ghana. His length of stay is unknown. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via IZ4YGS, direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1394 December 17, 2018]

AFRICA TOUR. Carl, ZS1KM, plans to travel to Namibia (V51KM) and Botswana (A25KM) from mid-December until mid-January. Activity will be mostly on SSB with some Digital modes on 80/40/20 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1394 December 17, 2018]

C4, CYPRUS (Special Event). Alex, 5B4ALX, is now active as C4XMAS until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the Christmas season. Operations will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IZ4AMS, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1392 December 3, 2018]

C5, THE GAMBIA. Andre, ON7YK, is once again active as C5YK from Bijilo until March 9th, 2019. 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 15th, 2019!!!! Visit his Web page at:  http://www.on7yk.eu/index.html
-[OPDX # 1392 December 3, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA (New Callsign). Alex, RD1AV (Season Team Leader), just arrived at base for the new campaign, and has been active since December 6th as RI1ANC during his spare time from the Vostok Station (AN-016, WFF RFF-168) in the Antarctica. On December 24th, the RI1ANC license will end, and will be replaced with a new license RI1ANV. Alex will be at the base station until February 2019. QSL via RN1ON, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1394 December 17, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Danilo, IZ1KHY, will be involved in several scientific missions, research projects and some remote camps in the Antarctica as well as being active as IAØ/IZ1KHY until the end of February 2019.
-[OPDX # 1387 October 29, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Adam, ZL4ASC, is now active signing ZL5A over the 2018-2019 Antarctic season (13 months) from the Scott Base on Ross Island (AN-011). He states on QRZ.com, "Please note I will be working on critical communications equipment and can only operate as an amateur in my spare time." Look for more info to be forthcoming. Meanwhile, visit his Web site for more information regarding his adventure on the Scott Base which is still under construction at:  http://www.adamcampbell.co.nz
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Sergey, R3IW, will be active as RI1ANW from the Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica, until March 2019. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via RN1ON or ClubLog's OQRS.
 -[OPDX # 1374 July 30, 2018]

CT9, MADEIRA ISLAND. Georg, NZ1C, will be active as CT9/NZ1C from Santana on Madeira Island (AF-014) between December 16-25th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters with a focus on CW and FT8, with some SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via DD5ZZ, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1394 December 17, 2018]

CX, URUGUAY. Ghis, ON5NT, will be active as CX5DNT from Montevideo between December 16-18th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via ON5NT.
-[OPDX # 1394 December 17, 2018]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of November 28th. The list contain 340 entities and here 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. VKØM  Macquarie Island
  5. 
CEØX  San Felix Islands     10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:  https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1392 December 3, 2018]

E4, PALESTINE. YL Elvira, IV3FSG, is once again active as E44YL from Bethlehem until December 18th. Activity will be on various HF bands. Look for Elvira to operate SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY and FT8). QSL all SSB and Digital mode QSOs via IK3GES. Logs will be uploaded to both LoTW and ClubLog after the operation.
-[OPDX # 1393 December 10, 2018]

FG, GUADELOUPE. Oliver, F6ARC, is once again active as FG/F6ARC from Guadeloupe (NA-102) for two weeks between November and December (specific dates not mentioned). Activity will be holiday style with a focus on the 30/17/12m bands and the lower bands using 100 watts CW only. Look for him to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??m) entry.  QSL via FE11DX, by the Bureau, direct, eQSL and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

FK, NEW CALEDONIA. Phil, F6OBD, will be active as FK/F6OBD from New Caledonia from December 18th until February 10th, 2019. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands, using the Digital modes with a FT-857 into wire antennas. QSL via F6OBD.
-[OPDX # 1393 December 10, 2018]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB has updated his "FT8 Operating Guide" (Version 1.20), a collection of "tips, pragmatic suggestions aimed at making FT8 easier and more effective to use on the HF bands": http://www.g4ifb.com/
-[425 DX NEWS No 1424 18 August 2018]

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Peter, DD1GG, will be active as DD1GG/HI (or as HI/DD1GG) from the Dominican Republic (NA-096) between December 4-19th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1392 December 3, 2018]

J2, DJIBOUTI. DX-WORLD.net reports: "A DXpedition to Djibouti (J2) in the early part of 2019 is currently in planning stages. Full details in the coming weeks, however DX-World understands that side-trips to both IOTA groups AF-053 and AF-059 are under consideration. A license has been applied for and a callsign should be known soon."
-[OPDX # 1393 December 10, 2018]

J6, ST. LUCIA. Gary, K9AW, is once again active as J68GD from St. Lucia (NA-108) until February 2nd, 2019. He plans to be in both CQWW DX Contest in October (27-28th) and November (24-25th), as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entries. Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-10 meters using mainly CW with some SSB. QSL via K9AW direct or LoTW. He will make daily uploads to LoTW and ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1387 October 29, 2018]

JD1, OGASAWARA (Reminder). Harry, JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island (AS-031) from December 17th until January 2nd. This will be his 22nd visit. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his Web page for more details at:  http://sapphire.es.tohoku.ac.jp/jd1bmh  Also, on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jd1bmh
-[OPDX # 1394 December 17, 2018]

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Carsten, OY1CT, is active almost daily from Streymoy Island in the Faroe Islands (EU-018) around/about 14033 kHz after 1500z. QSL via OY1CT direct or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

P4, ARUBA. Ben, DL6RAI, is once again active as P4/DL6RAI from Aruba (SA-036) until December 27th. Activity will be holiday style with a focus on CW, the low bands and some part-time activities in contests. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1393 December 10, 2018]

SV, GREECE (Special Event). Look for special event station SX6ØRAAG to be active until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Radio Amateur Association of Greece (RAAG). Operations will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS (for direct and by the Bureau). Awards are available for 4 classes. For more details, log search and downloadable awards, go to:
  http://www.raag.org/news.asp?ITMID=1177&LANG=EN
  http://sx60raag.hamlogs.net
-[OPDX # 1392 December 3, 2018]

TR, GABON. Roland, F8EN (ex-CN8EM, FO8BV, 3C3CR), who recently just turned 90, will once again be active as TR8CR from Gabon for 3 months starting on December 16th. Activity will be on 40-17 meters (possibly on 80m) using CW and SSB. QSL via F6AJA, by the Bureau or direct. When possible, the logs will be uploaded to:    http://LesNouvellesDX.fr/voirlogs.php
-[OPDX # 1392 December 3, 2018]

WØAIH (SK) TRIBUTE. Tom, K8CX, Webmaster of the Ham Gallery Web page has put together a special tribute page for well-known contester/antenna farmer Reverend Paul Bittner, WØAIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin at:  http://hamgallery.com/Tribute/W0AIH
ADDED NOTE: Effort Under Way to Fund WØAIH Memorial Scholarship. See the ARRL Web page at:
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/effort-under-way-to-fund-w0aih-memorial-scholarship
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

WØAIH (SK). Well-known contester/antenna farmer the Reverend Paul Bittner, WØAIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, became a Silent Key (SK) on October 31st. Reports indicate that during tower maintenance, a mishap claimed Bittner's life. Paul was 84. For more details, see:  http://tinyurl.com/y7gbtf2b. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of WØAIH.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

WSJT-X 2.0 (Full Release Now Available; FT8 Enthusiasts Urged to Upgrade Now). It has been announced that the new WSJT-X 2.0 software suite has been released by developer Joe Taylor, K1JT. It was also mentioned that FT8 and MSK144 users are urged to upgrade to the new standard because the FT8 and MSK144 protocols have been enhanced in a way that is not backward compatible with older versions of the program. This includes any of the older 1.9 version releases. As of December 10th, the new protocols will become the worldwide standards, and all users should upgrade to WSJT-X 2.0 by January 1, 2019. Joe Taylor, K1JT, states, "After that date, only the new FT8 and MSK144 should be used on the air." The new version can be obtained on the WSJT-X home page at:
    https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html
Users are encouraged to read the new Quick Start Guide for WSJT-X at:
    https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Quick_Start_WSJT-X_2.0.pdf
Gary Hinson, ZL2IFB, has released an FT8 Operating Guide at:
    http://www.g4ifb.com/FT8_Hinson_tips_for_HF_DXers.pdf
-[OPDX # 1394 December 17, 2018]

YO, ROMANIA (Special Event). Look for the following special event Santa Claus stations to be active during December. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. An electronic award will be issued for working stations on at least 3 different bands upon request. QSL via YO2MSB or see QRZ.com (under YP2XMAS) for more details. Here are the special event stations and their locations:
 YP2XMAS - Timisoara (QSL via YO9FNP)     YP7XMAS - Arges (QSL via YO2MSB)
 YP3XMAS - Bucuresti (QSL via YO9FNP)     YP8XMAS - Suceava (QSL via YO2MSB)
 YP4XMAS - Cernavoda (QSL via YO2MSB)     YP9XMAS - Buzau  (QSL via YO9FNP)
 YP5XMAS - Transilvania (QSL via YO9FNP)  YPØXMAS - Giurgiu (QSL via YO9KYO)
 YP6XMAS - Brasov (QSL via YO2MSB)
-[OPDX # 1393 December 10, 2018]

Z6, KOSOVO. Operators Philipp/DK6SP, Tomi/HA8RT, Flo/OE3FTA and Horia/ YO3IMD will be active as Z66DH from Pristina between December 10-22nd. They state, "Who are we? ... We are 4 enthusiastic young amateur radio operators aged between 20 and 25 years old." Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (FT8 - mostly F/H - DXpedition Mode!) They will have three stations on the air. QSL Manager is Jamie, MØSDV (direct). Also, QSL via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS (for direct and Bureau). For any questions, special skeds etc, don't hesitate to contact the team directly at <z6.dxpedition@gmail.com>.
-[OPDX # 1393 December 10, 2018]

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Diya, YI1DZ, is once again active as Z81D from Juba, South Sudan, for the next 6 months. Activity will be limited to his spare time on 80-10 meters using SSB and some Digital modes. QSL via OM3JW. He also use ClubLog and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1394 December 17, 2018]




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9L, SIERRA LEONE (Update to OPDX.1367). Mark, KW4XJ, who is now active as 9L1YXJ from Freetown (WW Loc. IJ38jk), informs OPDX that his overseas assignment is for 3 years and he has been there for 9 months now. Mark operates mainly on CW and the Digital modes on the HF bands (40-10m). He adds that he [edited] uses an "ICOM IC-7300 running 100 watts, Chameleon EMCOMM II end-fed wire antenna in an inverted L configuration, with a telescopic mast up about 25’, then the rest of the wire out horizontally to a convenient supporting anchor. I had to switch to the wire antenna as we have progressed into the rainy season, and we do get some rather strong wind gusts and monsoon rains here in the tropics. Before that I was using a Chameleon mil-whip w/extension. That worked very well but is a portable antenna. No way it could hold up to the storms this time of year. The wire antenna seems to be holding up well so far. I am going to be ordering an Elecraft 500-watt amplifier and electronic antenna tuner here shortly. I hope to have that delivered and installed in about a month or so. Right now, I’m using a MFJ manual antenna tuner — it works fine but after a while it gets tiring and the lazy side of me wants to just hit a button to tune. :) With the sunspot cycle where it is I’ve only been able to make FT8 and CW contacts with just 100 watts. Sometimes PSK31 will work from here. I’ve made a handful of RTTY contacts. Usually CW and FT8 most of the time. SSB seems pointless after many attempted QSOs to Europe that were very marginal at best if we could get through at all. That is why I was thinking the amplifier would help. My CW skills are still pretty basic, I can reliably manage about 13 WPM on the air. I did do my first ever CW contest here recently for the CQMM DX. I made over 300 contacts which I thought was a decent showing given my relatively low power, rookie operator, and slow speed. I need to find another CW contest to try. I’m still relatively new at operating on HF. I’ve got a lot of unexpected, excellent advice from hams around the world — the US, but also lots of help from the UK, Germany, Brazil, and Japanese operators. This is an amazing hobby. I’ve had FT8/JT65 QSOs from here in Freetown to the Falkland Islands, Iceland, Japan (lots of Japan on the long path), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the West coast of Canada, all with my modest setup." QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1368 June 18, 2018]

9X, RWANDA. Alan, KE4TA, after a long ride back from Pretoria, he is now back in Kigali and will be active as 9XØTA during his spare time. He states, "Things are very busy here right now, and likely to get busier in the next few weeks. I'll try to get on the air when I get the chance." He should be here for just under 2-1/2 years. Activity will be primarily on 20/17 meters using 600W/100W of power. He does have antennas or antenna+tuner combinations for 80-10 meters and 6m. Modes will be SSB, the Digital modes and some CW. Power may be restricted by the Rwandan authorities in accordance with their laws. Radio is a Yaesu FT-991, and antenna will be a Hexbeam on a push up tower. Alan, states, "Noise levels here are extremely high. Please don't be offended if I'm not answering your call, I likely can't hear you." QSL via DIRECT to N4GNR. He will also use LoTW. For more details, pictures and updates (maybe even an operating schedule), visit his Web page at:  http://www.rwandadx.com
-[OPDX # 1365.May 28, 2018]

ISØ, SARDINIA. Simone, ISØAFM, is active with the special callsign IRØFOC from Cagliari until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the "First Class CW Operators' Club" (FOC). A special award will be issued in May, for valid contacts for that award for only those worked between May 1-31st, 2018. QSL via LoTW or direct to ISØAFM.
-[OPDX # 1350 February 5, 2018]

SU, EGYPT. After more than five years in Jordan and about three years of activity as JY9FC which resulted with more than 90k QSO, Jovica, E78A, has a new work assignment in Cairo, Egypt, until the end of 2018. Jovica will be active as SU9JT with 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via E73Y, by the Bureau or direct. ClubLog's OQRS will be activated when QSL cards are received from printer at the end of February.
-[OPDX # 1353 February 26, 2018]

VKØ/M, MACQUARIE ISLAND. Reports state that Norbert, VK5MQ, is now active as VKØAI from Macquarie Island (AN-005). He is expected to be there with the next winter team for one year. QSNs show that he was on 30/20 meters running FT8 between 0440-0630z. He has an Icom IC-7300 transceiver and a vertical antenna. QSL via VK5MQ.
-[OPDX # 1362 April 30, 2018]