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 March 25, 2021)

EIDXA Meetings
A Zoom EIDXA meeting will be held on April 30, 2021.  The Zoom room will be open by 6:30 and the business meeting will start as usual at 7:30 pm.

We have an interesting program lined up:  Automate Your Station.

Have you ever considered automating your ham station?  Even partial automation will help avoid equipment damage and unnecessary surprises. Don't miss our April 30th meeting when our own Dave Jaksa, WØVX, will present a program on station automation.  Topics covered are reasons to automate, what/how to automate, and operating an automated station.  Dave will illustrate this conversion with his own experience at WØVX.

Zoom meeting details will be sent out later, closer to the meeting date. Watch your email for it!

EIDXA in-person meetings are on hold indefinitely due to Covid 19 virus concerns. When this crisis is resolved, we will resume LA2USmeetings. Stay tuned!

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.

April 2021 Eastern Iowa DXer
The April 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. Be sure you don't miss it!

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
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.

The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin
For  June 13, 2021 - June 20, 2021

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. Articles will remain on this list for a maximum of 5 weeks.

3W, VIETNAM. Jun, JH4RHF/OE1ZKC/OE1JUN, is once again active as XV9RH from Hanoi until June 21st. Activity will be a limited (due to work) on various HF bands using mainly CW and FT8. QSL via OE1JUN.
-[OPDX # 1519 June 14, 2021]  (0627)

To the global DX community:
   We regret to inform you of the following news.
   The global pandemic has impacted the expedition charter vessel business very hard; this includes the venerable RV Braveheart which has provided outstanding safety and service to many DXpeditions. As you know, we had signed a contract with Braveheart for 3YØJ.
   Today, we were informed that Braveheart will be sold. As a result, Nigel Jolly will no longer be associated with the ship, our contract with the ship has been cancelled and our deposit will be refunded. This is a very disappointing development to all involved.
   At this time, we are cancelling the 3YØJ DXpedition. We have ceased accepting donations and we will begin refunding 100% of the donations using the same method they were received, i.e., PayPal, cash or check. This process will take several weeks to sort out, so please be patient.
   We wish to thank our team for putting their trust in us. We wish to thank all of the donors and sponsors that gave generously to this project. We will continue to research other ships and possibly find another suitable vessel for a future project.
73, Paul Ewing, N6PSE
     Kenneth Opskar, LA7GIA
-[OPDX # 1519.1 June 14, 2021]  (0620)

5N, NIGERIA (Update). Jean-Louis, F5MAW (aka ZS6AAG, 3DAØMF, C91MSF and TT8JLH), who was active as 5N7MSF from Abuja until May 25th, is now signing 5N9JLH. According to "The Daily DX", Jean-Louis says, "It has been a long way to have the final license, after a long debate with the authorities they have finally sent the final license with the call 5N9JLH and not 5N7MSF as asked. They did not agree with 5N7MSF because 5N7 is Lagos region not Abuja." As mentioned during the last 2 weeks, Jean-Louis is there working for the Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF](Doctors Without Borders), so his on-air time will be limited, and he will try to be on after his working hours and Saturdays and Sundays. It suggested to watch 20/15 meters (14122 and 21170 kHz; after 1600z). QSL is currently only via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1518 May 31, 2021]  (0704)

5U, NIGER. Adrien, F4IHM, is back on the air again as 5UAIHM and will be active until June 27th. Activity is very limited, but he was heard this past week on 20 meters CW between 1800-2030z (watch between 14032-14040 kHz). QSL via F4IHM, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1517 May 24, 2021]  (0627)

A3, TONGA. After one year of being QRT since May 2020 due to Covid-19, Masa, JAØRQV, will once again be active as A35JP from Tongatapu Island (OC-049) beginning the end of May until October. Schedule might be changed due to Covid-19. However, Masa, posted the following on his Blog May 27th [edited]: "Due to Covid-19 pandemic, I am still being stuck in Fiji on the way to Tonga for more than 1 month since I departed Narita/ Tokyo on 14th April 2021, and enter into Fiji as the last transit to Tonga and spent 2 weeks MIQ here. However, Tonga is closing airport for the flight from Fiji from 30th April until situation in Fiji improved. I will update as soon as new schedule decided." For more details and updates, visit his Blog page at:
-[OPDX # 1518 May 31, 2021]  (0704)

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of June 11th. The list contains 340 entities. The following are the top 26 entities:
   1. P5 DPRK (North Korea)     14. KH4 Midway Island
   2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island        15. ZS8 Prince Edward & Marion Islands
   3. FT5/W Crozet Island       16. PYØS Saint Peter and Paul Rocks
   4. BS7H Scarborough Reef     17. PYØT Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands
   5. CEØX San Felix Islands    18. KP5 Desecheo Island
   6. BV9P Pratas Island        19. SV/A Mount Athos
   7. KH7K Kure Island          20. VP8S South Sandwich Islands
   8. KH3 Johnston Island       21. KH5 Palmyra & Jarvis Islands
   9. 3Y/P Peter 1 Island       22. ZL9 New Zealand Subantarctic Islands
  10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island    23. EZ Turkmenistan
  11. FT/G Glorioso Island      24. YK Syria
  12. VKØM Macquarie Island     25. FK/C Chesterfield Island
  13. YVØ Aves Island           26. JD/M Minami Torishima
There have been changes in the "Top 26" since we last reported back on May 3rd. Minami Torishima (JD/M) has dropped from 23rd to 26th, and Turkmenistan (EZ), Syria (YK) and Chesterfield Island (FK/C) have moved up one. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list (340) is available at: https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1519 June 14, 2021]  (0718)

EA, SPAIN (Museum Ship Op). Members of the CQ Torrevieja Amateur Radio Cultural Association (EC5RKT) will once again be active as EH5SUB from the Delfin S-61 Submarine as part of "Museum Ships Weekend 2021" between June 5-6th. Part of the operators mentioned are YL Georgette/ON6AK/EA5HZC, Jean/ON5JV/EA5HZB and Paco/ON6LP/EA5GVJ. A special QSL is via EA5GVJ. For More details about this weekend, see: https://www.nj2bb.org/museum
-[OPDX # 1518 May 31, 2021]  (0704)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). To pay tribute to the individuals (YL and OM) who have suffered, those who are currently suffering or have passed (SK) as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, look for the special event callsign TM57COV to be used between June 15-29th. They also pay tribute to the caregivers who with strength and courage do an extraordinary job saving lives everyday throughout the world. The operators mentioned are Denis/F1PHB, Jean-Jacques/F4HEI, Sébastien/F5BQU, Michel/F5PPG, Pascal/ F5TLZ and André/F6BGH. QSL via Marc Nogent (F-11734), 60 Rue Foch, Audun-le-Tiche, F- 57390 France. QSLs will be printed in July/August. For all QSLs received, the callsigns will be listed on the QSL Manager's Web site at: https://f-11734.skyrock.com/4.html
-[OPDX # 1518 May 31, 2021]  (0704)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). In memory of the first parachuting that took place on occupied French soil (June 15th, 1941), look for the special event callsign TM1PAR to be active between June 5-19th. Receive a special QSL via F5RRZ by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1518 May 31, 2021]  (0620)

FG, GUADELOUPE. Gildas, F6HMQ, will be active as TO11A (and possibly FG/F6HMQ also) from Guadeloupe (NA-102) from June 12th until July 5th. It mentioned that Michel, F6GWV, will also join him and be active as FG/F6GWV. Activity will be holiday style, but with a focus on 6 meters, and the IARU Region 1 (50 MHz) Contest (June 19th). QSL TO11A/FG/F6HMQ via F6HMQ. QSL FG/F6GWV via F6GWV.
-[OPDX # 1519 June 14, 2021]  (0711)

FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY. Phil, K2LIO, is expected to be active as K2LIO/FJ from Saint Barthelemy (NA-146) until August 5th. Phil states to look for him on 40/20/15 meters. He uses a Xeigu G90 with 20 watts into a MFJ end fed wire. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1518 May 31, 2021]  (0704)

G, ENGLAND. Members of the "Online Amateur Radio Community" (OARC, callsign MØOUK) are now active as GB1ORC (until June 20th) and GBØARC (until June 24th) to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their organization. They are a UK online based club there to have fun and experiment with amateur radio – A social group for Ham Support, Advice, and Community, without Committee. Activity has been on 80/40/20 meters using SSB and FT8. For more details, see QRZ.com or visit their OARC Web page at: https://www.oarc.uk
Live logging at: https://log.oarc.uk
-[OPDX # 1518 May 31, 2021]  (0704)

HA, HUNGARY (HAFF/WWFF Op). A team of Hungarian operators lead by Istvan, HAØKA, will be active as HGØWFF from Mátrai Tájvédelmi Körzet (HAFF-0031) between June 18-21st. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Operators mentioned are Istvan/HAØKA, HAØKA's son Pisti, Zoli/HAØDX, Sanyi/HAØHV, Laci/HAØHW, Toni/HAØLG, Pista/HAØDI, Arpi/HAØKDA, Csaba/HAØDA, Geza/HA3FFG, Gazsi/HA6QE, Gyuri/HA6IGM, Jani/HA7NB, Miki/HA7PR and Vince/HG9EJ. The team states, "We don’t collect QSL cards from this operation, but we will send to everyone who will requests confirmation via ClubLog's OQRS system. You can find direct link for it on QRZ.com at HGØWFF callsign."
-[OPDX # 1519 June 14, 2021]  (0627)

HC, ECUADOR (HC8 Possible). Byron, KF8UN, will be active as HC1/KF8UN from Ecuador until June 19th. Activity will be mainly on 20 meters during early to late afternoon. Watch the frequency 14260 kHz. He will try to get on the air in the following days from islands off the coast (Galapagos Islands was mentioned). QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1519 June 14, 2021]  (0620)

HH, HAITI. Peter, JK1UWY (ex-9J2HN/6W1SE/5NØNHD), is now active as HH2JA from Pétionville, Haiti, possibly for the next 3 years. Activity will be limited as time permits on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. This past weekend he was heard on 20/15 meters FT8 between 2000-2330z. QSL via LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1517 May 24, 2021]  (0627)

I, ITALY (Special Event). A group of Italian operators have activated the special event callsign II6RI to commemorate the "75th Anniversary of the Italian Republic." On June 2, 1946, the Italians, and for the first time the Italian women, were called to a referendum to decide whether Italy should remain a monarchy, or whether it should be replaced by the republic. The latter won with 52% of the votes. That same day the Italian people were also called to elect a Constituent Assembly which had the task of writing the new Constitution of the nascent Italian Republic. Activity will last until June 30th. Operations will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (FT8/FT4, RTTY, PSK31 and PSK63). Diplomas and awards will be available. For details see:
QSL via IK6IHU, direct, ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), eQSL, or LoTW. NO Bureau (at the moment). For more details, see QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1516 May 17, 2021]  (0620)

JA, JAPAN (Special Event). Seiji, JA2ATE, is now active as 8J2I to celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of Ichinomiya City until the end of February 2022. Most of the activity has been on 160-12 meters using FT8/FT4. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1517 May 24, 2021]  (0627)

JA, JAPAN (Special Event). Voluntary members of the JARL in the Yamanashi Prefecture Branch have activated the special event station 8J1TSN to celebrate the 500th anniversary/birthday (November 3rd) of Prince Takeda Shingen until December 31st. Prince Takeda Shingen was a hero of Yamanashi Prefecture (Kai Province). QSL via the Bureau (NO eQSL or LoTW). Your QSL is not needed.
-[OPDX # 1516 May 17, 2021]  (0620)

KHØ, MARIANA ISLANDS (Satellite Op). Jim, ND9M (aka VQ9JC), who has been active as ND9M/mm from wet grids in the Pacific, is now anchored in Saipan (OC-086) and plans to go ashore and be active as ND9M/KHØ. He provided the following update/wrap-up of his wet grids on May 11th: "We arrived safely at Saipan in QK25 (grid) this afternoon; the 'hook' (anchor) has been dropped after almost a month underway. Here are the numbers for the voyage:
* I made 951 QSOs from 62 grids in 12 different grid fields.
* Of those QSOs, 285 were made using SSB, 161 with FM, and 505 on CW.
* 11 satellites were used for 152 passes in which QSOs were made. I was on an additional 31 passes in which no QSOs were made.
* RS-44 was by far the hardest satellite for me to use, but even so 423 contacts (44%) were logged over that one. Also, AO-91 held up well enough to produce 146 contacts (15%) by itself.
* All logs have been uploaded to LOTW. I'm still working on QSO fills.
  I'll be on from our anchorage while we're here over the next month. But although we're close to shore, operating from the ship does not carry DXCC credit, so I'll take the gear ashore and operate as ND9M/KHØ as it's been several years since anyone's been on satellite from the island."
-[OPDX # 1516 May 17, 2021]  (0620)

OHØ, ALAND ISLANDS (Special Event). Members of "Alands Radioamatorer" club (OHØA) is celebrating Aland Island's 100th anniversary between now through June 9th, 2022, with the special callsign OHØ1ØØAX. QSL via address on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1519 June 14, 2021]  (0718)

OJØ, MARKET REEF. Operators Adrian/KO8SCA, Martti/OH2BH, Niko/OH2GEK, Pekka/OH2TA, Henri/OH3JR and Tapani/OH5BM will be active as OJØC from Market Reef (EU-053) between June 12-21st. The USA/Japan pilot will be Juha, OH1ND. QSL via OH3JR.
ADDED PRESS RELEASE (date June 8th)[edited]: MARKET REEF, OJØC WILL FOCUS FT8 AND THEIR INTERNATIONAL GUEST -- The Finnish DXers heartily welcome Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA, to join the OH team to Market Reef on Saturday, June 12th through June 21st. The team include locals; Henri/ OH3JR, Pekka/OH2TA, Niko/OH2GEK, Tapani/OH5BM and Martti/OH2BH. Their focus is on FT8 on 6M and other higher bands with the existing ES propagation.
OJØC USA & Japan pilot is OH1ND, Juha.
OJØC is a newly activated multipliers for SRAL Centennial Award. (*)
-[OPDX # 1519 June 14, 2021]  (0620)

SV5, DODECANESE. Wolf, DL3DRN, is once again active as SV5/DL3DRN from Rhodes Island (EU-001) until June 21st. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via DL3DRN, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1519 June 14, 2021]  (0627)

UT, UKRAINE (Special Event). Look for special event station EO3ØA to be active to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine. QSL via eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1518 May 31, 2021]  (0704)

V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON, has announced another operation besides his February-March/October-November 2021 operations (see OPDX.1480 & OPDX.1494). He will once again be active as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, from June 12th until July 10th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB and FT8, with emphasis on 6m and 160m - FT8. Equipment is a Yaesu FT1000MP, FT450D and an Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. John states his antennas are a Mosley Mini32A 10/15/20m, 33' Vertical 10-40m, 35' Top Loaded 80m Vertical, 160m Vertical and 6m 5 element Yagi. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1496 December 28, 2020]  (0711)

VE, CANADA (Special Event/Contest). Lali, VE3NE, will activate the special callsign VX31IGY from May 27th until June 27th, which includes the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th). Activity is to commemorate the first flight of a powered aircraft (on April 19, 2021) on another planet (Mars) completed by a helicopter called Ingenuity, controlled by NASA's engineers. The aircraft's callsign is 1-IGY. A special QSL card will be available via VE3NE.
-[OPDX # 1514 May 03, 2021]  (0627)

VK, AUSTRALIA (Special Event). Members of the St. George Amateur Radio Society (SGARS) are now active as VI5ØSG to commemorate their 50th anniversary as a club and will be on the air until December 31st. QSL via the Bureau, direct, or eQSL. Watch the Web page for operating details at: http://www.sgars.org
-[OPDX # 1516 May 17, 2021]  (0620)

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Gary, NC3Z, Gary, will be active as VP2V/NC3Z from Tortola, British Virgin Islands (NA-023), between June 3-14th. His activity will be on 40-6 meters using SSB and FT8/FT4; as propagation dictates. His equipment is a FT-891 with 100 watts into a SuperAntenna MP1 on the beach and various wire antennas. QSL via LoTW (primary) and ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1517 May 24, 2021]  (0620)

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. Matthew, MØZMS, is expected to be active as VP8ZMS from the Mount Pleasant Complex, HQ BFSAI club station on the Falkland Islands from May 21st until August 21st. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes (mostly Digital). QSL via his home callsign, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. Watch for updates on his Twitter page at:  https://twitter.com/vp8Zms
-[OPDX # 1513 April 26, 2021]  (0620)

XT2, BURKINA FASO. Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, starting June 13th. He is expected to be there for 3 weeks helping local children with their studies. 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 said SSB will be used but only when conditions allow propagation. He will concentrate on 160/80/60 meters. "PLS Skeds for 80 and 160m." He will also be active on the Satellites. See QRZ.com more 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 # 1519 June 14, 2021]  (0704)

Z2, ZIMBABWE (Update/Correction). Gertjan, 9J2GS (PA3CPG, 9J2GS, 3D6CW, C3ØBBP), (and not Peter/PA3CPI as reported last week) is in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, and is active as Z21DX. The length of his stay is not known. Gertjan informs OPDX that he has lived in Zimbabwe/Southern Africa for over 20 years now. Activity will be on SSB on all bands. He states, "However, the propagation is still not picking up, so we look forward to better days!" Gertjan was heard a few weeks go on 20 meters SSB (14247.5 kHz between 1743 and 1757z), but no QSNs this week. QRZ.com says QSL via PA3CPI, but it is recommended to wait for new QSL info.
-[OPDX # 1518 May 31, 2021]  (0704)

Selected Upcoming Contests

Start End Contest Web Site
Jun 19 0000Z Jun 20 2400Z All Asian DX Contest, CW Rules
Jun 19 1200Z Jun 20 1159Z Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest Rules
Jun 19 1500Z Jun 20 1500Z Stew Perry Topband Challenge Rules
Jun 19 1600Z Jun 20 0400Z West Virginia QSO Party Rules
Jun 19 1800Z Jun 19 2359Z ARRL Kids Day Rules
Jun 26 1200Z Jun 27 1200Z His Maj. King of Spain Contest, SSB Rules
Jun 26 1800Z Jun 27 2100Z ARRL Field Day Rules
Jul 10000ZJul 12359ZRAC Canada Day Contest Rules
Jul 3 1100ZJul 41059ZDL-DX RTTY Contest Rules
Jul 3 1400ZJul 41400ZMarconi Memorial HF Contest Rules