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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 January 24, 2020)

EIDXA January 2020 Meeting
The January meeting will be held on Friday, January 31 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. The program will be presented by Glenn, WØGJ. 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.

January 2020 Eastern Iowa DXer
The January 2020 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  -  New Item 01/26/2020!
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:
    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 January 24, 2020)

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.

3V, TUNISIA (Tunisia issues personal licenses to operate). The IARU (International Amateur Radio Union) Web page reports on January 7th: "The first three 'Authorizations to Operate' have been issued to 3 Tunisian amateurs. These are the first issued since 1956. 3V8HB, 3V8MN and 3V1MB will soon be on the air from their homes rather than being restricted to operating from a club station. Issuing individual authorizations to operate is a new process in Tunisia and involves a number of stages, including equipment conformity checks. This is great news for Tunisians that the process now exists so that radio amateurs can practice their hobby from homes in full compliance with the Tunisian Laws. The IARU Member Society ARAT extends its thanks to the National Agency of Frequencies, the Ministry of Tele- communications and all involved parties for making this happen."  http://tinyurl.com/sf2w5k8
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

3V, TUNISIA. Operator SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-ØØ2 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8SF from the Scout Radio Club of Sfax city club station during the CQWW 160M CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via LX1NO or LoTW. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:  http://www.kf5eyy.info
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

4L, GEORGIA. Mamuka Kordzakhia, 4L2M, President of the National Association Radio Amateurs of Georgia (NARG), will be active during the CQWW 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. He plans to use a 1 KW, a 37 meters high Vertical with radials and a 300 ft. 2 beverage antenna. QSL via EA7FTR.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

4S, SIR LANKA. Peter, DCØKK, will once again be active as 4S7KKG from Moragalla, Sri Lanka (AS-003, WLOTA 0762) until March 30th. 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 # 1447 January 13, 2020]

4X, ISRAEL. Operators Arthur/4X4DZ, Zvi/4X6FR, Vladimir/4Z5IW, Alex/4Z5ML, Ros/4Z5LA, Alexander/4Z4AK, Sergiy/UR5MID and Oleg/US7UX will be active as 4X2M from Israel during the CQ 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via 4X4DZ.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

6O, SOMALIA. Ali, EP3CQ, will once again be active as 6O1OO as of January 9th until February 5th. Activity will be limited to his spare time because he works for the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) in Mogadishu. Operations are on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/10/6 meters (mostly on 40/20 meters FT8) using CW, SSB and FT8. The 6O1OO station, currently is the only active and licensed Amateur Radio Station in Somalia. Ali informs OPDX that he posts updates on his QRZ.com page and is looking for some equipment donations. He posted the following on his QRZ.com page: "Due to the harsh weather conditions super (hot, humid, windy and, salty) there is a necessity to change the equipment antennas, wires, UPS and defect RF units (due to overheat), I need and rely on your donations to keep the station running. Sponsors and equipment donors, please contact me (EP3CQ) directly."
  REMINDER: Effective as of February 11, 2019, the callsign, 6O1OO, has been accepted for DXCC credit. QSL direct to: Ali Solhjoo, Schnackenburgstr. 3, Berlin 12159, Germany. QSL cards will be replied to on a bi-monthly basis. IRC's are not accepted. See QRZ.com for more info and picture of his station. Flash news will be posted via Twitter: @ep3cq
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

6W, SENEGAL. Willy, ON4AVT, will once again be active as 6W7/ON4AVT sometime in February 2020. His main activity will be on 60 meters using mostly FT8, with some CW and SSB, with a FT-891 with 100 watts into a HyEndFed antenna. QSL via the Bureau. For more details and updates, watch: https://www.on4avt.be/trip_to_senegal.htm
-[OPDX # 1445 December 23, 2019]

9G, GHANA. Matteo, IZ4YGS, will once again be active as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi (Western Region), Ghana, between February 1-26th. Activity will be limited to his spare time (usually on "almost every evening", between 2100-0000z) on 160-20 meters using mostly FT8 (F/H) and SSB, with a Yaesu FT-891 and 100 watts into a vertical antenna. On FT8 (Fox-Hound Mode) the suggested frequencies are: 3567, 7056, 10131 and 14090 kHz. On FT8 (Standard Mode) on the standard frequencies; PLEASE SEND REPORT FIRST, not the Loc. He will also be active through the QO-100 geostationary satellite, USB mode. He will update daily to ClubLog. QSL via LoTW, IZ4YGS direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

9Q, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Paolo, IK7UXW, is now active as 9Q1C from Gombe, Kinshasa. His length of stay is unknown at this time. Activity has been on 20 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

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. Operators Bogdan/SP2FUD and Zenon/SP2GCJ are once again active as C5FUD and C5GCJ, respectively, from Brufut, The Gambia, until January 31st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL C5FUD via SP2FUD. QSL C5GCJ via SP2GCJ.
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

C5, THE GAMBIA. Russell, G5XW, will be active as C5XW from The Gambia starting January 28 for 10 days. Activity will be holiday style on 40-17 meters using SSB and possibly CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the RSGB Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1443 December 9, 2019]

C5, 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]

C6, BAHAMAS (Reminder). Buddy, WB4OMG, is now active as C6AEI from the Grand Bahama Island (NA-080) and plans to be in the CQWW DX 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. Activity will last until the 26th. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

CE9/HFØ/VP8, ANTARCTICA. Sebastian, SQ1SGB, has been active as VP8HAL occasionally from Halley VI British Antarctic Research Station. He will be there until February 8th. Activity has been mainly on 7170 kHz and 14305 kHz each day at 0100 UTC for one hour. Sometimes he can be active at 1000 and 1630 UTC. He states that he still can't link his IC706MkIIG by CAT so he can't make Digital QSOs. QSL via EB7DX.
-[OPDX # 1444 December 16, 2019]

CN, MOROCCO. Jean-Pierre, F6CTF, has been active as CN2JF since December 10th and continues until February 28th. Activity has been on 80/40/20/17 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via EA5GL.
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

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:
   https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1442 December 2, 2019]

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Donald, VE7DS, will be active as E51DDG from the Kiikii Inn on Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between February 2-14th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters daily using CW only with an Elecraft K3 and KPA500 running 500 watts into verticals on the beach. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

EW, BELARUS. Operators Valery/EW6W, Misuno/EU6AF, Yakov/RT1M and Tony/RT9T will be active as EW5A from the EW6W Postavy station during the CQ 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via EW6W.
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

FG, GUADELOUPE. Jean-Pierre, F6ITD, will once again be active as FG/F6ITD from Guadeloupe and one of its islands beginning January 13th until March 9th. This is his 11th trip. Island mentioned is La Desirade Island (IOTA NA-102, Lighthouse GUA005 and French Flora Faune FFF 1000). Activity will be on all HF bands (80-6m) using CW, SSB, FT8 and the Digital modes. Look for him to use the callsign TO7D during some contests. Radio equipment is a FT-450D + Tokyo 550 Power 500w. QSL via his home callsign, direct or LoTW (preferred). Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

FK, NEW CALEDONIA. Mick, JS1KSU, is now active as FK/JS1KSU from Noumea for only a few more days. Activity has been on 20/17 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. To see picture and updates, see:
  His blog: https://ameblo.jp/js1ksu
  His Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/minoru.kosuge.73
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

FM, MARTINIQUE. Kan, JJ2RCJ, will be active as TO3FM from FM5BH's Ducos QTH on Martinique (NA-107) between February 3-8th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (possibly 160m) focusing on FT8 (F/H). QSL via JJ2RCJ, direct, ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW or eQSL. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL after operation. NO Bureau please.
-[OPDX # 1440 November 18, 2019]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB has created an "FT8 Operating Guide" (Version 2.27 as of January 24, 2020), 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 January 24, 2020]

FR, REUNION ISLAND. Roland, F8EN (ex-CN8EM, FO8BV, 3C3CR, TR8CR, TR5ØR), will be active as FR/F8EN from Reunion Island beginning January 23rd until February 18th. Activity will be CW only on various HF bands. QSL via F6AJA, direct or through the REF Bureau. The QSL will be printed upon his return to France and the log will be uploaded on the LNDX Web site at:  http://LesNouvellesDX.fr/voirlogs.php
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

HB, SWITZERLAND (Special Event). Members of the Association des Radio-amateurs de la Cote (HB9HI) will activate the special event station HE2JOJ until January 31st. Activity is to mark the 3rd edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (Jeux Olympiques de la Jeunesse) to be hosted in Lausanne. QSL via HB9HI, direct or by the Bureau. A special certificate will be available. For complete information, see the following Web page at: http://www.hb9hi.ch/he2joj. The Youth Olympic Games, an international multi-sport event organized by the International Olympic Committee, aim at bringing together talented young athletes aged 15-18 from around the world.
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

HC, ECUADOR. Rick, NE8Z/HC1MD, will be minimally active as HC1MD from Quito between January 18-24th. However, he will be very active as HC1MD/2 from the Farallon Dillon Lighthouse (ARLHS ECU-017) [arlhs.com], Capay on Hill, beginning January 25th until February 7th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters (14270 kHz SSB for lighthouse hunters) using CW, SSB and FT8, and the equipment to be used is a TT-857D into a Spider Vertical (40/30/20/17m). QSL via K8LJG and LoTW after the trip.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

HR, HONDURAS. Dirk, WA4DT, will once again be active as HR9/WA4DT from West Bay, Roatan Island (NA-057), beginning January 19th until February 2nd. Activity will be on the same bands as last time (40/30 meters) using CW and FT8. QSL via his home callsign direct only.
-[OPDX # 1445 December 23, 2019]

HR, HONDURAS. Gerard, F2JD, will once again be active as HR5/F2JD from Copan-Ruinas in Honduras beginning December 12th until April 4th. 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 # 1442 December 2, 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]

KH8/S SWAINS ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update, dated January 20th) [edited]. The following is from the Swains Island DXpedition Web page:
  50 days to go....
  The preparations are part of the fun too. An amazing load of work is done by all team members. Antennas, hardware, software, the camp set up, medical well-being, transportation, satellite connections, inter-camp communication, operating schedules, vaccinations to name just a few....
  Yesterday we had a video conference call between all international team members to discuss the final loose ends. All lights are green.
  The European members will depart from Amsterdam and Frankfurt on Saturday, March 7th. Flying through Singapore, New Zealand and Samoa to their neighboring islands American Samoa. Our American members will depart the same weekend to meet up in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
  The vessel Manu-Atele* will bring us to the Swains atoll. This will be a 24-hour journey. Landing on the island will be done by smaller boats  at high tide to minimize reef issues. A serious challenge. Think of all the radio equipment, antenna materials, tents, generators, fuel and food for two weeks. The ship will leave after landing. Hopefully picking the team up again after 14 days.
  * https://swains2020.lldxt.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/MV.jpg
    For more details and updates, see:  https://swains2020.lldxt.eu
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

KP4, PUERTO RICO. Mike, VE7ACN (aka RWØCN, VA7XW, AA7CH), will be active as KP4/AA7CH from Vieques Island (NA-249) from January 31st until February 5th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (possibly 160m, if there is room) using mainly CW and SSB (FT8 very unlikely). Equipment is a K3 w/Expert 1.3K-FA (1300 W) into a vertical and/or Inverted V. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, direct or by the Bureau to VE7ACN.
-[OPDX # 1444 December 16, 2019]

LX, LUXEMBOURG. Ron, DL3BPC, will use the special callsign LX2ØI during the CQ 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a Single-Op entry. The special callsign is for the 20th anniversary of the LX7I contest station. QSL via LX2A.
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

OZ, DENMARK. Operators Gerard/EI5KF, Henning/OZ2I and possibly others will be active as OZ5E from Aarhus during the CQ 160 Meter CW DX Contest (January 24-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via OZ1ACB.
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

P4, ARUBA. Mat, DL4MM, is once again active as P4/DL4MM from the P4ØL Pos Chiquito contest station on Aruba (SA-036) until January 30th. He will participate in the CQ 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) as P4ØAA and a Single-Op entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on CW, SSB and FT8 with a focus on the lower bands. He will pay special attention for EU, AS and JA. QSL via DL4MM direct or LoTW/Bureau (after 6 months).
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

P4, ARUBA. Lee, K3DMG, is active as K3DMG/P4 from Aruba (SA-036) through the end of February. Activity will be on 80-10 meters with the focus on the Digital modes. QSL via LoTW only. No paper QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

PJ2, CURACAO. Jeff, K8ND, is once again active as PJ2ND from the PJ2T Caribbean Contesting Consortium's (CCC) Signal Point contest station on Curacao Island (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) until February 3rd. Jim, W8WTS, will join him and sign PJ2/W8WTS between January 22-28th. The two operators will be active as PJ2T during the CQWW 160 Meter CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL PJ2/W8WTS via his home callsign, eQSL or LoTW. QSL PJ2ND via K8ND or LoTW. QSL PJ2T via W3HNK.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

PJ4, BONAIRE. John, K4BAI, will be active as PJ4A from Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) during the CQWW DX 160 Meter CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. Station will be operated remotely (using BeLoud.Us) at the PJ4G station. QSL via K4BAI.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

PJ4, BONAIRE. Klass, PA1KE, is now active as PJ4/PA1KE as of January 18th. His length of stay, bands and modes were not provided. QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

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]

T3Ø, WEST KIRIBATI. Nobu, JAØJHQ, who was active as C21NH, is now active as T3ØNH. His length of stay is unknown as this was being written. Activity was on 40/20/17/15 meters FT8. QSL via JAØNHQ. Watch for updates on:  https://pandasan.jimdofree.com
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

TI9, COCOS ISLAND (Update). After 2 years planning, operators Jorge/TI2JV, Dmitry/RA9USU, Mats/SM6LRR and Andrew/UA3AB will be active as TI9A from Chatham Bay, Isla del Coco [Cocos Island (NA-012)], between February 2-8th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and possibly FT8, with three stations on the air. They will have two camps, eight radios and 20 antennas. QSL via UA3DX, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. They now have a Web page at:  http://ti9a.info
-[OPDX # 1448 January 20, 2020]

TI9, COCOS ISLAND. Operators Mark/XE1B (4A4A) and Frank/HK5OKY will be active as TI9C from Cocos Island (NA-012) from January 30th until February 9th, depending on the weather. The diving vessel "Okeanos Agressor I" will depart from the west coast of Costa Rica and sail 36-40 hours to Cocos Island some 342 miles away. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using SSB only with two stations with high power. Suggested frequencies are: 1850, 3790, 70065, 7165, 14195, 18140, 21295, 24940, 28475 and 50140 kHz. QSL via XE1B direct (5 USDs SAE), ClubLog's OQRS (10 USDs) or LoTW after 6 months.
-[OPDX # 1432 September 23, 2019]

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). Members of the Russian Robinson Club are active with the special event callsign R2ØØANT until March 31st. Activity is to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the Antarctica. QSL via RZ3EC. Aso, a special "Antarctica 200 award" is available. Complete details are available on QRZ.com and at: https://antarctica200.hamlog.ru
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

V3, BELIZE. Robert, WØYBS, will be active as V31CO from Caye Caulker Island (NA-073, not NA-105) starting February 1st for 3 weeks. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, RTTY and FT8. Robert bought a condo on the Island of Caye Caulker in October of 2019. He plans on being active on a fairly regular basis throughout the coming years. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. He will upload LoTW logs on a regular basis but will not send QSL cards until returning to his home in Colorado. For more details and updates, see: http://w0ybs.com
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

VE (VO2), CANADA (Zone 2). Operators Chris/VE3FU (VO2AC), Frank/VO1HP and Dave/VE9CB (VO2AAA) will be active as VO2AC during the 2020 CQWW 160M CW Contest (January 24-26th) from the Point Amour Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada, on the south coast of the rare Labrador (LB) multiplier. Point Amour is located in the southeast part of CQ Zone 2, and has a saltwater path from NE clockwise through SW. The team will be putting in a serious Multi-Op/High-Power effort as VO2AC. Expect some pre contest activity as VO2AC, VO1HP/VO2 and VO2AAA on 160m as they get their wire vertical array and beverage working; they will especially be looking for JA/Asia on CW and FT8. If time permits, they may also be active before the contest on 80m, 60m, 40m and the FM satellites (AO-85, AO-91 and AO-92) from Grid GO11.
-[OPDX # 1445 December 23, 2019]

VE8, CANADA. Garth, VE8NSD, member of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA), will be active as VE8RST from Hay River, Northwest Territories (NT) from January 1st until February 28th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via K7ICE. For updates, watch QRZ.com or the NCDXA Facebook page at:
  https://www.facebook.com/North-Country-DX-Assoc-K7ICE-1717462798496577
-[OPDX # 1443 December 9, 2019]

VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Reminder). Janusz, SP9FIH, will be active as VK9NK from Norfolk Island (OC-005) beginning January 12th until April 12th. He states, " It is my tribute to Jim Smith, VK9NS, who lived and operated from there for years. According to  last internet poll VK9N is 85th most wanted entity." Activity will be on 160-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. Suggested frequencies are:
  SSB  - 7095, 14195, 18140, 21195, 24940 and 28420 kHz
  RTTY - 1845, 3569, 7045, 10145, 14095, 18095, 21095, 24920 and 28095 kHz
  FT8 (F/H) - 1845 (1908 JA), 3569, 7045, 10145, 14095, 18095, 21095,
         24920 and 28095 kHz
Equipment will be an IC-7200 and Expert 1.3K-FA into a Spiderbeam and verticals. QSL via SP9FIH or ClubLog's OQRS. His Web page is now online with a needs band/mode survey at:  http://vk9nk.dxpeditions.org
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

VP2M, MONTSERRAT (On the Birds). Mel, W8MV, will be active as VP2MCV from Montserrat (NA-103) beginning January 26th until February 2nd. Activity will be mainly FM satellites with some CW HF bands also expected. QSL via W8MV direct. ADDED NOTE. The VP2MCV has been used before by Rob, PA2R, in 2002.
-[OPDX # 1447 January 13, 2020]

VP8PJ SOUTH ORKNEY ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #10, dated January 20th) [edited]. South Orkney Islands DXpedition VP8PJ (AN-008) --
  Permits - Landing and camping at South Orkney requires permission from
  several government agencies. This multi-step process takes months to
  complete. We recently received our final approval, the "Antarctic
  Conservation Act Permit" from the National Science Foundation. Other
  agencies in the process were: the US Department of State and the Environ-
  mental Protection Agency. We appreciate the cooperation and assistance
  we received from these agencies to complete and submit the detailed
  applications and other required documentation.
    New Corporate Sponsor -- Joining the list of corporate sponsors is The
  DX Store, a supplier of quality products for the amateur radio market.
    Equipment Status -- After 8 weeks our sea container arrived in Punta
  Arenas, Chile on January 13, 2020.
    Operating Schedule -- The team will follow a rotating 4 hours on and
  8 hours off schedule. In their off-time they’ll catch up on sleep, per-
  form equipment/campsite maintenance, operate from positions available
  for roving operators, or (weather permitting) go back to Braveheart for
  a shower and hot meal.
    Island Assignments -- Each team member is assigned tasks while on the
  island. Major activities are prioritized and staffed accordingly. The
  Braveheart crew will help with the heavy lifting and other setup activ-
  ities. After landing, designated teams will first erect the WeatherPort
  shelters, install the power grid, and furnish the sleeping and operating
  shelters. Meanwhile the antenna teams will install the HF antennas,
  followed by the low band antennas. Weather permitting, setup is expected
  to take approximately two days.
    Fundraising -- We appreciate the support from the worldwide DX and
  amateur radio community. With the addition of Japan?s Nara DX Associ-
  ation, The Spokane DX Association and W4DXCC By SEDCO Convention, we
  currently have fifty-two clubs/foundations signed on, over 500 indi-
  viduals and 60 Premier Sponsors who each donated $200(USD), or more.
  We continue to make progress towards our goal of the radio team paying
  50% of the project cost with sponsorships paying the remainder. Is your
  DX club listed on our website?
    Thanks for your continued interest and support of our project, we’ll
  publish one more press release before leaving home in early February.
  Good luck in the pileups.
  73, Team VP8PJ
  Website: https://sorkney.com/
  Please direct your questions to: info@sorkney.com
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS. Randy, WW6RG, will once again be active as VQ9RA from Diego Garcia (AF-006) starting January 30th, for a very short visit (possibly one day). He suggests looking for him around 0430-0530z and 1000-1130z on 20 meters SSB with 5 watts. QSL via WW6RG.
-[OPDX # 1449 January 27, 2020]

YB, INDONESIA. A team of YB operators will be active as 7A2A from a contest station in Central Java during the CQWW 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW, direct, or via YB2DX. No other details were provided.
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]

YS, EL SALVADOR (Update). Operators Andreas/DH8WR, Werner/DJ9KH, Frank/ DL1KWK, Dietmar/DL2HWA, Bert/DL2RNS, Georg/DL4SVA, Olaf/DL7JOM, Rolf/ DL7VEE and Franz/DL9GFB will be active as HU1DL from El Salvador beginning January 30th until February 13th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (direct and Bureau), DL4SVA direct or LoTW (see Web page for details). No eQSL. For more details and updates, see:  https://hu1dl.mydx.de
-[OPDX # 1440 November 18, 2019]

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Diya, YI1DZ, continues to be active as Z81D from Juba for at least another 6 months. Activity has been on 80-10 meters (possibly 60m) using SSB, FT8 and possibly FT4. QSL via OM3JW.
-[OPDX # 1445 December 23, 2019]

ZP, PARAGUAY. Manu, ZP9MCE, will be active from Hohenau-Itapúa during the CQ 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) and the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1446 January 6, 2020]




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