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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 October 5, 2019)

EIDXA October 2019 Meeting
The October meeting will be held on Friday in October 18th at our normal meeting location, the Hall Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

October 2019 Eastern Iowa DXer
The October 2019 edition of the Eastern Iowa DXer is now available on the "Newsletter" page. Bob, WØGXA, has as usual put together a great newsletter, loaded with good information. Be sure you don't miss it!

Buy-Sell-Trade Listings
There are several interesting listings of equipment for sale on the "Buy-Sell-Trade" page -- take a look!

EIDXA Email Reflector
The EIDXA email reflector is available for your use. To post to the reflector, email your message for the group to: eastern-iowa-dx-association@googlegroups.com 
The reflector allows you to include photos or other files in your message.

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 October 13, 2019)

DX News items are courtesy of:

The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX)
   Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, Editor (kb8nw@hotmail.com or kb8nw@arrl.net)
   The bulletin is available at http://www.papays.com/opdx.html

This list is a compilation of current DX operations (or those that start within the current week) from recent issues of the OPDX bulletin, with the dates of operation highlighted in red. The items appear in order of callsign prefix. Hot links are provided for QSL information wherever possible. Credit for the source is given at the end of each item.

3W, VIETNAM. Geri, DK8KW, will be active as 3W9KW from Hanoi between October 18-26th. Activity will be on various HF bands running QRP with a KX3 transceiver into vertical antenna. Mode will be mostly CW and possibly SSB (depending on conditions). QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1433 September 30, 2019]

5H, TANZANIA (Reminder). Maurizio, IK2GZU, has once again returned to "Mission Ilembula" to do some work at the new hospital and orphanage until October 28th. He plans to be active during his spare time as 5H3MB on various HF bands. Maurizio will use his FT-100 and the mission's TS-850 into a tri-band 3 element beam (20/15/10m) fixed on Europe and a vertical or dipole for the other bands. QSL via IK2GZU, direct or by the Bureau. Also, QSL via LoTW (after his return home) and eQSL. For more details, updates and an online log, visit his Web page at:
   http://www.buffoli-pm.it/5h/Tanzania%202011.htm
   http://www.buffoli-pm.it/5h/qsl%20request.htm
-[OPDX # 1433 September 30, 2019]

5T, MAURITANIA. DX-World.net reports that operators Johannes/PA5X (5T5PA) and Evert/PA2KW (5T2KW) will be active from a special location somewhere in Mauritania between the evening of October 19th until the morning of the 26th. Their main focus will be on Low Bands (160/80/60/40m). Johannes will be mostly active on SSB and some FT8. Evert will concentrate on CW. They will set up separate verticals for 160/80m and a delta-loops for 60/40 meters. Receiving antennas = 3 beverages (direction JA/EU, NA, SA/VK/ZL). There will be a daily upload to ClubLog for both stations. LoTW will be uploaded after the DXpedition. QSL is via ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1435 October 14, 2019]

5W, SAMOA. After their ZK3A operation, operators Lee/VK3GK and Chris/VK3FY will be active as 5WØGK and 5WØFY, respectively, from Samoa (OC-097). The length of their stay is not known at this time, but one of them was expected to be in the Oceania DX CW Contest this past weekend (October 12-13th). Look for 5WØGK in the contest and 5WØFY on non-contest bands. QSL via MØOXO or OQRS. Also ZK3A member, Alex, K6VHF, was heard active as 5WØNA from 5W1SA's station in Apia on various HF bands using mainly CW and FT8. Length of their stay also not known at this time, QSL via K6VHF direct or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1435 October 14, 2019]

7P, LESOTHO, AFRICAN TOUR (Update/Last Stop). Pista, HA5AO, will once again active as 7P8AO from Lesotho until October 19th. He will use his Elecraft K3S with a KPA500 which is fed into a vertical antenna and will operate on 80-10 meters using mainly CW and FT8 on the higher bands. His updates, QSL policy, Log search and OQRS are available at:  https://www.ha5ao.com
-[OPDX # 1433 September 30, 2019]

7Q, MALAWI (Update). Operators Bill/KC4D (7Q7WW), Don/K6ZO (7Q6M) and Junior/7Q7JN are currently active from Embangweni Mission Hospital at the Loudon Station in Malawi as time and power allows. Bill states that he will operate as 7Q7WW during his free time with his friends 7Q6M (Don/ K6ZO) and 7Q7JN (Junior). At the main station, they are on CW and SSB at various times, usually on 20, 40 and 80 meters. At their residence, they have a modest station and wire antennas for FT-8. For 7Q7WW QSLs, please send cards direct to the KC4D address. If you're in the U.S., include a SASE; outside of the U.S., please also include 1 USD to help with postage. Bill states, "Unfortunately, I'm not currently set up for e-QSLs, but expect to get these on LoTW eventually." QSL 7Q6M via K6ZO and 7Q7JN via address on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 2019]

8P BARBADOS. Dean, 8P6SH, will be active as 8P2K during the following upcoming contests:
  CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th) -- Single-Op/Single-Band (80m)
  CQWW DX SSB Contest  (October 26-27th)   -- Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)
  CQWW DX CW Contest   (November 25-26th)  -- Single-Op/Single-Band (160m)
Dean will be using a TS590 with phased verticals 4 dipoles. On 160m he will use an Inverted L and RX antenna on 160m. QSL via KU9C.
-[OPDX # 1421 July 8, 2019]

8P, BARBADOS. Charles, 8P6ET, will be active as 8P6ET beginning on June 10th. Activity will be on 15/17/20/40 meters, propagation permitting, using CW and SSB. The antennas: Buddipole Vertical and multi-band Inverted V with 10 watts. Charles, will also be active as 8P1W during the following contests:
  * CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
      Low-Power entry.
  * CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
      Low-Power entry.
QSL 8P6ET and 8P1W via KU9C.
-[OPDX # 1417 June 10, 2019]

9G, GHANA. Matteo, IZ4YGS, is once again active as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi (Western Region), Ghana, until October 23rd. 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. He mentions on QRZ.com, "Activations can't be planned because of rainy season's unpredictability." 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 update daily to ClubLog. QSL via LoTW, IZ4YGS direct or eQSL.
  ADDED NOTE: Matteo will return again between November 26th and December 28th; bands and modes identical to the previous ones, the news will be the SSB activity through the Oscar-100 geostationary satellite.
-[OPDX # 1435 October 14, 2019]

9H, MALTA. Rene, DL2JRM, will once again be active as 9H3YY from Malta (EU-023) between October 18-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB with 100 watts into a Vertical antenna. He plans to participate in the Worked All Germany Contest (October 19-20th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1432 September 23, 2019]

9J, ZAMBIA. Mario, IK1MYT, is expected to be active as 9J2MYT from Lusaka by the time you read this. The length of his stay is not known. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using SSB. QSL via IK2MYT.
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

CQ9, MADERIA. Operators Silvia/EA1AP, Alberto/EA1SA and Tony/CT1HTU (F8ATS) will be active as CQ9A from San Jorge, Madeira Island, between October 18-26th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-6 meters (special attention on 60m) using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or EA1AP.
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 2019]

D4, CAPE VERDE. Jan, OK7JR, is now active as D44EA from Sal Island (AF-086) until October 22nd. Some activity will be from the Ponta to Sino Light- house (ARLHS CAP007). Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1435 October 14, 2019]

D68CCC COMOROS DXPEDITION NEWS (Update).  Members of the Mediterraneo DX Club (MDXC) will be active as D68CCC from Comoros Island (AF-007) beginning October 21st until November 2nd. The following was posted on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/d68ccc/), October 1st:
  Here we are! Yes, just few steps more and the multinational team of the Mediterraneo Dx Club is ready to fire the radios with their signals from Comoros Islands under the callsign of D68CCC. Their usual international DXpedition will be on air from 21st October to 1st November. The leader IZ8CCW and the co-leader I2VGW are checking once again all items and so you make the same at home and be ready. Donation will be very, very welcomed and QSL via IK2VUC. Official site:  http://www.mdxc.org/d68ccc
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of October 2nd. 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. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
    5. CEØX  San Felix Islands   10. 3Y/P  Peter 1 Island

No changes this month. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at: https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

FG, GUADELOUPE. Philippe, F1DUZ, will once again be active as FG4KH from Guadeloupe (NA-102) between October 14-29th. Activity will be on 80/40/ 20/1715/12/10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

FH, MAYOTTE ISLANDS. Willi, DJ7RJ, will once again be active as FH/DJ7RJ from Mayotte from October 15th until November 3rd. Activity will be on 160-10 meters with a focus on the lower bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. NO LoTW or ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1418 June 17, 2019]

FK, NEW CALEDONIA. Jan, F6EYB, will once again be active as FK8CJ from Noumea, New Caledonia (OC-032), from August 29th until the end of the year. Activity will be on various HF bands (mainly 30/20/17 meters). QSL via F6EYB, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1428 August 26, 2019]

FO/M, (TX7T) MARQUESAS ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release). Bob, K4UEE, sent out the following press release on October 8th [edited]: The Can-Am DXpedition team will arrive in French Polynesia on November 3rd. While in Tahiti (FO), there will be some activity – including low bands -- for a couple of days/nights. The team moves on to Hiva Oa Island (FO/M) as TX7T beginning November 6th until November 19th. While in the Marquesas, there will be 3-4 four stations QRV on CW, SSB and FT8. Operators mentioned are Bob/K4UEE, Robert/K5PI (Team Leader), Madison/W5MJ, Robert/W5RF, Bill/W5SJ, Neil/VA7DX, Keith/VE7KW and Didier/F6BCW. Europe is a key target area and every attempt will be made to take advantage of propagation. Pilots are Franz/DL9GFB (Chief Pilot), Steve/N2SG and Don/N7BT. QSL via Direct, OQRS or LOTW.  Check out (https://marquesas2019.com) for more details. This DXpedition is mostly funded by the operators. However, contributions are most welcome and will go toward our freight and shipping costs.
-[OPDX # 1435 October 14, 2019]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB has created an "FT8 Operating Guide" (Version 2.26 as of October 6, 2019), a collection of "tips and pragmatic suggestions aimed at making FT8 easier and more effective to use on the HF bands": http://www.g4ifb.com/
-[KØCF October 6, 2019]

HKØ, SAN ANDREAS ISLAND (Update). The 5KØK team that will be active from San Andreas Island (NA-033) around/between October 15-30th (see below), now has a Web page at:  http://www.cdxp.cz
-[OPDX # 1430 September 9, 2019]

HKØ, SAN ANDREAS ISLAND. Operators Rob/HK3CW, Petr/OK1BOA, Petr/OK1FCJ, Palo/OK1CRM, Pavel/OK1GK, Ruda/OK2ZA, Ludek/OK2ZC, Karel/OK2ZI and David/ OK6DJ will be active as 5KØK from San Andreas Island (NA-033) around/between October 15-30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Focus will be on the low bands. Radios: Elecraft K3 and Kenwood TS480 (both multiple units). PA: Expert 1.3k-FA, JUMA’s and RF Power. Antennas: 3x Spiderbeam (10/15/20m including WARC), VDA antennas, 30m 4SQ, 40m 4SQ, 80m vertical + radials, 1/4 vertical + radials 160m vertical + capacitive hat. RX: Beverages + DHDL. QSL via OK6DJClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1428 August 26, 2019]

JW, SVALBARD. Erling, LB2PG, will be active as JW/LB2PG from Bear Island (EU-027) starting sometime in June, but plans to stay until November 2019. Activity will be on 80-20 meters using SSB with a FT-990 and 1KW amp into multi-band dipole antenna. QSL via LB2PG by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1415 May 27, 2019]

P4, ARUBA. Jaap, PA7DA, will be active as P4/PA7DA from Aruba Island (SA-036) between October 17-31st. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Jaap states, "It will be a low-cost activation, using IC-7300 w/100 watts into a HyEndFed wire antenna." QSL via PA7DA by the Dutch Bureau. For updates, watch:  http://pa7da.jouwweb.nl/p4-aruba
-[OPDX # 1421 July 8, 2019]

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Ed, WA1ZAM/N2HX, will once again be active as PJ7PL from the Royal Palms from October 19th until November 2nd. Activity will include operations in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. Outside of the contest, activity will be holiday style on 30-10 meters using SSB, RTTY, FT4 and FT8 -- depending on what he brings down. QSL via N2HX or WA1ZAM.
-[OPDX # 1421 July 8, 2019]

S7, SEYCHELLES (Update). Operators Leszek/SP6CIK and Janusz/SP9FIH will be active as S79CI and S79W, respectively, from Seychelles between October 18-29th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Also, look for Janusz, SP9FIH, to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??m) entry signing S79W. QSL via their home callsigns or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, watch:  http://s79.dxpeditions.org
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

S7, SEYCHELLES. Ravi, VU2IIX, will be active as S79VU from Mahe Island starting September 30th, and will stay until the end of June 2021. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. Listen for his QSL instructions.
-[OPDX # 1432 September 23, 2019]

T3Ø, WESTERN KIRIBATI (Reminder/Update). Operators Stan/LZ1GC, Karel/OK2WM and Mitko/LZ3NY will be active as T3ØGC from Tarawa Atoll (OC-017), Western Kiribati, between October 7-23rd. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8, with two to three different transmitters on different bands and modes. Some planned details on frequencies are:
    160m will be 1822.5 kHz
       6m will be 50100 kHz (CW) and 50313 kHz (FT8)
They will be working on all bands in SPLIT MODE as following:
    *  CW   :  QSX  UP   1-8 kHz
    *  SSB  :  QSX  UP  5-15 kHz
    *  RTTY :  QSX  UP  2-8 kHz
QSL via LZ1GC, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates,
see:  http://www.c21gc.com
Their latest press release (September 26th) can be read at:
   http://www.c21gc.com/index.php/last-news
-[OPDX # 1433 September 30, 2019]

T6, AFGHANISTAN (Reminder/Update). Robert, S53R (ex-YA5T), is once again active from Kabul as of September 4th, signing T6AA and may continue until the summer 2021. He will be there for two years working with the UN World Food Program. Robert has been issued two callsign: T6AA and T6A (to be used during contest). Activities outside of the contests will be limited to his free time, but he plans to be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He was heard early in the week on 60/30/20/17 meters CW and FT8 as early as 0700z and as late as 2300z. QSL via S53R, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1430 September 9, 2019]

T8, PALAU. Ichiro, JH7IPR, will once again be active as T88UW from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009), between October 10-16th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (FSK, JT65, JT9 and FT8). QSL T88UW via JH7IPR, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

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

TT8, CHAD. Jean Louis, ZS6AAG, is now active as TT8JLH from N'Djamena. He is there working for the Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF](Doctors Without Borders), and the length of his stay is unknown. Activity has been on 20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign and eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1429 September 2, 2019]

V3, BELIZE. Rev. Emilio, AG4T, has been in Belize and active as V31AG since September 20th. He has been operating from Corozal Town. The length of his stay is unknown. His QRZ.com page states, "The station is very simple consisting of a Yaesu FT-891 and a multi-band dipole fed with open line and tuner. I also have an MFJ -2982 ground mounted vertical with radials that should be operational on 80-20 meters. My favorite bands and frequencies are 7022 kHz and 14022 kHz, but sometimes I venture to other locations. Very rarely I will operate SSB, so look forward to a CW QSO." QSL via AG4T.
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON, will once again be active as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, between October 16-22nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB and FT8. Equipment is a Yaesu FT1000MP, FT857D 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. John states to OPDX, "Just a quick five day visit to get the QTH ready for V49V Contest Group's operation in the CQWW SSB Contest (Oct. 26/27)." See OPDX.1416 for details."
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

VK9/N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Update/Reminder). Operators Jacek/SP5EAQ (VK9NE), Mek/SP7VC (VK9NC) and Marcin/SP5ES (VK9NG) will be active from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between October and November. All three operators will have different lengths of stay on the island: SP5EAQ (October 18th- November 4th), SP7VC (October 18-28th) and SP5ES (October 28th-November 4th). Activity will be on various HF bands. Modes: Jacek/SP5EAQ (SSB exclusively); Mek/SP7VC (Digital modes) and Marcin/SP5ES (CW). Jacek/ SP5EAQ will participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th). QSL Manager will be SP7VC (direct, by the Bureau or LoTW). Jacek, SP5EAQ, informed that the Internet access on the island will be very limited, so it will be a problem to have real time online logs. However, if possible, the logs will uploaded in batches to a database which will be available online. So, there will be some delay. For more details and updates, visit their Web page at:  http://vk9n-2019.dxing.pl
-[OPDX # 1434 October 7, 2019]

VP6R PITCAIRN ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). On October 10th, the following was posted on the Pitcairn Island DXpedition VP6R Web page (https://pitcairndx.com/news-and-updates) [edited]:
  "I experienced a sudden and relatively severe, acute illness and was hospitalized for a number of days. I am recovering at home, but the risk of compromising the DXpedition to Pitcairn Island is too great for me to make the trip with the team. My friend Glenn, WØGJ, will take on my responsibilities and the DXpedition will proceed as other- wise planned.
  Most team members will have begun their travels within the next 24-48 hours. The October 15th flight to Mangareva and boarding of the Brave- heart remain on schedule.
  This is a great disappointment for me, but the show will go on. I thank all of you for your past encouragement and support. I have great confidence in all of our team members; they will give this DXpedition their all.
.. Ralph – KØIR"
  "The team members are very disappointed that Ralph, KØIR, is unable to go with us. Ralph has invested countless hours organizing and preparing for a successful DXpedition! In fact, it has been so well organized that it is almost on autopilot!  We have been unable to find a replacement for Ralph on such short notice. Many potential substitutes were unable to clear their schedules to be gone for a month with just a few hours’ notice.
  We are READY to go! All of our personal bags are packed, as we had to have weight & volumes for Air Tahiti, our Papeete to Mangareva flight next Tuesday. That connection is only once per week. The Braveheart will be waiting for us and we'll set sail almost immediately for Pitcairn. We will be arriving Thursday morning at Pitcairn. All of our cargo is ALREADY at our operating site. We will work hard that first day to get as many antennas up as possible to get on the air by the end of the day, Thursday, October 17th. We must QRT by November 2nd, to make it back to Mangareva to catch the weekly flight again.
  We are going to work extra hard as a team to make Ralph proud of us, as he has all but invested the last two years of his life into this project.
  Visit our website often for updates. There you will find contact information for our pilots who will help us optimize our band/modes and propagation paths. Any information on long or short path openings would be welcome to our pilots. Financial contributions are most welcome, too! See our website for more details.   73 and see you in the pileups!
Glenn – WØGJ
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EDITOR'S NOTES: The VP6R DXpedition is scheduled to take place beginning October 18th until November 1st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including 6 meters EME, using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 (F/H). Suggested frequencies are: 
 CW  - 1826.5, 3523, 7023, 10108, 14023, 18069, 21023, 24891 and 28023 kHz
 SSB - 3785, 7082, 14185, 18130, 21285, 24955 and 28485 kHz
 RTTY- 3580, 7045, 10142, 14080, 18099, 21080, 24911 and 28080 kHz
 FT8 - 1836, 3567, 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz
 6M FT8 - 50323 kHz
FT8 Protocol for VP6R, see:   https://pitcairndx.com/how-to-work-vp6r
  They will also have 60 meter privileges (on all modes) and will activate that band from Pitcairn Island for the first time. The VP6R team will also participate in the 2019 CQWW SSB Contest on the Oct. 26th and 27th weekend.   QSL via K9CT. For more details and info check out the Pitcairn Island DXpedition Web page at:  https://pitcairndx.com/news-and-updates   Also, check out their FaceBook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/580069859103416  Also, their Twitter page is at:  https://twitter.com/2019Island
-[OPDX # 1435 October 14, 2019]

VP9, BERMUDA (Reminder). Josh, W9HT, will once again be active as W9HT/VP9 from Bermuda (NA-005) between October 12-15th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF Bands including 6m using SSB, CW, and FT8. QSL via his home callsign direct.
-[OPDX # 1435 October 14, 2019]

VU7, LAKSHADWEEP (Update). Operators Sree/VU2OB, Shabu/MØKRI/VU2CAC, Samson/VU3XTG, Samson/VU3XTG and possibly others will be active as VU7RI from Lakshadweep Island (AS-011) between October 19-31st. Activity will be on 80-6 meters with a focus on higher bands using CW, SSB and FT8. The "60m Newsletter " reported this week that the operators are expected to be on 60m, CW and FT8. They will try to be on 5pm to 7pm Indian Standard Time and 4am to 6am Indian Standard Time. QSL via MØKRI, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and update, see:  https://vu7ri.com
-[OPDX # 1432 September 23, 2019]

XW, LAOS (Update). Per DX-World.net, Simon, G6JFY/HSØZIB/XZ2A, has announced
that he has received his new callsign XWØLP (Suffix "LP" stands for Luang
Prabang, the town in north Laos where he now lives). License is good for
one year as of October 1st and is initially valid only for 20-meter band
operations. Simon states, "On 20 meters, I will be active every day,
mostly using FT8. My rig sits right next to my work desk, so I can keep
an eye on the band and answer calls as they are received. I WON'T use
Fox + Hounds mode on FT8, just simple, single mode. I operate my FT8
software manually so that I can select which call to reply to." QSL via
ClubLog's OQRS. NO BUREAU cards.
-[OPDX # 1431 September 16, 2019]

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

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Steve, WB4GHY, is currently on Ascension Island on a work detail. Look for him to possibly be active on various days as ZD8SC. The length of his stay is unknown. Activity will be on 80-10 meters on SSB only using an IC-7000 to a directional antenna. QSL via WB4GHY or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1428 August 26, 2019]




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9G, GHANA (Update). Last week we mentioned that Matt, IZ4YGS, is active as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi (Western Region), Ghana. Matt informed OPDX of the following [edited]: "I'm travelling to Ghana almost every month for work reasons and it will be so throughout 2019. I'd like to be on-air from 80-6m, but it will take some time to be operational on all bands. I'll start with an FT-891 and wire antennas, SSB and FT8, mainly in the evening after work. Ham radio won't be my main activity in Ghana, but I'll do my best to let everybody have fun." QSL via IZ4YGS, direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1395 December 24, 2018]