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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.)

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EIDXA News     (Updated September 21, 2021)

EIDXA Meetings

The EIDXA will hold a Zoom meeting on Friday, October 1st.

Please try to attend this meeting. It is our normal fall meeting with the election of officers.  Don't worry, we have a full slate of great candidates but we also welcome competition. If you would like to learn more about an office or run for one, give me call or send an email.

We have also scheduled a great program that should be interesting even for those of us who have never tried this form of DXing. Lance Collister, W7GJ, of French Town, Montana will address us via Zoom.  Lance is a world class EME expert and DXpeditioner. He will tell us about EME and about some of his past and future DXpeditions. Talk about working a DX station long path, a QSO with Lance is about a half million miles!

David, KØLUM, will provide the Zoom connection and the link will be out well advance of the meeting via email.

Schedule:
    6:30 pm or earlier--a Zoom chat, all join in.
    7:30 pm meeting starts
    About 8:30 pm the program will start.

(EIDXA in-person meetings are on hold indefinitely due to Covid 19 virus concerns. When this crisis is resolved, we will resume normal meetings. Stay tuned! 
In the meantime, we are doing Zoom meetings on or close to our normal meeting dates. Notice of upcoming Zoom meetings will be posted here and to the EIDXA Google Groups email reflector.)

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

July 2021 Eastern Iowa DXer
The July 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
The "Buy-Sell-Trade" page provides a place to advertise any ham radio equipment you may have for sale. We can publish pictures of your gear and any text you would like. Contact the webmaster to post your ad!

EIDXA Email Reflector
The EIDXA email reflector is on Google Groups and is available for your use. To post to the reflector, email your message for the group to: eastern-iowa-dx-association@googlegroups.com 
The reflector allows you to include photos or other files in your message. If you are not a member of the group but would like to be, please email the webmaster.

You may visit the group homepage here:
    https://groups.google.com/group/eastern-iowa-dx-association
The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.



The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin
For  September 19, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Craig Fastenow, KØCF, Editor

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

DX News items are courtesy of:
   The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX)
      Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, Editor (kb8nw@hotmail.com or kb8nw@arrl.net)
      The bulletin is available at http://www.papays.com/opdx.html
   The ARRL DX Bulletin
      The bulletin is available at http://www.arrl.org
   425 DX News, A.R.I. DX Bulletin (425DXN)
      Edited by Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ & Valeria Pregliasco, IK1ADH
      425 DX News Home Page: https://www.425dxn.org/
   DX Newsletter (DXNL)
      Edited by Klaus Poels, DL7UXG
      A weekly service of DARC Committee "DX", http://www.darcdxhf.de


3D2/C, CONWAY REEF (Update). Dom, 3Z9DX (aka-3D2USU), member of the Rebel DX Group, arrived at Conway Reef at 07:23 am (local time) September 18th, and he states on FaceBook [edited], "It's too windy (32 knots) to attempt a landing on the island. Waiting for the wind to cool down." Remember, activity should last for about 10 days or so. Dom also reported later in the day: [edited] "Now the activity is in progress as 3D2CR. The first QSO in the log is on Sep. 18th, 0341 UTC. Due to very windy weather currently 20m and 17m antennas are assembled. Later today I am planning to install 15m, 30m and 40m antennas. Antennas for 80m and other bands tomorrow - weather permitting. Propagation on 17m better than 20m. Over 2000 QSOs in the log already. More news to come soon." Remember, his operations will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4. However, most of his activity has been on FT8. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS. For updates, watch QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (1003)

3X, GUINEA. A few sources are reporting that Jean-Philippe, F1TMY (J28PJ), will be active as 3X2Ø21 (interesting and correct callsign) from Guinea by the end of September. He is reportedly having "some problems with the container from Djibouti to Guinea." Currently there are no other details available.
-[OPDX # 1527 August 16, 2021]  (1017)

3YØJ BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). The following news was posted on the 3YØJ Web page (https://www.3y0j.no/latest-news) as well as EHAM.net on September 14th [edited]:
3YØJ team is full speed ahead with the planning, below is just some info about what we're doing right now.
1. We prepare for the first vessel deposit which is due next month.
2. The logistic team which Gjermund, LB5GI is leading are working on several important topics
a) Preparing a safe way to land the operators and the equipment on Bouvet. A flexible system that allows for various conditions will be engineered, constructed, and soon tested at a beach in Norway with enough swell. We are working on several different systems to adapt to the conditions. One system consists of 2 zodiacs, buoys, anchor, capstan and rope to safely land the dinghy with and without personal/equipment.
  Gjermund and Rune, LA7THA, are working with some experienced Norwegian professionals within the maritime industry in Norway to test this system live.
b) Prepare a winch system for lifting the equipment up from the beach to the cliff at Cape Fie. Again, we prepare for a flexible system that can adapt to various shapes and height of the cliff, we will use both electrical and non-electrical systems, and also manual systems. The most bulky item is the diesel generators (75 kg). System to be engineered, constructed and tested in Norway soon. Effort is being led by Rune.
c) A system to assist us in bringing the equipment from the cliff up to the camp roughly 200 ft up at 70ft ASL being planned. This will help us when bringing 4.5 metric tons of equipment, fuel and water up to the camp.
3. We are currently reviewing the antenna layout once again. InnovAntenna being our main sponsor. We're working on a staged approach to allow setting up the camp also during very short weather windows with a setup that will be expanded with more stations and antennas until we reach the full setup. Adrian, KO8SCA, is currently preparing for testing the tribander Yagi.
4. Erwann, LB1QI, is leading the ancillaries systems and is working on the tent selection. Heated or not heated tents?
5. We are working on the station setup, but so far we have not selected the exact setup - we have several options on the table when it comes to radio and amplifiers.
6. Safety has a high attention in the project, and we will do what we can to avoid accidents and injuries. Bill KO7SS is taking the lead on Safety. Bill is dedicated to overseeing all planning and operations with regard to safety. We will run risk workshops, discuss safety, safety procedures, mitigate risk, construct emergency shelter, prepare evacuation plan of personal, evacuation of injured operator from camp to vessel etc...
  In a while we will start with zoom meetings - there you can follow our journey to Bouvet. You can get the latest news, discuss with us topics, get feedback, interact with operators, Q&A and more.
  Check out our website for this feature - you can buy access for unlimited access to the meetings - and at the same time help us in fundraising. https://www.3y0j.no/funding
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (0926)

5H, TANZANIA. Maurizio, IK2GZU, will once again returned to "Mission Ilembula" to do some volunteer work at the Ikelu hospital and orphanage from September 25th until November 20th. He plans to be active during his spare time as 5H3MB on various HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Maurizio will use his FT-891 and dipoles GP for 10 MHz. QSL via IK2GZU, direct, by the Bureau and ClubLog. Also, QSL via LoTW (after his return home) and eQSL. For more details, updates and an online log, visit his Web pages at: http://www.buffoli-pm.it/5h/Tanzania 2011.htm 
   and: http://www.buffoli-pm.it/5h/qsl request.htm
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (1024)

5H, TANZANIA. Gab, HA3JB is QRV as 5H1IP from Zanzibar Island, IOTA AF-032, until September 29. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL direct to HA3JB.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 37 September 16, 2021]  (1003)

5U, NIGER. Reports indicate that Adrien, F4IHM, will be back on the air again as 5UAIHM from Niamey beginning September 11th until October 22nd. Activity is usually very limited but watch 40/20 meters CW between 1800-2030z. QSL via F4IHM, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1529 August 30, 2021]  (1010)

7Q, MALAWI. Vasco, 7Q7CT, a Portuguese operator that has been living in Lilongwe, Malawi, since 1992, announced on QRZ.com that he uses the following frequencies (suggested times were not provided):
   40 meters -- between 7090-7098 kHz
   20 meters -- between 14180-14200 kHz
   15 meters -- between 21350-21360 kHz
A list of his equipment (multiple transceivers and antennas) is listed on QRZ.com. QSL via JH1AJT. He states that he uses echolink (SM-G965F/DS) and Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/7Q7CT-Ham-radio-page-103780338402810 There are plenty of pictures on Facebook.
-[OPDX # 1529 August 30, 2021]  (1003)

8Q, MALDIVES. Nobby, GØVJG, will once again be active as 8Q7CQ beginning September 28th until October 13th. This will be his third trip there, but this time he will be active from the Island of Innahura (AS-013). Activity will be on 80-10 meters (this now includes 60m) using SSB and the Digital modes. His equipment will be a FT-450D or FT857 with a JUMA 1000-watt amp into HF6V Butternut vertical for the HF bands and a link dipole. QSL via MØOXO's OQRS or direct.
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (1010)

9K, KUWAIT (Special Event). To celebrate Saudi Arabia's 91st National Day (September 23rd), members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (9K2RA) are activating the special event station 9K91KSA until September 25th. QSL via 9K2RA.
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (0926)

9N, NEPAL. Kiyo, JA7NQQ, has been active as 9N7NQ from Katmandu, Nepal, and will be there until September 23rd. Activity will be limited due to his job, but over the past week he has been on 40/17/15 meters using FT8. Watch between 0500-830z and 1230-1515z. He is using a FT-891 into a long wire antenna. QSL via JA7NQQ by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1531 September 13, 2021]  (0926)

9X, RWANDA. Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as 9X2AW just north of Kigali (with a new Grid KI48xe) between September 13-28th. He was preparing his 160m antenna and building a Hex beam with Bamboo Sticks for working on 20-10 meters and dipoles for 40/30 meters. Modes are mainly Digital modes (FT8, PSK31, JT65 and RTTY), with some CW and SSB. He will also use the QO-100 satellite on 2m and 70cm. QSL via MØOXO or his OQRS. See QRZ.com for pictures.
-[OPDX # 1531 September 13, 2021]  (0926)

A3, TONGA (Update). Masa, JAØRQV, is now active as A35JP from Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island (OC-049). He was heard on 17 meters CW, August 22nd. He will be in Tonga until October 31st (early November). Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. Equipment is an IC-7300 w/100W into a Vertical antenna. QSL via LoTW and ClubLog, 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 2021. 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." For more details and updates, visit his QRZ.com or his Blog page at: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/rqv
-[OPDX # 1528 August 23, 2021]  (0926)

A6, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (Special Event). To celebrate Saudi Arabia's 91st National Day (September 23rd), members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society are activating the special event station A6ØARS until September 23rd. QSL via EA7FTR. JUST A REMINDER: Special event stations 7Z91ND, 8Z91ND and HZ91ND are also active during this event.
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (0926)

A6, U.A.E. (Special Event). Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS) will activate special event station A6ØEXPO from September 1st until October 1st. Activity is to help promote World Expo 2020 in Dubai which runs between October 1st, 2021, and March 31st, 2022. QSL via EA7FTR. For more details about World Expo 2020, see: https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en
-[OPDX # 1528 August 23, 2021]  (1003)

A9, BAHRAIN. A91ARS is the callsign for members of the Bahrain Amateur Radio Society to take part in the celebrations of Saudi National Day in coordination with the Saudi Amateur Radio Society. Look for activity to take place on 17-23 September. QSL via EC6DX.
-[425 DX NEWS # 1584 September 11, 2021]  (1017)

CT3, MADEIRA ISLAND. By the time you read this, Marc, DL1BU, should be active as CT9/DL1BU from Madeira Island (AF-014, WW Loc. IM12lq) through the end of September. Activity will be on various HF bands, running QRP using SSB and FT8. Equipment is a Yaesu FT-817 (5W only) with Antenna- Tuner LDG Z-817 into a HF-P1 (portable antenna). QSL via DL1BU by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (1003)

CT3, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Operators Jak/DF8XC, Jan/DJ8NK, Heye/DJ9RR, Dieter/DK4QT, Guenter/DL2AWG, Thomas/DL6TK and Ronny/DM2RM will be active as CR3W from Santana, Madeira Island (AF-014, Zone 33) during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL CR3W via DL5AXX, OQRS (see QRZ.com) or LoTW. Look for operators to be usually active outside of the contest as CT9/homecall on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via their home callsigns.
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (0926)

D2, ANGOLA. Mikalai, UT6UY, is now active as D2UY from Cabinda, Angola, for several months. Activity is limited between 1600-2300z on 20/15/10 meters using CW only because of very strong local QRM on low bands. He is using a Yaesu FTDX-10 into a vertical antenna. QSL route is TBA later.
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (1024)

D6, COMOROS. By the time you read this, operators Janusz/SP9FIH and Leszek/SP6CIK will be active as D6ØAC and D6ØAD, respectively, from Moroni, Comoros (AF-007), from September 18th until October 2nd. It took 3 months to get their licenses. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. They will use 50 watts on 80m; 500 watts on rest of the bands. Antennas are inverted L, verticals and VDA. QSL via their home callsigns or via ClubLog (preferred). For more details and updates, see: http://d6.dxpeditions.org/
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (1003)

DL, GERMANY. Markus DJ4EL, Felix DL5XL and Joe DJ1JB will be active from IOTA group EU-042 on 11-13 September. Their main QTH will be Hallig Hooge (N-22 for the German Islands Award), with a side trip to nearby Japsand (N-32) on 12 September. QSL via home calls. [TNX DX Newsletter]
-[425 DX NEWS # 1584 September 11, 2021]  (1017)

DL, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the DARC local association Schwerin (V14) have activated the special callsign DQ85ØDOM to celebrate the 850th anniversary of the first consecration of the Schwerin Cathedral. Activity will last until November 30th, with operations on 160 meters and up including the QO-100 Satellite using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and other Digital modes. Downloadable diplomas (Gold/Silver/Bronze) are available free of charge in PDF format. See QRZ.com for details. QSLs will be automatically sent via the Bureau after the activity - PLEASE do not send your own QSL! Logs will be uploaded to DCL and ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1530 September 6, 2021]  (1010)

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of September 4th. 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. FK/C Chesterfield Island
  12. VKØM Macquarie Island     25. YK Syria
  13. YVØ Aves Island           26. JD/M Minami Torishima
There have been no changes in the "Top 26" since we last reported back on August 2nd. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted"  entities list (340) is available at: https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1530 September 6, 2021]  (1010)

EA, SPAIN. URE San Fernando (EA7URF) is participating in the official celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the Earth [425DXN 1467]. The sixth in a series of AM5ØØ special event stations representing a milestone of the voyage will be AM5ØØEMV, to be active on 18-25 September to memorialize Juan Sebastian Elcano's taking on the command of the carrack "Victoria" (17 September 1521) after the death of Magellan. QSL via EA7URF (bureau or direct), LoTW and eQSL. Previously active were AM5ØØSEV (August 2019), AM5ØØSAN (September 2019), AM5ØØISJ (June 2020), AM5ØØETS (October-November 2020) and AM5ØØMMM (April-May 2021).
-[425 DX NEWS # 1584 September 11, 2021]  (1017)

EA, SPAIN (Special Event). Pascual, EA5WO, will be active with the special callsign AN5WAR from Torrent, Valencia, Spain, between September 1-30th. Activity is commemorating 82nd anniversary (September 1st, 1939), of the beginning of World War II. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1528 August 23, 2021]  (1003)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Philippe, F5PTA, is currently active as TM51SEA to commemorate Jacques Cousteau's vessel Calypso until the end of the year. QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1531 September 13, 2021]  (1017)

HA, HUNGARY (Special Event). Members of the Budapest Radio Amateur Society (BRASZ) will be active as HG52IEC until September 30th. Activity is on the occasion of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Budapest between September 5-12th. QSL via eQSL only.
-[OPDX # 1528 August 23, 2021]  (0926)

HBØ, LIECHTENSTEIN. Fred/DL5YM and his XYL Tina/DL5YL will once again be active as HBØ/DL5YM and HBØ/DL5YL, respectively, from Masescha (Chalet Wanni) between September 5-28th. Activity is usually limited because they will be hiking during the daytime hours. Operations will be on 160-6 meters using mostly CW, with some SSB and RTTY. Watch for some activity in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th). QSL via their home callsigns, direct, by the DARC Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1530 September 6, 2021]  (0926)

HK, COLOMBIA. Lothar, DK8LRF, will once again be active as HK3JCL from Restrepo / Meta, near Villavicencio, Colombia, between September 1st until end of May 2022. Activity will be mainly on 20 meters SSB. QSL via DK8LRF by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1529 August 30, 2021]  (1003)

HS & OZ, THAILAND AND DENMARK (Special Event). To celebrate the 400th anniversary of good relationship ad trade between Denmark and Thailand, look for "special event stations" (SES) HS4ØØOZ and OZ4ØØHS to be active beginning September 1st until October 31st. Three special diplomas are available (Gold/Silver/Bronze) as well as special prizes. See QRZ.com for details. QSL HS4ØØOZ via E21EIC or LoTW. QSL OZ4ØØHS via ClubLog's OQRS. All logs for both SES callsigns will be uploaded to ClubLog, LoTW and eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1529 August 30, 2021]  (1003)

HZ, SAUDI ARABIA (Special Event). By the time you read this, special event stations 7Z91ND, 8Z91ND and HZ91ND will be active to celebrate the 91st anniversary the "Unification Day for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" and "Saudi National Day" (September 23rd). The SES stations will be active until September 25th. There will be three free electronically awards (Gold/Silver/Bronze) available by E-mail upon request. QSL all callsigns via HZ1SAR (Saudi Amateur Radio Society).
-[OPDX # 1530 September 6, 2021]  (0926)

HZ, SAUDI ARABIA. Francisco, EA5VD is signing 7Z1VD on 20-meter CW and SSB. QSL via EA5GL.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 35 September 2, 2021]  (1010)

I, ITALY (Special Event). Members of ARI Sezione Di Brescia (IQ2CF) will be active as II2GP from Brescia between September 11-26th. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Italian Grand Prix which took place in September 1921 in Montichiari. A special "First Italian Car Grand Prix Centenary Award" is available, see:  https://www.aribrescia.it/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/diploma-gran-premio-rules-eng.pdf
-[OPDX # 1531 September 13, 2021]  (0926)

I, Italy. II6DA commemorates the death of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri 700 years ago. QRV from the 10th to 19th. QSOs count towards an award. QSL via eQSL. https://sv2rck.gr/II6DA/
-[DXNL 2266 September 8, 2021]  (1017)

I, Italy. Several special event station will be active between the 10th and 19th as part of the ARMI award Italian Navy Ship Radio Stations, among them II9IGDG. For more information see. https://www.assoradiomarinai.it/index.php/schipsradiostationaward
-[DXNL 2266 September 8, 2021]  (1017)

J6, ST. LUCIA. Bill, K9HZ will be QRV as J68HZ from August 21 to November 8. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL direct to K9HZ
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 33 August 19, 2021]  (0926)

JA, JAPAN. Look for JI3DST/5, JR8YLY/5 and JR8YLY/p (FT8) to be active again from Shodo Island (AS-200) on 18-23 and 25-28 September. All QSOs will be uploaded to Club Log and made available for Club Log Matching on the IOTA website. [TNX DX World]
-[425 DX NEWS # 1584 September 11, 2021]  (1017)

JD1/M, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Take, JG8NQJ expects to be back to the weather station on Minami Torishima (OC-073) "in mid-September", his QSL manager reports. Usually, he remains there for about three months, and is QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 in his limited spare time. QSL via JA8CJY (direct) or JG8NQJ (bureau).
-[425 DX NEWS # 1583 September 4, 2021]  (1017)

JT, MONGOLIA (SAT Op). Jaeseok, HL1WP (ex-HL2WP), is once again active as JU1WP from Ulanbator since July. Activity has been mainly on the LEO satellites using an IC-9700 with Serbian dual band Yagi. More details are available on QRZ.com. QSL only via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1529 August 30, 2021]  (1003)

JX, JAN MAYEN. Operators LA7GIA, RA9USU, DL5EBE, LB1QI and EA3HSO are QRV as JXØX from Kvalrossbukta, IOTA EU-022, until October 5. Activity is on the HF bands using all bands and modes and with four stations active. QSL direct to UA3DX.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 37 September 16, 2021]  (1003)

LY, LITHUANIA (Special Event). Last week we mentioned that Valerijus, LY2QT, would be active with the special event callsign LY785QT (QSL via LY2QT) from Siauliai during the month of September. Activity is to celebrate 785th anniversary of the City of Siaulai. A few more callsigns have been announced so look for: LY785A (QSL via LY5A) and LY785SUN (QSL via LoTW, eQSL and ClubLog's OQRS). Stations will be active until September 30th. Also, a special "SIAULIAI-785" award is available. Details are available on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (1003)

LY, LITHUANIA (Special Event). Members of Radistu Asociacija will be active with the special event callsign LY784A from Siauliai until September 30th. Activity is to celebrate the 784th anniversary of Siauliai City. Operations will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. The CW operator will be Jonas, LY5A (FOC # 2104). QSL via LY5A.
-[OPDX # 1530 September 6, 2021]  (1003)

OE, AUSTRIA (Special Event). Look for the following special event callsign with the "OE12Ø" prefix to be on the air beginning now until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Austria's Nobel Prize Laureates. The OEVSV Landesverband Steiermark organizes this event with special activities with special callsigns and awards with several diplomas available. The special callsigns are:
   OE12ØAGD (eQSL), OE12ØBKC (Bureau via OEVSV), OE12ØDMT (via Bureau),
   OE12ØSGU (LoTW/eQSL), OE12ØTWA (via OE3TWA),
   OE12ØU (Club OEVSV, ADL6Ø1), OE12ØWDR (no QSL), OE12ØXFG (via OE6WIG),
   OE12ØXGM (direct/eQSL), OE12ØXKJ (no QSL), OE12ØXDX (via OEVSV/direct),
   OE12ØXRC (via OE3CQB Bureau/eQSL) and OE12ØXYK.
There will be 4 special awards available (Basic, Master, Basic-CW, Master-CW).  The rules and requirements for the acquisition of the diplomas are available here: 
   https://oe6.oevsv.at/aktivitaeten/diplome/120-years-nobel-prize/ 
For any inquiries:  oe120bkc@a1.net
-[OPDX # 1529 August 30, 2021]  (1003)

OE, AUSTRIA (Special Event). Members of the radio club OE3XAS (Austria District Locator [ADL] 305 Tulln-Stockerau) will activate special event station OE13ØKUK beginning September 1st until October 30th, to commemorate the 130 year anniversary of the first telegraphy course in the "Franz Josef-Casern" (barracks) in Tulln. In 1891 a k.u.k cavalry telegraphist course was first established in the "Franz Josef-Casern" in Tulln (Lower Austria). QSLs will be sent automatically via the Bureau. Check scheduled/ planned operating times for OE13ØKUK at: https://www.oe3ide.com/oe130kuk
-[OPDX # 1528 August 23, 2021]  (1003)

OH, FINLAND. For 100 days, from September 15 until December 23, all OH and OHØ stations may use the OF prefix to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL), whose constitutive meeting was held on September 15, 1921. "This is good news for those who want to greet their friends or work towards their SRA-100 Northern Lights award: https://www.qrz.com/db/OH2A". [TNX OH2BH]
-[425 DX NEWS # 1585 September 17, 2021]  (1024)

OJØ, MARKET REEF. Rudi, DK7PE, was active this past weekend as OJØ/DK7PE from Market Reef (EU-053) for a short operation. His length of stay is not known, and he may be QRT as you read this. Activity will be on various HF bands, running 5 watts QRP into a Jumper Dipole used as a vertical antenna. QSL via DK7PE, direct or by the Bureau. For updates, watch: https://www.rooody.de/
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (0926)

OX, GREENLAND. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX from the Main Island (NA-018, WW Loc. GP47TA ), in west Greenland, between September 15-21st. Activity will be on focused on the low bands this trip using a vertical antenna, but he has been on 20 meters. He states this is NOT a DXpedition, and the best chance to work him will be around lunchtime and after dinner (his local time UTC-2), also during the weekend, possibly at night/morning. QSL via OZØJ direct. Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL. For more details and updates, watch QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1531 September 13, 2021]  (0926)

S5, SLOVENIA (Special Event). Savo, S52SX, will be activating the special callsign S523ØSX from Skofja Loka to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Republic of Slovenia's independence. QSL via S52SX or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1531 September 13, 2021]  (1017)

S7, SEYCHELLES. Fred, DH5FS, is now active as S79/DH5FS from La Digue and Praslin Islands (AF-024). Length of stay is not known. Activity is holiday style (during his free time) on 40/30/20/17 meters using mostly CW and FT8/FT4. QSL via DH5FS, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. There is a real-time log at: https://clublog.org/livestream/S79/DH5FS
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (1024)

SP, POLAND. Special callsign SO39SYBIR will be active from September 17 to February 10, 2022, to promote the newly inaugurated Sybir Memorial Museum in Bialystok. QSL via SP4PZM. See https://qrz.com/db/so39sybir for more information. {TNX SP4TB]
-[425 DX NEWS # 1585 September 17, 2021]  (1024)

SP, POLAND (Special Event). Members of the PZK in Rzeszów (SP8POP) will activate the special callsign 3Z2ØUR to celebrate 20th anniversary of the establishment of the University of Rzeszów. Activity will take place from September 15th until October 15th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via SP8POP or SP8MRD by the Bureau. See QRZ.com for more details.
-[OPDX # 1528 August 23, 2021]  (1017)

SP, POLAND. Special callsigns SP1ØØLEM and HFØSSEA will be active on 11-19 September to mark the 100th anniversary of Stanislaw Lem (1921- 2006), the Polish science-fiction writer and philosopher best known as the author of the novel "Solaris" (1961). QSL for both callsigns via SP3POB. See https://www.qrz.com/db/SP100LEM for more info.
-[425 DX NEWS # 1584 September 11, 2021]  (1017)

SV9, CRETE. Flavio, IW2NEF will be QRV as SV9/IW2NEF from September 19 to 24. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via IK2DUW.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 37 September 16, 2021]  (0926)

TI, COSTA RICA (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club of Costa Rica (TIØRC) will be active as TI2ØØI from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, between September 1-30th. Activity is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Independence of Costa Rica. Operators mentioned are Carlos/ TI2CC, Gus/TI2ALF, Carlos/TI2BSH, Eugenio/TI2CCC, Charlie/TI5CDA, Luis/ TI2CLX, Gregory/TI2GBB, Hugo/TI2HAS, Javier/TI2JS, Rob/TI3RCS, Eduardo/ TI2SD, Victor/TI2VVV, Alfonso/TI3ATS, Jon/TI5JON, Juan "JC"/TI5VMJ, Kamal/N3KS/TI5, Adrian/TI2LCO, Juan/TI2JCY, Francisco/TI2OKY and Minor/ TI2YO. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB, FT8, RTTY, PSK31 and the Satellites. QSL via LoTW. For QSL and certificate info:  ti200i@ti0rc.org
-[OPDX # 1529 August 30, 2021]  (1003)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA. The 800th birthday of Russian national hero Alexander Newski will be remembered with the special callsign R8ØØSAN until December 11. QSL via RØSI.
-[DXNL 2267 September 15, 2021]  (1024)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA. Special event station R875TULA is QRV until the end of September to celebrate the 875th anniversary of the city of Tula. QSL via RA3P.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 36 September 9, 2021]  (1003)

UT, UKRAINE (Special Event). Look for special event station EM3ØRUARL from Chernihivska to be active between now until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Independence Day of Ukraine and the 30th anniversary of establishment of the Ukrainian Amateur Radio League (UARL). QSL via UX7UU (UARL Bureau is OK). EM3ØRUARL is good towards the "UARL-30" award. Other callsigns to look for towards the award are: EM3ØUARL, EM3ØAUARL, EM3ØBUARL, EM3ØCUARL, EM3ØDUARL, EM3ØEUARL, EM3ØFUARL, EM3ØGUARL, EM3ØHUARL, EM3ØIUARL, EM3ØKUARL, EM3ØLUARL, EM3ØMUARL, EM3ØNUARL, EM3ØPUARL, EM3ØQUARL, EM3ØRUARL, EM3ØSUARL, EM3ØTUARL, EM3ØVUARL, EM3ØWUARL, EM3ØXUARL, EM3ØYUARL, EM3ØZUARL and EM3ØLRU.
-[OPDX # 1528 August 23, 2021]  (0926)

XE, MEXICO (Special Event). To commemorate the 211th anniversary of the Grito de Dolores (1821) and the 200th anniversary of the Consummation of the Independence of Mexico (2021), look for special event callsign 6I1M to be active between September 10-27th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8/FT4, Echolink (XE1SOV-L) and DMR (TG 33456). Operators mentioned are Andres/XE1SGW, David/XE1DRM, Diego/XE1DVC, Gerardo/ XE1SVT, Ismael/XE1AY, Maria/XE1LOV, Patricia/XE1SPM, Ricardo/XE1ELI and Ricardo/XE1SY. QSL via XE1SPM. NO Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1530 September 6, 2021]  (0926)

ZA, ALBANIA. Zsolt, HA8PX, will be active as ZA/HA8PX from Qerret, Albania, between September 20-26th. Also, Zsolt may try to activate the rare Sazan Island (EU-169) which is a military base where you need special permission  to be there. QSL via HA8PX direct.
-[OPDX # 1532 September 20, 2021]  (0926)

ZC4, UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS. Garry, 2M1DHG is QRV as ZC4GR until December 31. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes. QSL via EB7DX.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 37 September 16, 2021]  (1024)


Propagation

Solar Data
The Weekly Solar Data chart plots Solar Flux Index (SFI), Sunspot number and Planetary K-Index for the past 7 days. With 8 Planetary K-index readings each day, only the maximum and average K-index values are plotted.

Solar flux has decreased from last week, beginning the week at 88, then falling to 75 on the 15th, where it has held since. Sunspots have also dropped dramatically from last week, and there have been no sunspots for the last 4 days of the week. Geomagnetic conditions have been calm.


Selected Upcoming Contests

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Sep 25 0000Z Sep 26 2400Z CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY Rules
Sep 25 1200Z Sep 26 1200Z Maine QSO Party Rules
Oct 2 0800Z Oct 3 0800Z Oceania DX Contest, Phone Rules
Oct 2 1600Z Oct 3 2159Z California QSO Party Rules
Oct 9 0000Z Oct 10 1559Z Makrothen RTTY Contest Rules
Oct 9 0300Z Oct 10 2100Z Nevada QSO Party Rules
Oct 9 0800Z Oct 10 0800Z Oceania DX Contest, CW Rules
Oct 9 1200Z Oct 10 1200Z Scandinavian Activity Contest, SSB Rules
Oct 9 1500Z Oct 10 0500Z Arizona QSO Party Rules
Oct 9 1600Z Oct 10 2200Z Pennsylvania QSO Party Rules
Oct 9 1800Z Oct 10 1800Z South Dakota QSO Party Rules
Oct 16 0000Z Oct 17 2400Z JARTS WW RTTY Contest Rules
Oct 16 0001Z Oct 17 2359Z 10-10 Int. Fall Contest, CW Rules
Oct 16 1400Z Oct 17 0200Z New York QSO Party Rules
Oct 16 1500Z Oct 17 1459Z Worked All Germany Contest Rules
Oct 17 1700Z Oct 18 0100Z Illinois QSO Party Rules
Oct 18 1300Z Oct 22 2359Z ARRL School Club Roundup Rules