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 May 13, 2018)

EIDXA July 2018 Meeting
The next EIDXA meeting will be held on a Friday yet to be determined in July, 2018 at our normal meeting location, the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

April 2018 Eastern Iowa DXer
The April 2018 edition of the Eastern Iowa DXer is now available on the "Newsletter" page. Bob, WØGXA, has as usual put together a great newsletter, loaded with good information. Bob says, "121 pages.... I might have gone overboard..." Included is a preliminary report from Bouvet! Be sure you don't miss it!

Buy-Sell-Trade New Listings
There are a bunch of new listings on the "Buy-Sell-Trade" page. Some really nice stuff for sale -- take a look!

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

You may visit the group homepage here:
The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.

DX News      (Updated May 20, 2018)

DX News items, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of:
  The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX)
  Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, Editor (kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org)
  For subscription info, please see http://hamnet.org/mailman/listinfo/opdx
This list is a compilation of current DX operations (or those that start within the current week) from recent DX bulletins, with the dates of operation highlighted in red. The items appear in order of callsign prefix. Hot links are provided for QSL information wherever possible. Credit for the source is given at the end of each item.

3B7A DXPEDITION DXCC AND LOTW STATUS. From the 3B7A Facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/SaintBrandonDX>: “Dear friends -- Few days ago we have submitted the documentation to the DXCC desk. The 3B7A operation has been accepted for DXCC program! Today, we are happy to provide the LoTW upload to our 'early donors' and those who have already requested their DIRECT cards through OQRS. We will make the complete log upload later in a couple of weeks."
-[OPDX # 1364 May 14, 2018]

3D2/C, CONWAY REEF. It would seem Dom, 3Z9DX, is planning to activate Conway Reef (OC-112) as 3D2CR sometime during May or June. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. No other details are available. Stay tuned.
-[OPDX # 1363 May 7, 2018]

3DAØ, KINGDOM OF eSWATINI. King Mswati III of Swaziland announced on Wednesday, April 18th, that he was renaming the country "the Kingdom of eSwatini". See details in OPDX.1362. Gene Spinelli, K5GS, informs OPDX that operator Pista, HA5AO, has applied for a license in early April, and it is expected to be issued soon. The requested callsign is 3DAØAO. He plans to be active during the second half of September. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, RTTY, FT8 and some SSB. Station equipment includes: Elecraft K3 - KPA 500, vertical antenna, and N1MM+ for logging. Log search and OQRS will be available at:  https://www.ha5ao.com
  As he did at Lesotho in previous years, Pista continues his humanitarian project work by supporting an orphanage. He will deliver school items and small gifts to the children. More details to follow at a later date.
-[OPDX # 1363 May 7, 2018]

3YØI BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted on May 10th, on the Bouvetoya Web page <https://bouvetoya.org/>: Bigger chances for a bigger team at 3YØI -- Following our previous announcement we have received a huge number of requests and suggestions to make our project better and more successful. We REALLY appreciate and consider them all. Majority of the notes – understandably – refer to increasing a number of bands and modes we'll be active on from Bouvet Island. This all pushes us to expand our plans.
  Even though we initially planned the 3YØI DXpedition with a small (but sturdy) power-sailor yacht and by a small, reliable and experienced team, we can't deny we've also been looking for a chance to go there with a bigger team. It's clear we should do so to meet the huge demand of ATNO and to provide as many slots/modes worldwide as possible. We've also been looking to different options to reduce expedition's cost while utilizing maximum resources: operators, equipment + right security measures.
  As also announced before, we've found a suitable and – the most important – reliable ship in a perfect shape with a responsible crew with Southern Oceans and Antarctic experience – at much lower cost.
  After negotiations with the ship's owner, we were able to reduce our DXpedition's budget to – ATTENTION! – 225,000 USDs in total. YES – we're talking about the REAL cost of bringing a BIG team and a GOOD gear to the island. And another “YES”: we've already secured MORE THAN A HALF of our estimated budget amount and signed an initial contract with the ship's owner.
  Since any other DXpedition to Bouvet Island isn't going to materialize anytime soon, and most of the donations funded to previous Bouvet's activation are being sent to DX Foundations around the world (and yet they were dedicated by donors to this particular entity), we decided to apply for grants to cover missing amount of our budget.
  By doing so, we feel much confident that's a right decision-making and we've got right arguments in hand:
  * Drastically lower cost of the project while still maintaining an
    experienced and reliable big team and equipment to meet DXers' demands.
    At least 1/3 of cost of any other similar expedition announced
  * After careful reading of application and grant rules of DX foundations
    we apply to, none of them states they'd support a specific group of
    operators/applicants but they're clearly in charge to support projects
    that meet application criteria and ventures to bring rare DXCC
    entities on the air and which continue ham radio legacy. It's our turn
    and chance now, isn't it?
  * As said before, the money collected by different organizations are
    meant to be spent on the very precisely defined purposes: e.g. Bouvetøya
    on the airwaves for the ham radio community worldwide. Thus, once
    granted, in this particular case and circumstances, we shouldn't ask
    individual donors for donating to the same entity over again, but
    expecting the support from the foundations themselves. Individual
    donors already donated much to a project that turned out unsuccessful
    and with the foundations' support received, we wouldn't feel ethically
    "OK" and in charge to ask for private money for the same goal.
  * At last, but not least, we wish to bring back life to DXpeditioning
    and to make it more open for next ham radio generations by cost
    reducing and opening – at last – "DXped doors" to new experienced
  We strongly believe that DX foundations we've applied to will understand our arguments and possibilities and will rise to the challenge of our way of thinking: more ham radio, more attractive activations from the most wanted entities and less money and business involved. Crossing fingers for bringing Bouvetoya onto airwaves.  It's our chance now!
-[OPDX # 1364 May 14, 2018]

4L, GEORGIA. Mamuka Kordzakhia, 4L2M, President of the National Association Radio Amateurs of Georgia (NARG), will be active during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m)/High-Power entry. QSL via EA7FTR (For Ukraine Stations via UT7QF).
-[OPDX # 1363 May 7, 2018]

5U, NIGER. Torbjon, SM7RME, is expected to be active as 5U7R from Niamey. The length of his stay is not known. Activity will be during his spare time on various HF bands. QSL via SM7EHU.
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 2018]

6Y, JAMAICA. Armin, DK9PY, will once again be active as 6Y6N from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, between May 23rd and June 6th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands (160-10m) using CW only. He will be active from Josh's, 6Y5WJ, station, and will participate in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 2018]

8P, BARBADOS. Charles, 8P6ET, will be active this year as 8P1W during the following contests: CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th), CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). Look for him to be as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry in all the contests. QSL via KU9C.
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

9A, CROATIA. By the time you read this Jan, PA4JJ, will once again be active as 9A/PA4JJ until June 8th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using mostly FT8. QSL via his home callsign, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1362 April 30, 2018]

9H, MALTA. Henning, OZ1BII, will once again be active as 9H3EE from Malta (EU-023) between May 25-28th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters with an emphasis on 30/17/12 meters using CW only. He also plans to be in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via OZ1BII or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:  http://www.oz1bii.dk
-[OPDX # 1362 April 30, 2018]

9H, MALTA. Thomas, SV2CLJ, will be active as 9H3SV from the QTH of Savas, 9H1AE, at Sliema, Malta (EU-023), between May 24-31st. Activity will be holiday style on 80-2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and FT8. QSL via his home callsign direct.
-[OPDX # 1360 April 16, 2018]

9K, KUWAIT. Abdallah, 9K2GS, will be active as 9K2K during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via EC5AC or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1360 April 16, 2018]

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. Saty, JE1JKL, will once again be active as 9M6NA from Labuan Island (OC-133) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. He will be on the island between May 21st and June 11th. QSL via his home callsignClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. See Web page at:  http://jsfc.org/je1jkl/9m6na.html
-[OPDX Special Bulletin # 1364.May 18, 2018]

A2, BOSTWANA. Dave, VE7VR (formerly A2CEW between 1972-73) will be active as A25VR from May 24th to June 3rd. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using 100 watts into a dipole. He will participate in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

AP, PAKISTAN. Marvin, VE3VEE, reports that he heard some people still need Pakistan for ATNO (All Time New One). He adds [edited], "There hasn't been much activity on SSB and CW from AP-land, but they seem to enjoy the new FT8 mode. Daily I have seen at least one or two AP2 stations on 14.074 MHz in the past few weeks. These four have been active often: AP2MQ, AP2AM, AP2HA and AP2NK. I have worked AP2AM and AP2MQ recently. Both use LoTW. One of then confirmed the QSO within a half a day, and the other took a week or two. If you need Pakistan for ATNO, you may give 20m FT8 a try."
-[OPDX # 1364 May 14, 2018]

CR3, MADEIRA. Tibor, OM3RM/CT9ABN, will be active as CR3DX from Porto Moniz, Madeira Island, during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. He will be on the island between May 19-29th, so activity outside of the contest will be on 80-10 meters using the callsign CT9ABN. QSL via OM2VL, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of March 30th. The list contain 340 entities and here are the top 10 entities:
    1. P5    DPRK (North Korea)      6. KH1   Baker Howland Islands
    2. 3Y/B  Bouvet Island           7. BV9P  Pratas Island
    3. FT5/W Crozet Island           8. KH7K  Kure Island
    4. CEØX  San Felix Islands       9. KH3   Johnston Island
    5. BS7H  Scarborough Reef       10. VKØM  Macquarie Island

The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Bob, NC6Q, will be active as E51NCQ from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between May 13-25th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, with 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1360 April 16, 2018]

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Juan, EA8RM (ex-EA8CAC), will be active as EF8R during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or EB7DX.
-[OPDX # 1364 May 14, 2018]

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Members of the Unión de Radioaficionados Españoles (Sección Comarcal de Las Palmas) club [EA8URL] will be on air with a special callsign, EG8CID, between May 10-30th. Activity is to celebrate "Canary Islands Day". Operations will be on all bands and modes. QSL via LoTW or via EA8URL.
-[OPDX # 1363 May 7, 2018]

FR, REUNION ISLAND (Reminder). Thomas, F4HPX, will once again be active as FR/F4HPX from various locations on Reunion Island (AF-016) from May 25th to June 15th. He will be operating from his family home, and also from beaches and especially from the mountains because there is a lot of them including an active volcano. His SOTA aim this year is the tallest FR/RE-001 3070m ASL. Activity will be on 40-15 meters using CW (possibly), SSB, RTTY, PSK31, JT65, JT9 and possibly FT8. He will use various wire and portable antennas with 2 rigs: FT-891 from home with 100w and KX2 outside (alone or with small 30W HF amp). QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct, LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX Special Bulletin # 1364.May 18, 2018]

GR9, ENGLAND (Reminder/Special Event). Look for special event station, GR9RW, to be on the air between May 19-23rd. Activity is to celebrate the marriage of Great Britain's Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle. It will be the first time that the GR9 prefix has been used in the UK. Members of the Cray Valley Radio Society (CVRS) will operate GR9RW from their club station in Eltham. GR9RW will primarily use SSB and CW, with the addition of FM on VHF and UHF. Two HF stations and one VHF station will cover all bands from 80 meters to 70 centimeters. A commemorative QSL card is available via G4DFI. For more details, see the CVRS Web page at:  http://www.cvrs.org
-[OPDX # 1364 May 14, 2018]

HR, HONDURAS. Operators Dennis/W1UE, Paul/K1XM, Charlotte/KQ1F and Rudy/N2WQ will be active as HQ9X during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. They will be operating from Chillax Roatan (NA-057). QSL via KQ1F. Operators will be active outside of the contest signing homecall/HR9 and will be there between May 19-29th. QSL via their home callsigns.
-[OPDX # 1364 May 14, 2018]

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

JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Take, JG8NQJ, is once again active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group as of March 15th, for the next three months. He is usually there to work on the island's weather station. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He will be mainly on 17 meters but will also be on 20/15/12/10/6 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL via JA8CJY or by the Bureau via JG8NQJ.
-[OPDX # 1356 March 19, 2018]

KH6, HAWAII. Eric, KØEAP, Eric, will be active as KH6/KØEAP from the Big Island from May 27th to June 2nd. Activity will be on 40/30/20/15 meters using CW and SSB. He plans to activate at least 1 SOTA and WWFF. Equipment is an Elecraft KX3 running 15w into an LNR Trail Friendly End Fed and SOTAbeams Bandspringer Midi antennas. QSL via LoTW, QRZ, by the Bureau or Direct. (NO SASE necessary)
-[OPDX Special Bulletin # 1364.May 18, 2018]

LoTW NEWS. The ARRL Web page reports, "Logbook of The World (LoTW) now has a full-time status monitor <https://status.lotw.arrl.org>. The system's status is displayed in real time and is available off-site, offering a single spot for all users — web, Facebook, Twitter, etc. — to quickly check what's happening with the online repository of contacts and confirmations. Read the complete news release at: http://www.arrl.org/news/view/logbook-of-the-world-has-online-status-monitor
-[OPDX # 1362 April 30, 2018]

LY, LITHUANIA. Operators Alis/LY2BKT, Rimas/LY2CO, Arvydas/LY2DX, Raimondas/ LY2RJ, Grazvyda/LY2TS, Darius/LY3DA, Rolandas/LY4A, Goran/SMØDRD and Kaspars/YL1ZF will be active as LY2A during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1364 May 14, 2018]

PJ7, ST. MAARTEN (Also FS). Operators Zorro/JH1AJT and Nao/JN1RVS will be active as PJ8Z and PJ8RV, respectively, from Island of Sint Maarten [the Dutch side] (NA-105) between May 21-27th, after the Hamvention. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Equipment will be an IC-7300, w/amp, into a SteppIR vertical (40/30m) and a Hex Beam (20-10m). ADDED NOTE: Zorro, JH1AJT, may also be active as FS/KH8Z from Saint Martin Island [the French side], from Marco's, FS4WBS, QTH and shack. Activity will be mainly FT8. QSL both PJ8Z and FS/KH8Z via JH1AJT, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. QSL PJ8RV via JA1HGY, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1363 May 7, 2018]

RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND (Update). Per "DXNews.com", Eugene, UA4RX, has finally received his old RI1FJ callsign (was using UA4RX/1). He will be active from Heiss Island until September 2018. Activity has been on 40 and 30 meters CW, but he can be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via UA2FM direct or use ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

S7, SEYCHELLES. Michael, VK4EF, will be active as S79LD from both Mahe Island and La Digue Island, Seychelles (AF-024), until May 31st. Activity will be limited (work visit) to his spare time on 80/40/20/17 meters and possibly 10m, using SSB, JT65, FT8, and QRS CW. Equipment will be a Yaesu FT-891 with 100 watts into G5RV antenna. QSL via his home callsign, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1362 April 30, 2018]

SU9, EGYPT. Nacho, EA1AK/EA7TN, continues to be active as SU9JG from Gezira Island, in the Nile River, near Cairo (Zone 34). Activity has been on FT8 and on 30/20/17/15/10 meters. QSL via LoTW or EA5GL. Check QRZ.com for more details, especially for QSOs on FT8.
-[OPDX # 1364 May 14, 2018]

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

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

XZ, MYANMAR. Simon, HSØZIB, was signing XZ2A last week, and is "the first resident amateur radio station in Myanmar since 1962". Currently, Simon is in Bangkok for a couple of weeks collecting some ham gear before returning to Naypyitaw. He is a British ham who is living in Naypyitaw, the new capital city of Myanmar. Simon teaches English, science and STEM at an international school. He also runs a "one-man-band" educational charity called "TeacherSimon.org". His license states that he can use 15, 12 and 10 meters only, and can operate on SSB and various Digital modes. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, watch for his posts on QRZ.com at:  https://www.qrz.com/db/XZ2A
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

Z2, ZIMBABWE DXPEDITION (2018 The New Adventure for the Mediterraneo DX Club Guys). PRESS RELEASE #1 [edited] -- On the road again, and this time on the road to Africa to reach their next QTH on far from Harare; just in the middle of a great safari land. As a matter of fact, the leader Antonio, IZ8CCW, and the co-leader Gabriele, I2VGW, are happy to announce to the DXer Community the new adventure with the international MDXC team: Zimbabwe 2018. The license is already in the leaders’ hands as Z23MD and they planned to be on air from October 26th to November 6th.
  According to the evaluations that they have done, they are confident to give to a lot of DXers the possibility to work this country on the Low- Bands, WARC and especially on the Digital modes.
  At the moment the team is already built by experienced operators: 20 people coming from 8 (eight) countries. On the air will be five stations, any mode, and around the clock.
  For any further news and updates please stay tuned! Of course, any donation and sponsorship will be very, very appreciated by the entire team! The official Web site is already online at:  http://www.mdxc.org/z23md
-[OPDX Special Bulletin # 1364.May 18, 2018]

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5V, TOGO. John, N9MDH, will be active as 5V1JE from Lomé until end of May 2018, more or less. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (he likes the 30m band) using SSB and the Digital modes. He will use an Icom IC-7300 transceiver into a Gap Titan antenna. QSL via eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1340 November 20, 2017]

5Z4, KENYA. Nick, LZ4NM, will now be active 5Z4/LZ4NM from Kenya until June 30th, 2018. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He was active this past weekend's IARU HF Contest as 5Z4NM. Currently, his equipment is an Icom IC-7000, Inverted Vee (40/20m) and a DunaX vertical (20-10m). QSL direct to: Amateur Radio Society of Kenya (ARSK), Box 45681, Nairobi, 00100, Kenya.
-[OPDX # 1321 July 10, 2017]

9X, RWANDA. Peter, HB9DVG, is now active as 9X9PJ (and possibly later as 9X9PJ/P) from Kigali during the next two years. Activity will be on 20-10 meters using SSB. His equipment is an Elecraft KX3 transceiver with a HLA 300 amp into a Buddipole Vertical. QSL via his home callsign direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1333 October 2, 2017]

JW, SVALBARD. Morten, LA4JSA, will be active as JW4JSA, from Bear Island [Bjørnøya] (EU-027), until June 1st, 2018. He is there on a work assignment. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1343 December 11, 2017]

RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND. Eugene, UA4RX, is now active as UA4RX/1 from Heiss Island until possibly August 2018. He wanted to renew his RI1FJ callsign, but word has it that he ran into a snag and will continue to use UA4RX/1 until the licensing problem is corrected. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via UA2FM direct or use ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1329 September 4, 2017]

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Andy, MØHLT, is now active as ZD8AC from Georgetown for the next two years. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He hopes to be on the air Saturday afternoons on 20 or 15 meters on/near the RSGB IOTA frequencies. He will be using his TS-50 and a Spider beam (40-10m). QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1346 January 8, 2018]