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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 September 16, 2018)

EIDXA October 2018 Meeting
The next EIDXA meeting will be held on a Friday yet to be determined in October. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

July 2018 Eastern Iowa DXer
The July 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. 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:
    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 September 16, 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.


3B8, MAURITIUS (Reminder). Hans, PA3HGT, is now active as 3B8/PA3HGT from Mauritius (AF-049) until September 24th. Activity will be holiday style on 40/20/10 meters using mostly SSB, and possibly some Digital modes. Equipment will be an Icom IC7100 into an End-Fed antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. No LOTW or eQSL; he prefers a real card!
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

3DAØ, KINGDOM OF ESWATINI. On September 15th -- Pista, HA5AO, reports that his planned operation (below) from the Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) is delayed. He and his equipment are in the country, but he was unable to install the antenna. While disappointed, he expects to be on the air by the end of next week (Sept. 21st).
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

3DAØ, KINGDOM OF ESWATINI (Press Release by K5GS) [edited]. 3DAØAO eSwatini by Pista, HA5AO -- Pista HA5AO will arrive eSwatini (Swaziland) on September 14th, late afternoon. He plans to operate during his free time between September 16-28th, from the Mountain Inn Resort at Mbabane. He received the 3DAØAO license and an LotW certificate.
  Pista will operate 80-10 meters using a Hustler 6 BTV vertical antenna with 17 and 12-meter add-on elements, CW, RTTY and FT8. He is bringing an Elecraft K3 with the KPA 500 amplifier. Log search will be available on https://www.ha5ao.com/. His plans include testing a new feature of the PDXG QSL Management Platform, the uploading of QSOs in real time.
  While in-country he will travel to rural areas visiting villages, schools and orphanages to deliver school supplies to orphaned children. He is interested in making a long-term donation agreement to pay school fees for several orphaned children.
  Pista is paying all expenses from personal funds. However, he would appreciate donations through his website. Any donations received will be used only for humanitarian purposes.
  You may see Pistao’s previous humanitarian projects at HA5AO.com
-[OPDX # 1372 July 16, 2018]

3W9, VIETNAM. Jacek, SP5APW, will be active as 3W9JK/P from Cham Island (AS-162) between September 15-22nd, and as 3W9JK from Ho An City in the Quang Nam Province between September 22-27th. Activity will be on 20-6 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1375 August 6, 2018]

3X, GUINEA. Gary, 5H9GB, will be active as 3X/5H9GB from the Republic of Guinea very soon. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via G4SVV. No other details were provided.
-[OPDX # 1370 July 2, 2018]

3YØZ BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (From Bob, K4UEE, dated September 10th).   [edited] To the DX Community.... We are happy to announce that our 3YØZ Bouvet sea container is on its way home. It should arrive in Chicago on September 26th, then be moved to K9CT's QTH shortly thereafter. All associated costs have been paid. Craig, K9CT, says he will get all the loaned items/equipment back to our sponsors quickly and those shipping costs will then be paid.
  From my perspective, we will then have all the expenses paid and can determine the amount of refund available to DX Clubs, DX Foundations, Individual supporters and our Team.
  As previously mentioned, there will be several options available for everyone to consider when deciding what to do with their refund. PLS QRX!
  73, Bob-K4UEE
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

3YØI BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted August 24th, on the 3YØI Web page <https://bouvetoya.org/>: Kohjinsha’s antennas and 3YØI -- We’re pleased to announce our new partnership. The Japanese company Kohjinsha becomes our supporter and a sponsor of our antennas we take down to Bouvet Island and many more our expeditions in the future. The company is known for its compact and robust setups and that’s what we exactly need at the island. Read more about their competitive con- structions and other ham radio equipment:  http://www.kojinsha.jp/en_index.html
-[OPDX # 1378 August 27, 2018]

7Q, MALAWI (Reminder). Alex, IW5ELA, will be active as 7Q7ELA from three different lodges in Malawi between September 17-26th. Operations will be from Game Have Lodge (September 17-20th), Mvuu Camp (September 20-23rd) and Makokola Retreat (September 23-26th). This will be a suitcase operation using a Yaesu FT-857 transceiver into vertical antenna. Activity will be on various HF bands using mainly CW. QSLs will be sent automatically by the Bureau. For direct, send an E-mail request to: iw5ela@gmail.com
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 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]

8Q, MALDIVES. Shinji, JF2SDR, will be active as 8Q7SD from Halaveli Island, Alifu Alifu Atoll, Maldive Islands (AS-013) between September 20-25th. Activity will be holiday style on 30-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

8Q, MALDIVES. Christian, OE3DEC, will be active as 8Q7EC from Biyadhoo Island, South Male Atoll (AS-013), between September 14-23rd. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1373 July 23, 2018]

8Q, MALDIVES. Gabor, HA3JB, will be active as 8Q7IP from Hulhumale Island (AS-013) between September 19-30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. He will also be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th). QSL via HA3JB. For more details and updates, see:  http://ha3jb.com/index.html
-[OPDX # 1373 July 23, 2018]

A3, TONGA. Dr. Hardy, DL7JLL (ex-VP8JLL, ex-E51JLL) will be returning to the Pacific to activate several islands from the Kingdom of Tonga during the months of August and September. The callsign A35JLL will be assigned in August. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using a KX3 transceiver with 5-10 watts into Kelemen-Inverted-V antenna from various remote islands and reefs while kajaking in the Vava´u and Ha´apai regions. He will use up to 50 watts from various lodges and camps when sufficient energy can be supplied. His schedule is as follows:
   August  8-15th -- Nuku Alofa (OC-049)
   August 15-30th -- Vava´u (OC-064); Vaka'eitu Island, Taunga Island,
                     Euakafa Island, Tapana Island, Ofu Island/Kenutu
                     Island, Umuna Island and Mala Island.
   August 30st-September 14th -- Ha´apai (OC-069); Uoleva island, Tatafa
                     Island/Uiha Island, Uanukuhahaki Island, Lifuka
                     Island and Salote Pilolevu.
   September 14-19th -- Nuku Alofa (OC-123)
QSL all QSOs via DL7JLL at this address:  Dr. Eberhard Rizakowitz, Weissenburger Str. 34, 13595 Berlin, Germany, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1373 July 23, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Adam, ZL4ASC, is now active signing ZL5A over the 2018-2019 Antarctic season (13 months) from the Scott Base on Ross Island (AN-011). He states on QRZ.com, "Please note I will be working on critical communications equipment and can only operate as an amateur in my spare time." Look for more info to be forthcoming. Meanwhile, visit his Web site for more information regarding his adventure on the Scott Base which is still under construction at:  http://www.adamcampbell.co.nz
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Sergey, R3IW, will be active as RI1ANW from the Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica, until March 2019. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via RN1ON or ClubLog's OQRS.
 -[OPDX # 1374 July 30, 2018]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of August 28th. The list contain 340 entities and here 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. VKØM  Macquarie Island
    5. CEØX  San Felix Islands    10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:
https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1379 September 3, 2018]

EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Andrew, G8GNI, is now active as EA6/G8GNI from Mallorca Island (EU-004) until September 21st. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using mostly Digital modes (RTTY, PSK, Olivia and FT8). QSL via his home callsign, direct, LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Look for special event callsign, TM62GG, to be on the air from Meurchin (Pas-de-Calais 62) for the 100th anniversary of WWI (Grande Guerre). Dates of activity are June 17-18th; October 12-14th and 27-28th; November 1st, 3-4th, and 10-11th; and December 1-2nd. QSL via F4AHN, by the Bureau or direct.
-[OPDX # 1363 May 7, 2018]

FH, MAYOTTE (Update). Members of the Czech DXpedition team (CDXP) will be active as TO6OK from Mayotte (AF-027) between September 22nd and October 4th. The team will arrive September 21st and depart October 5th. Operators mentioned are Petr/OK1BOA, Petr/OK1FCJ, Pavel/OK1GK, Ruda/OK2ZA, Ludek/ OK2ZC, Karel/OK2ZI and David/OK6DJ. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Focus will be on the lower bands, but also on the new Digital modes. QSL via OK6DJClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:  http://www.cdxp.cz
-[OPDX # 1376 August 13, 2018]

FR5, REUNION ISLAND. Patrick, FR5FC, is now active from Saint Leu, Reunion Island (AF-016). Length of stay is unknown. Activity is mainly on 40-15 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via EA7FTR or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1378 August 27, 2018]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB has updated his "FT8 Operating Guide" (Version 1.20), a collection of "tips, pragmatic suggestions aimed at making FT8 easier and more effective to use on the HF bands": http://www.g4ifb.com/
-[425 DX NEWS No 1424 18 August 2018]

HS, THAILAND (Special Event). Members of the Radio Society of Thailand (RAST) are now active as HS5ØIARU until October 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3. QSL via the Bureau, by ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: The IARU Region 3 (Asia-Pacific Region) will grant the 50th Anniversary Award to radio amateurs who certify having contacted at least five contacts (QSOs) on different modes or bands with Special Event Stations for commemorating the 50th Anniversary of IARU Region 3 from eligible countries that are in Region III whose amateur societies are members of IARU Region 3. Special event callsigns will have the number "5Ø" as the prefix number and IARU as their special event callsign suffix. (i.e. BV5ØIARU, HL5ØIARU, HS5ØIARU, V85ØIARU, VI5ØIARU3, YB5ØIARU, etc.) The anniversary award rules can be found at:  http://awards-iaru-r3.org
-[OPDX # 1368 June 18, 2018]

HZ, SAUDI ARABIA (Special Event). To celebrate Saudi Arabia's 88th National Day, members of the Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SAR) will be active with the special callsigns HZ88ND, 7Z88ND and 8Z88ND from Riyadh (WW  Locator LL34) between September 16-30th. The celebration marks the day (Sept. 23rd) the Kingdom unified under the royal decree issued by the late founding King Abdulaziz Al Saud in 1932. QSL via HZ1BF. Look for the logs to be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

KHØ, MARIANA ISLANDS. Harry, JG7PSJ/JD1BMH/KW2X, will once again be active as KHØ/KW2X from Saipan (OC-086) between September 12-18th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LoTW or direct to JG7PSJ.
-[OPDX # 1379 September 3, 2018]

KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Update). Philip, N7NVK, is expected to return this past weekend and be active as KH9/N7NVK again. His activity will primarily be on 40 and 20 meters, using Digital (FT8) and SSB. His activity is limited because of work, so watch around 0700-0900z Monday through Friday. The weekends, operating times will vary. He should be here for 3 months. More info at KH9/N7NVK.
-[OPDX # 1371 July 9, 2018]

OJØ, MARKET REEF. A German team is now active from here as OJØDX for about a week. Some of the operators mentioned are Dietmar/DL3DXX, Thomas/ DL5LYM and Dan/DL5SE. Activity will be focused on 160/80/60 meters. QSL via DL3DXX or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Carsten, OY1CT, is active almost daily from Streymoy Island in the Faroe Islands (EU-018) around/about 14033 kHz after 1500z. QSL via OY1CT direct or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

SV5, DODECANESE (Reminder). Claudio, HB9OAU, will once again be active as SV5/HB9OAU from Votsalakia Beach Hotel, Amoopi, Karpathos Island (EU-001), between now and September 20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS, eQSL and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

T32, EAST KIRIBATI (Reminder). Uli, DL2AH, is now active as T32AH from Kiritimati (Christmas) Island (OC-024) until October 1st. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using SSB, FT8 and RTTY, with a IC-7300 into a Windom antenna. QSL via DL2AH direct.
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

T8 PALAU. Operators Yas/JA6UBY (T88RR), Hiro/JM1LIG (T88FM),  YL Miyo/ JO3LVG (T88MK) and  Yoshiaki/JR3QFB (T88JH) to be active from Koror Island (OC-009) between September 20-28th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, FM, T65 and FT8. QSL T88RR via JA6UBY direct only or eQSL. QSL T88FM via JM1LIG direct only. QSL T88MK via JO3LVG, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL. QSL T88JH via JR3QFB, direct, by the Bureau (JA only), eQSL, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

V4, ST. KITTS. Gary, GØFWX, will once again be active as V47FWX from Calypso Bay, St. Kitts (NA-104), between August 18-25th and between November 7-14th. He will be operating from the QTH of John, V47JA. Activity will be holiday style (in between sunbathing and the casino) on various HF bands. QSL via MØURX or the OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1373 July 23, 2018]

VP6D DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #9, dated September 2nd).   VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition (OC-182) -- The VP6D – Ducie Island 2018 project is on schedule. The equipment is now at Tauranga, New Zealand, stored in the Braveheart's warehouse.
  A real challenge for DX-pedition teams on uninhabited islands is knowing where in the world they're being heard. The usual pilot reports tell us what happened, not what's happening, propagation predictions tell us what might happen.
  We understand that propagation may produce only short openings from Ducie Island to many locations around the world. For example, it's not unusual for an EU opening to occur but EU callers are covered up by callers from other geographies. Until propagation changes for the better the EU stations can't get through.
  We have therefore augmented our pilot process to quickly identify these openings and get this information to the VP6D operators, so they can exploit them. We're confident this new capability will result in more timely coverage of difficult paths.
  No one likes to be continually asked for donations. Today's reality is DX-peditions to ecologically sensitive and restricted entities are expensive. Our boat and the freight invoices to New Zealand are now paid, the team is hoping to cover ~50% of the project cost.
  Our fund-raising target plus projected OQRS income should cover the remaining 50%. These bills must be paid whether or not you make a Q. We have a team of A1 operators who have been working on this project for 17 months, they can use your help.
  Look for another announcement in the next press release on or about Sept 21st.
73, Team Ducie – 2018
  Website:  vp6d.com, Twitter and Facebook
  Please direct questions to:  info@vp6d.com
  VP6D Web page:       https://www.vp6d.com
  VP6D FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/VP6D-Ducie-2018-1470984209616170
  *** Update VIDEO: The VP6D equipment shown dockside of the Braveheart!
  Team member Jacky, ZL3CW, inspecting the gear prior to loading. Great
  progress! https://www.facebook.com/1470984209616170/videos/1825921777493661
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

YI, IRAQ. Several sources are reporting that Darko, E7ØA (ex-6O3A, 9A7WW, J28AA, J28OO), will be in Baghdad soon and has been issued the callsign YI9DX. QSL via K2PF or E77E.
-[OPDX # 1368 June 18, 2018]

Z6, KOSOVO (Update). Max, ON5UR, will be active as Z68UR from Gjakove, situated in the southwest corner of Kosovo, only 15 kilometers from the Albanian border, between September 20-30th. Kosovo is currently ranked 42nd on ClubLog's "Most Wanted DXCC List" [as September 4th]. Activity will be on various HF bands using mainly SSB and FT8, with an Elecraft K3 and Expert 1.3 K-FA amp. QSL via MØURX. For more details and updates, see:  http://www.united-radio.be
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

ZD9, TRISTAN DA CUNHA. Steve, G4EDG, will be active as ZD9CW from Tristan da Cunha Island (AF-029) between September 20th and October 22nd. Activity will mainly be CW and RTTY, but some SSB too (No FT8). Operations will be on 40-15 meters and possibly 80m later in the operation. QSL via LZ1JZ. Steve will upload logs to LoTW during the operation if possible.
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]




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9L, SIERRA LEONE (Update to OPDX.1367). Mark, KW4XJ, who is now active as 9L1YXJ from Freetown (WW Loc. IJ38jk), informs OPDX that his overseas assignment is for 3 years and he has been there for 9 months now. Mark operates mainly on CW and the Digital modes on the HF bands (40-10m). He adds that he [edited] uses an "ICOM IC-7300 running 100 watts, Chameleon EMCOMM II end-fed wire antenna in an inverted L configuration, with a telescopic mast up about 25’, then the rest of the wire out horizontally to a convenient supporting anchor. I had to switch to the wire antenna as we have progressed into the rainy season, and we do get some rather strong wind gusts and monsoon rains here in the tropics. Before that I was using a Chameleon mil-whip w/extension. That worked very well but is a portable antenna. No way it could hold up to the storms this time of year. The wire antenna seems to be holding up well so far. I am going to be ordering an Elecraft 500-watt amplifier and electronic antenna tuner here shortly. I hope to have that delivered and installed in about a month or so. Right now, I’m using a MFJ manual antenna tuner — it works fine but after a while it gets tiring and the lazy side of me wants to just hit a button to tune. :) With the sunspot cycle where it is I’ve only been able to make FT8 and CW contacts with just 100 watts. Sometimes PSK31 will work from here. I’ve made a handful of RTTY contacts. Usually CW and FT8 most of the time. SSB seems pointless after many attempted QSOs to Europe that were very marginal at best if we could get through at all. That is why I was thinking the amplifier would help. My CW skills are still pretty basic, I can reliably manage about 13 WPM on the air. I did do my first ever CW contest here recently for the CQMM DX. I made over 300 contacts which I thought was a decent showing given my relatively low power, rookie operator, and slow speed. I need to find another CW contest to try. I’m still relatively new at operating on HF. I’ve got a lot of unexpected, excellent advice from hams around the world — the US, but also lots of help from the UK, Germany, Brazil, and Japanese operators. This is an amazing hobby. I’ve had FT8/JT65 QSOs from here in Freetown to the Falkland Islands, Iceland, Japan (lots of Japan on the long path), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the West coast of Canada, all with my modest setup." QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1368 June 18, 2018]

9X, RWANDA. Alan, KE4TA, after a long ride back from Pretoria, he is now back in Kigali and will be active as 9XØTA during his spare time. He states, "Things are very busy here right now, and likely to get busier in the next few weeks. I'll try to get on the air when I get the chance." He should be here for just under 2-1/2 years. Activity will be primarily on 20/17 meters using 600W/100W of power. He does have antennas or antenna+tuner combinations for 80-10 meters and 6m. Modes will be SSB, the Digital modes and some CW. Power may be restricted by the Rwandan authorities in accordance with their laws. Radio is a Yaesu FT-991, and antenna will be a Hexbeam on a push up tower. Alan, states, "Noise levels here are extremely high. Please don't be offended if I'm not answering your call, I likely can't hear you." QSL via DIRECT to N4GNR. He will also use LoTW. For more details, pictures and updates (maybe even an operating schedule), visit his Web page at:  http://www.rwandadx.com
-[OPDX # 1365.May 28, 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]

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]

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]

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]

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]