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Eastern Iowa DX Association

Welcome to the Eastern Iowa DX Association web site! Our club is open to any amateur radio operator who is interested in DXing and/or contesting. You are cordially invited to attend club meetings and get aquainted. We have many friendly, outgoing members with varied areas of expertise, who would be delighted to meet you and offer their help as needed. (Detailed club information is on the "About EIDXA" page.)


EIDXA News     (Updated January 1, 2021)

EIDXA Meetings
EIDXA in-person meetings are on hold indefinitely due to Covid 19 virus concerns. When this crisis is resolved, we will resume meetings. Stay tuned!

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.

January 2021 Eastern Iowa DXer
The January 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
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.



The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin
For January 17, 2021 - January 24, 2021

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.

3YØI BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). The following was posted on the Rebel DX Group Facebook page, January 4th [edited]: Some members of the Rebel DX Group have arrived in Cape Town, South Africa. After several Covid protocols we are in the good hands of our ZS friends and local supporters.
  Just to remind you, the whole of our expedition equipment from the first Bouvet "attack" was secured at the QTH of Andre ZS1AN. What a great guy he is!! We will check again all our expedition gear during the coming days.
  We had a very busy day yesterday with Shawn, ZS1SBW, working on im portant paperwork for upcoming projects. More info on that soon.
  The Bouvet (3YØI) trip is on track. Still some budget is missing but we are hoping to get some of the missing $$$. Our last attempt cost us over $250K private money (donations were just 7%) and sadly that went to the "vessel chimney" (for fuel). Let's hope, this time we will be more lucky.
  Here is a link if you are willing to help:
  https://www.gofundme.com/f/3yi-bouvet-island-expedition
  For your information, we will not apply for financial support to any DX Foundation or big Clubs as their conditions are not acceptable to us for a trip to one of the most wanted DXCC entities; and one of hardest places to go on our planet.
            -----------------------------------------------------
  For more "possible" details and updates on the Bouvet Island DXpedition, watch the following Web page and Media sites at: 
   This is the main site where you can find more details on the project
   and news:         https://bouvetoya.org
   Facebook:          https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
   Twitter:             https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg
   Rebel DX Group:  https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup
-[OPDX # 1498 January 11, 2021]

4L, GEORGIA. Peter, G4ENL (9X9PJ, VP2KBV, HB9DVG), who was active as 4L/G4ENL, is now expected to be active with his new callsign 4L1PJ from Svaneti. He is there again working on major hydro-power development high in the Caucasus mountains and is expected to be there for the next few years. Activity will be on various HF bands using SSB. QSL direct to his Swiss address or via N4GNR.
-[OPDX # 1497 January 4, 2021]

5U, NIGER. The Daily DX and some other sources report that Adrien, F4IHM, is expected to be back in Niamey, Niger, and be active as 5UAIHM (not 5U4IHM as first reported) in early 2021, possibly between January 7th and February 11th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters CW (beginner) using a FT-817 with a wire antenna and straight. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the REF Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1496 December 28, 2020]

5Z4, KENYA. Cato, LA9PF, will once again be active as 5Z4/LA9PF from Malindi for 2-3 months, sometime between January and May, and possibly between October and December. Activity is mainly on SSB and the Digital modes, with some CW. His equipment in 5Z4-land is an IC-7200 with a 300-watt PA, with either a 3-element beam at 9 meters or vertical loop, or horizontal 70m no-resonant loop. He states, "Give me a shout on Skype for a sked at: LA9PF-cato. QSL only direct to: Cato B. De Savigny, POB 5642 Malindi, 80200 Malindi, Kenya.
-[OPDX # 1494 December 14, 2020]

8Q, MALDIVES (Update/Reminder). Massimo, IZ5KID, is now active as 8Q7MM from the Maldive Islands (AS-013) until January 23rd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mainly the FT8 with low power. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]

8Q, MALDIVES. Michael, HB9WDF, will be active as 8Q7AO from Vilamendhoo Island (AS-013) beginning January 25th until February 7th. Activity will be holiday style and only on OQ-100 satellite. QSL via the Bureau, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details, see: https://www.michi-dani.ch/amateurfunk/dx-pedition/8q7ao-maldive-2021/
ADDED NOTE: The callsign 8Q7AO is a reissued callsign.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]

8Q, MALDIVES. Nobby, GØVJG, will once again be active as 8Q7CQ between January 14-29th. Operations this time will be from Reethi Faru, Filaidhoo Island (AS-013). Activity will be on 80-10 meters (possibly 60m) using SSB and the Digital modes. His equipment will be a FT-450D with a 400-watt amp into a small 6m beam, Butternut vertical for the HF bands and possibly a 3-element tri-bander. QSL via MØOXO OQRS, direct or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1494 December 14, 2020]

9A, CROATIA. Ray, W2RE, will activate his new callsign and station 9A5USA remotely (RHR - REMOTE HAM RADIO). QSL direct to EB7DX.
-[OPDX # 1495 December 21, 2020]

CEØY, EASTER ISLAND. LATAM Airlines pilot Camilo Johnson Amorrortu was recently issued the callsign CDØYJA and plans to be active from Hotu Matua, Easter Island (SA-001), when time permits. No other details were provided. QSLs go direct to XR3UNION: Conjunta Federachi Radio Club de Chile, Casilla 13630, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. By the time you read this, Felix, DL5XL, will be active as DP1POL from the German research station "Neumayer III" in Antarctica (AN-016, WAP DEU-08, (WWFF DLFF-022). He is part of the wintering team as an electronics engineer and will be there until mid-March. Activity will be on various HF bands, possibly QO-100 satellite, using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via DL1ZBO, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]

CE9, ANTARCTICA (AN-016, WFF RFF-168). Alexey, RX6A, continues to be active as RIØIANT from either the Russian Antarctic Progress (WAP RUS-11) or Vostok (WAP RUS-13) Base Stations until May 30th. Activity will be on 40-15 meters using CW and FT8. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1497 January 4, 2021]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. According to the Worldwide Antarctic Program (WAP) Web page and other sources, Sebastian, SQ1SGB, will once again be active from Halley VI British Antarctic Research Station (WAP GBR-40). He will be sailing there sometime in December, and he hopes to be active for 5 weeks in 2021 (approx. between January 1st and February 10th was mentioned). His callsign will be SQ1SGB/VP8 (VP8DOI or VP8HAL), but if this VP8 callsign is not allowed due to the new rules of the Falklands authorities, look for Seba to use an alternative (possibly SQ1SGB/A or maybe /ANT or /P). Activity is usually or mainly on 40/20 meters (watch 7170 kHz and 14305 kHz) each day at 0100 UTC for one hour. Sometimes he can be active at 1000 and 1630 UTC. QSL via EB7DX.
-[OPDX # 1488 November 2, 2020]

CP, BOLIVIA (Postponed). Antonio, EA5RM, who was expected to be active as CP1XRM from Bolivia between January 9-26th, had to postpone his operation due to travel restrictions until sometime in March.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]

CT, PORTUGAL (Special Event). Valdemar, CT7AQD, will activate the special event callsign CQ75ØRSI from Coimbra, Portugal, beginning now until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the birth of Queen Saint Isabel ("Santa Isabel"). See CQ75ØRSI on QRZ.com for more details. QSL via CT7AQD.
-[OPDX # 1497 January 4, 2021]

D2, ANGOLA (Update). Paulo, CT1FJZ, is now active as D2FJZ from Province of Cuando-Cubango until September 2021. He informs OPDX that "he is there for professional reasons as responsible for Safety, Quality and Environment." Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB with a TS-480SAT into a DX Patrol EZ-wire antenna. He states to OPDX, "I hope to improve the antenna system with a new directional antenna soon." QSL via CT1FJZ direct. Look for more details to be posted on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1497 January 4, 2021]

DL, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the German CW club Arbeitsgemeinschaft Telegraphie (AGCW) will activate the special event callsign DR5ØAGCW (Special DOK AGCW50) until December 31st, 2021. Activity is to celebrate the founding and its 50th anniversary. QSL via Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1498 January 11, 2021]

DL, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the DARC OV Mainz KØ7 club will activate the special event station DR165TESLA throughout 2021 to celebrate the 165th birthday of Nikola Tesla. QSL via DK8ZZ.
-[OPDX # 1494 December 14, 2020]

DL, GERMANY (Special Event). Uwe, DO2PZ, will activate special event station DB1ØØAVUS to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the AVUS (Automobile Traffic and Exercise Road) located in the south-west of Berlin and is the northern section of the A 115 motorway. It opened on September 24th, 1921. The AVUS was the world's first exclusive car road. The 8.3 kilometer long and chargeable route served as a racing and test track and was not for public transport until 1940. Activity will be throughout 2021. QSL via DO2PZ, direct or by the Bureau. QSL cards are expected to be dispatched between January/February 2022.
-[OPDX # 1495 December 21, 2020]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of December 27th. 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. JD/M Minami Torishima
  11. FT/G Glorioso Island      24. EZ Turkmenistan
  12. VKØM Macquarie Island     25. YK Syria
  13. YVØ Aves Island           26. FK/C Chesterfield Island
  There have been no changes in the "Top 26" since we last reported back on December 3rd. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list (340) is available at:  https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1497 January 4, 2021]

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Vincent, F4CVQ, will be active with the special event callsign TM1CCA from Remoncourt, France, for the "Village Association Fighting Against Pediatric Cancers." Activity will be on various HF bands. Operation will be on most weekends through March. QSL via F4CVQ or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of the British Railways Amateur Society (BRARS) will be active as GBØLMR during 2021. Activity is to celebrate 55th anniversary of the forming of the British Railways ARS in 1966. Activity will be on various HF/VHF/UHF bands using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via the RSGB Bureau or direct to 2E1HQY. Visit the BRARS FaceBook page for updates:
    https://www.facebook.com/BritishRailwaysAmateurRadioSociety
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). The GB75ISWL callsign is to celebrate the 75th anniversary since the ISWL (International Short Wave League) was first formed in 1946. It will be on the air throughout 2021. Activity will be on most bands and modes using using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (FT8/FT4 and PSK31/63/125). QSL via the RSGB Bureau. Paper QSLs will be QSLR only, all contacts will be uploaded to eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of the Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society are currently active with the following special callsigns until January 24th to celebrate the 2021 New Year. Look for the following:
     GBØHNY -- Operator Brian/GØBFJ;   WAB SE11 IO93CP
     GB1HNY -- Operator Darran/GØBWB;  WAB SE11 IO93CO
     GB2HNY -- Operator Richard/MØRBG; WAB SE11 IO93CP
     GB4HNY -- Operator Nick/G4IWO;    WAB SE20 IO94EM
     GB5HNY -- Operator Barry/G4TML;   WAB SE11 IO93CP
     GB6HNY -- Operator Roland/GØOUC;  WAB SE31 IO93FO
     GB8HNY -- Operator David/MØRIU;   WAB SE12 IO93CQ
     GB9HNY -- Operator Jerry/M5JB;    WAB SE10 IO93CN
  Activity will be on various HF/VHF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. NO QSL cards are available, but some may use eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1498 January 11, 2021]

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of the Bedworth Lions Club (part of Lions Clubs International the largest service organization in the world) and with supporting operators from the Coventry Amateur Radio Society, will be active as GB4BLC from Lion's member Brian, G8GMU, QTH between now and January 28th. Operations will take place on most bands including the Digital modes. This station is promoting the work of Lions Clubs International. NO QSL cards.
-[OPDX # 1497 January 4, 2021]

G, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of Hull and District Amateur Radio Society (HADARS) will be active as GB1OOH (GOLF BRAVO ONE OSCAR OSCAR HOTEL) from Hull starting January 1st throughout the new year in 2021. The special callsign will be activated from multiple QTHs and be on all HF bands plus VHF and UHF. Activity is to celebrate 100th anniversary of the HADARS. QSL via MØGPN.
-[OPDX # 1494 December 14, 2020]

HB, SWITZERLAND (Special Event). To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the International Police Association Radio Club (IPARC) of Switzerland, look for special event station HB4ØPOLICE to be active between January 1st and December 31st, 2021. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, and frequently on VHF, UHF and SHF. For a sked please contact Roland, HB9GSO. QSL via the Bureau or eQSL. A QSO with HB4ØPOLICE counts as a club callsign for the IPARC Switzerland and is valid for the Matterhorn Award.
-[OPDX # 1496 December 28, 2020]

HK, COLOMBIA. Lothar, DK8LRF, continues to be active as HK3JCL and will stay in the country due to Covid-19 restrictions. He plans to return to Germany at the end of April 2021. Activity has been on 40/20/17 meters SSB. QSL via DK8LRF by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1495 December 21, 2020]

HS, THAILAND. Chris, GM8NMM, is now active as HSØZJB from Bang Saray, Bang Sare, Thailand. His length of stay is unknown. Activity will be on various HF bands, but was heard on 20 meters SSB December 20th. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1495 December 21, 2020]

I, ITALY (Special Event). To celebrate the 160th anniversary of the establishment of the Italian Navy, members of the Amateur Radio Association of Italian Sailors will provide a special radio diploma called "160th Anniversary of the Italian Navy" for working the following special event stations between 0000z, January 1st and 2400z, December 31st, 2021. Look for special stations with the suffix "MMI" (Marina Militare Italiana). Rules to obtain the 3 diplomas (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and plaque are available at:   https://tinyurl.com/y93gkbfe
The list of special stations accredited for the Diploma (updated as of December 24th, 2020) are:
  CALLSIGN    #MI  QSL MANAGER      CALLSIGN    #MI  QSL MANAGER
  --------   ----  -----------      --------   ----  -----------
  IRØMMI      561  IZ0XZD            II7MMI     1174  IZ7AUH
  IOØMMI      562  IM0SDX            IR7MMI     1245  IZ7LOW
  IIØMMI      1161 IZ0EGC            IR8MMI     1250  IU8OJZ
  II1MMI      1162 IK1YRA            II9MMI     1378  IT9GHW
  II2MMI      1656 I2QIL             IO9MMI     1600  IT9MRM
  IR5MMI      1171 IK5AEQ            IR9MMI     1655  IT9YBL
Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Award Manager of this event is Alberto Mattei, IT9MRM (his E-mail is: it9mrm@hotmail.com). ADDED NOTE: "The Italian Navy was born with the name of 'Regia Marina' on March 17th, 1861, following the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy by the parliament of Turin. Since 1946, following the proclamation of the Republic, it has assumed the new name of 'Marina Militare'."
-[OPDX # 1496 December 28, 2020]

JA, JAPAN (Special Event). Special event station 8N1IZA is now active until March 31st, 2021. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Niiza city. No QSL is needed! All QSLs will be sent automatically via the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1496 December 28, 2020]

JW, SVALBARD. Erling, LB2PG, will once again be active as JW/LB2PG from Bear Island (EU-027) between now and June 1st. 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 # 1498 January 11, 2021]

LU, ARGENTINA (Special Event). Members of Argentina's AMSAT-LU group and several radio clubs will be celebrating the 31st anniversary of the LUSAT (LO-19) satellite with the special callsign LU7AA from now until January 24th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. A special Certificate and Commemorative QSL is available (see QRZ.com). QSL via LU7AA, direct or eQSL. For more details, see:
    http://lu4aao.org/lu7aa/cert_31_aniv_lusat_2021.htm
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]

LZ, BULGARIA (Special Event). Look for special event station LZ134ØB to be on the air to celebrate the 1340th anniversary of the First Bulgarian Empire. See QRZ.com. QSL via LZ3SM or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1498 January 11, 2021]

OE, AUSTRIA (Special Event). Members of the Burgenlaendischer Amateur Radio Club will activate the special event callsign OE1ØØBL to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Burgenland [OE4] (Austria's easternmost Province) beginning now until December 31st. QSL via OE4JHW. Also, look for Tom, OE4EIE, who will activate the special callsigns OE1ØØEIE and OE1ØØVNA to celebrate the anniversary. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau, eQSL and ClubLog's OQRS. A special award is available. See QRZ.com for details and the Web page:  https://hamlog.online/club/burgenland/52
-[OPDX # 1497 January 4, 2021]

OK, CZECH REPUBLIC (Special Event). Members of the radio club in Roznov pod Radhostem (OK2KRT) are celebrating its 70th anniversary with a special callsign OL7ØKRT. Length of activity is unknown. QSL via OK2UYU, by the Bureau or direct.
-[OPDX # 1497 January 4, 2021]

OX, GREENLAND. Nils, SM3UQK, is once again active from Greenland, but in the southern part and in the city of Narsarsuaq as OX/SE3A (WW Loc. GP71GD) until January 28th. He will be using an IC-7300 into a 20 and 40 meter inverted V only around 5 meter over ground, and a 20 meter simple wire vertical with one radial around 1 m over ground. QSL via SM3UQK, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1498 January 11, 2021]

PA, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Hans, PA7HPH, will activate the special event station PC19HOPE from Vaassen beginning January 15th until March 10th. Activity is to commemorate (not forget) the economic, social problems, and the many people who have died (loss of their loved ones or were left in solitude) as of the result of the pandemic. QSL via PA7HPH, by the Bureau or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1495 December 21, 2020]

PA, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Members of the Radio Scouting Fellowship of the PA3EFR/J-Plusscouts will activate two special callsigns:
  PH2ØXMAS - From December 6th, 2020 until January 3rd, 2021 (owner PA3EFR)
  PH21HNY -  From December 10th, 2020 until January 31st, 2021 (owner PE2PVD)
These callsigns will operate on all frequencies from different QTHs around The Netherlands. They hope to be able to work every day on SSB and the Digital modes.
-[OPDX # 1494 December 14, 2020]

SM, SWEDEN (Special Event). Members of the Kristianstads Radioamatörer (KRA)[SK7BQ], in the southernmost Swedish Province of Scania, will be activating the special event callsign 7S6ØBQ during the entire 2021 year celebrating the 60th anniversary of the club. As far as we know, this is the first time the prefix 7S6Ø is activated. Activity will be on 160m-70cm and possibly higher bands. QSL via LoTW, direct with 3 USDs or 3 Euros (no IRCs as they cannot redeem them), to their QSL Manager SM7BHM: Ewe Håkansson, Pilspetsvägen 4, SE-291 66 Kristianstad, Sweden. You can QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, also only direct, 3 USDs or 3 Euros. Do not worry if you see a mailing address to AA7G on PayPal. Gert, AA7G, is a member of the club and handles PayPal payments in coordination with SM7BHM. They will not be uploading logs in real-time to LoTW. They will be collected after each operation and uploaded to LoTW after that. Please bear in mind that the members of SK7BQ are both skilled world-class contest operators and complete beginners so have patience with them, they will let all members use the unique callsign if they want. A special QSL will be printed and sent out for the event.
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]

SM, SWEDEN (Special Event). Members of the Borås Radioamatörer (SK6LK) will activate the special event callsign SF4ØØB from Tranemo, Sweden, between January 1st and December 31st, 2021. Activity is to commemorate 400th anniversary of Boras City. Operations will be on various HF bands. QSL via SK6LK by the Bureau or LoTW. Please visit their Web page at (https://www.sf400b.se) where they have a logbook and a map showing which countries they have been in contact with.
-[OPDX # 1496 December 28, 2020]

SM, SWEDEN (Special Event). Members of the Kristianstad Radioamateur Club (SK7BQ) will activate special event station 7S6ØBW throughout 2021. Activity is to celebrate 60th anniversary of their radio club. QSL via SM7BHM.
-[OPDX # 1494 December 14, 2020]

SP, POLAND (Special Event/Correction). Members of the SEDINA Contest Club will activate the special event station SQØMORSE from Szczecin, Poland, beginning now until April 30th. Activity is to celebrate the 230th (not 220th as reported last week) anniversary of the birth of Samuel F.B. Morse. Operations will be on various HF bands. Operators mentioned are Waldemar/SP1DPA, Wies/SP1EG, Krzysztof/SP1MGM, Janek/SQ1PSA and Waldemar/SQ3PMX. QSL via SP1EG, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1498 January 11, 2021]

SP, POLAND (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club Lacznosci Ligi Obrony Kraju will be active as SN65KDU from Tarnowskie Gory (WW Loc. JO90kk) between January 1st and February 28th. QSL via SP9KDU by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1493 December 7, 2020]

T6, AFGHANISTAN (Update). Robert, S53R, has been active from Kabul since early September 2019 and has been active as T6AA and T6A during major contests. However, Robert will be returning to his home in Slovenia for the holidays on December 15th. He is expected to return to Kabul in the first week of January to work for the World Food Program (WFP), and will continue to be there until the summer of 2021. Robert is still trying to fix the interference on the lower bands, for which he only made 3 QSOs on 160m. During the holidays, Robert will process all QSL requests he has received directly and via the OQRS. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1494 December 14, 2020]

UT, UKRAINE (Special Event). Members of the "7-DX-Club" [UT7WZA (ex- UK5WBG 1971-1984) and ex-UB4WZA 1984-1994)] will activate the special event special EN5ØWZA between January 1-31st, 2021. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding (January 19, 1971) of their club. QSL via UT7WZA.
-[OPDX # 1495 December 21, 2020]

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS. Neil, WD8CRT, is once again active from Kwajalein Atoll (OC-028) as V73NS. Length of his stay is not known. Activity has been on 20/17/15 meters CW. QSL via W3HNK or LoTW. No direct QSL. Direct QSL will not be forwarded or returned. eQSL NOT ACCEPTED. Visit his Web page at:
    http://www.qsl.net/v73ns
-[OPDX # 1493 December 7, 2020]

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS. Randy, WW6RG, informs OPDX that his Diego Garcia operation has been canceled. He states, "They have just changed their Covid-19 restrictions and we cannot leave our Base Housing which will make setting up my equipment impossible. Hopefully will be back out to another International location by mid-March."
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]

VR, HONG KONG. Zach, NC1W, states that he recently moved to Hong Kong, and is learning how to adapt his radio setup to living in a high-rise apartment in a crowded city (no HF operations yet). He has the callsign VR2/NC1W and is expected to be there for several years. No other details are available.
-[OPDX # 1498 January 11, 2021]

VU, INDIA (Special Event). To celebrate 100 years of amateur radio in India, look for special event callsign AT2YAR to be on the air through March 1st. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL via VU3ZHA. More expected special event callsigns are expected.
-[OPDX # 1498 January 11, 2021]

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN (Update). Diya, YI1DZ, is expected to return to Juba after his holiday on December 16th and continues to be active as Z81D after the inspection at his workplaces (under the UN-WFP) and antennas. He should reappear on the bands before the end of this year. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (including 60m) using SSB and FT8. No CW. If the space conditions allow it, Diya will make a 160m antenna. QSL via OM3JW. All QSOs will be uploaded to QRZ.com, ClubLog, eQSL and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1494 December 14, 2020]

ZC4, UK SOV. BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS. Garry, 2M1DHG, is now active as ZC4GR from the Eastern Sovereign Base Area (ESBA) [WW Loc. KM65WC] of Cyprus for the next 2.5 years. Activity is limited as time permits. Operations are mainly on SSB and the Digital modes (new to FT8) using a FT-450 into a Buddipole (40-10m). He does state that he also uses SSTV, PSK31 and WSPR, and suggests to look for him between 1700-1900z a few nights during the week. QSL via EB7DX.
-[OPDX # 1498 January 11, 2021]

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND (Update). Operator Tev, TA1HZ, is now active as ZD8HZ, and is there on a working assignment in Georgetown on Ascension Island (AF-003) for the duration of 2021. He will try to be on the air during his free time (since he is there working) using a Yaesu FT991 running 100w to a Windom wire antenna (80m-10m). Activity this past Sunday (17th) has been mainly FT8 on 20 and 17 meters. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or eQSL. He states, "If you still need a hard-copy QSL card, please DO NOT SEND ANYTHING BEFORE 2022. I will not be back to Istanbul to check my POB 73 address and your mail can get lost."
-[OPDX # 1499 January 18, 2021]