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The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin
For January 29, 2023 to February 5, 2023

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 four DX bulletins listed below and other sources. Credit for the source is given at the end of each article. The articles are ordered by the entity's official callsign prefix, callsigns used are in bold, and dates of operation are highlighted in red. Hot links are provided for QSL and other information wherever possible. Articles will remain in The Bulletin while active with a 5-week maximum.

DX News items are courtesy of:
   The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX)
      OPDX ceased publication effective October 31, 2022.
   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/
      425 DX News Google Group: https://groups.google.com/g/425eng
   DX Newsletter (DXNL)
      Edited by Andreas Salder, DK5ON
      A weekly service of DARC Committee "DX", http://www.darcdxhf.de

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3Y/B, BOUVET ISLAND.
As of January 27th, at 0500 UTC, team 3YØJ reports there were still about 1240 kilometers between the "Marama" and Bouvet (https://share.garmin.com/3y0j). If she maintains her current speed, the estimated date of arrival at the island should be January 30th. Originally it was announced that there would be no /mm operation on the way to Bouvet; several team members, however, have been QRV since 23 January: AB5EB/mm, DL6KVA/mm, KO8SCA/mm, LA7GIA/mm, LA7THA/mm, LB1QI/mm, LB5GI/mm, NP4G/mm, VE3LYC/mm, WD5COV/mm. DX World's dedicated page, featuring the latest official information, can be found on https://www.dx-world.net/3y0j-bouvet-2023/.
-[425DXN # 1656 January 28, 2023]  (0129-0205)

4S, SRI LANKA. Peter, 4S7KKG (DCØKK) and Wolfgang, 4S7DRG (DK9DR) will be active again from the former Deutsche Welle relay station near Trincomalee from January 29th to February 7th. The station is now operated by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), and they will operate mainly FT8, FT4 and SSB on 80-10 meters during transmission breaks (0435-1255 UTC, 1735-1855 UTC, 2315-2355 UTC). QSL 4S7KKG via DCØKK and 4S7DRG via DK9DR and LoTW.
-[425DXN # 1654 January 14, 2023]  (0129-0205)

4W, TIMOR-LESTE. Satoshi, JH2EUV is QRV as 4W/JH2EUV. Activity of late has been on 17, 15, and 10 meters using FT8. QSL via LoTW.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 4 January 26, 2023]  (0129-0219)

5H, TANZANIA. Jeyaprakash, VU2BGC, has returned to Iringa on January 17th on operates as 5H6PJ, mostly on 20m (CW). QSL direct via VU2BGC.
-[DXNL # 2338 January 25, 2023]  (0129-0219)

5H, TANZANIA. Ferdy, HB9DSP will be active again as 5H3FM from Zanzibar Island (AF-032), Tanzania on January 21st-31st. He will operate SSB and FT8 on 20, 15 and 10 meters. QSL via LoTW (preferred), or via HB9DSP.
-[425DXN # 1654 January 14, 2023]  (0115-0205)

5V, TOGO. Filippo, IK4ZHH is QRV as 5V22FF. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using mainly CW with some SSB. QSL via ClubLog’s OQRS.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 4 January 26, 2023]  (0129-0219)

5Z, KENYA. Rick, MØLEP, currently operates as 5Z4/MØLEP during his spare time from Nairobi until January 30th. QRV on 20-6m (CW, SSB). QSL via MØLEP, OQRS, LoTW, eQSL.
-[DXNL # 2338 January 25, 2023]  (0129-0205)

7P, LESOTHO. Yuris, YL2GM will be active as 7P8WW from Lesotho from January 26th to February 4th. He will operate CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 on 160-10m. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via YL2GN; the full log will be uploaded to LoTW six months after the end of the DXpedition. See https://www.lral.lv/7p8ww/index.html for more information.
-[425DXN # 1656 January 28, 2023]  (0129-0205)
 
7X, ALGERIA.
Members of the radio club 7X2VFK will be active with the special event callsign 7U7C around the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament (January 13th - February 2nd). QSL direct to 7U7C.
-[DXNL # 2336 January 11, 2023]  (0115-0205)

9M2, WEST MALAYSIA. Rich, PAØRRS will be active again as 9M2MRS from Penang Island (AS-015), West Malaysia from January 1st until March 29th. He will operate CW (most of the time "no split") and digital modes (RTTY, FT8 and FT4) on 40-10m. On FT8, he says, if there are too many callers he will switch to F/H on 7056, 10131, 14084, 18095, 21084, 24911, 28091 kHz. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, or via PAØRRS.
-[425DXN # 1647 November 26, 2022]  (0101-0205)

9U, BURUNDI. Elvira, IV3FSG will be active as 9U5R from Bujumbura, Burundi on February 4th-27th. She will be joining Vladimir, OK2WX, who will be QRV as 9U4WX. Usually, Elvira operates SSB and digital modes. QSL 9U5R direct to IK2DUW; her log will be uploaded to ClubLog.
-[425DXN # 1653 January 7, 2023]  (0129-0226)

9U, BURUNDI. Vlad, OK2WX will be active as 9U4WX from Burundi on February 4th-27th. He will operate CW and SSB on 80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), or via IZ8CCW. The complete log will be uploaded to LoTW after 5-6 months. More information on https://www.mdxc.support/9u4wx/.
-[425DXN # 1651 December 24, 2022]  (0129-0226)

C5, GAMBIA. Andre, ON7YK is QRV as C5YK from Bijilo until February 24th. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using all modes. QSL direct to ON7YK.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 4 January 26, 2023]  (0129-0226)

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Juan, LU8DBS is currently stationed at Esperanza Base, Antarctica (AN-016) for the Antarctic Summer. In his spare time, he is QRV as LU1ZV on 40, 20 and 10 meters SSB; in February CW and digital modes will be added. QSL direct to LU4DXU.
-[425DXN # 1655 January 21, 2023]  (0122-0212

DXCC TOP TWENTY. Here are the top 20 entities on ClubLog’s "DXCC Most Wanted" list, last updated January 31, 2023:
   1. P5     DPRK (North Korea)  11. FT5/X  Kerguelen Island
   2. 3Y/B   Bouvet Island       12. YVØ    Aves Island
   3. FT5/W  Crozet Island       13. VKØM   Macquarie Island
   4. BS7H   Scarborough Reef    14. ZS8    Prince Edward & Marion Islands
   5. CEØX   San Felix Islands   15. KH4    Midway Island
   6. BV9P   Pratas Island       16. PYØS   Saint Peter And Paul Rocks
   7. KH7K   Kure Island         17. PYØT   Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands
   8. KH3    Johnston Island     18. KP5    Desecheo Island
   9. 3Y/P   Peter 1 Island      19. VP8S   South Sandwich Islands
  10. FT/G   Glorioso Island     20. KH5    Palmyra & Jarvis Islands
For the complete list, see https://clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[KØCF February 1, 2023]  (0201-0212)

F, FRANCE. Special callsign TM25PVJ will be activated from January 22nd to February 5th for the 25th "Percee du Vin Jaune", the festival celebrating the "Opening of the Yellow Wine" which this year will take place at Voiteur (Jura). QSL via F8GGZ.
-[425DXN # 1654 January 14, 2023]  (0122-0205)

F, FRANCE. The radio club F6KGI (Carcassonne) celebrates its 50th anniversary with the callsign TM5ØKGI. QSL via F6KGI.
-[DXNL # 2336 January 11, 2023]  (0115-0205)

FG, GUADELOUPE. Herve, F5HRY will be active holiday style as FG/F5HRY from Marie-Galante (NA-102), Guadeloupe from January 19th to February 2nd. He will operate CW and some SSB "on request" on 80-10 meters. QSL via LoTW, or direct to F5HRY.
-[425DXN # 1654 January 14, 2023]  (0115-0205)

FJ, SAINT BARTHELEMY. Phil, K2LIO is QRV as FJ4WEB until August 15th. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL to K2LIO.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 2 January 12, 2023]  (0115-0205)

FS, SAINT MARTIN. Paul, VA3ZC will be active holiday style as FS/VA3ZC from Saint Martin (NA-105) from January 31st to February 9th. He will operate QRP on 20-10 meters FT4 and FT8. [TNX DX World]
-[425DXN # 1656 January 28, 2023]  (0129-0212)

FT/W, CROZET. The current FT8WW operation from the Crozet Islands has been accepted for DXCC credit. The QSL cards have been ordered from the printer; when Paul F6EXV receives them, he will open ClubLog's OQRS.
Unless his 3-week permit is extended, Thierry will have to stop activity on the HF bands on January 15th and be QRV only via the QO-100 satellite until he departs the island around March 20th. The FT8WW log has been updated through January 13th at 0547 UTC. It shows 19,871 QSOs with 10,587 unique callsigns (53,28%). See https://clublog.org/charts/?c=FT8WW for the statistics and log search. Updates are posted to https://twitter.com/crozet2022.
-[425DXN # 1654 January 14, 2023]  (0115-0205) 

FW, WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS. Jean-Gabriel, F4CIX, is QRV as FW1JG and expects to be here until January 2024. He is active on 40 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 3 January 19, 2023]  (0122-0219)

HP, PANAMA. Members of the Panama Canal Amateur Radio Association (HP1PCR) will be active as 3E3ØPCARA on February 1st-28th to celebrate the 30th anniversary since their club's formation (February 4, 1993). QSL direct to PCARA, Apartado Postal 0843-03204, Ciudad de Panama, Republic of Panama.
-[425DXN # 1655 January 21, 2023]  (0129-0226)

HS, THAILAND. According to http://qrz.com/db/hs0zpu, Emmanuel, F5LIT plans to be active as HSØZPU from Thailand from January 17th to February 6th. This apparently will include activity from IOTA group AS-053 on January 17th-20th. QSL via LoTW, or direct to F5LIT. He will upload his log to ClubLog.
-[425DXN # 1654 January 14, 2023]  (0115-0205)

I, ITALY. Special callsign IB2WAP commemorates the centenary of the Italian Air Force. QSL via eQSL.
-[DXNL # 2338 January 25, 2023]  (0129-0219)

JA, JAPAN. Special callsign 8J6HAM operates around the West-Japan Ham Fair until March 12th on HF and via satellites. QSL for SAT QSOs via JA6DJZ, HF via JARL bureau.
-[DXNL # 2338 January 25, 2023]  (0129-0219)

JA, JAPAN. Take, JI3DST will be QRV as JI3DST/6, JS6RRR, JJ5RBH/6, and JR8YLY/6 from Miyako Island, IOTA AS-079, from January 24th to March 7th. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FM, and FT8. When using FT8, the numeric suffix will be replaced with the letter /P. This includes being active as JS6RRR in the upcoming CQ WW 160 Meter CW contest. QSL to JI3DST.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 3 January 19, 2023]  (0122-0212)

KH2, GUAM. Henry, N7JVJ is QRV as N7JVJ from Hagatna until April 28th. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8 with QRP power. QSL via operator's instructions.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 3 January 19, 2023]  (0122-0219)

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Alberto, P29LL has been QRV on 20 meters using CW around 0800z, and then around 1400z. QSL via EA7FTR.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 4 January 26, 2023]  (0129-0219)

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. David, VK4FABN is QRV as P29DT from Tabubil in the Star Mounts in the North Fly District of the Western Province. Activity is holiday style on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 2 January 12, 2023]  (0115-0205)

P4, ARUBA. Mathias, DL4MM, returns to Aruba from January 18th until February 2nd, signing P4/DL4MM on 160-10m (CW, SSB, FT8). QRV during the CQWW 160m CW Contest as P4ØAA. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or DL4MM.
-[DXNL # 2337 January 18, 2023]  (0122-0205)

P4, ARUBA. Jeff, VA3QSL will be active holiday style as P4/VA3QSL from Aruba (SA-036) from January 10th to February 8th. He will operate SSB, CW and digital modes on 40-6m. QSL via LoTW, or via VA3QSL.
-[425DXN # 1653 January 7, 2023]  (0108-0205)

PA, NETHERLANDS. Special callsign PA6ANT (WAP-221) operates during the 20th Antarctic Activity Week and before and after from January 21st until March 6th. QSL via PA3FOE, LoTW, eQSL.
-[DXNL # 2338 January 25, 2023]  (0129-0219)

PA, NETHERLANDS. The Scouting troop Thomas More in Prinsenbeek celebrates its 85th anniversary with the callsign PA85TP during 2023 and the Scouting Prinsenbeek Amateur Radio Club marks its 30th anniversary with the call PA3ØSPARC. An award for QSOs with these callsigns and PI9TP is also available from the Manager Edwin, PE5ENJ (pd5enj@msn.com).
-[DXNL # 2337 January 18, 2023]  (0122-0212)

PJ2, CURACAO. Jeff, K8ND, will be active as PJ2ND until February 6th, and as PJ2T during the CQ WW 160m Contest (January 27th-29th). QSL for PJ2ND via K8ND , LoTW; PJ2T via W3HNK.
-[DXNL # 2336 January 11, 2023]  (0115-0205)

PY, BRAZIL. Robson, PY6TV will operate CW and SSB as PT6D from Ilha da Mare (SA-023) on February 2nd-5th. QSL direct to PY6TV (see qrz.com for PayPal instructions). The log will be uploaded to ClubLog.
-[425DXN # 1655 January 21, 2023]  (0129-0205)

S7, SEYCHELLES. Kazik, DL2SBY is QRV as S79/DL2SBY until February 4th. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using some CW, FT8, and possibly SSB. QSL to DL2SBY.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 4 January 26, 2023]  (0129-0205)

S7, SEYCHELLES. Peter, G4HSO will be active holiday style as S79/G4HSO from the Seychelles on February 1st-21st. Probably he will operate only CW and VarAC (https://www.varac-hamradio.com/) from "three different locations". QSL via LoTW, no paper QSLs.
-[425DXN # 1656 January 28, 2023]  (0129-0219)

SP, POLAND. The special event station HF7SIEMA operates during a nationwide Polish charity event until February 5th. QSL via https://logsp.pzk.org.pl/index.php?page=station&id=HF7SIEMA.
-[DXNL # 2337 January 18, 2023]  (0122-0205)

TN, CONGO. The TN8K DXpedition closed their books after roughly 14 days with almost 165k QSOs logged, netting them 6th place on the ranking of all-time Mega DXpeditions. QSL via OK6DJ OQRS.
-[DXNL # 2338 January 25, 2023]  (0129-0205)

TR, GABON. Roland, F8EN is QRV as TR8CR from Libreville until March 15th. Activity is on 30 to 10 meters using CW. QSL via F6AJA, logsearch on http://LesNouvellesDX.fr/voirlogs.php.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 1 January 5, 2023]  (0108-0212)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA. Special callsign RI3ØANT from the Vostok Base celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Russian Robinson Club on the air until March 31st. QSL via RZ3EC.
-[DXNL # 2338 January 25, 2023]  (0129-0219)

V4, SAINT KITTS & NEVIS. John, W5JON will be QRV as V47JA from St. Kitts, Calypso Bay, IOTA NA-104, from January 31st to February 15th. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL direct to W5JON.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 4 January 26, 2023]  (0129-0219)

VE, CANADA. Chris VE3FU / VO2AC and Dave VE3KG / VO2AAA will be active between January 25th and 30th from the lighthouse Point Amour on Labrador (zone 2). QRV during the CQWW 160m CW Contest as VO2AC and before and after on 160-40m and via satellites. QSL for VO2AC via VE3FU, LoTW; VO2AAA via VE3KG, LoTW.
-[DXNL # 2338 January 25, 2023]  (0129-0205)

VE, CANADA. Special event station VB3CAM5Ø will be QRV from February 1st to 15th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city of Cambridge in Ontario. QSL via operator's instructions.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 4 January 26, 2023]  (0129-0219)

ZA, ALBANIA. Ron, NS5K is QRV as ZA15K from Lushnje until November 15th while performing missionary work. Activity is in his spare time on 40 and 20 meters. QSL via operator's instructions.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 4 January 26, 2023]  (0129-0219)

ZC4, UK SOV. BASES ON CYPRUS. Garry, 2M1DHG is QRV as ZC4GR. Activity is on 40, 30, and 10 meters using FT8. QSL via EB7DX.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 2 January 12, 2023]  (0115-0205)




Propagation - 04:13 PM  01/30/2023

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 minimum, average and maximum K-index values are plotted. Note: You may click here or on the chart above to see the same data for the past month.

With activity on the sun diminishing, the Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin Propagation section will only be updated when warranted until further notice.

  The very active Sun,
  current view from NASA.

  This image is at a wave-  
  length of 131 Angstroms.

  Click on the image to
  view as a 48-hour video.
  It is fascinating!
The current Sun at 131 Angstroms


Solar flux readings were at 209 on the 21st, but have been in a downward slide since then, ending at 138 yesterday. The sunspot count was down to 76 on the 28th. The solar flux and sunspot numbers are down because some significant sunspot groups have rotated off the earth-facing side of the sun. Geomagnetic conditions are calm, with a weekly high K-index of 4.3 on January 21st, and a reading of 3.3 on the 28th.

After the three X-class flares between January 6th and 10th, we had seen frequent M-class flares, but that has now subsided. There is only a 1% probability of X-flares in the next 48 hours with few active sunspot regions facing Earth.

Propagation conditions remain quite good, with good DX on 10 and 15 meters and other bands as well.

NOAA's predicted solar flux is 145 on January 29th-30th, 140 on January 31st through February 1st, then 145, 150 and a big jump to 185 on February 2nd-4th, and finally 190 on February 5th.

Favorite Propagation web sites:
  Excellent Maximum Usable Frequency map: https://prop.kc2g.com/
  https://www.spaceweather.com/
  https://www.solarham.net/
  https://dx.qsl.net/propagation/

Highs for Cycle 25:
  Solar Flux: 234 on January 15, 2023.
  Sunspots:  201 on January 10, 2023.


Solar Flares This Week

Date UTC Mag.
 Jan 26, 2023   1306   M 2.8 
 Jan 25, 2023   2235   M 2.0 
 Jan 25, 2023   1701   M 1.3 
 Jan 25, 2023   1011   M 4.6 
 Jan 22, 2023   1702   M 1.6 
 Jan 22, 2023   1226   M 1.1 



Selected Upcoming Contests

Contest Start End Web Site
Vermont QSO Party Feb 4 0000Z Feb 5 2400Z Rules
10-10 Int. Winter Contest, SSB Feb 4 0001Z Feb 5 2359Z Rules
Mexico RTTY International Contest Feb 4 1200Z Feb 5 2359Z Rules
Minnesota QSO Party Feb 4 1400Z Feb 4 2400Z Rules
British Columbia QSO Party Feb 4 1600Z Feb 5 2400Z Rules
North American Sprint, CW Feb 4 2300Z Feb 5 0300Z Rules
CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest Feb 11 0000Z Feb 12 2400Z Rules
ARRL School Club Roundup Feb 13 1300Z Feb 17 2359Z Rules
ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW Feb 18 0000Z Feb 19 2400Z Rules
CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB Feb 24 2200Z Feb 26 2159Z Rules
North American QSO Party, RTTY Feb 25 1800Z Feb 26 0600Z Rules
North Carolina QSO Party Feb 26 1500Z Feb 27 0100Z Rules
ARRL Inter. DX Contest, SSB Mar 4 0000Z Mar 5 2400Z Rules
Oklahoma QSO Party Mar 11 1400Z Mar 12 2100Z Rules
Stew Perry Topband Challenge Mar 11 1500Z Mar 12 1500Z Rules
Idaho QSO Party Mar 11 1900Z Mar 12 1900Z Rules
North American Sprint, RTTY Mar 11 2300Z Mar 12 0300Z Rules
Wisconsin QSO Party Mar 12 1800Z Mar 13 0100Z Rules
BARTG HF RTTY ContestMar 180200ZMar 200200ZRules
Russian DX ContestMar 181200ZMar 191200ZRules