Eastern Iowa DX Association

The Eastern Iowa DX Association is a DXing and contesting club headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Detailed club information is on the "About EIDXA" page.

EIDXA News     (Updated April 26, 2016)

EIDXA Mystery Shack of the Month
The EIDXA mystery shack of the month for April has been posted. You will find it linked from the "Members" page.

Next EIDXA meeting:
The next EIDXA meeting will be Friday, July 29, 2016. The "Meetings" page has all the details.

April 2016 Eastern Iowa DXer
Crossword puzzle fan? Don't miss the April 2016 Eastern Iowa DXer! Jerry, WWØE, has produced another not-to-be-missed edition. The PDF is available for download on the "Newsletter" page.

KØDAS, Rod, captured first place nationwide in the ARRL September VHF Contest "Unlimited Rover" category. Congratulations, Rod!

DX News      (Updated May 1, 2016)

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

Pirate! The ever-persistent Hassan the pirate from Baghdad, Iraq continues to plague the Amateur Radio bands.  This guy has been pirating and bootlegging multiple calls for several years.  He has been heard bootlegging the calls YI1HR, YI1H, YI1HRP and YI1HI and pirating the calls YI1BGD, YI1IRQ, YI1DZ and most recently TA7/YI1RZ.  Unfortunately in Iraq there does not seem to be any enforcement to take Hassan off the air, much less do anything about the situation.  Therefore let’s get the word out not to work or spot Hassan who operates on 20 Meters SSB, usually around 14178-14188.  In fact the best policy is to ignore him completely on the air.
-[WeeklyDX April 29, 2016  (Reprinted by permission)]

W9DXCC DX Convention (Edited)
The 64th annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet will be held September 16-17, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency, 1800 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, Illinois. Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, the event is an ARRL-approved operating specialty convention. Contest University and DX University programs will both be held on Friday, with presentations for new and veteran DXers and contest operators. The daylong session on Saturday will feature speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking, a CW pileup contest and many prizes. The evening banquet is a time to relax with keynote speaker Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, the new ARRL CEO.
Main Convention – Saturday (as of now, with more being added):
 • VP8STI/SGI South Sandwich Island/South Georgia Island by K3LP
 • VK
ØEK Heard Island by KK6EK
 • K5P Palmyra Island by K9CT
 • Cycle 24 Update by K9LA
 • DXing During Declining Conditions by K9ZO
 • Flex 6000 for Contesting & DXing by N5AC
Registration & Updates: http://w9dxcc.com/. Hotel registration with special convention rates is now open.
-[Tnx W9DXCC April 16, 2016]

REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE <http://www.bandconditions.com>:
The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software predictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
  Also, check out the VOACAP prediction Web page at:
    http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html  (This is a great tool! -KØCF)
-[OPDX # 1262 April 18, 2016]

9QØ/9Q1, DEM. REP. OF THE CONGO. YL Elvira, IV3FSG, will be active from two different locations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo signing 9QØHQ/1 between April 22-30th, and as 9QØHQ between May 1-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31 using 100 watts into a dipole antenna. QSL via IK3GES.
-[OPDX # 1262 April 18, 2016]

CEØY, EASTER ISLAND. Martin, LU9EFO, will be active as CEØY/LU9EFO from Easter Island (SA-001) between May 6-13th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via F4BHW direct only.
-[OPDX # 1263 April 25, 2016]

E6, NIUE. Nobuaki, JAØJHQ, will be active as E6AC (license received upon arrival) from Niue Island (OC-040) between May 5-10th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using mostly CW with some SSB and RTTY. From past operations, Nobuaki uses a TS-480HX w/200 watts on HF and 100 watts on 6m. Antennas are a 10m Micro-vertical (160/80/40/30m), Single-Delta-Loop (20/17/15/12/10m) and a LW for 6m. Log will be posted to ClubLog daily. QSL via JAØJHQ, direct, by the Bureau and LoTW (after his return). For more details and updates, see:  http://pandasan.jimdo.com
-[OPDX # 1264 May 2, 2016]

JD1, OGASAWARA. Tomoyuki, JE6MCA, is once again active as JE6MCA/JD1 from Bonin Islands (AS-031) until May 5th. Activity will be on the HF bands using mainly the Digital modes (JT65 QSNs on 15/17/40m) and some CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1264 May 2, 2016]

JD1, OGASAWARA. Makoto, JI5RPT, will once again be active as JD1BLY from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between April 30th and May 6th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (NO 6m EME). QSL via his home callsign JI5RPT. His log search will be available on his Web site at:  http://www.ji5rpt.com/jd1
He will also use Twitter to inform his real-time activities at:
-[OPDX # 1264 May 2, 2016]

NCDXF NEWSLETTER. The Northern California DX Foundation's (NCDXF) 2016 Spring Newsletter is now available online with some great articles on recent DXpeditions at:  http://www.ncdxf.org/newsletters/2016-SPRING.pdf
-[OPDX # 1264 May 2, 2016]

SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS. For years Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A, has been the only amateur radio operator from the Docheiariou Monastery. However, this past week news came out that Monk Iakovos, who lives in the Koutloumousiou Holy Monastery in Mt. Athos, has received his radio amateur training from George, SV1RP, and then his SV2RSG license from the Ministry of Telecommunication in 2015. Reports indicate that Monk Iakovos has been on 40 meters (7141 kHz) on SSB using an IC-735 into a vertical antenna. He does operate CW!! QSL via SV1RP. Check out his QRZ.com page at:
-[OPDX # 1263 April 25, 2016]

SV9, CRETE. Uli, DJ9XB, will once again be active as SV9/DJ9XB from Crete between May 10-20th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters, but with a focus on 6 meters and using only RTTY and JT65. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1263 April 25, 2016]

TN, CONGO (REPUBLIC OF). Philippe, F5MVB, is reporting that he and another French operator, Joel, F5AOW, will be active from Brazzaville sometime in April-May as TN2MP and TN2BJ. Stay tuned for more information.
-[OPDX # 1262 April 18, 2016]

XT, BURKINA FASO. Harald, DF2WO, is once again active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou until May 15th. Activity will be holiday style on all bands (depending on the propagation) using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65. QSL via MØOXO, direct or OQRS <http://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/>.
-[OPDX # 1264 May 2, 2016]

XT, BURKINA FASO. Operators Jusei/JA3IVU and Junichi/JH3AEF will be active as XV2IVU and XT2AEF, respectively, from Ouaga Dougou, between April 28th and May 4th. Activity will be 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will have a 500 watt amp and have a beam for 20-10m and dipoles for 80/40m. QSL XT2IVU via JA3IVU. QSL XT2AEF via JH3AEF.
-[OPDX # 1263 April 25, 2016]

YVØ AVES ISLAND. Terry, WØAWL, reports that rumors from a week or so ago regarding the impossibility of any future YVØ expeditions may not have been true. Radi, F6GNZ, reports that RCV has already received all necessary permissions and has been assigned the callsign YVØAI. They are now only awaiting scheduling of their transportation to the island, so things are looking up! Keep in mind that none of this is official at this time, so the situation could change. Watch this space for updates!
-[Thanks to WØAWL for this info - April 14, 2016]

Older Items

BS7, SCARBOROUGH REEF. As we mentioned last year in May, some BY operators are planning to activate Scarborough Reef (BS7H) in 2016. Something interesting  popped-up on the DX Engineering Web page (under Tech Info & News) on April 4th. Read the article "DX Engineering Supports the BS7 Scarborough Reef DXpedition" at:
DX Engineering.
-[OPDX # 1261 April 11, 2016]