Eastern Iowa DX Association

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


Next EIDXA meeting:
The next EIDXA meeting will be Friday, April 22, 2016. Please see the "Meetings" page for details.

January 2016 Eastern Iowa DXer
Jerry, WWØE, has produced another not-to-be-missed edition of the Eastern Iowa DXer. It is available on the "Newsletter" page.

DX News

DX News items, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of:
  The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX)
  Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, Editor (kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org)

Intrepid-DX Group are now QRT as VP8SGI from South Georgia Island due to
a big storm early Sunday morning. Everybody is OK and now they are waiting
a weather change to dismount and pack everything. Last log file will be
uploaded from Stanley, Falkland Islands. This is actually a day early because
they stated/planned earlier in the week that they would go QRT at sunrise on
February 8th. During the past week (if you followed the special OPDX
 Bulletins), the VP8SGI team battled stormy weather conditions with high
winds and snow which damaged their antennas and tents. This led to a
stoppage of operations for several hours to make repairs. We must also
mention some of the bad behavioral activities and DXing practices by
individuals on the air which slowed down and hindered the VP8SGI operators
from working many more stations.
  QSL VP8SGI via KU9C, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. As this was being written
Sunday morning, the VP8SGI team made 79744 QSOs with 21171 Unique callsigns
per ClubLog as of 1818z, February 6th:
Breakdown by modes are 53592/CW, 20446/SSB, 5705/RTTY and 1/PSK. Break-
down by percentage by Continents are 1.1/AF, 0.0/AN, 8.0/AS, 47.3/EU,
38.3/NA, .4/OC and 4.8/SA. For more detailed information, see:
--[OPDX #1252, February 8, 2016]

3XY, GUINEA (Press Release). Members of the Italian DXpedition Team will
be active as 3XY1T from the Los Islands (AF-051, WW Loc. IJ39cl) between
February 18th and March 4th. The latest news was sent out by the 3XY1T
Team: Everything is ready as planned for our departure on February 17th,
2016. We anticipate arriving at Los Island (AF-051) in the morning of
Thursday 18th. The island does not have a power grid; our resort has a
generator operating only during the night. We rented two generators for
daylight operations; as a consequence, there might be occasional breaks
for the maintenance of this equipment.
  We received several requests for RTTY activity. In order to offer such
a “mode new one” to as many OMs as possible, we shall concentrate our
RTTY operations on a single band, i.e. 15m.
  In analyzing statistical data, we noticed that there is a high demand
for this country in VK/ZL. These stations are invited to use the cluster
to warn us of possible openings.
  Long-path openings to Japan will be closely monitored, and we suggest
these stations to make use of propagation forecasts to optimize their
  We plan to have, as usual, our real-time online Log available via
internet, with uploads every minute (barring connection problems). It
can be accessed at the address <http://win.i2ysb.com/logonline>.
  Also, the online QSL request (OQRS) will be active as from the very
first QSO. We advise to check the time/date of the latest online update,
as shown on the Log entry page, before repeating a QSO.
  Specific requests should be addressed ONLY to our pilot stations,
Arturo/IK7JWY and Sergio/IKØFTA (for the 6m band). The pilot stations
can check and correct possible Log errors.
  During the DXpedition do NOT send mail to I2YSB or other Team members,
such messages will not be answered.
 News and Forum at:    http://www.hamradioweb.net/
 3XY1T home page at:  http://www.i2ysb.com/idt/
--[OPDX #1252, February 8, 2016]

5V, TOGO (Update). Wim, ON6DX, will once again be active as 5V7TH from
Agbodrafo, a town in southern Togo, between February 11-23rd. Wim will
arrive in Lomé, the capital of Togo, on February 9th. He states that this
will be a one operator DXpedition. Activity will take place during his
local mornings and evenings as much as possible. Operation will be on
160-6 meters, including 30/17/12 meters) using CW, SSB and RTTY. Since
his announcement, Wim has received many e-mails asking him to do top
bands. He states, "Due to high demand for 5V7 on the top bands, I am
going to take a 80m vertical and a 160m sloper with me. Only if I can
find enough space to put them up. I will do 80 and 160 as well. CW only."
Suggested frequencies are available on his Web page. For more details
and updates, see:       http://www.dxpedition.be/5V7TH.html
--[OPDX #1252, February 8, 2016]

7P, LESOTHO (Update/Reminder). Members of F6KOP Amateur Radio Club will
be active as 7P8C from the Maseru District in Lesotho between February
8-17th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with 5
stations on the air. QSL via F5GSJ, direct, by the Bureau, OQRS via F5GSJ.
NO eQSL. Web page still has not been announced.
--[OPDX #1252, February 8, 2016]

VKØEK HEARD ISLAND NEWS. In a press release dated February 1st by Rich,
KY6R, reports: In exactly one month, the "Advance VKØEK Team" will leave
for Cape Town, South Africa. They will check in with our shipping agent
and local Cape Town team and process the arrival of our container. The
Braveheart will arrive soon after this team arrives. The excitement is
building and we are making last minute preparations before the team starts
their epic journey.
 -- Also reported on February 5th: The container carrying the equipment
    for the expedition has arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, and has
    been put into storage awaiting arrival of the advance team March 3.
    The vessel Braveheart will arrive March 5, while the full team will
    arrive March 7. We will sail for Heard Island March 10, weather permitting,
    of course!
      In addition, we are very appreciative of our South Africa team:
    Paul ZA1A, Pierre ZS1HF, Malcolm ZS6MAL, Sue ZS1AFR, and Tom ZS1AFS.
    Together with similar teams in California, Virginia, and Perth,
    Australia, the logistics is being managed professionally and securely.
 -- Also reported on February 1st: Big Ben, the volcano on Heard Island,
    has erupted. Read the complete details at:
--[OPDX #1252, February 8, 2016]