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 April 10, 2017)

EIDXA April 2017 Meeting
The next EIDXA meeting will be held on Friday, April 21 at our new meeting location, Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

April 2017 Eastern Iowa DXer
The April 2017 edition of the Eastern Iowa DXer is now available on the "Newsletter" page. Bob, WØGXA, has put together a great newsletter, loaded with good information, including a tour-de-force article on what it takes to put on a first-rate DXpedition, a historical piece by WB8ZRL, KØJGH's trip to Hawaii, a great new column on contesting by NØYY (a master contester!), two member profiles, and a ton of other great info. Be sure you don't miss it!

New EIDXA Email Reflector
The new reflector is now on line. To post to the new reflector, email your message for the group to: eastern-iowa-dx-association@googlegroups.com 
You may visit the group homepage here:
    https://groups.google.com/group/eastern-iowa-dx-association
The group homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group. This new reflector allows us to forward photos or other files to the group. Nice!

3YØZ Certificate of Appreciation
EIDXA has received a certificate of appreciation from the 3YØZ Bouvet Island DXpedition in recognition of our financial support of this forthcoming operation. Current plans are to be on the air in early 2018.

3Y0Z Certificate


Please click on this image to see the full-size certificate. You may also wish to visit the Bouvet Island DXpedition web site. The EIDXA logo is on the "Sponsors" page.



DX News      (Updated April 10, 2017)

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


3D2/P, ROTUMA (Reminder/Update). By the time you read this, Antoine, 3D2AG, will once again be active as 3D2AG/P from Rotuma Island until April 22-25th, pending shipping schedule. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including 60m, using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65. Suggested frequencies and times are posted on QRZ.com. Operations will be entirely Solar-Powered using Sustain-able Renewable Energy while running barefoot with 100 watts into a Spider-beam and wire antennas. He mentions, "This will be a one-man DXpedition so not on the air at all times. As I will have no internet or phone connection while in Rotuma, please check cluster for spots. Operating at or close to the usual DX frequencies; also will try and cater for novice station band restrictions by listening split above xx.025 for CW." QSL via his home callsign direct only or PayPal (see QRZ.com). Also, watch QRZ.com for update by Antoine.
-[OPDX # 1311 April 3, 2017]

4W, TIMOR LESTE. Operators Wilbert/PE7T and James/9V1YC/N1YC are once again active from Liquica Province as 4W/PE7T and 4W/N1YC until April 11th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL 4W/PE7T via PE7T, by the Bureau or LoTW (No direct QSL cards PLEASE). QSL 4W/N1YC via W5UE or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1312 April 10, 2017]

5X, UGANDA. Anton, ON6NL, is once again active as 5X8C from Entebbe. The length of his stay is currently unknown. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1308 March 13, 2017]

6Y5, JAMAICA. Helmut, DJ7CF, is now active as 6Y5/DJ7CF from Jamaica (NA-097) until April 28th. Activity has been on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (PSK31). He prefers the 20 and 17 meter bands. Rig is a IC706 into vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1311 April 3, 2017]

DXCC NEWS. The 2016 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and downloading at the following URL. The DXCC Yearbook includes the 2016 Annual List, as well as the 2016 Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers.
http://tinyurl.com/DXCC-2016-Yearbook
-[OPDX # 1312 April 10, 2017]

DXCC NEWS. On Friday, March 31st, the ARRL Web page posted the following: "Midway and Kure Islands are Now Deleted DXCC Entities". Yep, it is true and effective August 26, 2016. Read the complete press release at:
http://www.arrl.org/news/midway-and-kure-islands-are-now-deleted-dxcc-entities
-[OPDX # 1311 April 3, 2017]

E4, PALESTINE. Polish operators and members of the True DXing Group [Janusz/SP9FIH, Rafal/SQ9CNN and Piotr/SQ9D] will be active as E44WE from Bethlehem during the second half of April. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes using only 100 watts (per their license). QSL via SQ9FIH or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:  http://www.e4.dxpeditions.org
-[OPDX # 1307 March 6, 2017]

EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Jean-Marc, F5SGI, will be active as EA6/F5SGI from Minorque Island (EU-004) between April 9-15th. Activity will be CW only on all HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1310 March 27, 2017]

FJ, ST. BARTHEMELY. By the time you read this, operators Pat/N2IEN, Lee/WW2DX, YL Lori/KB2HZI and Ray/W2RE will be active as FJ/N2IEN from from St. Barthemely. The length of their stay is unknown. Activity will be holiday style on various HF (160-6m)/VHF/UHF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and satellites. QSL via NR6M. Updates will be available on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/ww2dx
-[OPDX # 1312 April 10, 2017]

FS, ST. MARTIN. Serge, VE1KG, is now active as FS/VE1KG from Saint Martin Island (NA-105) until April 30th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via VE1KG direct only. No Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1308 March 13, 2017]

FS, St. MARTIN ISLAND. Paul, W7NZJ, will once again be active as FS/W7NZJ from Orient Beach, St. Martin (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383) between April 7-16th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters on the CW and Digital modes only, using an Icom 706 with 100w into a 20m dipole and Buddistick. QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1307 March 6, 2017]

GD, ISLE OF MAN. Members of Barry Amateur Radio Society (BARS) will be going on a "Holiday Style Club DXpedition" to the Isle of Man (GD) between April 15-22nd. The callsign will be GT4BRS. QSL via Manager DJ6OI. The BARS team operators are as follows: Glyn/GWØANA, Phil/MWØDHF, Ja/DJ8NK, Franz/DL9GFB, Dr. Markus/DL9RCF, Thomas/MWØREN (DJ6OI) and Alois/DL8RBL. Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. They also plan to have some activity on Top Band (160m) and a special effort on 5 MHz (60m) to the West Coast of the USA (CW, JT65 and SSB) for an ATNO on 60 meters. Visit BARS Web page at:  http://www.bars.btik.com
-[OPDX # 1306 February 27, 2017]

HR, HONDURAS. By the time you read this, Gerard, F2JD, is once again active as HR5/F2JD from Honduras until April 24th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via F6AJA, direct or via the French REF Bureau. The log will be posted on:  http://lesnouvellesdx.fr/voirlogs.php
-[OPDX # 1302 January 30, 2017]

I, ITALY (Special Event). Look for special event station IIØCXX to be active between March 1st and May 31st, on Saturday during the Collins Collectors Association of Europe (CCAE) Net, at 1000z on 7165 kHz. This activity is in remembrance of the 30th anniversary of Arthur A. Collins's, WØCXX, death (1987-2017) founder of the Collins Radio Company -- he became a Silent Key in 1987. QSL via IKØIXI only direct, NO Bureau and NO eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1307 March 6, 2017]

J2, DJIBOUTI. Dane, S53T, reports, "I got my J28ND license, valid till end of 2019. For now, only LP and homemade vertical antennas. QSL info via my QSL manager Slavko - S57DX."
-[OPDX # 1310 March 27, 2017]

J5, GUINEA BISSAU (IOTA Op!). Operators Josep/EA3BT and YL Nuria/EA3WL will be active as J5B and J5W, respectively, from Rubane Island, Bijagos Archipelago (AF-020), between April 7-15th. Last operation from this IOTA reference was in 2010 (more than 7 years ago!!!!). Activity will be on 40-6 meters, possibly 80m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL both callsigns via EA3BT or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1308 March 13, 2017]

J8, ST. VINCENT. Brian, GW4DVB, will once again be active as J88PI from Palm Island (aka Prune Island, WW Loc. FK92HO, IOTA NA-025), in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Island group, between April 12-23rd. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/10/6 meters SSB only using an Elecraft KX3 and KXPA100 Power Amp (100w) into a 10m vertical antenna and a M0CVO HW-40HP off center fed dipole. QSL via GW4DVB, by the Bureau or direct to: PO Box 20:20, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Wales - UK CF72 9ZA. For more details and updates, check:
  http://www.g4dvb.co.uk
ADDED NOTE: Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort. This idyllic tropical hideaway is situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an idyllic archipelago of 32 tropical islands and cays known for its stunning natural beauty, clear, warm waters and turtles.
-[OPDX # 1309 March 20, 2017]

JW, SVALBARD. Kamil, SQ8KFH, is now active as JW/SQ8KFH from the Polish Polar Station at Hornsund, Svalbard (EU-026), until May 20th. Activity will be on 20 meters using SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1306 February 27, 2017]

KCØW DXPEDITIONS. Tom, KCØW, posted the following on his QRZ.com page: "My next multi continent DXpedition will start 17 April, 2017. Unfortunately, it WON'T include Equatorial Guinea & Annobón due to not being issued the licenses. Regardless, these upcoming DXpeditions should still generate good interest. I'm also considering (gasp, wheeze) operating RTTY & PSK due to high need. No SSB operation will take place. CW #1. Full information soon."
-[OPDX # 1310 March 27, 2017]

KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Also V73). Randy, WW6RG, was heard active as WW6RG/KH9 from Wake Island (OC-053) on Friday, March 31st. This is not a DXpedition, but a work assignment and the length of his stay is not known at this time (see added note below). Activity will be limited and on 20 and 40 meters using 5 watts SSB. Suggested frequencies are 14190 and 7180 kHz. Also, listen to the ANZA Net on 14183 kHz after 0500z. QSL via his home callsign. ADDED NOTE: Randy is also expected to be active as V73/WW6RG from Kwajalein Atoll (OC-029), Marshall Islands, between April 4-6th. Activity is expected to be the same as above using SSB and QRP power. Also, QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1311 April 3, 2017]

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as P29VXG from Rapopo, New Britain Island (OC-008), between April 6-12th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters (no 30/17/12m) using CW, SSB and Digital modes. EU is his main focus on JT65. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, see: http://island.geocities.jp/P29vacation
-[OPDX # 1306 February 27, 2017]

S7, SEYCHELLES. A Czech and Slovak team of operators will be active as S79Z from Mahe Island (AF-024) between April 6-18th. Operators mentioned are Petr/OK1FFU, Karel/OK1JKT, Vladimir/OK1NY, Jiri/OK1RI, Vaclav/OK1VVT and Jozef/OM5AW. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. There will also be some 2m and 70cm EME. QSL via OM2FY or LoTW (later). PLEASE NOTE that S79Z is a reissued callsign. It was used by Yasu, JA9LSZ, in April 12-20th, 2001.
  http://www5.big.or.jp/~ja1rju/qsl_s79z.html  QSL via JA9LSZ.
-[OPDX # 1307 March 6, 2017]

T2, TUVALU. Tim, NL8F, will once again be active as T2TT from Tuvalu (OC-015) between March 23rd and April 13th. Activity will be on various HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes. He also plans to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th). QSL via N7RO.
-[OPDX # 1308 March 13, 2017]

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI ISLANDS. Ken, KH6QJ, will once again be active as T32AZ from Kiritimati Island (OC-024) between April 11-18th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using SSB. He will also be in the WAPC Contest (Worked All Provinces China) [See: http://www.mulandxc.org/438] QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1309 March 20, 2017]

T7, SAN MARINO. Mike, DF8AN, will be active as T7/DF8AN/P from San Marino between April 14-18th. Activity will be VHF/UHF only using mainly JT65 and CW/SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. NO LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1312 April 10, 2017]

T8 PALAU (Reminder). Operators Toshio/JM1LRA (T88TA), Kazuhiro/JA7WFT (T88FT), Shinichi/JI6IHG (T88IH) and Ichiro/JH7IPR (T88UW) will be active from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009), between April 14-21st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, JT65 and JT9. QSL T88IH via JI6IHG. QSL T88FT via JA7WFT. QSL T88TA via JM1LRA. QSL T88UW via JH7IPR, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, LoTW or Club- Log. For more details about the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room), see:
  http://www.palau-radio.com/index.php?page=rr2014
-[OPDX # 1312 April 10, 2017]

VP2E, ANGUILLA. Ira, KD4SLM, is now active as VP2EIH from "The Valley". The length of his stay is not known at this time. He was heard on the satellites which is rare from VP2E-land. Ira informed OPDX that he is "currently working on getting the Satellite station up and running" and "has been testing using a dis-cone omni-directional for both uplink & downlink". He states, "This isn't the best setup." Ira adds, "I'm also on HF and not a big DX or Contester. I'm available as Net control Fri 0600-0700 on 7.188 - 'The friendly Net'. Sometimes I take up the 1830-1900 Thursday, Caribbean WX net 3.815 MHz." His rig is a Yaesu FT-857 with 100 watts using an Off-Center Fed home brewed wire antenna. The N.E leg is 40 ft. sloping down to center 30 ft. and S. Leg is 15 ft. into a nearby tree. He is also using MFJ tuner. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1311 April 3, 2017]

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Operators Jim/K3NK and Joe/W3HNK will be active as VP5/K3NK and VP5/W3HNK, respectively, from Providenciales Island (NA-002, WLOTA 2003) between April 11-18th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL VP5/K3NK via W3HNK, ClubLog or LoTW. QSL VP5/W3HNK via W3HNK.
-[OPDX # 1306 February 27, 2017]

VP8/H, SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Alexander, UA1OJL, will be active as RI1ANO from the Bellingshausen Base Station (WAP RUS-01) on King George Island (AN-010) between April 2017 and April 2018. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via RN1ON, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1304 February 13, 2017]

XW, LAOS. Bruce, 3W3B (HSØZCY/XU7ADF/XW1B/AA4XR), who lives in Da Nang, will once again be active as XW4XR from Vientiane between April 12-26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, RTTY and JT65. QSL via E21EIC and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1309 March 20, 2017]

YJ, VANUATU. Chung, VA7YM, will be active as YJØYM from Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035) between April 6-17th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will have a Elecraft KX3 w/PX3 into an Ultralight Hexbeam (from MWØJZE) and End Fed Wire antennas. QSL via EA5GL.
-[OPDX # 1310 March 27, 2017]





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5TØ, MAURITANIA. Jean, ON8RA/5TØJL, will be active with the special callsign 5TØITU from Mauritania until December 31, 2017. The special callsign will be tentatively activated during ITU events that are listed on his QRZ.com page. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW. Suggested frequencies are 3504, 7004, 10104, 14004, 18069, 21004, 24893 and 28004 kHz. QSL via ON8RA.
-[OPDX # 1301 January 23, 2017]

YXØV AVES ISLAND. Pilot Station Steve, W4DTA, announced this past week that the YXØV DXpedition to Aves Island has not been cancelled, but put on hold by the Venezuelan Navy. This is due to multiple issues outside of their control (Weather, Politics, Protests) the Navy has asked to delay their departure. They are expected to meet with the Navy personnel in charge of the logistics of the transportation to the island by the middle of next week at the latest, and they hope to have a clear schedule for departure. The team is ready to go, and have worked hard to put together all the equipment, antennas, computers, cables, etc.....
-[OPDX # 1283 September 19, 2016]