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 September 25, 2017)

EIDXA October 2017 Meeting
The next EIDXA meeting will be held on Friday, October 20 at our new meeting location, the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

October 2017 Eastern Iowa DXer
The October 2017 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!

Buy-Sell-Trade New Listings
There are a bunch of new listings on the "Buy-Sell-Trade" page. Some really nice stuff for sale -- take a look!

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:
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 September 24, 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
This list is a compilation of current DX operations (or those that start within the current week) from recent DX bulletins, 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.

5T, MAURITANIA (Reminder/Update). Members/Operators of the CDXP team have been changed due to various reasons. Jean, 5TØJL, became a Silent Key (SK), and an honorary member of their DXpedition team. Ruda, OK2ZA, broke both of his ankles just two weeks ago, and Petr, OK1FCJ, had to drop-out for family reasons. Current operators are Petr/OK1BOA, Palo/OK1CRM, David/OK6DJ, Pavel/OK1GK, Rudolf/OK2ZA, Karel/OK2ZI and guest operator Ahmad/5T2AI. The team will be active as 5T5OK from Nouakchott, Mauritania, between September 18-26th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via OK6DJ, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:  http://www.cdxp.cz
-[OPDX # 1331 September 18, 2017]

5W, SAMOA (Reminder). Al, K7AR, will be active as 5WØRA from the Vaiala Beach Cottages, Apia, Samoa (OC-097) between September 19-28th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He plans to be in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th). QSL via his home callsign, ClubLog or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1331 September 18, 2017]

6W, SENEGAL (Update). Ronald, VE3REV, recently moved to Dakar in August 2016, and is expected to be active as 6W1SU for the next 2 to 3 years. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, and he is currently operating SSB only, but hoping to tackle CW later. His station has a new Yaesu FT DX 1200 with a Yaesu FL1200Z Amp into a MA5B three element Yagi, a 6M 6JXXJ 6 element Yagi and dipoles for 40/80m. Dave, VE9CB, announced this past week he will be active as 6W1SU in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. No other details were provided. QSL 6W1SU via MØURX direct or the OQRS (direct or by the Bureau).
-[OPDX # 1329 September 4, 2017]

7Q, MALAWI. By the time you read this, operators Jerry/W1IE and Bill/KC4D will be active as 7Q7WW from Embangweni in the northern part of the country until October 1st. Activity will be on most HF bands except 160 meters, using mostly RTTY, SSB and CW. Operations will be limited probably because this is a missionary trip, so activity will be during their spare time (check 2100-2400z) and weekends. They will however be in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via KC4D.
-[OPDX # 1332 September 25, 2017]

8P5Ø, BARBADOS (Update/Special Callsign). Dean, 8P6SH/8P2K, will be active using the special callsign 8P5ØB during the following upcoming contests:
  CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th)
  CQWW DX SSB Contest  (October 28-29th)
  CQWW DX CW Contest   (November 25-26th)
Dean will be a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry in all contests. Barbados is celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain and Dean will use the special callsign until December 31, 2017. A full color QSL card will be available via KU9C and the usual LoTW updates and confirmation. Also, QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1330 September 11, 2017]

9N, NEPAL. Gerhard, OE3GEA, is now active as 9N7GE from Kathmandu. The length of his stay is not known. His activity has been on various HF bands (QRNs on 30/17m) using CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1332 September 25, 2017]

CR3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Operators Manfred/DF5EM, Franz/DF6QV, Juergen/ DG7JB, Jan/DJ8NK, Heye/DJ9RR, Dieter/DK4QT, Thomas/DL6TK and Kalle/DM3BJ will be active as CT9/homecall from Santana, Madeira Island (AF-014) between September 17-27th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to be an entry in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th) signing CR3W. QSL CR3W via DL5AXX, OQRS (see QRZ.com) or LoTW. QSL all others via their home callsigns.
-[OPDX # 1327 August 21, 2017]

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Heinz, DF1YP, will once again be active as FO/DF1YP from Moorea Island (OC-046, ARLHS FRP 004, WLOTA 0465, WWFF FFF-178) between September 6th and October 1st. Activity will be holiday style on 20/17/15 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau (preferred).
-[OPDX # 1326 August 14, 2017]

FR, REUNION ISLAND. By the time you read this, Alain, F8FUA, will be active as FR/F8FUA from Reunion Island (AF-016) until September 30th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. His equipment will be a Elecraft K3 into a Buddipole. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1332 September 25, 2017]

HFØ, SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Sebastian, SQ1SGB, will be active as HFØARC from the Polish Antarctic H. Arctowski. Station is located on the King George Island, South Shetland Islands (AN-010, WW Loc. GC07su), until October 23rd. The callsign HFØARC is new for the Polish Antarctic Station. The old historical callsign HFØPOL was taken by SP9GMK. Sebastian will be using 100 watts and into a SP1BKS Delta Loop antenna. Suggested times of operations are 20m (2100-2200z) and 40m (2200-2300z) using SSB, JT65 or JT9. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1330 September 11, 2017]

J3, GRENADA. Wayde, KD2NOP, will be active as J3/KD2NOP from Grenada (NA-024) until September 30th. Grenada is known as the Spice Isle and boasts that they have the most variety of spices per square mile than any other place on earth. Activity will be on various HF bands using FT8, JT65 and possibly other Digital modes. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1330 September 11, 2017]

P4, ARUBA. Operators Jim/K8JH and Mike/KB8KB will be active as P4ØN and P4ØM, respectively, from Aruba (SA-036) between September 27th and October 3rd. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and FT8. QSL P4ØN via K8JH by the Bureau. QSL P4ØM via KB8KB direct. PLEASE NOTE: Both callsigns have been previously issued.
-[OPDX # 1331 September 18, 2017]

PJ4, BONAIRE. Ant, MWØJZE, will be active as PJ4/MWØJZE from Bonaire (SA-006) between September 15-30th. Activity will be on various HF bands using SSB, RTTY and FT8, with a TS-590 into a hex beam. Operations will include the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th).  QSL via MØOXO, direct, the OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1329 September 4, 2017]

PYØF, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Leo, PP1CZ, will once again be active as PYØF/PP1CZ from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003, DIB OC-01, WLOTA 1208, WWFF PYFF-016) between September 22-27th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters with some tries on 6 meters (if he has propagation on this band) and using CW, RTTY and some SSB, possibly JT65 and FT8. QSL him direct or ClubLog's OQRS. NO Bureau or LoTW. Check out the pictures of his 2013/2014/2015 operations on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1329 September 4, 2017]

RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND. Eugene, UA4RX, is now active as UA4RX/1 from Heiss Island until possibly August 2018. He wanted to renew his RI1FJ callsign, but word has it that he ran into a snag and will continue to use UA4RX/1 until the licensing problem is corrected. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via UA2FM direct or use ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1329 September 4, 2017]

T8, PALAU. Katsumi, JA3KIO, will once again be active as T88XA from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Islands (OC-009) between September 20-26th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. Look for some activity in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1326 August 14, 2017]

V6, MICRONESIA. Chusuke, JR1FKR, will be active as V63FKR from South Park Hotel, Pohnpei Island (OC-010), between September 27th and October 2nd. Activity will be holiday style on 40/20/17/15/10/6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau (not the KHØ Bureau).
-[OPDX # 1326 August 14, 2017]

XT2, BURKINA FASO (Update). Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He informs OPDX that he will arrive on September 25th, and plans to build antennas on the 26th, which is a Hexbeam at 8 meters high and dipoles for the lower bands. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW. Harald states, "As soon as the conditions go up to USA, I will work the US. Also, I will test 60m a little." Radio is a FT-450D. QSL via MØOXO, direct or OQRS <http://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/>.
-[OPDX # 1325 August 7, 2017]

YV5Ø, VENEZUELA (Special Event). Look for special event station YV5ØARV/8 during the month of September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Association de Radioaficionados de Venezuela. The callsign YV5ØARV/8 will be activated from the Monagas State by the following operators:
  Rei/YV8AD   -- On 80-10 meters using CW and SSB
  Tulio/YV8GU -- On 40 meters using SSB (in Spanish)
  Luis/YY8HBO -- On 40/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes
Any schedules will be accepted/welcome. QSL via W4DTA.
-[OPDX # 1330 September 11, 2017]

Z2, ZIMBABWE. David, G4NRT, is now active as Z21NRT from Harare, Zimbabwe, until September 29th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters using CW, SSB, PSK, JT65, JT69, FT8 and FM (2m). He will be using an Icom IC-7100 transceiver into a HyEndFed multi-band wire antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct, eQSL, or LoTW (preferred). ADDED NOTE: If you miss David during this visit, he mentions that he makes regular visits to Zimbabwe.
-[OPDX # 1330 September 11, 2017]

ZF2, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Chris, N6WM, is once again active as ZF2CT from the Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) until September 26th. QSL via W6TCP, LoTW or ClubLog. He plans to be in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-25th) with members of the ZF1A team.
-[OPDX # 1332 September 25, 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]

5Z4, KENYA. Nick, LZ4NM, will now be active 5Z4/LZ4NM from Kenya until June 30th, 2018. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He was active this past weekend's IARU HF Contest as 5Z4NM. Currently, his equipment is an Icom IC-7000, Inverted Vee (40/20m) and a DunaX vertical (20-10m). QSL direct to: Amateur Radio Society of Kenya (ARSK), Box 45681, Nairobi, 00100, Kenya.
-[OPDX # 1321 July 10, 2017]

9X, RWANDA. Alan, KE4TA, will be active as 9XØTA from Kigali for a 3-year period beginning sometime in early August. This will be his first 'DXpedition'. Activity will be primarily on 20/17 meters using 600W/100W of power. He does have antennas or antenna-tuner combinations for 80-10 meters and 6m. Modes will be SSB, the Digital modes and some CW. Power may be restricted by the Rwandan authorities in accordance with their laws. Radio is a Yaesu FT-991, and antenna will be a hexbeam on a push up tower. Alan, states, "Noise levels here are extremely high. Please don't be offended if I'm not answering your call, I likely can't hear you." QSL via DIRECT to N4GNR. He will also use LoTW. For more details, pictures and updates (maybe even an operating schedule), visit his Web page at:
-[OPDX # 1324 July 31, 2017]

D2, ANGOLA. Paulo, CT1FJZ, is once again active as D2FJZ from Luanda. The length of his stay is unknown at this time. Activity was reported on 20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1321 July 10, 2017]

SU, EGYPT. Chris, DM4DX, now living in Cairo, Egypt, will be active as SU/DM4DX from Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society Club station (SUØERA) until November. He is trying to get an Egyptian SU9 callsign. Activity has been on 20-10 meters using SSB. QSL only via LoTW. No Bureau or direct QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

T6, AFGHANISTAN. Salvatore, IZ1BWB, is now active as T6/IZ1CCK from Herat, Afghanistan, until December. He is there as a Brigade Alpine "Taurinense" in the Italian Army. Activity has been mainly on 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via IZ1BWB, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

VK9C, COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND. Andy, VK9CC, reports, "Please note I am back on the air from Cocos Islands, no regular skeds, mostly on CW, on 80 and 160 meters now. Best 73." Read his QRZ.com page for more interesting details.
-[OPDX # 1321 July 10, 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]

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Diya, YI1DZ, is once again active as Z81D from Juba, South Sudan, and was heard on Saturday. Activity was mainly on 40 meters SSB. QSL via OM3JW. He also use ClubLog and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1322 July 17, 2017]

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS. Operators Chris/ZL2DX and XYL Catherine/ZL2QT will be active as ZL7DX and ZL7QT, respectively, from Chatham Islands (OC-038) sometime in May for the next 3 years or longer. Activity will be on various HF bands plus 6m EME. QSL direct to: Chris Hannagan, Waitangi, Chatham Islands 8013, New Zealand.
-[OPDX # 1308 March 13, 2017]