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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 23, 2018)

EIDXA October 2018 Meeting
The October EIDXA meeting is scheduled for October 19 at the Hall Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. This is our normal meeting location and time. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

October 2018 Eastern Iowa DXer
The October 2018 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!

EIDXA Email Reflector
The EIDXA email reflector is available for your use. To post to the reflector, email your message for the group to: eastern-iowa-dx-association@googlegroups.com 
The reflector allows you to include photos or other files in your message.

You may visit the group homepage here:
    https://groups.google.com/group/eastern-iowa-dx-association
The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.



DX News      (Updated November 18, 2018)

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.
NOTE: There are 102 articles this week, of which around 75 are new!!!


3YØI BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. The only thing to report this week is that the members of the 3YØI team continued to assemble in Cape Town, South Africa, for their anticipated Bouvet Island DXpedition. Specific dates still have not been provided, but all operators are now in Cape Town. Operators that have been mentioned so far are Dom/3Z9DX (Team Leader), Jose/CT1DSV, Tack/JE1CKA, Mietek/SP3CMX, Marcin/SP5ES, Stanislaw/SP8S and Branko/YU4DX. As mentioned last week, several pictures can be viewed on their Web page at:   https://bouvetoya.org/3yoi-team-in-cape-town
  It would seem that their departure from Cape Town to Bouvet is approaching very soon. As reported from their Web page, the trip will take 12 days one way. They plan to stay on the island for at least 2 weeks, if the weather cooperators. The 3YØI DXpedition's band plan -- frequencies (160-6m) and modes (CW/SSB/FT8) can be found at:
  https://www.rebeldxgroup.com
  https://bouvetoya.org/3yoi-bandplan
QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW or via 3Z9DX. For more details and updates, we suggest to watch the following Web pages:
  https://bouvetoya.org
  https://www.rebeldxgroup.com
  https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
  https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup
  https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

4L, GEORGIA. Mamuka Kordzakhia, 4L2M, President of the National Association Radio Amateurs of Georgia (NARG), will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via EA7FTR (For Ukraine Stations via UT7QF).
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

4S, SRI LANKA. Operators Bernd/DK7TF and Jurgen/DH6ICE will once again be active as 4S7DLG from Hikaduwa from November 22nd until December 6th. Activity should be on all HF bands mainly on SSB and FT8, using a TS-480 into a Hexbeam and GP. QSL via DK8ZZ.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

4S, SRI LANKA (Reminder). Peter, DCØKK, will once again be active as 4S7KKG from Moragalla, Sri Lanka (AS-003, WLOTA 0762) until April 1st. He states that he preferably likes to be active on the Digital modes and CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct and by the Bureau. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

5H, TANZANIA (Update to OPDX.1381/Reminder). Maurizio, IK2GZU, is now active again as 5H3MB and will return to the "Mission Ilembula" to do some work at the new hospital and orphanage. He will be there until November 28th. He plans to be active during his spare time on various HF bands. He will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) [field day style]as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. During his stay, Maurizio will use his FT-100 and the mission's TS-850 into a tri-band 3 element beam (20/15/10m) fixed on Europe and a vertical or dipole for the other bands. QSL via IK2GZU, direct or by the Bureau. Also, QSL via LoTW (after his return home) and eQSL. For more details, updates and an online log, visit his Web pages at:
   http://www.buffoli-pm.it/5h/Tanzania%202011.htm
   http://www.buffoli-pm.it/5h/qsl%20request.htm
-[OPDX # 1387 October 29, 2018]

5R, MADAGASCAR (Update to OPDX.1382). Operators Alex/K2BB and Paul/UUØJR will be active as 5R8UM (not 5R8R as requested) from Nosy Be Island (AF-057), Madagascar, between November 19-29th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-Single or possibly as Multi-2 entry (if they have enough ops...). They now have a Web page at:  https://5r8-2018.com
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

5R, MADAGASCAR. Eric, F6ICX, will once again be active as 5R8IC from Saint Marie Island (AF-090, WLOTA LH-0491) from November 5th until mid-February 2019. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters, mainly CW, but some SSB, RTTY, and PSK63, using a FT450 with 100 watts into various GPs or Inverted-Ls and a Hexbeam for 20-10 meters. There will be no online log during his activity. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com). Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

5U, NIGER. Pierre, HB9AMO, will once again be active as 5U9AMO from Niger from November 20th until December 3rd. Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters CW using a Yaesu FT-991 w/100w into a Spiderbeam 404-UL multiband antenna (40-10m) and wire antennas for 60m, 80m and 160m. He will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as Single-Op/ All-Band/Low-Power/Unassisted entry. QSL via MØURX or LoTW. Log will be uploaded to LoTW in February 2019. For more details, updates and a log search, visit Pierre's Web page at:  http://www.hb9amo.net/5u9amo.php
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

5X, UGANDA. Alan, G3XAQ, will once again be active as 5X1XA from Kampala between November 17-25th. Activity is usually on 80-10 meters CW only, and he plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power/Unassisted entry. QSL via G3SWH or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1384 October 8, 2018]

6V, SENEGAL. Operators Jacques/F6BEE will once again be active as 6W1RW from here but this time with Franck/F8CRH. Look for them to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry signing as 6V7A. QSL via LoTW or via F6BEE. Also look for 6W1RW before the contest, as time permits.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

6Y, JAMAICA. Operators Harry/VA3EC, Doug/VA3DF, Dennis/VA3WB and Tony/VE3RZ will be active as 6Y3T from 6Y5WJ's QTH on Jamaica (NA-097) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. The team will be active outside of the contest between November 21-27th. QSLs via MØURX's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

7Q, MALAWI. Susan, W7KFI, will be joining Don, K6ZO, to be active as 7Q7M and 7Q6M, respectively, from Embangweni Mission Hospital, in Northern Malawi, late November for the CQWW DX CW Contest. Susan told OPDX that she will be there for 8 days (specific days were not mentioned). She also mentioned that Don will put up a 6 element 20 meter beam on top of 65 ft. tower while there, and hopes to build a world class contest station for future use. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, but they will concentrating on 20m (14036 kHz) and 40m (7036 kHz) outside the CQWW DX CW Contest (October 24-25th). Remember to look for them in the contest. QSL 7Q6M via K6ZO. QSL 7Q7M via Susan's instructions. ADDED NOTE: You may remember Susan, W7KFI, who is about 83, and was the Skipper of her own sailboat called "USSV DHARMA" stationed in Hawaii. She planned to activate Johnston Island (KH3) in 2011, but had engine problems and then some health issues. She is now living in Gulfport, MS.
-[OPDX # 1386 October 22, 2018]

7Q, MALAWI. Karl, DK2WV, will once again be active from here, but as 7Q7W from Lilongwe, Malawi, between November 13-28th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via DK2WV.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

8P, BARBADOS (Reminder). Operators Sigi/DL7DF, Manfred/DK1BT (and YL Gerlinde), Wolf/DL4WK, Annette/DL6SAK, Reiner/DL7KL, Frank/DL7UFR and Jan/SP3CYY will be active as 8P9AE from Barbados (NA-021) between November 6-20th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will have three stations on the air and their equipment will consist of a transceiver Elecraft K2, two transceivers Icom IC7300, two OX1000 power amplifiers, one power amplifier, a vertical for 160-80m, a 40m loop, a 30m loop, a Spiderbeam for 20-10m, VDA antennas as well as a few laptop computers. QSL via DL7DF, direct, by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW within 6 months after their DXpedition. For more details and updates, see:  http://www.dl7df.com/8p9
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

8P, BARBADOS. Charles, 8P6ET, will be active this year as 8P1W during the following contests: CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th), CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). Look for him to be as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry in all the contests. QSL via KU9C.
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

8Q, MALDIVES. Masa, JR3RIU, will be active as 8Q7JX from Maldive Islands (AS-013) between November 23-25th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and FT8. He will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). QSL via his home callsign, direct, LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or eQSL. NO Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

8Q, MALDIVES. Braco, E77DX (OE1EMS), will be active as 8Q7DX, from Baa Atoll (AS-013) between November 10-27th. Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using mainly CW. He will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/Classic entry, but only for the first 24 Hrs. Equipment is a Elecraft KX-3, Juma 1000 1KW, into an endfeed antenna in halfsquare configuration (80-10m). QSL via OE1EMS.
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

9Y, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. Nick, VE3EY, will once again be active as 9Y4/VE3EY from Trinidad and Tobago between November 19-26th. This will be a (Field Day) suitcase operation on 160-10 meters using a K3 and KPA500 amp into two verticals. His activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Focus prior to the contest will be on Low Bands/WARC. QSL via VE3EY.
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

A3, TONGA (Reminder). Operators Tom/GM4FDM, Ron/PA3EWP and Martin/PA4WM are now active as A35EU from the Heilala Lodge Resort on Tongatapu Island (OC-049) until November 27th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and some FT8. They will have three stations active and the focus will be on Europe. QSL via GM4FDM, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:  https://tonga.lldxt.eu
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

A4, OMAN. Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) will activate their contest station, A44A, in Muscat during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via A47RS. Operators mentioned are Mohib/A41JZ, San/A45TT, Don/G3XTT, Mike/K9NW, Chad/WE9V, Deepak/VU2CDP and Prasad/VU2PTT (A45VA).
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

BY, CHINA. Paul, BA7JS, will once again be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m)/High-Power/ Unassisted entry. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

BY, CHINA. Yuan, BD1IIJ, will be active from the town of Sujiatuo during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Bands entry. QSL via BD1IIJ, direct or LoTW. NO Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

C6, BAHAMAS. After his WP3Q operation (see below), Brian, ND3F, will be active as C6AQQ from Nassau, New Providence Island (NA-001), from November 24th until December 1st. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. He will use a modest portable setup. Outside the contest, Brian plans to operate FT8. QSL via N3IQ.
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

C6, BAHAMAS. By the time you read this, operators George/AA7JV and Mike/ KN4EEI will be active as C6AGU from Water Cay (NA-001) until December 3rd. Activity will be mainly on 160/80/40 meters using mostly CW and FT8. Look for them to be in the upcoming CQWWDX CW and ARRL 160m CW contest. QSL via HA7RY.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

C6, BAHAMAS. Rich, NØHJZ, will once again be active as C6ARW from Grand Bahama Island (NA-080) between November 20-27th. Activity will be on 30/17/12 meters this time using CW, SSB and RTTY, with low power and wires/verticals. Operations will also include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct (with sufficient postage) or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

CE, CHILE. Members of the Antofagasta Contest Group will be active as CB1H during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via XQ1KN.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Danilo, IZ1KHY, will be involved in several scientific missions, research projects and some remote camps in the Antarctica as well as being active as IAØ/IZ1KHY until the end of February 2019.
-[OPDX # 1387 October 29, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Adam, ZL4ASC, is now active signing ZL5A over the 2018-2019 Antarctic season (13 months) from the Scott Base on Ross Island (AN-011). He states on QRZ.com, "Please note I will be working on critical communications equipment and can only operate as an amateur in my spare time." Look for more info to be forthcoming. Meanwhile, visit his Web site for more information regarding his adventure on the Scott Base which is still under construction at:  http://www.adamcampbell.co.nz
-[OPDX # 1380 September 10, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Sergey, R3IW, will be active as RI1ANW from the Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica, until March 2019. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via RN1ON or ClubLog's OQRS.
 -[OPDX # 1374 July 30, 2018]

CT3, MADEIRA. Operators David/CT1DRB, Laszlo/HA3NU, Rastislav/OM3BH, Jozef/OM3GI, Tibor/OM3RM and Peter/OM7LW will be active as CR3DX from Porto Moniz, Madeira Island, during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via OM2VL.
-[OPDX # 1386 October 22, 2018]

CU, AZORES. Antonio, CU8AS, will be active from Santa Cruz on Flores Island (EU-089, WLOTA LH 0947, Locater HM49kk, DIP AZ008, FAZ 002) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High- Power entry. QSL via HB9CRV or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

CU, AZORES. Hermann, CU8FN, will be active from Santa Cruz on Flores Island (EU-089, WLOTA LH 0947, Locater HM49kk, DIP AZ008, FAZ 002) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High- Power entry. QSL via HB9CRV or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

D4, CAPE VERDE. Jose, CT1BOH, will be active as D41CV from the D4C contest station on Sao Vicente Island (AF-086) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or IK2NCJ by the Bureau. DIRECT QSL to: MONTEVERDE CONTEST CLUB, 6963 Pregassona, Switzerland. For the latest information, check the D4C Web page at:  http://www.d4c.cc
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of October 30th. The list contain 340 entities and here are the top 10 entities (which has not changed since last month):
  1. P5    DPRK (North Korea)     6. BV9P  Pratas Island
  2. 3Y/B  Bouvet Island          7. KH7K  Kure Island
  3. FT5/W Crozet Island          8. KH3   Johnston Island
  4. CEØX  San Felix Islands      9. VKØM  Macquarie Island
  5. BS7H  Scarborough Reef      10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:  https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Bob, GU4YOX, will be active as EA8/GU4YOX from Fuerteventura Island (AF-004) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via GU4YOX, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1374 July 30, 2018]

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Jay, OH6CS, will be active as EA8/OH6CS from the Canary Islands between November 21-30th. Activity will be on various bands, including 60m, and especially 6 meters on CW and SSB. He also plans to be on the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??m) entry signing EA8CUU. QSL via his home callsign, direct or LoTW. Visit his Web page at:  http://oh6cs.fi/ea8.htm
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

EA9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Jorge, EA9LZ, will be active as EA9LZ from Ceuta during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single- Band (40m) entry. QSL via EA5KB direct or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

EK, ARMENIA. Artur, EK7AF, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

EK, ARMENIA. Levon, EK6RL, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as an All-Band entry. QSL via EK6RL direct.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

FG, GUADELOUPE. Oliver, F6ARC, is once again active as FG/F6ARC from Guadeloupe (NA-102) for two weeks between November and December (specific dates not mentioned). Activity will be holiday style with a focus on the 30/17/12m bands and the lower bands using 100 watts CW only. Look for him to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??m) entry.  QSL via FE11DX, by the Bureau, direct, eQSL and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

FG, GUADELOUPE. Bruno, F5CFX, will be active as FG/F5CFX from Guadeloupe (NA-102) between November 11-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on 40 and 20 meters using the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

FM, MARTINIQUE. Oliver, W6NV, will be in Martinique between November 20-28th. He plans to be active as TO5A during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). USA QSL via WA6WPG. All other via F5VHJ, LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or REF Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

FM, MARTINIQUE (CARIBBEAN TOUR). Gerd, DL7VOG, will once again be active from the Caribbean between late October and late November. Look for him to be active as:
  FM/DL7VOG -- From Martinique (NA-107);  October 26th - November 2nd
  J68GU        -- From St. Lucia  (NA-108);    November 3-25th
Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, RTTY and FT8 with some SSB "upon request". QSLs via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred) or by his home callsign (direct or by the Bureau).
-[OPDX # 1384 October 8, 2018]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB has updated his "FT8 Operating Guide" (Version 1.20), a collection of "tips, pragmatic suggestions aimed at making FT8 easier and more effective to use on the HF bands": http://www.g4ifb.com/
-[425 DX NEWS No 1424 18 August 2018]

FY, FRENCH GUYANA. Herve, F5HRY, will once again be active as TO1A but this time during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single- Op/Single-Band (15m)/Low-Power/Assisted entry. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

GD, ISLE OF MAN. David, G3NKC, will be active as MD4K during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via G3NKC.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

GU, GUERNSEY (EU-114). Dick, GU4CHY, will once again be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/ High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct (preferred) or by the Bureau (long QRX).
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

GW, WALES. Ian, G3WVG, will be active as MW5B during CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Operator/Single-Band (160m) entry. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1384 October 8, 2018]

HC, ECUADOR. Uwe, DL8UD, will be active as HC5M from Cuenca between November 21-28th. He plans to operate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/Assisted entry. Before and after the contest, Uwe will operate on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12m bands, using CW and SSB. QSL via DL8UD, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

HH, HAITI. William, KO7SS, will be active as HH2AA from Radio Club D'Haïti in Obleon during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. He states, "Remote operation. Full time effort but the internet can be iffy and station is solar powered." QSL via LoTW only.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

HR, HONDURAS. Operators Ivailo/LZ5VV, Wieslaw/SP4Z and Radoslav/N2WQ will be active as homecall/HR9 from Chillax Roatan Island (NA-057) between November 17-25th. They be active as HQ9X during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL HQ9X via KQ1F. Outside of the contest (before), operators will be active using CW, RTTY, SSB and FT8. QSL HR9/LZ5VV and HR9/SP4Z via their home callsigns. QSL HR9/N2WQ only via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

HS, THAILAND. Members of the SIAM DX Group will be active as E2A from HSØZGD's Phimai QTH (about 350 kilometers north east of Bangkok) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). Operators mentioned are Pas/ HS3ANP, Yo/HS3XVP, Ray/HS4RAY, Champ/E21EIC, JayCie (Goy)/E2ØNKB, Dietmar/ DL3DXX, Sandy/DL1QQ, Dick/N6AA, Art/W6XD, YL Dolores (from California), Tony/HSØZDX/G4UAV, Sam/HSØZDY/SM3DYU and Stig/HSØZGD/LA7JO. QSL via E21EIC and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

HS, THAILAND. Sandy, DL1QQ, will be active as HSØZNW from Bangkok from November 17th until December 7th. Her Thai Intermediate Amateur Radio Operator License is valid from August 14th 2018 until August 13th 2023. QSL only via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1377 August 20, 2018]

J6, ST. LUCIA. Gary, K9AW, is once again active as J68GD from St. Lucia (NA-108) until February 2nd, 2019. He plans to be in both CQWW DX Contest in October (27-28th) and November (24-25th), as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entries. Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-10 meters using mainly CW with some SSB. QSL via K9AW direct or LoTW. He will make daily uploads to LoTW and ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1387 October 29, 2018]

J8, ST. VINCENT ISLAND (Update). Operators Alan/K7AR, Richard/N7RO, Adrian/ KO8SCA, John/VE7CT, Sandro/VE7NY and Ralph/VE7XF will be active as J8NY from St. Vincent Island (NA-109) between November 21-28th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via VE7NY.
-[OPDX # 1387 October 29, 2018]

JD1, OGASAWARA. Operators Koji/JI1LET, Takeshi/JA1UII, Masatoshi/JH1HHC and Hideo/JI1CRM will be active as JD1BOI, JD1BON, JD1BPH and JI1CRM/JD1, respectively, from Komagari, Chichijima Island (AS-031), from November 22nd until December 7th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via their home callsigns, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1386 October 22, 2018]

KH2, GUAM. Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-? entry. Operators mentioned are Toshinobu/JI3ERV (NH2C), Mikawa/JR7OMD, Hajime/JO1RUR and Makoto/JH1ASG. QSL via LoTW or to JH7QXJ, direct or by the Bureau. PLEASE DO NOT QSL via the KH2 Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

KH7, HAWAII. Jim, N6TJ, will once again be active as KH7M (the Pu'u O'o Radio Club callsign) from Volcano during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via KH6ZM (USA/ Canada) or to IØMWI (the rest of the world).
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Dan, K8RF, informs us he is now full-time as NP2J from St. Croix and will be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m) entry. He also adds, "Mainly working 160 meters now, will have a 40-meter antenna working soon that can be used with antenna tuner to get on 30 and 17 Meters. Planning on putting up Tribander for higher bands by end of year. Will be on 160 meters for most DX contests this year but may do all band effort for ARRL contests. I work 90% CW, 10% SSB and 0% Digital. Was very active on Six meters CW earlier this year with a six element Yagi, conditions were excellent, but CW activity diminished to almost nothing by the end of the season. Very Sad. I see Digital modes as the death of Ham Radio, it certainly killed Six-meter CW/SSB activity, I see the same trend on 160 meters to a lesser extent. Thanks to all those that brave the QRN on 160 to call me during the contests! QSL via LoTW or direct: Dan Flaig, PO Box 25941, Christiansted, VI 00824-194."
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active as NP2P during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

KP4, PUERTO RICO. Felipe, NP4Z, will be active as KP3Z from the Puerto Rico Contest Club in Rio Piedras during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via N4AO.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

OHØ, ALAND ISLAND. Tomi, OH6EI, will be active as OHØZ during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via WØMM.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

ON, BELGIUM (Special Event). Special event station, OP7VA, is now active until November 30th. Activity is to commemorate World War I (WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War, or the Great War, and it was a global war originating in Europe that lasted between July 28th, 1914, and November 11th, 1918. Operations will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via ON7VA. See QRZ.com for more details.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

OX, GREENLAND. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX, but this time from Tasiilaq Island (NA-151, WW Loc. HP15EO) from November 21st until December 4th. Activity will be on various HF bands (Focus on 160/80/ 60m) but limited to his spare time when not working (He states, "Best chance is in the morning around lunch and after dinner [local time utc+2], on the weekend also during night/morning"). QSL via OZØJ direct (see QRZ.com). Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL. For more details and updates, see:
    http://geronne.dk/index.php/ox3lx/ox3lx-dxped
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Carsten, OY1CT, is active almost daily from Streymoy Island in the Faroe Islands (EU-018) around/about 14033 kHz after 1500z. QSL via OY1CT direct or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1381 September 17, 2018]

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Roly, ZL1BQD, will once again be active as P29RR from Wewak from November 20th until December 4th. Activity will probably be mainly on 40/20 meters using CW and the Digital modes (FT8, JT65, JT9). He also plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). QSL via his home callsign direct, LOTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

P4, ARUBA. Andy, AE6Y, will once again be active as P49Y from Aruba (SA-036) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via AE6Y or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

PJ2, CURACAO. John, G4IRN, a member of the PJ2T team for the CQWW DX CW Contest, reports that he will be active this week as PJ2/G4IRN. He uploads regularly to LoTW and will also QSL via the Bureau or direct. His preferred method for receiving your request is ClubLog's OQRS. Visit his Web page at:  https://g4irn.com
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

PJ4, BONAIRE. Operators Jeff/KU8E and John/K4BAI will be active as PJ4/KU8E and PJ4/K4BAI from the "PJ4G Radio House" on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) between November 18-27th. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-Single or possibly a two-band entry signing as PJ4A. QSL PJ4A (also LoTW), PJ4/K4BAI and PJ4/KU8E via K4BAI. Check out the "PJ4G Radio House" at:  http://www.pj4g.com Also, look at:  http://ku8e.com/Radio/pj4a.php
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

PJ4, BONAIRE. Operators Scott/W4PA, Ward/NØAX, Robert/S53R and other operators will be active as PJ4Q from Bonaire during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via W4PA. Scott, W4PA, will be active before the contest as PJ4/W4PA starting November 18th with an emphasis on 160m and the 30/17/12m bands. QSL both callsigns to W4PA.
-[OPDX # 1383 September 28, 2018]

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Oleh, UR5BCP/KD7WPJ, will be active as PJ7/UR5BCP from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between now and November 21st. Activity will be mainly on 20/15 meters using mostly CW and FT8, with 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via KD7WPJ.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Tom, AA9A, is once again active as PJ7AA from Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten (NA-105), until December 8th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and the Digital modes. He hopes to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). Operations will be with 100 watts with a K3 and Buddi-pole. QSL via AA9A or LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Phil, KØCD, will once again be active as PJ7/KØCD from Sint Maarten Island (NA-105) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/QRP entry. QSL via his home callsign. He plans to be on the day before the contest to check his setup.
-[OPDX # 1387 October 29, 2018]

PYØ, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Ville, PY2ZEA (OH2MM, ex-PWØF, PWØFN), will once again be active from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003), but as PYØF during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power (Classic?) entry. Ville states, "Station still under construction. Yagis but no rotators so far." QSL via PY7RP.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

PZ, SURINAM. Yuri, VE3DZ, will be active as PZ5T from Surinam between November 20-28th. Activity includes the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Outside of the contest, look for him to be on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

SV9, CRETE. Operators Christo/LZ3FN, Todor/LZ4AW and Georgios/SV9DJO will be active as SW9AA from Crete (EU-015, GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA 1400) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Mukti-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via LZ1PM. Activity outside of the contest will be holiday style on all bands, mainly CW.
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

T8, PALAU. Nobuaki, JAØJHQ, will once again be active as T88PB from the VIP-Guest Hotel in Koror City, Palau, between November 23-26th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters on CW, but with a focus on the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). His equipment is an IC-7300 w/TL933 amp (about 500w) into a 3 element Yagi and DP antennas. QSL via LoTW (preferred) or direct to his home callsign. For more details and updates, see his Web page at:  http://pandasan.jimdo.com
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

TK, CORSICA. Look for "Team Charlie" (TeamC) to be active again as TKØC from Sant Ambroggio, Corsica, during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via S5ØC, direct, eQSL and LoTW. The list of operators was not provided. For details and updates, watch:  https://www.facebook.com/TK0CHARLIE
-[OPDX # 1386 October 22, 2018]

V2, ANTIGUA. Bud, AA3B, will once again be active as V26K from Antigua (NA-100) between November 19-26th. Activity will be mainly on CW. Bud will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or via AA3B, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Andy, N2NT, will be active as V47T from the QTH of V47KP on St. Kitts (NA-104) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Andy will also be active as V47NT before the contest between November 16-22nd. QSL both callsigns via W2RQ direct or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

V6, MICRONESIA (Reminder). Sho, JA7HMZ, will once again be active as V63DX from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between November 19-26th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, all modes and including the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry signing V6A. He will be looking for European stations on 160m before and after the contest. QSL via his home callsign direct or LoTW. No Bureau QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

V6, MICRONESIA (Reminder). Shu, JA1FMN, will once again be active as V63PSK from Weno Island (in the Chuuk State; also known as Moen Island; OC-011) between November 19-25th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-15 meters using JT65, JT9, FT8 and PSK63. Watch primarily between 1700-0200z. QSL via JA1FMN, by the Bureau, direct, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS (on Nov. 26th).
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

V6, MICRONESIA. Janusz, AK4JK, is now active as V6JBVS from Kolonia, Pohnpei Island (OC-010). The length of his stay is unknown. He states, "I work daily CW on the 20m band. I call CQ on 14.007.00 MHz usually about 0700 am GMT. Please, QSL only direct via AK4JK home address. (with 2 USDs plus SAE, NO IRCs)."
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

VP2E, ANGUILLA. Operators Art/WA7NB (VP2EAB) and John/N2LK (VP2EJS), will be active from Anguilla Island (NA-022) between November 18-26th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, and the Digital modes. During the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) they will be active as a Multi-Op entry signing VP2EAB. QSL via their home callsigns or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

VP2E, ANGUILLA. Operators Rich/KE1B and YL Anna/W6NN will once again be active as VP2EAQ and VP2EAR, respectively, from Songbird Villa, Rendezvous Bay, between November 19-28th. Activity will be "holiday-style" using a single station (an Elecraft K3S) with 100w and a Buddipole antenna system directly adjacent to the sea. Operations will be on all bands 40-10 meters (including 30/17/12m), and all modes (CW/SSB/RTTY/FT8). Look for VP2EAQ to be active in CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). They expect to have Internet access, and plan to upload logs to ClubLog daily. You can check your QSO status and request a QSL card via the Online QSL Request System (ClubLog's OQRS). Direct QSLs are via their home callsign (see QRZ.com for details). Also, QSL via LoTW or eQSL. Bureau cards should be sent via KE1B.
-[OPDX # 1378 August 27, 2018]

VP2E, ANGUILLA. Operators Art/WA7NB and John/N2LK, will be active as VP2EAB and VP2ESJ from Anguilla (NA-022) between November 18-25th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Their activity will also include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-Op entry signing VP2EAB. QSL via their home callsigns or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1379 September 3, 2018]

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Operators Rob/MØVFC, Dan/MØWUT and Dom/MØBLF will be active as VP2MUW from Gingerbread Hill, Montserrat, between November 17-23rd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. They will have three Elecraft K3s stations. One station has a Juma amp and another station has a KPA500. The other station will be barefoot. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW regularly throughout their operation. If you need a paper QSL, you can use ClubLog's OQRS to request a direct or Bureau card. Please do not send them your card. For more information, see:  https://vp2muw.com
-[OPDX # 1383 September 28, 2018]

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Dave, WJ2O, will be active as VP2V/WJ2O from the British Virgin Islands (NA-023) between November 21-27th. Activity will be mainly on the 30/17/12 meter bands. He will also be in the CQWW DX Cw Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via N2ZN or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1377 August 20, 2018]

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Nao, JN1RVS, will be active as VP2V/K6NAO from British Virgin Islands (NA-023) between November 17-23rd. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via JA1HGY or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

VP9, BERMUDA. Georg, DK7LX, will once again be active as VP9/DK7LX from St. David's Island between November 6-20th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW. QSL via his home callsign or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

WØAIH (SK) TRIBUTE. Tom, K8CX, Webmaster of the Ham Gallery Web page has put together a special tribute page for well-known contester/antenna farmer Reverend Paul Bittner, WØAIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin at:  http://hamgallery.com/Tribute/W0AIH
ADDED NOTE: Effort Under Way to Fund WØAIH Memorial Scholarship. See the ARRL Web page at:
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/effort-under-way-to-fund-w0aih-memorial-scholarship
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

WØAIH (SK). Well-known contester/antenna farmer the Reverend Paul Bittner, WØAIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, became a Silent Key (SK) on October 31st. Reports indicate that during tower maintenance, a mishap claimed Bittner's life. Paul was 84. For more details, see:  http://tinyurl.com/y7gbtf2b. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of WØAIH.
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

XT2, BURKINA FASO (Update). Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, sometime in November. Activity is usually holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He  states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (FT8, 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 MØOXO's OQRS
-[OPDX # 1384 October 8, 2018]

XU7, CAMBODIA. Steff, HB9FXL, will once again be active as XU7AKB from various locations in Cambodia from November 22nd until December 14th. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB. The equipment will include a Elecraft KX2 and KX3 with PA100, and a Yaesu FT857D with 10 watts and 100 watts  into an Aerial-51, Vertical HyEndfed (10/20/40m), and portable Hexbeam (by foldingantennas.com). QSL via HB9FXL, by the USKA QSL Bureau or direct. Logs will be posted to ClubLog and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

XV, VIETNAM (Reminder). Mats, RM2D (SM6LRR), will once again be active as XV2D from Phan Tiet from November 19th until December 2nd. Activity will be holiday style, but he will make a serious effort for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th), but will sign as XV9D. Entry category will be defined later [possibly Single-Band or All-Band]. Activity before and after the contest will be mainly on CW, SSB, and possibly some Digital modes, on 40-10 meters including the 30/17/12m bands, and possibly 80 meters as well. QSL both callsigns via LoTW or direct to SM6LRR. NO Bureau QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]

YB, INDONESIA. The YE2A Team will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL only LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs. Operators mentioned are Kei/YBØARJ, Agus/YB1ALL, Yohanes/YB2DX, Dani/YB2TJV, Nur/YB2WA, Anton/YB5QZ, Indra/YD2XVT, and Han/YD1SDL/2.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

YV, VENEZUELA. Paolo, YV1DIG, will be active as YW4D during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or EA7JX. ADDED NOTE: Look for Paolo to be active on 160m two days before and the night after the contest.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

ZA, ALBANIA. Henning, OZ1BII, is once again active as ZA/OU2I from Golem between November 21-27th. His main activity will be CW only on the 30/17/12-meter bands. Operations also include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band (160-10m)/Low-Power entry. His equipment will be a Elecraft K3, a Diamond BB7V vertical plus a balun and some wires, and hopefully, some sort of Long Wire antenna. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog, eQSL and LoTW. QSL via direct to his home address or LoTW (preferred). For more details and updates, see:  http://oz1bii.dk/dx-za2ee.htm
-[OPDX # 1388 November 5, 2018]

ZA, ALBANIA. Rumen, LZ1MS, will be active as ZA/LZ1MS from Albania between November 23-27th. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog. Direct QSLs go to: RUMEN GECHEV, Vitoshki Ezera Street, No.33, SOFIA 1434, Bulgaria.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Dan, N6MJ, will once again be active as ZF1A from Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL ZF1A via LoTW or K6AM. Activity outside of the contest, Dan will sign as ZF2MJ on 160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via N6MJ or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1389 November 12, 2018]

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Stan, K5GO, will once again be active as ZF9CW from Cayman Brac Island (NA-016) sometime during late October to early December. Look for him to be in various contests both CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW or his home callsign direct. NO LoTW and NO Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1385 October 15, 2018]

ZS, SOUTH AFRICA (Update/Correction). Uli, DM5EE, will be active as ZR2A from Port Elizabeth during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. Uli informs OPDX, "Please note that I will rarely be QRV outside of contests, so no activity is currently planned outside of CQWW. I did not bring any radio equipment to South Africa and so, I am relying on local hams to give me an opportunity to operate. I am grateful to Andrew, ZS2PA, who is allowing me to use his station for the upcoming CQWW DX Contest where I have access to a 3 element Tribander, a dipole for 40m and a low G5RV on 80m."
-[OPDX # 1390 November 19, 2018]




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9L, SIERRA LEONE (Update to OPDX.1367). Mark, KW4XJ, who is now active as 9L1YXJ from Freetown (WW Loc. IJ38jk), informs OPDX that his overseas assignment is for 3 years and he has been there for 9 months now. Mark operates mainly on CW and the Digital modes on the HF bands (40-10m). He adds that he [edited] uses an "ICOM IC-7300 running 100 watts, Chameleon EMCOMM II end-fed wire antenna in an inverted L configuration, with a telescopic mast up about 25’, then the rest of the wire out horizontally to a convenient supporting anchor. I had to switch to the wire antenna as we have progressed into the rainy season, and we do get some rather strong wind gusts and monsoon rains here in the tropics. Before that I was using a Chameleon mil-whip w/extension. That worked very well but is a portable antenna. No way it could hold up to the storms this time of year. The wire antenna seems to be holding up well so far. I am going to be ordering an Elecraft 500-watt amplifier and electronic antenna tuner here shortly. I hope to have that delivered and installed in about a month or so. Right now, I’m using a MFJ manual antenna tuner — it works fine but after a while it gets tiring and the lazy side of me wants to just hit a button to tune. :) With the sunspot cycle where it is I’ve only been able to make FT8 and CW contacts with just 100 watts. Sometimes PSK31 will work from here. I’ve made a handful of RTTY contacts. Usually CW and FT8 most of the time. SSB seems pointless after many attempted QSOs to Europe that were very marginal at best if we could get through at all. That is why I was thinking the amplifier would help. My CW skills are still pretty basic, I can reliably manage about 13 WPM on the air. I did do my first ever CW contest here recently for the CQMM DX. I made over 300 contacts which I thought was a decent showing given my relatively low power, rookie operator, and slow speed. I need to find another CW contest to try. I’m still relatively new at operating on HF. I’ve got a lot of unexpected, excellent advice from hams around the world — the US, but also lots of help from the UK, Germany, Brazil, and Japanese operators. This is an amazing hobby. I’ve had FT8/JT65 QSOs from here in Freetown to the Falkland Islands, Iceland, Japan (lots of Japan on the long path), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the West coast of Canada, all with my modest setup." QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1368 June 18, 2018]

9X, RWANDA. Alan, KE4TA, after a long ride back from Pretoria, he is now back in Kigali and will be active as 9XØTA during his spare time. He states, "Things are very busy here right now, and likely to get busier in the next few weeks. I'll try to get on the air when I get the chance." He should be here for just under 2-1/2 years. 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:  http://www.rwandadx.com
-[OPDX # 1365.May 28, 2018]

ISØ, SARDINIA. Simone, ISØAFM, is active with the special callsign IRØFOC from Cagliari until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the "First Class CW Operators' Club" (FOC). A special award will be issued in May, for valid contacts for that award for only those worked between May 1-31st, 2018. QSL via LoTW or direct to ISØAFM.
-[OPDX # 1350 February 5, 2018]

SU, EGYPT. After more than five years in Jordan and about three years of activity as JY9FC which resulted with more than 90k QSO, Jovica, E78A, has a new work assignment in Cairo, Egypt, until the end of 2018. Jovica will be active as SU9JT with 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via E73Y, by the Bureau or direct. ClubLog's OQRS will be activated when QSL cards are received from printer at the end of February.
-[OPDX # 1353 February 26, 2018]

VKØ/M, MACQUARIE ISLAND. Reports state that Norbert, VK5MQ, is now active as VKØAI from Macquarie Island (AN-005). He is expected to be there with the next winter team for one year. QSNs show that he was on 30/20 meters running FT8 between 0440-0630z. He has an Icom IC-7300 transceiver and a vertical antenna. QSL via VK5MQ.
-[OPDX # 1362 April 30, 2018]

XZ, MYANMAR. Simon, HSØZIB, was signing XZ2A last week, and is "the first resident amateur radio station in Myanmar since 1962". Currently, Simon is in Bangkok for a couple of weeks collecting some ham gear before returning to Naypyitaw. He is a British ham who is living in Naypyitaw, the new capital city of Myanmar. Simon teaches English, science and STEM at an international school. He also runs a "one-man-band" educational charity called "TeacherSimon.org". His license states that he can use 15, 12 and 10 meters only, and can operate on SSB and various Digital modes. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, watch for his posts on QRZ.com at:  https://www.qrz.com/db/XZ2A
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Andy, MØHLT, is now active as ZD8AC from Georgetown for the next two years. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He hopes to be on the air Saturday afternoons on 20 or 15 meters on/near the RSGB IOTA frequencies. He will be using his TS-50 and a Spider beam (40-10m). QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1346 January 8, 2018]