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 November 12, 2017)

EIDXA January 2018 Meeting
The next EIDXA meeting will be held on a Friday in January 2018 (exact date yet to be determined) 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 December 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
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.

3W, VIETNAM. Dirk, DF2XG, is now active as 3W9XG from Hai Phong. Length of his stay is unknown at this time. He is there working as a project manager for an industrial project in Quang Ngai. He states that he may be relocated to the Quang Ngai Province at beginning of 2018. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using a FT-991 (with a key) into a random wire running only 20 watts. He was heard this past week on 20 meters CW around 1115z. QSL via info on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1343 December 11, 2017]

3YØ BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted on the 3YØX Web FaceBook page <https://www.facebook.com/groups/639362206232014/> December 5th, [edited]:
Propagation From 3YØZ to You...
  The Propagation Page on our website <http://www.bouvetdx.org/propagation> has been updated and now includes a button visitors can click, enter their call and grid square and get a propagation forecast specific for their QTH -- all bands over a 24 hour period.
  These helpful propagation predictions were created using the work of Stu, K6TU, and are based on the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s estimate of average sunspot numbers for February of 2018.
  We hope you will find this information helpful in your upcoming quest to work 3YØZ!
-[OPDX # 1343 December 11, 2017]

4S, SRI LANKA. Peter, DCØKK, is once again active as 4S7KKG from Moragalla, Sri Lanka (AS-003, WLOTA 0762) between November 1st and March 25th. Activity will be mainly on CW and the Digital modes with operation on 20-10 meters. QSL via DCØKK, by the Bureau (preferred) or direct (see QRZ.com). LoTW on request. All QSLs for all QSOs will be sent via the QSL Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1334 October 9, 2017]

4S, SRI LANKA. Takayuki, JI1SHQ, has reportedly moved to Sri Lanka (AS-003) at the end of June, and will be active as 4S7TNG for the next several years. He is preparing his antenna and will soon be able to be on the air. Activity will be mainly on 30 and 20 meters using mainly CW. His station is an Icom IC-706MK2G transceiver (50w) into a V-type Dipole, using two mobile whips; its height is approx. 60m. QSL via JI1SHQ by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1340 November 20, 2017]

5B4, CYPRUS (Special Event). Alex, 5B4ALX/IZ4AMS, is now active with the special callsign, 5B4XMAS, until December 31st. This Christmas celebratory station will be on all HF bands (160-10m) using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. A special QSL will be printed in January 2018 for the event. QSL via IZ4AMS and "NOT NOT NOT CYPRUS QSL BUREAU". Also, ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see: http://www.5b4alx.cloud
-[OPDX # 1343 December 11, 2017]

5R, MADAGASCAR. Marco, ON8XB, is once again active as 5R8XB from Madagascar (AF-013). The length of his stay is unknown at this time. Most of his activities have been on 20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1342 December 4, 2017]

5T, MAURITANIA (Also IOTA Op). Operators Obaid/A61M (5T1R) and Fawaz/A92AA (5T1A) will be active from the capital city Nouakchott between November 20th and December 20th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL both callsigns via A92AA. The duo will be joined by Ahmad/9K2AI (5T2AI), who is there for the next two years, for an IOTA activation to Tidra Island (AF-050) as 5T5TI between December 1-7th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes (FT8 was mentioned). QSL via NI5DX, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see: http://5t5ti.blogspot.com
-[OPDX # 1340 November 20, 2017]

5V, TOGO. John, N9MDH, will be active as 5V1JE from Lomé until end of May 2018, more or less. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (he likes the 30m band) using SSB and the Digital modes. He will use an Icom IC-7300 transceiver into a Gap Titan antenna. QSL via eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1340 November 20, 2017]

5X, UGANDA. Andy, DL3YM, will once again be active as 5X8B from Uganda. His length of stay is not known. He plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-27th) possibly as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW (preferred). He does send all QSLs automatically via the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1340 November 20, 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]

6Y, JAMAICA. Lester, W8YCM, is now active as 6Y6Y from the Westmorland Parish, on The Beach, Negril Jamaica (NA-0097), until January 2018. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. Check out the pictures on QRZ.com. QSL via W8YCM direct only. NO BUREAU or IRCs.
-[OPDX # 1342 December 4, 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]

9X, RWANDA. Peter, HB9DVG, is now active as 9X9PJ (and possibly later as 9X9PJ/P) from Kigali during the next two years. Activity will be on 20-10 meters using SSB. His equipment is an Elecraft KX3 transceiver with a HLA 300 amp into a Buddipole Vertical. QSL via his home callsign direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1333 October 2, 2017]

C9, MOZAMBIQUE. Johannes, PA5X, is now active as C93PA from Beira as of mid-October for the next coming months. Activity so far has been on 40 meters FT8, but will probably be on various HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes (FT8/JT65/WSPR). He is the first ever operator to operate FT8 in Mozambique. His setup consists of: Yaesu FT DX 5000MP Ltd, SM 5000, Acom 1010 HF Linear Amp (800W), K4KIO Hexbeam antenna and Endfed antenna. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS and QRZ.com. For paper QSL cards, QSL via PA5X, by the Bureau or direct.
-[OPDX # 1335 October 16, 2017]

E4, PALESTINE. YL Elvira, IV3FSG, is once again active as E44YL from Bethlehem until December 18th. Activity will be on various HF bands. Look for Elvira to operate SSB and possibly the Digital modes. QSL all SSB and Digital mode QSOs via IK3GES. Logs will be uploaded to both LoTW and ClubLog after the operation.
-[OPDX # 1343 December 11, 2017]

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Rieder, HB9FIH, will once again be active as EA8/HB9FIH from El Hierro Island (AF-004) [is the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands] between December 12th and the end of March 2018. Activity will be 80-10 meters (possibly 6m) using 100 watts, and mainly on CW, RTTY, PSK and some SSB. When he operates portable (SOTA HI-001), activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1343 December 11, 2017]

JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Take, JG8NQJ, will once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group starting October 15th, for the next two months. He is usually there to work on the island's weather station. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He will be mainly on 17 meters, but will also be on 20/15/12/10/6 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL via JA8CJY or by the Bureau via JG8NQJ.
-[OPDX # 1333 October 2, 2017]

JW, SVALBARD. Erik, LA2US, will once again be active as JW2US from Bear Island (IOTA EU-027) for the next 6 months starting in early December. Activity will be limited to his spare time and he will operate on various HF Bands mostly CW at the lower band edges and IOTA frequencies. Also, on this trip he will be on BPSK, FT8 and RTTY. Equipment is a FT-450D, Signalink USB, Expert 1K-FA and a OCFD antenna. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1339 November 13, 2017]

JW, SVALBARD. Morten, LA4JSA, will be active as JW4JSA, from Bear Island [Bjørnøya] (EU-027), until June 1st, 2018. He is there on a work assignment. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1343 December 11, 2017]

KH2, GUAM. Masao, JA1HOP, is once again active as AC2BF/KH2 from Guam (OC-026) until December 12th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using FT8/ JT65/ RTTY/ PSK/ SSB/ CW (but mainly FT8/CW). QSL via JA1OHP, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1343 December 11, 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]

ST, SUDAN. DXNews.com reports that Sergey, R4PBW, is currently active as ST/R4PBW from Khartoum, Sudan. Length of stay is unknown. He is using a Yaesu FT-847 transceiver and GP Antenna. QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1339 November 13, 2017]

TZ, MALI. Fox, PDØFOX, has been active as TZ/PDØFOX since June from Gao, Mali. He is there working for the UN until January 2018. Look for him daily on +/- 14195 kHz between 1400-1700z, and +/- 7095 kHz between 1800-1900z. He is using only 20 watts into a vertical antenna. Look for QSLs to be sent out after May 2018.
-[OPDX # 1342 December 4, 2017]

V5, NAMIBIA. Ulmar, DK1CE, is once again active as V5/DK1CE near Omaruru until December 15th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (he prefers 40/30m between 1800-2200z) using CW. QSL via DK1CE, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1342 December 4, 2017]

V8, BRUNEI. Tom, KCØW, continues to be active as V85/KCØW from Brunei around December 10th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW. Tom states, "I have given up on working FT8 after making 67 QSOs. Too many idiots who have no clue what they are doing drove me to the brink of insanity. Local Electrical Noise on 40/30 meters is S7 - S9++. Unlicensed SSB QRM on 40/30 Meters is Even Worse. Operate QRO if you can." He is using a Yaesu FT-857d at 80 watts and 100% CW. QSL via his home callsign direct. No LoTW. No Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1342 December 4, 2017]

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLAND. Kazeno, JO1GWT/KJ6ZHM, is once again active as VQ9KA near Diego Garcia. The length of his stay is unknown. If like last time, he will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. He states that if it rains there will be no operation. Kazeno uses a Yaesu FT-857D into a Buddipole. QSL via JO1GWT, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1339 November 13, 2017]

Z3, MACEDONIA (Special Event). Radio club "Nikola Tesla" (Z37M) from Stip is celebrating their 70th anniversary. Look for members to activate the special callsign Z37ØM (Zulu three-seven-zero-mike) between October 1st and December 31st. QSL via Z33Z, LoTW or eQSL (see info on QRZ.com).
-[OPDX # 1333 October 2, 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]

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 RN1ONClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1304 February 13, 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]