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 July 16, 2017)

EIDXA Picnic
The annual EIDXA Picnic will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 (with a rain date of September 30). NRØX will host the picnic at his site near Martel. Here is an interactive Google Map showing the location. Any members planning on flying in should coordinate with NRØX!

EIDXA October 2017 Meeting
The next EIDXA meeting will be held on a Friday in October (the exact date is 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.

July 2017 Eastern Iowa DXer
The July 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!

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 July 23, 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, FIJI. Bill, VK4FW, will once again be active as 3D2T from Nadi, Viti Levu Island (OC-016), between July 16-27th. He is there on a family holiday set up by his sister. Using a K3, Bill will be active on 40/30/20/17/15 meters using mainly CW. He plans to activate some WWFF areas in Fiji. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1322 July 17, 2017]

5W, SAMOA. Roly, ZL1BQD, will once again be active as 5WØRR from Apia between July 26th and August 15th. Activity will be limited depending on his workload. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mostly JT65 (possibly FT8) with some CW. He uses a KX3 with 10 watts. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 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]

6V, SENEGAL. Franz, DC4CQ, will be active as 6V/DC4CQ from Senegal between July 30th and August 11th. He and his wife are doctors working in a hospital there. Activity will be limited to his spare time on 40-15 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1321 July 10, 2017]

A2, BOTSWANA. Arnold, WB6OJB, will once again be active as A25JK from Lotsane Game Lodge in eastern Botswana between July 21-27th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

CP, BOLIVIA. Antonio, EA5RM, will be working as a NGO volunteer in Bolivia from June 28th to August 14th, doing maintenance to the emergency radio network that both Solidaridad Medica and the Radioamateur Without Frontiers NGO's have on duty in the Bolivian Amazon jungle. Look for Antonio to be on the air as CP1XRM during his spare time. Activity will be on SSB and the Digital modes. QSL direct via his home callsign and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1320 July 3, 2017]

CT3, MADEIRA. Operators Nigel/G3TXF and Ian/G3WVG will be active as CR3G from Santana, Madeira Island (AF-014), during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-2/Island-DXpedition entry. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1322 July 17, 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]
-[OPDX # 1322 July 17, 2017]

EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Andy, DK5ON, will once again be active as EA6/DK5ON from Mallorca Island (EU-004, ARLHS BAL-010 Cap de Pera Light, WLOTA 1902) between July 17-31st. Activity will be holiday style with some possible EAFF and SOTA/GMA activities. Operations will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (JT65, RTTY, PSK31). Andy will also be in the RSGB IOTA Contest. He will be using an Elecraft KX3 (QRP 5 watts) and ICOM IC-7300 into Buddistick and Buddipole antenna system. QSL via DK5ON, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1320 July 3, 2017]

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Jose, EA8CNR, will be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) from Gran Canaria Island (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L 0969) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Marco, EA8AQV, will be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) from Gran Canaria Island (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L 0969) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct or eQSL. NO BUREAU.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

FO/M, MARQUESAS ISLANDS (Reminder). Operators Didier/F6BCW, Dominique/ F6DTZ, Le/F1TCV and David/K3EL will be active as TX5EG from Hiva Oa Island (OC-027) between July 29th and August 6th. Activity will be on 80-12 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. Suggested frequencies for CW and SSB are:
  CW  - 3527, 7027, 10117, 14027, 18077, 21027 and 24907 kHz
  SSB - 3677, 7127, 14127, 14227, 18127, 21227, 21277 and 24927 kHz
  RTTY and PSK on the bands dedicated to these modes.
Their plans are to do 65%/CW (Split 1-10), 25%/SSB (Split 5-15) and 10%/RTTY. QSL TX5EG via F6BCW, direct, by the REF Bureau or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

K1, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Look for special event station K1T to be active between July 23rd and August 5th. Activity is to honor and memorialize Howard E. Anthony, second owner of the Heath Co., who died in a tragic plane crash on July 23, 1954. The callsign K1T stands for "kit". Operations will be on the standard "contest bands" (WARC bands didn't exist in the prime Heathkit years), on the modes of SSB and CW. See complete details and the schedule for operations on QRZ.com. QSL via W7UUU.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Reminder). Randy, WW6RG, will be active as WW6RG/KH9 for only a one-day operation on July 24th. Activity will be on 20 meters QRP using SSB only between 0330-0730z on 14205 kHz; and again around 0545z; US General ops listen for him around 14235 after 0600z. QSL via his home callsign direct. ADDED NOTE: He is expected to return on August 17th, for another one-day operation.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

OHØ, ALAND ISLANDS. Operators Doug/CO8DM and Pekka/OH2TA will be active as OHØX from Brando Island (EU-002) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via OH2TA.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

P4, ARUBA. Andreas, DL7AT, will be active as P4/DL7AT from Aruba (SA-036) between July 22nd and August 6th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1322 July 17, 2017]

PYØT, TRINDAD AND MARTIN VAZ ISLANDS (Cancelled). It was announced this past week that the ZZØT operation/project to Trindade and Martin Vaz Islands has been cancelled. No other details were provided.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

S7, SEYCHELLES (Reminder). Nobuaki, JAØJHQ, will be active as S79NH from Praslin Island (AF-024) between July 26-31st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and RTTY (possibly SSB). He will also be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog. For more details and updates, see:  https://pandasan.jimdo.com/s79nh
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

SOLAR ECLIPSE (For Hams and Non-Hams). Ward, NØAX, reports: "OK, ham radio folks - I'm sure all of you have family, friends, clubs who are interested in the eclipse. Knowing you're a ham radio operator, maybe they asked how the eclipse will affect radio waves (a.k.a. 'RF' for 'radio frequency'). Here's an article I wrote in Nuts & Volts magazine presenting several things they can do with radios they already have to hear the effect them- selves. There are other articles to read listed in the article and on the HamSCI website, too. Got your goggles yet?"
  http://hamsci.org/article/non-ham-participation-observing-eclipses-rf-effects
  http://www.nutsvolts.com/magazine/article/the-solar-eclipse-and-ham-radio
The solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21st.
ADDED NOTE (by Editor): Look for Perry, N7FST, to be active in celebrating the "Great American Total Solar Eclipse." He will operate with the special event callsign K7E (K7Eclipse). Operation will be Monday, August 21st, at 1400z, until August 22nd, at 0200z. Activity will be on 7183 kHz and 14256 kHz plus or minus QRM. He states, "I'll be operating portable near the path of eclipse totality from the state of Wyoming. I have a nice QSL card for this special event. You can send me your QSL card, and I'll send you the special K7E eclipse QSL card. QSL direct to N7FST (also QRZ and LoTW)."
   https://www.qrz.com/hampages/n7fst/solar_eclipse_b_w.jpg
-[OPDX # 1322 July 17, 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]

SV5, DODECANESE. Efstathios, SV5DKL, will once again be active as SX5R from Rhodes Island (EU-001). Activity this time will be during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Assisted/CW-Mode/24-Hrs/High-Power entry. QSL only direct via info on QRZ.com. LoTW will be updated in just a week's time after the contest.
-[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]

T8, PALAU. Ted, JA7XBG, will once again be active as T88GA from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between July 22-30th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and some Digital modes. He will use 1 kW into dipoles and Yagis. QSL via his home callsign direct or LoTW. For more details about the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room), see: 
   http://www.palau-radio.com/index.php?page=rr2014
-[OPDX # 1321 July 10, 2017]

TF, ICELAND. Ivan, PV8IG, will be active as PV8IG/TF during the 15th World Scout Moot (July 25th to August 2nd) in Iceland. Activity is planned to operate on the Scout frequencies (7090, 14190, and 21190 kHz SSB; 7050 and 14050 kHz CW). The IRA (Iceland Radio Amateur Association) has given total support to obtain this license already issued. QSL via PT7WA. ADDED NOTE: Also, look for TF15MOOT to be active during the same time operating from the Scout Activity Centre at Úlfljótsvatn. QSL via: Vala Hauksdottir, P.O.Box 28, 210 Gardabaer, Iceland.
-[OPDX # 1321 July 10, 2017]

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Frank, K3TRM, is once again active as V4/K3TRM from Nevis Island (NA-104) until July 30th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and Satellite. His equipment is an IC-706MKIIG with a Elecraft KPA-500 500-watt amp into a G5RV and Arrow antenna. QSL via K3TRM, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS (On the Bird). John, V47JA/W5JON, has been operating on SO-50 from St. Kitts with some success. The problem for him is that there is terrain in the way from about 320 degrees, north to east, so he is limited to what he can work from his house there. John is putting together what he will need to operate portable from the top of the hill where he will be able to see down to the horizon to the north. Once he has everything together he will be able to work down low and work more stations in the U.S. He is using an Arrow antenna and two FM mobile units. He is not a newcomer to the birds, but hasn't operated since the HEO's went away years ago. He will be on St. Kitts for a few weeks and he hopes to work everyone that needs it. SO-50 only. He will QSL via LoTW, but might wait until he returns to Texas to get everyone uploaded.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS (Reminder). Randy, WW6RG, is expected to be active as V73/WW6RG from Kwajalein Island (after his Wake Island operation; see above) for two days staring July 24th. Activity will be the same as his Wake Island operation (see above), but this time he will be running 100 watts. QSL via his home callsign direct. ADDED NOTE: He is expected to return sometime between August 21-23rd, for another two-day operation.
-[OPDX # 1323 July 24, 2017]

VK9C, COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND. Andy, VK9CC, reports, "Please note I am back on 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]

YN, NICARAGUA. Rafael, NN3RP, will once again be active as YN2RP from Nicaragua between July 8th and August 4th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, the Digital modes (PSK31/RTTY) and possibly the satellites. Operations, he states are "mostly evenings or while driving around the country (SSB)." QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1320 July 3, 2017]

YV, VENEZUELA (Special Event). Members of the the Associacion of Radio- aficionados de Caracas (ARV) during the month of July will be operating as YW45ØARV. Activity is to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the foundation of the Capital of Venezuela, Caracas. QSL via W4DTA, direct, by the Bureau, or via ClubLlog:
   https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/YW450ARV
-[OPDX # 1322 July 17, 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]




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3W, VIETNAM. Hiroshi, 7M2VPR, is now active as XV9VPR from an island in the South China Sea Coast South IOTA Group (AS-130). His length of stay is not known at this time. He was heard on 15 meters SSB (21284 kHz at 1009z). QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1313 May 1, 2017]

3W, VIETNAM. Megumu, JA6QGF, is now active as 3W9A from Ho Chi Minh City. His length of stay is currently unknown. Activity has been on 17 and 6 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1319 June 19, 2017]

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]

FO & FO/M, FRENCH POLYNESIA AND MARQUESAS ISLANDS. Max, IZ2ZTQ, will be active as FO/IZ2ZTQ from the following French Polynesian Islands between May 1st and July 31st (specific dates not known):
 OC-027 -- Fatu Hiva Island, Marquesas Islands; WW Loc. CH09pm; DXCC FO/M
 OC-046 -- Tahiti Island, Windward Society Islands; WW Loc. BH52ek; DXCC FO
 OC-066 -- Rangiroa Island, Tuamotu Archipelago; WW Loc. BH64hs; DXCC FO
 OC-067 -- Bora Bora Island, Leeward Society Islands; WW Loc. BH43dl; DXCC FO
Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15 meters using SSB, PSK, RTTY and JT65. QSL via IZ2LSP direct, via IZ2ZTQ by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1308 March 13, 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]

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]