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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 April 15, 2018)

EIDXA July 2018 Meeting
The next EIDXA meeting will be held on a Friday yet to be determined in July, 2018 at our normal 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.

April 2018 Eastern Iowa DXer
The April 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. Bob says, "121 pages.... I might have gone overboard..." Included is a preliminary report from Bouvet! 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:
    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!



DX News      (Updated April 15, 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.


3B7A ST. BRANDON ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. By the time you read this, teardown has begun, and 6 team members have left the island. The 3B7A should be going QRT on April 17th. It was reported on April 14th, they had made +60,000 QSOs with only 8 operators for 9 days. QSL via F5CWU (direct or by the Bureau), ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more information, see:  http://www.saintbrandondx.com  Support them from their Web site: http://www.saintbrandondx.com/how-to-help-us  Follow them on Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/SaintBrandonDX> and Twitter <https://twitter.com/SaintBrandonDX>.
-[OPDX # 1360 April 16, 2018]

4XØ, ISRAEL (Special Event/Contest). Operators Arthur/4X4DZ, Alex/4Z4AK, Hilik/4X6YA and Jan/4X1VF will be active with the special callsign 4XØBG between 1000 UTC, April 20th and 2200 UTC, April 21st. Activity is during Israel's 70th anniversary celebration from "Ben Gurion's Hut" (Holyland Square E27BS, WFF 4XFF-058) in the desert. The group will also participate in the Holy Land Contest. They state that they will send a printed QSL for each QSO with 4XØBG via the Bureau. For more details about Ben Gurion's Hut, see:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Ben-Gurion
-[OPDX # 1354 March 5, 2018]

5W, SAMOA. To celebrate his 20th anniversary for being on the air, look for Atsu, 5W1SA, to be active as 5W2ØSAMOA throughout 2018 on HF and 6 meters. He has been on Samoa (OC-097) since 1998 and has logged approximately 100K QSOs. QSL via LoTW (preferred), eQSL after confirming LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. Atsu states (about paper QSLs), "After 20 years operating and living in Samoa, there is not enough budget available for QSL card printing. If anyone offers me part of cost or actual printed card, please contact myself or my QSL manager JA1DXA (Katsu) for arrangement."
-[OPDX # 1346 January 8, 2018]

6W, SENEGAL (Update). Franz, DC4CQ, informs OPDX that he has a temporary license, 6W/DC4CQ, from Senegal for the period of April 15-28th. Activity will be on 40-15 meters using a FT 857D with 100 watts into antennas: FD4 (40), 20, 17m, a triple leg for 15-17-20m and a probable homebrew Magnetic-Loop 15-20m. He states that he "will work SSB, and if the conditions are bad he will be on the Digital modes FT8 (JT65, PSK31)." Franz, states, "I'm a gynecologist, obstetrician and an engineer. I will work together with my wife (general medicine) at the Hospital -- St. Jean de Dieu in Thiès, Senegal. My job will be in education of prenatal ultrasound and introduction of a new surgery system. Therefore, I have a lot to do and I will only operate in the evening." QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1355 March 12, 2018]

6W, SENEGAL. YL Elvira, IV3FSG, is now active as 6W/IV3FSG from Thies, near Dakar. The length of her stay is unknown. She works for the Informatici Senza Frontiere organization. Activity will be limited to her spare time on 80-10 meters. 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 # 1355 March 12, 2018]

7Q, MALAWI. John, N6JW, is now (since January 4th) active as 7Q7JW. Length of his stay is not known at this time. Activity has been on 40/20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1347 January 15, 2018]

8P, BARBADOS. Richard "Dick", G3RWL, will once again be active as 8P6DR from Barbados  (NA-021) between March 20th and April 29th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and some RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau using ClubLog's OQRS. See QRZ.com for more QSL info.
-[OPDX # 1350 February 5, 2018]

9N, NEPAL. Sergey, R4WAA, will be active as 9N7WA from Nepal between April 20-27th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via R4WAA orClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA. Matthias, DH5CW, will be active as DPØGVN from the German Neumayer Station III (AN-016, WWFF DLFF-022, WW Loc. IB59UH) between mid-February 2018 to mid-February 2019. Activity will be on various HF bands during his spare time. QSL via DL5EBE.
-[OPDX # 1347 January 15, 2018]

CQ MAGAZINE PRESS RELEASE. Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editorial Director for CQ Communications, Inc., sent out the following on April 2nd [edited]:  ARRL and CQ Magazine Announce Launch of CQ's WAZ Award Support on ARRL's Logbook of the World.
  Officials from CQ magazine and ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio®, are excited to announce the launch of support for CQ magazine's Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program on ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW) system, effective Monday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m. EDT (14:00 UTC).
  The goal of the project was to create the proper technical support system to enable amateur radio operators to submit LoTW confirmations for WAZ credit and that has been accomplished, say CQ and ARRL officials.
  "We are very pleased that participants in CQ's WAZ award program will now be able to use their LoTW confirmations for award credit," said CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. "CQ WPX Award participants have found it very helpful and we are sure it will be equally helpful for those pursuing WAZ and its many variations."
  ARRL First Vice President Greg Widin, KØGW, concurred. "Users of LoTW have been telling us for some time that they would like to use QSLs from LoTW to apply for the WAZ award. They will now be able to select confirmations to be used for WAZ credit."
  Beta testing for bringing CQ magazine's WAZ award program into ARRL's LoTW system had been underway since mid-December. Any problems in the implementation discovered by testers were corrected by the technical support team. Also, the documentation has been improved by feedback from the testers. At the same time, each LoTW user was given an additional WAZ account.
  Standard LoTW credit fees and separate CQ award fees will apply.
  Logbook of the World is ARRL's electronic confirmation system for amateur radio contacts. It provides a confirmation when both stations in a contact submit their logs to the system and a match between the logs is confirmed. LoTW has supported the CQ WPX Award program since 2012.
  ADDED NOTE: Also, check out the ARRL press release on their Web page at:  http://tinyurl.com/y92z83ha
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

DAYTON-XENIA HAMVENTION NEWS (Contester Related Events in Dayton). Tim, K3LR, reports the following updates/information for the HamVention:
  * Many of the Dayton contester related activities are listed on the
    Contest Super Suite web site at:   http://contestsupersuite.com
  * Four nights of Super Suite fun hosted by the North Coast Contesters (NCC),
    the Frankford Radio Club (FRC) and the Mad River Radio Club (MRRC).
  * There is a tab for Contest Related Events which gives you a good
    summary of activities including speaker/topic information for the
    Hamvention. Friday Antenna forum, the Saturday RTTY Contest forum
    and the Saturday Contest forum.
  * ConTest University (CTU) is held the day before Hamvention opens.
    Information to register is at:  http://contestuniversity.com
    CTU is still taking applications for CTU tuition scholarships for
    those 25 years old or younger – use the Contact Us tab to apply.
  * The Dayton Contest Dinner will be held Saturday evening May 19th.
    Club tables are filling up and singles are still available. Chris,
    DL1MGB, is the speaker. Details are at:  http://contestdinner.com
  * The 29th annual Dayton Top Band dinner is Friday, May 18th. Jerry,
    WB9Z, is the speaker. Details are at:  http://topbanddinner.com
  * Then there are four nights of pizza parties in the Contest Super Suite
    hosted by the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC), the Yankee Clipper
    Contest Club (YCCC) and the Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC).
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

DXCC NEWS. Sharon Taratula, ARRL Awards Manager, states, "The ET7L contact still is not acceptable for DXCC credit."
-[OPDX # 1360 April 16, 2018]

DXCC NEWS. The 2017 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and downloading at the following URL. The DXCC Yearbook includes the 2017 Annual List, as well as the 2017 Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers. http://www.arrl.org/files/file/DXCC/DXCCYearbook/DXCC%20YEARBOOK%202017.pdf
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of March 30th. The list contain 340 entities and here are the top 10 entities:
    1. P5    DPRK (North Korea)      6. KH1   Baker Howland Islands
    2. 3Y/B  Bouvet Island           7. BV9P  Pratas Island
    3. FT5/W Crozet Island           8. KH7K  Kure Island
    4. CEØX  San Felix Islands       9. KH3   Johnston Island
    5. BS7H  Scarborough Reef       10. VKØM  Macquarie Island

The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:
https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update). Oleh, UR5BCP, will be active as E51BCP from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between April 15-20th. Activity will be focused on the Digital and SSB modes, and the WARC bands. Operation will also include some SOTA activations. QSL via KD7WPJ.
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB, has written an "FT8 Operating Guide" to help his fellow HF DXers make good use of the new digital mode. http://www.g4ifb.com/FT8_Hinson_tips_for_HF_DXers.pdf
-[OPDX # 1348 January 21, 2018]

HR, HONDURAS. Gerard, F2JD, will once again be active as HR5/F2JD from Copan Ruinas, Honduras, between February 15th and May 10th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via F6AJA, direct or via the French REF Bureau. The log will be posted on:  http://lesnouvellesdx.fr/voirlogs.php
-[OPDX # 1346 January 8, 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]

J8, ST. VINCENT. Brian, GW4DVB, will once again be active as J88PI from Palm Island (aka Prune Island, WW Loc. FK92HO, IOTA NA-025), in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Island group, between April 21-29th. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/10/6 meters SSB only using a Yaesu FT991A into a 10m vertical antenna and a MØCVO HW-40HP off center fed dipole. QSL via GW4DVB, by the Bureau or direct to: PO Box 20:20, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Wales - UK CF72 9ZA. For more details and updates, check:  http://www.g4dvb.co.uk  ADDED NOTE: Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort. This idyllic tropical hideaway is situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an idyllic archipelago of 32 tropical islands and cays known for its stunning natural beauty, clear, warm waters and turtles.
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 2018]

JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Take, JG8NQJ, is once again active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group as of March 15th, for the next three 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 # 1356 March 19, 2018]

KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Update). Philip, N7NVK, now active as KH9/N7NVK, reported on QRZ.com this past week on April 13th: "I am now on Wake Is. I am working out the logistics to get on the air this coming weekend (20 meters SSB) in the neighborhood of 14.225 split, listening up 5kc. Saturday the 14th (USA) at 2200 UTC. Hope the bands are favorable."
-[OPDX # 1360 April 16, 2018]

KH9, WAKE ISLAND. Philip, N7NVK, will be active as KH9/N7NVK from Wake Island (OC-053) starting sometime in April. He will be there on a 3-month rotation and 1 month off. He states, "I will be using an Elecraft KX3 into either a G5RV or a Buddipole, power output will be QRP for now. I will be working split and please have patience with me as I have not been on the receiving side of a pile-up. I do use LoTW, but can only upload when internet is available, which is limited. As of now I do not have QSL cards, but I hope to have some on my next rotation. We do have a US Post Office on the island, but mail is only delivered every two weeks during resupply. I hope to work out the logistics and cost for the QSL cards for those that want them." He also mentions to look for updates in the ARRL DX bulletins.
-[OPDX # 1356 March 19, 2018]

PJ5 & PJ6, ST. EUSTATIUS AND SABA ISLANDS. Rick, AI5P, will be active as PJ5/AI5P from Sint Eustatius Island (NA-145) between April 9-16th, and PJ6/AI5P from Saba Island (NA-145) between April 28th and May 5th. Activity will be holiday style and usually on 40-10 meters using mostly CW (probably most of time on 30/17 meters CW). QSL via AI5P, direct or by the Bureau. No LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1355 March 12, 2018]

RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND (Update). Per "DXNews.com", Eugene, UA4RX, has finally received his old RI1FJ callsign (was using UA4RX/1). He will be active from Heiss Island until September 2018. Activity has been on 40 and 30 meters CW, but he can be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via UA2FM direct or use ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1358 April 2, 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]

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI. Ken, KH6QJ, will once again be active as T32AZ from Kiritimati Island [Christmas Island] (OC-024) between April 17-24th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters but will focus on 40 meters using CW and SSB. He also plans to be in Worked All Provinces China (WAPC) Contest (April 21-22nd). QSL via his home call, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1355 March 12, 2018]

V5, NAMIBIA. Rudi, DK7PE, will be active as V5/DK7PE from Namibia by the end of January. The length of his stay is unknown. Activity will be on various HF bands but with a focus on 160/60 meters as well as the CQWW DX 160m Contest (January 27-29th). QSL via his home callsign direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1346 January 8, 2018]

V6, MICRONESIA. Operators Sho, JA7HMZ, will once again be active as V63DX from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between April 18-24th. Activity will be focused on 160 meters FT8. He will be looking for European stations on 160m. QSL via his home callsign direct or LoTW. No Bureau QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1359 April 9, 2018]

VKØ/M, MACQUARIE ISLAND. Norbert, VK5MQ, will be active as VKØAI from Macquarie Island (AN - 005) very soon. He is expected to be there with the next winter team for one year. He has an Icom IC-7300 transceiver and a vertical antenna. There are no other details at this time.
-[OPDX # 1356 March 19, 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]

YJ, VANUATU. Grant, VK5GR, announced this past week that he is "planning another holiday style DXpedition for 2018" with his family on Efate (OC-035) between April 17-29th. He hopes to operate as YJØAG (waiting to receive the license). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mostly the Digital modes (RTTY, FT8, PSK, Olivia) as well as SSB and some SSTV, possibly CW. Grant states, "I am looking to particularly work unique stations and will be where possible targeting Europe Short Path where YJ is high on the ClubLog most wanted list. Operation will of course be intermittent as again family comes first but I will attempt to operate during the main openings (EU SP at night will be a feature). The station will be a K3/KPA500 combination with a G3TXQ Ultralight Hex Beam for 20-10m plus a multi-band vertical for 80-10m (with water access along the EU SP and NA LP paths). I also hope to operate in the SPDX RTTY Contest." QSL will again be managed by MØOXO through his OQRS service for electronically requested cards delivered to you either direct or via the Bureau. QSL via the Bureau go to VK5GR.
-[OPDX # 1347 January 15, 2018]

Z6, KOSOVO. A group of Czech operators will be active as Z66D until April 22nd. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 with several stations active. Operators mentioned are Petr/OK1BOA, Palo/OK1CRM, David/OK6DJ, Ruda/OK2ZA, Karel/OK2ZI and Ludek/OK2ZC. QSL via OK6DJClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1360 April 16, 2018]

Z6, KOSOVO. Gab, HB9TSW, who is in the Swiss Air Force will be in Pristina between March 29th and April 19th as part of a NATO mission, and will be active as Z68BG. Activity will be limited to his spare time and especially his evenings and Sunday. Operations will be on 80-10 meters using CW running 100 watts into a ground plane. QSL via HB9TSW direct, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1353 February 26, 2018]



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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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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:
  http://www.rwandadx.com
-[OPDX # 1324 July 31, 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]

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]

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]

YS, EL SALVADOR. Markus, HB9KNA, is now active as YS1/HB9KNA from La Libertad (WW Loc. EK53hl) until May 2018. He moved there in early December and is waiting for his permanent residence papers so that he can apply for his YS callsign. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB. Currently, there is NOT a QSL route (no Bureau, no e-QSL or LoTW).
-[OPDX # 1346 January 8, 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]

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]