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 August 9, 2018)

EIDXA October 2018 Meeting
The next EIDXA meeting will be held on a Friday yet to be determined in October. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

July 2018 Eastern Iowa DXer
The July 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!

EIDXA Charter Member SK
We are sad to report that EIDXA Charter Member Steve Towle, WØHT (ex-KØSVW) passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday evening, August 7. He was 75 years old and was first licensed in 1959. Steve attended the University of Iowa, both as an undergraduate and as a medical student. After receiving his M.D. degree, he completed a Radiology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His current QTH was on the shores of Lake Vermilion near Cook, MN.

Steve, W0HTSteve was on the DXCC Honor Roll and held 9-Band DXCC. He was also a private pilot, and had built his own airplane, a Zenith CH 750 CRUZER Light Sport Aircraft. He had just returned from 10 days at the Oshkosh air show.

  Steve was a skilled DXer and contester, and a good friend to many people. He will be greatly missed.

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!

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DX News      (Updated August 12, 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.

W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet (Press Release June 4, 2018) – Registration is open for the 2018 W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet in suburban Chicago on Sept. 14-15. Presentation topics at the 66th annual gathering will include the upcoming Baker Island DXPedition, how Kosovo became a new DXCC entity, emergency communications in Puerto Rico and the epic tale of the attempt to activate Bouvet Island for the first time since 2008.
  The keynote speaker for the banquet will be Bob Schenck, N2OO, a veteran operator, DXpeditioner, QSL manager, CQ magazine DX editor and current president of the International DX Association (INDEXA).
  Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, W9DXCC will again offer Contest University and DX University on Friday. The daylong session on Saturday will feature speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking and a CW pileup contest, as well as the evening reception and banquet. The venue remains the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg.
  For more information and registration: http://w9dxcc.com/ 

3X, GUINEA. Gary, 5H9GB, will be active as 3X/5H9GB from the Republic of Guinea very soon. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via G4SVV. No other details were provided.
-[OPDX # 1370 July 2, 2018]

4U1UN (UN Amateur Radio Club Operation Could Resume Later this Year). There is an interesting article posted on the ARRL Web page about the 4U1UN station. Read it at: http://tinyurl.com/yahvvnha
-[OPDX # 1376 August 13, 2018]

4W, TIMOR LESTE. Gordon, K7TRB, will be active as 4W6VA from Dili, Timor Leste (OC-148), until the middle of September 2018. Currently, Gordon states that he has a Hex Beam for 20, 17 and 6 meters which right now is in the testing HOG mode (Hex On Ground) until later in the week. QSL via his home callsign. He plans to add LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1371 July 9, 2018]

5U, NIGER. Torbjon, SM7RME, is expected to be active as 5U7R from Niamey. The length of his stay is not known. Activity will be during his spare time on various HF bands. QSL via SM7EHU.
-[OPDX # 1361 April 23, 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]

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]

9M61, MALAYSIA. Look for the special event callsigns with the prefix "9M61" to be active through September 1st. Activity is to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the independence of Malaysia, and to promote Malaysia's amateur radio enthusiasts in the country. The callsigns to look for are:
    9M61MA - Perak         9M61MN - Negeri Sembilan
    9M61MB - Selangor      9M61MP - Penang
    9M61MC - Pahang        9M61MQ - Sarawak
    9M61MD - Kelantan      9M61MR - Perlis
    9M61MJ - Johor         9M61MS - Sabah
    9M61MK - Kedah         9M61MT - Terengganu
    9M61MM - Melaka        9M61MW - Kuala Lumpur
QSL via the operator's instructions. There are four different certificates available from the Malaysian DX and Contest Group (9MDXC). Details can be found on their Web site at:  http://www.9mdxc.com/cq9m
-[OPDX # 1375 August 6, 2018]

A3, TONGA. Roly, ZL1BQD, will be active as A35RR from Togatapu (OC-049) [primarily, but may spend two days on Vava’u (OC-063)] between August 8-17th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using mostly FT8 and JT65. He states, "If the pileups get too deep then I may use "DXpedition mode" for FT8 using the same band plan as the recent KH1 DXpedition. I will run SSB and CW if the conditions allow…" PLEASE NOTE: Roly is primarily there for business so operating hours will be as and when he is able. He is there as a Radio Engineer helping the locals to repair a cyclone damaged Mission Radio Station close to Nuku’alofa. QSL via ZL1BQD.
-[OPDX # 1373 July 23, 2018]

A3, TONGA. Dr. Hardy, DL7JLL (ex-VP8JLL, ex-E51JLL) will be returning to the Pacific to activate several islands from the Kingdom of Tonga during the months of August and September. The callsign A35JLL will be assigned in August. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using a KX3 transceiver with 5-10 watts into Kelemen-Inverted-V antenna from various remote islands and reefs while kajaking in the Vava´u and Ha´apai regions. He will use up to 50 watts from various lodges and camps when sufficient energy can be supplied. His schedule is as follows:
   August  8-15th -- Nuku Alofa (OC-049)
   August 15-30th -- Vava´u (OC-064); Vaka'eitu Island, Taunga Island,
                     Euakafa Island, Tapana Island, Ofu Island/Kenutu
                     Island, Umuna Island and Mala Island.
   August 30st-September 14th -- Ha´apai (OC-069); Uoleva island, Tatafa
                     Island/Uiha Island, Uanukuhahaki Island, Lifuka
                     Island and Salote Pilolevu.
   September 14-19th -- Nuku Alofa (OC-123)
QSL all QSOs via DL7JLL at this address:  Dr. Eberhard Rizakowitz, Weissenburger Str. 34, 13595 Berlin, Germany, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1373 July 23, 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]

CN, MOROCCO. Operators Jose/EA1ACP, Gen/EA5EL, Francisco/EA7FTR and David/ EB7DX will be active with the special callsign 5E5A during four different periods. Activity is a "National Celebrations in Morocco". The first period has passed (July 28-31st), but the next three are August 14-15th, August 19-21st and August 30th-September 3rd. Operations will be on CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via EA7FTR.
-[OPDX # 1375 August 6, 2018]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of July 4th. There was a slight change this month with KH1 moving down from 5 to 10. The list contain 340 entities and here are the top 10 entities:
  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. BS7H  Scarborough Reef      9. VKØM  Macquarie Island
  5. CEØX  San Felix Islands    10. KH1   Baker Howland Islands

The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:
-[OPDX # 1371 July 9, 2018]

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Look for special event callsign, TM62GG, to be on the air from Meurchin (Pas-de-Calais 62) for the 100th anniversary of WWI (Grande Guerre). Dates of activity are June 17-18th; October 12-14th and 27-28th; November 1st, 3-4th, and 10-11th; and December 1-2nd. QSL via F4AHN, by the Bureau or direct.
-[OPDX # 1363 May 7, 2018]

HBØ, LIECHTENSTEIN. Werner, ON7WM/OT5L, will be active sometime later this week as HBØ/ON7WM or possibly HBØ/OT5L (specific dates not provided). Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using mainly SSB with a FT-857D into a Codan 9350 antenna. QSL via ON7WM, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1376 August 13, 2018]

HS, THAILAND (Special Event). Members of the Radio Society of Thailand (RAST) are now active as HS5ØIARU until October 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3. QSL via the Bureau, by ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: The IARU Region 3 (Asia-Pacific Region) will grant the 50th Anniversary Award to radio amateurs who certify having contacted at least five contacts (QSOs) on different modes or bands with Special Event Stations for commemorating the 50th Anniversary of IARU Region 3 from eligible countries that are in Region III whose amateur societies are members of IARU Region 3. Special event callsigns will have the number "5Ø" as the prefix number and IARU as their special event callsign suffix. (i.e. BV5ØIARU, HL5ØIARU, HS5ØIARU, V85ØIARU, VI5ØIARU3, YB5ØIARU, etc.) The anniversary award rules can be found at:  http://awards-iaru-r3.org
-[OPDX # 1368 June 18, 2018]

KH1/KH7Z BAKER ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. Don Greenbaum, N1DG, sent out the following press release on July 27th: Dateline DX is pleased to announce the final design of the front of our commemorative QSL highlighting both the history of and the unique nature of the Baker Island National Wildlife Reserve. Inside you will find the story of colonization, Amelia Earhart and our operation. (ed. See the QSL at: http://tinyurl.com/ydhnf3rh
  OQRS is now open at <https://clublog.org/charts/?c=KH1/KH7Z> and we expect cards will be in the mail by the beginning of September. Over 25,600 QSL records have been uploaded to LoTW already (as a result of OQRS orders and donations) with over 19,000 matches. 
  Lastly, here's a little video to excite you about upcoming presentations at your local DX convention our team will be participating in:  https://vimeo.com/281933500
  Thank you to all our supporters who helped make the 2018 Baker Island DXpedition a success.
  73, Don, N1DG, Kevin, K6TD, Tom, N4XP, and the whole KH1/KH7Z team
-[OPDX # 1374 July 30, 2018]

* Don Greenbaum, N1DG, posted on KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition Face-Book page on July 15th: Clean log containing over 435 missing QSOs are now uploaded and OQRS is activated.
* An interesting article (w/pictures) about the KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition has been written and posted by the Nai’a crew at:
*  (Updated) As of 1158z, July 5th, ClubLog reports that there were 68980 QSOs, with 18106 unique callsigns. Breakdown by modes: 32439/CW, 18905/SSB, 963/RTTY and 16670/FT8. Breakdown by Continent: 94/AF, 29048/AS, 11917/EU, 25254/NA, 2333/OC and 334/SA.
-[OPDX # 1373 July 23, 2018]

KH9 & V7, WAKE AND MARSHALL ISLANDS. Randy, WW6RG, will once again be active as KH9/WW6RG from Wake Island (OC-053) on August 17th. His activity will be mostly on between 0430-0545z and 0615-0700z on 14190 kHz. He will also be active as V73/WW6RG from Kwajalein Island (OC-028), Marshall Islands, between August 21-23rd. Activity should be the same as above. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1376 August 13, 2018]

KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Update). Philip, N7NVK, is expected to return this past weekend and be active as KH9/N7NVK again. His activity will primarily be on 40 and 20 meters, using Digital (FT8) and SSB. His activity is limited because of work, so watch around 0700-0900z Monday through Friday. The weekends, operating times will vary. He should be here for 3 months.
-[OPDX # 1371 July 9, 2018]

OX, GREENLAND. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX, this time from Uummannaq Island (NA-134, WW Loc. GQ30WQ), Northwest Greenland, between August 15-29th. Activity will be on various HF bands 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 # 1375 August 6, 2018]

OX, GREENLAND. Brandon, WØGPR, will be active as OX/WØGPR from Jakobshavn, Western Greenland, between August 9-27th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using a KX3. Brandon states that his activity will be during the evenings "when time allows (he is there studying glacial geology in Greenland"; possible 4 grids GP48,49,58,59 depending on various camp locations". QSL via LoTW or direct to WØGPR.
-[OPDX # 1375 August 6, 2018]

TX5, AUSTRAL ISLANDS (Reminder). Operators Bob/K4UEE, Robert/K5PI, Madison/ W5MJ, Robert/W5RF and Bill/W5SJ will be active as TX5T from Raivavae Island (OC-114) between August 13-22nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8 (DXpedition mode). Suggested frequencies are:
 CW   - 1822.5, 3528, 7028, 10128, 14028, 18078, 21028, 24898 and 28028
 SSB   - 1848, 3788, 7088/7188, 14188/14288, 18138, 21288, 24938 and 28488
 RTTY - 3588, 7088, 10138, 14088, 18100, 21088, 24920 and 28088 kHz
 6m    - 50108/CW
QSL via MØURX. For more details and updates, see: http://australs2018.com
-[OPDX # 1376 August 13, 2018]

V2, ANTIGUA (Reminder). Philippe, EA4NF, will be active as V26NF from Antigua (NA-100) between August 12-19th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1375 August 6, 2018]

V3, BELIZE. Victor, WBØTEV, will once again be active as V31VP from Blackman Eddy between August 16-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters.  This will include participation in the SARTG RTTY Contest and the North American SSB QSO Party during the weekend of August 18-19th. He states, "Outside the contest, I plan on trying to be QRV on RTTY to Asia starting daily at 2200z on the high bands and possibly also some around 0400z on 30/40m. Check back here on QRZ.com for refinements and updates to those plans." His equipment is an Icom IC-7300 HF transceiver and SPE 1,3K amp into a Cushcraft A3S and dipole antennas. QSL V31VP via WBØTEV, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. No LoTW or eQSL.
  ADDED NOTE: Victor, WBØTEV (V31VP), will return again in September-October, but with Scott, K5PS (V31CQ), between September 27th and October 2nd. They will be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th) as a Multi-Single / High-Power entry signing V31VP. QSL via ClubLog. Outside of the contest, look for V31VP to be on SSB/RTTY and V31CQ on CW. QSL V31CQ via K5PS.
-[OPDX # 1376 August 13, 2018]

V4, ST. KITTS. Gary, GØFWX, will once again be active as V47FWX from Calypso Bay, St. Kitts (NA-104), between August 18-25th and between November 7-14th. He will be operating from the QTH of John, V47JA. Activity will be holiday style (in between sunbathing and the casino) on various HF bands. QSL via MØURX or the OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1373 July 23, 2018]

V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX that the 6-meter V47JA/b beacon is now on the air and is transmitting on 50.053 MHz. The beacon is on a mountain top at 1100 feet ASL (above sea level) and running 10 watts into a 6m Omni Loop antenna.
-[OPDX # 1370 July 2, 2018]

VP6D DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #7, dated August 5th):
  VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition (OC-182) -- We are honored to have received a grant from the ARRL's Colvin Award Committee. The Colvin Award is funded by an endowment established by Lloyd D. Colvin, W6KG (SK). More information can be found at:   http://www.arrl.org/colvin-award-grants We appreciate the ARRL's confidence in, and support of, VP6D.
  We're pleased to announce that Rob Fanfant, N7QT, has joined the VP6D team. Rob is a DX-pedition veteran whose most recent project was VK9MA Mellish Reef in 2017. Previous projects include: VK9WA Willis Island, Manihiki E51MQT, Montserrat VP2MQT, Austral Islands (TX5Z), Christmas Island, Australia (VK9AN), San Andres (5JØX , HKØ/N7QT), Sint Maarten (PJ7/N7QT), Saba (PJ6/N7QT), Austral Islands TX5D), Saint Lucia (J6/N7QT), and Saint Lucia (J6/N7QT). We think you will agree that Rob is well qualified for the project and we are happy to add him to the team.
  As we march towards our departure date of October 16th the project is on schedule. A VP6D working group is currently in Northern California preparing the equipment for shipment to Braveheart in New Zealand. On August 3rd, we had the pleasure of meeting Eric Swartz, WA6HHQ, at the Elecraft factory where we were introduced to the Elecraft team and toured the factory. We then accepted 8 complete K3s stations for use at VP6D. Thanks to Elecraft and all our corporate sponsors for their ongoing support.
  Today we are continuing the tasks of integrating the radios, computers, software, configuring the network and preparing the shipping cases. We plan an end to end test, from the keyboard to the BGAN to the log server in the cloud. We expect to have the equipment ready for the customs broker by Weds, Aug 7th.
  Thanks for your continued interest and support of VP6D.
  73, Team Ducie – 2018
  Website:  http://vp6d.com, Twitter and Facebook
  Please direct questions to:  info@vp6d.com
-[OPDX # 1375 August 6, 2018]

Y8 WRTC QSL INFO (Do NOT Send Cards). David, K3ZJ, reported the following:  "Because almost everybody of the organizing committee and the volunteers have a normal life after WRTC, we ask for your patience that all the QSLing still needs some weeks to be completed. Many thanks. Paper QSL -- Right now we are preparing a procedure to bring the QSL cards to you. We will not automatically QSL all QSOs with the Y8 call-signs with paper cards because it will cause a very high traffic in the QSL bureau and will create a lot of returning cards. Everybody who wants to have a paper QSL card, will get one. Therefore, we will provide an easy form on our website where you can tell us your wish for QSL cards. *Please do not send your paper QSL card via bureau!! Electronic QSL - We will also QSL all Y8 QSOs on LoTW and eQSL."
-[OPDX # 1374 July 30, 2018]

YB73, INDONESIA (Special Event). Members of the Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia will activate the following callsigns from 10 different call areas between August 10-17th. Activity is to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia, and the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018. Activity will be on all HF bands, including the WARC bands, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY, PSK31, JT65, FT8). Three special awards will be available (Gold, Silver, Bronze) [see QRZ.com for details]. Also watch <https://yb73ri.orari.or.id> for more details. The stations will be active:
  YB73RI/Ø :  Jakarta Special District
  YB73RI/1 :  West Java and Banten
  YB73RI/2 :  Central Java and Special District of Yogjakarta
  YB73RI/3 :  East Java
  YB73RI/4 :  South Sumatera, Lampung, Jambi, Bengkulu and Bangka

  YB73RI/5 :  Riau, Riau Islands and West Sumatera
  YB73RI/6 :  North Sumatera and Special District of Aceh
  YB73RI/7 :  West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan,
Central Kalimantan
  YB73RI/8 :  South Sulawesi, South East Sulawesi, West Sulawesi,
Central Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, Gorontalo, Maluku
              and North Maluku
  YB73RI/9 :  Bali, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur and Papua
-[OPDX # 1375 August 6, 2018]

YI, IRAQ. Several sources are reporting that Darko, E7ØA (ex-6O3A, 9A7WW, J28AA, J28OO), will be in Baghdad soon and has been issued the callsign YI9DX. QSL via K2PF or E77E.
-[OPDX # 1368 June 18, 2018]

Z6, KOSOVO (Update). Tev, TA1HZ, will be active as Z68HZ from Prishtina staying with "The Kosovo International Friendship Consortium" between August 17-27th. Activity will be mainly on SSB and FT8 (trying to work/ reach for another DXCC award). QSL via TA1HZ direct or preferably via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1376 August 13, 2018]

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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]

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]

SU9, EGYPT. Nacho, EA1AK/EA7TN, continues to be active as SU9JG from Gezira Island, in the Nile River, near Cairo (Zone 34). Activity has been on FT8 and on 30/20/17/15/10 meters. QSL via LoTW or EA5GL. Check QRZ.com for more details, especially for QSOs on FT8.
-[OPDX # 1364 May 14, 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]