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 March 29, 2019)

EIDXA April 2019 Meeting
The April meeting will be held on Friday April 5 at our normal meeting location 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.

April 2019 Eastern Iowa DXer
The April 2019 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 Listings
There are several interesting listings of equipment for sale on the "Buy-Sell-Trade" page -- 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:
The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.

DX News      (Updated April 14, 2019)

DX News items are courtesy of:

The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX)
   Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, Editor (kb8nw@hotmail.com or kb8nw@arrl.net)
   The bulletin is available at http://www.papays.com/opdx.html

This list is a compilation of current DX operations (or those that start within the current week) from recent issues of the OPDX bulletin, 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.

3YØI BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS (Update/Postponed). As reported last week, the 3YØI DXpedition has been postponed due to damage to the "Atlantic Tuna" (navigational equipment). The 3YØI team states that they will go back to Bouvet Island as soon as possible once the ship is repaired and it is safe to go. The 3YØI team is now back in Cape Town, South Africa. There have been a few press releases posted by Stan, SP8S, and can be viewed at the following URLs.
Press Release #7, dated March 29th -- A special E-mail written by Dale, K1USA, to the 3YØI team. It is titled "TRANS-ATLANTIC POSITIVE VIBES":
Press Release #8, dated April 2nd -- Titled "3YØI BACK IN CAPE TOWN":
Press Release #9, dated April 2nd -- Titled "THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF MR. ANTHONY BURKE – THE MV ATLANTIC TUNA’S CAPTAIN: http://tinyurl.com/y562djkg
As of April 4th, repair work was in progress on Atlantic Tuna. Waiting for new V SAT antennas and installation. See pictures at:
    Repair: http://tinyurl.com/yxusxkmd
    Before: http://tinyurl.com/y4vs42hr
    After: http://tinyurl.com/yxupqmfr
For more details and updates, we suggest watching the following Web pages:
    3YØI Bouvetoya Web site: https://bouvetoya.org
    Rebel DX Group Web site: https://www.rebeldxgroup.com
    3YØI_JA Support Team Web site: http://jouban.jp/3y0i_ja (For JA stations)
    3YØI Bouvetoya on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
    Rebel DX Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup
    Bouvetoya Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg
-[OPDX # 1409 April 8, 2019]

5X, UGANDA. Anders, SMØHPL, is once again active as 5X7W from Kampala until April 27th. Activity will be limited to his spare time (due to his job) on 20-10 meters (possibly 30m) using CW, JT65 and FT8. QSL via SMØHPLClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

9G, GHANA. Matteo, IZ4YGS, will once again be active as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi (Western Region), Ghana, between April 13th and May 7th. Matt informed OPDX back in December that he travels to Ghana almost every month for work reasons. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He is usually on "almost every evening" on 20/30/40/60/80/160m; Setup FT-891, small 300w amp and vertical antenna, using mostly FT8 and SSB. On FT8 (Fox-Hound Mode) the suggested frequencies are: 3567, 7056, 10131 and 14090 kHz. QSL via IZ4YGS, direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of April 5th. The list contains 340 entities. The following 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. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
    5. CEØX  San Felix Islands   10. 3Y/P  Peter 1 Island

Two changes this month. Kerguelen Island (FT5/X) and Peter 1 Island (3Y/P) switched places in the 9th and 10th positions. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at: https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[OPDX # 1409 April 8, 2019]

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder). Operators Bruce/AD7MM, along with his XYL Marilyn, KI7DLK, and Doug/W6HB will once again be active as E51BAS, E51MAS and E51DLD, respectively, from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between April 21-28th. There may be some operations from the stations of Jim/E51JD and Bob/E51BQ. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands, modes, with two stations with 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via their home callsigns or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE. Gary, ZL2IFB has updated his "FT8 Operating Guide" (Version 2.18 as of April 7, 2019), a collection of "tips, pragmatic suggestions aimed at making FT8 easier and more effective to use on the HF bands": http://www.g4ifb.com/
-[KØCF April 7, 2019]

J2, DJIBOUTI (Reminder). By the time you read this, the J2ØDX team will be activating the first of two IOTAs between April 13-21st: Moucha Island (AF-053) and the super rare Sept Frere (AF-059) (aka Seven Brothers, Sawabi or Seba Islands). The team will be active as J2ØNT from their hotel in Djibouti between April 13-14th (city not mentioned). Activity will be on 80-6 meters. Tentative dates for AF-059 (signing as J2ØDX) are April 16th-18th/19th, and for AF-053 (signing as J2ØDX/p) are April 18th/19th-19th/20th. The current list of operators has been updated to Col/MMØNDX, Jonathan/MMØOKG and Christian/EA3NT. QSL via MØSDVClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also watch their Web page at:  https://j20dx.com
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

J7, DOMINICA. Laurent, FM5BH, is once again active as J79BH from Dominica (NA-096) until April 16th. His QTH is Calibishie on a cliff in the north part of Dominica. Activity will be holiday style on 160-40 meters using mostly CW, with 200 watts (TS480HX) into a Buddistick. QSL via FM5BH.
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

KH8, SAMOA. Operators Palle/OZ1RH and Joergen/OZØJ will be active as KH8/homecall from American Samoa (OC-045) between April 15-22nd. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via their home callsigns, LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or eQSL. Look for updates to be posted soon at:  http://kh8.oz0j.dk
-[OPDX # 1397 January 7, 2019]

OHØ, ALAND ISLANDS. Operators Anne/OH2YL and Marko/OH2LGW will be active as OGØYL and OHØ/OH2LGW, respectively, from Aland Islands (EU-002) between April 19-23rd. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL OGØYL via OH2YL and OHØ/OH2LGW via OH2LGW.
-[OPDX # 1409 April 8, 2019]

S7, SEYCHELLES. Russian operators Leonid/RAØAM and Evgenyi/RAØANR are now active as S79AM and S79ANR, respectively, from Seychelles, until April 19th. Activity will be from several Islands all in IOTA AF-024. Operations will be on 20-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL S79AM via RAØAM. QSL S79ANR via RAØANR.
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI (Reminder). Ken, KH6QJ, will once again be active as T32AZ from Crystal Lodge, Kiritimati Island [Christmas Island] (OC-024) between April 16-23rd. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15 meters, but will focus on 40 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home call, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

V3, BELIZE. Paul, VE3AXT, is once again active as V31AX in the northern part of the country, Consejo Shores, Corozal, until mid-May. His rig is an IC-7300 with 100 watts into a Hexbeam G5RV dipole. QSL via MØURX and OQRS. Bureau QSLs are via OQRS ONLY at <http://m0urx.com/oqrs>. Please do not send YOUR QSL card via the Bureau. For more info and pictures, see his V31AX QRZ.com Web page.
-[OPDX # 1395 December 24, 2018]

VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Reminder). With VI9I going QRT by the time you read this, Rob, VK2FBBB, will once again be active as VK2FBBB/VK9 from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between April 14-27th. Activity is usually and mainly on 40 meters, with an occasional 80 meters operations after 6 pm (local time) each night. QSL via VK2 Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

XT2, BURKINA FASO (Reminder/Update). Max, DK1MAX, will once again be active as XT2MAX from Burkina Faso between April 17-25th. Activity will be holiday style on all bands using mostly CW and FT8. Max announced this past week the following frequencies for FT8: 
  • FT8 (F/H Mode): Planning to operate 5 kHz above the standard frequencies. This
    depends on band usage and QRM situation. Look for XT2MAX on FT8 (F/H Mode)
    here: 1845, 3578, 5357/5362, 7079, 10141, 14079, 18105, 21079, 24920 and
    28079 kHz. For JA station on 160m 1845/1908 kHz split.
  • FT8 (Normal Mode): QSOs will be on standard frequencies. In case of a pileup,
    Max will move to F/H Mode and QSY.
QSL via DK1MAX, LoTW, eQSL, (no Bureau or SWL reports) and ClubLog's OQRS. NO PAPER QSLs.
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

XT2, BURKINA FASO (Reminder). Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, between April 7-26th. 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. QSL via MØOXO, direct or by MØOXO's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1409 April 8, 2019]

Z6, KOSOVO (Reminder). Operators Thomas/OZ1AA and Alex/OZ7AM will be active as Z66Z from Novobërdë, Kosovo, between April 18-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via OZ1ACBClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Diya, YI1DZ, is once again active as Z81D from Juba, South Sudan, for the next 6 months. Activity will be limited to his spare time on 80-10 meters using SSB and some Digital modes. QSL via OM3JW. He also uses ClubLog's OQRS and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1394 December 17, 2018]

ZD7, ST. HELENA ISLAND. Gil, ZD7BG, will be active during the CQMM DX Contest (April 20-21st). QSL via the info on QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

ZD9, TRISTAN DA CUNHA (Cancelled). The ZD9EI DXpedition by operators James/9V1YC, Decla/EI6FR and Patrick/EI9HX from Tristan da Cunha Island (AF-029) in September has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
-[OPDX # 1410 April 15, 2019]

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9G, GHANA (Update). Last week we mentioned that Matt, IZ4YGS, is active as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi (Western Region), Ghana. Matt informed OPDX of the following [edited]: "I'm travelling to Ghana almost every month for work reasons and it will be so throughout 2019. I'd like to be on-air from 80-6m, but it will take some time to be operational on all bands. I'll start with an FT-891 and wire antennas, SSB and FT8, mainly in the evening after work. Ham radio won't be my main activity in Ghana, but I'll do my best to let everybody have fun." QSL via IZ4YGS, direct or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1395 December 24, 2018]

C5, THE GAMBIA. Przemyslaw, SP3PS, who became a resident of Gambia in 2017, is once again active as C5SP from Sanyang. Checkout his house being built on QRZ.com (under C5SP and SP3PS). He was heard on 20 meters using FT8 on December 29th at various times. According to Przemyslaw QRZ.com page, he can be active on the following bands:
   80/40/30 meters using SSB and FT-8, into dipole antennas
   30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB and FT-8, into a Directional MultiBand-7-PL Antenna from Julian, SP3PL
QSL via SP3PS, direct, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1396 December 31, 2018]

CE9, ANTARCTICA (New Callsign). Alex, RD1AV (Season Team Leader), just arrived at base for the new campaign, and has been active since December 6th as RI1ANC during his spare time from the Vostok Station (AN-016, WFF RFF-168) in the Antarctica. On December 24th, the RI1ANC license will end, and will be replaced with a new license RI1ANV. Alex will be at the base station until February 2019. QSL via RN1ON, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1394 December 17, 2018]