Eastern Iowa DX Association

The Eastern Iowa DX Association is a DXing and contesting club headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Detailed club information is on the "About EIDXA" page.

EIDXA News     (Updated May 16, 2016)

Buy-Sell-Trade is now open for business! Joe, WØMJN has posted the first ad -- for a beautiful Henry 2K Classic linear amplifier. Click the "Buy-Sell-Trade" link in the menu to the left to see it!

EIDXA Mystery Shack of the Month
The EIDXA mystery shack of the month for May has been posted. You will find it linked from the "Members" page.

Next EIDXA meeting:
The next EIDXA meeting will be Friday, July 29, 2016. The "Meetings" page has all the details.

April 2016 Eastern Iowa DXer
Crossword puzzle fan? Don't miss the April 2016 Eastern Iowa DXer! Jerry, WWØE, has produced another not-to-be-missed edition. The PDF is available for download on the "Newsletter" page.

DX News      (Updated May 16, 2016)

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

W9DXCC DX Convention (Edited)
The 64th annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet will be held September 16-17, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency, 1800 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, Illinois. Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, the event is an ARRL-approved operating specialty convention. Contest University and DX University programs will both be held on Friday, with presentations for new and veteran DXers and contest operators. The daylong session on Saturday will feature speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking, a CW pileup contest and many prizes. The evening banquet is a time to relax with keynote speaker Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, the new ARRL CEO.
Main Convention – Saturday (as of now, with more being added):
 • VP8STI/SGI South Sandwich Island/South Georgia Island by K3LP
 • VK
ØEK Heard Island by KK6EK
 • K5P Palmyra Island by K9CT
 • Cycle 24 Update by K9LA
 • DXing During Declining Conditions by K9ZO
 • Flex 6000 for Contesting & DXing by N5AC
Registration & Updates: http://w9dxcc.com/. Hotel registration with special convention rates is now open.
-[Tnx W9DXCC April 16, 2016]

REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE <http://www.bandconditions.com>:
The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software predictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
  Also, check out the VOACAP prediction Web page at:
    http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html  (This is a great tool! -KØCF)
-[OPDX # 1262 April 18, 2016]

9H, MALTA. Mek, SQ3RX, will be active as 9H3SQ from Marsalforn, Gozo Island (EU-023), between May 13-19th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, possibly 80 meters (depends on the local antenna conditions) using CW and SSB. His equipment is a Kenwood TS480Sat with 100 watts into a Fiberglass 10m pole with Inverted Vee antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1265 May 9, 2016]

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. The "425 DX News" reports that operators Hrane/YT1AD/YT5A and Acim/YT3W will be visiting and active from the city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, between May 13-19th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. Callsigns and QSL routes were not provided.
-[OPDX # 1265 May 9, 2016]

9QØ/9Q1, DEM. REP. OF THE CONGO. YL Elvira, IV3FSG, will be active from two different locations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo signing 9QØHQ between May 1-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31 using 100 watts into a dipole antenna. QSL via IK3GES.
-[OPDX # 1262 April 18, 2016]

A3, TONGA. Hiro, JA6WFM, is now active as A31MM from Nuku 'alofa, the capital city of Tonga (OC-049), until the end of the year 2017. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using a TS-480 into a long-wire with ICOM AH-2 for 160-10m, HB9CV for 15m and a 4 element beam for 6m. Look for him to be in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via EA5GL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1266 May 16, 2016]

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Frank, VK3ADT, is expected to be active as E51ADT from Lagoon Breeze Villas on Rarotonga Island (OC-013) for about the next two weeks. Activity will be holiday style on various bands using his Kenwood TS-50 into a mobile single band vertical with traps. He may also operate from E51AND's QTH. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1266 May 16, 2016]

H4, SOLOMON ISLANDS. Roly, ZL1BQD is now active as H44RR from Guadalcanal Island (OC-047) and Munda Island (OC-149) in the Solomon Islands until May 25th. Activity will be on the HF Bands using mostly JT65 with some CW. Equipment is an Elecraft KX3 transceiver with wire antennas. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1266 May 16, 2016]

SV9, CRETE. Uli, DJ9XB, will once again be active as SV9/DJ9XB from Crete between May 10-20th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters, but with a focus on 6 meters and using only RTTY and JT65. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1263 April 25, 2016]

TN, CONGO (REPUBLIC OF) (Update). Operators Philippe/F5MVB and Joel/F5AOW will be active as TN2MP and TN2BJ, respectively, from Brazzaville between May 15-23rd. Activity will be on 20-10 meters, possibly 40/30m (if there is enough space), and using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog after their return home in France.
-[OPDX # 1265 May 9, 2016]

TZ, MALI. Laurent, F5IXR, is now active as TZ5XR from Kidal until June 2nd. Activity will be on all HF bands using mainly CW. Equipment is a Kenwood TS570D into a G5RV antenna. QSL via F5MXH or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1266 May 16, 2016]

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND. Merv, N6NO, will be celebrating his 80th birthday by returning to Lord Howe Island (OC-004) between May 21-29th. He will be operating as VK9OL with 100 watts, a Force-12 Sigma-40XKR vertical dipole on 40-10 meters, primarily CW and with a focus on the 30/17/12m bands. QSL to N6NO direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. [PLEASE NOTE that there may be other VK9s active during this period such as Norfolk Island [another separate DXCC entity]. VK9NT (see  OPDX.1250), VK9PAS (see OPDX.1253) and possibly others to name a few.]
-[OPDX # 1266 May 16, 2016]

Older Items

BS7, SCARBOROUGH REEF. As we mentioned last year in May, some BY operators are planning to activate Scarborough Reef (BS7H) in 2016. Something interesting  popped-up on the DX Engineering Web page (under Tech Info & News) on April 4th. Read the article "DX Engineering Supports the BS7 Scarborough Reef DXpedition" at:
DX Engineering.
-[OPDX # 1261 April 11, 2016]

YVØ AVES ISLAND. Terry, WØAWL, reports that rumors from a week or so ago regarding the impossibility of any future YVØ expeditions may not have been true. Radi, F6GNZ, reports that RCV has already received all necessary permissions and has been assigned the callsign YVØAI. They are now only awaiting scheduling of their transportation to the island, so things are looking up! Keep in mind that none of this is official at this time, so the situation could change. Watch this space for updates!
-[Thanks to WØAWL for this info - April 14, 2016]