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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 acquainted. 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.)

Home of The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin.


EIDXA News     (Updated August 8, 2022)

EIDXA Meetings

Next EIDXA Meeting:
  Date:  A Friday evening
in October, date yet to be determined.
  Time:  Doors open at 6:30 PM; Meeting begins at 7:30 PM.
  Location:  Hall Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center. Masks required.
  Program:  TBD.

We normally meet quarterly in January, April, July and October on a Friday evening. Our normal meeting location is the Hall Perrine Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. A program of interest follows the business meeting. Complete details, including an aerial photo map, may be found on the "Meetings" page.

Eastern Iowa DXer  (updated on July 1, 2022)
The Eastern Iowa DXer is EIDXA's newsletter, published in advance of each quarterly club meeting. The July 2022 edition is now available on the "Newsletter" page. Bob, WØGXA, puts together a great newsletter, loaded with good information. It's always a great read! Be sure you don't pass it by!

Membership roster  (updated on July 23, 2022)
The membership roster lists all active club members and dues status. It is available for viewing on the "Members" page. Former members who are now Silent Keys are listed separately below the active members list.

A new page of archival rosters from 1975 to the present is now available on the Members page. Please check it out!

Buy-Sell-Trade  (updated on August 2, 2022)
The "Buy-Sell-Trade" page provides a place to advertise any ham radio equipment you may have for sale. We can publish pictures of your gear and any text you would like. Contact the webmaster to post your ad!

There is a new listing for a FREE Rohn 25G 40 foot tower!

The Tom Vavra, WB8ZRL (SK) estate sale continues. The complete list of remaining items is still on the "Buy-Sell-Trade" page. Please visit the page - there may be a special treasure waiting just for you.

DXpedition Support  (updated on August 7, 2022)
EIDXA offers financial support to DXpeditions that meet our formalized requirements, which include top 50 most-wanted ranking, duration, number of operators, planned bands and modes, and the interval since any previous operations.

A list of operations that EIDXA has supported since 2002 is here.

Email Reflector
The EIDXA email reflector is on Google Groups and 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. If you are not a member of the group but would like to be, please email the webmaster.

You may visit the group homepage here:
    https://groups.google.com/group/eastern-iowa-dx-association
The homepage has a complete archive of all messages exchanged via the group.



The Eastern Iowa DX Bulletin
For August 14, 2022 to August 21, 2022

Craig Fastenow, KØCF, Editor

This bulletin is a compilation of currently active DX operations (or those that will become active within the current week) from recent issues of the four DX bulletins listed below, with the dates of operation highlighted in red. The articles are ordered by the entity's official callsign prefix. Hot links are provided for QSL and other information wherever possible. Articles will remain in The Bulletin while active with a 5 week maximum. Credit for the source is given at the end of each article.

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
   The ARRL DX Bulletin
      The bulletin is available at http://www.arrl.org
   425 DX News, A.R.I. DX Bulletin (425DXN)
      Edited by Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ & Valeria Pregliasco, IK1ADH
      425 DX News Home Page: https://www.425dxn.org/
      425 DX News Google Group: https://groups.google.com/g/425eng
   DX Newsletter (DXNL)
      Edited by Andreas Salder, DK5ON
      A weekly service of DARC Committee "DX", http://www.darcdxhf.de


4W, TIMOR LESTE. Satoshi, JH2EUV, is once again active as 4W/JH2EUV from Timor Leste (Oc-148). Length of activity is unknown at this time. Activity has been mainly FT8. Watch for him on 40-10 meters. QSL via JH2EUV, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0904)

4X, ISRAEL (LH Op). Members of the Israel Amateur Radio Club will activate 5 lighthouses and participate in the upcoming International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW), August 20-21st. Look for the following lighthouses:
  Lighthouse    Callsign  ILLW#
  ------------  --------  -----
  Jaffa         4XØ1LH    IL001
  Stella Maris  4XØ2LH    IL002
  Ashdod        4XØ3LH    IL003
  Acre          4XØ4LH    IL004
  Tel Aviv      4XØ5LH    IL005

QSL all callsigns via 4X6ZM. Look for details on how to obtain a special certificate on QRZ.com or (https://iarc.org/lighthouse/).
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0821)

5B, CYPRUS. Lord Paul, GØKPH, will be active as 5B/GØKPH from Paphos, Cyprus, until August 25th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (FT8/FT4). QSL via GØKPH, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0828)

5H, TANZANIA. Eugen, DL8AAI will be active as 5H2JK/p during a hiking tour in Kilimanjaro National Park (5HFF-0005) until August 17th, and some days after hiking, from Moshi.  Activity will be holiday style, mainly on SSB on 20 to 10 meters.  Check for WSPR beacon signals from 5H2JK/P on 15 meters which will be activated when the antenna is operational.  QSL via DL8AAI.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 32 August 11, 2022]  (0814-0821)

5R, MADAGASCAR. Elvira, IV3FSG, who was recently active as 5X3R, will be active as 5R8LH from Madagascar (AF-013) from August 1st until September 9th. Usually, activity will be limited to her spare time on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. She is there working on a project for the Informatici Senza Frontiere ONLUS. She is looking for some financial support. QSL via IK2DUW, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1572 July 25, 2022]  (0731-0821)

6Y, JAMAICA. Jamaican amateurs may use the prefix 6Y6Ø to mark the anniversary of Jamaica's independence.
-[DXNL # 2314 August 10, 2022]  (0814-0828)

7Q, MALAWI. Junior, 7Q7JN has been active as 7Q7EMH from the radio station at the Embangweni Mission Hospital in the Northern Region. Activity has been on 30, 15 and 12 meters using CW and FT8.  QSL via LoTW or ClubLog’s OQRS.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 32 August 11, 2022]  (0814-0828)

8Q, MALDIVES. Stefan, EA5Q, will be active as 8Q7QE from two different locations in the Maldives (AS-113) between August 14th-24th. His schedule is as follows:
  August 14-20th -- Thinadhoo Island (WW Loc. MJ63sl), Vaavu Atoll
  August 20-24th -- Fulidhoo Island (WW Loc. MJ63rq), Vaavu Atoll
His activity will be mostly CW only using a FT-857 with 100w into a Ventenna HFp portable vertical antenna. QSL via EA5Q. All contacts will be confirmed via LoTW. Paper QSLs will be printed to confirm contacts via the Bureau or direct (SASE and postage required, otherwise they will be returned via the Bureau).
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]  (0814-0828)

8Q, MALDIVES. Giovanni, IZ2DPX, will be active as 8Q7AG from Maldive Islands (AS-013) between August 8th-20th. Activity will be on various HF bands including 6m. QSL via IZ2DPX direct, via HE9ERA by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]  (0807-0821)

9H, MALTA (LH Op). Members of the IGA Pulheim Lighthouse Team will be active as 9H6LH from the Delimara Lighthouse (ILLW MT0001) at Delimara Point during the 2022 International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW; August 20th-21st). The team will be there between August 19-22nd. QSL via DL1KJ, by the Bureau or direct.
-[OPDX # 1551 January 31, 2022]  (0814-0821)

A3, TONGA. (Update!) Masa, A35JP (JAØRQV) will be off the air on August 3rd-22nd as he must return to Japan owing to a family emergency. Hopefully he will be back to Tonga in late August until the end of September.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0807-0821)

AP, PAKISTAN. Special callsign AP75PAK is for the Pakistan Amateur Radio Society to celebrate the 75th anniversary since Pakistan achieved independence (August 14, 1947). Additionally, individual Pakistani amateur radio operators can use the AP75 prefix on August 1st-31st - e.g., AP2SD will be signing AP75SD (QSL via EA5ZD), and AP2TN will be signing AP75TN (QSL via RW6HS). A certificate will be available (see http://pakhams.com/AP75/) "for any combination of 5 QSOs with AP75 stations".
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0807-0828)

CEØY, EASTER ISLAND. Roberto, CE3CT, is now active as CEØY/CE3CT from Easter Island (SA-001) until August 18th. Activity will be holiday style with a focus on 30/17/12 meters using mainly CW. However, he has been reported on 40/15 meters and on FT8. QSL via LoTW or direct to: Roberto Ramirez, Eduardo Cruz Coke 389 office C, Santiago, Chile.
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0821)

CN, MOROCCO (Special Event). Raji, CN8QR, will activate with special callsign 5E9QR from Marrakesh, Morocco, between August 16th-29th. Activity is to celebrate "Youth Day", and the 59th birthday of HM King Mohammed VI. The radio amateurs of Morocco celebrate this Day "present to the Sovereign their respectful wishes for happiness and long life." Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via CN8WW.
-[OPDX # 1572 July 25, 2022]  (0814-0828)

CN, MOROCCO. Taking part in the annual Youth Day's celebrations, members of the Association Royale des Radioamateurs du Maroc (ARRAM) will be using the special prefix 5E9 on August 16th-29th. Celebrated on the birthday of the reigning monarch (August 21st), Youth Day is a public holiday that honors the contribution of the youths to the Kingdom.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0814-0828)

CO, CUBA. Lefty, CO2QU, from Havana (NA-015, WW Loc. EL83) informs OPDX that he will be active from August 6th to December 31st, on 30 meters (FT8/FT4) and 6 meters (FT8). QSL via CO2QU direct or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]  (0807-0828)

D2, ANGOLA. Bernie, ZS4TX will be active as D2TX from the Cuando Cubango Province of Angola (WWL JH85) on August 12th-16th. He will focus on 2 meters EME; 6m and 70cm might be added to the operation. He will also operate CW on 40 meters and up. QSL direct to PA3CMC.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0807-0821)

DL, GERMANY. The DARC club Duisburg-Huckingen (L16) celebrates its 40th anniversary with the callsign DL164ØY (special DOK 40L16) until May 6, 2023 on all bands and modes. QSL via bureau or direct, eQSL.
-[DXNL # 2312 July 27, 2022]  (0731-0821)

DU, PHILIPPINES. Mike, W6QT is QRV as DU3/W6QT from Olongapo City on Luzon Island, IOTA OC-042, until September 15th. QSL to W6QT.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 31 August 4, 2022]  (0807-0828)

DXCC TOP TWENTY. Here are the top 20 entities on ClubLog’s "DXCC Most Wanted" list, last updated August 15, 2022:
   1. P5     DPRK (North Korea)  11. FT/G   Glorioso Island
   2. 3Y/B   Bouvet Island       12. VKØM   Macquarie Island
   3. FT5/W  Crozet Island       13. YVØ    Aves Island
   4. BS7H   Scarborough Reef    14. KH4    Midway Island
   5. CEØX   San Felix Islands   15. ZS8    Prince Edward & Marion Islands
   6. BV9P   Pratas Island       16. PYØS   Saint Peter And Paul Rocks
   7. KH7K   Kure Island         17. PYØT   Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands
   8. KH3    Johnston Island     18. KP5    Desecheo Island
   9. 3Y/P   Peter 1 Island      19. VP8S   South Sandwich Islands
  10. FT5/X  Kerguelen Island    20. KH5    Palmyra & Jarvis Islands
For the complete list, see https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
-[KØCF August 15, 2022]  (0815-0904)

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Special callsign EG8HKT will be used by members of Radio Club Islas Canarias (EA8RCK) on August 8th-15th in remembrance of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe. QSL via eQSL only; a certificate will be available, see qrz.com for information. Born in 1894, Father Kolbe (SP3RN) was killed on August 14, 1941, at Auschwitz.
-[425DXN # 1632 August 13, 2022]  (0814-0821)

F, FRANCE (ILLW Op). Members of the Radio Club l'agglomération Dunkerquoise "F8KGS" (A2RS) will be active as TM59LH from the Sandettie Light Vessel (ILLW FR0036, WW Loc. JO11ea) in Dunkirk, France, between August 19th-22nd, during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW). Activity will be on all modes and all bands if possible. QSL via F8KGS.
-[OPDX # 1573 August 1, 2022]  (0814-0821)

F, FRANCE (LH Op). Operators Chris/F5OHH and Dyd/F4ELJ will be active as TM2LW from the Kerjean Lighthouse (ILLW FR-0037, ARLHS FRA-326, DLF 22-003, DDFM 22, WW Locator IN88KU) during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW - https://illw.net/) (August 20th-21st). Activity will be on various HF and VHF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via F4ELJ (but not necessary), all contacts entered in the log will receive a QSL by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1571 July 18, 2022]  (0814-0821)

F, FRANCE. A German team (DJ5KX, DJ8EI, DK5OPA, DL1DCT, DL5KA and DL8KR) will be active again as TMØBSM from the lighthouse at Berck-sur-Mer, France on August 17th-22nd. They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-10 meters, plus the QO-100 satellite. QSL via DK5OPA.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0814-0821)

F, FRANCE. Celebrating the 15th anniversary of SOTA France, special callsign TM2SOTA will be activated for fifteen days from August 13th until September 27th. QSL via eQSL; paper QSLs will not be available.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0814-0904)

F, FRANCE. The Radio Club Vendeen (F6KUF) will be active as TM3GGR from August 20th to September 4th. The suffix stands for Golden Globe Race, (https://goldengloberace.com/), the single-handed, round-the-world sailing race that will start from Les Sables-d'Olonne, France on September 4th. QSL via F6KUF (bureau) or F5OEV (direct).
-[425DXN # 1632 August 13, 2022]  (0814-0904)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club du Vsl d'Issole (F8KGH) will activate the special callsign TM78DP between August 6th-20th. Activity is to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the beach landings in Provence during World War II which happened on August 15th, 1944. Operations will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via F4GPB.
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]  (0807-0821)

F, FRANCE (Special Event). Stephane, F4IVC, will be active as TM55TDL during the 55th Tour du Limousin, Périgord - New Aquitaine, between August 8th-19th. Activity will be on various HF/VHF bands using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via F4IVC or eQSL. NO Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1573 August 1, 2022]  (0807-0821)

FH, MAYOTTE. Marek Lamachou (ex SQ6WR, J28WR and F4VVJ) will be active as FH4VVK in his spare time while stationed on Petite-Terre, Mayotte (AF-027) starting around August 20th until April 1, 2024. QSL via eQSL or direct (see qrz.com).
-[425DXN # 1632 August 13, 2022]  (0814-0904)G, ENGLAND (LH Op). Members of the Humber Fortress DX Amateur Radio Club (HFDXARC) [https://hfdxarc.com/] will be activating GB2SL over the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW), August 20-21st, from Spurn Point ‘High Light’ Lighthouse (Spurn Head Peninsula)[ILLW UK0080]. QSL via eQSL only.
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0821)

G, ENGLAND (LH Op). Members of the Humber Fortress DX Amateur Radio Club (HFDXARC) [https://hfdxarc.com/] will be activating GB2SL over the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW), August 20-21st, from Spurn Point ‘High Light’ Lighthouse (Spurn Head Peninsula)[ILLW UK0080]. QSL via eQSL only.
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0821)

G, GREAT BRITAIN CELEBRATION/ISLANDS (Special Event). The following special event stations (SES) are now active during the 22nd Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 until August 21st:
  GB22GD -- Isle of Man (EU-116)    GB22GM -- Scotland (EU-005)
  GB22GE -- England (EU-005)        GB22GU -- Guernsey (EU-114)
  GB22GI -- N. Ireland (EU-115)     GB22GW -- Wales (EU-005)
  GB22GJ -- Jersey (EU-013)         GB22HQ -- England (EU-005)

Activation schedules for each of the above SES are posted on their QRZ.com pages. QSL all callsigns via MØOXO's OQRS or LoTW. Also, the RSGB Web page has complete details at: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/rsgb-notices/2022/04/08/commonwealth-games-ses
-[OPDX # 1573 August 1, 2022]  (0731-0821)

GD, ISLE OF MAN. Dale, EI7HDB, will once again be active as MD/EI7HDB from Isle of Man (EU-116) between August 14th-19th. Activity will be on various HF bands (80m-70cm) using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via EI7HDB by the Bureau. Reportedly, Dale will be one of the GT3FL team members for the ILLW.
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]  (0814-0821)

GM, SCOTLAND. Members of the Zetland Amateur Radio Club will be active as GB2ELH from Eshaness Lighthouse on mainland Shetland (EU-012) during the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend on August 20th-21st. QSL via GMØGFL.
-[425DXN # 1632 August 13, 2022]  (0814-0821)

HC, ECUADOR. Special callsign HD1HERO commemorates participants in the revolution of 1809 from August 8th to 12th. An award is also available. https://ecuadordxclub.org/heroes-10-de-agosto/ QSL via LoTW.
-[DXNL # 2314 August 10, 2022]  (0814-0821)

HC, EQUADOR. John/AE5X is currently on the air from Cuenca as HC5JHT. QSL via LoTW.
-[DXNL # 2313 August 3, 2022]  (0807-0828)

HL, SOUTH KOREA. Celebrating the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Korea (August 15, 1945), members of the Korean Amateur Radio League's Chungbuk HQ will be active as HL77V on August 1st-31st. QSL via 6KØMF.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0807-0828)

HS, THAILAND. Brad, VK2BY, will be active as HSØZNR from Nam Yuen, in the Province of Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, beginning August 18th until September 2nd. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using an IC-7300 into a SP7IDX Hexbeam at 20m. QSL via VK2BY, direct, LoTW or eQSL. NO Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1568 June 27, 2022]  (0814-0904)

HZ, SAUDI ARABIA (Special Event). Members of the Saudi Amateur Radio Society [SARS](HZ1SAR) are now using the special callsign HZ1CPCF for the "Crown Prince Camel Festival" until September 4th. Activity has been on 20/17/15/6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL via HZ1SAR.
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]  (0807-0904)

I, ITALY (LH Op). Members of the 5nnDXCC Contest Club will be active as IR4DX from Goro Lighthouse (IT0004), located on the Isola dell'Amore on the Adriatic Sea, during the 25th anniversary of the International Lighthouse/LightShip Weekend (ILLW) August 20-21st. QSL via eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1565 May 16, 2022]  (0814-0821)

I, ITALY. Members of ARI Genova (IQ1GE) will be active again, for the 25th year, as II1L from La Lanterna during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (August 20th-21st). Look for activity on 80-2 meters SSB, CW, FM and digital modes between 0800 and 1600 UTC on both days. QSL via the bureau and eQSL.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0814-0821)ISØ, SARDINIA (LH Op). Tony, IK2GAU, will be active as IK2GAU/ISØ from Budoni, Sardinia Island (EU-024), Italy. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via IK2GAU, eQSL or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0828)

J2, DJIBOUTI. Callsign J28RC is allocated to the Riverine Amateur Radio Club at Camp Lemmonnier, Djibouti (a chapter of the US based Riverine ARC, KO4OXN). It is operated by military service members and US contractors serving with US forces. They can operate SSB, CW and digital modes on 80-10 meters. QSL via EA5GL and LoTW.
-[425DXN # 1632 August 13, 2022]  (0814-0828)

J2, DJIBOUTI. Jerome "Jeje" Legras, F8FKJ will be active again as J2ØEE from Djibouti in August and September. He operates mainly CW and FT8 on 40-10 meters. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, or direct to F4DXW.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0807-0904)

J3, GRENADA. Greg, NT5V, will be active as J38GB from Grenada between August 12th-19th. He states [edited], "It is likely that there essentially will be no operation occurring on August 12th because we arrive late, and it will take some time to deploy the wire antenna. I tried it out this past weekend on a trip to GA and all checked out except for being able to load it on 75 meters. There just isn't enough wire to allow the tuner to match it. The equipment will be a 7300, external tuner (thank you ZAP), and an off center fed dipole with balun and using N1MM for logging. I am not sure what floor we are staying but hope to find that out by Wednesday of this week. I expect to be on CW and SSB on 40-6 meters including the WARC bands, but operation will be secondary to enjoying some vacation and relaxation. If possible, I will try some FT8, but I believe my laptop has a bad sound card in it and will nix that." Greg stated a couple of weeks ago that his band plan will likely be 30 kHz above the bottom of band for CW and xxx90 for SSB (eg. 14190, 21290, etc). QSL via NT5V, LoTW, and possibly ClubLog.
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]  (0807-0821)

J3, GRENADA. Greg, N9GB plans to be QRV as J3/N9GB from August 12th to 19th. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters, and possibly 6 meters using CW, SSB, and possibly FT8. This might include 160 and 80 meters if conditions allow. QSL to N9GB.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 31 August 4, 2022]  (0807-0821)

JW, SVALBARD. Tom, KA1IS, will be active as JW/KA1IS from the Longyearbyen club station (JW5E) on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) between August 10th-16th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via KA1IS.
-[OPDX # 1573 August 1, 2022]  (0807-0821)

JY, JORDAN. Nart, JY5IB, has been very active from Amman over the past few weeks. Activity has been on 60-12 meters using FT8. QSL via JY5IB direct only. No IRCs or Bureau QSLs. All QSOs are uploaded to QRZ.com logbook and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0828)

K, UNITED STATES (LH Op). Operators Geoff/W8GNM, Jay/K8CJY and Jon/KB8SRQ will be active as W8GNM/8 from the Port Clinton Lighthouse (WW Loc. EN81mm), Ohio, on Saturday, August 20th, between 1500-2100z, during the Port Clinton Lighthouse Festival in Port Clinton and the International Lighthouse/ Lightship Weekend [ILLW] (ARLHS USA-922; WLLW US 0228). Suggested frequencies are: 7200 or 7235 kHz, 14285 or 14335 kHz and check the DX Clusters for specific frequencies. QSL via LoTW only to W8GNM/8. Suggested Web sites of interests:
ILLW -- http://arlhs.com/events
WLLW -- https://wllw.org
Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy -- http://portclintonlighthouse.org
-[OPDX # 1570 July 11, 2022]  (0814-0821)

K, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Look for Special Event Station (SES) N7C to be active again between August 10-19th. Activity is the 18th annual special event station's celebration of the "Navajo Code Talkers", normally from Chinle, AZ. Operators "usually" are Ray/W7USA, Bob/K7BHM, John/W5PDW and Herb/N7HG (whose father was a Code Talker). Activity will be on CW, SSB and FT8. Suggested frequencies are 7265, 14265 and 18130 kHz. QSL via N7HG or N7C at the QRZ.com address. A certificate is also available (see QRZ.com for details).
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0821)

LY, LITHUANIA. Special callsign LY77ØCT will be used on all bands and modes from August 15th to October 14th to commemorate the 770th anniversary since the founding of the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda. QSL via LY1CT and LoTW.
-[425DXN # 1632 August 13, 2022]  (0814-0904)

LY, LITHUANIA (Special Event). Members of Radistu Asociacija will be active with special call LY786A from Siauliai, Lithuania, until September 30th. Activity is to celebrate the 786th anniversary of Siauliai City. Operations will be on CW and SSB. QSL via LY5A.
-[OPDX # 1573 August 1, 2022]  (0731-0821)

OE, AUSTRIA. The OEVSV section Steiermark celebrates its 60th anniversary with the callsign OE6ØSTMK during August. QSL via OE6WIG.
-[DXNL # 2313 August 3, 2022]  (0807-0828)

OHØ, ALAND ISLAND. Operators Alex/UT5UY/OH5UY, Pasi/OH2MZB, Jouni/OH2JIU, Niko/OH5CZ, Toni/OH5CY, Jere/OH5ELX and Juha/ OH5CW will be active as OGØC from Aland Islands (Rare QRA KO09) between August 20-27th. Activity will be on 160-2 meters with a focus on 6 meters and the WARC bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via OH5C.
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0828)

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Henning, OZ2I will be active as OY7EE from Streymoy, Faroe Islands (EU-018) on August 11th-15th, with main activity during the CW leg of the Worked All Europe DX Contest (August 13th-14th). QSLs via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS, or via OZ2I.
-[425DXN # 1632 August 13, 2022]  (0814-0821)

PA, NETHERLANDS. Members of VERON Utrecht will activate special callsign PA22VUELTA at varying times on various bands and modes beginning August 18th until September 11th. QSL via the bureau to PI4UTR. The first three stages of the 77th Vuelta a Espana, the long-distance road bicycle race (Tour of Spain), will take place in the Netherlands.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0814-0904)

PA, NETHERLANDS. The VERON section Gouda (A17) celebrates their city's 750th anniversary with the callsign PI75ØGAZ until the end of September. QSL via bureau or ClubLog’s OQRS.
-[DXNL # 2313 August 3, 2022]  (0807-0828)

PY, BRAZIL (WWFF Op). Members of the Paraense DX Group will be active as ZV8F from Cabo Orange National Park (WWFF PYFF-0007, WW Loc. GJ42ju) - Amapá, the Amazon rainforest in North Brazil, between August 22-24th. They will also activate APA Fazendiha Park (WWFF PYFF-0340, WW Loc. GI49kw) - Amapá, the Amazon rainforest North Brazil, between August 26-27th. Operators mentioned are Ronaldo/PS8RV and Jean/PY7BR. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. Visit the PARA DX Group's Web page at: https://paradxgroup.wordpress.com
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0821-0828)

PY, BRAZIL. Team ZV8C (Ronaldo PS8RV, Jean PY7BR and Sandro PY8SL) will be active from the Cuinarana Marine Extractive Reserve, in the Brazilian state of Para, on August 19th-21st. They will operate SSB, CW and FT8 on 80-10 meters. QSL via operators' instructions.
-[425DXN # 1632 August 13, 2022]  (0814-0821)

S7, SEYCHELLES. Seid, E76AA, showed up on the air on 15 meters August 9th as S79/E76AA. The length of his stay is unknown. No other details are available.
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0828)

S7, SEYCHELLES. Nuria, EA3WL and Josep, EA3BT will be active holiday style as S79/ EA3WL and S79/EA3BT on August 9th-23rd from three islands (Praslin, La Digue and Mahe) in the AF-024 IOTA group. They will operate SSB, CW and FT8 via satellite (QO-100, RS-44 and others). QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0807-0828)

SP, POLAND. Members of the Dobrzycki Amateur Radio Club (SP3PDO) will activate special callsigns SO55ØMK, SP55ØMK and SQ55ØMK to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the birth of Mikolaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus, February 19, 1473), the Polish astronomer who formulated a model of the solar system centered on the Sun rather than Earth. QSL all callsigns via SP3PDO, bureau or direct.
-[425DXN # 1632 August 13, 2022]  (0814-0828)

SP, POLAND (Special Event). Members of the Pomeranian Local Branch of the Polish Amateur Radio Association PZK will activate several of the following special callsigns to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the construction and commissioning of the Polish Rozewie Lighthouse in the Baltic Sea during the month of August. Special callsigns are:
  SN2ØØR -- Op SP2KAC     SN2ØØW -- Op SP2YWL
  SN2ØØO -- Op SP2KFQ     SN2ØØI -- Op SP2YKS
  SN2ØØZ -- Op SP2PMW     SP2ØØE -- Op SP2PGD
  SN2ØØE -- Op SP2ZIE

Also included are two JOKER stations which are only active between August 20-21st (during the ILLW weekend): 3Z2ØØLHR -- Op SP5EZJ, 3Z25ILLW -- Op SP1ZZ.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters, 2m/70cm, using CW, SSB, FM, AM and the Digital modes (RTTY/PSK/FT8/FT4). QSL all callsigns via SP2PGD. All of the above callsigns are good toward the "200 YEARS OF THE SEA LIGHTHOUSE IN ROZEW" diploma. To apply for a commemorative e-Diploma, stations with SP - must complete 7 QSOs with special stations, getting all the letters that make up the name ROZEWIE. For more details, see:  http://ot09.pzk.org.pl/akcje/200lhr/200lhr.php
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]  (0807-0828)

TI, COSTA RICA. Special event station TI1FIFA will be active in August for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, the biennial international women's football (soccer) championship contested by the under-20 national teams of the Federation Internationale de Football Association's members. This year's tournament will be hosted by Costa Rica on August 10th-28th. Expect activity on 40, 20, 15, 10 and 2 meters SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW.
-[425DXN # 1630 July 30, 2022]  (0807-0828)

TI, COSTA-RICA. Special callsign TI1GOAL draws attention to the Costa Rican football team participating in the FIFA World Championship. QRV from July 1st until December on SSB and FT8. QSL only via TI1GOAL direct.
-[DXNL # 2313 August 3, 2022]  (0807-0828)

UA, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). Operators Victor/RV3YR, Viktor/RN3YN, R3YC and Vladimir/RA3Y (members of the "Fifth Ocean" Int. Aviators HAM Club) from Brjansk Reg (BR) will be active as R11ØWWS to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the Russian Air Force until August 21st. QSL via RV3YR, direct or by the Bureau. A diploma is available.
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]  (0807-0821)

V4, SAINT KITTS & NEVIS. Gary, GØFWX, will once again be active as V47FWX from John's, V47JA, QTH on St. Kitts Island (NA-104) between August 20th-31st. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via MØURX, or his OQRS.
-[OPDX # 1568 June 27, 2022]  (0814-0828)

V4, SAINT KITTS & NEVIS. Jim, NT5V, will once again be active as V4/NT5V from Calypso Bay, St. Kitts (NA-104), August 8th-18th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via NT5V, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]  (0807-0821)

VE, CANADA. Pierre, VE3KTB is QRV as VYØERC from the Eureka weather station on Ellesmere Island, IOTA NA-008, until August 16th. Activity is in his spare time on 20 and 17 meters using CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL via MØOXO.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 31 August 4, 2022]  (0807-0821)

VK, AUSTRALIA. Look for VK2FM (operated by VK2VK, VK4NGN and VK2FM himself) to be active from South Solitary Island (OC-194) starting around 0200 UTC on August 19th until around 0200 UTC on August 22nd. Main activity will take place during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend on 80, 40 and 20 meters. QSL direct to VK2FM.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0814-0821)

VKØ/M, MACQUARIE ISLAND. Matt, VKØMQ is usually active in his spare time on most weekends between 0000 and 0700z on 80 to 10 meters using FT8 in DXpedition mode. He is here until October 1st. QSL via MØOXO.
-[ARRL DX Bulletin # 30 July 28, 2022]  (0731-0821)

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. Jonathan, 2EØKZN is now stationed at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Mount Pleasant Complex, Falkland Islands (SA-002) until early November. While there he will be QRV as VP8TAA with a focus on SOTA activations (VP8TAA/p). QSL via MØOXO's OQRS.
-[425DXN # 1630 July 30, 2022]  (0731-0821)

VU, INDIA (LH Op). Rajesh, VU2EXP, from Rajkot (Gujarat), India, will activate for the first time the Veraval Lighthouse (ILLW IN0026, ARLHS WLOL IND 166, WW Loc. ML50ev) between August 19-22nd. He will use the special callsign AT3VLH. The lighthouse is situated at the south coast of Gujarat State in India. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Rajesh will also be on the FM satellites. QSL via VU2EXP, direct or by the Bureau. For more details, see QRZ.com.
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0821)

VU, INDIA (Special Event). Special callsigns expected to be QRV in celebration of the 75th anniversary since India achieved independence include
  AT2AAM    -- from Sodepur (operated by West Bengal Radio Club)
  AT75CW    -- Op Rajesh, VU2CW, from Gurgaon (ML88mk); between
               September 1st and October 2nd. QSL via VU2CW.
  AT75FLAG  -- Operated by VU2UUU and VU2VUV on August 6th-15th
  AT75HGT   -- Op Jai, VU2YYE, from Secunderabad (MK97gl);
               August 15th. QSL via VU2YYE.
  AT75IND   -- Ops VU2NSL und VU2MSA
  AT75RADIO -- Op Rajesh, VU2CW, from Gurgaon (ML88mk);
               between August 10-21st. QSL via VU2CW.
  AT75RS    -- Op Sarath, VU2RS, from Vidyanagar; between
               August 10-21st. QSL via VU2RS.
  AU75BGG   -- Op Balu, VU2BGG, from Belgaum; until September 12th.
               QSL via VU2BGG.
  AU75IIH   -- Op VU2IIH
  AU75JRO   -- Op Mani, from Hubi; between August 10-21st.
               QSL via VU2JRO direct.
  AU75SMS   -- Op Manju, VU2SMS, from Karnataka; between August 10-21st.
               QSL via VU2SMS direct.

For QSL information see qrz.com.
-[Compiled by KØCF from these sources:]
-[425DXN # 1632 August 13, 2022]
-[DXNL # 2314 August 10, 2022]
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0904)

VU, INDIA. VU2LU and others will be active as AT2MLH from Mahe Lighthouse, Puducherry on August 12th-22nd. QSL via the bureau to VU2LU. Additionally, Rajesh, VU2EXP will be active as AT3VLH from Veraval Lighthouse, Gujarat, during the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend. QSL via VU2EXP.
-[425DXN # 1631 August 6, 2022]  (0807-0821)

YB, INDONESIA (Special Event). To celebrate the 77th anniversary Independence Day (August 17th) in the Republic of Indonesia, look for the following special callsigns to be active between August 13th-21st:
  8H77RI - Call Area Ø       8I77N - Call Area 5
  8H77I  - Call Area 1       8I77E - Call Area 6
  8H77N  - Call Area 2       8I77S - Call Area 7
  8H77D  - Call Area 3       8I77I - Call Area 8
  8H77O  - Call Area 4       8I77A - Call Area 9
  8I77RI - Call Area Ø up to 9 only at VHF

(Region ORARI and Local ORARI)
** NOTE: In the above callsigns (except 8H77RI and 8I77RI), the last letter (suffix) spells out the word INDONESIA.
Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters and 2m/70cm (for Satellite), as well VHF Terrestrial 2m (for 8I77RI). Modes are CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and FM (Satellite). Only 8I77RI will QRV on VHF. A special award is available called "INDONESIA AWARD 2022". Complete details about the event and award are available at:
https://www.qrz.com/db/8H77I
https://www.qrz.com/db/8I77N
https://www.qrz.com/db/8I77I
-[OPDX # 1574 August 8, 2022]  (0807-0821)

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Phil, ZF1PB, is now active as ZF1PB/9 from Cayman Brac Island (NA-016) until August 22nd. Activity is holiday style on various HF bands using SSB with a FT-991A into an Alpha vertical antenna. QSL via ZF1PB direct only to: Phil Bodden, P.O. Box 2240, KY1-1107 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. NO IRCs, LoTW or eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1575 August 15, 2022]  (0814-0821)


Propagation

Solar Data
The Weekly Solar Data chart plots Solar Flux Index (SFI), Sunspot number and Planetary K-Index for the past 7 days. With 8 Planetary K-index readings each day, only the maximum and average K-index values are plotted. Note: You may click here or on the chart above to see the same data for the past month.

The solar flux has been fairly steady again this week, with a high of 124 on August 13th and a low of 108 on the 10th. The sunspot count was variable, with a high of 116 and a low of 58. Geomagnetic conditions began the week with a bang when the Planetary K-index hit 6 on August 7th, declining a little to 5 the following day. The rest of the week the K-index was calm, ranging from 2 to 4. Predicted solar flux values are 115 on August 14, 110 on August 15-18, 108 on August 19, and 104 on August 20th.

Solar Flares

Highs for Cycle 25:
  Solar Flux: 180 on May 18, 2022.
  Sunspots:  173 on May 16, 2022.


Selected Upcoming Contests

Contest Start End Web Site
North American QSO Party, SSB Aug 20 1800Z Aug 21 0600Z Rules
ARRL Rookie Roundup, RTTY Aug 21 1800Z Aug 21 2359Z Rules
Hawaii QSO Party Aug 27 0400Z Aug 29 0400Z Rules
YO DX HF Contest Aug 27 1200Z Aug 28 1200Z Rules
Kansas QSO Party Aug 27 1400Z Aug 28 0200Z Rules
Aug 28 1400Z Aug 28 2000Z
Ohio QSO Party Aug 27 1600Z Aug 28 0400Z Rules
All Asian DX Contest, Phone Sep 3 0000Z Sep 4 2400Z Rules
CWOps CW Open Sep 3 0000Z Sep 3 2359Z Rules
Colorado QSO Party Sep 3 1300Z Sep 4 0400Z Rules
Tennessee QSO Party Sep 4 1800Z Sep 5 0300Z Rules
WAE DX Contest, SSB Sep 10 0000Z Sep 11 2359Z Rules
Alabama QSO Party Sep 10 1500Z Sep 11 0300Z Rules
ARRL September VHF Contest Sep 10 1800Z Sep 12 0300Z Rules
North American Sprint, CW Sep 11 0000Z Sep 11 0400Z Rules
Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW Sep 17 1200Z Sep 18 1200Z Rules
Texas QSO Party Sep 17 1400Z Sep 18 0200Z Rules
Sep 18 1400Z Sep 18 2000Z
Iowa QSO Party Sep 17 1400Z Sep 18 0200Z Rules
Washington State Salmon Run Sep 17 1600Z Sep 18 0700Z Rules
Sep 18 1600Z Sep 18 2400Z
New Hampshire QSO Party Sep 17 1600Z Sep 18 0400Z Rules
Sep 18 1600Z Sep 18 2200Z
New Jersey QSO Party Sep 17 1600Z Sep 18 0359Z Rules
North American Sprint, RTTY Sep 18 0000Z Sep 18 0400Z Rules