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 September 21, 2016)

EIDXA Meeting Minutes:
The minutes for the EIDXA meeting of July 29, 2016 are now available on the "Meetings" page.

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EIDXA Picnic:
The EIDXA Club picnic is scheduled for September 24 at the NRØX superstation QTH just north of Martelle. The gathering begins anytime after 3:00 PM, and WØAWL will be doing brats about 5:00 PM. Please bring a hot dish to share, your own table service and beverages. Jerry, WWØE will most likely have some nice door prizes!

Next EIDXA meeting:
  The next EIDXA meeting is scheduled for October 14, 2016 in Linn Hall room 1142. This is the same room where we held our July meeting.
  After our normal business meeting, Dale Svetanoff - WA9ENA will present a program on "Lightning Protection and Station Grounding for Amateur Radio".
  For complete details, please visit the "Meetings" page.

October 2016 Eastern Iowa DXer
The October 2016 edition of the Eastern Iowa DXer has been posted! Jerry, WWØE, has produced another not-to-be-missed edition, loaded with lots of good info, a profile of a long-time member, and recent antenna work by another club member. The PDF is available for download on the "Newsletter" page.

DX News      (Updated September 21, 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

9X, RWANDA. Jim, KB1ZSQ, is now active as 9XØJW from Kigali until December 30th, 2017. Activity is limited to various times on 80-10 meters and using SSB and the Digital modes. "The Daily DX" reports that he likes running QRP (5w), but he does have 100 watts. He is currently designing a QSL card, but does provide an eQSL, so QSL via eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1280 August 29, 2016]

C9, MOZAMBIQUE. Johannes, PDØJBH, is now active as C91PA from Maputo until March of 2017. Activity has been mostly on 40/20 meters using SSB. Send an E-mail to <pd0jbh@gmail.com> for QSL details.
-[OPDX # 1277 August 8, 2016]

D6, COMOROS (Reminder). Operators Pavel/OK1FPS, David/OK6DJ, Pavel/OK1GK, Rudolf/OK2ZA and Petr/OK1BOA will be active as D66D from Comoros Islands (AF-007) between September 18-30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Equipment will be 3x Elecraft K3 with 2x PA into 2x Spiderbeams (includes WARC), 1x vertical (40/30m), 1 vertical (160/80m) and a special RX antenna for the low bands. QSL via OK6DJ, LoTW or eQSL. For more details and updates, see:  http://www.cdxp.cz   Also watch their FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1472348776313779
-[OPDX # 1283 September 19, 2016]

DL3Ø, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the European DX Foundation are activating the special event callsign, DL3ØEUDXF, to celebrates their 30th anniversary through December 31st. QSL via DJ6SI. For more details, see: http://www.eudxf.de
-[OPDX # 1274 July 18, 2016]

J28, DJIBOUTI. Jean-Philippe, F1TMY, will be active as J28PJ from Djibouti starting September 1st, and he will be there for at least 3 years (possibly 5 years). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using an Inverted L for 160m, Spiderbeam 5 bands Yagi, 5 Elts Tonna 50 MHz Yagi, G5RV, and an ATAS 120 for mobile uses signing J28PJ/MM. QSL via F1TMY.
-[OPDX # 1280 August 29, 2016]
JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Take, JG8NQJ, is once again active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group for the next couple of 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 also on 20/15/12/10/6 meters CW. QSL via JA8CJY or by the Bureau via JG8NQJ.
-[OPDX # 1275 July 25, 2016]

KHØ/WHØ, MARIANA ISLANDS. Harry, JG7PSJ/JD1BMH/KW2X, will active as KHØ/KW2X from Saipan (OC-086) between September 21-26th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Also, look for him to sign WHØRU during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th). QSL via LoTW or direct to JG7PSJ.
-[OPDX # 1283 September 19, 2016]

PACIFIC TOUR (Update). Operators Nob JF2MBF and Ken JA2FJP are now active from Adamstown, Pitcairn Island, the first of five islands from the Pacific. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will have a pair of IC-7300s, an IC-706MKII, a 500W linear amplifier and vertical antennas. They have added a 6m single loop antenna and plan to have a beacon calling "CQ de CALLSIGN K" on 50.095MHz looking for 6m enthusiasts. Their tentative schedule, callsigns and destinations are as follows:
  Now - September 29th -- E6 Callsign TBA from Niue (OC-040)
  October 4-10th       -- T2J from Tuvalu (OC-015)
  October 11-13th      -- 3D2GG from Nadi, Fiji, (OC-016)
QSL via JF2MBF, direct, ClubLog's OQRS (Preferred) or LoTW. For Bureau QSLs they state, "No need to send your QSL. We’ll send QSLs to the Bureau (one-sided QSLs) a year later or so for those who don’t request via OQRS or direct. All logs will be  uploaded to LoTW at an appropriate time."
-[OPDX # 1280 August 29, 2016]

PJ2, CURACAO. Operators Geoff WØCG (PJ2DX), Ulrich DL8OBQ, John N4RV, Ton PA1CC, Tom VE3CX, Adam W1ASB, Heiko DK3DM, Fukuda JJ1RJR, Rich W3ACO and Ray NM2O will be active from the Caribbean Contesting Consortium's (CCC) Signal Point contest station on Curacao Island (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) between October 20th and November 2nd. The team's main focus will be on the CQWW DX SBB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi/? entry using the callsign PJ2T. Outside the contest, operators will be signing PJ2/homecall or their own personal PJ2 callsign. QSL PJ2T via W3HNK. QSL PJ2DX direct to WØCG. QSL all others via their home callsigns.
-[OPDX # 1283 September 19, 2016]

PXØ, FERNANDO DE NORONHA (Update/Reminder). Fabio, PP5BZ, will be active as PXØF from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003) between September 23-28th. Activity will be holiday style during his spare time on 80-6 meters using mainly CW and SSB, but with some RTTY especially during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th). He will be using a TS-590 and V350 - CAMP antenna (vertical multiband ). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1283 September 19, 2016]

SW9, CRETE. Uli, DJ9XB, will once again be active as SW9XB from Crete Island during the month of September. He will be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1283 September 19, 2016]

TF, ICELAND. Volker, DF1HC, is now active as TF/DF1HC from Iceland. The length of his stay is unknown at this time. Activity has been mostly on 30 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1279 August 22, 2016]

TZ, MALI. Laurent, F5IXR, will once again be active as TZ5XR from Kidal between August 1st and February 2017. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via F5MXH or LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1275 August 1, 2016]

VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Update). Operators Geoff ZL3GA, Mark ZL3AB, Don ZL3DMC, Paul ZL4TT (ex-ZL4PW) and Phil ZL3PAH will be active as VK9NZ from Norfolk Island VK9NZ between September 25th and October 8th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters with up to 3 stations operating simultaneously using CW, SSB and RTTY. ZL3PAH is the QSL manager. QSLs will be available via OQRS on ClubLog. Logs will be posted to LoTW after the DXpedition as soon as they have been checked and busted QSOs corrected. Paul, ZL4TT, informed OPDX the following: "Just a reminder that VK9NZ Norfolk Island will be on air late Sunday 25th September. Everything has gone to plan and we are
looking forward to the pile-ups, especially from EU, SAM and AF. We will make a late entry in the CQWW RTTY leg. We will have the low band antenna up in the first few days using an 18m Spiderbeam pole with a topload wire for topband. Look for us on 160m and 80m around sunset and sunrise Norfolk Island time (i.e. 0640 and 1845z), and from East Coast North America sunrise around 1000z onwards. See you in the pile ups!" For more details and updates, see:  https://vk9nz.wordpress.com
-[OPDX # 1283 September 19, 2016]

YBØ, INDONESIA. Karsono, YBØNDT, will once again be active during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. QSL via YBØNDT, direct or LoTW. No Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1283 September 19, 2016]

YXØV AVES ISLAND (Update). Pilot Station Steve, W4DTA, announced this past week that the YXØV DXpedition to Aves Island has not been cancelled, but put on hold by the Venezuelan Navy. This is due to multiple issues outside of their control (Weather, Politics, Protests) the Navy has asked to delay their departure. They are expected to meet with the Navy personnel in charge of the logistics of the transportation to the island by the middle of next week at the latest, and they hope to have a clear schedule for departure. The team is ready to go, and have worked hard to put together all the equipment, antennas, computers, cables, etc.....
-[OPDX # 1283 September 19, 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]

P5, NORTH KOREA. Earlier in the week Dom, 3Z9DX, has received confirmation from the North Korean government to make a return trip to P5 and operate amateur radio with equipment for up to 5 days. The dates of activity are not yet known, but he will receive a very short notice. When Dom receives the short notice, he will have just a few days beforehand to gather his luggage and radio equipment for his stay in P5 land. Dom was told that this would be a single band SSB only operation (possibly on 20/15/10m). ADDED NOTE: Also, read the article on the ARRL Web page at:
-[OPDX # 1270 June 20, 2016]