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 August 23, 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.

July 2016 Eastern Iowa DXer
The July 2016 edition of the Eastern Iowa DXer has been posted! Jerry, WWØE, has produced another not-to-be-missed edition, loaded with some great humor, a profile of a "new" member, and recent accomplishments of several other club members. (I say "new" member in quotes because this is a charter member who has just rejoined the club!) The PDF is available for download on the "Newsletter" page.

DX News      (Updated August 29, 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]

A5, BHUTAN. Zorro, JH1AJT, will once again travel to Bhutan with Champ/E21EIC and Franz/DJ9ZB next month. Their main purpose of this trip is to support the launch of Paralympic Committee in Bhutan with Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC). The callsign A5A will be activated again between September 8-17th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with two stations on the air (2xTS-590 + 1.3K-FA), using a tri-band beam (20/15/10m) and wire verticals for other bands. QSL to JH1AJT; PO Box 8, Oiso, Naka-gun, KANAGAWA 259-0111, Japan. An OQRS will be available at ClubLog after Zorro's return to Japan.
-[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]

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]

HAMVENTION (More Details in a Video!). Tim Duffy, K3LR, from DX Engineering, recently visited (on August 11th) the new site/venue for the 2017 HamVention at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Xenia, Ohio. In a YouTube video, Tim interviews Michael Kalter, W8CI - Treasurer of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) as well as taking video and pictures of fairgrounds. The purpose of the video is to show everyone what this new site/venue has to offer and provide to hams for this special event as well as all the hard work and planning that goes on to make it happen. Take a look at the video and see what is coming for the 2017 HamVention at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXXl18G0QA0
-[OPDX # 1279 August 22, 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]
J6, ST. LUCIA. Bill, K9HZ, will once again active as J68HZ from his villa at Labrelotte Bay, Castries, St. Lucia (NA-108, WLOTA L-1336) between August 26th and September 11th. Activity is usually on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He states, "Will try to fill some band-mode slots for WAS and DXCC. Particularly looking for AK and MT in the USA to complete 8BWAS." His equipment will consist of an Elecraft K3, a 3 element beam for 20-6 meters and wire antennas for 160-30 meters. QSL via his home callsign. He does use the LoTW, ClubLog and eQSL.
-[OPDX # 1279 August 22, 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]

JT, MONGOLIA. Nobuaki, JAØJHQ, will be active as JT5NH from Ulaanbaatar between September 1-4th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. His main plans are to be in the All Asian DX SSB Contest (September 3-4th) on 80/40/20/15 meters. CW operations outside of the contest will be on 160/30/17/12/10 meters depending on band conditions. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau (recomended) or LoTW (recomended 1st). For more details and updates, see:
-[OPDX # 1280 August 29, 2016]

OJØ, MARKET REEF. Pasi, OH3WS, will once again be active as OJØW from Market Reef (EU-053) between September 3-10th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1280 August 29, 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 3rd  -- VP6J from Pitcairn Island (OC-044)
  September 8-19th     -- E51Q from Rarotonga Island, South Cook (OC-013)
  September 20-29th    -- 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]

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]

YJ, VANUATU (Reminder). By the time you read this,  Tom, KCØW, should be active as YJØCOW until September 21st. Activity will be on various HF bands using only CW. QSL direct via his home callsign. (KØCF note: rumors are that Tom will QRT at YJ about September 1, bound for an unannounced location that is "very rare".)
-[OPDX # 1279 August 22, 2016]

YXØ, AVES ISLAND (Update: This expedition has been put on hold until further notice.(KØCF note: It has been announced that the delay is due to weather. Hurricanes often form in this area, and radar indicated that was a possibility.)
-[OPDX # 1279 August 22, 2016 and OPDX # 1280 August 29, 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]