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 June 16, 2016)

EIDXA Survey:
The first EIDXA Survey is now available here. Joe, K8OM, has done a great job with this, and I think you will enjoy doing it. 

This survey is primarily focused on your DX interests and achievements. We will do another survey later this year reflecting EIDXA members' contest operations.

The results of this survey will be presented at the July 29 EIDXA meeting. Only the aggregate survey results will be presented. The responses of individual members will NOT be shown or discussed since your responses are anonymously logged in the software.

Buy-Sell-Trade is now open for business! Contact the webmaster to post your ad!

EIDXA Mystery Shack of the Month
The EIDXA mystery shack of the month for June 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.

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 June 19, 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

3Y/B Bouvet Island.  (Press Release) Three proven and experienced DXpedition leaders and a large team of operators will activate the DXCC number #2 most wanted DXCC entity in late 2017 or early 2018. Ralph KØIR, Bob K4UEE and Erling LA6VM have been working on this project since returning from Peter I (3YØX) some 10 years ago.

We are making this announcement now, so that other DXpedition teams that may be considering Bouvet as a DXpedition target can re-direct their time and effort elsewhere.

In summary, we have an agreement with Nigel Jolly to provide transportation, a helicopter, pilot and mechanic. We submitted a preliminary plan to the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) some time ago and it has been accepted. A permit will be issued to land on Slakhallet (the huge glacier that covers the island).

We have a team committed, and the finances are doable. As per our funding model, we commit to paying one-half the expenses involved and we are asking the DX community to pay the other half of the expenses. This arrangement has never failed us or you, the DXer.

Experience summary: Leaders have eleven ”Dxpedition of the Year” awards, they have activated a dozen top-ten DXCC entities and amassed huge QSO totals at their most recent DXpeditions i.e. Desecheo 118,000 QSOs, HK
ØNA 195,000 QSOs, FT5ZM, 170,000 QSOs, K1N 140,000 QSOs. Their experience in the Antarctic and Southern Oceans region is unparalleled. Heard Island, South Sandwich, South Georgia, Peter I, South Orkneys, Amsterdam Island, as well as numerous other operations from ALL seven continents. This team and it’s leaders have have collectively given the given the DX community over 4,000,000 DXpedition QSO’s.

Our website is under development and fundraising will begin in the months ahead. We are pleased that everything has finally come together so that we can activate this most difficult, dangerous and rare DXCC entity.

Your DXpedition leaders,
    Ralph K
    Bob K4UEE
    Erling LA6VM
-[June 8, 2016]

8Q, MALDIVES (Reminder). Wolfgang, DK1HW, will be active as 8Q7HW from Safari Island Resort on Mushimasgali Island (AS-013) between June 20-28th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB and PSK31, and running 100 watts into verticals in the seawater. QSL via DK1HW.
-[OPDX # 1270 June 20, 2016]

8Q, MALDIVES. James, 9V1YC, is currently active as 8Q7YC from Dharavandhoo Island, Baa Atoll, Maldives (AS-013) until June 21st. Activity is on various HF bands. QSL via W5UE.
-[OPDX # 1270 June 20, 2016]

9N, NEPAL. Nobuaki, JAØJHQ, will be active as 9N7NH from Kathmandu between June 16-20th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/6 meters (Limited, because the license fee is expensive) using mainly CW, SSB and possibly RTTY. Operations will include an entry in the All Asian DX CW Contest (June 18-19th). QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:  http://pandasan.jimdo.com
-[OPDX # 1269 June 13, 2016]

D4, CAPE VERDE. By the time you read this, Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as D44TWO from Praia, Santiago Island (AF-005) until July 13th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW. Equipment is a  FT-450D into a home-made HEX BEAM and a dipole for 40 meters. QSL via MØOXO (OQRS available).
-[OPDX # 1270 June 20, 2016]

FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY (Reminder). Operators Dave/W9DR and Tom/W9AEB are now active as FJ/W9DR and FJ/W9AEB from Saint Barthelemy Island (NA-146, DIFO FJ-001, WLOTA 0377) until June 29th. Look for W9DR as FJ/W9DR on 6 meters only (50.115 MHz), CW/SSB with a 6m Beacon (50.115.7 MHz). Look for W9AEB as FJ/W9AEB on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via their home callsigns.
-[OPDX # 1270 June 20, 2016]

J6, ST. LUCIA. Steve, NY3B, will be active as J6/NY3B from St. Lucia between June 22nd and July 4th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1270 June 20, 2016]

D2, ANGOLA. Eddy, CT1CRS, is now active as D2XX from Luanda. The length of his stay is currently "undetermined" he informs. Activity so far has been on 17 meters SSB. However, Eddy, states his station is a Yaesu FT-847 with 100 watts into four dipoles antennas (40/20/17/15/10m). QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1269 June 13, 2016]

JW, SAVLBARD. Jay, MØUNN, is now active as JW/MØUNN from Svalbard (EU-026). The length of his stay is unknown. Activity has been on 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1269 June 13, 2016]

OX, GREENLAND. Naoyuki, JK1FNL, will be active as OX/NA8O from Greenland (NA-018) between June 19-24th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters. QSL via JK1FNL, direct or by the Bureau. DO NOT QSL via the W8 Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1268 June 6, 2016]

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Roger, SM7RYR, will be active as OY/SM7RYR from Faroe Islands (EU-018) between June 19-27th. Activity will be holiday style on 20-10 meters using CW only. His equipment will be a KX3 with 10 watts into a ground plane (GP). QSL via LoTW or direct to his home callsign with 2 USDs and an SAE. NO Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1270 June 20, 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]

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS. By the time you read this Randy, WW6RG, should be active V73/WW6RG from Kwajalein Atoll (OC-028) in the Marshall Islands between June 20-22nd. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
-[OPDX # 1270 June 20, 2016]

XW, LAOS. Bruce, 3W3B (HS0ZCY/XU7ADF/XW1B/AA4XR), who lives in Da Nang, will once again be active as XW4XR from Vientiane between June 30th and July 12th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters. He informed OPDX several weeks ago, "I will be active as much as possible on CW and, mainly, RTTY and JT65 as there seems to be more of a demand on digital." QSL via E21EIC and LoTW.
-[OPDX # 1270 June 20, 2016]

XX9, MACAO. Gerben, PG5M, will be active as XX9TGM (pending) from Macao (AS-075) between June 20-27th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, with a focus on 30/17/12m, using CW. QSL via his home callsign or OQRS (see his Web page). For more details and updates, see:   http://www.dx.to   Twitter:  https://twitter.com/PG5M
-[OPDX # 1268 June 6, 2016]

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Thorsten, DO2JX, is now active as ZD8JX from Georgetown, Ascension Island (AF-003). The length of his stay is not known at this time. Activity has been on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
-[OPDX # 1268 June 6, 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]