CQ WW RTTY CONTEST THIS WEEKEND
This weekend is the CQ WW RTTY Contest. See the link to the right under Challenge Cup Contest. It is the first of ten contests comprising the PNW Challenge Cup event between the leading NW DX clubs including the SDXA. SDXA member’s scores count. Send them to CQ and to our secretary Jay WA0WWW.
CRAIG KG7H TO SPEAK AT OCTOBER 6th SDXA MEETING
The 6-meter EME quad array
He has a superstation in Clark Fork, ID. There are a lot of good pictures of his installation on his QRZ.com page. Make sure you attend this meeting for sure.
THINK 2017 DUES – DUE SOON
$20 PER YEAR – 2ND FAMILY MEMBER $10 –
UNDER 19 FREE
N7KR BACK ON THE AIR
Mike’s SteppIR antenna and Rohn 25 tower on the South Hill came down during the November, 2015 windstorm. Here is a before and after set of pictures.
Congratulations to Mike on getting back up and running again.
What the wind can do – converting vertical to horizontal
Back on the air
K7HPT’S ANTENNA AND TOWER
INSTALLATION ALMOST COMPLETED
Mark has a SteppIR antenna on top of a Rohn 45 tower. Future additions are 2 meter and 6 meter antennas for weak signal work. The installation consisted of Mark K7HPT, Gary AD7XG, and Steve K7AWB.
His tower, his house, and my orange-colored Inferno 1 Toyota (k7awb)
Gary AD7XG does the tower climbing on this project
Mark asking Gary to move the antenna slightly to the right
The SteppIR antenna wih a tree branch at no extra cost
ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
7611 W Sunset Hwy #2 – east end of Airway Heights
It’s a BBQ buffet with three choices of BBQ meat
(more information later)
DAVID WELLS N7AM SAYS THANKS FOR THE SDXA-SPONSORED 7QP PLAQUE
David won the plaque in 2016 and that was his second time doing it. It’s for the highest digital score. He recently sent a picture of the new plaque and says thanks!
Here is a picture of him with his 2015 plaque too.
SOMETIMES WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE
THE BEAUTY OF A SUNSET
QTH OF STEVE K7AWB
SDXA SUMMER PICNIC A GREAT SUCCESS
(EXCEPT FOR PARKING AT THE PARK)
We met at the Plante’s Ferry Park in the Spokane Valley for our annual Summer Picnic. As I drove in, an official asked for $5 for parking. It actually was for the soccer tournament parking so we got in free to our designated area for the picnic. But there was no where to park! I drove around a couple of times including out of the park to see if there was street parking areas – there were none. I went back in to the park and the nice lady parking agent took a “do not park here” cone away from a close parking space to the picnic area and gave it to us. Thanks! Here are some pictures from the event.
SDXA Secretary Jay WA0WWW, SDXA President Chris WX7B, and 2017 SDXA Convention Chairman Randy K7TQ
President Chris chats with the group
BOB LEE N7AU RECEIVES 5-BAND DXCC PLAQUE
Bob N7AU and his new plaque
WHAT’S THIS TRAVELING CHALLENGE CUP
TROPHY AND TEN-CONTEST COMPETITION?
JULY MEETING MINUTES AVAILABLE
(no August minutes due to Summer Picnic)
INFORMATION ON THE 2016 SDXA MARATHON
Runs from January 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016
New categories this year
Add up the number of countries (entities) worked this year (340 max) and add that to the number of zones you have worked (40 max) for your score
Here are the rules & the form to record your contacts. The form is in .xlsx format which opens with Microsoft’s spreadsheet Excel or Corel’s Quattro Pro. The form may take a while to load. The rules are in a .pdf format. You can win a certificate!!
SOLAR ACTIVITY AND PROPAGATION SECTION
For additional info, try this SOLAR LINK for everything you ever wanted to know about the current Sun at the SolarHam site by VE3EN
Here’s a link to SPACEWEATHER.COM, a quick source for the daily activity on the sun
The Latest News
Sept 24 Spokane Hamfest
Oct 6 October meeting
Oct 8-9 PNWVHFS Conference
Oct 20 SDXA DX Net
Oct 31 End of SDXA Marathon
Nov 4 November meeting
Nov 17 SDXA DX Net
Dec 1 Awards Banquet
Dec 15 SDXA DX Net
Mar 16 SDXA 15th birthday
Aug 4-6 SDXA PNW DX Convention
JOIN THE SDXA
Regular dues – $20 per person.
Second family member – $10.
Under 19 years of age are free.
We accept PayPal too.
WANT TO ATTEND A NW HAM RADIO CONVENTION OR SWAP MEET?
Lynn N7CFO keeps the best listing.
MEMBERSHIP ROSTER ACCESS
Active SDXA members can request a copy by email. Contact Secretary Jay WA0WWW. A simple list of members, and links to their QRZ.com sites, is at the Membership Tab.
LOCAL CARD CHECKERS
Jay Townsend WS7I LINK
IARC ETHICS & OPERATING PROCEDURES
SDXA DX NET
Next on October 20 at 7 pm
every 3rd Thursday of the month
145.25 MHz w/no tone, -600 KHz
Randy W7TJ, Net Control
DX NEWS LINKS
by Randy W7TJ
SDXA MEDIA LIBRARY
INTERNET ENTITY PRONOUNCER
How do you pronounce a DX entity’s name? Here is a link to the pronouncing. There is also a audio link to a human voice saying the entity’s name correctly. This authority is the 3rd edition Merriam Webster Geographical Dictionary.
HAM RADIO EQUIPMENT REVIEWS
HAVE A RECENT AWARD?
If you have achieved a recent, important award, let us know so we can publicize it.
Send to: stetrekve at arrl.net