MAY 5 MEETING SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
CELEBRATE OUR 14TH BIRTHDAY AND A SPECIAL DL SPEAKER
AT A SPECIAL MEETING AT OUR ORIGINAL ORGANIZATION MEETING PLACE:
-ROUND TABLE PIZZA ON THE SOUTH HILL-
No regular May meeting at the Argonne Library, but at a South Hill pizza joint where many of us attended on March 16, 2002 to hear about this new local DX club to be formed. One of the original founders was Lamar Ray WA7LT who left us wIth an article called SDXA Beginnings. Here is a LINK to that article. The meeting will be on May 5 at 7 pm. Here is a LINK to the original April 2002 Minutes which lists the members of the first official, regular SDXA meeting.
The Round Table Pizza meeting is PYOPAD (Provide Your Own Pizza And Drinks); SDXA will provide the birthday cake. We have a room reserved at this address:
Round Table Pizza
4510 South Regal Street,
Sandy Raeker (DL1QQ) will speak briefly on the WRTC event in Germany for 2018. She is a YL touring the US from DL land, and our May 5th Meeting will be one of her stops. Her QRZ.com page says that she was licensed in 1991 at the age of 15 and also holds the USA call of N0QQ too.
WRTC stands for World Radiosport Team Championship and the event will occur in Germany simultaneously with the yearly IARU HF Championship contest in July, 2018; the previous one was in New England, USA in 2014. If you remember, one of our past members of the SDXA -Chris KL9A-and his teammate N6MJ won that event in 2014. They are automatically entered in the 2018 event as defending champions. Here is the WRTC LINK to their site.
JUNE MEETING MOVES TO FRIDAY, JUNE 3
NORTH SPOKANE LIBRARY ON HAWTHORNE
Due to the unavailability of the meeting room at the North Spokane Library on Thursdays, and wanting to resume alternating meetings in both the North Spokane area and in Spokane Valley, the officers arranged to use the North Spokane Library on Friday, June 3 for the June meeting. This will give members North of Spokane an easier route to our meeting. The Thursday night usual meeting room at the North Spokane Library now has been regularly scheduled for library activities.
WE HAD AN EXCELLENT PROGRAM IN APRIL
Geoff Howard W0CG/PJ2DX discussed his contest station PJ2T in Curacao, calling it “The Year of the Shack at PJ2T – A Total Interior Station Rebuild.” It consisted of new flooring, new operating desks, new wiring, automating the antenna selections, and a lot of “where can I put this so I can work on this other thing?” Thanks Geoff for sharing your love of life.
SDXA APRIL MINUTES AVAILABLE
IT’S TIME FOR THE 2016 7QP – MAY 7-8
Here is the scoop: 7QP is an amateur radio contest, held annually on the first Saturday in May. The stations of the US 7th call area (Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming) become “the pursued”, and the rest of the US, Canada, and the world tries to work as many of us, on as many bands/modes as possible, over an 18-hour period commencing at 6:00am Pacific Time (1300 UTC).
In the 2015 7QP, nearly 1200 stations in the 7th call area participated, and more than 6500 stations from elsewhere, including stations from more than 80 countries.
7QP was originally organized by the Central Oregon DX Club (CODXC), based in Bend, Oregon.
1. SDXA SPONSORS PLAQUE IN 2016 7QP AGAIN
2. 2015 SDXA PLAQUE WINNER N7AM
3. THE MIGHTY SDXA DUO, RANDY K7TQ & JAY WA0WWW ARE ON THE ROAD AGAIN
SDXA will again sponsor a plaque to the entrant with the highest digital score as a Single Operator. That usually means the highest RTTY score as that is the favorite digital mode used today.
The 2015 winner of the SDXA-sponsored plaque was Dave Wells N7AM of Pima, AZ. He was kind enough to send some pictures of his plaque and of him. Here is a link to his QRZ.com site.
Among the SDXA members entering the contest, again we have Randy & Jay on a new mobile route starting near Dillon, MT and going south to Boise and returning north to Moscow to activate many counties. Picture is of their 7QP vehicle. Any other members going to be in the contest?
REMEMBERING THE NOVEMBER 17
70 MPH WINDSTORM
Force 12 MAG620 6-element 20-meter yagi at QTH of Steve K7AWB
SDXA HAS A NEW DX SPOTTING FREQUENCY
We have changed to 147.20 MHz with permission of the Spokane Repeater Group system owner Karl AK2O of Colbert. This is the same repeater system that we use once a month for our third-Thursday DX Net ran by Randy W7TJ. You will need to use the same PL tone as you use for the DX Net (which you can get from our Randy).
Make sure you ID yourself adequately and be aware there are other users of this repeater.
More information on the Spokane Repeater Group can be found at this URL link: http://www.srgclub.org . Check out his FAQ Rules area for more information. Thanks to Karl for the use of his system!
Incidentally, a listing of the Washington state repeaters can be found at this LINK.
2015-2016 PNW CHALLENGE CUP COMPETITION
(only TWO contests left in which to score for SDXA)
This is the competition between the leading NW DX clubs in ten particular contests throughout the contest year.
May 28-29 CQ WPX CW CONTEST
CQ LINK TO RULES
DXPEDITION DONATION COMMITTEE AT WORK – AT THE LAST MEETING
These members delegate which rare DXpeditions get donations from the SDXA. Present are: Mike K6MW, Stephen W7VI, Jay WA0WWW, Chris WX7B, and Randy W7TJ.
2016 PNW DX CONVENTION UP AND RUNNING
As most people know, there is a series of annual DX conventions in the Pacific Northwest that rotate between major cities: Seattle, Portland, Spokane, and Vancouver, BC. The SDXA sponsors one every four years and ours is in 2017. In order for us to have a good turnout, the other clubs putting on their conventions expect a serious turnout to their conventions from us – yes, SDXA members. In turn, we can expect many of those other club members to visit ours. Our first attempt on the convention trail was 2009 and set the highest attendance record up to that date. The 61st convention in the circuit is in Clackamas, OR right by Portland.
2005 Portland: “Solid State KW Amplifiers – Present And (Near) Future” presentation
2012 Portland: Attendees ARRL EWA Section Manager Mark KB7HDX and former SDXA President Wayne WA1PMA
The full schedule is not ready yet, but here is an early, tentative list of the speakers and technical sessions at the convention. This is subject to change.
Paul Ewing, N6PSE: DXpedition to VP8STI/SGI
Craig Thompson, K9CT: DXpedtion to Palmyra Isl, K5P
Bob Heil, K9EIDRob Fanfant, N7QT and Adam Blackmer, K7EDX: DXpedition to Willis Is, VK9WA
Paula Keezer, NX1P: IT for DXpeditions
Bernie McClenny, W3UR
http://pacificnwdxconvention.com . Registration is now open. Here are the dates and location:
2016 Pacific Northwest Convention
August 5-7, 2016
Monarch Hotel, Portland, OR
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
May 5 SDXA birthday May meeting
May 7-8 7QP Contest
May 19 SDXA DX Net
May 28-29 CQ WPX CW (9/10)
Jun 3 Friday SDXA June meeting
Jun 16 SDXA DX Net
Jul 9-10 IARU HF (10/10)
Aug 5-7 PNW DX Convention
Oct 8-9 PNWVHFS Conference
Oct 31 End of SDXA Marathon
Aug SDXA PNW DX Convention
JOIN THE SDXA
Regular dues – $20 per person.
Second family member – $10.
Under 19 years of age are free.
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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
Bruce Wade N7ZA LINK
Jay Townsend WS7I LINK
SDXA DX NET
Next on May 19 at 7 pm
every 3rd Thursday of the month
147.20 MHz on 2-meters
requires a tone given to members
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? Do you battle it out at the club meeting with another DXer? 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
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ANTENNA LOWERING PARTY AT QTH OF GARY K7GS