MAY MEETING INFO
THURSDAY — MAY 4 — 7PM
ARGONNE LIBRARY ON ARGONNE ROAD
IN SPOKANE VALLEY
The program will be by one of our new members Bob Zavrel, Jr. W7SZ on the topic of ANTENNAS.
Bob is author of the book called Antenna Physics: An Introduction, published by the ARRL.
Maybe if you buy a copy of the book from the ARRL or Amazon, Bob will personally autograph it for you?
2017 DX CONVENTION IN SPOKANE
-PROGRAM SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED-
LESS THAN 98 DAYS LEFT TO SIGN UP
FOR THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN
Operating the Drum, Gary K7OX (left side) and Wilse WX7P (SK) draw
and announce the winners at the 2009 convention in Spokane Valley
At the Convention in 2013 in Spokane Valley, Ray Novak N9JA from ICOM
(left side) presents the ICOM transceiver to winner Jim KI7Y from Milwaukie, OR
Rick Roderick, K5UR, ARRL Topic, President of the ARRL
Jay Townsend, WS7I, “Remote RTTY Contesting from W4AAW”
Dick Frey, K4XU, 7QP Contest
Geoff Howard, W0GC, PJ2T, the greatest international contest station ever
Dan Ransom, K7MM, “QRP Dxing and Contesting”
Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, “How to Overcome the Anticipated Low Solar Minimum”
Al Rovner, K7AR, CQWW CW from Tahiti, chairman of the Willamette Valley DX Club Conventions in Portland
Sat Dinner Banquet – Speaker: Tom Taormina, K5RC
Topic: “Honey, I Want One Like This: The Journey from Hobby to Obsession”
Sunday Breakfast Buffet – Speaker: Ed Muns, W0YK and P49X
Topic: “P49X DXing from the Southern Caribbean”
Here is a LINK TO THE OFFICIAL CONVENTION WEBSITE showing the complete schedule, attendees, registration and hotel information, and some of the initial prizes.
2017 IDAHO QSO PARTY CERTIFICATE WINNERS
Randy K7TQ Certificate
Here is a LINK to Randy’s story on his Rover travels.
THE ONE YOU LOVE
THE 7th CALL AREA QSO PARTY (7QP)
The rules at this RULES LINK. At this site is also the list of all possible plaques available and a great history of the results of the 7QP for the last several years.
How about trying PURE DIGITAL?
SDXA is sponsoring a plaque for the highest digital score from a Single Operator, regardless of operating power, for a 7-land operator.
Dave N7AM wins the SDXA-sponsored digital plaque for 2016
KH1 – BAKER & HOWLAND ISLANDS
A RARE ONE!
The Baker & Howland Islands are the forth most wanted entity from information on Club Log.
According to YT1AD’s web page:
Large expedition with Hrane YT1AD, team leader, Dave K3LP Co-leader and Aleksey, UA4HOX, planed to an island of the Pacific Ocean, Baker Island, which is part of group Baker & Howland Island, DXCC prefix KH1.
The IOTA reference for Baker & Howland Islands is OC-089. WAZ zone is 31.
Pointer: Lat: 0.505365 N, Lon: -176.572266 W
The expedition is planned for September/October 2017.
Landing on the island requires a special permit USFW service. Permit coming soon.
The team will be composed of members from WWDX, Interpid DXers and other interested amateurs.
This is the area of the Pacific Ocean that, during pre-World War II, the famous woman pilot Amelia Mary Earhart and her sidekick flight navigator Frederick Joseph Noonan disappeared without a trace. It was July 2, 1937.
APRIL SDXA MINUTES RELEASED
YOUR DXCC TOTALS MAY HAVE CHANGED!
ARRL DELETES TWO COUNTRIES
ARE YOU READY FOR BOUVET ISLAND?
Bouvet Island is the second most wanted entity from information on Club Log.
You can prepare for them! There is enough time to consider more, better, and higher antennas. How about some more power? A new Transceiver?
◾Most Wanted Rank: 2
◾CQ zone: 38
◾Primary prefix: 3Y/B
Below info courtesy of bouvetdx.com site
Bouvet lies at 54 degrees, 25 minutes South and 3 degrees, 22 minutes East. It’s the product of a volcanic eruption that last occurred in 4,000 B.C. Bouvet is 97% ice covered, and with surrounding rocks and small islands, has an area of 19 square miles, with 18.4 miles of coastline. Its location, ice, rock cliffs, high seas, harsh climate and surrounding pack ice and icebergs isolate it from human presence. Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier first saw the island in 1739. The island was not seen again until 1808. There was a disputed landing by Benjamin Morrell. But, the first documented landing was by the Norvegia expedition in 1927, which named the island Bouvetoya, and claimed it for Norway.
Sometime between 1955 and 1958, a landslide occurred, creating a rock-strewn, ice-free area on the northwest coast. The area was named Nyroysa, and subsequently became a Norwegian scientific and research site, which was decimated by an earthquake in 2006. A new research facility was erected in 2014.
Bouvet became a Nature Reserve in 1971. Several weather stations have been placed on the island, and a number of Norwegian expeditions have visited the island in the last 50 years. The island has hosted several previous DXpeditions, including:
•LH4C by W4BPD in 1962 – No documented landing.
•3Y3CC and 3Y1VC by LA3CC and LA1VC in 1977.
•3Y5DQ and 3Y1VC 1978-79 by LA5DQ and LA1VC.
•3Y5X by LA2GV, LA1EE, JF1IST, F2CW, and HB9AHL in 1989.
•3Y2GV by LA2GV in 1997.
•3YØC by N4BQW in 2000.
•3YØE by ZS6GCM in 2008.
Like most DXpeditions, they are heavily funded by our donations. This may be the most expensive DXpedition ever! Here is a 3Y0Z LINK to their website and further donation information.
INFORMATION ON THE LAST TWO CONTESTS
IN THE CURRENT CHALLENGE CUP CYCLE
LINK to Challenge Cup information
CQ WPX CW CONTEST: MAY 27-28, 2017 (9TH OF TEN) – RULES LINK
IARU CONTEST: JULY 8-9, 2017 (10TH OF TEN) – RULES LINK
And then there is the awarding of the Challenge Cup Trophy, to the club which has the highest total score from all ten contests, at the annual rotating PNW DX Convention held HERE in Spokane on August 4-6.
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
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