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NEXT SDXA MEETING
JUNE 1 – 7PM
ARGONNE LIBARY IN SPOKANE VALLEY


NINTH OF TEN CONTESTS IS THIS WEEKEND
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.


REMEMBER THE STORY OF THE ARRL
DELETING TWO COUNTRIES
POSSIBLY CHANGING YOUR DXCC TOTALS?
(MIDWAY AND KURE ISLANDS)

Well, they have rescinded their original action and reinstated the two counties back to ACTIVE status. If you previously worked any of them, you should check your DXCC totals on LOTW and on the ARRL DXCC web pages to confirm everything is back to “normal.” Your logging program may have updated your totals so check those totals too.

ARRL ARTICLE LINK


2017 DX CONVENTION IN SPOKANE
AUGUST 4-6
-PROGRAM SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED-
LESS THAN 71 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


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THE 2017 SPEAKERS (subject to change)

Rick Roderick, K5UR (President of the ARRL), “The DXCC Program”
Jay Townsend, WS7I, “Remote RTTY Contesting From W4AAW”
Dick Frey, K4XU, 7QP Contest
Geoff Howard, W0GC, “Postcards From PJ2T”
Dan Ransom, K7MM, “QRP Dxing and Contesting”
Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, “How To Overcome The Anticipated Low Solar Minimum”
Al Rovner, K7AR, “One Man Expedition to Austral Islands”

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.


KH1 – BAKER & HOWLAND ISLANDS
A RARE ONE!
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017


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 26 UPDATE LINK


ARE YOU READY FOR BOUVET ISLAND?
Early 2018


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
◾Continent: AF
◾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.


SOLAR ACTIVITY AND PROPAGATION SECTION

This feature is always at the bottom of the web page so I thought I would bring it up top to reintroduce it back to some of you.

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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