IT’S 6-METER SPORADIC E SEASON
JULY 21 SHOWED HAWAII ON 6-METERS!
Map courtesy of www.dxmaps.com where you can see band by band activity on both VHF and HF.
SPOKANE HAMFEST COMING
SEPTEMBER 24 SATURDAY
UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL IN SPOKANE VALLEY
Use the following link to see the tentative schedule and the registration form:
JULY MEETING MINUTES AVAILABLE
2015-2016 SDXA MEMBER’S
PNW CHALLENGE CUP SCORES RELEASED
This is the contest between the main PNW DX clubs entered in ten contests throughout the year. The final tally of the club’s scores is announced at the upcoming PNW DX convention in Clackamas, OR (Portland) on the weekend of August 5-7. The winning club gets the revolving Challenge Cup trophy for the next year until the 2016-2017 winner in announced, incidentally, at the SDXA-sponsored PWN DX Convention in Spokane in August 2017. See you there? Local SDXA winners will receive certificates at out Annual Awards Banquet in December.
NO REGULAR MEETING IN AUGUST
WE ARE HAVING A PICNIC – SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
Previous Summer Picnic in a Spokane park.
We have reservations at the Shelter at Plante’s Ferry Park in the Spokane Valley from 11am to 7pm on Sunday, August 28. Its address is 12308 E. Upriver Drive. It’s actually a Spokane County Park where trillions of youthful soccer games occur.
A HISTORIAL LINK to the Plante’s Ferry Park.
More Information LINK from the county.
Final details on what to bring vs. what the SDXA will provide will be available soon.
CONGRATULATIONS TO GEOFF HOWARD, W0CG/PJ2DX
for his article in the July/August
National Contest Journal (NCJ)
titled PJ2T’s “Year of the Shack” Project – Part 1
It’s the first part of a two part article on the upgrading of his contest station PJ2T located on the island of Curacao.
Geoff gave a presentation to the SDXA in April, 2016 on the same subject.
We will look forward for Part 2 soon in NCJ.
Incidentally, NCJ is a publication of the ARRL and is available by subscription. Here is a LINK to the ARRL NCJ page.
THE 2015-2016 PNW CHALLENGE CUP COMPETITION
IS OVER & THE CLUB WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED
AT THE PNW DX CONVENTION IN CLACKAMAS
Make sure you get your IARU contest score into Jay WA0WWW for the SDXA count.
At the annual SDXA Awards banquet, SDXA gives out certificates to the members who enter all ten contests & the winner with the highest yearly score.
2016 PNW DX CONVENTION ON AUGUST 5-7
It’s the WVDXC’s turn to host the revolving convention
Spokane does it next year
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 from the other clubs’ membership, 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 in 2017. Our first attempt for the PNW DX convention trail was 2009 and set the highest attendance record up to that date. This year’s 61st convention is in Clackamas, OR near 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
Here is the schedule for the speakers and technical sessions at the convention.
Bernie McClenny, W3UR: A synopsis of a DX editor’s experiences and the work involved in creating a daily, weekly and monthly DX publication.
Adam Blackmer, K7EDX and Rob Fanfant, N7QT: DXpedition to Willis Island VK9WA
Paula Keezer, NX1P: NX1P DXpedition IT
Bob Heil, K9EID: Improving your Receive Audio
Bernie McClenny, W3UR: Most Wanted Entities – a trip down the top 20 or 25 most wanted list
Dave Patton, NN1N: ARRL Forum with Dave Patton NN1N
Paul Ewing, N6PSE (Saturday banquet speaker): VP8STI & VP8SGI A Harrowing Journey in the Southern Atlantic
Craig Thompson, K9CT (Sunday breakfast speaker: DXpedition to Palmyra Island K5P
and the annual presentation of the Traveling Trophy for the club that has the highest total score for the designated ten contests (last one on July 9-10 – see more below).
Here is the link to the convention site:
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
Houston…we have a problem!
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.
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.
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
Aug 5-7 PNW DX Convention
Aug 18 SDXA DX Net
Aug 28 Summer Picnic
Sept 1 September meeting
Sept 15 SDXA DX Net
Sept 24 Spokane Hamfest
Oct 6 October meeting
Oct 8-9 PNWVHFS Conference
Oct 31 End of SDXA Marathon
Dec AWARDS BANQUET
Aug SDXA PNW DX Convention
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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
IARC ETHICS & OPERATING PROCEDURES
SDXA DX NET
Next on August 18 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? 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.
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HAVE YOU WON A RECENT AWARD?
If you have achieved a recent, important award, let us know so we can publicize it.
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