REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2017 DX CONVENTION IN SPOKANE
HERE IS A LINK TO THE CONVENTION WEBSITE
STATISTICS ON 13 ACTIVE YEARS OF
SDXA’S FIELD DAYS
FIELD DAY LINK
JANUARY 2017 MINUTES RELEASED
TIME TO MEET YOUR 2017 OFFICERS
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 SDXA LIBRARY
check out a book or video from
Jay WA0WWW the Secretary
LAMAR RAY WA7LT GIVEN AWARD
AT JANUARY 2017 MEETING
President Chris WX7B presenting to Lamar WA7LT
The award: Meritorious Service Award 2016…..Lamar Ray WA7LT
Thank You for Your Years of Service and Support as a Charter Member to the Spokane DX Association
Lamer WA7LT was awarded this plaque at the December Banquet, but could not attend. He was given it at the January meeting which he attended. It was good to see Lamar again. For a long time, Lamar had the only HF Multi-Op station in Spokane County until he moved to assisted living in the Spokane Valley. Here are a few pictures from his past.
Lamar wins the 2014 SDXA-sponsored EWA Salmon Run plaque
Lamar (right side) and Jim K9JF, former ARRL NW Division Director
A multi-op 48 hour contest operation at Lamar’s former QTH. Operators are (left to right) Steve K7AWB, Kirk K7EKM, Randy K7TQ, and Lamar WA7LT
In front of his antennas
Lamar at one of his former operating positions
GEORGE W6AEA GIVEN HONORARY MEMBERSHIP
At the January meeting, Charter member and high scoring George Tuncil W6AEA was granted Honorary Membership. This type of membership is given rarely only to great contributors to the Association. Most of the recent high scores from SDXA in the NW Challenge Cup competition were from George also. Congratulations to George who teasingly says he is just a “little pistol.” George has moved to the West side.
TIME TO RENEW YOUR SDXA DUES FOR 2017
$20 PER YEAR – 2ND FAMILY MEMBER $10 –
UNDER 19 FREE
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Pay a check to SDXA, PO Box 28882, Spokane, WA 99228
GEORGE W6AEA RECEIVES PLAQUE ON HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO SDXA
At the recent December Awards Banquet, George W6AEA received a plaque on his long time contributions to SDXA. He was one of the original charter members, attending the noisy pizza place organizational meeting which started the SDXA. George has recently moved to the West Side (the Dark Side?) and is inactive until he finds a permanent place for towers.
The Plaque says:
Meritorious Service Award – 2016
George Tuncil W6AEA
Thank you for Your Years of Service and Support as a Charter Member to the Spokane DX Association
Here are some more pictures of George throughout the SDXA years:
George showing his ARRL Honor Roll plaque; Presently, he has 338 confirmed of the possible 339. Bouvet is his last need.
George W6AEA and his pal Wayne WA1PMA showing their twin ARRL Challenge Awards
George enjoying mankind’s best food from the Colonel at a recent Summer Picnic
George receives his ARRL 5-Band DXCC plaque[/caption]
George at his operating position.
George’s Force 12 antenna, his big boomer which helped in achieving ARRL DXCC Honor Roll. In front of it is the SteppIR vertical and a nice looking pool.
CQ WPX RTTY CONTEST FEB 11-12, 2017
5TH OF TEN CONTESTS IN THE PNW COMPETITION
IDAHO STATE HAM CONVENTION
APRIL 21-23, 2017
WYNDHAM GARDEN, BOISE AIRPORT
A link to their website is available in the Sidebar over to the right side
WORLD RADIOSPORT TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Here is the WRTC 2018 LINK to their website and the rules.
Remember that the winning team from the last event (in new England, USA in 2014) included Chris Hurlbut KL9A, a former member of SDXA. The ARRL-sponsored contest called the IARU HF World Championship is held each July and coincides with the WRTC event every four year.
Previous WRTC events:
- 1990 Seattle
- 1996 San Francisco
- 2000 Slovenia
- 2002 Finland
- 2006 Brazil
- 2010 Russia
- 2014 New England, USA
ARE YOU A MEMBER?
IT’S FREE & COOL
- Club Log is a free database where you upload your log and its contents becomes statistics on worked DX for you.
- It allows you to see your current DXCC counts and amounts from last upload.
- As a member of SDXA, it compares your counts with other members and SDXA against other DX clubs.
- Many DXpeditions and other DX use OQRS through Club Log for obtaining QSL cards from them.
- It questions any weird contacts you may have to resolve them as either errors or new information for the large datebase on exceptions found in calls from long ago.
Here is a link that Chuck KI7DG wrote a while back: CLUBLOG LINK.
The problem is that SDXA was dropped from Club Log as a group (SDXA) because some of our members did not follow the Club Log Rule that you MUST UPOLAD AT LEAST ONCE PER YEAR your log to Club Log to stay active. We have dropped below the 15-member minimum. In order to get back on, you are requested to review your situation and upload again if you have not done that in the last 12 months. And if you have never been a member, join. Again, its free and you just need your call and a simple password.
In my case, yesterday, I uploaded again my entire log of some 20,000 QSOs. Took about two minutes. It is in the program called DX4WIN and has all my contacts from 2001. Only three new contacts were added out of that database since my last upload, but one of them was Libya, my 300th country. Now, in my Club Log database, it shows that correct count. Uploading is simply making an ADIF file of your log and uploading. And if you are still manually logging, well…..
Here is the CLUB LOG LINK for their site.
Club Log also generates a Most Wanted List from all the logs uploaded. Here is a sample.
1. P5 DPRK (NORTH KOREA)
2. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND
3. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND
4. KH1 BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS
5. BS7H SCARBOROUGH REEF
6. BV9P PRATAS ISLAND
7. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
8. KH3 JOHNSTON ISLAND
9. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
10. KH7K KURE ISLAND
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DX NEWS LINKS
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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. Covering only legitimate countries, it does not cover non-country ARRL entities.
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HAVE A RECENT AWARD?
Steve K7AWB- ARRL Honor Roll
Marybeth AE7GT – WAS certificate
If you have achieved a recent, important award, let us know so we can publicize it. Photos appreciated.
Send to: stetrekve at arrl.net