Welcome to the Spokane DX Association

MARCH 1 MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT


The meeting is at 7PM at the North Spokane Library on Hawthorne.

Mel N7GCO will be presenting the program:

“Tools to Help DXing” by Mel, N7GCO

1. “Spotting tools”
• DX Spotting software – What’s available and how to set it up
• Using the internet
• Using the clubs DX net
• Using the clubs Google group
• Using the clubs repeater for spotting

2. “DX Information Sources”

3. “Maximizing station integration”

4. “Two tools to help your DXCC totals”
• Club Log
• LoTW

5. “Station Tours”
We are hoping to share one or two club members station at most meetings.
1. Gary’s — K7GS (Top of the Honor Roll from a City Lot)
2. Mel’s – N7GCO

LAST CALL FOR PAYING YOUR DUES. BRING MONEY TO THE MARCH MEETING, MAIL TO OUR PO BOX AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE, OR USE PAYPAL WHICH IS FEATURED ON THE HOME PAGE IN AN ARTICLE. MEMBERS WILL BE DROPPED AFTER MARCH 1 FOR NON-PAYMENT OF 2018 DUES.

FEBRUARY MINUTES RELEASED

MINUTES LINK

HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY TO THE SDXA

At the March 1 meeting, SDXA will provide a super birthday cake along with paper plates, plastic utensils, milk and coffee. Members need to work up an appetite as President Randy W7TJ is not going to cart the remainder of the cake back to his shack.

Marybeth AE7GT serving the cake at a previous SDXA birthday


PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

These are the proposed Constitutional Amendments proposed at the January and February, 2018 meetings by President Randy Crews. The proposed amendments were officially read at the February meeting; comments and voting will be at the March meeting.

  • By Laws Article II – Attendance:

    All SDXA Members are expected to attend two (2) Meeting Events during the Calendar year; honorary members are exempt as well as members with acute physical conditions or extraordinary work requirements. Not meeting this expectation will result in review of the members application and could result in membership termination. Club officer decisions will be final.

  • Bylaws – Addition of Article V Participation:

    All SDXA Members are expected to participate during the year in one of the published categories (categories may be added) or a member may develop an area of their own. Not meeting this expectation will result in review of the members application and could result in membership termination. Club Officers decisions will be final. (see next article on categories)

2018 SDXA PARTICIPATION

Active paid members will be REQUIRED to participate in one or several of these categories [Constitutional Amendment – By Laws – Addition of Article V – Participation]. In this manner, SDXA will be powered by interested, devoted, and strong membership:

1. Serve as an officer
2. Serve on a club event committee
3. Put on or contribute to putting on a club presentation
4. Host the Club DX Net
5. Host or participate in a Club member antenna party
6. Assist or serve as the Club Webmaster
7. Go on a DXpedition or operate from a unique remote QTH
8. Participate in a Club Event (Field Day, etc.) [The Annual Picnic does not count unless hosted]
9. Host a Contest at your QTH
10. Contribute contest scores to the Club’s Efforts
11. Serve as a DX Chairman/Contest Chairman/Membership Chairman, etc.
12. Serve as an Awards Chairman (DX Card Checking)
13. Serve as a VE
14. Room around – Plans for the club on something you have built for your station

(Categories may be added or developed by members or Officers)

WERE YOU IN THE ARRL DX CW CONTEST FEB 17-18?
if so, your log is due to the ARRL:


All entries must be sent WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS after the end of the contest: Entries must be uploaded or postmarked by 2359 UTC February 23, 2018.
Consult the rules for where to send it and how:

RULES LINK

CHUCK KI7DG WINS RAC CONTEST


Chuck and his new wallpaper

To see a closeup of the certificate, use this LINK


You will remember Chuck as the MC at our 2017 PNW DX Convention in Spokane

ARRL DX PHONE CONTEST
(PNW DX CLUB
CHALLENGE CUP CONTEST)

CONTEST 7 OF 10: ARRL DX PHONE March 3-4, 2018

February 17-18, 2018
(It starts at 4 pm Friday and ends at 4 pm Sunday local time; logs due within 5 days!)

This contest is the seventh in the ten contest adventure between the leading Northwest DX and contesting clubs:

Spokane DX Association (SDXA)
Western Washington DX Club (WWDXC) – Seattle
Willamette Valley DX Club (WVDXC) – Portland
Orca DX and Contesting Club – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Idaho DX Association (IDXA) – Lewiston, ID.
British Columbia DX Club – Vancouver, BC, Canada

Each season, the accumulated contest points made by members are tallied to see which club makes the most points from its members over the ten contests. The contest season starts in September and ends in July.

The ten contests are (in order):

  • CQ ww dx rtty Sept 23-24, 2017 finished
  • CQ ww dx ssb Oct 28-29, 2017 finished
  • CQ ww dx cw Nov 25-26, 2017 finished
  • ARRL rtty roundup Jan 6-7, 2018 finished
  • CQ wpx rtty Feb 10-12, 2018 finished
  • ARRL DX CW February 17-18, 2018 finished
  • ARRL DX SSB March 3-4, 2018
  • CQ WPX SSB March 24-25, 2018
  • CQ WPX CW May 26-27, 2018
  • IARU July 14-15, 2018


The prize

FEBRUARY 15 2-METER DX NET RESULTS


K7AWB
WX7B
AA6TQ
K7GS
WA0WWW
W7GSV
K7TM
W7TJ, net control

Mark your calendars: next net on March 15


BOUVET

A NEW POSSIBILITY (from ARRL Letter, Feb 15 2018):

3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition Revived

Peripatetic Polish DXpeditioner Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, and four other operators announced over the weekend that their postponed plans to mount the 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island are back on. This comes as the 3Y0Z DXpedition team members, who were unsuccessful earlier this month in landing on the remote South Atlantic island, are currently en route to South Africa on their way back home. According to the latest ClubLog DXCC Most-Wanted List, Bouvet is the second most-wanted DXCC entity, behind North Korea.

“Our trip, planned originally at the end of 2017, was canceled at the request of the organizers of the 3Y0Z expedition,” an announcement said. “Due to the cancellation by the [3Y0Z] organizers, we are now returning to the implementation of our project and preparations for our trip as a matter of urgency.”

DX-World has reported that the 3Y0I license has been renewed and a landing permit — good for 1 year — issued by the Norwegian Polar Institute. While no specific dates for the DXpedition have been announced, the 3Y0I team said its plans call for operating during the subantarctic summer, which suggests they could be on the air late this year.

The 3Y0I team said it has chartered a seagoing yacht adapted for extreme weather conditions to make the 12-day, 2,800-nautical mile trip from South Africa to Bouvet Island. The team anticipates operating for about 2 weeks. The participants have financed the trip out of their own pockets.

In addition to 3Z9DX, the 3Y0I operators will include Stanislaw, SQ8X; Leszek, SP3DOI; Branko, YU4DX, and Frans, J69DX.


FEBRUARY 1, 2018 MEETING RECAP
by Randy Crews, President

  • [Rare DX] It was great to hear the excitement during the room around regarding the Kosovo activation and upcoming Bouvet operation – great recaps and stories ! .
  • .

  • [Rob Fanfantr N7QT] Rob Fanfant gave a real “brass tacks” presentation on the realities of going on a DXpedition. The Mellish Reef group had to deal with tremendous heat/humidity, operating and transportation logistics, not counting the barrage of QSLs to be answered. The top ten most wanted are rare for a reason as he pointed out, activating these rare entities is difficult, expensive, and operators put themselves at personal risk as well. Rob would welcome participants as he plans to activate a few rare ones in the top most wanted over the next few years.
  • .

  • [DXpedition Funding] Gary Swartout spoke for the DX funding committee saying the groups recommendation and focus will be on supporting the smaller expeditions and DX ventures.
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  • [Constitutional Amendments] Keeping with the Constitution, the proposed amendments as posted on the club website were read and will be voted upon at the March 1st meeting.
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  • [2018 Dues] Please remember to pay your club dues by March 1st if you have not done so.

THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER – February, 2018


by Randy Crews W7TJ

If I could pick one month out of the Winter to operate, it would be February. Combining the best of Winter and almost Spring-like conditions, it truly is a unique Month. Plenty of Dxpedition activity, the ARRL CW Contest, no QRN, very low D-layer absorption, and significant gains in our daylight hours.

Please make time to be QRV during this time especially with the rare 3Y0Z expedition to Bouvet.

COMING IN SEPTEMBER
TO A SDXA MEETING NEAR YOU


Chris (KL9A)

NEW SDXA TRI-FOLD BROCHURE AVAILABLE

TRI-FOLD LINK

Members are urged to print copies of the brochure and distribute to their interested friends or at ham conventions/hamfests/swap meets, etc.


SDXA MEMBER INFORMATION


All members to asked to be certain their contact information is up to date in the SDXA records. A roster of members can be requested from our Secretary Jay Holcomb WA0WWW.

DXPEDITION SOLICITATIONS

ALL DXpedition funding requests are to be in writing to the club PO Box address. Since funding is limited, in this manner, our DXpedition funding committee can give your request the consideration it deserves.


2018 SDXA DUES

  • $20 per year for an individual
  • $10 for each family member after the individual pays
  • Youngsters less than 19 years old are free

Due on January 1 or before. Any member not paying by March 1 will be dropped from the organization.

How To Pay:

  • PayPal
  • Pay by check to the SDXA’s P.O. Box (at top of this page)
  • Pay at the January meeting

To use PayPal, follow the directions below. If doing both a Full Membership and a Family Membership, do the the FULL MEMBERSHIP first. There is a box for the name and call of the person for the dues.

FULL MEMBER AND/OR FAMILY MEMBER :

1. Fill in your handle and call in the box.
2. Click on the FULL MEMBER $20 USD choice shown in the MEMBERSHIP TYPE drop down box to make it blue-colored.
3. Click the orange-colored ADD TO CART button. It will then take you to your Shopping Cart where you should see SDXA MEMBERSHIP DUES and a quantity of one at $20 (click on the blue “more” to see your handle and call)
4. if you are completely done, just click the orange-colored PayPal Check Out button on the right (if paying from your PayPal account) or select the Check Out Pay Without A PayPal Account using your credit card. Additional passwords or questions will occur from your financial account.

5. If you want to add a Family Membership or another Full Membership (not normal unless you are donating an extra $10 to the SDXA – thanks!!), click on CONTINUE SHOPPING which will take you back to the original buttons. Put in the name and call (if licensed) and select either Family Membership or Full membership.
6. Again, when done, just click the orange-colored PayPal Check Out button on the right (if you are paying from your PayPal account) or select the Check Out Pay Without A PayPal Account using your credit card. Additional passwords or questions will occur from your financial account.

7. When the processes are done, you should receive an email as a receipt.

Just be aware that if you are a new member, you will still need to fill out and turn in the SDXA Membership Application Form at this page. Prospective new members will be interviewed for approval.


name & call
Membership Type




SDXA’S PNW DX CHALLENGE CUP SCORES (SO FAR)

Go to this November 30 LINK


UPCOMING & CURRENT DXPEDITIONS



Anyone for Curacao?

These are not the only DXpeditions coming up or currently on so go to this DXPEDITION LINK for more.

AGALEGA & ST. BRANDON – 3B7A
Apr 10 – Apr 24

BAKER ISLAND – KH1
June 1 – June 30
The Baker Island 2018
Commemorative DXpedition
Destination: Baker Island, South Pacific
0°11′41″N 176°28′46″W
IOTA OC-089 GRID AJ10 CQ Zone 31 ITU Zone 61

MOST WANTED LIST (TOP 20) FOR NORTH AMERICA, WEST COAST AS OF FEB 14, 2018

1. Z6 REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
2. SV/A MOUNT ATHOS
3. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND
4. P5 DPRK (NORTH KOREA)
5. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND
6. FT/G GLORIOSO ISLAND
7. YK SYRIA
8. FT5/X KERGUELEN ISLAND
9. BV9P PRATAS ISLAND
10. ZS8 PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS
11. BS7H SCARBOROUGH REEF
12. EZ TURKMENISTAN
13. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
14. T5 SOMALIA
15. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
16. KH1 BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS
17. 3B7 AGALEGA & BRANDON ISLANDS
18. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
19. 5A LIBYA
20. YV0 AVES ISLAND


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

Link to SPACEWEATHER.COM, a quick source for the daily activity on the sun

Link to NOAA SPACEWEATHER

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  • SDXA CALENDAR

    (#x/y = PNW DX Cup)

    2018

    Mar 1 SDXA Meeting
    Mar 3-4 #7/10 ARRL SSB
    Mar 16 SDXA 16th BDay
    Mar 24-25 #8/10 WPX SSB

    Apr 5 SDXA Meeting

    May 3 SDXA Meeting
    May 26-27 #9/10 WPX CW

    June 7 SDXA Meeting
    July 14-15 #10/10 IARU


  • JOIN THE SDXA

    Tribander And Tower Almost Ready For Hoisting

    Field Day

    Regular dues – $20 per person.
    Second family member – $10.
    Under 19 years of age are free.
    DUES LINK.
    We accept PayPal too.


  • NW HAM RADIO CONVENTION & SWAP MEETS

    Lynn N7CFO keeps the best listing.

    More Information


  • 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

    GENERAL INFO LINK


    Gary Bytnar AD7XG

    card checker Bruce N7ZA at 2015 SDXA Summer Picnic


    Bruce Wade N7ZA


  • IARC ETHICS & OPER PROCEDURES

    LINK


  • OUTSIDE HELP IN ANTENNAS & TOWERS



  • DX NEWS LINKS

    by Randy W7TJ

    1. DX WORLD.NET
    2. ANNOUNCED DX OPERATIONS
    3. DX SUMMIT
    4. I2MQP DX NEWS
    5. DXCOFFEE
    6. DXER.ORG (Lone Star DX)
    7. DXWATCH.COM
    8. DAILY DX
    9. DXMAPS
    10. DX UNIVERSITY


  • CONTESTING LINKS

    There are a lot of links to contesting activities in the DX/Contesting drop down menu above the 24-hour clock on the right of this page. But here are a couple of the best.
    1. WA7BNM
    2. CONTESTING.COM


  • SDXA MEDIA LIBRARY

    More Information


  • 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.
    More Information


  • HAM RADIO EQUIPMENT REVIEWS

    eHAM.net
    More Information


  • HAVE A RECENT AWARD?


    Gary K7GS receives SDXA-sponsored Salmon Run plaque for 2018

    Randy K7TQ (rt) receives thanks from SDXA President Chris WX7B (lt) for chairing the 2017 PNW DX Convention in Spokane

    If you have achieved a recent, important award, let us know so we can publicize it. Photos appreciated.
    Send to: stetrekve at arrl.net