Welcome to the Spokane DX Association

IT’S THE SUMMER SDXA PICNIC



the Shadle Park gazibo

the gazibo is just South of the green and yellow painted water tower, representing Shadle High School’s colors


SATURDAY
AUGUST 25
1-5 pm

SPOKANE’S SHADLE PARK OFF OF WELLESLEY

We have the covered gazebo again, rain or shine; set your calendars for this great event, same place as last year


some of the participants at the 2017 picnic

More details will come later as the officers
plan the consumables.

ANNOUNCING APRIL SDXA DX NET

THURSDAY
APRIL 26
7PM LOCAL
2 – METER FREQUENCY: 145.25 MHz
no tone
-600 Hz offset
(NOTE: this is the 4th Thursday rather than the 3rd to give our ARES members a chance to check-in)


MARCH 15 NET CHECK-INS:

K7EKM (former SDXA President)
K7TM
N7AU
W7GSV
WX7B

MAY 3 SDXA MEETING ANNOUNCED

ARGONNE LIBRARY ON ARGONNE ROAD
IN SPOKANE VALLEY
THURSDAY – 7PM

directions to the library are at this LIBRARY MEETING LOCATIONS LINK

MAY PROGRAM:

Our own Bob Zavrel W7SX will be:

1. Showing the 80 meter four square receive antenna he built and how we could build one; See Bob’s controller for his four square.
2. How to build simple wire antennas that we could build on 40 meters.
3. How to build simple wire antennas that we could build on 80 meters.
4. And cheap ways to get antennas up into the air (trees, irrigation pipe, etc.)

This will be a very practical and down to earth presentation that will hopefully help us all be more effective on the low bands.

BOB W7SX

BOB’S ANTENNA BOOK AVAILABLE FROM THE ARRL OR AMAZON
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The May Station Tour will be Past President Chris’s WX7B station.

CHRIS WX7B AT HIS STATION

SDXA SPONSORS A PLAQUE IN THE
7QP CONTEST (THE 7-LAND QSO PARTY)

Category: the 7-area, single op, unassisted, low power, cw



We missed out in sponsoring again the plaque for the highest digital score; instead, let’s try CW this year.

  • 7-AREA = TO WIN THE AWARD, YOU MUST BE BASED IN ONE OF THE EIGHT 7-LAND STATES
  • SINGLE OP = SINGLE OPERATOR, NO HELP FROM ANYONE ELSE (MAYBE A BEER OR COFFEE FROM A FAMILY MEMBER THOUGH)
  • UNASSISTED = NO HELP FROM VE7CC, PHONE CALLS, EMAIL, TEXTS, AND OTHER SOURCES OF WHO IS ON AND WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED
  • LOW POWER = <150 WATTS
  • CW = THE MORSE CODE

MAY 5-6. 2018
1300 UTC SATURDAY TO 0700 UTC SUNDAY (6 AM to midnight PDT the first Saturday in May)

Rules at this LINK and more information under the 7QP Logo on their website.

2018 WILL BE A GREAT YEAR FOR THE SDXA
HERE ARE THE FUTURE TENTATIVE PROGRAMS

LINK

WAZ
THE WORKED ALL ZONES AWARD

The combination of CQ Communication’s WAZ system with the ARRL’s LOTW system is now complete. CQ Communications publishes the magazine called CQ. If you are working on the ARRL’s DXCC awards, you probably know about the WAZ Awards for working all 40 zones on single bands or modes. Many years ago, CQ Communications defined the surface of the earth into 40 zones. It has been one of the more popular awards with many variations. Anyway, now your LOTW credits can be applied solely or with QSL cards to satisfy the requirements. LOTW credits are obtained via the LOTW system where you pay the ARRL for accepting the matched submittals from a particular QSO.

You still have to submit for your WAZ award, not through the ARRL, but the CQ system, and can combine LOTW credits with your QSL cards. There are several WAZ card checkers (checkpoints) throughout the USA and Canada that can check your cards. Unfortunately, there are none in the Spokane area unless someone wants to step up and apply to be a local WAZ checker through the CQ system.

Here are a link for further information. It is a little sketchy right now on how the system works, but it just started this week. hi hi

CQ Communications sponsors the following awards:

• CQ DX Awards
• CQ DX Marathon
• CQ WAZ Awards
• CQ Diamond Jubilee WAZ Award
• CQ WPX Awards
• CQ Halls of Fame
• CQ USA-CA Award

LINK to the WAZ official rules.

Any WAZ questions you have on the award can be addressed to:

John Bergman, KC5LK
WAZ Award Manager
125 Deer Trail
Brandon MS 39042-9409
e-mail: kc5lk@cq-amateur-radio.com

John clarified some issues with me:

1) you have made a LOTW submission and you want to know what to do next: Nothing. I will let you know when I work my way to your application.
2) you make a 40 card paper application and want to know what to do next; mail everything to either my address listed on the CQ website or in CQ magazine or a CQ checkpoint that is listed on the CQ website.
3) you have some cards and you have some LOTW credits that cover all 40 zones and you want to know what to do next. Same as number 2.
4) The ARRL does not check paper cards for any CQ Award unless the ARRL DXCC Card Checker is also a CQ Checkpoint. There is a current list of CQ Checkpoints on the CQ Website.

TRI CITIES SWAPMEET ANNOUNCEMENT
MAY 5 – KENNEWICK – LINK

REMEMBERING OUR SILENT KEYS – LINK


If you have any more pictures or documents relating to these SDXA Silent keys, let Steve K7AWB know.

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

Go to this March 30, 2018 LINK

CONTEST 9 OF 10: CQ WPX CW May 26-27, 2018

It starts at 5 pm Friday and ends at 5 pm Sunday local time
Logs due within 5 days!

This contest is the ninth 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 finished
  • CQ WPX SSB March 24-25, 2018 finished
  • CQ WPX CW May 26-27, 2018
  • IARU July 14-15, 2018


The prize

COMING IN SEPTEMBER
TO A SDXA MEETING NEAR YOU


Chris (KL9A)

NEW SDXA TRI-FOLD BROCHURE AVAILABLE


UPDATED MARCH 30, 2018

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.


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.

KOSOVO – Z66D
April 15-21

BAKER ISLAND – KH1
June 26 – July 06
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 MAR 27, 2018

1. SV/A MOUNT ATHOS
2. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND
3. P5 DPRK (NORTH KOREA)
4. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND
5. FT/G GLORIOSO ISLAND
6. Z6 REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
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. 3A MONACO


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

    Apr 26 SDXA DX Net
    May 3 SDXA Meeting
    May 26-27 #9/10 WPX CW
    June 7 SDXA Meeting
    July 5 SDXA Meeting
    July 14-15 #10/10 IARU
    July 25 SDXA Picnic


  • JOIN THE SDXA


    Hams helping hams!

    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

    LINK



  • 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


    Twins? Honorary members George W6AEA (former SDXA Secretary) and Wayne WA1PMA (former SDXA President) show off their DXCC Challenge Awards. George is on the West side now and Wayne is enjoying Florida temperatures.

    If you have achieved a recent, important award, let us know so we can publicize it. Photos appreciated.
    Send to: K7AWB at arrl.net