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The Flounder Cup

 
As explained in the September meeting, the IDXA and SDXA has a difficult time competing with our DX brothers of Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland. We have always just “floundered” about trying to compete with those big guns but come home empty handed when it comes time for the PNW Challenge Cup presentation. So in the spirit of a friendly and fun competion, after having dinner with Rob Fanfant, and officers of IDXA/SDXA, The Flounder Cup was created by Randy Foltz – K7TQ as a local trophy that we can compete for.

The first presentation of the Flounder Cup was at the September 5th meeting of the SDXA with our club winning the trophy for this year. The IDXA won the “Per Participant” category and certificate.

Randy created a nice .pdf file (Acrobat) about the Flounder Cup and the link is below:

FlounderCup

So lets see who wins the award for next year!

October 3rd SDXA Meeting

Speaker: Bob Hallock, K7TM
Topic: Hints and Tips
Bob will be sharing a number of Hints and Tips:

  1. DXpedition Card. Bob has developed a card for keeping track of DXpeditions. This is a fabulous tool for keeping on top of all needed DXpeditions and new countries. The minute I saw this tool I adopted it for my station. We will have samples available for you to take home.
  2. Spotting Networks. Bob uses Spotting networks very effectively. Hear about his style of using spotting networks.
  3. Quartzite. Bob will tell about his experience at Quartzite.
  4. Activating Counties. Bob has activated every county in Idaho, Washington and Montana, plus many in Wyoming, Utah and California. Learn more about this fun part of the hobby.
  5. Station overview. You will get a chance to look over Bob’s station and antenna farm. He uses wire antenna’s very effectively.

Location: North Spokane County Library
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: October 3, 2019 

Highlights of the September 5th meeting

Our speaker was Mike Ritz (W7VO), the NW ARRL Director.

Mike presented two mini seminars:
1. “Behind the Curtain: Inside the ARRL Boardroom” — Mike showed what actually happens during an ARRL Board meeting, how it’s organized, and the special role that Vice Directors play in the process.
2. “Using An SDR To Identify Noise In The Shack” — Mike demonstrated how to use one of the cheap SDR’s to identify specific noise in your shack and area.

 

Meet Our 2021 PNWDX Convention Chairman!

I’m happy to announce that Emmett McCormick (NA7EM) with the Idaho DX Association (IDXA) has stepped up to the plate to be our chairman for the 2021 Pacific Northwest DX Convention! It is really nice to have members from IDXA take the lead on this and I’m looking forward to a great convention!
I wanted to know a little more about Emmett and the IDXA so I sent him a few questions to know a bit more about our chairman and the club:
How long have you been DX’ing and what is your main interest?
I’ve been DXing for 27 years. I love CW and the older digital modes.
Do you do any contesting, and if so, do you have a favorite?
I contest anytime I can. I’m not a big name contester using full power and large antenna arrays, I just enjoy the thrill of making contacts. I’ve always run barefoot or QRP.
I’m a SOTA participant and active goat packer….I’m on the board for the North American Pack Goat Association to actively fight legislators threatening goat access to public lands……so WG0AT is not the only one out there playing radio with goats.
What kind of equipment and antennas do you have at the QTH?
I run a Yaesu FTDX-3000 barefoot into a 6-BTV currently. I’m in the process re-erecting a 70’ Rohn 45 tower with a TH7DX beam. More antennas are planned for the future but I just recently moved to my new QTH on some acreage.
When was the IDXA first formed, and who started it?
The Idaho DX Association is a fully incorporated, non-profit, ARRL Affiliated, amateur radio organization formed in 2011 by Emmett McCormick, NA7EM. With a passionate interest in DX contesting, the IDXA club mission is to create unity among Idaho contesters, promote the spirit of amateur radio through respectful contesting, and to contribute to the overall goodwill worldwide.
How many members does the club currently have?
We currently have 40 members, although with any club, only a handful are actively submitting scores.
Do you have monthly meetings? If so, when and where?
We meet quarterly, usually in Lewiston, but also run a teleconference during the meeting to include all of our members statewide. The meetings are announced on the website and via our groups.io page.
I had the chance to chat with Emmett a bit during the convention in Everett a couple of weeks ago and I believe our convention is in good hands! But like I mentioned at the start of this article, Emmett and the IDXA has “stepped up to the plate”, meaning this is a team effort for it to be a success. Emmett and Randy Foltz (K7TQ) will be attending our September meeting to talk to us about the 2021 convention and the initial planning.
Article by John Gager – K7KB

SDXA SUMMER PICNIC Photos

Photos by Bob Hallock

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SDXA CLUB LEADERS

Club Log – Chuck Williams (KI7DG)
Contests – Jay Holcomb (WA0WWW)
DX Net – Pat (Murph) Murphy (N7UVH)
Google User Group – Mel Ming (N7GCO)
Health and Welfare of Members – Gary Swartout (K7GS)
Historian – Steve Sala (K7AWB)
K7SDX Trustee – Dick Snell (W7BHP)
Membership – John Gager (K7KB)
Meeting Refreshments – Mike Buettner (K7STO), Bob Lee (N7AU), Diane Lee (KB7JPX), Tom Flint (KC7UG) & Cathy Flint (KB7BEK)
New HF Mentoring & Remote Station – Del  Morissette (WA7AQH)
Photographers – Jeff Banke (NZ2S) & Bob Hallock (K7TM)
President – Gary Bytner (AD7XG)
Programs – Mel Ming (N7GCO)
QSL Card Checkers — Gary Bytner (AD7XG) & Bruce Wade N7ZA
Secretary – Jay Holcomb (WA0WWW)
Spokane Hamfest – Jay Holcomb (WA0WWW)
Technical – Bob Zavrel (W7SX)
Treasurer – John Gager (K7KB)
Vice President – Mel Ming (N7GCO)
Webmasters – Del Morissette (WA7AQH), John Gager (K7KB), Mel Ming (N7GCO)


LIST OF NEW MEMBERS IN 2019

nz2s – Jeff Banke, Colbert, WA
wa7f – Dave Lehmann, Mead, WA (a new call too, was ki7aar)
wa7tnt – David Wilhelm, Cheney, WA
n7esu – Jim Monroe, Rathdrum, ID
kw7j – Harvey Brown, Greenacres, WA (returning)


SEPTEMBER 2019 MINUTES RELEASED

 

 LINK to Minutes




3830 … 3830 … 3830

 

LINK to more info

MOST WANTED LIST (TOP 25)
FOR NORTH AMERICA, WEST COAST
AS OF JULY 1, 2019

from ClubLog
1. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND
2. P5 DPRK NORTH KOREA
3. SV/A MOUNT ATHOS
4. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND
5. FT/G GLORIOSO ISLAND
6. YK SYRIA
7. FT5/X KERGUELEN ISLAND
9. ZS8 PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS
8. BV9P PRATAS ISLAND
10. EZ TURKMENISTAN
11. BS7H SCARBOROUGH REEF
12. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
13. T5 SOMALIA
14. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
15. Z6 REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
16. 5A LIBIA
17. YV0 AVES ISLAND
18. 3A MONACO
19. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND
20. VU7 LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
21. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
22. E4 PALESTINE
23. ET ETHIOPIA
24. FT/T TROMELIN ISLAND
25. PY0S SAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS
This list is taken from the ClubLog MOST WANTED section using filtering for North America, NA West Coast, all bands, all modes. The ClubLog list covers all 340 entities. ClubLog is free to join with many SDXA members joining.

DXPEDITION SOLICITATIONS

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

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
Link to SPACEWEATHER.COM, a quick source for the daily activity on the sun
Link to NOAA SPACEWEATHER
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card checker Bruce N7ZA at 2015 SDXA Summer Picnic

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