Welcome to the Spokane DX Association  

Serving Eastern Washington and North Idaho

New Projector For The SDXA!

Last night the club voted to procure a new business quality projector for future presentations and conventions. Mel Ming (N7GCO) is in charge of procuring our new projector and we know Mel will do a good job of getting us one with quality at a good price. Although we voted to just purchase the projector with club funds, we also want to give you the opprotunity to donate if you so desire. In the upper right of the page is a link for a Paypal donation, and we will add your name and callsign to our list of donators unless you send us a note (sdxa2013@gmail.com) that you prefer your donation to be anonymous.

We will stop taking donations for the projector if we reach the $1500 mark as we set for the minimum amount to spend.

List Of Donators:

Del Morissette WA7AQH
John Gager K7KB
Mel Ming N7GCO
Gary Swartout K7GS
Pat Murphy N7UVH
Bob Hallock K7TM
Bob Rosie W7GSV
Mike Buettner K7STO
Chris Pritchard WX7B
Gary Bytnar AD7XG

Thanks so much for your donations!

SDXA Annual December Awards Dinner

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Golden Corral On North Division
7117 N Division St
Spokane, WA 99208
Food – Fellowship – Awards

Please let Mel (teammel@gmail.com) know you are coming so we can arrange seating and print programs.

Another Member Tower Goes Up

Jeff Banke (NZ2S) got his tower and antenna up. The tower is Rohn 25 with a Hexbeam antenna.

 

UPCOMING SDXA PROGRAMS

January 2, 2020

Mark McMillan (W7MEM) – “6 DXing”

Mark has 11 band DXCC, with over 163 countries on 160 meters and over 107 countries on 6 meters. I am excited to learn from Mark on DXing on 6 meters. Learn how to reach more DX on 6 meters. 

Station Feature: Mark McMillan (W7MEM)

February 6, 2020

  1. 3830 Contest Reports — Pat (Murf) Murphy (N7UVH) — The best way to report contest scores.
  1. Spotting Programs

Bob Hallock (K7TM) — w6rk county hunting/parks on the air/QSO party spots

Gary Swartout (K7GS) — CC User

Chuck Williams (KI7DG) — DX Summit

Learn how to:

March 5, 2020

Bob Zavrel (W7SX) – Low band antennas

Learn about effective wire antennas for the low bands. Just what we all need in this part of the sunspot cycle.

 

 

 

New to HF

The SDXA is now offering a Workshop of “Getting into HF” after each General License Class in Spokane area. Del (WA7AQH) is leading this program.  You can download the powerpoint and handout used if you would like to see them.

Link to Powerpoint Getting Started in HF 4
Link to handout Getting into HF
Link to Mentors/Elmers Elmer Resource Page

Club Member Awards

Idaho Renegades win 1st Place Idaho 3A Category

North Idaho Renegades team:
  • K7TM  Bob
  • N7ESU Jim
  • N7UVH Pat
They were also 2nd place over all in the state of Idaho beat by Bonner County ARES and 24th in the Pacific Division

Congratulations to Chuck Williams (KI7DG) for receiving the CQ WAZ (Worked All Zones) Award

Gary Swartout K7GS Wins SDXA-Sponsored Salmon Run Plaque For Third Straight Time


Gary with his first Salmon Run plaque in 2017

Gary made 119,818 points for his highest score in the contest ever. The 2019 plaque will be presented at the December Annual Awards Banquet.

DX Expedition Card From Bob K7TM

 

Hints:

  1. Fill out one card for each upcoming DX Expedition.
  2. Mark out all previously confirmed contacts
  3. Add the frequencies they will be using beside band and mode

Link to download master you can use to print your own: DX Expedition CARD #3- 2 per page

SDXA CLUB LEADERS

SDXA Officers

President – Gary Bytnar (AD7XG) — Card Checker & Room Setup
Vice President – Mel Ming (N7GCO) — Programs, User Group & Webmaster
Secretary – Jay Holcomb (WA0WWW) — Contests & Spokane Hamfest
Treasurer – John Gager (K7KB) — Membership & Webmaster

Committee Chair & Activity Leaders

Club Log – Chuck Williams (KI7DG)
DX Net – Pat (Murph) Murphy (N7UVH)
Health and Welfare of Members – Gary Swartout (K7GS)
Historian – Steve Sala (K7AWB)
K7SDX Trustee – Dick Snell (W7BHP)
New HF Mentoring & Remote Station – Del  Morissette (WA7AQH)
Photographers – Jeff Banke (NZ2S) & Bob Hallock (K7TM)
Refreshments – Mike Buettner (K7STO), Bob Lee (N7AU), Diane Lee (KB7JPX), Tom Flint (KC7UG) & Cathy Flint (KB7BEK)
QSL Card Checkers — Gary Bytnar (AD7XG) & Bruce Wade N7ZA
Technical – Bob Zavrel (W7SX)
Webmaster – Del Morissette (WA7AQH)


LIST OF NEW & RETURNING 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
N7MA – Mark Avakian, Cataldo, ID
AA7RT – Mary Wiese, Spokane, WA
KF7ME – Joe Burnett, Chattaroy, WA
KC7IGR – Tina Burnett, Chattaroy, WA

OCTOBER 2019 MINUTES RELEASED

 

 LINK to Minutes



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:

Flounder Cup

So lets see who wins the award for next year!

 

Here are the results after the first contest this year. FlounderCupOctv01

Did you know the SDXA won
four ARRL-sponsored gavels in its early history?

Go to our CONTESTING LINK and read about the four gavels.

Here is a picture of one of the gavels which our current President uses to start the monthly meetings and to keep order.

Also at this same Contesting Link is an updated listing (SDXA Club Competition Results) of how the SDXA did in certain contests throughout its history.

MOST WANTED LIST (TOP 25)
FOR NORTH AMERICA, WEST COAST
AS OF NOVEMBER 9, 2019

from ClubLog
1. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND
2. SV/A MOUNT ATHOS
3. P5 DPRK NORTH KOREA
4. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND
5. FT/G GLORIOSO ISLAND
6. YK SYRIA
7. FT5/X KERGUELEN ISLAND
8. BV9P PRATAS ISLAND
9. ZS8 PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS
10. EZ TURKMENISTAN
11. BS7H SCARBOROUGH REEF
12. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
13. 3A MONACO
14. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
15. T5 SOMALIA
16. 5A LIBIA
17. YV0 AVES ISLAND
18. Z6 REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
19. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND
20. VU7 LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
21. E4 PALESTINE
22. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
23. PY0S SAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS
24. ET ETHIOPIA
25. FT/T TROMELIN ISLAND

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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The Miscellaneous Area

SDXA CALENDAR

2019

JOIN THE SDXA

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

 

card checker Bruce N7ZA at 2015 SDXA Summer Picnic

Bruce Wade N7ZA

 


Recent News


Fall Tower and Antenna Work in the club

Mike Buettner (K7STO), with the assistance of Bob Lee (N7AU) and Woody Jacobson (N7HCJ) lowered Mikes 60 ft tower down. Performed yearly antenna and tower maintenance (checked every thing over) then added my first 160m antenna (inverted L) to the tower. Mike has a wonderful setup for raising and lowering his tower. Jeff Banke (NZ2S) […]

SDXA MEETING MINUTES REORGANIZED

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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 […]

2019 Pacific NW DX Convention

The 2019 Pacific NW DX Convention was hosted by the Western Washington DX Club in Everett, WA. The attendance was the highest ever. A number of members of the SDXA participated. Dr Joe Taylor (K1JT) whose work in Astrophysics led to a Nobel Prize for his study of gravitational radiation of binary pulsars. He was […]

GEOFF HOWARD W0CG/PJ2DX FEATURED IN THE JULY/AUGUST NCJ

The July/August 2019 issue of National Contest Journal (NCJ) has an excellent article by our own Geoff Howard (W0CG/PJ2DX) titled “A Pictorial Guide to Corrosion-Proofing for Seaside Antenna Systems.” Geoff is certainly an expert on this (and many other things) and we are so glad to have his as part of the SDXA. Enjoy the […]

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