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PAY YOUR 2019 SDXA DUES


THE 2018 SDXA ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET IS OVER

Held on December 6, 2018, many members and their spouses enjoyed the 3-meat BBQ special at the Airway Heights Longhorn BBQ. Former ARRL NW Director and VP Jim Fenstermaker K9JF gave a lecture on the restarting of ham radio in Kosovo. Jim was instrimental in helping restart their progrram after an absence of many years after the country’s independence in 2008.


Speaker Jim Fenstermaker K9JF talks about the reemergence of Kosovo as a ham radio nation.


Mark Van Winkle K7HPT shows off his award certificate for working all ten contests in the 2017-2018 PNW Challenge Cup. He was the only member to do this.


Looks like the start to eating. The man with clasped hands in the background is Spokane’s own ham radio author Bob Zavrel W7SX. His book entitled Antenna Physics: An Introduction is available at both the ARRL and Amazon.


Plate are clean; looks like an end to the eating period.

Mel Ming N7GCO received a certificate for the highest total score in the PNW Challenge Cup among SDXA members.

Gary Swartout K7GS received a plaque from the SDXA for the highest score in the low power, single operator, EWA Section, Mixed mode category.


GARY BYTNER AD7XG, PRESIDENT OF SDXA, RECEIVES THE 2018 DXER OF THE YEAR AWARD


2019 SDXA ELECTION RESULTS



President Gary Bytnar AD7XG (reelected)


Vice-President Mel Ming N7GCO (reelected)


Secretary Jay Holcomb WA0WWW (reelected)


Treasurer John Gager K7KB elected


EWA GETS NEW ARRL SECTION MANAGER
JACK TILEY AD7FO – LINK for more info


HAMS HELPING HAMS – LINK for more info


NEW ARRL NW DIRECTOR
AND VICE DIRECTOR ELECTED


new NW Director W7VO Mike Ritz


new NW Vice Director KB7HDX Mark Tharp

Here are the votes:

Northwestern Division Director

Mike Ritz, W7VO 1,589
Bonnie Altus, AB7ZQ 1,308
Horace Hamby, N7DRW 495
Mr. Ritz was declared elected.

Northwestern Division Vice Director

Mark Tharp, KB7HDX 1,368
Daniel Stevens, KL7WM 1,228
Delvin Bunton, NS7U 767
Mr. Tharp was declared elected.

Hopefully we can have them visit us in 2019.


NOVEMBER 2018 MEETING MINUTES LINK


SDXA FIELD DAY 2019?
LINK to more info


LATEST SDXA MEMBERS’ TOTALS IN THE PNW RACE

NOVEMBER 4, 2018 LINK


ANOTHER PJ2T ARTICLE AVAILABLE
The Organizational Nuts and Bolts of PJ2T


Geoff W0CG/PJ2DX in the middle

Curacao DX super contest station is one of our favorites. One of our member of the SDXA from North Idaho, Goeff Howard W0CG/PJ2DX, is the owner, manager, and chief bottle washer. Here is another sort-of- new article approved for our reprint from the ARRL. It is called The Organizational Nuts and Bolts of PJ2T and is written by Goeff, originally published in the January/February 2018 NCJ..

Reprinted with permission, Jan/Feb 2018 NCJ; copyright ARRL

ARTICLE LINK


SUBTOTALS FROM THE FIRST CONTEST IN THE
PNW CHALLENGE CUP COMPETITION

It’s the competition between six PNW DX/contesting clubs through ten contests. Jay WA0WWW is our representative tallying the SDXA’s scores and submitting them to the group as they occur.

There is both the tally of the SDXA members and the then the tally of the six clubs (SDXA awards a certificate at the its Annual Awards Banquet for the highest total SDXA member and any SDXA member who enters and submits for all ten contests).

The ten-contesting event is 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

SDXA MEMBER TOTALS AS OF NOVEMBER 4, 2018 LINK includes first three of the ten contest results among SDXA members

The comparison of the six clubs’ scores are not available yet, but will be posted when they are available.

The ten contests are (in order):

The rules for some of the above contests are not available on their respective websites yet. Both CQ and the ARRL are slow in publishing the rules for the next contests. The ones in red (linkable) are the only ones currently published.


THANKS TO GEOFF W0CG – PJ2DX AND HIS PROGRAM ON CONTEST STATION PJ2T IN CURACAO


Geoff was the guest speaker at the October, 2018 SDXA meeting. His contest station observed its 50th birthday with the one remaining ham (Al Rousseau W1FJ) who operated at the original contest invited to attend. The event was featured in an article by Geoff published in the May, 2018 issue of CQ Magazine. Here is a LINK to that article.


Geoff W0CG speaking at a past SDXA-sponsored convention

Here is a link to the PJ2T website where you can make arrangements to travel to Curacao and operate at PJ2T:

PJ2T LINK


WE HAVE CHANGED OUR MAILING ADDRESS

Spokane DX Association
13010 S Short Rd
Cheney, WA 99004


The move was made to be more efficient:

1. We get very little mail in the PO Box, but it means someone has to make an hour or more trip to check it.
2. The box was costing $62 a year.
3. This way, the SDXA mail can be checked every day.

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UPCOMING & CURRENT DXPEDITIONS



Anyone for Curacao?

DXPEDITION LINK for more.


MOST WANTED LIST (TOP 20) FOR NORTH AMERICA, WEST COAST AS OF OCTOBER 2, 2018
from ClubLog

1. P5 DPRK (NORTH KOREA)
2. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND
3. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND
4. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
5. BS7H SCARBOROUGH REEF
6. BV9P PRATAS ISLAND
7. KH7K KURE ISLAND
8. KH3 JOHNSON ISLAND
9. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
10. FT5/X KERGUELEN ISLAND

11. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND
12. FT/G GLORIOSO ISLAND
13. YV0 AVES ISLAND
14. KH4 MIDWAY ISLAND
15. ZS8 PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS
16. VP8O SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
17. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
18. PY0S SAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS
19. VP6/D DUCIE ISLAND
20. SV/A MOUNT ATHOS

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.

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

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

    2018

    Dec 20 SDXA DX Net

  • 2019

    Jan 3 SDXA Meeting
    Jan 5-6 RTTY Roundup
    Feb 3 day the music died
    Feb 7 SDXA Meeting
    Feb 9-10 CQ WPX RTTY
    Feb 16-17 ARRL DX CW
    Mar 2-3 ARRL DX SSB
    Mar 7 SDXA Meeting
    Apr 4 SDXA Meeting
    Apr 11 SDXA 17th bday
    May 2 SDXA Meeting
    Jul 20 Moon landing


  • 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


    Pat N7UVH shows off his 2017 7QP highest digital score award sponsored by the SDXA.

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


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