Welcome to the Spokane DX Association


MAY SDXA MEETING


The program is by Mark McMillan W7MEM on “6 meter DXing.”


Mark wins a big door prize in the envelope

Mark has 11 band DXCC, with over 163 countries on 160 meters and over 107 countries on 6 meters. Learn from Mark on DXing on 6 meters. Learn how to reach more DX on 6 meters. Learn abut the “calling Frequency” and the DX portion.


some of the antennas at a previous QTH


close-up of the antennas


since this award, Mark has added 6 other bands to the 5 bander to make 11 bands with DXCC


a quad array seen sideways

Also, a look at the Mark McMillan (W7MEM) station.

Business meeting as usual after the presentation.


IN 2009, SDXA PUT ON ITS FIRST PNW DX CONVENTION

LINK to the 2009 Schedule of Events

Were you there with us at the Spokane Valley Mirabeau Park Hotel? We joined with the WWDXC, WVDXC, and British Columbia DX Club in putting on alternate conventions. We did it in 2009, 2013, and 2017. Maybe 2021 too. This year’s convention is put on by the WWDXC in Everett. More info on this year’s convention below in articles.


7QP CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT
MAY 4-5, 2019

It’s time for the annual 7QP contest in May. The 7QP is the 7-land QSO party conetest where everyone in 7-land works the world, but non-7-landers only work the 7-land states. 7-land consists of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.

The SDXA is again sponsoring a plaque for the winner in the following category:
7th Area Single-Op (Unassisted) Low-Power CW

Here is a LINK to the rules and past winners.

Two main rule changes for 2019 — digital QSOs are now worth 4 points instead of 3, and we’ve dropped the 6 and 2 meter bands.

Just to be clear, while the 7QP promotes the use of digital modes at 4 points per Q, FT8 is not one of them. Simply, FT8 can not support the 5 letter exchange.


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)


APRIL MEETING MINUTES LINK

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS
WHO OFFERED THEIR EXPERTISE
AT THE APRIL, 2018 MEETING

We had several presenters sharing great ideas:


• Building Home Brewed Equipment – K7GS (Gary)
• Tower Pushing Tool – N7AU (Bob)
• Home Brewing USB reboot & serial rotor control box – K7KB (John)
• Adding SDXA Logo to Your QRZ Page – WA7TNT (David)
• Voice Keyer for ICOM Rigs – N7GCO (Mel)
• Rotator Cards for Rotators – N7GCO (Mel)
• PSTRotatorAZ Rotator Control Program – N7GCO (Mel)


PREVIOUS & FUTURE PROGRAMS FROM VICE-PRESIDENT MEL N7GCO
LINK

ANYONE FOR BOUVET ISLAND?
A SLIGHT POSTPONEMENT

LINK TO 3Y0I WEBSITE

LINK TO DX WORLD WEBSITE

THE RAREST OF THE RARE

LINK TO FUTURE DXPEDITIONS YOU NEED


BUCKET TRUCK HELPS REPAIRS
AT KI7DG’S QTH RECENTLY


QUID PRO QUO

(“something for something” in Latin) is a Latin phrase used in English to mean an exchange of goods or services, in which one transfer is contingent upon the other; “a favor for a favor”. Phrases with similar meanings include: “give and take”, “tit for tat”, and “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours” and “one hand washes the other”.

Every August in the Pacific Northwest, there is a DX convention which rotates between four cities: Seattle, Portland, Spokane, and Vancouver, BC. This year it is in Seattle on August 9-11 in the suburb of Everett. Features include a full day of technical and DXpedition topics, a major banquet where the Challenge Cup trophy is awarded, breakfast where the grand prizes are awarded, etc.

The SDXA in Spokane has sponsored three of these conventions so far, in 2009, 2013, and 2017 and a possibility of 2021. When we expected a large gathering of hams from the Northwest in those years, this year the Western Washington DX Club (WWDXC) expects a QUID PRO QUO from us and the other groups. If we expect them to come to our conventions, then they expect us to come to theirs. Are you going to the convention in Seattle on August 9-11?

Don’t know much about it? Then go to this LINK to see all the programs, info on the hotel, exhibitors, etc.

Now what is your excuse?


Behind the scenes is what makes a good convention. Here is Mel N7GCO and Del WA7AQH manning the ticket sales at the Spokane sponsored PNW DX Convention in 2017


PNW DX CHALLENGE CUP SCORES BY SDXA MEMBERS


The Challenge Cup trophy

LINK

This link (dated March 8) shows the totals of the first 7 of the 10 contests for the trophy. The last contest shown is the ARRL DX SSB contest. The PNW DX club that achieves the largest score total from the ten contests, adding each member’s totals, wins this lovely trophy for the year.

GOING TO A HAM CONVENTION, SWAPMEET, TAIL GATE PARTY, CONFERENCE, HAMFEST, OR CAMPOUT?

Here is the LINK to the most complete listing for the NW by Lynn N7CFO

SDXA SUMMER PICNIC
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

IN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN
NINE MILE FALLS

at the QTH of Del WA7AQH
Details later

3830 … 3830 … 3830


LINK


MORE ON 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

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):

MOST WANTED LIST (TOP 20) FOR NORTH AMERICA, WEST COAST AS OF APRIL 9, 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
8. ZS8 PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS
9. 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. VK0M MACQUARIE 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.

 


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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  • SDXA CALENDAR

    2019

    May 2 SDXA Meeting
    May 25-26 CQ WPX CW
    Jun 6 SDXA Meeeting
    Jul 13-14 IARU
    Jul 20 Moon landing
    Aug 3 SDXA Picnic
    Aug 9-11 PNW DX Conv


  • 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


  • LOCAL CARD CHECKERS

    GENERAL INFO LINK


    Gary Bytnar AD7XG

    card checker Bruce N7ZA at 2015 SDXA Summer Picnic

    Bruce Wade N7ZA


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