Welcome to the Spokane DX Association  

Serving Eastern Washington and North Idaho

UPCOMING WORKSHOP

Advanced N1MM+ for CW by Randy Foltz K7TQ

May 17, 2021
TIME: 7 PM on Zoom (Session opens at 6:45 PM)

Randy will be sharing:

Zoom login information on SDXA User group or email teammel at gmail.com

 

 

Next SDXA Meeting

June 3, 2021

CW and RTTY Skimmer and the Reverse Beacon Network with Bob Wilson N6TV

I great way to find where propagation is open is to use the Reverse Beacon Network. It is also a great way to test your antennas.

N6TV, aka “TV Bob”, is an active CW contester and Win-Test supporter.  Bob is a regular professor at Contest University in Dayton. Licensed for 48 years, Bob competed at the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) in San Francisco (1996), Slovenia (2000), and Moscow (2010).  He finished first in the 2013 and 2019 ARRL November CW Sweepstakes CW, operating from W7RN.  In 2017, he was inducted into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame.
He was a member of K2KW’s original “Team Vertical” group (6Y4A, 4M7X), and has been part of the multi-op teams at HC8N and K3LR.  Bob worked as a software engineer at IBM for 36 years, and is a volunteer Field Tester for the Elecraft K4 transceiver.

JUNE WORKSHOP

New to HF June 12th

This workshop is designed for Amateur radio operators who would like to get into HF, especially designed for new General License hams. We usually offer it two or three weeks after Jack Tiley’s General Licensing Ham Classes.

The Workshop will cover:

  1. Why Get into HF, at all?
  2. How does HF differ from VHF/UHF?
  3. Equipment needed for Getting into HF?
    1. Antenna options and recommendations
    2. Radios options and recommendations
    3. Power Supplies guidelines
    4. Computer Logging software options
    5. Computer Spotting software options
  4. Sample Getting Started equipment

You will be provided with specific recommendations. The focus is on how to do it on a limited budget. There will be time for questions and answers as well as coaching.

An extensive handout will be made available to all participants.

Seminar Leaders: Mel Ming (N7GCO) and Del Morissette (WA7AQH)
Date: June 12, 2021
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
On Zoom. Login information on SDXA User group or email teammel at gmail.com

UPCOMING PROGRAMS 

July 1, 2021

Janet Lowrey (WX7P)  “Building an antenna farm”

Janet has been building an antenna farm in Benton City. Janet will be sharing lessons learned – things that went right and things that didn’t.

 

 

 

 

 

August 14, 2021

SDXA Annual Club Picnic (Tentatively)

 

Coming this Fall

Rob Fanfant (N7TQ) “Advanced FT8 Techniques”

 

Rob introduced the club to FT8/FT4. Now Rob returns to focus on Advanced FT8 Techniques, especially in working DXpeditions in the Fox/Hound mode.

 

 

 

Mike Buettner (K7STO) “Ham how to do things”


Mike will be sharing half a dozen hints on how to be more effective: labeling coax, batteries for the MFJ analyzer, GPS time for remote FT8 timing and several others.

Before Mike’s retirement to Moses Lake he was a Master Electrician, State Electrical Inspector, State Electrical Plans Examiner.

PNW Challenge Trophy and Flounders Cup Contests for 2020-2021

1. CQWWDX RTTY September 26-27, 2020
2. CQWWDX SSB October 24-25, 2020
3. CQWWDX CW November 7-8, 2020
4. ARRL RTTY ROUNDUP January 2-3, 2021
5. CQWPX RTTY February 13-14, 2021
6. ARRL DX CW February 20-21, 2021
7. ARRL DX SSB March 6-7, 2021
8. CQ WPX SSB March 27-28, 2021
9. CQ WPX CW May 29-30, 2021
10. IARU July 10-11, 2021

The net will be:


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

SDXA Leaders & Activity Teams

Club Log – Pat (Murph) Murphy (N7UVH)
DXing – Mel Ming (N7GCO), Bob Hallock (K7TM), & Mike Buettner (K7STO)
DX Net – Pat (Murph) Murphy (N7UVH)
Field Day – David Wilhelm (WA7TNT) & Mike Buettner (K7STO)
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)
Webmasters – John Gager (K7KB), Mel Ming (N7GCO), & Del Morissette (WA7AQH)

RECENT WORKSHOPS

MOST WANTED LIST (TOP 25)
FOR NORTH AMERICA, WEST COAST
AS OF July 20, 2020

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. 3A MONACO
13. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
14. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
15. T5 SOMALIAAP PAKISTAN
16. YV0 AVES ISLAND
17. 5A LIBIA
18. Z6 REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
19. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND
20. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
21. VU7 LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
22. PY0S SAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS
23. FT/T TROMELIN ISLAND
24. ET ETHIOPIA
25. EP IRAN

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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SDXA CALENDAR

2020

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Second family member – $10.
Under 19 years of age are free.
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Gary Bytnar AD7XG


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