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Pacific Northwest DX Convention

August 7th, 2021

 

 

I just want to remind everyone that the virtual (hosted on Zoom) Pacific Northwest DX Convention is this coming weekend and there is still plenty of time to register. For all the SDXA members I would like to remind everyone that your attendance is very important to show our support to the WVDXC with the hope they can attend our convention in 2022. It looks like they have a great lineup of speakers with one of our members (Randy Foltz – K7TQ) giving the starter presentation “N1MM+ Setup From Beginner to Intermediate”, along with other great presentations through the event. You won’t want to miss it! Below is the link for the page where you can sign-up and get more information:
 
2021 Pacific Northwest DX Convention Hosted By The WVDXC
 

SDXA Annual Club Picnic

August 14, 2021

This year’s SDXA Picnic will again be at Del and Diane Morissette’s home at 9 Mile Falls on the river.

Features will include:

  1. Wonderful chance to see friends after almost 1 1/2 year apart
  2. Fabulous BBQ grilled by Del
  3. Mobile radio setup show and tell. Randy K7TQ will bring his truck and everyone who has a mobile setup (HF or VHF) please bring so everyone can see yours.
  4. Go Boxes and Portable HF setups. I know several of us have portable setups. We will have tables for everyone to put theirs on so others can check them out.
  5. Look over Del’s new ham shack and antenna farm. It has changed dramatically since we were there two years ago.
  6. Celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Bob & Yvonne Hallock which is this day.
  7. Tour Diane’s new greenhouse and beautiful gardens

Bring one food item based on the first letter of your last name:

Please also bring a camp chair to sit on.
RSVP to teammel @ gmail.com

Antenna Raising Party At Ted’s KG6MTC

 

On July 15th a group worked at Ted Phelps KG6MTC to install his Hy-Gain AV-18 HT Hy-Tower. Work crew included: Jeff, Mike, Woody, Dale, Steve, and Pat and Del.

A great time was had by all. Here you can see a photo of the work crew with the new tower/antenna in the background.

The Hy-Gain AV-18 Hy-Tower is a popular antenna with the SDXA members.

 

Next SDXA Meeting

September 2, 2021

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.

Also report from his July trip to Adal and Kiska Island.

 

 

 

October 7, 2021

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.

 

November  4, 2021

PNW Challenge Trophy and Flounders Cup Contests Report for 2020-2021

CONGRATULATIONS to every person who participated this year. You help make it a record and fun year! I especially want to congratulate those who participated in one or more contests for the first time.

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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

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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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