Welcome to the Spokane DX Association  

Serving Eastern Washington and North Idaho

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Bob is a regular presenter at Contest University in Dayton. He is the designer of the SBox and YBox interfaces.

 

 

Upcoming SDXA Programs

March 3, 2022

“Planning Your First DXpedition”

with Al Rovner K7AR

Al has taken a number of basic DXpeditions from a hotel or vacation rental. He describes this in the February 2022 QST (Pages 65-67). All will share a much-expanded version of this and give many practical pointers.

Al has gone on many DXpeditions since 1987 and has operated from locations in the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, The Middle East and the Pacific. He has 353 confirmed DXCC entities.

April 7, 2022

“Rebuilding Your Ham Shack after a Fire”

with Dave Ellison W7UUU

 

Dave, W7UUU, who lost his amateur radio shack in a fire and built a new one based on terrific principles for all hams. Dave is a former president of the Tacoma Radio Club. He gives some excellent ham shack design suggestions. Be sure and check out his QRZ page.

May 5. 2022

Insights from the Idaho Renegades

with Bob K7TM, Jim N7ESU & Pat N7UVH

Bob –

  1. Using Keypad
    1. How you use it?
    2. How you program switches?
    3. Hints on setting a keypad system up?
  2. Antenna matches
    1. How to make a antenna at the antenna?
    2. Building antenna matching devices?

Jim – Owning a repeater

  1. What is involved?
  2. Your repeaters history?
  3. What repeater owners wished people know about using their repeater?

Pat – Doing SO2R

  1. What equipment is needed?
  2. How to set it all up?
  3. What you need to know about the learning curve?
  4. How it helps you in a contest?

New Contest AWARD

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)
Contesting – Jay Holcomb (WA0WWW)
DXing – Mel Ming (N7GCO), Bob Hallock (K7TM), & Mike Buettner (K7STO)
DX Awards – (100 COuontry CLub & Challenge Award) Mike Buettner (K7STO)
DX Net – Pat (Murph) Murphy (N7UVH)
Health and Welfare of Members – Gary Swartout (K7GS)
Historian – Steve Sala (K7AWB)
K7SDX Trustee – Dick Snell (W7BHP)
Media – Mel Ming (N7GCO)
Membership – John Gager (K7KB)
Million Point Club – Randy Foltz (K7TQ)
New HF Mentoring – Del Morissette (WA7AQH)
PNW DX Convention Co-Chairs – Randy Foltz (K7TQ) & Mel Ming (N7GCO)
Photographers – Jeff Banke (NZ2S) & Bob Hallock (K7TM)
QSL Card Checkers — Gary Bytnar (AD7XG) & Bruce Wade (N7ZA)
Refreshments – Mike Buettner (K7STO), Bob Lee (N7AU), Diane Lee (KB7JPX), Tom Flint (KC7UG) & Cathy Flint (KB7BEK)
Spokane Hamfest – Jay Halcomb (WA0WWW)
Spokane DX YouTube Channel – Mel Ming (N7GCO)
Technical – Gary Swartout (K7GS), Jeff Banke (NZ2S) & Bob Zavrel (W7SX)
Webmasters – John Gager (K7KB), Mel Ming (N7GCO), & Del Morissette (WA7AQH)

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


Recent News


Fred Fish Memorial Award Winner

Congratulations to Mark W7MEM Mark is only the 17th person to receive the ARRL Fref Fish Memorial Award. The Fred Fish Memorial Award was created in honor of Fred Fish W5FF (SK)m who was the first amateur to have worked and confirmed all 488 Maidenhead grid squares in the 48 contiguous United States on 6 […]

Greyline Performance HOA Flagpole Antenna

Here are some pictures of the flagpole antenna Jon Kimball KL2A gave the SDXA. Jeff NZ2S has been doing some testing of the antenna and reported his findings on the SDXA user group. This is Jeff NZ2S standing beside the antenna where he has been testing it. Here is the link to the website describing […]

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

This year we had 21 members participate in at least one contest. That is wonderful! That is the most I remember participating since being part of the SDXA. As a club, we almost doubled our total score from the previous year: 7,405,971 in 2020-2021 up from 4.003.973 in 2019-2020. Way to go everyone! This is […]

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 […]

Congratulations to Mark McMillan W7MEM

Mark is only the 17th person to receive The ARRL Fred Fish Memorial Award. The Fred Fish Memorial Award was created in honor of Fred Fish, W5FF (SK), who was the first amateur to have worked and confirmed all 488 Maidenhead grid squares in the 48 contiguous United States on 6 Meters. The award is given […]

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