Welcome to the Spokane DX Association  

Serving Eastern Washington and North Idaho

UPCOMING SDXA MEETING

August 6, 2020

Grant Saviers (KZ1W) — DXpedition to Temotu Province

Grant KZ1W and Rob N7QT activated H40 on Pigeon Island, next to Lomlom Island in the Santa Cruz Island chain. Grant will provide us with a travelogue on his and Rob’s DXpedition to rainy Temotu Province this past November (H40TT).

The operation was 10 through 160m CW/SSB/FT8/RTTY. 

They were issued two calls H40TT (Rob) & H40KT (Grant), and have been authorized to operate as H40TT for both stations.

I am sure many of you worked them.

Grant will also give us a tour of his antenna farm.

 

 

 

Fireworks From the Tower

Looks like Murf’s (N7UVH) Hytower is putting out some RF

 

 

Station Notebooks

Your station is one-of-kind. You need a notebook that shows how you have put it together. What connects to what?  It shows the evolution of your station. Here is where you capture important details about your station for future reference.  Whenever you add a piece of equipment, wire a gadget, note a problem, or fix a problem write it down.

I recommend you develop two notebooks:

Station Notebooks Handout

K7TM Earns DXCC 160 Meters

Bob Hallock (K7TM) has added DXCC 160 to his achievements.  He now has 9 band DXCC. Congratulations on a wonderful achievement.

 

Field Day 2020

Field Day for 2020 was different than most years.

Jim (N7ESU), Bob (K7TM) and Murf (N7UVH) aka “Idaho Renegades” did Field Day from a Fire Station in Hayden Lake.

John (K7KM), Janet (WX7P), Mike (K7STO), Chuck (KI7DG) and Mel (N7GCO) used N3FJP Club logging to keep in touch.

6 Meter Mod to SteppIR

John (K7KB)  made the GM3SEK’s 6 meter MOD to his SteppIR antenna. This mod adds a a new reflector as well as the extra director, making it a four element yagi on 6 meters.

Here is a link to the modification instructions:

gm3sek-steppir-6m

UPCOMING SDXA PROGRAMS

 

September 3, 2020

Rob Fanfant (N7QT)  — So Orkney Island (VP8) DXpedition (President of WWDXC)

South Orkney Islands (IOTA AN-008) DXpedition was from Feb. 21, 2020 through March 5, 2020.  South Orkney Island is currently #16 most wanted on Clublog.  The previous Dxpedition was in 2011.

 

October 1, 2020

John Gager (K7KB) — “Everything You Wanted to Know About Ham Radio Deluxe But Were Afraid to Ask”

 

John will lead us on a deep dive into the features and options of HRD.

 

 

November 5, 2020

Jim Barber (N7CXI) – “Modern HF Amplifiers & SDR Designs”

Jim is designing his own Amp and uses SDR extensively

 Jim has over 30 years’ experience in the design and implementation of firmware and software-based products for audio, RF and other industries. He holds US patents in audio DSP and robotics, and currently serves as Senior Software Engineer for F5 Networks in Liberty Lake WA.

SDXA DX Net

Every Wednesday morning at 8 AM on 3808 Lower Side Band.
Net Controller will be Murf (N7UVH)

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)

MOST WANTED LIST (TOP 25)
FOR NORTH AMERICA, WEST COAST
AS OF January 7, 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. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
13. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
14. T5 SOMALIA
15. AP PAKISTAN
16. 5A LIBIA
17. YV0 AVES ISLAND
18. Z6 REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
19. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND
20. 3A MONACO
21. VU7 LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
22. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
23. PY0S SAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS
24. ET ETHIOPIA
25. FT/T TROMELIN 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. 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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Gary Bytnar AD7XG


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