Welcome to the Spokane DX Association  

Serving Eastern Washington and North Idaho

JANUARY MEETING

January 2, 2020

Thursday at 7:00 PM
North Spokane County Library

Mark McMillan (W7MEM) – “6 Meter DXing”

Mark has 11 band DXCC, with over 163 countries on 160 meters and over 107 countries on 6 meters. I am excited to learn from Mark on DXing on 6 meters. Learn how to reach more DX on 6 meters. 

Station Feature: Mark McMillan (W7MEM)

AWARDS DINNER

SDXA Annual Awards

Mel (N7GCO) received the DXer of the Year Award

John (K7KB) received the President’s Award

Jay (WA0WWW) and Steve (K7AWB) received the Service Award

SDXA CONTEST AWARDS

Jay (WA0WWW) Presented the Flounders Cup Trophy to President Gary (AD7XG)

Gary (K7GS) received the PNWDX Challenge Cup Award for SDXA High Score.

Gary (K7GS) also received the Salmon Run Plaque

GREAT CROWD

We had 36 people attended this years Awards Dinner.

(All Photos by Jeff Banke)

New Projector For The SDXA!

UPDATE: In the November meeting the club voted to procure a new business quality projector for future presentations and conventions. I’m happy to report that we now have our new projector shown above. This is a commercial quality Panasonic PT-VZ580 projector with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and a brightness of 5000 lumens. It also has two HDMI ports, 2 Computer RGB ports, Ethernet input, plus a few other audio inputs. Mel did a great job of finding a good buy that was under our budget we had allocated. To top it off, a anonymous donor added a waterproof Pelican 1610 case to keep it safe in transit. I don’t think we could have done better for our members and we hope you will enjoy the benefits of this new addtion for our club.

At this time, the specific link for the Projector donations are now closed. We managed to raise almost half of the total cost of the projector which really helped our treasury 🙂 So I want to extend a big THANK YOU to all of those who donated to make our club great and progressive.

List Of Donators:

Del Morissette WA7AQH
John Gager K7KB
Mel Ming N7GCO
Gary Swartout K7GS
Pat Murphy N7UVH
Bob Hallock K7TM
Bob Rosie W7GSV
Mike Buettner K7STO
Chris Pritchard WX7B
Gary Bytnar AD7XG
Jay Holcomb WA0WWW
Chuck Williams KI7DG
Bob Zavrel W7SX

Thanks so much for your donations!

Another Member Tower Goes Up

Jeff Banke (NZ2S) got his tower and antenna up. The tower is Rohn 25 with a Hexbeam antenna.

 

UPCOMING SDXA PROGRAMS

February 6, 2020

  1. 3830 Contest Reports — Pat (Murf) Murphy (N7UVH) — The best way to report contest scores.
  1. Spotting Programs

Bob Hallock (K7TM) — w6rk county hunting/parks on the air/QSO party spots

Gary Swartout (K7GS) — CC User

Chuck Williams (KI7DG) — DX Summit

Learn how to:

March 5, 2020

Bob Zavrel (W7SX) – Low band antennas

Learn about effective wire antennas for the low bands. Just what we all need in this part of the sunspot cycle.

Bob is the author of the ARRL book “Antenna Physics: An Introduction.” He is a noted antenna designer and accomplished the DXCC Honor Roll with only tree-supported wire antennas.

He is the SDXA Technical adviser. Bob is building a new antenna farm north of Spokane.

April 2, 2020

Al Rovner (K7AR) – Micronesia DXpedition (Part of WVDXC)

Al has just returned from a DXpedition to Micronesia. He will given insights into how to do a personal DXpedition.

A veteran of many contest trips to the Caribbean, Europe, the Pacific and Asia.  Al holds Top Of The Honor Roll – 1 (North Korea).    Al has held various callsigns from GU, 4U1ITU (op), VP5VEU, VP2V/K7AR, YK0A (op), SV5/K7AR, K7AR/C6A, ZF2RA and 9M6ERT.

 

 

New to HF

The SDXA is now offering a Workshop of “Getting into HF” after each General License Class in Spokane area. Del (WA7AQH) is leading this program.  You can download the powerpoint and handout used if you would like to see them.

Link to Powerpoint Getting Started in HF 4
Link to handout Getting into HF
Link to Mentors/Elmers Elmer Resource Page

DX Expedition Card From Bob K7TM

Hints:

  1. Fill out one card for each upcoming DX Expedition.
  2. Mark out all previously confirmed contacts
  3. Add the frequencies they will be using beside band and mode

Link to download master you can use to print your own: DX Expedition CARD #3- 2 per page

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

Committee Chair & Activity Leaders

Club Log – Chuck Williams (KI7DG)
DX Net – Pat (Murph) Murphy (N7UVH)
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)
Webmaster – Del Morissette (WA7AQH)


LIST OF NEW & RETURNING MEMBERS IN 2019

NC1P – Vince Kurpan, Spokane, WA
AG7IG – Mike Uber, Spokane Valley, WA
K5PJS – Peter Stuart, Spokane, WA
N7MA – Mark Avakian, Cataldo, ID
AA7RT – Mary Wiese, Spokane, WA
KF7ME – Joe Burnett, Chattaroy, WA
KC7IGR – Tina Burnett, Chattaroy, WA

N7CXI – Jim Barber, Spokane Valley, WA
KD7GHZ – Mike Carey, Spokane, WA
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

November 2019 MINUTES RELEASED

LINK to Minutes: sdxa_minutes_2019_11web2>

MOST WANTED LIST (TOP 25)
FOR NORTH AMERICA, WEST COAST
AS OF NOVEMBER 9, 2019

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. 3A MONACO
14. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
15. T5 SOMALIA
16. 5A LIBIA
17. YV0 AVES ISLAND
18. Z6 REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
19. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND
20. VU7 LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
21. E4 PALESTINE
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

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JOIN THE SDXA

Regular dues – $20 per person.
Second family member – $10.
Under 19 years of age are free.
DUES LINK.
We accept PayPal too.


Gary Bytnar AD7XG


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