Meetings

CLUB MEETING

JANUARY MEETING

January 2, 2020
Thursday at 7:00 PM
North Spokane County Library

“6 Meter DXing”

Mark McMillan (W7MEM) 
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)

Highlights of the November 7th SDXA Meeting

Speaker: Bart Jahnke, (W9JJ)  
ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager
By Skype

TOPIC: “Maximizing LoTW”

Using LoTW effectively

  1. How to verify what countries, modes, and bands you have worked? And Not worked?
  2. How to check your status for various awards?
  3. How to apply for the various awards?
  4. How to quickly see your LoTW progress?
  5. And other hints for using LoTW?

Photos by Jeff Banks

Elections: All SDXA Officers were re-elected

Highlights of the October 3rd SDXA Meeting

Speaker: Bob Hallock, K7TM

Bob shared a number of excellent Hints and Tips

  1. DXpedition Card. Bob developed a card for keeping track of DXpeditions. This is a fabulous tool for keeping on top of all needed DXpeditions and new countries.
  2. Spotting Networks. Bob demonstrated using four Spotting networks very effectively.
  3. Bob shared about his experiences at Quartzite.
  4. Mobile setup and Activating Counties. Bob has activated every county in Idaho, Washington and Montana, plus many in Wyoming, Utah and California. He shared his outstanding mobile setup.
  5. Station overview. You will get a chance to look over Bob’s station and antenna farm. He uses wire antennas very effectively.

Highlights of the September 5th meeting

Our speaker was Mike Ritz (W7VO), the NW ARRL Director.

Mike presented two mini seminars:
1. “Behind the Curtain: Inside the ARRL Boardroom” — Mike showed what actually happens during an ARRL Board meeting, how it’s organized, and the special role that Vice Directors play in the process.
2. “Using An SDR To Identify Noise In The Shack” — Mike demonstrated how to use one of the cheap SDR’s to identify specific noise in your shack and area.

SDXA SUMMER PICNIC Photos

Photos by Bob Hallock

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JULY 11, 2019 PROGRAM

Rob Fanfant (N7QT) Rob is very active in DXpeditions and is president of the Western Washington DX Club

“Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition VP6D”
Ducie Island, a rarely visited island atoll, has been part of the Pitcairn Islands since 1902, there are no permanent inhabitants.
Ducie became a DXCC country on November 2001. It was great to hear all about this very successful DXpedition and one of the first to aggressively use FT8. This DXpedition was awarded the Best DXpedition of the year award at Friedrichshafen.

Rob Fanfant N7QT (Jeff Banke Photo)

Crowd attending (Jeff Banke Photo)

Ducie Island Team

DXpedition of the Year Award

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JUNE 6, 2019 PROGRAM

Brian Moran N9ADG (N7GCO photo)

Part of the SDXA audience (N7GCO photo)

Brian Moran (N9ADG) Editor of the ARRL Contest Journal, did an outstanding presentation on “ARRL Sweepstakes from the Pacific Northwest

He is part of Team K7IR which has been competing in the Sweepstakes Multi-operator category for a number of years, and has earned the top spot a few times. Brian shared about the appeal of this contest, some of the things they’ve learned positively and negatively, and some techniques that apply. His winsome presentation made everyone want to be part of such a fun team. Brian clearly demonstrated how you can be competitive and still have fun at the same time. He also shared several needed technics if you are going to operate as a multi-station.

Per Mel VP N7GCO, “We are very privileged to have Brian speak at our club. He is a wonderful ham who has mentored many DXers. He designed the receive antennas used on the Ducie DXpedition. He is honestly one of the most effective hams I have ever known.”
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LIBRARY MEETING LOCATIONS:

Regular monthly meetings are usually alternated between Spokane County Libraries, and are always at 7:00PM the first Thursday of the month.

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North Spokane Library

44 E. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99218
phone: 893-8350
A Spokane County library


NORTH SPOKANE LIBRARY

To get to the site, from I-90, go north on Division/Ruby (US-395 & US-2) until the two highways split (just over 6 miles). Stay left on Division (US-395, left at the “Y” split) to the second traffic light (first Country Homes, then Hawthorne) and turn right (east) onto Hawthorne. The library is one block east of Division; the entrance is on the south side of the building.

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Spokane Valley Library

12004 E. Main Avenue
Spokane Valley, WA 99206 (behind Sprague Avenue Chase Bank)
phone: 893-8400
A Spokane County library


SPOKANE VALLEY LIBRARY
LIBRARY LINK

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Argonne Library

4322 N. Argonne Road
Spokane, WA 99212
phone: 893-8260
a Spokane County library

ARGONNE LIBRARY
ARGONNE LIBRARY
LIBRARY LINK

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Otis Orchards Library

22324 E. Wellesley Avenue
Otis Orchards, WA 99027 (just east of Harvard and Wellesley)
Phone: 893‐8390
A Spokane County library


OTIS ORCHARDS LIBRARY
LIBRARY LINK

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Airway Heights library

1213 S Lundstron St
Airway Heights, WA 99001
phone: 509.893.8250
A Spokane County Library


AIRWAY HEIGHTS LIBRARY
LIBRARY LINK

2019 MEETING PRESENTATIONS

January – Del Morissette WA7AQH gave a talk on “Station Audio.”

February – Bob Zavrel W7SX gave an introduction to EZNEC. There will be a separate workshop for continuing this discussion later at the Deer Park Library.

March – Mike Buettner K7STO and his friend Woody Jacobson N7HCJ presented “Operation Salmon Run and other Contests in the Field”

April – “Home Brewing, Station Accessories & Tools
We had a number of presenters sharing great ideas.
Building Home Brewed Equipment – K7GS (Gary)
Tower Pushing Tool – N7AU (Bob)
Adding SDXA Logo to Your QRZ Page – WA7TNT (David)
Voice Keyer for Icom Rigs – N7GCO (Mel)
Rotator Cards for Rotators – N7GCO (Mel)
PSTRotatorAZ Rotator Control Program – N7GCO (Mel)

May – Show & Tell
1. John (K7KB) “Serial rotor control box” – but the internet connection at the library was not behaving.
2. Mike (K7STO) “NON-Tennis Ball Antenna Launcher”
3. Harold (AD7QJ) “Tennis Ball Antenna Launcher”
4. Bob (K7TM) “Antenna Launcher #3”
5. David (WA7TNT) “ICOM AH-4 Modification” – He showed his modifications to the ICOM AH4 remote tuner so one can disconnect the control cable and coax from the unit without going inside it, which is a feat due to the number of small screws and a very thin formed gasket.
6. Mel (N7GCO) Introduction the new digital mode called FT4.

June –Brian Moran (N9ADG) Editor of the ARRL Contest Journal – “ARRL Sweepstakes from the Pacific Northwest”

Team K7IR has been competing in the Sweepstakes Multi-operator category for a number of years, and has earned the top spot a few times. Hear about the appeal of this contest, some of the things they’ve learned, and some techniques that apply to any operating activity.

July — Rob Fanfant (N7QT) “Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition VP6D”

Rob is very active in DXpeditions and is president of the Western Washington DX Club

Ducie Island, a rarely visited island atoll, has been part of the Pitcairn Islands since 1902, there are no permanent inhabitants. Ducie became a DXCC country on November 16th 2001.

August – Annual Club Picnic at the home of Del & Diane Morissette (WA7AQH) on the river at Nine Mile Falls

September –Mike Ritz (W7VO), the NW ARRL Director.

Mike presented two mini seminars:
1. “Behind the Curtain: Inside the ARRL Boardroom” — Mike showed what actually happens during an ARRL Board meeting, how it’s organized, and the special role that Vice Directors play in the process.
2. “Using An SDR To Identify Noise In The Shack” — Mike demonstrated how to use one of the cheap SDR’s to identify specific noise in your shack and area.

October – Speaker: Bob Hallock, K7TM
Topic: Hints and Tips:

  1. DXpedition Card. Bob developed a card for keeping track of DXpeditions. This is a fabulous tool for keeping on top of all needed DXpeditions and new countries.
  2. Spotting Networks. Bob demonstrated using four Spotting networks very effectively.
  3. Bob shared about his experiences at Quartzite.
  4. Mobile setup and Activating Counties. Bob has activated every county in Idaho, Washington and Montana, plus many in Wyoming, Utah and California. He shared his outstanding mobile setup.
  5. Station overview. You will get a chance to look over Bob’s station and antenna farm. He uses wire antennas very effectively.

November

December

2018 MEETING PRESENTATIONS

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January

Bob Zavrel W7SX gave a technical and practical tips presentation on low band transmitting antennas 40-80-160 using EZNEC. Receive antennas will be covered at a later date. All of us should take advantage of his impressive inventory of expertise.

February

Rob Fanfant (N7QT), the leader of the 2017 “Mellish Reef DXpedition” (VK9MA), presented slides of the trip in which he led a 9-operator team from November 3rd – 16th, 2017. They made a little over 43K QSO’s from Mellish Reef. Mellish Reef, IOTA (OC-072) is currently #28 most wanted on ClubLog. Rob is the new 1028 president of the Western Washington DX Club (WWDXC) in Seattle.

March

Vice-President Mel Ming N7GCO started a monthly review of some of our SDXA member’s stations with an insight into those of Gary’s K7GS (Number 1 DXCC Honor Roll) and Mel’s own station. He continued with the various tools a DXer can use such as Spotting tools, DX information services, maximizing station integration, and CLub Log and LOTW.

April

“Have you ever wanted to go on DXpedition that did not involve freezing to death or sleeping in tents on a rock. Bengt-Erik Norum K7ADD described a trip that many in our club could take and your spouses may want to join you.” He presented at the International DX Convention in April, 2017 entitled “First Time DXpedition Experience”. He went to North Cook Islands as E51AMF in January 2017.

May

Our own Bob Zavrel W7SX:
1. Showed the 80 & 160 meter four square receive antenna he built and how we could build one; See Bob’s controller for his four square.
2. How to build simple wire antennas that we could build on 40 meters.
3. How to build simple wire antennas that we could build on 80 meters.
4. And cheap ways to get antennas up into the air (trees, irrigation pipe, etc.)

Station Tour – Chris WX7B

June

A video on the recent J5T DXpedition to Guinea Bissau in Africa.

A visit to the AD7XG ham station in Davenport.

A discussion of mobiling by Jay WA0WWW.

July

Rob Fanfant N7QT returned for his second time this year to present the F8 digital mode

August –

Summer Picnic at Shadle Park

September

Randy Foltz K7TQ gave a presentation on RTTY Contesting

October

Geoff Howard W0CG and PJ2DX, owner of Curacao contesting station PJ2T, gave a presentation of the history of the station with emphasis on the PJ2T station’s big anniversary

 What’s ahead for station PJ2T
 Suggestions for DXers on how best to work super stations like PJ2T (and
what drives operators at stations like PJ2T nuts)
 Hints, tools, suggestion on how club members could make their stations
better.

November

Chris Hurlbut KL9A, from Montana presented on “Contesting,” the Past World RadioSport Team Championship

Chris was on the winning team for the WRTC/IARU contest in 2014 in Boston. Also won the NW Division IARU in July 2016 Operating K7IR in Oregon in Single Op,
Mixed Mode, High Power. His team in 2018 took 3rd place in the 2018 WRTC/IARU contest.

WRTC 2014 Gold Medalists N6MJ, KL9A

December

The annual Awards Banquet at the Airway Heights Longhorn BBQ. Former ARRL NW Director and VP Jim Fenstermaker K9JF gave a lecture on the restarting of ham radio in Kosovo. Jim was instrumental in helping restart their program after an absence of many years after the country’s independence in 2008.

SDXA DECEMBER AWARDS BANQUET LOCATIONS

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2019

2018 Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights

2017 Longhorn Barbecue in Spokane Valley

2016 Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights

2015 Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights

2014 Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights

2013 Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights

2012 Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights

2011 Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights

2010 Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights

2009 Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights

2008 Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights

2007 Perkins At The River in Spokane

2006 Shari’s in Spokane Valley

2005 Harvester Restaurant in Spangle

2004 Harvester Restaurant in Spangle

2003 China Best Restaurant in Spokane

2002 China Best Restaurant in Spokane

SDXA SUMMER PICNIC LOCATIONS

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2019 Home of Del WA7AQL in Nine Mile Falls

2018 Shadle Park

2017 Shadle Park

2016 Plante’s Ferry Sports Complex

2015 Home of Al W7AL in Sandpoint, ID

2014 Valley Mission Park

2013 Home of Al W7AL in Sandpoint, ID

2012 Franklin Park

2011 Home of Jay WS7I & Betsy WV7Y in Spokane

2010 Home of Kirk K7EKM in Spokane

2009 Home of Dale WU7X in Spokane

2008 Home of Stephen K7AWB & Peggy W7PEG in Nine Mile Falls

2007 Home of Dale WU7X in Spokane

2006 Home of Dale WU7X in Spokane

2005 Home of Dale WU7X in Spokane

2004 Home of Dale WU7X in Spokane

2003 Home of Dale WU7X in Spokane

2002 Home of Mary AA7RT & Glenn N7VBW

2017 MEETING PRESENTATIONS

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January —– Video of the 2005 Kerguelen FT5XO DXpedition

February —– Steve W7VI gave a presentation on the 30 meter band.

March —–Celebration of the SDXA’s 15th birthday (for March 16); DVD on vintage WWII radio assembly at a Hallicrafter plant; Dick W7BHP showed some of his WWII radios.

April —– Vice-President Steve W7VI gave a discussion called: How to begin the art of DXing and contesting. It was about how the set up and start an operational DX station and work it into a small contest station, in particular, he discussed the SOTA activity which allows new hams (or experienced) to work mainly QRP from mountains, using small antennas and battery power.

May —– Bob Zavrel W7SX gave a presentation on antenna apertures. Further information on the topic and other antenna theory topics can be found in his ARRL published book entitled “Antenna Physics: An Introduction.”

June —– Bob Zavrel W7SX gave part 2 of his presentation on antennas.

July —– Steve W7VI presented his SOTA Operation with Mike K6MW. SOTA is the Summits On The Air program.

August —– Annual Summer Picnic at Shadle Park; 3rd SDXA-sponsored PNW DX Convention at the Hotel RL.

September —– Randy Cruz W7TJ presented a state-of-the-club session with constructive ideas on improving the organization.

October —– A skype presentation from Tim Duffy K3LR on DX’ing on a Budget. Thank’s Tim for staying up so late in PA.

November —– A DVD on the VK0IR DXpedition.

December —– The Annual Awards Banquet at the Airway Heights Longhorn Barbecue; a live presentation by Lance W7GJ from Montana on his many 6 meter EME DXpeditions.

2011 MEETING PRESENTATIONS

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January —- the program was Lynn N2HS showing what all it took to get his tower and antenna going.
designed and up.

February —- the program was Bob AC7GP and his wow trip to Z2 land (Zimbabwe).

March —- the program was by Dan N5AR who brought his hi‐pot tester for checking tubes, vacuum variables and vacuum relays. Kirk K7EKM also brought a service monitor to
check out member’s handhelds.

April —- Program: Lance Stafford of Leaf Communications headed an interesting discussion on towers and grounding techniques. Leaf Communications has shops in 4 west coast locations including Spokane. They specialize in the permitting and installation of communication towers and antennae including cellular. Often they have long runs of used hard‐line that they have been salvaging. It was suggested that it could be donated to the club who could hold an auction among its members. Mr. Stafford provided a positive reaction to the suggestion.

May —- Wilse WX7P gave an interesting presentation complete with photo’s of his recent trip to PJ2T. He joined a team of others to compete in the CQ WW WPX Phone contest.
Propagation was excellent. 10 M was open all night. Wilse brought home many fond memories along with a hot weather cold.

June —- TF4M Iceland video by SM7WT, presented by Lamar WA7LT.

July —- The program was by a guest speaker, K6OIK, Stephen Stearns, who was in town. Steve is a Technical Fellow of Northrop Grumman, and was here for an IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation. Steve came and spoke to us on HF Propagation and Predication.

August —- tonight was our 2nd special night in 2 months, with a guest speaker, K6EI, Jim Peterson, who was in town. The theme of the presentation was on how to get on the air and have fun on 160 meters and how to disregard many of the myths out there about Top Band. He also covered Top Band propagation and antennas. Jim typically runs QRP and works several of SDXA members each December during the ARRL 160 contest.

September —- The program was a video on the E4X Palestine DXpedition.

October —- The program was a video on the FT5GA DXpedition to Glorioso Island (in French).

November —- Mark KB7GF of the Wideband Loop Company gave his presentation on the Shared Apex Loop Antenna: “Introducing a New Compact Wideband Directional Receiving Antenna for HF.” Interference, both local & distant, continue to be a challenge on the HF bands. In this seminar, he introduced the “Shared Apex Loop”, a new type of compact receiving antenna. The antenna is a true time delay array that utilizes a pair of symmetrical right-triangle-shaped loops that are separated by only a few inches. The antenna provides good front-to-side & front-to-back rejection & wideband operation without adjustment. He described the theory & construction of the antenna, and showed this summer’s testing results using a 10 foot tall x 10 foot radius array on frequencies ranging from 500 KHz to 22 MHz. See http://www.widebandloop.com for more information.

December —- Annual Awards Banquet. The program was by Bob AC7GP and his updated program on his neat trip to Z2 land and his very tough
operating position.

PAST PROGRAMS AT MONTHLY MEETINGS

These are the links to the topics and presenters at our past monthly meetings:

2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

2016 MEETING PRESENTATIONS

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January —President Chris WX7B explained about the N3FJP logging software which he and others in the SDXA use.

Chris WX7B

Chris WX7B

February — Video of February 2014 DXpedition to Amsterdam Island (FT5ZM); Show and Tell for favorite QSL cards.
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March — Video of the Navassa Island DXpedition (K1N); Individual discussion of our first QSOs; discussion of upcoming Heard Island DXpedition (VK0EK).
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April —Geoff Howard W0CG/PJ2DX discussed his contest station PJ2T in Curacao – “The Year of the shack at PJ2T – a Total Interior Station Rebuild.” Members discussed their worst fire occurring in equipment.
PJ2T VIEW OF ANTENNAS

May —14th SDXA Birthday party at the South Hill Round Table pizza place – original meeting place back in 2002 for the first organizational meeting for the start of SDXA.
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June —Commercial (and amateur radio) tower climber Jeremiah Puhek from JP Telecomm gave a presentation on safe tower climbing and standards in the industry such as lightning protection, etc.
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July — Steve W7VI gave a presentation on hex beams including bring his 6-meter version he built himself. He has two hex beams himself for HF, one for SSB and the other for CW and digital.

August —Annual Summer Picnic at Plante’s Ferry Sports Complex
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September —Video of the 5A7A Libya DXpedition put on by Rudi DK7PE in November of 2006; also included info on other Libya DXpeditions, 5A0A in 1987, the 1995 operation, and recently 5A1AL.
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October —Craig Stevens KG7H of Clark Fork, ID presented an introduction to EME especially as it pertains to his quad array of 9-element 6-meter antennas.
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November —upcoming 2018 Bouvet Island DXpedition – comparison to previous Bouvet Operations. DVD of the 3Y5X DXpedition of 1989/early 1990.
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December —Annual Awards Banquet at the Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights.

2015 MEETING PRESENTATIONS

January — Dan N5AR presented a discussion on a Force 12 antenna (20 meter- 6 meter yagi) showing patterns along with F/B specifications. Randy W7TJ discussed Solar Cycle 24 and its relation to previous cycles showing we are in a downward trend for good propagation.

February — Nothing formal this time although we went around the room asking what everyone has been doing with their stations.

March — Gary AD7XG shared ideas on a skimmer program he has picked up; Randy W7TJ presented some great ideas on programs we should consider for the future.

April —Video on the DXpedition to Rotuma Island in the South Pacific Ocean in September/October 2011 (3D2R).
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May —Video by I2YSB on the DXpedition to Chad in October, 2012 (TT8TT).

June — Randy W7TJ gave a presentation called THINK LOUD, BE LOUD, 1ST CALL. The Title is a line taken from the big N5AU station. The show featured top DX, Contest Stations, and operators along with pictures of some really BIG Antennas and Amplifiers. There was even a picture of Lamar WA7LT in the mix when he was a younger operator.
n5au super station

July — Jay WS7I gave a presentation on RTTY Contesting, discussing the differences between WriteLog vs. N1MM, FSK vs. AFSK, and other hints on efficiency in the RTTY contests.

August — Summer Picnic at the home of Al W7AL in Sandpoint, ID; no presentation or meeting.

September — Dan N5AR gave a presentation on HF antenna performance.

October — Randy W7TJ gave a presentation on home owner insurance after the wildfires this year. Gary AD7XG gave a presentation on his antenna farm near Davenport, WA.

Force 12 5BA 15-element, 5 band antenna at QTH of Gary AD7XG

Force 12 5BA 15-element, 5 band antenna at QTH of Gary AD7XG

November —Video on the DXpedition to Heard island in 1997 (VK0IR).
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December — Awards Banquet month at the Longhorn BBQ in Airway Heights; no presentation or meeting.

2014 MEETING PRESENTATIONS

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January —– Dan N5AR presented “The 4-Square phased antenna”; Randy W7TJ presented “The Current Propagation Conditions”

Dan (N5AR) - No. 1 Honor Roll

Dan (N5AR) – No. 1 Honor Roll

February —– TN2T Republic of Congo 2012 DXpedition video (NCDXF #163)

March —– Jay WA0WWW presented a discussion on logging software and data computer interfaces

April —– John W7COI presented a program on QRP and showed many of his actual small-sized QRP rigs

May —– Gary AD7XG and Dave WA7TNT discussed the upcoming Field Day and the QTH of Gary’s

June —– Gary AD7XG discussed the upcoming Field Day at his QTH

July —– Geoff Howard (PJ2DX & W0CG) and owner of contest station PJ2T discussed updates to his Curacao station
PJ2T VIEW OF ANTENNAS

August —– Summer picnic at Valley Mission Park

valley mission park

valley mission park

September —– Randy W7TJ discussed band propagation and the solar cycle

October —– Randy W7TJ presented how to work the DXpedition to rare Tromelin Island (#3 on the most wanted list) to be held in November
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November —–Geoff Howard (PJ2DX & W0CG) and owner of contest station PJ2T shared some slides of the latest CQ WW SSB contest from that station in Curacao
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December —–Annual Awards Banquet at the Longhorn BBQ in Airway Heights
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2013 MEETING PRESENTATONS

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January —– Rockall 2011 MM0RAI/p DXpedition video (EU-189 located between Ireland and Iceland) – (NCDXF #166)

February —– Discussion on how the Club Log works by Wayne WA1PMA

March —– Discussion on DXing & contesting; some tricks from the more experienced members

April —–Video of the Super Multi-Multi station of Buzz Hazard Reeves N2AA and its contest crew

May —– Discussion of his new Pixel Technologies shortwave magnetic loop antenna (model RF PRO-1B) by Dan N5AR

June —–3D2R Rotuma Island 2011 DXpedition video (NCDXF #164)

July —– Topics on Yagi antenna chokes to prevent coax line radiation by Dan N5AR

August —– Summer picnic at the Sandpoint, ID home of Al W7AL

August convention —– SDXA hosted the 2013 PNW DX Convention at the Mirabeau, chaired by Randy K7TJ

September —– Portions of a video by Don Daso K4ZA on opinions of 50 of today’s best contesters

October —– VK0IR Heard Island 1997 DXpedition video by James Brooks 9V1YC (NCDXF #98)

November —– Presentation by Bob Lee N7AU on the installation of his new Rohn 65 tower

December —– Annual Awards Banquet at the Longhorn Barbecue in Airway Heights – Program by Lynn N2HS on his trip to the Antarctic

2012 MEETING PRESENTATIONS

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January – Team Belchfire: Lynn N2HS presented the 3-element, 6-meter antenna project that Jay WS7I, Wayne WA1PMA, and he made last Summer.

February – Wayne WA1PMA and Jay WA0WWW presented logging programs; they also used the cluster with the programs, including the new chat feature for SDXA members.

March – Wayne WA1PMA and Steve K7AWB presented LOTW and how easy it really is.

April – A DVD on the VP8ORK (South Orkney) DXpedition produced by James Brooks.

May – A Field Day equipment setup was made at the meeting from Wayne WA1PMA, Randy K7TQ, and Jay WA0WWW for the upcoming June Field Day event.

June – Wayne WA1PMA gave a presentation on the logging program called N1MM to be used at the next SDXA Field Day event.

July -#1 – WA1PMA went over the new DXCC application on line; now as the cards come in to you, you can enter them into a ARRL database and not wait until the end to do them all. #2 – a 8mm film re-do for a DXpedition in the early 70s to Wallis Island, tube rigs, wire antennas, paper logs and pigs.

August – Summer Picnic at Franklin Park.

September – Wilse WX7P from Rice, WA presented his construction of a Beverage antenna.

October – Dan Knutsen PE from Avista talked about their RF Interference Elimination Program.

November – Randy W7TJ gave a program on propagation with excellent insights to the propagation we might see this coming period of years which he called The Winter. There was a handout with active web links to some sites to help you decide if you head for the shack or work on the honey-due list. H showed a video (one of the links on his sheet) on how the sun works and how it affects our propagation.

December – Annual Awards Banquet on December 6 at the Longhorn BBQ in Airway Heights.

2009 MEETINGS


The January SDXA program will be a video of the DXpedition to Rockall, MM0RAI/P, which is a rock between Ireland and Iceland. Four Belgian hams put it on the air in 2011.

2010 MEETING PRESENTATIONS

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January —– Lamar WA7LT gave a presentation on the great multi-multi contest stations of the era when he was very younger. It was entitled: “When Giants Walked the Bands.” A big thanks to Lamar for the presentation on the biggest contest stations well before the stations now of K3LR and W3LPL

February —– Dan N5AR presented a program on AMPLIFIERS and what to look for in your purchase. Also, he covered a recent group purchase of ferrite cores and showed some of the multi-turns of small diameter coax around the circular cores for increased inductance.

March —– Chris WX7B presented a program on the installation of his tower and antennas.

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June —–

July —– Summer Picnic at home of Kirk K7EKM

August —– The program was by W0CG, Geoff, on the WRTC 2010 event in Moscow, Russia in July. He was an
observer for the R36O station.

September —– the program was a video on the K4M Midway Atoll DXpedition.

October —– The program was WA1PMA, Wayne, doing a live demo on the VE7CC application to work the DX cluster and how it can be used in logging programs and more.

November —– The program was a 30 minute DVD on TY1MS, Mercy Ships to Benin (West Africa).

December —– Awards Banquet