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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 Notebook”
      • “Resource & Reference Notebook”

Station Notebooks Handout

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

Modifications to Astron Power Supply

Jeff (NZ2S) has made a number of modifications to Astron Power Supplies. Check out Jeff’s description of his updates.

Modifications to Astron 50A PSU

 

Icom 7100 Automated Logging to Amateur Contact Log when using WSJT-X and JTAlert

David Oglesby (N7LL) has created an excellent guide to using “Icom 7100 Automated Logging to Amateur Contact Log when using WSJT-X and JTAlert”. It is well written and illustrated. If you are using the Icom 7100, you will find it very helpful.

Here is the link to the Guide Automating logging IC-7100 ACLog WSJT-X JTAlert

 

CC User & VE7CC Spotting Guide

Gary (K7GS) and Mel (N7GCO) created a Spotting Guide to “CC User” and VE7CC. This is a great tool for finding DX stations.

We encourage you to download it and keep it handy in your shack

Download the guide here:

CC User

DX Summit Guide

Chuck (Ki7DG) and Mel (N7GCO) has created a Spotting Guide to “DX Summit”. This is a great tool for finding DX stations.

We encourage you to download it and keep it handy in your shack.

Download the guide here:

DX Summit Guide KI7DG & N7GCO

New to HF

“New to HF” Seminar

The SDXA offers a “Getting into HF” seminar after each General License Class in Spokane area. Del (WA7AQH) leads this program.

The Workshop covers:

  1. Why Get into HF, at all?
  2. How does HF differ from VHF/UHF?
  3. Equipment needed for Getting into HF?
    1. Antenna options and recommendations
    2. Radios options and recommendations
    3. Power Supplies guidelines
    4. Computer Logging software examples
    5. Computer Spotting software examples
  4. Sample Getting Started
  5. Questions and Answers

An extensive handout is made available.

The Workshop is FREE.

Instructors: Del (WA7AQH) and Mel (N7GCO)

You can download the PowerPoint and handout used if you would like to see them.

Link to Powerpoint Getting Started in HF 6

Link to handout Getting into HF 6

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

Elmer’s Resource Page

The members of the SDXA are available to help. Many have skills in particular areas. Here is a link to our current Elmer’s

https://sdxa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Elmer-Resource-Page-1.pdf

If you would like to be added to the Elmer’s Resource Page, please let Mel (N7GCO) know.

SDXA ARTICLES

SDXA Beginnings – by Lamar WA7LT

 

HAM SOFTWARE ARTICLES

What Logging Program To Use – by Chuck KI7DG

POWERPOINT ON N3FJP LOGGING PROGRAM by CHRIS WX7B on January 7, 2016

SDXA Logging Programs – by Chuck KI7DG

DX ARTICLES

The PJ2T Contest Station In The May, 2018 Issue Of CQ Magazine – by Geoff Howard W0CG/PJ2DX

HEARD ISLAND DXPEDITION PRESENTATION by Randy W7TJ

Shooting Yourself (and Everyone Else) in the Foot by Kip Edwards W6SZN

Calling Technique – by Dan, N5AR

DX Nets – by Dan, N5AR

50th Birthday of PJ2T in Curacao

PJ2T Article: the Organizational Nuts and Bolts of PJ2T

CONTESTING ARTICLES

Contesting Scores – by Wayne, WA1PMA

How To Ensure Our SDXA Gets Credit In Contest Club Competition – by Steve, K7AWB

CLUBLOG ARTICLES

Inactive To Active In Club Log – by Chuck KI7DG

ClubLog 101 Operation – by Chuck KI7DG

ANTENNA ARTICLES

Antenna Gain Ratings – by Dan, N5AR

An Amazing Source of Antenna Information – by Dan, N5AR

Antenna Gain Ratings – by Dan, N5AR

The 43 Foot Vertical – by Dan, N5AR

The Off Center Fed Dipole – by Dan, N5AR

Tape On Antenna Hose Clamps – by Dan, N5AR

Baluns – by Dan, N5AR – revised 7/9/2013

Replacing Cables And Rotator On A Crankup Tower Without Power Pulldown – by Dan, N5AR

Measuring ¼ Wave Lines – by Dan, N5AR

Rotators – by Dan, N5AR

Setting Your Beam Direction Indicator – by Dan, N5AR

Tuner Tips – by Dan, N5AR

Parking Your Yagi – by Dan, N5AR