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Congratulations to Mike K7STO on 5BDXCC

Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

Mike K7STO has received his 5BDXCC (Five Band DXCC) plaque.

Great achievement Mike. It will look good on the wall.

SDXA INFORMATION

Friday, January 12th, 2024

Here is a PDF that tells about the SDXA — SDXA Information

SDXA YouTube Channel
Randy’s Ham Radio Playlist

Congratulations to Mike K7STO

Friday, November 10th, 2023

Congratulations to Mike K7STO for setting a new record for the 7th call area.

Mike was #1 in the 7th call area, #2 in North America and #8 in the world in the 2023 World Wide Digi DX Contest.

Saturday, November 4th, 2023

The SDXA 2023 EZNEC Antenna Workshop with Bob Zavrel W7SX was held at the Shadle Spokane City Library.

A great group participated.

Congratulations to Bob N7AU for the CQ 160 contest 2023

Friday, August 25th, 2023

Bob N7AU in the CQ 160 contest 2023 contest scored:
1st in Washington and
2nd in the 7th call area.

Congratulations to Bob!

 

 

SDXA at KARS Tailgate Party

Monday, August 14th, 2023

Here is a group of SDXA members at the KARS Tailgate Party

Spokane DX Association Contests and Incentives 2023-2024  

Sunday, August 6th, 2023

SDXA Incentives

  1. 10 JA Districts Incentive Award

Work all 10 JA Districts in any combination of contests or modes from the list below.

If you are a Million Point Club member, you must make all 10 JA Districts in a single contest.

  1. 5 by 6 Incentive Award

Work 5 DXCC entities in each of the 6 continents of North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania in any combination of contests or modes from the list below.

The List of Contests that can be used for the SDXA Incentives

The eligible contests include the ten Pacific NW Trophy contests plus two Digi* (FT8) contests.

  1. CQ WW DX RTTY, September 23 and 24, 2023, UTC
  2. CQ WW DX SSB, October 28 and 29, 2023, UTC
  3. CQ WW DX CW, November 25 and 26, 2023, UTC
  4. ARRL RTTY Roundup, January 6 and 7, 2024, UTC
  5. CQ WPX RTTY, February 10 and 11, 2024, UTC
  6. ARRL DX CW, February 17 and 18, 2024, UTC
  7. ARRL DX SSB, March 2 and 3, 2024, UTC
  8. CQ WPX SSB, March 30 and 31, 2024, UTC
  9. CQ WPX CW, May 25 and 26, 2024, UTC
  10. ARRL International Digi*, June 1 and 2, 2024, UTC
  11. IARU, July 13 and 14, 2024, UTC
  12. WorldWide Digi* DX Contest, August 24 and 25, 2024

The participating clubs in the PNW Challenge are ORCA DXCC Club, Western Washington DX Club, Willamette Valley DX Club, and Spokane DX Association.

Other Contests SDXA encourages members to participate in

Salmon Run                           September 16-17, 2023

Idaho QSO Party                    March 9-10, 2024

7th Area QSO Party                 May 4-5, 2024

ARRL Field Day                      June 22-29, 2024

 

 

13 Colonies Award

Saturday, July 29th, 2023

Mike K7STO worked all 13 colonies and the two bonus stations (WM3PEN in Philadelphia and GB13COL in Durham, England) for a clean sweep.

2023 SDXA Summer Picnic

Sunday, July 23rd, 2023

It was great to have 40 people attend the SDXA Summer Picnic at Del (WA7AQH) & Diane Morissettes home in Nine Mile Falls, WA.

Everyone had a great time and the BBQ Ribs & Brisket were excellent. This year we had a “show and tell” on mobile and portable systems.

Here are a few photos from the event.

 

Michael AG7IG Earns Two DXCC

Thursday, July 13th, 2023

Michael AG7IG has earned two DXCC (Mixed and Digital)

Helping Michael achieve were Jeff NV2S who helped put up Michael’s antennas and John K7KB who has mentored Michael on logging software and WSJT-X.

Field Day 2023

Saturday, July 1st, 2023

The Spokane DEX Association held their 2023 ARRL Field Day in Hayden Lake, ID. There were 20 people who participated.

Friday afternoon was tower, antennas and station setup.

First up was the tower. The tower had a Cuscraft A3s and a 40/80 meter inverted V antenna.

Then the 4-band vertical with tape measure radials from Miker K7STO

Then the radios and computers:

Lastly the meal together=

We had nine people help with the Friday setup.

Saturday after a great breakfast by Jim N7ESU, everyone got ready for the contest.

 

19 people participated on Saturday. There were several demonstrations during the day: Satellite and mobile tower, plus lots of visiting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then a great time around the firepit for smores

Sunday was take down time. Nine people helped on the take down

Field Day leaders:

  • Idaho Renegades: Jim N7ESU, Pat N7UVH and Bob K7TM
  • Tower and antennas: Gary AD7XG and Mike K7STO
  • Radios and computers: Jay WA0WWW
  • Food and Meals: Pat N7UVH

A great time was had by all. Everyone is looking forward to next year’s field day.

 

 

 

 

 

7QP Contest

Thursday, June 8th, 2023

Great showing by the SDXA in the 7th QP contest

Gary K7GS – 1st place Spokane County, WA
Gary AD7XG – 1st place Lincoln County, WA
Jay AC7DC – 1st place Whitman County, WA
Jim N7ESU – 1st place Kootenai County, ID
Art K6XT (K7OX) – 1st place Idaho County, ID
Randy K7TQ & Jay WA0WWW won 6 Awards:

  • 1st place Park County, MT
  • 1st place Deer Lodge County, MT
  • 1st place Meagher County, MT
  • 1st place Gallatin County, MT
  • 1st place Powell County, MT
  • 2nd place Low Power CW Mobile multi-single

Congratulations to all of you!

Chuck’s KI7DG Tower and Antennas are now all working

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

Mike K7STO made a new controller for Chuck’s crank-up tower. It is beautiful workmanship.
Today Mike drove over to Okanagan and met Joe KF7PBM and they installed it.
Here are a couple of photos:

First SDXA Hybrid Meeting

Thursday, May 4th, 2023

The May 2023 SDXA meeting was the first attempt at a hybrid meeting.
Brandon W7BKS  did a great job of putting it all together and pulling it off.

The in-person crowd

Mike K7STO sharing hints for better operating

Randy K7TQ SDXA President leading the meeting. Some of the online participants can be seen on the edge of the screen.

The next hybrid meeting is scheduled for November

Tower & Antenna Repair for KI7DG

Thursday, April 27th, 2023

On April 27th we had a great work crew go over to Chuck’s KI7DG in Okanagan to work on his tower and antennas.

From left to right: Chuck KI7DG, Mel N7GCO, Joe KF7PBM, Mike K7STO, Bob N7AU, Scott N7SJM, Woody N7HCJ, Gary AD7XG, Diane KB7JPZ and Carol (Chuck’s XYL).

They were able to repair Chuck’s 160-meter inverted V, replace a VHF/UHF antenna, repair a multiband vertical, remove an unwanted mast, fix or replace some guy lines, and begin replacing the motor in his crank-up tower. The tower motor needed the switching system replaced and Mike K7STO and Woody N7HCJ took it home to build a new switch.

A huge thank you to all who gave the day to help get Chuck back on the air.