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Del’s Antenna Party

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

The group gathered today to put up Del’s WA7AQH High Tower antenna.

Del WA7AQH, Peter K0NG and Ted NA7TP making adjistments

Jeff NZ2S, Gary AD7XG, Del WA7AQH, Dale WU7X, Peter K0NG and Ted NA7TP adjusting the top stinger

Antenna Up

Fine tuning the vertical adjustment

Janet Lowery WX7P has become a Silent Key

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

We were sorry to hear that SDXA member Janet Lowery WX7P became a silent key on Thursday, May 26th. Janet was in the process of developing a contest station in Benton City, WA.  A service celebrating her life will be held in California, where most of her family lives. We extend our sympathy to her partner Sarah KQ7C for the loss of Janet.

Wind Destroyed Tower

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Last fall the wind destroyed Bob’s N7AU Trylon tower. Thankfully it missed his 5th wheel RV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week they took it down and are getting ready to replace it with an 89′ heavy duty crank up.

In this photo Bob is cutting the bend portion off and the boom truck is lifting it away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark McMillan W7MEM Receives 40 year ARRL Certificate

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

Mark McMillian W7MEM has received his  40 year ARRL Certificate. Congratulations to Mark on this milestone.

New Towers for Bob N7AU & Tom KC7UG

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

Bob N7AU & Tom KC7UG Towers have new towers. The towers are US Towers HDX 589. 92 feet cranked up but 24′ 6″ cranked down and then they have the layover wench also to lay them in the horizontal position. They have an electric motor to crank up and down. These are very heavy duty towers.

Bob went down to Alabama to pick them up. In the photo you can see them on the trailer Bob picked up in Oklahoma.

Notice the wall thinkness.

Hopefully, Bob will be able to get his tower that blew over this winter taken down and his SteppIR antenna and 6-meter antennas repaired/replaced and all put back up this Spring/Summer. He is also working on his 80- meter antenna for his tall tower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Stephen K7AWB

Monday, February 14th, 2022

Congratulations to Stephen Sala K7AWB for 60 years as an ARRL member.

Fred Fish Memorial Award Winner

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Congratulations to Mark W7MEM

Mark is only the 17th person to receive the ARRL Fref Fish Memorial Award.

The Fred Fish Memorial Award was created in honor of Fred Fish W5FF (SK)m who was the first amateur to have worked and confirmed all 488 Maidenhead grid squares in the 48 contiguous United States on 6 meters. The award is given to any amateur who can duplicate W5FF’s accomplishments. Thinks about it – confirmed contacts on 6 meters with every grid square in the continental US.

Greyline Performance HOA Flagpole Antenna

Friday, September 17th, 2021

Here are some pictures of the flagpole antenna Jon Kimball KL2A gave the SDXA.

Jeff NZ2S has been doing some testing of the antenna and reported his findings on the SDXA user group.

This is Jeff NZ2S standing beside the antenna where he has been testing it.

Here is the link to the website describing this antenna.

https://greylineperformance.com/collections/frontpage/products/20-foot-flagpole-antenna

Jeff drove a pipe in the ground and mounted the antenna on it.

The is the external antenna tuner barrowed from Mike K7STO for testing.

If you are a SDXA members and live in a HOA area or a place with limited yard and want to try it, you can barrow it for a few months. You will want an external antenna tuner. This is the 20’ model flagpole which is permissible in just about all HOA developments.

Jon’s company also makes a 24’ and 28’ model if your HOA allows that size that your can talk to Jon about them. He is a regular contributor here on the user group if you have any questions (jon.kl2a@gmail.com)

Is it a Yagi on a 60’ tower, no. But it will get you on the air in a location that will not allow towers. It looks nice and well made.

 

PNW Challenge Trophy and Flounders Cup Contests Report for 2020-2021

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

  • This year we had 21 members participate in at least one contest. That is wonderful! That is the most I remember participating since being part of the SDXA.
  • As a club, we almost doubled our total score from the previous year: 7,405,971 in 2020-2021 up from 4.003.973 in 2019-2020. Way to go everyone! This is the highest score we have had since I became a member.
  • We had four members participate in all ten contests (Gary AD7XG; Gary K7GS, Pat N7UVH, and Jay WA0WWW)
  • We had nine members participate in the CW only contests: Gary AD7XG, Gary K7GS, John K7KB, Bob K7TM, Jim N7ESU, Pat N7UVH, Bob W7GSV, Ron W7GTF, Jay WA0WWW.
  • We had two members score over a million points: Gary K7GS 1,944,570 and Par N7UVH 1,250,358. This is an awesome accomplishment Gary and Pat!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to every person who participated this year. You help make it a record and fun year! I especially want to congratulate those who participated in one or more contests for the first time.

Antenna Raising Party At Ted’s KG6MTC

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

 

On July 15th a group worked at Ted Phelps KG6MTC to install his Hy-Gain AV-18 HT Hy-Tower. Work crew included: Jeff, Mike, Woody, Dale, Steve, and Pat and Del.

A great time was had by all. Here you can see a photo of the work crew with the new tower/antenna in the background.

The Hy-Gain AV-18 Hy-Tower is a popular antenna with the SDXA members.

Congratulations to Mark McMillan W7MEM

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

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Mark is only the 17th person to receive The ARRL Fred Fish Memorial Award.

The Fred Fish Memorial Award was created in honor of Fred Fish, W5FF (SK), who was the first amateur to have worked and confirmed all 488 Maidenhead grid squares in the 48 contiguous United States on 6 Meters. The award is given to any amateur who can duplicate W5FF’s accomplishment. Think about it — confirmed contacts on 6 meters with every grid square in the continental US.

7th Call Area QSO Party Awards

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

Congratulations to Jim Monroe N7ESU

Congratulations to Randy Foltz K7TQ and Jay Holcomb WA0WWW

Congratulations to Gary Swartout K7GS


Jim Barber N7CXI Is Testing A New Amp He Designed

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

This amp is an engineering prototype for a 1KW, air-cooled, 1.5-54 mHz SS amplifier using the MRFX1K80H LDMOS device. Over the next few months, the amp and controller will be tested for performance and durability as compared to equivalent liquid-cooled designs.

New Mobile Setup by Dale WU7X

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Del’s (WA7AQH) Rotator and Antenna update

Monday, December 14th, 2020