CQ WPX SSB Contest at PJ2T

Sunday, April 2nd, 2023

It was great to have three members of the Spokane DX Assocaition at PJ2T for the CQ WPX SSB contest: Gary AD7XG, Robin WA7CPA and Jay AC7DC.
What a great experience to be at a contest station for a major contest.
The PJ2T Antenna Farm
The PJ2T Shack
While there they were able to meet with the President of the Swiss Amsat Society, HB9WDF who was working a 10 minutes satelite pass

Thanks to Geoff PJ2DX for making this happen!

Randy K7TQ at PJ2T for CQ WPX CW Contest

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

Geoff PJ2DX reported that Randy arrived on schedule last night at PJ2T. Here he is this morning running some Europe DX pileups on 15 meters.

SDXA Members Get Their DXCC

Saturday, February 11th, 2023

Del WA7AQH and Henry W7HTA both get their DXCC certificates.

In the SDXA we love when our members get their DXCC and other significant awards.

Congratulations Del and Henry






Proposed Constitution Change

Sunday, January 29th, 2023

Here is a marked up copy of the proposed SDXA constitution Change.

It will be presented at the February  2023 meeting and voted on at the March 2023 meeting


SDXA Million Point Club

Thursday, January 26th, 2023

SDXA Million Point Club

The SDXA Million Point Club was established in October 2021 to recognize SDXA members who accomplished a combined score of at least one million points in the ten PNW Challenge Cup contests. The ten contests are a combination of three CW, three SSB, three RTTY, and one mixed CW and SSB DX contests.  There were six club members who achieved this award in the inaugural year, thus, becoming Charter Members.  Each of them received a plaque recognizing their accomplishment plus an “SDXA Million Points Club Member” tag to hang on their SDXA name badge.  The six, in alphabetical order, are

  • Randy Foltz, K7TQ
  • Jay Holcomb, WA0WWW
  • Jay Lopes, AC7DC
  • Mel Ming, N7GCO
  • Pat Murphy, N7UVH
  • Gary Swartout, K7GS

The opportunity for other SDXA members to join the Million Points Club will continue for the 2022-23 PNW Challenge Cup season.

25 Year ARRL Certificate and Pin

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

Congratulations to Jim Monroe N7ESU for receiving his 25-year ARRL certificate and pin.

Highest DX Awards – DXCC Honor Roll #1

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

One of the highest DXCC awards anyone can achieve is DXCC Honor Roll #1

To qualify for the #1 Honor Roll one has to have all current entities confirmed (currently 340)

The SDXA is proud to have Gary Swartout K7GS who has achieved this prestigious honor.


2023 RTTY Round up

Sunday, January 8th, 2023

This weekend Mel N7GCO hosted a multi-one team for the ARRL RTTY RU. We all had a great time and exceeded our contest goals, which is always fun.

The team consisted of Randy K7TQ, Jay WS7I (one of the co-creators of the contest) who have been my mentors on RTTY contesting and Mel N7GCO. In a little over 24 hours they made 1,233 radio contacts (a little over 50 an hour) and had a score of 136,863. They gave Mel’s ham station a real workout.

2023 SDXA Election of Officers

Saturday, November 12th, 2022

The Spokane DX Association November 3rd elected a new club president, Randy Foltz K7TQ. Randy has served as president previously and as chair or co-chair for four PNW DX Conventions. He is also a frequent contributor to the Spokane DX YouTube channel.

The other three SDXA Officers were returned to office on a unanimous vote:

  • Mel Ming N7GCO as Vice President and program planner.
  • John Gager K7KB as treasurer.
  • Jay Holcomb WA0WW as secretary.

The club is fortunate to have a large group of additional leaders and activity teams as well:

  • Club Log – Pat Murphy (N7UVH)
  • Contesting – Jay Holcomb (WA0WWW)
  • DXing Emphasis –Bob Hallock (K7TM), Mike Buettner (K7STO), & Mel Ming (N7GCO)
  • DX Awards – (100 Country Club & Challenge Award) — Mike Buettner (K7STO)
  • DX Net – Pat Murphy (N7UVH)
  • Field Day – Jim Monroe (N7ESU), Bob Hallock (K7TM), & Pat Murphy (N7UVH)
  • Finance Investment Team – John Gager (K7KB), Gary Swartout (K7GS), Del Morissette (WA7AQH)
  • Health and Welfare of Members – Gary Swartout (K7GS)
  • Historian – Steve Sala (K7AWB)
  • Hybrid Meetings – Brandon Childs (W7BKS)
  • K7SDX Trustee – Mike Buettner (K7STO)
  • Membership – John Gager (K7KB)
  • Million Point Club – Randy Foltz (K7TQ)
  • New HF Mentoring – Del Morissette (WA7AQH)
  • Pre-Zoom meeting hosts –– Pat Murphy (N7UVH), Del
  • Morissette (WA7AQH), & Jeff Banke (NZ2S)
  • QSL Card Checker — Gary Bytnar (AD7XG)
  • Spokane Hamfest – Jay Halcomb (WA0WWW)
  • Spokane DX YouTube Channel – Mel Ming (N7GCO)
  • Technical – Gary Swartout (K7GS), Jeff Banke (NZ2S) & Bob Zavrel (W7SX)
  • Webmasters – John Gager (K7KB), Mel Ming (N7GCO), & Del Morissette (WA7AQH)

Spokane Hamfest 2022

Monday, September 26th, 2022

The Spokane Hamfest resumed after a two-year break for Covid in 2022. There was a great crowd. SDXA members were very active in registration, setup, workshops and selling.

Here is a photo of the crowd by Joe Somday KF7PBM

Murf (N7UVH) and I (N7GCO) were busy selling the last of Janet’s equipment. (Photo by Joe Somday KF7PBM)

Peter K0NG Receives His DXCC Certificate

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

Peter K0NG received his DXCC Certificate for confirmed contacts with 100  countries. He is here with Mel N7GCO who was his mentor (Elmer).

Bob N7AU New 89′ Crank-up tower installed

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

Bob N7AU and Tom KC7UG installed Bob’s new crank-up tower September 2, 2022. This is the monster crank-up he bought and brought back from the south.

Thanks to Tom KC7UG and his helper they came over with a boom truck today and in about 2 hours we the tower out of the trailer and mounted.

This is a massive tower.

2022 PNW DX Convention

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

August 5-7, 2022 the SDXA hosted the Pacific NW DX Convention. It was the first in-person convention in three years due to Covid. It was help at the Davenport Centennial Hotel on the Spokane River. The speakers were outstanding and everyone enjoyed being together again.

(Photos by Meg Foltz)

Ed Hare W1RFI speaking on “Radio Frequency Interference and the Radio Amateur” 

Our own Peter KJ7IEA won the grand prize of the complete Icom 705 package


Janet WX7P (SK) Tower/Antenna Take Down Project

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

August 29 & 30 a team from the SDXA took down Janet’s towers and antennas.

Work team included: Bob N7AU, Brandon W7BKS, Gary AD7XG, Jay N7ZUF, Jim N7ESU, Mel N7GCO, Mike K7STO, Murf N7UVH, Peter KJ7IEA and Woody N7HCJ.

(Photos from Bob, Murf, Jim and Brandon)


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