Welcome to the Spokane DX Association  

Serving Eastern Washington and North Idaho

Next SDXA Meeting

May 6, 2021

The DXCC Program: The DXer’s Quest

with Norm Fusaro W3IZ

DXCC is Amateur Radio’s premier award that hams can earn by confirming on the air contacts with 100 countries. You can begin with the basic DXCC award and work your way up to the DXCC Honor Roll.

Norm Fusaro, W3IZ is the ARRL Director of Operations and overseas the DXCC program.

Norm Fusaro, W3IZ has been a licensed Amateur since 1984.  An Extra class operator, he enjoys contesting and DXing and casual operating on the HF bands.  He is a member of the Frankford Radio Club, a contesting club centered in Philadelphia PA.  Norm is a native of Pennsylvania and grew up in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.

Before joining the ARRL in 2004, Norm had taught many Amateur Radio licensing classes and has mentored dozens of hams.  He is proud of the people who he has tutored have given back to the Amateur community by becoming active operators, mentors and officers in local clubs.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

May 17, 2021

Advanced N1MM+ for CW by Randy Foltz K7TQ

Randy will be sharing how to setup N1MM+ for CW contests and explore some essential macros and shortcuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS 

June 3, 2021

CW and RTTY Skimmer and the Reverse Beacon Network with Bob Wilson N6TV

I great way to find where propagation is open is to use the Reverse Beacon Network. It is also a great way to test your antennas.

N6TV, aka “TV Bob”, is an active CW contester and Win-Test supporter.  Bob is a regular professor at Contest University in Dayton. Licensed for 48 years, Bob competed at the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) in San Francisco (1996), Slovenia (2000), and Moscow (2010).  He finished first in the 2013 and 2019 ARRL November CW Sweepstakes CW, operating from W7RN.  In 2017, he was inducted into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame.
 
He was a member of K2KW’s original “Team Vertical” group (6Y4A, 4M7X), and has been part of the multi-op teams at HC8N and K3LR.  Bob worked as a software engineer at IBM for 36 years, and is a volunteer Field Tester for the Elecraft K4 transceiver.

July 1, 2021

Janet Lowrey (WX7P)  “Building an antenna farm”

Janet has been building an antenna farm in Benton City. Janet will be sharing lessons learned – things that went right and things that didn’t.

 

 

 

 

 

August 2021

SDXA Annual Club Picnic (Tentatively)

Coming this Fall

Rob Fanfant (N7TQ) “Advanced FT8 Techniques”

 

Rob introduced the club to FT8/FT4. Now Rob returns to focus on Advanced FT8 Techniques, especially in working DXpeditions in the Fox/Hound mode.

 

 

 

Mike Buettner (K7STO) “Ham how to do things”


Mike will be sharing half a dozen hints on how to be more effective: labeling coax, batteries for the MFJ analyzer, GPS time for remote FT8 timing and several others.

Before Mike’s retirement to Moses Lake he was a Master Electrician, State Electrical Inspector, State Electrical Plans Examiner.

PNW Challenge Trophy and Flounders Cup Contests for 2020-2021

1. CQWWDX RTTY September 26-27, 2020
2. CQWWDX SSB October 24-25, 2020
3. CQWWDX CW November 7-8, 2020
4. ARRL RTTY ROUNDUP January 2-3, 2021
5. CQWPX RTTY February 13-14, 2021
6. ARRL DX CW February 20-21, 2021
7. ARRL DX SSB March 6-7, 2021
8. CQ WPX SSB March 27-28, 2021
9. CQ WPX CW May 29-30, 2021
10. IARU July 10-11, 2021

The net will be:

  • An open net with focus on club news, events, HF and general interests.
  • Run on a list
  • Started out by taking a check in list.
  • We will see if any club officers are on the net with news or information on the club.
  • First time down list will be weather at your QTH,
  • Next is what every each person wants to talk about
  • Third time down list will be comments on the list or whatever you might like.
  • Last will be final comments and questions
  • Check ins are encouraged to have a pen and paper to write down who you follow and who you turn it to on list and also for your thoughts.


SDXA CLUB LEADERS

SDXA Officers

President – Gary Bytnar (AD7XG) — Card Checker & Room Setup
Vice President – Mel Ming (N7GCO) — Programs, User Group & Webmaster
Secretary – Jay Holcomb (WA0WWW) — Contests & Spokane Hamfest
Treasurer – John Gager (K7KB) — Membership & Webmaster

SDXA Leaders & Activity Teams

Club Log – Pat (Murph) Murphy (N7UVH)
DXing – Mel Ming (N7GCO), Bob Hallock (K7TM), & Mike Buettner (K7STO)
DX Net – Pat (Murph) Murphy (N7UVH)
Field Day – David Wilhelm (WA7TNT) & Mike Buettner (K7STO)
Health and Welfare of Members – Gary Swartout (K7GS)
Historian – Steve Sala (K7AWB)
K7SDX Trustee – Dick Snell (W7BHP)
New HF Mentoring & Remote Station – Del Morissette (WA7AQH)
Photographers – Jeff Banke (NZ2S) & Bob Hallock (K7TM)
Refreshments – Mike Buettner (K7STO), Bob Lee (N7AU), Diane Lee (KB7JPX), Tom Flint (KC7UG) & Cathy Flint (KB7BEK)
QSL Card Checkers — Gary Bytnar (AD7XG) & Bruce Wade (N7ZA)
Technical – Bob Zavrel (W7SX)
Webmasters – John Gager (K7KB), Mel Ming (N7GCO), & Del Morissette (WA7AQH)

RECENT WORKSHOPS

  • Introduction to Contesting – Mel (N7GCO)
  • Introduction to QSLing – Mel (N7GCO)
  • RTTY Contesting with N1MM+ (Jay KS7I)
  • Using N1MM+ for CQ WW DX RTTY Contest (Randy K7TQ)
  • Using N1MM+ for CQ WW CW and ARRL Sweepstakes CW (Randy K7TQ)
  • Using N3FJP Contest Software (Mike K7STO)
  • New to HF (Del WA7AQH & Mel N7GCO)
  • ARRL RTTY Roundup Contest Workshop (Jay WS7I)
  • CQ WW WPX RTTY Contest Workshop (Randy K7TQ)

MOST WANTED LIST (TOP 25)
FOR NORTH AMERICA, WEST COAST
AS OF July 20, 2020

from ClubLog
1. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND
2. SV/A MOUNT ATHOS
3. P5 DPRK NORTH KOREA
4. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND
5. FT/G GLORIOSO ISLAND
6. YK SYRIA
7. FT5/X KERGUELEN ISLAND
8. BV9P PRATAS ISLAND
9. ZS8 PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS
10. EZ TURKMENISTAN
11. BS7H SCARBOROUGH REEF
12. 3A MONACO
13. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
14. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
15. T5 SOMALIAAP PAKISTAN
16. YV0 AVES ISLAND
17. 5A LIBIA
18. Z6 REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
19. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND
20. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
21. VU7 LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
22. PY0S SAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS
23. FT/T TROMELIN ISLAND
24. ET ETHIOPIA
25. EP IRAN

This list is taken from the ClubLog MOST WANTED section using filtering for North America, NA West Coast, all bands, all modes. The ClubLog list covers all 340 entities. ClubLog is free to join with many SDXA members joining.

DXPEDITION SOLICITATIONS

ALL DXpedition funding requests are to be in writing to the club’s mailing address. Since funding is limited, in this manner, our DXpedition funding committee can give your request the consideration it deserves.

SOLAR ACTIVITY AND PROPAGATION SECTION


For additional info, try this SOLAR LINK for everything you ever wanted to know about the current Sun at the SolarHam site by VE3EN
Link to SPACEWEATHER.COM, a quick source for the daily activity on the sun
Link to NOAA SPACEWEATHER
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The Miscellaneous Area

SDXA CALENDAR

2020

  • April 7, 2021 SDXA 80 meter Net
  • April 14, 2021 SDXA 80 meter Net
  • April 21. 2021 SDXA 80 meter Net
  • April 28, 2021 SDXA 80 meter Net
  • May 1-2, 2021 7 Area QSO Party
  • May 5, 2021 SDXA 80 meter Net
  • May 6, 2021, SDXA Program and Business Meeting (Zoom)
  • May 28-30, 2021 CQ WPX CW Contest

JOIN THE SDXA

Regular dues – $20 per person.
Second family member – $10.
Under 19 years of age are free.
DUES LINK.
We accept PayPal too.

  • NW HAM RADIO CONVENTION & SWAP MEETS

    Lynn N7CFO keeps the best listing.
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Gary Bytnar AD7XG

  • IA ETHICS OPER PROCEDURES

    LINK

  • OUTSIDE HELP IN ANTENNAS & TOWERS

    LINK

  • CONTESTING LINKS

    There are a lot of links to contesting activities in the DX/Contesting drop down menu above the 24-hour clock on the right of this page. But here are a couple of the best.
    1. WA7BNM
    2. CONTESTING.COM

  • INTERNET ENTITY PRONOUNCER

    How do you pronounce a DX entity’s name? Here is a link to the pronouncing. There is also a audio link to a human voice saying the entity’s name correctly. This authority is the 3rd edition Merriam Webster Geographical Dictionary. Covering only legitimate countries, it does not cover non-country ARRL entities.
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