Welcome to the Spokane DX Association  

Serving Eastern Washington and North Idaho

UPCOMING SDXA MEETING

September 3, 2020

Rob Fanfant (N7QT)  – South Orkney Island (VP8) DXpedition

South Orkney Islands (IOTA AN-008) DXpedition was from Feb. 21, 2020 through March 5, 2020.  South Orkney Island is currently #16 most wanted on Clublog.  The previous Dxpedition was in 2011.

 

WA0WWW SteppIR Painting

Jay (WA0WWW) repainting his SteppIR antenna. Notice the nice raising fixture for his crankup tower.

N7AU Antenna Raising

Bob (N7AU) petting his rebuild 4 element SteppIR antenna back on one of his towers.

Bob made a bracket, the piece on top of the boom that straps to the boom. The bar on the bracket on top is adjustable to find the center.

 

 

 

 

 

Using the ATV to pull the antenna up

 

 

 

 

 

The antenna going up the tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The antenna almost ready to attach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mel (N7GCO) Receives ARRL DXCC Challenge Cup Plaque

The DXCC Challenge Award is earned by working and confirming at least 1,000 DXCC band-points on any Amateur bands, 160 through 6 meters (except 60 meters). A “band-point” is awarded for every confirmed new entity contact. There is a distinctive wall plaque available to display your achievement. Plaques can also be endorsed in increments of 500 additional band points. There are endorsement for 1,500, 2,000, 2,500 and 3,000. Deleted entities do not count for this award. All contacts must be made after November 15, 1945. QSOs for the 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6 meter bands qualify for this award.

The Flounder Cup Competition

We have finished the 2019-2020 Flounders Cup Competition. Randy (K7TQ) has published the final report. Congratulations to both Randy (K7TQ) 1,210,083 points and Gary (K7GS) 1,033,821 points. Enjoy reading Randy’s excellent anaylsis.

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UPCOMING SDXA PROGRAMS

October 1, 2020

John Gager (K7KB) — “Everything You Wanted to Know About Ham Radio Deluxe But Were Afraid to Ask”

 

John will lead us on a deep dive into the features and options of HRD.

 

 

November 5, 2020

Jim Barber (N7CXI) – “Modern HF Amplifiers & SDR Designs”

Jim is designing his own Amp and uses SDR extensively

 Jim has over 30 years’ experience in the design and implementation of firmware and software-based products for audio, RF and other industries. He holds US patents in audio DSP and robotics, and currently serves as Senior Software Engineer for F5 Networks in Liberty Lake WA.

SDXA DX Net

Every Wednesday morning at 8 AM on 3808 Lower Side Band.
Net Controller will be Murf (N7UVH)

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)

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

  • August 12, 2020 SDXA DX Net
  • August 19, 2020 SDXA DX Net
  • August 26, 2020 SDXA DX Net
  • September 2, 2020 SDXA DX Net
  • September 3, 2020 SDXA Monthly Meeting Rob Fanfant (N7QT)
  • September 9, 2020 SDXA DX Net
  • September 16, 2020 SDXA DX Net
  • September 19-20, 2020 Salmon Run Contest
  • September 23, 2020 SDXA DX Net
  • September 26-27, 2020 CQ WW DX RTTY 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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