Welcome to the Spokane DX Association  

Serving Eastern Washington and North Idaho

SDXA INFORMATION

Here is a PDF that tells about the SDXA

SDXA Information

SDXA Connection Dinner

I think many of us are ready to come out of our shell after the pandemic. We had planned for a Awards dinner in December, but as you all know, that didn’t happen because of being dumped on with snow. The club officers still wanted to have an in-person get together just to keep some connection with our club members. So hence, we have setup a Connection Dinner for April 6th at the Longhorn in the SPOKANE VALLEY ON ARGONNE. Take note this in bold to make sure you realize we are NOT having it in Airway Heights as they were already booked. Here are the details:

Date: April 6th., 2023
Time: Dinner At 7:00PM with a no-host bar available at 6:00PM
Place: Longhorn BBQ on Argonne in the Spokane Valley (2315 N. Argonne Rd.)
Buffet Items: Ribs, Chicken, BBQ Beef with trimmings.

The price is the same as previously, $34.00 per person. Below is the Paypal link for signing up. If you prefer not to use Paypal, you can also send us a check letting us know it’s for the dinner and for the appropriate number of people attending.




Next SDXA Program and Meeting

March 2, 2023

Field Day 6A – Mike & Key Style with Michael Dinkelman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A review of the most distinctive Field Day site in the nation. Where it is, how it evolved, organization, and the really cool stuff.

“New to HF” Workshop February 18, 2023

The Spokane DX Association is offering a FREE “New to HF” Workshop on February 18th from 10:00 am – Noon on Zoom on February 18th.

This workshop is designed for Amateur radio operators who would like to get into HF, especially designed for new General License hams. We offer this workshop after each of Jack Tiley’s General Licensing Ham Classes.

The Workshop will cover:

  • Why Get into HF, at all?
  • How does HF differ from VHF/UHF?
  • Equipment needed for Getting into HF?
    1. Antenna options and recommendations
    2. Radios options and recommendations
    3. Power Supplies guidelines
    4. Computer Logging software options
    5. Computer Spotting software options
  • Sample Getting Started equipment

You will be provided with specific recommendations. The focus is on how to do it on a limited budget. There will be time for questions and answers as well as coaching.
An extensive handout will be made available to all participants.
Seminar Leaders: Mel Ming (N7GCO) and Del Morissette (WA7AQH)
Date: February 18, 2023
Time: 10:00 am – Noon
On Zoom
Contact “teammel at gmail.com” for zoom login and workshop handouts.
The Workshop is FREE.

SDXA DX NETS

 

Upcoming SDXA Programs

April 6, 2023

SDXA Connection Dinner

Location Argonne Longhorn

May 4. 2023

Practical Hints and Tools and Field Day Planning

In-Person (Shadle Park Spokane Library Studio) and Hybrid Meeting

Practical Hints with Mike Buettner K7STO

Coax marking, small battery backup for cell phone & antenna analyzers, how to crimp on PL-259 connectors, the basic tools needed for installing  PL-259 and Power Poles connectors.

 

 

Field Day Planning with the Idaho Renegades

This year the SDXA is planning a great field day in North Idaho. Come and be part of the planning and enjoy the fun.

 

 

SDXA Officers

President – Randy FOltz (K7TQ) — Million Point Club, Club Contests, and User group
Vice President – Mel Ming (N7GCO) — Programs, User Group, YouTube Channel, & Webmaster
Secretary – Jay Holcomb (WA0WWW) — Contests & Spokane Hamfest
Treasurer – John Gager (K7KB) — Finance Team, Membership & Webmaster
Past President — Gary Bytnar (AD7XG) — Card Checker

SDXA Leaders & Activity Teams

Club Log – Pat (Murph) Murphy (N7UVH)
Contesting – Jay Holcomb (WA0WWW)
DXing – Mel Ming (N7GCO), Bob Hallock (K7TM), & Mike Buettner (K7STO)
DX Awards – (100 Country Club & Challenge Award) Mike Buettner (K7STO)
DX Net – Pat (Murph) Murphy (N7UVH)
Finance Investment Team – John Gager (K7KB),  Gary Swartout (K7GS), Del Morissette (WA7AQH)
Groups.io User group – Randy (K7TQ), John (K7KN), Gary (K7GS), Stephen (W7AWB), Mel (N7GCO)
Health and Welfare of Members – Gary Swartout (K7GS)
Historian – Steve Sala (K7AWB)
Hybrid Meetings – Brandon Childs (W7BKS)
K7SDX Trustee – Mike Buettner (K7STO)
Media – Mel Ming (N7GCO)
Meeting Refreshments – Mike (K7STO) and Bob (N7AU)
Meeting Room Setup —  Gary Bytnar (AD7XG) team leader
Membership – John Gager (K7KB)
Million Point Club – Randy Foltz (K7TQ)
New HF Mentoring – Del Morissette (WA7AQH)
Pre-Zoom meeting  hosts –– Pat (Murph) Murphy (N7UVH),  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)
Webmasters – John Gager (K7KB) & Mel Ming (N7GCO)

MOST WANTED LIST (TOP 25)
FOR NORTH AMERICA, WEST COAST
AS OF September 9, 2022

  1. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND
  2. P5 DPRK NORTH KOREA
  3. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND
  4. FT/G GLORIOSO ISLAND
  5. SV/A MOUNT ATHOS
  6. YK SYRIA
  7. FT5/X KERGUELEN ISLAND
  8. 3A MONACO
  9. BV9P PRATAS ISLAND
  10. ZS8 PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS
  11. EZ TURKMENISTAN
  12. BS7H SCARBOROUGH REEF
  13. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
  14. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
  15. T5 SOMALIA
  16. 5A LIBIA
  17. YV0 AVES ISLAND
  18. AP PAKISTAN
  19. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
  20. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND
  21. VU7 LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
  22. ZC4 UK BASES ON CYPRUS
  23. PY0S SAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS
  24. FT/T TROMELIN ISLAND
  25. ET ETHIOPIA

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

2022

  • February 8, 2023 SDXA 80 Meter Net 8 AM & 160 Meter Net at 8 PM
  • February 11-12, 2023 CQ WPX RTTY Contest
  • February 15, 2023 SDXA 80 Meter Net 8 AM & 160 Meter Net at 8 PM
  • February 18, 2023 SDXA New to HF Workshop
  • February 22, 2023 SDXA 80 Meter Net 8 AM & 160 Meter Net at 8 PM
  • March 1, 2023 SDXA 80 Meter Net 8 AM & 160 Meter Net at 8 PM
  • March 2, 2023 SDXA Program and meeting (Zoom)
  • March 4-5, 2023 ARRL DX SSB Contest
  • March 8, 2023 SDXA 80 Meter Net 8 AM & 160 Meter Net at 8 PM
  • March 11-12, 2023 Idaho QSO party

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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