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October 2020 Meeting

Western Wash DX Club - Tue, 09/08/2020 - 6:00pm

Software Defined Radio (SDR) has taken over the industry and yielded fantastic improvement to Amateur Radio rigs…but…do we know HOW to leverage these new tools?

Join us at our October 13th meeting at 7pm, when ARRL Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam/N2RJ will discuss “SDR and its impact on DXing”.

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SJCARS September 11th Online Meeting

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Tue, 09/08/2020 - 9:22am
SJCARS Monthly Meeting Friday, September 11, 2020, 11:30 am,  Online Meeting Dear SCJARS Members and Friends,  Our next monthly meeting will be on Friday September 11, 2020, at 11:30 am. Due to current travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, we will be conducting a virtual meeting, via Zoom Meeting. You may join the meeting via computer, mobile phone, or landline phone. (Details […]
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Meeting Minutes: August 2020

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Mon, 08/31/2020 - 9:27am
This was a Virtual Meeting via Zoom. From Secretary Elizabeth: SJCARS-MeetingMinutes-20200814
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2020 W7PHO Scholar Selected

Western Wash DX Club - Wed, 08/26/2020 - 4:26pm

The ARRL Foundation notified us and we are proud to announce the selection of the winner of the 2020 Bill Bennett/W7PHO Memorial Scholarship.

Adrianne V Morrill, N7HYD, ex-KD7HYD of Spokane is this year’s selectee. She has been licensed since 2014, and is from a ham family that includes David/AE7DM and Mark/NA7AM.

Adrianne has already been on a DXpedition!

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/QST/This%20Month%20in%20QST/October2014/MORRILL%20one%20twelfth.pdf

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-foundation-announces-2020-scholarship-awards

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August 2020 – Board Meeting Minutes

Western Wash DX Club - Wed, 08/26/2020 - 12:04pm

WWDXC Board meeting August 25, 2020

Present were Rob N7QT, Adam K7EDX, Tom NU7J, Rich W6RS, John W7CD, Rusty W6OAT, Brian N7RVD, Justin K5EM
Note: This meeting was held virtually via the Zoom platform.

Rob opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.

Review/approve minutes
* The July 2020 minutes were approved by voice vote.

Correspondence
* Various membership renewals/cancellations/amendments

Treasurer’s report
* The June report was approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance 07/25//20: approx.. $29K

Membership
* The Club welcomes new members Edward N7PHY and Chris WY7W

Old business
* Salmon Run: a) W7CD reports that the Salmon Run contest scoring infrastructure is now in place, thanks to WA7BNM and others.  System will be beta tested by members prior to Salmon Run contest. b) K5EM suggested ideas for promoting Salmon Run Contest, i.e. facebook post, qrz.com banner.

New business
* The Board approved a $400.00 donation to support the upcoming Jan Mayen dxpedition (JX0X).
* The Board approved a $500.00 donation to Zero Falls Alliance.
* Discussed possibility of donating to LOTW fund. Board decision was not to donate any funds.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* Brian Moran, N9ADG, will show us how to use N1MM+ contest logger with multiple, simultaneous contests. (Virtual meeting on Zoom, Tue, Sept 8)

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Tom Sykes, NU7J (backup for Dennis, K7DSE)

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SJCARS 4th Friday Seminar : My radio is talking to me, what is it saying?

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Tue, 08/25/2020 - 1:52pm
You are invited to a Zoom session. Time: Aug 28, 2020 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Topic: My radio is talking to me, what is it saying? Synopsis: How to use the Arduino Nano, its IDE and C programming to decode RS-232 data from an Elecraft radio. Use this data to control equipment such […]
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August 2020 Presentation Posted

MicroHAMs Amateur Radio Club - Sat, 08/22/2020 - 6:05pm

Steve Waterman, K4CJX presentation on SHARES from the August 2020 membership meeting is now available on the MicroHAMs YouTube channel.

73,
Kenny, KU7M

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Activate a County for Salmon Run

Western Wash DX Club - Thu, 08/13/2020 - 7:55pm

 

If you’re going to activate a county in the Salmon Run, please let a WWDXC officer know, or email the information to salmonrun@wwdxc.org, and we’ll add it to the list!  Please tell us which days/hours, bands, and modes where people can find you.  The Activate a County List is a way to inform hams around the world participating in the Salmon Run who to look for in the different Washington counties – and to let those of us who go out with mobile stations know which counties may not be covered.  There is no requirement to operate specific bands or modes, and there is no exclusive reservation.  This list and the map will be updated regularly in the 30 days preceding the contest.

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September 2020 Meeting

Western Wash DX Club - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 2:21pm

How do you play in the 7QP, New England QP, Delaware QP, and Indiana QP all at the same time and leverage our software tools? Our Tuesday evening, September 8th virtual meeting will present Brian, N9ADG, who will show us how to use N1MM+ Contest Logger with multiple, simultaneous contests.

Brian is the Editor of the biweekly ARRL Contest Update newsletter.

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SJCARS August 14th Online Meeting

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Tue, 08/11/2020 - 1:03pm
SJCARS Monthly Meeting Friday, August 14, 2020, 11:30 am,  Online Meeting Dear SCJARS Members and Friends,  Our next monthly meeting will be on Friday August 14, 2020, at 11:30 am. Due to current travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, we will be conducting a virtual meeting, via Zoom Meeting. You may join the meeting via computer, mobile phone, or landline phone. (Details […]
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Sharing Your Success

Western Wash DX Club - Sun, 08/09/2020 - 2:15pm

One of the joys of DX’ing, is feeling that rush we get after working a new one, getting a new LOTW confirmation, or finding an envelope from afar in our mail box. The result of our efforts is a collection of certificates, plaques and cards that we proudly display on our shack walls confirming our success. But it’s also fun to display that success to our fellow hams and see how you, as an individual and the WWDXC, as a club compare with others. The following will describe three ways to easily do that.

WWDXC DXCC Ladder

The WWDXC DXCC Ladder is a simple table that displays the number of confirmed DXCC entities for each member who has submitted their information. Each row represents one member and the columns are as shown below:

Column Label Description
1 CALL Member’s Callsign
2 TOTAL Total number of confirmed DXCC entities, including deleted.
3 CURRENT Total number of confirmed DXCC entities, current list only
4 PH Total Phone entities confirmed, including deleted
5 CW Total CW entities confirmed, including deleted
6 DIG Total Digital entities confirmed, including deleted
7 CHAL Challenge points, the sum of confirmed band-entities on all bands.
This item includes entities on the current DXCC list only.
8 – 15 160 – 10 Total entities for each band, 160 – 10, including deleted
16 DXCC BANDS 5 Band DXCC PLUS, This is the number of bands upon
which DXCC has been achieved. To qualify for this, you must have DXCC on the 5 traditional HF DX bands, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10. This column can then be endorsed by adding the additional number of bands upon which DXCC has been received (160, 30, 17, 12).
17 HONOR Honor Roll, YES/NO, YES if Honor Roll status has been achieved.

To submit or update your information, just email it to Mike, W7NP at w7np@hotmail.com. Many folks just paste a screen capture of their LOTW DXCC Award summary table into an email. It is also fine to just type up the information in an email list. Just make sure the information in the list is either labeled, or in the exact same sequence as the columns in the DXCC Ladder.

The WWDXC Ladder is listed under the MEMBERSHIP tab as DXCC STANDINGS on the club web site menu, or can be seen by clicking on this link.

WWDXC ClubLog League

On the very popular Club Log web site, the WWDXC has established a WWDXC DXCC League. This is a page that displays the DXCC statistics for participating WWDXC members based on their uploaded log info. In order to join the league, you must first establish a Club Log user account. Once you have an account, you can upload logs, synchronize your account with LOTW, and access your log and other reports, including the WWDXC DXCC League. You will also be able to compare your data with members of other clubs that have a league on Club Log.

There are many options on how the data appears which are selected by simply clicking check boxes to select options such as bands, modes, dates, status and so forth. A live version of the league is viewable on the club web site at WWDXC DXCC League and is located below the DXCC Ladder under the MEMBERSHIP tab as DXCC STANDINGS on the club web site menu. To access the Club Log web site, click on this Club Log Web Site Link.

One important step when setting up your account, is to make sure you select the WWDXC as your club in the CLUBS tab under your settings.

One additional benefit of joining Club Log and uploading your logs, is that it makes requesting OQRS QSL’s very easy, as it already has all the QSO information needed to request a card.

DX Marathon

Each year, CQ Magazine sponsors the DX Marathon operating event. This is a one year event, where you get 1 point for each CQ country and 1 point for each CQ zone you work on any band. Since this is an operating event and not a contest, the WARC bands are included, but not the 60 meter band. Your score is just the total of all countries and zones worked. There are no multipliers and each entity or zone can only be counted once. There are 4 operating categories that run from QRP with simple antennas up to unlimited with any power level or antenna type usable. QSL’s are not required, and the results are submitted via email, so participation is very simple, and every year you get to start over and do it again.

The results are published in CQ Magazine and include both individual and club totals and there are a large number of plaques and certificates awarded to recognize participant efforts. For complete information and rules, check out the CQ DXCC Marathon web site.

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July 2020 – Board Meeting Minutes

Western Wash DX Club - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:48am

WDXC Board meeting July 28, 2020

Present were Rob N7QT, Adam K7EDX, Tom NU7J, Rich W6RS, John W7CD, Rusty W6OAT, Brian N7RVD and Dennis K7DSE.
Note: This meeting was held virtually via the Zoom platform.

Rob opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.

Review/approve minutes
* The June 2020 minutes were approved by voice vote.

Correspondence
* No new correspondence.

Treasurer’s report
* The report was approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance 06/30/20: $28,488.01, Income June: $75.18 and Expenditures $257.30.

Membership
* Dennis, K7DSE reports 4 new members.

Old business
* The Board approved a $1000.00 expenditure to upgrade its repeater hardware.
* Rob N7QT will update the Repeater Association(s) data for its new location.

New business
* Salmon Run: Tom NU7J to solicit SR plaque award sponsors through the club reflector, and promote having club sponsors, as well as individual sponsors.  The Board approved a flat $50.00 plaque sponsorship fee.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* Jim Idleson, K1IR, founder and president of the Zero Falls Alliance will be presenting on the excessive amount of injuries/deaths due to amateur radio tower accidents. A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent via email.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE
Secretary

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The New Repeater

Western Wash DX Club - Mon, 08/03/2020 - 4:58pm

If you recently keyed the club’s 147.00 machine, you may have noticed the signal’s different. Hopefully, you’ve seen an improved RF signal. You may have also noticed the audio quality’s improved. So what’s changed?

After many months of polls, debates, and plans, we’ve taken action. The old Kenwood repeater was running at 25w from a site at Maple Leaf. The repeater was then shut down and the West Seattle club was borrowing our repeater pair and using it on their repeater in West Seattle. Coverage was marginal beyond the City limits.

The nearly 20-year old Kenwood repeater was then moved to Union Hill in Redmond. The measured RF output from the repeater, run through the Phelps-Dodge Bp/Br duplexer cavity array, then through ~250ft of feedline (@3dB attenuation per 100′) left minimal power being delivered the antenna, a Comet GP-9. While the coverage was better than West Seattle, we knew it could be improved.

We looked for a combination amp/preamp that would accept an input greater than 5w, which is the common design but would be ‘blown’ by the signal from the Kenwood. That Kenwood repeater can only deliver 50w or 25w; it was running for years at 25w simply because it wasn’t rated for continuous duty at 50w. Instead of an amp/preamp, we encountered a better solution.

A new repeater! N7QT was offered and accepted, with the Board’s unanimous consent, a two-year old, virtually unused Hytera commercial VHF repeater. It’s rated for 50w at a 100% duty cycle. Additionally, with only a software selection, it can support conventional wide-band FM, or narrow band FM (12.5kHz NFM), or should the Club desire it, run the modern Digital Mobile Radio TDMR protocols….or a combination. It was decided that instead of digital-only, or a hybrid of both, that we would run it as an analog 25kHz wideband FM for now.

So please start using the new repeater as our Club ‘watering hole’. It’s still 147.00MHz, -0600 shift, and CTCSS (PL) of 103.5. Reports so far are encouraging, as members who couldn’t hit the machine when it was in Maple Leaf or West Seattle are now getting a full-quieting signal from Redmond.

The next step? Find a great high-site at the right price and move it: cabinet, repeater, duplexer, power supply, a UPS, new feedline, and a new robust mountain-top antenna to a site with Internet access and emergency backup power. A much shorter feedline run, using new heliax, would be a boon, since it would reduce the VHF loss to 1dB/100ft or better.

We should all investigate high sites that we directly know about or can find out about and let a Board member know the details.

Meanwhile, enjoy the new repeater!

A Phelps-Dodge 6-cavity Bandpass-BandReject (Bp/Br) array. They provide better than -95dB of isolation between the repeater’s transmitter and receiver. Ours was purchased new in 1976 and they work just as well today as they did back then. We verified with a professional bench testing, including the use of a calibrated HP Vector Network Analyzer. Industry standard insertion loss is 3.0dB, and most good duplexers can be tuned to reduce that loss to 2.0dB. We have only a 1.3dB insertion loss.

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Salmon Run 2020 Sponsors Selected!

Western Wash DX Club - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 11:47am

The community response to our request for award plaque sponsors for the 2020 Salmon Run was both quick and overwhelming. Within hours, we had volunteers in a virtual “pileup” and filled all the vacancies. We even added an award!

Here’s the SR sponsors and their awards for the 2020 contest:

 2020 Sponsor                                           Award

Stanwood Camano ARC WA Single-Op Top Score

Cascade Radio Club                                 WA Single-Op Low Power

Dick, K6KR, WWDXC                               Top Rover

Spokane DX Assoc.                                   DX Top Score

Chuck, N7BV, WWDXC                       High Power non-WA

Radio Amateurs of Skagit County         Low Power non-WA

Spokane DX Assn.                                     EWA Single-Op Top Score

Kirk, N7UK, WWDXC                                Expedition Top Score                

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Salmon Run Award Sponsors Wanted

Western Wash DX Club - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 11:08am

WWDXC is looking for clubs or individuals to sponsor 2020 Salmon Run Contest Awards.   The cost of sponsoring an award is $50.  WWDXC will order all of the plaques (including the EWA SO LP Mixed award), and we will deliver or ship the plaques to the winners. 

Individuals are welcome and encouraged to sponsor awards, but this year we are also encouraging local clubs to sponsor awards, to help promote the contest and increase participation.  I encourage those of you who are a member of a local club (especially large clubs such as Mike & Key, BEARS, Snoh County Hams Club, Cascade Radio Club, Radio Club of Redmond, Lake WA Ham Club, etc.) to ask your club to consider sponsoring an award, and to promote the SR contest to your club.

Two of the seven awards are already reserved for WA state clubs. Please see the list below for the list of awards needing sponsorship.  If you (or a club) would like to sponsor an award, please contact me off line. 

2020 Sponsor                                    Award

Stanwood Camano ARC                 WA Single-Op Top Score

Sponsor Needed                              WA Single-Op Low Power

Sponsor Needed                              Top Rover

Sponsor Needed                              DX Top Score

Sponsor Needed                              High Power non-WA

Sponsor Needed                              Low Power non-WA

Spokane DX Assn.                            EWA Single-Op Low Power Mixed

Thank you for your consideration.

73,

Tom Sykes, NU7J
WWDXC Awards Chairman
nu7j@arrl.net                                                    

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August 2020 Meeting

Western Wash DX Club - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 5:00pm

August 11th, 2020

We’ll continue with online gatherings through the summer.  A meeting invitation  will sent out to members via email.   Jim Idelson, K1IR, is the founder and president of the Zero Falls Alliance, an organization he started when he realized how excessive the number of injuries/deaths are from amateur radio tower accidents compared to all other types of tower accidents.  Jim is a great speaker and his program is super informative about a topic which will be of interest to most of our members.  Jim comes armed with facts and figures which will make your hairs curl!   Details about our monthly meetings and a catalog of past programs are available on the Monthly Membership Meetings page.

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June 2020 – Board Meeting Minutes

Western Wash DX Club - Sat, 07/11/2020 - 5:13pm

WWDXC Board meeting June 30, 2020

Present were Rob N7QT, Adam K7EDX, Justin K5EM, Tom NU7J, Rich W6RS, John W7CD, Rusty W6OAT, Kirk N7UK, Brian N7RVD and Dennis K7DSE.
Note: This meeting was held virtually via the Zoom platform.

Rob opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.

Review/approve minutes
* The May 2020 minutes were approved by voice vote.
* The Board via unanimous consent opted for any changes to the Club’s By-Laws to be completed prior to year end.

Correspondence
* No new correspondence.

Treasurer’s report
* The May report was approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance 05/31/20: $28,669.93, Income May: $55.00 and Expenditures $102.00.

Membership
* Dennis, K7DSE reports no changes to membership. Bi-annual renewals will be sent out in July.

Old business
* The Club repeater hardware has been relocated to Rob N7QT’s qth. It will be operational shortly.
* Justin, K5EM is continuing efforts to a web based Salmon Run log upload and error checking process.

New business
* No new business.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* Brian Stucker, KB2S will be presenting the planning and execution of a Dx-pedition. A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent via email.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE
Secretary

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Meeting Minutes: July 2020

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 3:10pm
This was a Virtual Meeting via Zoom. From Secretary Elizabeth: 2020-07-10-2
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SJCARS July 10th Online Meeting

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 8:50pm
SJCARS Monthly Meeting Friday, July 10, 2020, 11:30 am,  Online Meeting Dear SCJARS Members and Friends,  Our next monthly meeting will be on Friday July 10, 2020, at 11:30 am. Due to current travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, we will be conducting a virtual meeting, via Zoom Meeting. You may join the meeting via computer, mobile phone, or landline phone. (Details below.)  When […]
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June 2020 Meeting Minutes

Snoqualamie Valley Amateur Radio Club - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 7:54pm
SnoVARC June 4th, 2020 Business Meeting Minutes Attendees: Tom (WA7TBP), Jim (W7ABD), Howard (WA1HEM), Paul (W7PFB), Ralph (KC7QXD), Irvina (W7IRM), Kirt (K7KDW), Robin (WA7CPA), Rowland (K7RWB) Tom (WA7TBP) called the business meeting to order at 18:04 Tom gave the treasurers...
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