Northwest Clubs

NW Trophy Competition Updates

Western Wash DX Club - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:11am

As we contemplate the upcoming CQWW CW, here are the standings for the Challenge Cup (Northwest Traveling Trophy) Competition. This includes the totals reported by the other clubs as well as the individual standings within the WWDXC.

It would be helpful if we could come up with a couple extra million more than the WVDXC next week.

If I am missing anything, let me know.

cheers
dink, n7wa

ALL CLUBSCQ WW RTTYCQ WW SSBTOTAL WVDXC3,033,5076,160,2179,193,724 WWDXC2,655,7035,227,9077,883,610 Orca DXCC1,365,9403,199,6784,565,618 SDXA464,593573,6831,038,276 IDXA404,347229,144633,491 WWDXC StationsCQ WW RTTYCQ WW SSBTOTALS K7BTW834,537834,537 K7CW880880 K7EG10,84210,842 K7EKD10,57010,570 K7HBN27,94027,940 K7RI224,388224,388 K7RL407,3162,276,3522,683,668 K7SS222,666222,666 K7VAP19,55819,558 K9QJS3,6753,675 KA7LJQ115,475115,475 KB7HDX20,92820,928 KD7H12,93412,934 KX7L13,68013,680 KZ1W804,384815,4251,619,809 N7BV132,997132,997 N7RVD85,38685,386 N7ZG641,445641,445 W6RS10,93410,934 W7OM141,588113,611255,199 W7VXS258,706258,706 W7WA556,220556,220 WC7Q121,173121,173
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Contest Activity Report for November 2018

Western Wash DX Club - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 9:47am

The weeks running from the end of October through November has some of the most interesting and enjoyable contests of the year for SSB and CW ops..  Domestically, there are ARRL Sweeps and worldwide, of course, are the CQWW SSB/CW events (no ‘dis to the diddlers).

Here’s what your fellow Club members have been up to (when they weren’t working Ducie):

 

CQWW SSB

Call    QSOs    Zones    Countries    OpTime    Score

M/S HP

KZ1W    1080     99        226         36       815,425

K7RI     591     33        105        ~15       224,388

N7BV     270     54        125         19.25    132,997

KA7LJQ   278     50         99                  115,475

 

M/S LP

K7SS     386     74        148         19       222,666

 

SO(A)AB HP

N7RVD    234     48         85         12        85,386

 

SO(A)AB LP

W7OM     260     65         98                   113,611

K7VAP     96     36         41                    19,558

 

SOAB HP

K7RL    2401    112        272         41      2,276,352

N7ZG     878     89        198         38        641,445

KD7H      80     27         31                    12,934

K7EKD     59     30         40                    10,570

 

SOSB160 HP

K7CW      20      9         11                       880

 

SOSB40 HP

W7WA    1457     36        101                   556,220

 

 

CQWW, SSB Soapbox

 

KD7H  I appreciated the operators who were interested in quality, and not necessarily quantity, by taking the time to be certain they had my call and zone correct.

 

I don’t really like phone contests, but I hung in there as long as I could.

 

                                    *****

 

N7BV  Surprised at the EU openings on 20 and 15m. Thanks to everyone for QSO’s, much appreciated.

 

                                    *****

 

KZ1W  Very bad noise on 40 & 80. Plus an Asian BC station splattering the 40m band. 15 to SA was useful. Nothing heard on 10. 20m openings were good. 40 to EU was super difficult, marginal conditions and aluminum wall east coast.

 

                                    *****

 

K7SS  Good fun here at the bottom of the cycle in the best DX contest of them all.

 

Saturday night was especially fun, one eye on the World Series game, and one on the low bands.

 

Thanks to KK7PW for joining the neighborhood Multi op.

 

                                    *****

 

K7CW  Poor conditions for us except for OK7K who blasted through.

 

 

                                    *****

 

 

K7RL   First full-time SOAB HP effort since 2015. Back then 10m and 15m were very much in play – ah, the good old days. This year, I knew it would mostly be a 20m and 40m event and was not disappointed. I’ll summarize the weekend using a classic Clint Eastwood movie title: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

 

80M and 160M

It was great to hear EU come back on the low bands. 160m and 80m were alive with signals from ES, OM, DL, SP, OK, I, and RP (no northern EU at all, which was strange). Zone 33/35 was also very active and fairly easy to work. Special mention goes to OK7K, who was a beacon on 160m the entire contest.

 

The bad part is most couldn’t hear me. Worked OK7K and DR1A on 160m, but heard and didn’t work at least 6 other EU countries. Major bummer.

 

The ugly part is it was the same scenario on 80m. Heard and tried to work at least 10 EU stations, but none could hear me despite their signal a true S7 to S9. In hindsight, that was the most disappointing part of the contest. I felt like a SWL. Major bummer times two.

 

40M

Good signals from EU, JA and the rest of Asia all weekend. Caribbean and SA were loud. Nice JA runs both nights, with Saturday morning being the better of the two.

 

Unfortunately, no EU runs – bummer. Never heard a peep from northern EU, and very few below 7.100 worked split. Double and triple bummer.

 

40m was bursting at the seams. I’d classify this as ugly, but obvious. I mean really, where else is the entire world supposed to go when the high bands close early? Oh yeah, and if the U.S. wants to work the world, we all have to basically occupy a space between 7.128 and 7.200 on SSB. What could possibly go wrong?

 

 

10M, 15M and 20M

Felt like any activity on 10m and 15m was a bonus. 15m was surprisingly good compared to how dead it sounded leading up to the contest. Had some short JA runs, which was a plus. Zone 33/35 guys were very strong and D4C was a beacon all weekend on every band (except 10m, right?). 20m featured solid JA and EU runs both days, with Saturday being the better of the two.

 

Unfortunately, 10m never opened anywhere beyond my backyard. If it did open for 2 nanoseconds, I missed the window. No zone 14 or 15 on 15m, and even though I tried to frequently check, the 20m run to EU during the window of opportunity was crazy and required my full attention, so maybe I missed it, but I don’t think so.

 

Predictably, 20m was a zoo. Ugly SSB splatter was a major issue and forced me to reacquaint myself with every possible filter variation my rig had to offer. Layers of stations on the same frequency or very close by only added to the chaos.

 

Summary

 

All-in-all, a fun contest with the added challenge of operating during a solar minimum. Thanks to all for the Qs, and everyone that travelled to exotic locations to make it that much more exciting for the rest of us.

 

                                    *****

 

K7RI   M2 KT34M2 antennas NOT working on 15 meters due to high SWR issues. This was, in effect, a 20 meter monoband effort. Antennas play well on 20 but resonate out of the band on 15 and also exceed the specs on 10 meters. Huge disappointment for brand new antennas! After more than 2 months, no solution has been forthcoming from M2.

 

                                    *****

 

N7RVD    Much slower slog than most years. I quite after 12 hours. Only the loudest stations had ears. Dupe. Dupe. Dupe. I hope for better luck in CW SS this weekend.

 

                                    *****

 

N7ZG   Interesting DX calling in make this contest fun: Z32VL, OD5YA, E44WE, YJ0CA    Found in Pileups:  5H3MB, XT2SZZ

 

Heard OK7K on 160M really loud but unable to work him.

 

Not much JA on 15M. Not really much on 20/40.

 

Had some fun runs to EU on 20M.

 

In general, propagation is down this year on all bands.

 

 

ARRL Sweeps, CW

Call          QSOs    Sections    Op Time    Score

 

Multi-Op HP

K7RI           849       79        ~22.5     134,142

 

Single Op HP

K7RL          1190       82         24       195,160

N7WA          1017       81         23       164,754

WC7Q           599       82         11        98,236

KX7L           206       68          6        28,016

 

Single Op LP

W7OM           535       81                   86,670

W6OAT          513       74         09:20     75,924

K7SS           454       78          9        70,824

N6KW            28       16                      896

 

SO Unlimited HP

W7VXS          171       81          8        27,702

 

 

ARRL Sweeps, CW Soapbox

 

KX7L   Had a hard time getting a run started on Saturday afternoon on 20, but things were a lot better later in the evening and the next day. Thanks for all the QSO’s!

 

                                    *****

 

WC7Q   Band conditions were pretty good with more activity than I have seen in a long time. Missed a clean sweep by not finding a Virgin Island station. Fun contest.

 

                                    *****

 

N6KW   Hit-or-miss, HamStick dipole on apartment balcony in West Seattle. Thanks and 73 to the tenacious ops who dug my signal out of the noise!

 

                                    *****

 

K7RL   First full-time SS effort in a number of years. Oddly, this is also my first full-time CW bravo entry. Nothing like jumping head first into the deep end of the pool to see what happens. As it turned out, the water was warm at the beginning, and got down right chilly towards the end.

 

Had fun using Contest Online Scoreboard. Was neck and neck with AA3B and K5ZD. Unfortunately, when the final bell rang, I was one multiplier short of a sweep. Costly. Missed VI. I heard NP3X moving up 20m working guys S&P, but could never get his attention. Read he was QRP, which explains the weaker signal.

 

Almost missed VY1AAA. Heard him warming up before the test when he was 599+20. When I finally found him at the bottom of 20m late Sunday afternoon, he was piss weak with flutter.

 

There were a few stations I had to abandon after getting an initial call. If that was you, and you’re reading this, I sincerely apologize. I don’t like to give up on anyone, but we could have spent a ridiculous amount of time piecing together the long exchange. Hopefully, we worked later on.

 

Some very interesting CW tones out there. If CW could be sent with a heavy accent, I think these would qualify. At times it felt like a test to see if I could decrypt the exchange. Love it.

 

Congratulations to those big scorers. Thanks to all for the Qs, and especially the casual guys that got on to help out.

 

                                    *****

 

K7SS      Much like a school reunion, hearing and working so many familiar calls from years of Sweepstakes. Recall doing my first one with all the novice KN7 boys, with no VFOs, just a few crystals, paper and pencil, and hand keys.

 

Geomagnetic storm held off til the last few hours, mercifully, which made for good conditions.

 

Nice to hear many CK 49,s in honor of Paul W0AIH.

 

Thanks to all for a fun CW Sweepstakes.

 

                                    *****

 

N7WA   After decades of trying to break 1000 Q’s as a low power entry, and watching my totals go down each year, I decided to break with tradition and enter as a high power entry. However, I did not feel comfortable running a second radio in a HP environment. Maybe ater.

 

I probably started on the wrong band – 15M. It started off well but petered out pretty quick. I don’t think the band deteriorated, just ran out of people. They were all on 20M which where I then had to establish myself.

 

I like participating on the online scoreboards in domestic tests. I knew I was in trouble when I saw Mitch K7RL also signup for my category. Of course, there was no competition between Mitch and myself, but I enjoyed watching him battle AA3B and K5ZD. Mitch started out on top and stayed there until east coast dark. The 3 stations switched positions quite often for a while. In the end, I think the east coast population advantage on the low bands was too much to overcome (plus they found that one last mult). I was also watching when the scoreboard showed multi-op station N0AX click over to 84 mults. (Something fishy going on in Missouri)

 

The Sunday doldrums seemed a bit easier with high power. Instead of 10-15Q hours, I would have 30Q hours. I did a bunch of S&P looking for the last two elusive mults (NT and VI) but no dice. I was agitated, as usual, about EWA. Couldn’t find them on 80/40M Saturday night or Sunday morning. Instead, two found me on 20M later Sunday. At the end of the test, I gave a few calls on 80M just to see what would pop up, my last Q was with an EWA station for a total of 3.

 

Speaking of 80M, one of the goals of Sweeps this year was to really test out the new 80 Delta loop. I put it up for IARU but didn’t have a 4:1 balun. I made a quickly coaxial transformer using 75ohm coax and it worked ok but I finally got the 4:1 balun hooked up the week before Sweeps. Very nice. I also tightened up the low horizontal portion of the loop and lowered the lowest SWR point to 3550kHz. I had no problem working anybody and it’s been a while since I broke 100 Q’s on 80. (yah, 1000watts doesn’t hurt either).

 

I am still amazed at all the checks in the 50’s and 60’s. (I know how old I am and my check is 72.) It was fun and the rainy weather provided no incentive to go outside. It was also the first test of my new homebrew desk in the shack. All in all, a decent and fun Sweeps.

 

                                    *****

 

K7RI   CW Sweepstakes is a lot of fun. This year’s contest was no exception. Our score was down because we didn’t have a 40-meter antenna – only operated on 15, 20 and 80 meters. Conditions better than expected: 20 played well and 15 was okay while it lasted. We did better on 80 this year than in previous years but deep slow QSB made it difficult to copy exchanges from weak stations. We didn’t make a clean sweep this year. Never heard NNY, PR, VI or NL. Thanks to everyone who called and/or worked us. And thanks to K7ZQ, K7DSE and W7UDH for a job well done.

 

 

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November 2018 Meeting Minutes

Snoqualamie Valley Amateur Radio Club - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 9:00am
Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club Meeting Minutes for November 1, 2018 Business Meeting called to order 6:15 p.m. Duvall Fire Station #66 by Ralph Lease, KC7QXD. 19 members and guests present for business and/or Elmer session: Robin Amundson, Larry Backstrom,...
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December 2018 Meeting – Christmas Party

Western Wash DX Club - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 2:28am

Dec 11th, 2018

Annual Christmas Party No program this month but even better: election of officers and directors, presentation of club awards, a super raffle and unrestrained celebration of the holidays. Be there. Details about our monthly meetings and a catalog of past programs are available on the Monthly Membership Meetings page.
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10 NOVEMBER MEETING DATE

Mason County ARC - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:21am
Starting at 9AM Saturday 10 November at the Christian School. Directions to the right of this page. The VP- Gary/WA7MSN will runt the meeting.  There are a few items that need to be voted on to include: Moving meeting site to … Continue reading →
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October 2018 – Board Meeting Minutes

Western Wash DX Club - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:20am

WWDXC Board meeting October 29, 2018

Present were Adam K7EDX, Rich W6RS, Larry K7EKD, Brian N7RVD, Kirk N7UK, John W7CD and Dennis K7DSE.
Adam opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.

Review/approve minutes
* The September 2018 minutes were approved by voice vote

Correspondence
* An article link was received for the 3C3W/3C0W Dxpedition.

Treasurer’s report
* The September report was approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance: $17,872.02, Income $150.00 Expenditures $4,574.68.
DX convention expenditures account for the bulk of outflows.

Membership
* Current membership list shows 185 members.
* The Club welcomes Rusty Epps W6OAT.

Old business
* The Totem Tabloid is still under review and consideration.

New business
* A survey will be sent to members regarding a web published membership roster.
* A change of Trustee of the W7DX call may be open in the near future.
* Elections are forthcoming in December.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* The dinner meeting will be on November 13, 2018 at Robs 125 Street Grill. Guest speaker will be Dennis Kourkoumelis on the use of Club Log.
* The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM

Respectfully submitted
Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE
Secretary

 

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Lopez VE Session mints 13 Hams!

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 1:28pm
Report from Brian K7BLS: The Lopez contingent of the club conducted their first VE session on November 3 with a great outcome. All candidates except one participated in two study sessions led by Corky. Fifteen people took the test and we now have thirteen new Hams!  Those earning new Tech licenses: Zach Anheman Brenda Asterino […]
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Meeting Minutes: October 2018

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 9:06pm
Highlights include: • Visits via Skype with candidates for ARRL Northwest Director • A successful test of HamWan connectivity between San Juan Island and Victoria   SJCARS_Minutes_October_2018
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November 2018 Poll: Club Roster on Web

Western Wash DX Club - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:19pm

Several members have inquired about adding club roster on the web site.  Others have objected, not wanting information like phone numbers or email addresses that are ripe for spam harvesting.  Can we strike a balance?

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

Here’s what it would look like.

 

 

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3C3W, 3C0W DXpedition Report

Western Wash DX Club - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 1:58am
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MicroHAMS Club Meeting Tuesday, October 16th at 6:00 PM

MicroHAMs Amateur Radio Club - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:32pm
MicroHAMS Club Meeting   Tuesday, October 16th at 6:00 PM

Location: Building 35/4561  Map:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35

Agenda
  • Horace Hamby, candidate for Director of ARRL’s Northwestern Division https://horacehambyarrl.wordpress.com/
  • FCC Enforcement Advisory No. 2018-03
  • Show and Tell – bring something cool to share

 

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions at this part of the meeting. With 20 hams, there’s bound to be 40 different answers!

 

Access

146.58 MHz FM simplex will be monitored for anyone who needs help finding the site or for access to the building. (Monitoring is done with handhelds, so range is limited.)

 

SECURITY NOTE: Anyone who does not have their own Microsoft badge for unescorted access to Microsoft buildings MUST be escorted into Building 35 and conference room 4561 by a badged MicroHAMS member. Do NOT under any circumstances attempt to “tag” onto or “tailgate” Microsoft employees entering the building. Please congregate about five – ten minutes before the meeting outside the lobby entrance on the south side of the building.  If you have a Microsoft badge, please check outside the front entrance for other club members who need to be escorted.

 

MicroHAMS meetings are open to club members, those interested in joining the club (see club membership policy at http://www.microhams.com), and guests of club members. 

 

 

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Salmon Run 2018 – Participant Comments

Western Wash DX Club - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 6:12pm

aa8ta.oh
DID NOT HEAR VERY MANY STATIONS AND EVEN FEWER WERE ABLE TO HEAR ME.

ad7bf.kitt
OPERATED PORTABLE ON SOLAR AND BATTERY POWER IN HILLS ABOUT 6.5 MILES SSW OF ELLENSBURG

ai5sf.ok
ROUGH CONDITIONS THIS YEAR

ja1yne.dx
I ENJOYED VERY MUCH. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.

k1lok.ut
FOR A FEW OF THE CALLS, I DID NOT WRITE DOWN THE RST I SENT. I STILL WANT THE FOLKS IN WASHINGTON TO RECEIVE CREDIT. I DIDN’T KNOW THE RULES WHEN I STARTED.

k3tw.fl
THANKS FOR ANOTHER ENJOYABLE SALMON RUN.

k7gyb.skag
STANDARD USPS TWO-LETTER IDENTIFIER USED FOR STATES OTHER THAN WASHINGTON STATE COUNTIES. ENTRY FOR STATION WW7D SHOWS 2 COUNTIES AS HE SAID HE WAS ON THE “COUNTY LINE”. THE LAST ENTRY WAS A SOTA ACTIVATION AS WELL! FUN CONTEST. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK. BEST WISHES, K7GYB

k7rmz.exp
MY FIRST EXPEDITION! ICOM IC7000 WITH 120 FT FLAT-TOP WIRE DIPOLE FED WITH 50 FT WINDOW LINE AT APPROX 45 FT AND SG230 REMOTE TUNER. CAMPED ON COUNTY LINE JUST EAST OF LILLIAN MTN AND WEST OF MISSION RIDGE. 75M WAS BY FAR THE BEST BAND FOR MY WA QSOS. 20, 30, 40 GOOD OUT-OF-STATE.

kc7ye.pac
CNDX SUCKED !

ke0tt.mn
K3/10 AT 5 WATTS TO WIRE ANTENNAS.  MADE Q’S FROM IOWA WHEN THERE FOR THEIR QP ON SATURDAY,  AND FROM BACK HOME IN MN FOR SUNDAY. THANKS FOR THE FUN !  C U NEXT TIME, 73, DAN KE0TT

ke1l.nh
I WAS ON PIERCE ISLAND IN PORTSMOUTH NH FOR CHOWDERCON, A QRP GATHERING THAT IS CONCURRENT WITH THE QRP OPERATING EVENT QRP AFIELD. THE INTENT WAS TO WORK THAT EVENT BUT I HEARD LITTLE ACTIVITY AND ONLY MADE ONE QRP AFIELD CONTACT. BUT MEANWHILE THE SALMON RUN WAS HAPPENING SO I MOVED DOWN THE BAND A BIT AND MADE A FEW CONTACTS.

kf4qfj.va
IT WAS GOOD FUN. -73 & GOOD DXING!

kk4bz.va
POWER=80 W, GRID=FM18EU, ANTENNA=DIPOLE, EQUIPMENT=TS570S, COMMENT=ANTENNA IS G5RV AT 10 M IN TREES, THANKS FOR THE FUN!

ku7t.king
MAX IS 11, HAYDEN IS 10. THEY DID A FINE JOB IN CALLING CQ ON THE 20M BAND. THEY MADE MOST OF THE PH CONTACTS, I MADE ALL OF THE CW ONES. HOPEFULLY, WE GOT SOME FUTURE HAM OPERATORS AND CONTESTERS GROWING UP….  NAME: ANDY

kx7l.sno
I HAD OTHER ACTIVITIES GOING SATURDAY, SO DIDN’T GET STARTED UNTIL LATE IN THE AFTERNOON, BUT FOUND 20M ALREADY SHUT DOWN, AND 40M VERY NOISY. POOR CONDX PERSISTED INTO THE EVENING – I HAD TO ASK FOR REPEATS ON HALF THE STATIONS I WORKED, EVEN STRUGGLED WITH SOME IN KING COUNTY ON 80! SUNDAY ON 20M, THINGS WERE A BIT BETTER, BUT NOT MUCH. STILL HAD FUN, EVEN IF THE BIC TIME WAS SHORT. THANKS FOR THE QSO’S!

n0ax.mo
NICE TO GET ON AND WORK FRIENDS!

n7epd.pie
CONCRETE NOT QUITE READY TO STACK THE TOWER SO RAN WITH WIRE ANTENNAS. TRIED MIXED MODE TO GET ALL WA COUNTIES AND MISSED PEND. WISH K7TQ WOULD RUN 80 MORE OFTEN DURING THE DAY FOR THE LOCALS- SKIP IS TOO LONG ON 40 FOR US DURING THESE CONDITIONS. WW7D/M NEEDS TO GET A SALMON PRIZE (AT LEAST!) FOR HIS EFFORTS!!!!

om2vl.dx
BAD CONDX DURING THE CONTEST … AT THE BEGENNING NICE COPY WA STATIONS, BUT IT TAKES ONLY SHORT TIME. THANKS FOR THE QSOS … 73 LACI OM2VL

w1end.nh
RIG WAS FTDX5000 AND BUTTERNUT VERTICAL. DID A TAD BETTER THAN LAST YEAR BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

w7dra.king
WITH MY NEW HQ 129-X AND OLD ARC5 VFO AND GLOBE CHIEF 90 I DID PRETTY WELL FOR ME.

wa5swn.ks
HORRIBLE PROPAGATION THIS YEAR – WORST I HAVE EVER SEEN FOR A SALMON RUN. MANY COUNTIES AND FAMILIAR CALLS I COUNT ON EVERY YEAR WERE JUST NOT THERE. NEVER HEARD ANYTHING ON 10 OR 15 METERS, 80 WAS TOO NOISY TO WORK. THANKS TO ALL THE GOOD PATIENT WA OPERATORS WHO HELPED ME MAKE CONTACTS THROUGH THE NOISE!

wa7prc.sno
I ALMOST DECIDED TO SKIP SR AND THEN GOT A LATE START… TWICE. STILL, FUN WAS HAD.

wq6x.ca
THIS IS ANOTHER WQ6X REMOTE OPERATION FROM NX6T IN FALLBROOK. WHILE THIS EVENT WAS A LOT OF FUN, I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO NOT HEAR NEARLY 1/2 OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTIES. I WAS ALSO BUMMED TO HEAR NO ACTIVITY FROM 05:00Z TO 07:00Z. FOR SATURDAY NITE I RAN THE K3 INTO AN ACOM-2000A AMP TO RUN 375+ WATTS FOR THE NA SPRINT RTTY AND THEN THE SALMON RUN. ON SUNDAY, FOR HEAT REASONS I RAN THE K3 @ 100 WATTS TO FINISH OFF THE GIG.
BOTH DAYS OUT OF LACK OF WA STATIONS I STARTED CALLING CQ SR AND RECEIVED MANY CALLERS. THESE STATIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CALLING CQ, NOT ME. WAKE UP FOLKS AND PLAY IN YOUR OWN QSO PARTY AND DO IT PROPERLY. LOOK FOR MY WRITEUP ON THIS GIG AT: HTTP://WQ6X.BLOGSPOT.COM

ww7d.mob
I HAD FUN WITH THIS SALMON RUN, ACTIVATING 22 COUNTIES AS A MIXED MODE MOBILE, SPLIT BETWEEN WWA COUNTIES ON SATURDAY AND EWA COUNTIES ON SUNDAY. MY ROUTE AND EQUIPMENT WERE ALMOST IDENTICAL TO THE 2017 EFFORT. EQUIPMENT HELD UP AND, ASIDE FROM ONE CONSTRUCTION DETOUR ON SUNDAY, THE ROUTE WORKED OUT. THE CONTEST STARTED SATURDAY ON THE PIE/KING COUNTY LINE. BAND CONDITIONS WERE HORRIBLE ALL DAY SATURDAY. I MADE FEWER QSOS FOR THE DAY ON SATURDAY THAN I USUALLY MAKE IN THE FIRST 90 MINUTES OF THE CONTEST SITTING ON THE KING/PIERCE LINE. SPECIFICALLY, 20M WAS TOTALLY UNDERPERFORMING ALL MORNING AND SEEMED TO CLOSE EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON ON SATURDAY. 40M WAS OKAY, BUT NOT SPECTACULAR. THE BIG SURPRISE WAS 75/80M. I MADE MORE 75/80M QSOS THAN 20M AND 40M COMBINED ON SATURDAY. SPECIFICALLY, I GOT INTO THE HABIT OF CHECKING INTO THE “NET” ON
3933 USUALLY RUN BY W7BJN OR K7RLD WHENEVER I WAS ON A COUNTY LINE. THEY WERE GREAT IN LETTING ME HOLD THE FREQUENCY FOR AS LONG AS PEOPLE WOULD RESPOND TO MY CALLS. I VERY MUCH APPRECIATED THIS, BECAUSE MY TIME AT EACH COUNTY LINE STOP IS VERY LIMITED AND, FOR SEVERAL REASONS, DOING 80M WHILE IN MOTION IS MORE DIFFICULT THAN WORKING OTHER BANDS. I CHECKED 15M THROUGHOUT THE CONTEST, AND NEVER HEARD ANOTHER STATION AND GOT NO RESPONSES TO MY OCCASIONAL CQS. IT RAINED ON AND OFF THROUGHOUT SATURDAY, WITH A PARTICULARLY NASTY, BUT SHORT-LIVED DOWNPOUR AROUND 0030Z.
I FINISHED UP ON THE SKAM/CLAR LINE ON SATURDAY AT MIDNIGHT, AND THEN DROVE TO A HOTEL IN THE DALLES FOR ABOUT 5 HOURS OF SLEEP. I GOT UP EARLY FOR A 2 HOUR TRIP TO THE YAK/KLI COUNTY LINE FOR A 9AM START ON SUNDAY. WHEN I ARRIVED, THERE WAS A GREAT BIG RAINBOW TO THE WEST, BUT I HIT RAIN ALL DAY.
THE BANDS SEEMED TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE SUNDAY MORNING (OR MAYBE THE DIFFERENCE WAS BEING IN E. WASHINGTON?). ACTUALLY, 20M AND 75/80M WERE GOOD ALL DAY ON SUNDAY. I TRIED AND TRIED FOR 40M QSOS, BUT ONLY GOT 5 QSOS TOTAL ON SUNDAY UNTIL THE FINAL HOUR ON THE OKA/FER COUNTY LINE, WHERE I GOT A SMALL RUN GOING FOR 14 MORE QSOS. AT MY FINAL STOP, ON THE OKA/FER LINE, SOMEONE SAW ME AND PULLED OVER. IT TURNED OUT TO BE AF6TS, WHO WAS ON HIS WAY HOME NEARBY. AFTER A BRIEF CONVERSATION, HE PARTICIPATED BY STANDING ON THE SAME COUNTY LINE WITH A HANDHELD, AND WORKED ME ON 6M AND 2M FM FOR A TOTAL OF 8 QSO! AFTER REMOVING DUPLICATES, I ENDED UP WITH 700 QSOS (322 CW AND 374 PH). THIS IS AN IMPROVEMENT OVER 2017 WHEN I ONLY HAD 630 QSOS, WORSE THAN 2016 WITH 719 QSO, BUT WELL BELOW THE 972 QSOS FROM 2013 WHEN THE SUN GRACED US WITH SOMETHING RESEMBLING SERIOUS PROPAGATION. THERE WERE 186 UNIQUE CALLS IN THE LOG. MULTIPLIERS INCLUDED ALL BUT 4 WA COUNTIES (MISSED DOU, LEW, STE, AND WHI). I MISSED 10 STATES, AND ONLY WORKED TWO CANADIAN PROVINCES (AB AND ON). I WORKED A COUPLE OF JAS, BUT NO OTHER DX. THIS YEAR I DID NOT HEAR W7DX ON CW AT ALL, BUT GOT 500 POINTS FOR PHONE QSOS. MY CLAIMED SCORE, 129,950, IS A NICE IMPROVEMENT FROM LAST YEAR’S 119,440. TOP STATIONS WORKED WERE WU7H AND N7EPD (28), N6MU (25), N7IR (23), K7IDX/7
(22), KB7QPS (20), W7DK (18), N7HCJ (16), K9CW AND K7RLD (14), W7PU AND K7RMZ (12), N7PP (11), WW7LW AND W7VAS (10). I VERY MUCH APPRECIATED THE PORTABLE
OPERATIONS, PARTICULARLY THE FOLKS ON COUNTY LINES. I BELIEVE THE ONLY /M I WORKED THIS YEAR WAS WW7LW, WHO PROVIDED A GREAT SET OF RARE COUNTIES: WAL, GAR, FER, COL, AND ASO. EVEN AFTER THE SLOW START ON SATURDAY, I HAD A GREAT TIME IN THIS EDITION OF THE SALMON RUN.

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GOOD TO HEAR MORE HAMS SETTING UP IN THE RARER COUNTIES.

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WORKING WITH AN ICOM IC-718 AT 100 WATTS INTO A COMET CHA-250BX VERTICAL ANTENNA MOUNTED ON MY DECK.

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October 2018 Meeting Minutes

Snoqualamie Valley Amateur Radio Club - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 5:20pm
Snoqualmie Valley Radio Club Meeting Minutes for October 4, 2018 Business Meeting called to order 6:15 p.m. Duvall Fire Station #66 by Tom Needham, WA7TBP. 16 members and guests present for business and/or Elmer session: Robin Amundson, Paul Butzi, Joe...
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Salmon Run 2018 Update

Western Wash DX Club - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 2:16pm

With the release of the Salmon Run results, I thought I would chat a bit about the event. We had a total of 304 logs from 6 countries and 37 states and provinces. There were over 34600 contacts represented in the logs sent in and not everyone sends in a log.

You’ll find the results at http://www.wwdxc.org/salmonrun/2018-salmon-run-results/ .  The Salmon Run web pages really got a makeover and John W7CD was convinced we should move away from hardcopy PDF files for the results. I’ll admit I was leery of the idea but I am happy he twisted my arm. I can only think of one improvement, the ability to sub-sort the scores after sorting any of the other columns. Right now, John says our WordPress site’s tables don’t support that extra functionality that but he’ll research it. There is a work-around: just copy the results off the WA and nonWA Web pages and  paste them into a single sheet on Excel. Then you can slice and dice the data anyway you want. Couldn’t do that before with the PDF version.

This was the first year of the Salmon Run Cabrillo Web page provided by Bruce WA7BNM. I noticed a distinct reduction in the number of hand logs I had to tweak. There were still a few that showed up in the mailbox that Jim K7WA  had to convert. It is amazing that there are some people that still manage to provide non-standard logs even exporting from a popular logger but those are usually easy to manage. I don’t think I had a single log with Unix line endings this year. There were a number of logs that had time issues. Most were minor but the worst involved a MultiOp station using two computers. One computer wasn’t set to the correct time (or even year).

One person sent along pictures this year. I really enjoyed those. I had the chance to chat with a few of our participants. Most really enjoy the contest but propagation took a toll this year. I’ll try and publish the accumulated Soapbox comments in another article along with the pictures. It’s good to get positive feedback. If you’ve got some pictures from a mobile, expedition, multiOp or for other interesting reasons, I wouldn’t mind seeing them.

This was my first year a Chairman for this event and it kinda happened suddenly. Many thanks to the legacy crew Mike K7SR and Kirk NU7K that helped answer stupid questions along with Adam K7EDX. I leaned a lot on John W7CD, who doesn’t even contest. Matt KQ7W came through with the beautiful certificate that we’ll be sending out. Dennis K7DSE remains our go-to guy for smoked salmon. Mitch K7RL did a bang-up job, on short notice, as the bonus station W7DX. When you think about it, he gave out over 1 million points to the deserving (2153 Q’s * 500 points each). Hopefully, I didn’t miss you if you helped me out this run.

Ever the optimist, I’m looking towards next year and might float a couple ideas in the coming months. If you have any feedback, please pass it along.  I am also looking for next year’s bonus station so if you feel you can do it, or want to grab a bunch of folks and do it together, drop me a note.

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MEETING THIS SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER

Mason County ARC - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:22am
We have lots to discuss to include: Vote on dues increases to $15.00 per member per year starting in 2019. Discuss, fix issues between By-Laws & Constitution Discuss adding “Member-At-Large” as Club Official/Board member. Having a full time Web Master … Continue reading →
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November 2018 Meeting – Club Log

Western Wash DX Club - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 2:38pm

The presentation for the November meeting will be by Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE, our club’s secretary.  The subject will be the use and leveraging of Club Log, written and maintained by Michael G7VJR.  Club Log is a web-based application that analyses log files from radio amateurs all over the world. Using the logs, Club Log offers you a wide range of reports for your own benefit, and identifies large scale trends from the sum of all activity in the database.

Details about our monthly meetings and a catalog of past programs are available on the Monthly Membership Meetings page.

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Salmon Run 2018 Results – Scores Outside of Washington State

Western Wash DX Club - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:30pm

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Salmon Run 2018 Results – All Washington State Scores

Western Wash DX Club - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:21pm

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Salmon Run 2018 Results - All Washington State Entries

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