We are a small club located in Richmond, VA. We have a diverse member base that enjoys many aspects of amateur radio.
The June 2015 membership meeting will be held on June 20 in order to avoid conflicting with Field Day.
Our meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of the month at 9 AM. Information about our meetings is here.
If you want to inquire about QSLs, send a message to the club, or ask the club a question, then send us an email.
ARRL Field Day is June 23-24. RATS will once again have Field Day operations at Laurel Park. For more information visit the ARRL Field Day site at http://www.arrl.org/field-day.
Due to Field Day, the next DDXG meeting will be held one week earlier than usual, Saturday, June 16th. DDXG meets at the Deep Run Recreation Center at 9900 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233.
DDXG will once again be at Frostfest on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Frostfest is the mid-Atlantic’s largest winter hamfest. Our location has changed just a bit this year – we are now in the rear of the hall just to the left of the prize drum. Hours are from 8:30AM to 3:30PM. As in years past all of the flea market tables for Frostfest have been sold out. You are guaranteed to find a huge variety of great ham radio stuff to start or add to your shack.
DDXG will again provide the test bench so if you find a great rig or simply need to make sure something that has caught your eye powers up you can bring it by the DDXG tables. The team will help you test out basic power and transmit functionality. We have a 12 volt power supply, a dummy load, and SWR/power meter available.
Frostfest will also host a number of commercial vendors including Elecraft, Ham World, Quicksilver, Signman and more. Plus meetings (including the ARRL Virginia State convention), forums, and VE testing will all take place.
Be sure to stop by the DDXG booth and learn about our club. Members are available to share our excitement about DX, answer questions, and make you aware of upcoming DXpeditions! Ask us about joining DDXG to learn about or share your passion for DX!
Come join us at Frostfest this Saturday, February 6, 2016. We will be located at the same spot as last year – at the end of the middle row across from the announcer’s stand and prize drum. The building layout is available here.
DDXG will also be providing the Frostfest test bench. We will have a 12 volt power supply, volt meter, dummy load, and SWR/power meter available. You can perform a quick check to see if the equipment powers up and puts out RF.
Please stop by and say hello. We’ll have information available if you’re interested in joining the club or attending one of our meetings. We’re also proud to have one of our members, W4DR, hosting a forum session at noon titled “66 Years of DX Adventures“. The complete list of forums is here.
See you at the show!
Come out to Frostfest on February 2, 2013 and visit us at the DDXG table. Many members will be there working the tables and shopping. DDXG will again be hosting the test bench for Frostfest. We will have some basic supplies available for checking out the new (or new to you) equipment. We will have a 12 VDC power supply, 50 ohm dummy load, watt meter, and a volt meter on hand.
Frostfest is one of the largest hamfests in the area and draws well over 2000 amateur radio operators. For more information on Frostfest, including directions, ticket sales, and more, check out the Richmond Frostfest web site.
Many members of the club participated in the ARRL RTTY Roundup contest in January. The combined club score was well over 600,000 points. Thanks to everyone that participated.
Our Tangier operation this year was different than what we have done in the past. We only operated a single station and let club members and guests operate under their own call sign if they chose to. We had a great time and made several hundred QSOs over the weekend. W4BNO has uploaded some pictures of the weekend to flickr.
Several club members got DXCC awards this year. Congratulations to these folks for the work they put into getting their awards.
KC4QYG presented with his DXCC award.
Bob, KW4CQ, proudly displays his DXCC certificate!
Barry, W4DKR, receives his DXCC Phone certificate.
Jon, NQ4A, receives his 15 meter DXCC award at the December 2012 DDXG meeting.
In addition to DXCC, several members of the club received other awards.
- WD4LBR received his “Worked All States” Triple play certificate.
- Joe Fijol, KJ4SSX, received his eQSL 25 Country certificate.
- WD4LBR received a “DX Champion” award from the Central Virginia Contest Club for working the most new band entities and the highest percentage of needed entities.
- Several members of the club participated in the 2011 ARRL SSB DX contest from Costa Rica and took first place!
- Andy, KC4QYG, earned his WAS Triple Play certificate.
Bruce, WD4LBR receives his Triple play award from Sheila.
Joe (KJ4SSX) with his eQSL 25 country certificate.
Bruce, WD4LBR is presented with his DX Champion award.
Costa Rica DX Contest team 2011
Despite having known the members of the club, Joe Fijol, KJ4SSX became a full member of DDXG in 2012. 😉 Welcome, Joe!
Joe Fijol (KJ4SSX) becomes a full member at the May 2012 DDXG meeting.
Looking back, 2012 was a great year for DDXG and we are looking forward to more radio active fun in 2013.
Tangier 2012 is July 27-29
QSL for Tangier 2012
Members and friends of DDXG will again travel to Tangier Island on the weekend of the RSGB HF IOTA Contest, but with a slightly different emphasis. The club will participate in the contest, but will be there primarily to activate NA-083.
This means that we will be QRV on Friday, shortly after our arrival. DDXG will run a separate log for the contest and may revert to the earlier ‘activation’ log after it ends. Please look for K4VAC on the bands!
At the November 19, 2011 meeting Rick Cook, AB4U, a regular guest at the DDXG monthly meetings, gave a presentation on operating from distant locales. From foreign countries, to boats, to remote areas in Texas, the presentation covered how to prepare for remote operations and pictures of some of the places he has operated from. Rick was kind enough to allow us to post his presentation.
A PDF version of Rick’s presentation is linked below.
Operating from Distant Locales-DDXG 19 Nov
DDXG President, K4WNW, welcomes Andy Hodges, KC4QYG to the club.
Andy Hodges, KC4QYG, was welcomed to the club at the October 2011 membership meeting. Andy was first licensed in 1990 and is getting back into the hobby after several years of being inactive. In 2010 he became active again and started hanging out with the DDXG. Andy has been an active member of the club – he taught us all about JT65 and WSPR by giving a presentation to the members earlier this year. Andy has achieved the following awards:
- Worked All States Basic #55,101
- Worked All States Digital
- Worked All States JT65
- Worked 88 DXCC entities and confirmed 83. Working to achieve DXCC by end of this year.
Robert, W4BNO, gave a presentation on “Solar Numbers and Amateur radio propagation” at the October 2011 monthly membership meeting. This presentation discussed Solar Flux Index, Sunspot numbers, K index, A index and how these affect the upper atmosphere. This also helps in understanding the solar reports from WWV and others.
A copy of the presentation is here: Solar Numbers and Amateur Radio
Comments and feedback on this presentation are welcomed.