Welcome to the Dominion DX Group

DDXG buttonWe are a small club located in Richmond, VA.  We have a diverse member base that enjoys many aspects of amateur radio.

Our meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of the month at 9 AM. The next meeting is on Saturday, November 23rd. More 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.

VP8/VP8DXU

Perseverance DX Group is organizing a team of experienced DXpedition operators to activate the South Orkney Islands (IOTA AN-008) from approximately Feb. 21, 2020 through March 5, 2020. South Orkney Island is currently #16 most wanted on Clublog. More information is available on the group’s website. The Dominion DX Group is a proud club sponsor of the South Orkney DXpedition.

Frostfest 2018

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!

Frostfest 2016

DDXG Logo

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!

Tangier 2014 – IOTA

Members of the Dominion DX Group went over to Tangier Island for the RSGB IOTA Contest again this year.  Instead of using the club call, each member used their own call to make contacts.  WV4Y, WD4LBR, KC4QYG, and W4BNO all operated this year.  We used a Zero Five vertical and an Icom-9100 as our station.

This was a much more relaxed operation than in years past.  We all got to operate, but also spent some time just relaxing on the island and eating seafood!


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DDXG at Frostfest 2013

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.

DDXG 2012 Year in review

RTTY Roundup

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.

Tangier

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.

DXCC

Several club members got DXCC awards this year.  Congratulations to these folks for the work they put into getting their awards.

  • KC4QYG
  • KW4CQ
  • W4DKR
  • NQ4A

KC4QYG DXCC

KC4QYG presented with his DXCC award.

KW4CQ DXCC 2012

Bob, KW4CQ, proudly displays his DXCC certificate!

W4DKR DXCC Phone - 2012

Barry, W4DKR, receives his DXCC Phone certificate.

NQ4A 15m DXCC 2012

Jon, NQ4A, receives his 15 meter DXCC award at the December 2012 DDXG meeting.

 Other Awards

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.

WD4LBR WAS Triple Play 2012

Bruce, WD4LBR receives his Triple play award from Sheila.

KJ4SSX eQSL feb 2012

Joe (KJ4SSX) with his eQSL 25 country certificate.

WD4LBR DX Champ 2012

Bruce, WD4LBR is presented with his DX Champion award.

Costa Rica team

Costa Rica DX Contest team 2011

New Members

Despite having known the members of the club, Joe Fijol, KJ4SSX became a full member of DDXG in 2012. 😉  Welcome, Joe!

KJ4SSX becomes full member

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

Tangier 2012 is July 27-29

Tangier 2012 QSL

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!

Operating from Distant Locales

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