DDXG Holiday Social

Our DDXG tradition is to skip our regular December meeting and instead celebrate the holidays with a social event. And we LOVE Vinny’s Grill on Lauderdale (owned by our own Giacomo, KK4FTC, and his lovely wife Victoria). Everyone enjoyed the food and the fellowship. Of course we missed those who could not join us.

All of us at DDXG wish all of you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year! Hope to see you at our January meeting on Saturday, January 25th. And if you are not yet a member why not start of the new year by joining us. New and prospective members are always welcome.

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.

DDXG Welcomes KC4QYG

Sheila welcomes Andy
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.

The DX Century Club Welcomes W4LEW!

W4LEW DXCC
W4LEW with his DXCC award

Club member Lew Best W4LEW poses with his first (mixed) DXCC. Along with this award he also received his DXCC phone endorsement. Licensed for less than two years, Lew quickly obtained is Amateur General and Amateur Extra class licenses in order to take full advantage of the DX found throughout the spectrum. Congratulations to Lew for a notable achievement in an incredibly short period of time!

DDXG Welcomes KJ4NPR!

KJ4NPR and K4WNW
KJ4NPR with his new membership!

The club welcomes William Orndorff KJ4NPR as a Full Member. A relatively new ham, William is on the cusp of obtaining his Amateur Extra class license. Nephew of Robert W4BNO and quickly logging DX contacts, William now becomes the youngest member of DDXG. Welcome aboard, William! Here, president Sheila Blackley presents William with his membership certificate.

DDXG Welcomes K3WRY!

K3WRY accepting member certificate

DDXG welcomes Dr. Joe Palsa K3WRY as a Full Member. An ARRL Life Member and the EC for Chesterfield County, “Dr. Joe” enjoys experimenting and working with equipment for seismic and weather recording, among his other ham radio interests. Here, President Sheila Blackley presents him with a membership certificate.

12M DXCC

Bruce and Sheila receive their 12M DXCC
Bruce and Sheila receive their 12M DXCC

Husband & Wife 12m DXCC – Bruce WD4LBR and Sheila K4WNW both received their 12 meter DXCC awards. Presenting the certificates is club Vice-President, Josh KD4ZDQ.

 

 

2010 ARRL DX Contest

DX SSB Certificate
ARRL DX SSB Certificate

Congratulations are in order for DDXG members Duke W1ZA and Andrew K4PUF. The duo, along with Bob W4DR and Ed NW4V won first place Virginia Section for the 2010 ARRL International DX Contest, in the multi-operator single category. The team, which operated from W1ZA’s QTH, also placed 6th for North America (U.S. and Canada).

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

DDXG buttonDDXG Headed To Costa Rica
DDXG QRV in Costa Rica – February 26, 2011 – Five members of DDXG will join hams from our sister club, CVCC, for participation in the ARRL International Phone DX Contest on March 5 & 6, from the QTH of Keko Diez in San Jose, Costa Rica. Mike N4LSP, Josh KD4ZDQ, Roy WK4Y, Marcus WV4Y and Parke N4KFT will arrive there on March 2nd and return to the US on March 8th. They will operate as TI5N.

While there, the DDXG hams will be QRV before and after the contest as TI5/K4VAC in various modes. Preferred QSL route for the club call is via LoTW.

Five Band DXCC

Sheila, K4WNW, presents the 5 band DXCC award to Roy, WK4Y.

Roy Davis brings home 5 band DXCC
DDXG member Roy Davis (WK4Y) earned five band DXCC. Roy WK4Y achieves 5-band DXCC. Licensed since 1957, DDXG member Roy Davis did not start chasing DX until the 1980s. He recently uploaded his contacts to Logbook of the World and has become the club’s first member to accomplish 5-band DXCC.  Here, Roy is congratulated by president Sheila Blackley K4WNW.