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.
According to an article soon to be published in QST, DDXG has again won the 2011 RTTY Roundup! A concerted club effort, the group beat out the Orleans County (LA) Amateur Radio Club with a score of 639851 points, compared to the latter’s 541423. DDXG won in the same category in 2009, only to be beat out by the Orleans club in 2010. Now with a target on their backs, DDXG members have several months to hone their operating skills for what will be a fierce contest in early 2012!
DDXG member stations N4KFT (+op W4DKR) and W4BNO (+ops KC4NYK, KJ4NPR) also showed in the Roanoke Division Multi-op High power and multi-op low power categories, respectively.
Link to the 2011 RTTY RU Results.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).