Latest CDXA News:
Mobile users click here
for complete News Box.
CQ Names New Ad Manager as Publisher Shifts Gears
CQ Communications President Richard Ross, K2MGA, has announced the appointment
of David Chartock to head the company's advertising department, effective immediately.
Ken Boyd (K4DXA)
wins the CDXA Fund Raising 2014 Raffle. Congradulations.
Wayne Helms (N4HWH)
wins the CDXA Hamfest Dinner raffle of the Yaesu FTDX-1200, courtesy of Yaesu
and Dennis Motschenbacher (K7BV).. Congradulations.
ARRL Intl. DX CW & SSB Contest scores posted
Tuesday, Feb 25, Ham Radio will be the topic on "Charlotte Talks" with
Mike Collins, WFAE FM 90.7. The show airs live @ 9AM and is replayed at 9PM.
CDXA's own Paul Jones K4VCF and TIm Slay N4IB will be in the studio live
talking about ham radio, the upcoming Charlotte Hamfest and the ARRL's Centennial.
Hear the show now at
I am pleased to announce that Roger Burt, N4ZC
of Mount Holly,
NC is the recipient of the 2013 Roanoke Division Service Award
Roger will receive this award on
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Charlotte Hamfest during the ARRL Forum.
Dennis Bodson, W4PWF
the September VHF Contest results have just been published and AA4ZZ is again
top 5 in the USA. Our very own Roger W4MW is mentioned and our AA4ZZ contest
team is one of the top performers with lots of quotes from Paul etc....
to view article in ARRL.
Way to go team !!!!
Karl Bowman (W4CHX
a CDXA member from Raleigh, NC, is assuming the role of NC Section Manager
as a replacement for Bill Morine, N2COP who decided not to seek a third
two-year term to concentrate on his family's business.
Karl is a veterinarian and an avid DXer and contester.
Between now and Jan. 17, Land's End is waiving the embroidery charges
for apparel in the Business Outfitters Division if you use the promo code CALOGO.
Any CDXA members contemplating some new apparel might want to do it now.
Visit our CDXA Apparel webpage
for information on ordering your apparel.
ARRL 10 meter contest scores posted
After all the preparations, negotiations and delays,
the Forgotten 98 Commemoration went off without a hitch. What a
great group of operators! Our CDXA partners, Joe AA4NN and Dick,
W3OA did an outstanding job of dishing out QSOs and handling the
pileups...remember your CDXA members constituted fully one third
of the Wake Team! [More]
Bill-W4GRW was able to book the ARRL President, Kay Craigie, N3KN for the
'2014 Charlotte Hamfest' ARRL forum. You can get the latest information on the
'2014 Charlotte Hamfest' at
VHF/UHF From Atop the Blue Ridge
The AA4ZZ Contest Team excited a few ions from the mountains around Boone, NC on the weekend of September 14-15
operating as a Limited Multioperator Station in the ARRL September VHF/UHF contest.
All preparation work was done by noon on Saturday with antennas raised and transceivers ready to work
6m, 2m (FM, SSB and CW), 222 MHz (FM, SSB, and CW), and 70cm (FM, SSB, and CW).
Could it be that Mr. Murphy would be absent this session? Answer: No, but his presence was
soon banished from the premises by some astute hams!
Is a New DXCC Entity in Our Future?
(The item below appeared in The Daily DX issue of September 11, 2013. It is
reprinted with permission of The Daily DX.)
Seasoned DXers know this usually follows or precedes issuance of an
ITU callsign block. Will the ITU now list the Z6 prefix on the
official "Table of International Call Sign Series" at
If so this would finally qualify Kosovo for DXCC as a counter, instead of current naught status.
A Tour of VOA Bethany Station
An informative video tour of the VOA Bethany Station near Cincinnati is now available for your viewingpleasure.
See and learn how the United States of America created a radio presence in Europe toovercome Hitler's propaganda
machine that had been fostered by distribution of low cost radios to German citizens.
Transmitters capable of 250,000 watts output provided people of Europe a way to learn "the otherside of the story."
See the gigantic manual switching apparatus that allowed changing transmitterfrequencies and matching them to the
correctly configured antenna. Learn how the VOA buildings were the first "green buildings" using waste heat to keep
the entire building warm in Ohio winterswithout a furnace! This is a must-watch video.Go to:
and look for the VOA Museum Special which was first shown on August 1, 2013.
WHAT IS AN ACCOMPLISHED DXER TO DO?
What's there to do after DXCC or DXCC Honor Roll?
Plenty. Start working as many DXCC entities on as many BANDS as possible.With 10 bands from 160 meters to
6 meters and 340 entities,getting them all (almost an impossible task) will keep you occupiedfor quite a while.
The award is called the DXCC Challenge.Don Etters (W4DEE), pictured here, discovered the delight of his
first 1000 confirmed "slots" and clearly enjoys having another pieceof "hardware" to put on the wall of his shack.
Posted 6/10/2013TQSL SOFTWARE VERSION 1.14.1 NOW AVAILAVLE
If you are one of the many who think getting started and using Logbook of the World (LOTW)
is too complicated, then there is hope! The ARRL has just made the job of setting up and using LOTW simpler.
A new release of the software is now available. If you already use LOTW, then you should upgrade the
software by going
If you do not yet have an LOTW account and want to establish one,then the link to get you started is:
One of CDXA's Charter members, Gary Dixon (K4MQG) is now a member of the CQ DX Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony was performed Friday, May 17 at the annual DX Banquet at the Dayton Hamvention.
The CQ DX Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions to DXing.
Gary joins a distinguished list of DXers who have been inducted since the award's founding in 1967.
The criteria for induction are not enumerated by CQ Amateur Radio on its
but a review of those inducted before Gary indicate that some of the considerations are:
conducting DXpeditions, serving DXers by managing QSL operations, contributing to tools and/or technology
that is helpful to the DXing activity, engaging in exceptional humanitarian activity, serving with foundations
or organizations helpful to the DXing activity, or promoting the vision of the DX hobby by informing radio
amateurs and the general public of just what DXing is all about. While not appearing to be a requirement,
any DXer will recognize that many inductees were also very active DXers-either in being DX or chasing DX.
Gary joins fellow CDXAers Lynn Lamb (W4NL) and Carl Smith (N4AA) in the CQ DX Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to Gary Dixon for this honor in his 56th year of being a Radio Amateur.
HEARD ISLAND DXPEDITION DELAYED AND RESTRUCTURED
The DXPedition to Heard Island, VK0, originally scheduled for 2014 is being rescheduled for January 2015.
This after the cost estimates for a 50 member DXPedition came in at around $1,500.000.
Plans now are to pare down the size of the operation to about 12-15 operators on the air for about 30 days.
The team feels that this smaller operation can be accomplished at about 1/3 the cost.
Even so, this will be a very expensive operation into a part of the world difficult to reach.
It will require huge support from the DX Community. Good luck team!
RICHARD (DICK) WILLIAMS, W3OA
NAMED INDEXA SECY-TREAS
Dick Williams, W3OA has been named by INDEXA to replace Bill Jennings, W4UNP as Secretary-Treasurer of INDEXA.
Bill recently announced his intention to retire. Dick will fill the unexpired term until elections are held in September.
INDEXA is a major sponsor of DXPeditions. Dick, a long time DXer, and member of the DXCC honor roll will bring a
wealth of knowledge and experience to the INDEXA organization.
In an unrelated move, Bill Jennings, W4UNP agreed to fill the unexpired term of INDEXA
director Rich Grant, W9RG who announced his retirement. Dick is CDXA's Contest Manager and Bill is
also a CDXA member.
Posted 3/1/2013Press Release
Team Leader Lou N2TU and the Management Team of Joe W8GEX, Craig K9CT, and Joe AA4NN are proud
to announce they are planning a Commemorative DXpedition to a rare DX entity. This DXpedition will be to
Wake Atoll (KH9)
in October 2013.
[Read more here
INCOMING QSLs GET CAT SCAN
In case you missed it,
CDXA is now the sponsoring club for the K4, N4 and W4 incoming QSL bureau
These incoming QSLs are undergoing a CAT Scan before going to the US Post Office.
There they will be sent to the various "letter sorters" before going to their final destinatations.
Our QSL bureau manager said that not all QSLs will get the CAT Scan!
Marion Island to get Ham Operator
We have just learned that ZS1BCE, David, has been appointed as the new radio
technician for Marion Island from April 2013 until May 2014.David departs Cape Town on
15 April 2013 and will only be active once the ship departs with the old team about 4 weeks later.
He will be active on most HF bands; SSB only.David returns to Marion Island for the second time,
but the first time as a radio amateur. He conducted a tour of duty as a radio operator in 1995 / 1996
as part of the Marion M52 Team.No call sign has been applied for yet, but David wishes to apply for ZS8D.
More details will follow once the call sign has been allocated.His QSL Manager will be Pierre Tromp ZS1HF / ZS8M.
All enquiries should be made strictly via ZS1HF.(This information is courtesy of Dan Schaaf)
CDXA TO HANDLE 4TH AREA QSL BUREAU
CDXA has been officially designated by ARRL to handle the single
letter prefix 4th area QSL bureau. Because of the high number of US call
signs with the number 4 in them, the 4th call area is handled by two QSL bureaus.
One bureau, in Sterling, Va. handles 2X call signs, i.e. AA4NN while a second
bureau in Charlotte handles the 1X call signs, i.e. K4SQR.
The Charlotte bureau has been under the able jurisdiction of the
Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society for years although much of the work has been
shared by members of the Carolina DX Association. CDXA will become the responsible
organization for handling the single letter prefix 4th area QSL bureau pending
approval from the membership at its upcoming annual meeting.
At its annual meeting on December 13, CDXA will also elect a
QSL Bureau Manager to replace Ken Boyd (K4DXA) who has managed the bureau for
the last six years and has announced his intentions to retire from that position.
CDXA wishes to thank the Mecklenburg club for their past service and looks
forward to the continued cooperation from its members in sharing the workload
associated with running the QSL bureau.
TED GOLDTHORPE, W4VHF, STEPPING DOWN
The following paragraph appeared today in the NORTH CAROLINA SECTION NEWS
LONGTIME CDXA PRESIDENT TED GOLDTHORPE, W4VHF, STEPPING DOWN –
For those who like to chase DX, we are fortunate to have an ARRL affiliated
dedicated DX club located in North Carolina: the Carolinas DX Association.
Although based in Charlotte, it serves members throughout North and South Carolina,
and in many other states. Not many ARRL sections have a DX club so take advantage
of its resources and superb website at www.cdxa.org
Ted, W4VHF, has been the long time chief of CDXA and after many years of
unflagging service, he and his equally hard working YL Itice, K4LVV, are taking
some well deserved time off. Thanks Ted and Itice for your expert leadership in
making DX fun in the Carolinas.
BACK FROM SWAINS
Not to be outdone by AA4NN (see 2nd picture) Lou, N2TU, also a member of CDXA,
showed his class by dressing up for dinner. Even in the sweltering temperatures of Swains,
the guys could still have a sense of humor!
When you are on an island and the temperatures are above 110 degrees and
you forget your hat.....what do you do. Why you use your pant leg of course!
Pictured above is Joe, AA4NN who just returned from the very successful
DXPedition to Swains Island. Also returning was Lou, N2TU.
This was Lou's first major DXPedition, while Joe is a veteran of many major DXPeditions.
Both are members of CDXA. Great job fellows!
NEWS RELEASE: Yaesu Presents Radios to HS0AC in Thailand
I depart Thailand early Tuesday morning after a number of days of
DX pileups along side some of the most enthusiastic and friendly hams in the world!
I will never forget my time here to present two Yaesu FT 2000D radios
(thanks to Yaesu President Mr. Jun Hasegawa) to the Radio Amateur Society of
Thailand headquarters station HS0AC that lost their radios during the terrible
floods last year.
I was delighted to find Thailand extremely "radio active" with over
300,000 hams; most on VHF. However, after seven years of waiting,
the Thai hams are once again able to test for a license that gives them the HF bands.
Over 40 have already passed the exam this year and at least one more test is schedule in 2012.
I understand that upgrade testing will likely now occur three times a year meaning
100s of new HF operators are about to appear on the HF bands.
All this is great news for hams around the world!
73 Dennis Motschenbacher (CDXA member) K7BV HS0ZKSExecutive Vice President Amateur Radio Sales
Activity at Swains Island
Lou, N2TU, sent us this link for a report on
the unloading of gear at Swains Island yesterday and today.
The author is Alex Jennings, the owner of Swains Island.
Today, the FCC released the mandated 'report to Congress' on the
Amateur Radio Service:[Read Here
ARRL comments on the report may be seen at:
If you live in a 'restricted' area, this concerns you and your ability to
practice your Amateur Radio hobby to its fullist.
Thanks to W4BFB for this news update.
NIUE GETS NEW PREFIX
On August 3, the ITU updated its Table of International Call Sign
Series to reflect a call sign change for Niue. The island will now have the
entire E6 prefix block. Niue -- an island located approximately 1700 miles
northeast of New Zealand -- is a self-governing island nation that has been in
free association with New Zealand since 1974. Prior to the change, the island used ZK2.
According to the CIA World Factbook, Niue is about 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC,
and has a population of almost 1300 people.
CDXA Field Day pictures
can be viewed
Is North Korea on the Short List?
A recent announcment by Rick, K6VVA has stirred interest in the
DX community about a possible upcoming DXPedition to North Korea.
Rick is not looking for finacial support at the present time,
but is trying to determine the amount of financial help that will be
available should all the hurdles be cleared for the P5 operation.
For more information or to indicate your support, go to:
CDXA members, Joe (AA4NN)
Lou Dietrich (N2TU)
are members of the 2012 NH8S SWAINS Island DX team.
ANNOUNCEMENT --- 3D2C - DXpedition to Conway Reef
September 24th 2012 till October 5th 2012Our team continues its activities in Central
and Southern Pacific. For 2012We booked the beautiful island of the Pacific,
we wanted to activate the lastyear, but we preferred the island of Rotuma with 3D2R CALL.
Now our teamunanimously decided that the Conway Reef is our next point.
Conway Reef 3D2C
ANNOUNCEMENT --- PT0S - DXpedition to St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks
Jun 30, 2012, Sao Paulo and Miami
The Araucaria DX Group, in conjunction with the TX3A Team, is pleased to announce
a DXpedition to St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks, PY0S, under the call sign PT0S.
The DXpedition will take place in the late November to mid December, 2012 time frame.
The actual dates will depend on weather conditions and will be announced on the PT0S website,
FCC Seeks Higher Vanity Call Sign Fee
The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on May 4,
seeking to raise the fee for Amateur Radio vanity call signs. Currently,
a vanity call sign costs $14.20 and is good for 10 years; the new fee,
if the FCC plan goes through, will go up to $15 for 10 years, an increase of 80 cents.
The FCC is authorized by the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended)
to collect vanity call sign fees to recover the costs associated with that program.
New "PRB-1" Law Now in Effect in Ohio
On May 15, Governor John Kasich (R-OH) signed a bill into law
granting comprehensive rights to Amateur Radio operators in that state.
Several key players in the successful effort to enact a “PRB-1” law in
Ohio were present for the signing, including Section Manager Frank J. Piper, KI8GW;
Rick Swain, KK8O; Bill Carpenter, AA8EY; Steve Katz, N8WL, and Constance Barsky, WD8ODC.
ARRL Great Lakes Division Director James Weaver, K8JE, was also at the signing.
DXCC Card Checking Rule Change
Effective immediately, a change in the DXCC Rules permits volunteer
Card Checkers who have achieved DXCC on 160 meters to check 160 meter QSLs in the field,
and all Card Checkers to check cards for Deleted Entities.
FCC Seeks Public Comments on Emergency Communications by Amateur Radio
and Impediments to Amateur Radio Communications
. In response to the
Congressional directive to prepare a study to assess Amateur Radio’s role
in emergency and disaster communications and the impact of private land
use regulations on the amateur community’s ability to provide such communications,
the FCC issued DA 12-523 soliciting comments from the public.
The period for public comment runs until May 17, 2012.Read more
CDXA Hamfest Banquet
pictures by John Scott (K8YC) are now available for viewing. You can view them
or from the above navigation bar under CDXA Pictures.
WANT to HELP the SWAINS ISLAND DXPEDITION
Make a donation to CDXA [marked for Swains DXpedtion
which will be added to the amountCDXA is making to the DXpedition.
You can use the CDXA donation form[here
to make your donation.
ARRL ANNOUNCES NEW DXCC FEE STRUCTURE
The ARRL has announced a new DXCC fee structure effective April 2, 2012.
There are a number of changes with the "tweaking" of the price stucture
being the least significant.A primary aim of the new fee structure is to avoid
the year end backlog that occurs. This is being accomplished by removing the
surcharge that is currently in place if one submits more than one application per year,
deleting the current hybrid application problem and adding a new online application.
Full details of the new program are available at:
SWAINS ISLAND DXPEDITION ANNOUNCED
Joe, W8GEX and Craig K9CT, are pleased to announce they are planning
another DXpedition to a rare DX entity. Joe and Craig were the co-leaders of the
very successful PJ7E DXpedition on 10-10-10. Before that, they were part of the
team that re-activated Midway, K4M, in 2009.
This DXpedition will be to
Swains Island in September 2012. Swains ranks number 31 on the DX Magazine
Most Wanted Survey and number 30 on Club Log's Most Wanted list.
Because of the anticipated demand, a highly experienced team of 20 operators has been formed.
The team will operate six stations over a 14 day period, from 160 to 6 meters on all modes,
using the callsign NH8S. Great emphasis will be put on Europe where it is most needed.
Team members include AA4NN, DJ7JC, DL3DXX, I8NHJ, K5AB, K6MM, K6TD, K9CT, KH7Y,
N2TU, N6HC, NA6M, ND2T, NI6T, SM5AQD, W4BUW, W6KK, W8GEX, WB4JTT, and WB9Z.
MALYJ VYSOTSKIJ ADDED TO DELETED ENTITIES
(From The ARRL Web Site)
According to the Finnish Ministry of Transportation and Communication,
the Saimaa Canal Treaty between Finland and Russia has been finalized by relevant
Finnish and Russian authorities through ratification.
The Treaty has entered
into effect with a date of February 17, 2012.
Malyj Vysotskij Island (MVI), R1M, is no longer included in the Treaty.
Thus, MVI will be deleted from the DXCC list as of February 17, 2012,
and added to the Deleted Entities List.
Administratively at HQ, we will not make the necessary changes
to the DXCC system until after the final data processing for 2011 is
complete -- this includes the tables shown in Logbook of The World.
DXCC members will see their current entity totals drop by one on their
Mixed awards, and on the bands and modes where MVI credit is given.
They will also see their DXCC Challenge totals drop commensurately.
SOUTH SUDAN GETS PREFIX ALLOCATION
(From The Daily DX)
The Daily DX has learned the International
Telecommunication Union(ITU) announced the official callsign allocation prefix for
the fledgling nation of the Republic of South Sudan, which joined the
United Nations (UN) on July 14 at 1400Z. The 193rd member of the UN has
been assigned the callsign prefix block Z8A through Z8Z.
The ARRL added country number 341 to the ARRL DXCC list and the first and
only DXpedition to South Sudan was that of ST0R during late July and early August of last year.
the Latest information on Proposed Charlotte Amateur Radio Ordinance
from Sandra Montgomery, AICP,Planning Coordinator - Development Services.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department
Ham Radio USA – 100 Years and Counting
When you first glance at the title,Ham Radio USA – 100 Years and Counting, you can’t help but think
Read More »
VUCC STANDINGS AVAILABLE ON WEB SITE
The ARRL has made the VUCC standings available on their web site.
The listing is similiar to the DXCC standings.
Use this linkhttp://www.arrl.org/vucc-standings
(or copy and paste) to get you to the correct web page. Enjoy!
IMPORTANT: W4BFB 2m Repeater CHANGES!ALL W4BFB 2m repeaters will
require use of CTCSS (pl) tone 118.8Hz for access SOON. The 145.23 repeater now requires the 118.8 tone.
LOCAL HAMS FEATURED IN CHARLOTTE NEWS
Two local hams, N4ACF and W4DON were featured in a story about Amateur Radio in Wednesday's
(May 11th) Charlotte Observer's Mooresville News section. Just over a month from now,
Hams all over the country will be "practicing" their emergency communications skills
during an event called Field Day. Field Day also provides a good opportunity for the
Ham Radio Community to show off their commuications capabilities to the publicby
operating in public areas such as parks, shopping malls, etc. and by providing news releases to local media.
you have news that you think needs to be added to the News
box, send it to
for his review and posting.