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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!
TQSL SOFTWARE READY FOR BETA TESTING
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 is working to make the job of setting up and using LOTW simpler. A beta release of the new software has been made available to all members of Yahoo's "Discussion Group for ARRL Logbook of the World (LoTW)". However, if you are not a Yahoo Group user, you can find the link and documentation for the new software here:
The current release candidate v1.14-rc5 is available via:
You can review the documentation for v1.14-rc5 before you download and install it:
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.
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)
Shelby Hamfest comes home
After five years of being held in Dallas, N.C.,
the amateur radio festival will return to the Cleveland County
Fairgrounds during Labor Day weekend.
"We are just tickled pink," said Cleveland County Fairgrounds Manager Calvin Hastings.
"We are very excited about it returning to the county for the community.
People come from all over the United States and will bring in a lot of revenue to the county.""
HAM NATION TO AIR SSB PROGRAM
John Scott, (K8YC) writes: I was watching Ham Nation last
Wednesday, and Bob Heil stated that on
1/16/2013 they will have a noted person on explaining the
ins and outs of Single Side Band.
If a person cannot watch the live version next Wednesday,
about 36 hours after the live show,
the edited version is placed out on the servers of TWIT TV.
(TWIT=This Week In Technology).
Ham Nation can be accessed by the icon on the CDXA website.
LOTW BACKLOG DECREASES
The Logbook of the World (LOTW) backlog has finally started to decrease after steadily
building over the last 4-6 weeks or so. The processing of log submissions had steadily
increased to where it was running more than 14 days behind as recently as 4 or 5 days ago.
It also was showing more than 35,000 logs in the queue.
Since reaching those peak numbers just a few days ago, the queue has decreased to less
than 25,000 logs and the processing delay has reduced to less than 9 days.
While not a lot of information is available as to the reason for the sudden turn around,
ARRL had earlier reported that hardware and possibly software changes were contemplated.
The queue status can be followed by going to:
CHANGE OF COMMAND
CDXA elected officers for 2013 at its annual Christmas Party/Business meeting on
December 13, 2012. Most notable was the election of a new president, Hal Bouton, N4QT.
Hal will replace retiring president, Ted Goldthorpe, W4VHF. Shown above, Ted gives
Hal a few light hearted pointers for his upcoming term of office.
Elected to the newly approved position of QSL Manager was Paul Sturpe, W3GQ.
Other officers re-elected to their present positions for another term were:
Vice President, Bill Fisher, W4GRW
Secretary-Treasurer, Cliff Wagoner, W3ZL
Pileup Editor, John Forbus, NV4A
Cluster Manager, Joe Simpkins, K4MD
Contest Manager, Dick Williams, W3OA
Webmaster, Wayne Setzer, WB4BXW
WHO'S WORKING ZL9HR?
Here are the number of Band/Mode Slots filled by CDXA members as of 1604z, Dec. 08.
To have your numbers included in this table you need to be a member of Clublog and
be shown there as a CDXA member. To join Clublog, go to
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 HS0ZKS
Executive 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:
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
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 2012
Our team continues its activities in Central and Southern Pacific. For 2012
We booked the beautiful island of the Pacific, we wanted to activate the last
year, but we preferred the island of Rotuma with 3D2R CALL. Now our team
unanimously 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
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 [here]
CDXA Hamfest Banquet
pictures by John Scott (K8YC) are now available for viewing. You can view
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 amount
CDXA is making to the DXpedition. You can use the CDXA donation form
] 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.
Hello DXers .. This is to notify you that Card checking of all QSL cards
will be done at the Charlotte Hamfest on Saturday, March 10. Card checking
for 160 Meter cards and deleted countries will be allowed. The cost for the
basic application is $14.00 (The price of $14.00 includes postal
charges required by the ARRL)for a limit of 120 cards. If paying with cash
please bring correct fee as we do not have cash available.
The booth will be located next to the CDXA Booth. Our booth will have the
W4/K4/N4 QSL Bureau managed by Ken, K4DXA, along with Bill, K4CIA, and me
for DXCC card checking. Any of us can also do VUCC and WAS card checking if
Look forward to seeing you DXers there.
73, Gary Dixon, K4MQG
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 »
WHO'S WORKING MALPELO?
Here are the number of Band/Mode Slots filled by CDXA members as of 1647z, Feb 5.
NEW MEMBER HOSTS 60 METER WEB SITE
One of CDXA's newest
members, Dan Schaaf, K3ZXL, hosts a web site dedicated to 60 meters.
If you are interested in DXing on 60, or have questions about 60 meter
operations, check out
If you can't find your answer on the web site, Dan is quick to
answer your question(s).
MALYJ VYSOTSKIJ I. TO BE DELETED FROM DXCC
Although unofficial and subject to the decision of the
ARRL DXCC Committee, it appears that the sun will set on Malyj Vysotskij I.
(R1MV) as a DXCC entity on February 16, 2012. The Island lies
within the Saimaa Channel.
The channel was built by Finland in the early 1960's.
The Island is entirely within Russia and Finland has been
renting the island
and the channel from Russia. A new agreement between the
two countries discontinues the rental of the Island to
Finland and therefore will most likely no longer meet the
DXCC criteria for a DXCC entity.
AA4NN JOINS CONWAY REEF DXPEDITION
CDXA's own Joe Blackwell (AA4NN) will be part of the dxpedition
to Conway Reef which is planned for later this year.
You can keep up with the planning by visiting the 3D2C web site
GET CDXA APPAREL AT DISCOUNT
(official supplier of CDXA apparel) has announced a 30% off sale.
So if you have been wanting a new CDXA shirt or other clothing, act now.
The sale is only good through January 13. Here is the link with all
From ARRL HQ
ARRL has announced a Diamand DXCC Challenge
Award for 2012 in commemoration of the 75th year of the DXCC award.
Read all about it here!
Diamond DXCC Challenge
For the latest information, check their website at
, Murray Adams is a CDXA member.
N2TU TOPS ONE MILLION
Lou, N2TU is an avid race fan in addition to being a top notch contester.
He is pictured below in his racing gear.
Lou topped one million points in the recent ten meter contest.
Your editor believes this is the first member to top the one million point
threshold in the recently intitiated CDXA club competition. Good going Lou!
There is a proposed Amendment to the City-of-Charlotte Zone rules
targets Amateur Radio
. Comments are due ASAP. Click here
to read proposal.. Send comments to:
Sandra Montgomery, AICP
Planning Coordinator -Development Services
Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department
600 E. Fourth Street - 8th floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
Radio Days Are Back: Ham Radio Licenses at an All-Time High
Ham radio in the 21st century
Ham radio today differs greatly from that of past years, but it still offers a fascinating way to explore electronics.
[ look ]
at how it has changed and what it has to offer both old hands and newcomers alike.
Thanks to N2HV for providing this link.
Radio Arcala, OH8X
CQ Magazine, November 2011, Page 13 has a really interesting article about Radio Arcala, OH8X
including a link to a video on base jumping from the tower.
What an antenna....
[ http://vimeo.com/27737232 ]
Thanks to K1MIJ for providing this link.
CDXA Christmas Party
The CDXA Christmas Party is right around the corner. Mark your calendars and use the
[ online signup form ]
to let the committe know you are coming.
16 TIPS FOR N1MM LOGGER
The major contest season is upon us with CQ World Wide SSB this weekend (October 28.)
The most widely used contest logging program is the free, N1MM Logger.
Joe, KI4TZ has pointed out a file that will give you 16 tips for getting more from this
popular logging program. You can view it in PDF format
[ here ]
CDXA TAKES FIRST PLACE
CDXA operating with the call sign W4DXA took first place in the 2011 Field Day category 3E.
Congratulations to the club and the operators who made this first place finish possible!
NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN
CDXA's election of officers will be held at the annual Christmas party on December 8, 2011.
Sam Hawes, K4DGJ has agreed to chair the nominating committee again this year.
Please contact Sam if you are interested in running or know of anyone else who is interested
in running for any of the officers' positions. Sam's contact information can be found
in the roster section of this web site.
SEDCO - W4DXCC A SUCCESS
The seventh annual SEDCO - W4DXCC conference is now history. Once again, there were great
speakers, good food, abundant prizes and tremendous fellowship.
Speaker topics included
antenna design, both transmitting and receiving, how to track down power line noise,
and there were reports on several recent DXPeditions. There were also hints about upcoming DXPeditions!
Shown below, CDXA members John Scott, K8YC, Dick Williams, W3OA and Wilson Caselli,
K1MIJ intently take in one of the forums in a relaxed atmosphere!
CDXA MEMBER AT SOUTH SUDAN
CDXA member Fabrizio Vedovelli, aka Brix, is shown below operating from South Sudan.
Brix was part of the very successful DXPedition which made more than 120,000 contacts from
the new DXCC entity. CDXA members accounted for nearly 500 of those contacts.
Congratulations Brix and CDXA members.
ARRL RE-ASSIGNS EMAIL ADDRESSES
The following message has been received from Bill Moore, Awards Branch Manager at ARRL.
[ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
is no longer in use. In an effort to better
serve our clients, we have created a number of new e-mail addresses that will be delivered to
the most appropriate person depending upon the subject. Please visit
[ http://www.arrl.org/awards-branch-contacts ]
for a listing of the new e-mail addresses and the general topics that they cover.
WHO'S WORKING THE NEW ENTITY?
Ninety Five CDXA members
were successful in working the new entity. Here are the number of
Band/Mode Slots filled by CDXA members as of 0701z, Aug 10.
This is the final report from ST0R after going QRT early on August 10:
Note: Two members have worked the ST0R on 160. They are:
K4CIA and W4ZV. A few of our members have been successful
in working ST0R on 80 meters. They are:K5EK, KZ2I, K4CIA, N7WZ,
N4ZC, NW4N, K4XP, K4MQG, N4JJ, N4PQX, W4AG, W4ZV, W7DO and K4MD.
NINE YEAR OLD EARNS EXTRA CLASS LICENSE
KJ4EDF AND CDXA's youngest member passed his Amateur Extra Class exam on July 26, 2011.
LATEST INFO RE SOUTH SUDAN DXPEDITION
Today, (July 19) the Intrepid-DX Group is making their way to
Cairo to meet with the DX Friends. Our advance team will arrive in
Juba, South Sudan tomorrow (July 20th) with a list of tasks to
perform in advance of the main team. As the ITU has not yet
issued a new prefix for South Sudan, our license that was
issued in March has the call-sign of ST0R. (Sierra Tango Zero Romeo)
That will be our call for the DXpedition unless the ITU issues a
new prefix which will require that we amend our license.
More updates to follow.
Co-Leader, STOR DXpedition to South Sudan
NEW DXCC ENTITY
This morning, July 14, the UN
General Assembly unanimously voted to approve The Republic of
South Sudan as a member of the United Nations.
Now that the Republic of South Sudan is a member of the
United Nations, the new country is now a DXCC entity by way of
Section II, 1(a) of the DXCC rules. The DXCC Desk will begin
immediately accepting QSOs for this new entity, with a start
date of July 14, 2011.
As of July 14, the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) has not announced a prefix block
for the Republic of South Sudan.
WE CAN LAUGH AT OURSELVES
A few CDXA members assembled
recently at the AA4ZZ contest site to prepare for the July VHF contest.
One project was to replace the two meter H double bay antennas with new
support frames constructed of PVC pipe. But Murphy struck and the lower
cross bar was assembled in the wrong position. Not to be deterred and
determined not to lose the work already done, the group came up with an idea.
While Paul, W3GQ (center) held the assembly and CDXA VP Bill,
W4GRW stood by to catch any flying pieces, Pileup editor John,
K8YC used a precision tool (found in the nearby junk pile) to
whack at and dislodge the lower crossbar. Alas, the effort failed
and the group had to go to plan B which is too long to explain here.
The entire effort was made possible when Joe, KI4TZ sanitized the site by bravely
destroying the nearby hornet's nest after the critters had already inserted
some of their venom into Bill, W4GRW and Paul, AD4IE (not pictured.)
Notably absent from the scene were Ken, K4DXA and CDXA Contest Manager,
Dick, W3OA who fled the scene to a nearby residence, purportedly to
install some networking hardware (at least that is their story and they are
sticking to it!)
Listen for the AA4ZZ
contest team this Saturday July 16 starting at 1600Z and ending Sunday
July 17 at 2100Z. Be sure to give them a contact on six and/or two meters
so they can defend last year's first place finish (NC) and fifth place
Press Release #4 DXpedition to Southern Sudan
In just a few short days, the people of Southern Sudan will declare
their independence from Sudan and will become the new Republic of Southern Sudan.
Vice President of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Teny has announced
that admission as a member state of the United Nations will take place on
July 14th, 2012.
The DX Friends and the Intrepid-DX Group continue to
monitor the UN General Assembly and Security Council votes and are moving
forward with our plans for a large multi-national DXpedition to take place
soon after the UN admission occurs.
Equipment has been procured and
is being staged for rapid delivery to Juba, the new capitol of Southern Sudan.
Team members have applied for their visas and we are awaiting them now.
We have held several successful meetings with representatives of the
Government of Southern Sudan. We have been issued an amateur radio license
for the purpose of this DXpedition. The Government of South Sudan is very
supportive of our plans to visit Juba and to help them celebrate the birth
of their new country.
We plan to soon be in the new capital of Juba
and to be ready to start our DXpedition after admission by the UN.
We will have 18 operators operating 24X7 on seven active stations.
At this time, we are seeking Foundation, Club and Individual
Sponsors to help us defray the costs of carrying out this very important
DXpedition. Our official website is:
The Intrepid-DX Group and The DX Friends.
CDXA Members' VUCC Standings Now Available on CDXA Web Site
On June 4 we announced in this column that the ARRL web site is now showing
VUCC standings. Our contest manager, W3OA has extracted CDXA members'
standings from the ARRL listings. They are now shown on this CDXA web site,
on this page, in the second box just below this CDXA News box.
We will handle these in the same way we handle DXCC and Honor Role listings.
That is, we will update the numbers early each month. If you have higher
numbers shown on your LOTW VUCC Account Status page you can email a copy of that page to
and those numbers will appear in the next monthly update.
AA4NN BACK ON DX PEDITION TRAIL
CDXA member Joe Blackwell,
AA4NN will be a member of the recently announced DX Pedition to Rotuma Island.
Joe is a veteran of many DX Peditions, including the most recent one to
Scarborough Reef. Joe is a remarkable story. Less than a year ago,
Joe was undergoing treatment for a serious cancer condition, but his
determination and positive attitude has prevailed. Now the Ham Radio
community looks forward to hearing Joe's melodious CW fist from Rotuma
this September. For more information about the DX Pedition click on
(or copy and paste)
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 link
(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.
K5EK wins Zone 5 CQ DX Marathon Competition
CQ Magazine has published the results of the 2010 CQ DX Marathon.
They show that CDXA member K5EK, Ed, won the Zone Certificate for the
highest score in Zone 5. Also, we can now finalize the results of
our CDXA DX King competition for 2010. The top standings are listed below.
More results will be published in the next Pileup.
|First Place, Unlimited Category:
||K5EK with 314 points|
|Second Place, Unlimited Category:
||W3GQ with 301 points|
Unlimited Category:||W4HG with 294 points|
Unlimited Category:||W7DO with 294 points|
Unlimited Category:||W3OA with 289 points|
Formula Category:||W3ZL with 227 points|
Formula Category:||W4WNT with 155 points|
420-440 Might be Safe in HR 607
May 19, 2011, Massapequa Park, NY - A
delegation of Amateur Radio operatorsfrom the Long Island /
New York City area met this morning with CongressmanPeter T. King (R-NY)
to discuss his recent proposed legislation, HR 607, andits impact on
Congressman King said that he fully understands and
appreciates theimportance of Amateur Radio and the service it provides
to the community,and that he would see to the modification of the bill
so that the 420 - 440 MHz band would be excluded from the spectrum
to be auctioned. The delegation included Mike Lisenco, N2YBB,
ARRL Section Manager for New York City / Long Island (NLI),Peter Portanova,
WB2OQQ, NLI Local Government Liaison (LGL), George Tranos,N2GA,
NLI State Government Liaison (SGL), and Jim Mezey, W2KFV, NLI ARESSection
Emergency Coordinator (SEC).
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 public
by operating in public areas such as parks, shopping malls, etc.
and by providing news releases to local media.
If you have news that you think needs to be added to the News box,
send it to for his review and posting.