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added 2/26/2021

Countdown to W4DXCC Logo

September 24th and 25th, 2021, Pigeon Forge, TN

Breaking News!

Hello Friends and Club Officials
Please pass along this W4DXCC Convention announcement to your club members and friends.
We are EXCITED to report that the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention WILL hold it's 16th convention September 24-25th, 2021!
We have an awesome group of presenters this year that I know will interest everyone.
Friday is the Ham Radio Bootcamp where we do our best to provide the knowledge to New and Experienced Hams alike.
Saturday is the main convention where we have numerous well known presenters, giving you the inside scoop on what is going on in amateur radio. Following each presentation we have time for questions if you would like to know more.
We have the leading radio and equipment manufacturers setup in the lobby with the latest gear for you to twist the knobs. More importantly you can have a one on one to ask questions about the gear with the company representative in a relaxed environment. We have a fully operational Ham Shack setup where you can come learn and make QSO's in different modes.
It is time to make your Hotel reservations for this years convention. You can NOT make Online reservations for this event!
Call them on the phone at 865 428-8350 and be sure to tell them you are with W4DXCC to get the special rate.
Convention Registration will open soon including Online Ticket Purchasing. Coming Soon.
Check out the Website and learn about the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention. Go Here W4DXCC Convention
Best 73
See you soon, Dave Anderson, K4SV
Convention leader Dave@w4dxcc.com
added 1/15/2021
Lou - N2TU, I have occasionally been asked about Johnston activation.....so here is a little background on Johnston Island.
The USAF has jurisdiction over Johnston and has banned all personnel, except USAF, USFWS and their volunteers.
Johnston has a sad history. During the Cold War, not one but two, missile tests failed and rained radioactive material on the atoll. Radioactive material was 'cleaned' by the Military and their contractors and dumped in the lagoon or on waste piles on the atoll. These waste piles were covered with layers of coral debris to mitigate the problem. They are still there.
Secondly, chemical warfare munitions were destroyed on the atoll (agent Orange and others). A large facility was built to accomplish this and hundreds of workers were assigned to the atoll. Some of them have attempted to claim disability due to exposure but have been met with heavy pushback from the Government and their contractors. The only remaining structure is the JOC (Joint Operations Center) and that is in disrepair though quite usable.
More recently, the atoll had been infested with "Crazy Yellow Ants"! Yes, that is the street name for anoplolepis gracilipes. (Look it up!) These ants are not indigenous on the atoll and USFWS was tasked to eradicate the CYAs. The CYAs excrete a very acidic substance which gets into the eyes of the sea birds causing them to lose their sight and therefore unable to forage. There have been multiple USFWS volunteer crews on the atoll. These crews live on the atoll, usually for 6 month intervals. They freely roam the atoll and have posted a few YouTube videos of the atoll. USFWS has done a remarkable job and the infestation seems to be at an end.
That is some of the history...so now for the Amateur Radio part!
In an attempt to obtain landing permission, multiple proposals have been submitted to the USAF. Initially, the process appeared to be fast tracked. The USAF was aware of the very positive feedback we received after the Wake Atoll operation. For Johnston, the USAF was given a very contained 'foot print' of our operations. Our set-up would be self contained and restricted to wherever area USAF deemed safe and of short duration (2 weeks). We would be self financed, have appropriate medical personnel with us, and follow the same protocols as the USFWS volunteers for ingress and egress to the atoll. Additionally, we offered the USAF compensation for any USAF supervision required on the atoll. The Amateur Team individually signed a Waiver of Responsibility, which effectively eliminated any chance of legal action for any reason. The Waiver was a Department Of Defense (DoD) authored document which assured the US Government of complete isolation.
Progress moved ahead nicely until a single Colonel objected on the basis of potentially hazardous material being brought back to our point of embarkation(Hawaii) by personnel's clothing and/ or other material. Any assurances given, such as we would follow the exact protocol as the dozens of USFWS personnel and further, we would be under the supervision of the USAF, fell on deaf ears.
Multiple resubmissions were sent to the good Colonel's chain of command, up to an including the Secretary of the USAF in the Pentagon. All were summarily dismissed or simply unanswered.
Literally, hundred of hours have been invested in the multiple iterations of an Operations Plan, Logistics Plan, soliciting personnel for the operation, attempting to get support from US Senator and Representatives (tough going!), issuing Freedom of Information applications, and on and on.
Quick side note. The FOIs, which were issued to obtain the true 'why was the operation nixed' were answered with mostly redacted information. The only information not blacked out was the title of the emails and some small chit chat! Further FOI requests asked for specific documents detailing the hazard potential expressed by the Colonel (There was dialog between the Colonel and other USAF departments). Again nothing of value was forwarded.
Summarized: Using the guise that hazardous material would be transported off the atoll is simply another way of saying, it isn't in their mission. Stating the atoll is unsafe seems disingenuous as literally hundreds of USFWS personnel have lived on the atoll for extended periods, roamed the atoll, dove and fished in the lagoon and even farmed vegetables in the soil. The USAF has a mission and that mission does not include Amateur Radio.
All hope is not lost. Sooner or later, the Johnston will be turned over from the USAF to the USFWS. The Pacific Region USFWS have been open to Amateur Radio operations as long as their terms are met. So if we live long enough, who knows!
Don't ask me how I know the finite details....I would have to deny any and all knowledge!
Best DX 73 Lou N2TU
added 1/12/2021
Hamvention 2021 Cancelation Release:
Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention.
Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors. Those who had their tickets deferred last year will be deferred again.
Stay tuned for information about a QSO party for the Hamvention weekend. We’ll be back next year!!!
Executive Committee, Dayton Hamvention 2021
added 12/30/2020
Ham License fee
Excerpt from FCC Report and Order...dated 29, December 2020....
" After reviewing the record, including the extensive comments filed by amateur radio licensees and based on our revised analysis of the cost of processing mostly automated processes discussed in our methodology section, we adopt a $35 application fee, a lower application fee than the Commission proposed in the NPRM for personal licenses, in recognition of the fact that the application process is mostly automated.[1]
Complete Docket can be found .
Paragraph 42 and the preceding paragraphs detail the arguments.
added 12/30/2020
CDXA Officers for 2021
  • President - Paul Trotter - AA4ZZ
  • V-President - Thomas Wright - N4HN
  • Secretary-Treasure - Ray Weeks - N4APR
  • Cluster Manager - Joe Simpkins - K4MD
  • Contest Manager - Art Tolda - W1AJT
  • QSL Manager - Paul Sturpe - W3GQ
  • Pileup Editor - John Scott - K8YC
added 11/6/2020
Charlotte Hamfest 2021
The Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society has canceled the Charlotte Hamfest scheduled for March 12th & 13th, 2021. We are deeply disappointed! We will be focusing on the 2022 Charlotte Hamfest when we hope we will be able to bring you the quality, multidimensional hamfest that you’ve come to enjoy.
The COVID pandemic has brought such uncertainty regarding how and if the Charlotte Hamfest could be held next spring that we realized that the event would fall short of everyone’s expectations. We don’t want to put on an event that is less than you deserve. Plan to join us March 11th & 12th, 2022 when we all will have an exciting and good time.
I know that many of us are extremely disappointed, including me, but after last year's experience we need to face the reality that we couldn't bring together 1,600+ participants in the ways that we enjoy so much. The Cabarrus Arena & Event Center has been extremely helpful. We'll look to 2022! Steven Burke KI4FAQ MARS President
added 7/14/2020
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Updated 5/27/2020
CDXA Wednesday lunch Cancelled.
Because of many of our CDXA members being in the higher risk category, and requirements for social distancing. The CDXA board is very cautious about the health and welfare of our members, so we will not officially restart our Wednesday CDXA lunches until the NC State government officials restore 100% restaurant occupancy with no restrictions.
Please remember if you're in the area the restaurant also does take out. Support "Skyland Family Restaurant"
Stay safe and well. Eric Sossoman / K4CEB VP
Updated 11/24/2019
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CDXA has moved from the 'Mailman' email reflector to 'groups.io' email reflector for our email service.
If you are a CDXA member and have not yet signed up for the CDXA groups.io reflecter, you can signup here.
Reason for the change is because the 'mailman' reflector does not have the ability to send images, attachments and sometimes links. The 'Groups.io' email reflector gives us the ability to add images, attachments, links, etc. to emails going out to all members. It also gives us some new tools like polls, etc
Previous an email was sent to all CDXA members inviting you to join the CDXAMembers@Groups.io. All CDXA members joining the CDXAMembers@groups.io must be approved before you can use it. The approval process is an unfortunate necessity given people who would abuse the service.
Posted 5/27/2019
HELP WANTED
We need your help if your call sign begins with W4, K4 or N4. The Carolina DX Assocaiation is the sponsor for the 4th area incoming QSL bureau. The QSL bureau is staffed by vounteers. How can YOU help? Make sure you have envelops or funds on file with your sorter. If you do not want bureau QSL cards, then please let your sorter know that as well. Who is your sorter?
Go to https://www.cdxa.org/w4qsl-bureau/index.php Enter your call sign in the blank box next to "Submit Query" and press ENTER. If your sorter has put your data on line (about half of the sorters have) you will immediately find out the status of your QSL file.
If you sorter has NOT put your data on line or if you want additional information, your sorter's email address is there. You can click on the link and send an inquiry to your sorter. The number one frustration that I hear from our sorters is when they receive incoming QSL cards and there are no envelopes, funds or instructions from you about how you want your cards handled.
So once again, help our volunteers by making your wishes known. We have tried to make it easy for you to tell us what to do with your cards. Go to the link above. Scroll down the page and you will find ways to get envelopes on file with the bureau. I thank you in advance for your halp and your sorters will be pleased as well
Paul Sturpe, W3GQ
QSL Bureau Mgr. 4th Call Area W4 K4 N4 Prefixes
Updated 9/292019
QSL Service Fee Structure
ARRL members — including foreign members, QSL Managers, or managers for DXpeditions — should enclose payment as follows:
$2 for 10 or fewer cards in one envelope.
$3 for 11-20 cards in one envelope, or 75 cents per ounce, for packages with 21 or more cards.
[For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds of cards -- 24 ounces, or about 225 cards -- will cost $18.]
Under the new fee structure, there are no transaction service fees.
You should use an accurate scale to weigh your cards. Most post offices have scales that you may use.
Please pay by check (or money order) and write your call sign on the check. Send cash at your own risk. DO NOT send postage stamps or IRCs. Please make checks payable to: “The ARRL Outgoing QSL Service.”
Packages received with insufficient payment will not be processed until the balance is paid in full. The outgoing QSL bureau does not keep money on account.
For complete information see .
updated 2/16/2017
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Updated 9/25/2016
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3B7A 3B9C 3C0V 3D2C 3Y0Z
6Y5NR/KP1 9X0R A52A BS7H C21W
CY0C E4X FO0XX FT4JA FT5ZM
H40GC H44GC HK0NA JX0X K1N
K5D K5P K7C K9W KH1/KH7Z
NH8S PT0S T32C T33C T30L
TI9KK TL8OZ TO5DX TX5C VK9DWX
VK0EK VP6D VP6EU VP8SGI VP8PJ
VP8STI VK9MA VK9MM VK9WA VP8SGP
VU7LD XF4DX YDXA/PJ2T ZK3A ZK3RW
ZL8X ZL9A ZL9HR    
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ARRL - DXCC HONOR ROLL STATUS
Call Mode Active Entities Total Entities
AA4VMixed340364
K4CIAMixed340376
K4MQGMixed340380
K4XPMixed340358
K4ZOMixed340355
KZ2IMixed340363
N2TUMixed340350
N4PQXMixed340347
N4XOMixed340383
W4BUWMixed340358
W4MBDMixed340358
W4ZVMixed340385
WX4GMixed340380
AA4RMixed339359
K4ESEMixed339356
KA4SMixed339358
N2ZZMixed339348
W4AGMixed339368
W4FCMixed339362
W4NLMixed339371
WA4DTMixed339352
AA4SCMixed338355
N1GCMixed338344
W3GQMixed338346
W3OAMixed338348
W4HGMixed338358
W4UWMixed338377
W6NWSMixed338349
K2SDMixed337352
K4MDMixed337351
K4ZAMixed337347
K5EKMixed337349
W4TJEMixed337345
K4GHSMixed336349
K4KLMixed336339
W4QNWMixed336352
K3WAMixed335339
K8YCMixed335339
KF4NEFMixed335339
WR2KMixed335345
K4DGJMixed334345
WA4DOUMixed334346
K4FXMixed332337
KI4TZMixed332340
W7DOMixed332335
AA4VPhone340363
K4CIAPhone340365
K4MKPhone340349
K4MQGPhone340376
K4XPPhone340357
KZ2IPhone340361
N2TUPhone340350
N4PQXPhone340347
W4MBDPhone340358
AA4RPhone339359
W4BUWPhone339355
N1GCPhone338344
W3OAPhone338348
W4FCPhone338360
W4UNPPhone338353
W4UWPhone338377
WX4GPhone338370
K4ZOPhone337351
K5EKPhone337349
KF4NEFPhone335339
W3NCPhone335345
IN3ZNRPhone334340
K4MVPhone333344
W4QNWPhone333349
K3WAPhone331334
AA4VCW339352
K4CIACW339351
K4MQGCW339353
N2TUCW339349
W4FCCW339352
WX4GCW339353
AA4RCW338346
W4AGCW338344
K4XPCW337348
K5EKCW336347
KZ2ICW336348
W6NWSCW336345
N4PQXCW335338
W3GQCW334339
K3WACW333337
W4HGCW333342
K8YCCW331334
W7DOCW331334
WA4DOUCW331339
N2TURTTY/Digital339349
K4XPRTTY/Digital331335
W3OARTTY/Digital331336

Honor Roll Status as of Nov 1, 2020.
All numbers are taken from the ARRL website

ARRL - VUCC STATUS
Call 50 FFA 144 222 432 1296 Sat
AA4SC655403375 1 46
AA4V539300     
AA4ZZ422332167109111  
AD4IE10282     
K2SD185159     
K3WA214166     
K4FX202157150 60  
K4GHS234187     
K4LVV561357     
K4MQG408167     
K4OY125106     
K4XP648361721 102
K4ZO13699     
K5EK5342922 2  
K7BV6703009    
K8YC250189411  
KF4NEF1761303    
KG4TAH1431241 1  
KI4TZ241171203 4 16
KZ2I3512431 1  
N1GC4362491475859  
N2ZZ2762173 11 
N4GBK258216     
N4HN6294001805515 
N4UFP547393106    
W3GQ4852872 1  
W3OA2702081    
W4CWA10797     
W4DEE162138     
W4GE167133     
W4MLN10091     
W4NE10278     
W4NL49493 1  
WX4F     50

VUCC Stading as of Nov 1, 2020.
All numbers are taken from the ARRL website

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