Volume 7, Number 6 JUNE 2002
The Newsletter of the Mother Lode DX/Contest Club
JULY MEETING LOCATION Senior Center and turn left onto Court
July meeting will be Saturday, Street (approximately 1 mile). New York
Rand Road will be the first stop sign
July 20, at 12 noon in Jackson. (1/4 mile). Turn right and the Senior
This is a joint meeting with the Mother Center will be on the left
Lode DX/Contest Club (MLDX/CC) and the approximately 100 yards from the
Northern California Contest Club(NCCC), intersection and behind an apartment
our 4th annual. complex (signs will direct you to “Oak
Al Maenchen, AD6E, will have a program Manor”). Parking is available in both
about the recent TI9M expedition to the front and the back. Additional
Cocos Island. parking is available next door at the
The meeting will be a barbecue and Quail Hollow Professional Center with
potluck. Grilled chicken breasts and stairs at the rear that lead to the
beef tri-tip, condiments, buns and Senior Center. Please do not park in
plates/eating utensils will be provided the spots marked for the Oak Manor
by the MLDX/CC. NCCC will provide soft Convalescent Home.
drinks and other non-alcoholic In addition to the Safeway mentioned
beverages. Please bring the following above, if you continue South through
to share based on the first letter of the stop at 49/88, there will be a
the suffix of your call sign, and Ralph’s on the right (1/4 mile) and a
serving utensils, if necessary: Raley’s on the right (1 mile).
A-G- Simple deserts (cookies, fresh To Jackson from the Bay Area – take
fruit, etc.) Interstate 580 East to Interstate 205
H-N- Chips/dips/salsa (bypass Tracy) and proceed to I 5
O-U- Salads (potato, macaroni, fruit, north. Proceed north to Stockton and
green, etc.) take Highway 4 east to Highway 99
V-Z- Relishes (assorted pickles, north. Proceed north approximately 1
olives, carrot & celery sticks, veggies mile and take Highway 88 east to
with dip, etc.) Jackson.
Talk in on Amador County ARC repeater, To Jackson from Nevada – Take
K6ARC, 146.835 –600 kHz. (100 hz. PL, Interstate 80 or State Highway 50 West
if in use). Alternates; W6SF, 146.165 to Highway 49 and proceed south to
+600 or 146.52. Jackson. Or take CA/NV Highway 395
Jackson is located at the intersection south to Highway 88 west to Jackson and
of State Highway 88 and 49 in Amador turn right on Court Street.
County, southeast of Sacramento. To Jackson from the North or Sacramento
Directions: – Take Highway 16 (Jackson Rd) east to
The meeting will be at the Senior Highway 49 and go south.
Services Center, 229 New York Ranch From the South – Take Highway 99 North
Road, Jackson, Ca. Take State Highways to Highway 88 east to Jackson.
49/88 to Jackson. From the West(Highway Amador County is in the heart of the
88) or the North (Highway 49), go Mother Lode Gold Country. Our meeting
through the traffic light at 49/88 location will be minutes from antique
intersection and proceed to the bottom shops galore, 18 wineries, gold mine
of the hill, turn left at the 2nd stop tours, camping and fishing sites, and
sign (Safeway and Chevron gas station the historic Chaw’se Indian Grinding
will be on your right), onto Highway 88 Rock State Park. In addition, the
East toward Lake Tahoe. Follow signs to
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Jackson Rancheria Casino/Hotel is a
jaunt up New York Ranch Rd. Initially I was licensed as KN0IPI. My
For additional information contact: first receiver was an old (even then)
Kay or Ken, K6KOemail@example.com K6TA- HRO 50 radio and a crystal controlled
firstname.lastname@example.org (phone 209-2965577) 25 watt TX using a 6L6. My antenna was
Dick, K6LRN email@example.com (phone 530- a folded dipole for 15 and 40.
620-2147) By the time I graduated from high
This is always a fun event-plan to be school, I was using a Viking Challenger
there!! and Hallicrafters S85, a two element 20
meter beam and a home brew (link
PRESIDENT’S REPORT coupled) amp using a pair of 811As.
The Hot Topic this month is what the The rectifiers were mercury type 872s.
heck happened to our Prez. Sent 3 e- My ham shack was a converted coal bin.
mails but got back nada. So we are
going to press without his report. Upon arriving a California, I was given
the call sign WB6JSZ – a terrible call
MLDXCC PROFILE OF THE MONTH for a CW operator. I quickly up graded
Dennis King N6KD from my conditional license to Extra
Ham radio for me has been a life time Class and received W6ROL, which I used
love affair. It helped me decide on a for several years. About 15 years ago,
profession at an early age and it has I applied for a vanity call sign –
been a fascinating hobby throughout my W6DK, K6DK and the FCC give me N6KD –
life. When I was in high school, I my initials backwards.
told everyone that I was going to be a
technical writer. This was in the Currently, I am semi-retired and
1950s in Iowa when people (including plotting my next move after a 5-way
me) didn’t have the foggiest idea of heart bypass operation in April. Now I
what a technical writer was and what have lots of time for ham radio
he/she did. Ham radio was the initial projects. If I could just get my XYL to
and continuing motivation for me in stop creating “to do” lists.
this field. Many of the people that I
have met in the electronics industry My current station consists of a TS-
also got their start through ham radio 950SD, FT-100D, Elecraft K2, Alpha 91B
– like many people in the MLDXCC. and 4 towers. One of the towers has a
KLM-KT34XA, tower 2 Cushcraft 2 el 40
In high school in Iowa, we had an meter beam and WARC Rotatable Dipole.
active radio club led by a teacher of a Towers 3 and 4 are waiting for the last
two-semester program in Electronics. two sections to be installed, when I am
We learned theory and built a power allowed to climb towers again or the
supply in the class the first semester XYL is not around... I have a 4
and the second semester we built a element 12 meter beam and 5 element 6
crystal controlled 50 watt transmitter meter beam waiting to be installed.
that we had to use to make an overseas
contact. At least one member of each My current goal is to meet the Honor
team that built this equipment was Role requirements – have 322 confirmed
licensed. Our radio club had weekly and 327 worked – so am getting close.
contests, where the score was computed If you hear a YA, YI, YK, KP1, FR/J,
by dividing the mileage to our contacts FR/G, T5 or ST, call me at 223-5592. I
by the square root of our power. Since noticed on the news that most of the
we were mostly running Heathkit DX40s, countries I need are considered
Johnson Adventurers and similar low terrorist countries!
power equipment the divider was 7. We
quickly figured out that we could 73, Dennis
easily work CA stations running 5 watts
or less – and win the weekly contests EDITOR’S MESSAGE
hands down. We were experts at QRP in The past month ol’ SOL has been stingy
those days and tested the “ears” of the with DX and the bands have generally
CA novices. been noisy (typical summer conditions).
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Balance 5/31/02 $624.18*
On the positive side, my wife and I
hosted Dick K6LRN and Jim WX6V for the * Includes $100 for Repeater Fund
WPX CW contest, operating as WX6V, and GARY STILWELL, KI6T,SECRETARY/TREASURER
with somewhat disturbed conditions,
they still managed a 2.6 meg score for ROSTER UPDATE
the NCCC. CQing did not produce any “Not” included in this Issue.
substantial runs so it was search-and-
pounce for 48 hours! Not exactly what COMING EVENTS
you want, but they were able to perform 2002 Pacific Northwest DX Convention
competitive testing on the 40M-triangle DATES: August 2 - 4, 2002 (Friday
array. The results were positive, they through Sunday)
were able to work EU’s and even run LOCATION: Monarch Hotel
JA’s, so I guess I’ll keep it around 12566 SE 93rd Ave. Clackamas, OR 97015
for a while. (just minutes from downtown Portland)
(800) 492-8700 Online reservations can
Dennis N6KD has posted the last 3 be made at
newsletters on the club WebSite, so http://monarchhotel.citysearch.com
check in out and note the new WebSite Make your reservation early as the DX
address. Convention rate is only available until
July 12th. SCHEDULE: Friday night -
The big activity around our house the registration and Hospitality Suite,
past month has been weed-wackin’ and Saturday - programs and prizes, banquet
Poison Oak spraying, not DXing. With and speaker, Hospitality Suite, Sunday
the recent burst of hot weather the - breakfast and speaker plus raffle
weeds have been going crazy, I know I’m prize.
fighting a loosing battle but what’s a PRESENTATIONS (subject to change):
mother to do? I think that we (alone) VP8GEO (South Georgia) and VP8THU
keep the Roundup folks in business and (South Sandwich) by W7EW, PW0T
provide major support for all things (Trindade) by N6FF, Lowband Antennas by
related to string trimmers, HI HI. For N6LF, ARRL DXCC Forum by NT1N
the last week or so small tractors have WRTC-2002 from the persepctives of a
dominated my dreams, could this be a competitor, (NT1N) and a judge (N0AX),
divine sign? On another subject, I am TI9M (Cocos Island) by AD6E, ZK1 (North
thinking about attending the Pacific Cook Islands) by W7TSQ.
Northwest DX Convention, August 2 - 4, If you're planning on attending the
2002 located near Portland, Ore. Any convention, get your registration form
interest from other members to attend in the mail and postmarked by June 15th
or share a room? C U all the 15 th de if you want a free raffle ticket. The
Rick, W6SR raffle grand prize is a $1000 Ham Radio
Outlet gift certificate! Of course,
THE SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT there will be other door prizes as
BOARD MEETING well.
I received no feedback from club Up to the minute news regarding
officials so I was unable to put in any attendees, prizes, and presentations
information. are on our website. You can print the
GENERAL MEETING registration form from there as well.
President Ray Parker, ND6S, called the http://www.wvdxc.org/convention.htm
general meeting of the Mother Lode Any questions can be addressed either
DX/Contest Club, held at the Round to me or to the Convention Chairman,
Table Pizza Restaurant in Martell, to Al Rovner, K7AR, firstname.lastname@example.org or (360)
order at 12:00 PM. The minutes of the 256-7437. We'd love to see you in
April meeting were approved. Oregon in August! 73 Lisa Zeug, K7UQT
2002 Pacific Northwest DX Convention
TREASURER’S REPORT Publicity Chairman
Beginning Balance 4/30/02 $921.18* Foothill Flea Market
Income: Dues $30.00
Expense: Insurance $327.00
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2nd Saturday of each month from March Is there any interest in maintaining a
through October at Foothill College, countries worked/needed list??
Livermore Swap Meet Next ‘contest’ is Field Day…oh; it’s
1st Sunday of each month at Las Positas not a contest. We may go to Petaluma
College in Livermore, 7:00 AM to noon, for the Redwood Empire DX Association’s
all year. Talk in 147.045 from the festivities. They will be 2A plus the
west 145.35 from the east. Contact ‘GOTA’ on the mudflats south of town. A
Cliff Chiba, KF6EII, (209) 835-6715, great location! If you’re not
email email@example.com. participating actively, go out and
Placerville Swap Meet – every third visit a club that is. The El Dorado
Sunday, 3970 B Missouri Flat Rd #3, Club will be operating from a site on
Placerville. 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. the Mormon Emigrant Trail at 7,000’
Talk-in on 146.865 – PL 142.2, 440.700 elevation. Get on a make a few QSOs
+ PL 88.5. No fee, free parking. Hwy. with the class A, B and C stations.
50 East, take Missouri Flat off-ramp.
Go over Hwy. to 2nd light, into shopping K6LRN has taken on the librarian chores
center in front of Radio Shack. for the Northern California DX
Foundation. Visit ncdxf.org for a list
CONTEST FEEDBACK of videos available for clubs and
This is going to be a little short this individuals. There are a few new ones
month as I am wrapped up in several that are not yet on the list on the
projects. WebSite. Please make you request via
snail mail or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
After months of planning, The postage for sending and receiving
procrastination and bureaucracy, we videos will be going up June 30. I will
finally broke ground on our ham have rates as soon as I can figure out
shack/workshop project. The contractor the chart. It looks like about 25 cents
called Wednesday (6/5) afternoon and or so.
said we’ll be there Thursday with a
backhoe. By quitting time, the pad was Speaking of postal increases, don’t
leveled, trenches dug and a hole was forget to send extra postage with your
dug for the second tower. Foundation SASEs in case they can’t be mailed by
should be poured next Friday. We’ll June 30. First class domestic letters
order 4 or 5 yards of concrete and pour will be 37 cents and post cards 23
the base for the second tower at that cents. There may be an increase in
time. Erection of that tower will wait overseas postage as well.
until the rest of the project is
completed. We have volunteered to assist with the
International DX Convention next year.
The building will be 20’ x 20’ with a The dates are May 2, 3 and 4. Please
10’ x 10’ ham shack in one corner. look at a program to get an idea of the
There will be a 100 amp sub panel…first various committees that are needed. See
time in 47 years that I’ll have 220 VAC if there is something there that you
in the ‘shack. As you know, we’ve been would like to do. We have not yet met
agonizing over the choice of amps. with chairman George, W6YD.
Would anyone be interested in having an Don’t forget our joint meeting with the
official’ Mother Lode DX/CC T-shirt (or Northern California Contest Club on
some other kind of shirt)?? I’m July 20. See attachment for details. Al
thinking of something distinctive for Maenchen, AD6E, will talk about his
the joint meeting in July and for the trip to Cocos Island TI9M earlier this
DX convention next year in Visalia. As year.
some of us will be helping with the
convention, we should be visible (until UPCOMING CONTESTS
something screws up). Is there a big June 15-16 All Asia DX Contest (CW)
enough picture of ‘our’ miner that June 15 Kids Day
could be used? Other suggestions/ideas? June 22 –23 Field day
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July 1 RAC Canada Day Contest Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters,
IARU HF championships, in conjunction using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will
with the RadioSport competition, will also be active in the RSGB Jubilee and
be on July 13. It’s 24 hours long, ANARTS RTTY contests. QSL to home call.
starting at 1200Z Saturday ending 1200
Z Sunday (0500 PDST Sat-0500 PDST JAPAN, JA. Aru, JA0KNM, Kaoru, JA3MCA,
Sunday). Rules and other info on Page Jun, JJ1EQW and Taka, JE3NJZ are QRV as
96 of April 2002 QST. homecalls/JR6 from Iriomote, IOTA AS-
024, in the Yaeyama Islands, until June
The NA RTTY Contest is the same day as 10. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using
our joint meeting, the NA CW and SSB CW and SSB. QSL to home calls.
Contests are in August. See WA7BNM’s
contest pages or the ARRL Contest SOUTH ORKNEY ISLAND. Jose, LU1ZA has
Corral for dates and other info. been QRV on 12 meters CW around 1630z.
JULY 20, Joint Meeting MLDX/CC & He is also using SSB and RTTY. QSL via
Northern California Contest Club LU2CN.
Also, Please, send me your scores;
email@example.com. 73, Dick Wilson K6LRN MARKET REEF, OJ0. A group of seven
Finnish operators are QRV until June 10
DX HAPPENINGS as OJ0VR on CW and 6 meters, and OJ0U
DX Bulletin 24 ARLD024 From ARRL using SSB. Activity is on 80 to 6
Headquarters Newington CT June 6, 2002 meters. QSL via OH1VR.
This week's bulletin was made possible
with information provided by Tedd, ANTARCTICA. Wally, RU1ZC, is QRV from
KB8NW, the OPDX Bulletin, MM0BQI, The the Mirny Station as R1ANZ. He is
Daily DX, QRZ DX, 425DXnews, The DXNL generally active most days on 20 meters
and Contest Corral from QST. Thanks to around 1500z. QSL via operator's
NEPAL, 9N. Lawrence, 9N7RB has been QRV SAO TOME, S9. Charles, S9SS and Lesley,
on 15 meters between 0030 and 0130z. S9YL are QRV on all HF bands as time
QSL via W4FOA. permits. QSL both calls via N4JR.
BURUNDI, 9U. Christian, 9U5A has been DODECANESE, SV5. Alessandro, HB9DTA is
QRV on 20 meters just after 2000z. He QRV from Rhodes, IOTA EU-001, until
has also been active on 17 meters June 14 as SV5/HB9DTA/p. Activity is on
around 2100z. Documentation has not the 40 and 20 meter QRP frequencies.QSL
been received for this operation. QSL to home call.
via operator's instructions.
WEST KIRIBATI, T30. Steve, T30ED has
PAKISTAN, AP. Willy, AP2AUM has been been QRV on 20 meters CW and SSB around
QRV on 15 meters around 1130z, and then 1000z.QSL via 3D2SJ.
20 meters around 1400z. QSL via KK5DO.
TURKEY, TA. TA2RC, TA2MW and TA2LE are
PHILIPPINES, DU. In celebration of the QRV from Kefken Island, IOTA AS-159, as
70th anniversary of the Philippines TA0/homecalls. Activity is during the
Amateur Radio Association, Philippine weekends throughout August. QSL via
stations may use special prefixes 4D70, bureau.
and DZ70 for clubs, through the end of
2002. AFGHANISTAN, YA. Chris, G0TQJ, is QRV
as YA/G0TQJ from Kabul until the end of
TROMELIN ISL. FR5ZU/T is currently July. QSL to home call.
active from (was on 21230 this Sunday
afternoon 14:45z 21230) He will be UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4.
active during his free time. Look for the Eastern Sovereign base to
SCOTLAND, GM. Jim, MM0BQI will be QRV use the prefix ZC40 and the Western
as GB5SI from June 7 to 10 from Tanera Sovereign base will use the prefix ZC41
Mor, Summer Isles, IOTA EU-092. during the month of June.
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PROPAGATION FORECAST 169.8, and 159, with a mean of 173.6.
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 23 Estimated planetary A indices were 9,6,
ARLP023 From Tad Cook, K7VVV Seattle, 8, 16, 12, 17, and 10, with a mean of
WA June 7, 2002 To all radio amateurs 11.1.
SB PROP ARL ARLP023 ARLP023 Propagation
de K7VVV. 2002-03 Meeting Schedule
Sunspot numbers and solar flux were July 20 Sr. Cntr/joint meeting NCCC
both lower this week. The average daily Aug 10
sunspot count dropped nearly 23 points, Sept 21 Rick Samoian's,BBQ meeting
and average daily solar flux was down Oct 12
over 11 points. Solar flux is expected Nov 09
to drop down to 150 on Friday and Dec 07
Saturday, and then rise to near 185 Jan 25
around June 20-25. Unless otherwise announced, meetings
are held at noon, on the 3rd Saturday of
Last year during this same week the the month.
numbers were all lower. This week's
sunspot average is over 66 points Membership Criteria
higher and the average solar flux is up Membership criteria may be obtained by
by over 29 points compared to one year writing the Secretary/Treasurer at:
The average daily sunspot number for
the month of May was 204.1, and the
PO Box 1073
average solar flux was 178.4. The Pine Grove, CA 95665-1073
sunspot count for May was the
highest monthly average for 2002. The MLDXCC NEWSLETTER
Average monthly sunspot numbers for Information may be reproduced provided
January through May were 189, 194.5, credit is given MLDXCC.
153.1, 194.9 and 204.1. Average solar
flux for January through May was 227.3, 2002 Officers of the MLDXCC
205, 179.5,189.8 and 178.4. Cycle 23 is
still holding up. Ray Parker, ND6S, President
e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A coronal mass ejection on June 5 is
expected to cause some geomagnetic
upset on Friday. Currently the
projected rise in planetary A index is Dick Wilson, K6LRN, VP
moderate. e mail: email@example.com
Propagation beacons are a good way to Gary Stilwell, KI6T, Secty/Treas.
check the bands quickly, and find out e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
where in the world propagation might be
good toward. Check out the G3USF list Ron St. Jean, KG6CMS, Director
of propagation beacons at e mail email@example.com
10-meter beacons seem to be the most Rick Casey, W6RKC, Director
popular and prolific, and of course the e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
list shows the Northern California DX
Foundation's 20-meter worldwide beacon Net: Wednesday’s 19:30 local, W6SF
network, but there are also quite a repeater 147.165 (+600)
number beacons on 12, 15 and 17 meters.
WebSite: Note** There is a slight
Sunspot numbers for May 30 through June change in the web address, effective
5 were 190, 202, 192, 189, 208, 217 and 5/30/02 our new address is:
218, with a mean of 202.3. 10.7 cm flux http://www.infoany.net/mldxcc/Default.html
was 180.1,181.9, 178.8, 174.9, 170.4,
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Notice the capital "D" in default. The
web is very picky on capital letters.
Rick Samoian, W6SR
Dick Wilson, K6LRN
e mail: email@example.com
Norm Regan, WA6SJQ
Brandt Woodard, K6BEW
ARRL Awards Checkers
Gary Stillwell, KI6T
Ken Anderson, K6TA
WAS & others
Dennis King, N6KD
ARRL Sixth District QSL Bureau, PO Box
530, Weed, CA 96094-0530. For more
information, visit the ARRL Sixth
District QSL Bureau Web site
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