October 26, 2020
I hope many were able to join last Wednesday for the great presentation on solar cycles & propagation from guest speaker Karl Luetzelschwab (K9LA). I was unable to connect, but have since watched it on the link which Jed (AD7KG) provided. Its really great to see that we should be on the upswing for better propagation on the high bands in coming years. Meanwhile, now is the time to focus on leveraging low band opportunities during the tail end of this current solar minimum, especially with the CQWW DX CW contest just one month away. I personally am aiming to complete my 80 meter DXCC, with 25 entities left to go. How about you?
Some two years ago the UDXA was fortunate to bring onto our Board of Directors a very talented and experienced DX Hall of Fame member in Wayne Mills (N7NG). Wayne spent many years on the ARRL DX Advisory Committee, also served seven years as Manager of Membership Services at the League, founded DX University, and has provided so much toward the hobby. One of Wayne's early suggestions to the Board was to leverage existing club DXpedition budgets by providing matching funds for individual donations. By doing so, we have been able to double our usual budgets toward the high-cost rare entity activations. This not only helps the organizers with fund-raising momentum but it also provides our relatively small club with recognition and perks too.
One such perk came to us this week, when Gene Spinelli (K5GS) reached out to us with an offer to present on the Perseverance DX Group's recent DXpedition to South Orkney Island as VP8PJ. As you may recall, the club supported the Perseverance Group's activation of Ducie Island (VP6D) in 2018 (UDXA donated $250), VP8PJ this year (UDXA donated $750). Mark your calendars for November 18th from 7:00pm. A Zoom link will be forthcoming.
Also at the November meeting we will be taking nominations for club leadership, to be voted on in December. I have enjoyed serving as your President for two years, serving as Vice-President in 2016, and am looking forward to serving on the Board as Past President in 2021. Over the next few days we will be assembling a Nominating Committee to whom you can contact if you wish to serve. Please consider how you can help this great organization by pitching-in as an officer and Board member! I can speak with experience that serving in club leadership has been a tremendous boon to my enjoyment of the hobby; creating lasting friendships that I will always cherish.
73 ES GUD DX,
John Mitton (KK7L)