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April 14, 2020

Hey gang,

I'm super excited about our UDXA call-in meeting tomorrow night and for the Ask the Experts panel which Wayne (N7NG) has assembled: including Intrepid-DX Group founder & DXpeditioner Paul Ewing (N6PSE) along with our Cache County contingency Don (N5LZ), George (WF4U), and Jared (N7SMI). This will be a great opportunity for us to learn from each other. Advance questions are encouraged: you can send them to me [its my call sign at arrl.net] or you can simply raise them tomorrow night.

To participate in the meeting via ZOOM, simply click this link provided in my reflector e-mail and follow the prompts.

7th Area QSO Party May 2, 2020
Many thanks to Darryl Hazelgren (K7UT) for his multi-year service as the 7QP Captain for Utah, and for again providing insight as part of our meeting tomorrow into this 3rd largest QSO party in the country. As with many of you in the club I have had a blast going out to activate counties and county lines over the years. And with corona virus social distancing and stay at home requirements in place, there should be a major up-tick in participation as indicated by recent contests this month.

Stay-at-Home & Band Openings
Speaking of staying at home, I have noticed a marked increase in HF band activity recently, including operators in DX locations who are passing the time with our hobby. This coupled with welcome higher band openings has helped me inch toward a 5 Band DXCC quest. For example, last night Bob Walker (E51BQ) was booming in from Rarotonga on 10 meters, and there are many spots showing up on the cluster now on 15, 12, and 10 meters from regions other than the occasional Central and South America openings we have seen in recent years. May through August is also peak time for 6 meter openings in the Northern Hemisphere too. Go get 'em!

VY 73 DE KK7L
John Mitton