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Welcome to Northern California DX Club. June 18, 2009. Tonight’s Agenda. Club Business Introduction of Officers Introductions of Members New members DX news QSTs Election of Officers for 2009-2010 The status of the sunspot cycle Feature Presentation

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Welcome to northern california dx club

Welcome to Northern California DX Club

June 18, 2009


Tonight s agenda

Tonight’s Agenda

  • Club Business

    • Introduction of Officers

    • Introductions of Members

    • New members

    • DX news

    • QSTs

    • Election of Officers for 2009-2010

  • The status of the sunspot cycle

  • Feature Presentation

    • Remote Radio Operation Over the Internet

      • by Don Melcher, W6CZ

  • NCDXC Raffle

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Introduction of officers

Introduction of Officers

  • Officers

    • President Craig BradleyAE6RR

    • Vice PresRisto Kotalampi W6RK

    • SecretaryRuss BentsonK6KLY

    • TreasurerJose Picazo Jr.WT6X

  • Directors

    • Steve JonesN6SJ

    • Jim AbrahamW6EB

    • John EisenbergK6YP

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Introductions of members guests

Introductions of Members & Guests

  • Let’s Go Around the room…

    • Introduce yourself & any guests

    • Tell us what new DX you have bagged

    • Any short Show & Tell?

    • Any other news you wish to share?

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New members

New members?

  • Secretary’s Report

    • Russ, K6KLY

    • Russ has applications are available…

    • Membership Voting?

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Dx news

DX NEWS

Anyone have any news?


Welcome to northern california dx club

QSTs


Dues are due

Dues are Due

  • Your annual dues are due July 1st!

    • Unless you are a Life or Honorary Member of course

  • The dues are $24 per year ($39 for families)

  • New! You can now pay by Pay Pal!

    • Checks, envelopes or stamps not required, just click away!

  • Go to http://www.ncdxc.org/

  • Click on the [ Make Online Payment ]link below [ Membership Information ]

  • If you have moved, changed your call, changed your email, etc. please add the new information to the Pay Pal form in the “comment” box

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Ncxdc summer picnic

NCXDC Summer Picnic

  • Saturday, August 1st from 10 to 3:30

  • Lunch served at noon

  • Mitchell Park, Pine Grove Area, Palo Alto

  • Burgers, hot dogs, beans, chips, cookies & soft drinks – supplied by the Club

  • You bring desserts, salads or whatever you wish

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Ncdxc net

NCDXC Net

  • Net coordinator - Don, AA6W

  • If you would like to be a net control, please see or contact Don

  • Please Remember - NCDXC Net

    • Every Thursday 8pm

    • Except on monthly meeting nights (3rd Thurs)

    • On W6TI repeater, 147.360 MHz, PL 110.9

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Dxer material

DXer Material

  • Editor - Phil, K6TT

  • If you have suggestions for articles, etc. please see or contact Phil

  • If you would like to contribute (photos, articles, etc.), Phil will be very happy to talk to you!

  • This is your newsletter – help make it great!

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Tonight s raffle

Tonight’s Raffle

  • Mike W6WZ & Carolyn WB6ABC have some great prizes!

    • 1st Prize: Yaesu VX-3R Ultra-Compact Dual Band HT w/Wide Band Rx

    • POWEREX 8 Cell Smart Charger with 8 batteries

    • 3 large FAIR-RITE Beads

    • 9-LED Flash Light

    • Roll of Rescue Tape

    • Yaesu Log Book

    • Door Prize: Key Chain Flash Light

  • Need Tickets – see Carolyn or Mike

    • 6 for $5 - 12 for $10 - 24 for $20

  • GOOD LUCK!

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Badges

K6FCW – Frank

KI6HLQ – Ken

KG6TT – Ralph

KJ9U – John

K6UJ – Bob

If you here, please claim your badge

If you know one of these Ops, please let them know

Badges

We Don't Need No Stinking Badges!

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Additional qsts

Additional QSTs

  • Does anyone have any other announcements they would like to make?

  • Amtech Day?

  • Flea Market?

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Election of officers

Election of Officers

2009 to 2010 Terms


Ncdxc election

NCDXC Election

  • Elections of Officers and Directors will occur tonight and they will take office at the picnic on August 1st.

  • Officers nominated by the Board are:

    • President Craig BradleyAE6RR

    • Vice President Phil Steffora K6TT

    • SecretaryRuss BentsonK6KLY

    • TreasurerJose Picazo Jr.WT6X

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Ncdxc election1

NCDXC Election

  • The club’s Bylaws and Procedures call for the election of 2 Directors. A third Director slot is always filled by the past club President.

  • The Board’s nominations for the 2 elected Directors are:

    • Steve Jones N6SJ 2007/2008 Director

    • Jim Abraham W6EB 2007/2008 Director

  • Past President

    • John Eisenberg K6YP2007/2008 Past Prez.

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Ncdxc election2

NCDXC Election

  • This slate of officers and directors was published in the June DXer

  • In accordance with the club’s bylaws, nominations for additional candidates will be open after the introductions of the Board’s slate of candidates

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President craig bradley ae6rr

President: Craig Bradley – AE6RR

  • I reside in San Jose and I am a Program Manager at a Sunnyvale electronics systems house. I was first licensed in 1961 as WV6SVW and then WA6SVW. I allowed my license to lapse in 1967 and was re-licensed with an Extra Class ticket as AE6RR in 2004. My hobbies are model trains and ham radio.

  • I operate from a stealth installation at my home QTH in San Jose and can also utilize my remote station located at my vacation home in Truckee CA.

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President craig bradley ae6rr cont

President: Craig Bradley – AE6RR(cont)

  • I operate HF, VHF, UHF and 1.2 GHz mobile. I have worked some good DX from the parking lot at work.

  • I hold DXCC (173 confirmed), WAC, WAS, WPX, CQ DX Field Award, CQ DX Award. I am also a member of the NCCC. I am mostly a DXer and a casual contester. My next goal is CW DXCC (57 confirmed currently).

  • I have served as Secretary of the NCDXC for one term and President for the last year.

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Vice president phil steffora k6tt

Vice President: Phil Steffora – K6TT

  • Phil was first licensed in Redwood City, 1998 (original call KF6PEQ), upgraded to General (with code) October 2006 and to Extra in January 2008 

  • He currently serves as an (ASM) Assistant Section Manager for the Santa Clara Valley section of the ARRL as well as being a member of many local & state amateur organizations including PAARA, NCCC, NCDXC, SJVAR (San Joaquin Valley Amateur Radio Society)

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Vice president phil steffora k6tt cont

Vice President: Phil Steffora – K6TT (cont)

  • Phil is an avid DXer and enjoys some contesting. He has earned WAC, WAS, IARU Reg III, and just shy of DXCC (93).

  • Phil has served as editor of the DXer and an ex-facto board member since June 2007. He has produced may excellent issues and has been successful in selling additional advertising in the DXer.

  • He is also responsible for maintaining the club website and was responsible for creating the 2009 Visalia DX convention website. 

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Vice president phil steffora k6tt cont1

Vice President: Phil Steffora – K6TT (cont)

  • For his day job, Phil is CIO & VP Technical Operations for a Palo Alto based startup and has worked continuous in the Valley for more than 20+ years. He is happily married to his wife Myla, they live in San Jose with their two cats.

  • Phil has proven to be a hard worker and a valuable contributor to the club; he will make an excellent Vice President.

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Secretary russ bentson k6kly

Secretary: Russ Bentson - K6KLY

  • Russ resides in Belmont and is a RF systems engineer for a major local cellular/PCS service provider. He was first licensed in 1957 and operates on all bands from 160 meter thru 10.3 GHz. He especially enjoys 6 meter DXing where he has way more than 90 confirmed countries!!!

  • He is an active DXer, and holds #1 DXCC Honor Roll and 8 Band DXCC.

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Secretary russ bentson k6kly cont

Secretary: Russ Bentson - K6KLY (cont)

  • Russ has been a very active contributor to the DX Convention in Visalia and has manned the prize room for the last two NCDXC years with Jim, W6EB.

  • Russ has held the office of Secretary for the last year and has performed an excellent job in his duties.

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Treasurer jose picazo wt6x

Treasurer: Jose Picazo - WT6X

  • Jose resides in Livermore and is an entrepreneur in the Internet security space.

  • He was first licensed in March 2007 and earned his Extra Class ticket in April of the same year. He enjoys SSB and RTTY HF operation.

  • Jose has two sons, both licensed hams, and is an instrument rated/multi engine rated pilot.

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Treasurer jose picazo wt6x cont

Treasurer: Jose Picazo - WT6X(cont)

  • He also enjoys sailing his Swan 48 up and down the California coast and even finds time to produce superb California Merlot.

  • Jose has the business background required to manage NCDXC financial resources. He has served as Treasurer for the last year and has done an excellent job managing the club’s finances and keeping us straight with government filings.

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Board nominees for director

Board Nominees for Director

  • Jim Abraham - W6EBJim is an active NCDXC member, DXer and contester. He is currently a NCDXC Director and a Visalia team leader.

  • Steve Jones - N6SJSteve is also an active NCDXC member and active DXer with over 325 counties to his credit. He is currently a NCDXC Director and was co-chairman of the 2009 International DX Convention.

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Past president director

Past President - Director

  • John Eisenberg - K6YPJohn is a past VP and President of NCDXC. He enjoys DXing and has 315 countries confirmed. John was the co-chair the DX Convention with Steve in 2009. As the past president he is automatically a Director according to the bylaws.

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Ex officio director

Ex Officio Director

  • Risto Kotalampi - W6RK

    Risto has served as Vice President for the last 3 years and has done an excellent job organizing speakers for meeting and his other duties.

    Normally the editor of the DXer is an Ex Officio Director, however as Phil has been nominated to the office of Vice President, the board wishes to appoint Risto to that position in order to continue to allow him to contribute to the club.

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Nominations from the floor

Nominations from the Floor

  • Are there any other nominations for any of the officer or director positions?

  • If so, please introduce yourself, name the office you wish to run for and take a few minutes to tell us about your qualifications.

  • If there are no additional nominations, a motion to close the nominations is in order

  • Is there such a motion? – Second? - Vote

NCDXC June 09


Candidates nominated to be voted on

Candidates Nominated to be voted on

  • Officers

    • President Craig BradleyAE6RR

    • Vice PresPhil StefforaK6TT

    • SecretaryRuss BentsonK6KLY

    • TreasurerJose Picazo Jr.WT6X

  • Directors

    • Steve JonesN6SJ

    • Jim AbrahamW6EB

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Ncdxc election3

NCDXC Election

  • If there are additional nominations a written ballot is in order

  • If there are no additional nominations, I will entertain a motion to elect the Board’s entire slate of candidates with one voice vote of the membership

  • Is there such a motion?

  • Second?

  • Voice vote?

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Ncdxc officers for 2009 10

NCDXC Officers for 2009/10

  • Officers

    • President Craig BradleyAE6RR

    • Vice PresPhil StefforaK6TT

    • SecretaryRuss BentsonK6KLY

    • TreasurerJose Picazo Jr.WT6X

  • Directors

    • Steve JonesN6SJ

    • Jim AbrahamW6EB

    • John EisenbergK6YP (Past President)

    • Risto Kotalampi W6RK (Ex Officio)

NCDXC June 09


Our sunspot cycle

Our Sunspot Cycle

The Sun is NOT Broken!


Mystery of the missing sunspots solved

Mystery of the Missing Sunspots, Solved?

NCDXC June 09


This is easy to explain

This is Easy to Explain

  • A helioseismic map of the solar interior

  • Tilted red-yellow bands trace solar jet streams

  • Black contours denote sunspot activity

  • When the jet streams reach a critical latitude around 22 degrees, sunspot activity intensifies.

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Butterfly diagram

Butterfly Diagram

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No maunder minimum

No Maunder Minimum!

  • The current minimum has been long and deep

  • Some scientists have speculated that the sun might enter another Maunder Minimum

  • This new data dispels those concerns

  • The Sun is NOT BROKEN!

  • Credit: http://science.nasa.gov

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Spotless days

Spotless Days

  • Current Stretch: 0 days

  • 2009 total: 131 days (78%)

  • Since 2004: 642 days

  • Typical Solar Min: 485 days

NCDXC June 09


Soho mdi continuum latest image

SOHO MDI Continuum Latest Image

Tiny sunspot 1021, which appeared yesterday, is already fading away.

Credit: SOHO/MDI

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Remote radio operation over the internet

Remote Radio Operation Over the Internet

Don Melcher, W6CZ


Raffle time

RAFFLETIME!

  • Does anyone need tickets before we start?

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Thanks for coming tonight

Thanks for Coming Tonight!

  • Remember the net next Thursday night!

  • Pray for sunspots!

  • 73 & Good DX!

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