Pacific Northwest DX Convention


The 2019 PNW DX Convention promises to be the best yet.  Who’s speaking?  <These are subject to change, of course>

Here’s the plan for the weekend — hope you can join us!

Friday - Aug 9
1200-1700-TBD-Yasme Foundation Board Meeting
1400-1830Hotel LobbyRegistration and Prize Ticket Sales
1900-2100Hospitality SuiteDXCC and WAZ Card CheckingPlease note that WAZ and DXCC card checking will be available in the 1st floor Hospitality Suite, thanks to CQ-certified card checkers Rusty W6OAT and Rod W7OM and ARRL-certified card checkers Al K7AR, Mark KB7HDX and Dick K7BTW.  Review Al's handy guidelines for card checking. Special arrangements can be made for Saturday card checking.
1900-2400Hospitality SuiteHospitality Reception
2000-2100-TBD-Challenge Cup Committee Meeting
Saturday - Aug 10
0730-1630Hotel LobbyRegistration and Prize Ticket Sales

Welcoming Address

Rob is President of the Western Washington DX Club. He graduated from both U of WA and Washington State University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Material Science. Worked at Intel Corp manufacturing computer chips, transitioning into software development. Retired in 2014 after a successful career at Applied Microsystems, Microsoft, and software consulting. He obtained his novice license (WB7TDU) when 14 years of age, eventually obtaining his Extra license in the mid 90's. His primary passion is combining his love of travel and chasing DX. Retirement has enabled him to also give back to the amateur radio community by also becoming the "DX". His other passions include landscape photography, motorcycle adventure touring, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Rob is an active DXpeditioner and has been on the air from Montserrat (VP2MQT), Austral Islands (TX5Z and TX5D), Christmas Island (VK9AN), San Andres (5J0X), Sint Maarten (PJ7/N7QT), Saba (PJ6/N7QT), Saint Lucia (J6/N7QT), Willis Island (VK9WA), Mellish Reef (VK9MA), and most recently, Ducie Island (VP6D).
0830-0920Session 1

Rocky Evans, NE7D

"What VIA BURO Really Means"

Rock NE7D

Rock grew up in southern Oregon, was first licensed as a teenager in 1961 (KN7QZF) and was active through college years at Oregon State University. [Insert standard blurb about how life takes over for awhile]

Licensed again in 1991, Rock has been active ever since, but stepped it up after retiring from Intel in 2000 and moving to back to Oregon from Arizona a year later.

Mostly a CW op, Rock focuses primarily on DX and casual contesting. The current station consists of a 500W K3S-Line, a SteppIR DB-18E at 75’ and a shunt-fed tower and Beverages for the low bands.

Having an opportunity to serve on both ends of DXpedition pile-ups has served to improve skills and increase enthusiasm for the hobby. He has been a member of the Willamette Valley DX Club since moving to Oregon.

Rock has been a volunteer for the ARRL 7th Area Incoming QSL Bureau since 2005, managing the Y-Section for ten years and, for the past 3 years, the D-Section (all “7” callsigns with suffixes beginning in “D”). Always a fan of QSLing, Rock enjoys the additional interaction with his clients who obviously also have a fascination with receiving DX QSL cards.
0930-1020Session 2

Ed Muns, W0YK

"Contesting Beyond CW, SSB, RTTY "

Ed began DXing when he upgraded from Novice (WN6AYK) to General (WB6AYK) at age 16. His first DX contact was JA1XS, a 22-year old electrical engineer at Sony. Mako immediately sent a direct QSL card, thrilling Ed to no end and cementing a lifelong friendship. This also marked the beginning of a lifelong enthusiasm for DXing. He worked 40m CW into Asia and Oceania in the early morning before school. After a short hiatus from ham radio while completing college and commencing his early engineering career at Hewlett-Packard, Ed’s license had expired. So, in 1976 he setup the HBR-16 receiver he had constructed as a teenager from the QST receiver article series and listened to W1AW code practice bulletins for a couple weeks. Arriving at the FCC office in Denver, CO at 9am with 30 other applicants, he took the Novice tests, Technician, General, Advanced and Extra all in succession. By 2pm that afternoon he was the only one left in the office, but had successfully passed all the license exams and was given WB0WNU as his new Extra Class call. A year later he took advantage of the first incentive licensing call sign selection and received W0YK which he has held ever since. In the mid-70s, Ed discovered that a lot of DX showed up for weekend contests, especially the CQ and ARRL contests. The contest bug bit and he joined the K0RF multi-multi to learn the intricacies of contesting. To this day, DXing and contesting are a key part of Ed’s life. He has operated as YK0A, 6Y4A, HC8N, 7J1ACJ and P49X. He and Don, AA5AU, sponsored the inaugural FT8 Roundup Contest in December 2018 with over 1200 logs submitted, mostly from 1st time contesters. He was inducted into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in May 2014.
1030-1120Session 3

Ken Claerbout, K4ZW

"Challenges of African DXing"

Ken was first licensed in 1977 as WD9DEE while attending high school in Cedar Grove,Wisconsin. He later upgraded to Extra class and obtained the call KE9A. In 1984 he moved to Virginia after accepting a position with the Diplomatic Telecommunications Service in both engineering and management roles, supporting the secure, global network of US embassies and facilities around the world. He later spent six years in the private sector at a global telecommunications provider for Sprint, France Telecom, and Deutsche Telecom. He currently works for the Broadcasting Board of Governors in downtown Washington DC. Ken holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters degree in Telecommunications (Public Policy and Business) from George Mason University. Ken is currently licensed as K4ZW and enjoys contesting and chasing DX on the lowbands, both from his home station and overseas.
1130-1220Session 4

Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT

"Beyond WSJT-X 2.0"

Joe was born in Philadelphia and raised in nearby NJ. He obtained his amateur radio license as a teenager, which led him to the field of radio astronomy. BA in Physics, Haverford, 1963. Ph.D in Astronomy, Harvard, 1968; thesis work was on lunar occultation measurements. His work in Astrophysics lead to the Nobel Prize in 1993 in the study of gravitational radiation of binary pulsars.

He had previously held the callsigns K2ITP, WA1LXQ, W1HFV, and VK2BJX (the latter in Australia). His Amateur Radio feats have included mounting an 'expedition' in April 2010 to use the Arecibo Radio Telescope to conduct moonbounce with Amateurs around the world using voice, Morse code, and digital communications.

His "hobby" with WSJT-X and the FT8 signaling protocol have revolutionized DX for even the most modest ham stations.

1400-1450Session 5

Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW

"Space Weather Woman"

Tamitha is a new kind of weather forecaster for our modern world. As we become more reliant on technology like our cell phones, GPS (GNSS), and other satellite services we find we are more susceptible to the effects of Space Weather. Just like terrestrial weather on Earth, Space Weather can be as mild as a rainstorm or as wild as a hurricane.

Let Tamitha show you in non-science jargon how this new kind of weather impacts your daily life. You will never look at the Sun or the Earth in the same way again. After all, Space Weather is just like the weather in your own backyard, it’s just a little further up.

Her current position is as a research scientist at The Aerospace Corporation in Southern California. Her work is primarily in the fields of solar and space physics, but also evaluates materials for use in space radiation environments. She is an instructor at the Aerospace Institute and has served as an audio forensics analyst and instructor for the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC), hosted at Aerospace and funded by the Department of Justice.

Tamitha holds a BS in both Physical Chemistry and in Physics (with honors), UCLA, 1996; MS in Geophysics and Space Plasma Physics, UCLA, 2000. Her Ph.D. is in Geophysics and Space Plasma Physics, UCLA, 2002.

1500-1550Session 6

Mike Mertel, K7IR

"The SteppIR Story"

SteppIR Antennas was founded in May of 2001 by Mike Mertel K7IR, Jim Thomas K7IRF, and John Mertel WA7IR. The company was formed when an idea Mike had begun to develop – a Yagi antenna that would work on the Amateur Radio WARC bands. Early attempts led to many failures, and the project remained more of a hobby than a business venture. Mike, Jim, and John gave up on the antenna project several times, but eventually finalized the basic design that is used to this day with all SteppIR antennas.

The first SteppIR antennas were demonstrated at the 2001 Hamvention trade show in Dayton, Ohio – the largest convention of its kind in the world. The antenna garnered a significant amount of attention at Hamvention, where the company sold thirteen 3-element Yagi antennas. And from this day forward, the rest – as they say – is history.
1600-1650Session 7

Lou Dietrich, N2TU

"Software Defined Radio"

Born and raised in New York City and a Graduate of Archbishop Molloy High School. Following High School, Lou entered the workforce as an installer at Western Electric and quickly was promoted to management. While working full time, he attended Adelphi University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and subsequently Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration - Finance.
During his 36 years of employment with Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent Technologies, Lou held varied positions as Director of Installation, Engineering, International Proposal Development, Financial Control Director and Project Management. In 2000, Lou retired from Lucent Technologies and for the following six years was a Director of Internet Services for Cablevision Systems Corporation. In 2005, he and Hilda retired to Lake Norman, North Carolina.

Lou’s interest in amateur radio began with his Grandfather’s Zenith shortwave radio in the early 1960s which subsequently led to a Novice license. Since his first contact in 1962, he has always been interested in DXing, seeking out the rare ones. Lou is Top of the Honor Roll- Mixed, needs one more CW DXCC and one more Digital to attain a clean sweep of DXCC Top honors. In 2012, he was on the Swains Island DXpedition and in 2013 Lou was the Team Leader for the K9W Wake Island Commemorative DXpedition.
1700-1750Session 8


This year's ARRL DX Forum is chaired by Northwestern Division Director Mike Ritz ,W7VO and Dick Swanson, K7BTW, our representative on the League's DX Advisory Committee.
1800-1900Happy Hour - No Host Bar
1900-2130Dinner Banquet and Special Guest Speaker

Ward Silver, N0AX

"DXing & Contesting 2.0"

After a number of years as a Director, in 2013 Ward was elected President of the Yasme Foundation. He has been an active amateur since his Novice days began in 1972, operating from numerous locations around the world in contests and as a DXer. After twenty years of developing industrial and medical products, Ward is now the Lead Editor of the ARRL Handbook and the ARRL Antenna Book. Finally, he is the author of all three ARRL License Manuals and Q&A Study Guides, working closely with the ARRL and the NCVEC Question Pool Committee to develop appropriate and useful exam questions. Being entrusted with this set of documents affecting so many amateurs is a pinnacle of his amateur radio experiences. You will also find his byline in the popular Wiley Ham Radio for Dummies – now in its second edition. He has been known to amuse his fellow amateurs by “hamifying” popular songs and performing them publicly with the Spurious Emissions (Out of the) Band. Outside of ham radio, Ward plays the mandolin, dabbles in digital photography, enjoys camping, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, and various forms of Frisbee athletics.
2200-2400Hospitality SuiteHospitality Reception
Sunday - Aug 11
0800-0900Breakfast Buffet

John Miller, K6MM

"Why We Do What We Do"

John was first licensed as WV2BQJ in 1958 while living in Syracuse, NY. In 1976, John's career took him to Silicon Valley, where he reconnected with amateur radio in the late 90s.

In addition to currently serving as a Director of NCDXF, John is Past-President of the Northern California Contest Club (2008-2009), a founding member of the CW Operators’ Club, and a Director of the Northern California DX Club (NCDXC). John co-chaired the 2011 and 2013 International DX Convention meetings in Visalia, CA, and will do so again in 2015. He is also on the editorial staff of the National Contest Journal reponsible for the NCJ Profiles Column.

His article entitled"The No Excuses 160M Vertical " won the cover plaque award for the June 2009 issue of QST. His latest publication, "Post-Contest Log Analyzers: Releasing the Gorilla in your Cabrillo" appeared in the March/April 2012 issue of the National Contest Journal.

For the last decade, John has focused heavily on DXing, Contesting, and recruiting new operators into the hobby. His current DXCC total stands at 330 worked and confirmed. He holds 8-Band DXCC and 5-Band WAS. John recently retired after careers in research, marketing, and sales in the pharmaceutical, medical diagnostics, and human resources industry. He holds BS and MS degrees from Syracuse University, an MBA from Pepperdine University and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University.
1000-1030Raffle Prize Drawing,
PNW Challenge Cup Presentation, and Closing
64th Annual PNW DX Convention
August 9-10-11, 2019
Everett, WA