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|
|1400-1830||Hotel Lobby||Registration and Prize Ticket Sales|
|1900-2100||Hospitality Suite||DXCC and WAZ Card Checking||Please 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.|
|1900-2400||Hospitality Suite||Hospitality Reception|
|2000-2100||-TBD-||Challenge Cup Committee Meeting|
|Saturday - Aug 10|
|0730-1630||Hotel Lobby||Registration and Prize Ticket Sales|
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.
Rocky Evans, NE7D
"What VIA BURO Really Means"
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARRL DX Forum
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.
|1800-1900||Happy Hour - No Host Bar|
|1900-2130||Dinner 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.
|2200-2400||Hospitality Suite||Hospitality Reception|
|Sunday - Aug 11|
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.
|1000-1030||Raffle Prize Drawing, |
PNW Challenge Cup Presentation, and Closing