May 11, 2013 Meeting
The next MDXA meeting will be
on Saturday, May 11, 2013
Time: 7:30AM dutch treat breafast
8:00 AM Meeting
Place: Golden Corral
A special speaker will lead off this months meeting at 0800. An Insurance Agent will discuss how your home owners insurance policy covers your ham equipment. Following this presentation, there will be a short business meeting to cover funding two DXpeditions, and to discuss items pertaining to the Christmas Party.
Note: This is the second meeting where camaraderie is the main function rather than business. Business meetings will be held approximately every three months.
There will be a BOD meeting on 8 May 2013 at N5YY's QTH at 1900 hrs.
Member and DXer of the Year 2012!
Member of the Year goes to two outstanding individuals this year! Vic, N5YY and Terry Hull, AE5RI.
DXer of the Year goes to Terry Lemon, K5OAZ.
Thank you for all you do!
New MDXA 300 DX Club Recipients!
Congratulations to MDXA's first 300 DX Club recipients!
Bill Breeden, NA5DX
Betty Jo Byrd, KB5CSQ
The MDXA 300 DX Club is an award to encourage and motivate amateurs approaching the upper levels of DXCC to keep working at it. This award will be awarded to any MDXA member upon proper application under the rules found HERE. The award is in the form of a personalized plaque.
Amateur Radio Exam Practice
Below are a few external sites to help you study for the licensing tests. Some are free and others require membership.
QRZ AA9PW KB0MGA W8MHB eham.net
Online Morse Code Practice
External sites to help you practice morse code.
KF4KVG AA9PW W1AW
We had a great showing in the 2012 MS QSO party!
The logs for the 2012 Mississippi QSO Party have been checked. This has become quite a chore seeing that after the first Mississippi QSO Party in 2003 37 logs were submitted and this year it was 110. The MSQP is no longer one of the 'smaller' QSO Parties. The top ten in Mississippi were AG5Z, K5DWI, NA5DX, K2FF, W5UE, AE5BR, AE5YB, WQ5L, N5GD, and K5IJ. The top mobiles were W4SIG, N5NA, W3DYA, K4ZGB, W4OQG, K5WBM, AE5SK, and WB4CHH. The top portables were W5GWB (Chickasaw ARC) operating from Tunica County, W5OBM (Olive Branch ARC) from Benton County, and N5VI from Sharkey, Humphreys, and Yazoo Counties. Outside of Mississippi the top scores were from NT2A (NY), N6MU (CA), KV8Q (OH), K9WA (IL), and W8WVU (MI).
The logs indicate that 122 Mississippi Stations were on the air in 80 of the 82 Counties. An initial scan of the logs received by March 30 indicated that all 82 counties were on the air, but the follow on log check indicated that Jefferson Davis and Lawrence were not on the air. Thanks to N5NA for coordinating mobile routes with his website such that there were not very many county overlaps. NT2A worked a remarkable 65 of the 80 Counties on the air. A special tip of the hat to the hard working mobiles/portables, who put 72 counties on the air with 4,993 QSOs.
AG5Z, W4SIG, W5GWD, and NT2A will all receive plaques for their first place finish in their respective categories. The complete results should be posted on the Section Web Site by mid- August and certificates should be in the mail by mid-September.
Excerpt from the Mississippi Section Report for June 2012 (SM: Malcolm Keown, W5XX. Section Web Site: www.arrlmiss.org. Web Master: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Field Day 2012
Field Day 2012....whew!
It was really neat to watch the folks who tirelessly pulled together and made field day a success. If you missed it, make a note to attend next year! It's a great learning experience and a chance to gain invaluable knowledge and friendships.
Special thanks to Ed, KA5VFU, and BJ, KB5CSQ, for allowing the non-stop traffic in and out of the field next to their home and for all they do to make events such as Field Day successful and fun!
See some pictures from the event here.