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The DX University, Rocky Mountain Division Convention

There will be a DX University session in Albuquerque, NM at the Duke City Hamfest / Rocky Mountain Division Convention on 8. August, 2014. There will be a continental breakfast at 0730. Class starts at 0800.

Early registration is $25 and ends 28. July. Late registration is $35 until the close of business on 4. August, 2014.

Register now at http://dukecityhamfest.org/?page_id=271


DX University 

2014 Duke City Hamfest/ARRL RM Div Convention

 

Little Pistol DXing with Bill Mader, K8TE


Don’t have a 120’ tower and a 1.5 KW amplifier? You can still work lots of DX. Learn how to find them, hear them, and work them with an “average” station. Bill will provide techniques that are easy to follow for getting DX stations in your log.

  

Propagation for DX – by Bryce Anderson, K7UA 


This presentation will cover propagation, including solar events and their impact on HF, how propagation is shaped (sun spots, etc.), and how propagation "morphs" during various solar fluctuations or times of the year, the use of long-path and short-path, and when to look for those conditions, and finally, a general overview of propagation prediction programs.  

 

Low Band RX Antennas (for city lots) by Ned Stearns, AA7A


Working DX on the lower bands is a challenge for those living in urban zones. Antennas that may be effective for transmitting often are not terribly useful for receiving. Effective receiving antennas want to be very large and, more times than not, seem to only intercept more man-made noise than DX signals. The speaker will share some of the findings along his journey on his quest for the ultimate low band receiving antennas that fit in his back yard. He will also provide ideas on transmit antennas for Top Band (160 meters) and some thoughts on how to address interaction between RX and TX antennas that vie for space on city lots.

 

Computers, Linux, Ham Radio, and Logging (Subtitled: What the Computer Said) by Bob Finch, W9YA


DX, contesting, and general shack operations WILL be changed by the convergence of digital communications and open-source. Make sure you are ready for these exciting changes by learning which technologies will survive and prosper, what the future will bring, and how and why you will be effected.

DX Opportunities above 50 MHz, by James Duffey, KK6MC

DX takes on a different meaning above 50 MHz. The ionosphere seldom gets ionized enough to support worldwide communication by way of F2 skip at 50 MHz, but it can happen for a smoothed sunspot number over 150. This lack of solar activity makes working DXCC or even WAC hard on 50 MHz, especially during the current sun spot cycle. There are other challenges available to the DXer looking for new challenges, though, including the VHF/UHF Century Club, VUCC, and the FFMA for 6M. To work these challenges one must utilize different tools than one uses in HF DXing including meteor scatter: TransEquatorial Propagation (TEP), Sporadic E, meteor scatter, moonbounce and in places other than NM, tropospheric enhancement. Some tools, like patience and the use of CW for weak signals carry over. Oddly enough, DXCC and WAC become easier at VHF/UHF as one goes above 6M if moon bounce is employed.  With the WSJT digital modes, EME and meteor scatter contacts are  available to even modestly equipped stations at 2M and above.  This talk will give an overview of how to get started in VHF/UHF weak signal work, what to expect, and what tools can be used.

 

LOTW, and Computer Logging – by Randy Diddel, K5RHD    

 

This presentation will provide an operator with the information needed to register and apply for LoTW. This session will also cover PC installation, and integration with existing computer loggers. Learn how to save time, paper, and money using electronic logging!

 

Cracking the Pileup (Hints & Tips from the “Other Side”) by Gene Spinelli, K5GS


You’ve seen the spots, you’ve heard the pileups. And what about those guys that continue to call the DX no matter who the DX asks for?  In this session we’ll cover topics that will give you an edge in cracking the pileups as experienced from the “other end”.  We’ll take a look at the good, the bad, and of course, the ugly.  Hear and see what it’s like on the business end and get an inside understanding of how the DXpeditioner keeps his “rhythm”.  Understand what the DXer is looking for and how you can use this knowledge to your advantage.  With a few carefully placed calls, you’ll be in their log while others are still trying to figure out where the DX is listening! 

 

     Posted: 2014-06-15
 
The Conversation About Remote Control Operation Heats Up!

The ARRL DX Advisory Committee is currently studying the remote control issue as it applies to DXing and DXCC. The WeeklyDX(tm) carried a DXU article in June 4th 2012 issue of the WeeklyDX. With new technology more and more in use, the remote control issue has been simmering for some time. Now, with potential DXCC changes on the horizon, the topic is rising to the surface. The 2012 article can be found here. My lastest WeeklyDX(tm) article is here.

     Posted: 2013-09-27
 
About the DXAC

Ever wonder what the ARRL's DXAC is all about? See the DX University Blog for a short history of the DX Advisory Committee, what's it's been doing and where it's headed right now.

     Posted: 2013-09-23
 
DXpeditioning Basics - Revised

A new version of DXpeditioning Basics is now availabe. The original version was published in 1994. To see the new version, go to the DX University Website > DXpeditioning Tools > Publications > DXpeditioning Basics - 2013.

     Posted: 2013-09-03
 
Tuition Grants for DXU Students

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

22 April 2013

NCDXF  DX University and Contest University Scholarships

NCDXF is committed to bringing younger DXers and Contesters into our hobby.    NCDXF will provide full tuition scholarships for hams 25 years of age and younger at all DX University and Contest University sessions held in North America for the next year.   This includes those held at the Dayton Hamvention next month.  

Funding for this project comes from NCDXF’s Scholarship Endowment Fund, which is separate from its General Fund used to support DXpeditions.

Credit for the success of NCDXF is made possible by our contributors, individuals and clubs.

Joining or renewing membership has never been easier.  Please visit our website at   http://www.ncdxf.org

Glenn Johnson, WØGJ
Vice President, NCDXF

w0gj@arrl.net

     Posted: 2013-04-28
 
DXU Best Practices

With ever increasing activity, pileup behavior on the DX bands seems to be becoming worse and worse. The DX Code of Conduct is a widely circulated list of operating rules that have been adopted by many DXpeditions. The original Code is directed at DXers, and it instructs them how to operate in a way that could bring order and make pileups more civil.

Less widely known is that "The DX Code of Conduct" Web pages also contain a set of guidelines for DXpeditioners or DXpeditioner's CodeThe DX-Code organization has asked DXpedition leaders to "support" the DX Code of Conduct. Which code they support is not always clear, however.

To clarify this situation, the DX University offers clearly delineated guidelines for both DXpeditioners and DXers. They are referred to separately as "Best Practices for DXpedition Operating" and "Best Practices for Courteous and Efficient DXing." Links to these pages are found elsewhere on this page. Best Practices" for DXers is similar to those of the DX Code of Conduct, although presented as suggestions.

The "Best Practices for DXpedition Operating" is the result of a considerable effort by a group of experienced DXers and DXpeditioners who hold strongly to the principle that DXpeditioners themselves are in the best position to control and manage their pileups.

We hope that DXpedition leaders and operators will review and adhere closely to the Best Practices for DXpeditioning Operating in order to help assure well-run operations. While the DX University takes no position on how these guidelines can or should be used, we hope that the organizations might would recommend these "Best Practices," These guidelines are simply offered as our recommendations for good operating practices.

     Posted: 2012-10-08
 
Upcoming Scheduled Sessions

NEW ITEMS

DXWeekly Hints: The West Coast DX Bulletin

The DX University Blog

DXpeditioning Basics - 2013

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Special Information for DXpeditions!

Incorporate these into you DXpedition Web sites...

Best Practices for DXpedition Operating

How We Will Operate

How To Work Us - What we expect of you.

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Here Now!

The DX University has released two sets of "Best Practices," one for DXers and one for DXpeditioners. These tools can be found in the DX University menu under DXing Tools and DXpeditioning Tools, Best Practices.

* Best Practices for Courteous and Efficient DXing *

* Best Practices for DXpedition Operating *

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About DX University

Established in 2011, The DX University™ is a multi-media program offering information, instruction and varied learning opportunities for DXers and DXpeditioners alike. The DX University has presented in-person sessions in Salt Lake City, in Visalia at the International DX Convention, and at the ARRL RM Division Convention in Bryce, Utah. A similar event has been held at the W9DXCC Convention in Chicago.

The DX University Website is part of the DXU program. This site will presents ideas for DXers and DXpeditioners aimed at improving operating skills and lessening the growing chaos on the DX bands. The media will eventually include audio and video files as well as articles and programs from previous in-person presentations. Your input is welcome.

Check here or in The DailyDX(tm) from time to time to see what's new!