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NEW MEMBER INFORMATION

 

INTRODUCTION

      The San Diego DX Club has been one of the world's premier DX organizations since its inception in 1946.  We are glad to have you as a member of our esteemed group of the most deserving subculture in ham radio, DX'ers.  Besides sharing an interest in DX'ing, you'll find that for the most part we are just a fun-loving bunch of folks, just like you, who enjoy getting together and swapping tall tales, comparing scores, pounding down a few, and generally having a good time.

      Our membership consists of many of the very top DX'ers in the world (although they seldom brag about it.)  Several have worked over 350 countries, and have been DX'ing over a half a century.  Others have walls covered with first place awards in all the major DX contests.  Virtually every world class station owner in San Diego County is a member of the SDDXC.

     No matter if you're on top of the Honor Roll, or just getting your first 100,  The SDDXC has something for you.  This booklet outlines the workings of the club, as well as our history and traditions, and awards program.  We hope it will be helpful.

MEETINGS

      We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Sizzler Restaurant, Murphy Canyon Rd., San Diego at 7pm. Dinner is usually around 6 pm.   We have set aside an hour before dinner to socialize with a no-host bar.  Many members have stated that the camaraderie is the main reason they attend the club.  We encourage new members to join into conversations with the old timers, and the old timers to welcome the newer folks and try to get to know them. 

     The first order of business is usually the member's forum.  This is your chance to introduce yourself and address any comments or news to the rest of us.  Keep it fairly short, but don't be afraid to ask questions, or give us the latest hot DX'ing tip.  After this, there is usually a short business meeting, where you may air your views on the month's official club issues, followed by a short break and the program.

     Our programs are arranged by the vice president, who tries to find an interesting and informative topic on the subject of DX'ing.  They range from slide shows on DX'peditions to seminars on the latest technology or operating practice.

DX Club BULLETIN

     All members automatically receive the club Bulletin.  The editor is an unpaid volunteer who gives many hours of free time to get each issue to you.  You can make the editor's job easier by occasionally contributing articles on any DX subject.  Anything would be appreciated, from humor, technical, operating, personal stories, contest reports to something found in another publication as long as proper credit is given. Feel  free to send it to Tuck at nz6t@arrl.org.

  BADGES

  Every member is entitled to wear the official club name badge at ham radio functions.  You should place your order with the club treasurer as soon as your become a member.  Pick up your badge at the next club meeting.

  CONTESTS

  We have been conducting a club contest during the first months of the year.  It has proven a great way to provide a new challenge to those who have most of 'em worked, or to get your totals up quickly.  Awards are given to the winners at the Christmas banquet.  The rules usually change every year, and are based on input from active members.

  CLUB LADDER

      This is a long-honored tradition with the club.  The ladder is the listing of the DXCC scores of all the members who want to share them.  Your score is added to the list by writing it on the master as it gets passed around at the meeting.  You may take a copy from the pile at the head table.  The column headings are "C-D," meaning "confirmed minus deleted," "CFD" for "confirmed" including deleted countries, and "WRK," for "worked" including countries awaiting confirmations.  The ladder is important because it helps us determine award winners, and keeps you abreast of your place among the competition.

  CLUB ACTIVITIES

     There are several activities besides meetings that happen on a quasi-annual basis.  We have had a field day team for several years, and in 1994, we came in first place in the 2A category.  In the summertime, there's the Summer Bash.  It has been held at W6YA's place for many years, but may also be hosted by the SCDXC in LA.  We have also held a Christmas banquet in place of the November and December meetings.  This is where we give out our awards and invite spouses to participate in the club.

  PACKETCLUSTER

     Most members use the 2 meter DX PacketCluster system.  The actual frequencies change occasionally, and are published periodically in the bulletin.  You may leave messages for other members and work the DX you see spotted or spot some yourself.  The system is operated independently of the club by the individual SYSOP's.  They decide how the system works and how it is funded with input from their users.

  CHAT FREQUENCY

      Before packet became the primary method of announcing DX spots, it was done locally on 144.415 MHz.  There is still considerable activity on that frequency as club members use it as sort of a party line intercom to discuss projects, coordinate pileup busting and generally chit chat.

  CLUB LOGO - LETTERHEAD

     Our logo depicting the Coronado bridge was designed by WA6ZJC in 1994.  It was selected by the membership from entries in a design contest.  All members may use the logo in any appropriate way to proclaim their membership in the SDDXC.  New members should receive a master sheet of logos in several sizes, and more are available from the club secretary.  From time to time we will provide members with blank club letterhead featuring the logo and a listing of Hall of Fame members.  You may print your name and address at the top of the page to customize it.  For those with word processors, the font used on the letterhead is called "Paragon."

  GETTING INVOLVED

      The club's success depends on the efforts of all the members, especially those who take an active part.  Start by participating in club discussions and make constructive comments at meetings.  Help other members with antenna raisings.  Join a contest group.  Go on a DX'pedition.  Write an article for the bulletin.  Club officers are nominated from those members who indicate a sincere desire to help make this a great club by their gung-ho attitude and willingness to participate.  If you get nominated, do your best to carry on our fine tradition.

  UPDATES

     This booklet is loose-leaf to allow future club officers to update and expand the information contained.  The master disk is on file to make that job easier.

 

John Barcroft, K6AM

December, 1994  

(edited by Tuck NZ6T on July 6, 2005)

 

 

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