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Austin Summerfest 2004
Red Lion Hotel, Austin, Texas The Central Texas DX and Contest Club (CTDXCC) is proud to be the continuing sponsor of the DX and Contest Forum at Austin Summerfest. The 2004 Austin Summerfest was August 6th and 7th, at the Red Lion Hotel, 6121 North IH-35 (@ US 290 East), Austin, Texas. The DX and Contest Forum was held from 10 AM to noon on Saturday. Attendance at the forum peaked at just over 100 for the first forum topic.

DX and Contest Forum Program

  1. Image of HF Radio
    Join the excitement in DXing and radio contesting!
    DXing and Contesting for Everyone
    You don't have to have an antenna farm and a few kilowatts to chase DX or enter a weekend radio contest. Susan K5DU, Gary W5ZL and Gale WB0YEA will cover the basics, including operating techniques, propagation tips, station design, antennas, QSL cards and the Logbook of the World, Internet and packet-based DX spotting (live demo!), fun contests to get your feet wet, where to find contest rules and other resources on the Internet, and more! This is a great opportunity to supercharge your ham radio experience! [40 minutes]
    Presentation Available: in HTML and MS PowerPoint format.
  2. Image on K5NA/M in Reagan County, TQP 2003
    Come learn about mobile operation in Texas' very own fun operating event, the Texas QSO Party!
    The Texas QSO Party: Our Own Fun Operating Event
    The Texas QSO Party is a popular radio contest where the focus is on Texas stations and Texas counties! John Dvoracek KE5C and others will review the history of this contest and describe how you can participate! The forum will cover basic equipment and options for logging contacts. Mobile HF stations, traveling from county to county, add a lot of fun to this operating event - learn how you can participate as a mobile station, what kind of planning is involved in a successful mobile operation, and how recent mobile station operations have done in the contest. The forum will also cover special equipment for multi-operator mobile operation, and will conclude with questions and answers. [40 minutes]
  3. Image on Taongi Atoll
    Share the DXpedition experience on a remote Pacific island!
    The August, 2003 V73T IOTA DXpedition to Taongi Atoll
    Buzz Jehle N5UR will present his experience in DXpeditioning to one of the most remote Pacific islands. Share in the comprehensive and detailed planning behind the first IOTA activation of this small, uninhabited atoll. Experience the challenge of sailing across 450 miles of open water, then negotiating the narrow reef passage in a 17' dinghy to transfer equipment and supplies three miles across the lagoon to the operating site. Learn about the operating strategy, pileups, fickle propagation, high winds and sudden severe electrical storms during 76 hours' activity. Find out the requirements to certify this operation for IOTA credit. [40 minutes]

CTDXCC/TDXS Joint Meeting

Following the DX and Contest Forum, there will be a joint meeting of the Central Texas DX and Contest Club (CTDXCC) and the Texas DX Society (TDXS). We will fire up the grills at the home of the Kings, K5NA and K5DU, east of Austin. Click here for more information.


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