The San Diego DX Club
An ARRL Affiliated Club
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 information outlines the workings of the club, as well as our history and traditions, and awards program. We hope it will be helpful.
The San Diego DX Club was organized for the purpose of facilitating exchange of information and general cooperation between members, to promote radio knowledge, fraternalism and individual operating efficiency, to further participate Amateur Radio Contest Activities, to take appropriate action on legislative matters pertaining to Amateur Radio and to conduct club programs and activities so as to advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio.
We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Sizzler Restaurant, 3755 Murphy Canyon Rd., San Diego at 5:00 PM. Dinner is usually around 5:30. 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 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.
Dues are $20 a year and multiple years cannot be prepaid. However, if a new member joins on July 1 or after during the calendar year, the dues will be $10 for the remainer of that year for that new member. This is not applicable for returning members. Please contact the Club Secretary for additional information.
DX CLUB BULLETIN
The bulletin editor publishes bulletin and it appears on line. 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. Please send it to The Editor..
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 then pick up your badge at the next club meeting. Please specify the mounting desired. For pin, military posts or alligator clips, the cost is $8. Magnetic is $10. The badge should be ready at the next meeting, however if mailing is requested, there is an additional $1 charge.
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.
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.
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. The venue varies and alternates with those of the Southern California DX Club. We usually hold 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.
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."
The club's success depends on the efforts of all the members, especially those who take an active part. Please start by participating in club meetings and activities, help other members with antenna raisings, join a contest group, go on a DX'pedition or 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, we know you will do your best to carry on our fine tradition.