Arkansas DX Association Report
ADXA de N5RN
I'm back from my annual trek to Dayton. If you have never been to Dayton it is an experience of a lifetime. You should set a goal of going to Dayton at least once in your lifetime. It has become an annual event for my Dad Earnie, K5YKD, and my brother David, K5DCW. We use the time to get caught on things and see what is new in Amateur Radio. I was fortunate enough to see a couple of locals while in Dayton - K9IW, K5UZ, and Holly Roderick. I also ran into an old work buddy of mine, Chuck Sanders, NO5W.
I attended the RTTY forum in which the history of RTTY contesting was presented. It was quite interesting given that I know nothing about the old teletype equipment used in the early days of RTTY. At the end of the fourm a new 10M RTTY contest was announced. Check QST and google for the latest information on this new contest. If you have a computer, a sound card and an the interface that can tie your sound card to you computer you have what you need to get started into RTTY contesting. As for software N1MM (free) and WriteLog (fee) are likely the most common. Give it a try but most of all have fun.
We have some successful contestors right here in the Great State of Arkansas - N5ZM won the 2010 CQ World Wide RTTY DX Contest - Single Operator Assisted (7MHz) with a score of 283,822, I was lucky enough to win the 2011 ARRL RTTY Roundup Multi-Operator Low power this year.
ADXA is a great place to talk with fellow hams, DXers, contestors, little pistols, and the Big Guns. The next ADXA meeting is at the Whole Hog Cafe 11:30 - 1:30 on Saturday, June 18 in Hot Springs. Address is 4332 Central in the shopping center across Central from Kroger. Come and join us for some good BBQ and fellowship.