What's Happening

You're invited: 2014 PNW DX Convention
Get ready for PNW DX 2014 hosted by Orca DX and Contest Club. Our venue from July 25 to 27, 2014, is the Inn at the Quay in spectacular New Westminster, BC, along the Fraser River just minutes south of downtown Vancouver.

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BC QSO Party 2014
BC hams worked the world in the 2014 BC QSO Party on February 1-2. Watch the BCQP website for the latest.

2013 Contest Report | 2013 Detailed Results

Orca Report for Mar. 11 meeting
Updates on the PNW Club Challenge competition, BC QSO Party, the PNW Convention coming up in July, and notes about the extremely successful FT5ZM DXpedition round out this month's Orca Report from the March 11 meeting.

Note: the next meeting will be held April 15 (this time only, it is not on the second Tuesday of the month).

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Membership Renewal
Club members are reminded that 2014 dues are $24 -- they can be paid by PayPal or cheque/check. More...

VE7CC receives Excellence Award
from Yasme Foundation

Congratulations to Lee Sawkins VE7CC, on receiving the Yasme Foundation Excellence Award for his software, widely used to manage and filter DX cluster spotting output.

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DX to watch for newest Togo, 5V7DB: September 2014. Lord Howe Is., VK9DLX: Oct. 13 to 29, 2014. Tromelin, FR/T: November 2014. Heard Is., VK0: January 2015. Tristan da Cunha, ZD9TT: Sep 15 to Oct. 6, 2015.
Recent DX activations...
Mellish Reef, VK9MT: Mar. 29 to Apr. 5, 2014. (Departed early due to weather) Chatham Is., ZL7AAA: Mar. 20 to April 1, 2014.
Orca member Sandro VE7NY was along on this one.
Aves Is., YW0A: Est. Nov. 1, 2013, to Feb. 28, 2014. Christmas Is., VK9X/K7CO: Mar. 1 to 11, 2014. Sao Tome & Principe, S9TF: Feb. 1 to 13, 2014. Marshall Is., V73DL: Feb. 4 to 17, 2014. Amsterdam Is., FT5ZM: Jan. 24 to Feb. 12, 2014. Benin, TY1TT: Jan. 26 to Feb. 6, 2014. Bhutan, A52JR: Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, 2014. Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), 1A0KM: Jan. 2 to 7, 2014. Orca member Sandro VE7NY is part of an international team. SMOM, HV0A: Jan. 8 to 10, 2014. Sandro VE7NY extended operation from SMOM. Kiritimati (Christmas) Is., T32RC: Dec. 4 to 11, 2013, featuring Dick N7RO and Dean KW7XX from Orca DXCC.

Contest Corner THIS WEEK'S CONTESTS
TARA Skirmish Apr. 19 (rules). CQ Man-Min DX Apr. 19-20 (rules). SP DX RTTY Apr. 26-27 (rules). BARTG 75 Apr. 27 (rules).
Recent contest activity... JIDX CW Apr. 12-13 (rules). SP DX Apr. 5-6 (rules). CQ WPX SSB Mar. 29-30 (rules). BARTG HF RTTY Mar. 15-17 (rules). RSGB Commonwealth (BERU) Mar. 8-9 (rules). ARRL DX SSB Mar. 1-2 (rules). CQ 160M SSB Feb. 21-23 (rules). NAQP RTTY Feb. 22-23 (rules). ARRL DX CW Feb. 15-16 (rules). CQ WPX RTTY Feb. 8-9 (rules). BC QSO Party Feb. 1-2 (rules). XE RTTY Feb. 1-2 (rules). NA Sprint CW Feb. 2 (rules). Post your scores on the 3830 reflector.

Club members are encouraged to join our Orca DXCC Yahoo! Group to get the latest club info.