Mariana Islands DX Association - PO Box 445 - Agana Guam 96932
 
 
Volume 1 Number 3 - July 1998
Edited by KH2D
Published Quarterly by MIDXA
 

IN THIS
ISSUE:

Public Service

Yaesu CAT
Software Review

QSL Bureau

Pileups

Contests

New Members

 

 

Club News
GUAM MIDXA PACKET NODE -
the packet node in Guam now is owned 100% by MIDXA. The Mariana Amateur Radio Club donated a power supply and an Alinco VHF radio. KH2JU donated the antenna mast. KH2JU also is responsible for making arrangements for the current node site. We are still working on connecting to Saipan via packet, and may have to purchase a VHF beam antenna and a radio with a little more power output, but we are also working on a link in Rota, which would make the current equipment in Guam sufficient. The node call is now GUAM and the UHF link has been removed from the node - we decided to simplify the system to save on the node cost.

MIDXA would like to thank Sid, NH7C, and Andrea, NH7CC for their efforts at Dayton. Sid and Andrea had MIDXA pins made and sold some at the Dayton ham fest. We have pins available for any club member who would like to purchase them, you can see them on the web page.


June was a bad month for loosing hams in Guam. NH2A, Kerry, and his wife Anita, KH2FX are scheduled to leave Guam in early July. They will be moving to the Washington, D.C. area. (Editors note: YUK!) Bill, NH6D/KH2 got his notice in the June that the contract he is here working on is over, and he will be returning to Hawaii soon.

We also lost Gary, K9AW/KH2 who has been here for years and has probably been the most active HF operator ever in Guam. Gary will be moving to the Philippines, where he is going to retire. Look for him active /DU6. On Saturday, June 20 MIDXA presented Gary with a certificate of appreciation at the MIDXA breakfast. We wish Kerry, Bill, and Gary all the best at their new QTH's.

Where & When The EMERGENCY FREQUENCY for communications during typhoons, etc. is 7.085 mhz. ALL MIDXA members in the Marianas should have a 40 meter dipole or other 40 meter antenna, and a source of emergency power to operate an HF radio in the event we are needed for emergency communications. Forty meters works great during the daytime for all four islands. After dark frequency is 3.785 mhz. BREAKFAST MEETING IN GUAM is held weekly at Shirleys in Harmon - 11 am on Saturday morning. BREAKFAST MEETING IN SAIPAN is held weekly at Denny's on Beach Road, early Sunday mornings. Contact WH0AAV for more information.

Public Service Hams from MIDXA joined the members of the Amateur Radio Club of Saipan to provide communications support for the Tagaman Triathlon in Saipan on May 16th. Hams who participated in the event included (from Saipan) KH0AC, WH0AAV, KH0AO, KH0GV, WH0ABA, KH0DR, AH0AM, KJ7BP, KH0AS, KH0CE, KH0BE, KH0FO, KH0AO, KH0AF, KH0ED, AH0AQ, and (from Guam) KH2D. Some of the participating hams are members of both clubs.

Software Review
FT MANAGER FOR YEASU by F6DEX
(Shareware $30) FT Manager is a full feature CAT program which supports the following Yaesu radios: FT-980, FT-990, FT-890, FT-900, FT-840, FT-920, FT1000MP, FT-1000D, FT990 and FT-1000 ROM 1.2, FT-767GX, and FT-757GX. Features include large display screen which allows control of most or all of the features of the radio. Also included is a band scope feature which produces a spectral display. FT MANAGER includes an SWL DATA BASE, which can be easily modified or a new data base can be created for point and click tuning to any frequency/mode. WEBCLUSTER interface and TNC windows are provided so that DX cluster connections are possible - clicking a DX spot sends the radio to the appropriate frequency/mode. The cluster interface includes voice announcements through a sound card. Rotor interfacing also provides for automatic antenna control. I have looked at a lot of CAT software since I purchased my FT-920 a few months ago. FT MANAGER is by far the nicest package and the closet thing I have seen to what I am looking for, but at this point I find it still VERY buggy. Certain features don't work on one band when they do work on another, and at times the software seems to send the radio commands for no apparent reason - not fatal, but irritating. When the bugs are out of this package, it will probably be the number one choice for Yaesu CAT software. It's available in a 30 day full featured trial version, which can be downloaded from: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/f6dex/ -it's a big file, little over 7 MB, but you'll have fun playing with it.

Guam (KH2) QSL Bureau was turned over to MIDXA by the Marianas Amateur Radio Club in April. WH2U and KH2D will continue to take care of the incoming bureau. There is no outgoing bureau for Guam.


In the Pileup June was not a good month for pileups - band conditions were really stinky for most of the month. The bands were awful on Field Day weekend, with major solar storms. We have been catching the occasional east coast U.S. openings in the evenings on 20 meters, but they have been few and far between. The last day of June finally produced some good numbers (119/2/1) and an excellent opening to EU and NA on 15 meters. KH2D worked 315 stations on 15 meter CW in 3 hours on June 30, while KH2JU was running a pileup on 20 SSB.

Packet Cluster We lost the cluster computer due to a power supply failure, and the cluster was off for about a week. The computer has now been replaced and the system is back up. WU3V has been down quite a bit lately also, so we have not been running the internet connection. Regular users in Guam include KH2JU, N2NL, N4UQM, and KH2D.

Contests CQ WPX CW - N2NL/KH2, SOAB, 615 Q's, 215 prefixes, 518,365 points. CQ WPX CW - KH2D, SOSB 20 meters, 1111 Q's, 505 prefixes, 1,650,340 points. CQ WPX CW - WH0AAV, SOAB, 479 Q's, 186 prefixes, 380,742 points. All Asian CW - N2NL/KH2, 1100 Q's, 371 mults, 403,277 points.

New Members We have a few new members since the last newsletter. NH0D, Jauncho, and NH0E, Jun, the infamous 'CW brothers' join us from Saipan. Congratulations to both on their upgrades to extra. Visit them both on the club web page. Also, congratulations to Gene, KH0FO on his upgrade to extra, and his new call, which is NH0F.

Web Page The MIDXA web page is alive and well at http://www.guam.net/pub/midxa. The club page is now mirrored at http://www.qsl.net/midxa so the stateside hams can view the pages a bit faster. KH2D is in the process of a complete face lift for the club web pages, which should be done in the next few weeks.
 
   

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