The Visalia Marriot Hotel and Convention Center.
I’ve just returned from attending the International DX Convention, held at the Visalia Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. This was a great event, very well attended by many DXers from all over the Globe.
Event organizers, John-K6MM, Kevin-K6TD and Rich-KE1B and their many volunteers did a masterful job of organizing this event. I also attended the top-band dinner organized by Steve-WB6RSE and I really enjoyed it as well.
My favorite part of the International DX Convention was seeing many old friends again and meeting new DXers/DXpeditioners that I have admired from afar. One of those was Ken Opskar-LA7GIA who was awarded the Dr. William Howard Myers-W6OL Award for excellence as a CW Operator award by the Northern California DX Club.
Ken-LA7GIA with the NCDXC’s William Howard Myers-W6OL Award for excellence as a CW Operator on a DXpedition.
DXpedition Announcements and Rumors:
Everyone looks forward to the DXpeditions that are announced at IDXC and the many rumors of DXpeditions in the pipelines. While there were no official announcements, there are many DXpeditions under development and multiple teams are forming. Multiple groups have applied for permits to Baker/Howland and Johnston Atolls and they are awaiting permission. Given last years sabotage of P5DX and one DXpeditioner’s propensity to jump in front of other announced/planned DXpeditions, I feel that DXpeditioners are being more guarded about revealing their plans for future DXpeditions. I know of several but I promised not to divulge their plans.
Probably the most surprising news is that the 3Y0Z-Bouvet 2018 team is now looking at chartering a larger ship, complete with a hanger for two helicopters. They are about to travel to South America next week to close the deal on their new ship.
New Products: There were many new products that appeared at IDXC for the first time this year. Probably the most anticipated products were Elecraft’s new KPA1500 solid state amplifier and Flex Radio Systems new Power Genius XL solid state amplifier.
Some of the other new products on display were KF7P’s new “tower crane”, ICOM’s new IC-7851, Connect System’s CS108G SDR transceiver, Expert Electronics new MB1 SDR transceiver, SteppIR Antennas new 6-40 meter Yagi, and lastly, a generic kit-form solid state amplifier. Sadly, ICOM’s new IC-7610 was not yet available for the convention.
The new Elecraft KPA1500 running 1500 watts all day long.
The Expert Electronics MB1 SDR transceiver
The ICOM IC-7851 transceiver
The Flex Radio Power Genius XL solid state amplifier.
Connect Systems CS108G SDR transceiver
KF7P Metal Works “tower crane”.
SteppIR Antennas new 6-40 meter Yagi on a US Towers tower trailer.
The generic kit form solid state amp. More info to follow on this.
Other sights at Visalia IDXC 2017
Dave-WD5COV and I enjoy a moment with Oms-PY5EG. Glenn-W0GJ and Bob-K4UEE
give a passionate talk on DXpedition funding. Mike-K6MKF and Frank-N6OI sell raffle tickets.
Chris-KF7P sells his products. The Expert MB1 in action.
Bob W6OPO operates as John K6YP looks on.
Eric WA6HHQ of Elecraft answers questions about the new KPA1500.
John-K6MM, Kevin-K6TD and Rich-KE1B at the Saturday night banquet. There was also dancing and singing.
Chip-K7JA does a masterful job as MC. Bob-K4UEE and myself with the raffle certificate from Flex Radio.
The Bouvet DXpedition Team held a raffle for a Flex Radio 6500 and I was thrilled to have the winning ticket!
Bob-KK6EK gave a passionate talk about the VK0EK DXpedition and his thoughts on “systems theory” and how it ought to be a part of future DXpeditions.
Rusty-W6OAT asks the DX Forum panel a question. Most of the questions concerned deleted entities, LoTW and other ARRL issues.
Craig-K9CT and Bob-K4UEE enjoy the Top Band dinner.
Rob-N7QT and Gene-K5GS enjoy a moment.
Erling-LA6VM and I enjoy a glass of “Bouvet” Champagne. Bob-GU4YOX gave a comedic talk on “the Funny Side of Radio”.
In closing, the 2017 International DX Convention was an outstanding event. This event gets bigger and more important each year. It is the fulcrum for DXpedition Leaders and avid DXers to meet and to discuss their wants, needs and challenges in one fantastic event. It is also the ideal venue where many vendors and manufacturers choose to showcase their new products each year.
Here is looking forward to IDXC 2018!
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