Open logs now accepted by ARRL
Written by DL5XX   

Some good news from ARRL: in the ARRL Newsletter from July 25th they announced to drop rule 5 of section III of the DXCC rules. This means that open logs are are not any more subject to possible disqualification from the award program.

I think this is good news since internet logs have already become state of the art and best practice in radio sports. We will continue to provide our RRDXA online log to all members all will enhance the service in the future.

From my point of view there is just one thing to consider: if a log is opened with all QSOs details, QSL managers should stop correcting QSO data on request like "....I worked you at 09:21 on 21 CW but you got my callsign wrong..." since these kind of requests are obviously too easy with open logs. So please don't change logs unless you are 100% sure about the request. Most DXpeditions do online logs so it's easy for everybody to check whether you got in the log.

4 SQ-antennas by DF6QV
Written by DF1LON   
Nachdem bekannt wurde, dass Franz, DF6QV, die so erfolgreichen 4 SQ-Antennen von TS7N, 5A7A und VP6DX konzipiert und die Steuerung samt Phasenschiebern dafür selbst gebaut hat, wurde immer wieder der Wunsch geäußert, nähere Einzelheiten von diesen Antennen zu erfahren.
Daher hat sich Franz dankenswerterweise entschlossen, seinen Vortrag beim diesjährigen RRDXA Frühjahrstreffen über seine Erfahrungen mit dieser Antennenform allen Interessierten auf der RRDXA-Webseite zugänglich zu machen

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After it became known that Franz, DF6QV, had designed the 4 SQ-antennas for TS7N, 5A7A and VP6DX and built the phasing- and control-boxes himself, a lot of hams wanted to learn more about this type of antenna that yielded such outstanding results on the low bands during these DX-peditions.
Therefore we owe Franz thanks that he has offered to publish his script about a lecture at this year's RRDXA spring meeting  on his experiences with this successful type of antenna on the RRDXA web page.

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WPX-CW 2008 M/M LX7I
Written by DL5XX   
A few days before the WPX-CW contest, another RRDXA team found the way to Luxembourg to run the contest at LX7I. Thanks to Philippe, a lot of pre-work was done when we arrived at his station. Although we could only set up 4 stations, we decided to go for M/M to maxmize fun as well as our club score. During the contest, we kept 3-4 stations on air most of the time. 10 Meter was the big surprise especially on saturday with nice openings within EU and a few stations from Asia. This was another nice event not only due to the contest. We made new friends with which we did not operate before. This makes contesting a unique community. LX7I Antennas
Written by DF1LON   

For the CQWW CW Contest 2007 I went to Madeira to operate from CT9L. Walter, DJ6QT, allowed me to use his station and he gave me a list of possible operators for the contest. I thought that I will be part of a team but now I was the head of the CT9L CW team 2007.

Kostenlose E-Mail Adresse für Mitglieder
Written by DL5XX   

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Liebe RRDXA-Mitglieder,

wie angekündigt ist nun unser neuer E-Mail-Service eingerichtet. Wir einen Provider gefunden, der uns eine schnelle, zuverlässige, sichere und sehr innovative Lösung bietet.   [Weitere Informationen] 

Erfahrungen mit dem neuen QSL-Service GlobalQSL
Written by DL5XX   


Nie mehr QSL-Karten oder Etiketten bedrucken - dank GlobalQSL

Aktive Contest-Teilnehmer wissen um die ‚Nebenbenwirkungen’ der vielen QSL-Anfragen, die durch tausende QSOs in einem Wettbewerb auf die Teilnehmer zukommen. Allein in den beiden CQWW-Contesten in 2007 tätigten beispielsweise die Mitglieder der Rhein Ruhr DX Association (RRDXA) über 200.000 QSOs – in nur zwei Contesten. Viele Mitglieder begeben sich dazu auf DX-peditionen oder bringen Multi-OP Stationen in die Luft. So war auch der Autor Teil eines sechsköpfigen RRDXA-Teams, welches im CW-Contest als ED8A qrv war und über 9000 QSOs tätigte. Wie in jedem Jahr musste über die QSL-Frage entschieden werden.
Statusbericht zum DL40RRDXA-Diplom (31.12.2007)
Written by DL1YFF   

Inzwischen konnte unser Diplom zum 40jährigen Bestehen der Rhein Ruhr DX Association über 150mal ausgegeben werden. Wir freuen uns, daß zahlreiche Funkamateure unser Diplom erwerben konnten. Der schnellste Diplomjäger war übrigens unser überaus fleißiger Operator DL5YM, Fred Ockert, der das Diplom Nr. 1 bekam und 60 Punkte in CW aufweisen konnte. Besonders erfreut war ich auch über unseren OM Michael, DE3MKM, der es als SWL zum Diplom Nr 2 geschafft hat. Ich will sie nicht alle aufzählen, denn eine Graphik kann deutlicher machen, wie der aktuelle Stand derer ist, welche die Diplombedingungen schon erfüllt haben und beantragen könnten (Stand 31.12.2007). Immerhin konnten schon über 150 Diplome ausgestellt werden.

RRDXA Log Service für CQWW Conteste (CW+SSB)
Written by DL5XX   

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Die Logs für die CQWW-Conteste sind per E-Mail an die CQ zu senden. Die RRDXA hat einen Log-Service für alle YLs und OMs eingerichtet, die nicht genau wissen was dabei zu beachten ist. Der Log-Service ist offen für alle OMs & YLs. Mehr Informationen zur Einsendung der Logs findet Ihr hier.

1A3A and D4C during CQWW
Written by DL5XX   

Dear Contest friends,

during CQWW-SSB a group of RRDXA members is going to activate 1A3A. This new prefix will be on air for the very first time from the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. It will be the first activity during a major contest. The license has been granted as a part of a fundraising program to support the worldwide relief activities of the Order of Malta. The contest activity will help collecting funds to build a school for young girls as part of a support plan for the rebirth of South Sudan, coordinated by the Order of Malta  together with the Italian government.

Every contribution even the smallest will be greatly appreciated. Please donate on and your call sign will be printed on the special QSL card!


Another activity will be launched by our members during CQWW-CW as D4C in the M/2 category.

Watch out for this excellent team of contesters and work them on all bands.

RRDXA wins the CQWW Club Competition 2006
Written by DL5XX   

Dear RRDXA Members,

with our increadible team effort, we were able to win the CQWW Club Competition in 2006. The results have just been published. Congratulations to all who participated ! Now we should be really motivated to keep the momentum and win the competition again in 2007 !


Here is the top list DX:
1. RRDXA              218.724.771
2. BCC                214.962.215
3. Araucaria CC (PY)   81.283.628
4. CC Finland          77.847.735
5. CC Ontario          69.220.610
6. Russian CC          63.523.076
7. WWYC                58.892.647

Top List USA
1. YCCC               284.525.061
2. Frankford RC       246.857.664
3. Potomac VRC        169.364.704


RRDXA Award Top List
Written by DL5XX   
find out here which stations have already exceeded award scorce ...
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