Next PAARA Meeting
Friday April 1, 2011

"PJ7E DXpedition: Putting One Two Three Four
New DXCC Entities On The Air"

John Miller, K6MM

October 10, 2010, otherwise known as "10-10-10", will be remembered as an historic day in amateur radio.  On that date, the Netherlands Antilles was formally dissolved, and four new DXCC entities were simultaneously created.

It had been over 50 years since such a dissolution of geographic territories allowed so many new DXCC entities to be created essentially simultaneously – the last being the breakup of the French colonies in Africa during the early 1960s.

This dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles created a buzz of excitement within the DX community, as several well-organized groups headed for the Caribbean to put these new countries on the air. The presenter will describe his experience on the PJ7E team to St. Maarten, and the challenges of activating 4 new DXCC entities simultaneously in the Caribbean.

John received his Novice ticket in 1958 while living in Syracuse, NY.  Today his primary interests are DXing, Contesting, and recruiting new operators into the hobby.

John is PAARA's website manager, a director of the Northern California DX Foundation, past-president of the Northern California Contest Club, and a founding member of the CW Operators' Club.  He is also Co-Chair of the Visalia International DX Convention.

In addition to his four grandchildren, John's interests include website design, music composition, and exploring the back roads of the Bay Area on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Date: April 1, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Menlo Park Rec Center
Council Chambers
700 Alma Street
Menlo Park, CA

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Club Meetings

Map & directions

The Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association meets on the 1st Friday of the month at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) (except when the first Friday lands on a holiday and typically moved to the 2nd Friday of the month).

Location: Menlo Park Recreation Center, 700 Alma Street (in Burgess Park)

There is a pre-meeting dinner at the Su Hong Chinese resturaunt on El Camino Real, held to treat the guest speaker. Su Hong is within walking distance of the meeting location, and dinner starts promptly at 5:30 pm (17:30 J).
Location: 1039 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025

After the meeting, many members gather for beer, pizza, and eyeball QSOs at Round Table Pizza, located on El Camino Real, just a few blocks north of Su Hong.
Location: 1225 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Board Meetings

Map & directions

The PAARA Board meets at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) at the Palo Alto Red Cross building, 400 Mitchell Lane, usually on the third Wednesday of the month.  We conduct most of our club business here in order to allow more time for guest speakers and socializing at club meetings.  Any PAARA member is welcome to attend.

A few meetings throughout the year have pre-defined agenda items. These include:

September Board Meeting
The Nominating Committee is appointed by the President to decide on a slate of candidates to be recommended to the membership.

October General Meeting
The Nominating Committee presents its nominations to the membership at the regular club meeting.  Nominations from club members opens at the beginning of the meeting, and closes at the end of the meeting.

December General Meeting
Elections are held at the December annual meeting.

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