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Volume 10, Number 12DECEMBER 2005

The Nugget

The Newsletter of the Mother Lode DX/Contest Club

MEETING DATE, LOCATION & PROGRAM

When: Saturday, December 17, 11:30AM-2:30PM

Where: Round Table Pizza in Martell.

What: Surprise Video + contest roundup.

FROM THE PREZ

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year & Happy holidays to all.

Thanks to all who helped out in 2005. Thanks to Vice President/Contest Chair Jim Venneman, WX6V, who also took on the Field Day leader-ship and led us to a successful exercise. Thanks to Carolyn, K6TKD for keeping accounts straight. A BIG thanks to Ron, N6NIA for taking the minutes at meetings and other secretarial chores. Great BIG thanks to Rick; W6SR for a superb newsletter each and every month, keeping us informed with club news as well as propagation and DX reports. Thanks to Jeff, WK6I for his work putting together the contest dinner at Visalia. Thanks to board of directors’ members Ray, ND6S & Gary, KI6T for input. Thanks to the many members who participated in contests-for MLDX/CC and NCCC-contributing to club aggregate scores.

From SFGate-the SF Chronicle, online version, an article describing how a basin is forming in Ethiopia.  "Dereje said that the split is the beginning of a long process, which will eventually lead to Ethiopia's eastern part tearing off from the rest of Africa, a sea forming in the gap. The Afar desert is being torn off the continent by about 0.8 inches each year." Is it too early to start thinking about separate country status?? Are Martti or Kan packing bags & making plans??

I operated the SS contests and CQ WW CW, but the ‘big’ thing at the Wilson QTH was the clearing of some of the noxious growth of ‘buck brush, manzanita, wild lilac, etc. enabling us to enlarge the radial field for proposed vertical antenna array. Operator used a tracked bulldozer type machine with a 4’ wide grinder wheel on the front that tears vegetation apart and shreds it into small pieces to mulch.

Preliminary calculations show the Mother Lode DX/Contest Club nosing out the Redwood Empire DX Association by about 100,000 points. MLDX/CC had about 17 entries representing about 20 members of the club participating as either on operator or station owner. Our total score is about 1,511,313 to REDXA’s 1,469,353. The REDXA figures were gathered from their club bulletin, CQP website and reflector reports. There may be some that did not report, but submitted, so we will have to wait for the official published reports. Too close!!  Again, thanks to all.

Lyle Meek, W6WF was voted into MLDX/CC by unanimous vote taken via email due to forgetfulness of soon to be ex-president.  Dick, K6LRN.  

THE VP SEZ

Greetings once again from beautiful uptown Auburn!

Well - I guess this is my last write-up as the Vice-President of our club. It's been a great 2-year run, but I'm ready to have a few less things on my plate in the coming year. My election to our church board this past year has altered my priority list and I plan to focus on this commitment over the next year or so. In the meantime, I have been asked and

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