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2019 DX Convention, Visalia CA

April 11, 2019 - April 14, 2019


Visalia is 150 Miles from Sonora.  (2.5 hour drive)

The 70th International DX Convention sponsored by the Northern California DX Club will be held again at the beautiful Visalia Conference Center in downtown Visalia, California from April 12-14, 2019.
If you’re a DXer or interested in any aspect of Ham radio, then IDXC is the place to be.  Top DX operators (and contesters) from around the world will be there.  You’ll match those familiar callsigns with new faces, and shake hands with the person you have had a sched with for the past 10 years but never met.

DX Convention Overview

• Convention is a full 2.5 Days: Friday (April 12); Saturday (April 13); 1/2 day Sunday (April 14)
• Onsite Registration begins on Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM local time
• Full day of training on Friday, April 12: Contest Academy
• Full Seminar Track on Friday, April 12; Two Seminar Tracks on Saturday, April 13
• Contest Forum, DX Forum, YL Forum, QSL Card Checking
• 15-20 DX & Technical Seminars
• Large Exhibit Hall – where you can comfortably talk to the people who design and sell ham radio equipment
• Great Raffle Prizes – the likes of which rival even the famed Dayton Hamvention
• Friday Evening Dinner Options: TopBand, IOTA, and Contesting

Over the next several months we’ll be inviting speakers, finalizing the program, setting up the Exhibit Hall, and generally preparing for a memorable convention for all attendees.

Q1: Will there be a Flea Market or Swap Meet at IDXC 2019?
A. Unfortunately, no. We want to be sure you have every opportunity to attend our Programs, visit Exhibitors, get your QSL cards checked, and generally focus on the meeting itself.

Q2: The only two hotels within walking distance of the Convention Center are fully booked. If we drive downtown to the Convention Center, will there be plenty of free parking?
A. Yes — both at the Convention Center itself, and in surrounding Parking Lot areas.

Q3: Visalia Hotels are all along Route 198. Which hotel is the farthest distance from the Convention Center and how long will it take to drive there?
A. The furthest hotel is the Wyndam Hotel — 5.5 miles from downtown. Because traffic is never heavy along Route 198, the maximum driving time from any hotel should be no more than 10 minutes.

Q4: Will there be shuttle buses from the hotels to the convention center in 2017?
A. We will not be providing shuttle bus service because (1) it is prohibitively expensive, and (2) very few attendees take advantage of the service since most drive their personal automobile to the convention.


Note: Pre-Registration Ends On
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2400 UTC = 5:00 PM PDT
The IDXC 2019 Convention Pre-Registration Form Is Used
For ALL of the following items:
  • Convention Pre-Registration
    • Full Convention with Meals ($130)
    • Convention Only, no Meals ($60)
    • Meals Only: Saturday Lunch ($15) or Saturday Banquet ($39), or Sunday Breakfast ($20)
    • Optional Box Lunch for Friday, April 12 only (($15)
  • Contest Academy RegistrationThis program runs from 8 am until noon, and from 1 pm until 5 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019. Registration and payment of a single fee of $40 gives you admission to all sessions for the full day.
  • Convention Polo Shirt Men’s/Ladies Style; Dark Green, Royal Blue, or Oxford Gray; SM to 5XL; With ($38) or without ($35) pocket. Please note: the deadline for shirt orders is Friday, March 8th, at 5 pm Pacific time.
  • Drink Sponsorships ($5 each) Helps offset the cost of the DX Bar for attitude adjustment hours.
  • Optional Saturday Bus Tour ($40) Visit to Sequoia National Park. Lunch included.Note About Raffle Tickets – California law prohibits the sale of raffle tickets over the Internet, either via the Worldwide Web or email. However, we are offering advance raffle ticket sales by phone order. Raffle tickets are sold in books of twenty (20) tickets, for $20 per book. Advance purchasers by phone will receive a bonus of four (4) additional tickets for each book purchased, for a total of twenty-four (24) tickets for $20. To order by phone (using any major credit or debit card), call Rich Seifert, KE1B at: (408) 395-5700, between 9 am and 8 pm Pacific time. If there is no answer, leave a message with your name and telephone number, and he will contact you as soon as possible.

    Please make sure that your name and callsign is on the check so that the tickets go to the right person. Tickets purchased in advance will be included in your registration packet when you check in at the convention. Tickets will also be available for sale on-site at the convention, at the regular price of $20 per book. Cash, checks, and credit/debit cards will be accepted.

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time Description Location
12:00 – 23:00 Exhibitor Setup Time Exhibit Hall
15:00 – 17:00 Convention Registration Opens Registration Area
Friday, April 12, 2019
Time Description Location
06:30 – 08:30 “No-Host” Coffee & Rolls Registration Area
08:00 – 14:00 Annual Golf Tournament Valley Oaks GC
08:00 – 08:10 Welcome & Overvew, John, K6MM, Co-Chairman Charter Oak A-B-E
08:10 – 08:15 ARRL Introductions Charter Oak A-B-E
08:15 – 08:30 Introduction of DX Visitors Charter Oak A-B-E
11:00 – 17:00 Registration Registration Area
10:00 – 17:00 Raffle Ticket Sales Registration Area
Contest Academy
Sponsored by NCCC
(Program Will Be Updated In Early 2019)
08:00 – 17:00 Location
07:15 – 08:00 Onsite Registration For Late Deciders ($40) CA Staff

San Joaquin
A-B -C-D

08:00 – 08:05 Welcome & Introductions Bob, W1RH
08:05 – 08:55 Topic 1Presenter 1
08:55 – 09:45 Topic 2Presenter 2
09:45 – 10:00 BREAK
10:00 – 10:50 Topic 3Presenter 3
10:50 – 11:40 Topic 4Presenter 4
11:40 – 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 – 13:50 FT8 Contetesting OverviewEd, W0YK Charter Oak
13:50 – 14:40 Topic 6Presenter 6 San Joaquin
A-B -C-D
14:40 – 15:00 BREAK
15:00 – 15:50 Topic 7Presenter 7
15:50 – 17:00 Panel Discussion & Recap
DX & Technical Presentations – Track A
08:00 – 17:00 Location
08:45 – 08:55 IntroductionNed, AA7A & Lee, KY7M Charter Oak
09:00 – 09:40
Digital DXpeditionsRoly, ZL1BQD
09:45 – 10:25 6M DXing TodayLarry, WO7R
10:30 – 11:10 Ham Radio EstatesNed, AA7A
11:15 – 12:00 Not So Basic AntennasKristen, K6WX
12:00 – 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 – 13:40 FT8 Contetesting OverviewEd, W0YK Charter Oak
13:45 – 14:25 Successful QSLingJohn, K6YP
14:30 – 15:10 Improved Audio ReceptionBob, K9EID
15:15 – 15:55 TBDTBD
16:00 – 17:00 TBDTBD
13:00 – 17:00 Exhibits and Displays Open Exhibit Hall
13:00 – 17:00 N6V Special Event Station Open Exhibit Hall
17:00 – 18:00 DX Bar: Attitude Adjustment Hour
Sponsored by CADXA and Individual Sponsors
Eucalyptus Courtyard
18:30 – 21:00 Annual IOTA Dinner Charter Oak C-D
18:30 – 21:00 Annual Top Band Dinner Marriott Ballroom
18:30 – 21:00 Annual Contest Dinner Charter Oak A-B-E
21:30 – 23:00 NCCC Hospitality Suite San Joaquin A-B
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time Description Location
06:30 – 08:30 “No-Host” Coffee & Rolls Registration Area
08:00 – 11:30 Registration Registration Area
08:00 – 17:00 Raffle Ticket Sales Registration Area
08:00 – 17:00 Exhibits and Displays Open Exhibit Hall
08:30 – 09:15 New Product Showcase Charter Oak A-B-E
09:00 – 17:00 N6V Special Event Station Open Exhibit Hall
09:30 – 10:25 DX Forum, Chaired by TBD Charter Oak A-B-E
09:00 – 15:00 Saturday Bus Tour of Local Area
Depart From Convention Center Main Entrance on Acequia Ave
10:00 Hourly Prize Drawing  #1 Registration Area
10:30 – 11:25 Contest Forum, Chaired by TBD Charter Oak A-B-E
11:30 – 13:30 Saturday Buffet Lunch Plaza Courtyard
12:00 Hourly Prize Drawing  #2 Registration Area
13:00 – 16:00 DXCC & WAZ QSL Card Checking sponsored by UTAH DX Association
(including 160M, 10 year plus, Deleted, WAS, VUCC, and WAZ)
Kings Canyon
DX & Technical Presentations
Track BSan Joaquin A-B-C-D
Monitor: Lee, KY7M
Track CCharter Oak A-B-E
Monitor: Ned, AA7A
13:00 – 13:40 YL ForumGayle, K6GO Italian DXpedition TeamMac, JA3USA
13:45 – 14:25 TO6OK DXpedition Karel, OK2ZI VU4G DXpedition John, G4IRN
14:30 – 15:10 DX-RIB: Radio In A Box George, AA7JV TBDTBD
15:15 – 15:55 6G’s Dxpedition to VK9X Chris, G3SVL NCDXF Beacon Project Kevin, K6TD
16:00 – 16:40 DXLab User ForumDave, AA6YQ ARRL ForumJim, K6JAT
14:00 Hourly Prize Drawing  #3 Registration Area
16:00 Hourly Prize Drawing  #4 Registration Area
17:00 – 18:00 DX Bar: Attitude Adjustment Hour
Sponsored by CADXA and Individual Sponsors
Eucalyptus Courtyard
19:00 – 21:30 DX Convention Awards Banquet Banquet Hall
19:00 – 21:30 Emcee: Kristen McIntyre, (K6WX)
Keynote : “KH1/KH7Z Baker Island” – Don, N1DG & Kevin, K6TD
Major Prize Drawings
Banquet Hall
21:30 – 23:00 NCCC Hospitality Suite San Joaquin A-B
Sunday, April 14, 2019
07:30 – 10:00 DX Convention Breakfast Meeting Banquet Hall
08:30 – 11:00 Emcee: Kristen McIntyre, (K6WX)
Fun Exercise
Keynote: “VP6D Ducie Island”Gene, K5GS
Major Prize Drawings
Closing Comments & Departure
Banquet Hall



Visalia is a city situated in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 230 miles (370 km) southeast of San Francisco, 190 miles (310 km) north of Los Angeles, and 36 miles (58 km) west of Sequoia National Park. The population was 124,442 at the 2010 census.

Settled in 1852, Visalia is the oldest inhabited inland European settlement between Stockton and Los Angeles. It is the 5th largest city in the San Joaquin Valley after Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton and Modesto, the 44th most populous in California, and 198th in the United States.

As the county seat of Tulare County, Visalia serves as the economic and governmental center to one of the most productive single agricultural counties in the country.

Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks are located in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, the highest mountain range in the contiguous United States. The summit of Mount Whitney, 14,505 feet (4,421 m), is on the border between Tulare and Inyo counties. The western slopes of the Sierra are also home to the ancient Giant Sequoia, some of the largest living single organisms on Earth.

See Wikipedia for more information about this fascinating city.


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