Visalia DXCON 2021

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  1. WA6MHZ

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    As you may have heard, the official organizers of DXCON 2021 have decided to do a VIRTUAL Convention. This is similar to the club meetings we have been having over ZOOM.

    From the website:
    A Choice Of Two “V’’s
    The challenge for 2021: Should we plan for an in-person convention in Visalia or a Virtual meeting? Everyone wants to hold out hope for a face-to-face meeting next year but we have to ask, “What will our “new normal” lifestyle be like next April and can we guarantee a “Covid-Free” environment for our attendees?” After consultation with a few medical experts, epidemiologists, and long-time attendees of IDXCC, we have concluded that for 2021, the right choice -- and the safest choice -- is to have a Virtual Convention instead of an in-person meeting. So that’s our plan. Welcome to the…
    2021 Virtual International DX & Contesting Convention (IDXCC)
    : Two Weekends in April 2021:
    Part 1: Friday, April 16-18 Part 2: Friday, April 23-25
    Note: Each weekend will be a unique 3-day event, not duplicates
    Formal Online Registration
    : Early 2021 – exact dates TBD

    The New Name – International DX & Contesting Convention (IDXCC) – more accurately reflects what the convention has actually become over the years: A gathering of both avid DXers and Contesters from around the world.

    What you can expect from IDXCC 2021:

    • Presentations - Forums, Tech Talks, DXpeditions, Awards, Keynotes
    • Training – Contest Academy; DX University; Hands-On Demos
    • Convention Webinars – For Exhibitors, Special Guests
    • Eyeball QSO Hour - could be chaos, could be fun
    • Friday Night Dinners – IOTA, TopBand, Contesting – without the dinner
    • Creative QSL Card-Checking
    • Great Raffle Prizes
    • Lasting Memories
    Just think: Whether you’re an old-timer or newcomer, you can have a safe, front-row seat at the first-ever Virtual DX & Contesting Convention next April without leaving your QTH.

    The 2021 IDXCC Convention Committee will work hard to make this a memorable one. Stay tuned to the website for more announcements in the coming weeks.


    John Miller, K6MM
    Rich Seifert, KE1B
    Co-Chairs, IDXCC 2021"

    Conversely, some members of the Southern California Contest Club are in the process of organizing a "IN HOTEL" event for March 18-20
    From the SCCC website:

    "The following is being organized by Dick, N6AA and Jim, N6TJ. This is not an official SCCC event but information is provided here as a courtesy. Updates will be provide by Dick and Jim when available.

    Some of us attend the Visalia DX Convention in great measure to socialize with close friends, hams that we work on the air, and potential new friends. Some of us feel that this in-person socialization is an important part of our radio lives.

    The planned 2021 Internet convention is missing the in-person socialization, and the smaller social gathering is planned to fill that void.

    The social gathering is not organized to compete with the main convention, but to augment it. The event's date was selected to not conflict with the main event.

    Social Gathering Details

    As announced previously, a Visalia DX and Contesting Social Gathering is planned for March 19, 20, and 21 at the Visalia, California, Wyndham Hotel (refurbished former Holiday Inn).

    Health Concerns

    None of us are interested in contracting the Covid-19 virus, nor are we interested in anyone else contracting it at the event. We are uncertain about what impact the virus will be having ten months from now. We may cancel the event. We may cancel the event very close to the planned date if health concerns warrant it.

    We expect to know considerably more about how society is faring as we approach the date. Radio-convention wise, Quartzfest, Orlando, and Yuma will have recently either functioned or been cancelled, and that will impact our planning.

    If the event happens, we don't know whether we will try to require masks, enhanced social distancing, diving helmets with oxygen tanks, or what. At present, I don't expect to be shaking hands with anyone.

    Overall Philosophy

    Rather than have any particular clubs involved, Jim Neiger, N6TJ, and I decided to run the gathering as two individuals. This permits rapid reaction to whatever the future holds. Note that I was the Convention Chairman, when the DX Convention was first moved to Visalia in 1978, and where we had a two-person convention committee. We have the experience to make this event function smoothly.

    Our intent is to keep the event as simple as possible. We do not expect to make money. In fact, we hope to not handle any money. The exact procedure for paying for the dinners is presently undefined, but we are working to somehow have attendees pay the hotel directly.

    We expect that there will be no raffles, no prizes, no programs, no registration packets, no patches, no reserved seating, and probably no something-elses.

    We expect that this event will be smaller than previous Visalias, and smaller than the main Internet event as well.

    There will probably be an organized ARRL discussion, maybe some sort of organized contest discussion and/or DX discussion, and maybe a presentation or two on some sort of operation such as an expedition. Major DX-pedition presentations should be left for the main Internet event. The format of the discussions will be in some way dependent on the number of attendees present. These may be round table discussions or larger forums. We have been given use of the hotels meeting rooms. Any agenda will likely be finalized in the week before the event. If you have something you feel would be of interest that you can present or lead, please let us know.

    If an ARRL or CQ Magazine QSL-card Checker shows up, there may be QSL checking, something probably not expected over the Internet. A volunteer is presently expected.

    The major activity is expected to be talking with each other, in a safe way. We will encourage getting to know people that you do not know well.


    We have received inquiries regarding exhibitors. The current plan is to suggest that anyone wanting to exhibit products simply rent one of the first-floor rooms that face hallways or other public areas, like we did 30 or 40 years ago. As we get closer, we will know the expected attendance, and whether the event merits exhibitors.


    Some of you have volunteered to help. Let's see what is needed as we proceed.


    The Wyndham Hotel appears to desire our business, and is working hard to make this work. A reduced hotel rate of $95 per night for one or two beds has been negotiated. The rate applies for Friday night, March 19, and Saturday night, March 20. A smaller number of rooms is also available for Thursday night, March 18. Reservations may be cancelled up until one day before the check-in date.

    Call (559) 651-5000, Group code: 031 821 CAL. Group name: California DX Club.

    Parking is free.

    Motorhome parking is free, but if hookup is needed, expect a small cost.


    We are endeavoring to run this without cost, but if we end up buying a bunch of cans of soda, we can probably survive eating the expense. Otherwise, there may be a donation jar.

    You can now book your rooms with the Group Code and Group Name, below. Rate should be $95, and they are giving us a day before cancellation without penalty. Dates are 19, 20 March 2021 and you are welcome to arrive 18 March, of course, at the same rate.

    Group code is 031821CAL
    Group Name California DX Club
    Wyndham Visalia tel 559.651.5000

    From You

    If you think you will attend, please let Jim know at N6TJ [at] If you have a probability of attending, such as 50%, please add that information.

    Make your cancellable reservations directly with the hotel. Show up. Bring adequate funds to pay for whatever you eat and drink.

    Talk to your friends, safely.

    Keep in mind that the event is 10 months away, and will not happen if conditions are not safe. We suggest not buying non-refundable airline tickets.


    Dick Norton, N6AA, Co-organizer, with Jim Neiger, N6TJ, Co-organizer"

    So we will see how it works out. I will be attending both. Already got my room booked for the Wyndham!
    I love going to Visalia! It is close to the CAT HOUSE ON THE KINGS, which I visit Thursday of the event.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2020
  2. WA6MHZ

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    A note about Card Checking. All cards must be checked IN PERSON by a certified DXCC Field Checker. I am one of those and will be checking some cards today for a good friend in our San Diego DX Club. So there will be NO "OVER THE INTERNET" checking per the DXCC Desk at ARRL HQ. If you want cards checked, I will be there in Visalia March 19-21
  3. W4IOA

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    Interesting how many believe this virus will magically disappear after November. If it is what they say it is, it'll be several years before we return to a sense of normalcy.

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