Richard Solomon - W1KSZ

Jim Wysocki - W9FI

Larry Brown - W7LB




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1100 S Alvernon Way
@ E 22nd St
2nd Monday Each Month
7:00 - 7:30 PM Check-In



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The  SADXA meets on the 3rd Thursday  of the month at Mimi's Cafe located at 120 S Wilmot just south of Broadway at 5:30 PM. Click on map for directions. Come a bit early if you intend to eat.

Don't forget:  click on most images to enlarge or link<



A special thanks goes to AA7A - Ned Stearns who traveled down from Phoenix to give us a very interesting presentation on the VP8 South Sandwich and South Georgia DXpedition. We really enjoyed it.  Thank you, Ned!


W1KSZ - Richard


Next Meeting
16June 2016

The presentation for the evening is scheduled to be a video of the 2013 Juan Fernandez Island DXpedition.  Hope that you can be there for that.

A VP Note

Our Vice President W9FI - Jim is trying to put together a presentation for September of our members' Shack and Antenna pictures.  To date, he has only submissions from three members, including his own.  He's hoping for at least six or seven installations for the presentation.  Get those photos to Jim.   I know that we'd all enjoy seeing them.

Last Meeting
19 May 2016

KE7TR - Shane W7KGB - Fred

K8MUF - Hank

Jan - XYL (AA7A)

In addition to Ned, we had four guests for the evening who, of course, were interested in seeing his presentation.  KE7TR - Shane traveled all the way from Mesa to see the presentation.  Thanks for coming, Shane.  Also visitng for the evening was W7KGB - Fred and K8MUF - Hank. Maybe you'll return and join us. And one more guest would be Jan, Ned's XYL.  We hope you enjoyed your visit to SADXA.


Our President W1KSZ - Richard started us off with an announcement that we have finally found a Social Director.  And that person is: W1SR - Steve   Thanks for volunteering, Steve, we're happy to have you take on that task!

With that, the meeting was adjourned to prepare for the evening presentation.  It appears that we had 29 attendees including Ned and Jan, a pretty good crowd.

SADXA Presentation

The presentation for the evening was a slide show with a few videos of AA7A - Ned Stearns a member of the Intrepid DX Group and the crew that took on the daunting task of a DXpedition at two very remote places on earth, in the South Sandwich Islands somewhere over a thousand miles from the southern most tip of South America toward Antartica.  It's where penguins by the millions , sea gulls and sea lions are the only living creatures of these remote places with the exception of a very few human inhabitants of South Georgia.

To be a bit more specific, South Georgia Island is about 1200 miles east of the southern tip of South America, 950 on east of the Falklands and Thule Island is about 1500 miles east of the tip of Argentina and 300 miles north of the tip of Antartica. Damned inhospitable!

Quoting the The South Sandwich Islands are a cold and inhospitable place.  At 50 degrees south, Southern Thule Island is one of the most remote places on earth.  Southern Thule is closer to the polar circle and the South Pole and either Bouvet Island or Heard Island.  To get there, we will voyage the Drake Passage and brave strong winds and high seas.

And that they did. They traveled in the notable Braveheart, a 120 foot fishing boat built in Japan and repurposed to carry people to these type of remote locations including DXpeditions and National Geographic type adventures..
It was not, by any means, a Carnival Cruise experience.  At times, it was almost necessary to tie yourself in your bunk.  You could see that in most pictures of the Braveheart passengers and crew, they were holding on to something.  

Thule Island was the most remote and that's where they started their DXpedition activities, setting up tents, generators and, of course, raising the antennas and arrays. 

Making it even more perilous, the only way to mount the island was to wade through the icy cold water which Ned said was up to his chest, or climb up a rope via a steep rocky cliff face.  What a choice!

They lived in tents which were suppose to withstand up to 80 Mph winds, but before it was over, they had to endure 100 Mph+ winds with bitter cold, sleet and snow. Even on the more hospitable South Georgia they had to endure a storm that nearly destroyed the tents and their only choice for survival was to huddle under the tables with the radio equipment and wait it out.  At the Thule site, they had to abandon the site and wait out the strorm in the Braveheart, not knowing if they would be able to return and retrieve any of their equiment and gear.

Ned said that at the end of the first Thule event, he and his fellow DXpeditioners were wondering just why they had embarked on such an adventure.  But, by the time they got back to South Georgia, they were ready to do it again.

Here are a few pictures that Ned sent me taken from his presentation.  Click them to enlarge.

Of course, AA7A - Ned was in true form and provided a very interesting show of this DXpedition.  This was, indeed, a very good presentation and you shouda' been here!



I have added a few additional links below as recommended.  I've received several new pictures of current members, but I'm still short a few as well as the bios.  I suppose it's not absolutely necessary that the page have your bio, privacy issues, you know.  However, after all, this IS an amateur radio organization and Hams like to talk and brag too. Hi, Hi.   I will be bringing my trusty camera to take pictures and I welcome any picture that you might prefer to replace the ones that I post.  Just e-mail a suitable picture to wd7f@wd7f.com

Thanks.  de WD7F - John

PS:  Any other amateur radio links you would like here just for fun?




poppy - 2009


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