WELCOME TO THE
 
SOUTHERN ARIZONA DX ASSOCIATION
TUCSON - WS7DX

CLUB OFFICERS
2017



PRESIDENT
Jerry Wothe - W6XI


VICE PRESIDENT
Don Birch - K7NN


SECRETARY/TREASURER
Larry Brown - W7LB

APPOINTED
POSITIONS

2017



SOCIAL DIRECTOR
Bruce Betterley - WA1BZQ


ACTIVITIES  DIRECTOR
Carl Foster - KB7AZ


WEBMASTER
John Slusser - WD7F

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K7NN
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CURRENT INFO

ALL HAMS ARE ELIGIBLE

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<
   
2017 ELECTION RESULTS
Congratulations to the newly elected President and Vice President of SADXA.  We are happy that you stepped up to the plate to support the club.  As you can see, W6XI - Jerry was elected President and K7NN - Don was elected as Vice President.  As well, KB7AZ - Carl was appointed to the Activities Director position.
W6XI - Jerry
President
K7NN - Don
Vice President
KB7AZ - Carl
Activities Director
Next Meeting
16 March 2017

Presentation TBD

Last Meeting
17 February 2017

KY7B - Bruce N6CW - Terry

From out of the shadows is a new member, KY7B - Bruce who has lived in Tucson since 1979 or so but has been so busy with his engineering career that he hasn't been very active in our ham radio community.  Welcome to SADXA, Bruce, and we are looking forward to having you in our club.

As well, we had a guest all the way from Southern California out of San Diego, N6CW - Terry.  Terry was a guest way back in 2011.  Good to see you again, Terry!

The 2016 President - Richard  opened the meeting with a discussion of the January election explaining that, due to unforeseen circumstances resulting in a conflict of interest, we had to accept the resignations of W1SR - Steve and KB7AZ - Carl.

Prior to our election process, Richard appointed KB7AZ - Carl   as our Activities Director. Carl will be responsible for arranging for our evening presentations and have custody of the club video and audio equipment.  Richard explained that Appointing an Activities Director resulted in the Vice President position being more in line with the SADXA Constitution that outlines the duties of that office.

Since a new election was required, Richard opened the floor for nominations for President.  W6XI - Jerry was nominated, seconded, and by a unanimous vote, elected as President for 2017.  Following was the nomination, seconding and unaminous vote to elect K7NN - Don as Vice President.  Congratulations and thanks to both Jerry and Don ! !

Our DX Ladder coordinator, KW7RS - Rolly requested that he be relieved of that duty. Since part of that job requires the information to be posted on the SADXA website, WD7F - John agreed to take it over. 

W1SR - Steve said that the University of Arizona Radio Club was looking for anyone that might be able to assess the condition of the aging club antenna system and make the appropriate repairs and it would be paid for by the UofA.  After some discussion, it was decided that a good candidate for that task might be , a local sign company and ham operator KB7LML - Mike. Thirty or so years ago, he and his brother bid on a Forrest Service tower in the mountains somewhere north, disassembled it and brought it down by helicopter to truck to Tucson.  After all, it had been built in the 30s or 40s and the material had been brought up there by pack mule.  They set it up way east on 22nd on their property and I dont' know if they ever built the shack in there or not.  What a great project.

With the official business completed, the meeting was dismissed for the setup of the evening presentation.

SADXA Presentation

Our Secretary/Tresurer W7LB - Larry briefed us on the club financial situation.  Even though we had increased the dues from $15 to $20 a few years back in order to contribute more to DX activities such as DXpeditioins, we had fallen behind due to dwindling membership and additional expenses from the picnic and Christmas party.  Possible solutions might be to increase the dues to $25 commensurate with the CADXA club, pass the full cost of food and amenities for the parties to the members, and make the SADXA membership badge the member's responsibility to purchase rather than providing it to the new member.  Another possibility might be to allow members to donate old gear to be sold at a SADXA table at the swap meets.  It was decided that this would be discussed at the next meeting in March.

CW Speed Analysis

KB7AZ - Carl gave a presentation showing how he analyzed CW signals using digital communicatiion analysis methods.  It was a somewhat technical but interesting presentation of how to measure accuracy of receiving over the air CW signals.  His developed method was based on a similar analysis of Frequency Shift Keying (FSK) modes such as RTTY.  The analysis goal is to improve the probability of correctly receiving over-the-air signals and reduce reception errors, especially when contesting as a non-assisted station.

Well, we actually did get the officers elected, finally. Once again, if you missed  the meeting, you missed a good one!

 

NOTES

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?

 

 

LINKS

poppy - 2009

 


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