Our New President, W6XI -
opened the meeting with the traditional DXPloits Round Table. KD6XH - Cliff ,
who said he had no DX activity because he's packed up his radio gear, has
sold his house and is moving soon. We're sorry to see you go, Cliff.
WD7F - John
noted that K6WSC - Bill had emailed his DXPloits for the month in advance
and it makes the process of recording the information and putting it on
the website much more accurate and encouraged all to follow suit. Editors
Note: Yes Please!
W7TUS - Mike
said that conditions had been interesting, not much activity, but he is
now at 298 countries. (Not bad for the
relative short time that Mike has been chasing DX, I'd say.)
KB7AZ - Carl
had two new DX phone including the Ivory Coast on 20 meters. He said
he CQ'd for 45 mnutes with 1200 watts RTTY with not one contact.
Carl is also working on his 2nd off-center fed dipole.
Our newest member, NG7A - George
has built a new delta-loop which is working
well at 30 ft.
K6WSC - Bill
worked 629 stations in the ARRL DX CW contest with country totals as
follows: 80m 32, 40m 72, 20m 88, 15m 73, and 10m 26 countries. In the ARRL
DX SSB contest, K6WSC worked 155 stations with country totals as follows:
40m 21, 20m 22, 15m 34, and 10m 10 countries. (Now,
THAT was easy! Thank you, Bill.) Bill
mentiioned that the
has started a new mentoring program and that
he had a new ham visit him at his QTH and it was very rewarding for both of
them. Bill said that we all should get involved with this type of activity.
W0LTL - Mike
reminded us of the presentation we had a year or two ago about the Search
for Amelia Earhart and
the Eustace Expedition. You can follow their progress here. .
N7WS - Wes
reports (by email, thanks Wes) that here were
several DXpeditions active during the month, among them: 5U5R (ongoing)
has been worked on CW, SSB and RTTY on several bands. E51DWC (ongoing) has
been worked on CW on all bands 10 - 160; RTTY on 15, 17 and 30. TU7C
(ongoing) has been worked on PSK63 on 40 and 20; RTTY on 20; SSB on 40.
TX5T (concluded) was worked on CW on 7 bands, SSB on 4 bands; RTTY on 17.
VP6EU (concluded) was worked on CW on all bands 10 - 160; SSB on 10, 12
and 17; RTTY on 15 and 40. XX9D (concluded) was worked on CW on 5 bands
including 160; RTTY on 20.
W6XI - Jerry
has 3 new ones on 160 CW and worked ,
and . He mentioned how the Gray Line propagation had
brought him .
He had checked at Gray Line for activity that evening and found what turned out to be
S7 and giving contacts. Jerry said it took an HOUR (3 minutes) for his amp to
warm up but he did work them on first attempt and 15 minutes later, they
As the meeting continued,
there was a discussion of old business concerning the club financial
situation briefed by W7LB - Larry
at our last meeting. It was discussed as to whom and what amount we
would be contributing to DXpeditions and since the primary function of
SADXA is DX activity, it was moved, seconded and voted unanimously that
the Summer Picnic and Christmas Party would be self sustaining and would
not be relying on the club treasury to suplement the costs of those
activities. Members would be required to pay in advance and the full price
of the meals, etc. In addition, the tradition of presenting a SADXA
nametag/badge to each new member would be abolished and the member would
have the option of purchasing the badge. The DXpedition contribution
discussion was tabled for further consideration at the next metting.
The President reminded us
that our club card counter W6ZQ - Ron
is now authorized to count 160 meter cards.
W7TUS - Mike
wrote and read a SADXA Proclamation of Thanks to W1KSZ - Richard for his
service to the club and a Certificate of Appreciation was presented by
President W6XI - Jerry. Once again, thanks from all of SADXA,