SOUTHERN ARIZONA DX ASSOCIATION
TUCSON - WS7DX
2017 ARCHIVES


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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!

 

Last Meeting
19 January 2017

We had a guest for the evening.  Nicholas O'Gara, the Online Reporter/Editor for Arizona Public Media  , contacted SADXA requesting information about DXing.  KUAZ had received a QSL from Europe saying they had heard the AM 1550 broadcast.  Nick interviewed three of our avid DXers, W9FI - Jim, KB7AZ - Carl and N7WS - Wes.  It's possible that their interviews might end up being broadcast on KUAZ.

Since our Past President W1KSZ - Richard , was absent, our outgoing Vice President, W9FI - Jim opened the meeting by calling for the election of club officers.  
 
We have determined after the fact that there was a problem with our election of President and Vice President.  Therefore, a meeting will be scheduled of the club officers to determine the solution.  However, KD7UIZ - Don nominated WA1BZQ - Bruce as Social Director and, of course, he was unanimously elected.  Very special thanks to you for volunteering to serve for the upcoming year. 

With that, our VP dismissed the meeting to ready for the evening presentation by KD7CD - Cornell.

SADXA Presentation

KD7CD - Cornell gave us a look at his station and his impressive equipment including a review of his famous home brew transceiver,  the Star-10, a very well designed and constructed rig that will perform as well or better than most modern rigs.  In addition, he showed the progression of the restoration of his  Drake 2-NT, showing us pictures of the restoration process and the design and construction of a Frequency Synthesizer to serve as the crystal frequency reference to drive the transmitter. 

The SADXA meeting resulted in the successful nomination and election of new club officers.  We had a good turn out for that and a very nice presentation.  Where the heck were you?  If you mised it, you have to buy the beer next meeting!

 




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