SOUTHERN ARIZONA DX ASSOCIATION
TUCSON - WS7DX
2015 ARCHIVES


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Last Meeting

18 June 2015


KE7KA - Keith


XYL - Ellen


K4HHX - Vince


KF7OOO - Jerry


W0MPH - Dick

KK7P - Lyle

We were honored by several guests for the evening, some having been invited by KW7CD - Cornell who gave the evening's presentation.  SADXA welcomes all of you and we hope that you will return.   And, we had a couple of prodigal sons such as W0MPH - Dick and KK7P - Lyle who showed up too. Plus, KD7KEQ - Randy from W7SA was here (See below).   It was a good meeting.

The SADXA  President, W1KSZ - Richard,  opened the meeting with a welcome to our guests and quickly dispatched the business portion of the meeting.  Since the band conditions have been terrible and the heat has made us lazy, the DXploits portion of our meeting didn't produce many notable results.

One of our more active DXers W7EXG - Bill    says that it's a fact, 14.270  is the Chinese calling frequency.  Not letting us down, Bill did work island and the Azores.  Once again, good job Bill.
 K7WSC - Bill , not to be outdone, worked several on 6-meters and others too.
KF7OOO (Out of Order) - Jerry worked a warship from San Diego on 20.
KW7CD - Cornell told us of his DX-302 that he "stole" for $30 from some unsuspecting ham, just because it didn't work.  
Our Secretary/Treasurer, W7LB - Larry gave a short financial report and said that he was getting his satellite act back together so he could work the ISS in July.  Larry also reported that we recevied a thank you letter from the
for our donation to the cause.
The Catalina Radio Club
representative, KD7KEQ - Randy , graciously welcomed us to attend the upcoming operation sponsored by both the Catalina Radio Club and the in their combined effort up in the coolness of the Catalina's on Bigelo, NEXT WEEKEND (27 &  28th).  Thanks Randy.
N7BXX - Gail has been doing  .  Gail, it's about time!
W0LTL - Mike has recently acquired an SX-100 receiver and your truly has volunteered to check it out. 
KD6XH -  Cliff said he had been to for the first time since 1985 and passed around a copy of a 1915 issue of
QST he had picked up there.  He also said that the Army program were phasing out the VHF portion of their service, however, HF is still thriving.

Finally, KK7P - Lyle said he has been working hard on the program that he is deeply involved in..
At that time, the meeting was adjourned for preparation for the evenings presentation.

 

SADXA Presentation

The presentation"Why do we need better (LESS) phase noise?", was introduced by our VP N7WS - Wes and given by KW7CD - Cornell , who is a renoun expert on synthesizer design and has published over 90 technical papers and articles in professional magazines and the author of available on Amazon.  His interesting talk with slide support was a bit technical for some of us (me), however, it did foster quite a few questions and comments from the members.  He painted a picture of how the engineers for our major amateur radio manufacturers have only recently begun to take into consideration the effect of phase noise on a receiver and may not have previously understood what was really happening or what to do about it.  For example, the latest ICom product, the IC-7851, boasting a $15K pricetag, is nearly capable of phase noise figures near to Cornell's own   home brew Star-10 design. Click on it to read about his rig.  At the end of the presentation, it appeared to have sparked a pow-wow between a few interested parties.  


Since we had a fairly good turnout, the SADXA Enforcer was pretty happy, as you can see.  However, if you missed this presentation, shame on you.  You missed a good one!


This lady, single handedly, took care of food and drink needs of the entire party very efficiently.  I'll get her name next week.  Thanks! Your editor has enjoyed the meetings at Mimi's for this reason, among others. Yes, I was there too.



It is very saddening to report that W7CS - Chuck Smallhouse passed away Friday, 23 May 2015.  He will be missed.  His service will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Oracle Union Church, 705 E American Ave, Oracle, AZ. (Obituary)

  


Last Meeting

21 May 2015

The meeting was opened by our President W1KSZ - Richard with the round table DXploits.  Many of the members had little or no activity.  KB7JAQ - Scotty said he had some success with trans-equatorial to South America and EA8 as well. It was basically the same for KF7EZJ - Andrew and KB7GAI - Wally .
W6XI - Jerry said that six meters should be opening now.  He said he has some coax on hand for the asking and some aluminum tubing as well.  Give him a call if interested.
K5RR - Richard has 700 feet or so of RG-11 coax and the price is right.  He also mentioned the K1N mega-DXpedition to Navassa Island article in the latest issue of
It was several firsts for W7EXG - Bill, who after 60 years of ham activity made his first contacts on 6 meters, four to be exact.  He worked China for the first time on 14.270 . Then he worked an Aussie on 17 meters where the operator was running QRP on the beach and they made contact with power as low as 1 watt.  The kicker was that the guy recorded the contact on along with some other qso's.  Bill was blowing him away with his DB-42!  Click it to see it.
N7WS - Wes has worked 120 DXCC stations, ordered a new Elecraft K3S and has had some success working early morning DX on 20 meters.
Carl - KB7AZ has been very busy working 180 contacts this past month and has 100 RTTY contacts for DXCC now.
Would you believe that K6WSC - Bill did not have his 3-page list of DX to share. Why not, Bill?

Finally, there was a discussion of a donation to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands DXpedition in 2016.   It was moved, seconded and voted to donate $250 to that dxpedition.  You can find AA7A - Ned in that lineup.  We'll look forward to his presentation when that event is over.

The President also mentioned the Fall Picnic and 19 September is the target date at the moment.

At that time the meeting was dismissed in preparation for the evening's presentation.

 

SADXA Presentation

Our VP, N7WS - Wes, introduced our man NQ7R - Tom who gave his presentation of the E30FB - Eritrea, North East Africa DXpedition in March of this year.

Eritrea is a multi-ethnic country, with nine recognized ethnic groups. It has a population of around six million inhabitants. Most residents speak Afro Asiatic languages, either of the Sematic or Cushitic branches. Among these communities, the Tigrinya make up about 55% of the population, with the Tigre people constituting around 30% of inhabitants. In addition, there are a number of Nilo Saharan speaking Nilotic  ethnic minorities. Most people in the territory adhere to Christianity or Islam.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eritrea)

Tom's slide show consisted of many interesting pictures of Eritrea and he related some of the history of the small country and it's 30 year war resulting in its independence from Ethiopia.  Interestingly enough, it's a one party state and has not held elections since it's independence was established.  A notable  point was that the government owned hotel he stayed in did not accept the local currency and required dollars or euros. Go figure.

The DXpedition was hindered by an X-Class solar flare occuring during their stint according to the . Murphy's Law prevailed as well and computer difficulties resulted in a large number of CW QSOs being done by hand.  Yet, they managed to deliver over 60,000 QSOs.

 

 


You would think that having a meeting in a new place and an excellent presentation would be enough to get everybody to show up, right?  In any case, once again, you missed a good meeting.



Last Meeting

16 April 2015


K7RJA - Ron

We had a guest at the meeting.  Welcome Ron - K7RJA.  We hope you enjoyed the meeting and that you'll be back.

W1KSZ - Richard opened the meeting with our usual DXploit round table with N7WS - Wes starting us off with saying his new beam will be on the air soon and he had worked the Chatham Island DXpedition.  KD6XH - Cliff  said he's going to and hadn't been there since 1985 or so.

Our Big-Gun DXer K7NN - Don makes it look so easy with his dxing, working in the last month, 89 countries!  He said he received his EP6T Kish Island DXpedition card as well.
Our President - W1KSZ said he really enjoyed the
hamfest last month and the swap meet had some good stuff causing him to part with several dollars!
Mike - W7US has been busy rebuilding his AC/DC power distribution in his shack.
W7EXG - Bill has been having more fun with his DB-42 and has racked up several islands and others such as Camin, Cook, Turk, Creet plus Morocco, Turkey, India and 22 other countries.  Good job, Bill. 
Our treasurer, W7LB - Larry reported that the treasury and cash fund is good and we're holding the Herd Island donation check for the moment. There are 34 memebers at this time. There are several who haven't paid the dues for the year, so pony up folks!
KB7AZ - Carl has worked Chatham as well as 100 counties on RTTY.  He said that he now has antennas for all HF bands and he had finally made a contact on 30 Meters and has used 'em all.
Don't foget it's Mimi's next month and finally, N7WS - Wes  says checkout
With that, the meeting was adjourned for the evening presentation.

 

SADXA Presentation

 

Carl gave a very interesting presentation showing ways to build and use antennas that blend into the background to comply with deed restrictions.  He showed us several different methods of hiding antennas and even a few ways to load up the bedsprings, so to speak. For example, some folks had loaded sections of wrought-iron fence or gutter pipes and other inovative methods of gettting something on the air where restrictions prevail.  After all, there are other ways to hide an antenna other than the proverbial you know what.


Note from the SADXA Enforcer:  

Once again, if you missed Carl's presentation and the camaraderie of a typical SADXA meeting, then you lost out.  Get it together and be there next time!  Check out the pictures!  See what you missed?

 


Last Meeting

19 March 2015


KE7GYQ - Doug


K6WSC - Bill

Welcome back to a couple of long missing SADXA's finest.  Where HAVE you been, guys?


KE7YTE - Tom

And here's a fellow who's been missing even longer.  Welcome back, Tom!

The meeting was opened by our VP, N7WS -Wes with a finance report by W7LB - Larry  who reported we were solvent, however, only 27 members have paid for 2015  Ante up guys!  
It was moved, seconded and voted that we donate $250 to the
NCDXF.
A donation to the Herd Island DXpedition was tabled for further discussion. They have a ways to go to meet their financial goal.
 
(EDITORS NOTE: With some of our avid DXers having so much activity, it's necessary to limit the quantity of information that is posted here.  Sorry guys!)

While Ned was setting up equiment, the DXploits round table was initiated by W7EXG -  Bill  who is having fun with his DB-42 scoring Isle of Man, Sicily, Iceland, Iran & Israel for example.
WO7V - Jim had received a certificate  for 1 Hz accuracy on the K5CM Frequency Measuring Test on 3 March. He said he was surprised that he received it considering his equipment used for the measurement.
W7TUS - Mke is up to 284 countries.
Long missing K6WSC - Bill had a three page list of his DX & contest accomplishments.  He reported his (still rumored) contest results as singled operator, low power, assisted category. This all done with the help of a new Hex Beam.   Great work, Bill!

CW Worldwide DX, CW: 366 band countries
ARRL 10-meter: 79 countries, 1st Place USA
ARRL DX, CW: 412 band countries, 10th in the USA
ARRL DX, SSB: 247 band countries. 

There were several stories of the recent three day wind event here in Tucson with WD7F - John having a coax connector being completely unscrewed from a loop balun and W1GHF - Rick having ground/guy wires snagged and will require his tower to be tipped over to fix.
Our real-estate guru, KD7UIZ - Don, said he has workd six countries on 10 meter FM repeaters on 29.600.
AA7A - Ned
spoke of a portable moon bounce antenna he was working on and would be taking it on one of his future DXploits.
Six meters had a few interesting openings to CE and LU land during the recent solar flare said W6XI - Jerry .  

KW7RS - Rolly said that he has recently acquired a 50 Ft. tubular telescoping tower and will be working to get it up and ready.
W0LTL - Mike said he had recently met very good friends of the infamous Father Moran of Nepal, best known as 9N1MM (Mickey Mouse) and wondered if SADXA might be interested in hearing about him.

With that, Ned began the evening's presentation.


SADXA Presentation

Again, we were presented with an excellent slide show by AA7A - Ned of his VooDoo group on a DXpedition to Kuait with the hosting of 9K2HN - Hamad who provided nearly unlimited resources for a winning combination of antennas and a very comfortable quarters for operating, not quite like the South Western Africa countries of the famous VooDoo DXpeditions.  He said that the large 160 meter beverage antennas they constructed made all the difference when it came to setting a new CQWW record as a Multi-Multi.  You see all of the pictures of the event here.

This presentation was a good one you you missed it!  When will you ever learn? 

 


Last Meeting
19 February 2015


NG7A - George


WB6BFW - Scott

We had a two guests attending the SADXA meeting.  Welcome to NG7A - George, from New Hampshire and a transplant to Rillito, AZ and on to Dove Mountain in Marana.  Next was WB7BFW - Scott from the . We hope you had a good time at the meeting and will consider joining our group.


The 2nd meeting of 2015 was opened by our President, W1KSZ - Richard
, with a short discussion of our contributions to DXpeditions followed by our DXploits round table discussion.  
Our VP, N7WS - Wes worked with 12 band slots, busy, busy.  
KB7AZ - Carl worked several including Gabon and Lebanon.  W7EXG - Bill continues to extol the virtues of his large DB-42 antenna and worked Bear Island, for example.  
W7TUS - Mike
reminded us of our stamp collecting Vets that really like those QSL stamped envelopes.  Mike had a large bag of envelopes donated by KB7JAQ - Scott . Thank you, Scotty!  

W1KSZ - Richard worked Navasa on 160, but still needs Cocos Islands
When WO7V - Jim pulled out his list of DXploits, it became apparant that we could not mention them all on this venue.  You'll have to ask him yourself.  
Our man KB7GAI - Wally reminded us of the
160 Meter SSB contest coming up the 27 Feb - 1 March. 
Yours truly WD7F - John told of greatly improved receive performance on his 75 Meter Loop by changing it from a convinient triangle to a near square.  Live and learn!   
W6XI - Jerry shared some DX pile up tips, very interesting. 

WA7NB - Art said that he worked K1N on 9 bands and captured his 340th.  Congratulations, Art!

Chuck - W6CS reminded us of the Seychelles S79CO DXpedition and here a reference to the very active February and subsequent scheduled activity:  
It was announced by someone that had worked K1N!  
W0LTL - Mike told of fighting noise with his mobile rig for months and tried everything to fix it.  As it turned out, he says, his splices at the battery terminals were not up to his usual standards.  Mike submitted his self depreciating story to QST and should be published in the April issue.  Let's hope it's not an April Fools story!   

With that, the meeting was adjourned for preparation of the evening's presentation.

SADXA Presentation

 



A video of the K4M Midway Atoll 2009 DXpedition was shown.  
WA7NB - Art attended the DXpedition and related his experiences, good and not so good, before, during and after the event.

It was a nicely done video and concentrated heavily on the environmental issues and actions that have taken place to ensure that the wildlife is preserved on the island.

A point of interest:  The Midway Island Henderson Field runway has been maintained as an emergency landing strip by the 60 or so inhabitants of the atol who are mostly from other Asian countrys, even though it is a U.S. possesion. For example, on June 16, 2011, a Delta 747 with 380 passengers made an emergency landing there and on July 11, 2014, a United 777-200 landed there due to a smoke filled cockpit.

Well, here we go again!  Just how many of these meetings have you missed?  We'll look for you next month! 


 

Last Meeting
15 January 2015



N6RC - Richard

We had a guest for the evening, N6RC - Richard who has recently moved from California to Tucson in the vicinity of Oracle and Ina.  Richard is a very active DXer and has served as President of the Northern California DX Club.  Welcome to SADXA, Richard.  We hope you will consider joining our group.

Our newly elected President, W1KSZ - Richard opened our meeting with the usual round-table introduction with members' DXploits.  W7TUC - Mike said he nad a very good year with many new countries and band slots.

With his new DB-42 monster STEP-IR antenna in place, W7EXG - Bill has been working stations off of the back side of the antenna thinking it was fantastic and then switching the phase an discovering he was missing out on another 20 dB of signal.  I'm thinking Bill has been having fun, even using a metal detector on a pole to check to see if the tuning of the elements is functioning correctly.   
WO7V - Jim said he has worked new ones including Malta, Bolovia and Iran.
N7WS - Wes worked quite a bit of 160 and snagged the Samoa DXpedition.  He said he was only 12 QSOs away from agetting 28,000 points in the W1AW year long contest.  I wonder if Wes has any time for Annette with that kind of attention being paid to radio.
The Henning Bros, Scott and Andrew said they worked W1AWs and had quite a bit of 12 Meter activity.  
In the 160 Meter contest, W6XI - Jerry worked 480 plus contacts, quite an accomplishment.  Our President W1KSZ - Richard CW-DX wise is standing with 353 countries with 339 current.  He's been busy too. 
KD6XH - Cliff  was busy also, attending TWO DXpeditions which will be the subject of this evenings presentation.

With that, Richard called for a break for preparation for Cliff's presentation.

SADXA Presentation


KD6XH - Cliff  entertained us with his presentation on the two DXpeditions he participated in last year, as 5W0XH on Western Samoa, along with N7CQQ - John and then as W1AW/KH8 on American Samoa.  Even today, some amenities we enjoy here and in most of the world are missing on these islands such as Samoa. Even electric power is not guaranteed and is expensive.  They attempted to license a couple of potential hams on American Samoa but were unsuccessful.  So, it may be a while before that island will be available for DXers.  The only ham on the island has passed, three years ago.  They tried to use his antennas but corrosion has taken its toll. Cliff said that the open air hut below was where they offered as a place for them to stay.  Right.

You missed this one, didn't you? What? Were you afraid you'd be elected to SADXA office?  Chickens! 



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