SOUTHERN ARIZONA DX ASSOCIATION
TUCSON - WS7DX
CURRENT ARCHIVES


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Last Meeting

19 June 2014

 
MEETING ACTIVITY

W1KSZ - Richard opened our meeting with a discussion of whether or not we would have a summer picnic this year.  It was decided that we would, indeed. Once again, KC9ORD - Mike  has volunteered to make it happen.  It was decided that we would have out picnic at the Colonia Verde Club House the weekend of 20 September and the exact day depending on whether the house will be available on what day.  Mike will be collecting a $5 per member fee at the August meeting.  We will have a page on the SADXA website where people can decide what they will bring.  More info will be available later.  W0LTL - Mike will attempt to reserve the place for the 20th.  And, Mike said that his FLEX 6500 is purring like a kitten now.

During it round table introductions and tales of DXploits, it was apparent that the bands have been pretty poor lately.  However, the true DX aficionados will always find activity.  For example, W6XI - Jerry,  managed to snag 225 QSOs during the June VHF contest, NQ7R - Tom gained a dozen 2-meter grid squares, worked 30 countries on the digital mode JT-65.  K7NX - Lloyd worked 60 on meteor scatter.  How about this?  K7NN - Don had 200 on 6-meters in the VHF contest and worked 62 countries this month!  Don could write a book on DXing, if he hasn't already.  

KB7KZ - Carl was busy grabbing several new ones with 151 so far, however, he told this unbeliveable story.  It seems that he sold a linear amp to W1KSZ - Richard and was paid $500 with a stack of twenty-five $20 bills.  He said he had taken $100 from the stack and left it unattended.  When he came back, he noticed that there were just a couple in the stack, but, there on the floor was a lone twenty with what appeared to be holes from teeth? Investigation revealed that a greyhound that Carl "rescued" had  decided to make a meal of that stack of 20s!  Can you believe that with much patience and due diligence he managed to salvage all of them?  He he took the remnants to a bank and they refused them but another bank took them.  What a story!  Hand sanitizer, anyone?

KE7WSV - Art says that he came outside after a bit of wind and the top section of his SteppIR Sky Needle vertical had fell down.  There is a fiberglass collar that holds the top section and the expoxy had failed after three years or so in the Arizona sun.  He was told by the boys at SteppIR to use hose clamps to fix it.  Hmmmm. 

Speaking of SteppIR, W7EXG - Bill has been working his antenna project, a SteppIR DB-42, the one with a 42 foot boom and 250 pounds, not counting the mount.  He says that he's going to need 4 men and a strong boy to help him move into position.  Any volunteers?

And finally, WA7NB - Art , who made the Juan Fernandez Island DXpedition presentation last March, said that he is to participate in the Central Kiribati DXpedition scheduled for November 2014.  Only 25 people live on Kanton Island so the participants are going to live on a 50 foot boat.  That should be fun, no?  We'll look forward to a presentation sometime next year.

With that, the meeting was dismissed for a short break and the evening's presentation.

 

N7WS - Wes our Vice President, gave us an interesting presentation on the evolution of some tools that hams use for analysis of their antennas and transmission lines.  Good job, Wes.
I'd say that if you missed this evenings meeting, you missed a good one.  When are you going to learn?


Of course, I take a lot of pictures and when I want to document my presence,  N7BXX - Gail usually takes mine.  After all that, guess who's picture I failed to take.  Oh well, there's my favorite picture that I've taken of Gail and here it is!


N7BXX - Gail  SADXA Chief Enforcement Officer



Last Meeting

15 May 2014


W7JM - John
Welcome to our newest member, W7JM - John, an avid microwave EME fan.  Last month, we saw a picture of his 10 meter dish.  Glad you joined us, John!

KG7JQV - Laura N2DXC - Ray

SADXA welcomes KG7JQV - Laura, a General Class operator just licensed this past March.  Also attending for the first time was N2DXC - Ray.  We hope you both consider becoming a member of SADXA.    

 
MEETING ACTIVITY

The meeting was opened by our President W1KSZ - Richard, explaining that there would be no presentation after the meeting and we would have the usual round table introduction and DXploits and urged everyone to tell the members of any projects or if they might have acquired any new "toys".

Secretary/Treasurer, W7LB - Larry spoke of his continuing antenna building saga and  informed us that the treasury was in good condition with $1680 in the bank and approximately $130 cash on hand.  There are 44 members with a few who have not paid their dues thus far.
KD7CD -  Cornell said that he has been successfully doing 20 Meter mobile operation using his car as the radiating element and the short vertical he is holding as the counterpoise. I'm not sure how that works.  He has been having a blast.  He also informed us that SADXA member AD7RZ - Mike has skipped town and moved to California.  Sorry we didn't get a chance to say goodby and good luck. 
Yours truly, WD7F - John,  told of working KM4RC - "Fifi", a restored B-29 WW2 vintage bomber flying between it's home near Ft. Worth, Addison, TX, and Prescott, AZ on 40 meter AM (7.293).  KM4RC is the CAF B-24/B-29 Squadron Amateur Radio Club call.  The operator, K3NT - Bob Kirby was in the radioman position running the infamous Collins ART-13 with the first auto antenna tuner and listening on a BC-348 from about 26,000 feet.  He worked several stations in Arizona during the flight.  Click the logo and it will take you to the website.  Fun!

And, when it became AB7AA - Bill's turn to tell of his DXploits, he said that he and Laura had both had a ride in Fifi !!!  How appropriate! 

KD7UIZ - Don told of an upcoming ham swapmeet at the Golden Corral on 19 July 2014.  Our AZ Repeater Coordinator KD6XH - Cliff pointed out that the Williams Ham Fest was on that same weekend.  Not a problem for those in Tucson who choose not to go to Williams.  He also pointed out that the Coconiño County ordinance against operating while driving would not be enforced by the state.  They are working to change the law, according to Cliff.  
W1GHF - Rick said he has a new 6 - 20 meter Force 12 beam antenna.  W1KSZ - Richard said he had received LOTW confirmation of Amsterdam Island for 80 thru 10 meters.  Good job!  And then KC9ORD - Mike said he had 10 new countries in March, however only one since.  Conditions have been pretty poor.
NQ7R - Tom has 7 new grids on 2 meters meteor scatter and is close to VUCC.  
Here's a good one!  K7NN - Don says that he received a QSL card from V85CQ - Brunei and it was from a QSO in 1994!!  Don has 308 countries on 12 and 328 on 17.  That's serious DXing on WARC!
W7CS - Chuck says that he hadn't worked much DX, however, he still has a couple of QRO amplifiers for sale.  Several members said they had chased the W1AW QSO parties around including W07V - Jim , KG7IRJ - Paul , N7BXX - Gail and N7WS - WES .  Paul said he had worked a special event station V25N - Antigua (click card) and Jim mentioned the upcoming CQWW CW Contest on Memorial Day weekend, his favorite.  The Henning brothers, KB7JAQ - Scott and KF7EZJ - Andrew had both worked Chile on 6 meters. The rest of the members had very little DXing luck over the last month.  

After a bit more discussion, Richard dismissed the meeting.  See you in June!


I may have mentioned this before, but, if you missed this one, you missed a good one.


Last Meeting
17 April 2014


W7JM - John

One of our guests for the evening was W7JM - John, an avid EME pioneer who has an impressive record on 10 GHz - VUCC and 2 Meter WAS as well.  This was accomplished in the 80s.  Checkout the home built 10 meter dish! 



W7AH - JIM KM7N - Adam

Welcome to W7AH - Jim and KM7N - Adam, both of Tucson.  We hope you become members of SADXA.  Thanks for coming!

 
MEETING ACTIVITY


Our President, W1KSZ - Richard, brought the meeting to order with the introduction of our guest speaker for the evening AA7A - Ned Stearns, who has made several presentations of his activity with the dxpedition group.

To begin his program, Ned briefed us on the results of the March Arizona QSO party and said that Arizona did quite well completing over 50,000 QSOs, third highest of the states.  We're hoping for a bit more participation in the second round for Arizona in August.


Editors Note:  Our members, N7CL - Eric
and N7BXX - Gail operated 160 meter CW at the QTH of K7EWE - Jim.  Some pictures of the operation can be seen at Just click the AM logo!


For years, the group had made expeditions to countries in Africa, none of which were easy considering third world conditions, politics and expense.  This time, they decided to do something different and combined a vacation and a DXpedition to Cypress.  After vacatiioning in Greece and Cyprus, they sent their wives home and continued to the DXpedition site.  As you can see, conditions were not so bad.  Shown below the picture of the grouup are comments from the VooDoo webpage.

Despite the African years being over, we always maintained that the Voodoo spirit would live on. For CQ WW CW in November 2013, a team operated in the Multi/2 High Power category from Cyprus, call-sign P3F. Many thanks to Bob 5B4AGN and his XYL Karen for making it possible and so comfortable.

We operated a Multi/2 set up – the two American ‘dudes (Ned AA7A and Lee KY7M) shared one radio and operated 160, 80, 20, 10 and some 20m. The other radio was shared by English ‘dudes Roger G3SXW and John G4IRN, operating 15, 40 and the remaining 20m. Operational and motivational support was provided by Bob 5B4AGN and XYL Karen.

Here are a few pictures of the operations depicting the hardships endured along with the results!

Once again, thank you Ned Stearns for a great presentation.  We look forward to the next one!


Not being one to exaggerate, but I've told you a million times, if you missed this one, you missed a good one.  Where the heck were you?

 


Last Meeting
20 March 2014


WO7P - Don

Here's a guy we haven't seen in a while.  Glad you made it to the meeting, Don.  Hope to see you more often!

 
MEETING ACTIVITY

Our meeting was opened by our President W1KSZ - Richard with the usual "Around the Room" introductions and DXploits.  Most of the activity during the month revolved around the W1AW/7 Centennial QSO Party the week of the 11th. and word has it that Arizona did well.   Our man KC9ORD - Mike related how he had enjoyed his W1AW/7 stint and that during the month he had worked four new countries.  And, he worked San Andres & Providencia, Antarctica and the Shetland Islands via a single Russian operator, UA4WHV - Vlad who travels extensively.  How convienient!

W7VX - Chuck said he was gathering hardware for the K - 24GHz, Q - 47 GHz and W - 78 GHz bands, very small wavelengths with a problem being the expense of obtaining parts with little surplus equipment available.   
NQ7R - Tom worked three modes with 3,258 QSOs over the week. He worked a couple of "stans",  Takikistan and Kyrgyzstan. With about 55 hours in the chair, talk about a sore derrière!  Good job, Tom!  On a further note concerning W1AW/7, Tom received this e-mail: 

From: Jeffrey Guenther

To: tkramer@azci.net

Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 5:09 PM

Subject: AZ  

Thomas,  

I wanted to say to-date, the AZ team has done the best job with the W1AW!   I even worked AZ on 160 meters, for which my station is not well equipped.  

Please thank everyone for their great effort.  

Jeffrey - KA2BKG

Bel Air, MD

FM19tm

Our VP, N7WS - Wes said he worked 20 meter RTTY every day of the week and at times it was a bit boring.  The same occured with N7BXX - Gail saying that on 10 meter phone the first day, he worked over 400, but the next day, it was very slow and at times hard to stay awake.  N7CL - Eric and Gail operated 160 CW a couple of nights over at K7EWE - Jim's QTH in the Picture Rocks area on his 160 station and it was the same way, slooow!  Thanks, Jim.
KB7GAI - Wally , KB7JAQ - Scotty and KF7EZJ - Andrew all had good times on 10 meters last month with lots of openings.  Finally, our Secretary/Treasurer W7LB - Larry   said that the two donations to the
and had been given.  With that, preparation was made for the evening's presentation.

Our VP introduced WA7NB - Art Blank, who gave an enjoyable slide presentation of the DXpedition to the Juan Fernandez Islands, on November 8th thru 20th of 2013 with a crew consisting of three Italians, a German, a Dutchman, a Polak, a Spaniard, a Chilian of Italian extract  and finally, Art. The second largest island, Robinson Crusoe, is located about 400 miles off the coast of Chile. The true story of the sailor Alexander Selkirk, a castaway marooned on the island in 1704, gave inspiration to Daniel Defoe the author of Robinson Crusoe, hence, the name Isla Robinson Crusoe. They worked 59, 311 with 17,969 unique calls, quite an accomplishment for a small team of operators with limited antennas and a mountain on the European side of them. Art was the only English as a Primary Language operator, however, he said he speaks German and Spanish as well, so no problem. 

Well, once more I have to say, if you missed this one, you missed a good one.  When are you no-shows going to show up?

A good turnout.  Why weren't you here?

Gail, why did you take this?


Last Meeting
20 February 2014
LATEST EVENTS

K0JJL - Jim

KG7IRJ - Paul

Last meeting, our guest for the evening included K0JJL - Jim and his XYL, Marlene.  Jim has decided to join SADXA, so, welcome to SADXA, Jim! And, one of last month's guests was Paul who since then has taken his test and is now KG7IRJ.  Contratulations to you, Paul.  Welcome to ham radio!


Another guest of WO7V - Jim and K7JHE - Jeanette was Dessa.  Welcome to SADXA.  We hope you get interested in amateur radio and join the club!

BIG NEWS !!

 
KC9ORD - Mike

Contratulations to KC9ORD - Mike who is now an extra class operator.  He says he's looking for a 1X2 call now.  Good luck on that, Mike!

MEETING ACTIVITY

N7BXX - Gail opened the meeting with an explanation  and discussion of the ARRL Centennial QSO Party coming up for Arizona the week of 12 March.  He explained that we would be placing a link on SADXA to a web page where our members can sign up for operator slots, selecting the day, time, band and mode that they would like to operate.  Since we are sharing the time slots with other Arizona clubs, e.g., the Arizona Outlaws, the local RST, NADXA, CADXA and the Thunderbirds, it is imparitive that we pay attention to the schedule.  He said it should be a blast to be on the receiving end of 49 other states trying to snag Arizona at any given time.  (Editor's note:  There will be a link on the left side of the page soon)

The President, W1KSZ - Richard    continued with the official business and started with the round table introductions with news of any DX activity.  Overall, there was plenty of DX activity with a few notables such as W6CXI - Jerry saying that although 6 meters seems dead, he had worked five ZL's and a VK4 and he now has 179 countries on 160!  was a hot item for DX and several had worked that DXpedition.  N7WS - Wes had worked them on 80 thru 15, W1KSZ - Richard had worked them 80 thru 10, and of course KC9ORD - Mike said he had worked the same and at least two more than Wes.  WO7V - Jim had also worked Amsterdam Island on 80 thru 17.  NQ7R - Tom mentioned that the   last district DXpeditioin to YA-38 had taken place last year.  If you're interested, click the logo.  On a lighter note, W0LTL - Mike told a story of how he had put his telescope on Craig's List and a guy responded and wondered if he would trade for a pair of Kenwood Twins and some other assorted ham hardware.  Mike agreed to trade him and it turns out the he knew the guy when he was a ham back in the late 70's.  It's a small world.

Our Secretary/Treasurer W7LB - Larry reported that our finances were good.  From there it was moved by Richard that we give a donation of $250 to the   since they support so many DXpeditions.  And he also moved that $250 be donated to the DXpedition.  Both were seconded and were approved by the membership.  

The meeting was then ajourned for the evening presentation.

KD6HX - Cliff Hauser   gave the evening's presentation of the Banaba Island T33A DXpedition last year.  It was not the most accomodating setting for DX operating in that everything, including food and water had to be brought in, even though there were a couple hundred natives living there.  The natives have no electricity and no potable water or any fresh water wells. The eat mostly fish and some tropical tree fruit.  The soil will not raise any significant vegetables, so food of that sort has to be boated in.  For the DXers, it made it pretty rough.  A two day ride from Figi to  and from the island in an uncomfortable rust bucket didn't help either.

If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times?  If you missed this one, you missed a good one.  (Of course I'm not exaggerating!)
   


January Meeting
16 January 2014
HEADLINE:  SADXA OFFICERS RE_ELECTED!

 

SADXA GUESTS

K0JJL - Jim

XYL - Marlene

We had three guests for the evening, K0JJL - Jim and XYL - Marlene from Sierra Vista.  We also had a prospective ham as a guest. Paul said he had held a Novice years back but had let it expire. He's going to take his Technician test soon.

Welcome to SADXA and we hope you consider becoming a member of the club! 

MEETING ACTIVITY

W1KSZ - Richard opened the meeting by thanking our man KC9ORD - Mike for the excellent job he did in organizing our 2013 Christmas Party.   Editors note: There's a new Christmas Partys link.  Thanks Mike! Our round table discussion showed that there were many new contries worked even though the DX had been slow as of lately.  W6XI - Jerry said he had added to his 160 meter countries worked and now has 177.  That's quite an accomplishment on the Top Band!  Jerry also mentioned that TEP has not been supportative in dealing with RFI, primarily because they have no one qualified.  He urged all of us to make sure and call TEP  with their problems so that they will have to pay attention and do something as they have said they will do.  Editors note:  There is a number on the left side of the page for the TEP representative Scott Dickerson.  Call him!

KW7CD - Cornell had been experimenting with a 3 foot, 20 meter mobile antenna and had made several DX contacts with his small antenna.  N7BXX - Gail mentioned the W1AW Centennial QSO party and said he had worked four of the W1AW Portable Operating stations scheduled to operate in all the states over this year.  He passed around a sign-up sheet for the members to  operate in the Centennial Points Challenge as a SADXA entity for the entire year. The event should give operators to score WAS easily.

Congratulations go to WA1BZQ - Bruce and KD7UIZ - Don who upgraded to Extra class recently.  Good job guys, now what is your next challenge? It took only 47 years for Bruce to upgrade from Advance to Extra!  

In addition to scoring  #1 in the recent 10-10 International Sprint contest for the 7-Zone and the World, N7UQ - Chuck scored over 400,000 points in the December 10 Meter Contest.   Results are pending.  K7NN - Don worked 100 countries in December alone.  Pretty good, huh?  And you say you ain't got DXCC?  Guilty as charged.  Publishing is out of business and if you have back issues coming, you probably are out of luck, said  W7SWL - Bob .  CQ's publications are being combined and will be a web only magazine. 

Congratulations to all three SADXA Club Officers.  They were all re-elected for another year in office.  Thanks to W1KSZ - Richard, N7WS - Wes and W7LB - Barry for your SADXA support!


With that, the meeting was adjourned and preparations were made for N7WS - Wes to make his presentation for   

Did you miss this one?  You should be ashamed!

KW7CD has a new camera.



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