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The President's Comments

I hope everyone had a good start to this 2021.  I am still hoping that as the year goes on we will again be able to restart having our monthly meetings in person.  Let's hope that the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out this next few months in successful!

DX has again picked up on the bands.  I seem to be catching a couple of DX stations every day, but nothing really exciting yet this year for me. I hope that all of your DX hunts have been successful.

This month's meeting on Zoom is scheduled for February 18. As usual, we will open the Zoom doors at 6:30 PM.  Our program will start at 7PM or shortly after.  After our program, we will hold a brief meeting and open it up for a go-around with the members on their recent DX activities and other items of interest to the members.

Mike Casey, W7TUS, SADXA Secretary/Treasurer will also be sending out a Zoom invitation to our club mailing list.  If you do not receive that mailing and wish to join the meeting, send me an email and I will send you the Zoom meeting ID and password.

This month I have lined up a program that I think you will find interesting.  This month Barry Feierman, K3EUI, from West Chester, Pennsylvania, will be presenting his program on using the NANO VNA for understanding antenna measurements.  Many of us have purchased the NANO VNA and we are probably just scratching the surface of its capabilities and in understanding exactly what it is showing us.  Barry can help in improving our understanding of this amazing little analysis tool.


    Alan Komenski -  AC2K  

Frank Wargocki - N7FG (SK)

Frank Wargocki passed away peacefully at home on October 3, 2020. He was born in 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Wargocki, Sr.  Frank is survived by Patricia, his wife of 51 years, as well as two sons Mike and Steve and their wives Cindy and Caryn, plus four grandchildren: Alex, Cara, Ben and Julianna.  His loved ones also include countless relatives and friends.  

Family life was important to Frank and he devoted lots of time with them traveling, hiking, fishing, jeeping, and exploring museums and national parks.  He was an accomplished pianist and shared his love of  music with his wife, sons and grandchildren.  He was also a Lector at church, a Soccer referee and Scout leader for many years and loved exploring the Rocky Mountains through hiking and camping trips with his family.  

Frank had a Ph.D. in Physics and spent most of his career in the space and defense industries, with a primary focus on optics, physics, engineering and math.  His hobbies included astronomy, music and amateur radio.  Over the years, he enjoyed  ham radio contests and made contacts with people all over the world.  

Frank is remembered for his quick wit and ability to make people laugh.  He was a true old-fashioned gentleman who was modest about his achievements and enjoyed encouraging others as a mentor and friend.  

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.

Editors Note:  The meeting for June was successful with AC2K- Alan at the helm. There have been some problems with the downloading and installation of Zoom by some due to the bogus site that installs a bunch of software on your machine.  Just make sure you use thee zoom.US.  There should be only one entry in your installed files.


Next Meeting
18 Feburary 2021

K3VNA - Barry Feleman  Nano VNA 

BIO:  I began my ham radio experience at age 13 (1958) by getting my Novice license, getting on HF bands (CW only) and working the world on 15 meters CW before I went to junior high school. I quickly advanced to General and had a wonderful time on CW and AM  (with a Heathkit DX100) on 10 meters. Yes, in 1958 10 meters was "open" to the world.

After high school I studied Physics and Astronomy in college, and learned what all of those ham radio terms really meant (I just memorized answers to set questions). I spent a year at Univ Arizona Tucson in Astrophysics as a graduate student, having spent many evenings on Kitt Peak. I went on to teach high school physics and astronomy for over four decades at Westtown School, a small independent Quaker coed boarding school just west of Philadelphia.

My interests in ham radio have centered lately around antennas, sound cards, and the new digital sound card modes. I am the net manager of the Pa NBEMS net Sunday mornings on 80m (THOR 22 and MFSK32 modes) and a member of our local county ARES/RACES team.

The Nano VNA is quite the gadget.  I think of it now as an "Antenna Stethoscope" since it really can show you a lot about your antenna and feed line.  I hope the talk this evening stirs some interest in how antennas work.

Please ask questions during the talk - unmute - don't wait until the end of the talk. I want this presentation to be as interactive as possible.

I will have some questions for you during the talk... don't be shy.


Last Meeting
18 June 2020 

   AC2K - Alan opened the meeting saying the presentation would be first and then we could have a discussion.  Other thatn Alan saying he has 155 countries now, mostly on 20 meters, there were no .  

  SADXA Presents  

Through the medium of , we had a very interesting presentation by K5GS - Gene abount his VP8PJ South Orkney DXpedition.  Gene said he'd been on five DXpeditions since 2012 and this one was pretty difficult but was successful thanks to the efforts of K6NRJ - Nigel Jolly and the Braveheart. We've seen hime many times on these extreme Southern Hemisphere DXpeditions.  If you missed this presentation, you missed a good one.



Please send your DXploits to [email protected]. I makes it so much easier to get it straight for the record. I won't be held responsible for not being able to record it properly at the meetings. 


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 [email protected]

Thanks.  de WD7F - John

PS:  Any other amateur radio links you would like here just for fun?




poppy - 2009



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