Here are pictures from the March 2011 RST Ham Fest
dinner Keith - KR7RK
called the meeting to order and started out with the DX roundup and gave
everyone a chance to strut their stuff with what DX they had worked this
month. The group agreed that 10 is hot and is a lot of fun and new
countries abound. Dick - K5RR
mentioned he did 2 million points in the CQ WW SSB DX contest and it may
be the high score in W7 for his class of operation. Time will tell. Mike
- KC9ORD ,
mentioned the Christmas party
is coming together nicely and asked for folks to commit so they can get
a head count for the event. The deadline to sign up is about the 10th or
11th of December. The party is Friday the 16th of December. Also during
the roundup it was mentioned that Wally - KB7GAI ,
was taken to the hospital in ambulance with unknown problems. His
condition is unknown at this time.
His program had many great photos of the ham rig setups as well as the
endless flowers and country side of Vanuatu. Tom had a number of does
and don'ts, he observed, callers should practice when calling a DX
station. Following the presentation the meeting was closed.
I hear it was a good one! You shoulda' been there!
membership decided that we should have a November meeting this
year. Normally the November and December meetings are combined
into a Christmas party in December. The Christmas
party is tentatively
scheduled for the 16th of December and it being later than past years
the idea of having a November meeting was brought up by W6XI the club
again, if you missed this one, you shoulda' been there!
Thanks to W6XI for providing a summary of the meeting. The web-page editor was indisposed.
You may have noticed that during last month's meeting we had a rain
storm and Coco's roof was leaking a bit, dripping
on a few folks. Luck would have it, today we had the most rain ever
in September, however, other than a couple of buckets at the restaurant
entrance, our meeting was dry!
Once again, our President KR7RK - Keith
opened the meeting and introductions were made and everyone was afforded
an opportunity to describe their DX activities. KB7GAI - Wally
mentioned that VK2AB - MC Cooper was running a suitcase DXpeditiion on
the island of Niue
, a small pinhead island about 2000 miles North East of New
Zeland. KE7DX - Gary
said that the Arizona QSO Party had been redesignated the Arizona
Statehood QSO party on October 8 and 9. Next year, it would be the
Arizona Centennial QSO party. (Has it been 100 years
already?) There was a bit of discussion of the Christmas
party, details of which are to be determined.
There were two guests attending the meeting. Hope you will join our group.
AK8E - Steve
KA7ILH - Larry
After a short break to prepare, our newest member, KW7CD - Cornell Drentea, gave a presentation about his Star-10 home brew, high perfomance HF transceiver. To view Cornell's impressive BIO, run your mouse over the link below his picture. Also, you can find many more pictures and dialogue by clicking www.qrz.com to go to his info.
KW7CW - CORNELL
As described in his presentation,
home brewed Star-10 transceiver, a high dynamic range (150 dB Composite
LSFDR) unit which is fully synthesized in one band from 1.8 to 30 MHz
with a resolution of 10 Hz and a frequency stability of 1x10-8. Its
DDS-driven PLL synthesizer operates at microwave frequencies and is
divided down for superb phase noise performance of -140 dBc/Hz at 500 Hz
This was a very interesting presentation to say the least. You should have been there.
|Just prior to the meeting, Tucson had been experiencing a rain storm and it turns out that the roof was leaking and dripping right where KW7CD - Cornell was sitting. I guess the old wives tale of not opening an umbrella indoors was not applicable. The meeting was brought to order by our President KR7RK - Keith and introductions were made all around with discussions of any DX activity. KD7UIZ - Don mentioned a 2-meter opening that occured the Saturday after last meeting where there were stations from Oklahoma, Texas and points East coming in as locals. The SADXA page editor had tried to break stations on the local 146.94 and found that they were in Texas on another .94 repeater. KC9ORD - Mike reported that he had finally received his 100th QSL card. Congratulations Mike. Our Secretary Treasurer W7LB - Larry reported that we have 54 paid members. He also discussed the county tower ordinance since he has been in the process of putting up a new tower. Several members told of their working the new South Sudan - ST0R and the flurry of activity around this event. Our special guests were introduced and our guest speaker N7CW - Bud Semon said that he had actually made a SSB contact. The other guest was N6CW - Terry Baxter who had flown in from San Diego. Both were guests of W6XI - Jerry.|
N7CW - Bud
N6CW - Terry
Read how T31A became T31A
Due to our President - KR7RK being out of
town, the Vice President - W7XI - Jerry
opened the meeting, explaining that South Sudan is soon to become a new
DX country #341 and it should create a flurry of activity. Be
prepared! Introductions were made all around with comments on the
limited DX activity during the last month.
We have three new members of SADXA! Welcome to SADXA!
KD7UIZ - DON
KE7WSV - ART
KW7CD - Cornell
Prior to the main presentation, W6SCC -
told of his search and destroy mission involving a 75 meter noise. Using
a couple of loop detectors ,
he finally managed to find the elusive signal in a neighbor's tread-mill
which was emitting noise whether it was on or off. With all of the
electronic gadgets these days, you can suspect anything.
Similarly, KW7CD - Cornell
showed the loop built by AD7RZ - Mike
and a borrowed receiver he is going to use to chase a source of
RFI. The receiver was provided by KD7AYQ - Gary Bruins, our Tucson
Electric Power RFI investigator. Our VP, Jerry, commented that
Gary would investigate any source of RFI and it did NOT have to be
related to the electric power grid. Cornell mentioned that Gary is
on vacation so he is going to do the chasing!
KB7GAI - Wally
mentioned that K7XC - Tim Merek of Fallon, NV is on a 6 meter Rover Grid trip
and says "This guy is going thru a lot of trouble and
expense, so give him some contacts.
I worked him yesterday from his mobile from DN-10 with FB signal."
Check out the info in Wally's message on the SADXA Yahoo reflector.
Our President, KR7RK - Keith
opened the meeting by mentioning the sad loss of a SADXA member AJ7EF -
The meeting continued with all introducing themselves and telling of any
DX activity. There were mentions of the VHF contest and a few 6 meter
contacts. NQ7R - Tom Kramer
talked of his planning to attend the
YJ-Vanuatu DXpedition in November. In addition, he mentiioned that the
Pinal County EMCOM was having a General Class test session on Saturday
from 10 - 12 AM at the Florence County EOC .
If you're going for General, this will be the last session before the
general class pool of test questions is updated.
Our to-be guest speaker, Cornell Drenta - KW7CD had an extra ordinary opening on 20 meters where he had made contact with YO3APJ in Bucharest, Romania by calling with a few words of Romanian and busting the pile-up.
We welcomed two new members: KW7RS - Rolly Sicard and KB7AZ - Carl Foster . Welcome to SADXA! We're glad to have you both!
We had two visitors: AD7RZ - Mike Lindsay and prospective ham, Paul Ledbetter Paul, hurry up and get that ticket! We hope you enjoyed your visit! Keith mentioned that we are still awaiting the final approval by the ARRL for our card checker, appears to be the old "Hurry up and wait!" routine. Also, Gary Keck - KE7DX mentioned the upcoming field day location at AK7AR - Owen's place near Helmet Peak Road. This location was by default since Mt. Lemmon and Bigelo are closed to all traffic and personnel due to the fire hazzard. There will be the standard Saturday evening potluck.
The meeting was adjourned for a quick break. During the break, we were visited by Cheree Miller, the waitress who served all the Hams breakfast at Jerry Bob's on Broadway every Saturday morning for several years. The group stilll misses her.
Our presentation for the evening was given by Cornell Drenta, KW7CD. Cornell has published over 80 technical papers and articles in professional national and international magazines and holds five (5) patents. He is also the author of two books: (1) "Radio Communications Receivers", McGraw Hill, ISBN 0-8306-2393-0/ISBN 0-8306-1393-5, 1982 and (2) "Modern Communications Receiver Design and Technology" , Artech House 2010, ISBN 978-1-59693-309-5.
He visited Puerto Rico with the express purpose of touring the Arecibo Radio Telescope. The slide show consisted of photos of his tour which traveled the perimiter of the island with the focus of the presentation on the giant radio telescope. It was a very interesting, sorry you missed it slide show! Our meetings are usually a very fun filled evening! And I'm sorry to spoil the scenery with the old guy(s) in a couple of the pictures below. Note Richard's magic trick! Thanks to Wes - N7WS for a couple of the pictures!
|The May presentation was to be by Dr. Cornell Drenta, KW7CD, who recently had a tour of the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico. Dr. Drentra experenced surgery and is recovering. We hope that his presentation can be rescheduled in the near future.|
The meeting was opened by Vice President
Jerry - W6XI, explaining that the ARRL requires the club to provide an
updated listing of all members, including addresses, phone numbers and
e-mail addresses in order to finalize the Card Check application for
SADXA. In the absence of our Secretary/Treasurer, a list was
passed around to all present members for completion. Both our
Keith - KR7RK and our Secretary/Treasurer
Larry - W7LB were out of town on business. Introductions were made all
around with one new prospective member
Rolly - KW7RS attending. We hope that you will join SADXA,
Rolly. Gail - N7BXX
reported (editors note: I like this picture) that the USS Yorktown
had been on the air on 14 May. Gail was stationed on the Yorktown for
over two years. It had been 41 years since the ship had been heard as
NWKJ according to
Wally - KB7GAI. They transmitted on the military bands and listened on
the ham frequencies. Most members agreed that the DX had
been scarce for the past month with just a few openings. Prior to
the scheduled video and during the break, Shirley, XYL of
NO7P, surprised him (and us) with a birthday cake which was shared by
all. Happy 71st
Don and thank you
Shirley! After the break, we watched a video from the 5V7TT
to Toga, South Africa made by a group of Italians. The video was
subtitled in Engish and it looks
like they had a pretty good time. As a final event,
Richard - W1KSZ had sold tickets for a chance to win a pile of Electric
Radio magazines with the proceeds to go to the
Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Good going, Richard!
The winners were NO7P - Don and KB7GAI - Wally! Once again, I have to
Sorry you missed it!
21 April 2011 - 5:30 PM
Attendance was good for
the April Meeting. The President
KR7RK - Keith opened the meeting and, as usual, introductions were made
and recent individual DX activities were discussed. Our senior SADXA
member W9OSN - Jim
was present for the meeting. Welcome back! We had two
guests and prospective members, KF7EZI - Joe Hirte
and KD7TMX - Cliff Schneider.
Welcome to SADXA! Our amateur radio-active friend from the CADXA
NQ7R - Tom has joined SADXA. We're happy to have you Tom.
And, last but not least,
W0MPH - Richard Hyde from Oro Valley has joined our group. Welcome
Richard. N7UQ - Chuck ,
as an ex-Navy man, was happy to announce that he had been invited
to be a guest operator on the USS Midway
in May. That should be fun!
Our guest speaker for the evening was AA7BQ - Fred Lloyd, founder of . He was accompanied by his XYL - Robin. They came down from Phoenix in their elegant QRZ bus which we were able to board and examine after the meeting. Fred gave us a slide presentation and told us how QRZ was started and how it had progressed over the last 19 years from a dial-up bulletin board to the very useful amateur radio database and information source. QRZ.com has more than 1.2 million callsigns from all over the world and over 400K registered users plus an almost unbelieveable 50,000 unique visitors PER DAY! QRZ.com is a truly successful internet enterprise. So, if you missed this one, you shoulda' been there!
17 March 2011 - 5:30 PM
The March meeting was opened by the President, Keith - KR7RK. Introductions were made all around including recent DX activities. There was a mention of the International DX meeting in Visalia in April and it's undetermined if anyone is going to attend. VP W6XI Jerry mentioned that in the past, the club had been sending money to the Northern California DX Foundation and suggested that the club donate this year. It was voted unanimously to send funds. The Secretary/Treasurer, W7LB - Larry, said he would tak care of it. There was a brief report on the financial condition of the club and the club is solvent at present. There was more discussion concerning SADXA getting a QSL Card Checker. The ARRL requires 25 members in order to be eligible to have a card checker. The VP stated that we will meet that goal very soon.
The presentation for the meeting was by W1KSZ - DIck who demonstrated several computer programs available for those who want to track DX and see what's going on on other bands. He demonstrated programs in real time via the local WIFI from McDonalds next door. The also demonstrated logging programs which are readily available on the internet. Some are free and some are reasonably priced.
17 February 2011 - 5:30 PM
The second meeting of the year was brought to order by the President KR7RK - Keith and introductions were made all around with discussions of DX activities during the last month. In addition to our guest speaker, AA7A - Ned Stearns , we had two guests from the Central Arizona DX Association. WE7K - Tommy Berggren of Chandler and NQ7R - Tom Kramer of Casa Grande. Tom invited SADXA to join the CQ DX Marathon Club Competition which had begun as a challenge between the Northern Arizona DX Association and CADXA, explaining that it was a year long competition between the two clubs and that CADXA had won the contest hands down. Keith then explained that someone needed to step forward and fill the vacant Vice President position unless SADXA was to become a supper club with a monthly meeting. At that time W6XI - Jerry stepped forward and took the job. Thanks Jerry!
The main program was presented by Ned Stearns, almost a continuation of the February 2009 Sierra Leon DXpedition by the VooDoo group. You can find that presentation in the 2010 SADXA Archives. The expedition call was 9L5VT in honor of K5VT - Vince Thompson who is a silent key. The 20 Nov to 2 Dec event went well with 3rd place scoring with only four operators . Of course Ned and the others were intending to win the competition.
As usual, if you missed the presentation, you missed a good one.
20 January 2011 - 5:30 PM
The meeting was brought to order by the President KR7RK - Keith and he welcomed us to the first meeting of 2011. Introductions were made by all attending. Not a lot of DX bragging took place due to poor band conditions. Roy - W7YRV described his latest antenna project. We have a new member who signed up at the Christmas Party. AB6Z - Tom Kelly, welcome to SADXA! We had two guests this evening, AB4OL - Craig and W0MPH - Richard. Welcome to SADXA. Hope to see you at future meetings. Keith discussed the election of new club officers and during the meeting, Keith agreed to continue as President. Congratulations to W7LB - Larry Brown who was elected to Secretary/Treasurer. The position of Vice President is still open for nominations.
The featured presentation was given by W8TK - Tom Kravec who opened by explaining that dx contesting was easy and for example, he showed a certificate for the World Wide 160 Meter DX Contest where he won 1st Place Single Operator Low Power ASSI SSB Arizona, 13th North America, 9th United States and 2nd 7th Area. This with only ONE contact. What are you waiting for? With that, Tom demonstrated the program CW Skimmer and how it can be a very powerful tool in contesting. He explained how Free DX Cluster management software is available via www.ve7cc.net and passed out CW Skimmer resources which lists several Skimmer Servers and other software. Sorry you missed a good meeting! It was a classic "And a good time was had by all."