SOUTHERN ARIZONA DX ASSOCIATION
TUCSON - WS7DX
2019 ARCHIVES


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Last Meeting
21 February 2019  

AC2K - Alan opened his first meeting as the new SADXA President with a welcome to all and thanking us for electing him.  He noted that KY7M - Lee had cancelled his visit due to weather and that he would be rescheduled for the March meeting. Alan asked if any new members had the SADXA pin and passed out what remained.  Editor's Commend:  I will be ordering a new supply of SADXA buttons soon  Alan said that he was thinking of ways to get the less active members of SADXA involved in some DXing, possibly establishing a DX Challenge and intends to discuss it with the club officers soon.  With that, he asked for a Treasurer's report.
W7TUS - Mike reported that the club is solvent.  He said that we have 40 members, nearing what he thinks is the record membership of 41. He thanked or previous SADXA President, K6WSC - Bill for his help with growing membership during his tenure.
K7NN - Don our Vice President said that the drawing prize for the evening would be a DX Engineering $25 gift certificate.  He said that it was 37 years ago this month that the SADXA club had originally met with 14 members meeting.  They met at Sambo's Restaruant for the first meetings.
W9FI - Jim reported that he had worked the illusive on and worked the
snagging the Ciribbean on 160 Meters.
K6WSC - Bill worked BIC (Butt in Chair) for 29 hours during the scoring a half-million points with 600 contacts and 51 countries on 80 meters, 47 on 40, 101 on 20, 15 on 15 and 6 on 10 meters.  According to him, that's what it takes to score high on one of these contests.
W7TUS - Mike worked the however, it seems that they were pretty erratic in their operation and were difficult to work regardless of the conditions.
W7DCM - Dave said he's beginning to get his act together.  In about 6 hours, he made 40 QSOs and 23 DX entities in the , picking up the Azores - CU4DX. the Canaries - EA8RM and Maderia Island - CR3W.  So,he expects to qualify for .  Good job, Dave!
K6NSW - Richard says he's about 3 week out from having his shack up needing electricity now.  Richard was reading the and says there was a survey in there that he found somewhat humerous.  He said that we know that there seems to be an attitude among the hobby that ham radio is an "Old Man's Hobby".  The survey asked the question: "Should there be a youth category for contesters?"  He thought that it was funny that the age they determined would be a youth category would be "UNDER 50" !!
W7AQK - Dave said he couldn't work the
but said to check out ZL4YL - Xenia Berger , a member of a very Ham Radio Active Family and team member for the .
AA7FV - Darrell once again reported that his Sunday CW schedule with F5LAW on 20 Meters has continued for 6 months now, missing only one scheduled QSO over that time.   
W0PZD - Dick says he's still having fun with his small antenna and 100 watts and that he worked Reunion Island on
KB7ZK - A.J. said that one of his most memorable QSOs was when he was mobile using a converted CB on 10 meters working VP6TC - Tom Christian on Pitcaren Island.  A.J. attended Yuma and said that there were lots of great prizes including a Flex 6000 and a K3.
N6ITY - Dennis is thinking about contacting the Society because his antenna seems to be attracting large birds.  Dennis worked lots of DX with 79 countries.  He said that his DX story would be when he attended Visalia .  Dennis says that everyone should attend that DX convention once in their life..
N7FG - Frank has been working
on 20 and managed to work V84SAA - Brunai, however, no joy on . He got an ATNO with 9M2MRS - West Malasia and a handful of other new digital countries in South East Asia.  He said the highlight of the session as working SADXA's own AA4M - Bill and W9FI - Jim.   His most memorable contact was 50 years ago when he worked AM phone from Pennsylvania to Colorado on his newly received General license.
K7DF - Tom said that the Yuma hamfest has grown and they had a big turnout this year with lots of prizes.  He gave his presentation on grounding.
AA4M - Bill has been going great after being reactivated to Ham Radio after 20 years.  He's worked 90 countries and 1600 plus contacts and decided to take inventory to see his WAC status and found that he did indeed have all of them.  He submitted and received his
a couple days ago.
K7RJ - Ron said that he attended Yuma and saw KB7AZ - Carl's talk on stealth antennas.  Ron's interest has been in WSPR and said that there have been morning 20 meter openings to Europe and Scandanavia.
  N7BDZ - Elaine said that she got her start in Ham Radio when her dad brought home a short wavereceiver and she spent hours listening and logging SWL stations.  That activity kindled her interest in science and, of course, Ham Radio.
K7NN - Don worked 186 QSOs and 69 countries in the
with 2of them on 160 meters.  has produced  162 on 20 meters, 107 on 60 meters, 241 on 80 meters and 152 on 160 meters.  His most memorable QSO was with Father Edmond at the Vatican in 1982.  Father Emond later visited Don and Tucson and liked it so much he transferred to Tucson.
KB7AZ - Carl always busy, now has 257 Mixed and 200 Phone with the 5 Band DXCC in mind, getting close now.
N7WS - Wes sad that his dad brough home a BC342 and he started listening to DX stations and became hooked.  Listening to VOA, he became a jazz fan and he still is.  Wes' most memorable contact, he says, was working himself echoing longpath and maybe second most memorable was working W5LFL in space.
AC2K - Alan worked 100 contacts and 60 countries in the and his most memorable was when he was a 12 year old General Class licensee and worked 40 meter DX to England.

With that, the meeting was released for a short break prior to the evening's presentation.

  

  SADXA Presents
  

Since our guest speaker for the evening couldn't make it, K6WSC - Bill showed a slide of an analysis he made of the last where he had spent 29 hours at the helm scoring a very credible 500,000 plus points with 600 contacts and 300 countries placing him somewhere around 18th.  Obviously, Bill is a more of a contester than a DXer, but obviously the two can co-exist with great DX performances like this on a weekend.  Bill has a presentation titled DXCC in a Weekend that he has given to the plans to present it to  some time in the future.  He also showed a couple of short videos related to contesting with one featuring his work in a phone contest with pictures of QSLs at each phone contact and response.  It was a very nice impromptu presentation.  Thanks, Bill.

In addition to that video, we saw a video of KB7KZ, K6WSC and W9FI and their flying trip in Carl's Cherokee 6  to Visalia.

FINAL COMMENT

Our Secretary/Treasurer reported that we have 40 members now.  Have you been attending meetings?  You'd better show up or your reputation will be, as they say, MUD!


PHOTOS

Once again, Butch Cassidy and his trusted assistant took care of the group for the evening.  He handles the crowd with ease and precision!

 

Last Meeting
17 January 2019  

Election Results
 
AC2K - ALAN
SADXA President 2019

January is SADXA election time and the results are in, AC2K - Alan was unanimously elected as President.  Congratulations to you, Alan.

Reelected to the office of Vice-President was the encumbant K7NN - Don and reelected as well, our Secretary/Treasurer, W7TUS - Mike . Appointees, Social Director, WA1BZQ - Bruce , Activities Director, KB7AZ - Carl , and Webmaster, WD7F - John retained their positions.

gives special thanks our outgoing President, K6WSC - Bill, for his service and thanks to those who volunteer to kept the club going. It is noted that we have grown over the past two or three years as the attendance will attest.
 

 Next Meeting
21 February 2019
The presentation for the evening will be a sharing of experiences with one of the worlds premiere DX and Contest stations.  KY7M - Lee , the President of the   and a member of  will also tell us about the special award he has received.

 

SADXA is growing.  We had three new members and guests for the evening.
 
W0OGH - Larry and  XYL - Sue 
Welcome to our member W0OGH - Larry who lives down in Cochise County and doesn't have the opportunity to come to meetings often.  Larry wanted to see the evening presentation.  Glad you could make it, Larry.
 
KE7FEF - Bob
New Member 
AA4M - Bill
New Member
AG4RE - D
New Member
KA7FAT - Dave
Guest
To our three new members, welcome to SADXA, we hope you enjoy your membership.  Thanks for joining.  And, welcome to KA7FAT - Dave who is snowbirding from Seattle.  Thanks for coming, Dave.

  K6WSC - Bill, welcomed our new members and guests.  The membership unanimously elected AC2K - Alan as our new President and voted to retain K7NN - Don as VP and W7TUS - Mike as Secretary/Treasurer.  Bill is giving his DXCC in a Weekend presentation to the this month. Since there was no other items to deal with, Bill asked for a Treasurer's report. 
W7TUS - Mike  reported that we are solvent and have 29 paid members.
N7WS - Wes gave his DX report:

  • Note about Clublog, QRZ and other ham Internet resources.  If you use these site consider making donations.  Likewise donate to deserving ops who put these out of the way places on the air for our pleasure.
  • 9LY1JM is active on all HF bands and 160 and modes from Banana Isl (IOTA AF-037) Sierra Leone through the 21st. Team 7 Frenchmen, 1 German, 2 Belgians.  They are using Clublog and despite poor Internet have kept it up to date.  They posted a couple of pictures of their circumstances.  Imagine working FD from a pig sty.  I've just increased the donation I'm planning to make.
  • E51DWC, Milan (OK1DWC) is back on from S. Cook for the third time.
  • V47UR, St. Kitts by Bernie W3UR, holiday style through 20th.
  • S79AA Seychelles by OE6MBG through Feb 2nd.  Mostly working EU on 80, 40 and 30.
  • CQ 160 CW Jan 25-27; ARRL DX Contest CW, Feb 16-17; ARRL DX Contest Phone Mar 2-3 finishes the DX season until fall.

W7EXG - Bill said that he had a 1st for himself.  He was testing on 20 Mtr phone when a KJ7BBN called him.  Turns out, Reagan is 9 years old and holds an extra class.  He said that she was very professional and operated like a veteran.  Plus, he received a QSL from her.  Here's a link to her QRZ: KJ7BBN - Meagan  

W7DCN - Dave reported that hed don't more yard work than ham radio activity but he had worked E51EWC on 20 with 100 watts and a wire.  He was pleased.

W0PZD - Dick worked 40 contacts in less than an hour on 17 Mtr .  He had no luck in working Sierra Leon.  

K4HHX - Vince said he had found his source of QRM.  It went away when the Christmas lights at Winterhaven were shut off after the season.  Go figure, huh Vince?

   N6ITY - Dennis said snow on his antenna made a bit of a difference, something he didn't expect, moving to Tucson, etc. However, he worked 20 Mtr and RTTY, snagging Taiwan.

KB7ZK - A.J. said he had been through a 22 year hiatus from ham radio but, he discovered that he had old contacts in and was able to export them into and several had been verified.

K6NSW - Richard had been working 80 & 40 CW around 3 - 4 AM with his 5-RV and the problem is, he could hear Europe but they couldn't hear him with his 100 watts, so he is getting some heat...a 500 watt linear and is hoping to work a few of those early morning stations.

W0OGH - Larry had been using Fox & the Hound and worked the 9L1 Sierra Leone on 17 and 30 and then lost them because the sofware didn't log them.  Dang! That's computers for ya'!

  K7NN - Don has 106 countries on 60 Mtr  ! He received a letter from a historian with an old QSL card from 7NN. Check the card and letter out: .

W7WRJ - Michael has now worked on 30 Mtrs and now he's going for it on 15 & 80.  Good job, Michael.

AA7FV - Darrell reported that he has the continuing Sunday schedule with F5LAW on 20 CW and it's now been 4 months missing only one scheduled contact.

 W7AQK - Dave now has 2 on 30.  He works mostly QRP and recommended that folks check out for a great kit, the QCX , a 3 - 5 watt transeciver, easy to build and resonably priced at $49.  it has a built in code reader and a keyer.  Check it out.

AC2K - Alan said he had worked the 9L1YM Sierra Leone with a dipole on 40 Mtrs.  He has poured the first hole for his antenna base.

N7WS - Wes During the past month Wes has been mostly chasing 9LY1JM, the DXpedition to Banana Island, Sierra Leone. He has worked them on 11 band slots, the most memorable being an RTTY contact on 160 meters.  Another of these was an Fox and Hound mode QSO, which he didn't think was complete but they show in .  I also continue to pick up E51DWC on South Cook Island on new band slots. This is Milan's third expedition to the island. I now have him on 15 band slots, including CW on all bands 10 through160 meters (minus 60).  I also worked V47UR (W3UR) on 160 for the second time.

 With that, the meeting was dismissed for preparation for the evening presentation.

  

  

SADXA Presents
  


BY:  W7EXG - Bill

Our very own W7EXG - Bill gave us a very interesting presentation concerning 40 meters daytime propagation in what he called the Noon Corridor.  He has been researching this topic for a while and was expressing his exictment of the possibilities in getting through the E-layer and making the F-layer during the day for some heretofore unexplored possibilities of day time DX prior to and after the Winter Soltace.  His presentation generated lots of questions and he hoped it would get everyone thinking about giving it a shot.  Since this coprridor has nearly passed, Bill said he was looking forward to the next one and he's pointing his 40 meter bean North and seeing what wil happen.

Thanks, Bill, for a great presentation!  

FINAL COMMENT

Wow!  SADXA is growing!  Why did you miss this great meeting?  Thirty One (31) showed up. You should check your priorities, no?


PHOTOS

Here's our Cowboy for the evening, Buch Cassidy, who did a bang-up job taking care of the group at the meeting here at Pinnacle Peak!  Thanks!




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