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Mimi's Cafe has closed so we're meeting at the Great American Steakhouse at Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde.  If all goes well, it may become our permanent meeting place.

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The Prez Speaks

We have arrived at the beginning of the winter DX season with the passing of equinox.  In the past, this among many of the old timers, was the signal to get ready for the winter condition on the DX bands.  Noise is down and folk are starting to stay at home and operate, and the DXpeditions by the guys from the north get going so they can get out of the snow.  So fire up those radio and lets have a good DX season.  With the excitement of the new digital modes this season will be like no other.

de W6XI


A Note From Your Editor

The seemed to be a cluttered mess so I did some work on it, dividing it into sections.  The biggest change is to create an "Active Members" section and a "Past Members" section to distinguish those who actually pay dues.  Hope it is satisfactory to all.

de WD7F


Next Meeting
19 October 2017 


KB7AZ - Carl will be giving a presentation of some information on Antennas. Plus, we're having a drawing for the . We'll be looking forward to that.  See you there!

Last Meeting
20 September 2017

Our President W6XI - Jerry - opened the meeting saying that the Fall Picnic/Barbecue was a success and everyone enjoyed themselves.  He apologized for not being able to stay because of a prior engagment set up before the date was set for the picnic.  Jerry asked for any old business, with none, asked if anyone had new business.  

W7TUS - Mike  brought up the subject of  using the Clubhouse at Colonia Verde for the the Christmas Party and other meetings with Mike having passed.  Jerry said that Lillian was adamant that she wanted to continue the club use of the facility, but Mike felt that it might be a good idea to discuss locating a new place.  After some discussion, it was decided to play it by ear.

WA1BZQ - Bruce  has informed me that they are indeed looking for a new place because Lillian will be in turmoil for a while.

W7LB - Larry  reminded us that he will be collecting the membership dues starting in October.
With no further business, the DXploits Round Table Discussion began. 

W1KSZ - Richard   saying that he had recently acquired a Hallicrafters SX-17 receiver and was in the process of getting it back in operation and had came up with some new hardware to make it look very nice.  (We'll be looking for a picture of that to post here Richard.)
Vice President K7NN - Don  had a which he said would be given to some lucky member next meeting if they can draw  their name out of a hat. He mentiioned that the latest has a writeup on and that he has 76 countries so far using that mode.

NQ7R -  Tom  has been working and other digital modes and finding himself spending more and more time on them.  He's also working and has nearly 10,000 points.

W9FI - Jim , confirming ZS8Z now has 331 countries and is officially on the Honor Roll. (It's posted on the SADXA page.) He has worked 110 and confirmed 95 on . Congratulations, Jim.  

K6WSC - Bil
says he had a couple of eyeball QSOs in Japan at the JARL Ham Fair. Sounds like fun, Bill.

KB7GAI - Wally  has been working and events and was about to hook up his antenna for the winter season.

W7TUS - Mike  has made a load of contacts and countries with
but no new band slots.

W7EXG - Bill  dug out his original Hallicrafter S-40B Receiver and is considering
restoring it.

By working one more country, KB7AZ - Carl  has now worked 67 of the 100 needed for 40 Meter .  Said he'd have more but he wasn't keeping track for a long time.

W6XI - Jerry  said he might be putting his antennas back up in the next week for so.  With that, he dismissed us in preparation for the evening presentation.

SADXA Presentation


NQ7R - Tom gave us a very informative presentation with a bit of history and a good description of the Meteor Scatter method of using the ionized plasma trail of a meteor to communicate with anothder station with a theoritical maximum distance of about 1600 miles.  Using primarily VHF 2 and 6 Meter SSB/CW and digital modes, he told us of how brief of a time a communication is possible during a meteor pass and burn.  It ranges from fractions of a second to a few seconds. It's possible to do Meteor Scatter on UHF, but it's a bit more difficult due to the shorter time available during the burn.  Tom said it takes a bit of CW skill to contact and reply using Meteor Scatter, but he had done it.   One interesting thing we learned is that for the antenna you use, "bigger is not necessarily better" because of the beam width you are receiving with that stacked array may be a bit too narrow.  You might start here to read about it if you're interested.

Thanks, Tom, for an interesting presentation.  Hope to see you often at our meetings.


Well folks, it was a good meeting.  Where were you?  It wasn't too hot to venture out for the evening.  Ah, you're a bunch of  wimps if you can't make it in this weather! 




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 wd7f@wd7f.com

Thanks.  de WD7F - John

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




poppy - 2009


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