Our President, W6XI
- Jerry , opened the meeting asking if there was any old
business. He reminded us to let WA1BZQ
know who is coming to the
and how many. Upon mention of the
gift exchange, someone asked what the dollar limit might be for the
gift. Jerry explained that the intent of a White Elephant gift
exchange was to find some unused object from the dark, spider-webbed
corner of the shack and wrap it up for the exchange. (Editors
Note: Yes, some folks take a short cut and actually buy their
White Elephant gift. How drol, right?) Jerry mentioned
that Lillian Zonnefeld
would be our guest for the evening at the party.
With that, the
DXploits portions of the meeting was initiated with our Secretary
W7LB - Larry, our Secretary/Treasurer,
had no DX to report,
however, reported that the treasury was solvent and said that he had
received payment from 13 members for 2018 and to please pay him next
W9FI - Jim reported that he had
worked 350 or so in the last contest and was asked it he was, indeed, a
contester, replying that he had enjoyed the event. Jim is now the
reporting official for the DXLadder input since KW7RS - Rolly had
relinquished the job. Send him all of your
- Wes said that he had worked
and on 40 the
KB7AZ - Carl
has 10 new countries on 80 meters, now has 70+ countries on 40 and is
near 150 countries on CW. Good job, Carl.
- Bill operated in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest, working 8 countries on
40 meters, 41 countries on 20m, 58
countries on 15m, and 21 countries on 10m.
Bill is always busy!
W1KSZ - Richard had
for several DXpeditions. Richard attended three hamfests
receently, the CARA - Sierra Vista, the Oro Valley and the COPA
Fest. He explained that he had driven 250 miles round trip and
bought a receiver from a guy who lives only about 40 miles from
him. Yep, that's Ham Radio alright!
K7NN - Don cut it
off at 300 contacts in the latest Worked all World contest with 85
countries. On 20 he worked ,
and now has 326 on digital. Intersting enough, he worked JE1RXJ - Tack
on 20 meters and knew he had worked him before. After he had
finished the QSO, he went out to get the mail and had a batch of cards
from the bureau. There, one top, was a card. You guessed it,
JE1RXJ. Now THAT'S fast for a confirmation. Maybe even
faster than .
- Darrel, (also G3SYS) our newest member, told a story of working a
fellow Brit on 1835 KHz CW back when he first started in
1964. Recently he worked him again and when he looked him up in
his paper log, there he was, way back there on the first page of the
log. He related that fact to the guy and the his contact replied
that it was NOT 1835, but was 1832 KHz! Guess he kept a log too. In
1964, that probably was close enough!
W7WRJ - Mike reported
he had been to Midway, Johnson Island and Khune. He is 8 short of
DXCC for 5 Band and has 207 confirmed. And he has 68 on .
And speaking of, he may be working FT8 from Johnson Island or Khune on
a future trip.
finished the meeting with Don's prizes
including a box of a few small items left over from the W0LTL (SK)
shack. Tickets were drawn for the first two or three trips to the
box and then it was opened to all. K7NN - Don
draw a ticket. I, your editor said "What if I draw my own
ticket?" Someone said "It won't matter!" So,
I drew the ticket and carefully handed it to W1KSZ - Richard
(Note Richards best impersonation of Stevie Wonder)
making sure I couldn't see it. Richard read the number 288
and.....dang! That was my number. He assured me that he
hadn't memorized and reported my number instead of reading the actual
number on the ticket. Well OK then, so I selected my item from the
Our VP, K7NN - Don
held an entertaining info-presentation on the "Allocation of
International Call Signs", asking first "Who issues all
the call signs used in amateur radio?" The answer, of
course, is the ,
the International Telecommunications Union.
It seems that in testing of our
DXers, the knowledge of the various world wide calls was illusive
with the exception of a couple of the old timey DXers such as
W1KSZ who "didn't need the paper!". Each time Don
would ask, for example, what country is "4W6LU", there
would be a rattling of the papers Don had provided to each of us
with all the current prefixes on it.
There was quite a bit of
discussion with some of the "errors" on the published
list and there are several inconsistencies in the list indicating
that there may not be a hard rule for the assignment of the
various prefixes of the world.
in all, it was an informative and interesting presentation.