Bill Clark - K6WSC

Don Birch - K7NN

Mike Casey - W7TUS



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John Slusser - WD7F





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The  SADXA meets on the 3rd Thursday  of the month at the located at 6541 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson 85715 and the doors open at 5:00 PM. Click on map for directions. 

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The Prez Speaks
I am honored to have been elected to serve as the 2018 SADXA President.  Although my primary ham radio interest is in contesting, I love working DX in contests.  With a total DXCC count of 203, I am a long way from Honor Roll, but perhaps with the help of those far above me in DXCC counts, I can bring a fresh perspective to SADXA.  A big thanks to outgoing President Jerry - W6XI for his vision and outstanding leadership of the club
, and to Larry - W7LB for his long service as Treasurer. I welcome the opportunity to do what I can to increase membership in the club, making SADXA an interesting place to come and exchange ideas on operating, equipment, antennas, and especially DX.  Additionally, starting next month, we will devote a portion of our meetings to the beginning DXer. I hope to see you at the next meeting!


Next Meeting
15 March 2018

 We are tentatively scheduled for a presentation "Getting to 3000 in the "  by AA7A - Ned who was scheduled for last month's meeting.  Ned is an active member in the .  We hope he will be there for this one.  Will keep you posted.


Last Meeting
15 February 2018

We had surprise guests for the evening.  N7UQ - Chuck, his XYL, K5TMY - Tammy along with their son, Sam, who lives here in Tucson.  Chuck and Tammy moved to Wylie, TX some time back and were visiting Tucson for a family birthday celebration.  Nice to see you guys.

Another distinguished guest for the evening was KH6ND - Mike, an avid DXer and DXpedition operator.  He was a guest of K7NN - Don.  Mike has recently moved from KH-land to Tucson.  Welcome to SADXA, Mike! 

Our newly elected President K6WSC - Bill  opened his first meeting by thanking the membership for electing him to the office and asked if there was any old business.  With none mentioned, he proceeded with new business and the first order was two resolutions proclaimed by W7TUS - Mike as follows:

  W7TUS - Mike  read two proclamations, one thanking W7LB - Larry for his continued service having been Secretary/Treasurer for seven (7) years, streamlining and improving the financial integrity of the Club.  The second proclamation was for W6XI - Jerry having served as President for two (2) terms and as Vice President for one (1) term.  It was resolved by the proclamation that Certificates of Thanks would be awarded at the next SADXA meeting. Great job Larry and Jerry.

Bill opened the discussion about upcoming DXpeditions and how we contributed to the various clubs.  After input fromt he members, it was moved, seconded and unaminously voted to contribute $400 to . W9FI - Jim having taken over the duties of maintaining the DX Ladder initiated discussion as to exactly what should be on the ladder and whether some of the non-DXCC entities would remain as they had been.  After input from the members, it was voted on a restructure which will fit the wishes of the membership.

Our president then discussed ways that the club might grow.  There were discussions of needing to educate the new hams and non-DXers in the area, possibly by sending a representative to the other non-DX oriented clubs in the Tucson area.  In addition, it was voted to remove the restriction in the SADXA Constitution requiring a new member to attend two (2) meetings and be voted in by the membership.  It was noted that that particular rule had not been enforced for some time anyway.

The President mentioned that there was several contests coming up, the ARRL CW DX contest, the CQWW 160 Meter SSB and the ARRL Sideband DX.

The club has purchased a Public Address system consisting of an amplifier, speakers and a wireless microphone.  This was voted on and approved.

With that, Bill started the DX Round Table Discussion.

Our Vice President K7NN - Don started by introducing his guest for the evening, KH6ND - Mike whom he had known for years.  Mike had given 160 Meter DXCC from years ago.  In addition, Don said that he has 2746 in the .  Don also pointed out that February 11 was the 36th Anniversary of .
W7TUS - Mike thanked W7LB - Larry for his work that he had done on the finances for SADXA and that it was a very easy transfer of responsibilities.  Mike says he has 94 on 80 Meters and has all 8 Call Zones and 25 Countries in South Africa, qualifying him for a certificate of award he passed around for all to see.  It did, however, cost him $10 for the award, but he thought it was worth it.
W9FI - Jim has fixed his antenna, worked Kosovo on 40 phone but not on CW and 95% of his work had been JT-65 and
, of course.
W6XI - Jerry had worked the 160 meter contest and has 200 plus contacts, no new contries and no Kosovo on CW.
N6CW - Terry, visiting Jerry from San Diego, mentioned that he had known our guest KH6ND for years.
N7WES - Wes is looking for 100 on 9 Band and has 99. He says he now has 86 on 160 meters.
K6WSC - Bill worked Cayman Islands in the CQ WW 160m CW contest. In the CQ WW WPX RTTY, and he worked several dozen DXCC entities. His new Helically Wound antenna is working good on 160 Meters.
W1KSZ - Richard reported he was working 80 Meters in the AM, mostly JAs.  He worked A45XR - Chris on Oman on 80 at 7AM.  Richard one (1) shy (199 of 200) of 5 Band Worked All Zones and only 965 have achieved that goal.  He worked Kosovo on 20 phone, CW, RTTY and on 17 Phone.  Then Richard reported that the Club now has 245 countries with 187 confirmed and Worked All Zones with the exception of Zone 2.
Yours Truly, WD7F - John  was presented a plaque by our President - K6WSC, reading "In appreciation of your long service to Southern Arizona DX Association"  Thanks for the recognition. 

With that, the meeting was ajourned for the evening presentation.

SADXA Presentation

K7NN - Don  started out by saying he had started his ham activity in 1954.  He discussed the DX Challenge award but soon transitioned to  a discussioin of KH6ND - Mike's DXploits and how Mike had spent from June to November 2000 on Palmyra Island, enjoying skin diving, seafood and spent afternoons working DX with 28,000 contacts on CW with 1000 of them on 6 meters.

It was interesing listening to Don and MIke reminisce about various DXpeditions over the years.


The meeting at Pinnacle Peak went well and having the meeting in the back room made it better with no distractions.  The food and service was good, so there's just no excuse for you folks that haven't been attending NOT to show up.  Be there, don't be square!  OK?

This Pinnacle Peak Cowboy did a great job of handling the meal service for the evening.  Thanks, DJ.


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?




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