WELCOME TO THE
 
SOUTHERN ARIZONA DX ASSOCIATION
TUCSON - WS7DX

CLUB OFFICERS
2017



PRESIDENT
Jerry Wothe - W6XI


VICE PRESIDENT
Don Birch - K7NN


SECRETARY/TREASURER
Larry Brown - W7LB

APPOINTED
POSITIONS

2017



SOCIAL DIRECTOR
Bruce Betterley - WA1BZQ


ACTIVITIES  DIRECTOR
Carl Foster - KB7AZ


WEBMASTER
John Slusser - WD7F

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CURRENT INFO

ALL HAMS ARE ELIGIBLE

The  SADXA meets on the 3rd Thursday  of the month at Mimi's Cafe located at 120 S Wilmot just south of Broadway at 5:30 PM. Click on map for directions. Come a bit early if you intend to eat.

>Don't forget:  click on most images to enlarge or link<
    
Notes from the President

Our VP, K7NN - Don , discussed how he set up his station to run  the new Digital Mode, FT-8  along with a little history on operating the digital modes. FT-8 seems to have created the most excitement in the DX world in a long while.  And, it won't be long now when we can crank up our towers with the diminshing monsoon with its wind and lightning.

73
de W6XI
Jerry

 

Next Meeting
17 August 2017 

Presentation TBD

Last Meeting
20 July 2017
 

W7WRJ - Michael

K8MUF - Hank
We had a guest and prospecitive member travel all the way from Sierra Vista to attend our meeing this evening.  We hope you consider joining our group, Mike.  Welcome to SADXA.  K8MUF - Hank has been a guest before.  We think he should join.
 

KY7B - Bruce

K7ODO - Kathy 

KY7B - Bruce is a member of SADXA but this is the first time his XYL, K7ODO - Kathy has attended the meeting.  Welcome to SADXA, Kathy.  Hope you enjoyed the meeting. 
W6XI - Jerry opened the meeting with some old business.  We discussed the pros and cons of joing ARCA and after some comments by members, the subject of ARCA was tabled.  There had been a discussion of taking W7CS (SK) - Chuck's call as the club call and it after some discussion it was decided that we would keep the WS7DX call presently held.  He asked the members how many were signed up for the SADXA e-mail reflector.  A few had not, so Jerry explained that they could either click the link at the top of the SADXA web page or contact WD7F - John to get signed up.  The reflector is a handy tool to keep in contact with the club activities and DX information.

Jerry reminded us that the fall BBQ and Picnic is coming quickly.  W7LB - Larry said that it will happen 16 September with the cost of $10 per person.  Please pay as soon as you can.  There will be no paying at the door as has been in the past, however, you are welcome to come and socialize regardless of whether you have paid. The club is solvent for the moment and we have 38 paid members.

K8MUF - Hank began our DX Round Table discussion saying the had not done much DX, but he has, as several other members have, delved into the digital modes JT-65 and FT-8.
W7WRJ - MIke said he has been working long path to South Africa and Asia in the early AM and 40 meters has had some nice openings between 9 and 11 PM. (Check out Mike's QRZ page, quite a setup)
K6WSC - Bill hadn't worked much since the last contest but he had worked Argentina on CW. And it was Bill's birthday this month. Interestingly enough, four members had birthdays in August, including WD7F - John
on the 15th, K7NN - Don today the 18th, WA1BZQ - Bruce on the 13th and even W1KSZ - Richard had a birthday in July.  He said that he'd been working FT-8 on 6 meters and that there were short openings popping up all the time and then quickly disappearing.  Richard reported that had 216 countries worked with 147 confirmed, 219 in the DX Challenge and 39 Zones with 33 confirmed.
KD7CD - Cornell said that a DSL filter in his Century Link internet had been causing carriers on 40 meters spaced at 40 kHz.  He said that his internet provider came and fixed it and it was all good. Cornell is also having a birthday in September. Happy Birthday, Cornell.  Here's a cake for all of the birthday boys.  Happy Birthday, everybody!  
W9FI - Jim received his 80 Mtr DXCC which gave him his 5 Band DXCC so, congratulations to Jim on his accomplishment.  Good work!  He said he's been having fun on the JT-65/FT-8 digital modes, he worked YI3WHR and now has 330 confirmed.
Our man W7TUC - Mike said he's worked FT-8 and has 51 countries now.  He commented that he had also been having problems with noise and internet issues via Century Link and that a technician had come out and totally revamped his system and it was working beautifully with a near 20 mb  routine down load speed. Maybe they're trying to clean up their act.
 
Not to be outdone on 40 Mtr FT-8, N7FG - Frank said he had not been working very hard but had 40 contacts and 12 countries using that mode.
N7WS - Wes told us that he is finally working digital modes and has 40 contacts and 12 countries on FT-8.  He's patiently (well, may not so patiently) awaiting TRICO to fix his power line noise problem that been plaguing him.

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

SADXA Presentation

 

Our VP, K7NN - Don  showed us his FT-8 setup and a few pictures of the previous computer interface displays of FT-8 as it has rapidly developed.  This presentation prompted many comments and questions from the audience and it was a very interesting presentation.  It's very possible that it might have triggered an interest in some of the members who were not familiar with the newer digital modes such as JT-65 and FT-8. (Wink-Wink)  Keep in mind that the interface for all of the digital modes such as SSTV, RTTY, AMTOR and a multitude of similar ham radio programs will work with JT-65 and FT-8.
 

 

OK, all you hams who missed this meeting, what's your excuse this time?  We need "The Enforcer" to return, what say you, Gail?

 

 

NOTES

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?

 

 

LINKS

poppy - 2009

 


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