SOUTHERN ARIZONA DX ASSOCIATION
TUCSON - WS7DX
2017 ARCHIVES


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Last Meeting
19 October 2017
 

The meeting was brought to order by our President W6XI - Jerry  commenting on the new meeting place and reminding everyone that there might have been a possiblity that everyone did not get the word that we moved.  He said that everyone should keep informed through the e-mail reflector and the SADXA web page if at all possible.  Jerry thanked W7TUS - Mike and WA1BZQ - Bruce for finding a nice meeting place.  It was moved, seconded and voted to continue meeting here for the time being.
The
party will be at the this year, scheduled for 9 December at 4:00 PM.  The details of what's on the menu and how much, etc. is still in the working. At the moment, it will NOT be necessary to pay in advance, however, you will have to commit to your choice and in doing so will be required to pay if you don't attend. 
W7LB - Larry will have the price, etc. by the next meeting. Here is a sample party menu provided when the party date was negotiated.    As a final note, there can be no carry in drinks of choice as it was at the Colonia Verde.

With no remaining business, the DXploits Round Table was started.

N7WS - Wes said that his Inverted-L antenna was working and he had worked H40GC and had been chasing .

K6WSC - Bill operated in the CQ WW DX RTTY Contest, working 26 countries on 20 meters. 31 on 15 meters, and 4 on 10 meters. He also operated in the CA QSO Party as a CA County Expedition in Borrego Springs and was called by 13 DX stations.  Additionally, Bill operated in the .

W9FI - Jim said he has now worked Digital DXCC and had been trying to work VU7T.  And, yes, there is no sponsored Digital DXCC for the time being.

  W1KSZ - Richard has been busy with and has a antenna up.

K7NN - Don, as usual, had been working CW, SSB and including the illusive .  He has over 2000 contacts for the month! Sounds normal for Don, right?

KF7EZJ - Andrew hadn't worked much DX but was in the process of repairing his 6 Meter antenna.

W7TUS - Mike had been working and had twenty seven (27) on 30 meter contacts.

W7EXG - Bill reported that he went out to put his big StepIR antenna up, pushed the Up Button, and .....  nothing!  So, he went back inside and had a . Good choice, Bill.

KB7AZ - Carl had 4 pages of DX, he worked the RTTY contest with 178 contacts, including South Shetlands, Madera IS, Morrocco with Andora and Luxembourg as new ones for a total of 229 thus far.

W6XI - Jerry worked the giving him 203 on

K7NN - Don had the long awaited drawing for the .  And the winner is: 

With that, the meeting was turned over to Carl for the evening's presentation. 

 

SADXA Presentation

 


Not Carl's book, I just stole the picture from the web!

KB7AZ - Carl gave us a very informative presentation on various "Stealth" antennas that he had built and had knowledge of and showed us a few examples of his work.  Including a very nice with a balun inside and connections on the rear for guys and antenna wires.  Very neat idea.  Carl said it might be a good idea to isolate the balun if you want it to be a residence for .   It seems that craft stores such as had various plastic plants and leaves  or even a bird house kit that could be used to camouflage your smaller antennas and even vertical HF antennas.  With a bit of creativity, you might some up with something like this: or this:

Carl showed how he had painted the upper portions of a vertical antenna sky blue and the lower portion the color of a Palo Verde tree, a common green in the Tucson desert, and told where he had purchased these various paints.  Anyway, it was a great presentation.  No wonder Carl was appointed as the  Activities Director!
 

 

Another enjoyable meeting at the new 'Steakburger' location.  Sorry if you didn't get the word or missed it.  Better luck next time because you missed a good one! 

 

 

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! 

 

 

Last Meeting
17 August 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?

 

 

 

Last Meeting
20 July 2017

K7NN - Don opened the meeting and we had a discussion of old business concerning joining ARCA.  It was tabled for further consideration.  He reminded us that our BBQ and picnic was scheduled for 16 September at 4:00 PM as the Colonia Verde Clubhouse.  After some discussion it was decided that the cost would be $10 per person, in advance.  Please make sure to pay W7LB - Larry on or before the August meeting because the picnic is before the September meeting.
There was some discussion as to whether the club would want to take W7CS (SK) - Chuck Smallhouse's call as the club call or keep the existing WS7DX call.  It was pointed out that the WS7DX call is a more unique call and the unusual prefix helps in a pile-up situation.  Nothing definitive was decided.

The meeting was then turned over to the member for the usual DX Round-Table discussion.
K6WSC - Bill , worked 9 ITU zones on 80m, 24 zones on 40m, 35 zones on 20m, 16 zones on 15m, and 3 zones on 10m in the IARU HF Championship. Editor's Note:  If there's DX Bill and Don gets it done!
W1KSZ -Richard said that he had worked a new Digital Mode (Click it...this guy is a hoot!).  Also, Dick said that Flex is coming out with a new rig based on the Maestro addition to the Flex line.  He said he put himself on the reserve list.  The radio looks interesting. 
KB7AZ - Carl , was a world traveler this past month, but still managed to work Algeria, Monaco, Aland Island and Greece from home.  While operating from Grand Turk island, he worked France, Saint Martin, Spain and Minnesota.

KB7GAI - Wally  reported som DX with his new 20 meter dipole and worked the 13 Colonies and did the CQVHF Contest working mostlyTexas stations.
W7TUS - Mike passed around a letter he had received form the VA Hospital thanking us for the QSL cards and stamps he had collected for the hospital residents.  Good job, Mike.
NG7A - George said that he broke out his dusty 6 meter beam and worked the ARRL VHF IARU and made some contacts.
Our man Mike - WOLTL said the picnic was set at the clubhouse and mentioned that it was 40 years ago that the Rockwell/Collins bunch came up with the concept of the Global Positiion System navigatiion.  How can it be that long?
N7WS - Wes had been getting ready to try JT-65 but became aware of FT-8 and got that working, making one (1) contact.
Our Vice President K7NN - Don worked 40 countries on 6 meters and has 81 countries confirmed on 60 meters. What else is new?
Finally, WB7NB - Art briefed us that he had been working a DXPedition and was making progress and would be announcing it pretty soon. We're waiting with baited breath, Art!

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

SADXA Presentation

 

Our VP, K7NN - Don showed us a video of the 2012 Pitcairn Island DXpeditiion.  It was a year before the Thomas Coleman Christian, VP6TC, the lay leader of the residents of the island and a descendant of the famed Mutiny on the "Bounty", passed away.

During the DXpedition, they were able to participate in the annual Burning of the Bounty ceremony commernating the destroying and sinking of the ship in order to hide from the British. 

Afterwards, our Activities Director KB7AZ - Carl showed a short video of his recent trip to the Turks & Caicos Islands where he operated and did several scuba dives.  Here's the neat certificate he  was isued in order to operate as VP5/KB7AZ in Grand Turk Island. Thanks, Carl! 


Umph....another clingy tourist !

 

Last Meeting
20 July 2017

K7NN - Don opened the meeting and we had a discussion of old business concerning joining ARCA.  It was tabled for further consideration.  He reminded us that our BBQ and picnic was scheduled for 16 September at 4:00 PM as the Colonia Verde Clubhouse.  After some discussion it was decided that the cost would be $10 per person, in advance.  Please make sure to pay W7LB - Larry on or before the August meeting because the picnic is before the September meeting.
There was some discussion as to whether the club would want to take W7CS (SK) - Chuck Smallhouse's call as the club call or keep the existing WS7DX call.  It was pointed out that the WS7DX call is a more unique call and the unusual prefix helps in a pile-up situation.  Nothing definitive was decided.

The meeting was then turned over to the member for the usual DX Round-Table discussion.
K6WSC - Bill , worked 9 ITU zones on 80m, 24 zones on 40m, 35 zones on 20m, 16 zones on 15m, and 3 zones on 10m in the IARU HF Championship. Editor's Note:  If there's DX Bill and Don gets it done!
W1KSZ -Richard said that he had worked a new Digital Mode (Click it...this guy is a hoot!).  Also, Dick said that Flex is coming out with a new rig based on the Maestro addition to the Flex line.  He said he put himself on the reserve list.  The radio looks interesting. 
KB7AZ - Carl , was a world traveler this past month, but still managed to work Algeria, Monaco, Aland Island and Greece from home.  While operating from Grand Turk island, he worked France, Saint Martin, Spain and Minnesota.

KB7GAI - Wally  reported som DX with his new 20 meter dipole and worked the 13 Colonies and did the CQVHF Contest working mostlyTexas stations.
W7TUS - Mike passed around a letter he had received form the VA Hospital thanking us for the QSL cards and stamps he had collected for the hospital residents.  Good job, Mike.
NG7A - George said that he broke out his dusty 6 meter beam and worked the ARRL VHF IARU and made some contacts.
Our man Mike - WOLTL said the picnic was set at the clubhouse and mentioned that it was 40 years ago that the Rockwell/Collins bunch came up with the concept of the Global Positiion System navigatiion.  How can it be that long?
N7WS - Wes had been getting ready to try JT-65 but became aware of FT-8 and got that working, making one (1) contact.
Our Vice President K7NN - Don worked 40 countries on 6 meters and has 81 countries confirmed on 60 meters. What else is new?
Finally, WB7NB - Art briefed us that he had been working a DXPedition and was making progress and would be announcing it pretty soon. We're waiting with baited breath, Art!

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

SADXA Presentation

 

Our VP, K7NN - Don showed us a video of the 2012 Pitcairn Island DXpeditiion.  It was a year before the Thomas Coleman Christian, VP6TC, the lay leader of the residents of the island and a descendant of the famed Mutiny on the "Bounty", passed away.

During the DXpedition, they were able to participate in the annual Burning of the Bounty ceremony commernating the destroying and sinking of the ship in order to hide from the British. 

Afterwards, our Activities Director KB7AZ - Carl showed a short video of his recent trip to the Turks & Caicos Islands where he operated and did several scuba dives.  Here's the neat certificate he  was isued in order to operate as VP5/KB7AZ in Grand Turk Island. Thanks, Carl! 


Umph....another clingy tourist !

 

It was a good meeting and if you missed it, it must have been the storm that hit right after we started.  Hope you kept you feet dry! 

 

 

Last Meeting
15 JUN 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE:   Special thanks to N7WS - Wes for taking the pictures of this month's meeting.  Very nice, except, where's YOUR picture, Wes?

Since the editor was out of town, there is no running commentary for the meeting, however, K6WSC - Bill provided his DXploits for the month as follows:

K6WSC - Bill , worked a handful of DX in the CQ-WPX-CW contest. In the ARRL VHF June contest, Bill had 76 QSOs in 48 different grids on 6 meters. He was most excited about working C6ATA and three VEs.  

SADXA Presentation

 

"Secrets of the 60 Meter Band"

 

 

No doubt about it!  I missed this one.  I promise I'll make the next one!  You'd better be there too! 

 

 

 

Last Meeting
18 May 2017

 
W6XI - Jerry  opened the meeting welcoming our guest speakers for the evening AA7A - Ned and KY7M - Lee , both whom have assumed the responsibility for the NA7TB Memorial Station for N5IA (SK) - Milt Jensen.
That was followed by a request for any old business.  W7TUS - Mike asked if we were going to visit the SADXA DXpedition donations.  Jerry said that we would table that discussion until a later meeting.
Do you remember? Two entities were deleted from the DXCC list, Kure (KH7K) and Midway (KH4)? Jerry informed us that the
had second thoughts and rescinded that decision and reinstated those entities. Must had stirred that hornet's nest with a short stick!

With that, the meeting was adjourned for the evening's presentation.

SADXA Presentation

With the tragic death of N5IA - Milt Jensen last year, AA7A -  Ned , having successfully contested remotely from Milt's huge 160 Meter 8-Circle and his 80 Meter 4-Square antenna arrays, contacted his family and learned that they wanted the antenna farm maintained as a memorial, if possible.  With that, Ned and KY7M - Lee started traveling to the location near Safford, Arizona to evalutate the system.  The station is in an old school bus on a remote location about 15 miles from Safford.  They found that almost nothing had been documented, therefore, nearly everything had to be reverse engineered with some parts having to be redesigned to prevent premature failure .  Ned said that Milt was not an engineer but, like many hams, just made things work.

KY7M - Lee showed us his K3 Remote that he uses to interface the remote location and although he had worked 160 over the last 25 years or so, just could not believe how these antenna arrays perform.  He was able to easily complete his 160 DXCC, working stations heretofore unheard of from 7-land.  Had it not been for the NA7TB (Top Band) memorial club station that had been established, they might of questioned the operating from Arizona.

In the short time since Milt's death, Ned and Lee have erected other antenna arrays such as a Ned's designed Dual Band 30/40 Meter 4-Square, a 20 and a 15 Meter 4-Square as well.  All work beautifully.

Ned and Lee are both members of the and the contest organizations.

Editors Note:

Speaking of making things work.  Back in the 80s and 90s, Milt was the active player in a 2 Meter/440 network called the ZIA, named from the sun symbol of the Zia Pueblo natives in New Mexico.  The network extended from California to Texas, being relayed from mountain top to mounain top including the 147.150 repeater on Mt. Lemmon.  One of the main links was on Jack's Peak.  Upon Milt's death, with the family's permission, N5IA becamse the call of the Jack's Peak Amateur Radio Association.  The ZIA was discontinued but has evolved into a similar network affiliated with the .


This one was a wonderful presentation.  Too bad you missed it.  You'd better make the next one! 

 

Last Meeting
16 March 2017

NG7A - George

Here's a belated welcome to NG7A - George who joined the club during one of the editor's absences. So, George, welcome to SADXA. We hope to see you often.

W0OGH - Larry

Another memeber didn't make it onto the web page or the Member's Gallery.  Welcome W0OGH - Larry who moved in 2015 from the Phoenix area to Cochise, Arizona. Larry is a fellow AMer.  Welcome, Larry, to SADXA!

 
Our New President, W6XI - Jerry  opened the meeting with the traditional DXPloits Round Table.  KD6XH - Cliff , who said he had no DX activity because he's packed up his radio gear, has sold his house and is moving soon.  We're sorry to see you go, Cliff.
WD7F - John noted that K6WSC - Bill had emailed his DXPloits for the month in advance and it makes the process of recording the information and putting it on the website much more accurate and encouraged all to follow suit.  Editors Note:  Yes Please!
W7TUS - Mike said that conditions had been interesting, not much activity, but he is now at 298 countries.  (Not bad for the relative short time that Mike has been chasing DX, I'd say.)
KB7AZ - Carl had two new DX phone including the Ivory Coast on 20 meters.  He said he CQ'd for 45 mnutes with 1200 watts RTTY with not one contact.  Carl is also working on his 2nd off-center fed dipole.
Our newest member, NG7A -   George
has built a new delta-loop which is working well at 30 ft.
K6WSC - Bill worked 629 stations in the ARRL DX CW contest with country totals as follows: 80m 32, 40m 72, 20m 88, 15m 73, and 10m 26 countries. In the ARRL DX SSB contest, K6WSC worked 155 stations with country totals as follows: 40m 21, 20m 22, 15m 34, and 10m 10 countries. (Now, THAT was easy!  Thank you, Bill.)   Bill mentiioned that the has started a new mentoring program and that he had a new ham visit him at his QTH and it was very rewarding for both of them.  Bill said that we all should get involved with this type of activity.
W0LTL - Mike reminded us of the presentation we had a year or two ago about the Search for Amelia Earhart and the Eustace Expedition.  You can follow their progress here.  .
N7WS - Wes reports (by email, thanks Wes) that here were several DXpeditions active during the month, among them: 5U5R (ongoing) has been worked on CW, SSB and RTTY on several bands. E51DWC (ongoing) has been worked on CW on all bands 10 - 160; RTTY on 15, 17 and 30. TU7C (ongoing) has been worked on PSK63 on 40 and 20; RTTY on 20; SSB on 40. TX5T (concluded) was worked on CW on 7 bands, SSB on 4 bands; RTTY on 17. VP6EU (concluded) was worked on CW on all bands 10 - 160; SSB on 10, 12 and 17; RTTY on 15 and 40. XX9D (concluded) was worked on CW on 5 bands including 160;  RTTY on 20.
W6XI - Jerry has 3 new ones on 160 CW and worked , , and .  He mentioned how the Gray Line propagation had brought him .  He had checked at Gray Line for activity that evening and found what turned out to be 9G5X running S7 and giving contacts.  Jerry said it took an HOUR (3 minutes) for his amp to warm up but he did work them on first attempt and 15 minutes later, they were gone.  

As the meeting continued, there was a discussion of old business concerning the club financial situation briefed by W7LB - Larry   at our last meeting.  It was discussed as to whom and what amount we would be contributing to DXpeditions and since the primary function of SADXA is DX activity, it was moved, seconded and voted unanimously that the Summer Picnic and Christmas Party would be self sustaining and would not be relying on the club treasury to suplement the costs of those activities. Members would be required to pay in advance and the full price of the meals, etc.  In addition, the tradition of presenting a SADXA nametag/badge to each new member would be abolished and the member would have the option of purchasing the badge.  The DXpedition contribution discussion was tabled for further consideration at the next metting.

The President reminded us that our club card counter W6ZQ - Ron is now authorized to count 160 meter cards.

W7TUS - Mike wrote and read a SADXA Proclamation of Thanks to W1KSZ - Richard for his service to the club and a Certificate of Appreciation was presented by President W6XI - Jerry.  Once again, thanks from all of SADXA, Richard.

 

SADXA Presentation


K6WSC - Bill created a video of his contest activity during the SSB contest.  It consisted of photos of the QSLs and the audio exchange for 59 of his contacts during the contest.  Bill said that he worked much harder and longer on the video that he did during the contest.  It was very good.  Thanks, Bill.

KB7AZ - Carl showed the VP8ORK DXpedition to the South Orkney Islands in 2011.  Pretty interesting video.  Considering where they went, so near Antartica, the DXpedition went well with no weather hitches.  Quite a remote place to operate from. 

Yep, if you missed this one, you missed a good one.  How about setting your alarm clock and making the next one? 

 

Last Meeting
17 February 2017

KY7B - Bruce N6CW - Terry

From out of the shadows is a new member, KY7B - Bruce who has lived in Tucson since 1979 or so but has been so busy with his engineering career that he hasn't been very active in our ham radio community.  Welcome to SADXA, Bruce, and we are looking forward to having you in our club.

As well, we had a guest all the way from Southern California out of San Diego, N6CW - Terry.  Terry was a guest way back in 2011.  Good to see you again, Terry!

The 2016 President - Richard  opened the meeting with a discussion of the January election explaining that, due to unforeseen circumstances resulting in a conflict of interest, we had to accept the resignations of W1SR - Steve and KB7AZ - Carl.

Prior to our election process, Richard appointed KB7AZ - Carl   as our Activities Director. Carl will be responsible for arranging for our evening presentations and have custody of the club video and audio equipment.  Richard explained that Appointing an Activities Director resulted in the Vice President position being more in line with the SADXA Constitution that outlines the duties of that office.

Since a new election was required, Richard opened the floor for nominations for President.  W6XI - Jerry was nominated, seconded, and by a unanimous vote, elected as President for 2017.  Following was the nomination, seconding and unaminous vote to elect K7NN - Don as Vice President.  Congratulations and thanks to both Jerry and Don ! !

Our DX Ladder coordinator, KW7RS - Rolly requested that he be relieved of that duty. Since part of that job requires the information to be posted on the SADXA website, WD7F - John agreed to take it over. 

W1SR - Steve said that the University of Arizona Radio Club was looking for anyone that might be able to assess the condition of the aging club antenna system and make the appropriate repairs and it would be paid for by the UofA.  After some discussion, it was decided that a good candidate for that task might be , a local sign company and ham operator KB7LML - Mike. Thirty or so years ago, he and his brother bid on a Forrest Service tower in the mountains somewhere north, disassembled it and brought it down by helicopter to truck to Tucson.  After all, it had been built in the 30s or 40s and the material had been brought up there by pack mule.  They set it up way east on 22nd on their property and I dont' know if they ever built the shack in there or not.  What a great project.

With the official business completed, the meeting was dismissed for the setup of the evening presentation.

SADXA Presentation

Our Secretary/Tresurer W7LB - Larry briefed us on the club financial situation.  Even though we had increased the dues from $15 to $20 a few years back in order to contribute more to DX activities such as DXpeditioins, we had fallen behind due to dwindling membership and additional expenses from the picnic and Christmas party.  Possible solutions might be to increase the dues to $25 commensurate with the CADXA club, pass the full cost of food and amenities for the parties to the members, and make the SADXA membership badge the member's responsibility to purchase rather than providing it to the new member.  Another possibility might be to allow members to donate old gear to be sold at a SADXA table at the swap meets.  It was decided that this would be discussed at the next meeting in March.

CW Speed Analysis

KB7AZ - Carl gave a presentation showing how he analyzed CW signals using digital communicatiion analysis methods.  It was a somewhat technical but interesting presentation of how to measure accuracy of receiving over the air CW signals.  His developed method was based on a similar analysis of Frequency Shift Keying (FSK) modes such as RTTY.  The analysis goal is to improve the probability of correctly receiving over-the-air signals and reduce reception errors, especially when contesting as a non-assisted station.

Well, we actually did get the officers elected, finally. Once again, if you missed  the meeting, you missed a good one!

 

Last Meeting
19 January 2017

We had a guest for the evening.  Nicholas O'Gara, the Online Reporter/Editor for Arizona Public Media  , contacted SADXA requesting information about DXing.  KUAZ had received a QSL from Europe saying they had heard the AM 1550 broadcast.  Nick interviewed three of our avid DXers, W9FI - Jim, KB7AZ - Carl and N7WS - Wes.  It's possible that their interviews might end up being broadcast on KUAZ.

Since our Past President W1KSZ - Richard , was absent, our outgoing Vice President, W9FI - Jim opened the meeting by calling for the election of club officers.  
 
We have determined after the fact that there was a problem with our election of President and Vice President.  Therefore, a meeting will be scheduled of the club officers to determine the solution.  However, KD7UIZ - Don nominated WA1BZQ - Bruce as Social Director and, of course, he was unanimously elected.  Very special thanks to you for volunteering to serve for the upcoming year. 

With that, our VP dismissed the meeting to ready for the evening presentation by KD7CD - Cornell.

SADXA Presentation

KD7CD - Cornell gave us a look at his station and his impressive equipment including a review of his famous home brew transceiver,  the Star-10, a very well designed and constructed rig that will perform as well or better than most modern rigs.  In addition, he showed the progression of the restoration of his  Drake 2-NT, showing us pictures of the restoration process and the design and construction of a Frequency Synthesizer to serve as the crystal frequency reference to drive the transmitter. 

The SADXA meeting resulted in the successful nomination and election of new club officers.  We had a good turn out for that and a very nice presentation.  Where the heck were you?  If you mised it, you have to buy the beer next meeting!

 




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