The meeting was brought
to order by the President, KR7RK
Keith, and introductions were made by all. Keith commented that
the incorporation paperwork for SADXA had been submitted. N7BXX
Gail reminded us of the Christmas party and discussed the details. You
should receive an invitation if your e-mail address is current.
Members introduced themselves all around and there were guests. Past
Wes Minear and his guest KF7GFH
Bob and KB7AZ
Carl. Welcome to SADXA and we hope you will consider joining us.
Keith - KR7RK had a couple of Yaesu hats which he finally managed to give away in a prefix guessing contest gone awry. KE7DX , Gary and W6ZQ - Ron were the winners. Sorry, I missed a picture of Ron with his new hat so I made one up !
After a short break, the meeting was turned over to W8TK , Tom with assistance from K8LJK Lora, presented his "Contesting 101". He covered a wide range of contest related information including contest selection, equipment issues like how much power to use, the use of CW keyers, and skimmers and of course, what to do once the contest is over. Using an Elecraft K2 and laptop demonstrated several ways of how NOT to operate in a contest. Overall it was a very interesting presentation for all.
Once again....sorry ;-) you missed it! See you in January!
Editor's Comment: Excellent meeting!
meeting was opened by our President Keith - KR7RK
and introductions all
around were initiated. Bob - K7BHM
said to remember 10/10/10, the day that the
Netherlands Antillies are
breaking into four new call zones and to watch for PJ7E. W6XI -
announced that he is going to attend th W6JKV - K5AND Annual 6 Meter BBQ in Austin,
TX. The BBQ is to be the 1st and 2nd of October. Ned -
said he had worked his 999th EME stations and had 700 grid squares.
Wow! Our VP Doug - KE7GYQ
said he is still waiting for his DXCC confirmation and is only checking
about 8 times a day. There was some discussion as to whether
might be better thatn QLS cards for this very reason. It was noted
that the fall OPRC
Fall Ham Fest is scheduled for 16 October and that the Southwest
ARRL Convention is this weekend. After some discussion, the
meeting was called into recess and we prepared for our presentations.
Mike - W0LTL introduced the next guest speaker, David W Jourdan, Ex-submariner, Deep Sea Explorer and author of "The Deep Sea Quest for Amelia Earhart". Dave, founder of the deep-sea exploration company Nauticos, and Elgen Long, famed aviator and author of the book Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved (Simon and Schuster, 1999), have teamed with engineers, analysts, researchers, sponsors, and investors to begin the most extensive high-resolution mapping of the deep-ocean floor in history. During the course of this work, Jourdan and his team launched two seven-week expeditions, in 2002 and 2006, in a quest to find Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra and put this mystery to rest. He gave us a most interesting slide presentation of one of many search senarios that his group has been using, with assistance from Collins Radio, to locate the long lost aircraft of Amelia Earheart in 18,000 feet of Pacific Ocean. For show and tell, Dave had a full size styrofoam cup that had been lowered to over 5000 meters and brought back up to the surface. As you can see, without the air between the cells, it had shrunk significantly. Also, he had some rust recovered from part of the Titanic.
you missed this one. You should know better next time.
Keith - KR7RK opened the business portion of the meeting with member introductions. We were honored to have as guests Bill and Pam Leahy - K0MP &W0NF. We had a short discussion about the Amelia Earhart search expedition and Mike Z - W0LTL told us about their efforts to find her airplane wreck. The head of the search expedition will give a talk at the Pima Air Museum Thursday Sept. 16th from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. All are welcome.
After a short break the video "Top 7 DXPeditions by Bob Allphin K4UEE" was shown. It was a different view of some of the many DXPeditions Bob has been a part of. At the end of the video the members adjourned to the parking lot to admire Dick - W1KSZ's hot new red Mercedes sports car. All he needs now is a good looking blonde with long flowing hair!
Richard - W1KSZ told a good story about an old DXer, W1GKK (SK) - George de Grenier. W1GKK had been in high competition with W6AM - Don Wallace and both had been trying to "work them all". For about two days after WW2 had ended, Portuguese GOA was on the air and George snagged the final country. Don was out of town and had missed out on that one and couldn't get it. Thereafter, Portuguese GOA reverted back to India, never to be heard from again! You win some, you lose some.
Secretary/Treasurer (Hmm, wonder what the event was here!)
KE7GYQ - Doug has DXCC and he's looking for a card checker!
Congratulations Doug! Also, Doug and Gail
worked with the Central Arizona Credit union and was finally able to get
the bank account for SADXA changed and all is well. See the SADXA
e-mail reflector for the full story. In addition,
he received SADXA's Arizona Trade Name Certificate .
Our presentation was a
video of the K5D DXPedition
Island off of the West coast of Puerto Rico in February 2009.
in the summer we are
working on getting a representative
from the Arizona
Outlaws Contest Club as
well as our long time
friend Ned Sterns to
talk with us about their recent accomplishments.
We are tentatively planning a class called "Contesting 101"
for our October or November meeting.
of the activities at the convention. There were approximately 15
different presentations made during the weekend as well as the presence
of many vendors showing their wares of amateur interest. He
mentioned that this years convention set a new record for attendance
with over 1000 registered attendees. There were many high-end
prizes given away in the raffle, an event taken very seriously by many
at the convention. He outlined that this convention is an
excellent place to see and meet those big names in amateur radio that we
all read about and hear on the bands.