Alan Komenski - AC2K

Dennis Dismachek - N6ITY

Mike Casey - W7TUS



Bruce Betterley - WA1BZQ

Carl Foster - KB7AZ

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 President's Comments

Happy New Year to all of you. After another great meeting this month, we got a small taste of the activity some of you had for our club DX Challenge.  Classes for entry are listed on the club web page.  Please submit your score, in a single category, by the end of this month.  High scores from members will be posted next month and again at the February SADXA meeting.  I will try to get certificates prepared by the next meeting, time permitting, or by the end of February.  you can send your scores by e-mail to me at akomenski@comcast.net.  

I'd like to have a discussion early this year about structuring a challenge for this year.  Please bring your thoughts on any changes you would like to see for discussion in February.  

I want to thank you for your election of SADXA  officers for 2020.  I am pleased to serve as your president for another year.  And I know that Dennis Dismachek, N6ITY, your new Vice President and Mike Casey, W7TUS, both look forward to serving SADXA this year.  And I don't want to forget thanking Bruce Betterly for agreeing to continue serving as Social Chairman for another year.  

The Board of Officers will be meeting shortly to develop club goals for 2020.  Among them will be to continue to find ways to encourage participation of the members in working DX throughout the year and, to provide meaningful monthly programs relevant to the DX aspect of our shared hobby.  

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our next meeting.

Alan Komenski -  AC2K


Our President Alan Komenski -  AC2K  has announced that the March SADXA meeting has been cancelled due to caution related to the Corona Virus.  

I have heard that several members were not going to attend,, including our scheduled speaker for this month.  So to be caution, I believe it is a good idea not to hold the meeting.

We are considering an on-the-air gathering on a local repeate and will advise.

Next Meeting
19 March 2020


Our new VP N6ITY - Dennis will be telling us "How to make reliable QSOs with DXpeditions that use malfunctioning or misconfigured software."  He says that until it's fixed, you have an advanage.  Come and check it out.


Last Meeting
 20 February 2020 


We had guests for the evening, Kat and Jack Simmons, friends of K7RJ - Ron and N7BDZ - Elaine. Hope you enjoyed the meeting. Kat said she was developing an interest in amateur radio.  Maybe she can get Jack in on it and Elaine can be their "Elainer"? (Well, she's definitely not an "Elmer", right Elaine?")

  AC2K - Alan opened the meeting asking for the Treasurer's report from W7TUS - Mike saying that we have 21 paid members thus far and that we are solvent financially.
Alan also mentioned that he requires the
data so that the awards can be given next meeting.

Moving right along, we had the round table followed by the evening's presentation.
W0OGH - Larry said that he had worked the Maritime Mobile on 20 CW on their way to S. Orkney.
WA1BZQ - Bruce reminded us of the upcoming
hamfest on the 28th of March.  Also, he said there was an upcoming Book Festival at the U of A and the would be setting up a station.  It's on the 14th and 15th of March, next month. W0PZD - Dick reported that he had a QSL from the .  The had tested 14 potential hams with 22 tests resulting in nine (9) Technicians, three (3) General Class and one (1) Extra Class operators.  Good job!
KB7KZ - AJ said that the
QRM team had done a good job chasing down some terrible RFI at his QTH. They had been there a couple of times and thought they had isolated it down to about 1 1/2 miles from his QTH.  Noise is also a problem from solar panel systems.  He was happy that he had worked Singapore.
N7WS - Wes reported that the DXpedition had been postponed due to the Corona Virus scare and would be delayed until August.  Wes said he had worked the and worked 23 on 160 meters. It's a tough band to work.
AA7FV - Darrel reported "Nothing exotic, although my weekly CW skeds on 20m with friends in Europe continue to be 100% successful.  As well as F5LAW, G4CPA now regularly joins the QSO."
W7EXG - Bill commented on the Solar Noon project: 

During the 2019 December Solstice time period, Bill (W7EXG) worked three 40m SN DX Stations. [SN => SN +/- 1 Hr.] This was a lifetime event for Bill, after 63 years of being W7EXG.

1) Dec 14th - Bill's FIRST SN 40m DX EVER WORKED --  LA1MFA @ 12:45pm, or 1945z [SN+27min].  

2) Dec 21st - OM7M @ 1927z [SN+7min]

3) Jan 6th - HA3FTA @ 1935z [SN+6min]

NOTE: Jerry [ W6XI ] was the FIRST to work 40m SN DX on Dec. 14th -  LZ1EV @ 12:22pm, or 1922z, or [SN+2min]. Jerry holds the 40m SN DX record as the first, and closest to Solar Noon - 2 Min. Wes [N7WS] was the first to hear the 40m SN DX on an inverted Vee. 

On Jan 27th 2020, Darrel Emerson AA7FV (running 200W) recorded only ONE SN 40m DX WSPR Station (an EA8) within the 1 Hr SN Window. This suggests the Dec Solstice 40m DX SN window is now disappearing. While this 40m SN window may re-appear 2020 Dec Solstice, the NEXT BEST for those who want to give it a try will be in about 11 years!  Good Luck!! 
W6XI - Jerry reported he had worked 160 during the contest with 340 contacts and the  with 71 contacts hoping to gain a new one but worked 42 countries none-the-less.
K6WSC - Bill as usual, our champion Contester-Cum-DXer scored highly in the recent event with 615 contacts and 101 countries, 61 on 80 meters, 9 on 20, 40 on 15, and 5 on 10.  Good job, Bill.
KB7AZ - Carl said he now has 48 countries on 80 meters!
AC2K - Alan reported 400 contacts in the contest and worked the Bravehart Mairtime Mobile as well.  With that, the evening presentations began. (See Below)
The winner of the drawing prize, was KF7EZJ - Andrew.  Congratulations.



  SADXA Presents  

It's a great video of the DXpedition including the trip in the famous Braveheart, owned and operated by the Captain, N6NRJ - Nigel Jolly out of Palmerton North New Zealand.  Although it's was a 9 day trip to Amsterdam Island and back from the port of embarkation, the captain and crew of this boat makes it a great trip.  They've become part of the DXpedition team where ever they have taken the ham radio operators. 



Please send your DXploits to wd7f@wd7f.com. I makes it so much easier to get it straight for the record. I won't be held responsible for not being able to record it properly at the meetings.



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?




poppy - 2009



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