- Alan opened his first meeting as the new SADXA President
with a welcome to all and thanking us for electing him. He
noted that KY7M - Lee had cancelled his visit due to weather and
that he would be rescheduled for the March meeting. Alan asked if
any new members had the SADXA pin and passed out what
remained. Editor's Commend: I
will be ordering a new supply of SADXA buttons soon Alan
said that he was thinking of ways to get the less active members
of SADXA involved in some DXing, possibly establishing a DX
Challenge and intends to discuss it with the club officers
soon. With that, he asked for a Treasurer's report.
- Mike reported that the club is solvent. He said that
we have 40 members, nearing what he thinks is the record
membership of 41. He thanked or previous SADXA President, K6WSC -
Bill for his help with growing membership during his tenure.
- Don our Vice President said that the drawing prize for the
evening would be a DX Engineering $25 gift certificate. He
said that it was 37 years ago this month that the SADXA club had
originally met with 14 members meeting. They met at Sambo's
Restaruant for the first meetings.
W9FI - Jim reported that
he had worked the illusive
and worked the
snagging the Ciribbean on 160 Meters.
K6WSC - Bill
worked BIC (Butt in Chair) for 29 hours during the
scoring a half-million points with 600 contacts and 51 countries on 80 meters, 47
on 40, 101 on 20, 15 on 15 and 6 on 10 meters. According to
him, that's what it takes to score high on one of these contests.
- Mike worked the
however, it seems that they were pretty erratic in their operation
and were difficult to work regardless of the conditions.
- Dave said he's beginning to get his act together. In
about 6 hours, he made 40 QSOs and 23 DX entities in the ,
picking up the Azores - CU4DX. the Canaries - EA8RM and Maderia
Island - CR3W. So,he
expects to qualify for .
Good job, Dave!
- Richard says he's about 3 week out from having his shack up
needing electricity now. Richard was reading the
and says there was a survey in there that he found somewhat
humerous. He said that we know that there seems to be an
attitude among the hobby that ham radio is an "Old Man's
Hobby". The survey asked the question: "Should
there be a youth category for contesters?" He thought
that it was funny that the age they determined would be a youth
category would be "UNDER 50" !!
- Dave said he couldn't work the
but said to check out
ZL4YL - Xenia Berger , a
member of a very Ham Radio Active Family and team member for the .
- Darrell once again
reported that his Sunday CW schedule with F5LAW on 20 Meters has
continued for 6 months now, missing only one scheduled QSO over
- Dick says he's still having fun with his small antenna and
100 watts and that he worked Reunion Island on .
- A.J. said that one of his most memorable QSOs was when he
was mobile using a converted CB on 10 meters working VP6TC - Tom
Christian on Pitcaren Island. A.J. attended Yuma and said
that there were lots of great prizes including a Flex 6000 and a
N6ITY - Dennis is thinking
about contacting the
Society because his antenna seems to be attracting large
birds. Dennis worked lots of DX with 79 countries. He
said that his DX story would be when he attended Visalia .
Dennis says that everyone should attend that DX convention once in
N7FG - Frank has been working
on 20 and managed to work V84SAA - Brunai, however, no joy on .
He got an ATNO with 9M2MRS - West Malasia and a handful of other
new digital countries in South East Asia. He said the
highlight of the session as working SADXA's own AA4M - Bill and
W9FI - Jim. His most memorable contact was 50 years
ago when he worked AM phone from Pennsylvania to Colorado on his
newly received General license.
- Tom said that the Yuma hamfest has grown and they had a big
turnout this year with lots of prizes. He gave his
presentation on grounding.
AA4M - Bill has been going great
after being reactivated to Ham Radio after 20 years. He's
worked 90 countries and 1600 plus contacts and decided to take
inventory to see his WAC status and found that he did indeed have
all of them. He submitted and received his
a couple days ago.
- Ron said that he attended Yuma and saw KB7AZ - Carl's talk
on stealth antennas. Ron's interest has been in WSPR and
said that there have been morning 20 meter
openings to Europe and Scandanavia.
N7BDZ - Elaine said that
she got her start in Ham Radio when her dad brought home a short
wavereceiver and she spent hours listening and logging SWL
stations. That activity kindled her interest in science and,
of course, Ham Radio.
- Don worked 186 QSOs and 69 countries in the
with 2of them on 160 meters.
has produced 162 on 20 meters, 107 on 60 meters, 241 on 80
meters and 152 on 160 meters. His most memorable QSO was
with Father Edmond at the Vatican in 1982. Father Emond
later visited Don and Tucson and liked it so much he transferred
KB7AZ - Carl always
busy, now has 257 Mixed and 200 Phone with the 5 Band DXCC in
mind, getting close now.
N7WS - Wes sad that his
dad brough home a BC342 and he started listening to DX stations
and became hooked. Listening to VOA, he became a jazz fan
and he still is. Wes' most memorable contact, he says, was
working himself echoing longpath and maybe second most memorable
was working W5LFL in space.
- Alan worked 100 contacts and 60 countries in the
and his most memorable was when he was a 12 year old General Class
licensee and worked 40 meter DX to England.
that, the meeting was released for a short break prior to the