Alan Komenski - AC2K

Dennis Dismachek - N6ITY

Mike Casey - W7TUS



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Carl Foster - KB7AZ

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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

Next Meeting
20 February 2020



Last Meeting
 16 January 2020 

Election Results 


N6ITY - Dennis
SADXA Vice-President 2020

Reelected to the office of President was the encumbant AC2K - Alan and again serving will be  our Secretary/Treasurer, W7TUS - Mike . Appointees, Social Director, WA1BZQ - Bruce , Activities Director, KB7AZ - Carl , and Webmaster, WD7F - John retained their positions.
And of course, gives special thanks our outgoing Vice-President, K7NN - Don who has faithfully served us and is finally stepping down after years of service so that he can REALLY excell at DXing.    We we all know, Don is a champion DXer, but we really appreciate his service he has so gererously given.  Thank you, Don! 

Webmaster's Note:  K7DF - Tom brought to my attention, the National Silent Key Archive.  There is a permanent link on the left side of the page.  Check it out.


AC2K - Alan, opened the meeting, setting the evening's agenda saying that we had quite a bit of business including the SADXA elections, an award for a memeber, the secretary/treasurer report, a quick round table and a fairly long video presentation.

To start the evening off, one of our members, KD7UIZ - Don was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his contribution to the ham radio community through his efforts with the local RST Hamfests, Ham Radio Picnics, Radio in the Park, Field Days and other activities.  Thank you, Don!


W7TUS - Mike, our Secretary/Treasurer reported we are solvent and requested that the members pay their dues for the year, then  AC2K - Alan reported that he and our current Secretary/Treasurer had agreed to serve for another year, however, asked for any nominations to those offices.  None were offered and he declared that they were retained by unanimous consent.  With our VP K7NN - Don stepping down, Alan asked for any nominations for Vice-President, receiving none, asked for any volunteer.  N6ITY - Dennis said that he would serve and was unanimously elected to the position of Vice-President. Congratulations and thanks for serving, Dennis!
The DX Round Table resulted in a few of the members reporting their results with our President saying the scores needed to be submitted by the end of the month..
  AC2K - Alan said he had 133 High Power CW contacts for the Challenge.
N7FG - Frank reported 17 on RTTY Low Power for the Challenge.
He said that with a little pistol 50 Watts to an end-fed wire all of 15 ft off the ground he recently QSO'd 5T5PA in Mauritania and OE6MDF in Austria on 80m FT8 to complete a WAC on seven bands for some more wallpaper.
KB7KZ - AJ said he had workedTiawan and Guam, a couple of new ones for him.  
W0PZD - Dick, said he's been working on a Fusion node and didn't have much more to report.
W7DCM -Dave says, in spite of an ongoing solar minimum, DX continues to find its way into my logbook.  For the SADXA Challenge, I worked 54 entities in the Low Power CW category.   The challenge was fun and I look forward to the next one.
The best of the recent DX is VP8LP, out of the Falklands, on phone.  I happened to catch him as he was getting started.  I learned later on that this was the ham who broke the news of the 1982 Argentine invasion to the rest of the world.
I have also recently set up a LoTW account.  I may be asking for help in setting it up for award credits.
K6WSC - Bill had 120 Low Power CW for the Challenge.
KB7AZ - Carl reported the Challenge activity with 48  CW, 32  , 35 RTTY, 28 SB and 87 Mixed.
With that,
K7NN - Don initiated the door prize drawings for a couple of nice items,  the ARRL Calendar and a hard cover , ARRL Antenna Book, a nice prize indeed.
With KB7JAQ - Scotty drawing the winning tickets, the Calendar was won by our annual guest KA7FAT - David and the Antenna Book winning ticket was held by
KD7UIZ - Don who had a nice evening, I'd say. .  

With that, the evening presentations began. (See Below)


  SADXA Presents  

Our presentation was an interesting video by K1IR - Jim Idelson who gave a very comprehensive study of Tower Safety, comparing statistics between the Professional Tower Climbers and the Amateur Radio Climbers with a not-so-surprising conclusion.

When the numbers were normalized so that a comparison could be made, the ham radio figures for accidental deaths was 4 to 8 times higher than the professional group. He summarized that an effort to prevent these type of accidents should be made by all, including radio clubs promoting safety and encouraging the use of better safety equipment and possibly putting together a kit of safety equipment that the club might loan to its' members.

While the video was being prepared, a short presentation on the same subject was given by our member AG7RE - D, showing the standard so-called safety belts and equipment that has been in used for quite a while and compared it with the more modern harness assemblies that we should be using. Thanks for an informative brriefing, D.



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?




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