WELCOME TO THE
 
SOUTHERN ARIZONA DX ASSOCIATION
TUCSON - WS7DX

CLUB
OFFICERS

2019



PRESIDENT
Alan Komenski - AC2K


VICE PRESIDENT
Don Birch - K7NN


SECRETARY/TREASURER
Mike Casey - W7TUS

APPOINTED
POSITIONS

2019



SOCIAL DIRECTOR
Bruce Betterley - WA1BZQ


ACTIVITIES  DIRECTOR
Carl Foster - KB7AZ


WEBMASTER
John Slusser - WD7F

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N7WS
K7BHM
K7NN
KF8N
W1KSZ
W6RLL
W6SCC
W6XI
W6ZQ
W7KQ
WA7NB
W9FI

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520-275-9563

TEP Shop
520-745-7179


RFI Representative
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520-840-3315
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CURRENT INFO

ALL HAMS ARE ELIGIBLE

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. 

 You can find WS7DX at too!
 
>Don't forget:  click on most images to enlarge or link<
     
The President's Comments
 

July starts the kickoff of the .  Details of this club contest can be found by clicking the logo above.  Whether you take this event as a serious challenge with the intent of coming out on top in one of the class categories or, if you are approaching it in a casual manner, what we want is for you to have fun.  Working DX may or may not be your passion but after all, we are a DX club and we want to do what we can to encourage you to get on the air and work DX!  Our DX Challenge provides many options for you to compete to receive an achievement award in a targeted class of operation.  Whether you prefer phone, CW or digital modes, or whether you run high power or low power or even QRP, we have a class in the challenge that will fit your operating preferences. So, shut off the TV, tell the dog he or she will have to wait for you to take them out, go into the shack and get those DX contacts in your log.  Above all else, have some fun on the air! .

Alan Komenski -  AC2K

It's soon to be here.  Our Social Director, WA1BZQ - Bruce has booked the Christmas Party, so, he says: "Save the date, Sunday, December 8th at 6 PM for our Christmas Party at the   They have a very extensive menu which will fit everyone's budget and appetite."

They are offering us our own private dining area with plenty of room and quiet.  More information to follow as to the cut off date to get our exact numbers in to the restaurant.  Click the Map to enlarge.
 
 

Next Meeting
21 November 2019

 


W9FI - Jim


W7EXG - Bill

The evening presentation will be given by W9FI - Jim and W7ESG - Bill.  It will be a team effort for related presentations.  Jim will present Solar Cycles and Bill will present 40 Meter DX at Noon Near the Winter Soltice.

 

Last Meeting
 17 October 2019  

SADXA President, AC2K - Alan, opened the meeting by asking our Secretary/Treasurer for a report.
W7TUS - Mike said that we are solvent, however, we need to be thinking about next year's dues, so be prepared to pay up next month.
K7NN - Don said that there would be the drawing at the end of the meeting and that W7FI and W7EXG would be presenting the program for next month.
WA1BZQ - Bruce reported that the Christmas Party would be at the Cattletown Steak House not far from the Tucson Airport and it would be a good venue for a varitety of food and a private room for our activities.  He also recommended that we invite Lillian to our party and it was unanimously agreed to do so.
N7WS - Wes, gave us the . There are many dxpeditions occuring such as T30GG, 5K0K, VP6R on Pitcarin starting the 18th, VU7RI coming up, D68CC, TX7T the 6th thru the 19th of December, some Russians are working YJ0RRC, AQ7KK in the Maltese, VK8CZ and the CW contest coming up.
KB7AZ - Carl reported that with the help of the ARRL and the Arizona Corporation Commission, the  folks have agreed to look into troubleshooting noise issues for the Tucson amateurs as did KD7AYQ - Gary.  When he retired, TWP lost interest in the RFI program that Gary ran so effeiciently.  Carl said to use care when reporting and to use the statement "I believe I'm experiencing interference from...." (Your editor is waiting for a copy of the paper explaining the procedure from Carl)



K6WSC - Bill
reported that he had worked the California QSO Party and the Arizona QSO Party and is having fun.
W7TUS - Mike reported that his equipment is up and the bands are improving.
N6ITY - Dennis says he's getting ready for the CQWW contest and is working .
AA7FV - Darrell  said that his routine 20 meter schedule with his friend from France had been missed for July and August but was back on schedule.
W7EXG - Bill said his antenna was up and going and had given his presentation to
  and it was well received.
KB7KZ - AJ brought his SADXA badge from years ago and passed it aound .  AJ has been snowbirding in Michigan and attended the Superfest in Milwaukee.  He said that he had operated mobile at the Eastern most point in the USA in Maine and had a great time (12 May) working from FN65 with an IC-7300 and a whip from his Jeep and had fun working some Europeans.
W0PZD - Dick reported that his computer system had been down but he was working some
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AG7RE - D
bought an old telegraph sounder and key at a hamfest.  He told a story of playing with it and sending code and listening to the sounder, etc.  He said he was in the kitchen cleaning up and was scraping oatmeal out of a pan when his wife yelled at him.  She had been sleeping and when she heard the sound of him scraping the pan, she thought he as playing with the key and sounder at 4 in the morning!  Another irony was that KB7KZ - AJ's father had worked in the plant in Menomonie, Wisconsin where they made that key and sounder.
N7WS - Wes said he had worked Norway, Latvia and Sweeden on 160.  He also talked a bit about the logging program Clublog and recommended that the members sign up for it.
K4HXX - Vince  said he'd had the flu and it had slowed his work on his camoflaged tower and hex beam.  He said he'd finally found plastic vines to help hide his stuff having had some candidates fail when he microwaved them to simulate RF exposure.
W9FI - Jim said he had 203 confirmed.
WD7F - John mentiioned that there would be a Boy Scout this weekend and to check Google for JOTA frequencies and give the scouts some traffic.  Also, K34TYE - Joe is a local scout leader preparing for the jamboree and is going to operate HF, VHF, D-Star and DMR modes.
WA1BZQ - Bruce said that he and a couple others worked the Arizona QSO party at the University of Arizona Club Station and had amassed over 4200 points during that event.

K7NN - Don
totals for the SADXA Challenge Award since July is Mixed CW, Digital, Phone: 138 entities.  60 meters: 116.   countries: 208.  In September and October, he made more than 1600 DX contacts.  Propagation is improving..
AC2K - Alan finally has his tower and hex beam up 62 feet and is installing his 2 element 40 meter beam.  He says to "Watch out! I'm going to compete now!" 
KB7AZ - Carl worked the recent RTTY contest and has 50 countries on 10 RTTY as of today.

Finally, the drawing for the publication, was held.  Believe it or not, for the third time in four months, our own AA7FV - Darrell's ticket was drawn. Darrell, saying that he already had the book, relinquished his prize and another ticket was drawn.  The winner was AC2K - Alan.  Congratulations, Alan.

 

  

  

SADXA Presents  
 

The video was of a presentation by  K1JT - Dr. Joe Taylor titled "Digital Modes Contesting". He explained the evolution of the digital modes that he was instrumental in developing, especially FT-8 and FT-4 and the Fox and Hound version for use in DXpeditions. He also talked of how it's possible that the open software might result in operators modifying it to be totally automated, and that would delve into ham radio ethics when it comes to awards such as DXCC.  For example, the person who operated the totally automated station might be chastised and be disqualified for any awards, but the normal operator who logged the QSO, would he be disqualified as well?

It was an interesting video and very informative.

FINAL COMMENT

Please send your DXploits to wd7f@wd7f.com. I makes it so much easier to get it straight for the record. Thanks to K7NN - Don, he knows how to send email.


PHOTOS

NOTES

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?

 

 

LINKS

poppy - 2009

 

 


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