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 [email protected].  

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

Editors Note:  The meeting seemed to go very well.  The whole meeting including the presentation by our guest KZ1W - Grant Saviers went smoothly with only a couple of small glitches that were remedied by host KB7AZ - Carl.  


Next Meeting
18 June 2020



Last Meeting
21 May 2020 



   AC2K - Alan opened the meeting and asked  for the Treasurer's report from   W7TUS - Mike saying nothing has changed and were solvent in that we hadn't spent any money since February.


KB7AZ - Carl reported being to 40 on 80 meters and working towards 5 band DXCC.  He said he'd worked a couple of contests with RTTY and CW.
KB7TVM - Mike  recently transferred from Idaho and has a shack set up where he's temporarily living with a flagpole based 80 meter off center fed dipole and some fiber glass tent poles holding up the ends.  He's in the process of buying a place with some property with infinite antenna possibilities. Welcome to Tucson and SADXA !
K6WSC - Bill
said he'd worked very little DX except in the in February but had worked the  QSO party the first week of May and in 13 hours made over 1000 Q's.
W0PZD - Dick has been working but leaning more to with his off center fed 80 meter (Inverted M as Dick calls it) antenna.  His back up antenna uses a 23 foot end fed random wire that seems to work pretty good on 17 meters.
N7FG - Frank said he'd not done much radio but used his time at home to do some cleaning up in his shack and out of boredom, has not shaved, and is working to see if he can come up with a suitable face of hair.
AA7FV - Darrel, the only guy that sent me his DXploits by email, reported: My most memorable DX of the week was with AC2K, about 2 miles. In my attempts to keep a weekly sked with a friend, CN8YR, I've put up a half-wave dipole for 17m.  My normal antenna, a rhombic beam, points to Europe and the beam is too narrow to cover Morocco.  I wish I could rotate the antenna. In putting up the dipole, I discovered that all the 300-ohm ladder line or window line you can buy nowadays is all copper clad steel, rather than being solid copper.  The copper coating over the steel is unfortunately thinner than the skin depth in copper at HF frequencies. I've tried a dozen or more different manufacturers and suppliers, and none of them now have solid copper window line.  If anyone knows where you can get solid copper window line, please let me know!  It was a great meeting tonight. Thank you, Darrel !!!
K6NSW - Richard said he'd not been doing much radio during the quarantine, however, after 50 years of paper logs, he had switched to a computer log.  Way to go, Richard !!
K7DF - Tom was sitting working toward on 40 and had worked quite a bit of 6 meters.
WA1BZQ - Bruce said he wanted to get more active on HF but the UofA Shack had been closed down for the virus. 

N7WS - Wes told us it was his first time on  .  Had worked much except the T40 on CW and with only 5 contacts. He's been very active in Frequency Measurement into the mili-Hz area.  His biggest problem is that a swarm of has built in his fireplace. (I told Shirley and she said, "Hey, just build a fire!"  I can only imagine what would happen if the chimney was blocked by their nest, right?)
SWL - Annette said she was just working and cooking.  She especially liked the presentation with the exotic food such as PB&J.

  SADXA Presents  

Our presentation for the evening was given by KZ1W - Grant Saviers in Redmond, Washington.  The presentation worked out very well using the  application. Amateur radio operations onTemotu were, at times, pretty difficult to deal with. Generators, solar power and batteries was all there is.  It was difficult to erect an antenna due to the over abundance of palm trees.  It's hard to imagine that in today's modern world that there are people who live on those islands under some fairly primative conditions.  They live in the proverbial "Little Grass Shack"(s) 

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Please send your DXploits to [email protected]. 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. Once again...THANK YOU AA7FV - DARREL!



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 [email protected]

Thanks.  de WD7F - John

PS:  Any other amateur radio links you would like here just for fun?




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