Alan Komenski - AC2K

Don Birch - K7NN

Mike Casey - W7TUS



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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

I want to thank the members of the SADXA for electing me to serve as your president for the next year.  SADXA is a club devoted to the art of working DX from Southern Arizona.  Our goal is not only to provide our members information on currently available DX and upcoming DX on the bands but also, to provide you with information through our monthly programs topics that are geared to inform you about how to get the most out of being an active DXer .  Through sharing our experiences with you, we hope that you get more information on how to make the best of your time on the air communicating with our fellow hams around the world.  I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming SADXA meetings.

Alan Komenski -  AC2K

 Next Meeting
21 March 2019
The weather prevented Lee from traveling down for the February meeting so it is being rescheduled.  So, the presentation for the evening will be a sharing of experiences with one of the worlds premiere DX and Contest stations.  KY7M - Lee , the President of the   and a member of  will also tell us about the special award he has received.


Last Meeting
21 February 2019  

AC2K - 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.
W7TUS - 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.
K7NN - 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 on 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.
W7TUS - Mike worked the however, it seems that they were pretty erratic in their operation and were difficult to work regardless of the conditions.
W7DCM - 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!
K6NSW - 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" !!
W7AQK - 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 .
AA7FV - 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 that time.   
W0PZD - Dick says he's still having fun with his small antenna and 100 watts and that he worked Reunion Island on
KB7ZK - 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 K3.
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 their life..
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.
K7DF - 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.
K7RJ - 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.
K7NN - 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 to Tucson.
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.
AC2K - 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.

With that, the meeting was released for a short break prior to the evening's presentation.



SADXA Presents

Since our guest speaker for the evening couldn't make it, K6WSC - Bill showed a slide of an analysis he made of the last where he had spent 29 hours at the helm scoring a very credible 500,000 plus points with 600 contacts and 300 countries placing him somewhere around 18th.  Obviously, Bill is a more of a contester than a DXer, but obviously the two can co-exist with great DX performances like this on a weekend.  Bill has a presentation titled DXCC in a Weekend that he has given to the plans to present it to  some time in the future.  He also showed a couple of short videos related to contesting with one featuring his work in a phone contest with pictures of QSLs at each phone contact and response.  It was a very nice impromptu presentation.  Thanks, Bill.

In addition to that video, we saw a video of KB7KZ, K6WSC and W9FI and their flying trip in Carl's Cherokee 6  to Visalia.


Our Secretary/Treasurer reported that we have 40 members now.  Have you been attending meetings?  You'd better show up or your reputation will be, as they say, MUD!


Once again, Butch Cassidy and his trusted assistant took care of the group for the evening.  He handles the crowd with ease and precision!


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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