CADXA is the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 140 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club and a member club of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA).
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Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the December meeting will be held virtually using ZOOM. Meeting invitations will be sent to members via Groups.io and Slack a few days before the meeting. For anyone else who wants to attend, send an email to email@example.com. The next meeting will be Thursday night, December 3rd, starting at 7:00 pm. You can begin checking in at 6:30 pm and visit informally with other club members on Zoom until the meeting starts. Please turn off your computer camera and microphone when the meeting starts.
The December program will be “Radio Contesting from Bonaire” by Jeff Clarke, KU8E. Jeff developed an interest in amateur radio when he was a freshman in high school after joining the radio club based on his interest in SWLing. He went after school to learn Morse code being taught by the radio club’s faculty advisor. He also studied for the Novice license and later that year passed the test and received the callsign WN8ALG. Soon after, his callsign was changed to WD8ALG after he passed both the General and Advanced class license exams in Cleveland. A couple years later he passed the Extra class license exam in Detroit and was issued his current callsign KU8E.
Jeff’s major ham radio interests are CW contesting and DXing. He has been part of many multi-op and single-op contest operations. Since 2007, Jeff has made multiple trips to the island of Bonaire, off the northern coast of South America, to operate as PJ4A in the CQWW DX CW Contest. Prior to that, starting in 2003, he operated as PJ4R and PJ4A in the ARRL DX CW Contest. Jeff has operated the IOTA contest several times from the Georgia coastal islands (NA-058). He is the director of the Georgia QSO Party. Prior to moving to Georgia, he helped restart the Ohio QSO Party in the late 1990's. Since getting involved in State QSO parties he became interested in being a rover. With his friend K4BAI, he does a rover operation almost every year in the Georgia, Florida and Alabama QSO parties using the South East Contest Club call sign W4AN.
The November program was “Top Band DXing from Central Asia” by Nodir Tursun-Zade, EY8MM, the most active and best known ham in Tajikistan. Nodir is an outstanding photographer and showed us amazing pictures he has taken during his travels to the various Tajikistan radio districts. We saw a very mountainous country with hidden lakes and rivers and Nodir’s adventure to the 19,000 foot summit of “Amateur Radio Mountain”. Nodir then walked us through the evolution of his 160m operating career. Thanks to permission he received to use tall towers for his antennas at the country’s Institute of Astrophysics, Nodir has earned many awards for his contesting and DXing on Top Band. You can see the video of Nodir’s program on YouTube at https://youtu.be/bh07nKtD1m8 .
In this day and age, clubs may be looking for socially distanced speakers. At CADXA, we have several presentations on the world of DXing, QSLing, and related subjects ready for your club. We know how to present via programs like Zoom. Contact us through our website cadxa.org/contact.html or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
See you on Zoom for the December meeting.
Announced DX Operations
Courtesy of The Daily DX™
Central Arizona DX Association