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).
From DX Heat
Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the April meeting will be held virtually using Zoom. The meeting will be Thursday night, April 1st (no joke, really, April 1st!), 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. We often start our in-person and now Zoom meetings with introductions and maybe a question to the group. I will start that about 10 minutes before 7:00 so as not to eat up too much meeting time. Please turn off your computer camera and microphone when the formal part of the meeting starts. The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to all members just prior to the meeting. Our meetings are open to all. If any of you reading this would like to join via Zoom or would like any other information about CADXA, send me an email: aa4q [at] arrl.net .
Frank Donovan, W3LPL, will be joining our Zoom meeting with a presentation on HF Ionospheric Propagation. Frank's contesting career began as a 12-year-old at the Providence Radio Association 1959 ARRL Field Day, W1OP/1, on Neutaconkanut Hill two miles from his home in Providence, Rhode Island. Soon afterwards he began to slowly build his own small contest station on 1/10th of an acre in a densely populated urban neighborhood.
17-year-old K1LPL finished first in USA in the 1964 ARRL CW DX Contest low power category. In 1968 he was the leader of W1OP/1 Field Day that finished in first place in the 4A category from a former WW2 FCC signals intelligence monitoring site in Scituate, RI. Immediately after college, US Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Frank Donovan's first military assignment was in the Washington D.C. area where he worked under PVRC member W3GN and with his multi-multi mentor W4BVV.
Frank finished first USA single operator in four CQWW CW and four ARRL CW DX contests from 1973 to 1978. His first multi-multi experience was with the world high scoring 1974 PJ9JT CQWW CW team. W3LPL multi-multi teams started 43 years ago with a small entry in the 1977 ARRL Phone DX Contest. Five years later two incredible nights of 10 meter JA runs unexpectedly produced his team's first USA multi-multi win in the 1982 ARRL Phone DX Contest, the same year that renowned multi-multi competitor W2PV became a silent key.
W3LPL multi-multi teams have completed more than one million QSOs and achieved more than 50 first place USA finishes out of more than 150 multi-multi entries in the CQWW and ARRL DX contests. Frank was inducted into the prestigious CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 1999, and is a regular presenter at Contest University. He retired nine years ago as a Chief Engineer at General Dynamics Corporation after a 45 year career in electronics and systems engineering.
Frank will answer questions following the presentation.
The March program was "Station Tour at K9CT and a Peek at 2021 Enhancements". You can learn more about K9CT’s contest station at http://www.k9ct.us/.
CADXA has several year-long on-the-air activities set up similar to CQ’s DX Marathon. This allows members to track their progress working DX against other members and it encourages working the common ones again every year in between chasing the really rare DX entities. Also, someone with a smaller station working lots of casual QSOs might beat out a DXCC Honor Roll guy with a KW and a ton of aluminum in the air. For instance, 2 months into the year, we presented that club reporting leader on 30m CW only had 2 countries worked, and only one member reported only one DX entity worked at all on 60m CW! You don’t need a real big station to beat that! And the clock restarts every year! Tune in to our meeting to see this month’s status!
See you on Zoom for the April meeting.
Bill Poole, AA4Q
aa4q [at] arrl.net
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