The return of W7ASU to the amateur radio world took place this past November, 1999. The recently reorganized Arizona State University Amateur Radio Society, was proud and excited to bring ASU back on the air. The ASU ARS, earlier this year, decided to revive the old radio club that existed for so long. Credit for the rebirth of the new club can be given to its proud, and patient, members. Three of the key organizer were highly honored by the ARRL , being awarded the ARRL Scholarship Honoring Senator Barry Goldwater. These students are, Meghan Radtke, KC7MOC (1999); Nicholas Radtke, KC7MOD (1999); and James McDonald, KC7EFP (1998). Congratulations.
On November 20-21, 1999, certain members of the ASU ARS met at James McDonald's, KC7EFP, QTH to participate in the 1999 November Sweepstakes. Along with this contest, W7ASU also participated, for its first time, in the Collegiate Championship. It was very fortunate that James could offer his home to the club for the weekend. For quite some time, the ASU ARS has been struggling with Facilities Management to get a room that W7ASU can call home.
The weekend was very eventful. Through 24 long hours, the club was able to successfully contact 1005 separate stations. On top of that, they were able to contact all 79 sections that participated. A summary can be seen below.
Thanks to the following members of the ASU ARS who participated in the 1999 November Sweepstakes
Meghan Radtke, KC7MOC
James McDonald, KC7EFP
Nicholas Radtke, KC7MOD
Jason Baker, KC7WJE
Ryan Adney, KC7RZR
Nicholas Radtke, KC7MOD, brought his digital camera to take some photos during the contest. You will have to forgive the artistry, since none of us are photography majors!
Jason waits for his CQ to be answered as James mans the logging seat.
Jason and James at work.
Success! A contact is made.
What's wrong? Why aren't you working!
Nicholas takes over as logger.
Jason gets some shuteye between CQ's.
I think that's a new one! Is that QSL?
Alright! A new one on 80 meters.
Oh, wait a minute, was he a dupe?
Finally, some rest comes for Jason.
Meghan stops by to operate for a few hours.
James tries to clear them out from the QRN.
There mustn't be enough breaks for everyone.
James, "The QSO Machine," calls and logs by himself.
Four more sections to go, and four hours left. Let's get'um!!
Nicholas takes his break, knowing we've worked all 79.
The Rig: Kenwood TS-850S. Top Left: Timewave DSP-599zx.
"Is this frequency in use? - W7ASU"
James' 70 ft. tower viewed from two houses down the street.