As 2004 closes, I would like to share some of my thoughts about TDXS's high points during the year.

Meetings. In 2004 we had a prepared speaker at each meeting. Topics included V73T DXpedition to Toangi, Contest Strategy, The History of the TDXS, V31AD DXpedition to Belize, Delta Loop Antennas, Satellites, Software Defined Radios, High Voltage Power Lines, ARRL, and Four Square Antennas. Meeting attendance improved, both members and visitors were seen in greater numbers. I would like to thank N5UR, W5ASP, K5NA, W5RH, KK5DO, AC5OG, WD5KCX, N5OK, and K5NU for making great presentations in 2004.

Web Site. W9DX has done a tremendous job on our web site. The content is kept current and it has improved visual appeal. He has put a lot of care into the SK tribute section. If you haven't check the site recently, take a look, there's always something new. Please visit

Ham Com. TDXS had another successful raffle ticket sale at Ham Com. Thanks to N5MV for obtaining a radio, assembling a very professional booth, and spending many hours pitching tickets. Also thanks to W5BXX for help with ordering the radio, W5PF and W5MJ for help manning the booth, and W5SJS for printing tickets. Ken Zeiler, N0CA, was especially thankful, as he won the FT-857D. As usual, TDXS supported and was represented at the LSDXA DX Luncheon.

Field Day. TDXS set up for Field Day at W5BXX's beach house in Surf Side. With advance antenna work by K5WA and N5MV. In spite of torrential rains, mosquitoes, and generally bad weather, this was an organized effort that kept it's momentum going until the final bell, running class 2A, with a CW station, SSB station, VHF station, and a very active GOTA station. Many fine operators, from TDXS ranks and visitors, contributed QSOs to our score.

DXpeditions. Several TDXS members operated from exotic locations this year. Belize V31AD by N5DD, Swaziland 3DA0CF by K5LBU, Ireland EI2VNO by NN5O, and Falklands VP8WWW by W5MJ, W5PF, and WF5W. Thanks for putting these on the air so we could work them.

Sad Losses. Tragically, in 2004 we lost long time TDXSers John Stewart, W5LLU, and Butch Barber, K5GB.

This wraps up the high lights of 2004 for TDXS. The last TDXS activity of the year was a well attended Christmas party at Los Tios, enjoyed by all who were there. In the last few weeks of the year we accepted a few new members who will get us off to a great start for 2005.

I hope every one has a great Christmas holiday season and works the VU4.


Don, N5DD

(used with permission 09-01-2020)