MHDXA Meeting Thurs April 2 2020

The next meeting of the MHDXA will be Thurs 2 April 2020 at 18:00 hrs. Venue will be the same as the last meeting.  Like the last meeting we have a $350 minimum for food and beverage; so bring a hefty appetite.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery - Westminster Promenade

10633 Westminster Blvd, Suite 900
Westminster, CO 80020

Our guest speaker will be Rob Sherwood (NC0B).  It goes without saying that Rob is well know throughout the amateur radio community.    Just to refresh your memory, here is his bio:

Ham radio began for me in 1961 in Cincinnati, Ohio, as both a novice and general-class operator. After graduating college in 1969 with a degree in physics, I moved to Denver and worked for KOA radio as an engineer until 1987. While at KOA, I maintained their 50 KW AM and FM transmitters, microwave links and studio equipment.

1974 saw the beginning of Sherwood Engineering, offering roofing filters and upgrade kits for the Drake R-4C.  In 1976 I started measuring receiver performance on dozens of radios, since reviews in QST did not correlate with actual on-air observations at crunch time in CW contests.  In 1977 “ham radio magazine” published the first of several of my articles on receiver problems and cures, vertical antenna ground systems and mobile antenna efficiency.  Those articles are available on my web site as PDF files. Receiver test data is now web based with over 100 transceivers included at

In the 80s I was invited to be a forum speaker at the Dayton Hamvention on several occasions, discussing both receiver and antenna performance issues; and since, he has giving talks and presentations at too many conventions and Hamfests to mention.

Twelve years ago, my XYL encouraged me to build my dream contest station on 10 acres east of Ft. Collins, Colorado on the Pawnee Grassland.  This has made it possible to evaluate top transceivers in major contests in a real-world environment to augment my laboratory data. This rural setting has allowed me to focus my interest on effective antennas.  Six towers support 9 mono-band HF agis, plus 6 and 2 meters, and several wire antennas on 160, 40 and 30 meters. A 70cm yagi was added in the fall of 2019.

His program for our meeting will be:

Dick, K8ZTT
President, MHDXA