According to a copy of the original minutes, the Arkansas DX Association was organized in the shack of Larry Woolsey March 15, 1967 by the following:
- W5HJA , (NY5F), Larry Woolsey
- K5QHS, (K5YY), San Hutson
- W5TIZ, (K5FJ), Dick Freeling
- WA5EFL, Moritz Shollmier - Deceased
During the first two years, meetings were held monthly in various members homes. New members were received and the first banquet was held in September 1968 at the old Howard Johnson's on South University with about fifty in attendance. A list of all Arkansas DXCC members was obtained from the ARRL and an invitation was extended to each DXCC member. Ham Robinson, W1WQC / W4ZR, a native of Little Rock and a contemporary of the organizers, was the speaker. He showed slides of some DXpeditions that he had been on. I attended this meeting and joined the ADXA for the first time.
This banquet appeared to be a great success judged by the attendance and enthusiasm of those in attendance. However, after this banquet, the minutes and the original constitution were lost and there is no record of how much longer the ADXA continued to function before meetings ceased.
ADXA acted as QSL manager for these two stations in 1969/1970
After some unknown period of time with no meetings, a group, including two of the original members, met on February 3, 1973, and reorganized, elected officers and adopted a new constitution and by-laws. This group included the following:
- K5FJ, (ex W5TIZ), Dick Freeling
- NY5F, (ex W5HJA), Larry Woolsey
- W5WZN, Warren Daunhauer, Jr.
- AF5M, (ex WA5YMW), Paul Wynne
- WB5BID, Bob Rose
- W5ZXS, J. M. Jolly
- WA5WMD, John Aubrey
- W5SJ, (ex W5KGJ), Bill Priakos
This brief history of the ADXA was donated by Martin Hankins, W5HTY, past President of the ADXA and from my own recollections.
Written by Wayne E. Beck K5HYB
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