YDXAThe 2019 Team

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This year's trip is dedicated to a 2011 team member.  We join his family, friends and fellow hams in remembering him. 

Mike O'Neil passed on Tuesday June 25, after a hard fought battle with a brain tumor.


Mike worked in the telecom industry in Kansas City and  was an active Ham radio and Tech enthusiast, and served in many organizations around Kansas City providing support and aid during times of disaster and public service events.   He shared his love of ham radio with his son Ryan who  were both graduates of Hamclass.org, and part of the Youth DX Adventure team that traveled to Costa Rica in 2011.

A Youtube video memory of him is located at this link.


Geoff Howard W0CG

Uli Thielke DL8OBQ
First licensed in 1963 at age 13 in Wheeling, West Virginia, as WN8KUW. College, military service, and many family moves netted other calls: WA3ILB, then WA1LHC. I selected W0CG in 1976 while living in Kansas in the Air Force. During a period living on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands in 2000, I was assigned KP2F.
I retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Colonel (Civil Engineering) in 2002, and from my "day job" in 2004 as Professor of Information Systems, Graduate School of Management, Kent State University. I also spent about 15 years in industry and government as an EE and systems analyst, with employers including the FAA, Allegheny Ludlum Steel, the RCA Aerospace Systems Division, and an administrative position at Youngstown State University.
I hold the callsign PJ2DX, am a legal resident of Curacao, and spend as much time as possible living in down there in the tropics, where it is 85 degrees and sunny 365 days a year.
Uli was first licensed 1984. He's a software engineer and travels around the world for his job and hobby. In Germany he has build the contest station DA2C together with his friend DK3DM.
Uli has been to 3D2, 9M6, CT3, EX, J3, J7, OJ0, T2, V2, ZA mostly for contests. He is member of the CCC since 2013 and had visit PJ2T 6 times.

A huge thanks to Uli who is doing this two years in a row!!!!

2019 Team Leaders


Jim Storms AB8YK


Don DuBon N6JRL
Jim is a retired IT professional and is a member of Dayton Amateur Radio Association, the Huber Height Amateur Radio Club VE team and 2014-2015 President of Southwest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA). Currently is President of the Huber Heights Amateur Radio club and Vice-President of Dayton Amateur Radio Association. Jim is a frequent member of the TI5N CQWW contest team and supports the YXDA website. He enjoys contesting, participating in field Day, Ohio QSO Party, CQWW WPX along with other QSO contests, assisting in public service events and DXing.  Jim has been co-leader on most of the Youth DX Adventures and leader of this and last year's trip.

Jim also participates in Boy Scout activities including the Radio Merit Badge.  He was also a member of the 2010 BSA National Jamboree K2BSA team and member of the K2BSA club.
Don was first licensed as WN6LQM in 1963.  He has been to J6, VP2, TI5N and most notably 3Y0X in 2006. A DXer and contester Don is a retired Marine and enjoys aeronautical mobile when he is flying as a private pilot.

2019 Team

Audrey KM4BUN
Audrey McElroy KM4BUN
Thomas McElroy W4SDR
Born in 2003, currently attends Forsyth Central High School in Cumming Georgia.  
She holds an Extra Class Amateur radio license and recieved it at age 13.
She's in the Honors academic program, and has been selected for the STEM Honors program.  
Audrey has been a mentor to her girlfriends Elizabeth KM4BUO and Edem KM4PQG.  They participate in a weekly ARES net drill.
All three keep the local repeaters sounding busy and youthful.
Audrey is accomplished Clarinet player, and holds a high ranking in the band.
She's skilled at land-navigation using a compass and a map, and using her HT and directional antenna in local Fox Hunts.
She is able to design, build, hoist and tune wire-dipole antennas for any band, and has done so on a moments notice during contests when other arrays failed.
Audrey is most proud of the fact that the prestigious Atlanta Track Club appreciates her being a runner with an HT in her waist-pack in local races,   She's a quick and nimble runner capable of being a first-responder in the thick of a race when all else fails.

Above all, Audrey is a pleasant and polite young lady with academic and hands-on technical experience to augment her charm.
Born in 1959, husband of Jan McElroy K4PRM and father of Audrey KM4BUN and Jack McElroy.
Tom holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn Tech, and an Extra Class Amateur radio license.
He has worked as an Feild Engineer for mainframe datacommunications, a Reliability Engineer, and is a specialist with physics of failure analysis for electrical and mechanical systems.
Tom is a consultant for EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) design and remediation.  The EMI work involves and electronic medical instruments, commercial data communications products, digital signage and some of the most recognizable military aircraft and ground vehicles used by the Pentagon,
Tom holds a patent in automated, computer controlled photography, and is a skilled technical photographer.
But most of all, Tom enjoys teaching classical scientific and engineering topics to kids that otherwise would have no  experience or connection to the the fundamental science that created the technology we use today.

Jack McElroy  KM4ZIA
See Tom McElroy above
My name is Jack McElroy, callsign KM4ZIA. I live at the base of Sawnee Mountain in Cumming, Georgia.

I'm 11 years old and about to go into 6th grade at Otwell Middle School. I'm a technician and I got my license in 2016 when I was 9.

I'm about to launch a HAB or high altitude balloon to circumnavigate the globe. I also work on HF mainly on 20 and 40 meters and get a good bit of DX mainly from Canada though. I use a fan dipole in the woods of my backyard and an Icom-7300 to make my HF contacts. I also have a satellite station and I have worked Saudi-Sat, AO-27, AO-07, and other SSB and FM birds.

Over the years I used Amateur Radio to help out in many races for the Atlanta Track Club including the Peachtree Road Race and helping with communications at the medical tent.

I've been a radio operator at other races like the Resolution Run on New Years Day and helped with communication at a water station. 

In school, I'm very interested in science and math. I maintain a high A average. I also participated in my science Olympiad at my school. Currently, I'm getting ready to go on DXpedition to Curacao in the Caribbean

I hope you I see either on HF frequencies or on any satellites.

Bryant Rascoll-KG5HVO
  Bryant Rascoll KG5HVO
Lauren Rascoll
Lauren Rascoll KG5TQO
Due to a last minute team member cancellation we invited Bryant to join this year's team.  Welcome back Bryant!

Bryant Rascoll, age 15, was licensed in 2015 after earning the Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge.  As an Extra Class operator, he enjoys contesting, CW, DXing, and small station antenna building.  Bryant was a team member on the 2017 Dave Kalter YDXA to Costa Rica.  Last year, he competed as a youth in WRTC 2018 in Germany. Bryant also serves as the Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) for the ARRL Alabama Section.  In radiosport, he enjoys contesting with the Georgia Contesting Group at WW4LL as well as single ops from his home QTH.  Most recently, Bryant was part of Team Exuberance, an all-youth team that competed in WPX SSB from superstation K3LR.  He is the 2018 Bill Pasternack Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year and the Radio Club of America (RCA) Young Achiever Award recipient. Bryant also enjoys playing varsity baseball for the Ezekiel Academy Knights and working toward Eagle Scout in Troop 307 in Montgomery, AL.

Lauren Rascoll is a stay-at-home mom.  She home schools all three of her rambunctious high octane sons (ages 15, 13, and 7).  Although licensed, she does not consider herself an operator but is a huge proponent of introducing youth to amateur radio.  She enjoys accompanying her son, Bryant KG5HVO, on his various amateur radio adventures and has made many friends in the hobby for herself.  During radio adventures, she can usually be found with her phone documenting the event with pictures and video or maintaining remote operations at home via text and FaceTime with her other kids and her very gracious and supportive husband.

(Editors note:  Lauren gets to go this time.  Last time her husband went with Bryant)

  Band   CW    Phone     Dig     Total       %
  ----        --       -----        ---       -----      ---
   80        26       15          0           41        1
   40      612     988          0      1,600      24
   30      233         0          0         233        4
   20      718   2,863         0      3,581      54
   17      141      289         0         430        7
   15      112      414         0         526        8
   12        41       45          0           86        1
   10        35       50          0           85        1
               --      -----        ---        -----      ---
 Total 1,918  4,665         0       6,583     100
Total Contacts by Continent:

 Continent   Total     %
 ---------        -----     ---
 NA            4,930     75
 EU            1,423     22
 SA               122       2
 AF                 42       1
 OC                 33       1
 AS                 28       0

 Total = 6