*MEET* 2DA737 Tate

From the south-central region of the United States of America (USA), the Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) is delighted to introduce to you 2DA737 Tate who connects with our club in October 2021.

A student pilot, photographer, musician, keen short-wave listener and aspiring ham, 2DA737 Tate is also one of the brightest up-and-coming DX Hunters in the world 11m Community; one with a growing presence on 27 MHz frequencies as Cycle 25 looms.

2DA737 Tate lives with his family in the state of Texas in the city of Houston.

Nicknamed the “Bayou City” or “Space City”, Houston is the sixth-most populous in North America.

The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. runs the Space Center of Houston.

Pictured left, the Space Center first opened in 1992 and since then, it’s had 17 million visitors who come to see the educationally fun, and interactive exhibits.

Other local attractions are the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Bayou Place, Houston Zoo and the Kemah Boardwalk.

Tate balances his commitment to the DA-RC with an involvement in the International Sidebanders club of the USA in which his QRZ is 2IS2112.

Looking back and 2DA737 Tate’s passion for communications began in aviation and a digital Uniden BC75XLT 300-channel hand held scanner, gifted from his parents, to monitor the air bands.

He stills uses it to this day.

This introduced him to the world’s best HF DX band, eleven meters, and he hasn’t looked back!

In addition to possessing a passion for radio communications, 2DA737 Tate is a talented musician.

“At the moment, I currently play just a Squier Strat that I’ve had for a few years as well as an Alvarez 12 string…” he says.

“I’m planning on upgrading to a Gibson Les Paul sometime in the near future…”

In the world of music, Tate’s inspiration is Alex Lifeson, of Canadian rock band Rush, whom also plays a Les guitar.

In the DX world though, 2DA737 Tate’s instruments of choice are an AnyTone AT-5555N 10 Meter transceiver, modded for 11m, and a President Jackson citizens band (CB) radio.

A Sirio StarDuster M-400 vertical, tuneable for 26.5-30 MHz, provides excellent results as a base antenna.

2DA737 Tate is QRV on the world call frequency which is 27.555 MHz USB, and the US call frequency, 27.385 MHz LSB.

He’s always keen for a QSO when propagation permits, or to nab that elusive DX station, and monitors the 11DX Cluster also.


“Will QSL First”