The next OVARC Special Raffle will start at the August 19th Membership Meeting. Tickets will be on sale for $5.00 each and the drawing will be held at an OVARC Monthly Meeting after all tickets have been sold.
The prize for the current raffle is an
ICOM IC-718 1.8-28Mhz 100W CW/SSB/AM/FM Desktop Radio
Click here to see radio features and specs.
Tickets will be on sale at the OVARC Monthly Meetings.
You need not be present at the drawing to win.
OVARC National Parks on the Air
Tumacacori National Historic Park HP45
August 25, 2016
The club will be activating Tumacacori National Historic Park HP45 as W7AI on August 25, 2016 using HF CW, SSB, and digital modes as part of the ARRL National Parks on the Air Program. More information on the National Parks on the Air program can be seen at https://npota.arrl.org/index.php.
We hope to get there at 0-dark-30, be on the air by 0600 and wrap things up by 1000 to beat the heat. We’ll set up in the parking lot north of the park entrance. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Tom, W8TK, will bring all equipment.
A National Park Pass is required to enter the grounds. These can be purchased at the Visitor Center. An annual park pass is also available.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ
Presented by Tom, W8TK
Visualizing HF Propagation Using VOACAP/VOAAREA
Presented by Bill Hickey, AB7AA
VOACAP/VOAAREA are part of a suite of free programs that run on PC, Mac, and Linux platforms. Evolved from the US Army’s IONCAP program they were further developed for Voice Of America foreign broadcasting and are now used as the prediction engines in a variety of amateur radio programs. Dean Straw, N6BV, former ARRL technical editor, has labeled VOACAP “the gold standard of radio propagation”. Originally developed for professional users, Bill furnishes settings that demonstrate how they can generate vivid graphs and geographical maps which are easily interpreted by even casual amateur users. Use them to evaluate different antennas, beam headings, power levels, modulation methods (SSB, CW, PSK31), and predict schedule/net coverage. More advanced users will want to predict DXPedition openings, develop contest strategy, or evaluate their own modeled antennas over their unique terrain.
Bill was first licensed in 1965 and has held his present call (AB7AA) since upgrading to Amateur Extra in 1993. He spent his college years as a broadcast and studio recording engineer in commercial AM/FM/TV stations while receiving an undergraduate degree in Mathematics with Physics minor, and then did graduate studies in Systems Engineering. After college he spent a career flying various fighter aircraft while developing, evaluating, and teaching electronic warfare systems and tactics. He achieved the position of squadron commander in the Air National Guard A-7D Fighter Weapons School and helped initiate the F-16A Fighter Weapons School. After retiring, he had a second career as a commercial airline pilot.