About the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club

Recognizing the need for an amateur radio club in Northwest Tucson, Randy, KF0X, founded the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club (OVARC) in late 2010.  The first club meeting was held in January 2011 with just a few members.  But as the year progressed it became apparent that a Northwest club was needed by the ham radio community.  In just one year OVARC had become the largest club in metropolitan Tucson.

OVARC exists to promote and advance the art, science and enjoyment of Amateur Radio. The club encourages its members to take an active part in providing service to the community in the form of emergency communications during natural and man-made disasters. By providing communications at community events such as the American Diabetes Tour de Cure, 24 Hours of the Old Pueblo bike race, and El Tour de Tucson and participating in club sponsored operating events like Field Day, the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club provides its members with opportunities to enhance their operating skills and understanding of emergency procedures.

New ham training allows additional members of the community to become involved in emergency communications and technology discussions at club meetings help hams become better equipped to operate during emergency situations. OVARC has partnered with Oro Valley Citizen Corp Council and Oro Valley Community Emergency Response Team both sponsored by the Oro Valley Police Department to ensure consistent communications with other groups involved in community emergency communications events.

The Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club meets the third Friday of every month at 7:00pm at Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 W Magee Rd Tucson, AZ 85704

The Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club is operated under the rules set forth in its Constitution and Bylaws.  A copy of the Constitution and Bylaws can be found here.

OVARC Leadership Team


Steve, W1SR


Mike, K7VTT


Hannah, KG7TPD


Carl, KB7AZ

Board Members

Fred, W2HZ

Ross, K4WBR

Gary, AE7GP

Mike, K7VTT

Tom, W7TRA

Marnee, KG7SIO


Marnee, KG7SIO

Programs Manager

Steve, W1SR

Licensing Manager

Quinton, NU7Y

Sunday Night Net Manager

Brian, W4ES

Field Day Chairman and Chief Elmer

Tom, W8TK

Repeater Chairman

Gary, KT7AZ

Public Service Manager

Scott, K7ADX

With Mike, W7IJ

ARCA Representative

Gary, AE7GP

About the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

Founded in 1914, the ARRL, or "American Radio Relay League," is the national association for Amateur Radio™.   Today, with more than 156,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States.  Its mission is to promote and advance the art, science and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.  Information on how to get involved in Amateur Radio is available from the ARRL website at www.arrl.org. 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111.

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