Hamfest 2018

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An ARRL Sanctioned Event Presented by the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club

November 10, 2018

Marana Middle School

11285 West Grier Road

Marana Arizona 85653

Gates open at 7:00 AM (5:00am for sellers) and close at 1:00 PM 

Admission:  $5.00 includes a bottle of water.  Children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult.

Seller: $10 per space includes seller 

Students with valid AZ school ID are admitted free


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Announcements at the hamfest will be broadcast on 146.56 simplex

Per AZ State Law, no smoking or firearms are permitted on school property including parking areas. 

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Hamfest 2018 Seminar Schedule

 OVARC Hamfest

2018 Seminar Schedule

Time Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
8:00 – 8:55 Transmitter Hunting Amateur Radio Public Service Opportunities Lightning Protection
9:00 – 9:55 Build a 220 MHz to 1.3 GHz Log Periodic Antenna CW Academy Shack Grounding
10:00 – 10:55 Loop Antennas for Small Lots and HOAs

Test Session

  • Technician
  • General
  • Extra
WSJT-X FT8 Updates including DXpedition Mode
11:00 – 11:55 How to Hear and Work Amateur Satellites D-Star, DMR, and Other Digital Modes

8:00 – 8:55

Transmitter Hunting, Randy Burcham, KD7KEQ

A Transmitter hunt, often referred to as T-hunt or Fox Hunt, is a fun activity that gets you out of your shack and out in the open. The idea is to be the first one to locate a hidden VHF transmitter. Randy has some unique insights into T-hunting.

Lightning Protection, Tom Fagan, K7DF

Tom describes how lightning is created, its power and how to do to protect your equipment from lightning induced damage.

Amateur radio Public Service Opportunities, George James, KD7XP

There are numerous opportunities in Public Service, Public Safety, Ham Radio, ARES, RACES, and AUXCOMM. This session will be a discussion of how these organizations relate to each other, how they differ from each other, and how to become involved with them all.


9:00 – 9:55

CW Academy, Quinton Gleason, NU7Y

There is a lot of CW activity on the bands even though code is no longer required to get a license. Quinton will show how you can learn Morse code or improve your Morse code ability.

Shack Grounding, Tom Fagan, K7DF

Understand how to properly ground your station to reduce noise and protect yourself from lightning damage.

Build a 220 MHz to 1.3 GHz Log Periodic Antenna, Jeff Wadsworth, KI5WL

Jeff operates in the higher frequency realm, usually above 430 MHz. His log periodic antenna covers all amateur bands from 220 MHz through 1.3 GHz. This antenna can be mounted on a mast with a rotator. It is ideally suited for portable operation and is especially useful during VHF/UHF contests.

10:00 – 12:00

Amateur Radio Test Session, Quinton Gleason, NU7Y

Quinton will conduct a two-hour sanctioned test session for Technician, General, and Amateur Extra.

10:00 – 10:55

WSJT-X FT8 Updates including DXpedition Mode, Ned Stearns, AA7A

Ned has been working with the developers of WSJT-X and will go over the enhancements that are in the latest version. This includes the DXpedition mode, which Ned helped develop. If you work FT8, this is the seminar to not miss.

10:00 – 10:55

Loop Antennas for Small Lots and HOAs, George Cooley, NG7A

George has been successful with loop antennas and has some great ideas for building loop antennas that fit in a small space and that can be disguised to blend in with your back yard. Loop antennas can get you on the air even if you are in an HOA.

11:00 – 11:55

D-Star, DMR, and Other Digital Modes, David Holman, AC7DS


D-Star is gaining popularity, and David is one of the local D-Star experts. He will cover D-Star operation, radios, and programming. His seminar will also touch on DMR, which is another digital mode that is becoming more commonplace.


How to Hear and Work Amateur Satellites, Ron Herring, W7HD


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