OVARC has formed a Special Interest Group (SIG) named Radiosport and Field Activities (RAFA). The mission of this SIG is to promote outdoor ham radio events, ham radio contests, and operate whenever possible on an "off-the-grid" mode. The SIG Chairman is Tom Kravec W8TK. The SIG plans to organize up to 12 events per year.
These events will mainly consist of "mini-field-day"events and ham radio contest participation. The field events will take place at selected locations in/or near Tucson. The SIG is open to any OVARC member, regardless of your license class or experience in field activities. If you have an interest, just show up.
These events will be geared to offer enjoyment of the outdoors with club members that are enthusiastic about HF radio. No one will be required to operate, you can just come out to watch and learn. The aim is to allow participants to gain knowledge and expertise in learning about HF operating, learn about logging tools and methods, and gain experience with "off-the-grid" ham radio ops. These events will be open to all OVARC members regardless of license class as General and Extra class licensees will be available as control operators. Operators will use CW, SSB and Digital modes on HF bands. Lastly, the SIG will offer a forum to ask anything about ham radio and learn from experienced ham radio operators in the group.
This is a tentative schedule for Radiosport and Field Events Special Interest Group. All activities and dates should be considered tentative until an article is published on the website or newsletter or announced at a membership meeting.
|May 6||7th call area QSO party at W8TK station|
|June 24-25||Field Day at Oro Valley EOC|
|July 4||Old fashioned small town parade and picnic to celebrate Independence Day at Summerhaven|
|August 19||Tucson's birthday. Location to be determined.|
|September 23||90th anniversary of dedication of David-Monthan AFB. Operation there (I hope).|
|October 15-16||Arizona QSO Party operation on Pima/Pinal county line|
|January, 2018||Celebration of Tom Mix birthday at his monument near Florence|
|April 25, 2018||Anniversary of Gadsden Purchase, making Arizona officially part of USA|
|May, 2018||7th call area QSO Party|
OVARC HF Radio Sport Event
7th Area QSO Party
May 6, 2017
OVARC Field Outing
The Wings of Freedom Tour
Saturday, April 8, 2017
OVARC will conduct its monthly operating event in conjunction with the Wings of Freedom Tour:
( http://www.collingsfoundation.org/the-foundation/foundation-background/ )
We will meet at the Marana Northwest Regional Airport at 0900 on Saturday, April 8. There is a special entrance for this event ((NOT the usual airport entrance!), located about 4.5 miles west of I-10 on Avra Valley Road. Look for the entrance banner and flag on the north side of the road. If you get to Sandario Road, you went too far. There is a large gravel parking lot right at the event site. We will be able to set up in the large tent erected just for this event, and we will deploy our usual antenna. We will use battery power, 100 watts HF, and computer logging as usual.
The airplanes will be just yards from our operating site, and they include a B-24, B-25, B-17, and TF-51 Mustang. They will be flying in from Albuquerque on Thursday. You can even book a flight on one of these planes, right from the airport. Check the Wings of Freedom website for details.
In addition, there will be display of WW2 army vehicles, tents, weapons set up right next to our location. Enjoy the aroma of moldy canvas like back in your Boy Scout days!
As usual, bring a chair and your lunch. Pizza has magically appeared at past events too. Thanks W1SR.
Admission to the Tour is $15 but you can buy a ticket that admits two for $15 on Groupon:
While our events don’t usually require an admission charge, the fee for this one goes to honor the memory of WW2 veterans. K7ROG tells me one of the big bombers burns 50 gallons of avgas per hour so your ticket charge goes right through the carburetor.
This would be a cool event even without ham radio, but there may be some local celebrities attending and perhaps we can snare one or two and put them on the air. I hope to see you at the airport on April 8.
Directions to Marana Airport - https://goo.gl/maps/JwyTxWNeZvr
OVARC Field Outing to Fairbank Ghost Town - March 18, 2017
We will gather at at 9 AM on March 18 at an Arizona ghost town, Fairbank (https://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/cultural/fairbank.html), which is about 10 miles west of Tombstone. Mapquest tells me the drive takes 93 minutes from my home in Tortolita. There are dozens of ghost towns in Arizona but most are only a memory. Fairbank had the train depot that served the Tombstone area and it was abandoned around 1972, but some buildings remain and the history is well documented on the website.
As always, we’ll have 100 watt HF radio and antenna, battery power, table, shelter, and logging computer. Bring your lunch and a chair. We’ll operate as long as anyone wishes to do so, on CW, SSB, PSK, and RTTY, probably on 40, 20, and 15 meters, whichever is open at the time. New operators are encouraged to attend and old timers will be on hand to provide guidance and advice on any ham-related topic. The only way to defeat mic fright is to get on the air and talk! We will help.
Here is more information about Fairbank: