OVARC HF Special Interest Group (SIG)

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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.

Please contact Tom Kravec This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fred Bresani This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to be placed on the SIG's regular roster, feel free to ask any questions.

Wings of Freedom Tour

Wings of Freedom Tour at Marana Regional Airport

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 0900-1500 MST

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, 0900-1500 MST, OVARC will stage an operating event at the Wings of Freedom Tour at Marana Regional Airport.  The Tour includes some WW2 vintage aircraft which will be open for tours and all of the planes will be flying, so you may sign up for a flight if you wish.  In addition, there will be lots of antique military gear on display, including everything from vehicles to typewriters.  OVARC was at the Tour last year and we had a good time.  Details on which aircraft will be included this year as well as info for those wishing to fly are at:


The Tour admission fee is $15 per person but you can get admissions for 2 persons for  $15 with a Groupon coupon which is available now:


The Tour has an entrance and parking area separate from the main airport entrance.  Look for a tall flagpole on Avra Valley Road west of I-10 and east of Sandario Road.  We will use our usual HF radio setup and antenna, and anyone who wishes to operate will have an opportunity.  In addition, lots of Elmers will be available to assist operators and answer questions on anything ham radio related.  Operation will utilize SSB, CW, PSK, and FT8.  The operation is listed in QST's Special Events Stations in the April issue, so we hope for lots of contacts and we will issue certificates for QSLs.  Bring a chair and your lunch.