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.

Radiosport and Field Activities Calendar of Events

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

January 2018 HF SIG Operating Event

January 2018 HF SIG Operating Event

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Tom Mix was the greatest of the silent-era movie cowboys, and a cowboy in real-life as well. He reportedly could knock a button off of a shirt with a rifle shot, and jump a horse into a railroad box car. He was married seven times to six different women.

On January 6, OVARC will operate K7T from the Tom Mix Memorial on Pinal Pioneer Parkway near historic Florence, AZ.  The memorial is a roadside picnic area on Hwy 79 near the site where Tom Mix died after his Cord 812 convertible crashed into what is now designated the Tom Mix Wash while bridge construction was incomplete. The single-car high-speed accident led to his death after leaving the Oracle Junction Inn on October 12, 1940. 

There is a picnic shelter but no restrooms or power.  Setup will begin around 9:00am.  

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Directions to the Tom Mix Memorial

November 2017 HF SIG Operating Event

November 2017 HF SIG Operating Event

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On November 18, we will operate from Oracle State Park to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Arizona State Parks system. This is a lovely park located in the town of Oracle. We have reserved the group area which has two large picnic ramadas with AC power, BBQ grills, shade trees, and a separate parking area. There is an admission charge of $7 per vehicle at the park. K4WBR is planning to bring lots of food and drink to make this a social event suitable for the whole family. This is the same date as El Tour de Tucson, in which many OVARC members participate, so we will have lunch around 1300 and later to allow El Tour participants to make it to the park. We have submitted Special Events listings to QST, eham.net, and QRZ.com and we have submitted a request for special callsign K7T, which we have used for Field Day for years.

For those of you who have not been to Oracle State Park, the Kannally Ranch House tour is a nice to visit.  The Kannally Ranch House was built in 1929-1932 and is of Mediterranean Revival Style with Moorish influences, patterned on Italianate villas of the 1920s.  You can tour the house yourself or take the guided tour at 11:00am. 

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Directions to Oracle State Park Group Area

Download Oracle State Park Map

September 2017 Operating Event

90 Years of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

September 23, 2018

Tucson Freedom Recreation Center

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We will gather at Tucson's Freedom Recreation Center, 5000 East 29th Street, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the dedication of Davis-Monthan AFB by Charles Lindbergh in 1927. The base is right across the road from the park. We will do our usual thing with HF operation on CW, SSB, and digital modes (maybe even FT-8). When we visited the park a month ago, Lora and I were the only visitors except for a few homeless folks. There are a couple large picnic shelters, huge parking lots, rest rooms, and some nice big trees. I noticed a very tall tree next to a baseball diamond which would serve nicely as an antenna support. It's not near a shelter so I will bring the Easy-ups to provide shade and batteries for power.

Plan to arrive around 0830 and be on the air by 0900. The tall tree is just south of the parking lot along 29th Street, and there's parking there also. Bring a chair and your lunch.

These outings are not only an opportunity to get on the air guided by experienced hams, but also a chance to try out other antenna ideas. Want to try out a loop or a vertical or whatever? Bring it!

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Directions to Freedom Recreation Center