Operating Event March 10, 2018

Battle of Picacho Peak Operating Event

March 10, 2018

0900 to 1500

Our March operating event will commemorate the Battle of Picacho Pass, the westernmost battle of the American Civil War. 

We will operate from the Ironwood Group Area at Picacho State Park on March 10 from 0900 to 1500.  The site has rest rooms, picnic ramadas with tables, BBQ grill, running water, ample parking, and AC power.  OVARC will provide one HF station signing K7T. 

You are welcome to bring your own equipment, especially HF antennas. 

K7AZT has devised techniques for measuring efficacy of HF antennas and will demonstrate these techniques on-site. 

Bring your appetites because our grillmeisters K4WBR and W2HZ have promised a hot lunch. 

You'll want to bring a chair unless you enjoy cold concrete benches. 

Admission to the park costs $7 per carload

Ironwood group area is immediately west of the visitor center.

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.

2018 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.  

January 6 Tom Mix birthday celebration from Tom Mix Memorial on Rt 79.
February 3 Commemoration of Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 which ended Mexican-American War.  Operation from Titan Missile Museum.
March 10 Commemoration of Battle of Picacho Pass in 1862, westernmost battle of the American Civil War.  Operation at Ironwood group area, Picacho State Park.
April 21 170th anniversary of the Gadsden Purchase which made much of the American southwest officially part of the USA.  Operation from Colossal Cave.
May 5-6 7th Call Area QSO Party at W8TK.
June 23-24 Field Day at W8TK property.
July 4 Mt. Lemmon Independence Day celebration.  Ross and Hanna are hosts.
August 18 243rd anniversary of first Presidio Real de San Agustín del Tucson, precursor of the city of Tucson, Arizona.  Operation from downtown.
September 15 132nd anniversary of the final surrender of Geronimo at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona.  Operation from Chiricahua National Monument.
October 27 Shootout at OK Corral, Tombstone.
November 18 40th anniversary of founding of Oracle State Park.
December 8 Pearl Harbor remembrance from USS Arizona memorial on UA campus.

January 2018 HF SIG Operating Event

January 2018 HF SIG Operating Event


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