A Small Town 4th of July Operating Event

summerhaven flagThis event has been cancelled due to the Burro Fire closure of Mt Lemmon Hwy.


On Tuesday July 4th we will be operating at 8,000 feet at Hanna and Ross's cabin on Mount Lemmon.

This is an unusual event in that it will offer the chance to promote Amateur Radio and to have some fun during the annual Summerhaven 4th of July parade. This is a great patriotic event for everyone to participate by entering the parade or simply watch. 

We will start HF operations at 0800. Operators interested in taking part in the parade will assemble at 1100 for the parade. The parade is short lasting about an hour.

  • Parade entrants can:
  • Drive a vehicle- radio equipped or not
  • Ride a bicycle or motorcycle
  • Walk using HT equipment.

After the Parade we will assemble back at the cabin for burgers, hot dogs and ice cream. HF operation will continue as long as there in interest.

A great turnout could really help our club and Amateur Radio.

Please let us know if you are attending by sending me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can plan accordingly. We need to provide food and a list of entrants to the parade organizers. 


OVARC HF Radio Sport Event

7th Area QSO Party

May 6, 2017

7qpIn preparation for Field Day (June 24-25), we will participate in the Seventh Call District QSO Party (www.7qp.org) on May 6 from 0600 to midnight MST. Operation will be at W8TK with big antennas and quiet radio conditions. In this event, stations in the 7th call area (AZ, NV, UT, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY) work the world, including one another, so there will be lots of action. We will use N1MM Logger as we do in Field Day. We will use all modes: CW, SSB, and PSK, your preference. Elmers will be available at all times to assist and encourage inexperienced or unsure operators. Score will take a back seat to training for FD, though we won the certificate for top multi-op/low power station last year. If you wish to reserve an hour or two or you need directions to my station, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Your GPS will not get you here!

OVARC Field Event - Wings of Freedom Marana AZ

OVARC Field Outing

The Wings of Freedom Tour

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Marana Airport

wings of freedom tour plane large

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 Event - Fairbank AZ

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:



Contest of the Month - AZ QSO Party - Oct 8-9

Contest of the Month

Arizona QSO Party, October 8-9

Hams worldwide will be trying to contact Arizona stations during the AZ QSO Party.  This contest is fun because we become the hunted rather than the hunters, so there's lots of activity for AZ hams.   QSO Parties are very popular with "county hunters" from around the globe, so there will be DX stations as well as US stations seeking Pima County, AZ.  Contest rules: http://www.azqsoparty.org/

Last year a group of OVARC operators made enough QSOs to earn a nice plaque for the club.  This year we plan to host OVARC members at W8TK's station, operating all modes, all bands.  This contest is not as frantic as Field Day, so it's ideal for operators looking for a lower-pressure experience.   We'll provide food and drinks. Please email me if you would like to join the group:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  No license is necessary and spectators are welcome.  

If you prefer to operate from your own station, put in a few hours for the glory of our state.  You'll enjoy!