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!

OVARC National Parks on the Air - Chiricahua National Monument (MN19)

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Chiricahua National Monument (MN19)

October 29, 2016

The club will be activating Chiricahua National Monument Monument (MN19) as W7AI on October 29, 2016 using HF CW, SSB, and digital modes as part of the ARRL National Parks on the Air Program. More information on the National Parks on the Air program can be seen at https://npota.arrl.org/index.php

The monument officials have given us permission to operate from the Massai Point, however, we can only have a limited number of vehicles parked in the Massai Point parking lot. We will meet at the visitor center parking lot at 8:15 - 8:25 to arrange car pools then go up to Massai Point to set up and be on the air by 9AM. 

The eastern Arizona (EARS) repeaters that may be reachable from the parking lot and the Massai Point parking lot are:

Mule Mountain (near Bisbee) 147.08 + PL 141.3

Heliograph Peak (near Safford)  146.860 - PL 141.3

or try simplex 146.520 from parking lot. 

If you have any questions or plan to attend, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OVARC National Parks on the Air -Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NS18)

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Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NS18)

September 17, 2016

The club will be activating Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NS18) as W7AI on September 17, 2016 using HF CW, SSB, and digital modes as part of the ARRL National Parks on the Air Program. More information on the National Parks on the Air program can be seen at https://npota.arrl.org/index.php

More details on the event to follow.  

A National Park Pass is required to enter the grounds. These can be purchased at the Visitor Center.  An annual park pass is also available.  

If you have any questions or plan to attend, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OVARC National Parks on the Air - Tumacacori National Historic Park HP45

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Tumacacori National Historic Park HP45

August 25, 2016

The club will be activating Tumacacori National Historic Park HP45 as W7AI on August 25, 2016 using HF CW, SSB, and digital modes as part of the ARRL National Parks on the Air Program. More information on the National Parks on the Air program can be seen at https://npota.arrl.org/index.php

We hope to get there at 0-dark-30, be on the air by 0600 and wrap things up by 1000 to beat the heat.  We’ll set up in the parking lot north of the park entrance.  Coffee and donuts will be provided.  Tom, W8TK, will bring all equipment.  

A National Park Pass is required to enter the grounds. These can be purchased at the Visitor Center.  An annual park pass is also available.  

If you have any questions or plan to attend, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OVARC National Parks on the Air - Tumacacori National Historic Park HP45

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Tumacacori National Historic Park HP45

March 19, 2016

The club will be activating Tumacacori National Historic Park HP45 as W7AI on March 19, 2016 using HF CW, SSB, and digital modes as part of the ARRL National Parks on the Air Program. More information on the National Parks on the Air program can be seen at https://npota.arrl.org/index.php

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