OVARC Monthly Club Meetings

The Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club monthly meetings are open to anyone interested in amateur radio.  You do not have to be a licensed ham or a member of OVARC to attend OVARC meetings.  

Meetings are held on the third Friday of every month unless changed by the OVARC board.   The June meeting is normally Field Day and the December meeting varies as it is our annual Christmas Party and may vary due to venue.  Meetings normally start at 7:00pm but you are welcome to arrive earlier to help set up and/or chat with other members.  Check the latest meeting notice for details on our next meeting.  

Meetings are currently held at 

Ascension Lutheran Church 
and School
1220 W Magee Rd
Tucson, AZ 85704

October 2017 Club Meeting - "Time"

Friday, October 20, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

By Tom, W8TK



Does anyone really know what time it is?

Presented by Frank, K4FMH 

Its about timeTIME. . .It’s perhaps the most significant ingredient in our daily lives and it’s relationship to ham radio is huge. Coordinated Universal Time is known to most of us but time is found right inside our own radios. Come and listen to Frank, K4FMH who will talk about TIME and its influence on Amateur Radio.

Frank, K4FMH is a Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University, Adjunct Professor at Emory University, and Editor-in-Chief with Springer Media, a large scientific publisher in The Netherlands. He was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in Atlanta after retiring from MSU. After a 50 year wait, he was licensed at Ga Tech as Technician and General in successive months. He built two radio stations in Milledgeville GA while finishing college during the early 1970s (WXGC, WXLX; both with different calls now), holding a 3rd Class FCC Broadcast License. Frank served as Asst. Director, Delta Division, ARRL, President of the Magnolia Amateur Radio Club in Starkville and Vice President of the Central MS Amateur Radio Association in Brandon MS. He has been a member of the Atlanta Radio Club since 2010. He was able to get his Senator, Roger Wicker, to submit the Amateur Radio Parity Act during the last two Congressional terms. Frank’s interests include both rag-chewing and experimentation but love to learn new technologies in amateur radio.




September 2017 Club Meeting - "Summits On The Air: Signals To and From Mountaintops"

Friday, September 15, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

By Tom, W8TK

Build a SOTA station for less than $10


Summits On The Air:  Signals To and From Mountaintops

Presented by Keith Schlottman- KR7RK


The Summits On The Air (SOTA) program is a worldwide activity designed for all amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners. Whether you are a "Chaser" who operates from home, auto, or anywhere, or an "Activator" who operates from the peak of a mountain, SOTA provides an exciting and rewarding way to participate in the amateur radio hobby. Arizona is especially blessed with numerous summits that qualify under the SOTA rules, but there are SOTA operations every day from over a hundred countries. You can participate in SOTA on any ham radio band and any mode. Keith Schlottman, KR7RK, is a very active member of the SOTA community and will share some tips, stories, and ideas to help you get the most out of the Summits On The Air program. He will bring along his kit that he hikes with when doing SOTA activations, and will discuss a wide variety of helpful online tools available to SOTA operators.

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