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

June 2017 Club Meeting - "Creative HT Charging"

Friday, June 16, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

The June Handyman Corner Segment will feature two kits, a code practice oscillator and a sound card interface. Both of the finished kits will be bonuses in this months raffle.

By Tom, W8TK


Creative HT Charging

usb charger

Presented by Jason Howard - K6DGN

Like it or not, we seem to live in a USB powered world, seemingly by accident. I don't think it was ever intended for USB to become a power source when it was first being developed.

Before I knew it I realized I was carrying a USB-C smart phone, Micro-USB tablet, Micro-USB fold out bluetooth keyboard, usb rechargeable wireless headphones, along with a USB power bank, and a cheapo little 2 watt Baofeng UV3. The main reason it was my daily carry was it's tiny size and ability to charge off USB with a custom cable it came with, no annoying Baofeng cradle to tote around.

Wanting a daily carry HT with more features I got an Icom ID-51A+. Well what good is a powerful 5W HT in an emergency if I can only charge it with wall/mains power, or maybe a car. I work on the peninsula in Redwood City, CA and live on the other side of the San Francisco Bay near Fremont, CA. My biggest worry is an earthquake preventing me from getting home.

So lets talk about a simple project that I made specifically for the ID-51A+ but that can be adapted to almost any HT with a USB power source along with some alternate sources of power like Solar (for USB or 12V) and where they've come in handy.

May 2017 Club Meeting - "Skywarn - Reporting severe weather"

Friday, May 19, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner



SkyWarn - Reporting Severe Weather


Presented by Mike Boger, W7IJ

Ever been caught in a monsoon thunderstorm and things are looking a little bit too crazy? Didn’t know if the craziness needed to be reported or even who to report it to…?
Mike Boger, SKYWARN Amateur Radio Coordinator for Arizona Sector 1, will guide you through the process to becoming a certified spotter for the National Weather Service.

Things we’ll discuss:

  • Reporting Criteria
  • Rain/Hail/Snow
  • Wind
  • Dust/Smoke
  • Damage due to weather
  • Where to report
  • How to report
  • Equipment needed
  • Radio nets in the Tucson Area
  • Where to get SKYWARN Spotter Certification

Mike's Presentation - Arizona Skywarn Sector 1

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