September 2016 Club Meeting - "VOACAP/VOAAREA"

Friday, September 16, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"Hamfest Test Bench"


Visualizing HF Propagation Using VOACAP/VOAAREA

voacap combined

Presented by Bill Hickey, AB7AA

VOACAP/VOAAREA are part of a suite of free programs that run on PC, Mac, and Linux platforms. Evolved from the US Army’s IONCAP program they were further developed for Voice Of America foreign broadcasting and are now used as the prediction engines in a variety of amateur radio programs. Dean Straw, N6BV, former ARRL technical editor, has labeled VOACAP “the gold standard of radio propagation”. Originally developed for professional users, Bill furnishes settings that demonstrate how they can generate vivid graphs and geographical maps which are easily interpreted by even casual amateur users. Use them to evaluate different antennas, beam headings, power levels, modulation methods (SSB, CW, PSK31), and predict schedule/net coverage. More advanced users will want to predict DXPedition openings, develop contest strategy, or evaluate their own modeled antennas over their unique terrain.

About Bill

Bill was first licensed in 1965 and has held his present call (AB7AA) since upgrading to Amateur Extra in 1993. He spent his college years as a broadcast and studio recording engineer in commercial AM/FM/TV stations while receiving an undergraduate degree in Mathematics with Physics minor, and then did graduate studies in Systems Engineering. After college he spent a career flying various fighter aircraft while developing, evaluating, and teaching electronic warfare systems and tactics. He achieved the position of squadron commander in the Air National Guard A-7D Fighter Weapons School and helped initiate the F-16A Fighter Weapons School. After retiring, he had a second career as a commercial airline pilot.