February 2019 Club Meeting - POTA

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Friday, February 15, 2019

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Elmer Clinic

Before the regular meeting starting at


Just before the regular monthly meeting on February 15th, we will sponsor an Elmer’s clinic. This clinic is to help members with a variety of issues mostly related to programming their radios . . .ANY radio. So bring your radio and if your manual is handy, bring that too and our Elmers will do their best to get you going.

Elmers will also address configuration questions associated with your HF rig. If you have difficulty getting your rig set up for CW or SSB or have questions on filter settings, bring those to the clinic.

We will also have some multimeter training. No 2 multimeters are alike so bring yours along and our Elmers will teach you what can be done with your specific model.

The Clinic will start at 6PM which is 1 hour prior to the usual meeting time at 7PM. It will be held in Grace Hall which is the room adjacent to the usual meeting room

Take advantage of your OVARC Elmers and let them help you.

Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom, W8TK




Parks on the Air


Presented by

Jason Johnston, W3AAX



Operating a portable amateur radio station from a park can make for a relaxing day out especially here in Tucson. It also provides an opportunity to expose the public to the amateur radio service.

Parks On The Air (POTA) is a non-profit organization that supports the use of amateur radio in our state and national parks. Through promotions by Parks On The Air, more people will discover and enjoy our park system. This also directly helps amateur radio meet its charter of providing communications support in times of emergencies such as after natural disasters.

POTA provides a website where amateur radio operators can find nearby parks. Hams then set up temporary portable radio stations and attempt to contact as many fellow hams as possible. Visiting a park and getting on the air is called an "activation", and after each one, hams can submit a list of their contacts to POTA. The goals are to activate as many parks as possible and to talk to as many stations as possible. Certificate awards are then given for a number of categories.

Hams, like other park visitors, must obey all park regulations and leave no trace of their operation after they leave. Some hams have radios in their cars and operate from the parking lot. Some hams enjoy backpacking and hiking and may explore throughout the park, setting up operations almost anywhere.


Presented by W3AAX – Jason Johnston - POTA Administrator


Jason was an extremely active hunter and activator during the American Radio Relay League's (ARRL) National Parks on the Air program. Parks on the Air (POTA) was inspired by the outstanding work of Sean Kutzko (KX9X) and Norm Fusaro (W3IZ) from the ARRL. Not wanting to see the fun stop since the National Parks Service’s centennial was over after 2016, he decided to create Parks on the Air (POTA) with a great team of volunteers. They have set up a website and systems to support their program, enlisting more national parks, state parks, and wildlife refuges in the United States, and other territories.