March 2019 Club Meeting - Satellite DXing

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Friday, March15, 2019

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Show 'n Tell

Before the regular meeting starting at



Gather up a Ham Radio related project or 2 that you would like to show-off and bring it to the meeting.

There are power outlets in area, but bring an extension cord if you need to power up your item. By the March meeting it will be much brighter outside at 6PM so if you need an antenna hooked up to your item, consider the outdoor option.

Be prepared to tell others about what you have and why your excited about it. If you would like to simply show some pictures of your new 80Meter Log Periodic Antenna, that you built out of re-cycled coat hangers, that would be fine. Attach your pictures to some sort of poster board and bring it. If your item is mobile mounted, that’s fine as members can walk to your vehicle and have a look.

Anything Amateur Radio related is perfect; ham shack items, ham shack furniture and layout suggestions, workbenches, test equipment, antennas, handhelds, HF equipment, computers, WSPR gear, SDR radios, Raspberry Pi projects etc.

Bring what you have and let others learn from you! It will be like a mini ham convention.


Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom, W8TK

How to tune your dipole


Amateur Satellite Communications

The Easy Way to Work DX for All Licensees

Presented by

Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK


Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK will be our featured presenter. Live and in person, Patrick will present the fascinating world of amateur satellite communications. Once thought to be an exclusive communications mode for hams with big antennas and specialized radios, amateurs can operate satellites several times a day using a handheld radio and a handheld antenna. Satellite frequencies are open to ALL Amateur Class Licensees. So come and see how easy this can be. Patrick will begin with a brief history of amateur satellites and go right into the current satellites that are orbiting above us.

If you attended the 2018 hamfest, you might remember seeing Patrick working satellites right from the hamfest parking lot.

Satellite Communications is IMMUNE to the sunspot cycle so check out this easy way to work DX.

About Patrick

Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK/VA7EWK has been licensed since 1977 and is a Life Member of the ARRL and AMSAT. Between 2011 and 2013, Patrick was an alternate member of AMSAT's Board of Directors. After many years trying different aspects of amateur radio, Patrick began working amateur satellites in 2005. Since then, he has worked stations in all 50 US states and over 20 other countries from Arizona. Patrick has worked satellites from over 100 grid locators across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia. He has also worked satellites from all 15 Arizona counties, 19 other U.S. states plus Washington DC and has achieved his WAS and VUCC awards via satellite.

Patrick holds the top classes of license in the USA (Amateur Extra) and Canada (Basic, Advanced, and Morse qualifications). Although mostly active on satellites, he enjoys working HF, 6m, and other bands and modes.

Professionally, Patrick is an I.T. systems administrator in the Phoenix area, with 20 years experience in the I.T. field.