November2018 Club Meeting - Stealth Antennas

Friday, October 19, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


 

Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom, W8TK

TBD

 


 

Stealth Antennas

 

Presented by

Carl, KB7AZ

 

The program at the November 16th OVARC meeting is on "Stealth Antennas, presented by Carl, KB7AZ. His presentation offers insights and ideas for dealing with HOA restrictions and other obstacles to getting your signal on the air. This is of interest to those working VHF as well as HF operators. Having once lived in an restricted neighborhood, Carl has dealt with the HOA menace in the past. Carl covers several methods for hiding antennas. Although now has a tower and numerous wire antennas, he had developed many methods for hiding antennas. His 11 antennas at his previous address were not discovered. Well, one was, but the neighbor didn't care. Carl used many antennas in contests and made quite a few DX contacts before moving. His presentation has sparked several people into action, and will hopefully inspire some innovative solutions to the HOA problem. 

October 2018 Club Meeting - When All Else Fails

Friday, October 19, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


 

Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom, W8TK

Make a two band dipole with single feedline.

 


 

When All Else Fails

Ham Radio is There

 

Presented by

Logan Zintsmaster, KZ6O


 

What happens “When All Else Fails” in Silicon Valley?

Santa Clara County, the home to Silicon Valley, presents an interesting emergency communications environment. The county has 1.92 million residents that live in 17 communities with 15 EOCs and is spread along a 52 mile stretch of freeways surrounded by mountain ranges and the San Francisco Bay. There are 6 major interstates crisscrossing the region along with numerous freeways. There are several reservoirs in the area with one large enough to flood San Jose, 30 miles away, with 6 feet of water if the earthen and rock dam failed. There are over 500 hams who are active participants in ARES/RACES and support public service events, local and county emergency drills, and activations.

Logan Zintsmaster, KZ6O, an OVARC Member, has been involved in emergency communications activities within Santa Clara County for the past 14 years. Before moving to Tucson he was the District Emergency Coordinator for ARES and Chief Radio Officer for Santa Clara County RACES. His presentation will take a look at how amateur radio emergency communications have been structured to deal with the challenges of the county. The presentation will describe several likely disaster scenarios and how emergency communications training and operations have been adapted to address these scenarios. He will briefly describe a digital messaging network that takes packet communications and bulletin board systems into the modern times without using the Internet.   Finally, he will relate some “tales from the field” for several recent activations and drills.

September 2018 Club Meeting - Behind the Veil of DX-pedition Planning

Friday, September 21, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


 

Handy Man Corner

Presented By Jim, W5ZIT

How to build an inexpensive 440 MHz Yagi antenna.

 


 

Behind the Veil

of

DX-pedition Planning

 

Presented by

Gene, K5GS

 

Gene was first licensed in 1976 as WB5WFD, and issued K5GS in 1996; previous calls were WD6DLK and KE6LT. His DXCC totals are 353/340 (mixed).

Gene’s radio interest has always been DXing with occasional diversions into restoring vintage Collins and Drake equipment, 2m/70cm repeaters and the digital modes.

He was a team member on: 2012 ZL9HR Campbell Island, 2014 VK9MT Mellish Reef and 2015 TX3X Chesterfield Islands, next up is Ducie Island VP6D in Oct, 2018. Being a co-planner and treasurer on three DX-peditions gives him valuable insight on what goes on behind the veil of DX-pedition planning to rare locations.

He also holds call signs VK2IXC and ZL1NA.

Retired after 45 years in the I/T industry Gene and his wife moved to Tucson in Sept, 2016.