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


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.

August 2018 Club Meeting - Choosing a Rig

Friday, August 17, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom Kravec, W8TK

Turn a fishing-pole into a di-pole.



How do we choose a new rig




Presented by

Rob Sherwood, NC0B

I appreciate the invitation to speak at your August Oro Valley club meeting. While the title of my talk is “How do we choose a new rig”, the subject of optimizing our station is more general than that. I was asked recently at dinner before the Boulder Colorado club meeting why I didn’t own the top radio listed on my website. A buyer shouldn’t look at only one number any more than we would buy a car and select the fastest one that could go over 150 MPH!

I’ll give you a hint as to what I emphasize more by looking at some pictures of my QTH and one of my operating positions.

My slide presentation leaves time for questions from those who will be attending the meeting.

73, Rob Sherwood, NC0B

July 2018 Club Meeting - CW

Friday, July 20, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ




Presented by

Bill Leahy, K0MP

Brien Wankel, K7XPO

Quinton Gleason, NU7Y

Whether you are a new amateur radio operator, DXer, Contester, SOTA, POTA, etc., these are challenging times in regard to signal propagation, especially for the people in HOAs who are using QRP or low power and smaller antennas. If you would like to add 4 S-units to your SSB signal and develop skills for another versatile mode, CWA maybe the answer for you.

CW Academy or CWA is a mentoring program for all levels of CW skills. From the beginner to intermediate and advanced amateurs, it is the premier way to learn CW the right way. There are many applications available to “learn” morse code, but they don’t come with the mentoring that is available in CWA. If all three levels are taken, you can have up to 150 years or more of CW experience available to you free of charge. No one graduates from Level 1 or the beginner level without knowing morse code and how to send competently. Knowing morse code, and how to send quality code are the main benefits, however, just as importantly, you will know how to study and practice without frustration and also learn how your brain reacts to the learning process. You will learn how and where to use CW depending on YOUR particular field of interest in amateur radio. Most important of all, you will have FUN. Give it a try!

Also, Brien Wankel, K7XPO, will be present to answer any of your questions regarding his experience as a student in his CWA, Level 1 class. Brien is a graduate of CWA, Level 1 and presently waiting for his Level 2 class to begin in the fall.

Quinton Gleason, NU7Y has been continually licensed since 1977. During that time, Quinton has been an active cw operator and has participated in cw contests, dxing, sota, field day and QRP operating. A CWOPS member since 2012, he recently became a Level 1 advisor for CW Academy in 2017.

Bill Leahy, K0MP has been continually licensed since 1964. Past President of Mile High DX Association, ARRL DX Advisory committee and Assistant Director for the Rocky Mountain Div. DXer, Contester, DXpeditions, VEC, and SOTA. CWops member and CWA Level 1 Advisor.