October 2017 Club Meeting - "Time"

Friday, October 20, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

By Tom, W8TK



Does anyone really know what time it is?

Presented by Frank, K4FMH 

Its about timeTIME. . .It’s perhaps the most significant ingredient in our daily lives and it’s relationship to ham radio is huge. Coordinated Universal Time is known to most of us but time is found right inside our own radios. Come and listen to Frank, K4FMH who will talk about TIME and its influence on Amateur Radio.

Frank, K4FMH is a Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University, Adjunct Professor at Emory University, and Editor-in-Chief with Springer Media, a large scientific publisher in The Netherlands. He was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in Atlanta after retiring from MSU. After a 50 year wait, he was licensed at Ga Tech as Technician and General in successive months. He built two radio stations in Milledgeville GA while finishing college during the early 1970s (WXGC, WXLX; both with different calls now), holding a 3rd Class FCC Broadcast License. Frank served as Asst. Director, Delta Division, ARRL, President of the Magnolia Amateur Radio Club in Starkville and Vice President of the Central MS Amateur Radio Association in Brandon MS. He has been a member of the Atlanta Radio Club since 2010. He was able to get his Senator, Roger Wicker, to submit the Amateur Radio Parity Act during the last two Congressional terms. Frank’s interests include both rag-chewing and experimentation but love to learn new technologies in amateur radio.

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September 2017 Club Meeting - "Summits On The Air: Signals To and From Mountaintops"

Friday, September 15, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

By Tom, W8TK

Build a SOTA station for less than $10


Summits On The Air:  Signals To and From Mountaintops

Presented by Keith Schlottman- KR7RK


The Summits On The Air (SOTA) program is a worldwide activity designed for all amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners. Whether you are a "Chaser" who operates from home, auto, or anywhere, or an "Activator" who operates from the peak of a mountain, SOTA provides an exciting and rewarding way to participate in the amateur radio hobby. Arizona is especially blessed with numerous summits that qualify under the SOTA rules, but there are SOTA operations every day from over a hundred countries. You can participate in SOTA on any ham radio band and any mode. Keith Schlottman, KR7RK, is a very active member of the SOTA community and will share some tips, stories, and ideas to help you get the most out of the Summits On The Air program. He will bring along his kit that he hikes with when doing SOTA activations, and will discuss a wide variety of helpful online tools available to SOTA operators.

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August 2017 Club Meeting - "Remote Access to your Amateur Radio Station "

Friday, August 18, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

FT8 Digital Mode

By Jim, W5ZIT

A new digital mode called FT8 has been catching on like wildfire. The amateur radio press just started publishing this mode heavily in past month or so.

To learn about FT8 and its advantages, our very own Jim Brown, W5ZIT will give us a brief overview and a “how to” for FT8 operation. Jim will also tell us about his first-hand experiences operating the FT8 mode.


Remote Access to your Amateur Radio Station

Presented by Mark Aaker - K6UFO


Operate while traveling!
Work the rare DXpedition while at work!
Get apartment dwellers on-the-air!
Provide a Club Station for members to use!

There are many reasons to provide remote access to your Amateur Radio station. The growth of "remote workers", Skype and "the cloud" have made internet access to your radio station practical. You no longer need to be a technical genius to implement remote access by laptop, tablet or smartphone. We'll talk about several well-proven implementations, and what to expect in the next few years.