February 2016 Club Meeting - "Radios, Antennas, Grounds and Chokes"

February 19, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"Make a 2 meter j-pole antenna for $2"

Radios, Antennas, Grounds and Chokes

Handy tips on setting up and optimizing an HF station

Presented by George Cooley NG7A

Antenna and transceiver specs can be confusing. Ask any two hams how much gain your antenna needs and you might get 10 opinions on dBi, dBd, how many radials, not to mention a discussion on whether they should be buried or raised! George will offer tips on setting up a shack with the best bang for the buck for your budget and yard. A review of antenna basics, using chokes to reduce neighborhood noise, and how to avoid RF in the shack will be presented.

January 2016 Club Meeting - "Radiosport"

January 15, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"Build a Morse Mouse"

Radiosport

Presented by Tim Duffy K3LR

K3LR

OVARC welcomes Tim Duffy, via Skype to our January Member Meeting. Tim’s presentation will focus on Radiosport and more specifically on multi-op teams. Radiosport encompasses hundreds of on-the-air contests that happen throughout the year. Contesting is a great way to improve your operating skills, earn some rewards, throw a multi-op party and get out of weekend chores.

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November 2015 Club Meeting - "QSL?"

November 20, 2015

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"The Legend of the Wouff Hong"

QSL?

Presented by Tom W8TK

The Q-code was developed decades ago to make communication via Morse code more efficient. It was the predecessor of the abbreviations used today for texting. QSL means “I acknowledge receipt” and with a question mark added, QSL? means “Do you acknowledge receipt?” Over the years, QSL has come to mean a written or electronic confirmation of a contact (Q-code for contact = QSO) made over the air. Tom, W8TK, will describe the tradition of exchanging QSL cards and reasons for doing so, with numerous examples of cards from his collection. He will also discuss design, printing, mailing of cards, QSL bureaus, and modern electronic QSL methods.

W8TK has been continuously licensed since 1959 and has exchanged thousands of paper cards over the years as well as uploading over a half million contacts to Logbook of the World.