September 2016 Club Meeting - "VOACAP/VOAAREA"

Friday, September 16, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"Hamfest Test Bench"


Visualizing HF Propagation Using VOACAP/VOAAREA

voacap combined

Presented by Bill Hickey, AB7AA

VOACAP/VOAAREA are part of a suite of free programs that run on PC, Mac, and Linux platforms. Evolved from the US Army’s IONCAP program they were further developed for Voice Of America foreign broadcasting and are now used as the prediction engines in a variety of amateur radio programs. Dean Straw, N6BV, former ARRL technical editor, has labeled VOACAP “the gold standard of radio propagation”. Originally developed for professional users, Bill furnishes settings that demonstrate how they can generate vivid graphs and geographical maps which are easily interpreted by even casual amateur users. Use them to evaluate different antennas, beam headings, power levels, modulation methods (SSB, CW, PSK31), and predict schedule/net coverage. More advanced users will want to predict DXPedition openings, develop contest strategy, or evaluate their own modeled antennas over their unique terrain.

About Bill

Bill was first licensed in 1965 and has held his present call (AB7AA) since upgrading to Amateur Extra in 1993. He spent his college years as a broadcast and studio recording engineer in commercial AM/FM/TV stations while receiving an undergraduate degree in Mathematics with Physics minor, and then did graduate studies in Systems Engineering. After college he spent a career flying various fighter aircraft while developing, evaluating, and teaching electronic warfare systems and tactics. He achieved the position of squadron commander in the Air National Guard A-7D Fighter Weapons School and helped initiate the F-16A Fighter Weapons School. After retiring, he had a second career as a commercial airline pilot.

August 2016 Club Meeting - "W1AW - A Tour of the Station"

Friday, August 19, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"The Cheapskate Handyman"   


W1AW - A Tour of the Station

Presented by Joe Carcia, NJ1Q

W1AW Fall

Studio One IC770 FT dx9000

Have you ever been to the ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT? If you have, you might recall the very first building when turning up the driveway is The Maxim Memorial Station, home of W1AW. Joe Carcia has been the station manager there for several years. Not only is Joe a ham, NJ1Q, but he works with ham radio all day long. Earlier this year when David Sumner, K1ZZ, the previous CEO of the ARRL retired, Joe became the trustee of W1AW. A distinguished honor indeed.

W1AW is a busy place. With a constant flow of visitors, Joe has to accommodate those who wish to operate while keeping up with regularly scheduled bulletins on several different bands and several different modes. Keeping up with a number of antennas surrounding the station is also Joe’s responsibility.

Join us at our next meeting to hear Joe talk about the many different aspects of W1AW.

July 2016 Club Meeting - "Vintage Amateur Radio"

Friday, July 15, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK


Vintage Amateur Radio

Presented by George Eveland, W8VG



Vintage Amateur Radio is a facet of the hobby that’s been growing in popularity for several decades. Participants range in experience from Old Timers who are “getting back to their roots” to newcomers who are fascinated by history, the older technology, and our rich heritage as hams. In 2004, a vintage station was donated to ARRL HQ by Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, where it can be operated today. Additionally, this month’s QST includes a Classic Radio column by Ron Pollack, K2RP, a noted vintage collector and operator active in the Southern California area.

Vintage radio is not just about collecting or restoring older equipment but equally important is operating vintage modes (AM and CW) which can also be accomplished using modern equipment. In fact, most folks actually get drawn into it the first time by casually flipping the mode switch on their modern solid state transceivers and joining in on the fun. Adding to that is our local area which is “radio-active” with lots of vintage operators, equipment, and activities.

George Eveland, W8VG has been busy collecting and operating older equipment for over 18 years. He will present an overview of vintage radio and highlight some of the equipment, the basic technology behind it, and provide information on local activities, frequencies, stations, and resources. Included will be a quick tutorial on AM FONE operating practices and setting-up a modern transceiver for AM operation. He’ll also pass along a few “war stories” and some “tall tales” (hopefully, they’ll all be true—HIHI).

About George Eveland, W8VG

George has been a ham for 46 years and started-out using vintage gear (aka “Boat Anchors”) due to necessity. He was first licensed as a Novice at age 14 (WN8HVG) in the Cincinnati area and has been active in just about all facets of amateur radio over the years. He served 26 years active duty in the Army Signal Corps and later worked as an engineer in the defense and aerospace sectors. He has a background in military communications-electronics, weapon system development, military navigations systems, and program management. He has operated from every US call district except one (W1/K1) and several foreign countries. He retired to Oro Valley in late 2014 and is a newcomer to the club but was active as WB8HVG down in Sierra Vista from 1988 to 1991.

For a copy of George's presentation click on the link below . This file is 7MB large.  If you get a pop-up asking you to create a Dropbox account just click on the bottom of the pop-up where it says "No Thanks, just let me view the file".  

George W8VG Vintage Radio