March 2016 Club Meeting - "All About MESH Networks"

March 18, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Bob, AF9W

"DIY Powerpole Distribution Block"

All About MESH Networks

Presented by Mike Boger K7BUM

AREDN Final Logo 0So what is a Mesh Network and what can you do with it? How does it help us in our communications and our emergency planning?

Well, a Mesh Network includes things like Nodes, Firmware and of course antennas. Like other networks, Mesh Networks include routers. Mike will discuss Linksys vs. Ubiquiti vs. Netgear.  He will also point out the differences between Broadband Hamnet and AREDN and will also show you the existing Pima County / Southern Arizona Mesh Network. Several clubs are participating in building out the Mesh Network locally including RST. ARCA is also involved in the project. Perhaps OVARC might join in.

Mike Boger, K7BUM, is a Tucson native and is the Deputy Home Stations Manager for the Pima County Office of Emergency Management Communication Group. He is an IT Specialist for 25 years with Texas Instruments specializing in enterprise storage and data protection. He is a U.S. Army Signal Corps Veteran (Multichannel Communications) and also a veteran of the Arizona Air National Guard (Weapons Control Systems, A7D/K).

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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