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.


July 2017 Club Meeting - "RMS Titanic and Amateur Radio"

Friday, July 21, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

Too be announced

By Tom, W8TK


RMS Titanic and Amateur Radio

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Presented by Skip Youngberg - K1NKR

Our July presentation comes to us via SKYPE from Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. Skip, K1NKR, a long time ham from New England, has put together a great presentation about the Titanic and the role that disaster played in what we now know as amateur radio.
Skip is mostly on weak-signal VHF and occasionally on the HF bands and recently has ventured into fast scan high definition digital TV on 70cm. Not many hams have pursued this and Skip is only one of two DATV operators in the Northeast.

This presentation promises to be unique so don’t miss this month’s Member Meeting. See you there.