May 2017 Club Meeting - "Skywarn - Reporting severe weather"

Friday, May 19, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner



SkyWarn - Reporting Severe Weather


Presented by Mike Boger, W7IJ

Ever been caught in a monsoon thunderstorm and things are looking a little bit too crazy? Didn’t know if the craziness needed to be reported or even who to report it to…?
Mike Boger, SKYWARN Amateur Radio Coordinator for Arizona Sector 1, will guide you through the process to becoming a certified spotter for the National Weather Service.

Things we’ll discuss:

  • Reporting Criteria
  • Rain/Hail/Snow
  • Wind
  • Dust/Smoke
  • Damage due to weather
  • Where to report
  • How to report
  • Equipment needed
  • Radio nets in the Tucson Area
  • Where to get SKYWARN Spotter Certification

Mike's Presentation - Arizona Skywarn Sector 1

April 2017 Club Meeting - "A new kind of HAM Radio controller and toolbox"

Friday, April 21, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

Frank, N1UW, will show how he created his full-size "BuddiBlaster" portable HF antenna and how it evolved into the "BuddiBlaster- Lite" for standalone operations.


A new kind of HAM Radio controller and toolbox 

Wizkers Radio

Presented by Edouard, W6ELA, Founder of wizkers logo Wizkers: Radio  

What if someone told you: you can use ANY computer to control and configure your rig - it doesn't matter if you are a Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android or even Chromebook user?

This presentation is about a new open source application, Wizkers:Radio, built on top of the framework, that is a universal rig controller, radio configurator and general HAM RADIO Swiss army knife.

Eduoard will describe the capabilities of Wizkers:Radio, how you can use it on your phone or computer, including Raspberry Pi's, and how you can contribute to its further development.

Have a look at for more information - Eduoard will be ready to answer any question you have during the presentation and mention some thoughts for future applications of Wizkers:Radio.

March 2017 Club Meeting - "Yagi-Uda Antennas"

Friday, March 17, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"Build your own test equipment"


Yagi-Uda Antennas 

Yagi Uda

Presented by Gary Thiele, KD8ZWS

The Yagi-Uda antenna was invented in Japan in 1926 and saw use in early WWII as a VHF radar antenna.  In 1943 the (classified) invention of the Magnetron enabled the Allies to develop airborne radar at centimeter wavelengths (for which other antennas were more suitable). The technological advance of allied airborne radar contributed significantly to the demise of the German U-boats.  After the war, the Yagi-Uda became a favorite Ham antenna.

The talk, in four parts, will: 1) trace the historical development and use of the Yagi-Uda;  2) reflect on some personal experiences; 3) review some antenna basics; 4) conclude with a brief technical discussion that will show why the director and reflector elements are configured as they usually are, and why the antenna has narrow bandwidth, among other characteristics.

Gary Thiele is co-author of the book “Antenna Theory & Design,” Wiley 1981, 1998, and 2013 (822 pages).  The text serves both the academic market and industrial users.