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 http://wizkers.io/ 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 http://wizkers.io/wizkersradio 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.

February 2017 Club Meeting - "10 Meters"

Friday, February 17, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner





Presented by Keith Schlottman, KR7RK

Whether you are a brand new ham or a seasoned radio veteran, you have access to the 10-meter band. In addition to being the only HF band with Technician class license privileges, 10 meters has many other unique features that truly make it the IDEAL band for all amateur radio operators! Keith Schlottman, KR7RK, will show actual current examples of how many hams are taking advantage of 10 meters. Keith is the Treasurer of 10-10 International Net, and has been a 10-meter enthusiast for 25 years. He has presented forums at Dayton and the ARRL SW Division Convention. This talk will include information about how you can get the most out of 10 meters even during the low point in the solar cycle and even if you live in an antenna-restricted community, as well as how to take advantage of some local 10 meter opportunities in the Tucson and Oro Valley communities.

After the meeting, we will do a brief "parking lot net" to allow anyone interested to make some 10 meter contacts using mobile and portable stations.