July 2015 Club Meeting - "Stealth Antennas"

July 17, 2015 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

Doctor DX

Presented by George, NG7A

Stealth Antennas

Presented by Carl Foster KB7AZ and George Cooley NG7A

Getting on the air with HOA restrictions can be difficult, but using some innovative techniques you can be working DX from your home. Carl, KB7AZ, will headline July's meeting with a presentation that covers several different approaches to constructing and using antennas that are difficult for neighbors and HOA Nazis to find. Using very thin wire, camouflage paint, balloons, and fast-up/down antennas are all ways of getting on the air. In addition to the more usual methods of making stealth antennas, Carl will cover how to transform every-day objects such as fences and rain gutters into effective antennas. George, NG7A, will add to the discussion by describing how stealthy end fed dipoles can be used on the desert floor, using balloons to make vertical antennas for low band operating all night and small magnetic loops for operating close to the ground. The presentation also includes some commercially available low-profile antennas for the non-DIY hams. This presentation has inspired people who were limited to VHF and UHF operation to branch out into operating on the HF bands. If you long to get on HF but haven't because of HOA restrictions, the July meeting program is for you. Come and be inspired to join the ranks of HF operators.

 Carl, KB7AZ, was first licensed in 1970 and has worked as an RF design engineer from 1973 until he retired from Raytheon in 2011. He currently holds an Extra Class license. Carl's amateur radio interests include HF, VHF, DX, RTTY, SSTV, public service, and antenna design. Carl was one of the designers of the first digitally synthesized amateur transceiver, the Astro 200, which was sold from 1977 - 1980. Since then he has worked in aerospace data links including message protocols, telemetry, range tracking, and range safety. He is the current ARRL Arizona Section Technical Coordinator and OVARC board member.

George, NG7A was first licensed in 1981. As an RF design engineer and test pilot for the Army Research Labs, Global Wulfsberg Systems, UPS and Garmin, George has developed numerous radar, communication, navigation and data radios. Serving on many industry advisory committees for the FAA, he chaired the GPS antenna working group. A life member of the ARRL, George is still practicing for retirement near the local airport and enjoys the new found challenge of hiding antennas.

June 2015 Club Meeting - "DXpeditions"

June 19, 2015 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

Doctor DX

Presented by George, NG7A

Transmission Lines

DXpeditions

Presented by Cliff Hauser KD6XH

Our June presentation will feature Cliff Hauser, KD6XH. Cliff has been on numerous DXpeditions and will focus on his 2014 operations on 5W0XH and W1AW/KH8

 About Cliff Hauser – KD6XH

Cliff was first licensed in 1971 as WA6KTN while on his first active duty tour in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He used his mother’s home address in California as his residence on record. In 1975 Cliff upgraded to advanced class at the FCC office in Long Beach, California and requested a new call sign. He upgraded once again to Extra Class while attending the Visalia DX Conference about 20 years ago. He managed to pass the written and the 20 w.p.m. Morse code test at the same time.

In 1988 Cliff became the ARCA treasurer followed by Vice Chair in 1989. From then, he has held various positions until 2011.

From 1993 to 2004 he was The Arizona Section Manager succeeded by Tom Fagan.

Cliff has been on four (4) DX-Expeditions: XZ0A in 2000, T33A in 2013, 5W0XH in 2014, and W1AW/KH8 in 2014.

His future plans are up-in-the-air due to limited funds now that he is retired.

Cliff is active in the Southern Arizona DX Association, the Central Arizona DX Association, Catalina Radio Club and The Old Pueblo Radio Club.

May 2015 Club Meeting - "International Global HF Beacons"

May 15, 2015 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

Doctor DX

Presented by George, NG7A

International Global HF Beacons

Presented by Charlie Mason – W4NJK

NCDXF Beacon Map

Are the HF bands dead?

Which bands might be usable at my location?

How do rare DX stations use the beacons?

How can we determine the optimal bands in about 3 minutes?

Charlie will discuss the International Global HF Beacons network- its origins, features and how you can use it from anywhere (with either an HF receiver or only an internet connection).  Once you learn this, you can try several Beacon Monitoring programs or smart phone apps and be equipped to try that next “quest” for DX, higher scores in any contest or portable HF operations.  I’ll also discuss some true happenings at beacon stations from high winds, theft and tropical ants. 

 About Charlie Mason – W4NJK

Charlie MasonFormer calls: K4BFA, W6NHG, W3HSZ, FP8BE, G5DGR, 8P9EW

Portable in –P4, PJ4,J3, PJ2, FO;

NORCAL QRP, HI-QRP; NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CONTEST CLUB (NCCC), NCDXF BEACONS Advisory Committee; entrepreneur and management consultant, wireless, spectrum strategy, license bidding, new services; rollout in 17 countries; BOD VC joint ventures; Tri-Sentinel founder; jointly hold 4 patents; First Responder tracking/location; Naval Aviator - Air medal