June 2017 Club Meeting - "Creative HT Charging"

Friday, June 16, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

The June Handyman Corner Segment will feature two kits, a code practice oscillator and a sound card interface. Both of the finished kits will be bonuses in this months raffle.

By Tom, W8TK


Creative HT Charging

usb charger

Presented by Jason Howard - K6DGN

Like it or not, we seem to live in a USB powered world, seemingly by accident. I don't think it was ever intended for USB to become a power source when it was first being developed.

Before I knew it I realized I was carrying a USB-C smart phone, Micro-USB tablet, Micro-USB fold out bluetooth keyboard, usb rechargeable wireless headphones, along with a USB power bank, and a cheapo little 2 watt Baofeng UV3. The main reason it was my daily carry was it's tiny size and ability to charge off USB with a custom cable it came with, no annoying Baofeng cradle to tote around.

Wanting a daily carry HT with more features I got an Icom ID-51A+. Well what good is a powerful 5W HT in an emergency if I can only charge it with wall/mains power, or maybe a car. I work on the peninsula in Redwood City, CA and live on the other side of the San Francisco Bay near Fremont, CA. My biggest worry is an earthquake preventing me from getting home.

So lets talk about a simple project that I made specifically for the ID-51A+ but that can be adapted to almost any HT with a USB power source along with some alternate sources of power like Solar (for USB or 12V) and where they've come in handy.

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 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.