October 2016 Club Meeting - "APRS – What and Why and How "

Friday, October 21, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"Build an antenna tuner for $5"


APRS - What and Why and How


Presented by Bob Stephens, AF9W

The Automatic Position Reporting System is a geolocation and messaging system that can provide critical tactical information for public service and emergency communications.  Bob will talk about why APRS is more than just “Where am I” and how to get on the air using this technology. 

About Bob

AF9W has been a ham since 1979.  His primary interests are public service and emergency communications, QRP CW operating, and Elmering.  He has been using APRS at public service events for over 5 years and currently provides the tracking equipment for the lead vehicle of the El Tour de Tucson. 

September 2016 Club Meeting - "VOACAP/VOAAREA"

Friday, September 16, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"Hamfest Test Bench"


Visualizing HF Propagation Using VOACAP/VOAAREA

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Presented by Bill Hickey, AB7AA

VOACAP/VOAAREA are part of a suite of free programs that run on PC, Mac, and Linux platforms. Evolved from the US Army’s IONCAP program they were further developed for Voice Of America foreign broadcasting and are now used as the prediction engines in a variety of amateur radio programs. Dean Straw, N6BV, former ARRL technical editor, has labeled VOACAP “the gold standard of radio propagation”. Originally developed for professional users, Bill furnishes settings that demonstrate how they can generate vivid graphs and geographical maps which are easily interpreted by even casual amateur users. Use them to evaluate different antennas, beam headings, power levels, modulation methods (SSB, CW, PSK31), and predict schedule/net coverage. More advanced users will want to predict DXPedition openings, develop contest strategy, or evaluate their own modeled antennas over their unique terrain.

About Bill

Bill was first licensed in 1965 and has held his present call (AB7AA) since upgrading to Amateur Extra in 1993. He spent his college years as a broadcast and studio recording engineer in commercial AM/FM/TV stations while receiving an undergraduate degree in Mathematics with Physics minor, and then did graduate studies in Systems Engineering. After college he spent a career flying various fighter aircraft while developing, evaluating, and teaching electronic warfare systems and tactics. He achieved the position of squadron commander in the Air National Guard A-7D Fighter Weapons School and helped initiate the F-16A Fighter Weapons School. After retiring, he had a second career as a commercial airline pilot.

August 2016 Club Meeting - "W1AW - A Tour of the Station"

Friday, August 19, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"The Cheapskate Handyman"   


W1AW - A Tour of the Station

Presented by Joe Carcia, NJ1Q

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Have you ever been to the ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT? If you have, you might recall the very first building when turning up the driveway is The Maxim Memorial Station, home of W1AW. Joe Carcia has been the station manager there for several years. Not only is Joe a ham, NJ1Q, but he works with ham radio all day long. Earlier this year when David Sumner, K1ZZ, the previous CEO of the ARRL retired, Joe became the trustee of W1AW. A distinguished honor indeed.

W1AW is a busy place. With a constant flow of visitors, Joe has to accommodate those who wish to operate while keeping up with regularly scheduled bulletins on several different bands and several different modes. Keeping up with a number of antennas surrounding the station is also Joe’s responsibility.

Join us at our next meeting to hear Joe talk about the many different aspects of W1AW.