June 2019 Club Meeting - SKYWARN

Friday, June 21, 2019

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


 

Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom, W8TK

TBD


 

SKYWARN

Presented by

Henry Gonzalez, K7AEL

Emily Carpenter, KD0TSE

 

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SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained severe weather spotters.  SKYWARN volunteers support their local community and government by providing the NWS with timely and accurate severe weather and flood reports.

While the SKYWARN program is open to everyone, Amateur Radio operators play a key role in this important program and comprise a very large percentage of the spotters in the program.  During times of severe weather a SKYWARN net may be activated, providing a real-time way to pass information between spotters and the NWS warning desk without tying up their phone lines.  The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative.  OVARC made our repeater system available for Tucson-area severe weather nets during dangerous events last year with some very good results. 

Henry K7AEL the amateur coordinator for SKYWARN in Sector 1 (serving Southern Pinal, Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz Counties) will be joined by Emily Carpenter the SKYWARN Training Meteorologist from the National Weather Service Tucson Forecast Center will be talking about the role that spotters in Sector 1 played in the operations during last monsoon season and Emily will discuss what to expect for this coming season. 

If you’re a weather buff, this will be a meeting you won’t want to miss!

 

May 2019 Club Meeting - DX Contesting Tools

Friday, May 24, 2019

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


 

Handy Man Corner

Presented By Dennis, N6ITY

Anderson Power Poles for the Radio Amateur


 

DX Contesting Tools

Presented by

Bob Wilson, N6TV

 

Have you heard of CW Skimmer or the RTTY Skimmer? How about the Reverse Beacon Network? These are all tools frequently used by DXers and Contest Operators. During the presentation you will hear how these tools can help you, and what you can do to help others. 

Bob Wilson, N6TV, is a San Francisco Bay Area contester and CW operator.  Bob grew up in Southern California and received his novice license in 1972. He developed his CW skills on the National Traffic System as a teenager. His is an avid contester, and his favorite contest is The North American Sprint, which is a four hour contest. Bob received his Computer Science Degree at Berkeley and is considered to be a software expert. He spent most of his career at IBM, and is now retired. He is currently a member of the Northern California Contest Club, Northern California DX Club, and Mother Lode DX/Contest Club.

Bob is also a professor at Contest University in Dayton and a three time competitor at the World Radiosport Team Championship.

 

April 2019 Club Meeting - QRP

Note: this month's meeting was moved to April 26th to accomodate Easter celebrations

Click here to download the QRP Presentation PDF

Friday, April 26, 2019

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


 

Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom, W8TK

How to install an AC line noise filter


 

QRP Operating

Do More with Less

Presented by

Bob Stephens, AF9W

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Operating QRP is a segment of amateur radio that focuses on low power, portablity, and home brewing equipment.  Although requiring some skill for effective operation, QRP has the advantages of light weight equipment, low power consumption, and less RFI in your neighbors’s electronics. Bob will discuss why you might want to operate QRP, what radios and antennas to use, what modes are effective, and what skills you need to acquire.
 
About AF9W

Bob was first licensed in 1977 and passed his Extra class license test in 1978. Bob joined OVARC in 2011 and was an active member of the club.  We have Bob to thank for the club's great website. His primary operating interests are HF CW, usually QRP, CW Contesting, Field Day, D-Star, DMR, and Packet radio.  Bob was a snowbird traveling between WA and AZ until 2017 when he permanently relocated to Whidbey Island in WA state. He is president of the Island County Amateur Radio Club on Whidbey Island.

 

Click here to download the QRP Presentation PDF