July 2016 Club Meeting - "Vintage Amateur Radio"

Friday, July 15, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK


Vintage Amateur Radio

Presented by George Eveland, W8VG



Vintage Amateur Radio is a facet of the hobby that’s been growing in popularity for several decades. Participants range in experience from Old Timers who are “getting back to their roots” to newcomers who are fascinated by history, the older technology, and our rich heritage as hams. In 2004, a vintage station was donated to ARRL HQ by Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, where it can be operated today. Additionally, this month’s QST includes a Classic Radio column by Ron Pollack, K2RP, a noted vintage collector and operator active in the Southern California area.

Vintage radio is not just about collecting or restoring older equipment but equally important is operating vintage modes (AM and CW) which can also be accomplished using modern equipment. In fact, most folks actually get drawn into it the first time by casually flipping the mode switch on their modern solid state transceivers and joining in on the fun. Adding to that is our local area which is “radio-active” with lots of vintage operators, equipment, and activities.

George Eveland, W8VG has been busy collecting and operating older equipment for over 18 years. He will present an overview of vintage radio and highlight some of the equipment, the basic technology behind it, and provide information on local activities, frequencies, stations, and resources. Included will be a quick tutorial on AM FONE operating practices and setting-up a modern transceiver for AM operation. He’ll also pass along a few “war stories” and some “tall tales” (hopefully, they’ll all be true—HIHI).

About George Eveland, W8VG

George has been a ham for 46 years and started-out using vintage gear (aka “Boat Anchors”) due to necessity. He was first licensed as a Novice at age 14 (WN8HVG) in the Cincinnati area and has been active in just about all facets of amateur radio over the years. He served 26 years active duty in the Army Signal Corps and later worked as an engineer in the defense and aerospace sectors. He has a background in military communications-electronics, weapon system development, military navigations systems, and program management. He has operated from every US call district except one (W1/K1) and several foreign countries. He retired to Oro Valley in late 2014 and is a newcomer to the club but was active as WB8HVG down in Sierra Vista from 1988 to 1991.

For a copy of George's presentation click on the link below . This file is 7MB large.  If you get a pop-up asking you to create a Dropbox account just click on the bottom of the pop-up where it says "No Thanks, just let me view the file".  

George W8VG Vintage Radio


June 2016 Club Meeting - "Social Night"

June 17, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


OVARC Social Night



Just a week before Field Day, it’s time for OVARC to take a breather and have a SOCIAL NIGHT. Instead of our regular meeting in June we’ll have a mellow evening with Pizza, and a short DVD presentation from the ARRL. Since we will not have had a business meeting since April, we’ll conclude the meeting with a business update andany last minute Field Day Announcements and Adjustments. Of course we will have our regular raffle and perhaps the big raffle will take place too. So come on out for a low-key OVARC meeting on June 17th. See you there.


May 2016 Club Meeting - "South Sandwich Island & South Georgia Island DXPedition"

May 20, 2016

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner



Journey to the Edge

South Sandwich & South Georgia DXPedition

Presented by Ned Stearns AA7A


 Ned Stearns, AA7A, is an active ham who has travelled to many rare places around the globe while exercising his mastery of radio. He has visited several countries in Africa, Asia and Oceana while operating in International DX contests as well as participating in DXpeditions. He is a member and leader of the renowned VooDoo Contest Group that has operated in the CQWW DX Contests for 22 years. While with this combined US and British group, he has operated in Mali (TZ), Guinea (3X), Sierra Leone (9L), Liberia (EL), Cypress (5B) and Kuwait (9K). His team has won the contest in the multi-operator category several times as well as set continental scoring records in Africa and Asia. He has also participated in DXpeditions to Kingman Reef (KH5K), Palmyra Atoll (KH5), Rodriques Island (3B9) as well as several other less rare islands in the Caribbean and Pacific.

Last year, he was asked to join the Intrepid DX Group to participate in a DXpedition to the Antarctic Seas to visit and operate on the South Sandwich and South Georgia Islands. Having just recently decided to retire, he had the time and still-current skills to join the team and undertake a once-in-a-lifetime trip to some of the most exotic places on the earth.

Ned has prepared a presentation that captures the sights and sounds of one of the most talked-about DXpeditions in recent times. He will embellish the vivid images and breathtaking videos with his first hand recounting of the tale of his journey to the edge of the world and back.