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 

April 2015 Club Meeting - "Amateur Satellites"

April 17, 2015 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

TBD

Doctor DX

Presented by George, NG7A

TBD

Amateur Satellites

Presented by Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK

AMSAT

Patrick’s presentation will be about amateur satellites - a brief history, discussion of current satellites, and upcoming satellites (AMSAT's Fox-1 project, in particular). A demonstration may be possible, depending on what satellites are passing by on the meeting night.

 

 About Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK

StoddardPatrick Stoddard WD9EWK/VA7EWK is the Director of Field Operations and an Area Coordinator for AMSAT. Between 2011 and 2013, Patrick was an alternate member of AMSAT's Board of Directors. After many years trying different aspects of amateur radio, Patrick began working amateur satellites in 2005. Since then, he has worked stations in all 50 US states and 20 other countries from Arizona. Patrick has worked satellites from locations in all 15 Arizona counties, 17 other US states plus Washington DC, and 3 other countries (Canada, Mexico, Australia). 

Patrick obtained his initial amateur radio license in 1977, and now holds the top classes of license in the USA (Amateur Extra) and Canada (Basic, Advanced, and Morse qualifications). Although mostly active on satellites, he enjoys working HF, 6m, and other bands and modes.

Professionally, Patrick is an I.T. systems administrator for an insurance company in the Phoenix area, with 20 years experience in the I.T. field.

March 2015 Club Meeting - "WWV for Amateur Radio"

March 20, 2015 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

"Make a Cable Winder" 

Doctor DX

Presented by George, NG7A

The DeciBel
 

WWV for Amateur Radio

Presented by Tom Kravec, W8TK

WWV Buildings

WWV and WWVB radio stations are located in Fort Collins, Colorado.  They are operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a division of the U. S. Department of Commerce.  NIST provides time and frequency standards to the world. It’s easy to see that the world depends heavily on time and frequency information, and that we rely on many millions of clocks and oscillators to keep time and produce frequency. To keep the world running smoothly, these devices need to be periodically compared to an internationally recognized standard. This comparison might be as simple as setting our watch or alarm clock to the correct minute, or adjusting the frequency of an atomic oscillator so it keeps time within a few nanoseconds per day. The time and fre- quency standards maintained by NIST provide the reference for these comparisons.  The task of maintaining the national standards for time and frequency is an important part of the work done at NIST, and it fits in perfectly with the agency’s mission. NIST serves as the national measurement laboratory, or the ultimate reference point for measurements made in the United States. NIST is responsible for maintaining the seven base physical quantities at the highest possible accuracies. Time is one of the seven base quantities; the others are used in the measurement of length, light, electricity, chemical concentration, temperature, and mass. NIST distributes the standard units of measurement throughout the country in the form of measurement services and standard reference materials. By doing so, it provides measurement references to anyone who needs them.  In addition, the radio stations provide up-to-the-minute updates on geophysical alerts, marine storm warnings, and GPS status announcements.  W8TK’s presentation will detail all of the information available on WWV broadcasts, illustrated with audio clips taken from his receiver in his Tucson hamshack.

About Tom Kravec, W8TK

Tom is an experienced ham who has a passion for helping new hams become comfortable with their new hobby.  He is a regular speaker at OVARC meetings presenting the Handyman Corner.  Tom is also the OVARC Field Day Chairman and Chief Elmer.