February 2015 Club Meeting - "Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) – The Basics"

February 20, 2015 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

TBA 

Doctor DX

Presented by George, NG7A

TBA

Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) – The Basics

Presented by Jon Andrews, K1IMD

What is this new mode sweeping the VHF & UHF repeater spectrum all over the world?
Oh man… I was listening to a local repeater frequency and there was this horrible buzzy sound on the channel what the heck is that all about?  We will discuss some of the “buzz” and “tech talk” so you will better understand the terminology used in this new mode of operation. Radio is radio but DMR is different than radio operation most hams are used to.  We will discuss primarily the DMR-MARC network and some of the facilities associated with it. 

About Jon Andrews, K1IMD 

 Jon Andrews K1IMD has been a licensed amateur since 1971.  Most of his amateur experience was has been with repeaters and linked repeaters, mobile operation at sea and on land, with a dabbling in HF mobile and fixed station operation.  Jon has operating experience from 160 meters to 2GHz in various modes.  Blending a computer hobby, industrial automation interest and ham radio activities resulted in operating modes other than straight analog or FM such as AX.25 Packet Radio, Fast Scan TV, SSTV, APRS, PSK31, WSPR, VoIP IRLP, Remote station operation via the Internet, HF & VHF/UHF SDR Radio and now most recently Mototrbo ™ or DMR.  From 2001 to 2013 Jon was employed by a Motorola Channel Partner as the senior technician; designing, building and maintaining public safety communications dispatch centers and radio systems for local municipalities, county, state and federal agencies on eastern Long Island, New York.  Jon is presently the CTO at a large HVAC company on Long Island, managing everything that has electrons running around in them.

January 2015 Club Meeting - "Techniques of the Best Operators"

January 16, 2015 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Board of Director Elections

During the business portion of our meeting we will conduct the annual election of our Board of Directors.  As stated in our by-laws, 4 Director positions are up for election.  To vote in this election you must be a paid-up member of OVARC, i.e. you must have paid your 2015 dues.  

Nominees for this year's election are:

  • George Cooley, NG7A
  • Carl Foster, KB7AZ
  • Steve Wood, W1SR
  • Bob Molczan, KA7VPR
  • Bob Stephens, AF9W

According to the OVARC By-Laws, members are elected to the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors then appoints the officers for the up-coming year from the members of the Board. 

If you are paid member of OVARC and desire to vote in the election and cannot attend the meeting, please contact the Board Secretary, Howard, KC7AC.

 

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

“Build a Kit”

 

Doctor DX

Presented by George, NG7A

"What Batteries and Antennas have in Common"

   

Techniques of the Best Operators

Presented by Mitch Stern, W1SJ

Why was it such a struggle to work all those W1AW portable stations? How come I can't work the juicy DXpeditions but everyone else does? Why is it every time I get into a QSO, it ends up getting swallowed up in a sea of QRM?

Now that you’ve bought up all that great ham radio stuff, now what do you do after you turn it on? How do you go about making contacts with others?

A good station certainly helps, but knowing WHAT to do when you get on the air is even more important. We'll start off with some of the basics of good repeater operating, move on to the more serious matter of emergency operation, dabble with DX and finally learn how to use contests to become better operators. You won't be same operator by the end the day and will be a force to be reckoned with on the bands!

About Mitch Stern, W1SJ

Mitch Stern W1SJ has been licensed 45 years and is still as active today as when he first started! His first love is contesting, and is a regular in the Sweepstakes, 160 meter, 10 meter and VHF contests and Field Day. Mitch’s other love is training new hams – which is a secret method he uses to increase his contest scores by making more hams! And when there are no contests, he finds time to maintain repeaters and do public service operating. Professionally, Mitch does consulting work in Broadcasting (just like ham radio, except with bigger antennas) and technical training.  

December 2014 Club Meeting - "2014 Holiday Party"

Mark your Calendars for the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club

 

2014 Holiday Party

 

December 21, 2014

2:00PM - 5:00PM

Ascension Lutheran Church

1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

 

The Holiday Party was a huge success with approximately 50 people in attendance.  Good food, good friends, good times.