May 2014 Club Meeting - " VHF Propagation"

May 16, 2014 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

by Tom, W8TK 

How to make your own noise-cancelling headphones for $5



 VHF Propagation

Presented by Ken Neubeck, WB2AMU 

Ever wonder about propagation on the magic band - 6 Meters.  Ken is the author of the only book on 6 meter propagation and will provide us with what we need to know to better understand how and when to operate on 6M and above. 

About Ken

Ken Neubeck (b. 1952) was born in Port Jefferson, Long Island and lived in the Patchogue area of Long Island all of his life. After receiving degrees in Applied Math from Stony Brook University, Ken worked for several aerospace companies on Long Island as a reliability engineer, initially with the Fairchild Republic Company on the A-10 Warthog program. Through the experiences of writing many engineering reports, Ken developed some writing skills in the area of non-fiction which resulted in both books and articles in the field of amateur radio, reliability engineer and aircraft. He has written two key books in the field of amateur radio (he has callsign WB2AMU) - SIX METERS, A GUIDE TO THE MAGIC BAND (first edition in 1994, fourth edition in 2008) and cowrote with Gordon West, VHF PROPAGATION, A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RADIO AMATEURS (2004). 

April 2014 Club Meeting - "Communications, Planetary Geomagnetics, and the Sun"

April 18, 2014 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Communications, Planetary Geomagnetics, and the Sun

Presented by Keith Morin 

Solar ObservatoryThe eruptive activity of our nearest star the sun, can disturb radio communications and other vital electrical and electronic systems.  In addition, the effects can also create conditions that are harmful to biological tissues.

In the 1960’s President Kennedy challenged our nation to land on the moon.  At the start of this program human safety and communications in space was and still is the number one priority.  The Earth’s magnetic field protects us from most of the harmful effects at the surface.

On February 14, 1962 the world’s largest observatory for solar observation was dedicated at Kitt Peak.  The 52 year old McMath Pierce observatory is credited with a half century of scientific observations and images of the sun.

Today the observatory has a new purpose at night.  The NASA project is the study of the effects of the sun on our moon.  As with the original space program, the goal is to protect and communicate with future humans that travel to and inhabit our closest neighbor.

The evening presentation has three parts.  The first is to take you inside the solar observatory on a picture tour.  The second is to introduce you to a new tool in Radio Communications that you will benefit from in the very near future.  The presentation will end with an inside tour of a new CERT Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) that is currently being developed that will be the first to benefit from this research.

About Keith

Keith Morin is the founder of Seismatech located in Oro Valley.  This advanced Research and Development company is involved in several new projects related to Earth Sciences and Emergency Response Systems.  The new company website is:

Keith has been in the electronic and electrical engineering and research field since 1972.  He has worked on special projects for the International Space Station and NASA’s Planetary Geomagnetics Laboratory.  An old Ham from the 1960’s launched his career.


March 2014 Club Meeting - "APRS - What and Why"

March 21, 2014 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Special Meeting Notice

We have been informed that due to a scheduling error at the Ascension Church, we will hold our meeting this month in the "Grace Hall" instead of the Chapel.

Those of you who attended the OVARC Holiday Party last December know where the Grace Hall is located on the church grounds.  For all others, the Grace Hall is located around the rear of the church property.  When you arrive at the front of the church property continjue to your right and follow the parking lot to the very rear of the buildings.  You will see the entrance to the Grace Hall clearly marked.

Handyman Corner

by David, AD6KI

"HOA's and Antennas"

Those of us who live in HOA-regulated houses have a number of choices to make about our antennas:
COMPROMISE - Operate mobile, portable, or remotely
CONFORM - Follow the HOA Rules
CHEAT - Hide your antennas either surreptitiously or in plain sight
See how you can have a usable antenna in a regulated environment.



APRS - What and Why

Presented by Bob Stephens AF9W


APRSISCE Screen Shot

 APRS the Automatic Position Reporting System is more than just a way to track your vehicle or report weather.  In this presentation Bob will talk about how APRS can be used to provide tactical information during public service events and the hardware and software available for implementing APRS - from used TNC's to today's Smartphones and tablets.

About Bob

Bob was licensed in 1978 after a short stint as a CB'er.   His primary interests are HF CW both ragchewing and contesting, QRP radios, and public service.  He is the ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Oro Valley.  He is part of the PC OEM Communications Team and the communications coordinator for the Tucson American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Bike Ride.  He participates as a communicator at the 24 Hours of the Old Pueblo, El Tour de Tucson, and Old Pueblo 50 Run and other events as they come up.  During the summer in Washington state he participates in Summits on the Air which combines ham radio with hiking. 

Besides operating amateur radio Bob enjoys elmering new hams and helping experienced hams with new technologies.  As a member of the CW Operators Club he is a CW Academy Advisor for beginning CW operators.