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.  

February 2014 Club Meeting - "Ham Radio Deluxe"

February 21, 2014 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

by Tom, W8TK

This month Tom will demonstrate how to install Anderson PowerPole Connectors.  


Ham Radio Deluxe

Presented by Tim Browning KB3NPH

Ham Radio Deluxe LogoHam Radio Deluxe (HRD) is an integrated suite of software products for amateur radio.  The five modules in the suite provide rig control, logging, digital communications, satellite tracking, and rotator control.

Tim Browning of Ham Radio Deluxe will be coming to us via Skype to talk about the latest developments in this widely used software package.  

About Tim Browning

If you’ve ever contacted Ham Radio Deluxe, chances are you’ve come in contact with Tim. As part of the HRD team, Tim is the technical connection to the HRD user community. You’ll find many great comments about Tim’s excellent support and customer service to Ham Radio Deluxe users in the Product Reviews for Ham Radio Deluxe.

Once known as “Smokestack" to his CB buddies during his many years as an over-the-road truck driver, he became KB3NPH in May of 2006, after years of badgering from his brother-in-law, Erick (N8XEN) who recently became a Silent Key after losing his battle with cancer.  For more information about Tim and his ham radio activities, visit his website at

Tim’s interest in Ham Radio Deluxe began in late 2006, or early 2007 when he was looking for a logging program.  In 2012 he became active with the current owners of HRD Software LLC as a beta tester and went on helping others with the software on the HRD Support Forums, and in February of 2013 he was asked to join the HRD team’s Technical Support Staff.

Today, when you call HRD by phone, send an e-mail or open a support ticket, chances are you are going to receive an answer from Tim, known now as “Kilo Bravo 3 <N>o <P>roblem <H>ere.

The HRD support hours are 10am to 4pm, Mon – Fri., EST, however, for our friends and customers unable to contact us during those hours, Tim is always willing to set up an appointment to work after hours or on weekends.  To set up an appointment for after-hours support, just send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Tim is willing to “Elmer” new hams or old timers in the setup and operation of the Ham Radio Deluxe software or just about any other phase of ham radio.

January 2014 Club Meeting - "Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio"

January 17, 2014 

7:00pm MST

New Location

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

by Tom, W8TK

A new feature of OVARC monthly meetings is the Handyman Corner presented by Tom, W8TK.   These short presentations show how to accomplish small projects around the shack.  The first Handyman Corner presentation will show how to install a PL-259 connector.  Although these sessions are targeted to our newer hams, they may provide some new ways for the more experienced hams to accomplish these tasks.  


Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio

What is D-STAR?  How does it work? 

Presented by Scott Boone, K7ADX

D-STAR is a mode that has been growing since its introduction to the U.S. in 2005.  It is now a mature technology that offers many exciting opportunities for Amateur communication.  He will explore D-STAR’s technology and how it all works, what it offers and some of the exciting new advancements that are coming in the near future.

About Scott

Scott was first licensed in 2012.  Within that year he has upgraded to Extra.  He enjoys all modes but spends most of his time on VHF/UHF and with digital modes.



Board Elections

Elections for Board members will be held at the January 17 Club Meeting.  There are 5 open positions on the board.  The following 7 people were nominated at the December 20th Membership Meeting.  The official list of nominees will be on the ballot to be distributed at the January 17 Club Meeting. 

Sorted by call sign suffix

  • Howard, KC7AC
  • Scott, K7ADX 
  • Ron, W7AI
  • Dave, N7AKC
  • Gary, KT7AZ
  • Gary, AE7GP
  • Ron, W7HD

Nominations will remain open until Friday, January 10th.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any nominations that you would want considered at the January elections.