December 2013 Club Meeting - "Ham Radio 60 Years Ago"

December 20, 2013 

7:00pm MST

Resurrection Lutheran Church 
11575 North 1st Ave. 
Oro Valley, AZ

Note:  This meeting will be held at our old location at Resurrection Lutheran Church on 1st Ave in Oro Valley. We will being using the new location at Ascension Lutheran Church starting with our January 2014 meeting.  


Special Raffle Prize in December

One of our raffle prizes this month is a new Yaesu FT1900 2 meter mobile radio.  So come on out the meeting and see Howard, KC7AC, for your chance at this great prize. 


Ham Radio 60 Years Ago

Presented by Jim Brown, W5ZIT

What was ham radio like 60 years ago when W5ZIT got his novice license and started hamming it up?  Jim will talk about the radios, the modes, and operating from the early 1950’s. 

About Jim

Jim was licensed in 1953 as a Novice while in high school, and this led to a degree in Electrical Engineering and a career in radio communications.

Present retirement activities include operating the sound card digital modes on HF and VHF, and occasional CW operation using various restored antique Vibroplex keys.

Jim is normally a wintertime visitor to the area and lives full time in an RV.  A normal summer has Jim in Ruidoso NM in the mountains where he builds/maintains the club repeaters and volunteers with the ARES/RACES group in Lincoln County.

November 2013 Club Meeting - "Ham Radio for Arduino"

November 15, 2013 

7:00pm MST

Resurrection Lutheran Church 
11575 North 1st Ave. 
Oro Valley, AZ

Ham Radio for Arduino

Presented by Leigh L. Klotz, Jr, WA5ZNU

Microcontroller technology has exploded in popularity among ham radio operators. The new generation of single-board microcontrollers is easier than ever to use, bringing together hardware and software for project-building most radio amateurs can easily dive into.With inexpensive microcontroller platforms – such as the popular open-source Arduino board – along with readily available parts, components and accessory boards, the possibilities are limitless: beacon transmitters, keyers, antenna position control, RTTY and digital mode decoders, waterfall displays, and more.

About Leigh

Leigh WA5ZNU is editor of ARRL's new book Ham Radio for Arduino and Picaxe, and an author of and contributor to open-source ham radio software packages such as fldigi and quisk. Leigh has been licensed since age 7, and operates on HF and VHF/UHF.

Click here to download Leigh's presentation in PDF format

October 2013 Club Meeting - "HF Contest Antennas - DX or Domestic, What's Your Pleasure?"

October 18, 2013 

7:00pm MST

Resurrection Lutheran Church 
11575 North 1st Ave. 
Oro Valley, AZ

HF Contest Antennas

DX or Domestic, What's Your Pleasure?

Presented by Dean Straw – N6BV, ARRLRET

For years you've probably heard hams say that for HF DX contests you need high antennas. And for domestic contests (like Sweepstakes) you need low antennas. Is this really true? Are domestic and DX contests really mutually exclusive?

Dean Straw, N6BV retired from ARRL as a Senior Assistant Technical Editor. He will explore in detail the range of elevation angles you need for effective contesting and DXing at all points in the Solar Cycle.

About Dean Straw

Dean was initially licensed in 1959 as WH6DKD and has since held 6 calls over the past 54 years as a licensed Amateur Operator. After attending Yale University for Electronics Engineering, Dean was hired by National Radio Company where he designed SSB and VHF radios. He was in the marine electronics industry for 25 years and eventually moved in to technical marketing.

For the last 15 years, Dean has worked at ARRL Headquarters specializing in antennas, transmission lines and propagation. He was the editor of The ARRL Antenna Book and other books dealing with antennas. As Dean retired in 2008 he noted “Few folks are so blessed by the Good Lord to have combined their work and their hobby together!”