October 2018 Club Meeting - When All Else Fails

Friday, October 19, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom, W8TK

Make a two band dipole with single feedline.



When All Else Fails

Ham Radio is There


Presented by

Logan Zintsmaster, KZ6O


What happens “When All Else Fails” in Silicon Valley?

Santa Clara County, the home to Silicon Valley, presents an interesting emergency communications environment. The county has 1.92 million residents that live in 17 communities with 15 EOCs and is spread along a 52 mile stretch of freeways surrounded by mountain ranges and the San Francisco Bay. There are 6 major interstates crisscrossing the region along with numerous freeways. There are several reservoirs in the area with one large enough to flood San Jose, 30 miles away, with 6 feet of water if the earthen and rock dam failed. There are over 500 hams who are active participants in ARES/RACES and support public service events, local and county emergency drills, and activations.

Logan Zintsmaster, KZ6O, an OVARC Member, has been involved in emergency communications activities within Santa Clara County for the past 14 years. Before moving to Tucson he was the District Emergency Coordinator for ARES and Chief Radio Officer for Santa Clara County RACES. His presentation will take a look at how amateur radio emergency communications have been structured to deal with the challenges of the county. The presentation will describe several likely disaster scenarios and how emergency communications training and operations have been adapted to address these scenarios. He will briefly describe a digital messaging network that takes packet communications and bulletin board systems into the modern times without using the Internet.   Finally, he will relate some “tales from the field” for several recent activations and drills.

September 2018 Club Meeting - Behind the Veil of DX-pedition Planning

Friday, September 21, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handy Man Corner

Presented By Jim, W5ZIT

How to build an inexpensive 440 MHz Yagi antenna.



Behind the Veil


DX-pedition Planning


Presented by

Gene, K5GS


Gene was first licensed in 1976 as WB5WFD, and issued K5GS in 1996; previous calls were WD6DLK and KE6LT. His DXCC totals are 353/340 (mixed).

Gene’s radio interest has always been DXing with occasional diversions into restoring vintage Collins and Drake equipment, 2m/70cm repeaters and the digital modes.

He was a team member on: 2012 ZL9HR Campbell Island, 2014 VK9MT Mellish Reef and 2015 TX3X Chesterfield Islands, next up is Ducie Island VP6D in Oct, 2018. Being a co-planner and treasurer on three DX-peditions gives him valuable insight on what goes on behind the veil of DX-pedition planning to rare locations.

He also holds call signs VK2IXC and ZL1NA.

Retired after 45 years in the I/T industry Gene and his wife moved to Tucson in Sept, 2016.

August 2018 Club Meeting - Choosing a Rig

Friday, August 17, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom Kravec, W8TK

Turn a fishing-pole into a di-pole.



How do we choose a new rig




Presented by

Rob Sherwood, NC0B

I appreciate the invitation to speak at your August Oro Valley club meeting. While the title of my talk is “How do we choose a new rig”, the subject of optimizing our station is more general than that. I was asked recently at dinner before the Boulder Colorado club meeting why I didn’t own the top radio listed on my website. A buyer shouldn’t look at only one number any more than we would buy a car and select the fastest one that could go over 150 MPH!

I’ll give you a hint as to what I emphasize more by looking at some pictures of my QTH and one of my operating positions.

My slide presentation leaves time for questions from those who will be attending the meeting.

73, Rob Sherwood, NC0B