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

July 2018 Club Meeting - CW

Friday, July 20, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ




Presented by

Bill Leahy, K0MP

Brien Wankel, K7XPO

Quinton Gleason, NU7Y

Whether you are a new amateur radio operator, DXer, Contester, SOTA, POTA, etc., these are challenging times in regard to signal propagation, especially for the people in HOAs who are using QRP or low power and smaller antennas. If you would like to add 4 S-units to your SSB signal and develop skills for another versatile mode, CWA maybe the answer for you.

CW Academy or CWA is a mentoring program for all levels of CW skills. From the beginner to intermediate and advanced amateurs, it is the premier way to learn CW the right way. There are many applications available to “learn” morse code, but they don’t come with the mentoring that is available in CWA. If all three levels are taken, you can have up to 150 years or more of CW experience available to you free of charge. No one graduates from Level 1 or the beginner level without knowing morse code and how to send competently. Knowing morse code, and how to send quality code are the main benefits, however, just as importantly, you will know how to study and practice without frustration and also learn how your brain reacts to the learning process. You will learn how and where to use CW depending on YOUR particular field of interest in amateur radio. Most important of all, you will have FUN. Give it a try!

Also, Brien Wankel, K7XPO, will be present to answer any of your questions regarding his experience as a student in his CWA, Level 1 class. Brien is a graduate of CWA, Level 1 and presently waiting for his Level 2 class to begin in the fall.

Quinton Gleason, NU7Y has been continually licensed since 1977. During that time, Quinton has been an active cw operator and has participated in cw contests, dxing, sota, field day and QRP operating. A CWOPS member since 2012, he recently became a Level 1 advisor for CW Academy in 2017.

Bill Leahy, K0MP has been continually licensed since 1964. Past President of Mile High DX Association, ARRL DX Advisory committee and Assistant Director for the Rocky Mountain Div. DXer, Contester, DXpeditions, VEC, and SOTA. CWops member and CWA Level 1 Advisor.

June 2018 Club Meeting - It's All HF

Friday, June 15, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ




Tim Duffy, K3LR, DX Engineering

At 6PM we will have special SKYPE presentation by Tim Duffy, K3LR COO of DX Engineering. As you might recall from his presentation a few years ago, Tim’s station is the epitome of amateur radio. Check out his website at Just one simple statistic: he has 13 towers. Tim will be assisted by Cory Gibson, W3CDG, Operations Manager at DX Engineering.




Feature Presentation



Presented by Tom Kravec, W8TK

Field Day is the premiere event for Radio Amateurs. While it can be competitive and have some elements of contesting, Field Day(FD) is the best event to get on the air and sharpen your skills. For brand new licensees this is it. There will be plenty of coaches to help you get on the air and make some contacts. Hams who get on the air just a few times a year will find this event fun and rewarding. The whole idea is to get on the air.

Tom will talk about the Station setup for Field Day, the bands on which we will operate, the modes we will use i.e SSB, CW, Digital, the hours of operation, the logging program called N1MM, the information exchange that we will make with each contact, the pot luck dinner and lots more details. He will also review the Field Day Challenge, prizes and other mementos that we have for volunteers.

Tom will talk about a FD "Go Box" for emergency operations, Ron, W7HD will talk about how he makes the satellite QSO’s, and Scott, K7ADX will talk about digital mode QSOs on FD.  We will show the N1MM instructional video for FD and end up with a live FD pileup (without radios).

Whether you plan to operate this Field Day event or simply come by as a spectator, this meeting will help you understand what goes on at Field Day.