The OVARC repeater technical team has been experimenting with Yaesu System Fusion C4FM over the last few weeks. The intention is to see if the DR-1X repeater system will integrate into our existing linked repeater system and then provide both Digital and Analog upgrade paths toward replacing our 25-year-old repeater gear. The work goes on to decide if making the move to the Yaesu repeater is a wise one, while taking into consideration the deadline for purchasing the Yaesu gear at a greatly reduced price by December 31, 2015.

Please keep in mind that we HAVE NOT made a decision to implement Yaesu C4FM into the OVARC repeater system as of yet. We have received questions from club members as to whether or not to buy into Yaesu System Fusion at this time is a wise decision. We the Board of Directors along with our newly appointed "Repeater Committee Chairman” Gary KT7AZ are NOT suggesting that any of you make a decision to purchase Yaesu Fusion gear at this time while basing your decision on the anticipated OVARC move toward adopting the C4FM Digital format. In fact, information brought out at the December 12 Board meeting may suggest that the DR-1X Fusion repeater may NOT serve our purposes due to technical deficiencies in operation and design.

Currently there are a few Fusion repeaters in our area that may be used with C4FM Fusion. We suggest your checking into their coverage to determine if it suites your needs, and warrants your making a Fusion purchase. Please DO NOT make an investment decision in anticipation of OVARC installing these repeaters at this time.

The OVARC Board of Directors

OVARC News - March 27, 2013


March 27, 2013

#1.  At this past Friday's General Session OVARC meeting, the Board Directors presented the new revisions to the OVARC By-Laws to the membership.  A brief summary of key changes to the current by-laws was made and members present were asked to review the document and forward comments directly to the Board.  Every current OVARC member was emailed a copy of both the old and revised by-laws document, and is urged to carefully review the changes and get in touch with any board member in advance of next month's general session meeting.  At next month's meeting the members present will be asked to vote on the adoption of the revised OVARC by-laws.

#2.  The RST Hamfest takes place this coming Saturday March 29th, and OVARC will participate in order to support our friends at RST, and help raise money for our club as well.  Donations to OVARC of items for sale are will still be accepted until Wednesday of this week.  If anyone wishes to donate ham radio gear or related items, please contact David by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to make arrangements.  The OVARC Board of Directors thanks everyone for donating to the event.

#3.  The next OVARC Technician License Seminar starts this Thursday at 6:00 PM MST.  The class sessions will be held at the OVPD EOC and meets every Thursday evening for 6 weeks.  There is still time to sign up for the class, so if anyone on the NET tonight knows a friend who wants to be a ham, have the check out the OVARC web site www.tucsonhamradio.org for details.

OVARC News - March 2, 2013


March 2, 2013

#1.  At the February 2014 General Session OVARC meeting the forming of a DSTAR Special Interest group within our club was proposed.  This group would be formed to support the addition of DSTAR to the OVARC repeater network.  Our OVARC President is looking to be contacted by club members who are seriously interested in being part of this group, with the expectations that there will be enough people to warrant moving forward with the proposal.  Those members interested in forming the DSTAR Special Interest group need to contact Bob by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to get involved.

#2.  At this month's regular OVARC Board Meeting held on March 1, the group voted to continue using Group Spaces for managing our club membership information and getting messages out to the club.  Continuing to use Group Spaces will avoid having to institute yet another club email system and add to the confusion of multiple electronic messaging systems.

#3.  Also at the March 1 OVARC Board Meeting the board voted to approve the new OVARC By-Laws revision as previously mentioned.  Having been approved by the Board of Directors, the revised By-Laws will now be posted on the club website for review by the general membership.  Voting on the revised By-Laws by the general membership will take place after any questions or comments regarding the changes have been sent to the OVARC president and reviewed.  The membership voting will take place during a regularly scheduled general session meeting.  Members wishing to comment on the revisions should do so in writing directly to Bob at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Watch and listen for future announcements regarding the posting of the revised OVARC By-Laws.

OVARC News - December 14, 2013


December 14, 2013

#1.  OVARC elections for 5 new board members will take place at the January 2014 General Session Club meeting.  Nominations of club members wishing to run for a board position are currently being accepted by email sent to the club president at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Member nominations will also be accepted at the December 2013 General Session club meeting.  Nominees are expected to be present at the December club meeting and will be asked to provide a brief description of their qualifications and what they feel they may contribute to the leadership of the club.  As of this date no email nominations have been received, so please make it a point to get them in before next week's meeting.

#2.  It is official!  The first OVARC club meeting of 2014 will be held at our new location, the Ascension Lutheran church.  All plans for the move to the new location have been finalized, and we are ready to kick off the new year with a fantastic new meeting place.  The church is located at the intersection of Magee & LaCanada roads, and details may be found on the OVARC web site.  A stellar presentation will be given by Scott K7ADX on the basics of DSTAR.  If you have ever wanted to know more about this relatively new mode of digital amateur radio communications, the January OVARC club meeting is the place to be.  Make sure to join us for Scott's presentation at our new meeting location in January 2014.  The meeting time is still 7:00 PM Arizona time, so don't be late!

#3.  As you all know, our Golder Ranch repeater has been un-linked from the OVARC network for quite some time due to technical difficulties and other obstacles.  OVARC president Bob, KA7VPR has received word that work on the project to improve and re-link the Golder Ranch UHF repeater is nearing completion, and the machine will be back on-line shortly.  Make sure to watch for notification on the OVARC reflector and listen to the Sunday NET for service restoration updates.  The OVARC Board of directors would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding regarding the Golder Ranch repeater situation. We also specifically thank David, KC0LL for all of his time, dedication, and perseverance during this challenge.

#4.  Our good friend and OVARC family member Matt, NX7AZ has left the Tucson area and moved back to his home state of Missouri as of yesterday.  Matt was only here with us for a short time, but we all came to know him well and will miss him.  Mathew returned home to pursue his education in electronics and radio, and has vowed to keep in touch with us via ham radio and email.  Please join us in wishing Matt the best of health, happiness, and success in his future endeavors.

OVARC News - March 9, 2013


March 9, 2013

#1.  The revised OVARC By-Laws document was approved by the OVARC Board of Directors at a regularly scheduled board meeting on March 1, 2014.  The revised By-Laws document will be posted on the club web site for review by all interested members.  Copies will also be available at this month's general session club meeting on March 21, 2014.  All OVARC members are urged to review the By-Laws revisions and submit comments directly to club president Bob by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The general membership will be asked to vote on the new By-Laws at the April 2014 meeting.

#2.  The OVARC Board is still seeking response from club members regarding the institution of a DSTAR Special Interest group within OVARC.  This group will sponsor the development and addition of the DSTAR communication technology to the existing club repeater network infrastructure.  The club engineering team is exploring alternative, more cost effective ways to acquire DSTAR equipment in order to avoid investing a significant amount in the system upgrade.  To date a few members have signed up for the group, however, more interested parties are still needed to move forward with the project.  Please contact Bob at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or any OVARC board member if you are interested in joining the DSTAR Special Interest group.

#3.  OVARC will be attending the RST Hamfest on March 29, 2014 as a seller and supporter of the event.  We are still looking for a few volunteers to help run the club's sale table.  Please consider helping out for a few hours at the RST Hamfest this month.  Those OVARC members that can help should contact David by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Time is running out to get on board with this event so please contact David or any board member ASAP.

#4.  Our Sunday NET Manager, Lanny KF7LV, still needs a few more volunteers who are interested in becoming NET Control Operators.  The more operators he has on the rotation, the fewer the times per month each NCS will be scheduled.  Why not give it a try and volunteer 1 hour on a Sunday to help support the OVARC Sunday NET.  Contact Lanny by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to join the team.

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