OVARC Field Event - Wings of Freedom Marana AZ

OVARC Field Outing

The Wings of Freedom Tour

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Marana Airport

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OVARC will conduct its monthly operating event in conjunction with the Wings of Freedom Tour:
( http://www.collingsfoundation.org/the-foundation/foundation-background/ )

We will meet at the Marana Northwest Regional Airport at 0900 on Saturday, April 8. There is a special entrance for this event ((NOT the usual airport entrance!), located about 4.5 miles west of I-10 on Avra Valley Road. Look for the entrance banner and flag on the north side of the road. If you get to Sandario Road, you went too far. There is a large gravel parking lot right at the event site. We will be able to set up in the large tent erected just for this event, and we will deploy our usual antenna. We will use battery power, 100 watts HF, and computer logging as usual.

The airplanes will be just yards from our operating site, and they include a B-24, B-25, B-17, and TF-51 Mustang. They will be flying in from Albuquerque on Thursday. You can even book a flight on one of these planes, right from the airport. Check the Wings of Freedom website for details.

In addition, there will be display of WW2 army vehicles, tents, weapons set up right next to our location. Enjoy the aroma of moldy canvas like back in your Boy Scout days!

As usual, bring a chair and your lunch. Pizza has magically appeared at past events too. Thanks W1SR.

Admission to the Tour is $15 but you can buy a ticket that admits two for $15 on Groupon:

While our events don’t usually require an admission charge, the fee for this one goes to honor the memory of WW2 veterans. K7ROG tells me one of the big bombers burns 50 gallons of avgas per hour so your ticket charge goes right through the carburetor.

This would be a cool event even without ham radio, but there may be some local celebrities attending and perhaps we can snare one or two and put them on the air. I hope to see you at the airport on April 8.

Directions to Marana Airport - https://goo.gl/maps/JwyTxWNeZvr

OVARC Field Event - Fairbank AZ

OVARC Field Outing to Fairbank Ghost Town - March 18, 2017


We will gather at at 9 AM on March 18 at an Arizona ghost town, Fairbank (https://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/cultural/fairbank.html), which is about 10 miles west of Tombstone. Mapquest tells me the drive takes 93 minutes from my home in Tortolita. There are dozens of ghost towns in Arizona but most are only a memory. Fairbank had the train depot that served the Tombstone area and it was abandoned around 1972, but some buildings remain and the history is well documented on the website.

As always, we’ll have 100 watt HF radio and antenna, battery power, table, shelter, and logging computer. Bring your lunch and a chair. We’ll operate as long as anyone wishes to do so, on CW, SSB, PSK, and RTTY, probably on 40, 20, and 15 meters, whichever is open at the time. New operators are encouraged to attend and old timers will be on hand to provide guidance and advice on any ham-related topic. The only way to defeat mic fright is to get on the air and talk! We will help.

Here is more information about Fairbank:



Fox Hunt

OVARC Fox Hunt

March 5, 2017 @ 1000am

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OVARC is having a foxhunt on March 5.  Walt, AL7KE, is the hunt leader.  The hunt will start from the OVPD EOC parking lot at Oro Valley Marketplace.  The OVARC repeater system will be used for coordination.




  1. The Fox frequency is 146.565
  2. Fox will transmit for at least 1 minute out of every 3 (automated fox may vary)
  3. There will be two types of winners, one for Doppler, one for other DF methods
  4. Winners may be acknowledged at an OVARC club meeting, no prize except public adulation
  5. Fox must remain stationary for entire event
  6. Fox must be in a public area and visible from outside (not in a building)
  7. Fox must be in an area without access controls (fee or gate)
  8. Fox transmit power must be at least .5 watt, fox may not vary the power
  9. Fox may not be more than 300 feet from a public road or parking lot
  10. Trackers must report a starting odometer reading.
  11. Whoever finds the fox in the fewest miles is the winner. Doppler users can be co-winners
  12. Fox hunts will be conducted on the 2 meter Band.
  13. The Fox may or may not transmit on a repeater to allow hunters to verify the Fox is out there.
  14. The Fox hunt organizer is authorized to limit the geographical area of the Fox, e.g. Oro Valley city limits etc.