OVARC HF Special Interest Group (SIG)

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OVARC has formed a Special Interest Group (SIG) named Radiosport and Field Activities (RAFA).  The mission of this SIG is to promote outdoor ham radio events, ham radio contests, and operate whenever possible on an "off-the-grid" mode. The SIG Chairman is Tom Kravec W8TK. The SIG plans to organize up to 12 events per year.

These events will mainly consist of "mini-field-day"events and ham radio contest participation. The field events will take place at selected locations in/or near Tucson.  The SIG is open to any OVARC member, regardless of your license class or experience in field activities. If you have an interest, just show up.

These events will be geared to offer enjoyment of the outdoors with club members that are enthusiastic about HF radio. No one will be required to operate, you can just come out to watch and learn.  The aim is to allow participants to gain knowledge and expertise in learning about HF operating, learn about logging tools and methods, and gain experience with "off-the-grid" ham radio ops. These events will be open to all OVARC members regardless of license class as General and Extra class licensees will be available as control operators. Operators will use CW, SSB and Digital modes on HF bands. Lastly, the SIG will offer a forum to ask anything about ham radio and learn from experienced ham radio operators in the group.

Please contact Tom Kravec This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fred Bresani This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to be placed on the SIG's regular roster, feel free to ask any questions.

Radiosport and Field Activities Calendar of Events

This is a tentative schedule for Radiosport and Field Events Special Interest Group.  All activities and dates should be considered tentative until an article is published on the website or newsletter or announced at a membership meeting.  

May 6 7th call area QSO party at W8TK station
June 24-25 Field Day at Oro Valley EOC
July 4 Old fashioned small town parade and picnic to celebrate Independence Day at Summerhaven
August 19 Tucson's birthday.  Location to be determined.
September 23 90th anniversary of dedication of David-Monthan AFB.  Operation there (I hope).
October 15-16 Arizona QSO Party operation on Pima/Pinal county line
January, 2018 Celebration of Tom Mix birthday at his monument near Florence
April 25, 2018 Anniversary of Gadsden Purchase, making Arizona officially part of USA
May, 2018 7th call area QSO Party

A Small Town 4th of July Operating Event

summerhaven flagThis event has been cancelled due to the Burro Fire closure of Mt Lemmon Hwy.


On Tuesday July 4th we will be operating at 8,000 feet at Hanna and Ross's cabin on Mount Lemmon.

This is an unusual event in that it will offer the chance to promote Amateur Radio and to have some fun during the annual Summerhaven 4th of July parade. This is a great patriotic event for everyone to participate by entering the parade or simply watch. 

We will start HF operations at 0800. Operators interested in taking part in the parade will assemble at 1100 for the parade. The parade is short lasting about an hour.

  • Parade entrants can:
  • Drive a vehicle- radio equipped or not
  • Ride a bicycle or motorcycle
  • Walk using HT equipment.

After the Parade we will assemble back at the cabin for burgers, hot dogs and ice cream. HF operation will continue as long as there in interest.

A great turnout could really help our club and Amateur Radio.

Please let us know if you are attending by sending me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can plan accordingly. We need to provide food and a list of entrants to the parade organizers. 


OVARC HF Radio Sport Event

7th Area QSO Party

May 6, 2017

7qpIn preparation for Field Day (June 24-25), we will participate in the Seventh Call District QSO Party (www.7qp.org) on May 6 from 0600 to midnight MST. Operation will be at W8TK with big antennas and quiet radio conditions. In this event, stations in the 7th call area (AZ, NV, UT, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY) work the world, including one another, so there will be lots of action. We will use N1MM Logger as we do in Field Day. We will use all modes: CW, SSB, and PSK, your preference. Elmers will be available at all times to assist and encourage inexperienced or unsure operators. Score will take a back seat to training for FD, though we won the certificate for top multi-op/low power station last year. If you wish to reserve an hour or two or you need directions to my station, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Your GPS will not get you here!

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