Holiday Party, Dues, and January Meeting

OVARC MEMBERS

HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS PARTY

DECEMBER 16 AT 3PM

 

Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 West Magee Road

Grace Hall

 



OVARC Members and a Member’s Guest are invited to the annual OVARC Holiday Christmas Party at 3PM on Sunday December 16 at Grace Hall. As in past years, the event is a potluck party and to avoid duplication you can check the following signup genius to see what dishes are most needed. The club will provide the main dish.



https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094EADAC2CA2FA7-20185

We will have a great raffle during the party with plenty of prizes so please take advantage of this members-only event. Please also consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the church’s food drive. 



There isn’t a sign-up genius for chefs but if you can arrive early to help setup the room and do some cooking, that would be excellent.

 




2019 DUES



Dues for 2019 are now being accepted. The good news is that we are able to keep the dues the same for another year. With rising expenses, it’s getting harder to keep our dues so low but please show your support for the club and pay your 2019 dues as soon as you can. As announced at the November OVARC meeting, members that pay their dues by December 31 will automatically be entered into a special raffle for a $100 DX Engineering Gift Card. If you’re going to renew your membership anyway, why not do it before December 31 and get into the raffle?






JANUARY GENERAL MEETING



Arrangements are being made for a live presentation at the January OVARC meeting on January 18, 2019. As usual, we will hold our annual Election for Directors too.



November2018 Club Meeting - Stealth Antennas

Click here to download the presentation in PDF.

Friday, October 19, 2018

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


 

Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom, W8TK

TBD

 


 

Stealth Antennas

 

Presented by

Carl, KB7AZ

 

The program at the November 16th OVARC meeting is on "Stealth Antennas, presented by Carl, KB7AZ. His presentation offers insights and ideas for dealing with HOA restrictions and other obstacles to getting your signal on the air. This is of interest to those working VHF as well as HF operators. Having once lived in an restricted neighborhood, Carl has dealt with the HOA menace in the past. Carl covers several methods for hiding antennas. Although now has a tower and numerous wire antennas, he had developed many methods for hiding antennas. His 11 antennas at his previous address were not discovered. Well, one was, but the neighbor didn't care. Carl used many antennas in contests and made quite a few DX contacts before moving. His presentation has sparked several people into action, and will hopefully inspire some innovative solutions to the HOA problem. 

Click here to download the presentation in PDF.

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.