OVARC Monthly Club Meetings

The Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club monthly meetings are open to anyone interested in amateur radio.  You do not have to be a licensed ham or a member of OVARC to attend OVARC meetings.  

Meetings are held on the third Friday of every month unless changed by the OVARC board.   The June meeting is normally Field Day and the December meeting varies as it is our annual Christmas Party and may vary due to venue.  Meetings normally start at 7:00pm but you are welcome to arrive earlier to help set up and/or chat with other members.  Check the latest meeting notice for details on our next meeting.  

Meetings are currently held at 

Ascension Lutheran Church 
and School
1220 W Magee Rd
Tucson, AZ 85704

September 2017 Club Meeting - "Summits On The Air: Signals To and From Mountaintops"

Friday, September 15, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

By Tom, W8TK

Build a SOTA station for less than $10


Summits On The Air:  Signals To and From Mountaintops

Presented by Keith Schlottman- KR7RK


The Summits On The Air (SOTA) program is a worldwide activity designed for all amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners. Whether you are a "Chaser" who operates from home, auto, or anywhere, or an "Activator" who operates from the peak of a mountain, SOTA provides an exciting and rewarding way to participate in the amateur radio hobby. Arizona is especially blessed with numerous summits that qualify under the SOTA rules, but there are SOTA operations every day from over a hundred countries. You can participate in SOTA on any ham radio band and any mode. Keith Schlottman, KR7RK, is a very active member of the SOTA community and will share some tips, stories, and ideas to help you get the most out of the Summits On The Air program. He will bring along his kit that he hikes with when doing SOTA activations, and will discuss a wide variety of helpful online tools available to SOTA operators.

more sota


August 2017 Club Meeting - "Remote Access to your Amateur Radio Station "

Friday, August 18, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

FT8 Digital Mode

By Jim, W5ZIT

A new digital mode called FT8 has been catching on like wildfire. The amateur radio press just started publishing this mode heavily in past month or so.

To learn about FT8 and its advantages, our very own Jim Brown, W5ZIT will give us a brief overview and a “how to” for FT8 operation. Jim will also tell us about his first-hand experiences operating the FT8 mode.


Remote Access to your Amateur Radio Station

Presented by Mark Aaker - K6UFO


Operate while traveling!
Work the rare DXpedition while at work!
Get apartment dwellers on-the-air!
Provide a Club Station for members to use!

There are many reasons to provide remote access to your Amateur Radio station. The growth of "remote workers", Skype and "the cloud" have made internet access to your radio station practical. You no longer need to be a technical genius to implement remote access by laptop, tablet or smartphone. We'll talk about several well-proven implementations, and what to expect in the next few years.