The first club meeting was held in January 2011 with just a few members. But as the year progressed, it became apparent that a Northwest club was needed by the ham radio community. In just one year, OVARC had become the largest club in the metropolitan Tucson area.
OVARC exists to promote and advance the art, science and enjoyment of Amateur Radio. The club encourages its members to take an active part in providing service to the community in the form of emergency communications during natural and man-made disasters. By providing communications at community events such as the American Diabetes Tour de Cure, 24 Hours of the Old Pueblo bike race, and El Tour de Tucson, and by participating in club sponsored operating events like Field Day, the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club provides its members with opportunities to enhance their operating skills and understanding of emergency procedures.
New ham training allows additional members of the community to become involved in emergency communications and technology discussions at club meetings, which helps hams become better equipped to operate during emergency situations. OVARC has partnered with the Oro Valley Citizen Corp Council and Oro Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), both sponsored by the Oro Valley Police Department, to ensure consistent communications with other groups involved in community emergency communications events.
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, OVARC's meetings will be held ONLINE via "Zoom" until further notice. For more information, click HERE.
The Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club meets the third Friday of every month at 7:00pm, at Ascension Lutheran Church,
1220 W Magee Rd Tucson, AZ 85704.
For meeting info, click HERE
The Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club is operated under the rules set forth in its Constitution and Bylaws.
A copy of the Constitution and Bylaws can be found HERE.
Recognizing the need for an amateur radio club in Northwest Tucson, Randy, KFØX, founded the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club (OVARC) in late 2010.
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OVARC is a proud affiliate club of the ARRL
(American Radio Relay League)
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The Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club is an IRS 501(c)(3) and an Arizona Non-Profit Corporation.
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The Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club is an IRS 501(c)(3) and an Arizona Non-Profit Corporation. We pride ourselves on being an extremely active club. We provide communications through our members and repeaters for public service events in Southern Arizona. We also have a wide area linked repeater network in Southern Arizona that is OPEN TO ALL. Your generous donation of ANY AMOUNT would be greatly appreciated. Donations are fully tax-deductible and OVARC will provide a receipt for your records.
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About the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
Founded in 1914, the ARRL, or "American Radio Relay League," is the National Association for Amateur Radio™.
Today, with more than 156,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States. Its mission is to promote and advance the art, science and enjoyment of Amateur Radio. Information on how to get involved in Amateur Radio is available from the ARRL website at www.arrl.org
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