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May 15th:

OVARC's 2nd Zoom Membership Meeting!

(For more information on our Zoom meetings, please click HERE)​
Norman, VK6GOM, Live from Australia via Zoom


Our feature presenter for our May meeting was Norman VK6GOM. Coming to us via a Zoom connection, Norman is located over 8,000 miles always in Busselton, Western Australia. 


Over the years Norman has looked into one of the many benefits of Amateur Radio, that being our cognition and how our hobby positively impacts our cognitive skills. Norm also told us about ham radio operations in Australia and a bit about the activities in his a local club, the Bunbury Amateur Radio Club. 


It was very informative to learn more about this little-known benefit of Amateur Radio.

April 17th:

OVARC's first ever Zoom Membership Meeting!

(For more information on our Zoom meetings, please click HERE)​
Our "Zoom presenter" this month was Carl Luetzelschwab - K9LA.


Solar Topics and Propagation

Carl reviewed Cycle 24, the current solar minimum period between Cycles 24 and 25 and predictions for Cycle 25. He discussed what to expect propagation-wise during our current solar minimum period and he reviewed the NØNBH Solar-Terrestrial Data on the OVARC web site.

Click HERE to view/download his PowerPoint presentation.


Carl started his radio career as a short wave listener in the late 1950s. He received his Novice license (WN9AVT) in October 1961, and selected K9LA in 1977. Carl is a graduate of Purdue University and was an RF design engineer with Motorola and Magnavox/Hughes/Raytheon until his retirement in 2013. Carl enjoys propagation, DXing (he’s at the Top of the Honor Roll), contesting (he was NCJ Editor from 2002-2007), playing with antennas and fixing/using vintage equipment.


He and his wife Vicky AE9YL enjoy traveling, which has included DXpeditions to Syria (YK9A in 2001), to Market Reef in 2002 (OJ0/AE9YL and OJ0/K9LA) and numerous trips to ZF (Carl is ZF2LA and Vicky is ZF2YL). Carl is currently the ARRL Central Division Vice Director. He has received the Bill Orr W6SAI Technical Writing Award, the YASME Foundation Excellence Award and the Indiana Radio Club Council Technical Excellence Award.

K9LA's Viking Ranger II and Drake 2-B
April 18th:

Anniversary of the return on the Apollo 13 Astronauts:


Below is the list of links used for the event.


You can only see one band/mode at a time. Every time you view a schedule, it has automatically been updated with everyone who signed up.


If you want to operate 40 Meter FT-8, Click on:


If you want to operate 20 Meter CW, Click on:


If you want to operate 20 Meter USB, Click on:


If you want to operate 17 Meter FT-8, Click on:





de Frank Karnauskas, N1UW


Other 2020 OVARC Membership Meetings...
Due to concern for the health of our members/guests, and in compliance with CDC, State, and Local Government directives, REGULAR OVARC Membership meetings will not resume until an "all clear" is announced by these agencies. Until then, we hope to schedule more "Zoom" meetings. Check back here often for updates! Thank you for your cooperation.


How to: Horizontal Loop Antennas by
John Payton (N7GHZ)

OVARC Member John Payton (N7GHZ) has created a PDF presentation on Horizontal Loop Antenna Design, as well as additional info and videos.

To download John's PDF, click HERE.

To access the other material including videos, click HERE.


March 2020 Membership Meeting - CANX
Friday March 2oth at 7 PM MST
Ascension Lutheran Church
February 2020 Membership Meeting
Friday February 21st at 7 PM MST
Ascension Lutheran Church
1220 W. Magee Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704

For a MAP with directions, click HERE

6 PM Pre-Meeting Friday February 21, 2020

(Prior to the Regular 7 PM Meeting)

Have you been on FM since man created handheld radios? Are you wondering, "how do I get on Fusion?" Buying a radio is the easy part; how do I get on Fusion once I have it in my hand? What’s the attraction for getting a HotSpot? Do I need one? Can I get on Fusion without one? How do the OVARC repeaters fit into all of this? What about APRS? Should I throw away my FM handheld radio?

If you had questions that are close to these, then you should have come early to the Friday OVARC meeting on February 21st. Mike, K7VTT answered “Fusion Questions”.

Notable Antenna Designer Presented at the February Meeting

At our February 21st meeting, Tom Schiller, N6BT, talked about antennas. Tom is the founder and owner of Next Generation Antennas. He designed the Force-12 antennas and authored a great antenna book titled “Array of Light.” He still holds a few world records, including the 160-meter CQWW QRP CW in 2007, and the 80-meter CQWW QRP CW in 2003. Those records still stand today. Today he lives in Kingman Arizona on several acres of land as he continues developing new antenna designs.

Tom covered antennas for smaller spaces, taking into consideration the bands desired, operating interests, budget, restrictions, etc. He also included his research on verticals and other antennas that he has done over the past several years. Subjects included take-off angles, efficiency, balanced current, baluns, "radials vs. counterpoise" (including his present Vertical Open Ring system) and his article in the May/June 2019 National Contest Journal (NCJ).

Afterward, Tom was glad to take all questions. Having shipped over 26,000 antennas and a product line of close to 200 models, he has probably tried and built most everything, including aluminum towers, masts, and tower trailers. For DX enthusiasts, he can provide insight from The Team Vertical contest team, and many other DXpeditions.

January 2020 Club Meeting
- Elections 
- Slow Scan TV (SSTV)
- Handyman Corner


Friday, January 17, 2020 

7:00 PM MST

Ascension Lutheran Church

1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Click HERE for a Map

Board of Directors Election

Friday January 17th 2020 was the regular OVARC Meeting. It was also our Annual Meeting and the meeting when we hold our elections.


In 2020, five director’s seats were up for election. Those directors are Gary-AE7GP, Fred-W2HZ, Carl-KB7AZ, Ross-K4WBR and Hanna-KG7TPD. 


Gary-AE7GP, Fred-W2HZ and Hanna-KG7TPD have accepted nominations to run again for another 2 year term. (Note: They were all re-elected). 


This leaves two Directors who will retire from the Board: Carl-KB7AZ and Ross-K4WBR. Many thanks to Ross and Carl for their dedication and commitment to OVARC during their term.


The nomination period for the 2020 elections is now closed and there are two nominations to fill the two upcoming vacant seats. Those nominees are Hal-N7BAZ and Logan-KE7AZ. (NOTE: All Board nominees were elected).


Slow Scan TV (SSTV)

Presented by: Carl Foster - KB7AZ


Slow Scan Television (SSTV) is a picture transmission of still pictures via amateur radio. It is inexpensive and used by many amateurs as well as our International Space Station (ISS) crew. 


Our own Carl Foster – KB7AZ presented Slow Scan Television for Amateur Radio. He answered questions about clarity, speed, signal width, etc. in detail.


Carl, KB7AZ, was first licensed in 1970 and has worked as an RF design engineer from 1973 until he retired from Raytheon in 2011. He currently holds an Extra Class license. Carl's amateur radio interests include HF, VHF, DX, RTTY, SSTV, public service, and antenna design. Carl was one of the designers of the first digitally synthesized amateur transceiver, the Astro 200, which was sold from 1977 - 1980. Since then he has worked in aerospace data links including message protocols, telemetry, range tracking, and range safety. He is the current ARRL Arizona Section Technical Coordinator and previously served as an OVARC board member and the club's Secretary.

Handy Man Corner

Presented by: Tom Kravek, W8TK

Is your radio legal?

2019 Meeting Topics


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OVARC Monthly Meeting Topics 2019

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