From the Archives 2022...

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Our April meeting topic was:
Chasing DX during a Contest

 

Prioritize your contest time and capture that DX station that you really need.
 
Bill Salyers, AJ8B, was our featured speaker, ZOOMing in from Waynesville, Ohio.
Bill is an active operator and heavily involved in the Southwest Ohio DX Association. (SWODXA) SWODXA is the group that bestows the “DXPeditioner of the Year” award at the DX Dinner during Hamvention, hosts the DX Forum on Saturday of Hamvention, and hosts the W8DXCC Convention in August.
Bill was first licensed as WN8IQN in 1971. His OM, K8DWE, (SK) insisted that he not be an appliance operator and had him build a keyer, tuner and a dummy load. He was 12 and it seemed like quite a challenge, but a few RF burns later and he was on the air.
After two years, the license expired as basketball overtook ham radio. However, after another year, Bill passed the Novice test and received WN8TZN. Using a home brew transmitter and a Hallicrafters SX-100,
 
Bill returned to the airwaves. With the help of yet another Handbook project, the Accu Keyer and Accu Memory (Remember those?) he really became hooked on CW. Bill upgraded to Advance receiving KB8DF and then to Extra.
 
Bill has become a somewhat prolific writer having first published an article in The DX Magazine in 1985. Since then, he has been published in QST, CQ, and the NCJ. Bill is also the editor of the weekly DX column in the Ohio Section Journal, the webmaster for SWODXA, and the newsletter editor for SWODXA.
 
Bill was on the QSO today podcast #319 and has presented several times at W4DXCC, W8DXCC, and the QSO Today Virtual Expo
In May of 2018, Bill was honored with the W8OK award from the SouthWest OH DX Association. W8OK, Frank Schwab, is considered the father of Hamvention and was also responsible for starting SWODXA.
 
Bill has also been an instructor in the CWOPS organization, the CW Academy.
The current station consists of a 6 band Vertical, OCF for 80 Meters, and a Helically wound vertical for 160. The rig is a Flex 6400.
Bill resides with his wife of 38 years, Karen, in Waynesville, Ohio. He is an IT Director in Cincinnati and has a 2-hour commute which allows plenty of time for DXing from the car with the Yaesu FT-857.
​Bill has modest DXCC totals including 8B DXCC and 305 overall.
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MARCH 18, 2022, MEMBERSHIP MEETING
 
Friday March 18, 2022 at 7 PM,
in-person and via Zoom.
Our March meeting featured a presentation of:
Portable and Field Operations
 
Anthony Luscre, K8ZT, was our featured speaker, coming to us via ZOOM from Ohio.
 
Anthony is a prolific operator maintaining websites at k8zt.com & ZTlearn.com. He writes for CQ Magazine and the DX Engineering blog called On All Bands. He has also developed an ARRL online Contesting course. Anthony is a frequent speaker for club presentations (over 125 sessions in last two years, including 7 for QSO Today Expos) and serves as the ARRL Ohio Section Youth Coordinator.
 
First licensed in 1981 as KA8NRC, Anthony has been a QRP operator from his very first QSO (no one told him Novices should not start with a 2-watt QRP rig). After receiving his Extra Class License in 2000, he changed his callsign to K8ZT. Early in his amateur radio learning, Anthony did some publishing for two QRP Clubs - SPRAT for the GQRP Club and QRP Quarterly for the QRP ARCI.
 
He is active in a variety of Amateur Radio activities, but his favorite activity is operating! Whether it is contesting, DXing, rag chewing, satellites, CW, Phone or Digital the QRP contacts have added up and now top 98,000.
 
Recently retired, Anthony's work background includes 20 years as a Medical Technologist working in Clinical Microbiology, private computer consulting and 20 years as a Computer Technology Coordinator, Technology Director (most recently as a Technology Integration Specialist for 30 school districts). His retirement activities include volunteering as a Trainman on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
 
Anthony lives with his wife Linda, KA8ODP, near Akron, Ohio. His station is definitely not a super contest station. His small suburban lot is cramped with a modest array of antennas, proving that you can be competitive in contests without acres of aluminum if you choose your entry category carefully.
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FEBRUARY 18, 2022, MEMBERSHIP MEETING
 
February 2022 Meeting Topic:
"3D Printing - It's More Than Just a Printer" 
 
Presented by Logan Zintsmaster, KE7AZ
 
Logan recounted his experiences, as a rookie, of buying and learning to use a 3D Printer. He discussed the overall 3D printing process by walking thru the steps from concept to taking the finished item off the 3D printer bed. He also offered some tips for getting started with a new printer.

Logan brought his printer to the meeting for a live demonstration during the presentation. Logan was available for "Show and Tell" and questions, after the presentation.

Logan, an OVARC Member and Director, was licensed in 1961 with a Novice and a Technician (Plus) license as KN/K8YXV. He currently holds an Extra license as KE7AZ. He has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio StateUniversity. Logan is retired, having worked for worked for Hallicrafters (now Northrop Defense Systems), Kaiser Electronics (now Collins Aerospace) and the Ham Radio Outlet Sunnyvale store. He resides in Oro Valley where he is working on an FT8, 5 band WAS with a stealth antenna.
To view/download a copy of the PDF from Logan's presentation, click HERE.

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January 21, 2022, 7PM -
Annual Membership Meeting/Elections in person and
via Zoom, 07:00 PM Arizona time.
As always, our January OVARC Member Meeting was the club’s Annual Meeting. Members elected new Directors to the board and the new Directors voted in new Officers. Member voting happened before our regular meeting started.
 
At this meeting, we tried something entirely new. We met jointly with the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club. As they are an hour earlier, we linked up with them at 8 PM. Levi-K6LCM gave us some history of the club and talked about current activities. He also shared some information about their repeaters, digital systems and their club station. Levi’s presentation lasted about 40 minutes.
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The in-person meeting location is as follows:
NEW LOCATION:
 
Mountain View Baptist Church
3500 W Overton Rd, Tucson, AZ 85742
Click HERE for Map and Directions:

If you are joining in person, although we will not require you to wear a mask, the CDC and the Pima County Health Department suggest that any unvaccinated people wear masks when attending indoor events. Masks are also suggested and encouraged for vaccinated people given the current situation in the Tucson metro area. So, please use your best judgement on this matter in considering your own health and the health of others.

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Other 2022 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.

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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.

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