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June Membership Meeting - June 21, 2024 - 7 PM
The Search for Amelia Earhart

We have a fascinating presentation for our June meeting. Rod Blocksome - K0DAS has been part of a worldwide effort to find Amelia Earhart’s airplane. Joe-KC2J and I had the privilege of seeing an expanded version of Rod’s presentation at the Flex Radio Hamvention Banquet. 

So how does this relate to amateur radio? Directly, probably little however there is a massive amount of communications going on between the research vessels, land based operations and under water apparatus. These research expeditions are very long and expensive and require the utmost communications to ensure safety of the equipment, ships and personnel.

Presenter: Rod Blocksome, K0DAS


Rod grew up western Kansas and attended Kansas State University where he received advanced degrees in electrical engineering. He has been a ham for many years and served as a communication officer in the US Air Force during the Viet Nam era. Rod went on to work at Collins Radio and had a 42-year career there. Since his retirement he has been involved in many volunteer activities including being a research analyst in the search for Amelia Earhart's Airplane lost at sea near Howland Island in 1937.  He has participated in three deep ocean sonar searches in 2002, 2006, and 2017 - and the work continues.

Rod served as the Midwest Division Director for the ARRL and resides in Robins Iowa just north of Cedar Rapids. 



NEW LOCATION: Building A, Room 207
Pima Community College NW Campus
7600 N Shannon Rd,
For a MAP to the meeting location, see below:
(OVARC Link (members only), click HERE)
Next Online Monthly Raffle - June 21, 2024.


OVARC will conduct its next "online raffle" April 19, 2024. An electronic process has been created to allow you to purchase your raffle tickets on-line, and a separate "randomization program" will select a winner. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.


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