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Oro Valley Fraternal Order of Police #53

Club Sponsors


Repeater Committee Announcement


The OVARC repeater system was upgraded to the robust Digital Fusion System on July 1st of this year. Fusion has many advantages including simplicity of setting up and operation. There are also many links, called Rooms, that can be linked on schedule for many different nets. These rooms can also be segmented on our repeaters for special events and emergencies. Fusion is now fully functional on Keystone (re-named "Metro"), Tucson Mountain, Calle, Marana, Camino, Downtown and Saddlebrooke. Part-time Fusion operation is available on the "Foothills" Repeater, also known as "PJV". PJV is usually switched from D-Star to Fusion operation for the OVARC Sunday Fusion Net.


The Keystone Repeater was re-named to "Metro".
To view real-time activity on the Metro repeater, click HERE.


What's Happening in July:


July 17th, 7 PM - OVARC Membership Meeting -
via Zoom


VP8PJ DX-pedition to Signy Island, Antarctica


What’s it like to board the Braveheart at Punta Arenas, Chile and sail for 6 days to 60 degrees south? What approvals are needed to land on an Antarctic island, ferry thousands of pounds of equipment to the island, establish a campsite and operate radio for 2 weeks, non-stop? How is equipment taken to the campsite, install tents capable of withstanding Antarctic winds, rain, snow and ice? What radios, amplifiers and antennas were used? Where did they get electrical power, food, and water? How many contacts did they make to how many countries and to how many different call signs?


Come to our July OVARC member meeting via Zoom and listen to Gene - K5GS explain the answers. 

Detailed Zoom information will be available closer to the meeting date. 73!

OVARC Newsletter "For Sale" Section Guidelines


The OVARC newsletter will begin publishing a "For Sale" column each month.  

The guidelines for submitting items for sale are:

[1] An entry will only run for one issue unless renewed.
[2] Sellers name, call and a contact number and/or email address must be included,
[3] A selling price (can be negotiable, such as $100 OBO) must be included,
[4] The item description must state if the item is 100% operational or what is not working.
[5] If this is a limited time offer, that time must be stated.


Although not required, pictures are desired.


To submit items for the column send your information to:  newsletter@tucsonhamradio.org.

  • NOTE: License Testing has been SUSPENDED until further notice.

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2020 VE Session Sign-Up

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