Special Raffle #2
The 2nd OVARC Special Raffle will start at the January 16th, 2015 Membership Meeting. Tickets will be on sale for $5.00 each and the drawing will be held at an OVARC Monthly Meeting after 125 tickets have been sold.
The prize for the current raffle is an ICOM ID-880H D-STAR mobile radio.
Click here to see radio features and specs.
Tickets will be on sale at the OVARC Monthly Meetings.
You need not be present at the drawing to win.
February 20, 2015
Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ
Presented by Tom, W8TK
Presented by George, NG7A
Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) – The Basics
Presented by Jon Andrews, K1IMD
What is this new mode sweeping the VHF & UHF repeater spectrum all over the world?
Oh man… I was listening to a local repeater frequency and there was this horrible buzzy sound on the channel what the heck is that all about? We will discuss some of the “buzz” and “tech talk” so you will better understand the terminology used in this new mode of operation. Radio is radio but DMR is different than radio operation most hams are used to. We will discuss primarily the DMR-MARC network and some of the facilities associated with it.
About Jon Andrews, K1IMD
Jon Andrews K1IMD has been a licensed amateur since 1971. Most of his amateur experience was has been with repeaters and linked repeaters, mobile operation at sea and on land, with a dabbling in HF mobile and fixed station operation. Jon has operating experience from 160 meters to 2GHz in various modes. Blending a computer hobby, industrial automation interest and ham radio activities resulted in operating modes other than straight analog or FM such as AX.25 Packet Radio, Fast Scan TV, SSTV, APRS, PSK31, WSPR, VoIP IRLP, Remote station operation via the Internet, HF & VHF/UHF SDR Radio and now most recently Mototrbo ™ or DMR. From 2001 to 2013 Jon was employed by a Motorola Channel Partner as the senior technician; designing, building and maintaining public safety communications dispatch centers and radio systems for local municipalities, county, state and federal agencies on eastern Long Island, New York. Jon is presently the CTO at a large HVAC company on Long Island, managing everything that has electrons running around in them.
So You Want to be a HAM!
Announcing the Winter 2015
OVARC Technician License Class
This class will prepare you to take the FCC’s entry level amateur radio license examination. At the end of the class, American Radio Relay League certified examiners will administer the test. Soon after you will be on the air!
When: 6 consecutive Thursdays commencing February 12, 2015 and ending on March 19, 2015.
Each meeting is from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Where: Oro Valley PD Emergency Operations Center, 1920 E Tangerine Rd., Oro Valley, AZ.
This is in the Oro Valley Marketplace on the corner of Tangerine and North Oracle Rd in Oro Valley. Go to the rear of the building just west of Wal-Mart.
Class Fee: Tuition is free to members of OVARC. Membership in OVARC is $25 per year and those wishing to join may do so at the first class. At the end of the class, the ARRL examination fee is $15.
Required Course Book: Technician Class 2014-2018 License Preparation by Gordon West, WB6NOA. The ISBN is 978-0-945053-79-8. If you wish to purchase the book from Amazon.com, here is a link.
In order to be successful in the course you will need to read and study outside of class hours.