So You Want to be a HAM!
Announcing the Spring 2014
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 March 27, 2014 and ending on May 1, 2014. Each meeting is from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The test will be administered at 10:30am on Saturday, May 3 at the OVPD Emergency Operations Center.
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: $25 class fee - Payable at the first class session. This includes a free 1-year OVARC membership ($20 value) for class members who pass the license exam at the end of the class. At the end of the class, the ARRL exam fee is $15.
Required Course Book: Technician Class 2010-2014 License Preparation by Gordon West, WB6NOA. Buy now from Amazon.
Get Directions to the Class
March 21, 2014
Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ
by Tom, W8TK
APRS - What and Why
Presented by Bob Stephens AF9W
APRS the Automatic Position Reporting System is more than just a way to track your vehicle or report weather. In this presentation Bob will talk about how APRS can be used to provide tactical information during public service events and the hardware and software available for implementing APRS - from used TNC's to today's Smartphones and tablets.
Bob was licensed in 1978 after a short stint as a CB'er. His primary interests are HF CW both ragchewing and contesting, QRP radios, and public service. He is the ARRL Emergency Coordinator for Oro Valley. He is part of the PC OEM Communications Team and the communications coordinator for the Tucson American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Bike Ride. He participates as a communicator at the 24 Hours of the Old Pueblo, El Tour de Tucson, and Old Pueblo 50 Run and other events as they come up. During the summer in Washington state he participates in Summits on the Air which combines ham radio with hiking.
Besides operating amateur radio Bob enjoys elmering new hams and helping experienced hams with new technologies. As a member of the CW Operators Club he is a CW Academy Advisor for beginning CW operators.
There are many opportunities to provide public service in Southern Arizona. Here is a partial list. Specific requests for help will be communicated via email. If you would like to volunteer for any of these events reach out to the event contact listed below.