Message from Rick Paquette:
I was planning on being there at many of your Field-Day Sites this year, but I have had a bad accident and am recovering . I still want to “Visit your sites” , so since I am homebound, I will be trying to do this via Ham Radio.
I will be at my home QTH in Oro Valley AZ using my own Call Sign W7RAP
I have a Icom 7600 and an Alpha 9500 hooked to a 75/80-meter Inverted V NVIS. antenna that should cover most of the state 5-by-9.
I also will be on my 40-meter Beam on both CW and SB (And can do AM as well).
On the same tower I will have My TH-7 on 20, 15, 17, and 10.
Please be patient, as my typing skills and LOTW as well are impaired due to right-arm mobility issues, But John De-Journett AE7IN, One of your new ARRL Assistant Section managers will be helping me some of the time and as well, he will help me with Digital modes.
Those who make the contact with the W7RAP Field Day Site, will receive a special ARRL-ARIZONA FIELD DAY QSL Card with all info filled in, along with an official ARRL Contact Award from your Section Manager. We will provide these to all who contact us, not just Arizona Section Members and the offer is to ALL ARIZONA Hams, whether ARRL members or not, and to ALL Field Day Sites, Mobile, Portable, Single OPs Multi Ops , Everybody!
So: Field Day Site Managers please alert your OPs and be sure that if they want additional operators at the site to receive their own QSL card and award, to add that info to their contact exchange.
Please pass the word. We want to work you ALL and as many modes and bands as we can !
Any questions ? – Please e-mail the ARRL-AZ Section Staff at W7RAP@ARRL.ORG
SEE YOU ALL ON THE BANDS !
Rick Paquette W7RAP
ARRL Section Manager Arizona
ARRL -Arizona Activities
Arizona Ham-Call License Plate Fees Rebate
Our Governor, Doug Ducey has signed the License Plate Reimbursement bill. Beginning on July 1 Arizona Hams will begin receiving $17 of each $25 we pay to the State of Arizona for Amateur Plates each year. The $$ goes to ARCA (The Amateur Radio Council of Arizona), and will be used to benefit the clubs and individual Hams of the state.
For further detail see:
Distracted Driving Laws Exemptions Made For Amateur and Mobile Radio: Distracted Driving laws were enacted in Oro Valley, Tucson, and Pima County Arizona this year. You can be cited for using Mobile or HT radios in Tucson, and Oro Valley. This month we got to work contacting support groups in these municipalities and had letters sent to them from Amateurs, Emergency Support Organizations, Commercial Radio Operations, TV and Media Organizations, and Legal Supporters.
The results were almost immediate. Both Oro Valley and the Pima County Board of Supervisors enacted exemptions for Amateur and Commercial Radio operations, acknowledging that these modes were never intended to be restricted. There is still a question as to how law enforcement will be able to discriminate between use of Handie-Talkies and Cell Phones, and we are working on a further refinement of the exemptions to cover these modes as well.
The City of Tucson is still working on an exemption to their ordinance, and we expect to see a similar revision to their law permitting Mobile operations. Their latest response was to have users who are cited for the violation, challenge the ticket in court and get a ruling in their favor. Clearly this is not what we expect, and we will continue a full-court press to have the specific exemptions recorded as revisions to their ordinance.
One thing to consider: If you are in your car and it has Ham Call Plates, law enforcement can recognize you as a Ham Operator, and discriminate and avoid an unnecessary traffic stop. That’s another incentive for Hams to get a Arizona Ham Call Plate !
FIELD DAY June 24-25, 2017
Don’t forget ARRL Field Day is almost here. Many clubs throughout the state are well into planning their operations and activities for the 24/25 June event. Even if you have not joined a Field Day group, be sure to plan a visit to one of the sites and get a chance to operate and participate. You are always welcome. Remember, even if you aren’t a General or Extra-Class ham, you can get a chance to operate a station and make contacts. Site managers are urged to register their Field Day
sites at http://www.arrl.org/field- ay-locator so that all hams and the public can locate their nearby locations. ARRL Section Manager representation is planned for as many sites as we can get to. Be sure to contact us so we can be there.
Upcoming Hamfests and Related Events 9 – 10 June Prescott Hamfest Hosted by the Eagle Amateur Radio Club and the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ Hours are Noon to 4:00 PM on Friday, June 9, for Seminars and Commercial Vendors Only 7:00 AM to Noon Saturday, June 10, for Tailgating and Commercial Vendors Saturday Seminars will be held from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM VE testing will be available from 4:30 – 6:30 PM on Friday, June 9 Free Admission on Friday. General Admission on Saturday is $5.00 (free for ERAU Students with ID) Saturday Tailgating – $10 for one (1) parking lot space ($5 for each additional) Inside Commercial Vendors – $20 for 1st table, $10 each additional. Club Information Booths Free Talk-In: 146.880 MHz (-) PL 100 Hz. Check website at www.prescotthamfest.com for updates. Hamfest contact: Frank Bender, K8FB – firstname.lastname@example.org
This location is a school, so remember – No Guns, Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking, Vaping, Fireworks or Pets per ERAU.
22 July White Mountain Hamfest
Hosted by the Kachina Amateur Radio Club The Kachina ARC has relocated both the time and location of their Summer Hamfest, The White Mountain Hamfest will be held the 22nd of July in their new location in Pinetop, AZ. This is at a beautiful Lakeside Park with lots of room for RVs and trailers. There will be plenty of room for RV’ers to dry-camp right at the Hamfest. A full slate of activities, Swapfest, VEC Testing , and exhibits is planned. Mountain Meadow Park, 1101 N Woodland Road, Pinetop Lakeside, AZ.
Parking $5.00/space – Vendors/Tailgaters $5.00 per space VE Session 9:00 AM – Walk-Ins encouraged Hourly & Grand Prizes – Refreshments Available Talk-In 146.760 Pl 162.2 Contact – Vince – email@example.com or Chad – firstname.lastname@example.org
15 September Southwest Division HAMCON
The ARRL Southwest Division is holding this years’ convention on 15 to 17 September, in Torrance Calif. This Years’ Convention theme is “Ham Radio For Everyone” and includes a full range of talks and exhibitions on equipment, operations, public service, Dxing, and much more. There is an extensive list of prizes and events, and there will be a W1AW/6 Special-Event station in operation. The Swap meet will be on Sunday the 17th, and a special tour of the Battleship USS Iowa including a Catered dinner in the Officers’ wardroom is being offered on Friday afternoon and evening. For complete Convention details, registration, and hotel bookings, logon to: WWW.HAMCONINC.ORG
28 October Copafest 2017 ARRL AZ State Convention Hosted by the Maricopa Amateur Radio Association will be held at the UltraStar at Ak-Chin Circle in Maricopa. Admission $5.00. Swap Meet, Free VE Testing, Educational Seminars, Raffle Prizes and more. For info, visit the web site at www.copahams.org or email to: email@example.com
11 November Oro Valley ARC Hamfest Hosted by the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club at Marana Middle School, 11285 W Grier Road, Marana, AZ Gates are open at 7:00 AM (5:00 AM for sellers) and close at 1:00 PM General Admission: $5.00 – Under 12 years old free with paid adult Seller Admission: $10.00 per space and includes seller admission Veterans Day Ceremony, Multiple Raffle Prizes, Breakfast and Lunch Available VE Testing, QSL Card Checking, Seminars For more information visit the web site at orovalleyarchamfest.com or contact Steve, W1SR at firstname.lastname@example.org
18 November 2018 HARKFEST Tailgate Hamfest Hosted by the Hassayampa Amateur Radio Klub at the North Ranch Escapees RV Park, 30625 S Hwy 89, Congress, AZ Free Admission, Free Tailgate Sites (Pre-Registration Required – email@example.com) Overnight Camping (Full Hook-Up or Dry) Available (pre-registration required for camping at www.escapees.com/parking/congress) Tailgating permitted at campsite. VE Testing – Prizes Arts & Crafts Show 9 AM – 2 PM and Lunch at Activity Center
21-27, 2018 January QuartzFest Convention in Quartzsite, AZ. A week-long Hamfest Featuring activities for all. Visit the Web Pages at www.Quartzfest.org You can see photos of the recent Hamfests at the ARRL-Arizona Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/ArrlArizona/
AMATEUR RADIO TESTING
2nd Wednesday, Central Phoenix VE Team Location: South Mountain Community College (Library) Time: 6:30 PM (No walk-ins) Contact: Bill Martin (480) 205-3625 (480) 205-3625 Limited space, you must contact Bill. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Monday 6:00 PM EAST VALLEY VE TEAM (Walk-ins allowed) Contact Steve, KY7W 480-478-9692. 1104 East Campus Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282-3913. Email: KJ7WK@COX.NET East Mesa VE Team will take walk-in registrants between 6 PM and 6:30
- Testing will begin promptly at 6:30 for the Technician examination. You must have Photo ID. $15.00 Fee (exact change Please.)
4th Sat 7:00PM Arizona Amateur Radio Club (No walk-ins) PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED NOTIFY GARY BY THURS NITE Contact Gary Hamman, K7GH (602) 996-8148 Email: K7GH@ARRL.NET Location: 4747 N. 22nd Street, on the eastside of 22nd Street and just north of Highland Ave. in Phoenix. (No walk-ins),
Tucson Area: Lighthouse YMCA/ARRL: First Thursday Contact Matt, AC7IL, email@example.com
Oro Valley/ARRL: First Saturday Contact David, AK2L, firstname.lastname@example.org
RST/ Laurel (No Fee): Second Monday Contact Diane, AA3OF, email@example.com Jacobs Park YMCA/ARRL: Third Saturday Contact Fred, K7OFA, firstname.lastname@example.org Graham / Greenlee County Area: For VE testing on request, please contact Dave, N7AM, and he will arrange it.
Arizona Traffic and Emergency Net (ATEN) meets in the winter from October 15 to April 15 at 5:30 PM and in the summer from April 15 to October 15 at 7:00PM on 3986 kHz daily. Tommy Ivan KF7GC Net Manager, Arizona Section Traffic Manager Kf7gc@arrl.net www.atenaz.net
Arizona Emergency Net – Maricopa (AEN-MAR) meets every Monday at 9:00 PM local time, for training and exercise in the public service communication arts on the Mt. Ord 146.92(-), Shaw Butte 147.24(+) or Scottsdale Airpark 146.760(-) repeaters. The repeaters require a 162.2 Hz tone. The repeaters are linked and cover most of Maricopa County and portions of Pinal, Gila, Coconino and Yavapai Counties in central Arizona. http://www.aen-mar.org
Saguaro National Traffic System (NTS) Net (www.saguaronts.net), meets daily at 6:30 pm MST (0130Z) on the Eastern Arizona Amateur Radio Society (E.A.A.R.S.) (http://www.eaars.org/ ) repeaters. The repeaters are; 146.86 and (440.700 Hub) Heliograph Peak 147.28 Guthrie Peak –
Greenlee County 145.21 Jacks Peak New Mexico. Between Lordsburg & Silver City 145.41 Pinal Peak Near Globe AZ 147.16 Mt Lemmon Near Tucson 146.70
Greens Peak Near Springerville – Showlow 145.27 South Mtn. Near Alpine, AZ 147.08 Mule Mtn. Near Bisbee in Cochise County 147.06 Lil Florida Mtn. Near Deming, New Mexico 145.47 Caballo Mtn. Near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico 145.35 West Peak. West of Heliograph 12 miles
All E.A.A.R.S. network repeaters operate with PL tone 141.3. For more information about this net, contact Greg Peters (email@example.com), Net Co-Manager. – There are many more nets in Arizona. Contact Tomy Ivan KF7GC for the full list.
AM 2 meter net Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area, 2 meter AM net, 144.450 MHz, every Tuesday night at 1930 MST. Antenna vertical polarization. The 144.450 MHz is a coordinated AM frequency in Arizona. This is an informal NET, most discussions are technical. All are welcome.
ON-LINE AMATEUR RADIO COURSE
Several new hams wrote to me about an online Amateur Radio Course put together by Andy KE4GKP. They have the Technician, General and even Morse Code courses. Check them out at http://www.hamwhisperer.com/p/ham-courses.html it is even available on YouTube.
Ham Radio Contests
For information on contests go http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Contest%20Corral/
Have an event coming up? Let us know. Send us the flyer and we will add it to this newsletter.
ARRL Field Day
Don’t forget to register your club’s Field Day activities with the ARRL. This way we can be sure to support our site and will try to attend as many locations as we can. Contact Tom Fagan K7DF@arrl.org to schedule an ARRL Section Representative to appear at your event. Please plan to send us a re-cap of your event once Field Day is over.
ARIZONA SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
We need to get all ARES members to take the online ICS-100, 200 and 700 classes. I also hope to see them take the ICS-800 classes if they will be supporting an EOC of any sort. If you aren’t collecting their Certificates start doing it now. Forward them to us so that we can add them to the state repository. There will be a Statewide Exercise in 2017 that will involve ham radio. Conversations are already happening and ham radio will be involved in the actual exercise and not their own. Hopefully this will prevent the confusion of the past.
Thank each of you for your contributions. Section Emergency Coordinator
Dennis J. Bietry KE7EJF
ARRL Arizona Section
Section Manager: Richard A Paquette, W7RAP