Sun City Arizona

2020 WVARC Board of Directors

President-Danny Hoerr, KM4HFT

Vice President-Fred Peters, K7WFP

Secretary-April Kramer, KI7GFJ

Treasurer-Doug Totel, K9RZ

Board Member-Joe Fitzgerald II, KV2H

Board Member-Tom Smith, WA0OFO

Board Member-Gary Franklin, K8BKB

Board Member-David C. Putman, W7DCP

Congratulations to these 8 members, and thank you for 

volunteering!  A good board of directors makes for a good club!

2019 Ham Of The Year

John Siepmann, N9NA

Every year at this time, club members are on "pins and needles" in anticipation of who will be chosen "Ham of the Year".  

This year, the Ham of the Year was chosen by Jim Rogers, N7YTI, who was one of two winners chosen last year.  Jim attended the Holiday Banquet on December first to present the award, and unfortunately John was unable to attend the banquet.  A few days later, Jim caught up with John and presented his award plaque during our weekly breakfast.  (Photo by Doug, K9RZ)  

This is what Jim had to say:

"It's with great pleasure that I get to announce the Man (Ham) of the Year for 2019.  This person has been a very active part of the West Valley Amateur Radio Club for many years.  In the time I have known him, he has served as Treasurer for 4 years, been a huge part of the Annual Auction for many years, ran a couple of very successful Field Days, put on this Holiday Party and helped with countless other functions.  In his spare time, John finds time to compete in many weekend contests, as well.  He is definitely a ham we all look up to!  Of course, I am talking about John Siepmann, N9NA.  Congratulations John, on being chosen Ham of the Year for 2019."  


Look Here For Club Events


StormSpotter Class in Chandler


ASU Innovation Center

Event Details


StormSpotter Class in Chandler

If you haven't taken a class, either this year or last year, click on the link for location and registration information:


ASU Innovation Center


Thunderbird Hamfest

8am - Noon

Glendale Nazarene

Event Details


Thunderbird Hamfest

Every year, Thunderbird puts on a great Hamfest!  The best part is that it is not that far to travel for some great seminars, door prizes and all around good deals on ham equipment!

General admission is only $5.00 per person!

Each paid admission also receives one door prize ticket.  

Click here for more information on parking, prizes and seminars.

LOCATION:  Glendale Nazarene Church

                       5902 W. Cactus Road

                       Glendale, AZ  85304

For onsite listening to hear your ticket number, 

tune your HT radio to 146.56 MHz Simplex.

I hope to see many of you there!  Please print a few of our Auction flyers to hand out while you are there.

8am - Noon

Glendale Nazarene



7:30 am the 19th - 2:00 pm the 25th

Quartzsite, AZ

Event Details



Click here for a schedule of the events of this next year's week-long ham sensation of the year!  More on this later.

7:30 am the 19th - 2:00 pm the 25th

Quartzsite, AZ

Maricopa County Emergency Communications Group


MCECG Events:

Check this link for upcoming events and information:

Also check out the Arizona Emergency Net-Maricopa website:

  • December 14th-12K's of Christmas-Freestone Park, Gilbert, AZ
  • December 14th-JTROC Sophies Flats-Northeast of Wickenberg, AZ


Thank You to ADAW, for providing this information.  Check out their website:

West Valley ARC is on this list of flyers!

HamfestFlyers_Reduced (pdf)


Past Events

2019 Holiday Banquet-December 1st

This was a great way to end the year!  We had a very nice dinner, Bill, KA2KHV, "tickled the ivories" fantastic as usual!  We were sweetly serenaded by Dave, WA0ZVM, as he convinced others to join him in song, and the ladies did a wonderful job with the handing out of great door prizes!  Some members will be going to HRO for Christmas!  The best part for me was getting back together with friends that I haven't seen in awhile.

2019 Palo Verde Siren Test-November 13

A big thank you goes out to all involved with this event!  The sirens 

were tested twice, the food was great and this year the Emergency 

Alert System on our phone was tested.  Always a good time, 

visiting with hams I haven't seen for awhile.  I encourage new hams 

to check this out next November!

2019 Picnic in the Park-November 2

The weather couldn't have been more pleasant!  Rich, W7MDQ, did a head count and came up with about 50 attendees.  The burgers and brats were done to perfection!  A big "Thank You" to all who made this day a success!  We even had a couple of Fox Hunts thrown in for good measure!  Some photos were taken by Bill, W7JZE, and Doug, K9RZ.

2019 Jamboree On The Air-JOTA- October 20th

JOTA is a special event for scouts every October.  This year, the WVARC sponsored three stations for scouts to earn their Space and Technology badge and their Radio and Wireless Technology patch.  There were 56 girl scouts and 5 boy scouts at the event, who also looked at Saturn and Jupiter through high-powered telescopes.  Thanks to JOTA Team members for making this event a success.  

Also a big thank you to the club members who asked each scout a couple of questions over the air to keep them engaged:  Gary, K9HDU, Dan, K2LH, Ralph, W9ADW, Leanne, KJ7AZR, and Tom, WA0OFO.  Great job everyone!!

2019 Field Day/Fun Day

June 22-23, club members got together in the Ham Shack to get on the radio, eat some delicious pulled-pork sandwiches that FD Chairman Fred Peters spent half the night creating, and just to sit and visit.  Thanks to John Wood and Fred Peters for the great pictures!  Thanks to Wally and Fred for chairing the event, Gloria for all that she does and everyone else who volunteered.

2019 Annual Auction-Feb 4th

We had members and guests from all over the valley.

This is always a fast-paced, fun event.  

Click the button for photos.

2019 Winter Field Day

Club members tested their radios

and antennas on a chilly over-nighter!

Holiday Luncheon-December 3, 2018

Catered by Oregano's Restaurant, the lasagna was yummy, with apple pie

and pecan pie for dessert, a good time was had by all who attended. 

2018 Field Day-June 23-24th

A great time was had by all.  We would like to sincerely thank 

North County Fire and Medical for the use of their facility.  



WVARC Meets At Three Locations:

We would love to have you join our ham radio club in Surprise for Breakfast:

Lou's Tivoli Gardens   Every Thursday at 7 AM
          12535 W. Bell Road
          Surprise, AZ  85374

OR Lunch at these two  places:

           Tuesday lunch is held at: 

                   Bobbie's Cafe         

(Right next to Dollar Tree @ 99th & Greenway)

            15472 N. 99th Ave. Ste 5

            Sun City AZ  85351

Check it out and be there about 12:30 PM.


Hole ' N One    Every Friday at 11:30 AM
          13573 W. Camino Del Sol
          Sun City West, AZ  85375 

Membership Dues

This is the time to renew your club membership! 

Dues are still a great deal at $15.00. You can pay using

PayPal, check or cash (exact change please). All

unpaid members will be dropped from the club

roster on April 1st, 2020. 

The membership chairperson (Krissy KI7GJJ) will send email

reminders to all unpaid members by February 1st. 

Please fill out a club membership

application each year so we can keep your

information current.

Thank you for keeping this a wonderful and vibrant club!!

Attention Sun City Grand Hams

Ham Website in Grand


"Grand Hams" is a Special Interest Group of the Grand Computers Club.  

Their NEW website is:

Ham Garage Sale in Grand

Ham Garage Sale

This is a brand-new site!  To see Amateur Radio listings:

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