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Ever Visit the Yuma Hamfest?

Thank you to club member Dom AZ for sharing this video =-)

SCW Community Resource List

Check With Others

If you are able to get out and about, be sure to check with others before you go.  Do they need any groceries or medications?  SCW has put a list of local resources that folks can sign up for, on their website.  We can all help each other through this with a little extra effort.

Grocery Shopping

There are some grocery stores who are opening their doors to SENIORS 30-60 minutes early, in order to let them shop without having to deal with huge crowds of people.  Check with your local grocery store, and please be mindful of what you truly need so that other folks can also buy toilet paper.   Here is information from ABC15 News with the list of stores and times for seniors to shop.

If you need help with shopping, let someone know.  

"Home Services for Community Members" are available through Benevilla.  (Next to Birt's Bistro, behind Tivoli Gardens.)   Homebound seniors need help more than ever right now. Please consider volunteering with Benevilla to help with grocery shopping, assisted transportation to medical appointments, phone pals, and more. 

If you are a senior that needs help, Benevilla can offer these services free of charge.

A letter from our WVARC President

Danny, KM4HFT, would like you to have lunch on the air:

During this time of social distancing we are all experiencing,  I'd like to encourage all of you to stay in touch with your friends and fellow club members through our Nets and new lunchtime program. 

Our Nets are 7 days a week at 9AM and 8 PM, with various interesting, educational and humorous topics for your participation or to just listen to for your comfort and companionship.  Our Net controllers are very caring, kind and compassionate people who will always be there for you. 

Our newest activity is called Danny's Diner Lunchtime Chat. Here's how it works! First off, this will not be a structured Net. There will be no trivia, discussion topic or roll call.  What we're encouraging you to do on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of every week, is have your lunch ready by noon, then turn your radios on (same channel as daily Nets). 

I'll introduce a different club member to the group every day. Then, I'll turn the mic over to whomever wants to talk. Then that person passes it on to the next person. Just like you're sitting at a diner having lunch with your friends. 


I hope these activities will bring you comfort and the ability to continue to socialize. Please call all of your Ham friends and share these opportunities with them. 

You don't have to be a member of our Club to participate,  but really - who wouldn't want to be if they knew what wonderful people we have in our Club?

I can't wait 'till we're able to resume our Club's activities, but until then, be safe and stay in touch.  

Danny, KM4HFT 


Ham Of The Month-March

Gloria Austin-Putman, W7GAP

Such a sweet Ham, I would call her "Honey-Baked"!  Gloria is a trooper!  Hard-working, and always has a smile on her face!  She makes chairing these club picnics look like child's play.    

Hats off and congratulations to you Gloria for becoming Ham of the Month for the month of March! 


Krissy, KI7GJJ, made a good choice!


Look Here For Club Events


Simplex in the Park-CANCELLED

Event Details


Simplex in the Park-CANCELLED


Reschedule date is TBD.

Maricopa County Emergency Communications Group


MCECG Events:

Check this link for upcoming events and information:

Also check out the Arizona Emergency Net-Maricopa website:

  • March 28-Crown King-Lake Pleasant-CANCELLED
  • April 11-March of Dimes-March for Babies-Wesley Bolin Plaza-Phx
  • April 18-Pat's Run-Sun Devil Stadium/ASU and Tempe Town Lake

HamFest Calendar

Thank you to ADAW, for this Hamfest Calendar, which you are keeping updated with the Coronavirus closures.

Past Events

2020 Spring Picnic & EmComm-March 7th

The weather was great, the burgers were grilled to perfection by Fred, K7WFP, so what else can I say?  Again, Gloria, W7GAP, did a wonderful job of organizing the picnic and we had a bit of EmComm on the side.  This is how you mix Social and Ham Radio!

2020 Annual Auction- February 3rd

I don't know about you, but I had a GREAT time!  You missed a lot of neat ham gear, if you missed our auction.  We had vintage radios, all the way up to brand-new-never-been-out-of-the-box radios.  We had plenty of estate sale items, Field Day hats, mugs and you name it!

This year, we had such a great group of volunteers, and our February Ham of the Month, Krissy Larson, KI7GJJ, did an excellent job as chairperson.  Thanks again to everyone who volunteered!

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 went to HRO for Christmas!

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, Lee Ann, KJ7AZR, and Tom, WA0OFO.  Great job everyone!!

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.  



Yaesu System Fusion

Check out our Digital page here.

Yaesu Digital Net:  

Tuesday Evening at 7:00 PM on 449.800 MHz



Three Locations:

We Temporarily do not encourage Breakfast and

Lunch gatherings.

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

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 

Attention Sun City Grand Hams


Ham Website in Grand

Ham Garage Sale in Grand

Ham Garage Sale in Grand

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

Their NEW website is:

Ham Garage Sale

Ham Garage Sale in Grand

Ham Garage Sale in Grand

Ham Garage Sale in Grand

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

From SCG Hams

An Email from Lead Facilitator-Gordon, NW7D

Dear Sun City Grand Hams and Friends,

As you may know, Sun City Grand has closed all meeting rooms until further notice and thus our April Ham Radio SIG meeting is cancelled.  We had previously decided to not hold meetings during the summer period and therefore our next group meeting will be held the 4th Friday of October, 2020.  We will continue to hold our weekly Monday morning Nets at 10:00 AM on the TBARC White Tanks repeaters throughout the summer.  

We will be holding Simplex tests starting with next week's Monday Net in the spirit of being able to support our community in the event that our emergency communication capabilities are required.  (Simplex frequency of 146.460)


Please stay safe and follow the published guidelines to keep yourself healthy during these troubling times.  This is a great opportunity to spend more time with your ham radio station, there is a lot of DX out there to be worked especially with the FT8 mode - for example I have worked 13 countries in the past 24 hours.  

Consider trying a new mode, studying to upgrade your license, or experiment with a new antenna.  


Gordon, NW7D

Lead Facilitator

Sun City Grand Hams SIG


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