Sun City Arizona

Results of Repeater Proposal

January 6th Meeting Results

WVARC GENERAL MEETING:

Frosty, NQ1S, Tech Com Chair-explained what the Tech Committee has in mind to update and upgrade our club's repeaters.  Currently, the results are in and the members voted to purchase (2) Yaesu Fusion repeaters.  One for the Boswell location, set to "Digital" mode only, and the second as a backup for either hospital location.  There will be more on this as it evolves.


Wally, KB1IEE, has been asked many questions about Yaesu Digital Radios, and I am calling his emailed response :  "Wally's Words".  Click here and scroll down to read about the various radios.


Wally, KB1IEE, and Larry, WO7C, held a fantastic Introduction to Yaesu Fusion Digital Radio Class.  Click here for the repeater handout.  (Thank you Larry!)  We did not have a sign up sheet prior to this class and had more attendees than we anticipated.  That's great, but we apologize for the small room.  The Advanced Digital Class will be in a larger classroom.




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Look Here For Club Events

01/21/2020

WVARC Board Meeting-New Location!

1pm - 3pm

Tivoli Gardens Restaurant

Event Details

01/21/2020

WVARC Board Meeting-New Location!

We have changed the location of our board meetings to Lou's Tivoli Gardens.


We are arriving at noon to eat lunch, and then conducting the business meeting at 1 PM.


You all know Tivoli as the restaurant that we go to for breakfast on Thursday mornings, but it is also great for lunch!

1pm - 3pm

Tivoli Gardens Restaurant

01/25/2020-01/26/2020

Winter Field Day

Noon - Noon

19726 N. Remington Drive, Surprise

Event Details

01/25/2020-01/26/2020

Winter Field Day

Sun City Grand has invited our West Valley club hams to participate in their Winter Field Day operation: 


There are still many time slots available to any ham who wants to operate one of our three stations (2 HF, 1 VHF/UHF).  We also need operators to work as loggers on the computers. 


All are welcome to participate including members of the WVARC, TBARC, and any ham in the greater Phoenix area.  Our call-sign for the event is N7G.


We hope to see you at our Winter Field Day operation.  It will be held for 24 hours starting at noon January 25th.  The event is also being used as a public display to residents of the 9,800 homes in Sun City Grand to demonstrate emergency communications capabilities to our citizens.  Gordon, NW7D, WFD chairman can be reached:  nw7d.ham@gmail.com  for sign up.

Noon - Noon

19726 N. Remington Drive, Surprise

02/03/2020

WVARC Annual Auction

7pm - 10pm

Shepherd of the Desert

Event Details

02/03/2020

WVARC Annual Auction

We invite you to bring your ham gear to sell.  You will receive 90% of the proceeds, with our club retaining just 10% of the proceeds.

  

The doors will open at 6 PM and the fun begins at 7 PM, for everyone looking to purchase!  Sign in and receive your number paddle.  Click here for a Google map.


Club members will be able to get the minute details from the Members Only page, as soon as they are available from our Auction chairperson.  General questions can be asked : suncitywvarc@gmail.com 

7pm - 10pm

Shepherd of the Desert

03/07/2020

Club Picnic + In-House EmComm Drill

11am - 3pm

Beardsley Park-Ramadas 8 and 9

Event Details

03/07/2020

Club Picnic + In-House EmComm Drill

Come to the park with a dish to share and enjoy getting to know other members of our club.  We will fire up the grill for some tasty burgers and dogs, and have a quick EmComm Scenario Drill (aliens have landed or whatever.)  More on this later!

11am - 3pm

Beardsley Park-Ramadas 8 and 9

03/21/2020

Simplex in the Park

7am - Noon

Beardsley Park-Ramada 10

Event Details

03/21/2020

Simplex in the Park

We will be having another Simplex event.  This event will be both Analog and Digital, so bring your hand-held or your mobile radio (along with a pigtail) to the park and connect to a larger antenna.  Or set up your rig and get on the air to our "roving" hams on Simplex.  Coffee and snacks will be available.

7am - Noon

Beardsley Park-Ramada 10

Ham Of The Month-January

Frosty Oden, NQ1S

Frosty was chosen by our 2020 board members, for his many hours of hard work as the chairman of the Tech Committee.  Board member Gary, K8BKB, presented a trophy and certificate to Frosty.  Ray, W0IVB, Wally, KB1IEE, Curt and Jim, N7YTI, were also instrumental in this process.


Bringing a proposal to a club of almost 300 members, is not an easy task, but Frosty was able to work with team members to come up with something to present to the membership and ask for a vote.  This project is still evolving, and the work is not done yet.  Thank you Frosty, and congratulations on a job well done!  

(Photo by Fred,K7WFP)

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Maricopa County Emergency Communications Group

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MCECG Events:


Check this link for upcoming events and information: 

 https://mcecg.net/guest/events.php

Also check out the Arizona Emergency Net-Maricopa website:  http://www.aen-mar.org/


  • January 25th-JROTC-First Water-North of Apache Junction
  • February 2nd-Pancake Run-Paradise Valley Mall, East Phoenix

LIST OF LOCAL HAMFESTS

Thank You to ADAW, for providing this information.  Check out their website:  https://www.adaw.org/

West Valley ARC is on this list of flyers!

HamfestFlyers_Reduced (pdf)

Download

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 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!!

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.  

JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST OR LUNCH

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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

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

Their NEW website is:  http://www.grandhams.com/index.htm

Ham Garage Sale in Grand

Ham Garage Sale

This is a brand-new site!  To see Amateur Radio listings: https://grandgaragesales.com/main1A.php?cat1=Amateur%20Radio

Friendly Click-on Links

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