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    May 18, 2019 - 9 AM ~ Noon

    • Do you really need to tie something to that ground lug on you equipment?
    • Have you ever questioned if you need an external ground on you station?
    • Have you created a grounding system for your station and then ended up with ground loops?


    These and many other question will be answered by Jack Lunsford at Thunderbird ARC workshop

    Saturday May 18, 2019 9 AM Ė Noon

    Deer Valley Honor Health
    Honor Health Medical Office Building, Room 406
    19841 N 27th Ave in Phoenix.
    Near the intersection of Interstate 17 and Loop 101


    This is an informal workshop designed to answer your question and have some good discussion on the topic of grounding a ham radio station here in the desert.

    Space is limited so please contact us at course@w7tbc.org if you are planing on attending. Hope to see you at room 406 May 18th.
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    A beginners soldering class will be held on Tuesday, April 9th in the evening. If you want to sign up, use the signup link. There is limit of ten attendees due to space available.


    Youíll need to bring a soldering iron and inexpensive radio kit with you to the class. There are links on the signup page you can use to buy a soldering iron (if you donít have one) and the radio kit.

    If you have questions, contact Paul Siken at (480) 427-6101
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    If you're going to get an FCC Registration Number, there's a new procedure. Here's a video describing how things now work:




    The Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club is helping out the Science Center by providing instructors for their Technician Class License Course. This is a two-day course (March 2 and March 9). If you know someone who wants to get their ham license and hasn't yet, this is a great way to do it quickly.

    The course requires preparation in advance. See w7asc.org/edu.html for details on how to sign up. You'll need to act by February 16 to get signed up, so hurry!
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    Here is the list of winners for the TBARC 2019 Hamfest drawing. We hope you're one of them!

    We look forward to seeing you again next year, and thanks for making this a great hamfest!

    Grand Prize

    FT-891 HF/50MHz Transceiver
    N7MFG Greg Wodynsk
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    by Published on 01-07-2019 11:21 AM

    The Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club is proud to welcome the following speaker who will present programs of interest to Radio Amateurs. Monitor the hamfest simplex frequency 146.56 for announcement of which room.

    0900-1030: Jack Lunsford NT7MM:
    • Computer Antenna Modeling an Introduction: Examine what Computer Antenna Modeling is and a bit of history. Consider the benefits. Explore Modeling Programs available to Hams. Review the basics of antennas. Frequency, size. materials impedance, gain, radiation patterns. Discuss the inputs to modeling programs and see how outputs are displayed. Conduct a demonstration if time permits.


    Jack Lunsford became interested in Ham Radio while in Jr high school, my science teacher was Glen Johnson, K0FQK. He was my first Elmer. Attended University of Colorado on a US Navy scholarship and served on Destroyers in the Pacific as navigator and electronics officer. Taught electronics in Reserve Officers School in Omaha after active duty. I am a retired Architect after many years practice in Phoenix.
    He is active in the Northern Arizona DX Association,*the Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club, and am secretary of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona; enjoying DX, rag chew, and contesting. I build some gear mostly antennas and really enjoy antenna design using Eznec.

    1030-1200: Ray Vasquez KR4MV & Bill Kouchis N9EIV:

    • Yaesu System Fusion:
      • What is system Fusion
      • C4FM Technology
      • Layers of Fusion
      • Modes of operation
      • DG-ID
      • DP-ID
      • Wires-X networking
    • DG-ID and DP-ID Understanding Digital Signaling
      • Understanding the need for Signaling in digital voice
      • How DG-ID Is used
      • Setting up DG-ID
      • How DP-ID us used
    • Wires-X
    • Q/A


    Ray Vasquez K4RMV is a Retired Electrical Engineer with a BS and MS EE. Retired form Intel Corporation. After retiring I got my first ham license which was in 2003 and promptly got my Extra that year. I have been involved in installing two Yeasu DR-2X repeaters and am the repeater trustee for Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club. I am involved in two other Ham radio clubs and help expand the ham experience.

    More details about the hamfest can be found here:
    http://www.w7tbc.org/content.php?479-TBARC-Hamfest-2019
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    We've started our membership drive for 2019. This year, we've got two gift packs (including PR-77D headsets and swag) that were kindly donated by Heil Sound. They'll be given away to two members!
    The first gift pack will be drawn at the January 2019 meeting, and will go to a lucky member* who has joined or renewed for 2019 by December 31, 2018.

    The second gift pack will be drawn at the April 2019 meeting, and will go to a lucky member* who has joined or renewed for 2019 by March 31, 2019.

    If you join or renew by December 31, 2018 you'll be automatically entered in both drawings. Double your chances to win!

    You've got two options to join or renew:

    We hope you win!

    And if you don't have one of our shiny new badges yet, they're still only $10 for pin or magnet back. You can order those at the meeting or here.


    * 2018 and 2019 board members excluded.
    by Published on 10-30-2018 10:55 PM
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    Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club
    Christmas Dinner
    Tuesday December 11, 2018
    6:00 PM Local Time
    Old Country Buffet
    17125 N. 79th Ave
    Glendale, AZ 85308
    Cost $13.75* / Person Pay at the Door


    Note: No Club Meeting in December
    *Advise when you pay that you are with TBARC