• Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club

    Saturday September 14th
    and the following 9 Saturdays
    with free licensing test on Nov. 30th

    Deer Valley Honor Health
    Honor Health Medical Office Building, Room 400
    19841 N 27th Ave in Phoenix.

    Near the intersection of Interstate 17 and Loop 101

    This is a nine week class held on Saturdays that will cover the material you will need to be knowledgeable of to pass the FCC General Class License. The eighth Saturday will be dedicated to testing. This class and the testing is offered free of charge by Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club.

    The General Class license is the second of three US Amateur Radio licenses. To upgrade to General Class, you must already hold a Technician Class license (or have recently passed the Technician license exam). Upgrading to a General license--which conveys extensive HF privileges—only requires passing a written examination, Morse code is not required.

    Class size is limited so please contact us at course@w7tbc.org if you are planning on attending

    We recommend you have a copy of the ARRL General Class License Manual 9th edition, which this course is based upon. The manual can be purchased from the ARRL at http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-Genera...l-9th-Edition/ or is locally available at Ham Radio Outlet 10613 N 43rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029-3944 Store Hours: 10AM-5:30PM Mon - Sat

    Dates: Friday June 22 to Sunday June 23
    Where: Jack’s Cabin, 6850 Orange Box Drive, Flagstaff, AZ
    Who: TBARC Members and families, invited Hams, prospective Hams, interested persons, well behaved dogs.
    Sign-Up: Please sign up and pay via PayPal no later than June 14.
    Why: Have fun, practice radio skills, test and demonstrate emergency communications capability. Promote good will with emergency responders, elected officials and the public.
    Accommodations: Camping, Tent Trailers, Tents, RV, or bunk in the cabin loft (bring sleeping bag)
    Cost: All weekend $ 30.00, or breakfast $ 5.00, lunch $ 6.00, dinner $ 10.00 for short timers. Optional half rack of ribs at dinner additional $10.00. Payable by June 14 by PayPal.

    Friday June 21:
    Set up starts at 11:00 AM (1800 Z). Dutch treat lunch and dinner.

    Saturday June 22
    0730 (1430 Z) Breakfast
    0830 (1530 Z) Set up
    1100 (1800 Z) On the Air
    1200 (1900 Z) Lunch
    1830 (0130 Z) Dinner

    Sunday June 23:
    0730 (1430 Z) Breakfast
    1100 (1800 Z) Sign off at end of 24 hour period
    1115 (1815 Z) Take down
    1200 (1900 Z) Lunch
    1530 (2230 Z) Finish – see you next year

    Saturday June 22
    Breakfast: OJ/coffee, eggs to order, sausage, home fries
    Lunch: You grill hamburger/brats, onion, tomato, pickle, potato salad, cole slaw, iced tea/water
    Dinner: BBQ pulled pork, BBQ sliced, optional 1/2 rack ribs, baked beans, potato salad, salad

    Sunday June 23
    Breakfast: OJ/coffee, sourdough pancakes, bacon
    Lunch: Chef's special, chips, iced tea, water
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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 – 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.

    You’ll 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 don’t 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
    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: