• Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club

    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
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    Thanks to Alana Laird KG7NBF, we have pictures of the AZ QSO party!
    Check them out in the gallery!
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    The Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club is always looking for ways to improve your experience at our annual hamfest. Wit that in mind, we again will be holding presentations on topics of interest to radio amateurs. ...

    The Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club hamfest for 2019 has finalized location and been announced. See the flyer for details and more information.
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    The October meeting will begin early - right at 7:00 pm - so we can give as much time as possible to our guest presenter.


    Ned Stearns AA7A will talk about the Baker Island 2018 DXpedition. Baker Island finished up in early July, so we'll be among the first to hear the news.

    Ned is the Vice Director of the ARRL Southwestern Division and always an entertaining speaker. We're glad to have him - join us at the meeting on October 19th - at 7:00 pm sharp!
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    Due to schedule mismatches, we've had to update our meeting calendar for September. Luckily, we've snagged a good one! In the September general meeting, the main presentation will be:

    Grounding, Bonding and the NEC for Hams by Andy Keels KD4ABB

    Andy is a Senior Electrical Engineer in his day job at SRP, and is also an entertaining speaker. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how your shack can be grounded, bonded and up to code!