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    We recently learned that Laurence Lee ("Larry") Kenan, KO6SM, died on February 15, 2017. Born in Syracuse NY in 1936, he was an early and active member of the Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club, and I believe served as president as well.


    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Vincent de Paul in his memory.

    More details are available in the Arizona Republic obituary. Larry will be missed.

    The 2017 TBARC Hamfest was a great success. Thanks to everyone who attended to make it what it was!

    Despite ominous weather the week before, things cleared up on Saturday for a sunny morning. We received very positive feedback about the sessions we had, and I saw more than one person happily playing with a cardboard calculator.

    Our VE session also went well - congratulations to the new and upgraded license holders. Your hard work and study paid off.

    We'd especially like to thank the TBARC volunteers who did the many jobs that are required to put on a hamfest. You saw some of them helping you find a parking spot, but you may not have seen the others who organized, arranged and otherwise planned for one of the best hamfests in the valley. Thanks to all of you!

    We now have a gallery (http://www.w7tbc.org/content.php?424...-pictures-2016) of pictures from our holiday banquet - thanks to John Marshall, WA7BSR. Thanks John!

    Here's a picture of our Ham of the Year - Walt Reinert, NJ8G - receiving his award from Gary WK7B.
    Thank you Walt, for always stepping up when something needed to happen!

    The election results were announced there as well:
    President: Gary Duffield WK7B
    Vice-president: Chris Johnson K6OZY
    Secretary: Gary Cline AF7BJ
    Treasurer: Darren Johnson AF7CO
    Director 2016-2017: Joe Arnold AD0X
    Director 2016-2017: Andrew Cornwall KF7CCC
    Director 2017-2018: Wayne Hale W6IZK
    Director 2017-2018: Robert Fairfield K7RQN

    General License Course

    A training course sponsored by
    Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club

    Saturday mornings 9:00 to Noon
    January 28th through April 8th, 2017
    (No class February 18th - Yuma hamfest)
    Last day is test day

    at

    HonorHealth, formerly John C. Lincoln, Hospital,
    Deer Valley Campus,
    19829 N 27th Ave (SW corner of North Loop 101 and I17 stack)

    Course is free for members of Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club. You may join TBARC for $25 here: http://www.w7tbc.org


    Text is ARRL General Class License Manual 8th Edition, available at HRO (discounted price for course students) and at ARRL. Test fee, set by ARRL, is $15.00.

    Email course@w7tbc.org to register. Please include
    your name, phone number, and callsign if any.

    Current TBARC membership is required. Class size may be limited so register early.


    David Laird KG7NGE volunteered his time to make the necessary adaptations to the TBARC equipment trailer so that our antenna wouldn't rattle around inside, but instead be properly shelved. We've got photographic proof!



    Thanks to Alana Laird KG7NGF for taking the pictures. You can see the whole gallery here.

    Thanks to Virgil K7VZ for this picture of the TBARC VE team at the August session.



    The Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club has established a regular ham license exam session. Our VE liaison, Jim K7EOG has secured a semi-permanent home, and we have a session on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm. It's at the Honor Health Medical Office Building, 19841 N 27th Ave in Phoenix. Because of limited seating, signups are necessary--send email to ve@w7tbc.org for details. If you are a VE and would like to volunteer, use the same address: ve@w7tbc.org.

    Thanks to Alana KG7NGF, we have pictures from this year's Field Day. Here are a few:



    Check out the gallery (click here) for more!
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    The turnout was tremendous for the first day of the Technician Class license course. Thanks to Bob KG7FIL, we have pictures of the event. More than 50 people were in attendance, and the first instructor was TBARC club president Gary WK7B.

    Click here to see more pictures in the gallery.