Superstition ARC The President's Corner

For April 2018 By Stephen, KB7KWK

Welcome to spring, or should I say summer? It is already warming up as you all know and that means it is time for the club to start panning for Field Day. For those of you who are new to the club, we always go up into the cool pines of the Payson area for Field Day. This year we will be going back to the Lost Eden ranch up above the Clint’s Well area. This is a great spot for our Field Day because it is private property and only our club will be there. That means we do not have to go up early and try to find a place for the event. For those of you who do not know, Field Day is June 23rd and 24th. We have a lot of fun at this event, not only to make contacts, but just to hang out camping and talking to each other. I hope to see lots of people there this year.

You have heard me and other club board members talk about gearing all club programs towards new hams. At our March meeting we had a program consisting of a panel of Elmer’s to answer all your ham radio related questions. It turned out to be a great meeting with not only new hams asking questions, but we also had a lot of questions from hams who have been around a while. I had a lot of people come up to me after the meeting to tell me how much they enjoyed the presentation. The April presentation will be given by Brian Betz W7JET. Brian will be talking about SOTA “Summits On The Air”. SOTA is a ham radio activity where hams carry very little equipment and hike to the summits of mountains and make contacts with very little power. Brian will explain what SOTA is and the different types of equipment that you need before you hike up a mountain.

Remember our club picnic will be on April 21st at Red Mountain Park in East Mesa from 11:00 – 2:00pm at the Roadrunner Ramada. The club will provide hot dogs and hamburgers however, this is a pot luck outing and we ask that you bring a dish. Please make sure you let Andy KD4ABB, know what you are bringing so we don’t end up with 10 bowls of potato salad. Remember you can keep up with all club events by visiting the website at and go to club calendar

We have had some poor numbers on the Wednesday night club net. We would like to remind all of you to join in on the nets. The club net starts at 8:00pm each Wednesday and is a good place to get caught up on club news and events. It is also a great place to ask questions about ham radio. There is always an Elmer listening that can answer questions for you. If the check ins don’t pick up we may decide to try and move the net to Sunday evenings. The thought is that maybe more people have time to check into a net on Sunday evening. We will see how things go for a couple of more weeks at our normal net time. Remember also that Amateur Radio News Line is played each week one half hour before the club net. 7:30 pm.

I look forward to seeing all of you at club meetings and outings in 2018. When you see me out there or hear me on the air, please say hello.

Your 2018 Club President, Steve Estes, KB7KWK