SM Article for April 2002 QST

This is the month for the annual DeVry Hamfest on 13 April 2002 at the DeVry College in Phoenix on Dunlap Blvd, about one (1) mile east of I-17. The Arizona Amateur Radio Association sponsors this hamfest and it is ARRL sanctioned. Hope to see you there. We have over 50 different amateur radio clubs here in Arizona: From Bullhead City to Sierra Vista, to Yuma, to Holbrook. In Lake Havasu we have the famous London Bridge and also the London Bridge Amateur Radio Association. This club has been around for many years and is very active in public service events and Field Day. They meet every 3rd Tuesday at the Yacht Club, 631 London Bridge Road at 7:00 PM. This yearís president is Glenn Day, N6TFE, and he can be reached by e-mail at n6tfe@ctaz.com. When you are in the area stop by and visit there club meeting or just say hello to the many members who monitor the club repeater, 146.610 (-) (PL 162.2). The ARCA web site has been changed to "www.arca-az.org/arca". Take time to visit their web site and get to know this organization and the officers. ARCA is an organization that represents or 25 of the state amateur radio clubs here in Arizona. They do al lot more than just put on the Fort Tuthill Hamfest. Donít forget to checkout our state web site at "www.qsl.net/arrlaz". This site has all the latest information and links to the many clubs here in Arizona, throughout the country, and has a listing for the entire state ARRL volunteerís. We have several state and local nets that are used to sharpen our skills so in the event of an emergency we are prepared. Let us take the time to check in to these many public service nets. An example of our public service is the MS society fund raising event "Climb A Mountain" here in Tucson. Over 15 amateur radio operators helped with this event with Roger Schroeder, WB7DIW, as the coordinator. We have participated in this event for many years and the MS society keeps asking for our help each year. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact me by telephone or e-mail and I will provide you with a person to contact so you can also participate in the community affair. Start making the necessary arrangements for Fort Tuthill (motel room, selling spot, etc.). If you wait until the last minute then it will be harder and you my pay more for the room. ARCA will take you advanced reservations for a selling spot. Just contact them at www.arca-az.org/arca. In May, CARA will have its Hamfest on May 06th in Sierra Vista. I do plan to be at this event also so stop by and talk with me on ARRL events or just suggestions on how to improve amateur radio throughout the state. 73ís Clifford Hauser KD6XH.