SM Article for June 2002 QST

Are you ready for Fort Tuthill next month? The time is getting short and reservations should have already been made. If not, start making the necessary telephone calls. Big news, ARRL will accept P5 (North Korea) QSL cards. This means that there are a few people out there who now have all 336 countries. Also donít forget to make the necessary plans for the Southwestern Division Convention on 16-19 August. This year it will be in the San Diego area at the Holiday Inn in Escondido, California. Here in Tucson we have the Catalina Amateur Radio Club that is associated with Raytheon Systems Corporation. They have a complete radio station and club site on company property. Their president is Edward Sherlock, N6KIV, and they meet every third Wednesday of the month. This club is very active in AMSAT and local public service events. I am not sure of the number of members but during a public service event over 20 show up for support. Here in Arizona we have over 50 more clubs. If you need list of the clubs you can contact me or my club coordinator, Bruce Makas, K1MY. We are in the mist of updating the club listing to show websites, POCís, and correct addresses. The ARCA web site , "www.arca-az.org/arca", is very busy this time of year with reservations for Fort Tuthill.. 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. Tom Fagan, WB7NXH,is keeping this site up-to-date as much as possible. Have you visited the "Arizona Science Center" amateur radio station. They have a complete radio station for use by kids to demonstrate amateur radio. This radio station is supported by many clubs in the Phoenix area and has a licensed operator on duty during operating hours.. When in the area, stop by and say hello. See you at Fort Tuthill. 73ís Clifford Hauser KD6XH.