Verde Valley Amateur Radio Association
North-Central Arizona USA

Next Club Meeting

Saturday, September 14, 2024
11:30am - 1:00pm: Optional Lunch
1:00pm: Club Meeting
(No meetings in July and August. We will see you in September.)

El Toreo Mexican Restaurant
1481 AZ-89A
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
Google Map


ARRL Field Day

Saturday & Sunday, June 22-23, 2024
9:00am: Equipment Setup
11:00am: Radio Operations Begin and Run for 24 Hours
Noon: Club Picnic

Mingus Summit Picnic Site
Google Map


Knobby Knee Net
Every Morning at 7:00AM

60s Trivia Net
Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings at 6:30PM

T.G.I.F. Net
Friday Evenings at 6:30PM

Field Day Logo 2024

The VVARA is once again participating in ARRL Field Day on Saturday & Sunday, June 22-23, 2024. We will be located at the Mingus Summit Picnic Site between Cottonwood and Prescott, Arizona on Highway 89A. Here is a Google map. You can download this PDF for basic information: What is Field Day? For all the rules and resources see the ARRL website https://www.arrl.org/field-day

Setup will begin at 9:00am on Saturday with radio operations beginning at 11:00am (18:00 UTC) and running for 24 hours. The club picnic will be at noon on Saturday. Bring a side dish or dessert. The club will provide a main dish, drinks, plates, etc.
Visitors are welcome!

VVARA Field Day

Click the photo above for pictures from last year.

Field Day Memories

Here is a short video with photos from past Field Days.

Field Day Memories

Space-X Launch from Vandenberg AFB

As seen from Tucson (thanks to Rod KI6FH).

Vandenberg Launch

As seen from Prescott (thanks to Don N7PLL).

Vandenberg Launch

VVARA June Club Meeting

Our June meeting was at El Toreo in Clarkdale, Arizona on June 15th. Thanks to Toby K7ABP for a description of his trip to InfoComm. Also thanks to Ron N6XT for leading the discussion on Field Day and Matt N7YIO for an update on the new Porcupine Mountain repeaters.

VVARA June Club Meeting Photo

Porcupine Mountain Repeater

The VVARA tech crew had a work day at the repeater building on Porcupine Mountain. The old folded dipole antenna was removed and replaced by a new 70cm vertical antenna. The APRS antenna was also replaced and the APRS now has the correct location ID.

On another trip the 2m and 70cm repeaters were replaced and are now Yaesu Digital Fusion capable. See the Repeaters page for more info. 

Here are a few photos from the days:

Porcupine Mountain Repeater

Monday Lunch Bunch

On most Mondays a group of hams and guests get together for lunch at a local restaurant. The group is surprisingly called the Monday Lunch Bunch. Here is the group at the BackBurner Family Restaurant in Prescott Valley on June 3, 2024. The best way to find out where the lunch will be is to listen to the Knobby Knee Net on Monday mornings.

Monday Lunch Bunch

The Knobby Knee Breakfast

Or some would say this is brunch. Here is a recent gathering at Randall's Restaurant in Cottonwood, Arizona. If you would like to join us show up about 8:30am Wednesday for the regular Randall's morning breakfast. 

Randall's Breakfast

Ambient Weather on Mingus Repeater
Weather Cam Photo

We have a new weather station on Mingus Mountain. You can see the weather report here: Mingus Weather.