RST Membership Renewal and Due Reminder


Annual Membership Dues for January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 are coming up soon. Please consider sending in your annual dues if you have not paid in advance. These dues help the club purchase things for HamFest, prizes for meetings, awards for Field Day, and to fix repeaters when they breakdown, to Join or Renew Membership!!! (Click Here),

Winter Field Day Information!!

Winter Field Day 2022

Winter Field Day is coming, January 30/31 2022

If you are looking for a reason to play radio in the winter, Winter Field Day may be the opportunity you are looking for.

The RST Club will be participating in Winter Field Day on Mt. Lemmon this year to get the full "Winter" experience.

If you would like to participate in Winter Field Day, visit our Winter Field Day Page for details about the RST Winter Field Day Event.

Technician HAM License Preparatory Class

RST Class Book

Ham Radio Class
For Technician Ham Radio License

To Download the Flyer: Click Here

When: Every Thursday starting February 2, 2023 for 6 weeks.

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Immanuel Presbyterian Church
9252 East 22nd Street
Witherspoon Hall

Cost: $25 charge to cover the church costs and $30 for the Gordon West Study Guide
(Student must purchase their own guide before the class.)


  • Simple Calculator
  • Desire to become a Ham Operator

The class will use the Gordon West book, I use PowerPoint Presentations with the questions of the FCC exam with explanations using video or animated graphics. At the end of each PPT, there will be a quiz to help students decide if they need to study a particular question. There will be "show and tell" on select material. Interested??? Please register by emailing Ken, N7AKL

RST Christmas Party

Mark your Calendar!

The Radio Society of Tucson’s Annual Christmas Party



Tuesday, December 13, 2022

6:30 P.M. – 9 P.M.


El Corral of Tucson
2201 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718



Menu Item Cost!



New this year: Ugly Sweater Contest!

Winner gets BRAGGING rights for the year!!

White Elephant gift exchange (optional)

$25 limit

Bring a gift to get a gift

Items MUST be new and wrapped/bagged
(Size can be a surprise!!!)


Raffle Prize:

Daiwa CN-801 140-525 MHz VHF/UHF SWR-Wattmeter


Please RSVP to Brenda N3QVK

    White Elephant Rules:
  1. Each player brings one wrapped gift to contribute to a common pool
  2. Players draw numbers to determine what order they will go in
    • Alternatively, someone can draw names from a hat, or the order can be set by the organizer prior to the event
  3. Players display gifts so everyone can see them
  4. The first player selects a gift from the pool and opens it
  5. The following players can choose to either pick an unwrapped gift from the pool or steal a previous player’s gift
  6. Anyone who gets their gift stolen in this way can do the same – choose a new gift or steal from someone else
  7. After all players have had a turn, the first player gets a chance to swap the gift he or she is holding for any other opened gift
    Additional Notes:
  • The White Elephant Gift should be something nice that the bearer would like for themselves, not a gag gift. Suggestions are a Christmas or holiday centerpiece, an adult beverage, or a seasonal treat like a box of candy or anything ham radio related.
  • Three Swaps and You’re Out
    If you get stolen from three times during the game, you are out of the game and can no longer be stolen from
  • Three Swaps and the Gift is Out
    If a present gets stolen three times, it’s out of the game and the person who holds it gets to walk away with it

The CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW

CWops is a club for CW Operators. CWOps is a very different club and stands out as a unique international organization because it advances the “state of the art” of CW operating across the full spectrum of CW activities including:

  • Early Introduction
  • Rag Chewing
  • Contesting
  • DXing
  • Awards Chasing

CW Ops is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a "CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW" and is now accepting nominations for this prestigious award for the year 2022.

The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communications by Morse code.

For full details see the Award website: Click Here


Candidates for the award may be one or more of the following:

  • Authors of publications related to CW
  • CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches and instructors
  • Public advocates of CW
  • Organizers of CW activities
  • Designers and inventors who advance the art or practice of CW
  • Other contributors to the art or practice of CW

Note: The award is not limited to amateur radio operators or their organizations


Nominations may be made by anybody (not limited to CWops members). Nominations should be emailed to with a copy to . In order to be considered, a nomination should be received by March 18, 2022 and include:

  • Name(s) and call sign(s) (if applicable) of nominee(s)
  • Complete contact information including
    • Postal Address(es),
    • email Address(es),
    • Telephone Number(s)
  • A detailed explanation supporting nominee qualifications
  • Name, telephone number, email address, and call sign (if applicable) of the person submitting the nomination

Presentation of Award plaque will be presented at the Dayton Hamvention. If the recipients are not present, it will be sent to them

RST Tucson Hamfest


To Download the Flyer: Click Here


Saturday March, 25 2023

Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Sorry NO VE Testing at this Hamfest

Please see the RST Testing Schedule on the website.

Seller setup starts at 6:00 AM

Seller/Vendor spaces are $10/parking space


ARCA Meeting

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: TBD

Morning Snacks brought to you by BSA Troop 157 and Pack 705


Calvary Tucson Church

8711 East Speedway

Tucson, AZ

Driving Directions: Click Here

Talk-in Frequencies:

FM: 147.000 MHz, Tone: 110.9 Hz


Tickets: $2 each, 3 for $5, 7 for $10, 15 for $20 and 40 for $40

Need not be present to win

Online Ticket Sales: [email protected]

Number of Tickets
Enter your callsign.


  • Grand Prize – Yaesu FT-991A HF/VHF/UHF Multi-Mode Radio
  • MFJ-998RT Remote Antenna Tuner
  • Yaesu FTM-300D Dual Band Digital
  • TYT TH9800RLPS30M Quad Band Radio
  • Comet CN901HP HF SWR Meter
  • Comet CN901VN VHF/UHF SWR Meter

2022 ARRL Field Day

The 2022 ARRL Field Day is June 25-26. The Radio Society of Tucson in conjunction with the Catalina Radio Club will be participating in the ARRL 2021 Field Day from Mount Bigalow (our usual camping site near the on the Mount Bigalow turn off). We have Band captains for 40-meters, 20-meters, and 15-meters plus VHF and UHF. The one thing we are missing is rain. The mountain needs rain and lots of it. If we get the required rain, then we’ll be in business for our usual mountain field day exercise.

On the logistics side, RST will supply the portable facilities, i.e. porta-pottys. We are also working with Scout Troop 157 to set up a portable kitchen serving breakfast, lunch, and supper.

Visit the Field Day Webpage for full details of the RST/CRC Field Day For information about the ARRL Field Day in general, visit Field Day 2022.

AZ QSO Party

The AZ QSO Party is coming in October!!

The Arizona QSO Party (AZQP) is a fun amateur radio competitive event. Join the party. Make some contacts. Have ham radio fun! The AZ QSO Party Website or see the AZ QSO FLYER has everything you need to know, including up-to-date information on Rules, Activated Counties, Awards, Resources, and more. You do NOT need to “compete” to have lots of fun in the AZQP. Casual non-competitive operation is highly encouraged and can be quite rewarding. Also, if you are just getting started in contesting, Check out the New Contester award.

An Introduction to Contesting Presentation is available here along with other resources.

RST Board of Directors MEETING

Date: TBD
Board Meeting: TBD
Location: TBD
Address: TBD

For additional information, RST Meeting Page


Date: TBD
General Meeting: TBD
Location: TBD
Address: TBD
Presentation: TBD
Presenter: TBD

For additional information, RST Meeting Page

Days In The Park

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Address: TBD
Talk-In Frequency: TBD

See Announcements on Days In The Park Page!!!!!!

Laurel VE Testing

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Address: TBD

Laurel VE Testing Page

Ham Radio Mentoring

  • Are you new to amateur radio?
  • Do you need help getting on the air?
  • Do you have a question about coax, antennas?
  • Do you have a question about what kind of radio to buy?
  • Perhaps you need to understand the different modes?
  • Do you have any other ham radio related questions?

Many RST members have a storehouse of knowledge on topics concerning amateur radio. Contact Joe K3TYE and he will get your question out to the right person.

RST Contest SIG

Are you new to contesting?
Are you interested in contesting?
Would you like sound advice from a well-seasoned yet lightly salted contester?
Feel free to contact Bill Clark K6WSC , about this competitive and exciting sport in amateur radio, CONTESTING. Email Bill or catch him at an RST meeting for more info!! You can also visit the RST Contest page.

RF Exposure Information

Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Become Effective on 3 May 2021 The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards. Details from the ARRL about RF Exposure are available from the ARRL RF Exposure page. The ARRL Great Lakes Division also put together this information about RF Exposure.

Ham Radio School has a very good explain of RF exposure. Please the Ham Radio School RF Exposure page for additional details. The Lake Washington Ham Radio Club has this RF Exposure calculator on their website.

ARRL QSL Card Checking Service

RST provides ARRL QSL Card Checking to Southern Arizona courtesy of Ron Cade W6ZQ.

Contact Ron via email Ron W6ZQ to schedule a meeting.

Ron can help you out with the following ARRL Awards: DXCC, WAS, VUCC, and WAC

Also note: if you are not going "old school" with physical QSL Cards, Ron can help you out getting started with the ARRL's Logbook of the World ( LoTW) which is an online clearing house service provided by the ARRL to bring QSL checking into the 21rst Century.

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The Radio Society of Tucson (RST) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that focuses on "Communications For All". RST actively supports a variety of Amateur Radio activities which are of interest to its members.

It is easy to make your tax deductible donatation to RST. Donations in-kind are very helpful in supporting club activities for members and community support. Contact any Board Member or Club Officer. Cash donations are also important to us or simply click on the DONATE icon below to donate through PayPal.

Club members support many Public Service Events, Emergency Communications, and VE License Testing by donating their time. The club regularly participates in the annual ARRL Field Day Event. In addition, RST is the only local club in Tucson and Southern Arizona to actively and uniquely support Special Interest Groups that include Days In The Park, Radio Direction Finding, Radio Contesting and Public Service.

RST is the only club in Tucson and Southern Arizona that offers two full stacks of D-Star Repeaters that supplement the area's rather robust vhf/uhf analog repeater systems with a full compliment of digital repeater infrastructure.

Anyone interested in Amateur Radio, licensed or not, is welcome to attend our monthly meetings and participate in our many events throughout the year.

Special Thanks

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Sponsoring Days In The Park:

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Sponsoring Laurel VE Team: