RST Membership Renewal and Due Reminder

Annual Membership Dues for January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 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 2020

Winter Field Day is coming, January 30/31 2021 For details about the Winter Field Day

RST Christmas Party

Mark your Calendar!

The Radio Society of Tucson’s Annual Christmas Party


Download the Christmas Party Flyer


Saturday, December 12, 2020

5 P.M. – 9 P.M.

Cocktail Hour: 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.
Hors D’oeuvres provided (BYOB)

Dinner 6 P.M.

  • Salad
  • Homemade Dinner Rolls with Butter
  • Choice of Chicken or Beef Entree
  • Potatoes and Vegetable
  • Assorted Desserts


Home of Dave & Rosie Paszkiet
527 S Placita Quince, Tucson, AZ 85748



$20 per person



New this year: Ugly Sweater Contest!

Winner will receive a $25 Target gift card

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 is a Kenwood TH-D74A handheld radio with D-Star

Tickets are $2 ea, 3 for $5, 7 for $10, 15 for $20 or 40 for $40


Please RSVP to Shari K7GPC or Brenda N3QVK with your payment via check or cash (at meeting) or PayPal and your choice of entrée

No Later Than: Saturday, December 5, 2020

    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:
  • 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

RST Tucson Hamfest


To Download the Flyer: Click Here


Saturday March 27, 2021

Time: 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM


FREE Testing by The Laurel VEC

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Seller setup starts at 6:00 AM

Seller/Vendor spaces are $10/space


ARCA Meeting

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: TBD

Morning Snacks brought to you by BSA Troop 157

ARRL Awards/Card Checking



9615 E. Old Spanish Trail

Tucson, AZ

Talk-in Frequencies:

FM: 145.250 MHz, Tone: 156.7 Hz

DSTAR: 445.900, K7RST B

Fusion: 146.800


Tickets: $2 each, 3 for $5, 7 for $10

Need not be present to win


  • Yaesu FT70D, Fusion Ready Handheld
  • Predator 2000 Watt Generator
  • MFJ – 822 SWR HF/VHF Mobile SWR Meter
  • Target Gift Cards, $100 and $25

2020 ARRL Field Day

The 2020 ARRL Field Day is June 27-28.

With great disappointment, that RST must inform you that our usual Mt. Bigelow Field Day Site is well within the Evacuation Zone of the Bighorn Fire. According to the latest maps, the fire perimeter was approximately 1/4mi North of our Field Day site. The suspicion is that within 24hrs, if the wind and weather conditions continue, the Field Day site will be directly impacted.

Radio Society of Tucson is officially announcing an OPERATE FROM HOME Field Day Operation for Field Day, taking advantage of the special CovID-19 score aggregation rules the ARRL Field Day committee has set up. More information will be provided shortly.

RST hopes that Catalina Radio Club will join us in supporting this effort and we can use a combined "RST+CRC" aggregation for the results.

Possibilities for collaboration:

  • Zoom Party from our Shacks
  • Over The Air collaboration on operating conditions
    • 146.800 (RST Repeater)
    • 147.340 (CRC Repeater)
    • 147.000 (N7HND Repeater) or
    • 146.520 FM (National Simplex)

This year the ARRL is saying that "A Time to Adapt" (for full details visit Field Day 2020 — A Time to Adapt). The ARRL would like us to do Field Day in a different way. Their highlights are as follows:

  • Encourage club members to operate from their home stations on emergency power (Class E)
  • Use the club’s repeater as a means for individual participants to keep in touch during the event
  • Family members interested in operating Field Day and unable to participate as part of a larger group may want to consider setting up a portable station in the backyard with a temporary antenna

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.

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

Laurel VE Testing

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

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 , or Richard Schmidt K7NSW , about this competitive and exciting sport in amateur radio, CONTESTING. Email Bill or Richard or catch them at an RST meeting for more info!! You can also visit the RST Contest page.

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:

Fast Communications Logo

Sponsoring Laurel VE Team: