The Tortolita Radio Club is a group of Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) operators aiming to just have fun with an emphasis on HF operation. The club is named after the Tortolita mountains near Marana, Arizona but serves the greater Tucson area and beyond.
For more information, click on About the Tortolita Radio Club.
Field Operation: Titan Missile Museum
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Our first post-pandemic club event will be on Saturday September 18 at Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley (https://titanmissilemuseum.org/). The museum offers a guided tour of the facility, the only one of the original 54 that has been preserved. The tour gives a look into the cold war doctrine of “Mutual Assured Destruction” with atomic-warhead-armed missiles aimed at enemies abroad. I highly recommend the tour which takes you down into the control room and gets you close enough to the missile to touch it. Tickets and reservations can be purchased online.
In addition to the museum, there is a giant discone antenna on site, maintained by the Green Valley ARC, and available for use by licensed amateur radio operators. You can just drive up, connect the coax feedline to your radio, and work the world on any HF band. What’s a discone? See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discone_antenna.
Details on ham radio at the site:
We will provide a station and battery power. Bring a chair and your lunch. Gate opens at 0930 MST. The new museum administration won’t reserve the antenna for club use, so it’s first come, first served. Of course we will share the antenna with other hams who might show up. They might decide to join our club!
Got a new project to share? Bring it for “show and tell”.
This is an opportunity for many members to meet face-to-face for the first time, so wear your badge and bring some of your QSL cards to pass out if you have any.