Superstition Amateur Radio Club

The Superstition Amateur Radio Club has something for everyone - whatever your amateur radio interests are, you will find someone in the club to exchange ideas with, learn from, and or teach someone something new. Whether you want to learn CW (Morse code) and work other continents. Build and tune your own antennas, climb mountains and talk to other people around the world with portable equipment with Summits On The Air (SOTA). How about helping others build an Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network using 2.4 GHz , 3.4 GHz and or 5.8 GHz microwave nodes here in Mesa and the surrounding communities. Not only is it a lot of fun to build, you will be able to help out in case of an emergency with the services that you can help provide. You can even help out the National Weather Service get “eyes on the ground” for weather reporting with Skywarn. Or any number of other activities with the new digital modes of communications that we as Amateur Radio Operators, you will find there’s always someone that you can chat with while you are learning something new...

Superstition Amateur Radio Club History

Superstition ARC was co-founded by Jerry Navarre, WA7RDC and the late Floyd Zeka, WA7UWG in 1972, in Apache Junction, AZ. In 1977 the club acquired the call sign WB7TJD and established the first repeater on 147.120 that was located in Apache Junction. In 1978 stones and river rock were gathered up from the Salt River and the Stone Castle was built in northeast Mesa and the repeater was relocated and that location is still in use today for our 449.600 repeater.

In 1982 the club held its first SuperFest to replace the repeater that was stolen from the Stone castle. That first SuperFest was a huge success and we have continued to hold this event each year on the first Saturday of December at Mesa Community College. From this same event in January of 2015 the club was able to purchase three new repeaters and some other needed equipment. The 147.120 repeater was moved along and with the new 448.275 machine is located on Usery Pass Mountain in East Mesa. Our 449.600 repeater still remains in at the Stone Castle where it has been since 1978. Once again our SuperFest's for 2016 and 2017 did very well and we were able to upgrade more of our repeater system with three new controllers some new cans and rebuilt the link system between the 147.120 and 449.600 repeaters. We also added a DR-2X Yaesu Fusion Repeater in the spring of 2018 to the Usery Pass Mountain 448.275 location in part from an anonymous donation, Thank You who ever you are. Later in 2018 we added two more DR-X2 Yaesu Fusion Repeaters for the 147.120 Usery location and the 449.600 Stone Castle location in East Mesa along with upgrading the firmware on the Arcom controllers. The Tech Committee spent many hours tuning the Arcom controllers to the repeaters and the audio is sounding almost identical between the linked repeaters. Thanks Again! to the Tech Committee for all of the work they perform through the year. Once again our 2019 SuperFest broke all previous records with 699 paid admissions, 126 vendors and tailgaters and sold a record number of Hourly and Grand Prize Tickets. Thanks to the SuperFest Committee for all of their hard work...

The Superstition Amateur Radio Club now has over 200 members and growing and may be the largest club in Arizona. It has been quite a jump from those original 20 Ham Radio Operators who founded this club forty five years ago. So you can see from our humble beginnings back in 1972 we have come a long way and we are continuing to work hard and keep Amateur Radio alive here in the far East Valley of Arizona.

Superstition ARC Constitution and By-Laws
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Superstition ARC Operating Practices