MicroHAMS Meeting 4/19/2016


  • Board of Directors Election
    • Phil, N2EU
    • Scott H., N7SS
    • David J., W7CF
    • Javier, KG7ELE
    • Tim, KK7TM
  • Icom IC-7300 DEMO

Star of the Show: The Icom IC-7300


Will Jourdain is the new Icom America Amateur Sales Manager who gave the demo.

This exciting new product from Icom is no ordinary HF+ 6M transceiver. It has SDR internals, a color touch screen, waterfall & scope features, and it is priced in the entry level range.

Product Information:



HAMWAN News – Bart Kus

  • Connect Canada to the US network
  • Longest link will be from Haystack to Victoria, B.C.

HAM License Exams at MSFT on May 25th

Technician and General and Extra exams

May 25th, 4:00 PM sharp at Studio C / 3017

MHDC Feedback:

  • More and shorter talks desired




Dave W.





David J.







Ed (Icom)

Will (Icom)

Paul (Icom)

Scott H.


Dennis T.


MicroHAMS Club Meeting Invitation April 19th

MicroHAMS Club Meeting

Tuesday, April 19th at 6:00 PM

You’re invited to our next MicroHAMS meeting coming up Tuesday, April 19, 2015 (always the 3rd Tuesday) at 6:00 PM  at Microsoft Building 35, Conference Room 4561.


  • Board of Directors Election
  • Radio Mobile program
  • VHF propagation
  • Ham Help

MicroHAMS Membership

Important: In order to vote in the election, you must be a member in good standing. That means you’re current with your membership dues. (If your membership has expired or is close to expiration, you should have received a notification by email.)

Here’s the link for MicroHAMS membership dues:


You’re strongly encouraged to use PayPal instead of sending a check by snail mail.  You won’t need a PayPal account if you don’t want one; just use a credit card.

What are our club dues used for?

  • “Thank You” gifts for our guest speakers
  • Training materials for people who want to become licensed hams
  • Various club events like Field Day
  • Tools library (test equipment, etc.)
  • Reference library (books)

Meeting Site Information

Please see this map or the picture below. Building 35 is near the intersection of 159th Ave NE and NE 40th St on the southeast corner. Parking is available near the front of the building at ground level.



146.58 MHz simplex will be monitored for anyone who needs help finding the site or for access to the building. (Monitoring is done with handhelds, so range is limited.) If you’re running late and are locked out, please call us on the radio. We’ll send someone to let you in.

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone who is not currently badged for unescorted access to Microsoft buildings MUST be escorted into Building 35 and to conference room 4561 by a badged MicroHAMS member. Do NOT under any circumstances attempt to “tag” onto or “tailgate” Microsoft employees entering Building 35. Please congregate about five minutes before the meeting at the front entrance of the building, which is where the orange circle with the number 1 appears on the map picture above.

MicroHAMS meetings are open to club members, those interested in joining the club (see club membership policy at http://www.microhams.com), and guests of club members. Others may also attend a club meeting by sending email to the club at least seven days prior to the meeting. Space for guests is limited.


Tim Myers, KK7TM

MicroHAMS Secretary

MHDC 2016 write up on ARRL website

The MicroHAMS Digital Conference got a nice write up on the ARRL website. While Ward-N0AX is quoted in the post, I believe he was actually the author as well. Thanks Ward to the kind words and coming out to talk!

NOTE: I will be sending off the raw video feeds to the production editor next week. Hopefully we will start seeing the individual edited talks from Budd-WB7FHC soon…


Kenny, KU7M

MicroHAMS Digital Conference Wrap-Up

The video from the live stream is now available on YouTube.(Link)  At some point in the future, each session will be edited down (with more camera angles, etc.) and links will be made available on the MicroHAMS web site.

In the mean time, the stream is available and the actual presentations can be downloaded from the MHDC 2016 page.  The agenda with the original presentation times and YouTube stream start times is below.

A video interview with Jeremy-NH6Z is also available now, Jeremy shows off the NWDigitalRadio products demo’d at the conference.(Link)


Time YouTube


Speaker Presentation
8:45 Scott N7SS Introductions
9:00 0:00 Ward Silver Ham Radio – Now What?
10:00 1:01 Alex Schwarz MSDR Radio Software
11:00 1:59 Casey Halverson/Morgan Redfield Hamshield Kickstarter
12:00 Lunch
1:15 2:58 Curt Black RAMROD Digital
1:30 3:13/3:17 Bryan Hoyer NW Digital Radio UDRX
2:30 Break
2:45 4:26 John Petrich Homebrew VHF-UHF+ SDR
3:45 Break
4:00 5:32 Phil Horkin Line of Sight MIMO

MicroHAMS Digital Conference – Update 5.1

Due to the space limitations and because we like trying new things, we are going to attempt to live stream the MHDC this weekend. Our original goal was to just stream Bryan-K7UDR’s talk on the NWDigitalRadio UDRx product, since there is so much interest on it. But in the process of preparing for that, we realized we might be able to stream most/all of the conference.

I have step up the stream on YouTube. Our goals is to stream Bryan’s talk that starts at 13:30 PDT. We will probably make our first attempt at streaming a talk in the morning as a trial run. I can’t promise we will be successful at any of it, since we have never done this before. Our history tells me we may take all morning debugging things before getting something to work. But maybe Murphy will stay home and it will just work.

When the stream goes live, I will also be in the chat room to take questions. Wish us luck!

Kenny, KU7M

Live Stream: MHDC 2016 Live Stream

Notes from MicroHAMS Meeting 3/15/2016


Phil N2EU

Mike Mraz N6MZ

Dennis T. W7PF




Michael Schulz K5TRI


Wayne KE7WTW

David J. W7CF

Javier KG7ELE

Peter K4PNG

Scott H. N7SS

Dennis H. K7DEN

Terence KE7SFF



HAMfests, see: http://www.n7cfo.com/amradio/hf/hf.htm

MHDC – this Saturday! You must already be registered in advance. Sold out. No ticket sales at the door.

Cascadia Rising (Civilian) and related Government and Military exercises – June 2016

Comm Academy – April 9 and 10

Redmond Shelter Exercise at a church April 4 and 5; prep for Cascadia Rising

Visalia, California International DX Convention April 17-19


Election of Board of Directors


Re-nominate the current board except for two people:

— Scott Slack

— Dennis H.



Final planning

See Action Items below


HAM Help

      • MicroHAMS antenna rotator project
      • Phil will build a prototype based on sample board(s)


Action Items

Tim: membership dues drive ASAP note: must be  1 year $5.00  3 years $10.00


MHDC Tasks

Phil: Email requesting nominations

Javier: send attendees spreadsheet to Tim

N7SS: send speakers to Tim

Mike Mraz: help registration / badges

Tim: run registration / badges desk

Tim: give David receipt for 2 copies of Office 2016

Dennis: will send Tim the instructions and template and last year’s data for mail merge to Word.

Tim: buy badge kit

Tim: print badges

Tim: find spool of tickets

Dennis: bring backup spool of tickets

Scott H.: do Costco run for goodies

Phil: call Subway a couple days before

Phil: pickup Subway sandwiches at noon

Steve Stroh: coffee, get started 1 hour before opening – 7:00 AM

Scott: call Canyons restaurant for reservation

Tim: bring 2 copies of Office

Dennis: buy Lenovo $99 Windows 10 stick computer

Dennis: bring 2 cameras

Tim and David: be there with MSFT badges by 7:00 AM

Scott: Roundtable Pizza reservation Saturday evening

MicroHAMS Digital Conference – Update 4

We are now three days out from the conference and everything behind the scenes is dropping into place. As predicted, the conference sold out several weeks ago. If you were not able to reserve a spot, we hope you can attend next year. (There will be NO onsite registration this year due to space limitations)

We wanted to make sure people had a few more details about the conference, including the exact address of Building 37 on the Microsoft campus and start/end times. All of this information is available on the conference flyer, available here: MHDC 2016 Flyer. The agenda for the day is still being finalized, but I will get it posted here when it is available. (Hopefully in the next 24 hours)  The line up of speakers hasn’t changed, we are just adjusting the order to accommodate peoples schedules.

One additional note, we are planning on recording all the talks again this year and like last year, Budd Churchward, WB7FHC has agreed to edit and release them on his YouTube channel. We also plan on live streaming Bryan Hoyer-K7UDR’s talk on the UDRx. Check back here for the details in the next couple days.

73, Kenny, KU7M