July 2015 Meeting Topic: EXOR

What is missing in digital ham radio?  I describe how our digital
systems should be different than conventional systems.  I propose a
list of the parts missing.  I propose general ways to improve our
digital systems interoperability.  I ask the question what have I
missed that we need in our systems.

We will learn about EXOR (extremely opportunistic routing protocol)

Marshall Denny,  AI4CM,  has a background in physics and computer
science. He is President of the Bainbridge Club, ACS area coordinator,
BI;  In ham radio for 23 years, interests in  HF Digital modes & HF
antenna design, messaging protocols.  Software Developer / High
performance,  latency optimization, Unix servers, large distributed
systems for the AT&T, Amazon and distributed military simulation for
General Dynamics, Alion, BMH, US Navy, etc.

MicroHAMS Club Meeting Notes 6/16/2015

Meeting Date: 6/16/2015 6:00 PM

Location: Building 35, Conf. Room 4561

Participants

Javier

Josh

Andrew (NEW)

Bill N7WP

Don

Dennis

Mike

Peter

Bart

Phil

Scott S.

Scott H.

David Jenni

Michael

Tim

2015 Field Day at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island on June 27-28

HAMWAN – Bart Kus

Setup after 2:00 PM Friday, June 26

Javier can help with truck.

GOTA – David Wyatt

Notes

  • NEW MicroHAMS website: http://microhams.com
  • Dennis has the antenna controller boards now.
  • Pay David for your boards starting next month.

Events

July 10-12.  Salmoncon.  Pacific Northwest QRP Group annual weekend outing.   North Bend, WA at Valley Camp.  http://valleycamp.org/   http://valleycamp.org/page/salmoncon  Contact Wayne McFee nb6m@att.net .

July 17-19.  Glacier Waterton International Peace Park Hamfest.  Glacier Meadows Campground, 13 miles west of East Glacier on MT Hwy 2.  This is an ARRL sanctioned event. www.gwhamfest.org  .

See history on YouTube.

From <http://www.n7cfo.com/amradio/hf/hf.htm>

Logging Software – Michael Schulz – K5TRI

N1MM

Good for contesting.

It’s free.

Has a real callsign DB.

Can automatically enter the band.

You can record and play CQs.

It finds duplicates in real-time.

Ham Radio Deluxe

V5.x is free.

Latest version is a subscription.

It has cluster spots.

It can track awards.

Works with Logbook of the World automatically. (See http://lotw.arrl.org)

Log4OM

http://www.log4om.com/

DXLab

http://dxlabsuite.com/

Show-n-Tell

APRS Tracker

AP510

~$130

GPS 1W transmitter with Bluetooth

http://www.sainsonic.com/ap510-aprs-tracker-vhf-with-gps-bluetooth-thermometer-tf-card-support-aprsdroid.html

FC-102 Frequency Counter

Ebay – search for “FC-102 Frequency Counter”

~$30

Elk Antenna

Dual-band log periodic

~$150 at SEA-PAC

www.elkantennas.com

AlexLoop

Magnetic loop antenna

It’s one of the few ones that you can use for transmitting.

http://alexloop.com/

80M horse fence antenna

~$85

http://kf4bwg.com/

The next MicroHAMS Digital Conference will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Mark your calendar!

MicroHAMS Special Club Meeting at Icom Tuesday, May 19th at 6:00 PM

 

Icom small

This is an invitation to a super-special MicroHAMS club meeting coming up Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (always the 3rd Tuesday) starting promptly at 6:00 PM at Icom America, 12421 Willows Rd NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 (see the map below). We are also planning on a presentation by Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO!

Icom map

Unlike our usual meetings, being on time at 6:00 PM sharp is critical this time. There is only one person who has a key to let us in — Ray Novak, N9JA — and he will be fully occupied once we get started. Therefore, be on time. Please congregate about five minutes before the meeting at the main, front entrance on the west side of the building. It is marked MEET HERE on the map above. Again, please be on time. You don’t want to miss out.

If you have trouble finding us, try 146.58 MHz simplex — using an ICOM radio, of course.

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.

73,

Tim Myers, KK7TM

MicroHAMS Secretary

MicroHAMS Club Meeting Notes 4/21/2015

Participants

  • Phil N2EU
  • Scott S KD7VBS
  • Ray Novak N9JA
  • David W7CF
  • Wayne K7ETW
  • Bart AE7SJ
  • Will KI4VXF
  • Paul from Icom
  • Scott H N7SS
  • Peter K4PNG
  • Tim KK7TM

Events

  • Stanwood May
  • Linuxfest April Saturday and Sunday
  • May 15-16th Dayton, Ohio

FIELD DAY Action Items – June 27/28

Ask club about whether we want an information booth. If so, we need a tent.  YES or NO?  A: NO

Ask club about what actions we want to take with digital things, modes, technology, etc.  MAKE A LIST

  • HAMWAN possibility;  Bart has a canopy
  • D-STAR Android demo
  • D-STAR demo / uplink

Identify what our club will bring. Update website with that information. MAKE A LIST

*NEW* Need MicroHAMS to volunteer to support FD stations and/or Youth Activities

Follow up with email to club and link to website.

Ray Novak, Icom

  • D-STAR – Android for Icom 5100 with camera
    • Serial over Bluetooth
    • OPC-2350 cable; special USB cable
  • Can control ID-51A 50th Anniversary with the Android device
  • Students working on an Android app for 5100

 

Sainsonic AP-510 – WA7NWP – APRS Beacon

http://wa7nwp.wikidot.com/ap510

http://www.sainsonic.com/ap510-aprs-tracker-vhf-with-gps-bluetooth-thermometer-tf-card-support-aprsdroid.html

Available on Amazon too

 

MicroTrak

http://byonics.com/microtrak/

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snD6ydf5jTA

 

K3LR Quaqdcopter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA_NG-bVQuc

 

Icom @ Dayton – Thursday Livestream

www.icomamerica.com/dayton2015

Contest University

Antenna Forum

Youth Forum

Amateur Logic TV Live

D-STAR Info Con

 

 

Invitation to our April 21st Meeting

MicroHAMS Club Meeting

Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00 PM

Agenda

  • Marshall Denny from Comm Academy – technical details of Node, RPi, and ExOR.
  • HAM Help

 

This is an invitation to our next MicroHAMS meeting coming up Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (always the 3rd Tuesday) at 6:00 PM  at Microsoft Building 35 (see this map or the picture below), Conference Room 4561. 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.

Invitation to Our March 17, 2015 Meeting

MicroHAMS Club Meeting

Tuesday, March 17th at 6:00 PM

Agenda

  1. Election of Board of Directors
    • Members who are current with club dues can vote.
  1. Software Defined Radio (SDR) Show and Tell
    • If you have one, please bring it!
  1. HAM Help

This is an invitation to our next MicroHAMS meeting coming up Tuesday, March 17, 2015 (always the 3rd Tuesday) at 6:00 PM  at Microsoft Building 35 (see this map or the picture below), Conference Room 4561. 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.

73,

Tim Myers, KK7TM

MicroHAMS Secretary

MicroHAMS Club Meeting Notes – February 17, 2015

2015 ARRL Field Day

We had a presentation by Michael Roessler of the Mercer Island Radio Operators (MIRO) followed by an election about what we will be doing for the 2015 ARRL Field Day June 27-28. The results are:

  1. Location: We’ll be joining forces with other groups on Mercer Island at Luther Burbank Park.
  2. Booth: We will not create a separate, dedicated MicroHAMS booth this time.
  3. MicroHAMS Field Day Czar: Tim Myers, KK7TM

Here’s the website:

http://fieldday.roesslercentral.com/

And here’s a brochure that gives a good overview of this fun event:

http://fieldday.roesslercentral.com/media/1006/fd_2015_brochure.pdf

Board of Directors Nominations Tonight

Current Board:

Phil N2EU

Kenny KU7M

Dennis K7DEN

Scott S. KD7VBS

Scott H. N7SS

David J. W7CF

Tim KK7TM

Plus:

Javier KG7ELE

Michael Schulz K5TRI

Board of Directors Election at Our March Meeting

Weekly activity

Mike Schulz proposed weekly breakfast meeting Saturdays or Wednesdays lunch. The combination of ham radio operators plus food is always a good social event.

Microsoft on the Air

Every Thursday at 12:30 PM

147.56 MHz Simplex

Not a formal net. Just join in and have some fun!

Antenna Rotator Project Update – David Jenni and Dennis

Dennis ordered the parts and we’ll still have hardware.

Dave created a GIThub for the software part.

See: https://github.com/microhams

Kenny KU7M – Bruce Perens’ TAPR Slides about ALGORAM

http://algoram.com/

HT of the Future!

Open source CODEC is desired.

Whitebox SDR – http://radio.testa.co

Slides are available here:

http://algoram.com/presentations/Hamcation2015.pdf

MicroHAMS Digital Conference — MARCH 21st

This world-class digital ham radio conference is in its eighth year. Don’t miss it!

Register in advance online at: http://microhams.com/mhdc

Please tell your friends at other HAM clubs.

Peter K4PNG – New Low-Cost Tablets

Dell has a super-thin model.

WinBook TW700 is only $60 and comes with a real USB 3.0 port plus a small USB port for power.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/439773/TW700_Tablet_-_Black

73,

Tim Myers, KK7TM

Secretary

MicroHAMS

Invitation to our February 17th Club Meeting

Tuesday, February 17th at 6:00 PM

Agenda

  1. Introductions
  2. Announcement and Events
  3. Vote for ARRL Field Day Location
  4. Update on Antenna Rotator Project
  5. TAPR Video(s)
  6. HAM Help

This is an invitation to our next MicroHAMS meeting coming up Tuesday, February 17, 2015 (always the 3rd Tuesday) at 6:00 PM  at Microsoft Building 35 (see this map or the picture below), Conference Room 4561. 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.) Tim’s cell phone number is +1 (425) 898-3815 for those who are not yet licensed or do not have a ham radio. If you’re running late and are locked out, please call us on the radio or phone. 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.

73,

Tim Myers, KK7TM

MicroHAMS Secretary

Invitation to the January 20th MicroHAMS Club Meeting

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Announcement and Events
  • SHOW-N-TELL —  See some of the amazing stuff we’ve built, hacked, etc.
  • HAM Help

This is an invitation to our next MicroHAMS meeting coming up Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (always the 3rd Tuesday) at 6:00 PM  at Microsoft Building 35, Conference Room 4561. 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.

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.

73,

Tim Myers, KK7TM

MicroHAMS Secretary

MicroHAMS Club Meeting Notes 11/18/2014

Participants

Phil N2EO

Scott Slack KD7VBS

Kenny KU7M

Tim KK7TM

Wayne K7ETW

Peter K4PNG

Scott Honaker N7SS

Dave Gaines KG7LGS

Don KC7YZW

Michael Baseman KF7DLZ

Michael Gray, AJ6E

Brad Snow, N1QEW

Larry Viesse, W7PAN

Javier, KG7ELE

Joshua, K7JSH

Notes

Speaker: Kenny KU7M

MicroHAMS Digital Conference 2015 – Saturday, March 21st

  • Conference Topics
    • Weather balloon guy from Tacoma
    • 1200 baud protocol analysis guy from San Luis Obispo
    • Phil will reach out to a surface-mount expert
    • Yaesu technical (not sales) info about their digital VHF/UHF
  • Three Big Pillars:
    1. Speakers
    2. Registration
      • Advertising
      • Taking money
    3. Food
      • Might use some vendor other than Subway this year.
  • Kenny has been 50% cloned so far in terms of the support required to run the conference.
  • He is open to new topics and speakers. If anyone has ideas, tell: Kenny -at- ku7m.net
  • Areas where help is wanted:
    • Registration Help
    • PR Assistance
    • AV Help (Javier)
  • How about a half day before/after for building a kit?
    • Small SDR receiver
    • WSPR “whisper”
  • Brad Snow will find info about the Building 27 Maker Garage
    • What could we do there?
    • How many people could it support?
  • Do we want to think big and invite highly-relevant vendors?
    • If so, they need to be vetted. We don’t want belt buckles and food storage.

Scott N7SS

New ID-51A data cable OPC-2350LU for Android

You can run an Android emulator “Andy” on Windows. (Huge) download from: http://Andyroid.net

Free Icom app lets you program the phone.