MicroHAMS Club Meeting 7/18/2016

Tuesday, July 18th at 6:00 PM

Location: Building 35/4561

It’s here:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35

Agenda

  • Show and Tell – bring something cool to chat about!
  • Ham Help

146.58 MHz FM 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.

SECURITY NOTE: Anyone who does not have their own Microsoft badge for unescorted access to Microsoft buildings MUST be escorted into Building 35 and conference room 4561 by a badged MicroHAMS member. Do NOT under any circumstances attempt to “tag” onto or “tailgate” Microsoft employees entering the building. Please congregate about five minutes before the meeting outside the lobby entrance on the south side 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 Invitation 6/21/2016 at NEW Location

MicroHAMS Club Meeting

Tuesday, June 21st at 6:00 PM

We have a NEW location: Building 27, conference room 1052

Agenda

  • Dayton review!
  • ARRL Field Day 2016
  • Ham Help

New Meeting Site Information

Microsoft Corporate Main Campus Building 27, conf. room 1052

3009 157th Pl NE, Redmond, WA

Here’s the map: http://binged.it/1SQH42V

Visitor parking is available near the front of the building. See circle #1 in the picture below. There is no visitor parking in the underground parking garages. There is no visitor access to the building from underground. (So don’t park there.)

There are two entrances to the building, but we will be using only the SOUTH lobby entrance at circle #2 in the picture below.

map bldg 27Machine generated alternative text: World • United States • WA • King Cc • Redmond • Overlake Electrig Statiorf Till Microsoft Building 28 NE 25 m St Microsoft Building 27 NE 2 th st

Here’s what the SOUTH lobby entrance looks like from the front of the building.

 south lobby

Machine generated alternative text: ء عت

 146.58 MHz FM 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 or phone. Or just stand outside the conference room window where we can see you. We’ll send someone to let you in.

SECURITY NOTE: Anyone who does not have their own Microsoft badge for unescorted access to Microsoft buildings MUST be escorted into Building 27 and conference room 1052 by a badged MicroHAMS member. Do NOT under any circumstances attempt to “tag” onto or “tailgate” Microsoft employees entering the building. Please congregate about five minutes before the meeting outside the SOUTH lobby 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

New Club Meeting Site Information

Microsoft Corporate Main Campus Building 27, conf. room 1052

3009 157th Pl NE, Redmond, WA

Here’s the map: http://binged.it/1SQH42V

Visitor parking is available near the front of the building. See circle #1 in the picture below. There is no visitor parking in the underground parking garages. There is no visitor access to the building from underground. (So don’t park there.) There are two entrances to the building, but we will be using only the SOUTH lobby entrance at circle #2 in the picture below.map bldg 27

Machine generated alternative text: World • United States • WA • King Cc • Redmond • Overlake Electrig Statiorf Till Microsoft Building 28 NE 25 m St Microsoft Building 27 NE 2 th st

Here’s what the SOUTH lobby entrance looks like from the front of the building.

Machine generated alternative text: ء عت south lobby

146.58 MHz FM 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.)

SECURITY NOTE: Anyone who does not have their own Microsoft badge for un-escorted access to Microsoft buildings MUST be escorted into Building 27 and conference room 1052 by a badged MicroHAMS member. Do NOT under any circumstances attempt to “tag” onto or “tailgate” Microsoft employees entering the building. Please congregate about five minutes before the meeting outside the SOUTH lobby 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 Meeting 4/19/2016

Agenda

  • 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

IC-7

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:

http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/hf/7300/default.aspx

News/Events

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

Participants

Bart

Amy

Dave W.

Grant

Dean

Mark

Terence

David J.

Kenny

Wayne

Michael

_DHM

Bill

Peter

Ed (Icom)

Will (Icom)

Paul (Icom)

Scott H.

Phil

Dennis T.

Tim

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.

Agenda

  • 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:

http://www.microhams.com/about/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.

MeetingMap

 

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

Notes from MicroHAMS Meeting 3/15/2016

Participants

Phil N2EU

Mike Mraz N6MZ

Dennis T. W7PF

Dean

Mark

Amy

Michael Schulz K5TRI

Don H. KC7YZW

Wayne KE7WTW

David J. W7CF

Javier KG7ELE

Peter K4PNG

Scott H. N7SS

Dennis H. K7DEN

Terence KE7SFF

Tim KK7TM

Events

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

Nominations

Re-nominate the current board except for two people:

— Scott Slack

— Dennis H.

 

MHDC

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 Meeting Invitation March 15th at 6:00 PM

 Agenda

  1. Election of Directors
  2. MicroHAMS Digital Conference items
  3. Ham Help

This is an invitation to our next MicroHAMS meeting coming up Tuesday, March 15, 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.

MeetingMap-300x158

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.)

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 February 16, 2016

Participants

Mark

Amy

Dean

Scott H

Mike

Rick

Kenny

Peter

Javier

Phil

Dennis

Dave W.

Jeffrey

Don

Michael

Tim

Events

Ham fairs list by Lynn N7CFO:

http://www.n7cfo.com/amradio/hf/hf.htm

March 5th – Mike and Key Hamfest Saturday in Puyallup, WA

March 19th – MicroHAMS Digital Conference

Additional fun item at MHDC:

The Icom IC-7300 “SDR” might make an appearance. Prototype was shown at Orlando.

Speakers

Peter K4PNG

Report of First SDR-SIG Meeting

21 people attended

HDSDR presentation

SDR dongle

SDR Console demo

Next meeting, Tuesday, March 29th, 6pm at Building 27

Kenny KU7M

Buster AMBESERVER

History

Robin AA4RC built D-Plus and a backdoor

DV-Dongle / DVAP

G4KLX built DSTARRepeater and ircDDBGateway

It lets you access D-STAR reflectors

NWDigital

AMBE CODEC for digital voice

UDRX-440 needs AMBE

ThumbDV

PiDV

Buster is a Mac application by:

NH6Z, Jeremy McDermond

From <http://www.nh6z.net/Amatuer_Radio_Station_NH6Z/About_Me.html>

Remote access to the AMBE service was desired and the AMBE server was born.

G4KLX and K7VE

Buster + Raspberry Pi + AMBE 30000R by NWDigital

Buster is Open Source.

Kenny did a super cool demo on a Mac.

FYI about D-STAR reflectors

  • Reflector 1C is general first contacts
  • Reflector 35C is Seattle area
  • Dstarinfo.com tells what intended uses of reflectors are.

MicroHAMS January 19, 2016

Participants

Peter, K4PNG

Mike, K5TRI

Jim, KE7JIM

Andreas, KU7T

Don H., KC7YZW

Tim, KK7TM

Phil,

Eric

Scott H.

David

Javier

Mike

John W7FU

Dennis

Miguel

Will

Wayne

Mike

News

MicroHAMS Digital Conference coming in March 2016

Technician and General License Courses – Redmond CERT – contact Javier

Extra Class – contact Dave Wickert

SDR SIG – Tuesday, Building 27 “Garage”

Agenda

Mike Mraz, N6MZ

 Mike_N6MZ

DXpedition to Navassa Island 2015 K1N

This island was off the air for a generation. #1 most wanted country.

Mike showed us a great video of the two-week expedition.

There is a DVD available from the K1N website.

How can you get started? Gain experience on an easy DXpedition first, such as the Virgin Islands, during a holiday. You need lots of time off work, DX experience, CW experience, disposable income (around $10,000+), and you need to get on a team somehow.