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.

MicroHAMS November 17, 2015

Participants

Phil, N2EU

Scott S., KD7VBS

Bill, WA7NWP

Don Marshall, KE7ARH

Dave W. AE7TD

John Petrich, W7FU

Peter, K4PNG

Terence Chan KE7SFF

Tim, KK7TM

Events

Puyallup in March 2016

December MicroHAMS meeting will be dinner only with some door prizes for participants!

New SDR Group – John Petrich, W7FU

John is making a special interest group (SIG) about Software Defined Radio(SDR).

Please stay tuned for another message to MicroHAMS real soon that talks about this.

We’ll meet three times a year.

Let’s compile a list of names of MicroHAMS who would be interested.

He’s open to ideas about the location to meet.

The first group meeting will be after the holidays.

Low end SDRs (in terms of price) have been of the most interest, generally.

SDR Links and Ideas from Scott Slack, KD7VBS

SDRPlay

http://sdrplay.com

$149

SDRPlay RSP

http://hackaday.com/2015/09/25/mid-price-hardware-gets-serious-about-software-defined-radio/

Software

HD SDR

SDR-Console

SDR# (SDR sharp)

RTL SDRs

RTL-SDR 2 has better frequency stability and can be modified for lower bands.

Amazon.com

Hobbyist’s guide to the RTL-SDR by Carl Laufer

$20

MHDC SDR Idea

We could have an early start session at MicroHAMS Digital Conference 2016 about getting started with SDR, say, 8:00 AM.

MicroHAMS October 20, 2015

MicroHAMS October 20, 2015

Participants

Phil N2EU

Dennis *new*

Peter K4PNG

Steven *new*

Scott S. KD7VBS

Kenny KU7M

Andrew *new*

Wayne K7ETW

Dean *new*

Amy *new*

Marc *new*

Michael AJ6E

Bart AE7SJ

Scott H. N7SS

Bill WA7NWP

David W7CF

Tim KK7TM

News

Scott Slack KD7VBS is on the cover of QST!

PNW VHF meeting was last week and KD7VBS_is_FamousBill won an IC-7100!

MDSR – http://users.skynet.be/myspace/mdsr/

Hamfest near Corvallis, Oregon this weekend

Friday / Saturday Linux club – ask Scott Slack for details

Speaker

Bart Kus – HAMWAN

HamWAN_logoMicroHAMS made a generous donation to HAMWAN.

http://www.hamwan.org/t/Wiki+Home+Page

HAMWAN worked for ARRL Field Day by providing internet connectivity. There was interest expressed by Mercer Island and Redmond City. If you know any contacts for either EMCOM org. please let Bart know via Tim (kk7tm@kk7tm.com) to follow up.

  • 900MHz band is declared dead because of tons of noise.
  • 1.2GHz band is being looked at for higher power.
  • 5GHz band is in use currently.

MicroHAMS September 15, 2015

Participants

Javier

Phil

Dave J

Bill Vodall WA7NWP

Scott S

Tim

Wayne

Don

Art

Peter

David

Cameron KG5GHQ

 

Events

Seattle Maker Fair this weekend

SEP 26 Spokane Hamfest Washington state convention

SEP 26 Scouting Radio and Electronics Merit Badge and Tech License – contact Tim KK7TM@KK7TM.com

 

 

Agenda

Bill Vodall — WSPR and his Raspberry Pi-based beacon!

Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WSPR_(amateur_radio_software)

Bill’s website:  http://wa7nwp.blogspot.com/

K1JT Author’s website: http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wspr.html

WSPR Network:  http://wsprnet.org/drupal/

RADWAV SKyPi-40 XCVR Bundle:  http://radwav.com/special.html

 

Amateur Logic episode discussing the Raspberry Pi WSPR shield

RTL-SDR

New and improved RTL-SDR available on Amazon for $20  http://amzn.to/1SLPS6F

http://www.rtl-sdr.com/

New book: Hobbyist’s guide to the RTL-SDR by Carl Laufer  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KCDF1QI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00KCDF1QI&linkCode=as2&tag=book0674-20&linkId=XHRIQAZC3JVLUJWM

 

KIO hex beam antenna:  http://www.k4kio.com/

MicroHAMS Club Meeting – January 19, 2016

MicroHAMS Club Meeting
Tuesday, January 19th at 6:00 PM

Agenda
Mike Mraz, N6MZ

Mike_N6MZ

DXpedition to Navassa 2015
When it comes to DXpeditions, our own Mike Mraz leads the way. Come hear about his recent adventure at Navassa island.

This is an invitation to our next MicroHAMS meeting coming up Tuesday, January 19, 2015 (always the 3rdTuesday) 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

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

kk7tm@kk7tm.com

MicroHAMs Dinner-Only Meeting on August 18th

Our August MicroHAMs Dinner-Only meeting will be held at the Canyons Restaurant in Redmond. We have half the back room reserved thanks to Scott Slack.

Location URL: http://canyonsrestaurant.com/locations/

We will be meeting Tuesday, August 18th at 6:00 pm. Please note that the Canyons does not (strangely) bill individually for the meal (quote “Its a hassle for the server”). We will need to pay Scott Slack back after the meal, so bring cash or a check so Scott can get paid back after the dinner. (Sorry about that everyone!) During the meal, we will shoot for an open discussion on MicroHAMs in general, taking any thoughts or suggestions for enhancing the club experience.