MicroHAMS Club Meeting Notes – September 2014

MicroHAMS Club Meeting
Tuesday, September 16th at 6:00 PM

Phil N2EO
Art N7CC
Scott Slack KD7VBS
Kenny KU7M
Wayne K7ETW
David Wyatt KG7LVL
Peter K4PNG
Scott Honaker N7SS
Dave Gaines KG7LGS
David Jenni W7CF
Terence KE7SFF
Lee Burton N6UDP
Michael Schulz K5TRI
Dave Wickert AE7TD

1. Introductions

2. Announcements & Events
a. Burien Hamfest was OK
b. Salmon Fest – WWA is this weekend
c. Tech license tests on the Eastside!
§ for 2-3 months on 2nd Saturday each month
§ tests start after the club meeting at 11 AM
§ see: http://lakewashingtonhamclub.org

d. Kenny – TAPR Digital Communications Conference
§ It was in Austin, Texas a couple weeks ago.
§ Kind words about MHDC: “Yours is every bit as good as this.”
§ HamRadioNow recorded everything.
§ Master Thesis on Bell 202 Standard was cool and well-presented.
§ SDR Flex guys came to talk
§ SDR protocol definition is underway
§ Workshop on how to program FPGAs
§ Definitely coming back to Seattle in a few years

e. JARRL published new standard for D-STAR
§ but it’s in Japanese
§ Kickstarter project to translate it to English either by TAPR or MicroHAMS
§ Try to get Icom as corporate sponsor.

3. Review Survey Data
a. Projects are of interest to many
§ Antenna Rotator
§ Make Antennas
§ TNC-Pi by Coastal chip works
§ TNC-X ditto

4. Speaker – N7SS – Scott Honaker
a. How to Install a Mobile Rig
§ Do a really great job like car audio pros, not sloppy QST stuff
§ See http://www.k0bg.com for a great guide to mobile installations
§ Use Blue Sea ST-Blade for power distribution block http://www.bluesea.com
§ ProClip has custom mounting plates for your car http://www.proclipusa.com

b. Mobile Antennas
§ Drill, baby, drill! (Get over it.)
§ Use NMO antenna mounts, not the PL-259 kind

MicroHAMS Club Meeting

Tuesday, September 16th at 6:00 PM


  1. Introductions
  2. Announcements & Events
  1. How to Install a Mobile Rig
  2. Mobile Antenna Types and Installation
  1. HAM Help

This is an invitation to our next MicroHAMS meeting coming up Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (always the 3rd Tuesday) at 6:00 PM  at Microsoft Building 35 (see this map ), Conference Room 3561. 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.) The phone number for the conference room is +1 (425) 707-8182 for those who are not yet licensed or do not have a 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 3561 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