MicroHAMS Club Meeting >> Tuesday, February 18th at 6:00 PM

Homegrown Satellites!  The University of Washington “Husky Satellite lab” will present a program on HuskySat-1

Location: Bldg 35/4561

Agenda

  • Ham Help
  • Update on MHDC New Venue, exciting speakers!
  • Program: Homegrown Satellites!  Our University of Washington “Husky Satellite lab” will present a program on HuskySat-1
  • Discussion of other upcoming club activities including Field Day 2020, elections in March, and rescheduling the Spark Museum trip date.

At the next MicroHAMS regular meeting, members of the Husky Satellite lab will present a discussion of the development and mission status of HuskySat-1, a 3U+ cubesat developed at the University of Washington with the primary mission objectives of testing a pulsed plasma thruster with sulfur fuel and an experimental 24GHz transmitter.  It will also outline our relationship with AMSAT and their transponder and communications module.

 

In the past few weeks, they have been busy exercising the ground station hardware and personnel in preparation for first contact (which occurred late in January), and beginning their experiments of the 24GHz system as well as the thruster.

 

Our speakers will include:

Paige Northway, who is an Earth and Space Science graduate student pursuing her PhD,

Paul Sturmer, who is a physics graduate student pursuing his PhD, and

Nathan Wacker, who is a Computer Science undergraduate student pursuing his BS.

 

HuskySat-1 in the news! – https://qrznow.com/huskysat-1-gains-enthusiastic-following/

See you there at 6 PM!

A reminder that club meetings are open to any person regardless of membership.  Persons who are not members, or members of guests can arrange attendance by emailing microhams@microhams.com.

 

We will also discuss the details of upcoming activities including Field Day, March Board of Directors elections (we will be seeking nominations this month) and scheduling of the Spark Museum tour.

 

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions during this segment. This is also the time and place to share your amateur radio discoveries and experiences, no matter what they are.  If you’ve run across something interesting that you think might help other hams, no matter the topic, consider taking 3-5 minute to share it with others during our “Ham Help” segment!

 

Next Month

Next month we’ll have a presentation by John Boal, K9JEB on his ham focused kits, and the story of how he built a hobby business on filling a need (and the specifics of his design development for both the power products and the J-poles.)

 

Access

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 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 to ten minutes before the meeting outside the lobby entrance on the south side of the building.  If you have a Microsoft badge, please check outside the front entrance for other club members who need to be escorted.

 

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 a few days prior to the meeting. Space can be a bit limited.

 

73,

Grant Hopper

KB7WSD

MicroHAMS Club Secretary

MicroHAMS Club Meeting >> Tuesday, January 21st at 6:00 PM

Location: Building 35/4801  Map:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35

Agenda

  • Ham Help
  • Sharing a few details of the January field trip and discussing ideas about other places of interest to amateur radio operators
  • Program: John Miles KE5FX will speak about Phase Noise.  What it is, why you should care, and how to measure it.

At the next MicroHAMS regular meeting John Miles KE5FX will be giving a talk on the unappreciated but extremely important topic of Phase Noise. John is a phase noise expert who lives in Snohomish As a member of the Time Nuts, amateurs who are interested in precise Time & Frequency, John is the one they count on to evaluate the quality of GPS receivers, time standards, Atomic Clocks, and precision instruments.

In radio communications, phase noise influences what your signal sounds like, and frequency stability determines whether you get a QSL card or an FCC notice in the mail. In everyday life, these specifications tell you where you are and what time it is. What do they have in common, and how do we measure them? In this talk we’ll look at several ways to understand, specify, and measure the stability of periodic signal sources, from hydrogen masers to grandfather clocks.

To make taking phase noise measurements a little easier John designed the Miles TimePod which greatly simplified the measurement of phase noise. For the first few years he sold it himself for $5,000. Eventually Symmetricom realized his TimePod was adversely affecting the sales of their phase noise measurement system which considerably more expensive and more than 10 times the size. So they bought John’s design and relabeled it as their own.

Symmetricom is now a division of Microsemi Corporation which sells John’s TimePod with the Microsemi logo on it as the Model 3120A High Performance Low Phase Noise Test Probe.

We will also discuss the details of upcoming activities including Field Day.

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions during this segment. This is also the time and place to share your amateur radio discoveries and experiences, no matter what they are.  If you’ve run across something interesting that you think might help other hams, no matter the topic, consider taking 3-5 minute to share it with others during our “Ham Help” segment!

Next Month

Next month we’ll have a presentation by the U of W “Husky Satellite Lab” telling us all about the new Husky Sat1, the process of getting to the point were they have an object in orbit, and future plans.  You won’t want to miss this presentation!

Access

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 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 to ten minutes before the meeting outside the lobby entrance on the south side of the building.  If you have a Microsoft badge, please check outside the front entrance for other club members who need to be escorted.

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 a few days prior to the meeting. Space can be a bit limited.

73,

Grant Hopper

KB7WSD

MicroHAMS Club Secretary

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

Location: Building 35/4801  Map:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35

IMPORTANT NOTE!!!!!!
Heads-up to all: we got bumped from our Club Meeting room for Tue 11/19, for this month only, we’ll be in the same bldg, same floor, but different room: 35/4801

Agenda

  • Ham Help
  • Program: Miguel Mayorga, KC7IGT : Amateur Satellites for everyone!, Getting started, growing your station, not breaking the bank!

This month’s program is presented by Miguel Mayorga, KC7IGT.  Miguel will show you “How to work our amateur satellites” covering which satellites are easy to get started on, what the minimum equipment is and how to not break the bank while getting on the air and having fun on a new mode.

Miguel is no stranger to satellite operation and has been operating through these amazing machines for many years.  Having started with a simple station and progressively added capabilities through they years, he’s gained a great deal of experience on a range of birds.  He has the experience to show you how to get started with a minimum of effort and equipment and what to do when you’re looking for “the next thing”.  Needless to say, Miguel knows what it takes to be successful in making contacts and having success with amateur satellites.

Our December meeting will be a Christmas dinner get together, with details forthcoming.

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions during this segment. This is also the time and place to share your amateur radio discoveries and experiences, no matter what they are.  If you’ve run across something interesting that you think might help other hams, no matter the topic, consider taking 3-5 minute to share it with others during our “Ham Help” segment!

MicroHAMS Club Meeting Tuesday, October 15th at 6:00 PM

Location: Building 35/4561  Map:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35

Agenda

  • Ham Help
  • Discussion January field trip as well as ideas about other places of interest to amateur radio operators
  • Program: Mike Mraz, N6MZ: QSLing for Dummies, Everything you ever wanted to know about QSLing but didn’t know to ask!

Mike Mraz N6MZ will cover the ins and outs of QSLing and in particular, how to make sure you get that card from that rare DX you just worked as well as some best practices for your own outgoing QSL cards.

Mike is no stranger to QSLing.  He’s got more than 400 countries confirmed under the DXCC program, and Mike has been the DX on more than a few occasions.  Only a few hams worldwide have matched that level of on the air accomplishment and needless to say, Mike knows what it takes to be successful in insuring you receive that card you so richly deserve.

We will also discuss the details of the January field trip to the Telecommunication Museum in Seattle.

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions during this segment. This is also the time and place to share your amateur radio discoveries and experiences, no matter what they are.  If you’ve run across something interesting that you think might help other hams, no matter the topic, consider taking 3-5 minute to share it with others during our “Ham Help” segment!