MHDC 2020 update – Online only event this year

This has been a crazy year! Over the last several years we have had increasing difficulty securing space for the Microhams Digital Conference on the Microsoft campus. This year we decided to simply find a new space. It took quite a while to find a venue that met all our criteria but it did require changing the date to May 9, 2020. We signed the contract and paid our deposit.

We are very excited about the new venue. It’s new with plenty of space for presentations and demos and the late spring date should be very nice with a park-like setting and great indoor and outdoor spaces.

Then came social distancing. We created a plan to downsize the on-site attendance and stream the presentations which we have done with reasonable success in the past. Then large gatherings were banned and ham radio events were cancelled. It’s clear it will be impossible to meet in person.
We refuse to give up! We are determined to provide an event to the amateur community, especially when few other events can proceed. We may not be able to get together in person but you can join us live on the internet as we stream the conference for you.

Since we cannot hold our conference in-person, we are refunding ticket holders this year and requesting a donation from participants to cover our additional costs.

Those donating will have an opportunity to provide suggestions to drive content next year and will be given an opportunity to register early. We rolled our venue deposit to next year and already secured April 24, 2021 for next year’s conference so mark this date on your calendar.

Viewing information for the conference will be posted to the MHDC webpage shortly at https://www.microhams.com/mhdc/mhdc2020/.

Please join us on Saturday May 9, 2020 online AND next year again, Saturday April 24, 2021 in person!

MicroHAMs Club Meeting, April 16th 6:00pm

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

Agenda

  • Presentation: I2CDriver from Excamera and I2C debugging
  • Ham Help
  • Introducing the new board of directors

Have you ever wanted to find a simple way to connect a couple of sensors or other devices to your Arduino or other micro without using up all the pins?  Or, have you ever had a tough time sorting out why your sensors aren’t working the way they were supposed to?  Or do you might want to find an easy way to look at the real performance of a new device you just purchased on Amazon?

 

You’re in luck!  At the next MicroHams meeting, Grant Hopper, KB7WSD will cover some information about the two wire I2C bus, I2C design, and debugging, focusing specifically on using the new and inexpensive I2CDriver device from Excamera.  There will be a discussion and some demonstrations as well as an opportunity to examine the I2CDriver board.

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 at this part of the meeting. With 20 hams, there’s bound to be 40 different answers!

 

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 – 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 seven days prior to the meeting. Space for guests is limited.

 

73,

Grant Hopper

KB7WSD

Next MicroHAMS Club Meeting Tuesday, February 19th 2019

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

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

Agenda: 

Speaker: Grant Hopper.  Grant Hopper will be speaking to the Law and how it pertains to Amateur Radio.  He has been working with more than a dozen major communities in the Puget Sound area on matters related to amateur radio.  Grant has been a Volunteer Counsel for more than 15 years and has consulted on dozens of tower cases and continues to research the law and its application to amateur radio.

At every meeting we have 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 at this part of the meeting. With 20 hams, there’s bound to be 40 different answers!
 
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 – 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 seven days prior to the meeting. Space for guests is limited.

MicroHAMS Digital Conference 2018 – Parking Update

MHDC Attendees,

We would like to pass on some additional parking information for the 2018 Digital Conference. The picture below shows where the driveway is to access the underground parking for Building 30 if the above ground lot is full. There are both stairs and an elevator to get back up to ground level. The picture also references the front doors of the building, where you will need to enter.

 

73,

MicroHAMS

 

Microhams Digital Conference 2017 – Topics and Speakers

The Microhams Digital Conference 2017 is fast approaching (Sat March 18th) and we’re finalizing details.  The room and food are ready and we’re finalizing the speaker list.  Here’s who we have confirmed so far with a couple more to come.  (Registration for this year’s event has been closed.)

  • Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW
    RF Seismograph – Measuring propagation with your own transceiver
  • Grant Hopper, KB7WSD
    SDR Dongles – A flexible tool for exploring the RF environment
  • Bryan Hoyer, K7UDR
    How small powerful computers are changing the shack at the EOC
  • Scott Currie, NS7C
    Digital Operations for Emergency Communications Volunteers
  • Curt Black, WR5J
    Hams Moving Data – RAMROD 2017 RFID Team Update