Meeting Change Log

MicroHAMS general meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified. Meetings are held in the 4th floor conference room in building 35. 146.58 simplex is monitored for anybody who requires assistance finding the site or access to the building.

NOTE: There is no visitor access from the parking garage.

Club meetings are open to club members, those interested in joining the club (see club membership policy), and guests of club members.  Members of the general ham community 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. For more information or to suggest meeting ideas, contact Scott-KD7VBS. This list is subject to change so check back prior to the meeting date to verify the topic for the meeting for the current month.

Upcoming Meetings

The agenda is subject to change based on any number of factors outside of the control of the MicroHAMs Board of Directors.

September 18, 2018

WRTC: World Radiosport Team Championship
Scott, N7SS, attended the WRTC and will share his experiences.

October 16, 2018

LTspice – circuit simulation
Dennis, W7PF, will discuss LTspice and give a demonstration

November 20, 2018 TBD

Log of Past Meetings

We’ve had lots of great speakers in the past.  Here’s a list of previous presenters and the topics that they spoke on:

August 21, 2018

Topic: Bi-Annual dinner meeting.

July 17, 2018

3D Printing for Amateur Radio with N2EU

June 19, 2018

Antenna Modeling with EZNEC v6.0 (KK7TM)

May 15, 2018

VHF+ radiosport: Limited rover style – Darryl Holman, WW7D

April 10, 2018

Show and Tell

March 20, 2018

Scott N7SS – Radio Programming via Software (N7SS) and Chirp (N2EU)

February 17, 2018

The History of Coax with Michael Dinkelman N7WA

January 16, 2018

Programming Radios

December 19, 2017

Bi-Annual dinner meeting.

November 21, 2017

Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) with N7SS

October 17, 2017

Vertical Antennas Demystified

September 19, 2017

The Vacuum Tube Curve Tracer Dennis, W7PF

August 2017

Bi-Annual dinner meeting

July 18, 2017

Scott, N7SS, will review Radio Mobile VHF/UHF propagation modeling software.

June 20, 2017

Dayton Hamvention

May 6, 2017

Warren McPherson, President of Vetco Electronics

April 18, 2017

ELAD SDR Transceiver

March 21, 2017


February 21, 2017

Scott, N7SS will review our plans for the upcoming Digital Conference.

January 17, 2017

Portable Radio Kits by Scott N7SS

December 13, 2016

Bi-Annual dinner meeting

November 15, 2016

N7SS Presentation on HAARP – High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program

October 18, 2016

SteppIR speaker and/or antenna demo

September 20, 2016

MicroHAMS & SDR-SIG Club Meeting Notes

August 16, 2016

Topic: Bi-Annual dinner meeting.

July 19, 2016

Show and Tell

June 21, 2016

Topic: Field Day Prep 

May 17, 2016

Discussed holding Field Day at Snohomish DEM, Virtual Reality options and how could be used with Ham Radio and had a update on the MicroHAMS rotator project.

April 19, 2016

Held Board of Director elections and got a demo of the new Icom 7300 HF radio. Link to Meeting Notes

March 15, 2016

Prep for MicroHAMS Digital Conference. Link to meeting notes

February 16, 2016

Kenny KU7M – Buster & AMBEserver (Slides) Peter K4PNG – Report of First SDR-SIG Meeting, Link to meeting notes

January 19, 2016

DXpedition to Navassa 2015 by N6MZ.

December 15, 2015

Bi-Annual dinner meeting.

November 17, 2015

Open discussion on SDR and all the options available today. Covered the creation of a local SIG by John-W7FU to discuss SDR efforts.

October 20, 2015

Bart-AE7Q gave an update on the HamWAN effort, including showing pictures of a recent activity to bring a new node online.

September 15, 2015

Bill-WA7NWP talked about building a WSPR beacon with a Raspberry Pi, plus showed a segment of the Amateur Logic PodCast discussing using Raspberry Pi’s in ham radio.

August 18, 2015

Bi-Annual Dinner Only Meeting, we met at the Canyons Restaurant in Redmond and had a great time.

July 21, 2015

Marshall Denny, AI4CM will talk about EXOR (extremely opportunistic routing protocol)

June 16, 2015

Topic: Field Day at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island; Logging software presentation by Michael Schulz, K5TRI; and                       Show and Tell.

May 19, 2015

Topic: Icom US headquarters tour by Ray Novak, N9JA. Lynn, N7CFO gave a presentation on the Fox Delta antenna analyzer.

April 21, 2015

Topic: Icom D-STAR and Android; Sainsonic AP-510 – WA7NWP – APRS Beacon; MicroTrak; K3LR Quadcopter; and Dayton.

March 17, 2015

Topic: Board of Director Elections were completed, see the BoD page for the results. We also had a SDR show and tell where members showed off their SDR solutions.

February 17, 2015

Topic: Discussion about latest Codec2 efforts and MHDC

January 20, 2015

Topic: Show & Tell and Ham-Help

December 26, 2014

Topic: The Bi-Annual Dinner meeting.

November 18, 2014

Topic: MicroHAMS Digital Conference update by KU7M.

October 21, 2014

Topics: HamWAN update and how Bluetooth low power mode works.

September 16, 2014

Topic: How to install a mobile rig, mobile antenna options and suggestions.

August 19, 2014

Topic: Bi-Annual Dinner Meeting! – Huge turn out, there must have been at least 25 people there last month.

July 15, 2014

Topic: include

  • NE2U talks about his 3D printer experiences

  • N7CC Road Trip Adventures

  • Field Day 2014 wrap up

June 17, 2014

Topic: include

  • Initial discussions about Field Day 2014

  • Speaker: N7SS will gave a run down from his visit to Dayton.

May 20, 2014

Topic: include

  • Still working to confirm Icom Headquarter Visit

  • MicroHAMs won’t have an official August meeting, but a bi-annual dinner only meeting

  • Field Day will be 6/28@10:00 AM – 11:00 PM at the Everett EOC

  • Rotator project looking for volunteers now for software development.

  • Phil is going todo a 3D printer show and tell in July or September. Stay tuned!

April 15, 2014

Topic: included

  • Ham Help!

  • N2EU went over postmortem of MicroHAMS Digital Conference.

  • MicroHAMs Board of Director position announcements

  • Reminder that need head count for MicroHAMS rotator project now!

 March 18, 2014

 MHDC 2014 details, Board of Directors elections and KD7VBS gave a great talk on using the Realtek RTL2832U for Software Defined Radio (SDR). Full notes available here: link.

February 18, 2014

Topics included:

  • Ham Help!

  • Portable Systems Talk

  • N2EU will will give a presentation on the TAPR HPSDR

January 16, 2014

Topics included:

  • Ham Help!

  • K7DEN gave update on MicroHAMS rotor control project.

  • N7SS will give a presentation on building a ‘portable’ stations.

  • W7CF will do a quick show and tell on his Elecraft KX3

 December 19, 2013

 Yearly Christmas diner meeting at local Mexican place.

 November 19, 2013

 Ray Novak-N9JA (Icom NA Sales manager) gave a talk on his experiences with operating the Mozambique DXpediation this last year.

October 15, 2013

Topics included:

  • K7DEN gave update on MicroHAMS rotor control project.

  • N8GNJ gave summary of TAPR DCC.

  • Roundtable discussion on MHDC2014 ideas.

September 17, 2013

Topic: Dennis, K7DEN gave a talk on transmission lines and how they work. His Slides are available here.

August 20, 2013

Topic: End of summer dinner meeting. We meet at the Tu Casa restaurant and ragchewed over dinner.

July 16, 2013

Two talks were presented. Kenny, KU7M gave a the first in hopefully a regular series of “Shack-n-Tell”, where he gave a quick walk through of his current shack. The main presentation of the evening was Taylor Smith, K7TAY great talk about Summits on the Air. Taylor’s presentation is available here and Kenny’s is available here.

June 18, 2013

Topic: Reviewed the things which people were interested in doing for ARRL Field Day. Scott-N7SS also gave some demo’s for installing crimp style coax connectors. (PL259/N/etc).

May 21, 2013

Topic: Planning for Field Day 2013 by Scott-N7SS.

April 19, 2013

Topic: No specific topic, but decided on Field Day plan for 2013. (2A and all Digital) Additionally received an update on the Communication Academy held the previous weekend and announced the new board of directors.

March 19, 2013

Topic: Elections for Board of Directors, Treasurer report (ending balance $8,442.08) and final prep for MicroHAMS Digital Conference..

February 19, 2013

Topic: Reviewed volunteer positions for MicroHAMS Digital Conference. Also discussed plan to donate funds to the HamWAN project. Held elections for 2013 Board of Directors.

January 15, 2013

Topic: Dr. Josh Smith, a pioneer in wireless transmission of power, gave us an overview of his work. You can read it here

December 18, 2012

Topic: Annual Holiday Meeting, dinner only!.

November 20, 2012

Topic: Reviewed the current projects the members are working on.

October 17, 2012

Topic: Kenny Richards, KU7M told the story of how his homebrew D-Star repeater came to be. (copy of presentation is available here)

September 18, 2012

Topic: Puget Sound Data Ring by Bart Kus-AE7SI. (copy of presentation is available here)

August 21, 2012

Topic: Special end of summer Dinner meeting!. Currently scheduled at the Tu Casa restaurant @ 2115 Bel Red Road in Redmond.

July 17, 2012

Topic: Andy Ruschak KK7TR gave a presentation on Technology and Trends in Public Safety Communications.

June 19, 2012

Topic: Discuss the MicroHAMS Field Day plans. Invited the chairman of the Redmond ARES team, who we are joining for Field Day.

May 15, 2012

Topic: Travis Martin spoke about the Windows 8 NFC (near field communication) protocol. Travis is a developer on the Win8 NFC driver team.

April 17, 2012

Topic: Our speaker is Adam Burns from Icom America. He’ll be talking about NXDN radios (favored by railroads), a Part 90 commercial digital radio system that can be used under Part 97 rules. He will also talk about the Eclipse2 software-defined repeater.

March 20, 2012

Topic: Discussion the upcoming MicroHAMS Digital Conference and watched a presentation from the 2011 TAPR conference on Mesh-Potato or Village Telco project..

February 21, 2012

Topic: Discussion about upcoming MicroHAMS Digital Conference and watch a ARVN video on the FunCube Dongle

January 17, 2012

While the meeting wasn’t cancelled, the attendance was limited due to the snow storm Seattle was dealing with that week. Agenda was pushed till February meeting.

December 20, 2011

No regular meeting, instead we had dinner at the local Round Table.

November 15, 2011

Unknown what presentation was, do you know? Send note to KU7M!.

October 18, 2011

General meeting and discussion about what club would like for future presentations and brain storming of ideas.

September 21, 2011

Ray Novak, N9JA the Division Manager at Icom America who will speak on his experiences with a 26A Field Day station.<br

August 20, 2011

No meeting.<br

July 20, 2011

The entire meeting was focused on debrief of the Microhams / Redmond ARES Field Day 2011.<br

June 21, 2011

The entire meeting was focused on Field Day discussions and planning.<br

May 19, 2011

We discussed a new proposed bylaw amendment updating the member dues amounts.(which was ultimately approved) The second topic was briefly discuss the new Field Day location.<br

April 19, 2011

The meeting topic will be an excellent video called Engineering Connections – more available here.<br

March. 15, 2011

Topic: Miguel, KC7IGT presented his latest project a remote control of an SDR radio. His Softrock receiver available via the Internet..

Feb. 15, 2011

Topic: Constitution amendment and video.

Jan. 18, 2011

Topic: Video documentary about Sarnoff, DeForrest, and Armstrong.

Dec. 21, 2010

Topic: No official meeting, club met for dinner.

Nov. 16, 2010

Topic: Recent Conference Briefing

Oct 21, 2010

Topic: Robin – KE7ARL GSM Phone Chip to get data service.

Sep. 17, 2010

Topic: Kenny – KU7M Digital conference postmortem.

July 16, 2010

Topic: Scott-N7SS Fieldday Postmortem.

June 18, 2010

Topic: Scott-N7SS Fieldday 2010 Preperation .

April 20, 2010

Topic: Steve-N8GNJ will present the final presentation in the series on Hacking the Linksys WRT54G and a overview of mesh networking.

March 16, 2010

Topic: Kenny-KU7M present the second part in the series on hacking the WRT54G

February 16, 2009

Dennis-K7DEN gave the first of three presentations on hacking the Linksys WRT54G router.

January 19, 2010

Scott-N7SS gave an updated presentation on VHF contesting

December 17, 2009

No Meeting – Happy Holiday’s!

November 17, 2009

Topic: N7SS gave us an overview of the new ‘rules’ for emergency service employees and ham radio. KU7M also discussed plans for the 2010 Digital Conference.

October 20, 2009

Topic: Building cool things with the Arduino board by KD7VBS

September 15, 2009

WA7NWP gave an overview of some of the interesting talks from the 2009 NWAPRS Summer Gathering and high lights on his thoughts for ARPS 3.0. Many of the links he mentioned during the talk are available here.

August 18, 2009

K7DEM showed a video from last years TAPR conference on building SatSuit1.

July 21, 2009

Field Day post mortem and huge list of upcoming events.

June 16, 2009

Review Field Day rules, discuss action items for Redmond ARES team and Microhams, watch City of Redmond mayor declare June Ham Radio month.

May 19, 2009

More Field Day 2009 prep work.

April 21, 2009

Introduced the new board and had lots of discussions about Field Day 2009

March 17, 2009

Prepared the digital conference packets and held elections for the board of directors.

February 17, 2009

Review status of the digital conference and watched a video from the 2008 TAPR developer conference.

January 20, 2009

Lynn – N7CFO gave a presentation on his experiences getting Winlink and Pactor3 running.

December 18, 2008

No Meeting – to close to the holidays

November 18, 2008

Adam – VA7OJ/AB7OJ spoke about his experiences managing several popular Ham radio online forums.

September 16, 2008

Scott-N7SS presented pictures from his tour of HAARP during his AK trip.

October 21, 2008

Marc-K9PET spoke about CasualDX.

August 19, 2008

Video on HF Digital Voice for Amateur Radio

July 15, 2008

Held a Field Day Postmortem with Redmond ARES club and discussed plans for next years Field Day

June 17, 2008

Met with the Redmond ARES club to prepare for a joint Field Day and reviewed the MicroHAMS equipment database

May 20, 2008

Mike-N6MZ gave an introduction to the clubs new service monitor

April 15, 2008

Presentation on portable antenna options by Joe-WO8J

March 18, 2008

Intro to Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing by Dennis-K7DEN. The slides are available here.

February 19, 2008

Reviewed the status of the Microhams Digital Conference and hear a update from N7SS on Orlando Hamfest

January 15, 2008

We watched a couple short podcasts from AmateurTV about MFJ.

December 18, 2007

Duane Dougal-KE7MNA will give a brief update on the coordination activities between Microsoft Security, the Red Cross and various ARES groups.

November 20, 2007

Dick-K6KR brought in his brand new Elecraft K3 and gave a short talk about his experiences doing the construction and what it is like operating the rig.

October 16, 2007

“llya-KE7OPG talked about his recent adventure to the High Speed Telegraphy contest in Belgrade, Serbia.”

September 18, 2007

“Mapping APRS Tracks with MapPoint by Kenny-KU7M, slide deck posted soon”

August 21, 2007

“Canceled regular August meeting. Met just for dinner in Redmond”

July 17, 2007

“Presentation and demo of the clubs news battery analyzer by Robin-W7YED”

June 18, 2007

“Field Day Prep”

May 15, 2007


April 17, 2007

We watched a DXPedition video.

March 20, 2007

“Bill showed off the wonders of NSLU2 with his talk on “Amateur applications for the Linksys NSLU2 device” by Bill-WA7NWP.

February 13, 2007

“Keep Your Lights On (and Stay on the Air!) Even When PSE Tries to Keep You QRT” — how to equip your home with a generator and stay electric-code-legal by Mike-N6MZ.” Which will always be remembered as the “Please don’t burn down your house presentation”.

January 16, 2007

Meeting was canceled due to the second Winter Storm of the season.

December 19, 2006

Meeting was canceled due to the Winter Storm.

November 21, 2006

Since the meeting lands in the same week as Thanksgiving, there will be no meeting in November.

October 17, 2006

Dennis-K7DEH gave a great presentation on the theory behind J-Pole antennas and construction details.

September 19, 2006

Kenny-KU7M is going to give a presentation about working the simple digital APRS satellites using a D7/D700.

August 15, 2006

Ray-N9JA talked about his experiences attending the large hamfest in South America and attending WRTC contest.

July 18, 2006

Art-N7CC spoke about his experiences building a complete Elecraft K2.

June 20, 2006

Very small turn out, probably due to the week before Field Day and the nice weather Seattle has been enjoying. The three people attended BS about random things and looked over a nice AMSAT presentation given at Dayton. Lots of unique shots of the SuitSat.

May 16, 2006

Watched the DVD of the World Radiosport Team Championship 2002.

May 16, 2006

Watched the DVD of the World Radiosport Team Championship 2002.

April 18, 2006

New officers were announced, see the April board meeting notes for details. Also covered the details for reserving club Field Day equipment this year and the clubs new magazine subscriptions. Kenny-KU7M gave a presentation on using Winlink over VHF/UHF packet. The Powerpoint deck is available here.

March 21, 2006

Board elections took place. The new board members are Scott-N7SS, Art-N7CC, Mike-N6MZ, Robin-W7YED, Kenny-KU7M, Mark-N7WSU, Dennis-KD7PSV. Scott-N7SS gave a overview of the previous weekends Digital Winter Gathering. Mark-N7WSU also showed a video he created about the experiences of the N7OS 160m SSB contest crew. The video is available here.

February 21, 2006

Rather short regular business meeting this month. Mike-N6MZ gave a great talk on the using Winlink and Airmail for HF communication. The presentation is available here.

January 17, 2006

Had our second club auction and managed to sell everything! Thank you to everybody that took part. We also had a interesting presentation on how to locate and leverage the vanity call system by AE7Q. Check out his website!

December 20, 2005

Movie Nite! Mike N6MZ brought in a DVD on his DxPedition to Kergeulen Island.

November 15, 2005

Mike, K7MDL presented his SDR (Software Defined Radio) and its different options.

October 18, 2005

Something happen.

September 20, 2005

N6MZ spoke about his latest DXPedition adventure. The title of the talk is “In the Middle of Nowhere: FT5XO”.

August 16, 2005

Mike-K7MDL gave a updated presentation on Radio Mobile.

July 19, 2005

Post Mortum for FD2005 and watched a interesting 1950’s Bell Labs video on SWR and Impendence matches.

June 21, 2005

Voted on bylaw changes for family membership and ran though last minute items for Field Day 2005.

May 17, 2005

Walked through high level action items for Field Day by K7LOG. Presentation by N7CFO on his morse code keys and bugs.

April 19, 2005

Announcement of new board and a presentation on Redmond ARES by Lt. Gordon of Redmond PD. Included a tour of the Redmond mobile CommCenter.

March 15, 2005

Official board elections and presentation by N7SS on operating martime mobile for the 160m CW contest.

February 15, 2005

Great presentation on W7YED’s experiences putting up an “expensive” tower.

January 18, 2005

Yearly treasury report, watched Icom video and presentation on putting up a ‘cheap’ tower by KU7M.

December 21, 2004

Meeting cancelled – same week as Christmas

November 16, 2004

Great talk by Lyle-KK7P on AO51.

October 19, 2004

Art-N7CC gave a overview of hardline coax and the special requirements when using it.

September 21, 2004

Held the first MicroHams auction and watch video about 3B9X DXpedition.

August 17, 2004

Viewed the very funny HamRadio music video and N6MZ gave a presentation and live demo for the LoTW.

July 20, 2004

Reviewed score for FD2004 and then covered the good/bad from this years Field Day.

June 15, 2004

Reviewed final plans for Field Day and operated KD7SLL’s mock FD contest using the loaned IC-7800!

May 18, 2004

Field Day prep meeting. Mike-N6MZ presented the current antenna plans and reviewed the goals for this years event. Then we all watched a CQ Mag introduction movie on contesting.

April 20, 2004

Mike-K7MLD did a show and tell with his latest microwave project, a low cost 10Ghz transverter.

March 16, 2004

Andrew-G0IJI gave a talk about ham radio in the UK and his experiences operating from the other side of the Atlantic.

February 17, 2004

Dennis-KD7PSV discussed his experieneces with the ARRL online antenna course and the modeling tools used.

January 20, 2004

Formal nominations were held for the board of directors. The following people are currently running: Art-N7CC, Andreas-KU7T, Kenny-KU7M, Mike-K7MDL, Rosie-KD7SLL and Mike-N6MZ

December 16, 2003

Finally had necessary ballots to vote on proposed amendments, everything pass! Annouced N6MZ will be our Field Day Chairman this year. Had a great talk on laser communication by N7WLO.

November 18, 2003

Attempted to vote on proposed amendments again, still no luck. KU7T presented a break down of our 2003 Field Day score, compared with other clubs in WWA section. Discussed QRP/battery power for 2004, voted against it for now. Agreed to put one station on batteries for testing purposes.

October 21, 2003

Watched a movie on the VP8SSI South Sandwich Island DXpedition.

September 16, 2003

Update on new 40m band changes, 60m allocation and BPL, presented by Mike, N6MZ. Notes for the presentation available here.

August 19, 2003

Movie Night! – VK0IR Heard Island video, titled “Field Day 12,000 Miles Away”, presented by Mike, N6MZ.

July 15, 2003

Field Day 2003 post mortem completed and Ward Silver, N0AX gave a great presentation on contesting. The handout is available here. NOTE: (10/03/03) I have also just uploaded a great video which Ward used in his presentation based on a request from N7WLO.

June 17, 2003

Final Field Day prep and FD contesting presentation from Mike, N6MZ.

May 20, 2003

Annouced the new Microhams club call, N7OS. Reviewed details for upcoming Field Day and got an update on Dayton.

April 15, 2003

Annual Field Day goal setting meeting. Reviewed FD2003 Feature specification.

March 18, 2003

Rick Beatty, NU7Z gave a great presentation on operating in the microwave bands. He also demo’d his 24G and 47G rigs. Here is a link to his slides.

February 18, 2003

Ray Novak, N9JA (Sales Manager for Icom) gave a presentation on their new D-Star radios, including their repeater system and mobile. The D-Star system is a 1.2G digital system, providing both voice and data channels.

January 21, 2003

Mike Mraz, N6MZ gave a great presentation on the XR0X Dxpedition.

December 10, 2002

Informal meeting, members brought in projects they built for show and tell. Also approved amendment to change meeting to third Tuesday of the month.

November 12, 2002

“Basics of Satellites”Mike (K7MDL) gave a presentation on working ham satellites; including the types of tracking software available, equipment needed and what the signals typically sound like. Here is a link to the presentation.<A/October 8, 2002″Radio Mobile Seminar”Mike (K7MDL) gave us a demonstration of the Radio Mobile software, used to estimate RF coverage for a network of VHF stations.September 10, 2002″Meteor Scatter Digital Modes”Mike (K7MDL) talked about WSJT and other weak signal modes that are now gaining popularity. Here is a link to the presentation.<A/August 13, 2002Informal meeting; no scheduled topic.

July 11, 2002

“Remote FT-817″Dan Van Hoy (K7DAN/VR2HF) came and showed us his remote FT-817 that he has running in Hong Kong.  Dan welcomes everyone to try out his receiver and listen to the action overseas.June 11, 2002″Field Day Planning – Part II”This was our final planning meeting before Field Day.

May 14, 2002

“Field Day Planning – Part I”We talked about logistical issues for Field Day this year.

April 9, 2002

“Field Day Goal Setting”We met to talk about what our goals were for Field Day.

March 12, 2002

“SteppIR”Mike Mertel (K7IR), John Mertel (WA7IR), and Jim Thomas (KD7NHL) from Fluidmotion came in and gave us a detailed technical talk on how their SteppIR antenna works.

February 12, 2002

Kenny Richards and Mark Lium show us how to have fun while contesting.Resource: Slides “VHF contesting”

January 8, 2002

“Miscellaneous”We just hung out together and had fun, just like we always do. 🙂

December 11, 2001

“Powerpoles”N7CC gave an informal talk on Anderson Powerpole connectors.

November 13, 2001

“VHF contesting” Scott Honaker talked to us about VHF contesting.

October 9, 2001

“Radio Direction Finding” – Scott Honaker gave a presentation on RDF antennas and techniques.

September 11, 2001

Due to the tragic events of September 11, our meeting was cancelled.

August 14, 2001

“Club Night at the Trailer” – In what’s sure to be a popular event, we held our very first club night at the red trailer.

July 10, 2001

“Field Day 2001 – Post-mortem”In classic Microsoft fashion, and true to his PM upbringing, Kenny Richards held a Field Day post-mortem to discuss all that we had learned at this year’s Field Day.

June 12, 2001

“Field Day 2001” – We met to talk about what we were going to do for Field Day 2001.

May 8, 2001

We spent some time talking about club hats and jackets, then we convened in the parking lot for a little ATV fun.

April 10, 2001

We just hung out together on an informal basis to talk about what cool things our club members are doing with ham radio in their day-to-day lives.

March 13, 2001

“ARES Plan for the Microsoft Campus”Todd Buiten, AEC for ARES, gave a general overview of the ARES plan for the Microsoft campus.Resource: Slides

February 13, 2001

“The N6TJQ Campus Repeater System”We talked about what people want to do with the campus repeater so that we can begin working on a new design.

January 9, 2001

“Antennas for Your Office”Have you ever wondered if there’s a better antenna for your HT that would fit in your office and provide great reception of the campus repeater? Mark Lium presented the results of some experimenting that he’s been doing to find the perfect antenna.Resource: Slides

December 12, 2000

“Linking Amateur Repeaters with the World Wide Web”Pete Policani (K7PP)Pete powered up his first repeater system in his garage in the fall of 1969.  At the time it was only the third repeater system in the entire state.  Today, the system has improved and now provides radio communications covering the State of Washington, Northern Oregon, parts of Idaho & Montana, Canada, and a Satellite Link to Honolulu, Hawaii. Pete is heavily involved in the Internet Repeater Linking Project, linking repeaters all over the world using the Internet.

November 14, 2000

“TCP/IP and Ham Radio”Steve Stroh, Digital Radio columnist for CQ Magazine, dropped in to talk about what local hams are doing with TCP/IP.Resource: Slides

October 10, 2000

“Introduction to the King County EOC Support Team”Gisli Olafsson (KD7FQA) has been an active volunteer for the KCEOC for quite some time now.  He will give us a presentation on the organization’s mission, activities and volunteer opportunities. The organization also serves as base camp support for the area’s Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, providing communications during the more than 90 SAR activations each year.

September 12, 2000

“APRS Presentation”Bob King (K7OFT), East Puget Sound APRS Coordinator, came with Bill Vodal (WA7NWP) to give us a talk about APRS. We had a really cool demo of a portable APRS station that fit in an old ammo box.Resources: Slides, TAPR, Bob King (K7OFT)

August 2000

The MicroHAMS club did not meet this month.

July 14, 2000

“The New Club Logo”Along with recapping this year’s Field Day activities, we also presented our new club logo.

June 2, 2000

“Field Day 2000” – Scott Honaker (N7WLO) laid out the plan for Field Day.

May 5, 2000

“A Tour of the New MicroHAMS Web Server” – An overview of the capabilities of our new web server.

April 7, 2000

“A History of Amateur Radio” – Harry (W7JWJ) and Mary (W7QGP) Lewis came and gave us an audio/visual presentation on the history of amateur radio.

March 3, 2000

“Alternative Power Sources” – Ralph Javins (N7KGA) brought examples of alternate power sources, plug standards for power, and an array of gender bending plugs and adapters.

February 4, 2000

“Pick the Board” – The club met to pick its first board members.

January 7, 2000

“The FCC’s New Report & Order” – Todd Buiten gave a talk on the new licensing structure outlined in the latest FCC Report & Order.

December 3, 1999

“Name the Club” – At our second meeting we met to name our club. After considering a number of entries we settled on naming ourselves the Microsoft Amateur Radio Club, or MARC for short.  (We would later change this name due to restrictionson the use of the name “Microsoft”.)

November 5, 1999

“First Contact”The MicroHAMS club met for the very first time. We spent most of our time talking about organizational issues such as meeting times, club name, etc. Our very first speaker was Rick Hodges (KB7TBF) who talked to us about how our members could participate in ARES.



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