February/March Atlanta Ham

The February/March edition of the Atlanta Ham has arrived and is available for your immediate enjoyment! Thanks again to David Harden, KJ4CMY, for his continued contribution of articles. Also thanks to Jim Stafford, W4QO, for allowing us to include his “Antenna Observations” article from the recent NFARL newsletter.

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January Atlanta Ham

Surprise! The January 2017 edition of the Atlanta Ham has been posted here. If you weren’t expecting one until next month, I’m sorry to disappoint. This year my goal is to make sure this newsletter has an edition every month. If it gets to the first of a month without a newsletter for the previous month, feel free to email me to bug me about it!

Also thanks again to David Harden, KJ4CMY, for continuing to produce the Beginner’s Corner article. If you have an original article that you’d like to have published or would like to write a monthly column, please email me at [email protected] and I’d be happy to publish it.

See you all at the member meeting on Thursday!

February Second Sunday

February’s Second Sunday event brings back hands-on kit builds with a 40 meter mini CW QRP transmitter. Our new Second Sunday chair, Alan Sellers (KW4MO) has pre-purchased 12 kits at a cost of $8.50. If you would like to reserve one, please contact him at [email protected].

As always, note that we have pre-purchased the kits as a convenience and the purchase of a kit is not required to attend the session; you could buy one directly from a seller on eBay or another online store, or just come by to hang out.

Lastly, if you have soldering equipment please bring it with you.

February Member Meeting

Rial Sloan, N0OTZ, will be giving us a presentation about AMPRNet at the February member meeting next week on February 2nd. The following is the full description of the program:

AMPRNet (Amateur Packet Radio Network), a brief overview of Internet Protocol Addressing in Amateur Radio in the past, present, and possibilities for the future. Topics touched on will include the amateur transmission protocol AX.25, IPV4 Addressing, how to apply for your own AMPRNet address space, and what to use AMPRNet addresses for. Demonstration of the basic navigation of the AMPRNet Portal, and joining the AMPRNet mailing list will also be covered. Time Permitting, additional discussion will be directed at utilizing AMPRNet address space as a foundation for building a state-wide amateur radio network of services and connectivity measured in megabits of throughput.

Please check the Member Meetings page for directions to the meeting as well as to the pre-meeting dinner at Cowtippers.

TechFest this Saturday, January 14th

This is just a reminder that the GARS TechFest is this Satuday, January 14th, at the Gwinnett Medical Resource Center. The following is the announcement that was posted to several Yahoo groups including ours:

The Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will be hosting our annual TechFest in January. In recent years we have invited regional radio groups to participate by setting up a table with information about their activities and to demonstrate some type of amateur radio mode, method, technology or experience. This will be an opportunity for the community to become aware of the many modes of operation of Radio Amateurs and view some of the preparations taking place by public service volunteers in the Ham radio community. Unlike Field day, or the typical swap meet, this is not a contest or race. It is a chance to experience modes of our hobby that you might have never seen. Or to show your friends and family what Amateur Radio is about.

January Second Sunday

The January Second Sunday event, which is tomorrow, will be a live build of the two “Easy as Pi” projects from Thursday’s meeting. Come and see just how easy it is to build these projects.

Additionally, sorry for the late posting. I thought I posted this earlier but apparently it slipped my mind.

Edit: The presentation from the Thursday meeting is here.

December Tech Session – Coax and Connectors

From Bill Perkins, KB4KFT:

November’s Second Sunday Tech also had a discussion about what to do in December and a Coax and Connector was requested. Since no one there objected – we’ll do it.

Be sure to check the bottom of this message for preview of 2017!

Sunday, December 11th, Tech Session Meeting – Coax and Connectors

The December 2016 monthly meeting of the “Second Sunday Tech Session” will be Sunday, December 11th at 2:00p in the main conference room at the main administration building of Dekalb Peachtree Airport (PDK) in Chamblee. The building is at the end of the main entrance to the airport – just follow the road off Clairemont down to the cul-de-sac parking lot at its end. The conference room is in the building marked “Epps”. Come in the main entrance take the stairs at the left, the room is on the left at the top of the stairs – room 227. Talk-in (unofficial) is on the 146.820 machine (minus with 146.2 PL) Most times simplex 146.520 is also monitored.

The address to PDK is:

Angel Flight Room (224)
Dekalb Peachtree Airport (PDK)
2000 Airport Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341

We will be learning how to build PL-259 connectors and doing them (this is “hands on” sessions after all), building SO-239s, learning and building Anderson Power Poles, ringer and spade terminals, and fixing whatever needs to be fixed.

Also, of course, when dealing with these things you also need to learn techniques for soldering, crimping, stripping insulation, and so on. And my favorite, blow-torch use.

This is a general “bring what you are working on” sort of session where we will deal with about anything that comes in the door.

So if you have coax and need connectors on it, bring it on, power poles, same. Any sort of wire you need attached to something, bring it too. And if you have learned something interesting and want to teach others, come on down and join us. This is not a repair service but a chance to learn some basic skills of repair you can use yourself or pick up some tricks someone else has learned. And of course, have a good time. Some snacks and soft drinks will be provided, feel free to bring your own to share too.

See you there and then.

Coming up in 2017

As a heads up: January 2017 will be the also famous Soldering 101

January – The also famous Soldering 101 by Michael, KD4SGN. Getting ready for long winter kit building it is important to know not only how to solder but how to maintain the tools and supplies. Michael covers everything from getting started to advanced stuff. More on this session as we get closer.

Folks are encouraged to bring soldering iron and there will be stuff to practice on.

January program is now TBD.

February – May be an outing in the park… again out of discussion at the November session. We’ll need to get closer to the date to see what weather is like, But portable operation for VHF/UHF/DMR/DSTAR seems to fit as we enter Tornado Preparedness time in early February. More as we get closer. Make your base into a portable, make you HT into a base.

March – Portable operation… getting “rovers” ready for the Georgia QSO Party. This may include building quick up/quick down antennas, power connectors, choke building, etc. We will decide what this is based on what subjects come up over the next two months.

April – We may make this one a Saturday and/or Sunday GQP park outing.

May – Always is an outing in the park. Always good weather too, except once and then we were all under cover so it was more than OK.

June – Preparation for Field Day – hands on portable ideas plus whatever – this too will develop as we get closer.

Half a year half planned.