December 2017 Meeting Update

Don’t Forget to bring a show and tell item to the meeting this week and bring your Lucky Charms!

We have a bag full of goodies to give away including a D-Star DV-Dongle, a Handheld Radio, SDR Dongles, Raspberry Pi, Shack Accessories, books, and More!

Did we mention there will be some refreshing beverages and holiday munchies?

See you Thursday!

December 2017 Second Sunday

Atlanta’s (un?)predictable Fall weather rained out our last two Second Sunday events,  but we are back and indoors for our December Second Sunday on the 10th.

Come join Alan WA4MO as he leads all with a 2 meter J-pole build using ladder line. This roll up version is versatile enough to store in your back pack or suitcase for an LX or DX trip or you use it at your home for those Sunday Night ARC Nets on the 146.820 repeater.

Builders are limited to the first 10 people and should email Alan – [email protected]  to reserve a kit.

There is a fee of $10 for each antenna kit – includes 5 feet of coax, 5 feet of ladder line, and a male PL-259 connector. We have a couple of soldering irons and a little solder but you are welcome to bring your own solder and iron, and a different coax connector if you prefer.

The build is at the usual place – PDK Airport on Claremont Road in Room 227 of the Administration Building. We will meet from 2:00 – 5:00 PM on Sunday, December 10.  Talk-in is on the 146.280 ARC repeater.

And remember, from 12 noon until 2:00 PM we have free amateur radio license testing in the same location.

 

See you there!

December Holiday Meeting is Show and Tell

Celebrate early with us on December 7 at 7:30 pm for our annual Show and Tell meeting. Bring your project or a favorite radio or ham accessory and tell us about it.  We will have some special treats at the meeting so don’t have (too much) dessert before you arrive! Special door prizes will be given to the lucky winners!

Meet us before the meeting for some fine food at Cowtippers Restaurant on Piedmont Road or if you prefer pizza, some members meet at Gino’s on Cheshire Bridge.

See you there!

50 Ham Radio Operators Needed For Red Cross Mobilization in Puerto Rico

50 Ham Radio Operators Needed For Red Cross Mobilization in Puerto Rico

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs that can help record, enter and submit disaster survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC this is the first time such a request for assistance on this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking for radio amateurs that can step up and volunteer to help our friends in Puerto Rico. There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment.

Requirements
Due to the nature of this deployment you will need to process in as ARC volunteers, including passing a background check. The ARC has indicated they will cover all expenses for transportation, lodging and feeding while on deployment. ARC will also provide liability coverage for volunteers. The only out of pocket expense to the volunteer would be personal items purchased during deployment.

ARRL and ARC will require training for volunteers being deployed. ARC will provide general deployment training and advanced training in working in austere environments. ARRL will provide to ARC training on Amateur Radio equipment and modes to be used, reporting and operating guidelines. Deployment will be for up to three weeks.

Qualifications – General class Amateur Radio license or higher – Familiarity with WinLink, HF voice, and VHF simplex communications – Strong technical skills – Ability to work under difficult conditions – Ability to deploy for up to three weeks – Ability to work as part of a team

Helpful Skills – Spanish speaking – Previous experience in disaster response – Previous or current work as a Red Cross volunteer – Previous experience with shelter operations

If you feel that you meet these qualifications and would like to be considered for this deployment please contact ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, [email protected] or 860-594-0222 who will make the introduction of qualified volunteers to ARC.

Original link from the ARRL: http://www.arrl.org/news/american-red-cross-asks-arrl-s-assistance-with-puerto-rico-relief-effort

September 2017 Second Sunday Tech Topic

Join KW4MO Alan on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM for our next Second Sunday Tech Meetup:

We’re building a Function Generator and learning some oscilloscope basics. You can signup on our meetup event: http://meetu.ps/3cVfqy

And don’t forget we have free Amateur Radio testing at the same PDK location from 12 noon until 2:00 PM. Studying for your first license or an upgrade? This is the place to test – did we mention the testing is FREE?!?

September 2017 Member Meeting

Join us on Thursday, September 7, 2017 for our regular monthly meeting. The program this month is:

“HF Anywhere with Flex Radio and Smart SDR 2.0”   Jim Reed, N4BFR gives us an overview of the new Flex Radio functionality, and if all goes well, we’ll make live QSO’s from the meeting via his shack in Chamblee.

The meeting begins about 7:30 PM at the Atlanta Red Cross center located at 1955 Monroe Drive in Atlanta.

Also join us at 6:00 PM for a bite to eat at Cowtippers Restaurant located at 1600 Piedmont Road in Atlanta.

See you there!

August Friday Lunches return to Mellow Mushroom in August

As the title notes we are returning to the Mellow Mushroom restaurant in Brookhaven for our weekly Friday lunch meeting during August. Although the ‘official’ time listed in our Yahoo reflector calendar reminder lists the start time of 12:30 it’s OK to arrive at 12 noon to find good seating.

The location is Brookhaven Station Shopping Center, 4058 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.

Web Address: http://mellowmushroom.com/store/brookhaven

See you there!

August 3rd Meeting – Curacao and Elections

Our program for August is presented by Mike ND4V Weathers and he will tell us about a DXpedition to Curacao earlier this year.

After the program we will hold our annual election for the next Executive Committee whose term will range from August 2017 – August 2018. There is one slate announced to the Election Committee and members have a chance to announce additional slates prior to the final vote. Please attend so you can have a voice in your club’s operations!

Meeting at the Atlanta Red Cross begins about 7:30 P.M. in the board room, 1955 Monroe Dr. in Atlanta.  You can join us for a bite to eat before the meeting at Cowtippers, 1600 Piedmont Rd. in Atlanta which is near the Red Cross meeting site. It’s best to be there by 6:00 P.M. to beat the rush.

See you all there!