October Meeting – “HF Propagation” by K9LA

Join us at the October 5, 2017 regular meeting of the Atlanta Radio Club.

Our program is “HF Propagation” by K9LA Carl Luetzelschwab. Carl will discuss why HF is fun, the Sun’s role in HF propagation, basic propagation at HF, and simple antennas for HF.

Don’t forget – we meet at Cowtippers Restaurant on Piedmont Road just North of Monroe Drive foursome good food and discussion before the program. We arrive there about 5:55PM and leave around 7:15 for the meeting at the Red Cross on Monroe Drive.

 

See you there!

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 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!

May Program – ‘Orbiting’ Balloons

Our May meeting, on Thursday May 4, features Alan Adamson, W7QO, the guy who holds the record for the:

  • Longest duration balloon flight (over 200 days)
  • Longest distance  balloon flight (over 500000 km – which is to the moon and about half way back)
  • Most number of circumnavigations – just about to finish 13 and start 14, and still counting
  • Lightest trackable payload
  • Most number of days of consecutive received reports by a non-satellite system

The Topics

  • What started all this Balloon stuff (for me)
  • Overview of the pieces required to join the fun
  • Early flight learnings
  • Current long duration flights
  • How to get involved/started
  • What to expect
  • Records to be attained

The Speaker

– Alan has more than 30 years of Design, Development, Management, and Delivery of High-Tech communication and security products.

– Designed a variety of microcontroller, ARM based solutions including a frequency agile, fully programmable, RF radio/GPS tracking platform, a 3 axis camera stabilization system, a multi-axis, multi-motor, flight controller, and various small projects targeted at the internet of things environment

– Successful management of an RF consulting business, with focus on rooftop management of RF spectrum, communications technologies, public exposure and RF safety training issues.

– Held engineering and product management positions with BellSouth, BellSouth.com, Hayes Communications, and Symantec.

– 30+ year Holder of an Extra Class Amateur Radio license.

His professional career included working and retiring from BellSouth (before it was AT&T).  As a result of his communications background, about 13 years ago he left the world of working for someone else, and started a couple of consulting businesses.

A Different Approach for RF Balloon Flights

Alan chose a different approach by developing his own hardware and software technologies.  He was tired of the lack of flexibility surrounding the AVR, and specifically the Arduino platform.  At this time the ARM was just starting to take shape and the technology curve vs. cost was dropping dramatically.  He switched to the ARM platform then and has never looked back.

He’s designed and developed the following

– an Arduino feature/function/pin compatible STM32F1 and STM32F3 version of what Arduino calls the pro-mini

– a 3 axis gimbal controller for camera stabilization, built on either the STM32F105 or the STM32F405 processor.

– Working for a large West Coast company, he designed and developed the hardware and firmware for a balloon tracking system based upon a satellite modem

– a Silabs Si4463 radio module that can mate to either the Arduino Pro Mini or his ProMini32

The latter is what was used to prove and develop the radio module that he uses on his balloon controller.

W7QO – Atlanta HamFest Speaker – June 3rd, 11:00 AM

 
We are pleased that Alan will also share his balloon experience at the 11:00 AM forum at our June 3rd HamFest in Jim Miller Park. Alan plans to launch a balloon in the afternoon at the HamFest! You can see the record breaking balloon telemetry and follow along its flight using the tracker at this website.

April Member Meeting

This month we have our very own W2NP Chandler Friedman, who is the founder and owner of World Gone Silent, and the Emergency Coordinator for Atlanta ARES. On Thursday, April 6 he’ll be talking about the role that ham radio operators played in the running of last month’s Publix Marathon.

We look forward to seeing members and visitors as we learn about the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the role they have in assisting our public service partners in Atlanta and Fulton County.

See you at 7:30, The Atlanta Red Cross Center on Monroe Drive in Atlanta. Stop by Cowtippers Restaurant on Piedmont at 6 o’clock to join the pre-meeting meeting – Great Food and Greater Company!

March Member Meeting

Looking forward to WU4B Clark’s program on March 2 at the Atlanta Radio Club monthly meeting!

Clark’s program is “So You Think Your Antenna is Radiating Well, eh?”

Clark will show us how to best use that handy antenna analyzer to maximize your RF, especially at QRP levels.

Clark was first licensed in 1961 while in college – this is when vacuum tubes were the norm and transistors were a relatively new component. After a 20 year hiatus Clark returned to the amateur radio hobby in 2006. His main interests include DXing and QRP ops using CW. Currently he has worked 163 countries with QRP!

See you at 7:30, The Atlanta Red Cross Center on Monroe Drive in Atlanta. Stop by Cowtippers Restaurant on Piedmont at 6 o’clock to join the pre-meeting meeting – Great Food and Greater Company!

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.

December Member Meeting

Come one come all to the December Atlanta Radio Club meeting – it’s our annual holiday get together.

We’re trying something different this year, it’s a big dessert party at the American Red Cross. We’ll have festive treats and some tasty beverages fit for the season, plus we’ve got a fun agenda planned…

  • We’ve invited all 16 current Life Members to join us for a celebration of those that have made a long term commitment to the club.
  • What would a holiday meeting be without presents? Someone will go home with a D-STAR HT and others will find prizes to stuff in their stockings.
  • We’ll announce the 2016 Atlanta Radio Club Ham of the Year!

So, mark your calendars or add this to your itele, robot phone thingie, save room for dessert and join us on Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 at the American Red Cross.

Addresses and Directions are on the Member Meetings page.

November Events

It’s been a busy couple of months for the Atlanta Radio Club and there are several events coming up in November.

First, the Member Meeting is this Thursday, November 3rd. John Kludt, K4SQC, will be presenting his program about making contacts when there are no sunspots, “EME using JT65.” Many of us will also be meeting at Cowtippers prior to the meeting for dinner. You can find directions to the meeting and to Cowtippers on the Member Meetings page.

Second, the Stone Mountain Hamfest is this Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th. There will be several micro presentations at the Atlanta Radio Club booth throughout both days covering various topics relating to amateur radio.

Lastly (but not least!), our Second Sunday event will be on November 13th, the weekend after the hamfest, however the program is still TBD. I will post here with the details once the program is confirmed.