March 2018 Meeting – FT-8

Put the date on your calendar now. Meetings start 7:30PM at the Atlanta Red Cross HQ which is located at 1955 Monroe Dr NE in Atlanta.

And don’t forget to join us at 6:00pm for some food before the meeting. Grindhouse  Killer Burgers is located at 1842 Piedmont Rd NE.

Thursday March 1st is the date for the next meeting of the Atlanta Radio Club. Our program will be “How FT8 puts WAS in reach for anyone” and the presenter is our very own Chandler W2NP, the ARC 2017 Ham of the Year.

The latest digital mode of FT-8 has taken the Ham Radio community by storm since its inception and Chandler has put that new mode to good use by gaining Worked All States (WAS) on 5 bands!

Chandler Friedman is the founder and owner of World Gone Silent, and the Emergency Coordinator for Atlanta ARES. His first experience with radio was with a handheld Radio Shack CB radio where, as a teen, he went by the age-appropriate handle “Nighthawk.” After graduating college, he began a career in TV news, starting in local newsrooms in Orlando and Phoenix before joining the national desk at CNN.  He worked at CNN for nine years, and took a couple years away to build a desk in Ft. Myers.  He left the corporate media world to devote his time to World Gone Silent, a company that helps people who’ve heard of ham radio a streamlined way to get licensed and get on the air.


January 2018 ARC Meeting

“Got My license, Now what?” is the title of our presentation for our January meeting. Thanks to KJ4CMY David for putting together a program designed to help new hams get started with Amateur Radio. If you are studying for your first license test, or recently passed the test, or if you are an experienced ‘Old Man’ or ‘YL’, this program is for you!

Mark your calendar for Thursday January 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Atlanta Red Cross HQ – 1955 Monroe Dr – Atlanta 30324

We meet before the meeting to eat at Cowtippers Restaurant – 1600 Piedmont Ave. just North of the Monroe Dr intersection. We usually arrive there at 6 pm or a little before that time.

See you there!

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 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!

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,, 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.