July Member Meeting – QRP by AA4BW (Update)

About our program:

Our speaker this month, Steve Hudson, AA4BW, will be talking to us about the fun of operating QRP.

QRP is generally defined as an output of five watts or less, and Steve will be sharing some of his experiences gained from operating for many years a 5 watts or less – often a lot less! In fact, Steve typically runs just a couple of watts out, but even with such a miniscule amount of power going to the antenna he has had thousands of enjoyable contacts (including many extended ragchews) with stations all over the world.

Steve’s program will take a brief look at the technical side of things to see just exactly what it means, in terms of dB, to give it a try with low power. But mostly he will talk about the operating side of things with a focus on just how much fun going QRP can be. He will discuss the on-the-air techniques and equipment used by QRP operators, and he will have a number of QRP rigs on hand for you to see. He will also share a look at his recent experience operating QRP from the Republic of Palau (as T88BW) and from the island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia (as V63BW), both in the western Pacific. In addition, he will talk about his experiences with QRPp, or “milliwatting,” with output levels that measure well below the 1-watt mark on the wattmeter!

First licensed as WN4JXO in 1968, Steve has been an active ham ever since. He holds an Amateur Extra Class license. He particularly enjoys CW, and he also enjoys homebrewing (particularly QRP rigs). Lately, he’s been having fun carrying small QRP rigs and portable antennas with him as he hikes and fly fishes in northern Georgia.

A journalist by profession, Steve is founder and CEO of Chattahoochee Media Group, a publisher of outdoor books, and also teaches journalism at Georgia State University. He is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles and more than 20 books. Currently he’s putting the finishing touches on a new book, “QRP 101,” a practical and hands-on guide to discovering the fun of QRP operation. It should be published this summer.

Steve and his wife Ann live in Alpharetta. He has three grown children, two grandkids, a cat named Zoe, and a miniature Schnauzer named Ellie.

Archived Meeting Titles List is Now Available

We just uploaded A PDF listing of the titles and brief descriptions of ARC programs from 2008 – 2016. You will not a few missing entries. If you have information about the missing info please contact N4EWT so we can add that! Here is a direct link to the Public Archive

You can also surf to the Public Archive with a click on the “Resources” button above in the upper right corner of your display on our Home Page.

 

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.

Download the newsletter by clicking here now!

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.