Feb 10th is Second Sunday TECH YAGI Build

Alan ([email protected]) reminds us:

“It’s time for our annual tape measure yagi build. Cost for provided materials is $20.

This build has proved immensely useful for radio fox hunts and even satellite communication. We try to have this just before Alford Memorial Radio Club’s fox hunt, but we are building a little earlier since we have something new and exciting for the sessions in March, April, and May. Stay tuned for more on that.

Please let me know whether you plan to attend and need materials by Friday, Feb 8th. That way I can get them purchased Saturday. Otherwise, I can’t promise I’ll have enough.

As always, feel free to just come hang out with us, even if you don’t plan to build. Or even bring your previous build, if you didn’t get it finished last year ( speaking from personal experience 😛 ), or just want to tweak it.”

Sunday, Feb 10th at PDK Airport, Rom 227 in the Administration BLDG – 2pm is when we start. 

October 2018 Meeting – DMR Code Plugs

Jeff W4JEW is our speaker for the October meeting and his topic will include DMR and Code Plugs. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM on October 4th and we meet at the Atlanta Red Cross HQ on Monroe Drive in Atlanta.

Members can eat before the meeting at a couple of locations, Gino’s NY Pizza – 1740 Cheshire Bridge Rd., and Cowtippers Steak & Spirits – 1600 Piedmont Ave. We suggest you arrive at 6 PM for dinner before a short drive to the meeting.

Here’s a description of the meeting from Jeff:

“For the October meeting (10/4/2018) I promised that we would go over how code plugs work and a high level overview of DMR for those that either couldn’t attend or want to hear about it again.

So that means we’ll be Code Pluggin’!!!

This will not be a session where we will actually program code plugs, though I will give a demonstration of the process. We will likely have one or two Second Sunday code plug programming events where you can bring your radios and laptops and we can roll up our sleeves and get to programming. 

If you have any specific requests for content, want to share what type of radio(s) you own, or anything else related to this topic, please let me know. I will be assembling my content over the weekend and will try to accommodate as many requests as I can.” 

See you on the 4th!

February 2018 Meeting is all about Audio

Wow! Time does fly!

In only a little over a week we have our next Atlanta Radio Club monthly meeting.

Our speaker this month is Rick Cobb N4XYY and he will be discussing “Audio in the Shack.” Rick will share some techniques where he blends modern technology with the tried and true to enhance the fun in his shack.

We meet at 7:30 on Thursday evening, Feb. 1st, 2018 in the Atlanta Red Cross HQ on Monroe Dr. Plan to have a bite to eat with us somewhere around 6:00pm. Where? We don’t know yet but you can help us by voting HERE

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!

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.

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