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December Tech Session – Coax and Connectors

From Bill Perkins, KB4KFT:

November’s Second Sunday Tech also had a discussion about what to do in December and a Coax and Connector was requested. Since no one there objected – we’ll do it.

Be sure to check the bottom of this message for preview of 2017!

Sunday, December 11th, Tech Session Meeting – Coax and Connectors

The December 2016 monthly meeting of the “Second Sunday Tech Session” will be Sunday, December 11th at 2:00p in the main conference room at the main administration building of Dekalb Peachtree Airport (PDK) in Chamblee. The building is at the end of the main entrance to the airport – just follow the road off Clairemont down to the cul-de-sac parking lot at its end. The conference room is in the building marked “Epps”. Come in the main entrance take the stairs at the left, the room is on the left at the top of the stairs – room 227. Talk-in (unofficial) is on the 146.820 machine (minus with 146.2 PL) Most times simplex 146.520 is also monitored.

The address to PDK is:

Angel Flight Room (224)
Dekalb Peachtree Airport (PDK)
2000 Airport Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341

We will be learning how to build PL-259 connectors and doing them (this is “hands on” sessions after all), building SO-239s, learning and building Anderson Power Poles, ringer and spade terminals, and fixing whatever needs to be fixed.

Also, of course, when dealing with these things you also need to learn techniques for soldering, crimping, stripping insulation, and so on. And my favorite, blow-torch use.

This is a general “bring what you are working on” sort of session where we will deal with about anything that comes in the door.

So if you have coax and need connectors on it, bring it on, power poles, same. Any sort of wire you need attached to something, bring it too. And if you have learned something interesting and want to teach others, come on down and join us. This is not a repair service but a chance to learn some basic skills of repair you can use yourself or pick up some tricks someone else has learned. And of course, have a good time. Some snacks and soft drinks will be provided, feel free to bring your own to share too.

See you there and then.

Coming up in 2017

As a heads up: January 2017 will be the also famous Soldering 101

January – The also famous Soldering 101 by Michael, KD4SGN. Getting ready for long winter kit building it is important to know not only how to solder but how to maintain the tools and supplies. Michael covers everything from getting started to advanced stuff. More on this session as we get closer.

Folks are encouraged to bring soldering iron and there will be stuff to practice on.

January program is now TBD.

February – May be an outing in the park… again out of discussion at the November session. We’ll need to get closer to the date to see what weather is like, But portable operation for VHF/UHF/DMR/DSTAR seems to fit as we enter Tornado Preparedness time in early February. More as we get closer. Make your base into a portable, make you HT into a base.

March – Portable operation… getting “rovers” ready for the Georgia QSO Party. This may include building quick up/quick down antennas, power connectors, choke building, etc. We will decide what this is based on what subjects come up over the next two months.

April – We may make this one a Saturday and/or Sunday GQP park outing.

May – Always is an outing in the park. Always good weather too, except once and then we were all under cover so it was more than OK.

June – Preparation for Field Day – hands on portable ideas plus whatever – this too will develop as we get closer.

Half a year half planned.

November Testing Rescheduled

This is just a small announcement that the testing session that would normally occur on November 27th at Georgia Tech this month has been rescheduled to December 4th due to Thanksgiving.

Additionally, this is also a reminder that there is otherwise no normal testing session in December due to vacations, Christmas, etc.

Please contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions. Thank you.

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 Second Sunday

The following is the announcement for the November Second Sunday event (November 13th) from Bill Perkins, KB4KFT:

This month we are going to meet and discuss setting up a series of CW classes: how to do it, what we need to do, and what would the radio community like to get out of such classes.

Many people now are getting involved in CW. Once it became optional lots of people, after getting licensed, decided they want to start using it, that they were missing something by not using it. Second Sunday has always been about doing things – hands on activity – and this fits that real well.

If you are interested in learning CW, already know CW and want to get better, or are OK with it and like to share what you know, please come to this meeting. This is a planning meeting – input here is important as we will use that to set up the entire program.

The thinking now is the CW classes will be on the fourth Sunday of each month with a way for the group to get together on-line as weekly or more often if needed. This will be an ongoing class with people progressing as far as they want to progress.

If you have a test key/keyer bring it Sunday. If you have any materials you have used in the past to work with CW bring that along too. The more we know upfront the better we can do, right?

Same place: PDK Airport – Dekalb Peachtree Airport Room 227 (top of the stairs near the guard’s office, 2pm eastern whatever-they-call-it-now time).

Come prepared to share your ideas and be part of the solution to the problem of “how do I learn CW?”

The address to PDK is:

Angel Flight Room (224)
Dekalb Peachtree Airport (PDK)
2000 Airport Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341

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.

Atlanta Radio Club Store Now Open!

The Atlanta Radio Club Store is now open! As announced at the last member meeting, shirts and jackets are available with an option to embroider your name and callsign underneath the club logo! A hat is also available featuring the Atlanta Radio Club logo, though no customization options are available.

Please make sure you spell your name and callsign as you want it to appear on your items. I will be checking each order to ensure that your name and callsign are correct and will be confirming with you if they are different, however I may accidentally overlook something so please check your order receipt.

Also note: these items will not be delivered to you, however they will be available at our monthly meetings. If you’re unable to make the member meeting but can make any other meeting that has an Atlanta Radio Club presence (such as, Second Sunday, the Stone Mountain Hamfest, etc.), then please contact [email protected] to make alternate arrangements.

Generally, orders will be available at the following member meeting if ordered at least one week in advance (by the end of the day Wednesday) prior to the member meeting. This means that if you order today or tomorrow you will have your stuff at our meeting next Thursday, November 3rd! If you aren’t able to order before Thursday then you can still place an order and your items will be available by the next member meeting, though you will be notified if they are available before then. Additionally, any polos ordered between this Thursday and our member meeting next Thursday will be available at the hamfest on the 5th.

Lastly, if you’re having trouble ordering please don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected].

October Technician License Class

The following was posted to the Atlanta Radio Club Yahoo Group as well as various other outlets for area radio clubs. Please contact Elden Morris, N1MN, for more information; his contact information is at the end of this post.

I will be conducting an Amateur Radio Licensing class for the Technician License or introductory level license.

Attached is a flier for the class.

Class will be held October 22, 29 & November 5 from 8am until 4pm. You MUST attend all three days.

The class is free but there is a fee of $15 for the FCC exam.

Students must pre-register for the class.

For more information or to register for this class, please contact me.

Thank you,

ELDEN MORRIS, N1MN
770-713-4403
[email protected]

This attachment also has some additional information.

October Sunday Tech

The following is the October Sunday Tech announcement from Bill Perkins, KB4KFT:

Time again for our semi annual Second Sunday Tech Session Park Fall Outing. (Technically it is not “semi-annual” since we only do the Fall outing once a year, in the fall… but go with me here, OK?)

Setup starts around 2pm and we continue with the last person usually leaving the park right at dark.

If you are new to ham radio or just interested in what we do come on out and check it out. GOTA (Get On The Air) radios, VHF and UHF (and DMR) radios will be up and running. And there is usually someone doing something new (sometimes just plain odd) just to see if it can be done at all.

If you have a rig or gear you want to try it out come on out we can get it on the air for you (well… unless it requires some odd ball DC voltage, we’ve had people show up with radios needing 37V). If you want to come and use a radio, try out HF, or try out an antenna, or just hang around for a while – you’re welcome to come and do any or all of those things. We can get most any antenna up enough to try out and there will be extra batteries for those who don’t have one big enough to run their rigs.

The only real purpose is to play with radios and have fun. This is supposed to be a fun hobby. So come have fun.

Simple snacks, soft drinks and water will be available. We seem to often run short of chairs so bring your own folding chair if you can.

We will be set up near the near Collier Road and Walthall Street. There is some limited parking on Collier, most of us park along Walthall Street, there is a hill but there is also some steps and a good ramp down into the park.

The outing will be at Tanyard Creek Park. You can use the following address which should get you close to the small parking lot that Bill mentioned, though you may just have to find street parking as it’s a pretty small lot and usually packed.

488 Collier Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30309

HR1301 Letters

Your executive committee is sending letters to both GA senators in support of HR1301, the so called Radio Parity Act. The PDF’s of both documents are linked below.

A tip of the hat to member KD4SGN Michael for the suggestion for us to do that. Thanks Michael!

Johnny Isakson

David Perdue

Update (October 9th): Letters to Johnny Isakson and David Perdue have been signed and mailed.