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.

Stone Mountain Hamfest – Student Shack

We received the following announcement for the Student Shack at the Stone Mountain Hamfest. Additional details will be posted as they become available.

Plans Are Developing for the Student Shack at the Stone Mountain Hamfest.

Do you know young people who are interested in Amateur Radio?  Please plan on bringing them to the Student Shack at the Stone Mountain Hamfest.  Once again this year, the Student Shack has completely replaced the Youth Lounge of old.  There will not be any coloring books or bead bracelet to be found.  Instead, aimed at the growing number of students at schools with Amateur Radio programs, either during the school day or as an after school activity, the Student Shack will offer a series of educational opportunities for these budding hams.

The full schedule of activities is still being developed.  We will share the full list here in about a week, so stay tuned!.

The Student Shack will run only on Saturday, November 5, during the Stone Mountain Hamfest. Bring your students, their friends, and any youth who have that spark of interest early to the Student Shack while you peruse the bone yard. You better hurry though because the students might find that bargain before you!

Update: Click here for the official Student Shack schedule.

October Member Meeting

The October member meeting is coming up in a couple weeks on October 6th. The meeting will take place at the normal time and place, the American Red Cross at 7:30pm, as well as the pre-meeting dinner at Cowtippers at 6:00pm. Addresses and other information is on the Member Meetings page.

The program for October is a presentation about Battle Bots by Randy Farmer, N4FET. Randy was involved in this year’s ABC TV program, “Battle Bots,” and will discuss that program and how RF is involved with the various teams’ creations.

Additionally, we will be voting on the proposed Bylaw change involving the membership period. The changes presented at the September meeting were the following (underlines are adds, strikethroughs are removals):

Update section 3.05 to say the following:

Any member who has not renewed by April 1 within 30 days of the expiration date of their membership shall be dropped from the active membership roll. Such member may be reinstated to membership by paying dues for the current year at any time restart a new membership at any time.

Update section 8.01 to say the following:

Annual dues for all membership levels shall be proposed by the Executive Officers and approved by the members. Annual dues are payable on January 1st of each year. A new member joining the Club after July 1 shall pay half dues to carry through to the end of that calendar year. A new member joining after October 31st shall pay full membership dues and shall have that payment cover the remainder of the current calendar and the next calendar year. Annual dues are assessed in 12 month increments, on the anniversary of the membership in the club. Members before September 2016 shall have their renewal fixed on January 1.

Schedule B shall be published as a companion to the bylaws outlining the sub categories of membership and their individual dues. This schedule may be modified by recommendation of the board at a regular meeting as defined in Section 7.01.

Update Schedule B with the following changes:

Member and Non-Voting Member to $30 per year.

Life Member to $500 one time.

Update 9/18: Slight update to Section 3.05.

July/August Atlanta Ham

The July/August edition of the Atlanta Ham has been posted here. This edition includes a new section, “Beginner’s Corner”, written by David Harden, KJ4CMY. I’d like to thank David for adding some much needed additional content to this newsletter and I greatly appreciate the work he has put into this. On that note, if you would like your original content published in the newsletter, please contact me at [email protected]; if your article is sent to my by the 20th, it will most likely be published in that month’s newsletter.

Additionally, if you would like to read past newsletters, the newsletter archive is here.

September Sunday Tech – An Afternoon with Dick, K2UFT – Learning to Love CW

The following is the Second Sunday announcement for September from our Second Sunday chair, Bill Perkins, KB4KFT.

I am calling this “An Afternoon with Dick” because you don’t get a chance to work with an expert CW guy very often… and it will be in the afternoon.

Dick, K2UFT, will be doing a hands-on CW training and learning session for September. He will be covering topics from basic “how do you learn” to advanced stuff. If you’ve ever been around Dick doing CW then you know his “advanced” is rocket science compared to most of us.

Continue reading “September Sunday Tech – An Afternoon with Dick, K2UFT – Learning to Love CW”

September Member Meeting

The September member meeting will take place at the normal time and place (information and directions here) on September 1st.

I don’t have complete program information yet, however the title of the presentation is “Learning and Using CW – Anyone Can Do It” by Pavel, AC4PA.

Additional information will posted as it’s available.

Update: Presentations from this meeting are posted here.

Mid-Month Update

The following is an update from Jim Reed, N4BFR:


We’ve got some quick announcements, updates and reminders so I thought I would throw them all into one email / post.

Thanks all! Feel free to reach out with questions: [email protected] or find me on the radio or social media.


Jim Reed – N4BFR
President, Atlanta Radio Club

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August Second Sunday

Bill Perkins, KB4KFT, will be leading our Second Sunday session on August 14th with his world-famous “Connectors and Coax” session.

Please visit our Meetup page for directions and to RSVP for this event; this is not required and there is no fee, however this will give us a rough headcount so we know how many people to expect.

The following is the official announcement from Bill:

It is going to be rainy, if not wet then too hot – or worse both.  So why not stay in where it is cool and do something ham radio related with the guys?

Sunday, August 14th, 2pm, the Coax and Connector at The Second Sunday Tech Session.

This is a session where we work with coax, twin lead (ladder line), PL-259s and the related SO-239s. (Thank you US government for the neat almost incomprehensible part numbering scheme – PL-259 is the male 50 ohm connector on most coax fed antennas. SO-239 is the PL-259 female on the back of most ham radios. These are called “UHF types” though most UHF gear uses the N-type connectors, male and female, that are a whole different breed of cat. Go figure.)

We also do powerpoles, wire connectors, and other crimp and/or solder-able connections. Soldering irons will be available but feel free to bring your own. There will also be a few small blow torches for building bigger connectors and a few folks around who can show how that works too.

If you want to learn to build these or learn power poles or solder connections, or generally want to pick up some points on working with these things then come on out to:

Dekalb Peachtree Airport (PDK)
Main administration building.
Angel Flight Conference room, top of the stairs on the left side of the building as you come in.

Oh… starting at 2pm eastern time.

At the end of this session you may not be an expert but you should be to able to approach your own connector and coax issues and have an idea where to start.

2016-17 Executive Committee

The new 2016-17 executive committee was elected at last night’s member meeting with the following committee members:

  • President – Jim Reed, N4BFR
  • Vice President – Newt White, N4EWT
  • Secretary – Ryan Petris, AG6RP
  • Treasurer – Rob Osattin, KI4UTY (Incumbent)
  • Member at Large – Alan Sellers, KW4MO

The outgoing (2015-16) committee was the following:

  • President – Ken Reid, KG4USN
  • Vice President – Bill Perkins, KB4KFT
  • Secretary – Dick Bentley, K2UFT
  • Treasurer – Rob Osattin, KI4UTY
  • Member at Large – Ade Shamblin, KJ4CUY

I would like to thank the outgoing committee members for a great year for the radio club; their leadership and expertise is greatly appreciated.

Lastly, all appropriate email addresses have been updated to forward to the appropriate committee member and are listed on the Contact page.