FARS Meeting Programs - 2004 [2003] [2002]

Friday January 23, 2004 - FARS/PAARA Winter Banquet

Dr. Seppo Sisatto, OH1VR/OH0VR

Dr. Sisatto is a Fulbright Scholar and an internationally known Finnish DXpeditioner and contester. Seppo is known in Europe as "Mr. Market Reef" for his work organizing DXpeditions to Market Reef.

Friday February 27, 2004 - Membership Meeting

Commercial HF Antenna Shoot-out
by Jim Peterson, K6EI

Tired of all the antenna advertising hype in the radio magazines? When push comes to shove, what is the most efficient commercial multiband HF vertical? Which triband yagi really provides the most gain on 10, 15 and 20 meters? N0AX and K7LXC recently assembled, installed, rigorously tested, and compared the far field performance of a wide variety of commercial HF antennas against calibrated reference antennas, including eight different multiband verticals, nine triband yagis, and a quad. Some of their test results may surprise you as much as they surprised me.

Friday March 26, 2004 - Membership Meeting

BPL Threats to Amateur Radio
by Bob Vallio W6RGG

Bob Vallio is the Pacific Division Director of the American Radio Relay League. He will talk about BPL (Broadband over Power Lines) and why it's a concern to amateur radio. BPL transmits high speed Internet data over electric power lines. Bob will also answer questions about what's happening at the ARRL.

Friday April 23, 2004 - Membership Meeting

Test Equipment and Tools for Amateur Electronics and Kit Building
by Herb Davidson KE6BKL & Steve Stearns K6OIK

This will be a "show and tell" presentation. If you ever wondered what equipment you should have or how to use it, here's your chance to find out.

Friday May 28, 2004 - Membership Meeting

Field Day & Emergency Operating
by Steve Stearns K6OIK & Peter Griffith WA6VAQ

Steve and Peter demonstrate two variations on fast setup portable HF stations. The set up these stations from scratch and make contacts without towers or beam antennas.

Our Field Day captains Steve K6OIK, Paul AA6PZ , Mikel KN6QI, and Phil KA6MZE talk about our Field Day operation.

Friday June 18, 2004 - Membership Meeting

Field Day Planning

Paul Zander, AA6PZ and other discuss Field Day and share some interesting experiences.

Friday July 23, 2004 - Membership Meeting

Unexpected, Available, Unassigned and Needed Polar HF Spectrum
by John W. Ballard

Recent research into ionospheric radio propagation across polar paths has revealed a new and previously unknown phenomenon that could potentially be used for improved ionospheric radio communication. For polar paths, the ionosphere isn't fixed and stable; it is turbulent. Measured data shows random blobs and patches of high electron density that change character rapidly. A time-lapse movie of ionograms taken over a 12 hour period will show what really happens up there.

Speaker: John W. Ballard is a founding partner of Radio Propagation Services, Inc. He is former President and Chairman of Technology for Communications International, a company specializing in high frequency (HF) engineering and products such as ionospheric chirp sounders, international shortwave broadcast antenna arrays, and precision ground-based HF radio direction finding systems.

Friday August 27, 2004 - Membership Meeting

The Lure and the Lore of Portable HF Operations
by Mike Zensius, KG6GUE

Mike will show his portable HF station equipment and discuss the choices and tradeoffs among performance capability, options, size, weight, and power. He will also talk about the lure of HF and his personal experience at upgrading from Technician to General.

Friday September 24, 2004 - Membership Meeting

Annual Homebrew Contest
KV6O - 1st
AA6PZ - 2nd
WA6UUT - 2nd

You are the star for this program. Members and guests are invited to bring their Amateur Radio related projects to the meeting to show off and describe. Members vie for prizes that are awarded by the audience.

The winners are:

1st place - Stephan KV6O

2nd place (tied) - Paul AA6PZ and Arvid WA6UUT

Friday October 22, 2004 - Membership Meeting

Station Grounding
with Mitch Cipriano

How to properly ground an amateur radio station and why it's important.

Friday November 19, 2004 - Membership Meeting

National Traffic System (NTS)
with Pink Foster, W6PST

This month's program is about the National Traffic System (NTS) with Pink Foster, K6PST. Learn how the NTS system functions and how you can send holiday messages to friends and family via Ham Radio.

Friday December 17, 2004 - Membership Meeting

Aircraft Radionavigation
with Phil Hawkins, KA6MZE

This month's program is about aircraft radionavigation. Our own Phil Hawkins, KA6MZE who is a small aircraft pilot explains how radio is used to navigate the skies.

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