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FARS Meeting Programs - 2018 [2017] [2016]


FARS meetings take place on the 4th Friday of each month, except for no meeting in January (Winter Banquet), and meetings on a different Friday in June (Field Day), November (Thanksgiving), and December (Christmas). See the calendar for specific dates.

Meeting Schedule

7:00PM - General socializing.

7:30PM - Introductions, Show and Tell.

7:45PM - The evening's program.

8:45PM - FARS business.

After the program, and FARS business, we hold a prize raffle and the “Wish You Were Here” drawing for all the cash in the jar!

Visitors are welcome to attend our regular meetings. (directions)
Covington School, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos, CA.


Friday December 14, 2018 - Membership Meeting

SimSmith Smith Chart Software: The Simple to the Sublime
Ward Harriman, AE6TY

Ward is the author and creator of the SimSmith Smith Chart software package. Ward presents a live demonstration of SimSmith in action and how it is used. He starts at the ground level aimed at the novice and progresses to advanced capabilities for the experienced user.

The presentation starts with basic Smith Chart layout and utilization: plotting impedances, constructing circuits, exploring circuit element effects, importing load files, and analyzing system performance. Early versions of SimSmith were limited to single-frequency ladder networks, but the tool has evolved to analyze arbitrary networks at multiple frequencies.

Ward demonstrates the more powerful features of SimSmith, which include multi-variable circuit analysis, backward Smith Chart operation, the construction and analysis of multi-frequency matching circuits, bidirectional circuit analysis, the construction and analysis of non-ladder circuits, and advanced plotting capabilities. For those wishing more, SimSmith is the subject of dozens of instructional videos available on YouTube.

Bio:

Ward Harriman is a retired computer hardware engineer and ham radio enthusiast. Mr. Harriman spent 25 years building Internet switching equipment at a variety of startup companies.

In 2005, Ward changed gears returning to the study of RF circuits and Digital Signal Processing. He obtained his extra class license (AE6TY). He has designed, built, programmed, and operated his own CW/QRP/SDR radio ever sense.

Mr. Harriman is the author of SimSmith, a highly interactive RF circuit analysis tool. Ward spends much of his amateur radio time on expanding SimSmith’s capabilities and refining the user experience.

The winner chose the HDTV, so the QB25 and Ematic will be offered at future raffle(s).

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Choice of one of:
    • ATYME 32 inch HDTV, connections: HDMI, USB, and A/V, resolution 1366x768, power 42W (5W standby)
    • Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25W mini mobile transceiver
    • Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC w/ keyboard, 32G Flash, Wifi, and Bluetooth
  2. BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT
  3. Opek HT Antenna dual band VHF (1/4λ) / UHF (5/6λ) with reverse SMA – fits Baofeng, Wouxun, and Motorola
  4. Lux-Pro LP1100BL Heavy Duty LED Flashlight 320 Lumens, 3 modes: High, Low, Strobe, Rubber Grip Handle, 2 D-Cell Batteries included
  5. CountyComm 6-in-1 screw driver keeps bits safely stowed
[ATYME 32 inch HDTV, connections: HDMI, USB, and A/V]

ATYME 32 inch HDTV, connections: HDMI, USB, and A/V

[Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band 25W mini mobile transceiver

[Ematic Windows 10 Tablet]

Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC, 32G Flash and Wifi

[BaoFeng UV-5R]

BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT

[Opek HT antenna]

Opek HT Antenna dual band VHF/UHF with reverse SMA

[Lux-Pro LED Flashlight]

Lux-Pro LP1100BL LED Flashlight

[6-in-1 screw driver]

CountyComm 6-in-1 screw driver



Previous Programs

Friday January 19, 2018 - FARS Winter Banquet

The Originals of Silicon Valley
Mike Adams
January 19th, 2018 - 6:00PM
FARS Winter Banquet 2018

Bio:

Mike Adams has been a radio personality and a film maker. Currently he is professor emeritus of radio, television, and film at San Jose State University, where he has been a department chair and the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts.

Adams has taught at the Shanghai Theatre Academy School of Television and Film. As a researcher and writer of broadcast and early technology history, he created two award-winning documentaries for PBS, the Emmy-nominated “Radio Collector,” and “Broadcasting’s Forgotten Father.”

Mike is the Board Chair of the California Historical Radio Society, CHRS. For his service to historical radio research and publication he received the AWA (Antique Wireless Association) Houck Award, the SCARS (Southern California Historical Radio Society) President’s Award, the TCA (Tube Collectors of America) Stokes Award, the RCA (Radio Club of America) Ralph Batcher Award, and he was named a CHRS History Fellow.

He has had published numerous articles and six books, including Lee de Forest, King of Radio, Television and Film, 2012, Springer Science, The Radio Boys and Girls: Radio, Telegraph, Telephone and Wireless Adventures for Juvenile Readers, 1890-1945, McFarland Press, 2015, and Columbus Radio, Arcadia, 2016.


Friday February 23, 2018 - Membership Meeting

[W6KWF]
[W6KWF]



[Raffle Winners]

Raffle (L-R):
Howard, KM6QOQ (1st)
Andy, KR6DD (WYWH $5)
Herb, WY6G (2nd, 5th)
Ted, AI6YN (3rd, 4th)

Raffle (not shown):
?, ? (6th)
Steve, K6OIK (7th)

Building Your First Repeater
W6KWF

Countless radio amateurs use repeaters on a daily basis, but what goes into one behind the scenes to get one on the air and keep it running? This will be an overview of what’s involved in building amateur repeaters, and why you would (or wouldn't) want to build your own. Topics will include identifying the goals for a repeater, finding a radio site, and an overview of all the equipment needed to build a repeater.

Bio:

Kenneth Finnegan, W6KWF was first licensed in 2008 while attending UC Davis studying mechanical engineering. After graduating with his BS, he transferred to Cal Poly SLO to get an MS in electrical engineering and became involved with the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club - so involved that his master's thesis ended up being related to amateur radio: "Examining Ambiguities in the Automatic Packet Reporting System."

He now works as a Solar Applications and Test Engineer at a small solar cell supplier called Solar Junction where he tests record-breaking GaInNAsSb solar cells (cf. U.S. patent nos. 9,018,522 and 9,252,315 et al.) for a living.

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Btech Mini UV-25x4 144MHz/220MHz/440MHz Tri-band 25 watt base/mobile transceiver, 200 memories, quad receive, dual display. and narrow band FM ready.
  2. BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT
  3. RG-8X 50 ohm coax w/ PL-259 connectors - 50ft
  4. DBJ-2 Roll up J-Pole Antenna by Edison Fong, WB6IQN - Feb 2003 QST
[Btech Mini UV-25x4 Mobile]

Btech Mini UV-25x4 144MHz/220MHz/440MHz Tri-band 25 watt base/mobile transceiver

[BaoFeng UV-5R]

BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT

[RG-8X 50ft]

RG-8X 50 ohm coax w/ PL-259 connectors - 50ft

[DBJ-2]

DBJ-2 Roll-up Dual Band J-Pole Antenna by Edison Fong, WB6IQN


Friday March 23, 2018 - Membership Meeting

[AF6TF]
[AF6TF]



[Raffle Winners]

Raffle (L-R):
Paul, W6EXT (1st)
Michael, KE8AQW (6th)
Jose, AJ0SE (3rd, 4th)
Bill, AF6AE (2nd)

Raffle (not shown):
Richard, N6ATD (5th)

Not Present:
Carrol, KG6YPH (WYWH $10)

So You Want to do SOTA?
Tim Fairbairn, AF6TF

Tim Fairbairn, AF6TF is an avid hiker and HF operator who enjoys operating HF radio from remote wilderness locations, especially mountain peaks. Tim will explain his adventures with Summits on the Air (SOTA). He will talk about wonderfully lightweight gear and equipment but the real draw turns out to be the spectacular destinations.

Bio:

Tim Fairbairn, AF6TF, has been involved in electronics since the 1970's. He worked at Intel during college and now works in the audio/video industry, managing wireless microphone frequencies for multiple customers. When his youngest child was about to enter college, Tim took up Amateur Radio and got his Technician license and call sign KJ6RNN. He upgraded to general the next year. His wife got interested and got her Technician license and call sign KK6FOW. Somehow, the bug bit harder causing Tim to cram, pass Extra, and became AF6TF. He was looking for ways to operate while outdoors when Bay-Net offered a simple hike to a local peak in a park. Tim packed up his Icom IC-7000, 40Ah battery, and some long wires – basically taking his home station outside. From that experience, Tim learned quickly the importance of using lightweight gear. He has since become an experienced SOTA operator with many tales of adventures.

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Yaesu FT-2980R 144 MHz 80 Watt FM Mobile Transceiver - 3 Watts of RX Audio - with MH-48A6JA DTMF Microphone
  2. Olympia iWork 51-Piece Camo Tool Bag Set
  3. RG-8X 50 ohm coax w/ PL-259 connectors - 25ft
  4. UCO Lumora LED flashlight and Collapsible Lantern with Dimmer, Cree XP-GR3 LED, 180 Lumens, 190 hours on 4 AAs, 8 oz.
  5. Lux-Pro LP1100BL Heavy Duty LED Flashlight 320 Lumens, 3 modes: High, Low, Strobe, Rubber Grip Handle, 2 D-Cell Batteries included
  6. UCO Clarus LED Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern, Cree super bright LED, 150 Lumens, 130 hours on 3 AAs, 2.5 oz.
[Yaesu FT-9280R]

Yaesu FT-2980R 144 MHz 80W FM Mobile Transceiver

[Olympia Tool Set]

Olympia iWork 51-Piece Tool Set

[RG-8X 25ft]

RG-8X 50 ohm coax w/ PL-259 connectors - 25ft

[UCO Lumora light]

UCO Lumora LED flashlight and Collapsible Lantern with Dimmer

[Lux-Pro LED Flashlight]

Lux-Pro LP1100BL LED Flashlight

[UCO Clarus light]

UCO Clarus LED Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern


Friday April 20, 2018 - Membership Meeting

[WB6IQN]
[WB6IQN]



[Raffle Winners]

Raffle (L-R):
Vic, AB6SO (3rd)
Dave, W6VYC (1st)
Jose, AJ0SE (4th, WYWH $5)
Paul, W6EXT (2nd)

DMR – Digital Mobile Radio
WB6IQN

This meeting is one week earlier than usual. It has been scheduled for the 3rd Friday instead of the usual 4th Friday of the month. Be sure to put the correct date on the calendar.

Digital mobile radio (DMR) is a mode that is getting really popular. The radios cost about $100-$150 depending on the quality you want. All of them also have conventional FM. DMR is a full digital format that is interfaced via the Internet where one can talk 24/7 all over the world. The dream of working DX while sitting on your couch is here. Since DMR is an open system originally set up by Motorola there are over 15 manufacturers of DMR radios, both hand-held and mobiles. Learn how to get register as a DMR user, where to purchase a radio, how to program the radio and talk to the world without depending on propagation conditions.

Bio:

Ed Fong, WB6IQN, is the owner of Ed’s Antennas https://edsantennas.weebly.com. He is the inventor of the patented DBJ-1, DBJ-2, and TBJ-1 antennas which are extremely popular among ham and commercial communicators. More than 12,000 of these antennas have been sold to hams, commercial users, and agencies. Ed's antennas have been featured in QST (March 2017, February 2003 and March 2007), CQ (Summer 2012), ARRL Antenna Compendium Vol 8, and ARRL VHF/UHF Antenna Classics.

Ed is a FARS director. He is on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley, where he teaches RF Wireless Communications and I/O Design Fundamentals. Before that he was with UC Berkeley and taught RF Wireless from 1998 to 2011.

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25W mini mobile transceiver w/ 50W antenna
  2. APC Back-UPS BN650M1 650 VA, 360 W, 12-Ah battery, 4 AC outlets, 1 USB charging port, multi-stage noise filter, 490-J surge protection
  3. Lux-Pro LP1100BL Heavy Duty LED Flashlight 320 Lumens, 3 modes: High, Low, Strobe, Rubber Grip Handle, 2 D-Cell Batteries included
  4. UCO Clarus LED Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern, Cree super bright LED, 150 Lumens, 130 hours on 3 AAs, 2.5 oz.
[Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band 25W mini mobile transceiver w/ antenna

[APC Back-UPS BN650M1]

APC Back-UPS BN650M1 650 VA, 360 W, 12-Ah battery

[Lux-Pro LED Flashlight]

Lux-Pro LP1100BL LED Flashlight

[UCO Clarus light]

UCO Clarus LED Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern


Friday May 25, 2018 - Membership Meeting

[AI6MS]
[AI6MS]



[Raffle Winners]

Raffle (L-R):
Clark, K6EWO (3rd)
Jose, AJ0SE (7th)
Mike, KN6QI (6th)
Joy, KM6IFG (5th)
Adrian, K3ADN (1st)
Paul, KM6HWN (8th)
John, W1JDS (2nd)

Raffle (inset bottom-right):
Henry, W6REK (4th)


Duplexers for Repeaters and How to Tune Them
Marcel Stieber, AI6MS

Marcel Stieber, AI6MS, will go through the basics of duplexers used in repeater systems. He will explore the basics of duplexer types, modes of operation, and the simple tuning of a band-reject type duplexer. Come and learn about the "magic" inside these filters that make the world go round!

Bio:

Marcel Stieber, AI6MS, was licensed on Cinco de Mayo in 2008 and upgraded to Extra in the summer of 2010. He is an ARRL Life Member and a volunteer examiner who has helped license over 673 hams since 2009. Marcel enjoys operating portable stations, APRS, ARDF, and unusual mobile operating (jetski or bicycle)!

He was appointed to the ARRL Committee on Youth by ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, in 2013. He served as the trustee and technical lead for the Cupertino ARES UHF repeater, W6TDM, which was rebuilt from W6KWF in 2014. He is the Technical Deployment Manager for the Cupertino ARES ARKnet Project which is building up a high-speed wireless intranet for the emergency responders in Cupertino.

He operated portable as 9G5MS in Ghana, West Africa, during January-May 2013, where he worked with Medicine on the Move at Kpong Airfield and brought amateur radio to the classroom for the students at AvTech Academy in Kpong, Ghana. Marcel operated during the ARRL School Club Roundup as the first school to participate from Africa.

When he’s not busy volunteering, Marcel works at Amazon Lab126 in Sunnyvale, CA. He remains active with his alma mater Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He serves on Cal Poly’s Electrical Engineering Industry Advisory Board, was president and is an Industrial Advisor to the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club (www.W6BHZ.org).

Marcel is active in community events, including providing communications for bike rides and triathlons, help at local repeater work days, assist several testing sessions each year, and a tower hand and RF technical advisor for event management companies and local repeater groups.

The raffle 1st place winner chose the CS-580, so the QB25 and Ematic shall be recycled to future raffle(s).

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Choice of one of:
    • Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25W mini mobile transceiver w/ 50W antenna
    • Connect Systems CS-580 UHF DMR radio w/ 2100 mAH LiON batter, charger, program cable, 1000 memories, analog
    • Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC w/ keyboard, 32G Flash, Wifi, and Bluetooth
  2. BaoFeng UV-3R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT
  3. UCO Clarus LED Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern, Cree super bright LED, 150 Lumens, 130 hours on 3 AAs, 2.5 oz.
  4. CountyComm 6-in-1 screw driver keeps bits safely stowed
  5. CountyComm 4-in-1 screw driver fits in your pocket like a pen
[Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band 25W mini mobile transceiver w/ antenna

[CS-580]

Connect Systems CS-580 UHF DMR radio w/ 2100 mAH LiON batter, charger, program cable

[Ematic Windows 10 Tablet]

Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC, 32G Flash and Wifi

[BaoFeng UV-3R]

BaoFeng UV-3R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT

[UCO Clarus light]

UCO Clarus LED Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern

[6-in-1 screw driver]

CountyComm 6-in-1 screw driver

[4-in-1 screw driver]

CountyComm 4-in-1 screw driver


Friday June 15, 2018 - Membership Meeting

[K6EI]
[K6EI]



[Raffle Winners]

Raffle (L-R):
Mike, KM6WP (2nd, 4th)
Elise, KI6PUO (1st)
Steve, K6OIK (3rd)

Raffle (not shown):
Joy KM6IFG (5th)
LLoyd, KD6FJI (WYWH $10)

Using Field Day to Beta Test Your Next CQP Expedition
K6EI

The title say it all!

Bio:

Jim Peterson, K6EI, has been a licensed radio amateur for over 40 years and enjoys CW, contesting, and operating portable.

He considers Field Day the high point of the year. FARS members will remember Jim's popular talks at past FARS meetings on “Rethinking Field day Outside the Box” March 2012, "Operating QRP" June 2006, "Commercial Antenna Shoot Out" February 2004, and "Zen and the Art of Top Band Operating" April 2003.

The first place raffle winner chose the QB25 so the CS-580 and the Ematic shall be recycled to future raffles.

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Choice of one of:
    • Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25W mini mobile transceiver w/ 50W antenna
    • Connect Systems CS-580 UHF DMR radio w/ 2100 mAH LiON batter, charger, program cable, 1000 memories, analog
    • Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC w/ keyboard, 32G Flash, Wifi, and Bluetooth
  2. Cen-Tech 11 Function Digital Multimeter with Audible Continuity
  3. UCO Clarus LED Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern, Cree super bright LED, 150 Lumens, 130 hours on 3 AAs, 2.5 oz.
  4. RG-8X 50 ohm coax w/ PL-259 connectors - 50ft
  5. CountyComm 6-in-1 screw driver keeps bits safely stowed
[Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band 25W mini mobile transceiver w/ antenna

[CS-580]

Connect Systems CS-580 UHF DMR radio w/ 2100 mAH LiON batter, charger, program cable

[Ematic Windows 10 Tablet]

Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC, 32G Flash and Wifi

[Cen-Tech 11 Multi-meter]

Cen-Tech 11 Function Digital Multimeter with Audible Continuity

[UCO Clarus light]

UCO Clarus LED Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern

[RG-8X 50ft]

RG-8X 50 ohm coax w/ PL-259 connectors - 50ft

[6-in-1 screw driver]

CountyComm 6-in-1 screw driver


Friday July 27, 2018 - Membership Meeting

[KC6TYD]
[KC6TYD]



[Raffle Winners]

Raffle (L-R):
John, KF6YXN (3rd)
Rohan, KJ6LXV (1st)
Mike, KM6WP (2nd)

PARACHUTE MOBILE: Past-Present-Future
Rob Fenn, KC6TYD

So why do they jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Come and join us for an exciting and informative presentation where Rob will take you through nine years of Parachute Mobile. Using skydiving as a platform, discover the many unique projects that the members of Parachute Mobile have incorporated into each mission.

Bio:

Rob has been in the EMS field since the mid 90's. He is currently working as a paramedic with AMR in Santa Clara County. When Parachute Mobile began Rob was recruited as the Safety Officer. When the Team Coordinator position opened up Rob grabed it and has been handling all the coordinating, scheduling, and promoting ever since. Rob was not a skydiver when he started with the team. Being around and involved in the sport got him interested and in 2011 Rob took the course and soon thereafter was making his own QSO jumps.

The first place raffle winner chose the QB25 so the CS-580 and the Ematic shall be recycled to future raffles.

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Choice of one of:
    • Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25W mini mobile transceiver
    • Connect Systems CS-580 UHF DMR radio w/ 2100 mAH LiON batter, charger, program cable, 1000 memories, analog
    • Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC w/ keyboard, 32G Flash, Wifi, and Bluetooth
  2. BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT
  3. UCO Lumora LED flashlight and Collapsible Lantern with Dimmer, Cree XP-GR3 LED, 180 Lumens, 190 hours on 4 AAs, 8 oz.
  4. CountyComm 4-in-1 screw driver fits in your pocket like a pen
[Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band 25W mini mobile transceiver

[CS-580]

Connect Systems CS-580 UHF DMR radio w/ 2100 mAH LiON batter, charger, program cable

[Ematic Windows 10 Tablet]

Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC, 32G Flash and Wifi

[BaoFeng UV-5R]

BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT

[UCO Lumora light]

UCO Lumora LED flashlight and Collapsible Lantern with Dimmer

[4-in-1 screw driver]

CountyComm 4-in-1 screw driver


Friday August 24, 2018 - Membership Meeting

[K6OIK]
[K6OIK]



[Raffle Winners]

Raffle (L-R):
Steve, K6OIK (WYWH $10)
Ed, WB6IQN (1st)
Jose, AJ0SE (6th)
Cliff, KN6DH (5th)
Dave, W6VYC (2nd, 3rd)
Fred, W6BSD (4th)

Dipole Resonance and the Mysterious Antenna Factor K
Steve Stearns, K6OIK

Dipoles and monopoles are examples of linear cylindrical antennas and are the foundation of amateur radio antennas at frequencies below 1 GHz. The theory of such antennas was developed in the first half of the 20th century. In this talk, Steve, K6OIK talks about dipole resonance, stored field energy, and why the resonant length of a half-wave dipole isn’t a half wavelength. The strange story of the ARRL’s mystery graphs of the shortening factor K will be told.

Bio:

HF phone: Golden Bear Amateur Radio Net, 3,975 kHz LSB at 1900 Pacific time daily.

E-Mail: k6oik AT arrl.net

Articles: /docs/k6oik

Steve Stearns, K6OIK, started in ham radio while in high school at the height of the Heathkit era. He holds an FCC Amateur Extra and a commercial General Radio Operator license with Radar endorsement. He previously held Novice, Technician, and 1st Class Radiotelephone licenses.

He studied electrical engineering at California State University Fullerton, the University of Southern California, and Stanford, specializing in electromagnetic theory, communication, engineering and signal processing.

Steve was Chief Technologist for TRW Firestorm Wireless Communication Products (now part of Northrop Grumman Electromagnetic Systems Laboratory), where he led the development of digital array signal processing technology for smart antennas, commercial wireless, and government communication systems.

Steve served as assistant director of ARRL Pacific Division under Jim Maxwell W6CF, and is vice-president of the Foothills Amateur Radio Society. He holds ten U.S. patents and has over 50 professional publications. Steve has received numerous awards for professional and community volunteer activities.

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Kenwood TM-281A 2M 65W Transceiver w/ WX alert, easy read LCD display, and narrow band FM ready
  2. Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC w/ keyboard, 32G Flash, Wifi, and Bluetooth
  3. Canon Pixma TS6020 Printer Color Printer/Scanner/Copier - 4800x1200 print, 1200x2400 scanning, 12 ppm.
  4. BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT
  5. Diamond NR-770HB antenna 2m-440 High Power/Performance Mobile Whip and MFJ-335BS HIFLUX Mag Mount
  6. UCO Clarus LED Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern, Cree super bright LED, 150 Lumens, 130 hours on 3 AAs, 2.5 oz.
[TM-281A 2m Mobile]

Kenwood TM-281A 2 meter 65 watt base/mobile transceiver

[Ematic Windows 10 Tablet]

Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC, 32G Flash and Wifi

[Canon Printer]

Canon Pixma TS6020 Printer Color Printer/Scanner/Copier

[BaoFeng UV-5R]

BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT

[Diamond NR-770]

Diamond NR-770HB antenna 2m-440 High Performance Whip and MFJ-335BS Mag Mount

[UCO Clarus light]

UCO Clarus LED Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern


Friday September 28, 2018 - Membership Meeting

[Home Brew Winners]

Home Brew (L-R):
Roy, KM6EOO (2nd)
Ed, WB6IQN (4th)
Andy, KR6DD, (1st)
Paul, AA6PZ (3rd)
Wolf, AI6SL, (5th)
Henry, W6REK, (4th)




[Raffle Winners]

Raffle (L-R):
Lloyd, KD6FJI (extra)
Dave, W6VYC (6th)
Jose, AJ0SE (1st)
Rich, W6APZ (2nd, 3rd)

Raffle (not shown):
Mike, N6WGY (4th, 5th)
Wolf, AI6SL (7th)

FARS Annual Home Brew Contest
K6YA

This meeting is about you. Yes you, our members and guests. Our Annual Amateur Radio Homebrew Contest is a opportunity to show off a project that you have worked on in the past year. Each participant has a few minutes to show and explain his project to our audience and has a chance to win one of our four prizes:

$40 First prize
$30 Second prize
$20 Third prize
$10 Fourth prize

The first place raffle winner chose the QB25 so the HDTV and the Tablet shall appear in a future raffle.

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Choice of one of:
    • ATYME 32 inch HDTV with builtin DVD player, connections: HDMI, USB, and A/V, resolution 1366x768, power 42W (5W standby)
    • Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25W mini mobile transceiver
    • Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC w/ keyboard, 32G Flash, Wifi, and Bluetooth
  2. Velleman Solder Station full temperature contorl 300-385 degrees
  3. UCO Lumora LED flashlight and Collapsible Lantern with Dimmer, Cree XP-GR3 LED, 180 Lumens, 190 hours on 4 AAs, 8 oz.
  4. RG-8X 50 ohm coax w/ PL-259 connectors - 50ft
  5. Voyager utility bag 12-inch nylon bag for tools or as a go kit, Military grade nylon. Will last a lifetime. Fully water proof
  6. COB lantern (Chip On Board) twice as bright as conventional LED lights
  7. CountyComm 4-in-1 screw driver fits in your pocket like a pen
[ATYME 32 inch HDTV]

ATYME 32 inch HDTV w/ builtin DVD player, connections: HDMI, USB, and A/V

[Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band 25W mini mobile transceiver

[Ematic Windows 10 Tablet]

Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC, 32G Flash and Wifi

[Velleman Solder Station]

Velleman Solder Station full temperature contorl 300-385 degrees

[UCO Lumora light]

UCO Lumora LED flashlight and Collapsible Lantern with Dimmer

[RG-8X 50ft]

RG-8X 50 ohm coax w/ PL-259 connectors - 50ft

[Voyager 12-inch nylon utility bag]

Voyager utility bag 12-inch nylon bag for tools or as a go kit

[COB LED lantern]

COB lantern (Chip On Board) twice as bright as conventional LED lights

[4-in-1 screw driver]

CountyComm 4-in-1 screw driver


Friday October 26, 2018 - Membership Meeting

[K6OIK]
[K6OIK]



[Raffle Winners]

Raffle (L-R):
Fred, W6BSD (4th)
Adrian, K3ADM (1st)
Mike, W6WGY (5th)
Ed, WB6IQN (3rd)
Peter, KF6IIW (6th)
Mikel, KN6QI (2nd)

Raffle (not shown):
Bernard, KI6TSF (WYWH $5)

How to Make Antenna Models
Steve Stearns, K6OIK

Steve, K6OIK, shows antenna modeling capabilities in real time. He demonstrates putting antennas on real terrain, cars, and planets with dielectric trees. He makes and runs the car model from scratch, duplicating the FEKO model featured in QST, October 2016, of a 2-meter whip on the roof of a car. Field animations shows where “hot spots” exist inside the car.

Bio:

HF phone: Golden Bear Amateur Radio Net, 3,975 kHz LSB at 1900 Pacific time daily.

E-Mail: k6oik AT arrl.net

Articles: /docs/k6oik

Steve Stearns, K6OIK, started in ham radio while in high school at the height of the Heathkit era. He holds an FCC Amateur Extra and a commercial General Radio Operator license with Radar endorsement. He previously held Novice, Technician, and 1st Class Radiotelephone licenses.

He studied electrical engineering at California State University Fullerton, the University of Southern California, and Stanford, specializing in electromagnetic theory, communication, engineering and signal processing.

Steve was Chief Technologist for TRW Firestorm Wireless Communication Products (now part of Northrop Grumman Electromagnetic Systems Laboratory), where he led the development of digital array signal processing technology for smart antennas, commercial wireless, and government communication systems.

Steve served as assistant director of ARRL Pacific Division under Jim Maxwell W6CF, and is vice-president of the Foothills Amateur Radio Society. He holds ten U.S. patents and has over 50 professional publications. Steve has received numerous awards for professional and community volunteer activities.

The winner chose the HDTV, so the QB25 and Ematic will be offered at future raffle(s).

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Choice of one of:
    • ATYME 32 inch HDTV with builtin DVD player, connections: HDMI, USB, and A/V, resolution 1366x768, power 42W (5W standby)
    • Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25W mini mobile transceiver
    • Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC w/ keyboard, 32G Flash, Wifi, and Bluetooth
  2. Centech 3-in-1 Power Pack jump start a car or portable 12 volt power source. 17AH battery w/ 330 cold cranking amps. Built in USB port and LED flashlight
  3. Nagoya HT Antenna dual band VHF/UHF with reverse SMA – fits Baofeng, Wouxun, and Motorola
  4. Gear Head PC Speakers nice speakers with built in amp which can be used for computer or to extend the audio range of your HT
  5. HT Chest Pack Professional Handie Talkie chest pack. Great for search and rescue and other field operations
  6. COB lantern (Chip On Board) twice as bright as conventional LED lights
[ATYME 32 inch HDTV]

ATYME 32 inch HDTV w/ builtin DVD player, connections: HDMI, USB, and A/V

[Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band 25W mini mobile transceiver

[Ematic Windows 10 Tablet]

Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC, 32G Flash and Wifi

[Centech Power Pack]

Centech 3-in-1 Power Pack jump start a car or portable 12 volt power source. 17AH battery

[Nagoya HT antenna]

Nagoya HT Antenna dual band VHF/UHF with reverse SMA

[Gear Head PC Speakers]

Gear Head PC Speakers nice speakers with built in amp

[HT Chest Pack]

HT Chest Pack Professional Handie Talkie chest pack

[COB LED lantern]

COB lantern (Chip On Board) twice as bright as conventional LED lights


Friday November 16, 2018 - Membership Meeting

[KM6CSO]
[KM6CSO]

[KK6JVB]
[KK6JVB]



[Raffle Winners]

Raffle (L-R):
Fred, AE6QL (2nd)
Jose, AJ0SE (3rd)
Cliff, KN6DH (1st, 4th)

Raffle (not present):
Richard, N6ATD (WYWH $5)

AES Mesh Radio for Fire Communications and Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS)
Daniel Tate, KM6CSO
Tony Lacatelli, KK6JVB

[Meeting scheduled in Room 32 this month]

Daniel and Tony explain mesh network and how encrypted radio mesh networks are used in fire protection and first responder operations. A mesh network is a distributed communication network that does not require base stations. Instead, messages pass from neighbor to neighbor. Somehow messages manage to find a path between two connected users. The advantage of mesh networks is they can be deployed quickly and without the cost or time needed to build fixed base station or repeater infrastructure. This makes mesh networks attractive for emergency or disaster communications at VHF and UHF frequencies as an alternative to HF NVIS communications. The nodes of a mesh network can be set up to digipeat messages without operators in the middle, as messages are relayed from node to node automatically. Daniel and Tony talk about their Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) Mesh Radio systems for Fire Communications and Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS). They give a basic overview of the technology and describe practical operation.

Bio:

Daniel Tate, KM6CSO, is a Senior Systems Designer at Intrepid Electronic Systems. Daniel has over 20 years of experience in Fire Protection and 4 years of experience in AES Mesh/ radio.
Tony Locatelli, KK6JVB, is Director of the ERRCS/DAS Division of Intrepid Electronic Systems. Tony has over 25 years of experience in Fire Protection and 5 years of experience in ERRCS and DAS. Tony holds a FCC General Radio Operator License (GROL).

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Choice of one of:
    • ATYME 32 inch HDTV, connections: HDMI, USB, and A/V, resolution 1366x768, power 42W (5W standby)
    • Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25W mini mobile transceiver
    • Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC w/ keyboard, 32G Flash, Wifi, and Bluetooth
  2. CountyComm GP-5 SSB General Receiver LW/AM/FM/HF (2.5-30MHz), and nice stereo FM receiver
  3. Nagoya HT Antenna dual band VHF/UHF with reverse SMA – fits Baofeng, Wouxun, and Motorola
  4. COB lantern (Chip On Board) twice as bright as conventional LED lights
[ATYME 32 inch HDTV, connections: HDMI, USB, and A/V]

ATYME 32 inch HDTV, connections: HDMI, USB, and A/V

[Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band 25W mini mobile transceiver

[Ematic Windows 10 Tablet]

Ematic Windows 10 Tablet/PC, 32G Flash and Wifi

[GP-5 SSB]

CountyComm GP-5 SSB General Receiver LW/AM/FM/HF (2.5-30MHz)

[Nagoya HT antenna]

Nagoya HT Antenna dual band VHF/UHF with reverse SMA

[COB LED lantern]

COB lantern (Chip On Board) twice as bright as conventional LED lights


Past Programs 2017