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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 May 25, 2018 - Membership Meeting

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 first place raffle winner has a choice of one of (QB25, CS-580, or the Ematic). The other two prize will be recycled for another raffle.

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  • Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25 watt 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
  • BaoFeng UV-3R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT
  • UCO Clarus LED Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern, Cree super bright LED, 150 Lumens, 130 hours on 3 AAs, 2.5 oz.
  • CountyComm 6-in-1 screw driver keeps bits safely stowed
  • 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 25 watt 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-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

To be Announced
K6YA

Bio:
K6YA is the Club radio call sign for the Foothills Amateur Radio Society. The current trustee for K6YA is KA6MZE. This picture is of the Field Day 2007 set up crew.


Friday July 27, 2018 - Membership Meeting

To be Announced
K6YA

Bio:
K6YA is the Club radio call sign for the Foothills Amateur Radio Society. The current trustee for K6YA is KA6MZE. This picture is of the Field Day 2007 set up crew.


Friday August 24, 2018 - Membership Meeting

To be Announced
K6YA

Bio:
K6YA is the Club radio call sign for the Foothills Amateur Radio Society. The current trustee for K6YA is KA6MZE. This picture is of the Field Day 2007 set up crew.


Friday September 28, 2018 - Membership Meeting

To be Announced
K6YA

Bio:
K6YA is the Club radio call sign for the Foothills Amateur Radio Society. The current trustee for K6YA is KA6MZE. This picture is of the Field Day 2007 set up crew.


Friday October 26, 2018 - Membership Meeting

To be Announced
K6YA

Bio:
K6YA is the Club radio call sign for the Foothills Amateur Radio Society. The current trustee for K6YA is KA6MZE. This picture is of the Field Day 2007 set up crew.


Friday November 16, 2018 - Membership Meeting

To be Announced
K6YA

Bio:
K6YA is the Club radio call sign for the Foothills Amateur Radio Society. The current trustee for K6YA is KA6MZE. This picture is of the Field Day 2007 set up crew.


Friday December 21, 2018 - Membership Meeting

To be Announced
K6YA

Bio:
K6YA is the Club radio call sign for the Foothills Amateur Radio Society. The current trustee for K6YA is KA6MZE. This picture is of the Field Day 2007 set up crew.



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:

  • 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.
  • BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT
  • RG-8X 50 ohm coax w/ PL-259 connectors - 50ft
  • 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:

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

  • Radioddity QB25 Quad Band Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25 watt mini mobile transceiver
  • 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
  • Lux-Pro LP1100BL Heavy Duty LED Flashlight 320 Lumens, 3 modes: High, Low, Strobe, Rubber Grip Handle, 2 D-Cell Batteries included
  • 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 25 watt mini mobile transceiver

[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


Past Programs 2017