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FARS Meeting Programs - 2019 [2018] [2017]


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 April 19, 2019 - Membership Meeting

Batteries
KK6DAC

Bio:

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Friday May 24, 2019 - 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 June 14, 2019 - 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 26, 2019 - 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 23, 2019 - 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 27, 2019 - 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 25, 2019 - 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 22, 2019 - 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 20, 2019 - 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 25, 2019 - Membership Meeting

ATSC 3.0 - HD Television
KD6W

From 2008 to 2009, the United States transitioned from analog TV (NTSC) to digital TV (ATSC). ATSC 3.0 is the newest digital television standard. Why would a ham give a hoot about this new standard? It's television who cares?

Joel Wilhite, KD6W, provides a simple overview of the new standard and why the TV industry is about to have a renaissance of sorts.

Why does it matter to hams? The standard has some very intriguing elements which are not obvious to a common observer. But for the astute observer there are some clever new tools which the ham community could leverage for our purposes.

Bio:

Joel Wilhite, KD6W, works professionally in digital video industry. Joel is the Broadcast Solutions Manager at Harmonic Inc., a local company that makes equipment for digital video compression and transport.

Joel has presented papers at NAB and IEEE Broadcast Technology Society. Joel is also Technical Coordinator and a director of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association (PAARA).

Joel has been a force in getting Bay Area radio amateurs to migrate from ATV to DATV. One proud result for Bay Area hams is that Mt. Diablo (W6CX) is the first DATV station in the nation to run 3 channels (4-MHz QPSK) using an advanced state-of-the-art technique called Statistical Time-Division Multiplexing (Stat-Mux). Now that’s a mouthful!

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Choice of one of:
    • Connect Systems CS-580 UHF DMR radio w/ 2100 mAH LiON batter, charger, program cable, 1000 memories, analog
    • ATYME 32 inch HDTV, connections: HDMI, USB, and A/V, resolution 1366x768, power 42W (5W standby)
    • Radioddity QB25 Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25W mini mobile transceiver
    • Ematic Tablet/PC Windows 10 w/ keyboard, 32G Flash, Wifi, and Bluetooth
  2. BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT
  3. RG-8X 50 ohm coax w/ PL-259 connectors - 50ft
  4. COB lantern (Chip On Board) twice as bright as conventional LED lights
[CS-580]

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

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

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

[Radioddity QB25 Mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Mobile 25W mini mobile transceiver

[Ematic Windows 10 Tablet]

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

[BaoFeng UV-5R]

BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT

[RG-8X 50ft]

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

[COB LED lantern]

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


Friday February 15, 2019 - FARS Winter Banquet

Highlights from the Archives: Early Radio, Innovators, and Personalities
Bob Rydzewski
February 15th, 2019 - 6:00PM
FARS Winter Banquet 2019

Location: Michael’s at Shoreline. Reservations are required.


Friday March 22, 2019 - Membership Meeting

Op-Amps for Fun and Profit!
K6WX

What is an op-amp? Have you ever wondered? They turn out to be incredibly useful devices that started out as computers! Beyond computing, they have been used for a wide array of fun applications, from simple comparators to doing calculus to exploring meta-stable chaotic systems. Op-amps lean heavily on the notion of feedback, giving us a chance to learn some fundamentals of control system theory. And they're pretty handy around the ham shack too. Let’s take a look at these amazing little devices and see what you could build with them.

Bio:

Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, has been interested in radio since she was 5 years old. She started in Amateur Radio in 1979 getting her ticket while at MIT.

Kristen has worked in many diverse areas from analog circuit design to image processing to starting and running an ISP. She is currently working at Apple in Core OS and spent many years at Sun Microsystems Laboratories, where she was researching robustness and emergent properties of large distributed computer systems.

She is a long time denizen of Silicon Valley and has worked at or consulted for many of the usual suspects. Kristen is an active ham and loves to chase DX on HF with her Elecraft K2, which she built while visiting her mother in Florida. She is an ARRL Technical Coordinator for the East Bay Section, president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association (PAARA), and is active in many local clubs.

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Choice of one of:
    • Connect Systems CS-580 UHF DMR radio w/ 2100 mAH LiON batter, charger, program cable, 1000 memories, analog
    • Radioddity QB25 Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25W mini mobile transceiver
    • Ematic Tablet/PC Windows 10 w/ keyboard, 32G Flash, Wifi, and Bluetooth
  2. RG-8X 50 ohm coax w/ PL-259 connectors - 50ft
  3. Voyager utility bag 12-inch nylon bag for tools or as a go kit, Military grade nylon. Will last a lifetime. Fully water proof
  4. APC power strip Commercial grade, 840 joules protection, 7 outlets, phone/modem protection, resettable circuit breaker, Green/Red LED fault detection
  5. Pittsburgh Digital Caliper 6 inch Digital Electronic Caliper, large 4-digit LCD display, accurage to 1/1000 inch
[CS-580]

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

[Radioddity QB25 Mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Mobile 25W mini mobile transceiver

[Ematic Windows 10 Tablet]

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

[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

[APC power strip]

APC power strip, Commercial grade, 7 outlets

[Pittsburg Digital Caliper]

Pittsburgh Digital Caliper 6 inch Digital Electronic Caliper, large 4-digit LCD display


Past Programs 2018