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FARS Meeting Programs - 2020 [2019] [2020] [2021]


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 January 24, 2020 - Membership Meeting

WSPR, the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter

Paul Simon, W6EXT

Paul Simon, W6EXT, explains WSPR (Weak Signal Propagation Reporter), which is a unique technique to determine and present current propagation conditions worldwide. Stations around the world upload receive reports that are collected by a central database where they are available for use. Current methods of analysis fall short of usefulness, but are being improved. Paul describes and shows new methods of exploratory data analysis for processing WSPR data.

Bio:
Paul Simon, W6EXT, has been a ham since 1957 and on digital modes since 1967 using a model 15 mechanical TTY and home built TU. He operated on a 7/24 RTTY circuit between Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles for many years starting with 170-Hz-shift RTTY.

Paul later switched to PACTOR on 30 meters with a 24/7 circuit with a ham in Portland Oregon. He started using phase shift keying (PSK) around 2000. He now uses the digital modes Contestia (derived from Olivia) and THOR.

Paul has always been interested in radio propagation including solar observations and recently WSPR. Being retired he now devotes more time to Amateur Radio.

Paul is a member of FARS.

Before he retired, he worked in the disk drive industry, doing research and development associated with recording head design and fabrication.

Other:

Refreshments
Raffle prizes
Questions for Dr Know-it-All

We will be raffling off prizes at this meeting:

  1. Choice of one of:
    • Nano Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) 2-port network analyzer with SMA connectors, broad frequency coverage 50 kHz to 900 MHz, measures S11, S22, S21 and S12, includes calibration kit (SMA open, short and 50-ohm). Use it to measure filters, tune duplexers, match antennas, and more
    • Radioddity QB25 Mobile Same as the QYT 7900SD. 4-bands; 25/10 watts; 200 memories; 0.25 uV sensitivity; covers: 2m/136-174MHz, 210-230 MHz, 70cm/400-520 MHz; speaker-mic with key pad entry; CTSS and DCS coding. USB programming cable and software
    • Connect Systems CS-580 UHF DMR radio w/ 2100 mAH LiON batter, charger, program cable, S/W, 1000 memories, analog FM. Preprogrammed for the Bay Area
  2. Choice of one of:
    • Radioddity GD-73A HT world’s smallest full featured DMR/analog UHF transceiver. Palm size 2600mAH battery, charging cable, belt clip, earpiece - 2 watts output – 1024 memories 1 watt audio output - comes complete programmed to Bay Area code plug (Ed Fong’s version)
    • BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT
  3. Tetra Li-ion Flashlight w/ USB powerpack, rechargeable 18650 2.6 AH cell. A flashlight, lantern, and an USB powerpack.
  4. TBJ-1 PVC Tri-Band Antenna - 146MHz/220MHz/440MHz J-Pole Antenna by Edison Fong, WB6IQN
[Nano Vector Network Analyzer (VNA)]

Nano Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) 2-port network analyzer w/ SMA connectors, covers 50 kHz to 900 MHz

[Radioddity QB25 Mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Mobile Quad band (144/220/440 MHz) 25W mini mobile transceiver

[CS-580]

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

[Radioddity GD-73A HT]

Radioddity GD-73A HT smallest full featured DMR/analog UHF transceiver w/ 2600mAH battery, 2W RF out, 1024 memories

[BaoFeng UV-5R]

BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF/UHF HT

[Tetra Li-ion Flashlight]

Tetra Li-ion Flashlight w/ USB powerpack, rechargeable 18650 2.6 AH cell. A flashlight, lantern, and an USB powerpack.

[TBJ-1]

TBJ-1 PVC Tri-Band Antenna - 146MHz/220MHz/440MHz J-Pole Antenna by Edison Fong, WB6IQN


Friday February 28 , 2020 - FARS Winter Banquet

Living Dangerously: Building a 100-year-old electronics startup in California

Dr. Andrew Cromarty, N6JLJ
FARS Winter Banquet 2020

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

Heathkit is known worldwide as the iconic largest, oldest kit manufacturer in the United States. Or it was, until the company changed its business model 30 years ago to emphasize its institutional educational products line.

In recent years, a new management team at Heath Company has been methodically restoring Heathkit to its destiny as the leading designer, manufacturer and provider of the world's highest-quality electronic kits. Dr. Cromarty expands on his recent invited IEEE History lecture by presenting materials from the century-old Heathkit historic materials archive not previously shown to the public. For those unfamiliar with Heathkit, he provides an abbreviated tour of the thousands of Heathkit products, and describes a few products you probably did not know existed. More…

Bio:
Dr. Andrew Cromarty is President of Heath Company (Heathkit). He is an Amateur Extra class license holder, N6JLJ, and has been a ham for about 40 years, having served as an Assistant EC, Assistant DEC, and Section Traffic Manager and participated in many contests, although since restarting Heathkit it's been difficult for him to find time to get on the air.

Prior to Heathkit, Dr. Cromarty has been a chief officer in a half-dozen Silicon Valley companies ranging from tiny startup to billion-dollar publicly-traded tech company and spanning broadband, wireless, health, entertainment, and investment banking, as well as serving in past corporate scientist and corporate marketing roles, and he has sat on corporate boards of directors or advisors in technology, advertising, and corporate venture capital.

He holds undergraduate degrees in Music, Biology and Psychology, and MS and PhD degrees in Computer & Information Science. In addition to his work as President of Heath Company, he has been active in scouting for decades, and he chairs the board of advisors for a company applying microloans, agriculture and community-scale entrepreneurship to address the clean water crisis in Africa.

Friday March 27, 2020 - Membership Meeting

Program to be Announced

K6YA

Bio:

Friday April 17, 2020 - Membership Meeting

Program to be Announced

K6YA

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 due to Back Country Weekend. Be sure to put the correct date on the calendar.

Bio:

Friday May 22, 2020 - Membership Meeting

Program to be Announced

K6YA

Bio:

Friday June 19, 2020 - Membership Meeting

Program to be Announced

K6YA

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 due to Amateur Radio Field Day. Be sure to put the correct date on the calendar.

Bio:

Friday July 24, 2020 - Membership Meeting

Program to be Announced

K6YA

Bio:

Friday August 28, 2020 - Membership Meeting

Program to be Announced

K6YA

Bio:

Friday September 25, 2020 - Membership Meeting

Program to be Announced

K6YA

Bio:

Friday October 23, 2020 - Membership Meeting

Program to be Announced

K6YA

Bio:

Friday November 20, 2020 - Membership Meeting

Program to be Announced

K6YA

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 due to Thanksgiving. Be sure to put the correct date on the calendar.

Bio:

Friday December 18, 2020 - Membership Meeting

Program to be Announced

K6YA

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 due to Christmas. Be sure to put the correct date on the calendar.

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