FARS Meeting Programs - 2004
Friday January 23, 2004 - FARS/PAARA Winter Banquet
Dr. Seppo Sisatto,
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
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 &
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
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
with Mitch Cipriano
How to properly ground an amateur radio station and why
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
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.
Past Programs 2003
2004 by FARS