FARS Meeting Programs - 2006
Friday January 20, 2006 - FARS/PAARA Winter Banquet
Bob is a physicist, with more than 80 technical publications,
2 patents, and numerous popular articles.
He is the author of five books.
He is the owner and operator of a research vessel,
the Cordell Explorer. Founder and Expedition Leader
of Cordell Expeditions, a nonprofit research group begun in 1977.
The group is responsible for the creation of the Cordell Bank
National Marine Sanctuary, which was designated entirely
on the basis of results from Cordell Expeditions.
He is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and current Chairman
of its Northern California Chapter. He has been listed
in almost every Who’s Who in the world.
Licensed since 1962, he now holds an Extra Class license.
Bob is a phone man, and he likes to operate 10 through 80 meters.
He is active in Islands on the Air (IOTA), having activated
five New Ones: Farallons, NA-178; Guadalupe, NA-179;
Roqueta, NA-183; Northern California Group, NA-184;
and Central California Group, NA-187.
Other calls he has held are XF1/KK6EK, VP8CPK, 4K1/KK6EK,
CE0/KK6EK, VK6EKK, and VK0EK.
We raffled nearly $1000 in valuable prizes at the banquet,
- Yaesu FT-840 100-watt HF transceiver
- Garmin GPS V Deluxe 'turn-by-turn' GPS receiver
- Heil Traveler-VX headset
- KILL-A-WATT LCD volt/watt meter
- Valor PM144-440 magnetic mount antenna
- More . . .
Friday February 24, 2006 - Membership Meeting
Learning the Morse Code - ’Tis Harder to to Receive
than to Send
Les Kopari, WY6H
Les, WY6H, wants to help others learn the Morse Code and will
address the problem that we all face as beginners - memorizing the
This table is often presented alphabetically, which
is good for sending code (just look up the letter and send the sound)
but very difficult to use for receiving.
So a receive-oriented organization of the code table
will be presented that will allow us to learn 25%
of the letters & numbers in 10 seconds.
From this foundation, we’ll put the rest of the letters
and numbers in place so that we can quickly learn,
memorize and recognize the Morse Code.
Look for a light, lively and interactive session with frequent
audience participation as Les acts as our cheerleader in
"Learning Morse Code Verbally."
Friday March 24, 2006 - Membership Meeting
Kristen’s 20-Meter Field Deployable Beam:
"A Work in Progress"
Kristen McIntyre, K6WX
Being antenna challenged by living in an apartment can force
you to think harder about compact antennas and operating in the field.
That was the case for me. I wanted an antenna that I could put up
by myself, had gain, and didn’t have to be high in the air.
My answer was a 3-element, shortened in all dimensions,
20-meter beam that is vertically polarized and mostly made
from commonly available plumbing parts and hamsticks.
It’s not the prettiest thing, but it sure appears to work.
I’ll talk about why I chose this design, the process of simulation,
and the prototype that is still very much a work in progress.
Friday April 28, 2006 - Membership Meeting
ALE -- Not Your Typical Beverage
Patricia Gibbons, WA6UBE
Automatic Link Establishment or ALE is a unique
communication protocol whereby radios search frequencies
and find each other, and thereby establish connections automatically.
Networks can form autonomously out of thin air,
with no prior arrangements.
ALE was developed for military tactical HF communications,
but has become increasingly popular for Amateur Radio communications.
WA6UBE will present an overview of the operation and advantages
of Automatic Link Establishment.
Friday May 26, 2006 - Membership Meeting
Harvesting Solar Power in Space and Getting It Down to Earth
Jay Skiles, Phd.
Dr. Skiles has performed research on the affects of low-level
microwave radiation on plant growth to determine if such
radiation is detrimental to life.
This research is important to insure that energy can be
safely beamed down to earth from space without harming plants
Friday June 16, 2006 - Membership Meeting
Jim Peterson, K6EI
[Part of the meeting time this month will be directed
to Field Day plans.]
Friday July 28, 2006 - Membership Meeting
Operating your Ham station off the Grid
Joel Wilhite, KD6W
Solar panels, generators and battery banks can free your station
from dependence on commercial power.
KD6W will describe how to power a full size station,
whether for field day or at home when commercial power fails.
Friday August 25, 2006 - Membership Meeting
Amateur Television - Real TV over Amateur Radio
Michael Wright, K6MFW
Not cellphone cam, this is live, broadcast television
video over amateur radio. Michael demonstrates Amateur
Television (ATV) and provides insight on how to set up
an operate an ATV station.
Friday September 22, 2006 - Membership Meeting
WA6UUT - 1st place
NX6S - 2nd place
AE6EO - 3rd place
Annual Amateur Radio Homebrew Contest
This is your chance to share your latest project with
our audience. Anyone may bring a Ham radio project
for show and presentation. We awarded cash
prizes for the best projects. Come to win, or just to share.
The winners were: Arv, WA6UUT; Dale, NX6X, and Dave, AE6EO.
Friday October 27, 2006 - Membership Meeting
SVWUX Emergency Communications Network Design
Chris Verges, KG4YSN
Communications is the number one problem identified during and
after most major disasters. SVWUX, a non-profit group of
wireless enthusiasts, is designing and deploying a
communications network to be used for long-term disaster
relief efforts. This presentation gives an overview of the
network and highlights some of the unique solutions SVWUX has
Friday November 17, 2006 - Membership Meeting
Ham Radio gifts for the Holidays
Howard Califf, W6HOC
Howard talks about some of the latest offerings
in ham radio equipment, just in time for the holiday buying season.
Friday December 15, 2006 - Membership Meeting
Novel and Strange Ideas in Antennas and Impedance Matching
Steve Stearns, K6OIK
Electromagnetic theory allows for some strange antennas.
Likewise, the rules of impedance matching permit strange results.
Steve, K6OIK, shows some unusual antennas and two methods
(one old, one new) for getting a near perfect 1:1 VSWR
over arbitrarily wide bandwidth.
Steve discusses the current hot topic in electromagnetic
research - achieving invisibility.
We can wonder whether Santa Claus uses a similar method.
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