FARS Meeting Programs - 2007
Friday January 19, 2007 - FARS/PAARA Winter Banquet
Alan Eshleman K6SRZ has been on quite a few interesting
DXpeditions including T33C, T30CA, T32CK, and Kure Atoll in 05.
Alan Eshleman, MD MPH, is a board certified internist,
medical writer, and editor.
His clinical practice is in general internal medicine.
He recently retired from the Northern California Kaiser
Permanente Medical Group where he divided his time between
seeing patients and serving as the Chief Medical
Editor for Kaiser’s Internet Services Group.
Dr. Eshleman has a special interest in communicating
scientific and medical issues to the general public.
He has moderated on-line medical discussion groups,
and for several years wrote the "Doctor E’s Diary" for SFGate,
the on-line service of the San Francisco Chronicle.
At the Banquet we raffled
over $1000 in valuable prizes:
- FIRST PRIZE
Yaesu FT-857D HF, 160-6m, 2m, 70cm, with YSK-857 Separation Kit.
Includes coverage of 60m (5 MHz) band. 100W on HF and 6m,
50W on 2m, 20W on 70cm.
- SECOND PRIZE
Yaesu FT-1802M 2m, 50w Mobile Radio
- THIRD PRIZE
West Mountain Radio Crimp Tool with bag of Anderson connectors
- FOURTH PRIZE
Grundig FR200 Emergency radio. No batteries required.
Just crank the handle for a minute, then listen for about an hour.
many other prizes.
Friday February 23, 2007 - Membership Meeting
HF Pedestrian Portable - Equipment and Operating
Wayne Burdick, N6KR,
co-founder of Elecraft
Wayne’s topic is HF pedestrian portable - equipment and operating.
Wayne discusses the ergonomic issues of operating a miniature,
hand-held HF transceiver, focusing on Elecraft’s popular KX1 transceiver.
Outdoor operation presents various challenges for antennas,
log-keeping, keyer paddles, and the operating position.
Station size, weight and current drain are also important factors
when traveling light.
Wayne shows how the rig is being used in different
situations, including many innovations created by KX1 owners.
Friday March 23, 2007 - Membership Meeting
The Winrad software defined radio program
Jeff Pawlan, WA6KBL
Winrad was conceived to help weak signal communications such as EME
and long distance VHF/UHF/microwave contesting.
Now it is also used for HF as well.
This talk shows the theory behind SDR and then demonstrate
how Winrad can display and demodulate a band full of signals
with a dynamic range of 100 dB or more.
With the proper receiving hardware, it can make otherwise
unhearable signals into armchair copy.
More information on the software at
Friday April 27, 2007 - Membership Meeting
Digital Keyboard Modes
Mikel Lechner, KN6QI
Want a new mode you can use on HF without expensive equipment?
Try one of the keyboard digital modes which only require only
a single sideband (SSB) radio,
the PC you probably already have,
a cable you can make yourself,
and free software that you can download.
Mikel, talks about the most popular digital keyboard
modes used to communicate on the HF bands.
Modern PC hardware provides plenty of raw processing
power to make these modes possible in software.
Find out how easy it is to get started
with these fun new ways of making contacts.
Friday May 25, 2007 - Membership Meeting
Rob Goodson, N2RAG
HT’s are your key to a world of RF fun!
Those versatile black boxes unlock that world of fun!
Friday June 15, 2007 - Membership Meeting
Useful tools from the ARRL Antenna book
Steve Stearns, K6OIK
Steve demonstrates and explains how to use some of the
software included on the ARRL antenna book CD-ROM.
Many of these program available for free and some
are limited versions of commercial products,
but they can still be very useful. Steve shows
us how to make good use of them.
Bonus Program: NTS Radiograms
Pink Foster, KG6ILA
Pink explains how to fill out Radiogram forms ready
for submission to the National Traffic System (NTS).
Field Day is a great time to send off some
Radiograms to friends and family.
Friday July 28, 2007 - Membership Meeting
How Power and SWR Meters Work
Steve Stearns, K6OIK
Standing wave ratio is the ratio of the maximum voltage
at some point along a transmission line to the minimum voltage
somewhere else along the line.
A natural question is how does an SWR meter at an arbitrary location
in the line determine SWR?
It clearly cannot sense the maximum and minimum voltages
because its location in the line does not permit that.
Although SWR meters are usually described as bridge circuits,
this description is inadequate to explain how they work.
Power measurement is also mysterious given that power travels
as waves in two directions on a line.
Steve, K6OIK, explains how power and SWR meters really work.
As a bonus, Dick, N6ATD, and Phil, KA6MZE, demonstrates
power/SWR meters by measuring the output power
of members’ 2-meter radios and the SWR of their rubber ducks.
Members are encouraged to bring their 2-meter handheld radios
and portable antennas for testing.
Friday August 24, 2007 - Membership Meeting
Kristen McIntyre, K6WX
HF operating can be fun and rewarding.
With recent changes in both international treaty and FCC rules,
all hams now have HF privileges.
If you’ve grown up in amateur radio operating
only on VHF/UHF and on local repeaters,
you’ll find HF operating to be a different world
with its own procedures, language, and style.
This talk takes you on a tour of those differences
and show you a few ways to get started on your journey
toward enjoyment of the 'low bands.'
Even if you’re an old timer,
come join us to encourage and elmer your friends.
Friday September 28, 2007 - Membership Meeting
Annual Homebrew Contest
We invite everyone to bring a project to show and and share
with our audience. Each participant has 5 - 10 minutes
to present a project and answer questions about it.
The following prizes are rewarded (as decided by the audience):
- $40 - First place
- $30 - Second place
- $20 - Third place
- $10 - Fourth place
Projects must not have been presented
at a previous Homebrew contest. Projects should be something
you’ve constructed (kits are OK) and used. Projects must
be HAM radio related.
Friday October 26, 2007 - Membership Meeting
Modulation and Deviation - or -
Sidebands, Splatter, and Such Stuff
Dave Platt, AE6EO
Dave discusses common signal modulation schemes,
including AM, single sideband, and FM.
These modulations differ in their means of generation,
detection, their use of the radio spectrum,
their resistance to different forms of interference,
and the ways in which mis-adjusted modulators
can cause interference to other radio operators.
Bring your transceiver to have its frequency accuracy and
deviation levels measured.
We tested output power and portable antenna performance.
Friday November 16, 2007 - Membership Meeting
New Amateur Gear for the Holidays
Howard Califf, W6HOC
Howard, from Ham Radio Outlet, shows some of the latest
and most popular products in time for the holiday season.
Friday December 14, 2007 - Membership Meeting
RFI and Ham Radio
Jim Brown, K9YC
This talk begins by describing the various mechanisms
by which transmitted RF is coupled to other equipment
(both consumer equipment and equipment in our own shacks),
and how RF noise is coupled from consumer equipment
to our receiving antennas.
Once those mechanisms are understood,
simple methods of defeating them are presented.
The use of ferrite chokes to suppress RFI is discussed in detail.
Past Programs 2006
2007 by FARS