FARS Meeting Programs - 2008
Friday January 25, 2008 - FARS/PAARA Winter Banquet
Cold War U-2 Pilot
Martin "Marty" Knutson, W0BBV
Marty was a member of the initial group of six U.S.
Air Force pilots hired by the CIA in 1955
for the covert U-2 program.
He flew over the Soviet Union on many occasions
during his service with the CIA.
Friday February 22, 2008 - Membership Meeting
A Technical History of Modern Cellular Telephone Systems
Dr. John Treichler
CTO, Applied Signal Technology
Vehicle-borne two-way radios came of age during the second world war.
This talk picks up the thread in 1946, when this technology
and the wired telephone network were joined together
to produce the first mobile telephone system (MTS),
and carries the story to the modern day.
This historical arc includes the evolution of MTS
into the first cellular system in the late 1970s,
the transition to digital cellular starting in the late 1980s,
and the third generation (3G), which is currently entering wide use.
A recurring theme in this presentation
is the continuing impact of the technical decisions made
more than 60 years ago.
Friday March 28, 2008 - Membership Meeting
Circuit Theory for Radio Amateurs
Steve Stearns, K6OIK
What is voltage? What is current? What is power?
And while we’re asking, what are resistance, conductance, capacitance,
inductance, reactance, susceptance, impedance, and admittance?
Perhaps more mysterious are mutual inductance, transformers,
impedance inverters, negative impedance converters, gyrators,
nullators, and nullors.
The story gets really interesting when we consider hooking devices
together to make circuits. Circuit theory as it evolved from Heaviside
through Steinmetz, Foster, Guillemin, Kemmerly and Hayt,
marks the branch point between electrical engineering and physics.
Steve, K6OIK, explains these concepts plus complex numbers.
Friday April 25, 2008 - Membership Meeting
APRS for Everyone
Peter Sheerin, K6WEB
APRS is the automated packet reporting system.
Peter K6WEB covers all aspects of APRS:
Equipment and software options, functions and capabilities,
and the Findu.com web site’s many features and functions.
Friday May 23, 2008 - Membership Meeting
China, a visual tour
"Red" Verneir, W6ALC
China is a large country with a complex history and diverse landscape.
"Red" Vernier, W6ALC, recently visited China an
treats us to a visual tour of the country as he describes
his travel adventures.
Friday June 20, 2008 - Membership Meeting
The Beverage Antenna
Phil Hawkins, KA6MZE
The earliest and most famous of all HF antennas was invented in 1921
by Drs. Harold Beverage of RCA and Chester Rice and Edward Kellog
of General Electric.
They called it the "Wave Antenna," but it quickly became known
by its modern name - the Beverage Antenna.
Join us tonight as Phil, KA6MZE, explains this remarkable antenna.
FARS is building a big one for Field Day, so this is your opportunity
to learn how it works!
Friday July 23, 2008 - Membership Meeting
How to Radiate a Big Signal from a Small Lot
George Badger, W6TC
George, W6TC, describes unusual wire antennas that radiate
well but can fit in small backyards and that could even be useful
at Field Day and Am-tech Day.
This talk is an elaboration and continuation of George’s article
that appeared in QST, February 2008, on pages 37-39.
Friday August 22, 2008 - Membership Meeting
Internet Telephone Service
Nimit, K6XOX, describes and demonstrate how to use
the Internet for telephone service.
Internet telephony is growing in popularity due to low costs.
It is made [possible by a communication protocol called VOIP,
which stands for voice over Internet protocol.
Efficient digital speech compression techniques,
such as IMBE or AMBE, together with VOIP are the backbone technologies
behind Internet telephony.
The beauty of Internet telephone service is that long-distance
and international calls cost no more than local calls.
Come hear Nimit describe this amazing new phone service
and think about amateur radio applications.
Friday September 26, 2008 - Membership Meeting
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 award cash
prizes for the best projects. Come to win, or just to share.
Friday October 24, 2008 - Membership Meeting
The Elecraft K3 Transceiver
Eric Swartz, WA6HHQ
Eric demonstrates Elecraft’s new top-of-the-line transceiver
for HF and 6-meter operation.
Whether you count knobs or QSO’s, the K3 is a sure-fire winner.
You read about it in QST (April 2008), now come and see it up close
and in action at FARS October meeting.
Friday November 21, 2008 - Membership Meeting
New and Exciting Goodies for the Ham Shack
Howard Califf, W6HOC
from Ham Radio Outlet - Sunnyvale
Howard repeats his popular pre-holiday show of new and exciting
"goodies" for the ham shack.
He shows the latest in gear and accessories for
the well-equipped home, mobile,
and portable Amateur Radio station.
This meeting is our Annual Membership
Meeting where we are electing four people to the Board of Directors.
FARS members are encouraged to attend this important meeting.
The following are up for election at the meeting:
Dick Baldwinson, N6ATD
Peter Chow, AF6DS
Charlie Morrin, KI6FXY
Barbara Neuhauser, AE6RM
Gerry Horn, K6TXD
[Meeting scheduled in Room 32 this month]
Friday December 19, 2008 - Membership Meeting
Amateur Radio in Thailand
Nimit Hongyim, K6XOX
Nimit talks about his recent trip to Thailand where he set
up a repeater for HAMs in Thailand located on Phi Phi Island
He also talks about the regulation of the Amateur Radio service
in Thailand and how it is different from the US.
He discusses government regulations and frequency coverage
for the Technician license.
[Meeting scheduled in Room 32 this month]
Past Programs 2007
2008 by FARS