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FARS Meeting Programs - 2013 [2012] [2011]


Friday January 18, 2013 - FARS/PAARA Winter Banquet

Steve Kushman
President of the California Historical Radio Society

Steve Kushman has been involved in broadcast radio and television in the bay area for many years.

We are teaming up with PAARA again this year to make this a bigger event. This event replaces the regular FARS membership meeting for January.

We have $1,400 in prizes for the banquet raffle. The main prize is an Elecraft KX3. Other prizes to be announced. The banquet is by reservation only, so click the banquet link for all the details and sign-up information.


Friday February 22, 2013 - Memberhip Meeting

Novel and Strange Ideas in Antennas and Impedance Matching
Steve Stearns, K6OIK

Steve, K6OIK, presents an update of his popular presentation given at ARRL Pacificon Antenna Seminar in 2005 and 2006. A variety of antennas that qualify as “strange” even by amateur standards will be described. Novel impedance matching methods will be shown for added strangeness. Finally, a truly strange solution to the wave equation will be shown that forces a reinterpretion of Einstein for reconciliation. This promises to be a strangely entertaining presentation.


Friday March 22, 2013 - Memberhip Meeting

Introduction to Microwave Amateur Radio: DXing on the One-Inch Band (10 GHz)
Mike Lavelle, K6ML

Mike Lavelle, K6ML, speaks about propagation, local activity, building your own rig, contesting, mountain topping and roving on our microwave bands. He will also bring in a 10 GHz “rover” rig for show and tell. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about microwave communications and equipment.


Friday April 26, 2013 - Memberhip Meeting

My First DXpedition: 3D2C Conway Reef 2012
George Williams, N6NKT

When George Williams N6NKT decided he would go on his first DXpedition, he chose the 3D2C DXpedition to Conway Reef, September 24 to October 5, 2012. George will talk about his adventure with “newbie” twists, his walk-aways, and how he could have better prepared for his first DXpedition. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about how to plan for your own first DXpedition. It is a different and fun aspect of Amateur Radio.


Friday May 24, 2013 - Memberhip Meeting

Strange Electromagnetic Phenomena
Steve Stearns, K6OIK

Steve, K6OIK, presents Part 2 of “Novel and Strange Ideas in Antennas and Impedance Matching.” Steve presented Part 1 in February.

In Part 2 he describes vortex waves. These waves have strange properties which some communication engineers hope to exploit for multiple access communication. Steve describes the electromagnetic properties of vortex waves, including properties that are unknown, counter-intuitive, or just plain strange!


Friday June 14, 2013 - Memberhip Meeting

This meeting has been moved to Loyola Elemtary School at 770 Berry Avenue, Los Altos.

Amateur Radio in Nature
Dave Flack, W6DLF

Dave talks about about camping and Amateur Radio. The special considerations and his personal experiences with camping with radio.


Friday July 26, 2013 - Memberhip Meeting

Satellite Tracking
Don Anastasia, AA6W

Don Anastasia AA6W gives an introduction to Amateur Radio satellite communication with an emphasis on the International Space Station. He demonstrates a PC-based Amateur Radio satellite tracking program. This promises to be an exciting and educational presentation.


Friday August 23, 2013 - Memberhip Meeting

Island and Lighthouse on the Air
Joanna, K6YL & Rick, N6DQ

In mid August, Rick and Joanna went to East Brother Light Station for a romantic weekend get-away and to celebrate birthdays, and of course, they brought radio gear with them! East Brother Light Station is located in San Francisco Bay. It counts both as a lighthouse and an island in the US islands program.

Joanna and Rick will give an overview of several related awards programs. Islands on the Air (IOTA), Lighthouse, and US Islands (USi). They will talk about their adventure, their equipment setup and contacts. This promises to be a fun and entertaining presentation.


Friday September 27, 2013 - Memberhip Meeting

Ham Radio Homebrew Contest

This is your time to shine. Bring your amateur radio project to this meeting to show and describe to our audience. Everyone has a few minutes to explain and describe her/his project. Then the audience votes on the best ones to award prizes. The following prizes are awarded:

$40First Prize
$30Second Prize
$20Third Prize
$10Fourth Prize


Friday October 25, 2013 - Memberhip Meeting

Silent Icons of the Silicon Valley: Architecture that Gave the Silicon Valley its Identity
Charles DiLisio

The architecture, buildings and campus sites where developments that changed the world and resulted in the birth of Silicon Valley are disappearing - along with the associated history. The Silicon Valley history is just over 75 years and yet many of the “silent icons” are torn-down or repurposed.

Charles DiLisio is documenting these sites through photographs to show the original (before) against the site today. These sites identify the Silicon Valley and serve as a touchstone to the key developments that have revolutionized the world. Mr. DiLisio plans a gallery show of the photographs and a book discussing the influence or development that helped to create the Silicon Valley.

So far, he has amassed over 1,500 images on this project. “I want to capture the moments that gave the Silicon Valley its identity and inspiration. I want the viewer to experience a sense of awareness, about an identity that is quickly fading from memory. Our shared architectural history is being lost, and the Silicon Valley identity is being destroyed in the name of “development.” This project is important not only to catalog the “silent icons” of the past but also as a reminder of the innovation these sites witnessed.”

This membership meeting is our nomination meeting where we are nominating directors for the FARS board of directors. Members are encouraged to attend so they can nominations for the board of directors.


Friday November 15, 2013 - Memberhip Meeting

New Holiday Goodies for the Ham Shack
Staff of HRO

This membership meeting is our election of directors meeting where we elect new directors and re-elect ongoing directors for the FARS board of directors. Members are encouraged to attend so they can participate in this important function.


Friday December 20, 2013 - Memberhip Meeting

Antenna Q and Bandwidth
Steve Stearns, K6OIK

Steve talks about tradeoffs between antenna Q and bandwith. He covers some of the theories about the limits of Q from network theory.



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