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Learning CW

posted Nov 16, 2017, 11:49 PM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 11:51 PM ]

During introductions at the November MBARC meeting, members were asked about the kind of topics they would like to see covered as programs for future meetings.  One popular request was "CW".  For newer hams, "CW" is short for "Continuous Wave"; the dots and dashes of Morse code that is the precursor to modern radio communications and the "common language" of amateur radio.  MBARC Member Bruce Prior, N7RR, has authored an article, "Learning Morse Effectively" that he is sharing with you.  Look below this post for a link to the PDF.  Thanks Bruce!


HAM RADIO DIY IN THE 21st CENTURY

posted Nov 12, 2017, 7:57 PM by Brian Lawler

Come join us on Tuesday night, November 14th, 2017 at 7:00pm at The Ferndale Library.

 

This month we will hear a presentation from our own Budd Churchward, WB7FHC, who will talk about:
 
HAM RADIO DIY IN THE 21st CENTURY 

Budd will show us several of his recent "Home Brew" projects and demonstrate tools available to Amateur Radio Do-It-Yourselfers. Find out about micro-controllers like the Arduino, building on proto-boards, and even making your own printed circuit boards.

He hopes to put his keyer project on the air and demonstrate Reverse Beacon Network, a web site that anyone can use to see how their signal is getting out on the air.

You can check this out yourself before the meeting at www.reversebeacon.net.

As always, we will also have cookies and coffee and time to talk with others about Ham Radio. Bring a Friend! We hope to see you there.

October Meeting - Special Guest

posted Sep 25, 2017, 4:00 PM by Brian Lawler

MBARC MEETING on Tuesday OCTOBER 10TH at Ferndale Library 7 pm

Please plan to join us at 7 pm for another enjoyable and informative meeting at the Ferndale Library.

Our guest speaker is Jim Pace, ARRL Northwestern Division Director, K7CEX.

We plan to have a general, lively discussion about ham radio and many of the “ham” activities and developments that interest and influence us here in the great Pacific Northwest, the surrounding counties.

Look forward to visiting with us on Tuesday. We will have plenty of wonderful, tasty coffee, and cookies.

Also, don’t forget to pay your 2017 dues if you haven’t done so already. Our treasurer, James, will be there eager to accept your dues.

Summer Break

posted Jul 5, 2017, 7:06 AM by Brian Lawler

MBARC does not meet in the months of July and August.  See you September 12.

MBARC JUNE 2017 MEETING on TUESDAY June 13th

posted Jun 9, 2017, 5:24 PM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 5:29 PM ]



Good day to you. It’s our monthly meeting time again and this time it’s the last one for the year. Please plan to join us for another enjoyable and informative meeting at the Ferndale Library on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00PM. This meeting promises to be yet another exciting and very informative one. As always, we plan to have a general, hopefully lively discussion about ham radio and many of the “ham” activities and developments that interest and influence us here in the great Pacific Northwest, the surrounding counties, and elsewhere. As always there will updated reports on the Red Cross, the Digital and Repeater Groups, the WECG, and a few others.
Don Boyer, W7AIN, will discuss the forthcoming Field Day preparations.

For your files and log books, the Field Day contact information is as follows:

Don W7AIN don.boyer =at= Comcast.net
Kerry KE7ZTZ kerry.kercat
=at= gmail.com
Doug KE7QPL hwsalkeld
=at= yahoo.com


Also, Wes, W7WSL, and Danny, K7ISC, will provide us with a demonstration where they will compare a “homebrewed” antenna analyzer with a commercial one, using a slinky antenna (see photo below for an example). We will have our monthly Ham Swap & Shop table set up in the room so if you have a neat piece of ham equipment lying around collecting dust or taking up too much room consider bringing it along for someone to consider “swapping or shopping.” Given our new state law on the use of handheld communication devise (e.g., cell phones) a few colleagues asked me to advise you to keep a copy of your amateur radio license in your car especially if you have a mobile unit (see RCW 46.61.667  Using a wireless communications device or handheld mobile telephone while driving; (3)(a) Subsection (1)(a). If you happen to be talking on the radio and a law enforcement officer pulls you over and attempts to cite you for talking on your radio you can show them your license and that may get you off the hook. A few of you who more knowledgeable about this new law can bring us up to date.

Of note is the fact that our recent list of Mailchimp subscribers is now at 173 and the number continues to grow. How exciting for us.Finally, for now, we would like to remind you that elections to serve on the Board for the 2017-2018 year will be decided at the meeting so consider nominating either yourself or someone else to run for the Board’s seats. We need your guidance, wisdom, and support. We look forward to visiting with you on Tuesday. We will have plenty of wonderful, cake (end of the year tradition), tasty cookies, and freshly brewed coffee.


 

May 9 Meeting

posted May 8, 2017, 4:48 PM by Brian Lawler

MBARC May 2017 MEETING on Tuesday
 

Good day to you. It’s our monthly meeting time again. Please plan to join us for another enjoyable and informative meeting at the Ferndale Library on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00PM. This month our meeting plans to be yet another exciting and very informative one. As always, we plan to have a general, hopefully lively discussion about ham radio and many of the “ham” activities and developments that interest and influence us here in the great Pacific Northwest, the surrounding counties, and elsewhere.
During our monthly Board meeting in May we discussed the purchase of Red Cross digital equipment with the Raspberry pi and UDRC for use with Winlink.  We voted to purchase the equipment with our Sunshine Fund. We will summarize our discussion and decision at the meeting. It’s an exciting opportunity for us.
Also, Don Boyer, W7AIN, will discuss the Field Day preparations. For your files and log books, the Field Day contact information is as follows:
Don W7AIN don.boyer@comcast.net (206) 719-7446
Kerry KE7ZTZ kerry@kercat@gmail.com {360) 739-2455
Doug KE7QPL hwsalkeld@yahoo.com (360) 319-5058
Also, Wes, W7WSL, plans to compare his antenna analyzer with a commercial one, using a slinky antenna (see photo below for an example).
And, if time permits, we plan to continue our discussion of digital equipment and the opportunities available to anyone who wants to pursue this intriguing and interesting aspect of amateur radio.
We will have our monthly Ham Swap & Shop table set up in the room so if you have a neat piece of ham equipment lying around collecting dust or taking up too much room consider bringing it along for someone to consider “swapping or shopping.”
We look forward to visiting with you on Tuesday. We will have plenty of wonderful, tasty cookies, and freshly brewed coffee. Also, don’t forget to pay your 2017 dues if you haven’t done so already. As always, our treasurer, Rich, will be there eager to accept your dues.
Of note is the fact that our recent list of Mailchimp subscribers is now at 170 and the number continues to grow. How exciting for us.
Finally, for now, we would like to remind you that elections to serve on the Board for the 2017-2018 year will be discussed at the meeting so consider nominating either yourself or someone else to run for the Board’s seats. I know my seat as Secretary will be open as I will be spending next year on my academic sabbatical leave.

Winlink on a Pi April 11

posted Apr 3, 2017, 5:27 PM by Brian Lawler

My friend Basil, N7NIX, will be our speaker at the next General Meeting of the MBARC. This will be Tuesday, April 11, at 7 PM in the large meeting room at the Ferndale Library. He will be talking about WINLINK and show us how this can be implemented on a Raspberry Pi.

RMS (Radio Mail Server) provides a way for us to send email over RF with amateur radio. Most of the software used to do this has been Windows based. Basil is one of the authors of PACKLINK-UNIX, which allows us to interact with the Winlink 2000 radio email system with our Linux computers. Basil is also one of the programmers on the Northwest Digital Radio team. You will find his APRS nodes on your Xastir screen. Look for them on Lopez Island.

His talk will be one week before our Digital Group's next meeting. This meeting is open to everyone, so help us get the word out to other ham radio groups in our area.

 I hope you all can join us for his presentation and then we can follow up with more discussion at our own meeting a week later. If you have, or plan to have, a UDRC board, you won't want to miss this one.

Budd WB7FHC

MBARC MARCH 2017 MEETING ON TUESDAY

posted Mar 11, 2017, 5:21 PM by Brian Lawler

MBARC MARCH 2017 MEETING ON TUESDAY


It’s our monthly meeting time again. Please plan to join us for another lively, enjoyable, and informative meeting at the Ferndale Library on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00PM. As always, we plan to have a general discussion about various aspects of ham radio. At this meeting, I want to explore “weird radio experiences” that some of you may have had over the years. I had one way back in 1978 that still mystifies me; I did check the “harmonics” then and they didn’t come close to where I was on one of the shortwave bands. Hopefully some of you have “weird radio” stories and explanations that you are eager and willing to pass along to us (and maybe explanations that make technical sense). Also, please consider bringing something of value for our Swap and Shop table. We will have plenty of wonderful, tasty coffee, and cookies.

 

Free Technician License classes

posted Feb 13, 2017, 3:07 PM by Brian Lawler

End of March, early April 2017 at Sudden Valley Fire Station

Details in THIS FLYER.

January Meeting

posted Jan 8, 2017, 12:50 PM by Brian Lawler

MBARC JANUARY 2017 MONTHLY MEETING ON TUESDAY

It’s our monthly meeting time again; and it’s our first of the new year. Please plan to join us for another enjoyable and informative meeting at the Ferndale Library on Tuesday, January 10th at 7:00PM. As always, we plan to have a general, lively discussion about ham radio and many of the “ham” activities and developments that interest and influence us here in the great Pacific Northwest, the surrounding counties, and elsewhere. We look forward to visiting with you on Tuesday. We will have plenty of wonderful, tasty coffee, and cookies. Also, don’t forget to pay your 2017 dues if you haven’t done so already. Our treasurer, Rich, will be there eager to accept your dues. And a Happy New Year to all of you.

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