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Field Day 2018

posted Apr 17, 2018, 3:20 PM by Brian Lawler

Only a couple of months away.  Here is the info FD 2018

Mmmm.... DigiPi

posted Apr 13, 2018, 3:29 PM by Brian Lawler

 
Just last month, the Mount Baker Amateur Radio club elected to donate a DigiPi to the group of hams setting up an EmmComm unit for the Bellingham Fire Department at the Fairhaven station. Here are two videos that show that very DigiPi being constructed.

This first video, about 7 minutes, is a high speed version of the second. The video is running at 4X speed and shows the whole project going together. The speed comes back down to normal so you can see it go on the air for the very first time.

If you have more time, the second video, about 30 minutes, shows everything coming together along with commentary describing what's going on and some of the theory behind it.

MBARC APRIL 10, 2018 Meeting Tuesday

posted Apr 8, 2018, 7:47 PM by Brian Lawler

 
MBARC APRIL 10, 2018  Meeting Tuesday

Please join us at the Ferndale Library this Tuesday at 7 pm. We will have a quick general meeting and then hear from Steve, AG7GN, who will talk to us about running your Amateur Radio station remotely. This should be an interesting demonstration.

Of course there will be time for the usual 'eye ball' QSOs along with coffee and cookies.

We hope to see you there.

MBARC MARCH 13, 2018 MEETING on Tuesday

posted Mar 9, 2018, 11:17 AM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Mar 10, 2018, 10:04 AM ]

 
 
It’s our monthly meeting time again; and it comes at the beginning of spring time and the arrival of sunshine. 

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

Beginning this meeting we plan to have a monthly Ham Swap & Shop table set up in the back of the room. Consider bringing along a piece or two or three or more of radio gear and/or testing equipment you may want to sell or swap for something else.

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 2018 dues if you haven’t done so already. Our treasurer, Don, will be there eager to accept your dues.
 

EmComm link added

posted Jan 2, 2018, 5:15 PM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Jan 2, 2018, 5:20 PM ]

There is a new EMCOMM link in the navigation tree above "Repeater Group".  Please submit any additions or corrections to web@mbarc.org  Thank you!

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.


 

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