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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.

December 2016 MBARC Dinner

posted Dec 4, 2016, 7:01 PM by Brian Lawler

MBARC DECEMBER DINNER gathering on Tuesday December 13

It’s our monthly meeting time again. It is becoming a tradition that for our December meeting we hold a holiday dinner in lieu of a meeting at the Ferndale Library. As was the case last year the dinner will be at the Wonderful Buffet.The restaurant is located at 4365 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA. It can be found on Meridian near where Costco is located; and it’s near Walmart. For more information and a review of the restaurant go to: http://www.shermansfoodadventures.com/2013/08/wonderful-buffet.html

Please plan to join us for another enjoyable and informative gathering on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00PM. We look forward to visiting with all of you. It promises to be a lively occasion. Ed (AE7QD) made reservations for a section of the restaurant so we all can sit together and enjoy one another’s company, stories, humor, and friendship. No doubt the Wonderful Buffet will have plenty of wonderful, tasty cookies and other treats along with lots of coffee and tea and other beverages. We look forward to a large turnout; we made reservations for up to 25 but they can accommodate more.
Also I want to remind you that are annual dues are due in January 2017
 

Field Day 2016 Photos

posted Jul 15, 2016, 11:45 AM by Brian Lawler


 

N7OC Morse Gab Fest 2016

posted Jan 12, 2016, 4:17 PM by Brian Lawler

The great annual month-long CW extravaganza is coming February First!  Everyone is welcome to participate.

Get the details HERE.

Gear for sale

posted Dec 25, 2015, 8:18 PM by Brian Lawler

Jim, KP2X is clearing some gear from his station. Please see the list on the buy-sell page.

November 2015 Meeting

posted Nov 4, 2015, 11:59 AM by Brian Lawler

Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm.



Art, KC7SDA will be showing the Raspberry Pi with packet radio shield (TNC-Pi).  The Digital Group did a group build of the board last year.  He will also be demo-ing and talking about the APRS system can be installed and run on the units.

Meeting in the large community room at the Ferndale Library.

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