Arduino, Banana Pi, Beagle Bone Black, Odroid, Raspberry Pi. You may have heard of them, but what do they have to do with Amateur Radio? The May 14th meeting, will be presented by Chuck Killian, WB6YOK, to show you why you need to know about them. For under a hundred dollars in most cases, the world of radio and computers may combine into the most interesting uses.
The single board computer has fermented a revolution. Some of the possible uses in amateur radio: An APRS iGate, SDR transceiver, MDSR Spectrum Analyzer, TNC, JNOS, DAVP, AX.25, WSPR, and the list can go on and on; you get the picture.
So come to the meeting and see some of the uses that Chuck has put together. WB6YOK's presentation will focus on some of his personal projects and may show you the melding of RF with CPU power. What's the weather like? Come and find out.
Field Day 2016
This year Field Day will occur on June 24th - 26th. We will be at our regular site on Monte Cristo. Setup will start on Friday, June 24th at noon. This is a great opportunity to get on the air.
About Field Day
Before I describe more about Field Day, you must mark your calendars for the VERY IMPORTANT and FUN field day 2016 event which will be June 24th - 26th.
So what in blazes is "Field Day"? Some of you are key contributors to the club's annual field event. Others know what it is but have chosen not to participate. Others, maybe haven't ever attended one or don't even have a clue as to what it is really all about. Well, in short, the annual ARRL Field Day event combines emergency in the field setup of communications equipment with heavy duty contesting and a lot of FUN! The idea is to create an exercise that gets amateurs to take their grab-n-go kits, antennas, generators, rigs, camping equipment, etc., to either local or remote locations for worldwide operations. Some people do field day in their own homes or backyards, some go to local parks or EOC facilities and others head for remote areas in the mountains. This year the DCARC has chosen to go back up to Monte Cristo.
See you there!
73, Roy - KF4USN
Schedule - Field Day - June 24-26, 2016
Thursday - Optional - Early arrivals - You are on your own.
June 23rd - Meals on your own.
Friday - Arrive on-site - setup camp on your own.
June 24th - 12:00 Noon
Saturday - Breakfast/Lunch on your own.
June 25th - 8:00 - 12:00 - Finish final preparations
- Test power source
- Logging computers on-line and ready
- final calibration of antennas all stations
- final coordination of operating schedules
- 12:00 noon - Start Contesting
- 6:00 - 7:00 pm - potluck/everyone's famous Dutch Oven barbecue
- 7:00 - 8:00 pm - special projects for points (video/satellites, etc.)
- 7:00 - 8:30 pm - family friendly movie on TV.
- 9:00 or when dark enough - outdoor movie
Sunday - 8:00 - 9:00 am - breakfast - provided by the club
June 26th - contesting continues
- 12:00 - cleanup - take down project
- take down tower with beam
- take down PSK31 and other stations
- Police Camp for trash, etc
- Depart in convoy.
I got some exciting news yesterday that I want to share with everyone. Here's an email I got from Bill Moyes yesterday regarding an addition to Antelope Island:
Just to let you know, as club president, there is now an operational 3.4 GHz mesh node at the Antelope Island repeater site. Yesterday, 4-16-16, Alan Malan KB7YSP, Trevor Paskett K7FPV and BIll Moyes N7IE installed the node, which had been designed by Trevor. (As you recall, Trevor did a presentation on mesh at the March club meeting.)
It was a cold and very windy day on the island, and especially for Trevor as he installed the radio and antenna on the tower!
Thanks to Brad Wilcox, KJ7NO, Davis County Sheriff's Department, for permission to use the site, Alan for securing access to the site and helping with equipment installation, and Trevor for his extensive design and integration of the equipment and bringing this to fruition.
Putting a node on the Island has been a dream of mine since we were first introduced to the mesh concept by Chuck Killian WB6YOK and Gerald Hasty AD7QF a few years ago.
I believe Alan is going to have the webmaster get in touch with Trevor to do an article for the club web site. I think an article in the newsletter would be appropriate, also.
There are some deliberate limitations on coverage in the south end of the county, which we hope will be overcome with time. But, from my perspective, the complaint of the mesh not being accessible is a thing of the past!
The AREDN node (SSID=AREDN) is on AREDN Channel 98 (3.490 GHz) with a 20 MHz bandwidth. Several 3.4 GHz nodes in Layton have excellent connectivity with the Island node. (Find more info on AREDN at aredn.org.) The node name is "K7DAV-Antelope-M3.local.mesh".
bill n7ie .. .
EXPLANDate: April 21Time: 10:30 - 12:30COMMUNICATION CHANNELS800 MHz = Hospital CommonsHam = 147.260 - (tone 103.5) Promontory Point. BARC System146.720 - (tone 103.5) Mt. Logan. BARC System145.310 - (tone 103.5) Red Spur. BARC System146.900 - (tone 123.0) Mt. Ogden. Ogden Amateur Radio Club (For Morgan County only, if needed).Satellite Phone: Call on 435-994-1124At 10:30 we'll have a communication system set up at the Cache County EOC where Cache ARES and myself will answer radios and phones for each of you to test your 800 MHz, Ham and Satellite Phones.When you check in with us you will give us your status (pretend), i.e., fully operational; partially operational; non-operational; facility damaged, but still functioning; damaged and needing evacuation; facility in good shape, but no electricity or culinary water; functional, but on backup power, etc. So, give some thought to where your facility is and how you would fair during/after a 7.0 earthquake in the Salt Lake Valley and report that to us.Once you've checked in we'll give you a task to fulfill where you'll contact another organization and either offer assistance or request assistance. If possible please plan to be available from your check in time and for about another 20-30 minutes so we can connect you for your task.If you haven't done so, please let me know which devices you plan to exercise and a close proximity of the time you'll be available.If you have any questions please get with me. Otherwise, we'll be talking on Thursday.Thanks everybody!Kevin Christensen
Happy April everyone!
March has come in like a lion and was kind of a lamb for a little bit but ended up being a cold lion again on the way out. Sort of. Let’s hope that these April showers will bring…you know…no coax shorts or corrosion.
Have you roamed about the new website yet? I can’t over-express how excited I am for this. Now we are looking at ways to make cross-posting happen between the web page and Facebook, so that one post will appear in both places. I don’t know much about this web stuff, so I am glad we have folks that do.
Just as reminder for those of you those are looking to upgrade to Extra Class license. The question pool changes this summer, so if you are going to make the leap, it wouldn’t hurt to make the leap soon. I know I’m studying.
Looking forward to a busy ham radio summer and I hope you join us in the many DCARC activities over the summer months.
Chad Rapier, DCARC President