Tech Net News 06-29-2019

2019mgrOur next meeting program will be “Tips and Tricks for Frugal Ham Radio,” presented by me—Tony Mendina, NT5TM. I’ll share my favorite techniques for ham radio on a budget, but there’s only so much that I know, and you probably know lots that I don’t. Please bring your stories, tips, and even show-and-tell items to the meeting.

The contest calendar has some fun events this weekend! We’ve go the Spirit of ’76 QSO Party coming up on 10 meters, while the famous—and fun—13 Colonies Special Event is about to begin.

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July Meeting Program: Share Your Money-Saving Tips!

DSC_3572_cropNext meeting’s program will be “Tips and Tricks for Frugal Ham Radio,” presented by me—Tony Mendina, NT5TM. I’ll share my favorite techniques for ham radio on a budget, like building my own antennas and even test equipment…but your participation will be important! There’s only so much that I know, and you probably know lots that I don’t. Do you assemble your own cables? What tools have saved you a trip to the repair shop? What non-ham things have you substituted for expensive ham gear? Please bring your stories, tips, and even show-and-tell items to the meeting. We’ll all be glad you did.

Updates: Bill, N5BB, and several other folks recommended this great collection of ham and electronic training videos by W2AEW.

Participants also mentioned the free practice exams at https://hamexam.org/. It’s important to get the URL right—put a .com on the end and you go to a commercial site.

And David, W5EBB, mentioned a site full of antenna schematics in the comments below.

And if you need to zoom in on that picture of Bill’s power supply, the full presentation is here, too. Frugal Ham Radio Tips and Tricks

Field Day 2019 Preliminary Statistics

field day 2019 section mapWe’ll have more details about our Field Day success in the next newsletter, but for now…here’s a quick report on our contacts. While we still haven’t returned to the glory days of having actual sunspots on a reliable basis, we made 34% more contacts than last year. We got plenty of contacts, including more than 200 at two stations (one VHF, one HF) powered by solar-charged batteries.

We worked all 50 states and every ARRL section! More details are below.

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Geek Net Links 06-24-2019

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Texas just after the Great Dying, about 250 million years ago.

Usually I don’t post links for the Geek Net, but I’m pretty sleepy from Field Day…I might miss something. So, here are some items I might be mentioning during the net! If you have anything you’d like to add, please contact the club or just post a comment for this post.

If you’ve seen a beautiful freezing soap bubble video, here’s the story behind it.

The latest news about methane on Mars is interesting, but not exciting…yet.

The first-ever night launch of a Falcon Heavy is coming up tonight sometime at or after 10:30 pm. There will be lots of payloads on this one, including the remains of 152 dead people and a very interesting atomic clock.

Updates: Calvin, W7KYG, reports that the Raspberry Pi 4 is now out!

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