Tech Net News 08-17-2019

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Rocket buffs should all know where *this* lighthouse is. Credit: en.wikipedia.org

Our next Lecture and Lab is coming up on Saturday, August 24th. We’ll be building a 2-element 2-meter Yagi, suitable for use with your HT or base rig. You could even use it to get started in fox hunting! The cost of the build will be $5.00. And of course, the K5RWK foxhunt series is continuing.

If you enjoyed the RTTY presentation that Ken Hansen, N2VIP, gave at our last meeting, you should put your interest to work. The ARRL Rookie Roundup RTTY event will be going on tomorrow afternoon.

Remember, it’s never too early to sign up to help at Lifewalk on Oct. 6th, 2019. We’ll need your participation to help make the event a success.

Oh, and if you know of a nonprofit with some space available, NASA has scrounged up the first stage booster for an original Saturn I rocket (not even a IB…very vintage!). It’s free to a good home…but shipping will be $250,000, and after decades of outdoor storage it probably needs a bit of restoration.

UPDATES: Calvin, W7KYG, mentioned the exiting—or worrying—news that tardigrades have been carried to the moon on an Israeli space probe. Bill, N5BB, reported that more of the mysterious fast radio bursts from deep space have been discovered to repeat, with decreasing frequency at each repetition.

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Tech Net News 08-10-2019

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Credit: T. H. Worth, et al.

Our next Lecture and Lab is coming up on Saturday, August 24th. We’ll be building a 2-element 2-meter Yagi, suitable for use with your HT or base rig. You could even use it to get started in fox hunting! The cost of the build will be $5.00.

And speaking of fox hunting, the Richardson Wireless Klub’s fox hunt series is continuing, with two foxes this weekend. The easier one is on 144.5 MHz. More details are at their website.

The contest calendar doesn’t look too exciting this weekend, but there is a Maryland/DC QSO Party in progress, and you should always check the calendar yourself to see if any of the less-famous events catch your interest.

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Tech Net News 08-03-2019

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Artist’s impression of a super-hot Neptune, received over HF from the VOA.

Our next club meeting on August 6th, 2019, will feature a presentation on RTTY by our very own Club Secretary, Ken Hansen, N2VIP.

The contest calendar has got one notable event, the 10-10 International Summer QSO Party.

As we look forward to the heat breaking at the end of summer, there are a couple of public service events coming up. The DARC would love to have your help with the Lifewalk, and the Plano club would appreciate your participation at the Balloon Festival.

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Tech Net News 07-13-2019

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Ferrari the lovebird during flight training in the bird wind tunnel in David Lentink’s lab. Credit: L.A. Cicero

Our next Lectue and Lab will focus on a DIY Mini UPS suitable for use with a Raspberry Pi or charging your phone. It has 5v and 12v outputs and uses only 1 18650 Battery.  The kit from the link above will be $10.  Bring your Soldering iron, hot glue gun, clippers and screwdriver.  If you don’t have any of the above, we will have extra on site. And don’t forget that Moon Day is this month. This is the big one: the 50th anniversary…and we’ll be celebrating it on the actual day of the anniversary! Moon Day is a great opportunity to get young people interested in amateur radio and science, so please save the date. More details about how to volunteer for the DARC and AMSAT will be coming soon.

The contest calendar is quiet…everyone must be recovering from the Fourth of July. Don’t forget to send away for your 13 Colonies certificate. You don’t need a clean sweep—and it’s how they support the event.

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Tech Net News 07-06-2019

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Palaeocarcharias stromeri (Credit: Jürgen Kriwet)

Our next Lectue and Lab will focus on a DIY Mini UPS suitable for use with a Raspberry Pi or charging your phone. It has 5v and 12v outputs and uses only 1 18650 Battery.  The kit from the link above will be $10.  Bring your Soldering iron, hot glue gun, clippers and screwdriver.  If you don’t have any of the above, we will have extra on site. And don’t forget that Moon Day is this month. This is the big one: the 50th anniversary…and we’ll be celebrating it on the actual day of the anniversary! Moon Day is a great opportunity to get young people interested in amateur radio and science, so please save the date. More details about how to volunteer for the DARC and AMSAT will be coming soon.

The contest calendar has two 4th-of-July themed events; both of them are going on for just a little bit longer. 10-10 International is sponsoring the Spirit of ’76 QSO Party, and the famous 13 Colonies Special Event is still on the air, too. If you hear K2E, let me know!

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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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