PAST MEETINGS SPEAKERS

(Two special presentations at bottom)

The SCCARA meeting

June 11 , 2018

This month's Topic is:

Field Day Preparation - Continued planning on

What needs to be done to prepare for our INDOOR

activity using the Red Cross Radio Room.

This will be our first operation as an EOC station

(class F).

 

The SCCARA meeting was: May 14 , 2018

This month's Topic was:

Field Day Preparation - Discussion will include

What needs to be done to prepare for our INDOOR

activity using the Red Cross Radio Room.

This will be our first operation as an EOC station

(class F).

 

April 08 , 2018

This month's Speaker was:

Don Steinbeck AE6PM speaking on:

Battery Voltage Regulators

SCCARA meeting March 12 , 2018

This month's Speaker is:

Derek Lyon-McKeil AI6F

who will give his presentation on
"CAL FIRE - VOLUNTEERS IN PREVENTION (VIP)

COM VAN #1629"

Derek has been licensed as a ham since 1993, he also holda a GROL license with radar endorsement.

Also he holds a GMDSS operator license and is licensed as M0GVK across the pond.

He has been with Cal Fire as a volunteer for 9 seasons.

 

SCCARA meeting: February 12 , 2018

This month's meeting presented

Ed Fong (WB6IQN).

As many of you know, he is the inventor of the DBJ-1 and DBJ-2 antenna that was featured

in the February 2003 and March 2007 QST. His most recent antenna was the TBJ-1 – a triband

base antenna that was published in March 2017 QST. The DBJ-1 is a highly effective dual band

VHF/UHF base station antenna and the DBJ-2 is the portable roll up version. The DBJ-2 won the

QST Plaque of the Month Award. Both of these antennas are featured in the ARRL VHF antenna

Handbook and also in the ARRL Antenna Classic Handbook. There are over 18,000 of these

antennas in use today.

About half are used by hams and the other half by government and commercial agencies.

He will also give a brief discussion of his triband antenna (TBJ-1) that was featured

in March 2017 QST.

Ed will give a history on how these antennas were developed and the theory

on how and why they work so well. There is no “black magic” to antennas.

He will explain in a non-mathematical manner why these antennas work so well.

A limited amount of antennas will be available for $25. Base or portable roll up version.

Triband Base - TBJ-1 will be available for $50.

50ft lengths of RG8x coax with molded PL259 connectors for $25.

He will also have available the GP5-SSB Software define radio for sale. $60

50ft lengths of RG8x coax with molded PL259 connectors for $25.

This should be fun Stated Ed.

 

The SCCARA meeting for January 8 , 2017

the earliest possible day!

This month's meeting will include a presentation

& clinic on the "standard Power-Pole"

connector & its assembly.

Bring the supply end of any cable

you wish to convert!

The presenter is Fred AE6QL & others.

 

The SCCARA meeting for DECEMBER 11, 2017

NO SPEAKER

The MEETING WILL BE AT HARRY'S HOFBRAU

Saratoga AVE between Stevens Creek Blv & Hy 680.

See SCCARA-GRAM artical

 

NOVEMBER 13, 2017 7:30 PM

The presentation - ' A Revisit of ARRL 100 Year Celebration,

from Newington, Conn..' by Don Anastasia.

Don at ARRL

Bio: I was first licensed in year 1977, with novice callsign WD6EPV. (By the way, I completed most of my studying,

later on...thru the SCCARA club (license classes) in preparation for my General exam. Later, in the year

1981, or 1982...I achieved my Extra class ticket. And, a few years later I changed my callsign to a vanity callsign, which is today,

simply AA6W. I have earned both Satellite, and HF Mixed modes (both CW and SSB) DXCC awards, thru the ARRL.

I enjoy many facets of amateur radio. In recent years, I have enjoyed HF dx'ing...and HF contesting. I have participated in ARISS

(Amateur Radio on board The International Space Station) contacts as well, in the past.

And, I enjoy speaking with many amateur radio friends casually,on 2-meters or 440 mhz...occasionally when I am mobile.

The presentation on Nov. 13, 2017 will be fun! I had a chance to visit W1AW headquarters during their 100 year celebration,

and convention in Hartford, Conn... I have lots of pictures of the W1AW headquarters building, and

descriptions of the ARRL league headquarters, and surrounding areas.

Also, I will describe (with photos) the ARRL laboratory (for testing amateur radio equip). I will even provide some fun photos

of the modern aircraft which I flew in, to get across the country.

I think everybody will enjoy the presentation. I hope to see you there! Best wishes.

73 for now - Don, AA6W

 

SCCARA SPEAKER FOR OCTOBER 2017

was "ADVANCED TIPS ON USING YOUR HT"

by FRED TOWNSEND AE6QL

an advance of his Pacificon presentation.

 

SCCARA SPEAKER FOR SEPTEMBER 2017

is John Miller, K6MM

 

JOHN gave his presentation about the K1N DXpedition to

NAVASSA ISLAND. Navassa Island is one of the most inaccessible

and inhospitable territories of the United States and presented

exceptional logistic challenges.

This DXpedition was awarded the "DXpedition of the YEAR 2014 - 2015." Check out the website: navassadx.com -

and https://t-rexsoftware.com/k1n/main.htm

 

George Williams N6NKT spoke at the August 14, 2017 SCCARA MEETING.

George will be providing information on the NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DX CLUB's new "ELMER PROJECT"

that will be kicking of in September (LINK)The ELMER PROJECT will provide classes on line as well as providing

some one-on-one tutoring by one of the DX CLUB's 13 volunteer tutors. It will help students upgrade to the GENERAL CLASS

and teach both basic and advanced operating techniques.

SCCARA members have already enjoyed George's previous talks on contesting, dxpeditions, and the American Red Cross's

relationship with Ham Radio. Don't miss out on this chance to learn about the ELMER PROJECT as well as the NCDX CLUB.

 

SCCARA SPEAKER FOR JULY 10, 2017


"Building a Communications System from Scratch: Providing Communications Support for the Annual Wildflower Triathlon.

The Wildflower Triathlon is one of the worlds largest triathlons in the world, and requires an extensive communications system to run smoothly every year.

Despite being located at Lake San Antonio where there's only one cell phone tower and a single amateur repeater in range, the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club and its alumni

take on the challenge and deploy a communications system with half a dozen voice repeaters, an entire insular APRS network, and a multi-console Computer-Aided Dispatch center.

This talk will focus on the scope of work involved in pulling off such a large event,

including what's involved in setting up repeaters on a blank hillside,

keeping multiple dispatchers in sync for what's going on, all while doing it on a shoe string budget,

while sprinkling in lessons and hints for providing comms support for any event."

"Kenneth Finnegan, W6KWF was originally licensed in 2008 while attending UC Davis studying mechanical engineering. After graduating with his BS, he transferred to Cal Poly,

SLO to get an MS in electrical engineering and became involved with the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club.

So involved that his masters thesis ended up being related to amateur radio: "Examining Ambiguities in the Automatic Packet Reporting System" [1].

He now works as an Electrical Systems Engineer at Lam Research designing wafer plasma etch equipment for the next generation of IC fabrication.


Kenneth Finnegan

 

 

The June 12, 2017 meeting Featured Field Day planning

The May 8, 2017 meeting speaker was:

Don Anastasia, AA6W

Don covered both 2-way SATELLITE and HF RADIO DX techniques in his presentation at the MAY 8 SCCARA GENERAL MEETING.

Don't forget to bring your DX questions to the meeting!

Don was first licensed as WD6EPV in 1977. He became an avid DX'er in 1983 and upgraded to EXTRA in 1985 (currently AA6W.) Don earned mixed mode (both ssb/cw) DXCC in 1992. He earned SATELLITE MODE (2-way sats) in year 1993 - award # 157. Don earned CW DXCC in 1999.

In 2007 Don was the primary (radio) control operator for ARISS (AMATEUR RADIO on-board INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION) contact at Dillworth Elementary School. He allowed 22 children to directly communicate using amateur radio vhf to ask (science) questions with on-board astronaut Sunita Williams in a 12 minute time-frame (radio window) while ISS was in view of Northern California.

Don lives in San Juan Bautista and works as a substitute teacher in the Saratoga Union School District. He earned an AA from West Valley College in Liberal Arts and a BA from Santa Clara University in Social Studies.

 

The April 10, 2017 meeting speaker was:

Erick Norris WD6DBM

He spoke on: QRP PORTABLE OPERATING.

Eric is a life-long resident of Santa Clara County and has been a ham since 1972.

His primary interests are CW rag chewing mostly on 40M, moon bounce on 2M, meteor scatter on 6M, and QRP portable operation.

Sometimes he also uses PSK31, RTTY, and SSTV. On VHF he uses WSJT.

If you have been lucky enough to see Eric's presentations on MOON BOUNCE and on MAGNETIC LOOP ANTENNAS, you

will want to mark your calendar for the second Monday in April - THE SCCARA MEETING to see Eric's presentation.

(Third time is the charm!)

 

CHANGE: the March 13, 2017 meeting featured:

Subject: Re: SANTA CLARA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION SPEAKER

Kenneth Finnegan, W6KWF

"Sun-Powered Radios: Harnessing Solar Power in the Name of Amateur Radio"

An introduction to the electrical characteristics of solar panels and how best to use them to power radio equipment. We'll start by talking about what the IV (Current-Voltage) curve of a solar cell looks like and what the different parameters on a solar panel datasheet mean, before moving on to explain what to look for in a solar charge controller, and finish with some design examples for powering a radio shack entirely off the grid.

Kenneth Finnegan, W6KWF was originally licensed in 2008 while attending UC Davis studying mechanical engineering. After graduating with his BS, he transferred to Cal Poly, SLO to get an MS in electrical engineering and became involved with the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club. So involved that his masters thesis ended up being related to amateur radio: "Examining Ambiguities in the Automatic Packet Reporting System" [1]. He now works as an Electrical Engineer at Lam Research working on RF plasma etch systems used in semiconductor fabrication.

Will be RESCHEDULED!

Due to sudden illness Erick Norris WD6DBM unable to attend.


Erick was to speak about QRP PORTABLE OPERATING. Eric is a life-long resident of Santa Clara County and has been a ham since 1972.

His primary interests are CW rag chewing mostly on 40M, moon bounce on 2M, meteor scatter on 6M, and QRP portable operation.

Sometimes he also uses PSK31, RTTY, and SSTV. On VHF he uses WSJT.

If you have been lucky enough to see Eric's presentations on MOON BOUNCE and on MAGNETIC LOOP ANTENNAS, you

will want to mark your calendar for the second Monday in March- THE SCCARA MEETING to see Eric's third presentation.

The February 13, 2017 meeting was to feature:

Erick Norris WD6DBM

Regretably he was called out of town - and will be rescheduled.

Thanks, Don - AE6PM for presenting Antenna Modelling


Erick was to speak about QRP PORTABLE OPERATING. Eric is a life-long resident of Santa Clara County and has been a ham since 1972.

His primary interests are CW rag chewing mostly on 40M, moon bounce on 2M, meteor scatter on 6M, and QRP portable operation.

Sometimes he also uses PSK31, RTTY, and SSTV. On VHF he uses WSJT.

If you have been lucky enough to see Eric's presentations on MOON BOUNCE and on MAGNETIC LOOP ANTENNAS, you

will want to mark your calendar for the second Monday in February - THE SCCARA MEETING to see Eric's third presentation.

 

THE JANUARY 9, 2017 meeting featured:

The installation of officers as well as

a demonstration of E-mail tips and tricks by Fred Townsend AE6QL.

 

Due to insufficient pledged attendance

the holiday party was cancelled.

THERE WILL BE NO DECEMBER MEETINGS

SEE YOU ALL IN 2017 ON JANUARY 9 !

 

SPEAKER UPDATE!

THE November 14, 2016 meeting included ELECTION OF OFFICERS.

Rich Harrington KN6FW spoke on HAM RADIO TRANSMITTER HUNTING.

Rich has participated in local events for many years and has great advice

on techniques and equipment for this fun activity.

Rich can also tell you how to locate a local T-HUNT.

PLEASE COME so you can have your say in who represents you in club business!

The meeting is held at KAISER SANTA CLARA

(corner of Lawrence Ex. and Homestead Rd.) We meet in Room B06

in the Basement of Building 700, the Hospital Building, starting at 7:30PM.

NOVEMBER IS ALSO NOMINATION NIGHT and FOR ELECTIONS .

HAVE A VOICE IN WHO REPRESENTS YOU!

 

THE October 10th, 2016 MEETING FEATURED


Don Ferguson AI6RE spoke on AMATEUR HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOONING.

Check out the CALIFORNIA NEAR SPACE PROJECT www.cnsp-inc.com before the meeting for more information

on how ham radio is used to help track these experimental balloons.


Some of Don's other interests are SATELLITE RADIO, TRANSMITTER FOX HUNTING, DX and SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO (SDR).

Don has spoken at SCCARA before and has always put on a great show. Hope to see you there!

held at KAISER SANTA CLARA (corner of Lawrence Ex. and Homestead Rd.) We meet in Room B06

in the Basement of Building 700, the Hospital Building, starting at 7:30PM.

NOVEMBER IS ALSO NOMINATION NIGHT FOR ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER.

HAVE A VOICE IN WHO REPRESENTS YOU!

 

THE September 12th, 2016 MEETING FEATURED:


James Bennett from PACIFIC ANTENNA (www.qrpkits.com)

will be speaking this Monday at the Santa Clara County Amateur Radio Association general meeting.

Pacific Antenna sells kits for radios, tuners and test equipment as well as their well known and respected Pac 12 HF antenna (check out their website before the meeting).

James will be speaking on what goes intoputting together one of their kits. He will also be bringing some of his kits to the meeting for those who might be interested in

purchasing a kit to assemble themselves.

 

THE AUGUST 8th 2016 MEETING FEATURED:

George Williams N6NKT who is in charge of RADIO COMMUNICATIONS for the

Silicon Valley Chapter AMERICAN RED CROSS will be
the speaker for the MEETING. Many of our members know that SCCARA has an HF radio station
at the SAN JOSE ARC but don't know how extensive the radio infrastructure is and how it relates to the ARCs ability to respond independent of many utility outages.

 

The July 11, 2016 Speaker for SCCARA was Kristen McIntyre K6WX. : Ground Is A Myth!
Ground is something you stand on, but in an electrical sense, the meaning is much less clear. When it comes to Hams and ground, things get really confused. We drive rods into the earth, but why?Let's take a look at whether any of this makes sense, and what theory tells us about "ground", and if it exists in any sensible way at all. We’ll talk about DC grounds,
RF grounds, and even about gravity.

Bio:
Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, has been interested in radio since she was about 5 years old. She started in Amateur Radio in 1979 getting her ticket while at MIT. Kristen has worked in many diverse areas from analog circuit design to image processing to starting and running an ISP. She is currently working at Apple in Core OS, and spent many years at Sun Microsystems Laboratories where she was researching robustness and emergent properties of large distributed computer systems. She is a long time denizen of Silicon Valley and has worked at or consulted for many of the usual suspects. Kristen is an active ham and loves to chase DX on HF with her Elecraft K2 which she built while visiting her mother in Florida. She is an ARRL Technical Coordinator for the East Bay Section, president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Assoc., and is active in many local clubs.

 

THE June13th, 2016 MEETING FEATURED:

Planning & discussion for

FIELD DAY setup

 

The May 9, 2016 Meeting speaker was Chris Swartout
N6WCP. Chris is active in San Jose Races and owner of
Blackwood Inovations (www.blackwood-innovations.com) which
markets Lithium Ferro Phosphate batteries. I saw Chris's presentation
on
batteries when he gave it at the Santa Clara Races meeting and thought it to
be the best solution for portable operating that I have seen.

Don't forget to check out his website before the SCCARA meeting.

 

THE April 11, 2016 SCCARA MEETING FEATURED:

David Vieira KI6CLA on building a
10 GHz Transverter

The March 14, 2016 Dinner Meeting
The SCCARA general meeting for March was a dinner
meeting at the Milpitas Denny's located at 333 Abbott Ave. (the
southeast corner of the intersection of the 880 Fwy and Calaveras
Blvd.). SCCARA reserved the accessible “Upstairs Banquet
Room” (which is in the back of the restaurant) from 7:30 PM until
10:30 PM. The program will be a showing of some of SCCARA's
archived videos. This is a chance to get to visit with other
SCCARA members and to meet their families.
Be sure to bring your families too!

The February 09, 2016 Meeting

Don Steinbach AE6PM gave the presentation “Kit
Building in the 21st Century” at the February SCCARA meeting.
Don, a former SCCARA President, has shared his electrical
engineering expertise and home brewing experience with us before
and has always put on an enjoyable and informative presentation.

Our speaker for the January 11, 2016 meeting was Suresh P.Ojha, W6KTM,

who gave a presentation on Nepal HAM radio.
Suresh is involved in setting up ham stations and repeaters in
Nepal and will be sharing his insight into the use of HAM radio
after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

December 12, 2015 Meeting
Our annual holiday meeting was a luncheon on
Saturday December 12th at 12:00 noon. This year our luncheon
was at Michael's at Shoreline 2960 North Shoreline Blvd in Mt.
View, (east on Shoreline next to the golf course). Talk in will be
on our repeater, W6UU 146.985(+).
We will also had a gift exchange. The way it works
is that everyone brings a wrapped gift suitable for a man or women
costing about $10.00. This type of exchange is always a lot of fun
to participate in.
Reservation need to be in by Monday Dec. 7th (see the sign up sheet).
I'm looking forward to seeing all of you there.
73, Don Villlage K6PBQ

11-09-15 SCCARA's General Meeting

This month is the November election, additional nominations accepted still.

The speaker for the meeting was
Ned AC6YY spoke on DIGITAL MODES. Ned
was first licensed for Amateur Radio in the former Yugoslavia and
quickly passed his test for Extra Class when he moved to the
U.S.A. Ned is an active DXer and Contester and enjoys working portable.

OUR 9/14/15 SPEAKER was:

Jim Eagleson, WB6JNN

He will be spoke on the use of the Rigol DSA815-TG Spectrum Analyzer for Ham Radio HF/VHF/UHF Test and evaluation.

Jim also gave a quick look at the new Yaesu FT991 HF/VHF/UHF Multimode Radio. (160 through 70cm)

 

Elaborated Details of 2 prior presentations

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From our February 14, 2011 Regular meeting The February SCCARA meeting featured Rich Harrington, KN6FW (ex WA6GJF) speaking on T Hunting.

As his first call suggests Rich has been at this since 1962. Rich got part of his T-Hunting skills in the US Navy where it is a serious business.

Rich is now retired from Pacific Bell so he can devote his time to designing, building, and using DF equipment.

DF Loop data

TDOA data

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LINK TO PRIOR PRESENTATION:

"How to radiate a big signal from a small lot."

Link to talk given 9/8/08 is below.

Mr.Badger has been a ham since 1939. He graduated from U C Berkeley in Electrical Engineering.

He has had many articles published in both the professional and amateur press.

Regretfully Mr Badger passed on 11/15/09 at 84 years.

The W6TC DX Loop presented by George Badger

( http://www.ae6pm.com/Shared.htm)