June 2014 Club Meeting - "What We Owe the Amateur Service"

June 20, 2014 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Field Day N1MM Logging Software Demo

by Tom, W8TK 

Tom, our Field Day Chairman, will be demonstrating N1MM the logging software that will be used at Field Day.  To get an advance look at the software go to n1mm.hamdocs.com/tiki-index.php.  N1MM is a FREE software package that can be used to log virtually any contest or for general logging if needed.  




"What We Owe the Amateur Service"

--our obligation to make sure it thrives on our watch and to pass on the legacy.

Presented by W. Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH 

About Riley

In 1998 Hollingsworth became Special Counsel with the new Enforcement Bureau and rejuvenated enforcement in the Amateur radio service. He also managed the interference resolution programs in the Land Mobile and Public Safety services.

Prior to his joining the Enforcement Bureau, Hollingsworth was Deputy Chief of Licensing, Assistant Bureau Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and legal advisor to the Compliance and Information Bureau (formerly the Field Operations Bureau).

Hollingsworth managed the FCC's 800 MHz Lottery Task Force in which new 800 MHz spectrum was assigned in 13 cities. He organized the FCC's program in which underutilized radio channels were recovered for reassignment in major cities.

He participated as a Member of the Delegation from the U.S. State Department to Bucharest, Romania to discuss radio licensing in the United States and opening foreign markets to American manufacturers. He also acted as Co-Chairman for the FCC PCS Broadband and Narrowband Licensing Task Force and for that received the Vice President Gore "Hammer Award" for efficiency in government.

Hollingsworth holds a Master's degree from the University of South Carolina, and a Law degree from Wake Forest University. While in law school he worked as a "Nader's Raider" for Ralph Nader's Center for the Study of Responsive Law in Washington, DC, researching Brown Lung Disease among textile workers in the Carolinas.

He is a member of the Quarter Century Wireless, Radio Club of America and FISTS CW associations and has been an Amateur since 1960, with call sign is K4ZDH. He lives in Gettysburg, PA with his wife Pat.

May 2014 Club Meeting - " VHF Propagation"

May 16, 2014 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

by Tom, W8TK 

How to make your own noise-cancelling headphones for $5



 VHF Propagation

Presented by Ken Neubeck, WB2AMU 

Ever wonder about propagation on the magic band - 6 Meters.  Ken is the author of the only book on 6 meter propagation and will provide us with what we need to know to better understand how and when to operate on 6M and above. 

About Ken

Ken Neubeck (b. 1952) was born in Port Jefferson, Long Island and lived in the Patchogue area of Long Island all of his life. After receiving degrees in Applied Math from Stony Brook University, Ken worked for several aerospace companies on Long Island as a reliability engineer, initially with the Fairchild Republic Company on the A-10 Warthog program. Through the experiences of writing many engineering reports, Ken developed some writing skills in the area of non-fiction which resulted in both books and articles in the field of amateur radio, reliability engineer and aircraft. He has written two key books in the field of amateur radio (he has callsign WB2AMU) - SIX METERS, A GUIDE TO THE MAGIC BAND (first edition in 1994, fourth edition in 2008) and cowrote with Gordon West, VHF PROPAGATION, A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RADIO AMATEURS (2004). 

April 2014 Club Meeting - "Communications, Planetary Geomagnetics, and the Sun"

April 18, 2014 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Communications, Planetary Geomagnetics, and the Sun

Presented by Keith Morin 

Solar ObservatoryThe eruptive activity of our nearest star the sun, can disturb radio communications and other vital electrical and electronic systems.  In addition, the effects can also create conditions that are harmful to biological tissues.

In the 1960’s President Kennedy challenged our nation to land on the moon.  At the start of this program human safety and communications in space was and still is the number one priority.  The Earth’s magnetic field protects us from most of the harmful effects at the surface.

On February 14, 1962 the world’s largest observatory for solar observation was dedicated at Kitt Peak.  The 52 year old McMath Pierce observatory is credited with a half century of scientific observations and images of the sun.

Today the observatory has a new purpose at night.  The NASA project is the study of the effects of the sun on our moon.  As with the original space program, the goal is to protect and communicate with future humans that travel to and inhabit our closest neighbor.

The evening presentation has three parts.  The first is to take you inside the solar observatory on a picture tour.  The second is to introduce you to a new tool in Radio Communications that you will benefit from in the very near future.  The presentation will end with an inside tour of a new CERT Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) that is currently being developed that will be the first to benefit from this research.

About Keith

Keith Morin is the founder of Seismatech located in Oro Valley.  This advanced Research and Development company is involved in several new projects related to Earth Sciences and Emergency Response Systems.  The new company website is: www.seismatech.com.

Keith has been in the electronic and electrical engineering and research field since 1972.  He has worked on special projects for the International Space Station and NASA’s Planetary Geomagnetics Laboratory.  An old Ham from the 1960’s launched his career.