August 2017 Club Meeting - "Remote Access to your Amateur Radio Station "

Friday, August 18, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

FT8 Digital Mode

By Jim, W5ZIT

A new digital mode called FT8 has been catching on like wildfire. The amateur radio press just started publishing this mode heavily in past month or so.

To learn about FT8 and its advantages, our very own Jim Brown, W5ZIT will give us a brief overview and a “how to” for FT8 operation. Jim will also tell us about his first-hand experiences operating the FT8 mode.


Remote Access to your Amateur Radio Station

Presented by Mark Aaker - K6UFO


Operate while traveling!
Work the rare DXpedition while at work!
Get apartment dwellers on-the-air!
Provide a Club Station for members to use!

There are many reasons to provide remote access to your Amateur Radio station. The growth of "remote workers", Skype and "the cloud" have made internet access to your radio station practical. You no longer need to be a technical genius to implement remote access by laptop, tablet or smartphone. We'll talk about several well-proven implementations, and what to expect in the next few years.


July 2017 Club Meeting - "RMS Titanic and Amateur Radio"

Friday, July 21, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

Too be announced

By Tom, W8TK


RMS Titanic and Amateur Radio

450px RMS Titanic 3

Presented by Skip Youngberg - K1NKR

Our July presentation comes to us via SKYPE from Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. Skip, K1NKR, a long time ham from New England, has put together a great presentation about the Titanic and the role that disaster played in what we now know as amateur radio.
Skip is mostly on weak-signal VHF and occasionally on the HF bands and recently has ventured into fast scan high definition digital TV on 70cm. Not many hams have pursued this and Skip is only one of two DATV operators in the Northeast.

This presentation promises to be unique so don’t miss this month’s Member Meeting. See you there.

June 2017 Club Meeting - "Creative HT Charging"

Friday, June 16, 2017

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

The June Handyman Corner Segment will feature two kits, a code practice oscillator and a sound card interface. Both of the finished kits will be bonuses in this months raffle.

By Tom, W8TK


Creative HT Charging

usb charger

Presented by Jason Howard - K6DGN

Like it or not, we seem to live in a USB powered world, seemingly by accident. I don't think it was ever intended for USB to become a power source when it was first being developed.

Before I knew it I realized I was carrying a USB-C smart phone, Micro-USB tablet, Micro-USB fold out bluetooth keyboard, usb rechargeable wireless headphones, along with a USB power bank, and a cheapo little 2 watt Baofeng UV3. The main reason it was my daily carry was it's tiny size and ability to charge off USB with a custom cable it came with, no annoying Baofeng cradle to tote around.

Wanting a daily carry HT with more features I got an Icom ID-51A+. Well what good is a powerful 5W HT in an emergency if I can only charge it with wall/mains power, or maybe a car. I work on the peninsula in Redwood City, CA and live on the other side of the San Francisco Bay near Fremont, CA. My biggest worry is an earthquake preventing me from getting home.

So lets talk about a simple project that I made specifically for the ID-51A+ but that can be adapted to almost any HT with a USB power source along with some alternate sources of power like Solar (for USB or 12V) and where they've come in handy.