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We had our April Shop Night outing yesterday at the usual meeting room at 731 Stardust Place in Alameda. There was an interesting mix of activities. One ham showed up with a new handheld and needed help getting connected to the local repeaters. David KI6AWR was able to help him with his new hand held. Joe KC6ZZT worked on wiring up a J38 CW key to the club's HF radio. There was even some soldering involved before the night was done. And finally, Jim KJ6UHT brought a new book edited by a Palo Alto ham (Leigh Klotz, WA5ZNU), titled Ham Radio for Arduino and Picaxe. And he also brought a small embedded device, an Arduino Duo. The Arduino looked like a lot of fun -- Jim was able to get going with it and load the first project from the book onto the Arduino. Working with the Arduino looked a lot easier than the older embedded systems. No EPROM to burn, just loading it through a USB cable! Several folks were interested, and I think several people might get the book (available at the ARRL, AES, and Amazon among others) and work through some of the projects.

If all this sounds interesting, why don't you come to our next shop night? It is on the calendar to your left, and is always the first Monday of the month. See you soon!

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We had our February Club meeting last night. The presentation was given by David Haycock, KI6AWR and was an overview of Field Day 2013 -- because it is never too late to begin planning! The presentation was an overview of the various decision points that need to be made, as well as some of the roles that need to be filled. For example:

 

David Haycock KI6AWR, presenting Field Day planning!

  1. Do Field Day on our own, or with another club?
  2. Location, outside the meeting house, or at a park, or somewhere else?
  3. Saturday only operation, or both days?
  4. Will someone be operating through the night?

One of the emphasized points was that in order to be successful, we need to have a wide variety of volunteers in different roles, such as Field Day coordinator, food, operation, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the presentation, we had a social period and then did some of the club business.

We had elections for club officers. The new officers are:

  • President: Cass Carrigan AG6NT
  • Vice President: Jim Wright KJ6UHT
  • Secretary: David Haycock KI6AWR
  • Treasurer: Tom Schweich KI6JRB (returning!)

I want to thank all those who participate as officers in the club, past and present. The time you put in is what helps make the club great!

We also had three members pay their membership dues for 2013. If you haven't already paid for 2013, please do so.