Guest Speaker Schedule

Updated: 12/07/2017
All Presentations are Scheduled to Coincide with General Meeting Dates

January 05, 2018 – Richard Dillman is currently scheduled to speak on Radio Spy Gear PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming to the pre-meeting dinner.

Presentations 2017:

1/06/17 – We had a guest speaker for the Friday January 6th meeting.   Steve Wilson, W6SDY, presented on Direction Finding Methodologies and eccentric uses for AM broadcast receivers.

2/03/17 – Dr. Uhrhammer, WA6VEX, presented on earthquake early warning. He was research seismologist with the UCB Seismology Lab and is now retired after 30 years with the Working Group for California Earthquake Probabilities and the California Integrated Seismic Network. He updated us on earthquake prediction and preparedness.

3/03/17 – Bill Buzzbee presented on his homebuilt 16-bit computer and rebuilding a teletype.

4/07/17 – Our own Rob Rowlands, NZ6J, presented on Software Defined Radio (SDR).

5/05/17 – Leighton Hills presented on West Marin WISP (Getting Internet to Muir Beach & West Marin).

6/02/17 – Michelle Paquette  presented on Antenna Basic Principals.

7/07/17 – NO MEETING IN JULY! NO SCHEDULED SPEAKER.

8/04/17 – Our own Alan Bowker, WA6DNR, presented on current operating availilities for working ham radio satellites.

9/01/17 – Richard Dillman, W6AWO, president and co-founder of the Maritime Radio Historical Society, presented on emergency communications and the West Marin Disaster Council. Richard designed and built the repeater system for the Council and has been active in emergency communication is West Marin for many years.

10/06/17 – Jim Emrich, N6UHU, presented on Coast Guard Radio, Guam – NRV.

11/03/17 – Mel Hendrickson presented on his book Questions and Answers About Repairing Old Radios and Old Tube Equipment.

12/06/17 – Our annual Holiday Party will be our December General Membership Meeting. 17:30 – 21:30  No presentation in December. We charge a fee to attend our Holiday Party, which includes dinner and door prizes.  Paid members and guests are welcome. PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming.

Posted in Club Events, Education, Uncategorized

Next Monthly Meeting Date

Updated: 12/07/2017

The next regular monthly meeting of the Marin Amateur Radio Society will be Friday, January 05, 2018, and will be held at the Alto Clubhouse, at 19:30.  Richard Dillman is currently scheduled to speak.  *** Please RSVP to: rsvp@w6sg.net/ if you plan to attend the pre-meeting dinner, so we have enough food. (Meetings are normally held on the first Friday 7:30 PM, monthly; except July and December.) See: Guest Speaker, for more information for speakers at our meetings.

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:30PM, at the Alto Clubhouse. Officers will be voted by the Board.  Members and guests are welcomed.  (Normally held the second Thursday 7:30 PM, monthly.)

There is an informal get together at the Alto Clubhouse, weekly on most Sunday mornings; 08:30 – 11:30ish.  If there is a holiday that falls on Sunday, sometimes no one opens up the clubhouse.  The CW practice group and the repair group meet Sundays at the Clubhouse around 10:00am.

The HF Sunday Morning Net is scheduled at 09:00 am on 3915 kHz Lower Side Band (LSB), the VHF Sunday Morning Net is scheduled at 10:15 am, on the simulcast system (146.700 MHz). See: Nets for more information.

There is a Technician Class starting on Date September 05, 2018.   More details or sign-up at: MARS Education Page

(Directions to the ClubhouseMARS Alto Clubhouse

Posted in Club Events

Our New Website is Here!

If you are seeing this, it means our new website is live!  Take a look around.  Is there something missing?  Is something not working quite right?  Use the new contact form to send us feedback.  This is a work in progress, so be patient, but let us know what you think.

Posted in Club Events, Uncategorized

Next Exam Date: March 18, 2018

Interested in getting your license, or upgrading your current license?  Exams will be administered at the MARS clubhouse on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 13:00 (1 PM).  (sorry, exams only, no instruction).  Click here for more information.

Last Updated: 11/30/17

Posted in Club Events, Regulatory

FCC Seeks Comments on Technological Advisory Council Recommendations

ARRL Bulletin 25  ARLB025
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  December 5, 2017
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB025
ARLB025 FCC Seeks Comments on Technological Advisory Council
Recommendations

In a Public Notice released on December 1, the FCC’s Office of
Engineering and Technology (OET) has invited comments by January 31,
2018, on a wide-ranging series of Technological Advisory Council
(TAC) recommendations that, if implemented, could alter the spectrum
policy regulatory landscape – especially with respect to
interference resolution and enforcement. An advisory body, the TAC’s
membership includes several Amateur Radio licensees. ARRL will file
comments in the proceeding, ET Docket 17-340.

The Public Notice is in PDF format on the web at,
http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db1201/DA-17-1165A1.pdf

Posted in Regulatory, Uncategorized

ARLS015 RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched Successfully, Designated AO-91

Space Bulletin 015  ARLS015
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  November 20, 2017
To all radio amateurs

SB SPACE ARL ARLS015
ARLS015 RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched Successfully, Designated AO-91

The latest CubeSat in the Fox series – RadFxSat (Fox-1B) – launched
November 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  The Delta
II vehicle lifted off at 0948 UTC.

“Following a picture-perfect launch, RadFxSat was deployed at 1109
UTC,” AMSAT reported. “Then the wait began. At 1212 UTC, the AMSAT
Engineering team, watching ZR6AIC’s WebSDR waterfall, saw the
characteristic ‘Fox Tail’ of the Fox-1 series FM transmitter,
confirming that the satellite was alive and transmitting over South
Africa. Shortly after 1234 UTC, the first telemetry was received and
uploaded to AMSAT servers by Maurizio Balducci, IV3RYQ, in Italy.
Initial telemetry confirmed that the satellite was healthy.”

In the wake of the successful launch, deployment, and reception,
OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, designated the new
satellite as AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91).

AMSAT Engineering reminds stations that the satellite will not be
available for general use until the on-orbit checkouts are complete.
AMSAT asks listeners to submit telemetry from RadFxSat (Fox-1B) to
assist the Engineering team in completing the commissioning process.
Experiment telemetry is downlinked via the DUV sub-audible telemetry
stream, which can be decoded using FoxTelem software, available
online at,
https://www.amsat.org/foxtelem-software-for-windows-mac-linux/ .

Posted in Operating Events, Uncategorized

Congratulations to the Fall Technician Class

Congratulations to the Fall Technician Class, who got the following licenses. They are also members.

Edward J Achtner – Technician – KM6OEJ

Anne-Marie M Cowsill – Technician – KM6OEK

Peter E Gilmore – Technician – KM6OEL

Steve C Ira – Technician – KM6OEM

Teodorico S Ira – Techincian – KM6OEN

Jeremy M Shaw – Amatuer Extra – AJ6AC

Posted in Club Events, Regulatory, Uncategorized

Board of Directors Election

At the November 01 General Membership two Board of Directors candidates were nominated.  The candidates were nominated; including the slate nominated by the Nominating Committee are: (listed in alphabetical order by last name) [incumbents are indicated]

Kris Backensotse, N5HIT,  incumbent

John Boyd, KE6ORI

David Chaney, AA6AE,  incumbent

Steve Smith, WA1TOV – WITHDRAWN BY CANDIDATE

Tom Soskin, W6MTS,  incumbent

Edwin Jamie Taylor, KK6OLF

Once the Board has approved the slate of candidates, Doug will send out an email, with a link to vote for the candidates.  VOTE EARLY!  We want to announce the winners at the Christmas Party. DOUG HAS SENT OUT THE ELECTION!

Because we amended the By-Laws, there are three (3) positions open.  The candidates will be: (listed in alphabetical order by last name) [incumbents are indicated]  The Incumbents were re-elected. Updated: 12/07/17.

Kris Backensotse, N5HIT,  incumbent

John Boyd, KE6ORI

David Chaney, AA6AE,  incumbent

Tom Soskin, W6MTS,  incumbent

Edwin Jamie Taylor, KK6OLF

Board Member Terms

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Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday 11/05

Fall back, Sunday, November 05, 2017!   Set your clocks back one hour, Saturday night, before you go bed; the time changes at 2AM Sunday, set back the clock one hour to 1AM.

The Sunday Morning Nets, move back, Sunday.

Posted in Club Events, Uncategorized

Board Member Nominations Are Open COMPLETED

 

The nominations are open for the Board of Directors for 2018.  See: Our By-Laws [Article 13, Section 11], for further information on how to nominate a member. Contact Us at: http://w6sg.net/site/contact/, to make your nomination. Or bring the nomination to the November Membership Meeting.

At the November 01 General Membership two Board of Directors candidates were nominated.  Because we amended the By-Laws, there are three (3) positions open.  The candidates will be: (listed in alphabetical order by last name) [incumbents are indicated]

Kris Backensotse, N5HIT,  incumbent

John Boyd, KE6ORI

David Chaney, AA6AE,  incumbent

Steve Smith, WA1TOV

Tom Soskin, W6MTS,  incumbent

Edwin Jamie Taylor, KK6OLF

 

 

Posted in Club Events, Uncategorized

Password Changed

Our Membership Chair, Curtis, has changed the password  to the restricted-to-members parts of  our website.  (Roster & Club Logo Merchandise)  Look for an e-mail from Curtis (QSA-5 Mailing List), or contact us.    Randy

Posted in Club Events, Uncategorized

ARLS009 FalconSAT-3 Now Open for Amateur Radio Use

ZCZC AS09
QST de W1AW
Space Bulletin 009  ARLS009
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  September 26, 2017
To all radio amateurs

SB SPACE ARL ARLS009
ARLS009 FalconSAT-3 Now Open for Amateur Radio Use

The Air Force Academy satellite FalconSAT-3 is now open for Amateur
Radio use as a digital store-and-forward system. Built in 2005 and
2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems Research Center at
the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, FalconSAT-3 was
launched in 2007.

The satellite has completed its scientific and training missions,
and the Academy now is making it available for Amateur Radio use.
The Packet Bulletin Board System operates at 9600 baud with a
145.840 MHz uplink/435.103 MHz downlink. Output power is 1 W, and
the downlink is continuously on. Digipeating is enabled for live
QSOs, but unattended digipeating operation is not authorized at this
time.

Additional information is available on the AMSAT website at,
https://www.amsat.org/falconsat-3/ .

Posted in Operating Events, Uncategorized

From ARRL President: Relief Efforts Need Your Help

Monday, September 25, 2017 

Dear ARRL Member:

There are few times when I have needed to reach out directly to you for your help. This is one of those times.

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC, this is the first time ARC has made a request for assistance on this scale. Hurricane Maria has devastated the island’s communications infrastructure. Without electricity and telephone, and with most of the cell sites out of service, millions of people are cut off from communicating. Shelters are unable to reach local emergency services and people cannot check on the welfare of their loved ones. The situation is dire.

How can you help?

1)    Volunteer. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment; for instance, familiarity with Winlink, an Amateur Radio license of General class or higher, and previous experience in disaster response. Deployment will be for up to 3 weeks (at ARC expense). If you would like to be considered for deployment, please complete the following online ARRL form, which asks for your qualifications and skills: Volunteer Deployment Form

2)    Donate to Ham Aid. ARRL’s Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio equipment kits to established Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups and partner agencies during disaster response, in order to establish Amateur Radio communications support. Ham Aid is supported by donations from individuals and corporations – including many of our ham radio industry partners. ARRL has previously staged Ham Aid equipment in Texas, and in the last few weeks, we have supplied kits in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Our supply of Ham Aid kits has been rapidly depleted. Your donation to Ham Aid will help us now. Your contributions to Ham Aid are 100% tax deductible. To make a donation online, go to: www.arrl.org/arrl-donation-form and select “Ham Aid” from the ARRL donation form. To donate by mail, print a donation form, and mail it with your check payable to ARRL, noting “Ham Aid” on the memo line of your check; mail to ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111 USA.

It has been four weeks since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas. In little over a month, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have left paths of destruction and catastrophic flooding that will impact the lives of people throughout the southeast U.S. and Caribbean for years to come. Throughout these disasters, our trained ham radio volunteers, and especially those in coordinating roles, have helped us meet the requests of our partner agencies and organizations. To all ham radio operators who have been on alert, activated, deployed, or donated, THANK YOU. We are grateful for your service and for your generosity.

73
Rick Roderick, K5UR
ARRL President

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Reminder for Radio Amateurs Traveling to Hurricane Stricken Areas

As requests are received asking for Amateurs to travel to the areas
affected by Hurricane Irma, ARRL officials are reminded that to be
covered under the Volunteer Protection Act or the MOU with the American
Red Cross, the requests for volunteers must be submitted through the
established ARRL/ARES channels.
 
Volunteers wishing to offer their services in disaster relief need to go
through the proper established channels.
 
Any self-deployment or requests made outside of the established channels
are not covered under ARRL’s agreements and may not be subject to the
provisions of the Volunteer Protection Act.

 
 
Dan Henderson, N1ND
Assistant Secretary, the American Radio Relay League, Inc.
Regulatory Information Manager
ARRL – the national association for Amateur Radio
Phone: 860-594-0236

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