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Volunteers Needed for TechFest

We are asking for volunteers to serve on this year's TechFest committee. In particular, we need someone in the role of TechFest Director, who will be the overall manager and coordinator for the event, and typically also serves as the event MC. Additional roles include someone to handle event registration, and critically, a speaker coordinator. There are various other areas where we can use additional help. Please contact our club President, Frank - KØFEI, if you can volunteer to work on this event with us. TechFest 2019 is scheduled for November 2nd.

Nancy Stitt -- KØNNC: Silent Key

We are saddened by the news that Nancy – KØNNC passed away suddenly, on December 17th, 2018, from heart failure. Nancy, along with her husband Jim – KAØNZZ, were active in starting up the club, and worked very hard at keeping it going throughout the years, until they relocated to Arizona. We are grateful to Nancy for all of her contributions of time and effort towards making the club, and the TechFest, a success.

Jim has asked that anyone wishing to commemorate Nancy's life make a donation to the American Heart Association.

Notice Regarding Membership

In prior years, we have always included TechFest attendees in our membership rolls. Beginning in 2019, membership in the club will be seperated from TechFest attendance. We would like to invite and encourage all interested amateur radio operators to support the club and become a dues-paying member. Dues are just $10 a year.

New Club Officers

At our January meeting, the club elected the following officers:

  • Frank Ivan – KØFEI: President / Program Coordinator
  • Bob Dotson – KDØBRA: Vice President
  • Jim Langsted – KCØRPS: Secretary / Treasurer

We extend our thanks to outgoing President Larry – KØNA, Vice-President and Program Coordinator Bill – NØCU, and Secretary / Treasurer Craig – WØLIC, for their service to the club.

About the Club

The 285 TechConnect Radio Club - NAØTC was formed in 2006 by Steve - AIØW, Jim - KAØNZZ, and Nancy - KØNCC to provide a forum for technical discussions, presentations, and projects. We are an ARRL Special Service Club.

We want to provide a wide-range of learning for people interested in the technical and operating areas of ham radio to increase knowledge and license levels and provide a forum for technical learning and sharing of information. Everyone is welcome!

We are scheduled to be at Intercanyon Fire Protection District station #3, 8445 South Highway 285, for our 2019 regular meetings. Exceptions will be posted here.

Call For Speakers

The club is always looking for speakers for our meetings. If you would like to share your knowledge of amateur radio operation or a related technical topic, or know of someone who can speak at one of our meetings, please contact our speaker coordinator.

2019 Meeting Schedule

Our next regular meeting will be on June 1st, 2019, at Fire Station #3, at 10:00 AM. We have doughnuts and coffee at 9:30.

  • January 5th
    • Annual Elections
    • Magnetic Loop antenna discussion with examples
    • Show'n'Tell
  • February 2nd
    • Larry – KØNA is going to present some results of his high power loop antenna research.
    • Bill – NØCU is going to do some more on high power loops. Slides Slides
    • Frank – KØFEI is going to do a presentation of what single board computers you would want to buy for the shack.
  • March 2nd
    • How can a magnetic loop antenna also create an electric field? We have the answer! Slides Slides
    • How to get on the air with out breaking the bank. Followed by cost effective upgrades.
  • April 6th: CW and Morse code show'n'tell, demo, and discussion. We'll have keys, keyers, and practice oscillators, including some vintage keys, plus the opportunity for in-room Morse QSOs. Morse Code, Keys, and AccessoriesLinks from presentation
  • May 4th: Our pizza party got postponed until June. Bill - NØCU talked about debugging an SWR problem, and Frank - KØFEI talked about single-board computers.
  • June 1st: Annual pizza party, and show'n'tell day. Bring your cool stuff and homebrew projects to share with the club. Bill - NØCU gave a presentation on HF signal propogation. Slides, Slides
  • July - No Meeting, due to Field Day
  • August 3rd: Larry – KØNA will talk about improving an HF preamplifier and measuring ferrite beads for RFI suppression. The membership will likely vote on formally cancelling the Techfest. We will also solicit input on the future direction of the club, and possible club projects.
  • September 7th: Frank - KØFEI will give a presentation on 3D printing. He will be bringing a 3D printer and demonstrating the printing process. Frank will explain how to make a case for a NW Digital Radio Pi hat on a Raspberry Pi and submit it to Thingiverse for production. He will also go through how to download a 3D project to be printed. Come and learn what you need to know to 3D print, using your own printer, one at a local school or library, or on Thingiverse.
  • October 5th
  • November 2nd:
    • JS8CALL, a digital format that is more interactive than FT8, by Frank - KØFEI
    • How much RF is in the air? This came from the question “How much peak power would a simple source follower have to have using a short receive only antenna?”, by Larry - KØNA
  • December 7th: Holiday Lunch, 11AM at JJ Madwell's, 26412 Main Street, Conifer, CO. (Map)

Please join us every Tuesday evening on the 145.145 repeater for the TechNet at 7PM.

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