Please, everyone; do have something of scientific interest on your own computer that you can show us while talking about it. It doesn’t have to be presentation; just whatever you can click on so that what you see on your screen will be what we all see. (Look for the green “share” button at the bottom of your Zoom screen.)
The past two Wednesdays, we have started discussing ways to increase “hands-on” activity at our meetings. Come join us this Wednesday as we explore ways to promote amateur radio “lifelong learning.” The proposal is to devote some of our meeting time to exploring various amateur radio topics. For some members, this will be a way to revisit and review things that you have already experienced. For other members this will be a way to get exposed to some new ham radio activities. The goal is to have fun and learn some things at the same time.
Here are a few possible areas for exploration. Please feel free to add to this list.
APRS DMR Hotspots Echolink (IRLP?) Portable Operation / QRP Antennas Kit building Weak signal digital modes: WSJX – FT8, JT4, JT9, JT65, QRA64, ISCAT, MSK144. WSPR ARDF / Mobile T-hunting Satellite operation Website design and oversight – developing content for the website Get on the Air night – exploring different bands and modes Zoom tips and tricks – presenting, virtual backgrounds, hosting CW
We will start at 7:30 with our regular 2 meter net. (146.970- PL 136.5) followed by meeting on Zoom. Same meeting number and password as usual.
Join us Wednesday evening for a casual roundtable net at 7:30 pm (see below for details), followed by our monthly general meeting on Zoom at 8:00. At this month’s meeting, we will be discussing future plans for the club as well as holding our annual election of officers.
Zoom meeting credentials are the same as we have been using. Check your email for details.
We will have our usual net Wednesday at 7:30 on our regular repeater followed by a meetup at 8 on Zoom. I’ll have a few trivia questions for the net. Come to Zoom to share what you have been up to lately.
Repeater: K6QEH – 146.970 MHz- PL 136.5 Hz
All hams welcome. Stop by and say hello.
Followed by an online meetup on Zoom at 8. You can tell us about a project you are working on, chat with the group, or just listen. Same meeting number and password as usual.
Join us Wednesday evening for a casual roundtable net at 7:30 (see below for details), followed by our monthly general meeting on Zoom at 8:00. Our speaker this month will be Dennis Kidder, W6DQ, co-author of Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio.
Dennis will be talking about the Arduino and its application to amateur radio.
Did you know the FRC now has a Weekly Wednesday Net?
We have revived a very old FRC tradition. Come join us for our Wednesday Night 2 meter roundtable net. If you haven’t been on 2 meter FM for a while, this is a good excuse to be sure your batteries are charged and your radio still works! See below for frequency and PL.
Since we are not currently meeting in person monthly, we have rearranged our schedule to meet weekly, but virtually, using Zoom. You are welcome to join us on 2 meters for a casual roundtable net every Wednesday evening at 7:30, followed by a session on Zoom at 8:00. Since the propagation is always excellent on Zoom, we have been seeing some familiar faces who live too far away to attend in-person meetings.
First Wednesday of the month 7:30 pm – 2 m Roundtable Net 8:00 pm – Chat, listen, or ‘show and tell’ if you like on Zoom
Second Wednesday of the month 5:40 pm – Board Meeting on Zoom (all members are always welcome) 7:30 pm – 2 m Roundtable Net 8:00 pm – TAG on Zoom (You can bring something to share, or just see what projects other folks have been working on.)
Third Wednesday of the month 7:30 pm – 2 m Roundtable Net 8:00 pm – FRC ‘regular’ monthly meeting on Zoom. Usually a talk / presentation.
Fourth Wednesday of the month 7:30 pm – 2 m Roundtable Net 8:00 pm – Chat, listen, or ‘show and tell’ if you like on Zoom
Fifth Wednesday of the month (If there is one) 7:30 pm – 2 m Roundtable Net 8:00 pm – Chat, listen, or ‘show and tell’ if you like on Zoom
Our net is held on the K6QEH (Raytheon Fullerton) repeater. 146.97 Hz – offset. PL is 136.5 Hz
If you would like to visit one of our meetings, contact Bob AD6QF and he will send you the Zoom meeting information.
7:30 pm – Roundtable net on K6QEH repeater. 146.970 MHz -offset PL:136.5 Hz
8:00 pm – Club meeting on Zoom. Check your email for Zoom info.
Join us this Wednesday for a 2m net followed by our monthly meeting. This month’s presentation will be by Joe Moell, K0OV who will talk to us about an unusual underground power project.
Joe says, “Have you noticed the newer, taller power towers that go through the Puente Hills, then east across the 57 freeway and into Chino Hills? Why were they put in? Where does the power come from and where does it go? Why would Edison put parts of a 500-kilovolt power line underground, and how did they do that safely? I decided to try to find out, so I did some “digging” of my own. I didn’t become a power distribution expert, but during the July FRC online meeting, I’ll show you some things I discovered. If there’s time, I’ll tell you how to find out how reliable your home electrical service is, and how it is distributed from the six substations in Fullerton. If you don’t live in Fullerton, I’ll show how to find out about your city’s electrical distribution and reliability.”
As we have done for the past few FRC meetings, we will meet online using Zoom. A reminder with the Zoom information and time will be sent by email to our groups.io mailing list.
Our speaker this month will be our club vice-president, Bob Houghton AD6QF. Although thirty years ago, Bob passed the 5 wpm code test to earn his Novice license, he admits that he has never used CW for a QSO. Bob would like to become a proficient CW operator. He has recently joined the Long Island CW Club. The purpose of the club is to help people learn morse code by providing classes and mentoring. Bob will tell a little about the club and reflect on his experience during his first two weeks of membership.
Bob will also discuss some of the new initiatives that ARRL is rolling out in order to encourage new hams to become active members of the amateur radio community as well as trying to give some insight into where younger hams are going to get their information. Hint: For the most part it isn’t traditional clubs…