Ham Radio University Upcoming Forums

As was mentioned (thanks, Chris) on this evening's net, Ham Radio University is sponsoring a virtual event this year with several presentations on various topics.

There are two tracks and here is an example of the topics available:

  • Track 1
    • NLI EmComm
    • The Art of Operating Amateur Satellites with an HT
    • DXing - Awards, Propagation, and QSLing
    • Antenna Power Flow and SWR
    • HF Digital Modes including FT8
    • Raspberry Pi Applications for Ham Radio
  • Track 2
    • All Things Digital VHF & Above with DMR and D-Star
    • Basics of HF Operating
    • How to Learn and Have Fun with CW
    • Software Defined Radios
    • Remote Station Operation
    • Overview of Ham Radio Logging Programs
    • QRP: Low Power Fun

The event will be held on 9 January 2021 starting at 8:00 AM EST (6:00 AM MST).  Please register for the event at the URL above.  For details on the presentations, see Ham Radio University Forums.  The presentations will be giving using GoToWebinar (see Go To Webinar Attendee Guide for additional information about system requirements).

It is not known at this time if the sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing.  This post will be updated as more information becomes available.


Advanced Topics Class 10 DEC 2020 – Logging

Jan (KD7ZWV) gives us an introduction to logging.  What to log, why to log, and how to log.

Slides are available here.

Links mentioned during the presentation:

Basic Topics Class 3 December 2020 – 50 things to do with your ham radio

Dan (N7XDL) shares with us fifty things to do with your ham radio in 2021.

During the presentation, a few links were posted to the Zoom chat.  They are included here for ease of reference:

The slides will be added to this post when they are available.

The Fox Hunt!

On Saturday, 14 November 2020, MARC and the Taylorsville Amateur Radio Club participated in a "pandemic safe" fox hunt.  This was done by having everyone take a bearing from whatever their location was (typically their home, but Neil (KF7PKX) at least took his bearing from his workplace).  All of these locations and bearings were given to Dan (N7XDL) who plotted the bearings on a map, which you can see here: Nov14Event_TARC_MARC.

As you can see, not every bearing pointed directly at the fox, which is expected.  But if you observe, there were several bearings that did intersect at the approximate location of the fox.  For our first try, it was very promising!

We will be participating with Taylorsville for next month's hunt on 12 December 2020.  It has not been determined yet if this will be another "pandemic safe" hunt or if we will actually get together in person (maintaining social distancing and wearing masks).  Watch this space for updates as we get closer to the event!

Basic Training 5 November 2020 – Fox Hunts part one

Dan (N7XDL) gave us a brief introduction to "Fox Hunts" or radio direction finding.  Our neighboring Taylorsville Amateur Radio Club has been doing fox hunts on the second Saturday of each month for the last couple of months.  They have invited us to participate with them this month.

Dan will continue his lesson next week with more detailed information on using directional antennae to track down a hidden transmitter.

A copy of the presentation is included here.  Check it out as it includes instructions for building your own "tape measure yagi," a simple directional antenna.

Please consider joining us next week for part two of this lesson!  If you need information on how to join the meeting, use the Contact Us link.

MARC General Meeting 20 August 2020 – EMP and CME

Dan (N7XDL) gave a great presentation on the dangers and principles behind Electro Magnetic Pulse and Coronal Mass Ejection events.

I will add a link to the slides when I get them.

This presentation sets us up for next month's presentation on what we can do about EMP and CME events.