Here is the document that Dan talked about during the presentation that describes the bicycle powered generator: Bike Pedal Generator
Dan (N7XDL) lets us know what we can do to protect our equipment in the event of an EMP or CME. Doomsday averted! Dan's presentation was based on J. T. Smith's paper EMP Faraday Cages That Work.
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.
Jan (KD7ZWV) gave a presentation on Packet Radio.
Slides for the presentation are here: MARC 2020.08.13 - Packet Radio
Please note that this presentation will be extended and improved and will be represented some time next year.
Dan (N7XDL) gives his presentation on Grounding at the 6 August 2020 MARC Basic Topics meeting.
This post will be edited to include a link to the slides when they are available.
Unfortunately, our fearless leader (hi, Dan!) was unable to join us this evening, so we did not have any formal training. Instead, those club members who joined the meeting had a great round table discussion about a few different topics.
The first topic we discussed was about the legal issues of some of the newer digital modes. This was brought up in the context of using VOIP systems to communicate over a mesh network and, in particular, allowing non-amateur operators use such VOIP systems in a distributed network environment without an operator present. This topic has been talked about on several threads on the AREDN site, in particular non-ham-use-of-voip-mesh, part-97-interpretation-ip-phone-deployment-over-mesh, and who-can-use-mesh. The general feel among the club is that a control operator should be present, but it is a gray area. I'd love to have some people comment here on what they think.
Our second topic was how do we get more people involved in the club! We have about 25 official club members, but it seems that the same ten or so are the only ones who appear on the weekly zoom meetings. Why don't the rest of the club members join in? Are they intimidated by the technology? Do they not have the resources (computer and internet connection)? Do they just not know how to get on? We would love to have more people attending the Thursday evening club meetings. If you haven't attended, consider trying to attend the next meeting in August (the 6th). An e-mail with an invite to the meeting will be sent out prior to the meeting (usually the day before). If you have not been getting the invites, please e-mail Jan (KD7ZWV), leave a feedback message, or comment on this post. If you are not comfortable getting the zoom software working, let us know and we will help you out.
Our third topic was along similar lines... how do we get more people (who are not currently members) interested in getting involved with amateur radio? Particularly younger people! Several suggestions were raised, including:
If you have any suggestions or contributions to these topics, post a comment on this thread!
Save the date... August 8th and 9th RFinder will be sponsoring a free ham fest online. Details and sign up here: https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/
If you register by July 24th you will have a chance to win one of the early bird prizes!
We had a rousing discussion via Zoom for the Advanced Training session. The meeting was broken up into two parts. In part one, we discussed a variety of topics regarding what kinds of things we want to cover in future Advanced Training classes. In part two, we talked about the pending Salt Lake County ARES "basic load" of radio frequencies, particularly what frequencies MARC wants to put into the "club specific" portion of the load.
|Memory Location||Receive Frequency||Transmit Frequency||Offset||Short Name||Tone Mode||Tone Value||Description|
|16||147.16||147.76||Plus||MARC-PRI2m||TONE||127.3 Hz||Murray Amateur Radio Club 2m Primary|
|17||224.64||223.04||Minus||MARC-220||TONE||156.7||Sammie's 220 Repeater|
|20||224.9||223.3||Minus||MARC-FD||TONE||156.7||MARC - 220 RPTR MURRAY FD|
|21||147.6||147.6||Simplex||MRC-CITY||None||MARC - MURRAY CITY SIMPLEX|
|22||146.62||146.02||Minus||Farnsworth||None||Farnsworth Peak Repeater|
|23||147.12||147.72||Plus||Intertie||TONE||100||Farnsworth Peak Repeater Intertie|
|24||440.???||445.???||Plus||MARC-440||TONE||100||MARC 440 REPEATER|
|25||447.9||442.9||Minus||Curry Pk||TONE||114.8||Curry Peak|
|26||147.14||147.74||Plus||Butterfield Pk||TONE||127.3||Butterfield Peak|
|27||449.425||444.425||Minus||Nelson Pk||TONE||100||Nelson Peak - IRLP Linked to Western Reflector|
|28||146.74||146.14||Minus||Huntsman||TONE||114.8||Huntsman Cancer Inst (Linked to 448.100), Taylorsville ARC|
If you have suggestions for changes to this section, additional repeaters or frequencies, or anything else about the SLCo ARES basic load, please send them to Dan (N7XDL).
Dan (N7XDL) talked with us about emergency communications, a topic near and dear to all of our hearts. Part of the presentation included a couple of videos from Josh Nass (KI6NAZ) from his Ham Radio Crash Course youtube channel. Josh has a playlist of videos related to emergency communications, and the we were treated to the first two videos with Dan's commentary and our own comments along the way.
The first two videos are embedded here, but you should still check out the whole playlist as there is a lot of good information there:
Other things we discussed included CERT training here in Murray, maintaining a good communications plan, and being prepared. Dan also has some additional resources that I will be adding to this post over the next few days, including the Salt Lake County ARES communication plan and recommended radio channel load. Stay tuned for more details!
Here is N7XDL's codeplug in 7z format, you can unarchive this file and then import the individual files into your own codeplug. MARC_Presentation_CodePlug