Thursday, November 1, 2018

Christmas Party Donations

As always, we are collecting donations for the food pantry during the Christmas Party on December 8th, 2018. All donations are accepted gratefully, below are some suggestions for items they need.
Food items needed: Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon), Mac 'n Cheese, Soup, Cereal, Crackers, Canned Fruit and vegetables.
Non-food items needed: Toilet paper, bath soap (bar or liquid body wash), baby wipes, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, disposable razors, laundry soap, dishwashing liquid.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Big news from the October meeting

The 2018 MAARC December Dinner will be at the same location as last year's, but with two important changes: First, it will be a Carry-In (what former Easterners call "pot-luck"), and second, there will be no admission charge. We will have a sign-up sheet at the November club meeting where you can indicate what you are able to bring, so we don't all bring the same thing. (Personally, I can't even cook boiled water, so I will be bringing some drinks.)

The new Icom 7200 was present in all its radiant glory.

There was a demonstration of receive-only APRS (packet radio) using virtually no hardware. A lot has changed since the 1980s when I was doing packet... no big TNC box connected to a CP/M computer using dual-floppy 8" disk drives.

We are starting membership renewals at the Nov. meeting. Starting this year, any membership renewals in October or later (Sept. or later?) go to the end of the following year, so come up and renew for 2019 right now and avoid the rush.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Resources for APRS

Drew Bennett, K9HMX, gave a presentation today about receiving APRS data with a Raspberry Pi and a RTL-SDR dongle.  Below are the links mentioned during the presentation for your reference:

https://aprs.fi
https://youtu.be/xQFSmINZqCY
http://qso365.co.uk/2018/04/updated-guide-to-setting-up-an-aprs-rx-only-igate-using-a-raspberry-pi-rtl-sdr-dongle-and-a-pre-built-image/

Below are the pieces used in the construction:
Pi: https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-3-model-b-plus/
RTL-SDR: http://a.co/d/eknUrf2

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

MAARC decides on new club HF transceiver

At the meeting this last Monday, the club decided to purchase an Icom 7200 HF/6M radio transceiver. This transceiver has many advanced features, yet is fairly inexpensive (as ham radio equipment goes these days) and is allegedly easy to operate (ha! that remains to be seen).

The manual for this radio is available here:
https://www.icomamerica.com/en/downloads/DownloadDocument.aspx?Document=361

Robert gave a wonderful presentation on SSTV. Back in the 1970s, dealing with SSTV was prohibitively expensive and hugely complicated. Around 1973 I bought a P-7 phosphor cathode ray tube and mounted it in a chassis - never did get the project working however.  Now, thanks to computer advances, you can send and receive pictures in any SSTV mode and it won't cost you a dime. Robert was both sending and receiving without even using a cable - and they looked great.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Accelerated Technician Course Coming in October

MAARC Logo
EmComm ECI Logo
Interested in Amateur Radio ?
NOW is the time...

Get Your License In October !

Earn your first Ham Radio License the easy way with EmComm ECI and MAARC.



During our two-weekend accelerated course, you will learn everything necessary to become a licensed Amateur Radio operator.  There are no prerequisites, all persons age 13+ are welcome to join.

We are proud to partner with our friends at EmComm ECI to continue our series of free licensing courses this Fall.  If you are ready to meet the world on the air, we are ready to help you get there !

Don't wait any longer, don't put it off for later-- sign up for the Fall 2018 course today and become a licensed Ham Radio operator in October.

When:
Friday October 5, 2018     6:30pm - 8:30pm (Kickoff Meeting)
Saturday October 6, 2018     9:00am - 6:00pm (Class Session 1 & 2 with lunch break)
Sunday October 7, 2018     2:00pm - 6:00pm (Class Session 3)

Saturday October 13, 2018     9:00am - 2:00pm (Review & Testing)


Where:
Delaware County Emergency Operations Center
210 South Jefferson Street in Downtown Muncie

Cost:
The course is free, but you will need a copy of the textbook which costs $30.00.

ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition
ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 4th Edition
If you need a book, contact us to reserve a seat in class and we will have a new copy waiting for you.  Pay for the textbook when you pick it up in class.  This is the easiest way to make sure you have the right materials, highly recommended.

Registration Deadline if you need a book is Thursday September 27, 2018 !

If you already have a copy of the text-- or would like to obtain one on your own-- no problem, that's fine.  This book is available on Amazon and R&L Electronics (links to order pages) in standard, spiral bound (link to R&L) and electronic Kindle formats.  R&L Electronics in nearby Hamilton, OH is our closest full service Amateur Radio shop.

There is also an FCC admin/filing fee of $15.00 required to take the exam on October 13.  You will pay the volunteer examination team directly when you take the exam.

So... Free Class + $30 book +$15 FCC Fee = $45.00.

How to Join:
Contact the club anytime !

Email us at wb9hxg@gmail.com or give us a call at (765) 273-3101

Questions ?
Get in touch !  We are happy to help and look forward to a strong turnout.


Don't wait any longer - Let's get you on the air.
Now is the time to earn your License with MAARC and EmComm ECI !

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Radio-Themed Escape Room Game

After the August 27th meeting, the Muncie Area Amateur Radio Club hosted a puzzle game (inspired by escape room games).  Lots of fun was had solving the puzzles, and unlocking all the locks.  Links to videos of the event can be found below.

Part 1
Part 2

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

White River Clean Up

The White River Clean Up for 2018 will be Saturday, September 15th. We will meet at Westside Park in Muncie at 7am. We will finish around noon. Food will be provided afterwards. Amateur radio operators are still needed. Contact Marv at KC9RVL@arrl.net, if you would like to volunteer.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Presentation: "Logging your Contacts"

Monday, November 27th, 2017 Drew Bennett, K9HMX presented "Logging Your Contacts".  Attached is a link (Google Slides) to the presentation.

Logging Your Contacts

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Officer Candidates for 2018

For President, Drew Bennett KD9HMX.
For V.P., Zach Needler KD9HHS.
For Secretary, Linda Rai KD9COJ.
For Treasurer, Rick Rodman KC4BCK.
Voting will be at the October 23 meeting.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Fall 2017 Technician Class License Course

Are you ready to get your Amateur Radio License ?

NOW is the time !

MAARC is offering a course this Fall to prepare
you for the FCC Technician Class Exam




The Muncie Area Amateur Radio Club is proud to continue our series of free licensing courses this Fall.    If you are ready to meet the world on the air, we are ready to help you get there !

Don't wait any longer, don't put it off for later-- sign up for the upcoming Fall course and become a licensed Ham Radio operator.

When:  Weekly on Sunday afternoons, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm beginning October 8, 2017 and ending November 12, 2017.  Six class sessions total.

Where:  Community Room at the Maring-Hunt Branch of the Muncie Public Library (2005 S. High Street)

Cost:  The course is free, but you will need a copy of the textbook which costs $30.00.

Cover of ARRL Tech Class Manual, 3rd Ed
ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 3rd Edition

If you have or obtain a copy on your own, that is fine.  If you need a book, contact us to reserve a seat in class and we will have a new copy waiting for you.

There is also an FCC admin/filing fee of $15.00 required to take the exam on November 12th.  You will pay the volunteer examiner team directly when you take the exam.

So... Free Class + $30 Book + $15 FCC Fee = $45.00.

How to Join:  Contact the club anytime !

Email us at wb9hxg@gmail.com or give us a call at (765) 273-3101


Questions ?  Get in touch !  We are happy to help and look forward to a strong turnout.


Don't wait any longer - Let's get you on the air.
Now is the time - Get your Tech Class Ticket with MAARC !

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The NEMP threat

NEMP hype is all over the internet again. "Everything electronic will stop working!",
the headlines scream, and describe a future in which all will starve who don't buy their
expensive canned food. We, as hams, have been thru this before, and should know better.

NEMP has been studied since the late 1950s. The NEMP (Nuclear electromagnetic pulse) is
basically a huge induced electrical surge.
Electronic devices connected to large wire arrays, such as the
electrical grid, large LANs or large antennas, will get surges through their data connections,
which in many cases could damage the devices. Many cars and trucks
may be disabled. Military gear is "tempest-hardened" and should be expected to survive.
The main problem will be the electrical grid, which could suffer substantial
damage and be down for long periods of time. The landline telecom network will likely
suffer damage as well, but should come back up more quickly.

It isn't necessary for us, as hams, to have vaccuum-tube gear stashed away in Faraday cages
to reestablish communication in the aftermath of an EMP surge. Some of our equipment will
suffer damage, true, but most of it should come through the surge unscathed.
Using what is available, ham radio should be able to provide emergency services, and may have
to do so for a fairly long time, since the power grid will take a while to be restored to
service. So, preparation for NEMP should be similar to preparation for long-term power
outages: generators, solar panels, batteries, inverters and similar power backup systems.

Interestingly, nuclear war isn't the only possible cause of a large-area induced electrical
surge. In 1859, a large solar flare caused what we now call the
Carrington event. This could happen again; in fact, some scientists expect it to happen.
Unlike nuclear war, we might have as much as several hours advance warning of the surge hitting,
since it involves a wave of sublight particles.
During that advance warning period, we could disconnect any large antennas or networks,
and possibly unplug equipment fron AC power.

Our most important preparation is maintaining our routine of nets, so that we
are ready to carry message traffic, whether for emergency services or just concerned
relatives. As hams, we should not be caught unprepared when any disaster strikes,
whether local or nationwide.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Slow Windows Update

Windows Update on my laptop has taken about 5 hours so far, and been through 3 restarts. It keeps getting errors. It is only updating the OS.

On Linux, I can update the OS and all the apps with a single command. It does not need any restarts, gets no errors, and takes only a few minutes.

What is the advantage of using Windows?