Come and join us tomorrow, Friday the 15th at the VA hospital building 7 auditorium for another night of ham radio. June is the month of Field day, the moth of celebrating our hobby, the month of proving that we are ready for any emergency, the month we show our hobby to the rest of the world.
In this meeting Nick Powell, NF1P and Antonis Papatsaras, AA6PP will talk about our preparations for the SFRC Field day event. We will take you through the event logistics, venue, setup and tear down process and of course sign up volunteers in order to have a successful event.
Like any general meeting night we will get the opportunity to chat, help new hams, share ideas and projects and generally escape from our daily stressful lives and have fun.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
The San Francisco Radio Club has been invited to (again) manage the Communications Team for the 2018 San Francisco Marathon, and we will appreciate your assistance this year.
NAME: The 2018 San Francisco Marathon – Communications Team
DATE: Sunday, July 29, 2018 (2018/07/29Su)
27,500 runners depend on us! Register to participate below:
Join us tomorrow night (Friday, May 18th) at 7:00pm at the V.A. Hospital, building 7 Auditorium (2nd floor) for our monthly San Francisco Radio Club General meeting.
- Our May meeting is dedicated to our members. The format will be several 5-10 minute show and tell sessions. Do you have a home-brew project to show? A topic of interest to discuss? A gobox to show? Bring your project over and share your knowledge with us!
Some of the mini sessions include Building a 10Mhz GPSDO by Lucas W6AER, SSTV reception and decoding by Antonis AA6PP, Echolink setup by Antonis AA6PP, A SOTA gobox for 20m etc.
- Tomorrow night we will also be discussing our upcoming SFRC Field Day event, preparations are underway and we need your help!
- Finally as always, this is our chance, once a month to meet each other in person, socialize and have fun.
Earlier today, May 12th, 17 of us hiked to the top of Mt Tam and activated Peak W6/CC-063. Everyone had fun, learned something new, helped each other and made enough contacts to become an Activator. One of the highlights of the day was achieving a Summit to Summit activation! AA6PP managed to have a QSO with K7ZOO activating Arizona's W7A/SC-006 Peak. Good times! Until next time!
Tim played with CBs in the 70's and 80's but due to work, family and community commitments he took a break. When his kids entered college age it was time to get back into the hobby. He initially passed the technician exam and was awarded KJ6RNN. He upgraded to general the following year. After convincing his spouse to join the hobby he also decided to aim higher and get his extra ticket. His new callsign was AF6TF.
"I was looking for ways to operate while outdoors so when Bay-Net offered a simple hike to a local peak in a park, I was all in. Packed up my IC7000, and 40A/H battery and some long wires I had, basically taking my home station outside! I learned very quickly that the right choice of equipment and backpack weight were key."
Join us this Friday evening to learn what it takes to elevate your radio operation!
This year we are also introducing a life membership package with pricing based on age. Members get priority access to SFRC participating events, have the ability to advertise (radio equipment) for free via the club website, have access to SFRC equipment loan library and more. So please support our club, renew your membership or donate today!
Our 2m repeater is WiresX capable. This means that you can connect it to distant repeaters, nodes or even reflectors (such as the America Link, MNWIS etc) and enjoy conversations often many thousand of miles apart. Our 2m repeater puts us on the map!
Nevertheless this powerful feature can get in the way of running normal analogue FM NETs if not well understood. Here is what I mean; when our repeater is connected to a distant node it is connected in digital mode only. But our repeater can support both FM (analogue) and C4FM (digital) transmissions as it has been purposely set to AMS mode (automatic). Both transmissions can coexist (in serial mode). So it is very important that when we run our FM only NETs to disconnect our repeater from any distant WiresX nodes first. Equally it is important to let local digital users know that an analogue NET is about to begin.
To make it clear, it is the responsibility of the operator who connected the repeater in the first place to disconnect it when we have a scheduled FM NET or when he/she has finished interacting with other stations or monitoring.