March 13, 2018: Amateur Radio Electronics Primer
Developing an understanding of electronics is an fundamental element of amateur radio. Increasing your knowledge of electronics will help you to pass the General and Extra license exams, while also aiding you in keeping your ham shack operating in top order. W0BM (Pat Cahill) will offer a “How To” overview of many of the more common pieces of test equipment used in amateur radio including multi-meters, frequency counters, signal generators, and antenna analyzers. This will be a “hands-on” program-bring your meters, both analog and digital, and we can check the calibration using a calibrated standard. There will be a couple door prizes….
February 13, 2018: Getting Started with FT-8
RARC’s February 2018 program will address the basics of getting started with FT-8 using WSJT-X software. This amazing new digital mode enables rapid communication around the world with low power and simple antennas. FT8 is an amateur radio weak signal communication protocol developed by Joe Taylor (K1JT) and Steve Franke (K9AN). FT8 uses 8-FSK modulation; a complete QSO transmission typically can be completed in about 1.5 minutes.
FT-8 Operating Guide (Link provided by K4IU)