Saturday, February 28, 2015

Electronic Building Techniques Meeting Summary

For those that missed the Feb 28,2015 meeting, here is the presentation by Joe WØMQY on building techniques! We had a great meeting and thanks to those in attendance !! For those that were there we were given a great presentation on building tips and soldering adventures!

Thanks Joe, and GOOD JOB !! Here are some photos from the talk and the slide presentation is available to view below! One of the methods talked about was Manhattan style and thanks to Romel KEØAKO we have more information on that !!

Ugly Construction has its variations and the Manhattan Style Construction technique has become very popular. Manhattan or "paddy board" style uses small square or round pads cut or stamped from PC board which are glued copper side up on a large copper clad board which is also placed copper side up. The small pads or "islands"  are used for anchoring non-grounded components. Components soldered to the pads such as transistors or ICs are not positioned upside down like in standard Ugly Construction. Many Manhattan style builders use IC sockets as well. There is a tendency to make these projects look very nice and this is a wonderful ground-plane bread boarding technique for builders who have the time and ability to do this."

Romel also provided a great article here as well --->   Manhattan Building Techniques from K7QO

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Meeting of SEKARC

Reminder... the February meeting of SEKARC will be Sat 2/28/15 at 9 am. Meetings are held at Fire Station #1 on West 4th Street in Pittsburg. Everyone is welcome, with or without a license!

We will have breakfast and coffee and Joe will be presenting "Electronic Building  Techniques" and will share along with others tips and ideas to make building/repairing easier, cleaner and safer!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ham College Show

The great folks at Amateur Logic have started a new show... Ham College and it's for new or want to be hams. But I am sure I can learn a LOT from it. Check it out and then follow AL on YouTube!! They also show some funny clips from their regular AL show.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Amateur Radio and RVing

Nice story from an RVer. I know several of us have RV's and/or would like to. I think our stories are similar to this one! Click the site below for the whole story!

Thanks to the Internet and email, text messaging and Facebook updates, it’s easy to stay in touch with friends and family while traveling. But a very active group of RVers takes such connectivity to a whole new level, out-Interneting even the Internet when it comes to being able to communicate with the world.

They take their own radio stations with them.

Les and Carle Wright at the controls of their ham radio station in their 2009 Alpine Coach motorhome.
They are members of the Amateur Radio Chapter of the Family Motorcoach Association and their radio stations are ham radio transceivers that let them communicate with other ham operators from their motorhomes and, during the off season, from their sticks and bricks homes.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Laser Message From Space

Communicating with light instead of radio waves...

In early June, a laser beam lanced out of the night sky over California, heralding a breakthrough in space communications. The message it carried was "Hello, World."

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network was our guest today at the January meeting of SEKARC! Henry WØIR and Anna WØAJM Monton from Wichita, and Steve Lester KDØEKS and Mike Asselta KDØCDQ from the Kansas City area gave the group an informative presentation and tour of the Communication Vehicle. Loren KDØRTX and I KAØEGE are fairly new members of SATERN and a few at the meeting either signed up or expressed interest in the organization.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My SDR Adventure

Let's start with the good stuff... It WORKS great!

I ordered the SDR Bundle from NooElec and with the custom enclosure for the Ham It Up upconverter board and the adapter it was a little over $100. Careful because when you choose the bundle, it defaults to buying ALL of the extras which I did not need. But it's easy enough to unselect the extras. Bottom line price for the USB Dongle, Upconverter and Cable to connect the two is $79 I believe. Shipping was pretty cheap via USPS and I received the shipment in less than a week.

Very happy with NooElec, with my only complaint being that there are very little instructions or help on their site as most of my info was gathered elsewhere. The enclosure is nice, A little tricky to put together but looking back it was the easiest piece of this puzzle. I only had to switch 2 of the spacer nuts to get it to line up correctly in the enclosure and from what I hear on the interwebs, the case does a nice job of shielding the upconverter board. Next time I have the case apart I might test those web stories. Not sure why because we can all believe everything we read on the www's right?