Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Hamtastic Christmas from AL.TV

Funny show... well done guys !!

Peter talks about Propagation, Tommy shows us Arne’s IC-7100 with Remote Rig, George presents the CheapoDuino Finale. Plus our exciting holiday present to you, The AmateurLogic Christmas Album Collection with Mike Morneau, VE3MIC.

This is an excellent way to end the year. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it.

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Thank You To Xuron Tools

Full disclosure here... my wife and club member Loren KDØRTX's father started this company. Next time you see her, ask her about winding springs as a youth! Great people and a great company. Look for more in the future from Xuron and SEKARC. A special thanks to Xuron for the tools received by the club. Our members were thrilled and we had door prizes for everyone!

Based in Saco Maine and founded in 1971, Xuron Corp. is one of the world's leading manufacturers of ergonomic, electronics grade hand tools for the electronics, aerospace, plastic molding, wire processing, hobby, craft, jewelry and fishing industries.

Xuron Corp. is the original inventor, and patent holder, of the Micro-Shear® blade by-pass cutting technology used on all Xuron® brand cutters.

Xuron® tools are manufactured in Saco, Maine U.S.A., where quality, outstanding work ethic and flawless craftsmanship are a long-time tradition.

Here are a couple of really cool tools from XURON !

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

November Meeting and SDR

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What a great meeting we had last Saturday. That neeting was an example of some of the best things about SEKARC. New technology, learning and friendship. It was nice to see a good turnout on a holiday weekend and if you missed it, be sure and attend our next meeting in January. ( We will not have a Dec meeting, too close to Christmas ).

I showed a basic intro to SDR YouTube video (watch below), which displayed basic info and demonstrated 2 free software programs to listen with and modify the signals. Joe then gave a demo of the fantastic website websdr. Towards the bottom of this article I will embed the youtube video and will post links to the info that Joe presented.

The SDR market is exploding with inexpensive hardware to LISTEN to many bands of radio  frequencies. Many of us have since purchased some of the equipment and I am sure some of that will be on display in the January meeting. If you have any advice of info that would be helpful, please add it to the comments section below.

We also got to meet some new members that we initially met at the Joplin Hamfest! Thanks for coming Kristin KEØBPL and Seth KDØTEL and we hope to see you again soon! Anything you need just give us a post on the Google Groups site!

SDR rcvr  (world wide receiver list)  Good starting place "Great Lakes Listening Post" 40,30,20 mtr  Softrock Lite 40 mtr rcvr     running on Raspberry Pi.   W5ZA  Shreveport, La.   10 meter Beacon receiver

SDR Software   (free downloads)

SDR Intro Video

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Changing Email Group for SEKARC

Hello everyone, after a suggestion by one of our new members Kristen KEØBPL and a question by Jack WDØCFH, I finally started on something I had been thinking about for a while. SEKARC is changing over to Google Groups for our email and club communications. The group was getting too large to manage from one email account with  SEKARC. We will make the change slowly and over a week or two so everyone has time to get signed up.

Google Groups is much like Yahoo Groups that many of you are familiar with but Google just does it better and it ties nicely to the website which is on Blogger, another Google platform. This enables us to save email and topics for later review and creates a forum type of setting for questions to the group. Another plus it that it puts the entire group at your fingertips for times like Jack was talking about it can be used as a swap shop or looking to buy/sell service for just the club!

The SEKARC email adress will always be active and monitored. All emails sent out for reminders, new post updates and general FYI's will be sent using the Google Groups process. But don't forget I will slowly transition over so there may be some duplicates for a while. If you have issues or questions, please let us know!

There will be some bugs I am sure and here are a couple of hints that I used... I set mine to receive individual emails for  each post. You can get one summary email per day with ALL of the days posts but I tried that with Larry's List and I think I missed a lot of info by doing that. I can't imagine that our group would jam up your inbox with tons of emails, especially starting out.

On Monday I will be sending out a google group SEKARC email with the link to sign up to the SEKARC Google Group! It's pretty easy, just a click and your are done! Instructions and hints for set up are listed below.

One option I might suggest after you sign up... go and change your personal settings to include your call sign and in the same area you choose the email type (individual or daily summary). Screenshots below start on the groups web page where you can also post and read messages directly. But just replying and sending emails to the group will post them as well.

After signing up ( you do not need a Google ID to sign up by the way )... go to the group main page Google Groups SEKARC, and in the top right corner you will see this... click the box with the person and little gear...

Then click on the line that says Membership and email settings...

You will then see this box.... under display name you can put what you would but your name and call sign would be good. This would help others identify the sender! And then underneath that is a drop down for email settings where you choose individual or daily summary...

That's pretty mush it. From the Google Groups SEKARC site you can see all of the postings, read them and/or create a new topic! This will greatly enhance our clubs communication lever and after we get around the changing pains I think we will all be glad we did! Let me know if you have any questions or have any issues with the process! When sending a new email to the group via  sekarc @, the email subject become the TOPIC for that thread...

Keep in mind though..... everyone in the group will be able to read your postings so if you have private emails to send, please use their personal email address to do so.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jammin' at Builders Group?

Well the Builders Group had a wild night last week... we've seen tubes glow, Jacob's ladder spark, and solder smoke filled the air but this night was a little different.... a little sound wave demo.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Yaesu FT-991 Released

Holy cow this is crazy. This replaces the FT-897? I had read where it would be around the $1200 range, but this is NUTS ! This is today's listing on Associated Radio. The  nice FTDX-1200 was around $1500 but is now about $1399 with a $200 rebate from Yaesu. Guess I had put this new rig in the wrong category... So maybe that FT-991 will not be on my wish list anytime soon.

But that FTDX-1200 looks better and better....

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Raytown Hamfest November 2014

Here is a nice video about the Raytown Amateur Radio Club Hamfest held recently.... these are really fun and follow the HAMFEST tab to the left for info on upcoming hamfest. Winter is a little slow but keep checking in !

I updated the HAMFEST link with 3 of them in early 2015! Should be a fun way to deal with winter. And cheaper than moving to Florida!