Dayton Hamvention 2018 Bus Trip

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Please consider joining us for the one-day excursion to the Dayton Hamvention on Saturday, May 19th at 5:00 AM. We will arrive in Dayton around 9:00 AM, depart for Ann Arbor at 5:30 PM, and be home by 8:30 PM or 9:00 PM.

Who could ask for more? Breakfast. Door prizes. You have the dealers and forums inside and the monster flea market outside.

Please join us! Tickets are $55 (Before April 1) and $65 (From April 1). Please note that this does not include the Hamvention ticket.

For more info and to buy the tickets online please visit: https://w8rp.org/activities/dayton-bus-trip/

A Big Thank You To Our 2018 Prize Donors

 

April General Meeting: RemoteHams

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This month, we’ll hear from Scott Bicknell, W1BIC on RemoteHams, a community of amateur radio operators that share their stations with one another over the Internet. These are not the expensive “super stations” that you sometime read about, but rather a grass-roots kind of effort by real hams for real hams.

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 11 at 6:45 pm.

Location: Rm #2424 Space Research Building
University of Michigan
2455 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The doors at UM automatically close at 7:00 pm. So please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. If you are locked out please give a call on the 146.96 (-ve) repeater frequency.

Maps and Parking info: https://w8rp.org/news/change-in-generalmeetinglocation-for-march-2017/

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

March 2018 General Meeting: Michigan Balloon Recovery & Satellite Testbed (MBuRST)

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 14th at 6:45 pm.

Location: Rm #2424 Space Research Building
University of Michigan
2455 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The doors at UM automatically close at 7:00 pm. So please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. If you are locked out please give a call on the 146.96 (-ve) repeater frequency.

Maps and Parking info: https://w8rp.org/news/change-in-generalmeetinglocation-for-march-2017/

The General Membership Meeting will be held on, Wednesday, March 14th in Room 2424 at the University of Michigan’s Space Research Building.

This month’s presentation topic is Michigan Balloon Recovery & Satellite Testbed (MBuRST).

MBuRST is a design team at the University of Michigan focused on flying scientific and satellite payloads on high-altitude weather balloons. These balloons reach altitudes upwards of 100,000 ft and temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celcius. This near-space environment allows MBuRST to be a great testing platform for student-built space systems.”

OPEN TO PUBLIC

February 2018 General Meeting: Jim Kvochick, K8JK (ARRL MI Section Manager)

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 14th at 6:45 pm.

Location: Rm #2424 Space Research Building
University of Michigan
2455 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The doors at UM automatically close at 7:00 pm. So please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. If you are locked out please give a call on the 146.96 (-ve) repeater frequency.

Maps and Parking info: https://w8rp.org/news/change-in-generalmeetinglocation-for-march-2017/

The General Membership Meeting will be held on, Wednesday, February 14th in Room 2424 at the University of Michigan’s Space Research Building.

This month we will have the ARRL Michigan Section Manager, Jim Kvochick, K8JK. Jim will talk about his plans for the Michigan Section.

OPEN TO PUBLIC

µBITX Group Buy Payment

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The cost of the kit is $89 (including shipping + customs). They will ship them out in batches of 4 to reduce the shipping charges starting the week of April 9th to Dinesh, AB3DC.

The ARROW Board has agreed to front the cost of purchasing all the 35 kits and the members can then reimburse the ARROW via check, cash or Paypal.

Cash/Check: Please pay Steve Rogacki, Treasurer during one of the Club meetings or mail him a check. Steve’s mailing address is in the email you received about the µBITX payment.

PayPal charges a transaction fee of $3. So the total below reflects that charge.

Clay Mitchell, W8JNZ, SK

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Clay, W8JNZ, at the 2005 Holiday Brunch. Photo: Dave New, N8SBE.

From mlive.com:

Claybourne (Clay) Mitchell, Jr., physicist, inventor, and avid amateur radio operator (W8JNZ), died December 8, 2017, in Reston, VA from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 94 years old and formerly a longtime resident of Ann Arbor, MI. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Clay was the son of Ethel and Claybourne Mitchell, Sr. He attended Flint Central High School, Flint Junior College, and the University of Michigan, where he received a BS in Physics in 1950 and MS in Physics in 1959. During the Second World War, he served as a Master Sergeant in the Army Air Force, Engineering Aviation Battalion, Pacific Theatre (1943-1946). Before retirement, Clay was employed at Bendix Aerospace Systems Division, Udylite Corporation, Controlled Power Corporation, Elcoat Systems (PPG Industries), and Detroit Edison (now DTE Energy), where he retired in 1988 as Vice President, Planning, Research, and Environmental Protection.

He was active for several years in the Optical Society of America and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He also served on several advisory committees, including for the Argonne National Laboratory, the Electric Power Research Institute, Michigan Technological University, and the University of Michigan. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Detroit Science Center and the Michigan Energy and Resource Research Association. He also held several physics-related patents. In retirement, Clay enjoyed world travel, cycling, creative writing, fellowship with Detroit Unity and the Ann Arbor Friends, and supporting amateur radio licensing. He was preceded in death by his wife Isabella Ophelia Mitchell (2003) and is survived by his daughter Faith (Archie Brown), granddaughter Alexis Brown, and other relatives.A memorial service will be held January 13, 2018 in Northern Virginia.


On a personal note, I always considered Clay to be one of the “lions” of our club. He, along with Roger, W8ZRF, continued to hold test sessions, even when there wasn’t really an ARROW. In that way, he helped keep amateur radio alive in Ann Arbor.

He was always a joy to talk to. He was thoughtful and intelligent and had a subtle sense of humor. We will certainly miss him.

–Dan, KB6NU

November 2017 General Meeting: Solar Power

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Date/Time: Wednesday, November 08th at 6:45 pm.By Zak Zak (Flickr)

Location: Rm #2424 Space Research Building
University of Michigan
2455 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Please note the change in location effective March 2017.

The doors automatically close at 7:00 pm. So please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. If you are locked out please give a call on the 146.96 (-ve) repeater frequency.

Maps and Parking info: https://w8rp.org/news/change-in-generalmeetinglocation-for-march-2017/

The General Membership Meeting will be held on, Wednesday, November 08th in Room 2424 at the University of Michigan’s Space Research Building.

This month’s presentation topic is “Solar Power by Jay Nugent, WB8TKL”. Jay will talk about Solar PV panels (types, price and efficiency), Charge Controllers (PWM/MPPT), battery banks, battery types/chemistries and efficiency vs cost, wiring your house for 12VDC, proper wire gauging, fusing/protection, how to modify existing fixtures for 12 VDC use, DC-to-DC converters for running things that aren’t 12vdc (laptops, flat-panel TV’s, etc.), availability of 12VDC ceiling fans, fridges, water pumps, and the list goes on. Oh! And we can’t forget about running our Ubiquiti AREDN nodes off 12vdc, too!

OPEN TO PUBLIC

October 2017 General Meeting: Ham Radio Mesh Networks

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 11th at 6:45 pm.

Location: Rm #2424, Space Research Building
University of Michigan
2455 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Please note the change in location effective from March 2017.

The doors automatically close at 7:00 pm. So please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. If you are locked out please give a call on the 146.96 (-ve) repeater frequency.

Maps and Parking info: https://w8rp.org/news/change-in-general-meeting-location-for-march-2017/

The General Membership Meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th in Room 2424 at the University of Michigan’s Space Research Building.

This month’s presentation topic is “Ham Radio Mesh Networks”. We will talk about ham radio mesh networks specifically, AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network). There has been renewed interest in the Club to build a mesh network in the area and we have toyed with this idea a few years back using HSMM-Mesh but never discussed it in detail. HSMM-Mesh is no longer in development and AREDN is being used predominantly all over the world. If you have any experience with ARDEN and mesh networks, in general, your input will be valuable and if you have a device with the firmware loaded please do bring it to the meeting. We will watch a presentation and then discuss further on how to implement if there are enough of us willing to put up the nodes.

More info: https://www.aredn.org

OPEN TO PUBLIC.

September 2017 General Meeting: Connectors

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Date/Time: Wednesday, September 13th at 6:45 pm.

Location: Rm #2424, Space Research Building
University of Michigan
2455 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Please note the change in location effective from March 2017.

The doors automatically close at 7:00 pm. So please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. If you are locked out please give a call on the 146.96 (-ve) repeater frequency.

Maps and Parking info: https://w8rp.org/news/change-in-general-meeting-location-for-march-2017/

The General Membership Meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th in Room 2424 at the University of Michigan’s Space Research Building.

This month’s presentation topic is “Connectors… Connectors… Connectors…”. We have had some requests from members of the Club about how to solder a PL-259 connector. So we will look at the various connectors that are in use today and how to install a PL-259 and an N-connector onto a piece of coax. If you have any weird connectors that you would like to show off to everyone please bring them along.

August 2017 General Meeting: LTspice – Electronic Circuit Simulator

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 09th at 6:45 pm.

Location: Rm #2424, Space Research Building
University of Michigan
2455 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Please note the change in location effective from March 2017.

The doors automatically close at 7:00 pm. So please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. If you are locked out please give a call on the 146.96 (-ve) repeater frequency.

Maps and Parking info: https://w8rp.org/news/change-in-general-meeting-location-for-march-2017/

The General Membership Meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, August 09th in Room 2424 at the University of Michigan’s Space Research Building.

This month’s presentation topic is “LTspice by Steve Rogacki, AC8GO”. LTspice is a general-purpose, free, analog electronic circuit simulator. It is a program used in integrated circuit and board-level design to check the integrity of circuit designs and to predict circuit behavior.

More information about LTspice and to download the free software visit, http://www.linear.com/designtools/software/#LTspice