Monthly meetings are usually held on the second Thursday of each month, starting at 7:30 PM at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043. (Map and directions) Meetings are open to non-members, consider yourself invited. Monthly meetings are reserved for technical talks
Saturday luncheons (also known as Tacos) are held every week around Noon at Tippy’s Taco House 8632 Lee Highway (US Rt 29) near Cedar Lane, Merrifield, (Fairfax), VA (Map and directions) Everyone is invited. There is no format: demonstrate your latest project, ask for technical assistance, or simply eat a taco.
July 9, 7:30pm – Thrifty Amateur Radio, Ross Young, KM4HIL
Are you new to the hobby or looking to bring in new recruits? If so be sure to check out AMRAD’s July presentation titled, “Thrifty Amateur Radio”. This presentation overviews one man’s inexpensive journey to come up to speed on selecting a new HT radio, programming an amateur radio for numerous local repeaters in seconds, communicating internationally via Echolink, fabricating homemade ground plane antennas, and performing APRS. BaoFeng users take note!
June 11 – AMRAD 40th Anniversary Dinner – AMRAD friends and members enjoyed a social dinner and celebrated the accomplishments of AMRAD since its founding in 1975. Bill Fenn, N4TS, Mark Kanawati, N4TPY, and Bob Bruninga, WB4APR made presentations.
May 14 – Pete McNeil, KF4HCW, “Digital Modulation Description Language”. While considering remote operations on HF there are two problems: 1. Most digital modes done these days require a lot of bandwidth because the signals are being transmitted and received as digitized audio (or worse), and 2. Network delays introduce timing problems inherent in CW work that are not normally apparent in half-duplex digital and audio work. Pete shared his thoughts on developing a method to send digital timing information rather than analog audio to the transmitter and use direct synthesis to perform high fidelity modulation. It may be possible to use the descriptive language to code every currently known modulation scheme and then later use the same mechanism for schemes that have not yet been invented.
April 2 – Bill Liles, NQ6Z, presented significant propagation data taken by hams during solar eclipses in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Discussion included possible AMRAD involvement in measurements during the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse. For details of “The Great Radio Atmospheric Propagation Experiment” see http://www.sweoc.org/GRAPE.html
March 12 – Frank Gentges, KØBRA demonstrated an infrared (IR) thermal imaging camera attachment for smartphones.