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AMRAD founder and past president Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, passed away November 29, 2019 at the age of 88.  In addition to founding and running AMRAD for many years, Paul was also a past CTO of the ARRL, and first publisher of QEX magazine.  Celebration of his life will be held December 9, see this link for details.  

Upcoming Meetings (tbd)

Recent Meetings

    • (NOTE:  More info on each meeting presentation can be found within the AMRAD Newsletter, thanks to Dick Barth, W3HWN)
    • At the  August 3rd meeting Francis Gary Powers, Jr. presented: Spy Pilot, Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy.
    • On July 13th, Mr. James Schier from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gave a briefing on the 1960’s era Apollo Manned Space Flight Network Unified S-band (USB) system that combined tracking, ranging, telemetry. command, voice, and video signals into a single communications system.
    • At the March 16 2019 meeting,  Steve Peterson gave a presentation on Humanity Road/VERT presentation Mont Co CERT has developed a program to retain members’ interest in serving their community. The presentation discussed virtual activations by their VERT and includes lessons learned and best practices.
    • There was not an organized February meeting due to last-minute schedule conflicts,  just regular tacos sessions
    • For the January 12 2019 meeting Terry Fox, N4TLF (via Skype) discussed CP/M emulators, 3D printing, and small CNC for making circuit boards.
    • The December 15 2018 AMRAD meeting was the annual business meeting
    • The Nov 17 2018 AMRAD meeting  presentation was Introducing BooyaSDRWeb Remote Operation.  See these links:
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Upcoming Events

  • Richmond Frostfest will be held on February 1, 2020.  See this link for more information.
  • Vienna Winterfest will be held on March 29, 2020 at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale campus.  See this link for more information.