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  • 17 Aug 2015 19:47 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    ILLW Setup


    We had a great time at the Lighthouse this past weekend for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend as a joint event with the Jupiter Lighthouse Radio Group. 


    This year we were set up in the Lighthouse Park which is about the same distance from the Lighthouse as the museum location. We had a fair number of Amateur Radio visitors to the station but not as many public visitors as in years past. We did have a chance to get some new hams on the air on HF as well as some regular members and visitors.


    ILLW Operations


    A big thanks to our President Ron Schoner, K4OIL for hauling the tower trailer, setup, and providing a second station - also thanks to VP Gary for setup and patience helping us figure out what- and how- to set things up. 


    Setup and take down:


    Joe  KI4OXP

    Gary K4GMW

    Ron K4OIL

    Mike KV4MS 


    We had a lot of showers and thunderstorms - and also a Geomagnetic storm hit as well- making the physical, and aether conditions a challenge. Even with the challenges we were able to rack up over 100 contacts on our operating position- with the JLRG gang doing about the same from their position. Contact modes included digital, CW, and Phone. 


    Ron KD4PQQ


    Operators:


    Joe WI0JMP

    Bill N4BKT

    Ron K4OIL

    Ron KD4PQQ

    Kathy KM4MJA

    Peggy KM4MIZ

    Ron KF4FJP

    Anson WU2F


    Visitors included Ron McCord and Family (who also just got their Amateur Radio licenses), Joe Pelikan WI0JMP, Dennis Marshall (who has a pending application to join us), ARRL Southern Florida Section Manager Jeff Beals WA4AW, and I'm sure a few others I did not get to meet and greet.


    At the end of the event we had a short memorial and final send off for our former Director- Lee, K4LJP from the top of the Lighthouse.


    Farewell to Lee K4LJP


    73


  • 27 Jul 2015 18:36 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    Julian Frost N3JF and John Amodeo NN6JA have made a short piece title Antenna Restrictions and Making Antennas Fit.  You'll see members of PSL ARA, MCARA, and Jupiter Lighthouse Radio Group in this short story of success, cooperation, and thinking outside the box. 




    MCARA member Nancy, KK4WCC lives in a community for people aged 55 and older. The home-owner's association banned Nancy from putting up any kind of outside antenna. John Amodeo, producer of the hit TV show "Last Man Standing" (starring Tim Allen, himself a ham radio operator) and Julian traveled to Stuart to see what they could do to make a 39ft long antenna, fit in a 23ft long attic!

  • 14 Jun 2015 22:44 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    Crystals


    Quartz crystals are a natural structure. When plates of Quartz are cut in certain relationships to the crystalline axes, the plates will show the piezoelectric effect.  


    The crystals have mechanical resonance and will vibrate at a very high natural frequency due to the stiffness with the natural period depending upon the dimensions of the crystal. 


    Quartz Crystals may be rotated at specific angles for grinding to yield a particular coefficient of frequency. Figure 5 shows the coefficients of frequencies for given angles of cut. 


    The AT (+35 deg 15') and BT (-49 deg cuts) are used at HF. AT is most used for 500 KHz to 6 MHz. The BT cut is widely used over the same lower range and up to 12 MHz, though the AT cuts is more stable at the lower range than the BT. 


    For Lower Frequencies, say a 100 KHz standard oscillator, the GT cut is recommended, the the CT and DT cuts are also commonly used. The CT, GT, and DT cut plates are called contour cuts. They oscillate along the long dimension of the plate and are much smaller than a AT or BT plate cut for the same frequency.

  • 24 Mar 2015 21:13 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    Our thanks to ALL for supporting the Stuart Hamfest again this year. We had an overwhelming turnout and a busy- albeit short- hamfest. This year we sold out of inside vendor space and had several new commercial vendors as well. We had more tailgaters than we could count (literally). The bargains on the club donation table and consignments were flying off the tables... (not literally). :-) 


    So with no further adieu - here are the winners of the prizes, all purchased by Martin County Amateur Radio Association thanks to a near cost deal from our pals at Gigaparts.com (thanks!)


    Grand Prize: Barry Mathison KC8CCH
    Second prize: Jack Moyer K4KDI
    Third prize: Donald Hartlein N4NOD


    Grand Prize Winner
  • 24 Mar 2015 09:45 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    The Portable Software Defined Radio, or PSDR, is an Open Source, Fully stand-alone HF/Shortwave Software Defined Transceiver which includes a Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) and Antenna Analyzer as well as a GPS receiver. A rugged portable transceiver designed to be a flexible platform for development, learning aid, and a useful test kit in it's own right.

    Check out the video embedded below.

    The project is now fully funded on Kickstarter- you can learn more at the Portable SDR Kickstarter pages.

  • 09 Mar 2015 14:29 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    At a recent meeting we were asked about logic gates AND OR how they work. Here is a simple treatise via Computerphile. http://youtu.be/UvI-AMAtrvE


  • 02 Mar 2015 09:50 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    MCARA are pleased to announce our February Meeting Annual Election results as follows:


    New President: Ron Schoner K4OIL 

    VP: Gary Webster K4GMW 

    Treasurer: Dick Langbert K4MMZ 

    Secretary: Amy Laakkonen KI4RHM

     

    Board of Directors: 

    Joe Sawyer KI4OXP, 

    Eric Boyd W4ELB, 

    Arnie Dykes KH7GZ, 

    Lee Pennington II K4LJP,

    Bob Kagel KM4DS


    We wish to thank our outgoing 2014 staff for their service to the club- Thank You All. Meeting minutes for the Feb 2015 meeting are available in the Members Area under "Meeting Minutes".


    Dues and Renewals Changes


    Also taken under motion and approved was a call to raise annual dues from 15 dollars to 20 for Regular membership, and 22.50 to 30 dollars for Family Membership levels. This modest increase is our first ever dues increase since 1974. Thanks to all our members for your continued support. 


    Please be aware if your membership is in renewal status, you may renew at the old rate listed on your invoice. If your membership is now expired, you must renew at the new rates. All new members are using the new rates, this change, along with the change to anniversary renewals for memberships approved in 2014, should make it easier for folks to join us during the busiest parts of the year. 


    We look forward to seeing you all at the Stuart Hamfest on 21 March, 2015. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Hamfest Chairman, Doug Shields - you do not need to be a member to volunteer to help with the event. We appreciate all our friends pitching in to support our event and keep it free of cost to attendees.


    73



  • 10 Nov 2014 14:34 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    Oct 30 K4ZK at the Stuart Airshow
    K4ZK 2-14 Oct 30 Stuart Airshow
    https://plus.google.com/photos/109062455654311685610/albums/6080152628975494385?authkey=CJbWsNiP4JWSygE

    K4ZK 10-31 2014

    https://plus.google.com/photos/109062455654311685610/albums/6080155971489101905

    K4ZK Sunday Nov -02 2014 Stuart Airshow

    https://plus.google.com/photos/109062455654311685610/albums/6080157799357692977

    From Kevin Jackson W4JKJ

    Thanks for putting up the special event station!
    Had a great time as always with you guys.
    I uploaded my pics to shutterfly. There are a few pics of some of the folks working the radio that you may want to grab.

    Best of 73,
    de Kevin-W4JKJ

    https://2014airshow.shutterfly.com/


  • 10 Nov 2014 13:19 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    2014 Airshow Video

    2014 Airshow Stuart Florida from MCARA on Vimeo.

    Find the video to share on Facebook

    Find the video to share on YouTube - 1280 HD

  • 31 Oct 2014 07:50 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    Please Join us as our club celebrates a 40 year anniversary at the 2014 Stuart Air Show in Stuart Florida - you may join us on air with  our special event station operating on 10, 15 and 20 meters or come out to the Airshow and join the fun!  

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