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  • 19 Jun 2014 09:28 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    So on occasion we are asked "Where is the best place to start learning how to build electronic projects?"


    Fritzing


    Fritzing - from University of Potsdam, is a nice representation of the real-world process from schematic to breadboard to PCB. Would you be interested in learning the Fritzing way? Have a look and let us know: http://fritzing.org/home/
  • 12 Mar 2014 08:17 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    Explaining how radio beams bend around the Earth for HF communications has always been a bit of a task to convey for me. Radio waves, which are in the same domain as light waves, don't "reflect" - they actually refract, or bend.

    Refection makes the pencil appear to bend
    One way to see the bending is to place a pencil in a clear measure cup-- you will notice it appear to bend at the water line. Rays of light, and indeed radio waves-- do the same.

    Refracted arrow appears to reverse direction
    What you see is not always what actually happens. The arrow appears to reverse direction- and radio waves can do the same when traversing a medium such as the ether.

    This video shows an even more dramatic demonstration of refraction:
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    These visual cues may help you to understand how our ionosphere shapes and bends signals around the globe.  Here is some more info on the effect including a better explanation.  So the next time you hear a person stating signals reflect off the ionosphere- you have a couple quick and easy ways to show that they refract-- not reflect. The ionosphere is not a mirror. If you would like to learn more about ham radio and how we communicate around the world-- and how you can get a license to do the same. Please feel free to contact our club to find out about a ham radio license class near you.   
  • 24 Feb 2014 13:18 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)

    Monday 2/24 thru Friday 2/28/2014 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Florida.  Included will be a statewide tornado drill on Thursday starting at 10:10 and ending at 10:30.

    See the NOAA weather site in Melbourne for information.  Here is the Tornado Drill Document (PDF).

    After our local SKYWARN activation on 22 February due to the tornado warning; this comes at a very good time.


    73
    Ron Tagg KD4PQQ
  • 19 Feb 2014 11:41 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    Pete Lynch, W1MNY, Silent Key
    Pete Lynch W1MNY- photo courtesy Gus, NU4L

    It is with sadness that we announce the death of former MCARA President and member Pete Lynch, W1MNY. Pete was 73 years at the time of his passing on Valentine's day, 2014.

    You may read the Obituary and Funeral Arrangements here.

    73 OM Pete.

    I just uploaded a album of older club photos from Gus, NU4L to the MCARA Facebook page. Can you help ID some faces we may not have seen in awhile? Thanks.
  • 15 Aug 2013 11:00 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    QSL Card
    We just received word that officials from the US Postal Service will have a first day issue stamp available with a special cancellation featuring a Radio Tower and the ILLW initials at the Jupiter Lighthouse International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.


    The stamp issuance with special cancellations is scheduled for 1PM local time. A limited number of special Florida Lighthouse Station QSL (post) cards will be available as souvenirs for affixing the stamps if desired. The Jupiter Lighthouse gift shop also has postal cards available.

    Best regards or "73"
    We hope to see you all there again this year!

    Our thanks to the Loxahatchee Historical Society and JTRG
  • 24 Jul 2013 10:49 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    RSGB Islands On The Air- Hutchinson Island NA-141

    Details updated July 25th 7:00 AM.

    Operating July 27, 8:00 AM - July 28, 08:00 AM 
    Setup begins at 7:00 AM 27 July.

    The IOTA (Islands on the Air) events are a Contest held every last full weekend in July, organized by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). This year is a special event as it marks the RSGB centenary. 

    The basic objective of the event is to promote public awareness of amateur radio by activating Islands On The Air worldwide. As this is a contest type of event, we will operate in accordance with the event rules as stated on the RSGB web site here.

    We plan to set up at the newest pavilion area on Stuart Beach at Pavilion 11 to operate during the contest. We will operate overnight as Stuart Beach is open 24 hours. Stuart Beach is located next to the Elliot Museum on Hutchinson Island. The pavilion 11 is next to the Fire Station.

    Pavilion 11 is new- it is not on any map- but if you get to the Stuart Beach, you will find it. Map to Stuart Beach is here: http://www.martin.fl.us/portal/page?_pageid=354,1238847&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL It is listed as "Stuart Beach"

    As this is a relatively easy contest- it is a great starting point for newcomers to the art. Please check out the Contesting Newcomers Help Guide.
  • 24 Jul 2013 10:09 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    Classes to get your Technician class FCC license begin July 27, 2013.
    Class at the Martin County EOC
    Download the Full Info Sheet or look in EVENTS to register now.
    Learn how you can assist your community during hurricanes and other disasters as a volunteer Emergency Communicator. This Class can be the gateway to the exciting world of Amateur Radio. Students of all ages are welcome.

    On 27 July the Martin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (MC-ARES) and Martin County Amateur Radio Association (MCARA) jointly sponsor free Amateur Radio Licensing classes for the entry level Technician Class FCC License.While the classes are free, it is highly recommend to have a License Study Guide, which is available at the class on a cost donation basis of $25.00, the testing sitting fee, including FCC required costs is $15.00
    Introductory Session; explanation of how course will proceed; and schedule of events session is on 27 July from 10am-1pm at 800 SE Monterey Road at the Martin County Public Safety Complex Room 225B, in Stuart Florida.

    Also after class, come out and visit us at Stuart Beach where we will be on the air from Hutchinson Island for the Islands On The Air (IOTA) weekend contest- the event starts at 8:00AM - and we operate "contest style" through the night to Sunday morning.

    Best regards or "73"
     
  • 04 Jun 2013 07:37 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    With so much activity from Tornadoes and the recent deaths of researchers who actually moved into storms- the question arises: Have Storm Chasers gone too far? Many of these "chasers" are not trained- and none of the professional chasers report their observations to the National Weather Service. Often these folks clog the highways and can be an added nuisance in the path of a storm. This is diametrically opposed to NWS trained SKYWARN Spotters, who are trained to observe and report phenomena directly to NWS to help warn and save lives. There is a big difference between watching and reporting to the NWS, versus moving into harm's way. What are your thoughts?

    This report from Arkansas explores the question. 


  • 24 Apr 2013 10:57 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    For many years we have supported the March of Dimes "March for Babies" and are invited again this year to provide support for the event. Due to delays of personnel changes at the March of Dimes, we just received the invitation this morning- short notice- but we would like to help. Members may register to help here.

    Renewed interest in our participation comes in the wake of the events at the Boston Marathon- and the role of support played by Amateur Radio. We hope to *never* be needed in an urgent way, but cell phones are generally not in operation immediately after a major event.

    If you would like to know more about what happened in Boston and learn how ham radio affected this- have a look at Gary Pearce's interviews with hams who were there- and if you enjoy the videos- please consider supporting Gary's effort to bring HamRadioNow to the world by making a donation.

    Also see W3ATB's blog post here


    Part 1

    Part 2

  • 26 Mar 2013 22:23 | Bill Laakkonen (Administrator)
    Hey There- Here is a link to the hamfest photo album on Facebook (you don't need a FB account to view them) 

    Also you should find a slide show from Picasaweb below.


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