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  • 07 Feb 2013 22:36 | Bill Laakkonen

    William Hopkins AA2YV of Nazareth College talks about his "Secret Life" and the History of Amateur Radio- thanks to Rochester Amateur Radio Association for the heads up on this- and many thanks to Bill Hopkins for all he does for the hobby of Amateur Radio- people like Bill are a big part of what makes the hobby so enjoyable. Become a Ham- you'll be in good company.





  • 04 Feb 2013 10:51 | Bill Laakkonen

    Funny ad from VELVEETA talks about that guy with a ham radio in his basement who talks to China... etc. Not exactly Flattering, but I guess as long as they are talking- it's all good. What do you think of it?

    That Ham Radio Guy from eric baldwin on Vimeo.

  • 03 Feb 2013 23:19 | Bill Laakkonen

    Some forgotten video found- sorry about the wind noise. Eric W4ELB, Ben N4BG, and Bill N4BKT visit the K4ZK repeater site for a check and a quick survey for improvements on 14 December, 2012

    K4ZK-Site-Visit from MCARA on Vimeo.

  • 01 Feb 2013 23:54 | Bill Laakkonen
    Excited to report we just got back from the Miami Hamfest. Great weather and a beautiful day. Worked some DX from the mobile both ways on HF and Amy (KI4RHL) and I had a fun day. 

    We got a chance to walk around on Friday and chat with some of the vendors in anticipation of the Hamcation and of course our upcoming hamfest on 16 March. A hamfest on Superbowl weekend is always a tough competition- I suspect that might explain the decision to not be open on Sunday. 

    So if you have the time- go visit on Saturday and support the hamfest- admission tickets are $12 each.



  • 31 Jan 2013 08:03 | Bill Laakkonen
    Hi All,

    PSK31 Demo- To complement the Digital Resources Page, here is the July 2012 presentation by Joe Burnham WD4KAV posted to YouTube. The July meeting had a simultaneous demo of PSK by Joe and a on-air demo of JT65 by Doug Shields W4DAS. 

    Many thanks to Joe for his "Introduction to PSK31 and Digipan 2.0" video below.

  • 30 Jan 2013 11:23 | Bill Laakkonen
    How to renew online - even if you already paid dues in person or by check- you will need to do this to create a membership renewal invoice for us to mark "paid". If you wish to pay using PayPal or credit/debit card- you may choose to do so after the invoice is created. Please change the Quality to 720 (click on the gear) and watch full screen to see detail.

    I hope you find this much easier than expected. I look forward to your feedback.
     

  • 23 Jan 2013 11:31 | Bill Laakkonen
    Fort Myers 2013 Hamfest

    Here are a few photos shot at the Fort Myers Hamfest. The venue was a new one for the Fort Myers Club and they did a GREAT job with a very good turnout. I hope to see them at this venue next year. I won a prize at the hamfest- an Audio amplifier kit from NightFire Electronics

    It was good to see so many friends at the hamfest in Fort Myers, Florida. Don't forget the Stuart Hamfest is coming soon on 16 March, 2013. First Prize at our hamfest is the Kenwood TS-480SAT and the hamfest is still FREE admission, FREE, tailgating, FREE parking. See you there!

    Here is the album on Google Plus Tip: if you want to see the album in Full Screen mode (like we had on Picasaweb), press F11 to toggle Fullscreen- press it again to return to normal mode.
  • 16 Jan 2013 08:04 | Bill Laakkonen
    Our next meeting is January 24th, 2012, 7:00 to 8:00 PM at our regular meeting place, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart, FL 34996. Map here
    Got Questions? Call us at 772-324-3078

    Among the topics will be the new combined MCARA/ARES net, the coming Stuarthamfest.com event and of course, this new web site. 
  • 11 Dec 2012 13:45 | Bill Laakkonen
    Hi All,

    It is decided to cancel the regular Monday Night MCARA nets for Monday 24, December and 31 December 2012 as both are major holidays. While there is not an official net going on at those dates and times, you are more than welcome to give a call on the 147.060 MHz repeater and have a rag chew. Tone is 107.2 Hz

    After the first of the year, we will be switching to an experimental format for the Monday nets- combined with the ARES net with all Mondays of January on the 145.150 ARES repeater except the last Monday will be held the MCARA repeater.

    Jan 07, 14, and 21 will be on the 145.150 MHz ARES repeater- Jan 28 will be on the MCARA repeater on 147.060 MHz.

    Our next meeting is 24 Jan so we will not have had a full rotation by then. We should all have some feedback on this by the February 2013 meeting. 

     
  • 08 Dec 2012 18:40 | Bill Laakkonen
    Hi All, 

    The Christmas Holiday party was a great success- we had 24 members present and a great time was had by all. I forgot to bring my camera, but snapped a few shots with the phone. Thanks to all who came and to Pirate's Loft for the venue. Click the "login" link above to log in as a member. This  is a link to the photo album available after login to members only. As a side note, each member may post his or her own photos in album linked to their profile- at the moment all member albums are visible only among our web site members.

    73 
    Bill 
    Christmas Party 2012

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