MCARCS – Feb 2, 2012
- Where: Round Table Pizza, Ukiah (downtown)
- When: Thursday, Feb 2, 5:30PM
- Who: Guest speaker Dan Grebil, WD6FKJ, Chief of Ukiah Valley Fire, will cover the county-wide communications system — how it’s used and how it works.
- Also: Upcoming community events and recruiting for March licensing course and test.
- Food: Pizza by the slice ($2 each)
WARS – Feb 11, 2012
- Where: Old Mission Pizza, Willits (near Ray’s market)
- When: Saturday, Feb 11, 11:00AM
- What: Ham radio equipment, then and now. Bring your old tube gear or cool new gear, photos, and favorite memories.
- Also: There will be a raffle prize, $1 per ticket.
- Food: Pizza provided (contributions welcome, put them in the jar)
Don’t forget the special McARCS meeting in Mendocino on April 2. Note the somewhat relaxed schedule of events and pot luck, “bring your own lunch and some to share”.
Date: April 2, 2011
Place: Mendocino High School Multi-purpose room, 10700 Ford Street
Talk-in: 146.820 –103.5
- Getting Acquainted & Introductions
- Tsunami Event and Exercise de-briefing
- School District Exercise Evaluation
- Future Public Service Communications Opportunities
- Lunch – bring your own and something to share
Workshops as requested:
- Getting Started for New Hams
- FLDIGI Communications (bring laptop)
- Copper J-Pole Antenna Construction
- 2 meter Beam Construction
It’s 4AM, and as is often the case these days, I lie in bed wide awake… my thoughts returning to EM wave theory, my little obsession.
This morning in particular I ponder how I ended up in this state of mind. My memories drift back to the days of building a small 20 watt ham transmitter for my fifth grade science fair project, but that was not the beginning either. Perhaps plugging the rabbit ears into an electrical outlet at the age of four damaged my brain more than was evident. The memory is clearly etched, the antenna in my hands as if it were yesterday, just like discovering those razor blades on my dad’s bathroom sink at that same age.
In order to type this blog without waking Cindy, I’ve snuck down to the ham shack in the basement. Of course, if you’re going to be in the radio room, you are obliged to flip on the HF rig, and it comes up on 7.000 MHz, as it always does because I’ve yet to solder in a new battery to keep its memories stored.
Unless something similar happens for you, you may not realize that 7.000 MHz is full of multiple overlapping signals, voices of people worldwide generating a cacophony of sounds and songs, nothing logical — quite like the old haydays of CB when skip was in. I often wonder if what I’m hearing are odd intermodulation results from SW broadcasters, or just dozens of people who found HF radios in their basements and aren’t quite sure how they work or what to do with them.
When I started this blog, I promised myself that I’d dive into the theory a bit more… which is one of my secret agendas for doing this site in the first place. But, here I am several months later, and I’ve barely scratched the surface.
For many of you electromagnetic theory may seem dull or boring, a subject best left to nutty physicists who have nothing better to do with their time. However, the topic is a lot more interesting than it seems and doesn’t necessarily require that you brush up on your differential calculus. It can be as fun and entertaining as stringing up new antennas, tweaking with your antenna tuner, fooling with your IF bandwidth, DXing some remote island, or messing around with new digital modes.
So, it’s time to dive in, go a little deeper, and maybe even have some fun.
And, of course as always, you are invited to join the discussion, to whatever level or degree that interests you.
One of the subjects of discussion is how to get more local amateurs active in the weekly radio nets here in Ukiah and Redwood Valley. We know that there are over 150 hams licensed in the area, but compared to other areas of the county, the participation is sparse.
So, the question is, how do we encourage more local hams to join the net and perhaps even participate in other local ham radio activities and events?
We can imagine that each ham has different reasons for why they’re not active on the local net. Some might include…
- Got a license, but not sure why.
- Got a license, but never got a radio or antenna.
- Got some gear, but didn’t know how to set it up or work it.
- Got some gear, set it up, but didn’t hear anyone on the air.
- Only plan to use it for disaster or search/rescue.
- It’s for talking with family or friends exclusively.
- Only interested in HF, UHF, CW, SSB, TV, PSK31, Packet, etc.
- Only interested in technology or building gear.
- Doesn’t know there’s any local ham club or other activity.
- Doesn’t allocate any time for ham radio.
- No longer interested.
There are probably other reasons too.
Although some of these reasons might be “final”, most seem like they shouldn’t pose an insurmountable barrier. Many could be solved with education, help, or encouragement from other local hams.
Your thoughts on it?
I should mention that we’re still becoming familiar with some of the features of WordPress. Yesterday, we noticed that MendoRadio users could create new articles, but did not have the capability to publish them. Whoops!
That was an oversight on my part, and it’s now been fixed. The intention of this site is to allow all local hams to participate and share information. All current MendoRadio users now have authoring privileges and should be able to publish new articles. Please let me know if there are any problems (just add a comment to this article.) -Carl, KB6ZST
Good news: you can now type mendoradio (all one word) into Google and find this website in the top couple listings. So, we’re being listed now, and over the next few weeks I hope to see our ranking come up to the top position and maybe even show up for “mendo radio” (two words).
Being listed in Google helps other local hams locate these pages. It’s easy to just tell other hams “Google mendoradio” to get here. You don’t need to give them the full WordPress URL. (It’s also easier if you happen to forget the URL, not that any of us forget things these days.)