Newcomers are always welcome!
Free Classes to prepare for the FCC Technician License exam start on Saturday, March 8th, 9AM to Noon, and run weekly for 6 weeks. Rick says he also needs a few Hams to show up and help out during the first session. Contact Rick (KK4GV)
The next meeting of the Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers, will occur on Thursday, 13 March 2014. Ms. Pamela Whitely, Deputy Assistant Administrator for NextGen in the F.A.A., will discuss the progress of the NextGen project, the restructuring of the air traffic control system. This presentation should be of interest to air travelers, engineers and pilots. The presentation is free and open to the public.
See you at 6:30 p.m. at the Double T Diner at the intersection of Route 2 and West Street in Annapolis.
Information: William Rynone, Ph.D., P.E. 410-263-0794
Our next meeting on March 20 will have a presentation on mesh networks by Keith (KB3TCB)
Broadband-Hamnet™ (formerly known as HSMM-Mesh™) is a high speed, self discovering, self configuring, fault tolerant, wireless computer network. Its primary focus is on emergency communications. Equipment to built the network is off-the-shelf, low-cost, commodity wireless routers which have been re-flashed with new firmware. When a number of these boxes are turned on, they automatically form a network much like (but separate from) the larger internet. When this happens, any normal internet data can be passed between the nodes, such as web cameras, VoIP and text messaging.
Public Service opportunities are forthcoming. In particular we need operators for the Cherry Pit Race. Please contact Les (KH6CUJ):
The B&A Trail Marathon & Half Marathon is on Sunday, March 30, 2014
Cherry Pit Race is on the weekend after the marathon (Sunday, April 6).
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Attached is a copy of the Field Day Planning Guide for your reading pleasure.
Everyone who reads this Pulitzer nominated book will understand how to plan and organize a Field Day activity.
Today is March 3rd and it's snowing.
Field Day is 28-29 June. Bring your snow shovel.
There are 117 days until Field Day starts.
WE DO NOT HAVE A FIELD DAY COORDINATOR!
Maybe it's due to a lack of understanding of what is involved. Since we're going to operate 10 stations like we've done during 4 of the last 5 Field Day events, we need to plan everything around the number 10.
As I mentioned in our previous Blog, we are using the Czar Management System to organize our Field Day operation.
Greetings once again.
It's been a while
It’s March 2nd.
Field Day happens this year on 28-29 June.
Only 118 days until Field Day starts.
By the way, WE STILL DON'T HAVE A FIELD DAY COORDINATOR.
Maybe we should cancel our participation in Field Day this year?
Here is the March 2014 edition of the Ham Arundel News.
Friends: Yes, there is a program tonight, and it will be presented by Sergio Signorini (AC3SS). The topic is "The NASA Ocean Color Satellites and Data Applications", and Sergio promises us an interesting insight into NASA satellite operations. We are sorry this announcement has not come earlier, but come out tonight and enjoy what will be an interesting and informative presentation!
We've been waiting since the Sequester budget flap in the fall for the National Weather Service to resume their classes on SKYWARN and it's procedures and they have finally posted a series of SKYWARN Basics I classes in the area.
See this link: http://www.weather.gov/lwx/skywarn_classes for more information and to register.
Specifically in our area, there are two sessions:
- Saturday, March 1st, 2014 from 1:30pm to 4:30 on the UMCP campus at Martin Hall, Room 1202, College Park, MD
- Registration: http://www.atmos.umd.edu/~gcm/events/6/skywarn-basics1/
The 145.35- (PL 156.7) machine's North site in Upper Marlboro is now on the air. Preliminary reports shows that 500 foot site has almost exactly the coverage that we expected.
It added solid HT coverage in PG for Bowie, Lanham, Forrestville, UpperMarlboro, Cheltenham and Temple Hills. In AA, it adds HT coverage for Annapolis, Edgewater, Davidsonville, Harwood, Shady Side, Deale and Friendship.
We'll do more testing this week and try to get some reports from that area. The total coverage of the repeater is now about 6500 square miles for mobile/base and about 4000 square miles for HT.
We'll have more reports as we get more users to the North.
Here is the February 2014 issue of the Ham Arundel News.