Monthly Meeting Schedule

Edison Fong, WBIQN, Our virtual host for the April 8 meeting.

 

Due to the coronavirus, the our Wednesday night meetings will be Virtual meetings via Zoom. They will start at 7:00pm and we recommend that you signs-in before the start time so we can begin at 7:00.

2020 Meeting Schedule

Date
Speaker
Topic
January 8
Steve Sergeant, KC6ZKT
Winter Field Day Plans
February 12
Ron Quan, KI6AZB
Troubleshooting Electronic Circuits
March 11
Bill Fehring, W9KKN

Bill’s Excellent Adventure at Contest Station ZF1A

 
April 8
 Ed Fong, WB6IQN
 

DMR (Digital Mobile Radio)

Due to the coronavirus, the April WVARA meeting will NOT be held at the Red Cross Building. Instead, we will hold a virtual meeting via Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday, April 8. 
 
At this month’s meeting Edison Fong, WB6IQN, will bring us up to speed on DMR (Digital Mobile Radio).  This mode is getting really popular.  The radios cost about $100-$150 depending on the quality you want.  All of them  also have conventional FM.  DMR is a full digital format that is interfaced via the internet where one can 24/7 talk all over the world.  The dream of working DX sitting on your couch is here.  Since it is an open system originally set up  by Motorola there are over 15 manufacturers of DMR radios – both hand held and mobiles.  Learn how to get register as a DMR user, where to purchase a radio, how to program the radio and talk to the world without depending on propagation conditions.
 
Ed is a design consultant and has worked at Loral Space System, Microsoft and National Semiconductor. He has 25 years of experience in analog design for communications, data conversion and RF systems. Fong has 12 issued patents and has published more than 40 papers. He is a senior member of the IEEE. He also is on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley, where he teaches RF Wireless Communications and I/O Design Fundamentals. 
Join Zoom Meeting on Apr 8, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
https://zoom.us/j/660067844

Meeting ID: 660 067 844
May 13

George Zafiropoulos (KJ6VU) 

Virtual presentation on PackTennas — lightweight, compact, portable HF antenna systems ideal for a simple, solo Field Day.  George will tell us the story of these antennas, explain their design, and give tips on how to get the most from them.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86292324465?pwd=Q3RxWGdaZnJ0S3hyM2hzcXJ6ZVN5Zz09

Meeting ID: 862 9232 4465
Password: 505589

June 10
Jim DeLoach, WU0I

Tales of an Alaskan Field Day Adventure

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83252301029?pwd=cG0vNDZGS1J2NzJ1ZXZ2VUY2S1l4Zz09
Meeting ID: 832 5230 1029
Password: w6piy 

July
No Meeting
 
August 15
Annual WVARA BBQ
When: 11am – 2pm, Saturday, Aug 15    Where: Sunnyvale’s Bayland Park, Pickweed Picnic Area #12019 Meeting Schedule
September 9 Dean Wood, N6DE California QSO Party
October 14
David Brown, WR6Z
Fun on 900 MHz
November 11    
December    

Previous meetings can be viewed on our Meetings History Page.

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You can write to the WVARA at:

West Valley Amateur Radio Association
P.O. Box 6544
San Jose, CA 95150-6544

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