Archive for March, 2012

Recap: 2 Meter Radio Practice 3/17/2012

March 22nd, 2012

Our practice last week, 3/17/2012, was the best!

Our 22nd meeting of the  2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice was held on St. Patricks Day inside the San Francisco Model Yacht Club, a stones throw from where we usually meet.  Michael K6MLF arranged for the use of the club house and was approved by congenial Commodore Bob.  Michael gave a very nice talk about the club’s history and the boats.  All will agree it was the highlight of the morning and a rare opportunity even for long time San Franciscans.  Photos will appear soon in the 2 Meter Website.  
And, our website has a link to the SFMYC website.  

From their website: The club was founded in 1898, with members sailing 36″ model yachts on Stow Lake, which was not particularly well suited for model boating. The Spreckels Family donated our lake, Spreckels Lake, to the city of San Francisco in 1903. The lake was specifically designed for model yachting. The first clubhouse was built with materials salvaged from the 1906 earthquake.

We did talk on our radios, questions were answered by Elmers, and I think everyone left knowing a little more about their radio.  Two hours well spent, I think.

How do we match this at our next practice?

We can only do this if you are there.
Bring your fully charged radio, the operators manual, paper and pencil and questions,. . .  and dress for the predictably unpredictable SF weather.
I am hoping there will be a demonstration of a solar portable battery charging rig.
And, maybe a demo of my new dual band mobile, battery powered, radio.  
Next practice: Our next practice will be April 21, 2012, again at Spreckels Lake. 1000 hours to 1200 hours. Check the Calendar for more info.
Dress for the predictably unpredictable SF weather.

Weekly Update, March 13, 2012

March 13th, 2012

I hope to see you at the SFARC meeting 2000 hrs Friday, March 16, 2012.

The Chronicle 5 Day Forecast for San Francisco shows rain for Saturday March 17 – St. Patricks Day and our 2 Meter Radio Practice at Spreckels Lake from 1000 hrs – 1200 hrs. Check the Calendar for more info.

The San Francisco Model Yacht Club has graciously offered us the use of their club facilities for our radio practice. 

I have accepted their offer so we can be assured of a dry place to conduct our radio practice (and to get a chance to peek inside that old and mysterious building at Spreckels Lake. 
We will start our radio practice from the club building and move outside if the weather permits. Wear something green.

Thanks to Michael K6MLF for arranging this and to Commodore Bob for allowing his Spreckels Lake neighbors the use of the club facilities.

The practice will include a demonstration of a portable solar charging rig, talking on our radios, answering questions and helping other hams, and whatever you want to do. 

Other news:

Check out the SFARC March Newsletter and the Member Profile on page 4.

I uploaded a gallery of photos taken last year at a packet radio class in Sunnyvale, CA.  You will see some pretty amazing home built mobile radio and packet systems. http://2metercriticalmass.com/photos/packet-radio/

Send me photos of your radios in use in the field or at home and I will post them in the Member Radios gallery page to share with everyone.