Archive for April, 2012

Recap: 2 Meter Radio Practice 4/21/2012

April 25th, 2012

Weather: Beautiful- warm, sunny, no wind, powerboats were quiet, cormorant diving for food

Turn Out: Eighteen 2 Meter Friends with radios in hand

Net Control for check in: Richard KJ6PTX

Demonstration: Tom KJ6TGS talked about his solar energy collection and charging systems.   Tom says “Do your research, contact him for what he has learned”.

Solar links: 

Goal Zero Solar Power

Brunton Outdoor Portable Power

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Foldable Solar Panel from REI

Brunton Restore Hybrid Solar Charger from REI


Peter KI6NYQ- showed his ‘radio in a box”.  Photos and parts list to appear soon in this website.  Peter also showed his Edison Fong 2 meter/70cm J-Pole in a pvc pipe shown.  SWR 1.0:1.0 !!

Photos by: David KG6CEL See them here Practice 04-21-2012

Next Practice: Saturday 4/21/12

April 15th, 2012

2 Meter Critical Mass Amateur Radio Practice

What:  An opportunity to practice Ham radio communications

When:  Saturday, April 21, 2012, 1000 to 1200 hrs.


Where:   Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park

Check-in will be by radio, at the Lake, on 146.550 PL 100 simplex

Who:  Licensed Amateur Radio Operators, any experience level, bring your radio and manual, paper and pencil

Why:  There are not many opportunities to practice with your radio; so come to the Lake to practice, learn from an Elmer or be an Elmer 

How:  Use your radio, practice with other Hams; learn more about your radio and Amateur Radio Communications

What’s more fun than being with other Amateur Radio enthusiasts of varying experience levels talking on the radio?

So, come on out.  Be an Elmer.  Ask an Elmer for help.  That’s what Amateur Radio is all about.

Contact Peter McElmury at KI6NYQ@ARRL.NET for more details (type “2 Meter Practice” in subject line)


Definition of Critical Mass:

  • Point of change: a point or situation at which change occurs
  • Necessary size or amount: the size or amount of something that is required before an activity or event can take place