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Upcoming Sessions Schedule

Note that the sessions are from 7:00pm - 9:00pm MST (Page last updated 01/11/2021)

January 25, 2021:

This evening will be dedicated to going amateur radio mobile. Ameer, VA6QAS, will talk about what he has done (with pictures) to get on HF, VHF and UHF in his truck. Others will join in and share their own experiences (and photos) as we attempt a roundtable discussion. You might be surprised at all the challenges going mobile can pose to the ham operator.

Past Sessions

January 11, 2021:

Topic 1: “Ham radio in public service and volunteering”. Vince, VE6LK, has years of experience in the field and will talk about what you can do to get involved in your community.

Topic 2: “Introduction to emergency communications with amateur radio”. Vince, VE6LK, will be joined by Keith, VA6KL, to talk about how amateur radio can help when faced with local emergencies. Keith is now heading up the local ARES organization (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and will focus on how newer hams can get involved.

November 30, 2020:

Topic: Getting on HF - Antennas. Peter Risdahl VE6KK

December 14, 2020:

Topic 1: Introduction to learning CW. Rob, K6RB, teaches CW at the CW Academy and has graciously agreed to speak to our group after chatting with Jim, VE6JF. If you’ve ever thought about learning CW, you don’t want to miss this.

Topic 2: A taste of HF radio without an HF radio. Ameer, VA6QAS, will present a number of options for those without HF radios to either listen through remote radios or to chat with other hams in other parts of the world through a PC or VHF radio.

December 28, 2020:

Topic 1: What are all those buttons and knobs on an HF radio? This was a question asked by one of the SASTAR participants in the first session. Joel, VE6EI, will attempt to provide an easy to understand explanation of what everything does. Knowing that your radio might have two different noise blankers or a fast and slow AGC could be important when faced with certain types of noise. Be sure to have lots of questions for Joel. (PDF of the presentation images here: Buttons & Knobs and New or Used-compressed.pdf)

Topic 2: Choosing a first HF rig. New or used? Joel, VE6EI, will build on the knowledge gained in the first part of the session by suggesting what to look for in buying your first HF rig. Most hams are cheap and want to get on the air for as little as possible. But buying a used rig, especially a vintage one at a low price, might not be the best idea for a beginner. If you’ve narrowed down the choice to a few radios, feel free to ask for advice. We won’t tell you which model to buy but rather, we may ask you questions to see if it meets your needs.(PDF of the presentation images here: Buttons & Knobs and New or Used-compressed.pdf)