The September meeting had a full turnout and we welcomed two new members Tony W6QA and Larry K6HMP. The first presentation was from Mike, KD6TMZ. He showed a video and described his work for NASA at the research wind tunnels located at Moffett Field, CA. Jordan, WC6J brought in a radiosonde that he found on one of his hikes.
Bob, W1RH showed off a GMRS repeater he configured for use in the local Fire Safe Council districts. He also talked about FT8 and station automation. Bob demonstrated FT8 by connecting to his station remotely and working a few contacts.
The club held another SOTA and POTA event on Big Hill on September 21, 2019. The weather was excellent and the radio conditions wern't too bad either.
A few of the attendes got a tour of the fire lookout which provided for a great view.
Phill, KK6YYD worked 2M on Big Hill then made a quick trip to Rob's Hill for another SOTA activation.
Nancy, KG6PNP made 13 QSO's for her Big Hill SOTA activation.
Jordan, WC6J worked 30m CW and 2M FM to activate Big Hill and made a few summit to summit QSO's
The group had a great time and enjoyed the event.
We were lucky with the weather, if we waited another week we would have needed a jacket.
For the August meeting we changed things up a bit and had an "Open Mic Night". Anyone who wanted club present for five minutes on any topic. It was a lot of fun and we all learned a few new things.
Good turn out for the Augst meeting. Michael K6MLE showing off a small processor. Susan KM6NFP displaying her watercolor art work.
Ken W6KWV talked about the VE program he manages. Scott KK7AIR talked about his movie camera colection from the silent move era. KK6YYD showed off a few applications he uses for SOTA.
Nancy KG6PNPN talked about her use of essential oils. Roger SWL showed off his newest SDR receiver.
Alan W6WN and Bob W1RH wrapped up the night reporting on their talks at local fire-safe council meetings and the use of GMRS.
The club had another successful Field Day event on June 22nd and 23rd. The weather was great with highs in the 70's and lows in the 40's. We managed to get eight stations on the air which put us in the 8A class for Sacramento Valley (SV). Everyone had a lot of fun and made a lot of contacts. We shared a potato bar dinner on Saturday evening. If you missed the event this year we will be back next year.
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