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John Miles – Phase Noise

MicroHAMs Amateur Radio Club - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 1:14am

John’s excellent presentation on phase noise. I hope you were able to check out his cesium beam frequency standard.
http://microhams.blob.core.windows.net/content/2020/01/MicroHAMS-01-21-20-John-Miles.mp4

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Meeting Minutes – January 2020

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:07pm
2020.01.10 26 Attendees New Officers San Juan County Radio System Proposal Next Meeting February 14th Elizabeth Menozzi, Secretary Updated 2020.01.18 SJCARS-MeetingMinutes-20200110
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MicroHAMS Club Meeting >> Tuesday, January 21st at 6:00 PM

MicroHAMs Amateur Radio Club - Fri, 01/17/2020 - 8:38am

Location: Building 35/4801  Map:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35

Agenda
  • Ham Help
  • Sharing a few details of the January field trip and discussing ideas about other places of interest to amateur radio operators
  • Program: John Miles KE5FX will speak about Phase Noise.  What it is, why you should care, and how to measure it.

At the next MicroHAMS regular meeting John Miles KE5FX will be giving a talk on the unappreciated but extremely important topic of Phase Noise. John is a phase noise expert who lives in Snohomish As a member of the Time Nuts, amateurs who are interested in precise Time & Frequency, John is the one they count on to evaluate the quality of GPS receivers, time standards, Atomic Clocks, and precision instruments.

In radio communications, phase noise influences what your signal sounds like, and frequency stability determines whether you get a QSL card or an FCC notice in the mail. In everyday life, these specifications tell you where you are and what time it is. What do they have in common, and how do we measure them? In this talk we’ll look at several ways to understand, specify, and measure the stability of periodic signal sources, from hydrogen masers to grandfather clocks.

To make taking phase noise measurements a little easier John designed the Miles TimePod which greatly simplified the measurement of phase noise. For the first few years he sold it himself for $5,000. Eventually Symmetricom realized his TimePod was adversely affecting the sales of their phase noise measurement system which considerably more expensive and more than 10 times the size. So they bought John’s design and relabeled it as their own.

Symmetricom is now a division of Microsemi Corporation which sells John’s TimePod with the Microsemi logo on it as the Model 3120A High Performance Low Phase Noise Test Probe.

We will also discuss the details of upcoming activities including Field Day.

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions during this segment. This is also the time and place to share your amateur radio discoveries and experiences, no matter what they are.  If you’ve run across something interesting that you think might help other hams, no matter the topic, consider taking 3-5 minute to share it with others during our “Ham Help” segment!

Next Month

Next month we’ll have a presentation by the U of W “Husky Satellite Lab” telling us all about the new Husky Sat1, the process of getting to the point were they have an object in orbit, and future plans.  You won’t want to miss this presentation!

Access

146.58 MHz FM simplex will be monitored for anyone who needs help finding the site or for access to the building. (Monitoring is done with handhelds, so range is limited.)

SECURITY NOTE: Anyone who does not have their own Microsoft badge for unescorted access to Microsoft buildings MUST be escorted into Building 35 and conference room 4561 by a badged MicroHAMS member. Do NOT under any circumstances attempt to “tag” onto or “tailgate” Microsoft employees entering the building. Please congregate about five to ten minutes before the meeting outside the lobby entrance on the south side of the building.  If you have a Microsoft badge, please check outside the front entrance for other club members who need to be escorted.

MicroHAMS meetings are open to club members, those interested in joining the club (see club membership policy at http://www.microhams.com), and guests of club members.  Others may also attend a club meeting by sending email to the club at least a few days prior to the meeting. Space can be a bit limited.

73,

Grant Hopper

KB7WSD

MicroHAMS Club Secretary

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MicroHAMS Club Meeting >> Tuesday, January 21st at 6:00 PM

MicroHAMs Amateur Radio Club - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 8:43pm

Location: Building 35/4801  Map:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35

Agenda
  • Ham Help
  • Sharing a few details of the January field trip and discussing ideas about other places of interest to amateur radio operators
  • Program: John Miles KE5FX will speak about Phase Noise.  What it is, why you should care, and how to measure it.

At the next MicroHAMS regular meeting John Miles KE5FX will be giving a talk on the unappreciated but extremely important topic of Phase Noise. John is a phase noise expert who lives in Snohomish As a member of the Time Nuts, amateurs who are interested in precise Time & Frequency, John is the one they count on to evaluate the quality of GPS receivers, time standards, Atomic Clocks, and precision instruments.

In radio communications, phase noise influences what your signal sounds like, and frequency stability determines whether you get a QSL card or an FCC notice in the mail. In everyday life, these specifications tell you where you are and what time it is. What do they have in common, and how do we measure them? In this talk we’ll look at several ways to understand, specify, and measure the stability of periodic signal sources, from hydrogen masers to grandfather clocks.

To make taking phase noise measurements a little easier John designed the Miles TimePod which greatly simplified the measurement of phase noise. For the first few years he sold it himself for $5,000. Eventually Symmetricom realized his TimePod was adversely affecting the sales of their phase noise measurement system which considerably more expensive and more than 10 times the size. So they bought John’s design and relabeled it as their own.

Symmetricom is now a division of Microsemi Corporation which sells John’s TimePod with the Microsemi logo on it as the Model 3120A High Performance Low Phase Noise Test Probe.

We will also discuss the details of upcoming activities including Field Day.

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions during this segment. This is also the time and place to share your amateur radio discoveries and experiences, no matter what they are.  If you’ve run across something interesting that you think might help other hams, no matter the topic, consider taking 3-5 minute to share it with others during our “Ham Help” segment!

Next Month

Next month we’ll have a presentation by the U of W “Husky Satellite Lab” telling us all about the new Husky Sat1, the process of getting to the point were they have an object in orbit, and future plans.  You won’t want to miss this presentation!

Access

146.58 MHz FM simplex will be monitored for anyone who needs help finding the site or for access to the building. (Monitoring is done with handhelds, so range is limited.)

SECURITY NOTE: Anyone who does not have their own Microsoft badge for unescorted access to Microsoft buildings MUST be escorted into Building 35 and conference room 4561 by a badged MicroHAMS member. Do NOT under any circumstances attempt to “tag” onto or “tailgate” Microsoft employees entering the building. Please congregate about five to ten minutes before the meeting outside the lobby entrance on the south side of the building.  If you have a Microsoft badge, please check outside the front entrance for other club members who need to be escorted.

MicroHAMS meetings are open to club members, those interested in joining the club (see club membership policy at http://www.microhams.com), and guests of club members.  Others may also attend a club meeting by sending email to the club at least a few days prior to the meeting. Space can be a bit limited.

73,

Grant Hopper

KB7WSD

MicroHAMS Club Secretary

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SJCARS Calendar 2020

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Sun, 01/12/2020 - 11:14am
Locations for our meetings need to be confirmed, and as always, any particular item is subject to change, and additions will be made.  SJCARS Calendar 2020 (pdf document)   Google groups calendar (public, read only)  
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Winter Storm Watch In Effect

Mason County ARC - Sun, 01/12/2020 - 9:21am
Winter Storm Watch URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Seattle WA 230 AM PST Sun Jan 12 2020 WAZ507-509-511-556-558-559-130000- /O.CON.KSEW.WS.A.0002.200112T2300Z-200113T1400Z/ Everett and Vicinity-Tacoma Area-Hood Canal Area- Bellevue and Vicinity-Seattle and Vicinity-Bremerton and Vicinity- including Everett, Lynnwood, Marysville, Stanwood, … Continue reading →
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Meeting Minutes – December 2019

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 4:01pm
Highlights include: • Election of 2020 SJCARS officers • A great presentation on a club member’s recent trip to South Africa • Great food and fellowship SJCARS_Minutes_Decemmber_2019
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February 2020 Meeting – 147.00 Repeater’s Future

Western Wash DX Club - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 9:46pm

February 11th, 2020

Analog? Digital? NBFM? DMR? Our club repeater is ‘long in the tooth’ and we need to think of its future.  A spokesman from the repeater coordinating body, the Western WA Amateur Relay Association, will give us a briefing on where things are going. Armed with this knowledge, we need to make a decision.  Join us for optional dinner that’s RSVP ($25).  The program begins at 7pm.   Details about our monthly meetings and a catalog of past programs are available on the Monthly Membership Meetings page.

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SJCARS Holiday Feast Potluck – Saturday, December 14, 2019

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 6:42pm
It’s time again for the Annual SJCARS Holiday Potluck Party!  The potluck will be on Saturday December 14th, 2019, at 11:30 am at the Mullis Street Fire Station, San Juan Island.  We’ll begin as soon as folks arrive off the inter-island ferry, and will continue until 1:30 pm.   Ed KD7TUN and Clare KE7WQY will […]
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2019 Membership Awards

Western Wash DX Club - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:25pm

At the Club’s annual Christmas dinner on December 11th, President Rob Fanfant presented the WWDXC membership awards. Among this year’s winners were:

Most Valuable Player: N6KW Chuck Miller. As Trustee for the W7DX license, Chuck performed yeoman duty to ensure all hams worldwide who worked us would receive a QSL card in the mail. During the Salmon Run contest, that amounted to thousands of cards, all individual prepared. Sadly, Chuck passed away only weeks ago. His award and accompanying plaque were presented at his memorial service only days before our dinner.

New Member of the Year: NR5W Doug North. A recent addition to the contesting team at K7RI’s station, Doug has quickly become an incredible addition to the resurgent WWDXC contesting corral of operators.

Johnny Dak Lifetime Achievement Award: K7EKD Larry Hanson. The steady and wise counsel of Larry on the club’s Board of Directors has been a blessing for many years. Larry recently announced his retirement and was chosen for the JDLAA by unanimous acclaim.

Member of the Year: Co-awarded to W6RS Rich Stempien and W7CD John Zantek for their management of, and program and entertainment successes at the 2019 Pacific Northest DX Convention, hosted by the WWDXC this past August. Attendance records were shattered.

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Meeting Minutes: November 2019

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Thu, 12/05/2019 - 5:30pm
Highlights included: – a display of CW devices and discussion – Nominating committee report SJCARS_Minutes_November_2019
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November 2019 – Board Meeting Minutes

Western Wash DX Club - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 7:02pm

WWDXC Board meeting November 25, 2019

Present were Adam K7EDX, Kirk N7UK, Tom NU7J, John W7CD, Rich W6RS, Larry K7EKD, Brian N7RVD, Dennis K7DSE and Guest Rusty W6OAT.
Adam opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.  Rob N7QT is on a Dxpedition in Temotu Province as H40TT.

Review/approve minutes
* The October 2019 minutes were approved by voice vote

Correspondence
* It is with deepest regrets to report that Chuck N6KW, Club Trustee is now a silent key. Our sincerest condolences to his family members.

Treasurer’s report
* The October report was approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance 10/31/19: $31,447.49, Income October: $1,301.10 and Expenditures $135.81.

Membership
* Dennis, K7DSE reports 132 dues paid members.

Old business
* All Silent Key estate items have been sold with $3,300 owing to estates.
* The Club Repeater discussion will follow a sequence of events to determine action steps.  January’s presentation will be on repeater technology.  Shortly thereafter, a poll to Club members on its potential usage.  If there is interest in maintaining a site, a feasibility study for relocating to different sites will be examined as well.  Nick, K7MO offered input.
* Contest Committee prospects are now revised to Dink N7WA, Rod W7OM, Rusty W6OAT, Tom K7RI, Dick K7BTW, and Mitch K7RL accepting roles in its formation.

New business
* Walt, K7ZQ has announced resignation to the Board and Contest Committee liaison as of this date. The Board expresses its sincerest thank you to Walt for his years of dedication.
* A motion was made and accepted by and for Rusty, W6OAT to fill Walt’s remaining Director term for the calendar year.
* A proposed larger screen for dinner meetings was proposed.  Adam K7EDX will follow up.
* A 501C3 (Non profit) Club status was proposed.  Brian N7RVD, Dennis K7DSE and Rusty W6OAT to follow up.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* The dinner meeting will be on December 10, 2019 at Robs 125 Street Grill. The annual Christmas party with upgraded meal and expanded raffle drawing is the agenda.  In addition, Club officer and director elections will be held.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE
Secretary

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Memorial Service for N6KW

Western Wash DX Club - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:00am

As many already know, Chuck passed away Sunday November 24, 2019.

A memorial service will be held this coming Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Seattle Labor Temple
2800 1st Avenue in Seattle
Building is on the East side of the street between Clay St and Broad St
Entrance on the South end of the block

Best to arrive early as street parking is quite limited.  There are a couple of pay parking facilities in the area.
Everyone is invited and welcome to pay their last respects to a very special guy who will be greatly missed.

Please remember Chuck and his girl friend, Judith, in your prayers.


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Early December Poll!

Western Wash DX Club - Sun, 12/01/2019 - 9:30am

We have a poll for you! Please give us you input. Most of you were probably planning to enjoy the weekend off, but it turns out there are TWO contests occurring during the first full weekend in December. These are not classics, but we’re curious to see the interests of our members.

What will you do?

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
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N6KW, SK

Western Wash DX Club - Tue, 11/26/2019 - 5:51am

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Chuck Miller, N6KW, on Sunday, November 24th. Chuck was an avid contester, both HF with the K7RI team, and VHF/UHF with the PNW VHF Society. Chuck also served as the trustee for W7DX, the WWDXC call, and handled all the club QSL card requests. He was recently retired from King County Metro, where he had been a bus driver, then light rail engineer for many years. He will be greatly missed.

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December 2019 Meeting – Christmas Party

Western Wash DX Club - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 10:47am

Dec 10th, 2018

Annual Christmas Party No program this month but even better: election of officers and directors, presentation of club awards, a super raffle and unrestrained celebration of the holidays.  It’s prime rib and only costs $25.  Dinner starts at 6:30pm.  Be there. Details about our monthly meetings and a catalog of past programs are available on the Monthly Membership Meetings page.
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November 2019 Meeting Minutes (UPDATED)

Snoqualamie Valley Amateur Radio Club - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 6:59am
Snoqualmie Valley Radio Club Meeting Minutes for November 7, 2019 Business Meeting called to order 6:15 p.m. Duvall Fire Station 45 by Tom, WA7TBP. We began with a minute of silence in remembrance of Terry Beedle, WA7TBP, SK. A sympathy...
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13 Pass Ham Exams on Lopez!

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:54am
We had a very successful Ham Exam on November 9th. New Technicians: Chris Combs  KJ7KIZ George Hohnsbeen  KJ7KJB David Robison  KJ7KJC Nick Teague  KJ7KJD Susie Teague  KJ7KJE John Wickahm  KJ7KJA Upgrade to General: Chayanne Escalante  KJ7BUZ Renee Koplan  WA7GRL Joel Ray KJ7BVE Michael Sendrowicz  KG7UVP David Saylor KC6UVZ John Waugh  W3LPZ Patty Wickham. KJ7PRW This is the first […]
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MicroHAMS Club Meeting >> Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00 PM

MicroHAMs Amateur Radio Club - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 3:38pm

Location: Building 35/4801  Map:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35

IMPORTANT NOTE!!!!!!
Heads-up to all: we got bumped from our Club Meeting room for Tue 11/19, for this month only, we’ll be in the same bldg, same floor, but different room: 35/4801

Agenda
  • Ham Help
  • Program: Miguel Mayorga, KC7IGT : Amateur Satellites for everyone!, Getting started, growing your station, not breaking the bank!

This month’s program is presented by Miguel Mayorga, KC7IGT.  Miguel will show you “How to work our amateur satellites” covering which satellites are easy to get started on, what the minimum equipment is and how to not break the bank while getting on the air and having fun on a new mode.

Miguel is no stranger to satellite operation and has been operating through these amazing machines for many years.  Having started with a simple station and progressively added capabilities through they years, he’s gained a great deal of experience on a range of birds.  He has the experience to show you how to get started with a minimum of effort and equipment and what to do when you’re looking for “the next thing”.  Needless to say, Miguel knows what it takes to be successful in making contacts and having success with amateur satellites.

Our December meeting will be a Christmas dinner get together, with details forthcoming.

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions during this segment. This is also the time and place to share your amateur radio discoveries and experiences, no matter what they are.  If you’ve run across something interesting that you think might help other hams, no matter the topic, consider taking 3-5 minute to share it with others during our “Ham Help” segment!

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November 2019 Meeting Minutes

Snoqualamie Valley Amateur Radio Club - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 12:04pm
Snoqualmie Valley Radio Club Meeting Minutes for November 7, 2019 Business Meeting called to order 6:15 p.m. Duvall Fire Station 45 by Tom, WA7TBP. We began with a minute of silence in remembrance of Terry Beedle, WA7TBP, SK. A sympathy...
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