HacDC Amateur Radio Club Field Day 2013

When: June 22-23 2013   arrl_logo
Where: HacDC Space
Talk-in Frequency: 146.500 MHz Simplex
Set-up: Saturday Morning
Contesting: 2:00 PM Saturday until 2:00 PM Sunday
Tear down: Sunday Afternoon
Please join the HacDC Amateur Radio Club participate on ARRL Field Day.   Field Day is a national amateur radio emergency preparedness drill and informal contest to make contact with amateur radio operators all over the United States and  Canada.   We will run our radios on solar power and batteries to practice how we might operate in an emergency.
Whether you’re a currently licensed radio operator, interested in learning more about ham radio, or just want to join us for food and fun – you’re invited!

Raspberry Pi Roadshow Visits HacDC September 26 @ 7:30 pm

The Raspberry Pi Foundation presents the Raspberry Pi – an ARM GNU Linux development board for $25:

RaspberryPi: Past, Present & Future – An introduction to the RaspberryPi, including an overview of its history and development, details on the technical specification and an outline of future developments with many cool tech demos along the way. Followed by a Q&A session.

Tech Demos:
A chance to demonstrate various OS’s, new revisions of the Pi and the latest add-on expansion hardware.

A Taste of RaspberryPi – A chance to play with the RaspberryPi hands-on.

Show & Tell / Prizes:
An opportunity to display RaspberryPi projects from the community with prizes for notable projects.

This event, as with all HacDC events, is free and open to the public.

For more information about Raspberry Pi: https://www.raspberrypi.org/

HARC presentation July 11 – 7:30pm: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications – Still Relevant Today?

In this day of pervasive communications through a multitude of devices and networks does Amateur Radio still have a role to play in Emergency Communications?  We will discuss past disasters, current needs, and future requirements. We will also look at current and upcoming technologies; as well as communication basics.

HARC member Lee n4tcw will be speaking from personal experience operating in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in Miami.

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HARC Traveling Field Day 2012

To get some ideas on planning a field day for HARC, Martin kb3ujq, Lee n4tcw and Shawn ag4ve visited neighboring  amateur radio clubs.  The object of field day is to develop emergency preparedness skills and acquaint the public with amateur radio.  All of the clubs operated their stations over a full day on electricity produced by gas generators.  Field day is also a contest to contact as many stations as possible on amateur bands over a full day period, working stations day and night.

We got a late start on Saturday afternoon with a first stop with the Mt Vernon Amateur Radio Club at Pohick Lake Park.  They were operating five stations on various frequency bands and modes (voice, morse code, digital text).  Each station was tucked away from the others in the camp grounds and each had its own antenna strung from the tall trees.  Luckily, we were just in time for a fine dinner of barbecue and fixings.

Next was the Ole Virginia Hams in Manassas.  They were set up on the lawn of a public library and featured an air-conditioned tent housing five stations plus a GOTA (get on the air) station.  The GOTA station allows newly licensed and unlicensed persons to experience first-hand talking over amateur radio. We also had some excellent spicy half smokes and watermelon for a second dinner.

Shawn and Lee checking out OVH's food truck

We made it to Vienna Wireless Society at Burke Lake Park by dark.  We were a little late for a third dinner but were shown around their various stations including an EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) bounce and satellite station.  The EME station sends a signal that is reflected off the moon and is received back on earth.

Sunday morning we visited Montgomery County Amateur Radio Club operating out of a hangar at Davis Airport in Laytonsville, MD.   Their antennas were strung from large masts in a grassy field next to the hangar.

In MARC’s antenna farm

Everyone we visited were quite hospitable and proud of their installation.  They all showed great proficiency in operating off the grid in other than usual locations.  Most of all…the food was delicious!