January 08, 2015, 7:30pm - John Huggins, KX4O The J-Pole Antenna: Myths and Facts. John modeled a 1/4-wavelength ground plane as a reference and then compared several J-pole configurations using a combination of Numerical Electromagnetics Code (NEC) and Finite-Difference Time-Domain method (FDTD) antenna modeling software. He will discuss the radiation patterns and antenna currents in each variant. John will bring several J-pole antennas to the meeting to show off various construction techniques.
NOTE: This meeting is in Tysons Pimmit Library! 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/ty/
February 12, 2015, 7:30pm NOTE: This meeting is in Tysons Pimmit Library! - TBD - at Tysons Pimmit Library http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/ty/ 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
December 10 - George Lemaster, WB5OYP and Terry McCarty, WA5NTI were re-elected as Directors. Bill Fenn, N4TS and Frank Eliot, W3WAG were elected as Alternates. Terry WA5NTI made a presentation of the terminal equipment being deployed on a high speed MESH network in Prince William County. Paul W4RI was presented with an engraved wood plaque in recognition of his election to the grade of President Emeritus.
November 12 - Karl Berger, W4KRL, presented lessons learned while building and enhancing an Arduino-based Morse Decoder using the Goertzel algorithm for tone detection. He reviewed useful design tools including IdealCircuit for filter simulation and VeroDes for laying out a stripboard.
October 9 - Bill Liles, NQ6Z, discussed the race to make the first transatlantic two-way contact. The 1920s was an exiting time for amateur radio as hams were allowed back on the air after WWI. Bill drew on material from the RSGB archives as prepared by Elaine Richards, G4LFM.
January 25, 2015 | Post Holiday Hamfest Location: Odenton, MD Sponsor: Maryland Mobileers Amateur Radio Club Website: https://sites.google.com/site/marylandmobileers/hamfests-1/hamfest-2
February 7, 2015 | Frostfest Location: Richmond Raceway Complex http://www.frostfest.com
March 22, 2015 | Vienna Wireless Winterfest Location: Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, Virginia http://www.viennawireless.org/winterfest.php
June 21, 2015 | BARC Father's Day Hamfest Location: Upperco, MD Sponsor: Baltimore Amateur Radio Club Website: http://www.gbhc.org
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Project Proposal - Weak Signal Detection
Frank Eliot W3WAG proposes development of an innovative weak signal mode. AMRAD members and others are asked to comment on and expand his concept described in this paper: Weak Signal Paper 2014.11.10.pdf
Pete KA3WCA ran some simulations, suggests a simplification to the receiver algorithm, and describes "Transmitted Reference" modulation schemes to reduce the effects of channel phase variations. WeakSignal KA3WCA 2014-11-20.pdf
KA3WCA further develops the math to correlate two different phases of the carrier and provides Python code to evaluate the correlation and phase angle. WeakSignal KA3WCA TwoPhaseCorrelation 2014-12-01.pdf