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The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo–March 13-14, 2021. This first of its kind Ham Expo was held in August 2020. A second Expo will be held in March 2021. Details can be found at: QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo.
Comm Academy—An emergency communications & amateur radio conference to be held online April 10-11, 2021. Information will be available at the updated website Comm Academy.
Board Policy on Gatherings: In light of the uncertainty about when large group gatherings will be safe again, it is not a good use of volunteer time to plan for our normal events. Board Meetings and Educational Meetings will be held online until further notice. The Annual Dinner will be replaced by an online social gathering (potluck?) and the Annual Meeting will also be conducted online.
Meeting Minutes for the October Board Meeting were approved at the December meeting and are available under the News and Information menu tab at the top of the page.
January Educational Meeting Recording. The Zoom meeting for the January Educational Meeting, Wireless Sensing at Insect-Scale, was recorded and is now available: January 2021 Educational Meeting.
Volunteers Wanted for 6m Repeater. Details below.
Got photos of PSRG events? Contact K7RCH@PSRG.ORG.
Updated: The PSRG Annual General Meeting will take place February 13th at 1:30 and will be held virtually via Zoom. The Zoom link is AGM Zoom Link.
The key activities at the AGM will be:
- election of the expiring board positions, and
- voting on a change to the bylaws governing membership as explained in this proposal: Proposed By-Laws changes.
Due to the virtual nature of this event, we have revised the election procedure as described in this document: 2021 AGM Voting Procedures. 2021 AGM Voting Procedures There are 3 positions up for election this year: Vice President (currently held by Tim, WT1IM), board slot 1 (currently held by Bill, N6NBN) and board slot 3 (currently held by Kirsten, N2BRN).
Other business at the meeting is covered in the Draft Agenda.
There will also be an educational presentation, details to follow.
Update: Unfortunately, we cannot plan an in-person social event for the Annual Dinner, but plans are in the works for an online event Saturday, January 9, 2020 at 6 PM. . The gathering will be held on Zoom and hopefully will include the ability to move to separate rooms to simulate mingling.
Got recipes? It would be fun to share the same meals at the dinner even though we’re remote! Tim WT1IM (WT1IM@psrg.org) will collect any recipes submitted and make them available for members to try. Meanwhile, here are some recipes provided by Tim: Recipes
Here is the Zoom link for the dinner: PSRG Dinner
Updated: The next PSRG Educational Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1:30 PM. The meeting will be on Zoom.
This should be fascinating! The speaker will be Vikram Iyer, a final year PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Washington. Vikram builds end-to-end wireless systems that push the boundaries of what is possible with particular focus on power, size, and weight. Enabling mobility for small wireless devices is challenging, but this is an area where nature excels. While man-made robots at these sizes are fundamentally limited by battery energy density, small insects like bees can fly for hours. This talk presents his recent work on bio-integrative systems that seek to piggyback on the capabilities of live insects for mobility. This includes Living IoT, a first of its kind platform to include sensing, computation, backscatter communication, and localization in a package small enough to fly on the back of a live bumblebee. He will also discuss how we (meaning people smarter than the average ham) can design more complex sensing systems like wireless cameras that are still small enough to be carried by a live beetle, and how these technologies can be adapted to track invasive “murder” hornets.
Vikram has worked closely with the Washington Department of Agriculture to help track and eradicate Asian giant hornets. Vikram’s work has been recognized by a Microsoft Research Fellowship, best paper awards, and a Marconi Society Young Scholar award.
This meeting was recording and can be viewed here: January 2021 Educational Meeting.
PSRG is adding a 6m repeater to the stable! Are you interested in helping out with some technical projects ? This is a call for volunteers looking to get into some repeater building work! We provide parts and mentoring.
- We need an air-cooling system for the new 6m repeater, that will trigger when the transmitter’s PTT is pushed and stops maybe 30s after the PTT is dropped. Great project for an Arduino or similar.
- The 6m repeater will be set up much like our 2m system, so we need someone interested in setting up the Raspberry Pis that will act as the Allstar nodes.
- Finally, we need to be able to remotely control the repeater — power cycling, shutting down the transmitter, etc.. This is also an RPi project.
If you’re interested in helping out and learning a little about repeater systems, contact Quenton Caudron and he’ll connect you to the right person.
Update: The next PSRG Board Meeting is on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 1:30 PM. The Board Meeting will be online-only. Here’s the link: December 12 Board Meeting.
This is an important meeting. Election plans will be discussed (election to be held at the annual Meeting in January). We will also be discussing suggestions for a change in how membership is handled going forward. As always, only board members will vote, but everyone’s input is welcome.
Note: The Zoom meeting for the December Board Meeting was recorded and is now available: December 2020 Board Meeting.
The November PSRG Educational Meeting, Repeaters, WWARA and the Future was recorded and is now available: November 2020 Educational Meeting.
The amateur repeater landscape is currently undergoing a significant change and it has been happening for the last 10 years. The WWARA is the repeater coordination body for western Washington and has identified trends, which mirror what happened in the commercial space, with a slow transition from traditional ‘wide band’ analog FM repeaters to digital and narrow band repeaters. This talk will provide some background on the how and why repeater coordination happens, the role the WWARA plays and provide some insight into the coming narrowband transition. The goal is to educate the repeater users and owners in western Washington and collect some feedback on how hams would like to shape this transition.
The speaker was Kenny Richards, KU7M. Kenny is the Secretary of WWARA, the frequency coordination body for Western Washington.
UPDATE The PSRG Annual Picnic Social will take place on Sunday September 27th, at noon, via Zoom. Join us for some social fun! At 12:30, Doug KD7DK will be giving us all a review of the past year with the PSRG. The picnic is potluck and you are guaranteed to have food and beverages that you like! Zoom Link
Update: The September PSRG Educational Meeting, Build that rig ! An exploration of home-built radios through the ages, with speakers Tim, WT1IM, and Quentin, K7DRQ was recorded. The session can be viewed here: September Educational Meeting
Updated: The next PSRG Board Meeting is on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 1:30 PM. The Board Meeting will be online-only at the following link: http://zoom.us/join.