Past Meeting Topics

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 19:00

Radio At War

The next meeting of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club will be on Wednesday, October 24, at 7 pm.With the entry of the United States into World War 2, Amateur Radio activities ceased at 0000z on December 9, 1941. Hams turned their talents toward aiding in the war effort.The Radio Corporation of America (RCA), in conjunction with the US Army and Navy, produced a film entitled "Radio at War", highlighting (in dramatic fashion) the contributions of radio amateurs.

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 19:00

Antenna System Gains/Losses

There are many fine ham radio transceivers available, many with eye-watering price tags. ALL of them are useless without an antenna system.On a bang-per-buck basis, improving your antenna system is the least expensive way to boost your signal.  Optimizing your antenna system will improve things but can be taken beyond the point of diminishing returns.Please join us for a program on Antenna System gains and losses.

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 19:00

2018 Field Day in Review

The next meeting of the Fulton ARC will be on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 pm. The meeting will follow close on the heels of the joint FARC/RACES Field Day exercise. Join us for a hastily-prepared program documenting our FD effort. And please note that there will be no meetings in July or August.  See you in September!

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 19:00

UFOs, Demystified

Keith Conroy, WB2NVY, is an electrical engineer, a member of Fulton ARC, a Skywarn volunteer, and a past RACES ARO. He is also the New York Chief Investigator for the Mutual UFO Network. Keith will present a program discussing the SCIENCE that supports the reality of UFOs and UFO-related mysteries. Please join us.

Presenter(s):
Keith - WB2NVY

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 19:00

Radio Orienteering

Radio Orienteering, also known as ARDF (Amateur Radio Direction Finding) or "Radio Foxhunting", is an amazing, adventurous, intellectual, and physically demanding sport. The goal is to find hidden transmitters (also called "foxes") in the forest as fast as possible by using only a direction finding receiver, a map, a compass and orienteering skills. Join us for a presentation on ARDF: A Chess Match on the Run!

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 19:00

Trivia!

“Trivia” is everywhere. Since the introduction of “Trivial Pursuit” in 1982, many different flavors of trivia “contests” have emerged including Trivia nights at taverns and in private homes, Trivia fundraising events, on-line sites and even Apps for mobile devices.Not to be left behind, Fulton ARC will have its four annual “Ham Radio Trivia” quiz at its next meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 pm. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the winner(s). Join us!

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:00

FT8 - A Hot, New Digital Mode

The latest addition to the WSJT-X digital mode suite, FT8, was announced in June of 2017 and has proven immensely popular.

Jim Shaver, N2ADV, was an alpha and beta tester for FT8. He will present a program on FT8, highlighting its capabilities and debunking some common misconceptions about the mode.

Presenter(s):
Jim Shaver - N2ADV

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:00

World Radiosport Team Championship 2014 Video

Ham Radio has its own Olympics! The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is a competition between two-person teams of amateur radio operators who test their skills making contacts with other Amateur Radio operators around the world over a 24 hour period.

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 19:00

Theodore Roosevelt McElroy - World Champion Telegrapher

The next meeting of the Fulton ARC will be at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 25. The FCC eliminated the Morse code requirement for amateur radio effective on February 23, 2007.  Those who bemoaned the imminent demise of the mode were soon relieved to realise that CW continued to thrive on the air. The "World Champion Telegrapher", however, was never a ham.  He burned up the wires for Western Union, pounded brass for commercial radio companies, and manufactured his own line to telegraph keys that are valued to this day.  He set the all-time, still-unbroken world record of 75.2 words per minute i

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 19:00

Azimuthal Equidistant Projections (maps) from Around the World

Here' s an exercise: Go outside and point to Japan. Done? Yes; Japan is azimuth 330 degrees from CNY, just 30 degrees West of North. A flight from NYC to Tokyo -almost- flies over the North Pole.

Living on a sphere complicates matters. I was pondering this while looking at a Azimuthal Equidistant Projection provided by a Dxpedition to a remote island.

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 18:00

No July or August Club Meetings

There is no club meeting in July or August. Have a safe and fun summer. See you all in September and at the club picnic.

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:00

The Ham's Wide World - 1969 version

In 1959, TV producer Dave Bell, W6AQ, hit a media home run, getting 30 minutes of prime-time exposure for ham radio with the ORIGINAL "Ham's Wide World". That video was the featured program for the October 2015 Fulton ARC meeting.  In 1969, Dave produced revision two of "The Ham's Wide World" featuring celebrity hams Arthur Godfrey, Bill Leonard and Barry Goldwater.  Both programs are preserved in the ARRL Film Collection.  Join us for a screening of the 1969 version of "The Ham's Wide World".

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 19:00

Yaesu Fusion and Wires-X

Pat Browns, WN8Z, owner of the 147.390 repeater, will present a program on Yaesu Fusion and Wires-X.

Presenter(s):
Pat - WN8Z

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 19:00

RF Safety

The next meeting of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club will be on Wednesday, February 22, at 7 pm in the lower level of the Oswego County Office Building, across from Mimi's Restaurant, Route 481 North, Fulton, NY. The FCC is required  to evaluate the effect of emissions from FCC-regulated transmitters on the quality of the human environment.   Accordingly, Amateur Radio operators must take precautions to assure that Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) limits established by the FCC are not exceeded.  Join us for a program reviewing Radio Frequency (RF) Safety.

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 19:00

Nicola Tesla and The War of The Currents

Nicola Tesla was truly a Renaissance man.  He was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, showman, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity generation and supply system.  Join us for a program that merely skims the surface of Nicola Tesla's accomplishments.

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N