DARC Lecture and Lab - So This is Radio - July 26th
- Created: Wednesday, 23 July 2014 06:49
- Written by Tom General
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The DARC is ramping up for our Lecture and Lab Saturdays in July through October. We have use of a terriffic classroom at Brookhaven College thanks to the support of Chaz, KF5JHA, a faculty member at the college and a DARC member. These Tech-Lab classes will be start at 9:30 AM with a Meet and Greet and the class starting at 10 AM in Building K, Room 251/254.
For the first in the series (July 26th), we will be conducting an "Intro to Radio" extravaganza. The idea for this session is to present amateur radio to new hams who would like a little insight into what the hobby is really all about, long-time hams who would like to contribute from their experience, and prospective hams who may be wondering what it's all about and how to get started. If you know anyone in these categories, please urge them to come on in and participate. This is a great opportunity to invite your kids, spouses, grandkids, friends and neighbors to come on in for a fun, informative event.
We will begin with "This is a radio." That is, we will assume nothing as we start. We will explain terms ("What is squelch?") and demonstrate good operational principles. We will answer questions and explain anything we can about any and all aspects of ham radio. We will have radios set up for display so those attending can "touch and feel" real communications gear. Finally, the crowning touch will be a local (simplex) net in which we will encourage each person to talk on the radio and act as net control. Here the goal is to provide hands-on experience-personal assistance will abound so no one feels stressed or embarrassed.
Looking forward to a subsequent session, we will mention HF and digital radio communications. That future session will then provide training on th eHF arean in both voice and digital operation. Again the goal here is to provide hands-on experieince in voice HF followed by a session with PSK-31. This will mean on-site experience setting up some radios and antennas for class use. Finally, those mkaing a digital contact may have a printed transcript of their adventure.
We have several other ideas incliding some basic electronics classes and equipment-building exercises. We're all ears for other ideas you may have. Please drop us a line at with your suggestions and ideas.
You will notice the liberal use of the corporate "WE" throughout this announcement. That translates to we need YOUR support and participation to make this happen - you're part of the "WE"!
Great days ahead!! Stay tuned!!
Special Projects Coordinator