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Our January Visit to MakeIt Labs!

The highly publicized event — the event of the month — went off with a bang! On Jan. 28th, the Nashua Area Radio Club paid a visit to MakeIt Labs to promote Amateur Radio with maker folks. It’s a natural union, if you think about. Technologists/scientists/engineers/self-taught DIY’sters and amateur radio folk are essentially one in the same beast. So why shouldn’t they be interested?

Brian (AB1ZO) and Mike (AB1YK) discussing details of Mike’s homebrewed transceiver

We had a super great turn out from many in the club and those external to the club or from MakeIt Labs itself. Representing the Nashua Area Radio Club, we had Fred (AB1OC), Anita (AB1QB), Jamey (KC1ENX), Abby (KC1FFX), Connor (KC1GGX), Brian (AB1ZO), Mike Struzik (AB1YK), Bill (W1TWO), Mike Ryan (K1WVO), Mike Rush (KU1V), and Tom (AB1NS) (Forgive me if I forgot you).

Fred (AB1OC) explaining the nuances of digital operation to a young, budding HAM.

The idea was to set up the every-popular GOTA station, but also demonstrations of other amateur radio technology to hook the masses with. As a result, we had Fred’s digital amateur TV station, a table-top satellite station, and Mike Struzik brought along his homebrewed BitX20 transceiver complete with plans, schematics, and a demo keyer. (Talk to Mike for further details/websites. He’s awesome about answering questions and exposing people to what they need to do to get started.)

A view of the satellite station

We spent a solid 6-7 hours at the facility, even roping in some new interest from folks who happened to see our advertisements for the event both online and in stores/businesses around Nashua. It’s clear that word is spreading about the work that the Nashua Area Radio Club is trying to do; we are engendering interest slowly, but steadily. Essentially, the trend is upwards.

Close-up of Mike’s (AB1YK) homebrewed BitX20 transceiver

We hope that down the road, we can enjoy a lasting partnership with MakeIt Labs and encourage more members of our club to drop in, see the facility, hang-out for a bit, and explain to new folks about how this hobby is damn close to one of the best hobbies out there!

Fred’s (AB1OC) DATV station

So, until next time, and until my next posting (and hopefully that one will be a bit witty’er — didn’t have enough coffee today), make sure you eat, sleep, “repeat”! (That’s what my t-shirt says that my wife bought me)

Brian, AB1ZO

N4CPR’s Interview the 12 year old Faith Hannah AE4FH

N4CPR states, “My interview with AE4FH – Faith Hannah 12 year old extra class ham radio operator at HamCation 2017 Orlando, Florida. Faith Hannah was operating the ICOM-7300 with the Radio Wavz Barrett Hex Beam. She made a QSO with Light House USA-845 In Maryland. She will be at HamVention 2017 in Xenia, Ohio. Checkout her youtube channel: http://hamradio.world/

We need more young people involved in ham radio, help spread the news about young operators in the hobby. I hope you enjoy the video and share it with all your friends on social media. I have met the Lea family personally and they are a breathe of fresh air and a Blessing to the hobby and all who meet them.—N4CPR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2y_TXMxpzg

 

Progress on our High-Altitude Balloon Project

We are making good progress on our High-Altitude Balloon project. We have identified three local schools are interested in the project and Jamey, KC1ENX and others are working to set up meeting with teachers in these schools to explain what we are doing and gain support. You can see what we are sharing with teachers and parents here.

Possible Balloon Payload Experiment - UV Radiation Measurements
Possible Balloon Payload Experiment – UV Radiation Measurements

Brian, AB1ZO is working on flight planning and science experiments for our high-altitude balloon. You can see Brian’s plans here.

We have also started a fund-raising campaign to raise the funds that we need for equipment, helium and other equipment to build and launch our balloon. Our fund-raising campaign has been active for about a week now and we are approaching the half way point of our goal. Please consider helping us with the project by making a donation. You can do this at our project GoFundMe page here.