Shawn KI5PXG is kicking off an new Education Series for RWK – We’re calling it “QRV Tech” (h/t to Don KG5CK). It will be (mostly) monthly, usually on the third week of the month (check the calendar). We will start out on Zoom but we have plans to get together in person when there is a “build” type project.
The goal for this series is primarily education – teaching something new to those that are interested – but we plan on building things too (as part of the learning). We realize that not everyone will be interested in each subject (which is why we’re not making them presentations for General Meetings) – we’re aiming for 10-20 people or so each session.
Our topics will range from test equipment to microcontrollers to SDRs to antennas. This series is something that we’ve wanted to do for a long time. We hope that you enjoy and learn! QRV Tech?
- QRV Tech – June 2023 – Let’s Build A Balun
It’s RWK tradition to have a short build project as part of Field Day. This year, based on the recent April 2023 General Meeting presentation by our friend John Portune W6NBC, we’re going to build a simple 1:1 Balun with an enclosure, suitable to build your first Dipole (or Fan Dipole) antenna.
The kit will be somewhere around $20-25 – far cheaper than commercial baluns, and limited to 20 people (although we will publish the instrunctions afterwards). We will have a sign-up sheet/form closer to Field Day
Saturday June 24 3pm
- QRV Tech – May 2023 – Oscilloscope Usage in Ham Radio
Shawn KI5PXG will be showing oscilloscope basics for hams, including audio analysis of your microphone, signal analysis (frequency and amplitude measurements), and time-domain analysis of signal quality to diagnose modulation or distortion issues.
If you want more, here’s an in-depth article from Hewlett Packard on Oscilloscope fundamentals that contains an explanation of basic o-scope functions.
Thanks to Shawn for kicking off this series!
QRV Tech Meeting Location
These sessions will primarily be on Zoom, but we will have physical meetings for hands-on or build projects. Please check each session for details on the location.
- Weekend Foxhunt on June 3, 2023 9:00 am
- Meeting On The Air (147.12 Repeater) on June 5, 2023 7:30 pm
- Richardson OW Siren Test on June 7, 2023 11:55 am
- RWK Hungry Hams Lunch on June 7, 2023 12:00 pm
- Ham License Testing – Remote on June 8, 2023 6:00 pm