Past Meeting Topics

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

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 19:00

Joint meeting with RACES

Our November meeting will be 11-16-2016 at 7PM at the Emergency Management Office in Fulton. This will be a joint meeting with the RACES group. We will be holding elections for officers during the meeting this evening.

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 19:00

Special Event Station W2L

On August 21-22 Derek, K2KU, activated the Oswego Lighthouse during the annual Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend event.  Using the callsign W2L and working with the volunteers and curators of the H. Lee White Maritime Museum, Derek generated the first transmissions in decades from the historic Oswego Lighthouse.  Please join us at the meeting for the story behind Special Event Station W2L.

Presenter(s):
Derek, K2KU

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 19:00

Pictorial Tour of Ham Shacks

In the early days amateur radio operators often constructed their noisy, smelly, and often dangerous spark gap stations in "shacks" separate from their living quarters.  The term "Ham Shack" has been maintained to this day.  Many variables (personal taste, type and quantity of equipment, available space, budget) determine the setup of a modern ham shack.

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:30

No FARC Meeting during July or August

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:00

Final Field Day Planning

The next meeting of the Fulton ARC is Wednesday, June 22 at 7 pm.There will be no program offered; old business and final Field Day planning/discussion will take up most of the meeting.

Presenter(s):
Mike, KD2DVC

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 19:00

HF Operation

The number of Amateur Radio operators in the United States reaches a new all-time high with each passing day.  This growth has been seen locally, as well. There are currently 76 "active" licensees in zip code 13126, and 63 in 13069.  Many are new hams and recent upgrades, and many find their first foray on the High Frequency (HF) bands to be somewhat daunting.  As always, mentors are valued and available.  Our program this month will be an Introduction to HF Operation.

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 19:00

Ham Radio Trivia - Round II

“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 second “Ham Radio Trivia” quiz at its next meeting on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the winner(s). Join us!

Presenter(s):
Sarah - AK2D

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 19:00

The "Bash Books"

The FCC's published amateur radio question pool has been a fixture for decades now, along with the volunteer Examiners who administer the tests. Prior to 1980, amateur radio tests were given by the FCC at designated times in designated locations. There was a "syllabus" of topics for each license class but the actual questions were not published. Why the change?  A ham named Richard Bash was disappointed in the failure rate experienced by examinees and decided to do something about it. Join us for a brief program on the "Bash Books".

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N