Past Meeting Topics

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 19:00

Digital Communications Demo

The next meeting of the Fulton ARC will be on Wednesday, November 20th, at 7 pm. As is our habit in November we'll meet in conjunction with Oswego County RACES to avoid holding a meeting on Thanksgiving Eve.High on the meeting agenda will be our annual election of officers.Additionally, Fred, KA2HPG, and Rick, WA2LBE, will provide a short demonstration of Fldigi and perhaps several other forms of digital communication using handhelds and a computer.Please join us.

Presenter(s):
Fred KA2HPG - Rick WA2LBE

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 19:00

2016 Heard Island DXpedition

Dave, WJ2O, will join us once again to provide the program.  Dave is a DXpeditioner who has operated from more than 75 DXCC entities.In 2016 he participated in a major DXpedition to Heard Island in the Southernmost region of the Indian Ocean, well over a week's journey by boat from South Africa or Austrailia. Over the course of 20 days on that remote, Antarctic island they completed over 75,000 QSOs with hams around the world. It's a fascinating story that Dave is pleased to share.Please join us.

Presenter(s):
Dave - WJ2O

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 19:00

Ham Radio Roundtable Discussion

Where else but in a ham radio club can we chat about all the different things we enjoy about this hobby. At our next meeting on September 25, Keith/WB2NVY, a ham since 1963, will ask EVERYONE to talk about things we enjoy Check out this list and be prepared to share your thoughts on them when ‘net control’ turns it over to you.  Suggested topics: Most memorable QSO Coolest homebrew projectFavorite rigHam radio & wxBest ham buddy/ElmerAuto/air/water mobile unit/activityWorst ham radio dayFavorite net(s)Most memorable Field DayFavorite/highest?

Presenter(s):
Keith, WB2NVY

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 19:00

DXCC - Unique Entities

The DX Century Club, or DXCC, is an amateur radio operating award earned by making and confirming contacts with licensed amateur operators in at least 100 "countries" (i.e. geographic locations listed in the rules for the award) around the world. The DXCC administered by the ARRL.Most - but not all - entities on the DXCC list are conventional countries. There are, however, some "unique" entities on the DXCC list. Some of these will be the topic of this month's program.Please join us. 

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 19:00

Ham Radio Trivia

Fulton ARC will have its fifth annual “Ham Radio Trivia” quiz at its next meeting on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 pm. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the winner(s). Join us!

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 19:00

Emergency Traffic: TITANIC!

Keith Conroy, WB2NVY, will offer a program entitled "Emergency Traffic: TITANIC!"

Presenter(s):
Keith, WB2NVY

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 19:00

Emergency Traffic: TITANIC!

This month Keith Conroy, WB2NVY, will offer a program entitled "Emergency Traffic: TITANIC!"

Presenter(s):
Keith, WB2NVY

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 19:00

Spark Gap Transmitters

The next meeting of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club will be on Wednesday, January 23, at 7 pm.Our program this month will be an historical overview of Spark Gap Transmitters and the start of "amateur" experimentation on the airwaves. The origin of the term "ham shack" will also be revealed. Please join us! 

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

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