Past Meeting Topics

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

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 17:00

2015 K1N Navassa Island DXpedition

Many amateurs pursue DX awards based on how many Countries (or "Entities") they contact.  The rules governing what constitutes an "Entity" are complex.  One wouldn't expect that one of the rarest "Entities" would be right under our noses, in the Caribbean.  Navassa Island (KP1) is an unoccupied US Territory. It is VERY hard to get permission to go there; its last activation was in 1993, placing it very high on many DXers' "Most Wanted" list.  It is also VERY hard to access. Join us for a program on the 2015 K1N Navassa Island DXpedition.

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 07:00

No December FARC Meeting

In deference to the approaching Christmas Holiday there will be no December Fulton ARC meeting.  We'll see you in January!

Presenter(s):
None - Stay Home

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 19:00

No Regular November Meeting

Reminder: There will be no FARC meeting November 25th. Happy Thanksgiving from all the members of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club!

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 19:00

Fulton ARC Meeting in conjunction with Oswego Co. RACES

The next meeting of the Fulton ARC will be on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 pm at the County Building on Route 481 in Fulton.We will be meeting in conjunction with Oswego County RACES in order to avoid holding a meeting on the day before Thanksgiving.  The meeting will be short; there will be no program presented.

Presenter(s):
none

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 19:00

The Original "Ham's Wide World" - Aired in 1959 on ABC TV

Ham Radio operators and organizations regularly submit news items to media outlets in an effort to increase public awareness and appreciation of our hobby/service.  In 1959, TV producer Dave Bell, W6AQ, hit a media home run, getting ham radio 30 minutes of prime-time exposure on ABC TV.  Thanks to the ARRL Film Collection, we can still view that program.Join us for a screening of the original "Ham's Wide World". 

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 19:00

"Clandestine" Antennas

Following our Summer hiatus, meetings of the Fulton ARC will resume on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 7 PM at the County Building in Fulton.For some, low-profile or "stealth" antennas are a necessity.  Perhaps there are antenna restrictions in your neighborhood.  Maybe it has to do with one's sense of aesthetics.  Whatever the reason, minimal-impact antennas are often required.  Join us for a program on "Clandestine" Antennas.

Presenter(s):
Redd - AI2N

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 19:00

FARC Meeting

The next meeting of the Fulton ARC is tonight, Wednesday, June 24 at 7 pm.

Presenter(s):
None

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 19:00

Station Grounding and Lightning Protection

Hams love antennas.  From an efficiency standpoint they are THE most critical part of our stations.  Sadly, lightning loves antennas, too, making proper grounding and lightning protection essential.  With many newer amateur members in our midst it's appropriate that we revisit a topic presented in April of 2010.  Join us for a program on Grounding and Lightning Protection for the Amateur Radio station.

Presenter(s):
Redd, AI2N

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 19:00

Ham Radio 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 it’s first “Ham Radio Trivia” quiz at its next meeting on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 pm. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the winner(s). Join us!

Presenter(s):
Redd, AI2N

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 19:00

Homebrewing Vacuum Tubes

Before the transistor ushered in the era of "solid state", there was "hollow state".  Vacuum tubes have been with us for over 100 years and are still used for high-powered  radio frequency amplifiers from VLF to microwaves, in medical imaging, and in niche applications for music production and playback. Many hams still build homebrew projects utilizing vacuum tubes.  Imagine, however, the challange of homebrewing your own TUBES from scratch!  Join us for a video presentation of a ham doing just that.

Presenter(s):
Ben - AK2X

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:00

The Great Alaskan Earthquake

On Good Friday in 1964 a massive, magnitude 9.2 earthquake hit Alaska, causing widespread destruction and severely testing the capabilities of emergency responders.  Civil Defense and amateur radio operators were among the first to answer the call to action.  Join us for a program on the Great Alaskan Earthquake.

Presenter(s):
Redd, AI2N

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:00

Fulton ARC Meeting Wednesday, November 19

The next meeting of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club will be on Wednesday, November 19 at 7 pm.  Note that we're meeting on the THIRD Wednesday of the month in deference to Thanksgiving.  We'll share our meeting with Oswego County RACES on their normal meeting night.  Due to time constraints there will be no program offered this month.

Presenter(s):
None

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:00

Celebrating Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW

This year the ARRL has been celebrating its Centennial. No such celebration would be complete without a nod to the man most responsible for its creation and early survival. Join us for a program on “The Old Man” himself, Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW.

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Presenter(s):
Redd, AI2N

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 19:00

Being DX - Bonaire, PJ4

In May of 2014 WJ2O, N2ZN and AI2N traveled to the Caribbean Island of Bonaire.  They spent a week touring the island and operating from PJ4.   Join us for a program on Bonaire presented by Redd, AI2N.

Presenter(s):
Redd, AI2N