Congratulations go out to Darrin, KC6HSP, our new EXTRA. Darrin wanted to be on a ship, but not a cruise ship, so we found passage for him on a freighter. This would be my choice if I had the urge to take a sea voyage. No noisy casinos, no tempting foods that you know you should not eat, and plenty of time to sit back and just enjoy the ride. Of course I would want to know all about how a big cargo ship moves from place to place, and how cargo is kept track of, picked up and dropped off. The more I think of it, the more I think Darrin has a good idea here.
Turning 92 is special. This called for something special. Fortunately I was able to scour up seven local hams to celebrate with Don. This was not as difficult as you may have guessed. Most of us would agree that ham radio is a very exciting and attractive hobby. And with hams like Don leading the way, how can you resist? Happy Birthday Don.
Review Of Field Day
Fred reviewed the statistics from Field Day. Our club did well, and about the same as last year. Numbers aren’t everything. Just getting together and having fun is what really counts. I say, mission accomplished!
Our Main Speaker
Our main speaker for the evening was Drew KO4MA. Drew has spoken to club members on several occasions. While the subject is the same, Amateur Satellite, you can’t help coming away with something new after each presentation. Who would have guessed that stabilization is achieved by using a bar magnet inside the cube-sat, or that cube-sats woud be deployed by a process similar to delivering candy from a Pez candy dispenser. How about deploying antennae? One end is fixed permanently, while the other is held in place by a fusible link. After deployment, a signal is given to melt the fuse, releasing the spring steel antenna tucked along side, allowing it to deploy. Simple and very clever.
Thank you Drew. It is presentations like yours that have members coming back to meetings.
And while we are on the subject of attendance, our Sargent at arms, Top, has informed me that we had 57 attendees at the August meeting. They are listed below. If there are any errors or omissions, please let me know.