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December Meeting

December 2, 2020, from 7:30-9:00 PM

Venue: Online Meeting There will be NO pre-meeting at Jakes this month.

Please join us by navigating to: meeting ( https://zoom.us/j/4086215853 ) You will be prompted to enter your name and the meeting password. In order to minimize the opportunity for zoom bombers or others to hijack our meeting, this page will be updated again with the password on the day of the meeting or we will provide it on our email distribution list.

You can also join by telephone using the following phone number:

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 408 621 5853
Password: TBD
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aPwFOCDKO

TOPIC: Principles of Directional Antennas

The purpose of an antenna is to transfer the signals from the wires in your radio to free space so it can propagate to a distant location. On receive the same process works in reverse.

All practical antennas send more signal in some directions than in other directions. We can take advantage of the directionality for many purposes.

If you are a DX’er you want to focus your signal toward the one station you are trying to work. During a contest, some direction will be preferred to make the most contacts. An hour later, you might prefer a different direction. If you are using an HT for an emergency drill and find you are some distance from net control, you have a choice between using a better antenna or carrying extra batteries to run higher power. Meanwhile, net control doesn’t have the luxury of re-pointing his antenna for each contact, but instead needs an antenna that works in all directions.

The principles that make an antenna directional are the same for all frequencies. From an electrical point of view, a vertical antenna for 160 meters is the same as a vertical for 2 meters.

Our speaker, Paul Zander (AA6PZ) has been licensed for more than 50 years. During that time, he has worked on antennas for almost every band from 1800 kHz to 122 GHz.

January Meeting

January 6, 2020, from 7:30-9:00 PM

Venue: Online Meeting There will be NO pre-meeting at Jakes this month.

Please join us by navigating to: meeting ( https://zoom.us/j/4086215853 ) You will be prompted to enter your name and the meeting password. In order to minimize the opportunity for zoom bombers or others to hijack our meeting, this page will be updated again with the password on the day of the meeting or we will provide it on our email distribution list.

You can also join by telephone using the following phone number:

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 408 621 5853
Password: TBD
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aPwFOCDKO

TOPIC: Board Elections / Discussion of club direction

This meeting will include an election of the members of Board of Directors. In order to elect the members of the Board our Bylaws say that we must have at least 1/3 of the members attend the meeting. So, we would greatly appreciate having as many members present as we can to to accomplish a few things:

  • Elect your Board members
  • Help steer the club in the direction you wish
  • Share in the vision of the club


Nets

Saratoga Frequencies

Everyone should have the following frequencies programmed into their VHF/UHF radios. A complete list of all county frequencies and local jurisdictions can be found at this link.

Channel NameResource NameR/SFrequencyOffsetPL
CommandK6SARepeater146.655114.8
CommandK6SARepeater443.150+100
Tactical AltSimplex146.505
Tactical Alt 2Simplex146.595

Read All About Us

  • Our brochure contains an overview of our club’s history, member interests, net, meetings, activities, and how you might become a member. If you would like to become a member, please complete our membership form and mail it to: Saratoga Amateur Radio Association, P.O. Box 2034, Saratoga, CA 95070.

Mission

  • Facilitate scientific education and knowledge of radio engineering and communication skills by providing training, reference materials for self education and operating practice;
  • Provide voluntary noncommercial communication, particularly providing emergency communication as a public service and without any remuneration; and
  • Promote amateur radio by facilitating the exchange of information, improve individual operating efficiency and strengthen the welfare of amateur radio in the community.

Meetings

  • Meetings are normally on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm.
  • Location is at the Saratoga Fire Station, located on 14380 Saratoga Avenue at the corner of Saratoga-Sunnyvale and Los Gatos-Saratoga Roads, in Saratoga. Map
  • Prior to the meeting we have dinner at Jake’s of Saratoga Restaurant located at 12175 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road (and Prospect Road). Map. We usually meet around 6:00 p.m. Someone will be monitoring the repeater while we are at dinner so check-in and say “Hi” if you are on your way.
  • We strongly suggest you bring your 2M HT in case you have difficulty finding the meeting. If you have difficulty finding the meeting, please contact someone on the club repeater.