That’s the title of the program at the meeting this coming Thursday 10/23. We had a similar program a couple of years ago comparing accuracy of those four dollar Harbor Freight meters to multi hundred dollar Fluke meters owned by members, and found the four dollar digital meters to read about the same when measuring either 12VDC or 120VAC. This time we’ll include techniques for testing components such as transistors and capacitors, and the desirability of ANALOG meters for such tests. BRING YOUR METERS, and don’t forget the analog one. (Even though they’re not as accurate they actually show a lot more information than the digital models.)*

Bring meters

Bring meters

Norm JYD is bringing a Wattmeter and all kinds of adapters, SMA, BNC, reverse SMA etc. He will measure your H/T’s output power. Someone may bring a Freq Counter too. We’ll see if those things are accurate.
SWIARC meetings are held 4th Thursdays, 7:30PM, at the Council Bluffs Red Cross, North 16th at ‘G’ Street. (Except like, in November when it conflicts with Thanksgiving – switched to 3rd Thurs – and sometimes in December when we have a dinner meeting somewhere instead.) All are welcome. (Be early.) For more info, get on the Co/Bluffs 146.82 R- repeater or E/M to Greg, N0GR at ARRL dot net, or Rich, WA0ZQG at Hotmail.
If you’re new around here, one way to get acquainted is to
visit a club meeting or get in on some local nets like:
Sunday 9PM 146.94 R-
Monday 7PM 145.29 R-
Monday 9PM 146.94 R-
Tuesday 8PM 50.200 USB
Wed 9PM 146.82 R-
Sat Noon Swap Net 146.82 R-
There are a bunch of other nets on other repeaters. Look further down here – the articles below – for a list of 2M and 440 repeaters. Note: Only the first half dozen articles are displayed on the Home Page here. You have to get into the last displayed article and THEN NOTICE TITLES OF THE NEXT UP or DOWN ARTICLE at the top of the page and click on it to go further down.

200 yds from Stubblefield

Nathan B Stubblefield

. Council Bluffs Street Department probably didn’t know about Nathan B, but ask an Amateur who’s been around a while, and you may get one who knows about him, an early experimenter with radio who lived in Kentucky. (His system seemed to deal with magnetic effects rather than radio waves, but he did send voice …

Read more

Kenwood 700 2M SSB

Sgt Bluff Hamfest 2014

This is the KENWOOD 700 2M SSB and FM radio from around 1980 covering all 4 Megs of the band, 1M at a time (see sw, bottom right, 144-5-6-7) with a real VFO (not digital) having a range of 1000 kc. It’s the later model 700S with a digital freq readout vs the earlier 700A …

Read more

YAESU FT-107 at Bellevue

Bellevue NE Hamfest

. Among many local Hams, Norm WA0JYD went to Bellevue and sent back this pic of a rare YAESU 107 HF transceiver. It’s rare partly because of so many other rigs on the market, but also due to it’s WHITE finish, I mean, would YOU want a WHITE rig? Deducing from the lack of tuning …

Read more

Monoband Heath on TV

Heathkit on TV – White Collar

We see this all the time, Amateur rigs on TV or in movies, in this case the TV show WHITE COLLAR and an old HEATHKIT rig used to hear a signal from a WWII Nazi submarine sunk during the war off the East Coast of the US. (It’s still transmitting but you have to be …

Read more

Nick K0NHV with UV5R

Big Baofeng

Nick NHV bought one of those Chinese H/Ts, a Baofeng UV5R from R&L, and added both a tall battery and tall antenna. Seen above, it looks much more impressive (and will talk a lot longer) than the standard model. . He had to pay forty bucks for the H/T from R&L, but likes to deal …

Read more