Past Meetings

April 18, 2017

Mike Shelby did a presentation about Maidenhead squares and why they're so important to Amateur Radio operators

March 14, 2017

Scott N7JI talked about DXing without Sunspots. Very low sunspot cycle currently and expected to continue for a few more years. Lack of sunspots significantly reduces atmospheric ionization, which cuts down on HF propagation.

February 14, 2017

General business meeting.

January 17, 2017

Nelson NF7Z did a hands-on demonstration that helped us "see" SWR in a tuned and untuned feedline and dipole. He also showed propagated waves and polarity.

December 20, 2016

Club elections for a new set of officers. Then Ron presented a DVD on the Navassa DxPedition, which was held in January of 2015. The event call was K1N.

October 18, 2016

General business meeting.

October 18, 2016

The meeting was about “Volunteering” for several Springfield organizations, one of which is our main served agency, City of Springfield/Police Dept. KarLynn Akins, the City’s Volunteer Coordinator, spoke to EARS members who wanted to volunteer for City programs. Byron, KK7IQ, an EARS member, is the lead for the Annual Springfield Christmas Parade.

September 20, 2016

Paul Lusardi, NØVLR, gave a great presentation on his "Highly Versatile Orange Box" or HVOB. He had an article on an earlier version in the May 2008 QST and a handout on how to build one.

August 16, 2016

We discussed the Field Day event, how well it went and what could be improved. We wanted to do the same thing next year in terms of location and equipment.

July 19, 2016

Ron (WJ7R) presented a DVD show on the Peter 1 Island DXpedition from December 2006. Peter 1 Island is on the edge of Antarctica and a really rare DX opportunity.

June 21, 2016

Nelson Farrier (NF7Z) gave a presentation on the Arduino microprocessor. It was a hands-on lesson at Hamlin Middle School where everyone was able to wire LED's on a breadboard and get them to blink with the Arduino. They are quite inexpensive and so are the add-ons. You can see a list of them at tinyurl.com/arduino-parts.

May 17, 2016

Dick, KD7FY, showed us a rugged solid aluminum ski pole that he says will make a great field antenna. He also shared items that could be used for and with a “Go Pack” for field use.

April 19, 2016

Dick Bays (KD7FY) gave a presentation entitled “Shop tools for the Radio Amateur”.

March 15, 2016

Ron (WJ7R) presented a DVD video of the recent DXpedition to Kerguelen near Antarctica. The event call was FT5XO and their nicknames were the Penguins, probably due to the large number of them in the area. The DXpedition was led by James Brooks, 9V1YC. Kerguelen is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean and is about as far from civilization as one can get. This was a great and entertaining video!

February 16, 2016

Dave Cole (NK7Z) gave a presentation on finding and eliminating radio interference, but this time with the slides he wasn't able to show at the previous meeting. The meeting was held at Hamlin Middle School due to a room scheduling conflict at our regular location.

January 19, 2016

We had a lot of people at our Fashback Grill dinner meeting. Dave Cole (NK7Z) gave a presentation on finding and eliminating radio interference.

November 17, 2015

Nelson Farrier (NF7Z), gave a presentation on software defined radio, and the RTL-SDR dongle in particular. He showed how you can see what you're listening to on all bands and it can be used for wether satellite imaging, decoding airline transponders, as a rig pan-adapter and much more. Information on these devices can be found at rtl-sdr.com

October 21, 2015

Everett (Ev) Curry (W6ABM), the Oregon Section Manager for the ARRL gave a presentation on the ARRL and his early days as a ham. He also talked about his involvement in Emcomm. He teaches amateur radio in the Portland area and is a minister in the American Baptist Church. The section manager does troubleshooting between managers and is responsible for field work. There are six sections in the ARRL.

The ARRL provides service to all hams, regardless of membership, publishes QST, works with Congress (like preserving amateur spectrum and the current homeowners’ association antenna restrictions bill). They also handle short wave listening issues.


September 16, 2015

Ron showed us a DVD from the EARS library on the Ham station and antenna arrays of Bob Leo (W7LR). Also there was Ron (WJ7R), Mark (N7MQ), and Ron (K7AR). The activity at that time was the 2004 CQWW RTTY contest.


August 19, 2015

We had a lot of old and new business, following which, we adjourned to the radio room for training, testing and straightening out of the room.


July 21, 2015

Scott Rosenfeld (N7JI) did a presentation on DX and RF. He demonstrated some free software tools for hams such as VOACAP, dxmaps, WSPR and PSKreporter. He also showed how using a narrow band signal gives one more range in communicating.


June 16, 2015

We discussed needs and procedures for the June 27/28 Field Day event this year. We have checklists itemizing our equipment and support needs and made assignments based on that. Dinner will be pulled pork sandwiches with buns, potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw, and soft drinks provided by members.


May 19, 2015

The club had Field Day 2015 discussions.


April 21, 2015

Raspberry Pi: Jim, KI7AY, gave a presentation on the Raspberry Pi Model 2 microcontroller. This is a small (hand-held) computer with four USB ports, Ethernet port, and HDMI video. It can be interfaced by serial port or through a standard desktop via the video port. It costs $35.00! It needs an audio dongle to get audio into it if you want to use it with your 2-way radio. The dongle runs $4.95. It should also have a "FTDI" serial adapter to generate a PTT signal to get your radio to transmit. That is around $15.00. Also demonstrated was a schematic of an interface circuit. There are many websites supporting the Raspberry Pi, including adafruit.com. Google for more. There are many inexpensive add-on circuits that can be purchased. The Raspberry Pi comes with an elementary web browser.

Linux in the Ham Shack: Jim, KG7FU, gave a talk on using Linux on computers in your Ham Shack. Linux is a computer operating system similar to Windows but can be had for free. Most Linux software is also free and there is a really wide variety of software out there, almost as many as Windows has. Jim demonstrated software for logging, programming radios and other ham radio related topics. There are a number of different "flavors" of Linux and many hardware platforms that support Linux. Linux is somewhat less vulnerable to viruses and malware than Windows. Some websites explain how to install Linux and run "live" versions. For more information click here.


March 17, 2015

Jeremy Ray KG7OLX gave a presentation and demonstration on slow scan television (SSTV) for the ham.


February 17, 2015

Ron Vincent WJ7R gave a presentation on The New DXer's Handbook, 2nd Edition by Bryce K Anderson K7UA.


January 16, 2015

Dick Bays KE7WJP gave a presentation on a "go kit," reviewing what we all should take note of what items we need for these emergency kits.


December 16, 2014

Jim Stinson (WA7JS) made a Power Point presentation entitled “Amateur Radio Operating Etiquette”. Included topics were a complete training aid for all classes, a code of conduct and Q signals.


November 19, 2014

Folling the general meeting, Ron showed us a DVD show lasting around an hour on the 2007 BS7H DXpedition to Scarborough Reef in the South China Sea.


October 21, 2014

After general business, we had a short presentation by Nelson (KF7EON) on Hamlin Middle School's after-school ham radio and electronics class and it's ham shack (donated by EARS and its members). After that we had a presentation by Jim (WA7JS) on the mounting of his new K4KIO “Hex Beam” antenna and a video of the removing of his TH6DXX antenna.


September 16th, 2014

We met at the Willamette Heights Park in Springfield, the site of our 2013 and 2014 Field Day activities. Our main activity was to find a “fox” 2-meter transmitter that had been hidden in the bushes in the park. The event was run by Nelson (KF7EON), Dave (NK7Z), and Randy (KE7CRA). The idea was to give the members training in direction finding and cooperation. It didn’t take too long for the first hams to correctly locate the transmitter. There were a number of different types of antennas being used in the search, including one where an HT had its antenna removed and replaced with a pen to reduce sensitivity. There were yagis, loops, and even a small quad. This was all great fun!


August 19th, 2014

"Solar Power for Amateur Radio - Rick Maday N7RIC presented a program of interest to all hams, that of solar power. He has graciously provided an extended versionpdf of his presentation for download that includes many more details. (Please note that it's 18MB in size.)


July 15th, 2014

EARS welcomed guests KarLynn Akins of the City of Springfield and Police, plus Ken Vogeney, City of Springfield Engineer and Emergency Manager. Ken has attended many of our meetings in the past. Together they presented a new plan and relationship with EARS. KarLynn took our photos and information.


June 10th, 2014

We had a business meeting and then went to the site of our Field Day event (Willamette Heights Park) where Thomas demonstrated his portable repeater.


May 19th, 2014

We planned and discussed details for Field Day 2014.


April 15th, 2014

Jim (WA7JS) and Ron (WJ7R) gave a presentation on Field Day topics. They demonstrated the logging software that EARS owns and uses for our events. Jim also gave a Power Point presentation on antennas.


March 18th, 2014

Jim Stinson, WA7JS, presented a Power Point slide show on being a net control operator. He said that one of the primary tasks is to be prompt. A backup NCS should be available if the primary doesn’t show or can’t make it. One primary rule is being courteous. All NCS stations use a preamble or a set of instructions on how the net will be run. After the net, the NCS should prepare a log of who checked in and whether any traffic was passed. The NCS operator has complete authority and should be respected and obeyed during the net activity. Jim explained about the various activities that could happen during a net. The current NCS should arrange for relief after 3 hours if this is a long event. It also would be nice to have a logger so the NCS operator can keep his attention on the activity and traffic.

Thomas passed out copies of the NCS field checklist made by Mark Perrin, N7MQ. Jim said that during nets, he uses a headset and footswitch to keep his hands free for logging. Lots of nets do data collection as part of their activities.

February 18th, 2014

Kirk Johnson (KB7VIS) gave a presentation of low cost remote control of a radio station, including the pros and cons of various software and methods. While at the meeting, he connected via the Internet to his shack at his shack in the country and made an HF contact.


January 21st, 2014

Thomas Germaine N7NFS (Lane County ARES EC) gave an overview of Group Dynamics in Lane County and ARES/RACES Role with them. He also reviewed common ICS forms seen in an IAP (Incident Action Plan).


December 22nd, 2013

Clarence WE7X presented a PowerPoint program on his October trip to St. Georges, Grenada for the CQ Worldwide SSB DX Contest. He was joined on the trip by Mike W7RIS, Mike W7MJJ, Terry KS5Z, and Ron WJ7R. They operated as J3A from the QTH of a local station, Mr. Findley Gill, J39AL.


November 19th, 2013

Thomas Germaine told of the region wide SET. Emcomm people want more operators and CERTS involvement, and EARS members can become involved through on-line training available at www.laneares.org.


October 15th, 2013

Brainstormed what club members wanted to do or learn in future meetings.


September 17th, 2013

Nelson KF7EON shared what he learned and built at this past summer's ARRL Teachers Institute 2.


August 20th, 2013

We overcame the technical difficulties we previously had with the Bob Heil amateur radio podcast and showed it in the SUB Board Meeting room, 223 A Street, Suite F, Springfield. Bob shared his experiences with amateur radio and his thoughts on the hobby. His company Heil Sound is world-renowned in the commercial (and ham radio) audio world.


June 18th, 2013

Jim Stinson W7JS presented Mike Shelby's W7RIS PowerPoint on field day antennas


May 21st, 2013

Jeremy McDermond NH6Z presented a program on 'Summits On The Air' (SOTA)


March 19th, 2013

Presentation on "Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur" by ON4UN. This is most likely the most comprehensive information on best-practices for the HF radio amateur that has been published. It is the result of many years of actual HF operations by John ON4UN and others. Most of topics of this show are NOT commonly shared, elmered, or sadly, tested as part of obtaining your ham ticket.


September 20th, 2011

At the Justice Center EOC in Springfield

Tana Steers will have volunteer forms and a camera so we can get going on our Springfield ID cards. If you need to get an ID card or if yours has expired, come on down and git 'er done!

We will be going over the changes to our bylaws and approving them.

Come and meet our new Lane County EC, Thomas Germaine N7NFS, and give him a real EARS welcome.

There will be a 20-minute video on how Hallicrafters took a ham transmitter and modified it for military use during World War II. It shows the planning, the assembly lines and installation into army field radio vehicles (the predecessor of our comm van!) You can even see hams doing some of the check-out and testing. So many vacuum tubes! This video is actually an old newsreel from the '40's.

Another cool item at tomorrow's meeting: Ron, WJ7R, will present information on a receiver kit he will purchase to build and demonstrate. It is called the SS40 and is a stable superhet receiver. It is the meant to complement the NS40 transmitter The price will be $55. Ron will have brochures to hand out tomorrow.

Let's have everyone come for the fun!!


August 16th, 2011

At the Justice Center EOC in Springfield

POWER! A re-cap Powerpoint program on the 2011 Field Day. A good collection of pictures, stories and contest results, followed by club business.

For those of you who weren't there, this is a great way to find out what it was all about and maybe get excited for next year!


Tuesday, July 19th, 2012

At the Justice Center EOC in Springfield

POWER! We all need power, especially to communicate with radios. This special program deals with power. EARS member Peter McCloskey (N7IY) will demonstrate his solar cell array and give his project history. Peter brought his solar panels to the EARS Field Day event and they worked great! That allowed us to get solar power credit for added points!

The second half of the program will involve getting power to where it is needed. Anderson Power Poles have become the standard for connecting ham equipment to DC power, and they are cheap! They are used for battery power, solar cells, AC power supplies or any other source of DC power. We will be putting together power jumpers with Power Poles. If you have some red and black power cable, bring it and we will add the ends. We will have the Power Poles, crimper and 'some' wire available.

This is information every ham needs to know so join us on Tuesday, July 19, at 6:30PM. We will meet at the Springfield Justice Center EOC room as usual.


Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

At the Justice Center EOC in Springfield

Tuesday's program will feature the use of the N3FJP logging software for Field Day. I will be providing 4 laptops for our 4 stations with this software loaded on them, but we should all know how to use the program as operators. Longterm, the club will use the full version of this software to log WA7FQD and W7SFD contacts in the radio room computers.

I REALLY am encouraging everyone to operate our HF Field Day stations (as well as the 2m and 6m ones). You will get a very different perspective on the hobby once you make some contacts on these bands. Needed also are some "night owls" to operate after 9 PM Saturday night. I have postponed our "Anderson PowerPole workshop" until the July meeting.

Also needed is a headcount for Rick W7UN's outstanding BBQ meals, and you can RSVP me privately via email or at the Tuesday meeting if you have interest. Depending upon that head count, I would expect the cost to be not more than $10 each.


Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

At the Justice Center EOC in Springfield

-- Tuesday's EARS meeting will be a complete planning rundown for our Field Day 2011 (June 25 - 26 at Franklin Fire Station). I will bring a flip-chart and be writing down all information. If you are interested in being at Field Day, this will be a "hands-on" activity. I would love to see people get on the air on HF. We will discuss all the minutia.

We are planning on having an onsite catered BBQ similar to last year, so I will need a headcount on that.


“ShakeEX” Simulated Emergency Test

Preparation for an Earthquake Disaster Event -- Saturday April 9th - 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

EARS members: A reminder to listen on 146.74 (WA7FQD repeater) at 8:30 am on Saturday April 9 if you would like to participate in “ShakeEX” simulated emergency test. As you may know, three local groups representing Eugene (West) and South (Cottage Grove) will each be conducting similar “mini-SETs” to test the capabilities of our local hams to communicate and pass simulated reports back to their respective “EOC” or command location. We will ask those checking in to 146.74 resource net if they can locate in the field east of the river to strategic locations. Further instructions given then.


April 19th, 2011

At the Justice Center EOC in Springfield -- Discussion and review of the recent Simulated Emergency Test (ShakeEX SET), plus a presentation that will help show much of the reality of such an event:

"Earthquakes: How will Electric Utility Infrastructue of the Pacific Northwest Perform during the :"Big One"? Subduction zones produce the biggest earthquakes on the planet. The Cascadia Subduction Zone, off the coast of Oregon, Washington and Western Canada has very much in common with the Peru-Chile and the Japan Trench Subduction Zones. Much can be learned from the Chilean earthquake of 2010 about the impact of such an event on substations, transmission and distribution lines, bridges, highways, and communications facilities. In 2010, Dr. Leon Kempner, Chief Structural Engineer for BPA participated in an assessment team from the U.S. to learn from the Chilean experience. John Schaad - K7JU, BPA electrical engineer, will present an overview and summary of Dr. Kempner's findings, with photos and other detailed information.

As a follow-up to EARS participation in the April 9 "mini-SETs" (simulating an earthquake and our ability as hams to handle auxiliary communications for Springfield), Ron WJ7R will give a quick summary. In short, our April topic is "Emergency Communications Month."

Come on down to the Springfield Justice Center EOC room next Tuesday, April 19, at 6:30PM for this interesting and informative meeting. Hope to see you all there!


Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Alternate Location:
Willamalane Adult Center, 215 West C Street, Springfield, OR

FIELD DAY 2011 !!!! -- We will have a program on portable radio operations (Field Day), and also show the ICOM factory tour. Hope to see everyone there!


Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

After regular club business, Mike Harman, Services Bureau Manager of the Springfield Police Department, will speak to EARS members and also offer a tour of the Springfield Justice Center. Afterwards, time permitting, I would also like to have a brief discussion concerning EARS Field Day plans for June 2011.


Jan. 18, 2011

At the Justice Center EOC in Springfield

DAH-DIT DAH-DIT DAH-DAH-DIT-DAH

The presentation for next Tuesday's meeting is "An introduction to Morse Code". This is the way Ham Radio got started! For all of you who don't know the code, come and at least see what it is and what it sounds like. No pressure to start classes, but check it out. This is a great opportunity to see if you might have an interest in learning the code. Thousands of hams still use Morse code even today!

The main business topic will be election of club officers for the coming year.



Dec. 21, 2010 Christmas Party Meeting

At the Justice Center EOC in Springfield -- EARS would like to invite members for an informal end-of-year get-together (chat, tell stories, tell tales of days gone-by and yet to come!) at the Springfield Justice Center EOC meeting room, Tues. Dec. 21 at 6:30 PM. A short business meeting will precede our PARTY! Our served agency, Springfield Police, will provide coffee for us. If you have a preferred (non-alcoholic) beverage of choice, please bring it for at least yourself. Also, we would like members to bring a small number of goodies, perhaps one serving for 6 or more people, of your favorite cookies, cake, pie, candy if you can…. If we have too much, you can take it back home. Maybe a swap fest opportunity! Hope to see everyone there and talk about our year concluded for EARS, and a new one, 2011. We’ll have the radio room open for discussion and operation.



Dec. 11, 2010

This years Springfield Christmas Parade will be held on the 2nd Saturday of December (11 December 2010). This is a change from last year due to the confrontation of the Ducks and the Beavers. EARS again will be handling the communication needs of the Parade. There is a need for ham radio operators to help with the staging of the Parade (9:30 am - 2:30 pm) as well as monitoring the actual Parade itself (1:45 pm - 4:30 pm). There is a need for 12 communicators for the staging area to be part of 2 to 4 person teams and another 6 Parade monitors. If you can help, please contact me at danielgrimes@comcast.net or phone 541.485.6503. If you have not used your HT lately, this is the time to dust it off and help with a great tradition.



Nov. 16, 2010

At the Justice Center EOC room in Springfield. We hope you can all make it! There will be a special program for VHF enthusiasts: The W7EUG portable repeater will be demonstrated by Ron, WJ7R and Brent, KD7WIO. This repeater has been up on the butte over Springfield before and has served us well. The repeater will be set up across the street from the JC in the church parking lot so a "field trip" will be in order. Bring your talkies or mobile rigs and we'll work each other through the repeater! The great thing about a portable repeater is that it can be taken into an area where a search is going on and there isn't any existing repeater coverage. With the portable repeater, hams with talkies can work the woods and have perfect communications with each other and the base location and since they run on batteries, they can last essentially forever! Come on down and see what a 2-meter repeater looks like up close! Also, come on down and see what a great ham radio club looks like up close!!



Oct. 19, 2010

NEW lOCATION THIS MONTH: Willamalane Adult Center, 215 West "C" St., Springfield, OR 97477 -- Meeting in the Riverview Room This month’s EARS program is part #2 of a series in (QRP) kit building and soldering techniques. Since we did not have ample time to demonstrate soldering and de-soldering techniques last month, we will include a table station for that purpose, headed up by Dick WA7TUV. On the second table, assisted by Paul W8IEB, we will feature putting the final touches on the NS-40 (“Nothing Simpler”) QRP 5 watt 40 meter CW transmitter. We will ask folks to come up and soldering some resistors and capacitors on the NS-40 board. Get some practice on Dick’s table if you need more practice. If we finish the project, we will have a station available to hear the signal our QRP transmitter produces. We will have some multimedia and a projector to aid in our project. Our ham radio ancestors built all their equipment. Get into the feeling of "the wonder years"!



Sept. 21, 2010

The first installment (the October meeting will continue the theme) on electronic “QRP” kit building. Long before there was ever a concept of commercially built ham gear, building one’s own radio equipment was commonplace. Through various vendors that offer these kits, you can discover the fun and excitement of building a receiver or transmitter that you can put to use. For September: EARS General meeting will consist of two parts (and two locations in the Justice Center). First, Paul W8IEB will present a Powerpoint on do’s/don’ts in the main EOC meeting room on approaches to the workings of kit building and initial troubleshooting. There will be handouts on things such as resistor color codes (very important) and other resources. Next, Dick WA7TUV will demo solder/de-solder techniques, and have test boards available for practice. Our QRPMe kits have been delayed. Once here, we will start to assemble them next month at the October meeting.



July 20, 2010

Ron, WJ7R, will present a slide show on the Field Day event we had out at the Franklin Fire Station. There will be pictures taken by WA7TUV, and a discussion about what went right and what didn't. We can make next year's Field Day even better! Field Day is such a great part of Ham Radio. We will find out about the the September meeting and the "Tuna Can" QRP rig (don't bring your cat). We will build at least one transmitter and one receiver at that meeting and actually put them on the air! Come and get the details. For anyone who is interested, there might be a group purchase of kits. They are reasonably priced.



ARRL Field Day Info Link - June 26-27

EARS Field Day started June 26 at 11:00AM PDT and ran for 24 hours. Location: Franklin Fire Station at the intersection of Territorial Highway and Franklin Road.



June 15, 2010

Thomas Germaine, KD7CUT, gave a presentation on Airmail, a packet application for putting your computer on the air and sending email by Ham Radio. There was also a live demonstration between him and Ron Vincent, WJ7R, using 2 meters and portable packet stations. Learn about this and other digital modes of Ham Radio.



May 18, 2010

Ron Vincent, WJ7R, presented a Power Point show called "Field Day Made Easy". After the show, we planned our activity (who brings what, what time to meet, etc.). We passed out maps for those who didn't get one last month. The meeting was held at the Springfield Justice Center EOC room and started at 6:30PM.