Field Day and First Hands on Builders Group Meeting
June 24, 2017 – June 25, 2017
All are welcome, Come join us at Lakeway Amateur Radio Club at the Boys and Girls Club on Hyw 92, in Jefferson City, TN
Two Builders Group Sessions will be offered, so all will have a chance to attend. Times to be determined. Also open time slots, so bring your projects. Also, a test bench will be available to check voltages, resistance, look at waveforms with an O’ Scope…plenty of fun.
Not to conflict with the Purpose of Field Day, this is an Educational Event held ‘AS PART’ of Field Day. As the Radio Amateur is not only permitted to operate a Radio within the Proper License Class one holds…BUT, one is also ENCOURAGED to experiment within the ‘Spectrum’ that is allocated to Amateur Radio, and it is HUGE, and VAST, and not even imaginable in some ways….yet.
See what Amateur Radio is all about:
- Watch or actually operate a Ham Radio
- Build a two transistor Morse Code Radio that not only receives, but you can also transmit, if you have a license.
- Assemble a MicroController and a LCD that can be combined with a Radio Project, make simple program Code changes to make your little ‘computer’ do what you want it to do.
- Find out what it takes to become a Ham
- So much more….
Computer (Windows, OSX, Linux) with Internet access
Download Arduino IDE
Wire Jumpers (Dupont or standard solid 22 gauge AWG)
Misc: LED’s, Resistors, Switches, Sensors, unlimited circuit add ons.
Arduino (Uno R3 ATMega, Nano or ?)
Not necessary to buy genuine arduino, as clones perform the same function, and clones are the purpose of the Arduino platform. Explained, these devices are open source, which allows anyone to duplicate them and even change them and sell them, as long as they remain open source (no secrets).
USB cable, depends on which Arduino you get. Most devices are sold with correct cable. You probably have one in your junk box.
At first meeting, we will together as Hams, because We Can, work through installing the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) fancy words for where you program your Arduino. We will make our devices blink a LED, at whatever rate and for ever how long you desire, and then change it to something else. So we will learn to make simple code changes.
If you have a LCD screen, a breadboard, the required jumpers, and misc stuff, we can get your Arduino to scroll your Name, or something else across the screen.
LCD: in simplest form and least expensive, a 16 X 2 Display based on HD44780 or IC2, difference being a few dollars and the cheaper one uses more of your Arduinos pins, the cheaper ones are becoming harder to find, but are listed in most projects you will find. Not a problem, either can used in most projects.
Book: Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio by Dr. Jack Purdum and Dennis Kidder.
You may find this book helpful. We will be using it.
Pixie 40 meter CW transceiver kit. Often listed as Pixie 2. Every vendor circuit board is a little different, NO PROBLEM. It is a 2 transistor circuit, add ons don’t matter. Also, mostly sold as a Extra Class Ham radio, being Rock Bound (crystal controlled with one frequency), BUT, again, NO PROBLEM, as crystals can be obtained for a few dollars for other portions of the 40 meter band, so everyone can play, and that is just more modifications or more building going on.
Get a Pixie kit.
Soldering stations will be available at meetings (at least one) with experienced operator to aid with assistance if necessary. If you want to solder yours at home, thats great, too.
If you don’t know how or what to solder with, just wait until the first Builders group meeting. That will be covered and demonstrated.
If you have soldering equipment, and solder, then bring it. Desoldering gear, too, if you have it. Hand tools, only a few, and small please.
As this is WeCan Hams.com
It is therefore….we will figure it out. This is a work in progress….