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FCC Processing Glitch
FCC glitch delays ham radio licenses.

It's Not Just About Ham Radio Arduino Uno and Rasberry Pi
This group is expanding its horizons beyond ham radio and into all sorts of other interesting technology. The internet of things is trending and we don't want to be left behind.

Plans are being made for programs and classes on Arduino, Raspberry Pi as well as other powerful yet easy technology.

The Arduino is a powerful micro-controller. Its inputs can sense anything, its outputs can control anything and you control the logic in the middle. The Raspberry Pi is a tiny, inexpensive computer on a board. It has USB ports, HDMI screen output and can be the brains behind some incredibly smart gadgets.

Club Meeting Arduino Presentation Arduino Uno circuit board
At the regular Club meeting on October 26, 2016, Mike McIntosh, KJ4RHP, gave a talk on the Arduino open source electronics platform; hardware and software.

For those of us who are non-technical, “Open Source” means software whose original source code is available to everyone and may be redistributed, and/or modified.

The Arduino, both the software and hardware, are fairly easy to use and understand. The boards are able to recognize to read an input, turn it into an output that can activate a motor, or something similar such as an LED. The operator sends a message to the on -board microcontroller, using the Arduino language.

The Arduino has been used in many projects by software that is easy to use by beginners .It does run on PCs, Apple products and several others. Virtually anyone can operate the system by simply following the simplified instructions that come with the kit.

The Arduino can be used to get started in programming, prove chemistry and physics principles, build inexpensive scientific instruments, or, in the case of those of us who are Amateur Radio licensees, build simple electronic devices that will work in conjunction with our hobby, depending, of course, where your interests may lie.

The Arduino kits are not expensive and can be easily assembled, or you may purchase pre-assembled kits for a relatively inexpensive cost.

Raspberry Pi
Jim Nagle presents the Raspberry Pi.

Fox Hunt Image of a fox transmitter. Small unit is easily hidden.
The West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group (Club), Inc. will start its first LARGE Fox Hunt in many years.

Using your 2 meter HT radios, you’ll be searching for two hidden “foxes”. You’ll start off, for this timed event, looking for your “Poppa Fox”. Once you find “Poppa Fox”, he’ll give you a slip of paper with two frequencies on it, and, the cell phone telephone number of our “Base Station”. You can use the “body fade” or “body shield” technique, or you can use a directional antenna. (there’s many articles on the Internet explaining how to make a simple, inexpensive antenna).

Once you find the two hidden “foxes”, you’ll write down the letters and numbers attached to the mini-transmitter and call the “base station” on your cell phone. The individual or team with the fastest time (it’s a two hour time limit) will win the Grand Prize of One Hundred Dollars, and the second fastest time will win a 2 meter HT Radio.

Once you’ve found the “foxes” and called in your results and time, you’ll be directed to a picnic whose location will be announced at the start of the event.

You’ll need, to be successful, a 2 meter radio, a directional antenna (if you’re not using the “body fade or “body shield” technique), a map, compass, paper and pencil, and cell phone to telephone the “Base Station” when you’re finished.

Titanic Goes Down a Second Time
The group is retiring the Titanic exhibit. We are now preparing to wow audiences with the unveiling of a new exhibit entitled, "The Sights and Sounds of Amateur Radio".

Satellite Weather Reception Exhibit
As part of a new interactive display for “The Sights and Sounds of Radio” exhibit, the Suncoast High School Amateur Radio Club is moving their homebrew QFH antenna to the science center. Visitors will be able to see live images from space, along with precipitation and temperature data received from NOAA weather satellites passing over Florida.