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October Meeting Announcement!

Come join us in 1311 EECS on Thursday, October 19, 2017 for our monthly club meeting! UMARC meets the third Thursday of each month during the school year (with exceptions of December and April).

The guest speaker at this meeting will be Ul Balis, N4IYL. The details of the presentation are listed below:

Quad antenna parasitic arrays in the VHF and UHF bands – everything you need to know.
Summary: Parasitic arrays of the Quad and Yagi-Yuda configuration represent several of the most successful and important directional antenna designs available for use in the VHF and UHF bands. This presentation will cover the basics of the Quad parasitic array antenna configuration, including: gain, directionality, polarization, impedance matching, transmission lines, radiation angle, Q, bandwidth, structural considerations, and finally, overall performance optimization. Several design approaches and numerical tools will be reviewed. This introduction will be followed by a practical session where specific design and optimization factors will be considered in the fabrication of actual quad elements, utilizing working demonstration components (driven elements, directors and reflectors) under test conditions, using a contemporary antennal analyzer. Finally, installation and deployment considerations will be addressed, with the overall presentation designed to allow for the attendee to be confident in their ability to design, build and deploy effective quad antennas at the conclusion of the session.

We will also run (quickly!) through the club news and events.
The date for the UMARC foxhunt will be decided by a formal vote.

Parking Info

​For those driving to North Campus, I’m sorry to say that parking has gotten a bit more challenging.  UM has increased the hours of enforcement of parking permits on a couple of lots.  Both the NC27 lot (by the Walgreen Drama center) and the NC60 lot (by the Lurie Engineering Center) are now enforced until 8 pm, so you could get a ticket if you park in them without a UM “blue” or “gold” permit.  Fortunately there are still two other good options.  Lot NC48, on Hayward near Murfin is probably the best choice.  It is free after 5 pm and almost always has plenty of space in the evenings.  The best route is to go down the steps out of the east side of the parking lot, pass the Beyster building on the right, and then take the outdoor stairway underneath the Beyster building down to the diag area.  Turn left and go to the west entrance of EECS.  The left green line drawn on the attached parking map shows this route.  Another possibility is to park in lot NC28 behind the Space Research Building; that lot is also free after 5 pm.  From there, exit the parking lot to the west, come down the hill to the corner Hayward and Beal, then cross Hayward and follow Beal down to the east entrance of EECS.  The right green line drawn on the map shows this route.
Don – AC8TO

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Communicate with other site stations around the world using U-M’s amateur radio station W8UM, obtain your own FCC Amateur Radio License, and get involved in an exciting hobby that you’ll enjoy for a lifetime.

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