Meeting Dates Winter 2023
While the situation surrounding COVID-19 is still variable for the 2022-2023 school year, the Amateur Radio Club will still be hosting numerous exciting speakers! To allow for students to participate, we will be meeting on Zoom and in-person. We will have presentations on interesting topics related to amateur radio each month, as well as other meetings related to other activities as needed. Everyone is welcome to join us at our club meetings. Some updates from the year can be found below:
March 16th, 6:30 pm Eastern, EECS 1012
Past meeting and events:
October 16th, 6:30p Eastern: John Ackermann, N8UR:
Past W8UM Pres. and past Pres. of Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR), a national group dedicated to advancing the digital radio frontier.
March 17th, 6:30pm EST: Jeff Kopmanis, from University Lowbrow Astronomers, Room 1303 EECS
Jeff gave a very informative speech about astrophotography, providing some awesome tips and tricks for a beginner!
February 17th, 6:30pm EST: Dr. Tony England (W0ORE) Astronaut, NASA Mission Specialist, and Dean of UM-Dearborn, ONLINE ONLY
Dr. England came to speak to us about his experience working in NASA as an astronaut, and to inspire those who are young and old alike to continue pursuing their passions.
January 20th, 6:30pm EST: Bob Bruninga (WB4APR) Developer of APRS and Senior Research Engineer at USNA, Room 1303 EECS
Bob, the inventor of APRS will be coming to speak with us about it!
December 16th, 6:30pm EST: ICOM Corp. Japan, developer of radio products, Room 1303 EECS
ICOM spoke to us in-depth of their most recent radio developments!
November 18th: Kristen McIntyre (K9WX) Pacific Division director for ARRL and Senior Software Engineer
Kristen McIntyre is the Pacific Division director for ARRL and a Senior Software Engineer at Apple. She spoke to us about how she got into ham radio, and how that has influenced her career as well. As a takeaway message, engineers and non-engineers alike should get licensed if possible! W8UM has resources that can help.
October 21st, 2021: Bob Heil
Bob Heil is the founder of Heil Sound, and is well known for his sound engineering and design setups for rock concerts. In the past, he toured and worked with The Grateful Dead as well as The Who. This background has led him to be very involved in the ham radio community as well!
September 17th, 8:30pm EDT: Collegiate QSO Party
The club made a fair amount of contacts, with some new members making their very first QSOs! After a few hours, everyone had made at least one contact. It was very exciting to be talking with people across the continent!
March Club Meeting on Thu Mar 19, 2020 at 6:30 – 8:30 in 1005 EECS
Sat, Jan 18, 2020 2pm – 5pm
NAQP/NACC contest (https://www.w9smc.com/nacc/)
Results: We made 10 contacts or so, not much effort put in.
Thu, Jan 23, 2020 6:30 – 8:30 – EECS 1005
Adventures in Ballooning at the University of Michigan – Prof. Aaron Ridley of CLASP
In 2005, the University of Michigan started a high altitude balloon program. The balloons are launched to about 100,000 feet, where they burst, and the payload drops back to the ground with a parachute. Back then, the communications were done with a hand-held radio with a TNC.There was a lot of experimentation with communications systems back then, with the team trying 900 MHz systems and UHF systems. Eventually, we settled on APRS (144.39 MHz). Over the last 15 years, everything has changed with microcontrollers and GPS units and even radios. We have formed student teams to launch balloons and started classes to teach students about the systems. We have launched about 100 balloons and have had many adventures!
KB6NU 1-day Tech Licensing Class + Licensing Test Session
Results: All students passed!
Above: Joel Thurtell, K8PSV demonstrating the Zenith 100-R for the club after his presentation. Jan 2018.
Learn about Ham Radio, Join the Club!
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.
Check out this flyer (pdf) describing our club.
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