RFI from LED lighting.

I certainly like the many options we have with LED lighting and the energy savings and long life are hard to beat!  I really don’t like the RFI that radiates from some of these lighting products, though.  Some screw-in bulbs that I have purchased from big box home improvement stores, I have simply returned when they caused my VHF radios to un-squelch with raucous static.  I have read other accounts of LED lighting interference with other services such as wireless networking and GPS.  The Coast Guard even issued a bulletin about LED lighting interference.

If you think you are noticing more noise on your amateur radios bands, it’s likely not your imagination!

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RSVP for BARC events

Let us know if you can make one or both of these upcoming events by answering a few questions here:

Build a dual-band portable antenna:

Texas QSO Party:

Don’t be left out!

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August meeting and presentation.

Congratulations to three newly-minted hams who passed their tests last Saturday.  A big thank you to the VE team for providing this important and convenient service to the local amateur radio community.

Bryan Texas Utilities Electrical Distribution engineers joined us during our usual meeting time to educate us about radio interference from electrical sources.  BTU has clear responsibilities to comply with FCC guidelines and those were explained along with the ways that BTU uses licensed radio services.  If you suspect you are having problems with RFI from electrical service, create a log of your observations, noting the times the interference occurs, the weather, and the frequencies.  It would also be helpful to have some recording of what you are hearing.  Call your local electric service provider to report your observations and be patient as these interference problems can be challenging to locate.

Following BTU’s presentation, we had our usual business meeting including updates from our officers.  At the close of our business meeting there was a brief board meeting to review and adopt guidelines for club construction projects.

If you couldn’t make it by, we missed you!  Our next meeting is Saturday, 15 September.  After our meeting on that day, we’ll learn about software defined radios from Kerry Miller, WD5ABC.  We’d love to see you there!

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Breakfast Social Gathering – IHOP Bryan

W5BCS will be having a breakfast social gathering at the Bryan IHOP on Saturday August 11 at 8am. All is invited to come. So stop on by and say hi and socialize while dining on some pancakes and such. See calendar to right and click on the Aug 11 for map location.

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July 2018 Club Meeting

Good attendance at our July meeting.  We were back in the USDA meeting and had good discussions of club business, lots of fun conversation, and a great presentation from Matthew Barry about the basis of digital signal processing.  We  missed you if you couldn’t make it but, we’ll look forward to seeing you in August!

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Dick Zimmer in RELLIS recollections

Amateur Radio operators are well-accomplished and innovative people.  Many of us have had the opportunity to be a part of high-impact work that makes our lives safer, better-informed, and more comfortable.  You can learn more about just one example in Dick Zimmer’s, W5DZ,  RELLIS Recollections interviews.  Among other things, Dick worked on manned space flight, including the Apollo moon landing and went on to make strong contributions to transportation research with the Texas Transportation Institute.

Dick Zimmer in RELLIS Recollections

Dick Zimmer video interview, “Rocket Man”

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Mr. Carlson’s Lab

I can’t vouch for all of his work but, this fellow with Mr. Carlson’s Lab on YouTube has quite an array of radio and electronics video recordings.  They are high-quality, well-lit and well-edited.  He also has a paid subscription YouTube channel with member-exclusive video recordings.   Lots of good ideas and projects! 

Click here:   Mr. Carlson’s Lab Videos


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VE6AB, Jerry Clement.

You may have seen Jerry’s work on the cover of QST magazine, as he has been featured in that journal more than once.   You might enjoy exploring Jerry’s interests in amateur radio, machining, photography and outdoors hobbies on his web pages.  Jerry does some very detailed amateur radio work with antennas, and mobile, portable and satellite operations.

VE6AB Amateur Radio Photos

VE6AB Journal

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Field Day 2018 Almost Here!

FOOD! FUN! RAFFLES! RADIOS! PEOPLE! Come see what is happening in your Community with Amateur Radio!
Saturday, June 23th 1pm thru Sunday 1pm June 24th at Brian Bachmann Park in College Station is the location for the W5BCS ARRL Field Day!
What is Field Day? Basically put it is a chance for hams to setup and demo at public locations under simulated emergency (no power) conditions & communicate with other hams around the country & world — ALL WITH NO INTERNET REQUIRED!
So come out and see many things that Amateur Radio has to offer. Talk to amateur operators from the Brazos Valley and listen to radio communications from around the United States and beyond!
Have a question you have always wanted to know or are just curious about how to obtain your Amateur Radio License? Then this is a great time to come and check it out!
HAVE YOU BEEN STUDYING FOR YOUR FIRST LICENSE EXAM, OR WANT TO TEST FOR AN UPGRADE? Come on down then at 3:00 pm in the Pavilion area and test at our VE TEST SESSION.
Various handouts will be available about Amateur Radio as well as radio brochures and catalogs.
SWAPFEST TABLES will be avail if you want to bring something for sale or to buy, as well as a Silent Auction section.
THERE IS A BBQ DINNER AT 6PM (tickets are $10 available at the event). You do not want to miss out on all the fantastic food that will be available!

Tickets are $5 for 1 ticket, $25 for 7 tickets, $50 for 15 tickets, and $100 for 30 tickets plus W5BCS membership (or next year membership if current member).
Prizes for this raffle will include:
-1st Place – Yaesu FT-450D HF Transceiver
-2nd Place – Comet CAA-500 MKII Antenna Analyzer
-3rd Place – TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Handie Talkie
-4th Place – $50 Gift Card to Academy Sports & Outdoors
-5th Place — $50 Gift Card to Sam’s Club
(Drawings for major prizes to start after bbq dinner)
PLUS!!! Lots of door prizes drawn before and during BBQ dinner. (raffle ticket required-must be present for door prizes)

Radio Operators: Yes we need your help to man the radios, especially during late night hours. Whether you’re an OM or a new ham wanting some experience come on out.
CW Operators: Yes we can always use cw or digital operators. Bring your own keyer or device. Iambic keyer will be avail.
Show & Tell: Got a new radio or other item you wanna show, demonstrate or tell about? Bring it! We’d all like to see it!

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Alternate Meeting Location

On 16 June, we’ll meet at Peace Lutheran Church.  Here is the address:  2201 Rio Grande
College Station, TX 77845.    Here is a link to the location on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/xrmzrFmv5vs

The parking lot entrance is actually at the intersection of Airline DR and Shenandoah DR.PLC Building

Click on the photo to enlarge.

I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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