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Click here to see our club activity schedule, and the next Mid-Month Madness activity.
Mid-Month Madness is a great way to increase your learning and technical skills in a hands on fashion.
Some past activities we've held include an antenna building party, kit building, and shack tours. These are well attended events that offer amateur radio operators exciting ways to learn more about ham radio.
At the antenna building party people had the opportunity to build a wire antenna from scratch. Hams built antennas for 80 meters, 40 meters and 40/20 meters. Everyone had a great time, learned to build and tune an antenna, and learned best practice construction techniques.
At a recent kit building session, hams with all experience levels, were able to successfully build a crystal testing RF oscillator. Some people who attended the event had zero experience with kit building and soldering. Our youngest builder was only ten years old.
Our next kit building session offered construction of a sound card interface to enable digital modes like PSK31 or a frequency counter with a digital readout. For some of the advanced builders we offered surface mount (SMT) construction techniques.
We've also held shack tours of the ham radio shacks of various club members. They are an excellent way to get ideas that you can incorporate into your personal shack.
Recently Mack McCormick, W4AX, opened his shack to club members. The morning began with a breakfast and then a tour and demonstration of Mack's shack. Mack operates on all bands 160M to 23cm on all modes including CW, SSB, AM, FM, DStar, and all digital modes. Everything in Mack's shack is computer controlled and automated. Over 50 hams attended the event.
Future Mid-Month Madness suggestions include:
Here are some of additional items being discussed for Mid-Month Madness:
Contact Dave AK4CL at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions (and to volunteer your help!)