Steve Townes WB4ILW welcomed everyone and introduced the new club officers for 2019. We discussed several transition issues, reviewed our successful participation in NASA On The Air (NOTA), and did some preliminary planning for 2019, including future talks and the 2019 club budget. There is a link for the material presented at the meeting at the end of this post.
Chris Gaylord gave an update on our participation in the Great Shakeout Exercise. There were updates on the HF capabilities in the Building 329 “Shack”. We discussed how to improve our HF capabilities, including how to repair our HF antennas on the Mesa. Steve Townes announced that there would be a work party on our next RDO Friday (November 9).
NOTE: The main JPL repeater on 445.20 MHz has switch to regular PL tones (103.5 Hz). Please updates your radios. The Repeater list on this website has been updated appropriately.
Steve Townes WB4ILW, our club president, gave an update on the club status and activities. A PDF version of his presentation is available (see below). Note that this presentation includes a our new HF equipment in the Building 329 “Shack” (see page 11). This equipment was purchased by JEARS, the JPL Emergency Amateur Radio Service, an official JPL entity. The primary purpose of the equipment is for NASA inter-center contacts in case of an emergency.
The JPL ARC Board of Directors met on July 13, 2018. The meeting had presentations of the results of Field Day (by Jim Marr AA6QI) and an update on our NASA On The Air (NOTA) operations (by Rob Smith W6GRV).
The JPL ARC Board of Directors met on June 15, 2018. The focus of the meeting was last minute Field Day Preparations.