Hello All!

This month's NORAC club meeting will be held on January 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the People Place.

Some club members will meet for dinner at Boston Pizza before the meeting (as early as 5 PM).

After the meeting, some club members will QSY over to Denny's for coffee, pie and/or French fries.

Along with regular club business, this meeting will also include a showcase of portable HF/QRP/SOTA/CPOTA rigs.

Confirmed: John VE7JWS of OCARC will be showcasing his new Xeigu X5105 and related QRP gear.

Confirmed: Aaren VE7AEJ with his Elecraft KX3 + panadapter and Buddipole.

Image result for Elecraft KX3

Confirmed: Bob VE7EZI with his Yaesu FT-857D, Lithium power pack and accessories.

HF/VHF/UHF All Mode, ,6,2,70cm, CW, AM, FM, LSB, USB, Packet, Digital, 100/50/20...

Confirmed: Murray VE7MH with his Kenwood TS-50S, tuner and accessories. Watty VE7WTE will also be present to comment on the field use of this rig.

Confirmed: Mike VE7KPZ with his Yaesu FT-891.

The Yaesu FT-891 is an amateur HF transceiver covering the 160 to 6 metre bands with 100 watts

There's a chance we may also have a Yaesu FT-817 on display.

The showcase will consist of panelists bringing their rig, power supply/battery pack/jumpstart pack/solar powering setup/etc., tuner, feedlines, baluns/ununs and antenna setup as if they were going mobile/portable in the field. We'll lay out all the gear on tables for all to check out. And then we'll do a little Q&A.

While we won't be doing any actual working of the radios at this event, I will bring a dummy load and DC power meter so that we can see the amperage required for a 5 watt (or 10 watt as I know the TS-50S only goes down to 10 watt) QRP transmit (into the dummy load). We will also measure the average receive amperage. This kind of info is very useful for backpackers/SOTA activators/true portable users.

Looking forward to it,
NORAC Vice President 2017-2019