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RaRa Academy

Hands-On Learning

Academy learning sessions help support STEM and ham radio at the same time by providing hands on examples for various topics.

RaRa Academy provides workshops on a variety of Ham Radio topics and interests. Workshops have included Digital communications, IRLP, Echo LInk, WinLink, Fox Hunting, build a 20m and 15m fan di-pole, 2 meter tape measure yagi, just to mention a few.

For more information contact our education coordinator at education@rochesterham.org.

Sessions are two hours, generally on a Saturday each month at a location described below.

 

Upcoming Academies 

April 2019 — APRS Applications and Weather Stations April 6th, 2019 (10AM-Noon)

Session will be held at the Five Star Bank City Gate Office, Community Room, 395 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY 14620

This Session will be hosted by Don Kiser, AC2EV and Jon Dickason, N2JAC 

May 2019 — Baluns — Hands-On, Make Your Own May 11 (10AM-Noon) 

This Session will be hosted by Pete Schuch WBUAQ and Larry Brightenfield W2LB

Past Academies

Electronic Components (03/09/2019)

 

Slide Presentations and Notes (in PDF):

–  Electronic Components Overview

–  Component Testing

Thanks to Scott Theis, W2LW, Karl Heinz Kremer (K5KHK) for presentations, and Mike More, KC2NM and Tim Brown, WB2PAY for samples and hands on instruction.

Antennas (02/23/2019)

Information to follow in the next few days.

Introduction to Raspberry Pi and Ham Radio Application (01/19/2019)

     

     

     

Information:

Video of Presentation:

0:00:00 – Academy Info (Tim Brown, WB2PAY)

0:03:24 – Introduction to the Pi

0:13:57 – Linux, Raspbian and NOOBS

0:19:36 – I Have a Pi, Is That It? USB

0:27:30 – Setting up SD Card and O/S

0:33:40 – Programming Python

0:52:13 – GPIO

1:00:18 – Keeping Software Up to Date

1:07:30 – Installing Software

1:22:30 – FreqShow

1:27:10 – APRS

1:37:10 – WSPR

1:43:45 – Fldigi and WSJT-X

1:49:00 – Other Stuff (Signal Gen, ADS-V, RTL_433, DMR)

2:03:30 – Resources

2:05:00 – Closing Remarks 

Slides in PDF

Thanks to Karl Heinz Kremer (K5KHK) for the excellent presentation.

Power Supplies and Battery Technologies (11/17/2018)

    

    

Slide Presentations and Notes (in PDF):

–  Power Supplies

–  Care a Feeding of Batteries

–  Low Power Applications and Batteries

Thanks to Scott Theis, W2LW and Tim Brown, WB2PAY, Tim Guyout, KB1POP, Todd Spath N2TMS and Ralph Dutcher, KD2BDZ, for their Academy presentations

Getting on the Air With HF — Scott Theis, W2LW, Tim Brown WB2PAY — Slides (10/20/2018)

     

Thanks to Scott Theis, W2LW and Tim Brown, WB2PAY, for the Academy presentation
Slides available as PDF by clicking here

DMR and D-STAR Workshop — Mike Moore, KC2MN, Steve Verzulli, KA1CNF (09/08/2018)
                                                                 Video: Part 1 DMR, Part 2 D-STAR and Fusion

Slide Presentations and Notes (in PDF):

–  DMR

–  D-STAR

–  Fusion

–  D-star, DMR, Fusion, Which is Right for You?

Thanks to Mike Moore, KC2MN, Steve Verzulli, KA1CNF, for the Academy Presentation

Soldering and DIY Best Practices — Scott Theis, W2LW — Slides (06/16/2018)

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Thanks to Scott Theis, W2LW and Tim Brown, WB2PAY, for the Academy presentation
Slides available as PDF by clicking here.

Antenna Build(05/05/2018)

Software Defined Radio — Forest Shick, WA2MZG — Video, Slides and Resources (03/10/2018)

  

  

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Getting Started with Arduino — Scott Theis, W2LW — Slides (02/03/2018)

 

Have Ideas?

We would like to hear from you! We have lots of ideas for sessions but would like to focus on what members are most interested. Contact our education coordinator at education@rochesterham.org with suggestions. Here are some ideas we are working on:

–  Antenna Analyzers

–  Component Fundamentals -- Precision, Types, Capacitors, etc.

–  Fighting Noise -- A Discussion of Noise Filtering and Techniques (2 Shack Noise)

–  Fighting Noise -- A Discussion of Noise Filtering and Techniques (Mobile)

–  Getting Started with CW

–  Getting Started with FT-8

–  Getting Started with JT65

–  Getting Started with PSK31

–  Getting Started with WSPR

–  HF Band Review and Propagation

–  HF Noise Filtering

–  Noise Filtering and Techniques and Common Rig Controls

–  Limited Living Space Radio

–  Mesh Networks Using Routers

–  PIC Programming

–  RF Connectors (Good Bad, Ugly and Common)

–  Radio Techniques -- Improve/Practice Calling

–  Repeaters

–  Setting Up a Shack

–  Shack Software Options (HRD, Chirp,....)

–  Test Equipment Basics and Safety

–  Understanding Antenna Options

–  Understanding RF Exposure

–  Understanding Radio-Computer Interfaces

–  Using Beacons and Reverse Beacons

–  VHF Modes

Last revised: 03/12/19 08:21 AM


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