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April Presentation: Arduino for the Terrified

Jack Purdum, W8TEE, will be presenting a talk titled “Arduino for the Terrified” at the Faith Church on April 12, 2018, at 7:30PM. Those attending may wish to bring a laptop with the Arduino IDE installed on it, which is a free download at:

You may also wish to bring an Arduino Uno/Nano/Mega to the talk so you can follow along on their own computer. The talk is aimed at people who have zero programming experience, but want to know more about how these devices work. Dr. Purdum is a retired professor from Purdue University’s College of Technology and has authored 18 programming texts, including Beginning C for Arduino and Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio. He has also had two recent articles published in QST on using Arduino microcontrollers in several ham radio projects and kit-building reviews in CQ magazine.

There is no charge for attending the presentation.

Recent publications by club member Jack Purdum

Jack Purdum, W8TEE and Vice President of the MARC, has an article scheduled for publication in the March, 2018, issue of RadCom, the Journal of the Radio Society of Great Britain. The article, titled “Adding a TFT Colour Display to Your Projects” was co-authored with Al Peter, AC8GY, who also serves as MARC’s Treasurer, and Dennis Kidder, W6DQ and President of the Sierra Amateur Radio Club. The construction article shows ways in which small, inexpensive, color displays can be controlled by various Arduino microcontrollers and added to many homemade amateur radio devices, from test equipment to transceivers.

Dr. Purdum also has another article titled QRP Labs 5W Transceiver Kit scheduled to appear in the February, 2018, issue of CQ magazine. The construction/review article features QRP Labs extremely popular QCX transceiver.

President’s Message to the Membership, January 2018

Dave Vest, K8DVHello fellow MARC members and welcome to 2018, can you believe it has been almost 20 years since all the hype with Y-2- K? Seems like ancient history at this point.

Now that we have gotten here the club needs to start planning its 2018 season. Our two main events will be here before you know it. As you know these are the MARC hamfest and ARRL Field Day. There is a lot of planning and effort that go into both of these events and as of this update we are in need of chairmen for both. If you have ever been interested how planning works for hamfest and/or Field Day, here is your chance to find out. I know that there are a lot of able-bodied folks in the club that could lead either of these efforts.

I hope that you are finding time to heat up the rigs and make some contacts even with sub-par band conditions. Lately, I myself have been working a lot of FT-8 digital mode. With all the hype I had to try it and so far have worked some 40 countries and 35 states with little effort. If you have not tried it you should, as I have found when there are no SSB or CW signals there seems to be FT-8 activity. It still amazes me to make a contact with someone that I cannot hear.

Also for all you DX’ers in the crowd keep in mind that Bouvet 3Y0Z is schedule to come on the air later this month. This may be the last time to have a chance to get them in the log for many, many years to come. For myself this is one of the last 11 that I need to have them all worked, so you bet I will be in the pile up.

Hope all of you had a happy holiday season and wish all you a happy new year and hope all your ham radio goals come true.

Dave, K8DV

President’s Message to the Membership, December 2017

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President’s Message to the Membership, October 2017

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President’s Message to the Membership, September 2017

Welcome to the end of summer and the start of fall just a few weeks away. I realize I have been somewhat lax with getting a monthly message on the web the last few months. Not to make excuses but this has been a summer of challenges and forced to put … [Continue reading]

MARC Casual Contesters – Here’s What’s Coming Up In August

By: Denny KC8RPV These are some of the Contests scheduled during the month of August. It's an opportunity to make some new contacts, round out your Worked All States or just have fun getting on the air. The NAQP SSB contest has a team competition … [Continue reading]

President’s Message to the Membership, July 2017

By the time you read this we will be into July and summer just seems to be passing us by. This past month has proved to be extremely busy for the Milford Amateur Radio Club with holding our annual hamfest followed just one week later by ARRL Field … [Continue reading]

MARC Member Has Articles Published

Jack Purdum, W8TEE and Vice President of MARC, has co-authored an article scheduled for the September issue of QST. (Please note that the ARRL sent notification that the September issue is running over, so we must delay your QST article to a future … [Continue reading]