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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.

President’s Message to the Membership, March 2018

Dave Vest, K8DVHello fellow MARC members and welcome to almost spring,

It appears the club is at a crossroads, as you know we discussed at the February meeting the need for a field day chairman and there was no interest. As the president I have to ask myself is this a sign of this is not the kind of activity the club wishes to participate in? Bill, WS6K has led the field day charge for more years than I can recall and the club owes him a great deal of thanks. But it is now time for someone else to lead the effort. With Bill’s help we already have a solid plan, location has been reserved and paperwork filed and station captains have started coming forward. If we are unable to find someone that is willing to lead the effort it may not occur or at a much less scale. This is your club and I have the pleasure of serving the group as president but this does not mean that I or the other officers are charged with running each and every event.

The hamfest was also hit with a blow as our location of many years is not available to us in 2018. We will be discussing whether to move forward or cancel our hamfest for 2018 at the March meeting. I for one would hate to see us end a very good run. If you know of or have a idea for a venue that could handle the hamfest please let Jim or I know.

The club is in need for presenters or at least ideas for programs for the meetings. Jack and I have all but emptied out rolodex and want to give you programs on what the membership is interested in.

Hope all of you have a good spring and are getting ready for the yard work that will soon be upon us. Also keep in mind storms are a coming so be sure to unhook and unplug keeping that equipment safe and sound.

Dave, K8DV

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

Hello 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 … [Continue reading]

President’s Message to the Membership, December 2017

Welcome to fall and the onset of winter as the temperatures are starting to fall and DX is starting to appear on our wireless apparatuses. Hope and trust that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had time to spend with family and friends … [Continue reading]

President’s Message to the Membership, October 2017

Hello fellow MARC members and welcome to fall, well that is what the calendar says but 90 degrees at the end of September says otherwise. As a reminder MARC has elections coming up in November and as president I have not decided if I will be … [Continue reading]

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]