Meetings

Meetings

 

ANTICIPATED: Meeting for October 2018. Contemplated date and time and location: 2PM, Sunday October 21, 2018 at the Monroe, Georgia Library, Spring Street, Monroe.

  1. June 16th, 2017 : This was our first meeting and it was held at the W4DEL QTH in limbo between Covington and Porterdale, Georgia. Subject of the evening was the SharkRF OpenSpot.

2. July 21st, 2017 brought our second meeting and it was also held somewhere in Georgia at the W4DEL QTH. Subjects were System Fusion, WiRES-X and C4FM.

3. August 24th, 2017 was the date of meeting number three. This meeting was held at the Walton County library in Monroe, Georgia and the subject was Reflectors: What are they and how         do they work?

4. Sunday, October 29th, 2017 was the date of this month’s meeting. It was held at the Monroe Library, 217 West Spring Street, Monroe, Georgia 30655 from 3-5PM.  Subject material covered was ‘digital voice methods’. Thanks to all who attended. Dinner was enjoyed by all immediately after the meeting at a nearby restaurant.

5. December 2017 meeting is: Friday December 8th at 7PM in Oxford, Georgia. Address is 1423 Hightower Trail 30054 at the W0KIH QTH.  Expected program: Digital Radio Mondiale. CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED. Sorry, but the rough weather made it a poor idea to hold a meeting tonight. The meeting will be re-scheduled and the new date, time and location posted here and on the Yahoo Groups page. Thanks to all of you were planning on attending or who got materials together for the meeting. We will get together soon!

6. Sunday January 28th, 2018 was the date of the last Yard Dogs meeting. Subject material was APRS, and a demonstration of a dirt cheap method of putting together an APRS station was shown. An in-depth discussion of the APRS-IS system was included. The highlight was a method of adding GPS wirelessly to an APRS station. Afterwards we were forced to eat some awesome BBQ. I felt terrible about it but I ate the food anyway.

7. The March 2018 meeting was held at 2PM on March 11th, 2018 at the QTH of W4DEL. The true meaning of the Yard Dogs concept was shown as we were able to further the knowledge of one of our members (and ourselves for that matter). The group must be useful to ALL participants or it does not meet its objective. We enjoyed the meeting and are looking forward to going out and practicing our skills at home.

8. The April 2018 meeting was held April 22th, 2018 at the QTH of W4DEL starting at 3PM. True to our goals, we helped each other learn some new techniques. Today we worked on YAAC, UZ7HO soundmodem and a few other items. Plus, we had a lively discussion about the state of amateur radio! It was great fun on a good day to be inside. After that, a few of us went out to a local steakhouse and enjoyed an excellent meal. We did run into a problem with jar heap files allocations. That set us back a bit.

9. On May 17th, there was a demonstration of Yaesu System Fusion, C4FM and WiRES-X at the Walton County Repeater Group meeting in Between, Georgia. We thank all those who turned out for the meeting and helped make it a success. On display were five mobile radios and three HT’s, plus a WiRES-X modem and a complete node station. A practical demonstration was given as part of the demonstration.

THE MEETINGS SEEM TO HAVE MORPHED INTO THE WEEKLY C4FM NET, BUT THERE IS NO REASON WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO HAVE PHYSICAL MEETINGS. ANYONE WISHING TO GET TOGETHER SHOULD BRING THAT TO OUR ATTENTION SO WE CAN SCHEDULE A TIME AND PLACE. ALSO, LET US KNOW IF YOU WISH TO PRESENT A SUBJECT, OR WISH FOR A PARTICULAR SUBJECT TO BE PRESENTED. WE WILL DO OUR BEST.

10. October 21, 2018: The Yard Dogs met at the Monroe library in Monroe, Georgia and discussed a number of things related to the Internet and related technology. Among those subjects were VPN servers, remote control of your desktop at home and VPN routers.