MicroHAMS Club Meeting Tuesday, October 15th at 6:00 PM

Location: Building 35/4561  Map:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35


  • Ham Help
  • Discussion January field trip as well as ideas about other places of interest to amateur radio operators
  • Program: Mike Mraz, N6MZ: QSLing for Dummies, Everything you ever wanted to know about QSLing but didn’t know to ask!

Mike Mraz N6MZ will cover the ins and outs of QSLing and in particular, how to make sure you get that card from that rare DX you just worked as well as some best practices for your own outgoing QSL cards.

Mike is no stranger to QSLing.  He’s got more than 400 countries confirmed under the DXCC program, and Mike has been the DX on more than a few occasions.  Only a few hams worldwide have matched that level of on the air accomplishment and needless to say, Mike knows what it takes to be successful in insuring you receive that card you so richly deserve.

We will also discuss the details of the January field trip to the Telecommunication Museum in Seattle.

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions during this segment. This is also the time and place to share your amateur radio discoveries and experiences, no matter what they are.  If you’ve run across something interesting that you think might help other hams, no matter the topic, consider taking 3-5 minute to share it with others during our “Ham Help” segment!

MicroHAMs Club Meeting, April 16th 6:00pm

Location: Building 35/4561  Map:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35


  • Presentation: I2CDriver from Excamera and I2C debugging
  • Ham Help
  • Introducing the new board of directors

Have you ever wanted to find a simple way to connect a couple of sensors or other devices to your Arduino or other micro without using up all the pins?  Or, have you ever had a tough time sorting out why your sensors aren’t working the way they were supposed to?  Or do you might want to find an easy way to look at the real performance of a new device you just purchased on Amazon?


You’re in luck!  At the next MicroHams meeting, Grant Hopper, KB7WSD will cover some information about the two wire I2C bus, I2C design, and debugging, focusing specifically on using the new and inexpensive I2CDriver device from Excamera.  There will be a discussion and some demonstrations as well as an opportunity to examine the I2CDriver board.

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions at this part of the meeting. With 20 hams, there’s bound to be 40 different answers!



146.58 MHz FM simplex will be monitored for anyone who needs help finding the site or for access to the building. (Monitoring is done with handhelds, so range is limited.)


SECURITY NOTE: Anyone who does not have their own Microsoft badge for unescorted access to Microsoft buildings MUST be escorted into Building 35 and conference room 4561 by a badged MicroHAMS member. Do NOT under any circumstances attempt to “tag” onto or “tailgate” Microsoft employees entering the building. Please congregate about five – ten minutes before the meeting outside the lobby entrance on the south side of the building.  If you have a Microsoft badge, please check outside the front entrance for other club members who need to be escorted.


MicroHAMS meetings are open to club members, those interested in joining the club (see club membership policy at http://www.microhams.com), and guests of club members.  Others may also attend a club meeting by sending email to the club at least seven days prior to the meeting. Space for guests is limited.



Grant Hopper



Link to slides for MHDC 2019

Pulling together all the links for the different talks will take a couple days, but here is the draft summary for all the talks from the 2019 MHDC. All of the slide decks are available now and the table below has bookmark links to the individual talks. The entire raw live stream is available now.


Video LinkSpeakerSlides
RAMROD and Ham RadioDoug Kingston, KD7DK and Randy Neals, W3RWNSlides
DRAWS - Digital Radio Amateur WorkStationBryan Hoyer, K7UDRSlides
Mobile Communication for the 21st CenturyKyle Burgess KD7IYT / Matt Benjamin, KD7KBNSlides
RMS Portable OperationLynn Burlingame, N7CFOSlides
PNW DMR cBridge & SystemsRod Ekholm, KC7AADSlides
GNU RadioAnna McDermond, NH6ZSlides
HamWAN Update Rob Salsgiver, NR3OSlides

MHDC 2019 Agenda Available

The agenda for the conference has been finalized.

8:45Scott Honaker, N7SSIntroduction
9:00Doug Kingston, KD7DK / Randy Neals, W3RWNRAMROD
10:00Bryan Hoyer, K7UDRDRAWS: Digital Radio Amateur Work Station
11:00BREAKCoffee and Tea available
11:15Kyle Burgess KD7IYT / Matt Benjamin, KD7KBNMobile Communication for the 21st Century
12:15LUNCHFood served on site
1:25Lynn Burlingame, N7CFOStandards for WinLink RMS Portable Configuration
1:55Rod Ekholm, KC7AADPNW DMR cBridge & Systems
3:00BREAKCoffee and Tea available
3:15Anna McDermond, NH6ZGNU Radio and You: Introduction to Software Defined Radio Toolkit
4:15Rob Salsgiver, NR3OHamWAN Update
4:45Scott Honaker, N7SSPrize Drawing
5:30Pizza at Round Table (Unofficial wrap up)