[svlug] Linux Users' Group of Davis, Dec. 21: "Amateur (ham) Radio roundtable"

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Sun Nov 29 17:02:13 PST 2015

The Linux Users' Group of Davis (LUGOD) will be holding the following meeting:

  December 21, 2015
  7:00pm - 9:00pm

  Amateur Radio (ham radio) with Linux - Roundtable
  presented by Brian Lavender, Tony Cratz, Eric Engelhard, and Tim Thatcher

    Amateur radio (also called ham radio) describes the use of radio
    frequency spectra for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages,
    wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation and
    emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify "a
    duly authorised person interested in radioelectric practice with a
    purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest;" (either direct
    monetary or other similar reward) and to differentiate it from
    commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire),
    or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation,
    taxis, etc.). (Source: Wikipedia.)

    This roundtable presentation will cover various aspects of ham radio,
    including licensing, ham related groups (e.g., Mt. Vaca Radio Club -
    Yolo Amateur Radio Society) and activities, and of course, how to use
    Linux with radio gear. Numerous open source tools and applications, as
    well as dedicated Linux distros, exist for such purposes as logging,
    browsing programming schedules, receiving and plotting Automatic
    Packet Reporting System (APRS) position packets, spectral analysis,
    repeater control, satellite tracking, and of course controlling a
    ham radio. There are even apps for practicing and preparing for a
    license exam.

    It will also touch on other Linux-based software-defined-radio
    hardware and software solutions, atmospheric radio propagation,
    and solar/geomagnetic weather, and will include a introduction
    to fldigi, wsjt-x and what it does and the JT modes it supports,
    and predict/gpredict orbital tracking software and a little about
    working satellites.

This meeting will be held at:

  Yolo County Public Library, Mary L Stephens Davis Branch
  Blanchard community meeting room
  315 E. 14th Street
  Davis, CA 95616

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About LUGOD:

  The Linux Users' Group of Davis is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization
  dedicated to the Linux computer operating system and other Open Source
  and Free Software.

  Since 1999, LUGOD has held regular meetings with guest speakers
  in Davis, California, as well as other events in Davis and the greater
  Sacramento region.  Events are always free and open to the public.

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Bill Kendrick
pr at lugod.org
Public Relations Officer
Linux Users' Group of Davis

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