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Rochester Hamfest



RaRa Academy

Hands-On Learning

Academy learning sessions help support STEM and ham radio at the same time by providing hands on examples for various topics.

RaRa Academy provides workshops on a variety of Ham Radio topics and interests. Workshops have included Digital communications, IRLP, Echo LInk, WinLink, Fox Hunting, build a 20m and 15m fan di-pole, 2 meter tape measure yagi, just to mention a few.

For more information contact our education coordinator at

Sessions are two hours, generally on a Saturday each month at a location described below.


Upcoming Academies 

September 2018 — DMR — Information and date to follow.


Past Academies

Soldering and DIY Best Practices — Scott Theis, W2LW — Slides (06/16/2018)

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Thanks to Scott Theis, W2LW and Tim Brown, WB2PAY, for Academy presentation on Saturday.
Slides available as PDF by clicking here.

Antenna Build(05/05/2018)

Software Defined Radio — Forest Shick, WA2MZG — Video, Slides and Resources (03/10/2018)



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Getting Started with Arduino — Scott Theis, W2LW — Slides (02/03/2018)


Have Ideas?

We would like to hear from you! We have lots of ideas for sessions but would like to focus on what members are most interested. Contact our education coordinator at with suggestions. Here are some ideas we are working on:

–  Antenna Analyzers

–  Component Fundamentals -- Precision, Types, Capacitors, etc.

–  DRM

–  Fighting Noise -- A Discussion of Noise Filtering and Techniques (2 Shack Noise)

–  Fighting Noise -- A Discussion of Noise Filtering and Techniques (Mobile)

–  Getting Started with CW

–  Getting Started with JT65

–  Getting Started with PSK31

–  HF Band Review and Propagation

–  HF Noise Filtering -- Noise Filtering and Techniques and Common Rig Controls

–  Hands on Pi

–  Limited Space Radio

–  Mesh Networks Using Routers

–  PIC Programming

–  Power Supply Basic

–  RF Connectors (Good Bad, Ugly and Common)

–  Radio Techniques -- Improve/Practice Calling

–  Repeaters

–  Setting Up a Shack

–  Shack Software Options

–  Test Equipment Basics and Safety

–  Understanding Antenna Options

–  Understanding RF Exposure

–  Understanding Radio-Computer Interfaces

–  Using Beacons and Reverse Beacons

–  Using Chirp

–  Using HRD

–  VHF Modes

Last revised: 06/20/18 10:27 PM

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