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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 education@rochesterham.org.

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


Upcoming Academies 

October 2018 — GETTING ON THE AIR WITH HF — October 20th

The topics for the October 20th session will include:

• Hands on QSOs (multiple radios will be set up for operations and QSO role playing)

• QSO Structure (calling dos and don'ts)

• Introduction to Nets

• Overview and use of Q codes

• QTH and Grid Squares

• Review of Band Plan and Considerate Operator's Guide

• Overview of HF Antennas

Time and Location: 10AM at the BSA 2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd — map


The topics for the November 11th session will include:

• Switching and Linear Power supplies (characteristics & benefits)

• Battery Technologies: Lead Acid, Gel Cell, AGM and Lithium

• Characteristics and Uses for Various Technologies

• QRP Low Power Sources and Solar Power

• Power Pole Connectors and DC Distributions Systems

• Charging Svystems: Battery Tender, Solar, Power Gate, Battery Boost

• HV Power Supplies and HV Test Equipment

• SAFETY in All Power Systems

Time and Location: 10AM at the BSA 2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd — map

December 2018 — VHF/UHF OPERATIONS — December 1st

The topics for the December 1st session will include:

• Repeater Operations

• Internet Links like IRLP and Echolink

• Mobile, Portable, Handheld and Ham Shack Considerations

• Review of Digital Modes on VHF/UHF

• VHF/UHF SSB Operations

• Satellite Operations

• VHF/ UHF Antenna Options

Time and Location: 10AM at the BSA 2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd — map


Past Academies

DMR and D-STAR Workshop — Mike Moore, KC2MN, Steve Verzulli, KA1CNF
                                                                 Video: Part 1 DMR, Part 2 D-STAR and Fusion

Slide Presentations and Notes (in PDF):

–  DMR


–  Fusion

–  D-star, DMR, Fusion, Which is Right for You?

Thanks to Mike Moore, KC2MN, Steve Verzulli, KA1CNF, for the Academy Presentation

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 the Academy presentation
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 education@rochesterham.org 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: 09/20/18 05:03 PM

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