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System Fusion Repeater Installed

MAC System Fusion Repeater Installed

The METRO AMATEUR RADIO CLUB REPEATER on 147.315/147.915 has been upgraded to a new repeater, the Yaesu DR-1, supporting legacy analog FM and supports the System Fusion digital mode – a specific implementation of C4FM FDMA.

Thanks to Bob K0KVK, Lyam N9LVG, Arne W9FO and Vern K9VRG for installing and programming the new repeater in April.

Yaesu has chosen MAC and CFMC radio clubs to be part of a beta test program.  Yaesu sent us the radios. All we have to do is use them!
The new technology these repeater use is known as “mixed-mode”.  Essentially, it means “analog in = analog out -- digital in = digital out”.  Digital signals sound something like the tones from dial-up modems that we used to access the Internet, in by-gone days. 
The repeater upgrade is part of a unique opportunity to be a part of the field trials of an emerging technology, we encourage as much repeater use as possible – both analog and digital.  Your feedback is important.
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:39

Field Day 2014

Thanks for Joining us for Field Day 2014
Once again, this year was a huge success due to all the help and participation of all our friends and club members.
We would especially like to thank the Lincolnwood Fire Department and Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department.

Lincolnwood Mayor Gerald Turry (left) made a few contacts on the air with assistance from Jerry KC9POL 

Our club, with call sign W9LYA scored over 1000 points and was on the air for the entire 24 hour event.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 10:28

Next Meeting August 5, 2014

Join us at our next MAC meeting on August 5, 2014

at 7:30pm at the Lincolnwood Community Center.

At MAC's recent meeting on July 1, Jerry K9RCL (left) inspects items on the popular $1.00 raffle table.

Dave W9DCO (left) gave a talk about contacts he has made using Earth-Moon-Earth communication,
also known as
moon bounce. He explained EME is a radio communications technique
which relies on the propagation of radio waves from an
Earth-based transmitter
directed via reflection from the surface of the
Moon back to an Earth-based receiver.

David W9DCO and Arne W9FO at the July 1 MAC meeting.

Photos by K9KDE

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 23:26
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The MAC club started the year off with another hands on antenna making project. 
We started making an End Fed Multi Band HF wire antenna. This antenna will work on 6, 10, 15, 20 and 40 meters!

Due to the cost of materials, the END FED ANTENNA project is open to paid members

At the February meeting, we mounted the toriod into the match box and soldered 
all the connections.
For more info on this project check out this PDF:
Thanks to Lyam N9LVG for researching this awesome club project.