Spring Build Night

Congratulations to all who converged on the MSU Maker Space rm# 2228 Engineering Building on March 23 for MSUARC’s Spring Build Night!

The magical aroma of solder was in the air as 12 club members constructed a capacitance meter (right). The device reads out the values on the 4 element LED display and can also feed data through an interface in real time to a laptop computer.

The club treasury provided funds for the kits and our group was able to take advantage of the full resources of the Maker Space for soldering irons and other tools.

Special thanks to Gregg, WB8LZG for making the arrangements and to Dennis, KB8ZQZ for watching over us as we tried to read resistor values and place the components into the right spots on the PC board.

Gregg WB8LZG gives a thumbs up while Ed, W8EO concentrates on construction.
Anton, KK6NA pays attention to detail as he applies solder to a connection.

March Meeting: DXing in Today’s Internet World

Chasing that rare operator is one of the greatest joys of amateur radio. And few in our area do it better than Joe Levine W8JRK.

Joe was first licensed in Connecticut in 1958 as K1GMR, earning his MSU undergrad degree in Music. He was one of the leading Michigan based chasers in last years National Parks On The Air contest and has a long history of dedicated support for MSUARC. He spoke at the March meeting about the tools he uses to snag the rare ones.

Here’s a link to Joe’s resources.

Watch his presentation on demand, below..