HAM Shack

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Born On:
14:01, 21 August 2014 (CDT)
Last Updated:
09:52, 24 August 2017 (CDT)


This wiki page is to track the resources available at Makers Local 256 for the Ham Shack. Makers Local HAM Email list: http://lists.makerslocal.org/mailman/listinfo/hams


  • May 14 2015, 7:00pm - 8:00pm: Ham Radio Meetup


Meeting Notes

Hardware Resources

  • Fiberglass ham mast mounted to side of makeshop, permaloaned from Jeff.
  • BroadBand Ham Node (BBHN) KM4KER-1 is currently residing on top of the Ham Shack.
    • Currently running the OLSRd based bbhn firmware
    • Also running the HamChat.pl package.
  • Donated (StarMaster) newinbox classic SWR meter
  • Kenwood Radio (is this the radio in the Champaigne room)
  • HF Rig
    • Status: [Bruce] took [his] dummy load and used the shop power meter to look at that HF rig. It has a tube final and [he] didn't want to drive it too hard without knowing the radios history but [he] got 50 W out out of it. [He doesn't] know how clean the signal was but it was drifting on the readout quite a bit. Receive seems to have a problem. Also, being an old radio, it may not be a good option for new hams first experiences even if we can fix it. ~From Bruce's Email 2/9/15
  • Club Callsign
  • Baofeng programming cable
    • Omegix has one available
    • Enabrintain has one available


Current Projects

  • Monthly General List Recap Email (if anything has been done)
  • Get Club Call Sign transferred to new Trustee (previous trustee is no longer a member).

Brainstormed Projects

  • Setup a long throw point-to-point or point-to-multipoint connection to the shop.
  • Attend HAM Class via HARC (need a group for this)
  • Flash Broadband Ham Meshnet firmware onto spare routers at the shop
  • Setup DSTAR point at makeshop

HAMs (Friends and Members of ML256)

  • Omegix, KK4DTX
    • License: Technician
    • Available on request
      • Radios Baofeng (2M/440M), iCom ID-31A (440M/DSTAR)
      • Antennas: A Yagi Antenna that's part of a Verizon Wireless cell repeater
  • Jake Polatty, KI4BTJ
    • License: General
    • Trustee of Makers Local 256 Club Call Sign (KM4KER)
    • Radios: Yeasu FT-890 (HF Rig)
    • Tuner: MFJ-945D
    • Sound Card Interface: MFJ-1275 (Digital modes for FT-890)
    • Linear Amp: Alinco ELH-230D (Power amp for HTs)
  • Erik Arendall, W4EDA
  • Greg Brown
  • Brimstone
  • Bruce Campbell
    • Available on Request: 100' Coax Cable, A 2m/70cm radio
  • Justin Richards (not on HAM email list)
  • Crashcart
  • Preaux, KI4SGI

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