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“HF Propagation with a Twist”

February 4, 2022
7:00 PM Pacific Time

PLEASE NOTE: The Meeting Will Be A "Hybrid" Meeting
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For those attending in person, masks are required but proof of vaccination isn't. We will NOT have any masks available so attendees need to bring their own. Also indicate there will NOT be any refreshments but there WILL be a raffle.

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Program: “HF Propagation with a twist” by Mikko Sannala, AB6RF
Mikko will present a few basics of the normal ionospheric propagation in a new light, and hopefully clear up some common misconceptions along the way. Then we’ll take a closer look at the physics of the ionosphere, and how to read ionogams to get a real-time view into what the ionosphere is actually doing right now. And to put all that knowledge into practical use, we’ll talk a little bit about NVIS and circular polarization.

Mikko Sannala, AB6RF, was born and raised in Finland and probably got the spark for everything radio from his late grandfather who was one of the early radio amateurs in the country. The 2nd World War put an end to grandpa’s radio hobby. Mikko started his radio hobby by listening to international shortwave broadcasters during the Cold War, and did some illegal CB DX’ing before joining the local ham radio club in his childhood home town. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, with emphasis in Communications Systems. In professional life, Mikko has worked as an RF engineer for companies like Rohde & Schwarz, Intel, Broadcom, and most recently Google. He’s licensed in Finland and in US, enjoys experimenting with antennas, building things, and rag chewing with anyone on HF, on DMR, or on the local repeater.

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Club Meetings

The Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association meets on the 1st Friday of the month at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) (except when the first Friday lands on a holiday and typically moved to the 2nd Friday of the month).

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting location has changed. We will now be meeting in Meeting Room H6, in the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto. Further information is below.

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Location: Cubberley Community Center; 4000 Middflefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.
Telephone: (650) 329-2418.

After the meeting, many members gather for beer, pizza, and eyeball QSOs at Pizza Chicago, located at 4115 El Camino Real, in Palo Alto..

Board Meetings

The PAARA Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the home of Marty Wayne, W6NEV.  Address is: 1039 Bryant Way, Sunnyvale, CA.  We conduct most of our club business there in order to allow more time for guest speakers and socializing at regular club meetings.  Any PAARA member is welcome to attend.

A few meetings throughout the year have pre-defined agenda items. These include:

September Board Meeting
The Nominating Committee is appointed by the President to decide on a slate of candidates to be recommended to the membership.

October General Meeting
The Nominating Committee presents its nominations to the membership at the regular club meeting.  Nominations from club members opens at the beginning of the meeting, and closes at the end of the meeting.

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