Next PAARA Meeting

Friday March 4, 2011

"The Ionosphere: Space Weather Monitoring"

Ray Mitchell, KI6FYU

In this introductory forum we will examine solar flares, the formation of the ionosphere, and the effects of solar radiation on ionospheric RF propagation.  The theory of SID (Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance) monitoring will be presented along with several practical approaches for "Do It Yourself" SID monitoring.  Ray will share his experiences working as Chief Engineer at Stanford University's educational program and will show the latest SID monitor: "SuperSID" that is presently made and sold as a kit by SARA (Society for Amateur Radio Astronomers.)

Mr. Mitchell was the chief engineer for the Solar Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID) Monitor Program at Stanford University's Solar Center Education and Public Outreach 2003-2009.  Mr. Mitchell presently works at Davis Instruments in Hayward, CA and has worked over 14 years as a senior software engineer in the embedded systems, automatic test equipment, and semiconductor test fields at various Silicon Valley companies, such as Ubicom, Hewlett Packard, and Agilent Technologies.

Date: March 4, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Menlo Park Rec Center
Council Chambers
700 Alma Street
Menlo Park, CA

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Club Meetings

Map & directions

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).

Location: Menlo Park Recreation Center, 700 Alma Street (in Burgess Park)

There is a pre-meeting dinner at the Su Hong Chinese resturaunt on El Camino Real, held to treat the guest speaker. Su Hong is within walking distance of the meeting location, and dinner starts promptly at 5:30 pm (17:30 J).
Location: 1039 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025

After the meeting, many members gather for beer, pizza, and eyeball QSOs at Round Table Pizza, located on El Camino Real, just a few blocks north of Su Hong.
Location: 1225 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Board Meetings

Map & directions

The PAARA Board meets at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) at the Palo Alto Red Cross building, 400 Mitchell Lane, usually on the third Wednesday of the month.  We conduct most of our club business here in order to allow more time for guest speakers and socializing at 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.

December General Meeting
Elections are held at the December annual meeting.

Board of Directors and Appointed Staff

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