Next Meeting Is Friday, February 5th, 2016
"Design and Construction a Magnetic Loop Antenna (MLA) for 3.5 to 24 MHz"
by Vitaly Dubilet, AB6VD

Vitaly has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked R&D in semiconductor equipment manufacturing. His hobby is radio and enjoys working with portable antennas.  He has been a HAM since 1970 and joined PAARA in 2014. A few years ago, Vitaly design and built a magnetic loop antenna for portable operation.  His talk will cover the design and construction of this antenna.

The four main components are, five foot long central pole with motor driven vacuum capacitor on one side and matching unit on another.  Loop made from two 7/8-inch copper tubes with soldered ring terminals on each end.  Central pole made from hollowed fiber glass with 1 x 1-inch cross section.  RF cable RG-8U and tripod.
Frequency of operation: 3.5 to 24 MHz
Maximum power: 100 Watts
Height: 5 feet
Loop diameter: 4 feet
Band switch located on the matching unit box.
Better orientation of antenna will be in reverse order (matching unit should be at the bottom of antenna and tuning capacitor on top).

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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 Round Table Pizza, located on El Camino Real, just a few blocks north of Ravenswood Avenue.
Location: 1225 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Board Meetings

Map & directions

The PAARA Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) at Round Table Pizza, located at 1225 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025, next to the bank north of Oak Grove. We conduct most of our club business here 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.

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

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