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The 285 TechConnect Radio Club - NAØTC was formed in 2006 by Steve - AIØW, Jim - KAØNZZ, and Nancy - KØNCC to provide a forum for technical discussions, presentations, and projects. We are an ARRL Special Service Club.

We want to provide a wide-range of learning for people interested in the technical and operating areas of ham radio to increase knowledge and license levels and provide a forum for technical learning and sharing of information. Everyone is welcome!

We are scheduled to be at Intercanyon Fire Protection District station #3, 8445 South Highway 285, for our 2020 regular meetings. Exceptions will be posted here.


Please join us every Tuesday evening on the 145.145 repeater for the TechNet at 7PM.

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Notice Regarding Membership

In prior years, we have always included TechFest attendees in our membership rolls. Beginning in 2019, membership in the club will be seperated from TechFest attendance. We would like to invite and encourage all interested amateur radio operators to support the club and become a dues-paying member. Dues are just $10 a year.

Call For Speakers

The club is always looking for speakers for our meetings. If you would like to share your knowledge of amateur radio operation or a related technical topic, or know of someone who can speak at one of our meetings, please contact our speaker coordinator.

Proposal for a club-sponsored remote station

The club is discussing the development and installation of a remote station for club member use. This station will be accessible over the internet and be capable of operating FT8, and possibly other digital modes, phone, and CW. We currently have a location available and some surplus equipment with which to build the station. The club is looking for a member to spearhead this effort, resolving the details and implementing the station. Other club members are willing to help as needed. If you are willing to help with this project, please contact Frank - KØFEI.

2019 Meeting Schedule

Instead of a meeting, we will get together for our annual Holiday Lunch on December 7th, 11AM, at JJ Madwell's, 26412 Main Street, Conifer, CO. (Map)

Our next regular meeting will be on January 4th, 2020, at Fire Station #3, at 10:00 AM. We have doughnuts and coffee at 9:30.

  • January 5th
    • Annual Elections
    • Magnetic Loop antenna discussion with examples
    • Show'n'Tell
  • February 2nd
    • Larry – KØNA is going to present some results of his high power loop antenna research.
    • Bill – NØCU is going to do some more on high power loops. Slides Slides
    • Frank – KØFEI is going to do a presentation of what single board computers you would want to buy for the shack.
  • March 2nd
    • How can a magnetic loop antenna also create an electric field? We have the answer! Slides Slides
    • How to get on the air with out breaking the bank. Followed by cost effective upgrades.
  • April 6th: CW and Morse code show'n'tell, demo, and discussion. We'll have keys, keyers, and practice oscillators, including some vintage keys, plus the opportunity for in-room Morse QSOs. Morse Code, Keys, and AccessoriesLinks from presentation
  • May 4th: Our pizza party got postponed until June. Bill - NØCU talked about debugging an SWR problem, and Frank - KØFEI talked about single-board computers.
  • June 1st: Annual pizza party, and show'n'tell day. Bring your cool stuff and homebrew projects to share with the club. Bill - NØCU gave a presentation on HF signal propogation. Slides, Slides
  • July - No Meeting, due to Field Day
  • August 3rd: Larry – KØNA will talk about improving an HF preamplifier and measuring ferrite beads for RFI suppression. The membership will likely vote on formally cancelling the Techfest. We will also solicit input on the future direction of the club, and possible club projects.
  • September 7th: Frank - KØFEI will give a presentation on 3D printing. He will be bringing a 3D printer and demonstrating the printing process. Frank will explain how to make a case for a NW Digital Radio Pi hat on a Raspberry Pi and submit it to Thingiverse for production. He will also go through how to download a 3D project to be printed. Come and learn what you need to know to 3D print, using your own printer, one at a local school or library, or on Thingiverse.
  • October 5th
  • November 2nd:
    • JS8CALL, a digital format that is more interactive than FT8, by Frank - KØFEI
    • How much RF is in the air? This came from the question “How much peak power would a simple source follower have to have using a short receive only antenna?”, by Larry - KØNA
  • December 7th: Holiday Lunch, 11AM at JJ Madwell's, 26412 Main Street, Conifer, CO. (Map)

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