July 10, 2024 BARS Meeting – Bill Mader, K8TE, on HF Propagation

I am pleased to announce that Bill Mader, K8TE, will present to the Club on HF Propagation Fact vs Hype and Misunderstanding. Here is Bill’s BIO from his QRZ page:

Presenter’s Bio:

Appointed to a third term as ARRL Section Manager for New Mexico, I am honored to serve in that capacity. I attended the annual meeting for Section Managers in 2017 where we met the staff and key players. Your ARRL is in good hands! I enjoy meeting hams and attending clubs’ meetings and hamfests in NM (and elsewhere) and look forward to meeting many more of you. Please add K8TE@ARRL.org to your club’s newsletter. Although I have been an ARRL Life Member since 1976, I continue supporting ARRL as a Diamond Club member.

I give lots of presentations to local clubs, at hamfests across the southwest, and on-line. I plan to give five new presentations at QuartzFest 2024. I like to share what I have learned for others to enjoy the varied aspects of our great avocation. If you need a club program, contact me and I’ll provide the list of my presentations. Do you want to know more about a particular subject, let me know. I probably have a presentation ready or one I can update for you.

I was first licensed in Feb 1960 as WV2RBF then upgraded to General in Oct to WA2RBF. I changed to WA8WWM in 1967 when I moved from Syracuse NY to Detroit MI to manage the first Radio Shack in that State. In 1973 I joined the USAF and received KZ5WA at my first duty station in the (then) Panama Canal Zone in 1974. My career field was Ground Radio Maintenance, 304X4, of all things! I operated an FT-101D into a Collins 237B log periodic for occasional contesting, obtaining my first SS Clean Sweep mug, easier as a KZ5.

I was the leadoff “professor” at DX University at the Duke City Hamfest/ARRL Rocky Mountain Division convention in Albuquerque for Aug 2014, Contest Academy lead “professor” for 2015, gave another presentation at DX University for Ham-Con Colorado in May 2016, presented several times at Ham-Com, and did eight presentations at HF University at the DCHF 2017, 2018, and again in 2019. I gave eight more presentations at QuartzFest 2017 on various subjects and did ten more in 2018. I, along with AK6R and K3LR, led off the IDXC 2018 presentations Friday afternoon. I returned as a presenter at Ham-Com 2018 and 2019 in Plano TX. We have run three years of HF University at the DCHF and hope to do more for 2024. I presented again in Visalia at the IDXCC for DX University in 2023.

We will announce the link to join the Zoom meeting before the meeting, but it will be posted to the BARS email list and should not be shared outside our Club. Are you on the email list? If not, please send an email to bars-subscribe@w1hh.org and then simply reply to the robot response from the server and you will be subscribed.

Observing our Zoom meeting requires only a web browser and headphones/speakers. You do not need a webcam or microphone unless you want to speak or be seen.

Before our meeting date, please go to https://zoom.us/test and see if it will function for you. If you have problems, we can try to assist – feel free to ask questions on the BARS email list.

I am looking forward to “seeing” many of you there on Wednesday 7/10 at 1900.

Doug, N1WRN

President, Billerica Amateur Radio Society

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