Hello all DG'ers!
It's once again time for the Mount Baker Amateur Radio Club (MBARC)
Digital Group (DG) to meet "Brady Bunch" style on Zoom. We meet to
discuss all things digital (mostly data) in Amateur Radio. Of
particular interest to the MBARC DG is the use of the WB7FHC / AG7GN
Nexus DR-X units (http://wb7fhc.com/intro.html
) and HamWAN / AREDN
microwave networking here in Whatcom County.
MBARC DG meets the third Tuesday of each month at 19:00 Pacific. Some
of us gather early for casual chatting.
Budd Churchward WB7FHC is recreating on a trip, and has given me
temporary custody of his Zoom account for the DG meeting. As usual,
I'll start the Zoom session at 18:30, and begin recording at 19:00 for
the formal meeting.
Topics for this meeting include:
* Introductions of those new to Amateur Radio and/or the Digital
Group, including non DG guests.
* Show and tell of any projects or activities that you've done that
are "Amateur Radio Digital".
* Digital Group Treasurer's Report
* A vote on an expenditure of DG treasury funds
* (NEW) State of the HamWAN Puget Sound Data Ring - nodes on
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are being
removed, potentially impacting the ability of HamWAN to route traffic
solely on Amateur Radio microwave. The Whatcom County HamWAN node here
in Whatcom County is not affected as it's not on a DNR site.
* Discussion about the just-concluded Bellingham Maker Faire.
* Discussion about the newly-formed Bellingham Makerspace Amateur Radio Group.
* (NEW) Possibility of an in-person DG meeting at the Bellingham Makerspace
* Discussion about another test of using a MBARC repeater - Mt.
* Discussion on designing and building a fox hunt transmitter, digital
group style. The second part would be using the DRX capabilities to
hone in and find them. (Per Andy KF7VOL)
* (If time permits) Discussion about projects / ideas for the coming
year for MBARC DG.
The MBARC DG thanks Budd Churchward WB7FHC for the use of his
business-grade Zoom account for conducting the MBARC meetings.
About the Mount Baker Amateur Radio Club (MBARC) Digital Group (DG):
The Digital Group (DG) is a technically oriented subsidiary group of
the Mount Baker Amateur Radio Club (MBARC) in Bellingham, Whatcom
County, Washington that is focused on data communications in Amateur
Radio. The goal of the DG is to help DG members and especially
newcomers to Amateur Radio, and Amateur Radio Operators new to data
modes, understand and use Amateur Radio data communications modes
effectively. Most of the DG’s usage of Data Communications occurs on
the Amateur Radio VHF and UHF bands within Whatcom County and
surrounding areas. Information about the Digital Group can be found at
Joining the DG
Membership in the Digital Group is an add-on to MBARC membership. DG
membership dues are $10/year (in addition to MBARC membership dues).
DG dues are used to support various projects relating to the focus of
the DG, such as building Amateur Radio data communications
infrastructure such as digipeaters. To pay your dues, either send a
MBARC Digital Group
PO Box 981
Bellingham, WA 98227
The DG meets on the third Tuesday of each month, beginning at 18:30
Pacific for casual chatting and 19:00 for the "formal" meeting. During
COVID-19 restrictions we've met via Zoom videoconference. The
link for the Zoom videoconference is published on the DG’s email list.
You do not have to be a member of the DG to attend the physical or
DG Email Discussion List
The DG uses Google Groups for its email list. If you're a Gmail user,
you can browse to https://groups.google.com/g/nwwdigi
and search for
"Northwest Washington Digital Amateur Radio" and subscribe to the DG
mailing list there. Gmail users can view archives of previous
If you're not a Gmail user, to subscribe to the DG email list, send an
email (no subject or body text) to
You do not have to be a member of the DG to subscribe to the DG email
list. Requests to join the DG email list are moderated to attempt to
minimize spammers and spamming.
We are always looking for interesting topics to discuss about Amateur
Radio data communications. Please let me know of topics (and speakers)
that you'd like to see at a future DG Meeting.
Steve Stroh N8GNJ
MBARC Digital Group President 2021-2022
Steve Stroh steve...@gmail.com
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