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September Meeting: Living and Communicating off the Grid

How can you get the most out of solar power and batteries for portable operation and emergencies? This will be the topic for our September 14 UARC meeting. Our presenters will be a father and son team: Larry Jacobs, WA7ZBO, and John Jacobs, W7DBO.

There are many issues to consider including what battery technology is best, how you can get free heat for cooking, what antennas can be backpacked, and what radio equipment can make the most efficient use of solar power.

John will cover solar panels, batteries, and controllers, while Larry will go into radios, antennas, and food.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, September 14, in the Warnock Engineering on the University of Utah campus. The room number is yet to be determined. Watch this space for updates.

UARC meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 P.M., in the Warnock Engineering Building on the University of Utah campus.

See the map for information on finding the building. The room number varies depending on availability.

Of course, the meeting will include the “standard” meeting features:

  • Availability of ARRL books from Brett or John, the “book ladies”
  • An opportunity to join UARC or renew your membership
  • An opportunity to join ARRL or renew your membership
  • The chance to meet face-to-face the people you talk to on the air
  • The “Meeting after the meeting”: A chance to enjoy pizza or other gastronomic delights with other hams. It happens at Litza's Pizza, 716 E. 400 South.
  • The “Meeting before the meeting”: A similar get-together for those who can leave work early enough to get there by 5:15 P.M. These are held at “The Village Inn,” 910 E. 400 South.

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Last updated 08-16-2017.