The Nashua Area Radio Society will hold our final license class of the Spring 2018 season, the Amateur Extra License class, on Friday – Sunday, April 27-29.
The Extra Class License is an upgrade from General Class. Extra class will give you access to more frequencies on the HF bands, especially where those rare DX like to operate from.
Day 1 of the class will be held at AB1OC/AB1QB’s QTH. We will have lots of demos to help reinforce the material including test equipment, antennas and operating. Days 2 and 3 will be held at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
To prepare for the class, you need to read the Gordon West Extra Class book, which can be found on Amazon.com. When you register, we will send you a pre-work assignment based on the materials in the book.
The March Tech Night (March 13, 2018) will have an introduction to antenna modeling by me, Scott, NE1RD. I’ll begin by going through some antenna theory and then proceed on to the NEC-2 software and its popular front ends EZNEC and CocoaNEC. (Both the evaluation/demo version of EZNEC, and the Macintosh-based CocoaNEC are free.) LINUX users should consider getting Andy (KB1OIQ) Stewart’s Andy’s Ham Radio Linux suite. The main concepts you’ll learn will apply equally well to any of these programs.