Software Defined Radios (SDRs) for hams
Our February Club Meeting will be on Thursday the 20th starting at 6pm, at the New Albany Public Library.
The social time will be from 6 - 6:45pm. NOTE THE SHORTENED TIME! A carry-in dinner is encouraged and kitchen facilities (including microwave oven) are available. A short business meeting will begin promptly at 6:45pm, (Note: this is 15 minutes earlier than usual). The decision to advance the time was prompted by a new Library requirement that we vacate the room by 9:00pm sharp or pay in advance for its additional use.
The program for February's meeting will be given by CRES member Doug Gibbs, W8NFT. Doug will present a brief history of Software Defined Radios (SDRs) for hams and the application of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) used in them. Specifically, Doug's talk will be based on his experience with SDRs for the past eight years. He has worked primarily with a number of different versions of High Performance Software Defined Radios (HPSDRs) and Softrocks. In the process he has learned a number of new technologies, such as the application and implementation of Field Programmable Gate Arrays for SDRs. He plans to cover how we got to where we are today with SDRs, including how FPGAs are used, and some of the recent developments in the technology. This will be a follow on to the excellent program on modern SDRs presented at the October meeting by Weldon, K8NQ. Doug's presentation should be great complement to that and very informative as well.
Everyone is Welcome to Attend the February Club Meeting. Mark your calendars now! You don't want to miss it!
The CRES radio club was established in 1962 and serves the central Ohio area. Its goals include stimulating interest in amateur radio, the exchange of technical information, emergency readiness, and social activities for the membership and their families.
The Name CRES
The Western Electric facility at 6200 East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, also had a branch of Bell Laboratories co-located within the same facility. An umbrella organization within Western Electric provided guidance and funding to various employee clubs for both Western Electric and Bell Laboratories employees. The emphasis for these employee clubs was on Civic, Recreational, Educational and Social activities. Thus the various employee clubs under this umbrella guidance were known as the CRES Amateur Radio Club, the CRES Cycling Club, etc. With the demise of funding support of that organization, the CRES Amateur Radio Club eventually became a public club that was open to everyone. It retained the same club name: The CRES Amateur Radio Club, but we redefined CRES to be "Columbus Radio Enthusiasts Society."
The club sponsors an informal 2 meter NET every Sunday evening at 9 PM on its repeater (146.67/131.8) and via Echolink at W8ZPF-L (Node 782142). The NET is open to everyone - you do not need to be a member to join in. Visitors are always welcome and encouraged to participate.