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Art Grandle KD8ZG, the Volunteer Examiner Liason for the CRES Laurel VE Team, announced that the CRES Amateur Radio Club has scheduled a VE test session at the Parkview Presbyterian Church, 6969 East Livingston Avenue, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, on Saturday, December 6, 2014. This is a LAUREL VEC exam, and it will start at 9:00 AM. Pre-registration is not required; walk-ins are welcome. The exam session is free; there is no charge.
Email any questions to Rob Stampfli KD8WK at ve-questions (at) w8zpf (dot) org, or call 614-864-9377.
December 16, 2014
Arduino! Open Source Microcontroller
The meeting will be on Tuesday, December 16 at the New Albany Public Library, starting at 6 pm with a social time (bring a dinner to eat; kitchen facilities are available), then at 6:45 a short business meeting including election of officers for 2015, and the program to follow. Please plan to join us for what promises to be an excellent presentation.
The program for our December meeting will be on Arduino technology given by guest speaker Bob Perdue and our own CRES VP Dave Brown K8AX. Arduino hardware and software are Open Source microcontroller systems where schematics, software, and other information is freely available. Bob will describe some Arduino boards, a software development environment, and a rich set of software libraries that make developing small microcontroller based projects relatively easy.
Bob's formal education was at MIT and he has had a wide range of computer hardware and software development experiences in his career at Bell Labs. The picture of Bob shows him working a DEC PDP 11/40 early in his working years. Participating in the development of the Unix operating system and managing a group working on speech recognition algorithms are two of Bob's more visible work assignments. He also worked on the Call Interactive System that built the first IVR integrated into a TV show (" To vote for contestant number 3, dial #1234 on your Touch Tone Dial"). In retirement, Bob has played with microprocessor/microcontroller systems, including the Atmel AVR microcontrollers that are used on the Arduino boards.
Following Bob's presentation, Dave will say a few words about applying this technology to ham radio projects.
Mark your calendar now!
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.