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Be Prepared for Emergency With a “Go Bag”

Thursday August 7 at 5 PM, as part of KMUD’s Fire Awareness Month, the SHARC Report looks at “Go Bags.” Here in fire and earthquake country, you never know when you might have to evacuate your home, and you may only have minutes to pack. With a prepacked “Go Bag,” you know you’ve got the essentials, and you won’t forget them when you are under stress and time is short. On this month’s SHARC Report we’ll talk about “Go Bags”, and what you should keep in them so that you will have less to worry about in those stressful moments as you prepare to evacuate your home. Please tune in on Thursday Augest 7 at 5PM to learn about “Go Bags” on The SHARC Report. The SHARC Report is presented by the Southern Humboldt Amateur Radio Club in cooperation with KMUD Community Radio, and airs on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm on KMUD. Please support KMUD @ http://www.kmud.org

 

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FL Digi

FL Digi is a computer program that allows Hams to communicate digitally using a variety of digital modes including Morse code, PSK 31, RTTY and more.  FL Digi is a free program that runs on all popular operating systems and easily connects to most radios.

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The Following links will help you find out more about FL Digi and get you to the download page.

http://www.w1hkj.com/index.htm

http://www.w1hkj.com/Fldigi.html

the SHARC Report is presented by the Southern Humboldt Amateur Radio Club, and airs on KMUD, Redwood Community Radio on the first Thurday of every month at 5pm.

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Frank Letton Talks Ham Radio as Competitive Sport

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On Thursday, April 3 at 5pm on KMUD, The SHARC Report will feature an interview with Southern Humboldt resident Frank Letton recorded on location at his high-performance Ham radio station perched on a mountaintop near his home in Whale Gulch. Frank competes against Hams all over the world using Morse code and only 5 watts of of transmitter power. Using his well-honed operating skills, top-notch radios and finely tuned, hand-made, high-gain antennas, Frank consistently scores among the very best in the nation in Ham radio contests. Tune in to learn more about Ham radio as a competitive sport this Thursday at 5pm, and listen to The SHARC Report, a program presented by the Southern Humboldt Amateur Radio Club, on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm on KMUD.

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Interview with Buck Miner

This month on the SHARC Report, we have part one of a two part interview with long time Ham radio operator, and SoHum native son Buck Miner K6RFE .

smbucksheepIn this month’s show, we’ll talk to Buck about being a Ham radio operator for more than 50 years.  Next month we’ll talk to him about his music career, diving for abalone while blind and life in Southern Humboldt.

buck miner plays guitarTune in  to The SHARC Report on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm on KMUD http://www.kmud.org

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SHARC Party

 

SHARC Party

 

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This afternoon, Thursday January 2 at 5:00PM PST on KMUD, Redwood Community Radio, Garberville, CA, you can hear the 46th episode of The SHARC Report; A Show All About Radio for Radio Lovers Like You.

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I recorded this edition of The SHARC Report at the club’s holiday pot-luck get together. I hoped to get a few candid interviews with the jovial ambiance of a party in the background. I think it worked out pretty well, perhaps one of the best episodes to date.

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I really enjoy audio engineering, even more than I enjoy hosting the show. This approach presented certain challenges from an engineering perspective, and I had to conduct the interviews spontaneously while mingling at a party. I’m really pleased that the show came out sounding pretty good.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Circuit-Bending, a Fun Way to Learn About Electronics

This month the SHARC Report looks at Circuit-Bending, the art of rewiring battery powered electronic devices to exploit their hidden potential.  I just finished my first album of circuit-bent music titled Um… Uh… Gum Eh?

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Tin Can Luminary is John Hardin (KI6DGX) and Amy Gustin.  Here is the back cover:

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Here’s a couple of samples of the music on it:

I’ll be showing off some of my circuit-bent creations on Friday May 3rd from 5-9pm at the Hemp Connection in Garberville as part of Arts Alive.  Here’s a few of the devices I’ll bring out:

Here’s a few videos to help you make sense of the circuit-bent movement, and to get you started bending yourself:

Here’s Q Reed Ghazala’s piece, Hymn for the Faces of Belmez in it’s entirety:

Below is a good tutorial about how to add a pitch-bend knob to most electronic toys.    This is a very useful and easy modification:

The pitch resistor is usually labeled R1 on the circuit board.  You can also find the pitch resistor by touching it with your finger.  If the pitch of the toy changes when you touch it, you’ve got the right one.

Here’s the link to find the PAIA oscillator kit I described on the show:

http://www.paia.com/bckit1/

Here’s a few circuit-bending links to explore:

http://www.anti-theory.com/

http://www.getlofi.com/

http://casperelectronics.com/

Listen to The SHARC Report on KMUD, Garberville on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm Pacific Time, or on the web, both streaming and archived, at http://www.kmud.org

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This Month’s Guest, Gary Welborn, SHARC Club Treasurer

This Month’s Guest, Gary Welborn, SHARC Club Treasurer

This month on the SHARC Report.  I will talk to Gary Welborn, K6JXM.  Gary holds an Extra-Class Ham radio license, and is the SHARC Club’s current Treasurer.  He is also a Deputy OES Coordinator and serves on the board of our local hospital district.  We’ll talk about what he enjoys about Ham radio, his 440MHz repeater, and SHARC Club finances.  The SHARC Report airs on the first Thursday of every month at 5:00pm on KMUD Community radio, Garberville, CA

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This Month on The SHARC Report, Zach Adams of CMKT4

The SHARC Report Talks Circuit Bending With Zach Adams of CMKT4 on KMUD

On Thursday, May 3 at 5pm on KMUD, The SHARC Report will present an interview with Zach Adams of the Dekalb, Ill based circuit bending band, CMKT4. In the interview, Adams talks about circuit bending, the DIY electronics workshops they teach, and his band’s upcoming West Coast tour, which will bring them to the Garberville Veterans Hall on Monday May 21st, and to the Ink People’s Annex in Arcata on Tuesday May 22.

 

Circuit bending, or hardware hacking, involves rewiring electronic circuits to exploit their untapped potential. CMKT4 uses a number of circuit-bent instruments in their music, ranging from rewired sound modules from talking stuffed animals, to educational electronic toys, to modified synthesizers and fuzz boxes, to make their music.

Besides playing circuit-bent music, the band makes and markets electronic kits for circuit-benders and musicians who want to build their own equipment. They also host workshops to teach the skills and inspire the imagination to do it. CMKT4 will lead hands-on circuit bending and electronic kit building workshops at both the upcoming Garberville and Arcata events. The Southern Humboldt Amateur Radio Club, or SHARC presents this radio interview, and upcoming Garberville CMKT4 event to encourage people to have fun with electronics, safely.

 

SHARC offers a Technician-Class Ham license prep course that covers basic electronics, and Hams are a great resource for anyone who likes to play with soldering pencils and circuit boards. Call Jack Foster at 923 3700 for more info about the Technician-Class license prep class or about the upcoming CMKT4 event.

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