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Ham Club Station


Given our number of active (“radioactive”?) amateur radio enthusiasts, we recently applied for a club station license to give Interlock its very own call sign. The paperwork arrived last night and we’re pleased to announce that Interlock now has an official presence on the air. The aptly named call sign, K2HAX, has also been applied for.

We are currently VHF/UHF capable using a homemade J-Pole antenna. Our roof antenna project is progressing nicely and, despite a few snags, the necessary supplies will soon be ordered in hopes of being functional before the city experiences any significant snowfall. When all is said and done, we will have a fairly powerful ham station capable of reaching the far edges of Monroe County and beyond.

Upcoming projects include using modified Motorola Bravo pagers for paging over ham frequencies, and setting up a WinLink node to allow for e-mailing over ham radio.

from on November 10th, 2010Comments1 Comment

Antenna Make Night

Next Thursday, July 15th, we will be making amateur radio 2M antennas (half-wave, j-pole). If anyone is interested in learning about antenna theory, soldering, or anything else that goes into making antennas… come down and check it out.

UPDATE: Due to a mixup with our supplier we won’t have the materials to make
antennas until NEXT Thursday, July 15th. We will hold antenna make
night then.

from on July 1st, 2010Comments0 Comments

Interlock Lightning Talks at Coworking Rochester: Success!

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our first of hopefully many successful Lightning Talk nights sponsored and hosted by Coworking Rochester.
Special thanks to Dave M. and his crew for their hospitality, as well as Remy D. and the RIT storytellers who recorded most of the talks.

If you missed them, you can watch them on ustream:

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from on May 14th, 2010Comments3 Comments