Radio Club meeting is Friday

The University of St. Thomas Radio Club will hold its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in Room 155, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. A social hour begins at 6:30 p.m.

Steve Fraasch, KØSF (his Federal Communications Commission amateur call sign – just like WCCO is the radio and TV station’s call sign), will give a presentation, "Surgery on a Yaesu FT-1000MP. " 

Fraasch will do a surgical-type demonstration on the UST Radio Club’s Yaesu FT-1,000MP radio transceiver (a high-end radio that transmits and receives). It transmits on the frequencies that the FCC allocates to amateur radio operators. It is a high-frequency “rig” that receives all frequencies below 30 MHz and transmits on the nine bands of amateur frequencies from 1.8 MHz through 29.7 MHz.

Fraasch will give a summary of the evolution of amateur radio transceivers over the years and tell what tools are needed to make modifications. He will answer questions as he modifies the radio. The program will be entertaining for hams, whether or not they want to do modifications. The Yaesu has three noise problems that require four modifications to correct: a hissing sound, CW (continuous wave, or any signal that is turned on and off, e.g., Morse Code) clicks, and another noise, originating in the noise blanker, in the audio. Fraasch’s presentation will be captured with a video camera and projected onto a big screen so that everyone can see the details of the work.