2022-07-05 Weekly SCHH Ham Club This and That
Items of Interest:
Ever want to make your own Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)
EAGLE is an example of one of the many options in PCB CAD software. Some of the features are:
- Cross-platform — EAGLE can run on anything: Windows, Mac, even Linux. This is a feature not too many other PCB design software can boast.
- Lightweight — EAGLE is about as svelte as PCB design software gets. It requires anywhere from 50-200MB of disk space (compared to the 10+GB more advanced tools might require). The installer is about 25MB. So you can go from download to install to making a PCB in minutes.
- Free/Low-Cost — The freeware version of EAGLE provides enough utility to design almost any PCB a hobbyist may need. An upgrade to the next license tier (if you want to make a profit off your design) costs at least two orders of magnitude less than most high-end tools.
- Community support — For those reasons, and others, EAGLE has become one of the go-to tools for PCB design in the hobbyist community. Whether you want to study the design of an Arduino board or import a popular sensor into your design, somebody has probably already made it in EAGLE and shared it.
EAGLE has its drawbacks too. More powerful PCB design tools out there might have a better autorouter, or nifty tools like simulators, programmers, and 3D viewers. For us though, EAGLE has everything we need to design simple-to-intermediate PCBs. It’s an excellent place to start if you’ve never designed a PCB before.
Here are a few tutorial and concepts you may want to familiarize yourself with before dropping down into this rabbit hole:
Download, Install, Run
EAGLE is available from Autodesk either as part of the Fusion 360 software package or you can access a free version of just EAGLE here. Grab the version that matches your operating system (the software is available for Windows, Mac and Linux). It’s a relatively light download — about 125MB. EAGLE installs just like most programs.
Vote for the club QSL card. We will use it to respond to QSLs from field day as well as update QRZ…So far we have had 12 responses and card 1 is ahead with 75% of the vote.
The next membership meeting will be face-to-face at Hidden Cypress Savannah River Room on 9/1 at 7 PM. More information to follow… There will be other activities scheduled before then though.
We will be having a Fox Hunt on 23 July from 0900-1200. More information to follow.
Here is our club’s field day submission:
Wednesday Nets (8 PM) operates from KK4ONF/Jasper repeater, 147.060+ and Echolink node: KE4HAM-R
Sunday NET (8 PM) operates on 147.550 MHz simplex and Echolink node:
KE4HAM – L
Daily — DX spotting and open chat 24/7 on 147.550 MHz simplex and the Jasper Repeater, 147.060+ (no Echolink).
AD5EN – SCHH Amateur Radio Club President 2022