October: John K5IT and Arthur K5PM presented a slide show of their total solar eclipse activities — operating during totality — and taking great pictures of the eclipse with their telescope/solar projector. Unfortunately their location during totality was somewhat overcast, but they were able to get good “live” views. They both highly recommend everyone experience a total solar eclipse in person — the next one will be 2024, and totality will be closer to our location. Make plans now to be in the area of “totality” during this incredible natural event!
June: James AB7II gave a really interesting presentation on “Getting Started with Arduino” at the July meeting for all of us “newbies” who might not have played with one or didn’t even know what an Arduino is! John K5IT brought one to a meeting a year ago to demonstrate the Iambino shield, which is great for code practice with an iambic keyer. James gave us a good overview of Arduino, it’s uses for prototyping, etc. — we’re looking forward to other demonstrations of what Arduino can do!
Looking forward to James’ completion of his projects, and starting one of my own!
June: Robert WR9B brought some very fascinating (and powerful) laser lights for “show and tell.” His descriptions and explanations ventured into the realms of electron excitement, visible light spectrum and crystal harmonics. Blue Lasers. Wow. Although I’d love to buy a set of these (he brought blue, green, and red) the immediate area and any retinas in said immediate area are probably safer if I don’t!
Thanks to both of these members for sharing their knowledge of these topics!
June 2017: Lamar Science Day Report was presented by Ben W2CYV, Melinda KG5NWD, Robert WR9B and John K5FS. We all highly encourage members to participate in the next Science Day in May 2018