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Have you ever wondered just who did the hard work to design and get through the bugs on the WI-FI systems that we are now all so accustomed to?  Would you be surprised to learn that one of the chief architects is one of Alaska's own, and a ham to boot?

Dr. Alex Hills (aka AL7K) led the team that built the world's first large
Wi-Fi network.  On November 6 Alex will tell us how his experience as a ham helped him to overcome the challenges inherent in using low power radio (at 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz) to carry high-speed Internet traffic.

Dr. Hills is an inventor and professor specializing in wireless systems,
communications networks and telecommunications policy.  He is Distinguished
Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he and his team built that first large Wi-Fi network, and he has served as chief information officer at two major universities, leading the universities' development and use of information technology and networks.  He also holds faculty appointments as Profesor Extraordinario at the Universidad Austral de Chile and as Distinguished Affiliate Professor at the University of Alaska.  In the past he has held visiting appointments as Cheng Tsang Man Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and as Erskine Fellow at the
University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

But he is also an old time Alaskan. He's spent many years helping to build Alaska's radio and television stations, its telephone systems, and our Alaska Internet. 

Alex has worked and lectured in almost thirty different nations, including working with university students on projects in poor, developing nations. His latest book, Geeks on a Mission, tells about his adventures working with these students. 

Alex has been honored as Alaska's Engineer of the Year and as a member of the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame. A year ago UAA gave him an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree. He and his wife Meg live in Palmer, and they have two grown children, Drs. Rebecca and Karen Hills, both graduates of West Valley High School in Fairbanks.

Please join us as we welcome this excellent speaker on our Friday evening meeting.  We meet, as always, at Alaska Pacific University at 7PM.  For directions, visit

via David Heimke - AL7LO

de AL4S Rich in BP51

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June 2nd, 2014

I will be hosting SP3DOI, Les (aka N3QS) and his Wife SP3HDB, Krystyna at KL7AA club station when they arrive after an Inside Passage cruise from Vancouver. Vaca for me.  Thinking we might climb FlatTop Mountain and DX with the #Elecraft #KX3  !   #KL7AA   #AL4S  

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Thanks for the invite. I take suggestions and any input well.  I'll let you know when I buy some Arduino.  In fact I must evaluate kits for the Radio Club I support.

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+Rich Gillin = +AL4S 

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No 10 meters this weekend :(

10-10 was no go from KL7.

# Task List -@KL7AA

1. K3/ccv front panel buttons s/w programming way off mapping - troubleshoot with Elecraft
2. G-5500 sat rotator EL repair
3. Sat station recable - needs v/u patch cables
4 Clear/Org/Clean Workshop
5. Rearrange RF Hackerspace (f/n/a Workshop)
6. File cabinets downstairs
7. Lateral Cabinet upstairs
8. Make room for Jumbo Cabinet
9. Build long shelves for long items upstairs storage along rail
10. Inventory/pics with Ron KL7YK PRIORITIZE for FD
11. Xi3 cube PC - ready for field deploy - emcomm/server/HF station
12. HP Proliant DL350 G4s - APRS iGate XASTIR and web server
13. CCV Inventory and prep for FC2013 - clean/functional test systems
14. drinks purch with FD2013 Costco. Cocoa/cider/tea/diet/water
15. Prep LapTops for emcomm kits
16. mount dry erase board in HF room
17. IT - clean 2yrs of old data from KL7AA laptops/pc
18. Elecraft FW updates, MK2 Router/FW update, N1MM + macros
19. HF Mast repair, upgrade rotator


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On the Air @KL7AA Mike, KL7/SP5EWX is on 20m. 14.252.05

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May 4, 2013 Walk & Roll for Hope event
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14.240Mhz KL7/SP5EWX is making contacts. 
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