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Saturday, September 22 • 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Lunch and Learn - Modestly priced test gear for your bench/Enter the Era of Software-Defined Test Gear

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Larry will introduce you to the universe of low cost, yet highly serviceable test equipment for amateur radio applications.  You'll hear about the manufacturers of new equipment at reasonable prices, sources for used equipment, and what to watch out for in that marketplace. Finally, you'll hear about DIY test equipment construction projects that range from simple attenuators to RF power meters, signal generators and antenna analyzers.  This part of the Test Gear Trilogy will conclude with a quick look at a credit-card sized, digital, multi-function, FPGA-based device that can replicate seven different test and measurement devices and cover a frequency range out to 60 MHz. It can even function as a Software Defined Radio (SDR).

For the finale, Brent will zoom in on three competing software-defined test systems systems. Each costs less than $500 and can replace several pieces of expensive test equipment.  Devices discussed will be the Arduino family, the Red Pitaya (now STEMlab), and the Analog Discovery 2.

All in an environment where you are welcome to bring your lunch in and learn!

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Larry Goga, AE5CZ

Lawrence "Larry" Goga, AE5CZ, has been interested in electronics and sound recording since he was a young boy. His work in professional audio led to a career in the motion-picture industry in Los Angeles. Larry worked as a production sound mixer with various movie and television crews... Read More →
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Brent Gordon

Brent Gordon came to New Mexico in 1977 to attend college at New Mexico Tech; he loved it here so much he never left.  Over the past 40 years he has worked in research and development in a wide variety of areas including lightning research, enhanced oil recovery, munitions testing... Read More →

Saturday September 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm MDT