for the March Newsletter
This March meeting is cancelled due to the covis-19 situation.
We meet Wednesday evening at 7:30p.m. on VE3OSR repeater. Afterwards QSY to 3.783Mhz for our HF net.
Net control station operators needed --Leave a post on the forums
Field Day 2020 June 27-28th
It's never too early to get ready for field day.
Coronavirus: Radio amateurs to help university design low-cost ventilator
ARRL reports amateur
radio volunteers from around the world have volunteered to assist
University of Florida Professor Sam Lampotang
and his engineering team in their quest to rapidly develop an open-source, low-cost patient ventilator
The ARRL say the aim is that it can be built
anywhere from such commonly available components as PVC pipe and
The amateur radio volunteers are developing
Arduino-based control software that will set the respiratory rate and
other key parameters in treating critically ill coronavirus victims.
Multiple volunteers responding to a call for
help from Gordon Gibby, MD, KX4Z, included noted software developer Jack
Purdum, W8TEE, and uBITX transceiver maker Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE.
University of Florida physicians are working to address the critical
legal aspects as the design moves closer to fruition.
The ventilator’s valves would precisely time
compressed oxygen flow into patient breathing circuits under Arduino
control, allowing exhausted patients with “stiff” lungs impacted by
viral pneumonia to survive until their body can clear the infection. The
software design team is also adding simple features such as an LCD
display, encoders to choose parameters, and watchdog safety features. --
Thanks to Gordon Gibby, KX4Z