Focusing on the benefits of having good programs at each monthly meeting, CMSARA has begun upgrading the audio-video equipment assets owned by the Association. “Thanks to the donations by a CMSARA member,” said President Mike McKay N5DU, “we now have the start for a major enhancement of our capabilities for multimedia use by guest speakers. This will allow the Association or other individual members to donate equipment to further our capability to better enjoy the details of what a speaker has to say.” He added, “Since CMSARA is a registered non-profit with 501(c)(3) status, donations of equipment or money qualifies as a possible tax deduction for donors.”
CMSARA now has an 80″ Inch 4:3 format pull-up floor projection screen with a built-in aluminum storage case. Special Events Coordinator Mike Flanagan WM5A said, “This greatly helps the projected images be clearer to the audience. And it’s a snap to setup, which I like since I usually do this task!” CMSARA has previously used the painted wall behind the speaker’s podium as a provisional screen. “This worked ok but the crystal coating on projection screens make the details clearer and the image much brighter to the audience,” N5DU elaborated.
Another donation is an Elmo Visual Presenter Document Camera HV-5100XG with Color LCD Monitor LM-5611A. This device allows the speaker to show an object—such as a radio or circuit board—on a light board with a high resolution, auto-focusing camera that sends the image to a projector as an input like a Powerpoint presentation. This device has side lights so as to emphasize the 3D object being shown. It will take a PC input (such as with a Powerpoint or PDF slide deck or perhaps a software program) and the speaker can easily switch between these two inputs. It also has a remote control so the speaker can move around more easily from the Elmo device. A hard shell case was included for easy storage and transport to other locations.
The Association has been using a borrowed LCD projector, courtesy of Mike WX5H, to use for media presentations. A third donation to CMSARA is a Sanyo high definition LCD projector along with a hard-shell storage case. This device will also take multiple inputs including audio feeds and connect by USB to a PC for controlled presentations. “This give will give the Association better capability to host speakers as well as to use at events like Field Day,” said Frank K4FMH, webmaster and graphic designer for CMSARA.
Update: Due to these gifts being publicized, another member has donated an Apple Macbook Pro computer to the Association. This laptop will be used for presentations at club meetings using PDF, Powerpoint or Keynote software and Skype presentations by remote speakers. President McKay said, “This will allow us to have all of our usual and customary AV needs met wholly by CMSARA-owned equipment. This is a bit unusual among amateur radio clubs in Mississippi, at least from my experience.”
N5DU added, “We have been able to attract to CMSARA’s monthly meetings or the special events like the Antenna Analyzer presentation by Martin Jue K5FLU at CSpire Auditorium in Ridgeland. Another new member has offered to donate an HD-quality video camera to complement the other donations. We will need to add some wireless microphones and mixer to actually record our presenters for posting on the CMSARA Youtube Channel. Frank K4FMH and I have been working on incorporating strategic speakers via Skype or Face-Time using this donated technology,” commented President McKay.