August 17: SOARA General Meeting

k6lcsAll are welcome to the next SOARA General Meeting on Monday, August 17 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.  This month’s speaker is Clint Bradford, K6LCS, presenting ‘Working Amateur Satellites With Your HT.’ Admission is absolutely free, and visitors are WELCOME to attend! Between the material presented, the free downloads available on the support Web site, and the always-lively Q&A afterward, attendees will be provided with all the information they will need to work FM amateur satellites – and more. Pre-presentation questions are welcomed – send email to:

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August 2: SOARA Picnic

Summer Picnic

WHEN:    First Sunday of August (August 2, 2015)
TIME:    11:00am - 3:00pm
WHERE:   End of Island Way, Dana Point (map)
TALK-IN: 146.025+ 110.9hz

jvn04The first Sunday of August, SOARA holds a picnic to celebrate the end of Summer and to give an opportunity for the friends and families of the club members to meet in an informal setting.

SOARA provides hamburgers, hot dogs, tea and water. We ask that club members bring a side and/or desert item.



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July 20: SOARA General Meeting

Chip CropAll are welcome to the next SOARA general meeting on Monday, July 20 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.

The speaker for the July 20th meeting will be Chip Margelli, K7JA. In January, Chip and his wife Janet, KL7MF (of HRO) attended the Puerto Rico Section ARRL Convention, and were able to visit the renowned Arecibo Observatory, the world’s largest radio telescope. They were privileged to be allowed to trek up the catwalk to the feed platform, suspended 500 feet above the 1000-foot reflective dish below. Come to the July 20th meeting for a VIP tour of Arecibo!

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July 11: HRO HAM Jam 2015

HamRadioOutlet200x200HAM JAM 2015 – Ham Radio Outlet Anaheim, California

Saturday, July 11 will be a day of ham radio fun at Ham Radio Outlet in Anaheim from 10AM-5:30PM.

Join us and various manufacturer representatives, Gordon West, the Red Cross, Orange County RACES, Hospital Disaster Services, local clubs, and other experts who will be showing us “what’s new in ham radio” from C4FM digital to an antenna analyzer with a full color TFT LCD screen.  See a 200w mobile HF installation in a Smart Car, and compare notes about what you learned at Field Day this year.

There will be three prize drawings throughout the day, and hot dog lunches to keep you fortified.  We will offer license testing for all classes from 11AM to 3PM (be sure to call or email the store for reservations.

Come join us to learn, to see and be seen, to laugh, to eat, and completely enjoy a day filled with everything ham radio.

For directions and/or more information click here.

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Field Day 2015 Closing

Thank you for all that attended the SOARA Field Day 2015.  I know some of you wanted to attend and had work or family obligations.  You can live vicariously through some pictures taken during the event below or click here for more.

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June 27-28: Field Day

WHERE: Gilleran Park, 24960 Felipe Road, Mission Viejo

TALK IN: 147.645- 110.9hz

Fri 6/26 3pm: Setup begins (towers, antennas, tents, radios, etc)
Fri 6/26 6pm: Dinner
Sat 6/27 8am: Breakfast at Hot Off the Grill (25252 La Paz Rd, Laguna Hills)
Sat 6/27 9:30am: Field day site opens
Sat 6/27 11am: Field day operations begins
Sat 6/27 12pm: Lunch
Sat 6/27 1pm: Education Activity
Sat 6/27 2pm: ARRL-VEC Testing Session
Sat 6/27 5:30pm: Dinner 
Sun 6/28 8am: Continental Breakfast 
Sun 6/28 11am: Field day operations cease 
Sun 6/28 12:30pm: Lunch

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Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Earthquakes, fires, storms, tornadoes, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. SOARA “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

PIC_0143Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 27-28, 2015, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with South Orange Amateur Radio Association’s ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

index.19This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.

newsro5“The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.

P6260069cAt Gilleran Park in Mission Viejo, the South Orange Amateur Radio Association will be demonstrating Amateur Radio starting at 11am on Saturday. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.

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Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, SK

Bill Pasternak Memorial Meme

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June 15: General SOARA Meeting

2015 Field Day Logo Red Design 1All are welcome to the next SOARA general club meeting on Monday, June 15 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.   The topic of the meeting will be Field Day 2015!

Please make sure you have on the calendar this year’s ARRL Field Day.  Set up begins on Friday June 26 at 3pm.  Field Day begins on Saturday June 27 at 11am and concludes on Sunday June 28 at 11am.  For more information on the SOARA Field Day click here.

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Sparky, NG6K, in England

ng6kSpencer (now Elder) Ammermon has made it to England and is keeping a blog of his adventures, which he will try to update weekly or as his very busy schedule allows.

You can follow his blog here:

Spencer’s Mission Blog

Here is a brief excerpt:

It’s already been raining a little here and I love it. Surprisingly, it looks a lot like home with the hills, just the hills are all green and not brown like California.

We will miss you, Spencer!  Field Day won’t be the same w/o you and I hope we remember how to put the batting-cage vertical together!

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Help Wanted: Fire Watch

As California enters its fourth year of a record breaking drought, communities within the wildland urban interface of Orange County are up against a growing threat from wildfires. Wind-driven embers can destroy homes and neighborhoods miles from the actual flame edge of a wildland fire. To help combat this threat Volunteers with the Orange County Fire Watch Program deploy during Red Flag Warning and high fire danger days to strategic locations surrounding Orange County’s Parks and wilderness areas.

Volunteers serve as visual deterrents against arsonists, provide early reporting of fires, and help educate the public on fire prevention. Many of these Volunteers utilize their HAM Radios skills to maintain situation awareness during deployments, and OC Fire Watch is looking for more HAM Operators who are interested in helping protect Orange County against the threat of wildfires.

Fire Watch Training Matrix

· Volunteer Orientation / Public Interaction Workshop

· Fire Watch Workshop

· CPR/First Aid Workshop

We have many training opportunities coming up; we ask that you please share this information to any interested individuals within your organization. For further information, please feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy to come and present to your RACES/ ARES/ or club meeting as well.

For more information on Orange County Fire Watch Program-Click (Here) or (Here)

Thank you. 73!

Kevin McArthur
Program Coordinator
Orange County Fire Watch
Irvine Ranch Conservancy
4727 Portola Pkwy | Irvine CA 92620
direct dial (949) 525-0440 | fax (714) 508-4758

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