September 15: SOARA General Meeting

All are welcome to the next SOARA general meeting on Monday September 15 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.

This month’s speakers are Don Hill KE6BXT and Joe Ayers AE6XE presenting an in-depth demonstration of Broadband Hamnet, a self configuring fast Amateur Radio mesh wireless networking software.

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August 18: SOARA Fair

All are welcome to join SOARA for their next SOARA Fair on Monday, August 18 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.

The SOARA Fair is held once a year during a general club meeting where club subject matter experts will have mini-seminars on a range of Amateur Radio and electronic topics.  The mini-seminars are held informally and you can rotate from seminar to seminar.  This event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.

This year presenters currently scheduled are:

Charlie WA6RUZ, Emergency Communications / RACES
Mike K6MSM / Tak W6SI, Digital Communications
Steve KD6MHL, Antenna Tuners
Dave K6DBW / Phil WA6LDI, HF on Long Wire Antennas and QSLing
Bill K6ACJ, TNC with Xastir and other fancy electronics
Olaf K6BFE / Spencer NG6K, How to set up HAM Radios in your mobile
Sean AJ6B, Solar and Batteries
Joe AE6XE, HAMNet Mesh Networking

If you are a subject matter expert and wish to demonstrate, please contact us so we may reserve you a location in the room!

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August 3: SOARA Summer Picnic

** RAIN OR SHINE! **

WHEN:    First Sunday of August (August 3, 2014)
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 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.

There is no cost for this event.  The public is welcome although we request that you recognize that this function is provided on a first come first served basis and supplies may be limited.

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July 26: SOARA Saturday

All are welcome to the next SOARA Saturday at the Norman P Murray center on Saturday, July 26 from 9am to noon.

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Field Day Video

Thank you to Tony Sanchez, AE6QT for this wonderful video of the SOARA Field Day 2014 site…

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K6SOA-B (D-Star) new frequency

Please note the frequency for the K6SOA B D-Star digital voice repeater has changed (again) to 445.705(-)

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July 21: SOARA General Meeting

All are welcome to the next SOARA general meeting on Monday, July 21 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray center in Mission Viejo.

July’s speakers are Olaf Kilthau (K6BFE) speaking about AreaBFE, a 320 acre recreational park for many different outdoor activities located in eastern Utah and Matthew Frederick (KJ6NAF), a well-traveled photographer through Moab and surrounding areas.

The testing session at 6pm will be using the new Element 2 Technician pool questions and the first SOARA test session under the new Part 97 licensing rules.

Make sure you have the SOARA Summer Picnic on your calendar for Sunday, August 3 in Dana Point.

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Calling Field Day Pictures

Thank you for everyone who participated and attended Field Day!

If you have pictures you would like to share in our photo gallery, please send a dropbox or google drive or something similar to aj6b@soara.org.  Please make sure I acknowledge your e-mail as there may be some delays in mail delivery.

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June 28-29: Field Day

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WHEN:  June 28-29, 2014
WHERE: Gilleran Park, 24960 Felipe Road, Mission Viejo

TALK IN: 147.645- 110.9hz

SCHEDULE:
Fri 6/27 3pm: Setup begins (towers, antennas, tents, radios, etc)
Fri 6/27 6pm: Dinner
Sat 6/28 8:30am: Breakfast at Bravo Burger (27200 La Paz Rd, Mission Viejo)
Sat 6/28 9:30am: Remaining setup
Sat 6/28 11am: Field day operations begins
Sat 6/28 12pm: Lunch 
Sat 6/28 2pm: ARRL-VEC Testing Session
Sat 6/28 4pm: Education Activity
Sat 6/28 5:30pm: Dinner
Sun 6/29 8am: Breakfast
Sun 6/29 11am: Field day operations cease
Sun 6/29 12:30pm: Lunch
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June 21: SOARA Saturday at HRO HAM Jam

There will be no SOARA Saturday this Saturday June 21 2014.  Please attend the HRO HAM Jam (information below) instead!  Also, see you next week at Field Day!

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ARRL News

The next ARRL “Red Badges on the Air” activity is just days away. On Sunday, September 21 UTC (starting the evening of Saturday, September 20, in US time zones), holders of red ARRL name/call sign bad [...]

Representatives of the countries comprising IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia) will gather this month for the Region 1 General Conference. The Bulgarian Federation of R [...]

AMSAT-NA has announced the results of its recent Board of Directors election. These candidates have been elected to serve 2-year terms: Tom Clark, K3IO; JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM; and Lou McFadin, W5DID.J [...]

Gunter’s Space Page has reported that the Es’hail 2 communications satellite will carry analog and digital Amateur Radio transponders. The new satellite, which will be operated by Es’hailSat, the Qata [...]

A Hollywood-style Amateur Radio special event is set for later this month from the so-called “Seinfeld Stage” on the CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City, California. The K6H “Hollywood Hamnado” speci [...]

The Boulder County (Colorado) ARES team (BCARES) received an honorable mention in the Citizen Corps 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) an [...]

The Amateur Radio payload on the lunar-orbiting 4M-LXS spacecraft will carry up to 2500, 13-character digital messages into space for retransmission via JT65B mode on 145.990 MHz. But wannabes will ha [...]

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