January 25: SOARA General Meeting

tasma-xheaderAll are welcome to attend the first general SOARA meeting of 2016 on Monday, January 25 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray center in Mission Viejo. This month’s speaker is Dave Elder KA6TBF, Chairman of TASMA. TASMA is a volunteer organization which manages the 2 meter Amateur Radio spectrum in Southern California. Testing will be at 6pm. Hope to see you there!

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Emergency Communication Course EC-001

We are sorry for the short notice!

Dates: January 9 and January 16, 2016

Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day

Place: Mission Viejo Community Center. Address and map will be available on website: http://orange-arrl.org

Course Cost: $15.00 for course and book.

Hope you can register soon… Don’t forget there’s pre-requisites for ICS-100b & ICS-700.  Also not indicated in the below letter bring your own sack lunch” both Saturdays as none is provided and no time to go out, we will have a working lunch.

UPDATE:  To register email Cathy at cjscreek@me.com before the course starts.

Please see the below for more information:


Emergency Communication Course EC-001

Introduction to Emergency Communications, course number EC–001, is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. The class is conducted in a classroom setting,  The instructor is an ARRL qualified instructor that has given this course on multiple occasions since 2010. This course will be current with the latest information available.

The class given is a hybrid format which gives the instructor the opportunity to introduce information that is relevant to the local community. In the classroom, mentor/instructors will explain how the content of the course fits with the kinds of emergency responses you might be called upon to engage in your local community. A final exam is given at the end of the second session that requires a passing score of 80% or higher to receive a Certificate of Completion for the course.  Test is optional.

The course is open to all amateur radio operators and those who work in disaster service areas and emergency communication organizations such as  CERT, ACS, SKYWARN, SATERN, RACES, ARES, Red Cross and others.

Send a check or money order payable to Carl Gardenias books will be available in the class on January 9, 2016. You Must Be Registered For The Class in order to receive a book. We cannot guarantee book availability.

Send payment to:  Carl Gardenias, 20902 Gardenias St., Perris, CA 92570

Test cost: $15.00 paid to the ARRL Field examiners at the time of the exam cash or check only. The test is not a requirement if you do not wish to have a certificate.

Instructor: Carl Gardenias, WU6D, is a certified instructor for this course by ARRL                       and has given the course numerous times since 2010. Also, he is the                     ARRL Orange Section Manager.

For further information: Please contact Cathy K6VC – cjscreek@me.com

Description. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. The course has 6 sections with 29 lesson topics. It includes required student activities, a 35-question final assessment and is expected to take approximately 16 + (homework assignments) hours to complete.

The objective is for students to gain practical knowledge as well as hands-on experience, essential and crucial to being prepared for local activation.

The course material and related Student Activities have been gathered and produced by Emergency Communications experts all over the country. They’ve been developed in a generic format as a baseline for general widespread use. The classroom instructors will explain how the content of the course fits with the kinds of emergency responses you might be called upon to engage in your local community. The students will be familiarized with the emergency responders in their community,  that will include practice activities, to teach the course content and be adapted to their local situation to make them as practical and relevant as possible. The objective is that students comprehend the lesson material and gain practical knowledge as well as hands-on experience, essential—and crucial—to being prepared for local activation.

Prerequisites. Before you begin the course you should have completed the following prerequisites. These courses provide a foundation for the content of this course.  These are free mini-courses you can take online at http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp.

Please note: When you, you take the test on November 21, 2015, you will be asked to provide a IS100.b & IS-700 dates that you took these online exams.

This course is a revision of our former Emergency Communications Basic/Level I, II, III course.

Course Syllabus

Section 1: The Framework: How You Fit In

  1. Introduction to Emergency Communications 2. Amateurs as Professionals 3. Network Theory and Design 4. Emergency Communications Organizations and Systems 5. Served Agency Communications Systems A. Served Agency Communications Systems B. Working Directly with the Public

Section 2: The Networks for Messages

  1. Basic Communications Skills 7. Net Operations: A. Basic Net Operations B. Introduction to Emergency Nets C. Net Operating Guidelines D. The FCC Ruling on Drills and Employees 8. The Net Control Station 9. Net Control Station Operator Practices 10. The Net Manager 11. Introduction to the National Traffic System 12. Specialized Net Operations 13. Severe Weather Nets

Section 3: Message Handling

14and.15 Basic Message Handling/digital mode

Section 4: What Happens When Called

  1. The Incident Command System 17. Preparing for Deployment 18. Equipment Choices 19. Emergency Activation 20. Setting Up, Initial Operations and Shutdown

Section 5: Considerations

  1. Operations & Logistics 22. Safety & Survival 23. ARES PIO: The Right Stuff 24. Alternative Communication Methods 25. What to Expect in Large Disasters 26. Hazardous Materials Awareness 27. Marine Communications

Section 6: Alternatives and Opportunities

  1. Modes, Methods and Applications 29. Other Learning Opportunities


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Silent Key – David Whitney – K6DBW

SOARA is very sad to announce that we have lost one of our own, Dave Whitney, K6DBW.  Dave passed away last Wednesday after suffering a stroke last Tuesday.  He was a member of SOARA for several years and was a fixture at the meetings.  He also manned a booth at each of the SOARA Fair events, showing the many QSL cards he collected from around the world.  Dave oDavid Whitney Picperated both mobile and at home, with great results with just a G5RV at home.  Dave’s interest in radio began at a young age and was a SWL (Short-Wave-Listener) back in the glory days of short wave before getting his ham radio license in 2006.  Dave was fair 5always asking if I’d been on the radio recently and if I had bought a “real” antenna yet and was always enthusiastic about ham radio and was a always a pleasure to talk to.  It was great hearing about his latest QSL card or hearing about which DX country he worked just a few minutes ago from the mobile.  Dave achieved the following awards: DXCC, WAS, WAC and was working on WAZ and IOTA.

Dave will be missed by us all.  Please keep him and his family in your thoughts are prayers.  We have lost a true ham and a great friend.

K6DBW 73 de K6MSM & K6SOA

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December 6: Holiday Party

DSC_3225WHEN:  Sunday, December 6, 2015
TIME:  6:00pm - 9:30pm (Dinner at 7pm)
WHERE: Antonucci's (Italian), 24190 Alicia Pkwy, Mission Viejo CA 92691
COST:  $35.00 at the door  (space extremely limited)
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November 16: SOARA Fall Auction

AuctionTime to clean out the HAM shack and pick up some new projects for the holidays.  All are welcome to attend the next SOARA Fall Auction on Monday, November 16 at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo at 7pm. For more information on the SOARA live auctions, check here.  A regularly scheduled FCC licensing examination will occur prior to the meeting at 6pm.

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Oct 24 SOARA Saturday

SOARA Saturday:
Saturday October 24 is our next S.S. We will be at Gilleran Park in Mission Viejo from 9am until noon. We will have coffee and donuts and will set up an HF setup to take part in the contests that are on this weekend. Please come and have some fun.

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October 19: SOARA General Meeting

AREDN-Final-Logo_0All are welcome to the next SOARA General Meeting on Monday, October 19 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray center in Mission Viejo.  This month’s speakers are Joe AE6XE and Don KE6BXT– the topic is about high speed Amateur Radio mesh technology.

“The Orange County Mesh Network, a high speed digital RF network, has grown substantially in the last year.  Joe Ayers, AE6XE, and Don Hill, KE6BXT, will give an over view of the OC Mesh technology, the services it provides, and present the longer term plans as they work to integrate with other Southwest region groups to build an RF backbone, an off-grid ham internet, from the Mexico boarder to the Bay Area.”

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October 17: South County Disaster Preparedness Expo

OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett is sponsoring the 8th Annual South County Disaster Preparedness Expo. On Saturday, October 17th from 09:00 - 12:00 at the Norman P Murray Community Center.  Multiple agencies will be participating.
SOARA has a booth reserved, and we will be demonstrating HF radio, and explaining the role of Ham Radio in disasters.  We will also have information about licensing classes and testing, as well as membership info.
We encourage all to come by, volunteer some time for public contact, or just check out your club booth.  If you'd like to volunteer, send me an email  to <ae6h@soara.org> . Attached is the event flyer with more information.
Thanks, and hope to see you there, 73 de Ray, AE6H SOARA President
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September 21: SOARA Fair

All are welcome to join SOARA for their next SOARA Fair on Monday, September 21 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 /Steve K6UVR, Wire Antennas & Antenna Tuners
Dave K6DBW, HF on Long Wire Antennas and QSLing
Olaf K6BFE, How to set up HAM Radios in your mobile
Joe AE6XE / Don KE6BXT, HAM Mesh Networking (AREDN)
Gray WA6BJY, T-Hunting
Heiko AD6OI, Event Communications

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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September 11-13: Hamcon 2015

Don't miss HAMCON 2015, the 2015 ARRL Southwestern Division Convention,
on September 11-13, 2015 at the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach Hotel,
3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, CA 90503.  

Please visit  www.hamconinc.org for complete information.  You will
find a full Vendor/Exhibitor Hall with leading ham radio suppliers
along with interesting "Tech Talk" speakers covering four program
tracks:  DXing/contesting; emergency communication; general ham and
technical topics; and topics for newer hams.  

Every paid attendee also receives four free door prize tickets--no
tickets will be sold--so everyone has an equal chance.  The grand door
prize is a Kenwood TS-590SG HF transceiver.  Those registering by July
31 will additionally be in a door prize drawing for a Kenwood TM-710G
VHF/UHF mobile radio with built-in GPS and APRS.  Many additional door
prizes will be given throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Several items for your attention now:

Early registration by July 31 costs $22.  From August 1 through the
convention (including at the door) the registration fee is $27.   

Please sign up for the special HAMCON Saturday Lunch, Saturday Dinner
Banquet, or Sunday Breakfast--each with a very interesting speaker plus
a door prize drawing just for meal attendees.  Just announced: The Lunch
door prize is a $150 Ham Radio Outlet gift certificate, the Dinner
Banquet door prize will have a value exceeding $500; and the Sunday
Breakfast door prize will be a $100 Ham Radio Outlet gift certificate.

Finally, we encourage you to take advantage of the Torrance Marriott
Redondo Beach Hotel's special $119 per night discounted hotel room rate
package exclusively for HAMCON attendees for reservations made by August
15, 2015.  Reservations at this rate may be made online through
Marriott's web portal on the HAMCON website hotel reservations page
http://www.hamconinc.org/hotel-room-reservation.php or by calling
Marriott's national telephone reservations center at 1-800-228-9290 and
using the code words "HAMCON Convention" at the Torrance Marriott
Redondo Beach Hotel.  This special rate package is not available
through Marriott's main website.  

We look forward to seeing you at HAMCON 2015 during September 11-13.


Diana Feinberg, AI6DF
Chair, HAMCON 2015 / the 2015 ARRL Southwestern Division Convention,
and President, Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club (K6PV)
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February 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Board Meeting
  • Tuesday Night Net
  • Tuesday Night Net
  • Transmitter Hunt
  • Tuesday Night Net
  • HAM Exam
  • General Club Meeting
  • Tuesday Night Net
  • SOARA Saturday
  • Board Meeting

Amateur Radio Contests

0000Z, Feb 1 to 2359Z, Feb 11

0145Z-0215Z, Feb 5

0200Z-0330Z, Feb 5

0230Z-0300Z, Feb 5

1400Z, Feb 5 to 0200Z, Feb 7

0000Z-0759Z, Feb 6 (CW) and 0800Z-1559Z, Feb 6 (SSB) and 1600Z-2359Z, Feb 6 (RTTY)

0000Z, Feb 6 to 2400Z, Feb 7

0001Z, Feb 6 to 2359Z, Feb 7

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