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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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 Work-Sat.com 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: k6lcs@ham-sat.info

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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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