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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May 18: SOARA Spring Auction

All are welcome to the next SOARA Spring Auction on Monday May 18 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.  Clean out the HAM shack and pick up a new project in the same evening! Auction information can be found here.

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May 9/10: Armed Forces Communication Test Day

Click here to view information on the 2015 Armed Forces Day Cross Band Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test from Phil, WA6LDI.

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May 3: Orange County Marathon Volunteers

Volunteers needed for The Orange County Marathon on Sunday May 3. If you are interested in helping out with this year’s Orange County Marathon we would like to hear from you. Please call Heiko at (949) 859-3868 or e-mail at <> A mobile radio and vehicle are preferred but we can also use operators with hand held radios.

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April 20: SOARA Club Meeting

Please join us on Monday, April 20th at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo for our next general meeting. You might be surprised to find the world’s nearly 15,500 lighthouses and 2.6 million+ amateur radio operators have many things in common.  Amateur radio fittingly celebrates International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend every August to promote awareness of these structures’ unique architectures, local histories, and preservation needs while furthering amateur radio’s public service and international goodwill.

Diana Feinberg, AI6DF, will speak on “Amateur Radio’s International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend”—a presentation based on her 50+ year interest in lighthouses and the Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club’s annual ILLW participation at Point Vicente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes.  Her presentation also covers ILLW from a global perspective and the future for lighthouses in the United States, in addition to worldwide commonalities between ham radio operators and lighthouses.

Currently serving her fourth term as president of the Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club, Diana is also Chair of HAMCON 2015, the 2015 ARRL Southwestern Division Convention that returns to the Torrance Marriott Hotel on Sept. 11-13, 2015.

Diana’s HF amateur radio interests include DXing and contesting using simple indoor wire dipole antennas (95 countries worked in past 12 months), participating in the PVARC’s annual “Islands On The Air” DXpeditions to Santa Catalina Island, and ARRL Field Day.  She is also very active with amateur radio emergency communication through the Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service, several local agencies, and numerous public service events including the Los Angeles Marathon and Palos Verdes Half Marathon.  She found time for all these activities after retiring early following 24 years in various managerial and executive positions spanning planning and finance functions at three large consumer products firms.

[Corrected for grammar and spelling. -AJ6B]

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March 16: SOARA Club Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday March 16, 2015 at 7pm at the Norman P. Murray center in Mission Viejo.

This month’s speaker will be Gordon West WB6NOA of Costa Mesa as well as many other parts of the globe. Gordon is well known for his knowledge of amateur radio, his excellent teaching skills and his all around great sense of humor. He is a mentor to many of us in many different ways. When Patti and I were first licensed we joined the 78’s ARC and Gordon showed up and took a whole bunch of radio rookies under his wing that membership list was well over 500 when I last looked.
He and Suzy have been members of SOARA for a while now and on Tuesday nights Gordon is our news behind the news on the SOARA VHF/UHF net. I would like to encourage as many of you who can make it to come to our meeting. Please see on the web for more information.

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April 25: 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda Volunteers Needed

Thank you [SOARA] for previous service in supporting the 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda. The success of this ride would not have been possible without your help. Last year we had 936 participants and raised over $125,000 to support our causes in Rwanda and other African countries.

We are gearing up for our 9th annual ride on April 25th, 2015 and will be back at Oakley again this year. We need over 250 volunteers and would greatly appreciate your help.

If you are able to help out, please sign up on our volunteer sign-up page. There are listings for many specific needs as well as general volunteer positions. Our biggest needs right now are for the following positions:

Course Guides – Helping Riders at Fixed Positions Along the Trail
Oakley – Flexible Volunteers

If you would like to help out and have any questions, please feel free to email or call me directly. I look forward to serving with you.

Warmest Regards,

Rich Wood
Volunteer Coordinator
50 Mile Ride for Rwanda

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February 28: SOARA Saturday

SOARA Saturday:
This Saturday Feb 28 we will be at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo. All are welcome to come. We will be discussing all aspects of Amateur radio so please bring questions and and problems for us to help with.

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February 21: Chili Trail Run

Need two operators for Sat Feb. 21 in O’Neill park. for a race from 7:30am till 11am. Please contact Heiko

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February 23: Club Meeting

WB6RLC_avatarAll are welcome to the next SOARA General Meeting on February 23 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray center in Mission Viejo.  Volunteer testing is at 6pm.

This month’s speaker is Glenn, WB6RLC.   His bio:

I am a native Californian by several generations. I earned an AS degree in electronics technology from Chaffee College in Alta Loma and I received my Novice ticket in 1966 as WN6RLC. After a stint in the USMC, I moved to OC in 1973. I also earned a second class radiotelephone ticket with radar and broadcast endorsements. I worked in marine electronics in Newport Beach repairing marine SSB and VHF radios and at Collins Rockwell in Newport Beach as well. I finished off my career in the electronics R&D lab at Parker Hannifin in Irvine. That’s where I met Heiko. I now hold an Amateur Extra license and kept my old call. Every now and then someone gets the “RLC” part. Too cool to part with. I am now serving as president of the Desert RATS Amateur Radio Club of Palm Springs.

I will be talking about vintage Ham radio gear. Stuff from the early 60s to about 1980. Boat Anchors as we call them. And I’ve had boat anchors that have weighed less. I have a fair collection and will be bringing some samples with me. I will also discuss a bit about the care, feeding and restoration of these old radios. There are still lots of them on the air. I belong to a group, the Vintage Side Band Roundtable. It meets every Tuesday evening, check-ins start at 6:30pm on about 3.895 MCs (Mega Hertz, for you youngsters). There is lots of support and parts for these old rigs and many are cheaper than you would think. We will discuss much of this at the meeting on Monday evening. See you there!

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