January 31: SOARA Saturday

P6260069cSOARA Saturday will be at Gilleran park from 9am to noon. Come and play some radio in the park with Heiko!

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January 26: Club meeting

Our January SOARA meeting will be Monday the 26th at 7pm.
It will be preceded by testing at 6pm at the Norman P Murray center on Veterans Way in Mission Viejo.

Our guest speaker will be Arnie Shatz N6HC with a travelogue of his 2014 Amsterdam Island expedition (FT5ZM). Here is a bio of Arnie:
I was first licensed as KN3ANU at the age of 13 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and quickly upgraded toa General Class ticket. I received an Official Relay Station (ORS) appointment from the ARRL and enjoyed handling CW traffic and participating in CD contests. Amateur radio was put on hold while I attended Temple University and earned a B.S. in Biology and a M.D. degree. Post medical school training followed at the University of California, San Francisco and service in the United States Public Health Service (Department of the Navy- Lieutenant Commander), Indian Health Service on the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

I moved to Southern California in 1976 and started a solo private urology practice. In 1977 I upgraded to Extra Class as N6HC. I retired from full time urology practice in 2001 and continue to work as a part-time locum tenens physician and volunteer at the Orange Free clinic. I am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a long time member of the California and Orange County Medical Associations, a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a member of the American Urological Association, Western Section of the AUA and the California Urological Association. I was a member of the clinical faculty of Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

I have been an ARRL member for more than 50 years and I am a member of the league’s Legacy Circle and Maxim Society. I serve as a Volunteer Examiner and a field QSL card checker for both ARRL and CQ awards. I am a member of the Southern California DX club (Vice-President-2009), Northern California DX Foundation, Southern California Contest Club and Orange County Amateur Radio Club. I am also a member of the Chiltern DX Association (UK) and the Medical Amateur Radio Council, Ltd. (MARCO). I was elected to membership in the A-1 operators club and I have earned many operating awards including WAS (6 bands, SSB, CW, RTTY), DXCC Honor Roll, DXCC (8 bands, SSB, CW, RTTY), WAZ (CW & SSB), WAC, WPX (SSB & CW), and VUCC. I am an active contester and have earned numerous awards for participation in both domestic and DX competitions. I have operated from many places around the continental United States as well as Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Samoa and Prince Edward Island. I was named the DXer of the Year (2012) by the Southern California DX Club.

I have been a team member of nine major DXpeditions: K7C-Kure atoll (2005), 3B7C- St. Brandon Island (2007), TX5C- Clipperton Island (2008), K4M-Midway Island (2009), T31A- Kanton atoll, Central Kiribati (2011), T32C- Christmas Island, Eastern Kiribati (2011), NH8S-Swains Island (2012), T33A-Banaba (2013) and FT5ZM-Amsterdam Island (2014).

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Happy Holidays and New Year from SOARA!


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December 7: SOARA Holiday Door Prizes

[As stated in the SOARA newsletter,] these are the door prizes for the SOARA Holiday party at Antonucci’s Restaurant:
A Yaesu FT7900R mobile radio, a Diamond Tri-band mobile antenna, and an antenna trunk mount.

[There are still seats available!  Go to the Holiday Party page here for more information.]

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November 22: SOARA Saturday

This month’s Soara Saturday will be held at Gilleran Park (our Field Day site) this Saturday from 9am until noon. Please come by and visit. Coffee and Donuts will be provided.

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November 17: 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 17 at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo at 7pm. For more information on the SOARA live auctions, click here.

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November 15/16: Operators needed

> From: Mark Utley
> Date: November 2, 2014 at 7:31:38 PM PST
> Subject: Radio Operators Needed – Chimera 2014, November 15/16
> Hello Fello Ham Radio Operators,
> This is a second request to hopefully fill 5 vacancies for the 2014 Chimera event. We still need 2 operators for Trabuco Trail, 2 for Horsethief, and 1 for Maple Springs. All three of these locations require four wheel drive to reach, (see below the dotted line for station descriptions).
> We have less than two weeks to get these critical positions filled. If you know someone who may be interested, please forward this email to them. Questions welcome.
> Thanks for your patients,
> Mark Utley, KD6TJU

> ——————————
> Below are the vacant station descriptions.
> ——————————

> Trabuco Trail Head, Need at least 2+ operators. This is one of the longest Shifts (27.5 Hours). You must arrange for sleep during this assignment. You will require four wheel drive and high ground clearance to reach this assignment.
> Start 1300 Hours Saturday
> End 1630 Hours Sunday
> Maple Springs Station, 2+ operators needed. This is the turn-around point for this event. It is the furthest North and West. Available access from other than from the South on Main Divide has not yet been determined. This location requires four wheel drive and high ground clearance.
> Open at 1540 Hours on Saturday.
> Close at ?, (not yet published, should be before 0740 Hrs on Sunday)
> Horsethief Station, 2 operators needed. This location requires four wheel drive and high ground clearance. Operators will likely require sleep at this location.
> Open 2045 Hrs, Saturday
> Close 1420 Hrs, Sunday

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October 25: SOARA Saturday

SOARA Saturday is tomorrow (October 25) at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo from 9am till about noon. We will have coffee and donuts and will be glad to lend our expertise (such as it is) to any and all questions that you might have. We will also participate in the CQWW contest for those who are interested. The call will be our club call K6SOA.

PS. All are invited, not only SOARA members.


(Corrected by AJ6B)

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November 1: HAM Communicators Needed

mvhs-band-1st-place1From Vic Ray W6VGR:

Mission Viejo High School is having their home field competition on Saturday, November 1st. I volunteer at this event every year and love every minute of it. It’s a day filled with great entertainment.

This year, I could really use a couple of Hams to help us out in key positions on the field and in the box above the field. Your duties will be to communicate between the box and the band staging area where the bands enter the field. You’ll be able to see and hear some of the Southwest’s best high school marching bands perform their field shows. All you need is an HT, sunscreen and a chair. We’ll feed and water you. It’s a great event and lots of fun. The first band takes the field at 3pm and the last, our own Mission Viejo High School Band, takes the field at 9pm. After that, we’re done!

Contact me, Vic Ray W6VGR, if you’re available to help. w6vgr@soara.org VIP parking for volunteers!

(Corrected by AJ6B)

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October 20: General Meeting

All are welcome to the next SOARA General Meeting on Monday, October 20 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.  This month’s presenters are from Land Ops, a group that combines radio communications, off road driving skills, navigation and teamwork. Presenters will be SOARA member Jim Biram K6JKB and the founder of Land Ops Chris Doering KI6QBM. Hope you can be there!

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