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. VIP parking for volunteers!

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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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October 15: SONGS Siren Test

2011-03-16-plantFor those of you interested in signing up for what could possibly be the the last SONGS (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station) siren test here is the place to apply.

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October 8: Extra Class

Reminder:  This Wednesday starts the SOARA Amateur Extra HAM Radio class series at the Murray Center.

Please view the information on the Extra Class page for more information.

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September 30: Amateur Radio First Aid & Interoperability

Everyone is invited:
Mission Viejo RACES-ARES is hosting a Special Meeting:
Tuesday, September 30th 7:00PM to 9:00 PM

Mission Viejo City Hall in the “Saddleback Room” –  Look for signs pointing the way
(Enter at North-end of City Hall via double doors nearest to the Sheriff’s Reserved Parking Area)
200 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA 92692


Session one:  AMATEUR RADIO FIRST AID KIT by Carl Gardenias, WU6D

This talk is for all Amateurs no matter what their technical ability is or isn’t. The talk will be on the fun side, but serious of what you can do as an Amateur Radio Communicator to get back on the air if a disaster strikes and you are not close to home? Can you take the resources you have at hand and turn it into an antenna? You would be surprised at the items you might have in your car or purse that can get you on the air.

Bio: Carl Gardenias WU6D has been the Orange Section Manager for the ARRL since 2003. Carl has been an active ham since 1969 licensed as WN6RMN. He is very active in motivating, encouraging and mentoring the Amateur community through public awareness of our hobby as well as our ability to assist communicators during a disaster or at a public event. Carl is a member of the Salvation Army as a Community Partnership Liaison for the Sierra Del Mar Division.  He also volunteers his time as chair/co-chair for The International DX Convention in Visalia, CA, every other year since 1996. He developed and continues to encourage and support amateurs who volunteered their time with Amateur Radio Expo started in 2005,  Harvest Festival in Rancho Cucamonga, Be Prepared in Oceanside, CA and the recent P4P (Survive a disaster) at the LA Fairgrounds.

Carl is an ARRL Emergency Training Instructor, VE for both ARRL & W5YI. Carl also does presentation on ARES and their importance to serve the community.


This session is for an open forum discussion of those present to exchange ideas, methods & procedures used by the individuals and organizations represented at the meeting.

TALK-IN Frequency if needed:  Use the travel net listed below or if local call WA6RUZ on 446.000 simplex.

– Remember SAFETY is the first PRIORITY –

    Training Reminder to all Mission Viejo RACES-ARES Members:

                      “All Members are asked to participate”
“Visitors may participate if you wish”

Incident Name: MVRACES Special Meeting
Incident Number:

We  will have a TRAVEL NET for this meeting.  (TNCS) = “Travel Net Control Station”

Talk-in & TRAVEL NET for this meeting will begin about 45-minutes before the start of
the meeting on our primary repeater frequency 447.180 (-)  Pl =131.8
(TNCS) operator
for 2014-09.30 is KJ6BGS Ed Gonzalez  

TRAVEL NET protocols when contacting the TNCS are as follows:

..”Mission Viejo Travel Net, (YOUR CALLSIGN)…Beginning “,
    (Be prepared to respond with your actual starting Odometer Mileage)
(Use this when beginning your “in transit” period)

..”Mission Viejo Travel Net, (YOUR CALLSIGN)…Arriving
    (Be prepared to respond with your actual arriving Odometer Mileage)
(Use this when arriving at the incident, meeting, or staging area)

.. upon arriving the TNCS may instruct you to STAGE ( remain in your parked vehicle ),
Change to the Staging Net frequency and check “in” with SNCS for further instructions.

( The following may not be done for non-activation events: )

..”Mission Viejo Travel Net, (YOUR CALLSIGN)…Departing
    (Be prepared to respond with your actual departing Odometer Mileage)
(Use this when departing the incident or staging area)

..”Mission Viejo Travel Net, (YOUR CALLSIGN)…Ending (or Final)”
    (Be prepared to respond with your actual ending Odometer Mileage)
(Use this when ending or stopping “in transit” period)

Charley Speelman, WA6RUZ
RACES Radio Officer & ARES Emergency Coordinator
949.770-2658 – home
949.463-3658 – cell

Mission Viejo RACES-ARES
257-2237 – RACES Message Line

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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


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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