Field Day Video

Thank you to Tony Sanchez, AE6QT for this wonderful video of the SOARA Field Day 2014 site…

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K6SOA-B (D-Star) new frequency

Please note the frequency for the K6SOA B D-Star digital voice repeater has changed (again) to 445.705(-)

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July 21: SOARA General Meeting

All are welcome to the next SOARA general meeting on Monday, July 21 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray center in Mission Viejo.

July’s speakers are Olaf Kilthau (K6BFE) speaking about AreaBFE, a 320 acre recreational park for many different outdoor activities located in eastern Utah and Matthew Frederick (KJ6NAF), a well-traveled photographer through Moab and surrounding areas.

The testing session at 6pm will be using the new Element 2 Technician pool questions and the first SOARA test session under the new Part 97 licensing rules.

Make sure you have the SOARA Summer Picnic on your calendar for Sunday, August 3 in Dana Point.

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Calling Field Day Pictures

Thank you for everyone who participated and attended Field Day!

If you have pictures you would like to share in our photo gallery, please send a dropbox or google drive or something similar to  Please make sure I acknowledge your e-mail as there may be some delays in mail delivery.

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WHEN:  June 28-29, 2014
WHERE: Gilleran Park, 24960 Felipe Road, Mission Viejo

TALK IN: 147.645- 110.9hz

Fri 6/27 3pm: Setup begins (towers, antennas, tents, radios, etc)
Fri 6/27 6pm: Dinner
Sat 6/28 8:30am: Breakfast at Bravo Burger (27200 La Paz Rd, Mission Viejo)
Sat 6/28 9:30am: Remaining setup
Sat 6/28 11am: Field day operations begins
Sat 6/28 12pm: Lunch 
Sat 6/28 2pm: ARRL-VEC Testing Session
Sat 6/28 4pm: Education Activity
Sat 6/28 5:30pm: Dinner
Sun 6/29 8am: Breakfast
Sun 6/29 11am: Field day operations cease
Sun 6/29 12:30pm: Lunch

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 28-29, 2014, 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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June 21: SOARA Saturday at HRO HAM Jam

There will be no SOARA Saturday this Saturday June 21 2014.   Please attend the HRO HAM Jam (information below) instead!  Also, see you next week at Field Day!

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June 21: Ham Radio Outlet “Ham Jam”

HAM JAM 2014 – Ham Radio Outlet Anaheim, California

Saturday, June 21 from 10AM to 5:30PM, join us at Ham Radio Outlet in Anaheim, CA for a load of ham radio fun at our annual Ham Jam event.   Again the week before Field Day, we will offer a variety of interesting seminars and educational opportunities to attendees.  This will include checking of mobile antenna installations, how-to handheld radio and scanner programming, software hints for programming, contesting, and remote control of HF radios, how-to crimp power poles, DIY rocket-launchers for Field Day, and more.  See displays by the American Red Cross, Orange County and Anaheim RACES, the Hospital Disaster Support Comms System, and various local clubs.

Testing for all classes of licenses at 11AM (please contact HRO Anaheim with name and phone number for reserved space), and hot dog lunches available all afternoon.  Three prize drawings throughout the day (must be present to win), including radios, antennas, software, gift certificates, and more.

If it’s ham radio, it’s going to be here…so don’t miss it.

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June 10: ARRL News: FCC Okays Changes to Amateur Radio Exam Credit, Test Administration and Emission Type Rules

Read more information on this important rule making by the FCC here on the ARRL website.

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June 16: SOARA Meeting

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The next SOARA general meeting will be on Monday, June 16 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray center in Mission Viejo.  This will be a preparatory meeting for Field Day on June 27-29.  Testing will be occuring prior to the meeting at 6pm.

For more field day information, click here or the logo above.

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July 4: Volunteers Needed

From Charley Speelman, WA6RUZ:

Still need volunteers for the 4St Faireth July Mission Viejo Street Fair and Fireworks Event. We need to fill 30 slots for communicators helping with crowd control, security and fire watch.  (Those who have signed up already, please submit your WAIVER forms ASAP)

Please e-mail me for the information sheet about the event and the WAIVER form. Yes, you may bring your spouse but, both of you must submit a WAIVER form (see attached) and return it to me ASAP.
After waiver is received you will be issued a Parking Pass for access to the event. We will be using UHF simplex for the event, a hanheld is fine.

Below is the schedule of the open slots we still need to fill,
(please e-mail me with any time slots you would be available, include your call-sign and telephone number.)

9:00 – 12:30 (3.5 HOURS)
1 additional person

12:00 – 3:30 (3.5 HOURS)
1 additional person

3:00 – 6:30 (3.5 HOURS)
4 additional people

6:00 – 9:30 (aprox. 3.5 HOURS)
4 additional people


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

Mission Viejo RACES-ARES
949. 257-2237 – RACES Message Line
Please consider the environment before printing this message

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Amateur Radio Contests

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