May 4: Orange County Marathon Volunteers Needed

OCM-80Sunday May 4 is the Orange County Marathon from Newport Beach to the Orange County Fairgrounds by way of Irvine and Santa Ana.

If you would like more information please check the OC Marathon website and if you would like to volunteer for this event please e-mail me at

Morning and early afternoon shifts available.  No experience necessary.  VHF/UHF handheld required.


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Earthquake Preparedness

equakeThis evening’s earthquake is a good reminder to be prepared for any disaster.

We do have a great article with suggestions for your modular “go kits” and can be found on the SOARA website here.  (Republished with permission.)

Also, please remember that after a quake to refrain use of repeaters/simplex for any emergency and damage traffic first.  Use should be short and allow plenty of room between communications for breaks.  Use of cell phone should be limited immediately following a quake, use SMS text messaging to check on loved ones instead of calling.

73 and good luck.  — Sean, AJ6B

Posted in HAM Radio News

April 5: Desert Storm Rally HAMS Needed

dsr-logoWe still need Control Workers and HAMS for the Saturday April 5th portion of the Desert Storm Rally in Blyth, CA.  We need more control workers and blockages, the better.

The volunteers will receive: Event Shirt, $5.00 fuel card, free lunch and free entry to the I-10 Lucas Oil Blythe Speedway for the final stage on the track and dirt infield in front of over 500-1000 race fans. Plus at the awards a drawing for gift certs. Sign up on

I can answer any questions about the event and about working the event. No previous Rally experience is needed, we’ll provide training.  If members want to volunteer to work for the Friday night part of the event, we’d be glad to have more people for that day.


John Shults

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March 17: General Meeting

fldigi_RUNAll are welcome to attend the next SOARA general membership meeting on March 17 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.  Topic is operating digital modes for Field Day with our expert panelists: Wire antenna expert Steve KD6MHL, digital operating guru Spencer NG6K and SOARA education director Sean AJ6B.

See you there!

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February 24: General Club Meeting

DSC_0458-copyHDTAll are welcome to the next SOARA general meeting on February 24 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.

Our guest speakers will be Christine and Kris Marciniak to talk about off road rallying and to gather communication support for their rallies.  SOARA has been a proud supporter of their events in the past and in the future.

From Christine and Kris:

We’re getting ready for the 2014 High Desert Trails Rally on Saturday, May 3rd! Our website is:

The 2014 event will be much the same as the last few years on the Jawbone area stages near Ridgecrest, CA, but as the event expands we need even more volunteers every year to be able to put on a great event. We need YOUR help!
There’s lots of positions that we need filled, especially:

- Time Control Workers, including MTC, and Stage Captains
– Communications / Amateur Radio Operators
– Course Set-up (including banners, stakes, and arrows) – before event start (Friday during the day or VERY early on Saturday)
– Course Clean-up – after event finish
– Course closing or sweep vehicles
– Licensed EMTs
– Non-ham road blockages
– Scoring Team
– Spectator Marshals
– Trophy Team (Digital Photography)

For more information and to sign up, please see the volunteer area of our website at:

We will be providing lunch and water for all registered volunteers. As an additional incentive for participating as a volunteer for this year’s rally, we are also offering you a discounted entry at the brand new High Desert Trail Rallycross! For more information and to sign up for the rallycross, please visit the rallycross section of our website! (Please note that signing up as a volunteer, which you must do first, does not automatically enter you in the rallycross.)

We have a great reduced host hotel rate for all suites at the SpringHill Suites Marriott. Please be sure to book your rooms with the host hotel soon! Call Brooklynn at (760) 428-6003 for reservations, and be sure to mention “The High Desert Trails Rally” to receive the same great reduced rate as last year of $109 (plus tax) per night (before the rate expires on April 12th). You can also use the following link to make your reservations:
There are many additional hotels in town to choose from with rates ranging from $50-$150 per night.

Please feel free to email us at:

Thank you in advance for your participation, Christine & Kristopher Marciniak Co-Organizers, High Desert Trails Rally

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March 22-23: Baker to Vegas for SOARA

Baker to Vegas Race March 23rd and 24th 2014

On behalf of all of the teams, I want to thank you for your interest in volunteering for Baker to Vegas Communications.  I hope you can participate in this event.  A list of the types of assignments at each stage can be found at this link:   The application to work as a ham can also be found on the above page.  Complete the application and email it to Margie Hoffman at Be sure to let her know you want to work at Stage 8 or any other stage that may interest you.

Jim Stoker AG6EF is the Lead Ham at Stage 8 and will make the assignments.  Send an email to Jim at with your email address and telephone number.  He will being sending out a group email soon.  Jim is a terrific ham and a very ice guy. I guarantee that you will enjoy working with him and the other hams.  Working together, Stage 8 is a great team of hams, Good Sam volunteers and sworn peace officer volunteers and this stage runs smooth as silk.

More information can be found at the Baker to Vegas Communications page:

You can learn more about the Baker to Vegas Race by going to:

If you plan on camping at Stage 8, plan on arriving early in the morning on the 23rd.  Do not set up camp until the Good Sam Crew arrives because you may end up being relocated.  There is a Stage Setup Plan that must be adhered to, to facilitate the smooth and safe operation of the stage.   There is plenty of room for RV’s and tents.  Plan for ALL kinds of weather no matter what the weather guessers predict.  If you’re not planning on camping, you should have no trouble getting a hotel in Pahrump on Saturday night.  Email me at if you have any questions.

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January 27: SOARA General Meeting

All are invited to the next SOARA General Meeting on Monday, January 27 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.

Joy Matlack, KD6FJV. the Communications Director for Baker to Vegas will be speaking about the upcoming race and the significant contribution amateur radio makes to the smooth and safe conduct of the race.  This race could not be efficiently and safely run without amateur radio.   Vic Ray, W6VGR, is the Officer in Charge of Stage 8 and will be recruiting SOARA members to work the stage with him. It takes twelve hams at each of the 19 stages and many more at race headquarters.  Currently, we need about six more hams at Stage 8. Sign up for the race and you’ll meet Kate Hutton, K6HTN, (Famously nicknamed the Earthquake Lady or Dr. Kate, is staff seismologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California) She is already signed up to work this stage. She is a marvelous lady and a great ham! You don’t want to miss this presentation!


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SOARA 70cm D-Star New Frequency

Temple Hill Repeater SiteTemple Hill D-Star Repeater K6SOA B has a new frequency of 445.700-

The Temple Hill 70cm FM repeater has been placed back into full time operation at 445.660- (110.9hz)

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Amateur Radio Does It All

Here is a good video about amateur radio, look for the two SOARA spots:

I hope you might help us to share the news about a new educational video about Amateur Radio. It is free to view and share and can be found here:

It has been created for anyone who wishes to encourage youth and adults to explore the world of Ham Radio and it also can be found on the home page of the project website at

Thank you for your consideration. 73, Mike
World Genesis Foundation

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December 1: SOARA Holiday Party

20130120000814!Holiday_Party_2012_logoAll are welcome to attend the SOARA Holiday Party on Sunday, December 1st at 6:30pm at Antonucci’s in Mission Viejo.   For more information, click here.

Antonucci’s is located at 24190 Alicia Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 or click here for more information.

Online registration has closed.  Please pay at the door.

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Amateur Radio Contests

1900 local - 2300 local, Apr 15

1300Z-1400Z, Apr 16 and 1900Z-2000Z, Apr 16 and 0300Z-0400Z, Apr 17

0001Z, Apr 17 to 2359Z, Apr 22

0230Z-0300Z, Apr 18

2100Z, Apr 18 to 2100Z, Apr 19


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