July 15th – General Meeting

Monday 7/15/19 at 7:00 PM
Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo CA

Robert MacHale (KE6BLR) will be expanding on his Space Communicator presentation delivered at the DX Convention in April 2017. The focus of this presentation is on making contact with the International Space Station by sending and receiving APRS text messages to and from the RS0ISS callsign. We will discuss the basics of tracking satellites in real time with Two Line Elements (TLEs).
He has developed a home brew Az/El rotator with robotics parts from ServoCity and Arduino parts from Adafruit. This project code named “R2D2M2” mounts either the Arrow II antenna or the Elk antenna. These are the two most commonly used portable antennas for 2m/70cm and satellite communications.
Robert also works with Boy Scouts achieving merit badges in Radio, Robotics, and Space Exploration. He is a leading member of Space Communicator Club providing tools for iGates sharing Satellite APRS traffic over the APRS-IS network.
Visit http://www.spaceCommunicator.club/igates for more information on packets heard via Satellite APRS.

Ham Radio Examinations will be administered at 6:00 PM, prior to the start of our general meeting. Cost is $15/attempt. Pre-registration is not required and you don’t need to be a SOARA member to take the test.

 

June 17th, 7pm – General Meeting: FIELD DAY 2019 Final Planning and Briefing

           

It’s that time again to do our final planning for this year’s upcoming Field Day 2019 to take place at Gilleran Park in Mission Viejo on June 22-23. Set up will begin on Friday afternoon and we will need plenty of volunteers to help with setting up the gear, operating during the contest period, and take down and pack on Sunday. This is the clubs’ biggest event of the year and we look to our membership to participate in making this a successful event. As always, non-members are always welcome to attend our General Meeting and see what’s going on in SOARA. We have a lot to cover this evening along with several announcements and would like to start promptly at 7:oopm. Coffee and snacks will be served.

If you are new to Field Day and would like to know a little more of what Field Day is about, click on the following PDF link for an overview of what Field Day is all about. 2019 FD Flier – What is FD

May 20th SOARA Spring Auction

Time to clean out the HAM shack and pick up some new projects for the holidays. All are welcome to attend the SOARA Spring Auction on Monday, May 20th at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo at 7pm. The SOARA semi-annual auctions benefit the ham community by providing opportunities not otherwise available:

  • New hams get an opportunity to purchase equipment at prices that are a fraction of the cost of new equipment at the retail store. A great way to get into a new hobby.
  • Experienced hams get an opportunity to purchase classic equipment items and accessories for equipment lines that are no longer currently available at retail stores.
  • All hams get an opportunity to purchase supplies and small parts and build up their own stocks of bits and pieces to repair old equipment or build new homebrew goodies (doo-hickeys or what-cha-ma-callits!).

Sellers are encouraged to arrive at 6pm to allow sufficient time for check-ins and tagging of all items prior to the auction. For more information and auction rules and procedures, please check here.

For those of you who have asked to pre-fill tags for auction items, there is a link below to download and print.

SOARA Auction Tags

In addition our regularly scheduled FCC licensing examinations will occur at 6pm prior to the auction.

April 15th General Meeting: Joe Moell

Monday 4/15 at 7:00 PM
Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo CA

This month we are delighted to welcome Joe Moell KØOV. He is a  registered professional electronic engineer and an active Amateur Radio enthusiast since age 11.

Joe has over 45 years of experience designing radio-frequency circuits and systems for broadcast, communications, and radar, ranging from near-DC through microwave frequencies.  He has designed new devices for radio direction finding and has written about RDF and other topics for almost every ham radio publication in the USA.

In February 1998, he was appointed by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) as the USA’s first ARDF Coordinator, to promote international-style foxhunting and to organize Team USA for international ARDF competitions.  He also conducts the annual CQ Worldwide Foxhunting Weekend.

Joe has written hundreds of articles and columns on RDF, and as a Technical Advisor to ARRL Headquarters has authored a new chapter on RDF for The ARRL Handbook.


Ham Radio Examinations will be administered at 6:00 PM, prior to the start of our general meeting. Cost is $15/attempt. Pre-registration is not required and you don’t need to be a SOARA member to take the test.

 

 

 

March 18th General Meeting: Arnie Shatz N6HC on FT-8

Monday 3/18 at 7:00 PM
Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo CA

We are delighted to welcome back Arnie Shatz N6HC as guest speaker with a comprehensive program on the FT-8 digital mode. This presentation will include basic operation and how to contact a Dxpedition on FT-8 using the Fox/Hound mode.

Check out the October and November 2018 issues of QST by Joe Taylor, Steve Franke, and Bill Somerville covering FT-8. If you don’t have these issues but are an ARRL member you can log in to the ARRL web site and find these articles in the QST archive.


Ham Radio Examinations will be administered at 6:00 PM, prior to the start of our general meeting. Cost is $15/attempt. Pre-registration is not required and you don’t need to be a SOARA member to take the test.

Feb 25th General Meeting – Yaesu Product Presentation

Monday 2/25 at 7:00 PM
Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo CA

Don’t miss our Monday, February 25th club meeting. Our speaker will be Juan Rodriguez, from Yaesu located locally in Cypress, CA.

From stationary multi-feature communications equipment to portable devices, Yaesu has consistently represented the best in communications equipment to the world’s top DX’ers for over half a century.

Hopefully, Juan will be able to show us some of the newest Yaesu radios and accessories. Yaesu continues to be a very popular brand among SOARA members so I expect a lively and informative product Q & A.


Ham Radio Examinations will be administered at 6:00 PM, prior to the start of our general meeting. Cost is $15/attempt. Pre-registration is not required and you don’t need to be a SOARA member to take the test.

Jan 28th General Meeting – DXpedition 2018

Monday 1/28 at 7:00 PM
Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo CA

Don’t miss our Monday, January 28th club meeting. Our speaker will be Arnie Shatz, N6HC, who will present a program about the June / July 2018 Dxpedition to Baker Island in the Central Pacific.

This operation was the first activation of this DXCC entity in more than 15 years and the first major Dxpedition to operate FT8 along with the traditional modes of CW, SSB and RTTY.

If you have time, check out the website for KH1/KH7Z – www.baker2018.net before coming to the meeting to familiarize yourself with the trials and tribulations that the team had to endure as well as the triumphs to bring this entity into your shack.


Ham Radio Examinations will be administered at 6:00 PM, prior to the start of our general meeting. Cost is $15/attempt. Pre-registration is not required and you don’t need to be a SOARA member to take the test.