May 17: Antennas in the Park – Placentia

k0QE_SEvery spring, hams in [northern] Orange County organize an outdoor day in Placentia at Tri-City Park where they operate radios, find hidden transmitters and eat lots of good food.  The annual “Antennas in the Park” (AITP) event is organized by the Fullerton Radio Club in celebration of the sixteenth annual CQ Worldwide Foxhunting Weekend.  All ages are welcome, so bring the family.  AITP transmitter hunts will be simple, informal and intended primarily for beginners.  There will be no charge for participation in the hunts, which will begin around 11 AM and continue until 2 PM.  Be sure to bring your two-meter handi-talkie and know how to program it to any frequency in the two-meter band.

If you don’t have the antenna/attenuator system for on-foot foxhunting on two meters with your ham radio handi-talkie or scanner, a limited amount of equipment will be available for loan. Better yet, you can easily make your own during this session.  Beginning at 10 AM, Marvin Johnston KE6HTS will conduct a clinic for building his kits for measuring-tape yagis and for 90 dB offset-type attenuators.  An assembled/tested attenuator in a special housing that goes inside the boom of the yagi is also available.  If you want one or more kits, please register in advance by sending e-mail to, so he will have the kits reserved in your name waiting for you.

The main entrance to Tri-City Park is at the corner of North Kraemer Boulevard and East Golden Avenue in Placentia.  From the 57 freeway, take the Imperial Highway exit, go east to Kraemer Boulevard, turn right (south), continue to Golden Avenue and turn right into the park. This event will be in the northeast corner (to the right as you enter the park).  Look for the FRC banner.  A map to help you find the park is at  Entry and parking are free, but empty spaces near the event site may be difficult to find if the park is crowded, so consider carpooling.  A few canopies and tables will be set up, but for eating and sitting around, please bring your own lawn chair.  Call K0OV on K6QEH/R, 146.97(-) PL 136.5 for two-meter talk-in.  If you have questions, send e-mail to before May 14.

Joe Moell K0OV