SOARA Elmer Saturdays

SOARA Saturday was started to give our newer members and guests a less formal meeting upon which they can meet up with experienced club members to learn new skills or be introduced to new things in Amateur Radio.

In April 2018 we changed the SOARA Saturday name to SOARA Elmer Saturday. This was a natural evolution since Elmering is a natural part of SOARA Saturday. Look for green Elmer badges. They may or may not have your specific answer but they are willing to help.

Sometimes SOARA Saturdays will have a topic of discussion, although if you have a specific topic or question you would like to ask, feel free to attend and ask!

SOARA Saturday is open to the public and there is no fee to attend. Donuts and coffee are typically provided by SOARA.

8/2016 Pixie QRP kit build & soldering class, Erik W6INE

October 30, 2019 HamNation 426 SOARA Saturday!

2020 Events:

(updated 12/7/19, suggestions still welcome, events moved based on location)

  • Jan 11, 9am-noon
    • Murray Center
    • APRS, Automatic Packet Reporting System
    • Brian NJ6N will demo various aspects of APRS
    • Bring your APRS gear!
  • Feb 8, 9am-noon
    • Murray Center
    • kit building, soldering, soldering coax / solder gun
    • Bring a kit! Get started building.
    • We will demo soldering and safety
  • Mar 14, 9am-noon
    • Gilleran Park
    • SDR, Software Defined Radio
    • RTLSDR, SDRPlay, and others
    • demo SDRPlay with Raspberry Pi4, remote 12v operation
    • Bring your gear and demo
  • Apr 11, 9am-noon
    • Gilleran Park
    • Emergency power
      • Solar, Battery box, Generator, power cords, other?
    • Emergency radio operation
      • backpack radio
      • radios in ammo cans, etc.
    • Bring your gear and demo your ideas!
    • This is a great event to update your checklist.
  • May 9, 9am-noon
    • Murray Center
    • HT handheld transmitter 101
    • programing and proper usage discussion
    • Software Chirp, RT, and Radio software (Icom, Yaseu, Kenwood…)
    • Bring your laptop & USB flash drive!
  • Jun 13, 9am-noon
    • Gilleran Park
    • Building and construction in the park, Battery box, antennas, etc.
    • Need articles to build various types of wire or tubing antennas
  • Jul 11, 9am-noon
    • Murray Center
    • Noise hunting, RFI, ferrites, noise suppression, grounding
    • Field Strength meters, SDRs, what else?
  • Aug 8, 9am-noon
    • Gilleran Park
    • HF Digital FT8 operation, JTAlert, psk reporter
  • Sep 12, 9am-noon
    • Murray Center
    • UHF / VHF Digital modes DSTAR, Fusion, & DMR
  • Oct 10, 9am-noon
    • Gilleran Park
    • Demo Antennas in the park
      • Dipole, vertical, magnetic loop
      • Maybe VLF?
  • Nov 14, 9am-noon
    • Murray Center
    • measurement instruments, multimeters, oscilloscopes, service monitors, …
    • Antenna analyzers
  • Dec 12, 9am-noon
    • Gilleran Park
    • Demo HF Operation in the park

2019 Events:

  • Jul 20, Gillrean Park, HF Operation & Grounding, Static & Lightning Protection
    • Ground-Lightning-Statiic-Safety PDF
    • ground rod, how many?
    • lightning arrestors, good for static too!
    • Why use braided copper or copper strip over wire?
    • Maybe FT8 & WSJTX & JTAlertX demo
  • Aug 24, Murray Center, Tube Radios
    • bring a tube radio, kit, or a restored radio to demo
    • High voltage safety discussion.
  • Sept 21, Murray Center, Antenna Analyzers, Smith Charts, Etc.
    • Why you need an analyzer?
    • What is it good for?
  • Oct 26, Gilleran Park, Emergency Power and Operation
    • Solar panels
    • Generators
    • Battery Boxes
    • HF, VHF, UHF operation on remote power
  • Nov 23, Gilleran Park, Megger / Insulation testing, Coax
    • high voltage insulation testing
    • Is your insulation good?
    • Demos needed! Test samples too!
  • Dec, 14 Gilleran Park, HF Operation (NEW NEW NEW)
    • We will setup a HF transceiver, antenna, and operate voice
    • Have fun on the radio
    • Learn how to connect everything together and setup your own rig.
    • Discuss finalizing the 2020 Calendar

Past SOARA Saturdays

4/2017 Paint can HF dummy load kit build

The SWR was typically 1.22 : 1 or better up to 30 MHz!

3/2017 DMR Workshop, Presented by Mikkel NR6E

3/2017 Field Strength Meter kit build inside multimeter

10/22/2016 Tape measure T-hunt antenna build with attenuator

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