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

2020 Events: (this will likely change a bit)

  • Jan, APRS
  • Feb, DSTAR
  • Mar, kit building, soldering, soldering coax / solder gun
  • Apr, HT programing and proper usage
  • May, HF operation / Baluns, random wire, need subject matter expert
  • Jun, Slow Scan TV? or Satellite operation?
  • Jul, Weather satellites, QFH antennas?
  • Aug, EME, need subject matter expert
  • Sep, mesh networks
  • Oct, SDR’s what’s new and fun?
  • Nov, measurement instruments, multimeters, oscilloscopes, service monitors, …
  • other ideas
    • Mag Loop antennas
    • CW
    • QRP
    • EMI RFI
    • homebrew antennas
    • field strength meter, update to plug into your DMM?
    • 3D printing / ham radio theme
    • VLF operation, need VLF beacon antenna help
    • Raspberry Pi & Ham radio
    • Arduino and hamshield
    • What could you contribute?

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, Megger / Insulation testing, Coax
    • high voltage insulation testing
    • Is your insulation good?
  • Dec, No SOARA Saturday in December
    • Holiday party
    • Have fun on the radio
    • Catch p on those articles you didn’t finish reading.

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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