SOARA Elmer Saturdays

Covid-19 Shelter in place, see Saturday net details below in red

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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.


Lori, NI6X building a 50 ohm / 100 watt dummy load kit for high frequency (HF) radio





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
  • Feb 8, 9am-noon
  • 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, canceled due to covid-19 shelter in place

    • Every Saturday tech net starting 9am, until we can meet again, 147.645 and 447.180 repeaters
    • on 3/28 we had 35 checkins!
  • May 9, 9am-noon, canceled due to covid-19 shelter in place
    • Every Saturday tech net starting 9am, until we can meet again, 147.645 and 447.180 repeaters
  • Jun 13, 9am-noon
  • 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
    • Zum Spot, Jumbo Spot
  • Oct 10, 9am-noon
    • Gilleran Park
    • Demo Antennas in the park
      • Dipole, vertical, magnetic loop
      • Maybe VLF?
  • Nov 14, 9am-noon
  • 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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