Monday – High Altitude Ballon Launch

On this coming Monday, November 25th, we will be launching another High Altitude Balloon (HAB4B).  This HAB will be carrying the student experiments which did not make aboard the launch on November 9th.

You are invited to attend and help with the launch.  Below are the details:

When:  Monday, November 25th

  • Setup:  7 AM – 9 AM
  • Launch: 11 AM
  • Recovery:  11 AM – ?
  • Tear Down:  2 PM

Where:  City of Lake Forest Sports Park

28000 Rancho Pkwy, Lake Forest

Richard Stember
Executive Director
Science Heads Inc.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit on a mission to support STEM education


NASA Solar System Ambassador

ByLaws Change in support of 501 (c )(3) status

SOARA is in the process of compiling the application to change our non-profit tax status from 501(c)(7) to 501(c)(3), which would make all donations to the Club tax deductible if approved. The I.R.S. requires specific wording that our current Dissolution Clause does not contain. In accordance with our Constitution, making the necessary change to our By-laws requires a vote of approval from 2/3 of our membership.

Please review the change as approved by our Board of Directors. Within the next few days you will receive an e-mail ballot. The Board recommends that you vote for Approval so we may move forward with the application process. In accordance with our Constitution, any votes not cast will count as “In Favor”.

Current Wording:
X. Dissolution of the Club can be determined by unanimous approval of the Board and two thirds (2/3) approval of the membership. In the event that SOARA members and officers approve dissolution of the club, All Club property, including repeaters, radios, antennas, etc., shall be donated to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). All coordinated frequencies revert to the respective area coordination boards and/or authorities, and any and all revenues shall be donated to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

New Wording Approved by Board:
X. Dissolution of the Club can be determined by unanimous approval of the Board and two third (2/3) approval of the membership. In the event that SOARA members and officer approve dissolution of the Club, all Club assets shall be distributed to one or more amateur radio organizations that qualify under I.R.S. Section 501(c)(3), or corresponding section of any future tax code, at the time of distribution. The specific organization(s) selected to receive the assets shall be determined by a majority vote of the Board at the time of dissolution. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed by a Court of

Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of SOARA is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

– Incorporates language required by the IRS
– It doesn’t make sense to donate large equipment such as repeaters and antennas to the ARRL. With proposed wording the Board could approve donating cash assets to the ARRL, and equipment to a local amateur radio club that qualifies.
– Board discussed that there is no need to specifically address coordinated frequencies.

73 de NI6X
Lori Carey, Treasurer

Mark Your Calendar – “Earthquake Expo”

From our Laguna Woods friends:

On September 14, 2019 from 9am until 12:30pm, Performing Arts Center, 23822 Avenida Seville, Laguna Woods CA 92637.   Learn the earthquake hazards of Orange County.   View a documentary, “QUAKE HEROES” about the Northridge Earthquake, peruse the “Info Fair”, vendors will offer information and items to help keep you earthquake safe.   Speakers will inform you of the many programs within Laguna Woods to help and protect you in case of a disaster.

The event is free but you *MUST register your name by September 7, 2019 for access to the gated community.  Contact Grace Stencel, (714) 421-9019 or email amazngra at aol dot com.

2018 SOARA Holiday Party


This Sunday (Dec 2nd) is the SOARA Holiday Party at Claim Jumper in Mission Viejo.  If you have not already purchased your tickets, please do that now on the SOARA website ( or by CLICKING HERE.
Tickets are $30 each and includes dinner (10 options to choose from), a glass of wine, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, dessert and a raffle ticket.
The party starts at 5:00PM
Claim Jumper is located at 27845 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (Between Marguerite Pkwy and Los Alisos Blvd)

May 15th Meeting – Spring Auction

Live Auction