Online General Meeting; September 21 at 7pm – Matt Knebl N2GPD

Dear SOARA Members and Guests,

Please join us online for our September General Membership Meeting to be held on the GoToMeeting platform which most of you should be familiar with by now.

Matt Knebl, N2GPD, will describe how cellular networks are designed and optimized by RF engineers. The session will focus on items of interest to amateur radio operators, such as wireless system design and optimization techniques, antennas, RF power levels, and test equipment. Matt has 25 years of wireless network RF engineering and management experience at operators including AT&T and T-Mobile as well as large consulting and testing companies.

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Out General Meetings have always been open to the public and our online platform using GoToMeeting is also open to anyone that wants to join in. You can join our GoToMeeting using either the GTM plug-in or access it via the Chrome web browser. We will also record this meeting and post a link to this page after the meeting.

GoToMeeting Transcripts

The above meeting recording will be available until Oct. 31st.


Ham Radio Examinations will NOT be held this month as the Norman P. Murray Center is closed until the end of ?? July, August, September…..? We will announce resuming of testing as soon as we are able.

Please email our Education Director, Steve Kuver K6UVR, at k6uvr@soara.org for information on how to test remotely.

August 17th – General Meeting/Virtual Tech Fair

Dear SOARA Members and Guests,

Please join us online for our August General Membership Meeting. We would normally meet at the Norman P. Murray Community Center as the month of August is usually the SOARA Tech Fair. Since we can’t meet in this fashion this year, we are going to attempt to have our Tech Fair online using GoToMeeting. Please join us and see what some of our members have been up to with their projects.

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Out General Meetings have always been open to the public and our online platform using GoToMeeting is also open to anyone that wants to join in. You can join our GoToMeeting using either the GTM plug-in or access it via the Chrome web browser. We will also record this meeting and post a link to this page after the meeting.

 

GoToMeeting Transcripts

This transcript will remain available for viewing through the end of September


Ham Radio Examinations will NOT be held this month as the Norman P. Murray Center is closed until the end of ?? July, August, September…..? We will announce resuming of testing as soon as we are able.

Please email our Education Director, Steve Kuver K6UVR, at k6uvr@soara.org for information on how to test remotely.

General Meeting Online – Monday, July 20th at 7pm. Arnie Shatz N6HC

 

Dear SOARA Members and Guests,

Please join us online as we welcome back to SOARA Arnie Shatz N6HC.

Our virtual July 20, 2020 club meeting will feature Arnie Shatz, N6HC, who will tell us about one of the last Dxpeditions before COVID-19 put an end to DXpeditioning. Arnie was a member of the VP6R team to Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific. Join us to learn about the island history and its current inhabitants, geography and amateur radio operation from this rare DXCC entity which is also one of the most isolated places on earth.

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Out General Meetings have always been open to the public and our online platform using GoToMeeting is also open to anyone that wants to join in. You can join our GoToMeeting using either the GTM plug-in or access it via the Chrome web browser. We will also record this meeting and post a link to this page after the meeting.

SOARA General Meeting 
Mon, Jul 20, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (PDT)

Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/ErikWresch/soara-pitcairnislanddxpedition

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3129

Access Code: 803-549-573

More phone numbers
United Kingdom: +44 330 221 0088

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/803549573

Look forward to seeing you there.

Erik Wresch, W6INE, Vice President of SOARA


Ham Radio Examinations will NOT be held this month as the Norman P. Murray Center is closed until the end of ?? July, August, September…..? We will announce resuming of testing as soon as we are able.

Please email our Education Director, Steve Kuver K6UVR, at k6uvr@soara.org for information on how to test remotely.

SOARA (Online) General Meeting – Monday, June 15th – Field Day, COVID Style

Dear SOARA Members and Guests,

Join us online via GoToMeeting for our June SOARA Meeting. The topic will be Field Day 2020 – COVID Style.   We will have a Power Point presentation going over the Field Day 2020 rules and the temporary changes due to COVID-19. There will be a presentation of the N3FJP logging software and how you can obtain it.  The rest will be a Q/A session. Experienced operators requested to attend for their expertise and newbies welcome to come and learn and ask questions.

Posted below is the link to join us online using ***GoToMeeting and a link to the ARRL web page where you will find the Field Day Rules. Strongly recommend reading the rules a few times to be familiar with them so you can be ready with your questions.


LINK TO RECORDED MEETING:       https://transcripts.gotomeeting.com/#/s/be8f5d48c581821c8b62fb514b8ed3b15c3461e386f613837f4f493b566e3c8e

 

You can also LiveStream on Youtube here:

Access Code: 740-498-725

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/740498725

***GoToMeeting was built to work properly using the Google Chrome browser on a Windows, Apple, or Linux based PC. 

NOTE: We will announce at the beginning of Monday’s meeting that we will be recording it to post later for those who could not attend.

 ARRL RULES –  http://www.arrl.org/field-day-rules

 N3FJP LOGGING SOFTWARE WEB PAGE –  https://www.n3fjp.com/

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE!!,

Erik Wresch, W6INE, Vice President of SOARA


Ham Radio Examinations will NOT be held this month as the Norman P. Murray Center is closed until the end of June. We will announce resuming of testing as soon as we are able.

Monday, May 18th – General Meeting Online

Dear SOARA Members and Guests,

Join us online via GoToMeeting for our May SOARA Meeting as we welcome back Mike Pettus WD6E.

Mike will be describing the basics of modulation in general, from CW keying, analog modulations AM, FM, digital types FSK, MSK, etc., up through techniques that get us to modern quadrature modulation that’s used in all digital communications today. He will start with how to modulate a radio carrier and end up with QAM technology.  He will also show some recent field tests that have done using 80 GHz carrier frequencies and modulation up to 128 QAM which is how we get to 10 Gbps over the air. If you didn’t hear Mike’s presentation on Millimeter RF, then you should not miss this one. 


Because of Social Distancing/Safe at Home practices, our meeting and program will be held virtually via computer using the GoToMeeting platform. This platform will allow a similar format to our typical in-person meeting with introductions, announcements, a presentation with graphics and videos, and an interactive Q & A session. The GoToMeeting platform was selected because it works with computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, and most important, attendees do not have to download any special software or applications (although, the GoToMeeting “plug in” does work well). An invitation and link will be sent out by Propagator, and email, as well as posted here on the SOARA website below. More detailed instructions will be in the Propagator  and listed in links below. Cameras will be disabled to attendees until Mike has completed his presentation. Due to the technical nature of Mike’s presentation, we do encourage you to ask questions via the chat feature and you will be allowed to ask Mike directly when called on and will open it up to questions at the end as well. We also ask that you keep your microphone muted unless you are speaking. Headset microphones are strongly encouraged as mic/speaker combos on a laptop tend to cause a looped echo.

***GoToMeeting was built to work properly using the Google Chrome browser on a Windows, Apple, or Linux based PC. If you are using Linux and/or a browser other than Google Chrome, you are encouraged to attend one of the Practice Meetings scheduled (see below) to see if your system will work properly with this platform. 

NOTE: We will announce at the beginning of Monday’s meeting that we will be recording it to post later for those who could not attend.

***There will be a Practice Meeting available to attend on Thursday, May 14th at 6:30 pm AND Saturday, May 16th at 6:30 pm  for those to want to try it out before Monday or check out their audio settings if it did not work at the previous meeting in April. We will try to keep these to 30 minutes or less.

LINKS:

General Meeting on May 18th, 7 pm: https://www.gotomeet.me/ErikWresch/soara-general-meeting

Practice Meeting on May 14th & 16th, 6:30 pm: https://www.gotomeet.me/ErikWresch/soara-practice

YouTube live link for General Meeting: YouTube.com/MisturChips – Thank you Steve Kuver K6UVR

Join a GoToMeeting: https://support.goto.com/meeting/help/how-to-join-a-meeting-g2m030001

GoTo Audio Video: https://youtu.be/8M-VkU0Ga1Y

Audio Modes: https://support.goto.com/meeting/help/available-audio-modes-g2m050043 

Audio PIN: https://support.goto.com/meeting/help/what-is-the-audio-pin-g2m050051

Test Mic and Speaker (VoIP): https://support.goto.com/meeting/help/test-your-mic-and-speakers-voip-g2m050042

Audio Help and FAQs: https://support.goto.com/meeting/help/audio-help-and-faqs-g2m050006

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE!!,

Erik Wresch, W6INE, Vice President of SOARA


Ham Radio Examinations will NOT be held this month as the Norman P. Murray Center is closed the end of June. We will announce resuming of testing as soon as we are able.

April General Meeting ONLINE!

Dear SOARA Members,

The SOARA April meeting topic will be the Orange County Fire Watch Program, and our presenter will be Tony Pointer, Fire Watch Program Manager for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and Orange County Parks.

Because of Social Distancing/Safe at Home, our meeting and program will be held virtually via computer using the GoToMeeting platform, This platform will allow a similar format to our typical in-person meeting with introductions, announcements, a presentation with graphics and videos, and an interactive Q & A session. The GoToMeeting platform was selected because it works with, computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, and most important, attendees do not have to download any special software or applications. An invitation and link will be sent out by Propagator, and email, as well as posted here on the SOARA website below. More detailed instructions will be in the Propagator.  The GoToMeeting platform is really easy to navigate. Hope you can join us, 7:00 pm, this coming Monday night.

NOTE: We will announce at the beginning of Monday’s meeting that we will be recording it to post later for those who could not attend.

This is the link to get into the meeting on Monday night: https://www.gotomeet.me/ErikWresch/soara-aprilgeneralmeeting

There will be a Pre-Meeting Meeting this Saturday at 3pm for those to want to try it out before Monday. We will try to keep this one short to 45 minutes or less. This is the link for that meeting is: https://www.gotomeet.me/ErikWresch/soarapremeeting 

I will post a link to a live stream of the meeting that can be watched on YouTube on Monday or once it has been set up.

I look forward to a successful first run and an online meeting.

 

Erik Wresch, W6INE, Vice President of SOARA


Ham Radio Examinations will NOT be held in April and likely not in May either as the Norman P. Murray Center is closed until further notice.

March General Meeting Cancelled

The current response to the spread of the Coronavirus has prompted the Board of Directors here at the South Orange Amateur Radio Association to take a proactive approach as well. Due to a large number of our members falling into an “at risk” age group, it has been decided to cancel this months’ General Meeting which was scheduled to be held at the Norman P. Murray Center on Monday, March 16th. Our guest speaker will be rescheduled later in the year. Thank you for your understanding.

Here are several links to websites where you can find updated information on the Coronavirus. These links were current as of March 12th.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/epidasmt/epi/dip/prevention/novel_coronavirus

 

 


Ham Radio Examinations will NOT be held on March 16th as the Norman P. Murray Center has announced that they will be closed through the end of March.