General Meeting November 18th, 7pm. AUCTION MONTH!!!

Time to clean out the HAM shack and pick up some new projects for the holidays. All are welcome to attend the SOARA Spring Auction on Monday, November 18th at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo at 7pm. The SOARA semi-annual auctions benefit the ham community by providing opportunities not otherwise available:

  • New hams get an opportunity to purchase equipment at prices that are a fraction of the cost of new equipment at the retail store. A great way to get into a new hobby.
  • Experienced hams get an opportunity to purchase classic equipment items and accessories for equipment lines that are no longer currently available at retail stores.
  • All hams get an opportunity to purchase supplies and small parts and build up their own stocks of bits and pieces to repair old equipment or build new homebrew goodies (doo-hickeys or what-cha-ma-callits!).

Sellers are encouraged to arrive at 6pm to allow sufficient time for check-ins and tagging of all items prior to the auction. For more information and auction rules and procedures, please check here.

For those of you who have asked to pre-fill tags for auction items, there is a link below to download and print.

SOARA Auction Tags

In addition our regularly scheduled FCC licensing examinations will occur at 6pm prior to the auction.

High Altitude Balloon 4 Launch Scheduled for November 9th, 2019

Hello Fellow HAB Volunteers;

We are go for our next HAB launch. The City of Lake Forest has given us permission to launch from the Lake Forest Sports Park on Saturday, November 9th, 2019. We are looking for previous and new Ham Radio Volunteers to assist in base communications, photo documentary with drones, stills and/or video, and on the ground balloon chasers. Previous launches included an APRS transmitter and standard transmitter that transmitted on the standard Transmitter Hunt Frequency 146.565 Mhz FM. This is a great opportunity to put Ham Radio skills to a fun use.

We have also scheduled two pre-launch meetings. Please plan on attending one or both of these meetings:

Saturday, October 19th and November 2nd. Both meetings will be held in the Rec Center at the City of Lake Forest Sports Park, 28000 Rancho Pkwy, Lake Forest.

This year we are running an afterschool program at La Paz Intermediate School to help students design and build experiments. We have also posted the official “Call for Student Experiments” on our website. Several teachers have already expressed interest in having their classes participate.

Thank you for supporting Science Heads and our High Altitude Balloon / STEM program. We couldn’t make this opportunity available to local students without your help!

Best wishes,

Richard Stember
Executive Director
Science Heads Inc.

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

www.ScienceHeads.org

General Meeting October 21st – Millimeter Wave RF

              

Please join us at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, CA on Monday, October 21st at 7:00 pm for our General Meeting with out guest speaker Mike Pettus WD6E.

Mike was licensed as WB6VZY General in 1966 during high school. He graduated CSUF 1972 BA Philosophy Science and Mathematics. He upgraded to WD6E extra in 1984 and has been working in the wireless high-tech industry for over 30 years and has earned 15 issued patents. Mike specializes in RF systems engineering with the  last 10 years in millimeter wave systems and techniques.

The night’s presentation will go through a quick background on the fundamentals of RF, with a look at the spectrum from “DC to Daylight”. Then a hunt for TX/RX technologies for the 60 GHz band. How we got involved with IBM and got early access to some cool 60 GHz chips. We’ll dive into the techniques on “how to make it work” at these frequencies and how we evolved designs to work with modern millimeter wave IC packages. He will talk about the development of a 60 GHz “waveguide module” and then show some real applications with products that use these devices for 60 GHz data transmission. He will end the talk in an area of personal interest: millimeter wave radio astronomy.


Ham Radio Examinations will be administered at 6:00 PM, prior to the start of our general meeting. Cost is $15/attempt. Pre-registration is not required and you don’t need to be a SOARA member to take the test.

 

Palomar Engineers’ Bob Brehm – RFI 101, September 16th

Please join us at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, CA on Monday, September 16th at 7:00 pm for our General Meeting with out guest speaker Bob Brehm from Palomar Engineers.

Is your transmitter the SOURCE of RFI affecting electronic devices in your own house or your neighbor’s house?  Would you like to find a quick and easy solution so you can have more time to operate and enjoy ham radio rather than troubleshooting RFI issues?

Are you the VICTIM of RFI from your own electronic devices or from devices in your neighborhood? Do you want to reduce your receiver noise floor so you can hear local contacts and more DX?

If you answered YES to either of these questions, then you should attend this presentation where you will learn how to make ham radio more enjoyable by eliminating problems caused by RFI.

Bob Brehm, AK6R is Chief Engineer of Palomar Engineers (Palomar-Engineers.com), and has been a ham for over 50 years with experience in contesting, RTTY, amplitude modulation, vintage radio restoration, boat anchors, linear amps and unique antennas. He is active on 3.870 AM and 3.895 Vintage SSB as well as other nets offering his expertise to new and old hams alike.


Ham Radio Examinations will be administered at 6:00 PM, prior to the start of our general meeting. Cost is $15/attempt. Pre-registration is not required and you don’t need to be a SOARA member to take the test.

 

August 19th, 2019 – SOARA TECH FAIR

Please join us at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, CA on Monday, August 19th at 7:00 pm for our General Meeting and annual Tech Fair.

The SOARA Fair is held once a year during the August general club meeting where club subject matter experts will hold “mini-seminars” on a range of Amateur Radio and electronic topics.

The mini-seminars are held informally and you can rotate from seminar to seminar.  This event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.

Bring your pet Tech projects for show and tell sharing with fellow members.  This has proven to be fun and well received in previous years.  Click on Club Fair to see the previous years’ presentations.


Ham Radio Examinations will be administered at 6:00 PM, prior to the start of our general meeting. Cost is $15/attempt. Pre-registration is not required and you don’t need to be a SOARA member to take the test.

July 15th – General Meeting

Monday 7/15/19 at 7:00 PM
Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo CA

Robert MacHale (KE6BLR) will be expanding on his Space Communicator presentation delivered at the DX Convention in April 2017. The focus of this presentation is on making contact with the International Space Station by sending and receiving APRS text messages to and from the RS0ISS callsign. We will discuss the basics of tracking satellites in real time with Two Line Elements (TLEs).
He has developed a home brew Az/El rotator with robotics parts from ServoCity and Arduino parts from Adafruit. This project code named “R2D2M2” mounts either the Arrow II antenna or the Elk antenna. These are the two most commonly used portable antennas for 2m/70cm and satellite communications.
Robert also works with Boy Scouts achieving merit badges in Radio, Robotics, and Space Exploration. He is a leading member of Space Communicator Club providing tools for iGates sharing Satellite APRS traffic over the APRS-IS network.
Visit http://www.spaceCommunicator.club/igates for more information on packets heard via Satellite APRS.

Ham Radio Examinations will be administered at 6:00 PM, prior to the start of our general meeting. Cost is $15/attempt. Pre-registration is not required and you don’t need to be a SOARA member to take the test.

 

June 17th, 7pm – General Meeting: FIELD DAY 2019 Final Planning and Briefing

           

It’s that time again to do our final planning for this year’s upcoming Field Day 2019 to take place at Gilleran Park in Mission Viejo on June 22-23. Set up will begin on Friday afternoon and we will need plenty of volunteers to help with setting up the gear, operating during the contest period, and take down and pack on Sunday. This is the clubs’ biggest event of the year and we look to our membership to participate in making this a successful event. As always, non-members are always welcome to attend our General Meeting and see what’s going on in SOARA. We have a lot to cover this evening along with several announcements and would like to start promptly at 7:oopm. Coffee and snacks will be served.

If you are new to Field Day and would like to know a little more of what Field Day is about, click on the following PDF link for an overview of what Field Day is all about. 2019 FD Flier – What is FD