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.

General Meeting February 24th @ 7pm, Murray Center in Mission Viejo

Michael Rickey AF6FB from PAPA will make a presentation about DMR. In this talk he will cover a little about the PAPA System, the history and features of DMR, using & programming the AnyTone D878, and hotspots.
Michael is mostly active on VHF and UHF – Analog and DMR, but you will find him on D-STAR occasionally.  He is frequently on the BrandMeister DMR talkgroup SoCal/31066. He also does a little HF work, mostly portable. Michael is a member of The PAPA System and MARC (The Motorcycling Amateur Radio Club)

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.

General Meeting January 27th @ 7pm, Murray Center in Mission Viejo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us for our January, 2020 meeting at the Murray Center to hear our local DXpeditioner from Orange county, Arnie, N6HC present the story of the Ducie Island Dxpedition which won the Dxpedition of the year award in 2019.  This rare DXCC entity had not been activated for ten years prior to the VP6D team traveling thousands of miles by airplane and ship to visit this uninhabited South Pacific atoll.  The travelogue is captivating and the amateur radio story intriguing.  This was not a five star adventure and will remind us that DXpeditioning is not for sissies!  But it should be a five star entertaining program.  Don’t miss it!!


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.

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.