Monday, February 15th at 7pm. General Meeting / Monte Variakojis KE6GQO / GPS and Ham

Dear SOARA Members and Guests,

Please join us online for our February 2021 General Membership Meeting to be held on the GoToMeeting platform.

Please welcome one of our own SOARA members, Monte Variakojis KE6GQO, for this months’ topic:
Global Positioning System
GPS and GPS Timing for HAM Radio
Back in 1993, a full constellation of 24 satellites completed the first phase of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Since then GPS has grown in two additional phases, hardware has become very inexpensive, and the HAM community has adopted it as part of the hobby. FT8 and FT4 are some of many digital modes that utilize a computer’s sound card to bring audio from the radio to be decoded by software. These digital modes require some form of time synchronization to UTC. To be successful in these modes while out in the field, GPS has come to the rescue to help synchronization. Join us in learning some of the benefits and pitfalls of using GPS as a time source.

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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.

SOARA / Monte Variakojis KE6GQO – GPS and Ham
Mon, Feb 15, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (PST)

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

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 838-364-685

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Ham Radio Examinations will NOT be held this month at the Norman P. Murray Center as it is closed through April and possibly longer depending on COVID related restrictions. Testing can be arranged to be done online. 

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

Monday, January 18th at 7pm. General Meeting with Guest Speaker Bill Shanney W6QR

Dear SOARA Members and Guests,

Please join us online for our January 2021 General Membership Meeting to be held on the GoToMeeting platform.

Our guest speaker this month will be Bill Shanney W6QR to give a presentation on VHF/UHF Weak Signal Propagation.  Bill has been a ham since 1961 when he was a freshman in High School in NJ. He is now a retired electronics engineer having spent 45 years working on RF and microwave circuits and systems for satellites. He operates 95% CW on the HF bands. He was very active on VHF/UHF about 30 years ago and has stayed active on 6M Sporadic E. When the pandemic started and we had to stay home, he decided to give it a try again. This presentation is a summary of what he did and learned in 2020. We hope you will join the meeting and hear what Bill has to share with us.

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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.

 

General Meeting – VHF/UFH Weak Signal Propagation
Mon, Jan 18, 2021 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (PST)

Please join the SOARA meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/ErikWresch/general-meeting–vhf-ufh-weak-signal-propagation

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 888-930-813

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Ham Radio Examinations will NOT be held this month at the Norman P. Murray Center as it is closed until at least March and possibly longer depending on COVID related restrictions. Testing can be arranged to be done online. 

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

December 21st, 2020 – SOARA Virtual Holiday Party

Please join us on Monday, December 21st @ 7pm for our Virtual Holiday Party.  All are welcome.

We are going to unwind a bit and have a little fun. Along with unscripted discussions, we are going to have some fun trivia questions to entertain you with; some HAM radio related, some not. We are going to have a contest for the most unique Holiday sweater with a $20 gift card awarded to the winner – AND YOU will be the judges for this.

We will have a raffle for several more gift cards to various establishments AND….. a grand prize raffle for a gift certificate to HRO for $150. (YOU MUST be a club member and have dues paid up at time of raffle for the $150 gift certificate. All guests are eligible for other prizes). Click here if you need to renew your membership:https://www.soara.org/btp/payment2.php?p=renew
For other method of payment, contact Heiko at ad6oi@soara.org

 

SOARA Virtual Holiday Party
Mon, Dec 21, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (PST)

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

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (786) 535-3211

Access Code: 285-381-781

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/285381781

Monday, November 16th at 7pm. General Meeting with Guest Speaker Ed Fong WB6IQN

Dear SOARA Members and Guests,

Please join us online for our November General Membership Meeting to be held on the GoToMeeting platform.

Our guest speaker for the November meeting will be Ed Fong WB6IQN. As many of you know, he is the inventor of the DBJ-1 and DBJ-2 antenna that was featured in the February 2003 and March 2007 QST. His latest article in QST was the TBJ-1 – a triband base antenna published in March 2017. The DBJ-2 won the Plaque of the Month Award. There are over 25,000 of these antennas in use today. About half are used by hams and the other half by government and commercial entities. In this months presentation, Ed will first review how the original DBJ-1 works and then how he managed to convert the original DBJ-1 into a portable antenna. He will have some limited antennas for sale.

Ed Fong was first licensed in 1968 as WN6IQN. He later upgraded to Extra Class (he has a real Extra Class license when 20 WPM was required) with his present call of WB6IQN. He obtained the BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Univ. of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. from the Univ. of San Francisco. A Life Senior Member of the IEEE, he has 12 patents and over 40 published papers and books in the area of communications and integrated circuit design. Presently, he is employed by the University of California, Santa Cruz (previously with Berkeley from 1997-2010) as an instructor teaching graduate classes in RF design and high speed interface. In his 35 year career, he has done work for Stanford University, National Semiconductor, Advanced Micro Devices, and numerous startup companies in the Silicon Valley.

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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.

General Membership Meeting – Ed Fong WB6IQN
Mon, Nov 16, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (PST)

GoToMeeting Transcripts


Ham Radio Examinations will NOT be held this month as the Norman P. Murray Center is closed until the end of ?? July, August, September, October, November,   sometime in 2021…..? 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.

Monday, October 19th at 7pm; Online General Membership Meeting

Dear SOARA Members and Guests,

Please join us online for our October General Membership Meeting to be held on the GoToMeeting platform.

We will not have a guest speaker for this month.

What we would like to do is introduce the SOARA Board’s Officers and Directors, or reintroduce if you’ve been around awhile, and tell you a little about ourselves, what our job function is, and share where we’ve been as a club, where we are now, and where we may see ourselves going as SOARA with an opportunity for some Q & A from members afterwards. From this point on, the meeting is open for any ham radio topic you’d like to talk about.  Maybe you have a problem that needs some solutions or you have some solutions to someone’s problem. Perhaps you just want to share how you’ve been using your time this year with so many of us restricted by COVID. Maybe share your ideas about what you would like to see SOARA do in the future.  Bring you own decaf coffee and pastry to the computer and it will be almost like meeting at the Murray Center.

Even though we don’t have a guest speaker, this is your club that you pay dues every year to belong to. (Dues are due this month, by the way, and Ed would appreciate you getting your payment in soon if you haven’t done so)

We highly encourage your participation in Monday’s meeting. We hope to see many of you online and feel free to invite a guest who may be looking to get into ham radio and is looking for a club to help in that endeavor.

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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.

October SOARA Membership Meeting
Mon, Oct 19, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (PDT)

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

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 835-355-957

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/835355957

 


Ham Radio Examinations will NOT be held this month as the Norman P. Murray Center is closed until the end of ?? July, August, September, October, November,   sometime in 2021…..? 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.

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.