April 30: Ride for Rwanda

ride-for-rwandaHams are needed:
Thank you for your previous service in supporting the 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda. The success of this ride would not have been possible without your help. Last year we had 1,292 participants and raised over $161,000 to support our causes in Rwanda and other African countries.

We are gearing up for our 10th annual ride on Saturday April 30th, 2016 and we are excited to unveil some fun new twists this year. Although we were unable to secure Oakley as our host venue, we are pleased to welcome Applied Medical as our new host this year. Our start/finish and post-ride party will be held at the Applied Medical facility (formerly Cox Communications) in Rancho Santa Margarita. Because of this change, we have also made several changes to the routes.

With all these changes, one thing remains unchanged; we need over 250 volunteers and would greatly appreciate your help again this year.

If you are able to help out, please sign up on our volunteer sign-up page. There are listings for many specific needs as well as general volunteer positions. Our biggest needs right now are for the following positions:

Course Guides – Helping guide riders at fixed points along the course
Crossing Guards – Keeping riders safe at intersections along the course
Flexible Volunteers – A variety of positions at the Start/Finish in RSM

If you would like to help out and have any questions, please feel free to email or call me directly. I look forward to serving with you.

Warmest Regards,

Rich Wood
Volunteer Coordinator
50 Mile Ride for Rwanda

Oct 24 SOARA Saturday

SOARA Saturday:
Saturday October 24 is our next S.S. We will be at Gilleran Park in Mission Viejo from 9am until noon. We will have coffee and donuts and will set up an HF setup to take part in the contests that are on this weekend. Please come and have some fun.

September 11-13: Hamcon 2015

Don't miss HAMCON 2015, the 2015 ARRL Southwestern Division Convention,
on September 11-13, 2015 at the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach Hotel,
3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, CA 90503.  

Please visit  www.hamconinc.org for complete information.  You will
find a full Vendor/Exhibitor Hall with leading ham radio suppliers
along with interesting "Tech Talk" speakers covering four program
tracks:  DXing/contesting; emergency communication; general ham and
technical topics; and topics for newer hams.  

Every paid attendee also receives four free door prize tickets--no
tickets will be sold--so everyone has an equal chance.  The grand door
prize is a Kenwood TS-590SG HF transceiver.  Those registering by July
31 will additionally be in a door prize drawing for a Kenwood TM-710G
VHF/UHF mobile radio with built-in GPS and APRS.  Many additional door
prizes will be given throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Several items for your attention now:

Early registration by July 31 costs $22.  From August 1 through the
convention (including at the door) the registration fee is $27.   

Please sign up for the special HAMCON Saturday Lunch, Saturday Dinner
Banquet, or Sunday Breakfast--each with a very interesting speaker plus
a door prize drawing just for meal attendees.  Just announced: The Lunch
door prize is a $150 Ham Radio Outlet gift certificate, the Dinner
Banquet door prize will have a value exceeding $500; and the Sunday
Breakfast door prize will be a $100 Ham Radio Outlet gift certificate.

Finally, we encourage you to take advantage of the Torrance Marriott
Redondo Beach Hotel's special $119 per night discounted hotel room rate
package exclusively for HAMCON attendees for reservations made by August
15, 2015.  Reservations at this rate may be made online through
Marriott's web portal on the HAMCON website hotel reservations page
http://www.hamconinc.org/hotel-room-reservation.php or by calling
Marriott's national telephone reservations center at 1-800-228-9290 and
using the code words "HAMCON Convention" at the Torrance Marriott
Redondo Beach Hotel.  This special rate package is not available
through Marriott's main website.  

We look forward to seeing you at HAMCON 2015 during September 11-13.


Diana Feinberg, AI6DF
Chair, HAMCON 2015 / the 2015 ARRL Southwestern Division Convention,
and President, Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club (K6PV)

August 17: SOARA General Meeting

k6lcsAll are welcome to the next SOARA General Meeting on Monday, August 17 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.  This month’s speaker is Clint Bradford, K6LCS, presenting ‘Working Amateur Satellites With Your HT.’ Admission is absolutely free, and visitors are WELCOME to attend! Between the material presented, the free downloads available on the support Work-Sat.com Web site, and the always-lively Q&A afterward, attendees will be provided with all the information they will need to work FM amateur satellites – and more. Pre-presentation questions are welcomed – send email to: k6lcs@ham-sat.info

Help Wanted: Fire Watch

As California enters its fourth year of a record breaking drought, communities within the wildland urban interface of Orange County are up against a growing threat from wildfires. Wind-driven embers can destroy homes and neighborhoods miles from the actual flame edge of a wildland fire. To help combat this threat Volunteers with the Orange County Fire Watch Program deploy during Red Flag Warning and high fire danger days to strategic locations surrounding Orange County’s Parks and wilderness areas.

Volunteers serve as visual deterrents against arsonists, provide early reporting of fires, and help educate the public on fire prevention. Many of these Volunteers utilize their HAM Radios skills to maintain situation awareness during deployments, and OC Fire Watch is looking for more HAM Operators who are interested in helping protect Orange County against the threat of wildfires.

Fire Watch Training Matrix

· Volunteer Orientation / Public Interaction Workshop

· Fire Watch Workshop

· CPR/First Aid Workshop

We have many training opportunities coming up; we ask that you please share this information to any interested individuals within your organization. For further information, please feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy to come and present to your RACES/ ARES/ or club meeting as well.

For more information on Orange County Fire Watch Program-Click (Here) or (Here)

Thank you. 73!

Kevin McArthur
Program Coordinator
Orange County Fire Watch
Irvine Ranch Conservancy
4727 Portola Pkwy | Irvine CA 92620
direct dial (949) 525-0440 | fax (714) 508-4758

May 3: Orange County Marathon Volunteers

Volunteers needed for The Orange County Marathon on Sunday May 3. If you are interested in helping out with this year’s Orange County Marathon we would like to hear from you. Please call Heiko at (949) 859-3868 or e-mail at < ad6oi@soara.org> A mobile radio and vehicle are preferred but we can also use operators with hand held radios.