May 4: Orange County Marathon Volunteers Needed

OCM-80Sunday May 4 is the Orange County Marathon from Newport Beach to the Orange County Fairgrounds by way of Irvine and Santa Ana.

If you would like more information please check the OC Marathon website and if you would like to volunteer for this event please e-mail me at

Morning and early afternoon shifts available.  No experience necessary.  VHF/UHF handheld required.


February 24: General Club Meeting

DSC_0458-copyHDTAll are welcome to the next SOARA general meeting on February 24 at 7pm at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.

Our guest speakers will be Christine and Kris Marciniak to talk about off road rallying and to gather communication support for their rallies.  SOARA has been a proud supporter of their events in the past and in the future.

From Christine and Kris:

We’re getting ready for the 2014 High Desert Trails Rally on Saturday, May 3rd! Our website is:

The 2014 event will be much the same as the last few years on the Jawbone area stages near Ridgecrest, CA, but as the event expands we need even more volunteers every year to be able to put on a great event. We need YOUR help!
There’s lots of positions that we need filled, especially:

– Time Control Workers, including MTC, and Stage Captains
– Communications / Amateur Radio Operators
– Course Set-up (including banners, stakes, and arrows) – before event start (Friday during the day or VERY early on Saturday)
– Course Clean-up – after event finish
– Course closing or sweep vehicles
– Licensed EMTs
– Non-ham road blockages
– Scoring Team
– Spectator Marshals
– Trophy Team (Digital Photography)

For more information and to sign up, please see the volunteer area of our website at:

We will be providing lunch and water for all registered volunteers. As an additional incentive for participating as a volunteer for this year’s rally, we are also offering you a discounted entry at the brand new High Desert Trail Rallycross! For more information and to sign up for the rallycross, please visit the rallycross section of our website! (Please note that signing up as a volunteer, which you must do first, does not automatically enter you in the rallycross.)

We have a great reduced host hotel rate for all suites at the SpringHill Suites Marriott. Please be sure to book your rooms with the host hotel soon! Call Brooklynn at (760) 428-6003 for reservations, and be sure to mention “The High Desert Trails Rally” to receive the same great reduced rate as last year of $109 (plus tax) per night (before the rate expires on April 12th). You can also use the following link to make your reservations:
There are many additional hotels in town to choose from with rates ranging from $50-$150 per night.

Please feel free to email us at:

Thank you in advance for your participation, Christine & Kristopher Marciniak Co-Organizers, High Desert Trails Rally

March 22-23: Baker to Vegas for SOARA

Baker to Vegas Race March 23rd and 24th 2014

On behalf of all of the teams, I want to thank you for your interest in volunteering for Baker to Vegas Communications.  I hope you can participate in this event.  A list of the types of assignments at each stage can be found at this link:   The application to work as a ham can also be found on the above page.  Complete the application and email it to Margie Hoffman at Be sure to let her know you want to work at Stage 8 or any other stage that may interest you.

Jim Stoker AG6EF is the Lead Ham at Stage 8 and will make the assignments.  Send an email to Jim at with your email address and telephone number.  He will being sending out a group email soon.  Jim is a terrific ham and a very ice guy. I guarantee that you will enjoy working with him and the other hams.  Working together, Stage 8 is a great team of hams, Good Sam volunteers and sworn peace officer volunteers and this stage runs smooth as silk.

More information can be found at the Baker to Vegas Communications page:

You can learn more about the Baker to Vegas Race by going to:

If you plan on camping at Stage 8, plan on arriving early in the morning on the 23rd.  Do not set up camp until the Good Sam Crew arrives because you may end up being relocated.  There is a Stage Setup Plan that must be adhered to, to facilitate the smooth and safe operation of the stage.   There is plenty of room for RV’s and tents.  Plan for ALL kinds of weather no matter what the weather guessers predict.  If you’re not planning on camping, you should have no trouble getting a hotel in Pahrump on Saturday night.  Email me at if you have any questions.

Amateur Radio Does It All

Here is a good video about amateur radio, look for the two SOARA spots:

I hope you might help us to share the news about a new educational video about Amateur Radio. It is free to view and share and can be found here:

It has been created for anyone who wishes to encourage youth and adults to explore the world of Ham Radio and it also can be found on the home page of the project website at

Thank you for your consideration. 73, Mike
World Genesis Foundation

November 9: Vic Ray looking for Volunteers

Vic Ray posted on South Orange Amateur Radio Association – SOARA’s timeline

“Mission Viejo High School’s Marching band is having its Home Field Competition on Saturday, November 2nd at Mission Viejo High School. My wife, Diane (KK6FDR) and I (W6VGR) are in charge of getting all of the school buses, equipment trucks and vans parked in the reserved lots. I’m a little short on parent volunteers this year. It’s a sit on your fanny in the shade (or your car) and talk on the radio type job while I do all of the manual labor. I need help between 2pm and 7pm. A very tasty meal is provided. I can be reached at if you can assist. Thanks! ”
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July 4: Mission Viejo Fireworks

St FaireThe Mission Viejo RACES-ARES is requesting Communications Support for the Mission Viejo Street Fair and Fireworks Event on the 4th of July in Mission Viejo.  A VHF/UHF handheld is required!

During the last shift we have the best viewing position for the fireworks. Must be 18 years of age and older. Contact WA6RUZ for more info and Waiver Form must be submitted before participation.

Parking passes will be issued for entry to the event site.

If you are willing to participate in this event PLEASE REPLY to indicating time slot.

The following shows the open time slots still needing communicators:

9:00am to 12:30pm (3.5 hrs.) NEED 6 OPERATORS
12:00pm to 3:30pm 3.5 hrs.) NEED 6 OPERATORS
3:00pm to 6:30pm (3.5 hrs.) NEED 8 OPERATORS
6:00pm to 9:30pm (aprox. 3.5 hrs.) NEED 10 OPERATORS

Charley Speelman, WA6RUZ
RACES Radio Officer & ARES Emergency Coordinator
Mission Viejo RACES-ARES
949-257-2237 – RACES Message Line