March 20 General Meeting: Earthquakes

Please join us at the Norman P. Murray Center, in Mission Viejo, CA on Monday, 3/20, at 7pm for our General Meeting.

Our guest speaker is Tom Broz, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, and a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in multiple states, in the fields of of Civil, and Structural Engineering, as well as a licensed General Contractor.  The topic will be Earthquakes, Causes, Effects, Mitigations, and Preparations.  As an animated visual presentation, the slant will be slightly different from the usual.

Tom holds a BS in Civil Engineering, and a MS in Structural Engineering. In his over 44 year career he has worked for and held leadership positions in a number of notable engineering and construction firms, including Bechtel, DMJM, Wildan, and Stantec, to name a few. He also belongs to a number of professional associations, such as Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Structural Engineers Association of Southern CA, and several more.  He is also a recent OC Fire Watch volunteer.  His presentation will range from the technical to the practical.

February 27: DX Admonitions and Aspirations

Please join us at the Norman P. Murray Center on Monday, 2/27, at 7pm for our General Meeting.  This month’s speaker is Ralph Fedor, K0IR.

In his presentation to the South Orange Amateur Radio Association, Ralph will give us a little insight into what he has gleaned from his past DXpeditions and share some images and experiences from some of the world’s most remote places.

With this as a background, Ralph will take us inside the plans for a DXpedition to Bouvet in early 2018 (Also featured in the January Propagator).  He will discuss the challenges Bouvet presents, the logistics of an operation there, and what we, on the West Coast, are likely to observe as the DXpedition unfolds.

An amateur radio testing session will start prior to the meeting at 6pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!

SOARA General Meeting – 7/18 – Monday

CERT and Emergency Communication Basic Battery Box
By Tony Gawel W6TNY

The presentation at the SOARA Club general meeting will be on the CERT and EmComm battery box project. The project is intended to provide CERT, EmComm teams and amateur radio clubs with a basic low cost Emergency Battery Box that is simple to build and requires minimal tools. The project is designed to inspire new ideas on what is possible by providing a Club/ Group activity that all members can participate in. The building process provides the builder with both comradery and pride of ownership in building their own (emergency) equipment (the fundamentals of Amateur Radio).

This project is not the high-end Mega EmComm box that some amateur radio operators will build! It is a smaller more portable version that uses the same basic concepts used on it larger cousin.

This project is designed for people who want to be better prepared with a more portable solution.