March 18th General Meeting: Arnie Shatz N6HC on FT-8

Monday 3/18 at 7:00 PM
Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo CA

We are delighted to welcome back Arnie Shatz N6HC as guest speaker with a comprehensive program on the FT-8 digital mode. This presentation will include basic operation and how to contact a Dxpedition on FT-8 using the Fox/Hound mode.

Check out the October and November 2018 issues of QST by Joe Taylor, Steve Franke, and Bill Somerville covering FT-8. If you don’t have these issues but are an ARRL member you can log in to the ARRL web site and find these articles in the QST archive.


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.

Feb 25th General Meeting – Yaesu Product Presentation

Monday 2/25 at 7:00 PM
Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo CA

Don’t miss our Monday, February 25th club meeting. Our speaker will be Juan Rodriguez, from Yaesu located locally in Cypress, CA.

From stationary multi-feature communications equipment to portable devices, Yaesu has consistently represented the best in communications equipment to the world’s top DX’ers for over half a century.

Hopefully, Juan will be able to show us some of the newest Yaesu radios and accessories. Yaesu continues to be a very popular brand among SOARA members so I expect a lively and informative product Q & A.


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.

Jan 28th General Meeting – DXpedition 2018

Monday 1/28 at 7:00 PM
Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo CA

Don’t miss our Monday, January 28th club meeting. Our speaker will be Arnie Shatz, N6HC, who will present a program about the June / July 2018 Dxpedition to Baker Island in the Central Pacific.

This operation was the first activation of this DXCC entity in more than 15 years and the first major Dxpedition to operate FT8 along with the traditional modes of CW, SSB and RTTY.

If you have time, check out the website for KH1/KH7Z – www.baker2018.net before coming to the meeting to familiarize yourself with the trials and tribulations that the team had to endure as well as the triumphs to bring this entity into your shack.


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.

2018 SOARA Holiday Party

All,

This Sunday (Dec 2nd) is the SOARA Holiday Party at Claim Jumper in Mission Viejo.  If you have not already purchased your tickets, please do that now on the SOARA website (https://www.soara.org/activities/holiday-party/) or by CLICKING HERE.
Tickets are $30 each and includes dinner (10 options to choose from), a glass of wine, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, dessert and a raffle ticket.
The party starts at 5:00PM
Claim Jumper is located at 27845 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (Between Marguerite Pkwy and Los Alisos Blvd)

November 19th Fall Auction

Time to clean out the HAM shack and pick up some new projects for the holidays. All are welcome to attend the SOARA Fall Auction on Monday, November 19 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.

In addition our regularly scheduled FCC licensing examinations will occur at 6pm prior to the auction.

Oct. 15th General Meeting – Collins Radios

Monday 10/15 at 7:00 PM
Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo CA

Guest speaker, Wayne Spring (W6IRD), will be explaining and demonstrating a working Collins Radio.

Wayne Spring is very well known in the U.S. and many places around the world for his expertise with tube radios. He is a member of the board of the Collins Collectors Organization. He has rebuilt many early tube radios that he has purchased at various swap meets.

Wayne made his first radio as a young lad and with a simple wire antenna started working countries on CW. At very young age of 17 he joined the Coast Guard and worked as a radio operator. He worked for the government for many years and recently was asked to repair some old equipment that no one else knew how to fix. He is an Elmer to many hams and is always willing to give a helping hand.


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.