General Meeting February 24th @ 7pm, Murray Center in Mission Viejo

Michael Rickey AF6FB from PAPA will present make a presentation about DMR. In this talk he will cover a little about the PAPA System, the history and features of DMR, using & programming the AnyTone D878, and hotspots.
Michael is mostly active on VHF and UHF – Analog and DMR, but you will find him on D-STAR occasionally.  He is frequently on the BrandMeister DMR talkgroup SoCal/31066. He also does a little HF work, mostly portable. Michael is a member of The PAPA System and MARC (The Motorcycling Amateur Radio Club)

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.

General Meeting January 27th @ 7pm, Murray Center in Mission Viejo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us for our January, 2020 meeting at the Murray Center to hear our local DXpeditioner from Orange county, Arnie, N6HC present the story of the Ducie Island Dxpedition which won the Dxpedition of the year award in 2019.  This rare DXCC entity had not been activated for ten years prior to the VP6D team traveling thousands of miles by airplane and ship to visit this uninhabited South Pacific atoll.  The travelogue is captivating and the amateur radio story intriguing.  This was not a five star adventure and will remind us that DXpeditioning is not for sissies!  But it should be a five star entertaining program.  Don’t miss it!!


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.

Monday – High Altitude Ballon Launch

On this coming Monday, November 25th, we will be launching another High Altitude Balloon (HAB4B).  This HAB will be carrying the student experiments which did not make aboard the launch on November 9th.

You are invited to attend and help with the launch.  Below are the details:

When:  Monday, November 25th

  • Setup:  7 AM – 9 AM
  • Launch: 11 AM
  • Recovery:  11 AM – ?
  • Tear Down:  2 PM

Where:  City of Lake Forest Sports Park

28000 Rancho Pkwy, Lake Forest

Richard Stember
Executive Director
Science Heads Inc.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit on a mission to support STEM education

www.ScienceHeads.org

 

NASA Solar System Ambassador
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssa/biography

General Meeting November 18th, 7pm. AUCTION MONTH!!!

Time to clean out the HAM shack and pick up some new projects for the holidays. All are welcome to attend the SOARA Spring Auction on Monday, November 18th 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.

For those of you who have asked to pre-fill tags for auction items, there is a link below to download and print.

SOARA Auction Tags

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

High Altitude Balloon 4 Launch Scheduled for November 9th, 2019

Hello Fellow HAB Volunteers;

We are go for our next HAB launch. The City of Lake Forest has given us permission to launch from the Lake Forest Sports Park on Saturday, November 9th, 2019. We are looking for previous and new Ham Radio Volunteers to assist in base communications, photo documentary with drones, stills and/or video, and on the ground balloon chasers. Previous launches included an APRS transmitter and standard transmitter that transmitted on the standard Transmitter Hunt Frequency 146.565 Mhz FM. This is a great opportunity to put Ham Radio skills to a fun use.

We have also scheduled two pre-launch meetings. Please plan on attending one or both of these meetings:

Saturday, October 19th and November 2nd. Both meetings will be held in the Rec Center at the City of Lake Forest Sports Park, 28000 Rancho Pkwy, Lake Forest.

This year we are running an afterschool program at La Paz Intermediate School to help students design and build experiments. We have also posted the official “Call for Student Experiments” on our website. Several teachers have already expressed interest in having their classes participate.

Thank you for supporting Science Heads and our High Altitude Balloon / STEM program. We couldn’t make this opportunity available to local students without your help!

Best wishes,

Richard Stember
Executive Director
Science Heads Inc.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit on a mission to support STEM education

www.ScienceHeads.org

General Meeting October 21st – Millimeter Wave RF

              

Please join us at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, CA on Monday, October 21st at 7:00 pm for our General Meeting with out guest speaker Mike Pettus WD6E.

Mike was licensed as WB6VZY General in 1966 during high school. He graduated CSUF 1972 BA Philosophy Science and Mathematics. He upgraded to WD6E extra in 1984 and has been working in the wireless high-tech industry for over 30 years and has earned 15 issued patents. Mike specializes in RF systems engineering with the  last 10 years in millimeter wave systems and techniques.

The night’s presentation will go through a quick background on the fundamentals of RF, with a look at the spectrum from “DC to Daylight”. Then a hunt for TX/RX technologies for the 60 GHz band. How we got involved with IBM and got early access to some cool 60 GHz chips. We’ll dive into the techniques on “how to make it work” at these frequencies and how we evolved designs to work with modern millimeter wave IC packages. He will talk about the development of a 60 GHz “waveguide module” and then show some real applications with products that use these devices for 60 GHz data transmission. He will end the talk in an area of personal interest: millimeter wave radio astronomy.


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.

 

ByLaws Change in support of 501 (c )(3) status

SOARA is in the process of compiling the application to change our non-profit tax status from 501(c)(7) to 501(c)(3), which would make all donations to the Club tax deductible if approved. The I.R.S. requires specific wording that our current Dissolution Clause does not contain. In accordance with our Constitution, making the necessary change to our By-laws requires a vote of approval from 2/3 of our membership.

Please review the change as approved by our Board of Directors. Within the next few days you will receive an e-mail ballot. The Board recommends that you vote for Approval so we may move forward with the application process. In accordance with our Constitution, any votes not cast will count as “In Favor”.

Current Wording:
X. Dissolution of the Club can be determined by unanimous approval of the Board and two thirds (2/3) approval of the membership. In the event that SOARA members and officers approve dissolution of the club, All Club property, including repeaters, radios, antennas, etc., shall be donated to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). All coordinated frequencies revert to the respective area coordination boards and/or authorities, and any and all revenues shall be donated to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

New Wording Approved by Board:
X. Dissolution of the Club can be determined by unanimous approval of the Board and two third (2/3) approval of the membership. In the event that SOARA members and officer approve dissolution of the Club, all Club assets shall be distributed to one or more amateur radio organizations that qualify under I.R.S. Section 501(c)(3), or corresponding section of any future tax code, at the time of distribution. The specific organization(s) selected to receive the assets shall be determined by a majority vote of the Board at the time of dissolution. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed by a Court of

Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of SOARA is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

Reasoning:
– Incorporates language required by the IRS
– It doesn’t make sense to donate large equipment such as repeaters and antennas to the ARRL. With proposed wording the Board could approve donating cash assets to the ARRL, and equipment to a local amateur radio club that qualifies.
– Board discussed that there is no need to specifically address coordinated frequencies.

73 de NI6X
Lori Carey, Treasurer