Ray Hutchinson Recognized by OC Fire Watch

In addition to being our SOARA president, Ray Hutchinson (AE6H) is being recognized by OC Fire Watch for his drive and energy towards the Fire Watch mission. Ray is a Fire Watch Team Leader in the Orange County Fire Watch program with over 200 volunteer hours.

As a retired OCFA Fire Captain, Ray frequently assists with Fire Watch training and shares his knowledge of fire behavior, emergency response and amateur radio communications with fellow volunteers. He deploys for the Fire Watch program during Red Flag Warning days and even does double duty by acting as Net Control Officer while on Fire Watch. Throughout the year he shares Wildfire Awareness messaging and recruits potential volunteers at outreach and amateur radio events. The Fire Watch program appreciates Ray’s time and commitment to fire prevention for Orange County’s parks, roadsides and open spaces.

Please congratulate Ray when you see him!

Apr 16: General Meeting – NCG Company

Join us at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, CA on Monday, 4/16 at 7:00 pm for our next General Meeting.

Our featured speaker is Mick Stwertnik of the NatCommGroup. Mick is Vice President of Sales at NCG Company, Inc.

NatCommGroup is the North American Distributor for COMET and MALDOL brand antenna products designed, manufactured and quality controlled in Japan. They also distribute the DAIWA brand of RF SWR/power meters and switching power supplies.

To learn more about the NCG company click here.

Mar 19: General Meeting – Orange County Fire Watch Program

Join us at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, CA on Monday, 3/19 at 7:00 pm for our next General Meeting.

Our featured speaker is Orange County Fire Watch Program Coordinator, Tony Pointer. Tony manages the Orange County Fire Watch program for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, OC Parks, City of Irvine, and City of Newport Beach with the assistance of over 300 volunteers at 36 locations in Orange County. He will be sharing information on the activities of the Fire Watch program and the current fire situation in Southern California. Orange County Fire Watch and SOARA are currently partnered to utilize the SOARA repeater for Fire Watch deployments on Red Flag Warning days.

To learn more about the Orange County Fire Watch Program click here.

Feb 26: General Meeting – Powerwerx Presentation

Join us at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, CA on Monday, 2/26 at 7:00 pm for our next General Meeting.

Our featured speaker will be Kevin Karamanos, WD6DIH. He is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Powerwerx. Kevin is well known in the Southern CA Ham community. He also authors and publishes the well known Southern California Repeater Location Guide.

Powerwerx logo

Powerwerx was founded in 1999 to provide affordable DC power interconnect products. Today, Powerwerx is a leading manufacturer and distributor of DC power solutions and communications products. To learn more about Powerwerx, click here.

Also, be sure to check out our February Propagator here.

Jan 22: General Meeting – Science Heads

Join us at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, CA on Monday, 1/22 at 7:00 pm for our next General Meeting.

Richard Stember, Executive Director of the local non-profit organization Science Heads, will be giving a presentation about their High Altitude Balloon / Student Experiment project.  Local Middle and High School students will be designing and building experiments to be carried to ‘near space’ as part of the non-profit’s support for STEM education.  Aboard the payload will be a dedicated 2M APRS transmitter which will provide GPS coordinates and telemetry data.  Richard will also discuss the ways local HAMs can help with this initiative and inspire young minds to dream big.

Silent Key: Bob Hahn – KI6COO

Bob passed away on November 10th. He went into the hospital that Wednesday for a routine gallbladder removal and had some internal bleeding. He spent 24 hours in ICU where they did everything they could to save him.

Bob’s service will be Saturday December 9 @ 10:00 Mariners Church, in their chapel.

Address: 5001 Newport Coast Dr, Irvine, CA 92603
Phone: +1-949-854-7600

Please forward to all who knew Bob.

November 20: 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 20 at the Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo at 7pm. This semi-annual fun event is great way for SOARA members and other Amateur Radio operators to find and sell ham radio and related equipment.

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.