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.

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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.

Greg De Hoogh Appointed SOARA Secretary

At a special Board meeting held on Monday, October 30, the SOARA Board appointed Greg De Hoogh, N6PM as club Secretary to fill out the term of Lambert Matias, KK6WOW.  Lambert resigned because of a business opportunity that required he and Michelle to relocate to the East Coast.  We will miss Lambert and the great contributions he has made to SOARA.

The Board welcomes Greg, who is a longtime ham and SOARA member, to the Board. We are confident he will be able to fulfill the Secretary duties with skill. Our thanks to Greg for stepping forward and throwing his hat into the ring, joining a field of three candidates.

ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations

ARRL is thanking the Amateur Radio community for its generosity in support of the ARRL Ham Aid Fund, which is making it possible to provide relief and recovery communications in Puerto Rico. Overall, there have been more than 600 donations to the Ham Aid program in response to a call from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and nearly $125,000 has come in from clubs and individuals. Several Amateur Radio retailers and manufacturers also have stepped up to donate needed equipment. Roderick said he was amazed at the overwhelming response, including those who answered his call to join the “Force of 50” now deployed in Puerto Rico.

“The Amateur Radio community really came together in providing donations of equipment, funding, and personnel in response to the great need in Puerto Rico,” Roderick said. “The scale of these efforts and the response is making history. This has got to be one of Amateur Radio’s greatest moments. Our sincere thanks go to all involved.”

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October 16: General Meeting – The DX Engineering Story

Please join us at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo, CA on Monday, 10/16 at 7:00 pm for our General Meeting.

This Month’s meeting speaker (via Skype) is Bob Naumann, W5OV, and he will be presenting the DX Engineering story.

Bob is DX Engineering’s Sales Manager. He is responsible for all sales activities and manages the sales and tech support team. Bob has been licensed since 1973. He is well-known in the world-wide contest and DXing communities through many on-air activities. Bob operates from both domestic and DX locations including K3LR and K8AZ. He is an active DXer (DXCC Honor Roll). In addition to contesting & DXing on SSB, CW, and RTTY, he also enjoys VHF weak signal work and HF digital modes. Bob was a member of the CQ Contest Committee for over 20 years. Bob is a life member of ARRL and is also a member of both the Radio Club of America, and the Quarter Century Wireless Association.