August 7: SOARA Picnic

WHEN:    First Sunday of August (August 7, 2016)
TIME:    11:00am - 2:00pm
WHERE:   End of Island Way, Dana Point (map)
TALK-IN: 146.025+ 110.9hz

jvn04On the first Sunday of August SOARA holds a picnic to give an opportunity for the families of the club members and their friends to meet in an informal setting.

SOARA provides hamburgers, hot dogs, tea and water. We ask that club members bring a side dish.

There is no cost for this event.  The public is welcome although we request that you recognize that this function is provided on a first come first served basis and supplies will be limited.


August 15: SOARA Fair

WHEN: Monday, August 15, 2016
TIME: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
WHERE: Norman P Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo

The SOARA Fair is held once a year during the August general club meeting where club subject matter experts will hold “mini-seminars” on a range of Amateur Radio and electronic topics.  The mini-seminars are held informally and you can rotate from seminar to seminar.  This event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.

2016 presenters scheduled are:

Charlie WA6RUZ, Emergency Communications / RACES
Jon KK6WFF, Arduino Microprocessors
Ed WA6ED, 3D Printers
Mike K6MSM / Tak W6SI, Digital Communications
Steve K6UVR, Antenna Tuners
Phil WA6LDI, HF DXing and QSLing
Joe AE6XE, HAMNet Mesh Networking
Tony W6TNY, Power Boxes
Frank AG6QV, Microwave Communications

If you are a subject matter expert and wish to demonstrate, please let us know so we may reserve you a location in the room for next time!

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.

June 24-26: SOARA Field Day

WHEN:  Fourth Full Weekend in June (June 25-26, 2016)
TIME:  11:00am Saturday - 11:00am Sunday (Friday Setup Starts at 3pm)
WHERE: James G. Gilleran Park, 24960 Felipe Road, Mission Viejo, CA

TALK IN: 147.645- 110.9hz

Fri 6/24 3pm: Setup begins (towers, antennas, tents, radios, etc)
Fri 6/24 6pm: Dinner
Sat 6/25 9am: Field day site opens
Sat 6/25 11am: Field day operations begins
Sat 6/25 12pm: Lunch
Sat 6/25 1pm: Education Activity
Sat 6/25 2pm: ARRL-VEC Testing Session
Sat 6/25 6pm: Dinner 
Sun 6/26 11am: Field day operations cease 

For information click here for our Field Day page.

SOARA June Activities

june-month-sun.inline verticalJune is a busy month for SOARA– this is a quick service reminder of the following activities that are happening in June:

6/5 @ 1pm- Transmitter Hunt
6/18 @ 8am – Technician Class Study Session at Murray Center
6/18 @ 9am – SOARA Saturday at Gilleran Park (Field Day Prep)
6/20 @ 7pm – General Club Meeting at Murray Center — (NO TESTING)
6/24 @ 3pm – Field Day Setup Begins at Gilleran Park
6/25 @ 11am – Field Day Operations Start at Gilleran Park
6/25 @ 1pm – Amateur Radio Educational Activity at Gilleran Park
6/25 @ 2pm – Amateur Radio Exams at Gilleran Park

For more information about any of these activities visit the website at and click on the activities menu.  You may also follow us on Facebook at K6SOA and Twitter @K6SOA.