Events of the 2004 Year:

December 5, 2004 (Sunday)

“2004 OCARC Annual Christmas Holiday Dinner”

The 2004 Christmas dinner was held at Carrow's Restaurant, 2819 E. Chapman Ave., in Orange. After dinner a raffle was held with some great prizes; grand prize was a Pryme handheld radio. This was also the first year of the ladies' raffle. Thanks to Kristin - K6PEQ for organizing such a grand party.


November 19, 2004

“Comet, Maldol and Diawa ham radio products”

Our November guest speaker was Mick Stwertnik - KB6JVT of NCG. NCG Company is the North American importer of Comet, Maldol and Diawa amateur radio products.  Mick brought examples of duplexers/triplexers, HT antennas, and multi-band mobile antennas to demonstrate the wide variety of antennas and no-holes-to-drill mounting systems they specialize in.

Maldol has recently designed a compact HF/VHF/UHF vertical antenna that includes 80/40/20/15/10/6/2/70cm bands. It's only about 8.5 feet tall. Mick brought one to display to the group.

Elections for 2005 club officers were also held after Mick's presentation.


October 15, 2004

“2004 OCARC Annual Auction”

The annual club auction was held at our regular meeting time and place. Items were limited to radio and electronic equipment only. Registration began at 7:00 PM. Participants are now enjoying their new treasures while others are enjoying the space they regained after getting rid of their junk.


Sept 17, 2004

“OCARC's First Club Reunion”

The Orange County Amateur Radio Club held its first ever club reunion, inviting past members to join us for food and drink, to talk about and get caught up with old friends and to remember hams who have gone to the final DXpedition. Many messages were received and read from members who could not attend. Thanks to Bob - AF6C for conceiving and planning this event.


August 27-29, 2004

“2004 ARRL SW Division Convention”

The ARRL Southwestern Division Convention was held at the Wild Horse Pass Resort near Phoenix, AZ. The convention theme centered around the life of the late famous radio amateur and U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater - K7UGA. At the convention local amateur Jay Thompson - W6JAY received the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award.


August 20, 2004

“KFI Guy Wire Change-out”

Dino Darling - K6RIX [now KX6D presented our August Program. Dino, a man not scared of heights, gave us a presentation on the recent changing of the guy wires on the 750' tall tower at KFI in La Mirada. These wires have been up for many years and for safety reasons were replaced. Dino got to ride up the tower and 'help' the crew. Dino's pictures were outstanding as was his recollection of how the task was accomplished. He donated to the club raffle one of the old guy insulators used on the tower (See picture).

Sadly, the tower with the new guy wires in place was destroyed on December 19th when a light plane, attempting to land at nearby Fullerton Airport clipped one of the guys. The pilot and his passenger wife were killed. The tower fell to the ground.


July 16, 2004

“Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA)”

Kent Gardner - WA7AHY was our speaker at the July meeting. The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA), is a wide ranging group that includes about 50% ham radio operators in it's membership. Besides discussing SARA, Kent presented a slide show on a recent conference SARA held at the Owens Valley Radio-telescope near Bishop, CA.


June 26-27, 2004

“A.R.R.L. Field Day Exercise”

FIELD DAY is a yearly held 24-hour simulated emergency communications drill. In 2004 our Field Day was held at Portola Park in Santa Ana. The park is located on East Santa Clara Street between Tustin and Grand Avenues. Several Field Days have been held at this same location. Setup began Saturday morning, with operations running from at 11:00 AM PDT to Sunday at 11:00 AM PDT. Tear-down ended late Sunday afternoon. W6ZE made 1,792 QSOs during the operation.


June 18, 2004

“Field Day Slide Show & FD planning”

Ken Konechy - W6HHC presented a slide show of past OCARC Field Day events. Shown were many of our success and failures learning experiences. After the slide show that went back briefly for many years, final Field Day preparations were made.


May 21, 2004

“American Morse Code is Still Alive”

Kathy Stanfill - KS6CW and Tom Van Buskirk - K6TV of the Morse Telegraph Club presented a program on American Morse code. This original code is different from the International Morse code that is used by amateurs today. Tom gave an overview and history of telegraph in the United States. Kathy and Tom demonstrated a computer program called The Mill that can teach both forms of Morse code. Kathy and Tom brought lots of antique Morse equipment for us to examine.


April 24 - 25, 2004

“Baker-to-‘Vegas — Law Enforcement Relay Race”

Approximately 210 running teams from law enforcement agencies nation-wide participated in this year's 120 mile relay race through the California and Nevada Desert. The race began 18 miles north of Baker and proceeded north over Ibex Pass to Shoshone then on to Pahrump Nevada, up the mountains through Mountain Springs and down to Las Vegas, ending at the Rio Resort and Casino. The race is broken up into 20 legs, varying in length from 4.8 to 7.1 miles.  As amateurs, we provided course-wide communications using two-meter and 440 MHz radios, packet radio and GPS/APRS displays.

Many OCARC members supported the Orange Police team.


April 16, 2004

“ARRL Logbook Of The World (LoTW)”

Arnie Shatz - N6HC introduced the club to the ARRL's new Logbook of the World (LoTW). Arnie is active in the Southern California DX Club. He is a QSL card field checker for ARRL DXCC and CQ awards programs.

Arnie explained this free logging service that is valid for most contesting and expedites confirmation of QSOs and eases the expense of mailing QSLs. LoTW can interface with many of the current logbook programs.


March 19, 2004

“Murphy Lives in West Africa - The C5Z Story”

Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard - W6XD presented a program on the C5Z Dx-pedition to The Gambia in West Africa. The odds were stacked against this suitcase DXpedition from the start:

Still the C5Z Team turned in the world high claimed score in the 2003 CQ Worldwide Phone DX Contest.


February 20, 2004

“Antenna Modeling Software”

Ken Konechy - W6HHC gave a demonstration of Antenna Modeling software, specifically NEC WIN Plus. Ken showed how to design antennas on the computer before building and raising the actual hardware.


January 16, 2004

“J-Pole Antennas”

Ken Konechy - W6HHC presented a discussion on J-Pole antennas, their construction, how to calculate their dimensions and how they work. J-Poles are VHF ands UHF antennas that are often constructed from rigid copper water pipe.

Effective immediately, the meeting time has been moved up to 7:00 PM due to Red Cross security changes.


Monthly in 2004

Saturday Club Breakfasts [2004]

Club Breakfasts and Board Meetings were held at The Cowgirl's Cafe Too, 2610 S. Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana on:

Jan 3rd, Feb 7th, Mar 6th, Apr 3rd, May 1st, Jun 5th, Jul 3rd, Aug 7th and Sep 4th.

Club Breakfast and Board Meeting was held at Polly's Pies, 2025 N. Tustin Street in Orange on:

Oct 9th*.

Club Breakfasts and Board Meetings were held at The Cowgirl's Cafe Too, 2610 S. Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana on:

Nov 6th and Dec 4th.

* Date and location changed due to a conflict on the first Saturday of the month (Oct 2nd county-wide emergency drill.)


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