Events of the 2013 Year:

80th Anniv. Logo

All 2013

80th Club Anniversary

During the 2013 year the club logo was slightly modified to show that the club, founded in 1933, is having its 80th anniversary. The logo is shown above to the right.

Holiday Party

Friday the 13th of December, 2013

“OCARC Annual Holiday Party”

Other than Field Day this is the big club event of the year. Good food, Great prizes, and Grand camaraderie were the order of business at the annual holiday party. It was held at The Jägerhaus this year on Friday Dec 13th at 7 PM. After drinks and dinner, President Nicholas - AF6CF introduced the new Board of Directors and Veep Tim - N6GP presented Nicholas with a plaque for his outstanding year as President. Next came the highlight of the night as the drawings commenced. First the ladies prizes were drawn, then the ham prize drwing was conducted. This year's grand prize was an ICOM IC-7200.


November 15, 2013

Club Elections

Club elections were held at the November meeting to select the 2014 Board of Directors. Here are the results:

	 	President:  AF6CF  Nicholas Haban
		Vice Pres:  N6GP   Tim Goeppinger
		Secretary:  KJ6NGF Tim Millard
		Treasurer:  W6HHC  Ken Konechy
		Activities: W6GMU  Paul Gussow
		Membership: KC6TOD Kris Jacob
		Publicity:  KB6CJZ Robbie Robinson
		Technical:  AF6C   Bob Eckweiler
		Dir at Lrg: W6FKX  Doug Britton
		Dir at Lrg: W6ATB  Greg Bohning

1933 Earthquake

November 15th, 2013

“The 1933 Earthquake” & Club Elections

At the November meeting Dr. Britton - W6FKX, our club geologist, talked on the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake and earthqukes in general. Even though this temblor is named for Long Beach, the epicenter was not too far offshore of northern Orange County. This magnitude 6.4 quake struck on March 11, 1933 at 5:55 PM. It happened in the same year the OCARC was founded, and also the first year of the ARRL Field Day.

History Minute: In recognition of the club's 80th anniversary Tim - N6GP is giving occasional brief Orange County history talks. In November Tim also talked on the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and the part amateur radio played during the disaster.

Auction Cartoon

October 18th, 2013

“Annual Club Auction”

The OCARC held its annual radio and electronics auction for 2013 in October. Many garages got cleaned out and many converted some of their junk into other people's treasures. Many members picked up treasures of their own! Again Chip Margelli did a fine job as auctioneer. Contrary to rumor, bidding was not by CW or Texting!

There was also be table for donated equipment. Sales from donated equipment go the club, and many members took advantage of the donation table to help the club.

80th OCARC

September 20th, 2013

“80th Anniversary Club Reunion”

In September the Orange County Amateur Radio Club invited former members to visit us for a club reunion. Some, who couldn't visit personally, sent us an email greeting or arranged to say hello via Skype.

Guest History Minute: In recognition of the club's 80th anniversary, Tim - N6GP is giving occasional brief Orange County history talks. In September Tim stepped aside and let Ken - W6HHC present a history minute on Kei Yamachika - W6NGO and his participation in WWII. Kei was a longtime member and supporter of the club who passed away July 12th, 1997. Kei meant so much to the membership that the club voted that the Good of the Club Award be dedicated to remembering him. If you are new to the club and never met Kei, as an old timer and learn about this fine individual.

DATV Express

August 16th, 2013

“Digital Amateur Television - An Update”

Our own Ken Konechy - W6HHC presented a program on digital-ATV called "DATV-Express Project - a Testing Report". Ken has been working with a world-wide group hams for three years to design and build this open-source product. The presentation also provided a demo of prototype hardware board and prototype software operating on 1.2 GHz.

Sam '1984

History Minute:

“NG84O ’84 Olympic Amateur Station”

Guest History Minute: In recognition of the club's 80th anniversary Tim - N6GP is gives occasional brief Orange County history talks. At the September meeting Tim introduced Arnie, N6HC who provided a short presentation - operating from inside the Olympic Village at amateur station NG84O during the '84 Olympics.

Ham YouTube

July 19, 2013

“Ham Radio on YouTube®”

Due to unplanned circumstances Bill - K6ACJ had to postpone his program on PICAXE, Arduino and "Raspberry Pie" until a later date.

On short notice John Schroeder - N6Q(uack)Q(uack) filled in with a presentation on Ham Radio and YouTube®. John's well edited video showed many entertaining ham events captured on amateur video. We watched thrill seekers base jump from the Radio Arcala tower, plus moon-bounce on 15 meters! And much, much more. Thank you John for filling in with an unusual and very entertaining program.

Field Day Logo

June 20 - 23, 2013 [Thursday through Sunday]

2013 ARRL Field Day

Field Day is one of the club's largest yearly event. This year it was even bigger, in celebration of the club's 80th Anniversary. We will again be operating from the Walter Knott Educational Center in Buena Park. The club ran in the 12A class and made more QSOs than ever before. Results will be published on or Field Day webpage at the appropriate time.


June 14, 2013 (SPECIAL DATE)

Field Day - Final Planning

At the June meeting, which was be held one week early due to a conflict with Field Day that occurs every time June 1st falls on a Saturday, the final preparations were held. Field Day co-chairmen Dino Darling KX6D and Bob Harrington AA6PW discussed our final plans.

Chip Margelli K7JA presented a motivating and humorous slide show look at Field Day.

History Minute: In recognition of the club's 80th anniversary Tim - N6GP is giving occasional brief Orange County history talks. In June he looked back at past W6ZE Field Days and how many of the sites we have used for Field Day relate back to WWII.


May 17, 2013

“A Technical Look at Radio Control Car Racing”

At the May meeting Nick Sava - KD8IPE presented an under the hood, technical look at Radio Controlled (RC) Car Racing. Nick is quite accomplished in the RC Racing circuit, and has won many championships.


April 19, 2013

“A History of Early Electricity”

At the April meeting Walter Clark (no call) presented a modern view of history's earliest understanding of electricity; the electricity of lightning and Leyden jars. Static electricity is associated with sparks, but before that momentary flash of current, the gathered charges create fields. Associated with fields is the flow of ions. Fields and ions surround us but have very little effect. For that reason there are few applications (compared to current electricity and radio.) Few applications means that the subject is not normally taught. Walter was past president of the Fullerton Youth Science Center, Southern California Optic Society, and the Orange County Astronomers.

The program was well received by the members. Walt provided many dramatic demonstrations to support his talk.

Baker to Vegas Logo

April 12 - 14, 2013 [Friday - Sunday]

Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay Race

Many members of the Orange County Amateur Radio Club, in conjunction with COAR (City of Orange Amateur Radio) setup and manned communications sites at Ibex Pass, CA; Shoshone, CA; Pahrump, NV; Sandy Valley, NV and Las Vegas, NV to support the Orange Police Dept. in the 29th annual Baker to Vegas relay foot race.

The OPD finished 2nd in their division (150 officers or less) and 48th overall (out of 259 teams) with a time of 16:07:08 (hrs:mins:secs). They received a 10 minute penalty due to the need to use an alternate runner on one leg.

For more information on the B2V race visit:


March 15, 2013

“Two DX-peditions to the South Pacific”

Wayne Overbeck - N6NB, assisted by Carrie - W6TAI, talked on their recent DX adventures to the South Cook Islands (E51, formerly ZK1). Wayne's DX call is E51YNB and Carrie's is E51TAI. These were Wayne's first DX-peditions in his 55 year ham career.

Yuma Fest Logo

February 15 & 16, 2013 [Friday & Saturday]

Yuma Hamfest & ARRL Arizona State Convention

The Annual Yuma Hamfest and ARRL Arizona State Convention was held at the Yuma Fairgrounds, just across the California Arizona border south of US 8. For more information see the January 2013 RF or visit

K7JA Innovantennas

February 15, 2013

“New Geometries for Yagi Beam Antennas”
  The Story Behind the InnovAntennas' LFA and OP-DES Yagis

There's a lot of talk, on the bands, about a new generation of antennas coming out of England. Some of them are fed with flattened loops, some are fed with bent elements, and some have folded dipole driven elements. But they all are reputed to have significantly improved pattern and listening capability.

New technology or hocus-pocus?

Chip Margelli, K7JA from InnovAntennas U.S. discussed the theory and performance of these new antenna geometries at the OCARC February 15th meeting. For years Chip has been saying "straight elements don't work right!"


January 18, 2013

A Video: N4TL presents:
“Proper Grounding of Ham Station”

The club showed a HamRadioNow video presented by Tom Lewis N4TL on explaining the proper grounding for a ham radio station including the demanding aspects that are required to achieve real lightning protection.

History Minute: In recognition of the club's 80th anniversary Tim - N6GP is giving occasional brief Orange County history talks. In January Tim discussed the great February 1937 OC flood and the part Amateur radio played during the disaster.

Monthly in 2013

Saturday Club Breakfasts [2013]

Club Breakfasts and Board Meetings were held at The Jägerhaus, 2525 E. Ball Road in Anaheim on Saturday:

Dec 14th**, Nov 9th, Oct 12th, Sep 14th, Aug 10th, Jul 13th, Jun 8th, May 11th, Apr 6th*, Mar 9th, Feb 9th and Jan 12th.

  * Date changed to the first Saturday due to a conflict with the Baker to Vegas race event.
** The December 14th breakfast was canceled due to the Holiday Party being held the night before.

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