Past Events of 2016:

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December 9th, 2016 @ 6:00 PM


This year's Holiday Party was held at Mimi's Café 17231 17th St. Tustin, CA 92780 (714) 544-5522. About 30 members gathered at 6 PM fo enjoy drinks and one of three choices for dinner:

  1. 10 oz steak with frites
  2. Grilled Atlantic Salmon
  3. French Pot Roast

The food seemed to have been really enjoyed. After dinner Nicholas - AF6CF, the outgoing President, turned over the gavel to Tim - N6GP. Nicholas also awarded the Good of the Club award to (TBA). Later, President Elect Tim passed out badges to the new Board and gave a short speech ending with singing White Christmas a cappella. Chip - K7JA then announced that Tim's birthday was imminent and sang Las Mañanitas also a cappella. (Where was Lee Evans with his guitar or Harmonica?)

Prizes were then awarded; first the ladies prizes (all the ladies went home a winner!); then the ham prizes, including four HRO gift certificates, various Arduino and RasberryPi items, an OCARC 24-hr clock, hats and a mystery old-timers gift which turned out to be an Ameco VFO-621.

Mimi's Cafe map

HT working Satellites

November 18th, 2016

“How to Work Satellites
with your own HT!”

Clint Bradford - K6LCS gave a very informative and excellently presented talk on operating through the amateur satellites using a handheld FM radio and a small handheld yagi antenna. For more information, go to Clint's website:


November 18th, 2016

Club Elections

Club elections were held at the November meeting to select the 2017 Board of Directors. Here are the results:

		President:  N6GP   Tim Goeppinger
		Vice Pres:  AF6N   Jim Schultz
		Secretary:  W6FPS  Ron Mudry
		Treasurer:  W6HHC  Ken Konechy
		Activities: N6TMT  Tim Millard
		Membership: AF6C   Bob Eckweiler
		Publicity:  N6PEQ  Dan Dankert
		Technical:  WØMEC  Clem Brzoznowski
		Dir at Lrg: AF6CF  Nicholas Haban
		Dir at Lrg: W6ATB  Greg Bohning

Auction Cartoon

October 21st, 2016

“Annual Club Auction”

The OCARC held its annual radio and electronics auction for 2016 in October. Many members clean out the shack and converted some of their junk into other people's treasures. Rules were posted in the 'RF" Newsletter. Only electronic and related items were auctioned.

Numerous hams donated equipment for the "club table" with proceeds going to help the club.

General Meeting

September 16th, 2016

“Update on Broadband-Hamnet Networks”

Joe Ayers AE6XE and Don Hill KE6BXT brought exciting news on new discoveries for Broadband-Hamnet networks and answered questions from those in the audience. A live demonstration was presented.

Cheers Tnx N1RFD

Saturday August 20th, 2016

“Show & Go”

The OCARC held a Show and Go: A remote activation followed by a fox hunt.

Panel of Experts

August 19th, 2016

“DX Panel of Experts”

A panel of DX Experts (Arnie - N6HC, Bob - AA6PW, Chip - K7JA, Dan - KI6X and Doug - K6PGH) discussed how they became interested in ham radio and in particular DX. They discussed proper operating techniques to get the best results. The panel then took questions from the audience.

HRO Logo

Saturday July 16th, 2016

“HRO's Ham Jam”

HRO held its annual Ham Jam at the Anaheim store 933 N. Euclid:

"Saturday, July 16, 2016 was the date, store hours are 10AM-5:30PM, and once again we hosted our local clubs and communications specialists in the store parking lot for another educational and fun event.

"The Eagle Scouts provided a hotdog lunch this year, and Mr. Gordon West and representatives from ARRL, Comet Antennas, Ham Radio Deluxe, Icom, Kenwood, Pryme, and Yaesu were available for question

"License testing was conducted.

"Three prize drawings were held throughout the day at 11AM, 1:30PM, and 3PM. Many of our suppliers have donated some really great stuff!

AREduFoundation Logo Carl - WU6D

July 15th, 2016

“ARRL Update”

Section Manager Carl Gardenias - WU6D and his wife Cathy - K6VC discussed ARES EmComm, ARRL Orange Section update, internet and YouTube resources, what is happening at the ARRL HQ, and held an open forum.

Cathy - K6VC also talked on the Amateur Radio Educational Foundation.

2016 Field Day Logo

June 24 thru 26, 2016
(Friday thru Sunday)

ARRL 2016 Field Day

The OCARC participated in a successful ARRL Field Day. Details will appear on our Field Day webpage (if the web guys ever finally get some input!)

Chip K7JA

June 17th, 2016

“K7JA Presents Field Day”

Chip Margelli of The Tonight Show fame gave us a presentation on Field Day. Chip, with his special speaking skills kept us amused as he passed along knowledge to help keep our Field Day activity fun and safe.

Field Day University Logo

June 17th 2016 [6:00 PM]

Field Day University
Field Day Meeting

Prior to our general meeting Tim - N6GP held another Field Day University class at our normal meeting room at the Red Cross one hour before the regular meeting (6 PM). At this class he covered the operation of the field day logging program.


May 20th, 2016

“HF Portable Operations Update”

Nicholas - AF6CF was our presenter for May. He updated us on his HF portable operations. Following his presentation, there was a "Panel of Experts" discussing HF and contesting operations. All this was followed by a Field Day discussion.

Field Day University Logo

May 20th 2016 [6:00 PM]

Field Day University
Field Day Meeting

Prior to our general meeting Tim - N6GP held a Field Day University class at our normal meeting room at the Red Cross one hour before the regular meeting (6 PM). See the May RF for more details. There was also a FD meeting prior to the regular meeting.

K6EJC Guest

April 15th, 2016

“HRO (Burbank) Presents…”

Guest Speaker: Eric Christensen - K6EJC, Manager of the Burbank HRO, updated the club on some of the new equipment that is out there for the ham radio hobby. He brought an assortment of popular Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu, Alinco, Powerwerx/Wouxun HTs and mobiles, plus a few popular accessories like antenna analyzers, sound card units, software defined radios, scanners, etc.

Baker-to-Vegas 2016 Logo

March 18 thru 20, 2016
(Friday thru Sunday)

“Baker-to Vegas Relay Race”

A group of members of the OCARC supported the City of Orange Police with their radio communications prowess in this annual law-enforcement race. This is a foot relay race covering 120 miles in 20 legs. The race begins outside Baker, CA and goes along Rte 127 to Shoshone, CA; on Rte 178 to the Nevada border; along Nevada Rte 372 to Pahrump, NV; Rte 160 into Las Vegas, NV; north on S. Fort Apache Rd; then east on West Desert Inn Rd; changing to East Desert Inn Rd; then turning north on Paradise Rd; and finishing at the Hilton Hotel. The OPD finished third in their division, and 45th overall out of 264 teams with a time of 16 hours, five minutes and 19 seconds (16:05:19).

Battery Box

March 17th, 2016
Note: This is a Thursday Meeting Date!

“Cheap to Cadillac”
Battery Box Build & Demonstration

Tony Gawel - W6TNY was our guest speaker at the March meeting. At the event he showed us how to build a battery box. Three were constructed by member teams; one was awarded to a member in a drawing and the other two went up for sale to members.

This meeting was held one day early due to a conflict with the Baker-to-Vegas Race that many club members are supporting.

Digital TV

February 19th, 2016

“Digital Amateur Television”

Ken - W6HHC gave an updated presentation on Digital Amateur TeleVision {DATV) at the February Meeting. This presentation reviewed progress by the DATV-Express Project Team since 2014. These new efforts include:

Chesterfield Is. DX-Pedition

January 15, 2016

TX3X Chesterfield Isle DX-pedition

Have you ever wondered about what it is like to participate in a major DXpedition to a deserted South Pacific Island? How do you organize and prepare for all eventualities when there is no radio store to fall back on? What is it like to travel on a two masted 78 foot motor/sail boat? What is it like to visit the capital city of New Caledonia - Noumea, and what will you find there? These questions…and more, were answered by our guest speaker, Arnie Shatz, N6HC, as he relateed the adventures of the October 2015 TX3X Chesterfield Island DXpedition team.

Monthly in 2016

Saturday Club Breakfasts [2016]

Except as noted, club Breakfasts and Board Meetings were held at Marie Callender's 1821 N. Grand Ave. in Santa Ana on Saturday:

Dec 3rd, Nov 5th, Oct 1st, Sep 3rd, Aug 6th, Jul 9th*, Jun 4th, May 7th, Apr 2nd, Mar 5th, Feb 6th and Jan 9th*.

  * Date changed due to a conflict on the first Saturday of the month.

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