Past Events of 2018:

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Holiday Party

December 7th, 2018 (Friday)
(5:00 PM till ??)

2018 Annual OCARC Holiday Dinner Party

On December 7th the OCARC held its Holiday Dinner Party. Many club members gathered at Mimi's Café 17231 17th St. Tustin, CA 92780 on Friday evening for drinks, dinner, awards and prizes.

Awards given at the year-end dinner were:

The 2018 board members were recognized and new badges were handed out to the 2019 board (See the November events below for their names and positions). A highlight of the evening was the handing over of the gavel from the President Tim - N6GP to our new President Elect Dan Violette - KI6X.


November 16th, 2018

Club Elections

Club elections were held at the November meeting to select the 2019 Board of Directors. Here are the results:

		President:  KI6X   Dan Violette
		Vice Pres:  N6TMT  Tim Millard
		Secretary:  W6HHC  Ken Konechy
		Treasurer:  W6ATB  Greg Bohning
		Activities: W6WG   Ron Mudry
		Membership: KE6YHX Corey Miller
		Publicity:  KM6IZO Vijay Anand
		Technical:  AF6C   Bob Eckweiler
		Dir at Lrg: N6GP   Tim Goeppinger
		Dir at Lrg: AF6CF  Nicholas Haban

Spark Gap transmitter

November 16th, 2018

“High Voltage Apparatus”

John Stanford - KF6I, demonstrated a real-life spark transmitter and Marx generator. Photos and the links will be available in the December issue of our RF newsletter.

For meeting time, location and map Click here.

Club Auction

October 19, 2018

OCARC Radio & Electronics Auction

Each year our club holds an electronics and radio auction. It gives our participants a chance to clean their garages and shacks and pick up new treasures. Items are limited to electronics and items that are of interest to radio amateurs.

Many items changed hands as Nicholas - AF6CF pounded the gavel as auctioneer.

CA county map Jeffery Open Space Park

October 6th, 2018 (10:30 AM till ??)

2018 OCARC Picnic and “California QSO Party”

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October 6 was the weekend of the California QSO Party. Fellow OCARC members and guests met at the Jeffery Open Space Park for a day of radioactive friendship. We put a station on the air operating in the California QSO Party.

Antennas were a 20M vertical and a few dipoles. The 40 foot trees at each end of the picnic area offered a chance to try out antenna launchers. Rigs were an IC‐7000 and IC‐746Pro.

The facilities include four park benches and clean restrooms. Club popup tents provided shade.


September 21, 2018 (6:30 PM)

The OCARC 85th Reunion

The Orange County Amateur radio Club was founded back in 1933. This September we celebrated the 85th anniversary of the club with a reunion. If you are a new, current or former member you are invited. Plans are being made and activities are being planned for the event. Members and former members are invited. Set aside this date and join us. Make your travel plans if you have a ways to come. THE EVENT STARTED OUT IN THE PARKING LOT AT 6:30 P.M. WITH A SHOW OF MOBILE INSTALLATIONS BY:

			KE6YHX Corey Miller
			KR6J   Kenan Riley
			N6NB   Wayne Overbeck (Two UHF rovers)
			N6VNI  George Jacob
			W6ETC  Tom Cowart

Photos may be found in the November 2018 issue of our RF newsletter.

Lightning detector

August 17, 2018

“Not Your Grandpa's Ham Radio”

The August speaker was Wayne Yoshida - KH6WZ

We've all participated in demonstrating ham radio to non-hams in events like Field Day or perhaps emergency communications drills. In every case, demonstration stations feature station equipment and antenna setups and operators in front of the radios. Often, the rigs and operators face away from the passers-by, and all they see are people's backs and wires and the rear panels of radios.

Over the last five-plus years, Dennis Kidder, W6DQ, Brian Yee, W6BY and Wayne Yoshida KH6WZ have been a core group of hams working on a mission to inform and educate non-hams about ham radio. They re-define the term "demo station" to attract and expose high-tech non-hams, kids and their parents about the educational value our ham radio hobby and service can bring.

RACES logo ARES logo

July 20, 2018

“ARES and RACES — A Discussion”

Carl Gardenias (WU6D – Section Manager, ARES) and Ken Bourne (W6HK – OC RACES Chief) each gave a half-hour presentation on their organizations, discussing purpose, membership, when activated, etc. This was followed up with a panel of the presenters available for questions.

2018 Field Day Logo

June 22 thru 24, 2018
(Friday thru Sunday)

ARRL 2018 Field Day

The OCARC once again participated in the annual ARRL Field Day. Details are on our Field Day webpage


June 15, 2018

“Field Day Primer”
Chip Margelli – K7JA

Our own Chip Margelli, will teach us tricks and techniques to improve our Field Day practices and help our score, but all the time you will think you are just being entertained. Don't miss this meeting and DON'T MISS OUT ON FIELD DAY.


May 18, 2018

“Troubleshooting for the Non-techie Ham”
Marty Woll – N6VI

Marty Woll - N6VI, a former ARRL vice-director for the southwest section, presented a program for ALL levels of ham operators, information of interest to all. Marty is a very active ham involved in DXpeditions, ARES, contesting, VHF/UHF, etc. With a career as a CPA and CFO he has also been very active in presenting information regarding regulations: antenna ordinances, emcomm support, ARRL policies and activities. You can find him giving a presentation at the conventions and many of the local clubs.

More info at:

Near Vertical Incident Skywave

April 20th, 2018

“Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS)”

This program was originally scheduled for the February meeting.

NVIS is a method for reliable communications within a few hundred miles that was used by the military many years ago. Cliff Guice – KG6MIG will give information on what it is, the history, and how you can use it.


March 23rd, 2018

DX Engineering Presentation: via Skype
K3LR Contest Station

Note: The meeting was moved from March 16th. to March 23rd.

Tim Duffy, K3LR, from DX Engineering presented our program via Skype. The topic was an introduction to the amazing Multi Multi K3LR contest station located in Pennsylvania.

This was our first presentation via Skype and it went very well.

Baker-to-Vegas Cartoon runner Baker-to-Vegas 2018 Logo

March 16 thru 18, 2018
(Friday thru Sunday)

“Baker-to Vegas Relay Race”

Again this year a group of members of the OCARC supported the City of Orange Police with their radio communications prowess in the annual law-enforcement race. This is a relay footrace 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; through Pahrump NV and along rte 160 into Las Vegas.

This year the Orange Police Department finished 43rd overall out of 275 teams, and third in their division of 150 or less sworn officers. Their time for the 120 miles was 15 hours 35 minutes and 33 seconds. They finished with their best time ever beating last year's time by 10 minutes and 59 seconds.

OCARC members participating were:
      Tom Cowart      W6ETC
      Kris Cutting    W6KJC
      Bob Eckweiler  AF6C
      Nicholas Haban AF6CF
      Ken Konechy     W6HHC
      Jeff Mikoleit  KK6YUP
      Don Poysa       K0VNJ
      Robby Robinson KB6CJZ

Joe Moell - K0OV

February 16th, 2018

“Transmitter Hunting for the Whole Family!” Joe Moell, KØOV

This program was originally scheduled for the April meeting.

Looking for a ham radio activity the whole family can enjoy? Want an outdoor “techie” sport that will make kids set aside the video games and smartphones? Joe Moell, KØOV, told us about the fun of radio direction finding (RDF) and the many variations such as T-hunting, radio-orienteering, and foxoring (attendies now know what this is) and tha we may already have the needed equipment. As a bonus the same equipment and skills can be used to find RFI.

Winter Field Day

January 27 & 28
(Saturday - Time 1900 UTC -to- Sunday 1900 UTC)
(11 AM Sat. to 11 AM Sun, local time)

“Winter Field Day”

The club held its OCARC WINTER FIELD DAY at the Ocean View School District site at 17200 Pinehurst Lane in Huntington Beach.

Our Entry Class:was 4'O' ('O' standing for 'Outdoor')

Purpose: To foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian and northern DX Amateurs.

When: Winter Field Day ran for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January1900 UTC (11 am PST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (11 am PST) Sunday. For 2018, the dates were January 27th and 28th. Station set-up commenced on Saturday morning around 7 am.

HDSCS logo

January 19th, 2018

“Hospital Diaster Support Communications System”

Our guest speaker was April Moell – WA6OPS

“It’s about the Patients: Real Responses to Hospitals since 1980 and New Expectations”

Many of you know April as a registered nurse and founder of the Hospital Disaster Support Communications System (see She discussed the program, the current status, and challenges and expectations. Please bring family and friends. This is not only amateur radio related and is interesting to all.

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Monthly in 2018

Saturday Club Breakfasts [2018]

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

Dec 1st***, Nov 3th, Oct 6th**, Sep 8th*, Aug 4th, Jul 7th, Jun 2nd, May 5th, Apr 7th, Mar 3rd, Feb 3rd and Jan 6th.

  * Held on the second Saturday due to the Labor Day weekend

 ** Held at the Jeffrey Open Space Preserve prior to the Club Radio Picnic & California QSO party event.
*** The December 1st breakfast was canceled.

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