Past Events of 2020:

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Garland art Egg Nog

December 18, 2020

Online Holiday Meeting
“Stories and Egg Nog”

This Holiday meeting was held via Zoom©

Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic (Remember: "It will be over by Easter"?) the Holiday dinner was canceled. Instead we met informally online. Here is a partial agenda:


November 20, 2020

Voice of America

This meeting was held via Zoom©

Dennis Kidder - W6DQ spoke at our November meeting on the Voice of America. Dennis led us through moving a 250 KW Collins AM HF Transmitter (Model 821A-1) from VOA Delano, CA to the Antique Wireless Association in Bloomfield, NY. He also talked on VOA, their antennas and operations.

For meeting time, location and map Click here.

Railroad Time

November 20, 2020

Club Elections for 2021 Club Board

This election was held via Zoom©

Club elections were held at the November meeting to select the 2021 Board of Directors. Here are the results:

			President:    AF6CF  Nicholas Haban
			Vice Pres:    N6GP   Tim Goeppinger
			Secretary:    KE6YHX Corey Miller
			Treasurer:    W6HHC  Ken Konechy
			Activities:   W6WG   Ron Mudry
			Membership:   AF6C   Bob Eckweiler
			Public Rel's: W6ETC  Tom Cowart
			Technical:    N1BKB  Steve Belasco
			Dir at Lrg:   KI6X   Dan Violette
			Dir at Lrg:   N6TMT  Tim Millard


KP5 Dxpedition Logo

October 16, 2020

“KP5 DXpedition: The Cursed Paradise of Palmyra Atoll”

This meeting was held via Zoom©

John Miller - K6MM was our guest speaker in November, filling in for the postponed auction. John was one of the operators during the 2016 KP5 Palmyra Atoll DX-pedition. He gave an interesting presentation, starting with history of Palmyra and the numerous tragic events that unfolded, and on to the planning and operations during the 2016 DX-pedition

If you're interested in a bit of Palmyra history you may want to read Vincent Bugliosi's book And the Sea Will Tell. The book talks of intrigue and murder on the Palmyra Atoll around the time of the KP6PA DX-pedition. The crew of that 1974 DX-pedition found themselves witnesses in a murder investigation. The crew included Jim Rafferty - N6RJ (then WA9UCE/6) former manager of HRO in Anaheim.

Auction Canceled

October 16, 2020

“2020 OCARC Annual Radio & Electronics Auction”
  has been postponed until February. 2021

Coro Navirus insists the annual club auction be postponed. The current tentative date has moved until February 2021.

CA county map

October 3rd & 4th 2020

2020 “California QSO Party”

Click on CA Map for the CaQP website.

October 3 was the weekend of the California QSO Party starting at at 1600 hrs Zulu (9:00 AM PDT) and continuing for 30 hours until 2200 hrs Zulu (3:00 PM PDT) Sunday afternoon. This year the club participated as a combined score group. See the September RF for more details.

NTS Logo

September 18, 2020

This meeting was held via Zoom©

RADIOGRAMS, A Fun & Still Useful Ham Tradition ??.

Dr. Kate Hutton, K6HTN presented - "Radiograms, A Fun & Still Useful Ham Tradition ??". Kate is the ARRL Los Angeles Section Traffic Manager for the National Traffic System (NTS). and in that role is very familiar with radiograms. She is also a CW enthusiast as well as being known as the "Earthquake Lady" from her former assignment at Cal Tech fielding questions regarding earthquakes in California.

HP 3456A DVM

August 21, 2020

“Test Equipment for the
Radio Amateur”

This meeting was held via Zoom©

Doug Millar, K6JEY, spoke on “Test Equipment & Measurements for Amateur Radio”.

Doug took us virtually to his work bench and demonstrated some of the finer test equipment for amateur radio use.

QSO Today Expo Logo ARRL Logo Yel Blk

August 8 and 9, 2020 Zulu Time
(Friday Aug. 7, 17:45 PDT till Sunday Aug 9, 17:45 PDT)

“QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo”

With Covid-19 still creating havoc around the world, in August QSO Today offered the first virtual ham expo. This ARRL sanctioned event was free. You accessed it via your computer, tablet or smartphone. The expo featured 70+ guest speakers, a registration of over 26,000 and an attendance of over 14,000. All who registered may view the talks and exhibitor booths online through September 9th.

The Expo went off very well. For such a large undertaking there were few glitches and the talks were well attended. QSO Today is planning another virtual Ham Expo for March 13 - 14, 2021.

Digital Mobile Radio

July 17, 2020

“DMR - Digital Mobile Radio”

This meeting was held via Zoom©

Michael Rickey - AF6FB gave a presentation on Digital Mobile Radio (DMR).

2020 Field Day Logo

June 27, and 28, 2020
(Saturday thru Sunday)

ARRL “2020 Field Day”

The 2020 ARRL ARRL Field Day was held June 27th and 28th. Due to the novel corona pandemic that was sweeping the world at the time, the ARRL changed the Field Day rules for 2020. Members can operated from home and scores pooled for the club score.

General Meeting

June 19, 2020

“Field Day Preparation”

This meeting was held via Zoom©

Tim Goeppinger - N6GP and Chip Margelli - K7JA talked on different aspects of Field day. Tim showed us the software setup for Field Day logging. Chip discussed Field Day operating and gave us some encouragement.


May 15th, 2020


This meeting was held via Zoom©

Thirty-nine members and guests signed on to participate. Bob Turner - W6RHK - Orange Section Emergency Coordinator discussed ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) to club members and brought us up to speed on ARES activities in the area.

RF Transformer

April 17th, 2020

End-Fed Halfwave Antennas

This meeting was held via Zoom©

Forty-one members and guests signed on to participate over Zoom©. Terrence Thelen - AI6ZV presented the program, describing a halfwave end-fed antenna he built for 40 to 10 meters. The key to the antenna is a 49-to-1 RF transformer that converts 50Ω to the high impedance needed to match a half wavelength sloper antenna.


March 20th, 2020

General Meeting Canceled

The meeting was canceled, as required by the county and state, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Keep in touch with the club on our website and nets.

For meeting time, location and map Click here.

General Meeting

February 21, 2020

Pitcairn Is. DXpedition - Arnie Shatz, N6HC

Arnie - N6HC, club member and one of the VP6R operators presented us with slides and discussion on the VP6R Pitcairn DXpedition.

Yuma Hamfest Logo ARRL Logo Yel Blk

February 14 and 15, 2020
(Friday thru Saturday)

“ARRL SWD Convention & Yuma Hamfest”

The 2020 ARRL Southwestern Division Convention was held in conjunction with the Yuma, AZ Hamfest at the Yuma County Fairgrounds. 2520 E. 32nd Street, Yuma, AZ 85365

For information on the Yuma Hamfest click here.

Winter FD Logo

January 24 - 26, 2020
(Friday - 2 PM, Saturday & Sunday)

“Winter Field Day”

The OCARC held Winter Field Day at the Ocean View School District site in Huntington Beach (17200 Pinehurst Lane). We are defending our first place ranking from last year.

Setup began at 2 PM local time on Friday and continued on Saturday morning.

Operations started at 1900 UTC (11:00 AM local time) Saturday and ended at 1900 UTC Sunday. Teardown starts at 1901 UTC (11:01 AM local time) on Sunday and continues until complete.

For general information and rules for Winter Field Day click here.

2020 OCARC Winter Field Day Schedule:


January 17th, 2020

The OCARC Annual Auction
Moved from October 18, 2019

The OCARC annual radio and electronics auction for 2019 that was postponed in October 2019, was held on January 17th. Auctioneer Nicholas, AF6CF and the monetary crew of Greg - W6ATB, Vijay - KE6IZO and Ken - W6HHC as well as helpers Dan - KI6X Tim - W6TMT, Tom - W6ETC and others.

A lot of people walk off with new (to them) equipment, accessories and parts.


Monthly in 2020

Saturday Club Breakfasts [2020]

Except as noted, the Club Breakfast and Board Meetings were held at Marie Callender's 307 E Katella Ave. in Orange. Breakfast Board meetings were held on Saturday:

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

  * Due to the Covid-19 pandemic breakfast was not held; instead the board met via Zoom© at 8:30 AM.
 ** Due to The CA QSO Party the board met online on Friday at 6 PM instead of Saturday at 8:30 AM.

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