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:
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.
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
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.
Coro Navirus insists the annual club auction be postponed. The current tentative date has moved until February 2021.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Rickey - AF6FB gave a presentation on Digital Mobile Radio (DMR).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arnie - N6HC, club member and one of the VP6R operators presented us with slides and discussion on the VP6R Pitcairn DXpedition.
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.
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.
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.
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:
* 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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