Past Events of 2022:

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Holiday Party2 Egg Nog

December 9, 2022 6:00 PM

Annual Holiday Party!

This year's Holiday was held at Mimi's Café 17231 17th St., Tustin, CA 92780 Phone: (714) 544-5522.

Happy Hour time: 6:00 PM; Meal Time 7:00 PM: Menu (See RF) & Prices: $25 ea.

Twenty-five joined us at the dinner where good food was enjoyed by all. Following the dinner, the three remaining board members were elected. After the short election, Poinsettia plants were given to all the ladies present. Then prizes were awarded including a loop receive antenna, a 2KW+ antenna tuner, numerous HRO gift certificates and assorted minor prizes. (Election results for the night are included in the November meeting summary.)


November 18, 2022

2023 Club Board Elections at Meeting

Elections for the board were held. At the end of the meeting only 7 of the ten positions were filled. The club intends to hold a second election at the Holiday party on December 9th.

Club elections were held at the November (and December) meetings to select the 2023 Board of Directors. Here are the results:

			President:    K7JA   Chip Margelli *
			Vice Pres:    KL7MF  Janet Margelli *
			Secretary:    N6TMT  Tim Millard
			Treasurer:    W6WG   Tim Goeppinger *
			Activities:   AF6CF  Nicholas Haban
			Membership:   KE6YHX Corey Miller
			Public Rel's: W6ETC  Ron Mudry
			Technical:    AF6C   Bob Eckweiler
			Dir at Lrg:   W6HHC  Ken Konechy
			Dir at Lrg:   KN6WNO AJ Ricci

			* Elected at the December Holiday party meeting. 

LiFePO4 battery

November 18, 2022

“Ham Radio Operations Using LiFePO4 Batteries”

Kevin Zanjani - KI6DHQ of Bioenno Power talked on the use of Lithium Iron Phosphate rechargeable batteries for amateur radio. These batteries (not to be confused with Lithium Ion batteries) feature high start current, wide operating temperature, long life span and low toxicity. They are typically about 1/3 the weight of sealed lead acid batteries.

Auction 2022

October 21, 2022 6:00 PM

Club Ham Radio & Electronics Auction

This was the first club auction since January of 2020. It was held at the Red Cross. This was an "IN-PERSON" auction. The doors opened at 6:00 PM.

Click here for auction rules

CA county map

October 1st & 2nd 2022

2022 “California QSO Party” (CQP)

Click on CA Map for the CaQP website.

October 1st and 2nd was the weekend of the California QSO Party starting at at 1600 hrs Zulu (9:00 AM DT) and continuing for 30 hours until 2200 hrs Zulu (3:00 PM PDT) Sunday afternoon. Many club members participated, and are submitting a group score.

QSO Today Expo Logo

September 17-18, 2022

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

This was the fifth QSO Today Virtual on-line Expo. The first was held in August of 2020 in response to the COVID lockdown. Many joined the Expo on their computer and listened to the keynote speech; then they toured virtual vendor booths with real offers and discounts, and listened to presentations from numerous "professional" hams.

For more information go to

General Meeting General Meeting

September 16, 2022

“Constructing the J-Pole VHF/UHF Antenna”

Our September guest speaker was Dr. Ed Fong - WB6IQN. He presented to the club a program on the design and fabrication of the J-Pole Antenna. The presentation was from Sunnyvale, CA via Zoom©.

summits on the Air

August 19, 2022

Summits on the Air (SOTA)

August's guest speaker was Chris Claborne, N1CLC. Chris is very active putting California's mountain summits on the air. He presented an overview of the Summits On The Air program, and went into what it takes to do a summit activation, and explained how to chase them as well. Chris made the presentation over Zoom© from San Diego.

summits on the Air

August 5, 6 & 7, 2022

SoCal SOTAFest 2022

Numerous SoCal summits were on the air over the weekend as part of the SoCal SOTAFest. For more information about the SoCal SOTAFest, please visit the event page! The SoCal SOTAFest event has three main goals (besides having lots of fun):

  1. Make summit-to-summit contacts with other radio operators and wrack up activator points for the group. Activators are those who summit a mountain to make radio contacts and earn SOTA points.
  2. Provide an opportunity for people new to SOTA to experience the thrill and adventure of hiking up to beautiful and remote destinations and making radio contact with others.
  3. Give "chasers" an opportunity to earn tons of chaser points. Chasers are those who seek to earn points by making contact with mountain activators.

Box of Batteries

July 15, 2022

“An Advanced Battery Box & Ham Radio Discussion”

Our guest speaker was Nicholas Haban AF6CF, club president. Nicholas talked on two of his battery boxes that he built to provide power in field operations and for emergency power.

The first battery box he showed is based on a 12V 12 AH Bioenno Lithium Iron Phosphate battery (LiFePO4).

The second battery box is a larger unit based on a 40 AH Bioenno LiFePO4 battery. Both units feature 12 V out for radio(s) as well as USB ports for charging phones and other USB devices. The larger unit also has a built in 10 Ampere charger as well as a 300 watt sinewave inverter that produces 120 VAC. Details for the larger unit are available in the June 2022 Issue of RF.

This was a hybrid meeting at the Red Cross as well as on Zoom© - our second in-person meeting since February of 2020 (Page 16).

2022 Field Day Logo

June 24 thru 26, 2022
(Friday thru Sunday)

ARRL 2022 Field Day

The OCARC once again participated in the annual ARRL Field Day. Despite some poor propagation, we had what we feel is a successful event. Details are on our Field Day webpage

Rules are available on the ARRL website.

General Meeting

June 17, 2022

Field Day Preparation

Our speaker was member Chip Margelli. He presented the Do's and Do Not's of preparing for Field Day. Always a fact laden yet humorous presentation from one of the big contesters of ham radio.

K6LCS Card

May 20, 2022

How to Work Amateur Satellites with Your HT

Our guest speaker was Clint Bradford, K6LCS. Be sure to visit his informative website (click on his card to the upper right.)

You do not need 100W of transmit power nor expensive antenna arrays to work the FM voice amateur satellites! Many hams already have the necessary equipment to "work the birds." This presentation walked us through ALL the steps needed to successfully work several ham satellites - includng the International Space Station.

Team 30 NH7T

April 15, 2022

1. KH6YY WPX Contest Operation

2. 2022 Baker-to-Vegas Race Support

At the April Meeting we had two programs presented:

Chip Margelli - K7JA presented a talk and slideshow on the operation NH7T at KH6YY from Oahu, Hawaii. Chip was part of the multi-operator operation competing in the CQ Magazine WPX (Prefix oriented contact scoring) contest. The operation resulted in 6,824 contact across the six non-WARC HF bands.

Tim Goeppinger - N6GP presented a talk and slideshow on the support the club provided in the Baker-to-Vegas law enforcement relay race. OCARC members operated the Pahrump communications station and supplied Rover support from Pahrump.

Baker-to-Vegas 2022 Logo

April 8 thru 10, 2022
(Friday thru Sunday)

“Baker-to-Vegas Challenge Cup Relay Race”

For the first time since 2019 The Baker-to Vegas race was run. 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.

In 2022 the Orange Police Department finished 44th overall out of 216 teams, and third in their division of 150 or less sworn officers. Their time for the 120 miles was 16 hours 52 minutes and 25 seconds. this was 1:29:16 slower than their 2019 time. Generally times were slower due to conditions and the two year pause in the event.

FEMA Citizen Corps

March 18, 2022

Emergency Financial First Aid and Planning
for Personal Disaster Recovery

Brenda Emrick - KI6EXL was our featured speaker at the March meeting. She talked on Emergency Financial First Aid and Planning for Personal Disaster Recovery Brenda is a renowned speaker on Emergency Preparedness. She last spoke at our club in January of 2017, and we were glad to have her back.

QSO Today Expo Logo 2022

From: March 11th, 18:00 PST (March 12th 02:00 UTC)
to: March 13, 17:45 PDT (March 14th 00:45 UTC)

“QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo”

This was the fourth QSO Today Virtual on-line Hamfest. The first was held in August of 2020 in response to the COVID lockdown. Many joined the Expo on their computer and listened to the keynote speech: 'The importance of Amateur Radio and technical hobbies to advance the world's technology and "mankind's biggest projects" ' by Courtney Duncan - N5BF

There were over sixty ham related talks, and one could visit the virtual booths of many ham radio related manufacturers. Tickets were $10 ($13.50 after the event started), Once registered, you could continue to view the presentations until April 10th online

For more information go to

Yuma Hamfest Logo ARRL Logo Yel Blk

February 18 and 19, 2022
(Friday thru Saturday)

“ARRL SWD Convention & Yuma Hamfest”

The 2022 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.

RF Warning Sign

February 18, 2022

Ham RF Exposure Rules

Wayne Overbeck - N6NB discussed the FCC exposure rules and how to make your station comply with them.

If you want to investigate this subject more, The ARRL has more at:
RF Safety Material

This meeting was held over zoom©.

Auction Gavel

February 18th, 2022

OCARC Radio/Electronics Auction [POSTPONED]

Once again the Auction has been postponed until its normal October date. However if an opportunity arises it may be held earlier.

Winter FD Logo

January 29 - 30, 2022

“Winter Field Day”

The club has won this event three years running. We have once again obtained a reasonal score during a weekend with poor propagation. Numerous other bonus points apply.

Contest period was Saturday 1900 UTC to Sunday 1900 UTC

Bands: 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 2m plus UHF and VHF
(No WARC Bands).

Scoring: 1 point for each phone QSO and 2 points for CW & digital QSOs. Multipliers are one for each mode operated per band.

Modes: SSB, CW, and Digital. A single Satellite contact is worth 1500 bonus points. See the rules for additional Bonus Points.

If you need help with your log submittal or you are interested in more information or his power point summary contact Ron by email.

No Tools

January 21st, 2022

"No Tools Troubleshooting"

Our guest speaker was Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ. No matter what your favorite band or mode is, no matter what license class you are and anything else, sooner or later something bad may happen to your station. Before sending the rig away for service, Wayne showed us what can be done to correct the problem and get back on the air. It's called No Tools Troubleshooting.

The January meeting was held via Zoom©.


Monthly in 2022

Saturday Club Board Meetings and Breakfasts [2022]

We start the year still in the Covid 19 pandemic (No Donald, it wasn't over by Easter 2020). So our breakfast meetings continue to be canceled and our board meetings are being held online on the first Saturday of the month2:

Board meetings were held on:

Dec 3rd4, Nov 5th3, Oct 1st3, Sep 3rd3, Aug 6th3, Jul 2nd3, Jun 4th3, May 7th3, Apr 2nd3, Mar 5th3, Feb 5th1, and Jan 8th1, 2.

1 Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, breakfast was not held; instead the board met via Zoom© at 8:15 AM.
2 Due to New Year falling on Saturday, the meeting was rescheduled for January 8th at 8:15 AM.
3 These board meetings were hybrid meetings over Zoom and in person at the QTH of W6ETC.
4 A short December 3rd board meeting was held via Zoom.

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