This year's Holiday Party was held at Mimi's Café 17231 17th St., Tustin, CA 92780 Phone: (714) 544-5522. See Map.
The club is subsidizing part of the meal cost. Cost is $25 to members and their family and friends.
Mark Bender - KD6NOT presented a very interesting talk on space communications from the perspective of ham radio. Rocket telemetry suffers from many of the same problems hams encounter, interference, intermodulation products, power, gain, antenna design, weather and environment. Only these are generally much more critical aboard a rocket. Mark took us through each of these situations using slides and actual examples of space hardware.
Elections for the 2024 board were held at the November meeting. At the end of the meeting one position remained open. If you are interested in filling the unfilled office please contact one of the board members.
Club elections were held at the November (and December) meetings to select the 2023 Board of Directors. Here are the results:
President: AF6CF Nicholas Haban Vice Pres: KL7MF Janet Margelli Secretary: N6TMT Tim Millard Treasurer: N6GP Tim Goeppinger Activities: - O - P - E - N - Membership: KE6YHX Corey Miller Public Rel's: KN6WNO AJ Ricci Technical: W6WG Ron Mudry Dir at Lrg: W6HHC Ken Konechy Dir at Lrg: KM6SVV Joe Rodman
The club held its annual Radio / Electronics auction in October. Lots of good electronics swapped hands. the prize of the auction was a Henry 2K amplifier that sold for $500. Lots of other goodies also sold.
The Club's 90 Anniversary party was held at the Red Cross. It was fun to see some of our old past members. Some joined us in person and others joined us by Zoom©. 90th Anniversary coffee mugs were given out to attendies. Food and cake were served and, prior to the raffle, a toast was held to celebrate the event.
During the party Tim - N6GP gave a presentation on the events that led up to the forming of our club, and Corey - KE6YHX gave short history of the 90 years of club activity.
The A.R.R.L. was represented at our club Anniversary by SWD Director Dick Norton - N6AA and Orange SM - Bob Turner- W6RHK who presented us with a commemorative certificate.
Doug Millar - K6JEY was our guest speaker. He talked on modern test equipment and what you may want to have in your shack. Some members brought their multimeter to check against his standard.
First licensed as KN6JEY in 1957, he has long since become an Extra Class, and became interested in metrology in 1980. His interests are wide ranging, and he has equipment operating not only on HF, but also in the microwave spectrum from 10 to 122GHz. Doug has 302 countries confirmed for DXCC, WAS, and WAZ, plays on HF AM as well, and collects (and uses) vintage “boat anchors”.
Our July meeting featured Gordon West - WB6NOA as our guest speaker talking on VHF/UHF propagation, more precisely - "ducting". Gordon is a dynamic speaker; decades of teaching ham radio to new students showed in his effective use of props, and experiments make his talks grab your attention! (though some had a minor disappointment that he didn't "light the pickle"* - though at the price of pickles today…").
* See December 2009 RF Newsletter Page 11.
The OCARC once again participated in the annual ARRL Field Day. We operated from the Ocean View School District site in Huntington Beach (17200 Pinehurst Lane). Details are on our Field Day webpage
Tim - N6TMT led a discussion of our upcoming preparations for Field Day. Chip - K7JA, gave a Field Day pep-talk posthumously for his favorite amateur radio event, via a recording of his 2022 pep-talk.
With a deep sadness the club announced the sudden passing of our president Chip - K7JA. Chip was a world renowned radio amateur with a love of the hobby. Our condolences go out to Chip's wife Janet - KL7MF and family, as well as to the many close friends that Chip has made throughout the worldwide ham community.
Dennis Kidder - W6DQ talked on “Propagation Reporting Tools, or Can You Hear Me!” for amateur radio.
Some of the resources that Dennis covered include:
NOTE SPECIAL DATE: This meeting was held on the 4th Friday due to the Visalia DX Convention.
Endaf Buckley, N6UTC presented a program on working WAS via Roving Satellite.
For more details Click here.
The 74th International DX Convention was held in Visalia, CA. This event is well attended by OCARC members who are interested in DXing.
For more details Click here.
This was the sixth QSO Today virtual hamfest. It started during the COVID crisis and has become very popular. From your home computer you can watch and participate in talks from numerous guest speakers, and make virtual visits to many ham booths where real discounts can be had on the latest ham equipment.
Registration is $15 and that gives you access to the current series of talks as well as many talks from previous Expos. Talks remain available to view for 30 days after the event, in case you missed something or want to see a talk again.
Wayne Yoshida - AH6WZ gave a presentation on the Maker Faire. These faires are held across the US and in many other countries where kids and young adults show off their scientific talent. Wayne has been involved with the MakerFaire and helping the youth of our nation
For meeting time, location and map Click here.
The February OCARC General meeting speaker was Mick Stwertnik KB6JVT of NCG Company, who gave a presentation on the latest and greatest products from NCG, Comet Antenna, Maldol, Daiwa & Creative Design (Create). For more information on NCG Click here.
Contest period was Saturday 1900 UTC to Sunday 1900 UTC
The event was held at the Ocean View School District Offices, 17200 Pinehurst Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (Same location as the past few years).
Even though the power multiplier was cut from 2 to 1 for < 100 watts, we still turned out an impressive (to us) score. Our submitted score wil be published on our Winter FD page when available.
Bob Turner - W6RHK was our guest speaker. Bob is the ARRL Orange Section Communications Manager (SCM) as well as the ARRL Orange Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC). He spoke on Emergency Communications in our county and preparations for a possible major earthquake, an "ark-storm" or a prolonged power grid failure
This year we are getting back to holding board meetings at a restaurant. Our board meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month:
Board meetings were held on:
1 This breakfast board meeting was held at the Streamliner Restaurant 186 N Atchinson St., Orange, CA
2 Due to board members supporting the B2V Race the meeting was rescheduled for April 8th at 8:15 AM.
3 This breakfast board meeting was held in person at the QTH of W6ETC due to the loss of K7JA (SK).
4 Due to the fourth of July weekend the meeting was rescheduled for July 8th at 8:15 AM.
5 Due to the Labor Day Orange Street Fair the meeting was rescheduled for September 9th at 8:15 AM.
6 The December Breakfast and Board Meeting was cancelled.
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