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Amateur radio is a wonderful adventure. Have fun with it!

I upload to LOTW, QRZ, & eQSL weekly or sooner. If you send a QSL card I will send you a card. No stamps or funds are needed. Unless requested, I will not send a card.

My antennas are a vertical Crushcraft R9 and a RadioWavz DX-80 short dipole. PolyPhasers are connected to the antennas with a Georgia copper ground buss bar to limit noise, static, or worse yet. I use a ten foot RF ground rod, in the flower bed, right outside the window with braided copper wire grounding the radio.

Icom IC-7300 and Yaesu FTDX3000 radios for hf and a Yaesu FTM-400D for uhf/vhf.

The photo above shows my bench with a plywood shelf stained to match the table top. I prefer the monitors at desk level. WXJT-X, JTAlertX, and Wavenode applications are running. PSK Reporter is running on the firefox browser. I use tabs to switch to various websites quickly.

 

SOARA, South Orange Amateur Radio Association, WWW.SOARA.ORG, Mission Viejo, CA

I became the SOARA membership director May 2015. I think it's important to support a local radio organization. Being active has helped me meet new amatuers and learn much more than I would have on my own. SOARA has 11 repeaters and over 200 active members.

Occasionally, I fill in for the 40M Sunday Morning net at 8am on 7.200 MHz. I find net control fascinating. It's especially interesting when HF band conditions are poor. Kinda weird though, but more challenging. You really have to pay attention to details, use relays, and properly adjust your radio, switch antennas, etc. One net, I couldn't hear anthing from a mobile HF near the Oregon border. After the net was over, band conditions changed and I could hear just fine. Go figure...

Also, I assist with our club's monthly SOARA Saturdays. This is an informal hands-on educational meeting. We have fun playing with HF, VHF & UHF radios, tuners, RTL-SDR, emergency power, DMR, field strength meters, analyzers, antennas, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi, QRP, kit building, SWR meters, and whatever else that's interesting.

1/31/2015 SOARA Saturday, HF operation in Gilleran Park, Mission Viejo, CA. This is where I caught the HF bug! Heiko, AD6OI on the left was demonstrating HF voice operation. We strung a Cobra Ultralite JR dipole in the trees. I was able to understand the parts and how they connected that day.

6/25/2015 SOARA Saturday, HF operation in Gilleran Park, Mission Viejo, CA. Heiko AD6OI, center, operating Kenwood rig.

5/21/2016 SOARA Saturday, Emergency Power Operation. We had about seven tables setup with various antennas, radios, batteries, solar panels, and generators. Be sure to ground your generator. We observed significant noise without grounding! We always have coffee and donuts at SOARA Saturdays. See table on the right.

7/23/2016 SOARA Saturday, Tony W6TNY & Lori NI6X building 12 volt battery boxes at Gillleran Park in Mission Viejo, CA. I think that's Jim behind Tony. Many club members built various battery boxes over several Saturdays. Tony did a great job coaching and mentoring. This was a very popular project.

7/23/2016 Arduino demo by Jon KJ7ON

8/20/2016 SOARA Saturday Soldering Class at the Murray Center, Steve K6UVR demonstrating a solder sucker. Jim KI6LOM and Richard KB6POE trying to keep a straight face. We were actually soldering PIXIE QRP radios as soldering practice and instruction.

10/22/2016 We built three element tape measure & PVC pipe t-hunt antennas and offset attenuators. I 3D printed the box. The attenuator is a kit from KC9ON.

The following SOARA Saturday we hid and searched for the transmitter using our new tape measure antennae.

3/4/2017 SOARA Saturday, Field Strength Meter. I assembled kits based on the Febuary 2015 QST article page 71. About 17 members attended. Below, Scott K6WHC is building a field strength meter inside a Harbor Freight DMM. Altogether we built about five field strength meters that day.

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Say hello to The Old Man and be sure to have fun with this wonderful adventure and learn everything you can!

73,

Ed, WA6ED

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United States Award#2942
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