Oops! Having Zoom login issues?

It has been brought to our attention that some members/guests attempting to login to our virtual meetings are experiencing problems. If you are not receiving emails sent by Kathi from kd6caf@gmail.com please check your spam and unwanted folders, if you do find our emails in those areas, in gmail accounts simply click on “not spam” at the top of the email and it should allow further emails to be received in the regular inbox.

GOTAhams works diligently at balancing easy access with security during our Zoom and hybrid meetings. We have experienced “Zoom Bombing” issues in the past forcing us to be more conservative and protective of our zoom links, requiring us to employ waiting rooms. This forces us to be selective of allowing only usernames that are recognizable to the Host and Co-Hosts.

With all that in mind, it is still our goal to allow ANYONE members, guests, all that are interested in this hobby and our club to fully participate in these meetings. Using a Screen name that clearly identifies you (preferably with your Call Sign) is the best way to identify yourself to our hosts. you can do this by clicking on the ‘Participants” that will bring up a side menu, click on your name/account at “more” and changing you “screen Name”. You can also change it on the Zoom.us page by logging in, clicking on “My Account” and editing your name in “My Profile”

If the link you have been sent appears to be broken i.e., doesn’t quickly open into a “Waiting Room”, please Call, Text or email one of the hosts as quickly as possible to resolve the issue, we can easily re-send the link.

Yes, we DO understand there are many other “Virtual Meeting” platforms Webex, MS Teams, google Meet etc. but Zoom.us appears to have become the most ubiquitous and we’ve used it for nearly two years, our folks are comfortable and of course “nobody likes change” (eye roll).

Along with all of the preceding information we have added a page on this site with information on using Zoom.us under About Us, How to Zoom! – GOTAhams

Let’s Meet Up for Free Coffee and Doughnuts!! at the CARS Radio Swap Meet in Claremont!

January 15, 2022 6:00am – 10:00am

Granite Creek Community Church, 1580 N. Claremont Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

New this month, W5YI-VEC “in-person” Exams administered by GOTAhams VE test team, 8:30 am via Hamstudy.org/Examtools.org Unfortunately members of our VE team have been sidelined due to possible exposure and are “self quarantining”, we are sorry for any inconvenience

Disclaimer, GOTAhams is NOT affiliated with the CARS Claremont Radio/electronics swap meet. We participate as attendees and pass this information as a courtesy only.

Join Us Saturday Jan. 8th for “Radio in the Park”

Hams new and old Looking to experience Field Emcomms, Portable HF, Seasoned Elmers and a great day! Meet up with GOTAhams for “Radio in the Park” at Los Flores Park 3175 Bolling Ave, La Verne, CA 91750 from 10:00 AM to approximately 4:00 PM

GOTAhams members will once again join each other for a “Radio in the Park” event near the intersection of 8th street and Bolling Avenue in La Verne. Folks bring their HF radios, portable power systems, Antennas and attempt contacts all over the country/world from a local park practicing their EmComm Skills and enjoying the company of other Hams! We look forward to seeing everyone there, all interested parties are welcomed, no need to be licensed, or a club member, we look forward to sharing the hobby with anyone interested and welcome any/all questions!

Welcome All! to GOTAhams hybrid Board Meeting Jan. 4th 6:00PM

We will be holding a Hybrid style meeting in-person at Casa Jimenez Mexican Restaurant 921 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711 a Video Conference using Zoom.us on Wednesday @ 6:00pm! for those attending at the restaurant please arrive one hour early to order and complete your meat ahead of the meeting. If you are a board member or regular attendee, you will receive an email before the meeting with the Zoom video link. All members that wish to join our monthly Board Meetings via Zoom must request an invitation via email with our Secretary Kathi Mixon at kd6caf@gmail.com.

This is our first Board meeting of 2022! lots of discussion topics and information about new and exciting events, collaborations and challenges for the year. If you are interested in or have suggestions for GOTAhams activities in 2022 this is your opportunity! If you can’t attend but have ideas/suggestions, please email them to gotahams@gmail.com

Lets Get On The Air! For our monthly Simplex net,

We will be practicing a Simplex net on VHF 146.580 Wednesday night 12/22/21 at 7:00pm. All licensed hams are welcome to join in on the fun.

Attempted area of coverage will be the local member QTH’s around Inland Empire, Southern California. most operators will be low level, many on HT’s, Operators with mobile/base units equipped with high gain antennas and 40/50 watts may have to relay operators that are heard by yourself but not the control operator. All operators please be patient and realize that we are simulating infrastructure failures. We are looking forward to hearing everyone on this emergency communication (EmComm) exercise.