Helping HAMs Get On The Air and keeping the Amateur Radio community "Radio Active"
Retired LA Dept of Water & Power Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic. Licensed Amateur Radio operator since 1992, Originally a "Tech Plus" now hold a "General" license. Founder and Sitting President of GOTAhams Amateur Radio Club.
I couldn’t be prouder of the GOTAhams members that helped support Lakeside Amateur Radio Club. We were apparently the largest Club group represented at the San Diego event, at least by a showing of Club badges! other than the sponsoring club.
Our officers and members were not only attendees but represented in Vendor booths also. Scott KG6ABF was working with our friend Bob Brehm of Palomar Engineers, our other Friend Kevin of Bioenno Power was manning that booth, Myself and our Secretary Kathi KD6CAF, Mark KM6AHY and our Hospitality officer Vilma attended as did our Treasurer Jack KM6UNQ and our membership committee Chris KI6AMK and Karen Argueta.
Several of us attended seminars on subject from RFI generated by our Neighbors Solar installations to how easy it is to get started in satellite operations (a general meeting topic?) along with some of us supporting the vendors indoors and outside at the Swap meet, I personally bought a new Palomar Bullet 80 antenna, Mark added to his portable power system with a folding Solar charger and charge controller from Bioennopower and Jack got himself a Heil microphone (looks new) from the swap meet.
We have few Amateur radio “events” in southern California, when these rare events happen it is best that we try to support them. I personally would like GOTAhams to find a Venue that would allow us to host an event like this and partner with other local clubs to assemble a simple one day event like Lakeside did Saturday. (Thinking out loud again)
Kathi and I will attend “Pacificon”, a three day event in San Ramon this month trying to expand our Amateur horizons, learn more about “Elmering” and meeting up with some of the “Famous Hams” that we have met in the past and that have been so supportive in us Beginning this Journey we call GOTAhams.
Our presenter this month is Chris Argueta KI6AMK on antennas, Chris is an Amateur Extra, GROL, and a Senior Communications Electrician for the City of Los Angeles Fire Department. He is well versed in commercial and Aamateur Radio antenna installation, can explain the theory, mathematics and practical application of Radio antennas. Chris has titled the presentation “Antenna Basics” based on the ninth chapter of ARRLs Amateur extra study guide.
We will also be Hosting Bruce Bolton AG6YS, Committee member from the Covina Christmas Parade. He is seeking Volunteer communicators to work at this years parade on Saturday December 7th. Kathi KD6CAF and Myself have served for the last two years as operators, it has been a great experience and has helped us become better communicators. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there. Members and all guests are welcome, Mark your calendars!
October is a busy month with Hamfests, the San Dimas Rodeo, Pacificon, Radio in the Park but we have one Saturday at the end of October for Something Completely different! Antenna building in the park anyone?
Our tentative plans are for the construction of some foxhunting and dual band hand held satellite antennas, with prior notice we can order some Foxhunting attenuator kits and HT adapter cables. with the completed antennas we can do some transmitter hunting and Show you how to build a T-hunt “Fox” with an MP3 player and that Baofeng that doesn’t really work as a transmitter hunting tool. To use a dual Boom Dual band satellite antenna you will need two radios or a full duplex dual band HT? two HT’s require two radio to antenna adapter cables, the full duplex radio will need a diplexer and supporting cables.
If you would like to try some other antenna builds, bring those Ideas to Tuesday’s meeting and let us know!
Scott KG6ABF and Chris KI6AMK Have been doing what they do best, Getting our Editor Vic KM6RWB On The Air with the loan of an Icom IC-725 and a Palomar Bullet 80 End Fed Half Wave antenna, an afternoon of fighting the concrete at Vic’s house while installing a ground rod. I’m sure they will share their experience at the general membership meeting on October 8th.
Vic is now putting his General privileges to work on the HF bands and learning that HF work is a little different than simple repeater contacts and radios without spectrum scopes and waterfall displays make the operator tune around the band to listen for traffic. Vic, this is the way I operated when I was first licensed, it makes me appreciate the SDR based radios but I also understand how the simpler radios work which will make us better operators when we only have a “Go-Kit” and it really counts. Good Luck and have fun with it. My best advice is Listen, Listen, Listen, it will train you to be a better communicator when you key that microphone.
Our Editor Vic KM6RWB has been working hard as usual to get our newsletter out in a timely manner with a little help from his friends. Click on the button above to read October and any past newsletter. Thanks Vic for doing all you do!
The GOTAhams would all like to say Congratulations on you passing your exam! and gaining your Extra ticket. Those of us that attended the upgrade class that you did know how hard you worked and the knowledge you shred in those sessions. It is well deserved and we couldn’t be prouder of you, next step? VE of course!
Thank You Jack Sklar for leading our First weekly “Net” (Roundtable), It was well attended by several Club members and Officers. Yep there were glitches but we had a great time, handled some Club business and did some old fashioned rag chewing. On Johnstone Peak repeater WA6WFZH.
Attendees: Jack Sklar KM6UNQ, Net Control (Moderator)
and Listening (sorry your radio wasn’t set to this repeater) Bruce KM6WBI
Thanks go to the Repeater owner for hosting our weekly net of this Fledgling Club.
GOTAhams are a fairly new, quickly growing and trying to keep up with activities that interest our members. This is one of those major steps that our treasurer Jack KM6UNQ has been working diligently to get launched. There have been discussions about format and the consensus is to offer a roundtable format. This follows open discussion about all/anything radio related (mostly), open to all licensed Amateurs (and their “third party” guests). We will keep a “Log” of all callsigns on the net and may request our “Listeners” to identify just for the log. If anything in the conversation interests you or you have a comment, feel free to jump in at any break. We look forward to hearing from all of you, lets see how long we can keep the conversation going!
This Tuesday is definitely a MUST SEE presentation by Bioenno Power, those ultra light batteries and power systems that every Ham wants for their “Go Kit”. We will be hosting Kevin Zanjani KI6DHQ of Bioenno Power to educate us about their batteries, chargers, solar chargers and other devices offered by Bioenno.
I would like to take this opportunity Thank our member Scott KG6ABF for actively pursuing some really great presenters that keep us entertained, educated and keep the Club Officers from rambling on (c; those same Officers are looking forward to seeing everyone there and bring a friend!
One of our very active members, Chris Argueta KI6AMK has taken the time to formulate and propose a Channel Plan that includes local repeaters and Simplex frequencies for our Radio Club. Here is what Chris has written/proposed:
“I’ve heard it said that GOTAHams is an HF club. That is great. I have also heard it said that we are a club that recruits new people into the hobby.
If these new hams are to succeed in our beloved hobby, then we should be ready with the resources to make this happen.
Before a new ham ever hangs up a dipole to talk on 20 meters, he or she will program a dual band handheld.
First, Thank You Chris for being a driving force in this Club! And, as far as what you have “heard it said” about GOTAhams. Yes we do focus on HF operations during our Field Ops but we certainly do not consider ourselves an “HF club”. We have many technician level members and members that do focus on Repeaters, Linking, Digital VHF/UHF work, Remoting etc. GOTAhams also has “Non-Hams”, CERT members and Search and Rescue folks that are interested mostly in Public Service, FRS and GMRS frequencies. We try to assist these people with acquiring the radios, additional equipment and radio programming for those operations. We have done work with the Scouting community to help them acquire merit badges for Communications, Morse Code, JOTA/JOTI, etc. Yep, our catch phrase is “Keeping the Amateur Radio community Radio Active” but we really want to keep everyone that is interested Radio Active. Chris Argueta and many of our members are shining examples of the GOTAhams Mission. I invite anyone to help us in our journey!