GOTAhams Virtual “New Year’s Eve” Celebration!

Looking for somewhere to go New Year’s Eve without the exposure to an Omicron, Delta etc. Variant of Covid! GOTAhams will be hosting a virtual (Zoom Conference) get together directly following Daves K6EV’s “Tech Net” Friday December 31st (approximately 9:00 pm).

Bring your favorite Beverage, snacks etc. to your Zoom capable device, log in to the usual “GOTAhams nightly Lounge” link and join the party! You do not need to be a GOTAhams member, all are welcome. To get an invitation with the link simply email kd6caf@gmail.com and request the link.

Kathi KD6CAF has been dreaming up some “Virtual games, so far she has a “Guess the resolution” game, you will need to email your resolution plan to her, she will compile the list. Please send your “Resolutions” to Kathi at wg6ota@gamail.com (BTW they need not be your actual resolutions, you can have some fun with it and throw folks off with your fake/joke resolves)

If you have any ideas for our virtual party let Kathi know using the email address

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 k6ev@arrl.net

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

GOTAhams General meeting Tuesday Nov. 10 7:00 PM

It’s already November!, GOTAhams General Meeting is this coming Tuesday 7:00 PM Again Virtually meeting on Zoom. Please make sure you have your current email on file with the Club (if you’re getting regular GOTAhams communications then it IS current) to receive your Zoom invitation link. Past invitations or our nightly “Zoom Lounge” links will not work for our monthly meeting, Each month has a unique ID.

If you would like to invite a friend or are a guest that would like to get to know us? Simply send an email to our Secretary, Kathi kc6caf@gmail.com and request an invitation. Please include your name and a call sign (if you have one).

Remember this Meeting will concern Officer elections and upcoming events. Jack KM6UNQ will also present a live operating overview of the FLEX-6400M Signature Series SDR Transceiver.

The GOTAhams executive Board and I are looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces on Tuesday!

’73 Ken KC6WOK

Winter Field Day with GOTAhams Saturday Jan. 25

Join us Saturday January 25th at San Dimas Canyon Park and “Get On The Air” with the GOTAhams. We plan on setting up several HF band stations and will attempt to make as many contacts as we can from 1900 UTC (11:00 AM PDT) until Dusk (park closing). The link above has lots of information including rules, Station locator map and scores from past years.

As always during our outings in the Park, Everyone is welcome, no license is required, we are sure you will learn something and “Get On The Air” Our Secretary always has something for Children to do, from making “Morse Code necklaces to code practice and building electronic circuits with “Snap Circuits”

Also our events are always “Social Events” first that include Radio Communication So come out Socialize and find out how much fun you can have with a transceiver.

We will begin “Set-up” at 9:00 AM, East end of San Dimas Canyon Park 1628 Sycamore Canyon Rd. San Dimas 91773.

Radio in the Park! Saturday August 17th

It is that Time again, GOTAhams monthly outing, “Radio in the Park”!

Our usual Location, San Dimas Canyon park, east end of the parking lot 1628 Sycamore Canyon Rd, San Dimas, CA 91773

we plan on some regular HF SSB work, Some HF digital work and adding some reverse beacon monitoring with PSKreporter.

As usual we will have Snacks and Hydrating fluids. All hams and non-Hams interested in Amateur Radio and/or Emergency Communications are welcome.

GOTAhams in the Park

GOTAhams listed on Palomar-Engineers website

Bob Brehm of Palomar-Engineers adds his past presentations to their website. GOTAhams has it’s place of prestige proudly displayed on that site! check it out @

Speaker Presentations

Check “Tech Support” and click “Speaker Presentations” while you’re there look around at some of their useful and helpful products, do some studying on RFI suppression.

If you want really useful information, download a copy of Kurt Speaks Out, a free book graciously offered to all interested parties by Palomar Engineers.

On Behalf of GOTAhams.com I would like to Thank Bob Brehm for Presenting some really great information at our August general meeting and helping our members with their RFI (QRN/QRM) problems. We invite Bob to be a Honorary GOTAham and Club Mentor. Thank You Bob for all you do for the Amateur Radio community.

GOTAhams General meeting

Sorry it has taken so long for me to post, Kathi and I were busy with Field Day follow up, and preparing for our post Field Day General meeting, getting Thank You emails to our site visitors etc.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members, Guests and potential new members for attending the July 9th meeting. it set a new high for attendance of 17, this made our host restaurant very happy.

We covered our Field Day operations and everyone shared their favorite Field Day stories, a few funny, some a little crazy but my favorite was shared by the Sutterland family about how this was such an enjoyable Field Day experience, John S. AC6FJ shared that he had attended past Field Days that were not inviting, and how the GOTAhams all welcomed his Family and had projects to offer his son James, offered them food and refreshments, allowed them to “Get On The Air” and basically treated them not as outside onlookers but embraced them as fellow hams. Personally I was quite touched by that story and extremely proud of what we are building in this fledgling club.

We also shared things we need to be working on for upcoming events, support of our member Charles KM6CEM that is going to serve at a boy scout event on Catalina Island, the upcoming Scouts JOTA/JOTI, Kathi and I attending Pacficon, Quartzfest 2020, Yuma 2020, Field Day 2020 and the many committees it will take to support all of this. Work never ends when you are a “Radio Active” club but we have a highly active membership always willing to step up not just when it’s the Visible work but all the small background stuff that overwhelms board members.

One of the “small” tasks is designing club QSL card, which had already been in design by two of those highly active members (c; Chis KI6AMK, and Jack KM6UNQ, Thanks guys for stepping up before I even asked (that’s my Goats!).

On a final note, we usually get home late after those parking lot socials (post meeting) and Kathi KD6CAF will sit down at her desk to make some notes and send last minute emails. After her GOTAhams meetings I have noticed that she is still smiling, bright eyed and seems re-energized, Thanks Goats for making Amateur Radio a really fun experience. We both look forward to each time we meet up or receive an email or phone call from any/all of you! ’73 Ken KC6WOK

Thanks for a GREAT Meeting!

I was overwhelmed by the nearly doubling of our numbers this meeting, Very inspirational Thanks GOTAhams!

I would like to personally Thank ALL the GOTAhams and our guests for a really wonderful dinner meeting Last night. So many new faces and many friends with their Wives made for some great personal exchanges and wonderful stories about how Amateur Radio has effected your lives (and your wife’s life?)

I want you all to know, THAT was the most fun Kathi and I have ever had at a Radio Club meeting.

Some of my favorite stories were actually about the bad experiences people have had at license testing sessions. these are things that GOTAhams would like to focus on in an attempt to improve peoples experiences in Ham Radio. We did have a guest (new member?) that suggested a plan to add friendly supportive test sessions to our clubs roster of events. Thank You So much Scott for your input and insight.

I believe the positive energy in last nights meeting should easily carry through to Saturdays “Radio in the Park” where we will do some practical preparations for Field Day and continue on to an exiting, Fun and Friendly Field Day event. I have never been more exited about any Field Day because of the excitement within our GOTAhams Radio Family!

’73 Ken Kc6WOK

GOTAhams Field Day planning

Kathi and I would like to Thank the entire membership of GOTAhams for your participation and invaluable input at last nights Field Day 2019 planning meeting. I have been to many Field day site/operations, but served on only one other planning committee, I’ve done LOTS of research on what other clubs do to plan and what works for other Clubs field days. The amount of interaction, comradery, focus and just plain hard work that we accomplished in a very short 2 hour meeting was inspiring and has Kathi and I energized about our inaugural Field Day. We are looking forward to THIS field Day more than any other we/I have ever attended or been involved in, GOTAhams is certainly going to make this 2019 Field Day their own and set the bar high for our Field Days in the future! Again as always I want to Remind our membership/Family/Friends that will join us to HAVE FUN and enjoy this Event. ’73 Ken KC6WOK

ARRL Affiliation brings Great benefits for GOTAhams

Myself and Kathi received our letter of affiliation from ARRL, it recommends several things I had not been aware of, including coordinating a “charter Party” which would include inviting the Division Director, Section Manager, Affiliated Club Coordinator. Maybe our July meeting could facilitate that along with meeting those Orange Section managers?

They Also gave us a Link for ARRL’s Active-Club-Primer full of Helpful information for active clubs! This gives LOTS of great ideas and includes a “Club Presidents Workbook” and a “Special Service Club Manual”.

I would like all our GOTAhams to consider this “Active Club Primer” required reading, this club IS driven by its members, so please read this primer as if you were president of GOAThams. I believe the ideas from ARRL will help all our “GOTA’s” with their creative and interesting input will keep our little club moving in a positive direction.