Pacificon Saturday, what we’ve learned & who we met?

Our morning started early again at “Breakfast with Gordo” leading directly into his “Ham instructor Academy” where Kathi and I found ourselves up on stage with Gordon West delivering some of his “Classic”? tongue in cheek jokes. We learned a lot about ways to promote/improve attendance pitfalls to avoid and keep students involved and focused during our presentations. Gordon asked for the longest licensed Ham in the room to help him and wouldn’t you know? Bob Heil!

Bob Heil followed Gordo with “Understanding Human Speech articulation” which is Bob’s secret code for “We dont listen well as Hams”! Kathi and I came away with a new found appreciation for those of us that “Pull out” those nearly unintelligible stations during our field operations! (Scott, yes I’m referring to You). We learned much about speaker enclosure construction, how certain Microphones change the game, and how simply increasing mid-range (2.5 khz) brings out the weak signal stations.

We also learned from Kristen McIntyre that SWR does matter, sort of? and after a lunch break we learned about Digital Amateur Television (wait I didn’t get a chance to try Analog Amateur TV). We followed with another presentation from Dr. Bob Heil concerning “Cheap and Easy 40/80 meter phased array”. We continued on to “Elmering in the age of Devices” presented by Jim Aspinwall NO1PC, the founder of facebook group “Amateur Radio Elmers”. he made some interesting points but I believe the GOTAhams could give him some pointers? we’ve run across Randy K7AGE, Jeri Ellsworth, and Amy Henron, also Dr. Fong, this is a VERY active convention. We are having a wonderful time, learning a lot, at this writing we are preparing for the Saturday evening Banquet.

As a Side note, yesterdays Views of our website set a new record for visits by nearly double! Kathi believes she had some influence by handing out several GOTAhams tokens, I’m hoping today is better with our Swapmeet Goats spreading the word. Keep it up GOTAhams, make us proud and we’ll represent on the North side (c; ’73 Ken KC6WOK

GOTAhams makes a strong showing at San Diego Hamfest

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.

“Now go out and GOTA” ’73 Ken KC6WOK

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

August Guest: Bob Brehm AK6R

Our GOTAhams August meeting, Tuesday August 13 at Casa Jimenez Mexican Restaurant 921 W Foothill Blvd Claremont, CA 91711

Our FIRST live guest is Bob Brehm, Our member/elmer Scott KG6ABF Sent a quick note to remind us of Bob’s visit, Here is his quoted Email:

“Looking forward to seeing and hear Bob AK6R at the next meeting

As many know, Bob is the Chief Engineer at Palomar Engineering and he is very fun to listen to

His presentations at past Ham Conventions are always packed.

Please encourage everyone to make this meeting.

Scott
KG6ABF”

I couldn’t have said it better Scott! and I will add, I have attended Bob’s well attended and at times very crowded presentations at the 2017 Hamcon in Torrance and recently in Yuma. Bob is well spoken, extremely knowledgable, Loves questions and likes to add humor to keep things light. Look Bob up on QRZ.com, it’s a great read!

As I recall Bob also created the not so sought after but reluctantly welcomed “Worked All Neighbors” award! (I have Mine (c; ).

This is truly a NOT TO BE MISSED General meeting, There have been some inquiries and Kathi has been promoting Us (always) so Bring anyone interested in meeting Bob Brehm.

I’m looking forward to not having to bore everyone and I can let Bob do the talking this time. Thanks Scott for getting us a GREAT Guest speaker.

You can RSVP to Kathi @ kd6caf@gmail.com, Please do, so we can let our host restaurant know how many to expect.

GOTAhams Posts Field Day entries to ARRL.org website

Our secretary Kathi KD6CAF has been working feverishly since Field Day to compile all the logs and bonus point information for submission to the ARRL for our final score. OK yes I know “it’s not a contest” and we seem to revel in the contact not the amount of contacts. Personally I love to see how far we “got out”, who we contacted and most importantly getting new hams and non-hams “On The Air”. as far as distance we did make a Florida contact, many in the Midwest (before their storms hit) Minnesota, Illinois etc., we even did a couple Canadian contacts late Saturday evening. The GOTA station made a Texas contact! I am quite proud of everyone involved in our Field Day and especially Vilma Arlotti for feeding everyone and finding time to “Get On The Air” calling CQ, making some of those 40 meter contacts and impressing her Extra Husband (and our Club Call sign trustee) Great Job Vilma!

Summary
Entry received at: 2019-07-13 23:59:44 UTC
Submitted by: Katherine Mixon, KD6CAF E-mail: kd6caf@gmail.com
Call Used: WG6OTA GOTA Station Call: KM6AHY ARRL/RAC Section: LAX Class: 2A
Participants: 23 Club/Group Name: GOTAHAMS
Power Source(s): Solar
Power Multiplier: 2X
Preliminary Total Score: 1,044
Bonus Points:
Bonus Points Status
100% emergency power 200
Public location 100
Public information table 100 File [Information Table 6 22 2019.jpg] previously
uploaded
Natural power QSOs completed 100 File [Two Solar Panels on GOTAhome .jpg] previously
uploaded
Educational activity 100
Youth participation (1 x 20, max of
100)
20
Safety officer 100 Documented by mark-safetyofficer-6-22-19.jpg
Social media 100
GOTA Station 40
Entry submitted via web 50
Total bonus points 910
Score Summary – File [Dup Sht Digital FT991A
IC7300.PDF] previously uploaded
CW Digital Phone Total
Total QSOs 0 4 59
Total Points 0 8 59 67 Claimed Score = (QSO points x
power mult) = 134
Band/Mode QSO Breakdown:
CW Digital Phone
Band QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W) QSOs Pwr(W)
160m
80m 1 @ 100
40m 18 @ 100
20m 1 @100
15m
10m
6m 1 @ 20
2m 3 20 7 100
222
432
Other
Satellite
GOTA 32 @ 100
Total 0 4 59
GOTA Station: GOTA Coach – Double Bonus Points
Name Call QSOs Bonus Points
James Janssen W6FRQ 20 40
Vic Corella KM6RWB 9 0
James Setterlund (NONE) 1 0
Matt Wang KM6WSY 2 0

I do realize that there is a much publicized opinion that Bonnelli Bluffs (formerly East Shore RV park) has little to no propagation? I also realize that My GOTAhams believe they can get useable propagation out of any site they are assigned. This will certainly serve us well in the event of an emergency where we will HAVE to communicate from the worst of sites. Isn’t this what Amateur Radio is truly about? serving our communities when and where we are needed!

Besides Wouldn’t you rather spend Saturday night overlooking a beautiful Lake with the Los Angeles Skyline in the background? Yeah, that’s what I thought, So did we (c;

Good Luck in Your Field Day entries! ’73 Ken KC6WOK

GOTAhams Planning ahead

With Field Day past many clubs will be looking back and winding down, Sorry that is NOT how this group operates. We have an important general membership meeting coming up soon, July 9th 7:00 pm at Casa Jimenez restaurant, where we will be hosting the ARRL ORG Section Manager. We will have a slide show showing our Field Day, Swap meet booth, “In the Park” field Ops etc. and discuss what we do, how we can improve, future Ops and possibly forming a committee for Field Day 2020. I would like to begin some “Maker” training including basic soldering skills, kit building, antenna construction and any other ideas submitted by our members.

We would like to offer hosting a Boy Scout JOTA/JOTI in October, Kathi and I will be at “Pacificon” in San Ramon that weekend but I would still like to see the GOTAhams do our regular Field Ops that weekend. Mark will definitely need plenty of support for that Op. Being the creative crew that I have come to depend on, please don’t be shy about offering more ideas for what keeps this Club “Radio Active” ’73 Ken KC6WOK

Field Day in the Books!

We would like to Thank everyone who helped with our ARRL Field Day, Sunbelt Rentals for supplying our Glow Bug LED “Balloon light”, spider box and cable power distribution box for our Kitchen & GOTA station. We will list our team members on the Field Day page, but I would like to specially Thank Vilma Arlotti for her hard work on Hospitality/Meals and keeping our team hydrated and we’ll fueled all weekend. Also our Secretary Kathi, KD6CAF for an amazing job keeping everyone organized and being our #1 “go-fer” and Greeter. Kathi IS the Real strength behind GOTAhams, she is an amazing force that all the “Goats” depend on. Thanks, Vilma and Kathi for being on our Team.

Field Day is Here!! YAAAY!

We woke up to a wet morning at “Bonelli Bluffs” (formerly East Shore RV) our Hospitality officer and VP are working on breakfast. Last night brought some interesting visitors, we had a racoon, he brought a friend. We also had a couple overly friendly skunks, fortunately they were not intimidated by humans so scaring them off was not really dangerous (Smelly?) I will work on getting a couple photos up on the site. We are looking forward to seeing all of you today. ’73 Ken KC6WOK

On Site for Field Day!!

We are on site at Bonelli Bluffs (formerly East Shore RV) have our antennae up and a couple of radios operating finalizing some station set-up and working on our dinner. We are looking forward to meeting some new folks and have heard from “enquiring Hams” propagation is really far better than we anticipated, it’s looking like a fine Field Day for 2019 and a great event for the young and growing GOTAhams. ’73 Ken KC6WOK