Well things have been busy for us GOTAhams lately but we are having a great time. Sorry about the wrong dates posted in March, those are fixed now. We will be shifting our “Radio In The Park” day to the second Saturday of the month instead of the third after the Claremont Amateur Radio Swap Meet. This will allow us more time at the park to play on the radios and socialize with each other. Also It’s less work having to set up and break down equipment twice in one day.
We had a great time hanging out at the Claremont Swap Meet yesterday, February 15th. Thank you Scott KG6ABF for hosting this event. Please check our Events Calendar as we are adding new events often.
We have Registered our 2020 Field Day Site and information with the American Radio Relay League ARRL’s Field Day Locator map. It does appear that the GOTAhams are the first California Club to be officially registered. Our information includes the following:
Location: Bonelli Bluffs RV Resort, Spaces B181 and B182, we relocated slightly from our 2019 sites, the new sites give us a clearer “line of Sight” toward the East overlooking Brackett Field, Fairplex and the San Bernardino Mountain range. We still have a view of parts of the Puddingstone Reservoir, it does provide us more real estate for our antennas.
For those of you wondering “will there be a net Christmas Eve?” The answer is YES, we will be active on our regular frequency 446.400 WA6FZH repeater.
We understand that most of you will be at a family get together or Christmas party that night but, if you carry your trustee HT and check-in, we will definitely allow “third party traffic” and let EVERYONE check in to the net!
The Plan is Kathi KD6CAF will handle Net Control. We will likely do just a single round unless folks have something interesting to keep the roundtable going!
So, Charge up the Handy Talkie, carry it with you and at least monitor (with a earphone if you have to) and enjoy Christmas Eve with Mrs. Clause (Kathi).
We typically do “Radio in the Park” on the third Saturday of the month following the CARS radio swap meet. December the Granite Creek CommunityChurch is quite busy and uses all its available real estate, so the swap meet skips this month.
We will still be at San Dimas Canyon park with a HF station set up and GOTAhams hosting a more Holiday oriented version of “Radio in the Park”.
Dust of those Holiday sweaters/shirts/hoodies/sweatshirts/t-shirts and show off your holiday festive or Radio Oriented apparel. There will be judging of Ugliest, most Radio centric, Couples theme etc.
Also, bring your favorite Holiday treat to share with the group, We do understand this is “Super Saturday” (the last weekend of shopping before Christmas) So use Us as an excuse to avoid those crowds (c;
We are looking forward to seeing all those wonderful “ugly” sweaters and our Radio friends Saturday December 21st. See Ya’ there and as always everyone is Welcome, no License required Tell your friends.
Radio Orienteering mentors Joe Moell KØOV, April Moell WA6OPS and Marvin Johnston KE6HTS, Graciously hosted a ARDF practice “Foxhunt” at Bonelli Regional park San Dimas on Saturday November 23rd.
Kathi and I were early arrivals in the park finding a 5k/10k event in full swing! well they finished up before 10:00 AM leaving us a beautiful park on a beautiful fall day, not too hot, not too cold, perfect for “chasing Foxes”. I bought and built one of Marv Johnston’s antenna kits which was very easy, fairly quick and the only thing I needed was a short cable (BNC to SMA) to connect my HT. Actually any receiver that is capable of reception between 140 to 155 MHZ will suffice if it also has a signal strength meter it is a plus. if you use a transceiver, being able to “lock out” transmit is highly advisable.
GOTAhams made a wonderful showing with Kathi KD6CAF, Myself, Mark Arlotti KM6AHY, Vilma Arlotti, Bruce Vanbuskirk KM6WBI, Charles MacCanns KM6CEM, Charles Mother and Sister made a showing to bring us Texas Chili!, Tim Adams N6DLC, Grace Clark KM6LJL, James Jansen W6FRQ and son Samuel.
As GOTAhams do, we served lunch to all that attended the HOMINGIN event including our hosts (that insisted we put out our “Tip Jar”) the attendees were quite generous and nearly covered all our expenses, that was completely unexpected.
Several of us Chased the “practice foxes” but we didn’t do the timed course, (Next time?) folks that hadn’t attended one of HOMINGIN’s events learned how much fun this aspect of Amateur radio can be, along with our GOTAhams hospitality in a scenic setting? how can you miss!
Kathi Mark and I stayed to help or hosts police the area and get their gear to the vehicles, luckily staying afforded us locating a backpack left behind by one of our members. Yes Kathi and I got it back to his QTH even before realizing it was missing.
GOTAhams will keep a vigilant watch on HOMINGIN’s events and keeping our membership apprised of upcoming practices close to our area. When they return to our local park I’m sure we will Host another picnic for the event and try to get some other local Clubs to join us in the fun!
Our friends from Homing Inwill be holding a Transmitter Hunting educational/practice session at Bonelli Regional Park on Saturday November 23rd 2019. We need to show our support by Logging in to their website, registering for the event and if you would like to build your own tape measure Antenna let them know. While your there, add yourself to the ARDF mailing list to stay informed about whats happening at “Homing In”.
GOTAhams will be serving a picnic lunch at this event. Even if you are not planning on “hunting” Come out, have something to eat, socialize with other Hams and their families, watch others “Fox-Hunt”! I’m sure you will learn something new, and may be inspired to use some loaner equipment to try your hand at Transmitter locating (ARDF). Bring your friends! this is a “receiving” only mode so No License needed! so bring the Kids/Grandkids. If you are planning on attending Please send a e-mail to Kathi KD6CAF (firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP, We look forward to seeing you ALL there!
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Homing In ARDF training/practice
“Homing In” has an extensive Website that covers all aspects of “Radio Orienteering” from the basics into serious international competition. Your time will be well spent researching this very useful aspect of our hobby.
Kathi KD6CAF, Mark KM6AHY and myself spent time at an ARDF training session at Fullerton, Joe Moell KØOV and Marvin Johnston KE6HTS are terrific “Elmers” and took great pride in showing us “Newbies” the basics of Radio Fox Hunting.
Saturday Oct 26th is our plan for “Antennas in the Park”. A antenna planning, building, testing but also learning soldering techniques and testing what we’ve built etc. We will also have a transmitter “Fox” to try our hand at some “T-hunting” and most importantly Socialize! We’ll enjoy the fresh air while we “Get On The Air”.
Kathi and I met Vicki Zumwalt N6KLS of Next Generation Antennas at Pacificon. She requested we contact their station on Saturday, the weekend of the CQ World Wide contest. This dictates that we have a HF station “On The Air” during our event and will allow our attendees to get on on HF with the Club Call WG6OTA. With plenty of “control operators” everyone will get a chance.
If you are looking for something to do Saturday, Want to learn a new skill, brush up on old ones or just want to hang out with other Hams or curious non-hams ? Meet us Saturday at San Dimas Canyon Park (east side as usual) at approx. 10:00am ’til ?
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
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.