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

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

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

Countdown to FIELD DAY 2019!

We are almost there June 22-23 2019, Saturday 1800 UTC (11:00 AM PST) to Sunday 1759 UTC (10:59 AM PST. http://www.arrl.org/field-day Visit our Field Day page at: https://gotahams.com/field-day-2019/ You can also visit us on our Facebook Group at: Adventures of GOTAhams Group/ Adventures of GOTAhome

Location

We are returning to East Shore RV park at Bonelli regional park at sites C31 and C33 not on the bluffs like last year but in a more protected and much greener area with a large picnic area and fire pit. We can still see the lake but should be away from “On-Shore” breeze that dropped the evening temp to Brrrrrr!

1440 Camper View Drive, San Dimas, CA 91773

Kathi and I are planning to arrive at East Shore on Friday about 12:00 noon, several people have volunteered to help set up our pop-ups, tables Chairs Antenna masts and pulleys and our triple power system, 12 volt solar power for stations, 120 volt AC Solar powered inverter for stations and mains power for our GOTA station and kitchen/serving area. Our Field Day is Family Friendly and all Hams or Non Hams are welcomed. Come out and watch us operating our radios, feel free to ask any questions about Amateur radio, emergency communications, CERT teams etc. Bring the kids, let them play with some “Snap Circuits” learn Morse code, hunt a fox (transmitter) or just hang out and enjoy the company! GOTAhams is an energetic, very friendly group that really loves the social side of this Hobby after all, Amateur Radio is the first “Electronic Social Media” We hope to see you there ’73 Ken KC6WOK

Another Great GOTAhams day

Saturday June 15 was another really wonderful day with My GOTAhams Family, Mark set up a hospitality booth at the Claremont Swap meet and served up free hot coffee and some Doughnut bites that were enjoyed by attendees including some quietly famous Amateurs including Bob Brehm of Palomar Engineers (Kathi and I have attended his RFI seminars at a couple Hamfests). Mark, Jack, Bruce, Bob, Charles, Chris, James with his son Samuel, Kathi and I talked with many new and old friends promoting Ham Radio, Field Day and of course our fledgling club. I almost forgot, A very generous Ham at the Swap Meet donated two thirty foot push-up antenna masts to our club that we will definitely be using for Field Day. after close of the swap meet, as usual we went to San Dimas Canyon park and set up our field station with the “GOTAhome”. As usually happens with these outings, the typical struggles with new canopies, setting up slightly different antenna configurations and setting up Bruce’s new Yaesu FT991A we finally got on the air. Well this was “Kids Day” so we were hoping for some of those contacts but we mostly heard the Big Gun stations responding to QRP stations on the eastern seaboard, nothing was really heard close to home. Our New member Charles KM6CEM sat down at the IC-7300, got comfortable tuning the rig and made a contact with W6GGI, operating from Pismo Beach. I was impressed with how well a 80 meter off-center fed diploe could quickly tune almost flat and how broad-banded it was on nearly all bands 80 and below. I do believe this may be our “go-to” all bander for Field Day along with our Diamond CP-6AR Vertical. We were visited by new friends from the general public and old friends with whom we’ve spent other field days. Kathi fed the hungry crew with a giant Sub sandwich from Capri Deli in Covina along with cold drinks and chips supplied by Mark. These Field Operations are very energizing but sure leave me tired the next day. I hope to see LOTs of smiling faces Saturday the 22nd at East Shore RV park, look up our information on our Field Day page. ’73 Ken KC6WOK

Counting down to… Field Day!

It has been a busy weekend working on the GOTAhome adding our second solar panel, adding a larger fuse and testing a new remote for the 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter/charger etc. We have also been researching things other Radio Clubs are planning for Field Day, that has been an adventure in itself. I know what we have planned, we haven’t been secretive in the least and our plans are fully in line with ARRL’s description of the true spirit of field day, “Amateur Radio’s open house”.

ARRL begins a lengthy description and within the first two paragraphs states that “Field Day is NOT a contest”. I personally view Field Day as Ham Radio’s largest “Social Event” of the year and would like to keep that spirit at our field day site as we do at all our monthly field events.

Many of the clubs are pushing to “Stay away if you are unwilling to work” and /or ” Radio is not a spectator sport”… Really? If anyone at all feels put off by this type anti-social behavior, please feel free to “spectate” at our Field Day site.

You are welcomed to watch, listen, have a bite to eat, ask any questions and just “Hang Out” to learn what Amateur Radio, Emergency Communications, CERT, and disaster response is all about. Bring your kids, friends and family members, we are a friendly group regardless of what you have heard or experienced about other Radio Clubs or field Day sites. GOTAhams welcomes Kids with activities to do involving Communications, Electronics and STEM focused projects including hunting hidden transmitters.

GOTAhams looks forward to meeting anyone with an interest in wireless communication whether you are a licensed operator and want to sit down at a transceiver or just want to find out what we do in this hobby. Even unlicensed folks can “Get On The Air” with our GOTAhams G.O.T.A. station and communicate with folks all over the country without the help of the internet! “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Prevails”!

Me and all my “GOTA’s” will see you there ’73 Ken KC6WOK