The GOTAhams Board will be meeting Wed. Jan. 29th at our regular meeting place, 921 W. Foothill Blvd Claremont CA. 91711. Topics will be Direction/Focus of the Club, Budget, Outreach, Bylaws/Constitution, Field Day plans and other items that may be introduced.
We post the meeting here publicly because this organization is Member driven and all members are welcome to attend and voice their opinions, give input and introduce discussion items.
We expect a small group, so we plan on meeting in the restaurant’s small meeting room near their bar area. We have heard from members that can’t make the meeting but have some input, that is always an option, simply email Kathi at email@example.com with any concerns you would like the Board to discuss and Thanks for your input.
Another Year gone by, Holidays have past, I know we had a busy 2019 but that was our first year of learning about being a Radio Club. What I believe we’ve learned is Clubs need a purpose! ours is easily apparent within the name “Get On The Air”, I do believe we have been true to that namesake.
2020 will have us continuing in that mission of, Helping HAMs Get On The Air and keeping the Amateur Radio community “Radio Active”.
There have been Challenges from across the country by the 2019 club of the year to create a “New Ham Boot Camp”. Locally we have been asked to help the Tri City ACS with their mission of educating and licensing new hams. Our mission supporting Tri City is to help get those newly licensed Hams Get On The Air and help them find their interest or passion within this hobby.
At this Months meeting I will be Challenging each of you to find and mentor (elmer) a new or a non-active Ham to help them learn all the opportunities this Hobby has to offer. get them to check in to a local net, discover some of the field activities like a Swap meet, Radio store, GOTAhams field Ops etc.
I will also be asking for input of course content for our “New Ham Boot Camp” presentation and volunteers to help present during our “Boot Camp”.
It is not all work, we will have our monthly Raffle and as always input from YOU our members is Welcome and Highly promoted so bring those Questions and Ideas! (that is the best part of our meetings)
Kathi and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
All Risk Training Center, 11285 Jersey Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730
The Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) functions as a community service organization and a disaster or emergency service asset consisting of highly-skilled volunteers using amateur (ham) radio to accomplish stated and implied missions. For more info about ASC and the next Technician classes, see www.tricityacs.net! The classes are FREE! Already a few of our GOTAhams members have signed up. ’73 Mark KM6AHY
Yes, I know, Vic KM6RWB had to step in and take control (Net Control) last Tuesday when Kathi was a No-Show. In Kathi’s defense she was out doing last minute shopping for Christmas gifts and meals and didn’t quite make it home in time for the Net. I personally was asleep in my recliner (perfect excuse). Vic in true GOTAhams fashion stepped up to his microphone and took on Net Control Duty completely cold but “Like A Boss”! Thanks Vic for being a “Super Goat”.
December brings thoughts of new radio toys, Nut Crackers, Sugar plum ferries…. Wait! Wake up, sorry I drifted off there! Lets get real, our December meeting will afford us a look back at how we started, what we’ve accomplished, new friends we’ve made some really wonderful members we’ve gained and more importantly where we’re headed! I’m hoping you may want to bring your friends (hams or not). Introduce them to us, us to them and show them what you do at a boring radio club meeting!
Remember for those interested we will have a “white elephant” style gift exchange. Just go through your radio “junk box” and find something of interest worth $10 (less/More?) bring it with you and we’ll see how this craziness plays out!
I plan on showing a photo presentation of our past year, including field day, picnic in the park, our swap meet outreach and some hamfest photos etc. If ANY of you have photos you would like to include please contact Kathi (firstname.lastname@example.org) with those photos. We will do a “face Net” and ask for any ideas for our coming new year and discuss existing plans and events for 2020.
I would like to take this opportunity to say that it is not Me, or the officers that makes GOTAhams the Fun Energetic group that it has become. It is our members and attendees, whether it be the people we meet at that park events, swap meet, our general (dinner) meetings, each of you bring your own interests and personalities. Many of our “Non-licensed” guests have brought some of the most exiting stories and experiences to our group. You all have heard me and others say “We are a Social Club that does Radio”. It is important that we promote the social side of GOTAhams.
Our November meeting was the most exiting and energetic meeting I can recall with members sharing their interests, be it Ham Radio or whatever else interests you. It Energized Kathi and myself to do all we can to support our members and officers to support this group in whatever direction it may take us. Ken, KC6WOK
Post Script (PS), We will be sharing our “DIY projects”, “Homebrews” or anything you’ve MacGyver’d to help you in this hobby. I know several of you have constructed some version of a “Go Box”, a few have constructed Fox hunt antennas I have an example of a BITX 40 SSB 40 meter transceiver I’m sure a few folks are Arduino or Raspberry pi hobbyists. Bring whatever you’ve been experimenting with to share with the group (remember “Show-n-tell” from elementary school) This should be FUN! (c;
This past Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Kindron, KJ6VGX at the Claremont swap meet. Bob is the Operations Section Lead for ACS and informed me that they will be holding Technician classes in Rancho Cucamonga starting in January 2020. He also informed me that many participants he speaks to are looking for a local Amateur Radio Club in the area and was glad to have seen our booth at the swap meet. After a nice conversation and a quick exchange of information, Bob grabbed a few of our flyers to hand out at their future events. The Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) functions as a community service organization and a disaster or emergency service asset consisting of highly-skilled volunteers using amateur (ham) radio to accomplish stated and implied missions. For more info about ASC and the next Technician classes in January, see www.tricityacs.net! ’73 Mark KM6AHY
Kathi and I Started our day early here at Pacificon. The registration desk opened at 7:00 AM, the hotel cafe opened at 6:00, rise and shine, had a nice breakfast buffet, scurry over to registration and collect our conference ID’s and other passes/raffle tickets etc. The Volunteers at registration said they were having trouble with organization but from our side of the desk it wasn’t apparent. This Fest seems well organized, on track and everything started on time. I personally was very impressed with our Bay Area hosts.
Friday’s single seminar was a day long antenna seminar presented by 7 speakers covering many aspects of arguably the most important subject in Amateur radio. We sat in a room of about 400 Hams focused on each speaker, 50 minutes at a time, with ten minute breaks between. I wasn’t sure I could focus on a single subject that long but with varied topics and different speaking styles the only thing I nodded out slightly on was “Antenna Modeling”.
During a lunch break we got to view the Special Event station, connected to the antenna array from the photo in the last post. This station sports a collection of Band pass filters and multiplexers sharing three antennas on a single tower with at least six stations from 80 through 10 meters on multiple modes from CW through digital. These folks know how to put on a field operation along with their skills as Hamfest hosts.
The “Vendor Hall” opened at 3:00 PM and Kathi was excited to meet some old friends and hopefully some new ones? She got her chance in a hallway outside Vendor Hall when she bumped into David Brackett KE6OPK our friend from TCARA and the Covina parade work. Gordon West WB6NOA Kathi’s buddy from Quartzfest and YUMA. A new friend was hanging out in the HRO booth with Gordo was Bob Heil, of course everyone is charmed by our hard working GOTAhams secretary so I got photos of Kathi with her freinds.
Enjoy these photos and I will try to keep everyone up to date on our exploits at Pacificon ’73 Ken KC6WOK