GOTAHAMS COMBINED RADIO-IN-THE-PARK plus ELMERING-IN-THE-PARK
Due to the July 4th holiday weekend and trying to rest a little after a busy and hot Field Day, we will skip the Elmering in the park on the first weekend. Instead, GOTAhams will be gathering on July 16th 10:00 AM to 3:00 (depending on the temperature?) at San Dimas Canyon Park for Radio in the Park PLUS some hands on experience comparing several popular types of coaxial cable (see and touch examples). Members who make a modest materials donation will be coached as they make a 3 foot jumper cable with crimp/solder PL-259 connectors using either RG8X or LMR400 class coax. Details at the July 12th club meeting!
GOTAhams ARC, invites all members, Guests and anyone interested in Amateur Radio to our Monthly “Hybrid” style, (in-person and Zoom.us) at Casa Jimenez Restaurant 921 W. Foothill Blvd Claremont
If you plan on dining with and meeting other GOTAhams in person, please come early, (6:00 PM) to order food and drinks, enjoy your meal and visit with other attendees prior to the 7:00 PM meeting so we can focus on the agenda without distractions from the restaurant audience. If you are a guest, and would like an invitation with a “Zoom.us” link, simply email the club secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
GOTAhams is delighted to be sponsoring Frank Westphal’s team of ARRL-VEC examiners in resuming monthly in-person testing. Tests will be held on the LAST Saturday of each month at 1PM in the Pilots Lounge of the Brackett Field airport in La Verne (map below). Walk-ins are allowed, but you are strongly encouraged to contact Frank at 909-257-7205 in advance. Please leave a message with your contact information and indicate which license level(s) you are pursuing. Please bring $15.00 for the A.R.R.L. VEC 2022 exam fee. ($5 if under 18). Payment must be cash or check – no credit cards or electronic payment methods. Also, please review the ‘preparation’ link below to ensure that you have completed the other required preparations for a successful test. You MUST bring an FCC FRN number to the test event – contact us if you need help with creating this on the FCC website. Successful candidates will be contacted by the FCC for payment of any additional fees due before issuance of the license. For 2022, tests will be conducted starting on July 30th and will continue each month thru November on the last Saturday of each month. There is no test at the end of December due to the holiday season.
GOTAhams is grateful to Frank and his team for their commitment to continue this long-standing
volunteer effort, having conducted hundreds of prior exam sessions. Contact: Mr. Frank C. Westphal at 909-257-7205 or K6FW@ARRL.NET
Time: Last Saturday Every Month, 1PM
Preparation: Please review this page: http://www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session
Exam Fee (collected at test): $15.00 ($5.00 if under 18).
Information on FCC License Fees (NOT collected at test): https://www.arrl.org/fcc-application-fee
Map and Directions:
The pilot’s lounge is located in the terminal building also housing Norms Hanger Coffee Shop. Enter the front entrance and turn to the left just after the gift shop. The meeting room where the exams are held are one door down on the left.
Brackett field la Verne Click for directions
It has been another exciting month, Lots of work Planning for Field Day in June, the Sunset Goats (mountain goat team) doing work, acquiring knowledge and building their tools to maintain the WG6OTA repeater, the Club officers planning for the continued future of our growing organization etc. We have lots to discuss, and information to share so this month we will not have a focused presentation as the agenda is lengthy. We will be utilizing our “Hybrid” style meeting, In-person at Casa Jimenez Restaurant, 921 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711
If you plan on dining with and meeting other GOTAhams in person, please come early, (6:00 PM) to order food and drinks, Enjoy your meal and visit with other attendees prior to the 7:00 PM meeting so we can focus on the agenda without distractions from the restaurant audience. If you are a guest, and would like an invitation with a “Zoom.us” link, simply email the club secretary at email@example.com
GOTAham Marco Di Meo KN6SJQ Passed his EXTRA exam Monday 5/30/2022,
I know some of you may ask “Why Marko did you advance so quickly?” well, Marko being from Italy would like to practice this hobby while visiting his birthplace, Italy only recognizes our Extra class for “Reciprocity”.
Congratulations Marko from all the GOTAhams! and if You hear Marko on our nightly net (8:00 PM PST on 449.160 (77.0)) remeber to congratulated him on his hard work and accomplishment!
Join the GOTAhams for our early June ARRL Field Day 2022 planning Zoom meeting.
GOTAhams biggest event of the year is coming VERY quickly, we spend lots of time energy and effort on “Ham Radio’s open house” (What is Field Day) there is lots of information on the ARRL website and our Field Day location is listed on the ARRL Field Day Locator (type WG6OTA in the search callsign area of the search section) our main planning is mostly done, we are still looking for Station operators to staff our contest stations. Also needed are folks willing to staff our information and STEAM project areas catering to visiting youth (ages 3 to 90). for further information or for a link to the meeting contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Its nearing our 2022 ARRL Field Day, GOTAhams Radio In the Park is time to practice at Cedar Creek Park: 6709 Cedar Creek Road in Eastvale Saturday May 21st 10am to 3pm. please be aware that we meet on the northwest corner of the park on everglades street.
let’s figure out some antenna setup, try to map out our field Day site, practice with our antenna building/tuning skills and “Get On The Air” to see who we can talk to and what distance we can transmit/communicate.
Please remember to bring something to drink, a chair, shade if you’ve got it, sunscreen and a great attitude along with any questions that might help you in the hobby.