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Meeting Reminder for Thursday. May 12, 2016

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The next RCARA meeting is this Thursday, May 12, 2016.  (See the web site www.w6tj.org for details and location.)  The program is presented by you, our members!


We’ll ask each one of you to tell us about your latest amateur radio activity:

  • Have you operated any CW DX, VHF/UHF SSB simplex FM or contest?
  • Do you have a favorite kit you built, home brew antenna or other station equipment?
  • Have you bought any new gear, even if you can’t yet program in the club’s repeater or simplex frequencies?
  • Have you set up your dual band hand held, mobile or base station for cross-band repeat?
  • Do you have some old equipment for a show and tell session?

In spite of the weather, May is the month to shine and help with the program at our general membership meeting. Please come prepared with topics, pictures, gear or sketches and talk away or feel free to ask questions!




The Hungry Hams Lunch Bunch will gather on Tuesday, May 17 (corrected), 11:00 a.m. at The Back Street Café, 3735 Nelson St. at Brockton in Riverside.




Now that we are a 5013C non-profit organization, we need to decide what types of equipment the club needs to function more efficiently.  We are fortunate to have two experts as members who are well versed in writing grant proposals and searching for opportunities of where and how to apply.


We are collectively seeking ideas and solid thoughts for a comprehensive “Wish List” in order to potentially obtain grants and donations.  Please send your concepts, designs, plans and wisdoms to Jim AG6JN at jim@jwanddw.com for review so that he and Donna KK6UDF can formulate a potential grant proposal and apply to relevant sources.  You can help escalate the club’s prospective as a viable association that assists other ham operators and serves the community as well.


Once the ideas are received, the proposal(s) will be discussed with the membership and when approved, a grant application can be written and submitted.  Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and input. 




Field Day Chair Larry WA6PMY is still looking for more volunteers to help out at the 2016 Field Day Extravaganza.  We need you; the club members to make this event a success … all skill levels are needed. Contact Larry at larryandmelba@junker-family.com and let him know you can help.




Don’t forget to buy or promote raffle tickets for the Yaesu FT60R HT to be raffled off at Field Day.  Donation is $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00, 6 for $10.00 12 for $20.00.  See me to obtain tickets:  xmadamxx@aol.com


 ITEM #6


A suggested event submitted by Don KD6UVT:


Every spring, hams in Orange County organize an outdoor day in the park where they operate radios and find hidden transmitters.  The annual "Antennas in the Park" (AITP) event is organized by the Fullerton Radio Club.  This year, AITP will take place at Hillcrest Park in Fullerton on Saturday, May 14.


AITP transmitter hunts are simple and informal.  All ages are welcome, so bring the family.  The hunts are suitable for beginners, but more advanced hunters can treat them as a "sprint."  There will be no charge for participation in the hunts, which will begin around 11 AM and continue until 2 PM.  Be sure to bring your two-meter handi-talkie and know how to program it to any frequency in the two-meter band.


Beginning at 10 AM, Marvin Johnston KE6HTS will conduct a clinic for building his kits for measuring-tape yagis and for 90 dB offset-type attenuators.  If you want one or more kits, please register in advance by sending e-mail to marvin@west.net, so he will have the kits reserved in your name waiting for you.


In addition to the two-meter band, international ARDF championships also include an 80-meter band event.  At least one optional 80m transmitter will be on the air for you to try.


Besides the transmitter hunts, Fullerton Radio Club members are expected to have at least one HF station on the air and to fly some radio-controlled aircraft.  There will be a barbecue at lunchtime with burgers, hot dogs and soft drinks.  The traditional Worldwide Foxhunting Weekend cake will be served to participants in the transmitter hunts.  A few canopies and tables will be set up, but for eating and sitting around, please bring your own lawn chair.


Hillcrest Park in Fullerton is bounded on the west by Harbor Boulevard, on the north by Brea Boulevard, on the east by Lemon Street and on the south by Valley View Drive.  From the 91 Freeway, take the Harbor Boulevard exit and go north about 1.8 miles to Valley View Drive.


We will gather in the Lower Picnic Area.  Park in the lot north of Valley View, midway between Harbor and Lemon.  ( Map at www.homingin.com )  Look for the orange and white orienteering flag at the entrance to the parking lot.  Walk north through the playground into the lower picnic area.  Talk-in is on K6QEH/R, 146.97(-) PL 136.5.




Joe Moell K0OV


Thank you for your dedication and interest in helping to make RCARA an even more outstanding ham radio organization. 


Until soon,






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Wow Ray, that's all fantastic info - thanks for posting it!


Re the lunch, item #2: you said "Tuesday, May 16, 11:00 a.m.". Tuesday is the 17th. So is that the right day/date for the lunch?


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Wow Ray, that's all fantastic info - thanks for posting it!


Re the lunch, item #2: you said "Tuesday, May 16, 11:00 a.m.". Tuesday is the 17th. So is that the right day/date for the lunch?


Correction made, it is 17 MAY, on TUE.  Thanks for catching that Deb.

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Looks like a good meeting scheduled.  A lot of things to talk about and hopefully see!

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