2022 Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill!

At 10:20 a.m. on October 20, 2022, millions of
people will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The
Great ShakeOut, the world’s largest earthquake
drill ever! All non-profit organizations are
encouraged to participate in the drill (or plan a
more extensive exercise) and to inform the public
about the drill.

Great California ShakeOut
Get Ready to ShakeOut!

Why? Because when the adrenaline kicks in, you may not act safely if you haven’t practiced the Drop, Cover, Hold On drill before that moment. Don’t wait until the shaking – register at to practice earthquake safety with your community.

Invite everyone who matters to you to register and ShakeOut on October 20th. Everyone is welcome to participate – individuals, families, businesses, schools, government agencies, and organizations!



Pacificon℠ gives you three great days of activities

Pacificon℠ gives you three great days of activities for one low cost:

* A full slate of outstanding Forum presentations about a wide range of amateur radio topics

* Gordon West

* A large Vendor Expo filled with exciting products and exhibits

* An outdoor Swap Meet

* Youth Activities

* Electronics kit building and soldering instruction

* A One Day License Prep Class to prepare you to pass the amateur radio Technician license examination and get your first amateur radio license

* A One Day License Prep Class to prepare you to upgrade to the General Class level.

* Two days of License Testing

* A Special Events Station where you can operate and contact other hams worldwide, even if you don’t have a General or Extra Class license

* A wonderful Banquet with Keynote Speaker

* Our annual Wouff Hong Initiation ceremony

* A chance to hear about and discuss important national amateur radio issues with top ARRL leaders

* A chance to win radios and other great prizes throughout the convention

And perhaps the best part – a chance to interact and share information with lots of other amateur radio enthusiasts to further (or begin) your own knowledge and to advance the hobby

Amateur Radio License Exam – Technician, General and Extra Class (In Person)

Amateur Radio License Exam Session will be held in the Community Room of the Salvation Army in Tehachapi, CA.

October 2022
10/08/2022 | Tehachapi CA 93561
Sponsor: Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association
Location: Salvation Army Community Center
Time: 2:30 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Visit our “Get Your License” page for help in preparing for your exanim.

Flag Retirement Ceremony & 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

The Tehachapi American Legion Post 221, Boy Scouts, Blue Star Moms, DAR, 5150, TMRA, and the City of Tehachapi will be working together in support of a Flag Retirement Ceremony and 9/11 Remembrance at the Tehachapi Rodeo Grounds.

The Tehachapi American Legion Post 221, Boy Scouts, Blue Star Moms, DAR, 5150, TMRA, and the City of Tehachapi will be working together in support of a Flag Retirement Ceremony and 9/11 Remembrance at the Tehachapi Rodeo Grounds. Bring your tattered, torn, ragged, experienced flags for a proper retirement.

Club Breakfast at Gracian’s Grill

Join us for the Tehachapi Amateur Radio Associations monthly breakfast at Gracian’s Grill in Tehachapi.  It’s a great opportunity to meet with friends and fellow “Ham” Radio operators from in and around the Tehachapi area.  Good food, great people, and awesome conversations.  Our monthly breakfast(s) have resumed and are held on the second (2nd) Saturday of every month at Gracian’s Grill at 8:30 am (PDT).  While an RSVP is not required, we’d love to know how many people can make it so that we can prepare the staff.  See you there and bring your appetite.  73’s!

Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association – September Meeting (In Person and via Zoom)

The Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association hosts its Monthly General Meeting on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm local time. Everyone is invited. Contact Us for more information.

The Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association will be hosting its Monthly General Meetings in person and online via Zoom.  We meet on the Second Thursday of each month in the Tehachapi Police Departments Community Room.  The Tehachapi Police Department is located at 220 West C St, TehachapiCA 93561

For those wishing to join us online, please contact Dan Mason (AB6DM) via email at or for the Zoom link and password.

We have a lot to discuss and we have several events coming up to tell you about.  Please join us and bring a friend or two.

Bear Valley Springs Emergency Radio Team Breakfast (BVS ERT) at the “Mulligan Room”

Join us for Breakfast at the “Mulligan Room”.  Your RSVP is requested so that we can give the staff an idea of how many will be attending.  To make your reservation, please contact Valerie Mason (KK6WLQ).  If you need a Gate Pass, please let her know at that time.

You can also contact us via email at

Join us to meet the voice(s) from our Sunday night nets or QSO’s.


ARRL – Rookie Roundup – RTTY Contest

Mission: To encourage newly-licensed operators (“Rookies”) in North America (including territories and possessions) to operate on the HF bands and experience competitive Amateur Radio operating. Experienced operators (“Non-Rookies”) are strongly encouraged to participate and help new operators – either on the air or in person.

Objective: Rookies exchange information with as many other stations as possible on the 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter HF bands.  Rookie entrants are encouraged to read “HF Contesting – Good Practices, Interpretations and Suggestions.”

For more information visit:  ARRL – Rookie Roundup – RTTY Contest page.

“Just Because Net”

Have you checked out the “Just Because Net” yet? We hold an informal net every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm PDT just because. Visit and spend time with us, “On-Air”, on the W6SLZ 2m repeater.

Join us for the TARA Just Because Net Wednesday Nights at 1900 PDT.

The Net is held on the Bear Mountain W6SLZ repeater 146.700- MHz 123 Hz (PL). This is an informal Net started after Covid-19 to help us stay in contact with our fellow area Hams. NET Control usually calls for 3 check-ins at a time to start a round-robin discussion with a suggested topic. (Net control may choose to change this up if they like). Check-ins may discuss this topic or are encouraged to change the subject if they wish.

Membership in TARA is not required to participate in the Net.

We have had some great technical discussions in the past covering many subjects;

– Antennas
– Alternative Power
– Overlanding
– ConOps
– WinLink
– Virtual Expo
– FT-8
– BioEnno Batteries
– Go Kits
– WinLink
– Our favorite toy stores
– Ham Equipment For Sale
– Requests for Help
– Solutions to problems

If you have a question about a mode of operation, equipment, or anything amateur radio-related subject; chances are this group can help or point you in the right direction.