Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association – July 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 imprezaspeed@yahoo.com or ab6dm@arrl.net 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.

2022 Field Day

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill, and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular on ham radio.

The Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association will be hosting its Field Day 2022 event at the Brite Valley Aquatic Recreation Area (aka Brite Lake) located at 22902 Banducci Road, Tehachapi CA 93561 under Pavilion 3 (Southwest) corner of the lake.  Please use the gate code 2038398 to enter the park and make your way to Pavilion 3.

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http://www.arrl.org/field-day

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QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo 2022

Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12-13, 2022. It’s an amazing experience for anybody that wants to improve their amateur radio knowledge and get exposed to new ideas, cutting edge ham radio technology, and practical operating and building techniques. And there is no need to travel – anyone can participate from their home or office! Information and tickets can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.

Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12-13, 2022.   It’s an amazing experience for anybody that wants to improve their amateur radio knowledge and get exposed to new ideas, cutting edge ham radio technology, and practical operating and building techniques.  And there is no need to travel – anyone can participate from their home or office!  Information and tickets can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.

Here are some Expo highlights that we want to share with you:

Watch the Keynote Presentation.  We are excited to announce that Courtney Duncan, N5BF, will be our keynote.  Courtney will talk about the importance of amateur radio and technical hobbies to advance global technology and mankind’s ”big projects”.  Courtney just retired from JPL, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he supported numerous missions with digital and radio frequency hardware and software, most recently as telecommunications lead for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.

Listen and engage with 60 ham radio luminaries on some 20 different topic areas – there is something for everyone.  Here are a few of the presentations, from general to expert levels:

3Y0J: The Bouvet DXpedition

APRS Picoballoon Flight by a Rank Amateur

Core HF Communication Concepts: Fundamentals of Shortwave Propagation

Deep dive of an FPGA implementation of DVB-S2

A complete list of speakers can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/speakers1.html

Watch as many presentations as you want!  A big limitation of in-person events is that you can’t watch many of the presentations (you can only be in one room at a time).  At the Expo, return anytime within 30 days to view any presentations you missed as well as explore exhibitor offerings.  Our presentation videos with Q&A from previous Expos are still enjoyed by amateurs on our Vimeo channel.

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® in the United States, is a QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Partner.  FlexRadio is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor, Elecraft is our Gold Expo.

Early Bird Tickets are just $10 (through March 6) and then $13.50 to the end of the on-demand period.  Tickets include entry for the Live 2 day period and the 30 day on-demand period.  Save on gas, lodging, and travel to attend the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12-13.  For more information, go to https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.

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The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Team

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Amateur Radio License Exam – Technician, General and Extra Class

Ham Radio License Exam, Tehachapi CA

Tehachapi Amateur Radio Associations License Examination/Testing session.

 

EXAM SESSION

Sponsor:  Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association

Date: January 8, 2022

Time: 2:30 PM (No Walk-ins / Register or Call ahead)

Contact: John Dyer

(661) 750-2878

Email: topshotca@yahoo.com

VEC: ARRL/VEC

Location: Salvation Army CommunityCenter

538 E Tehachapi Blvd

Tehachapi CA 93561

 

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Tehachapi CA 93561

 

W6SLZ Repeater Visit

A planned trip to the W6SLZ Repeater yielded an interesting surprise. A tree that had been host to an earlier (years past) installation of pager antennas had fallen very close to the repeater shack. Fortunately, no dame to the repeater or that shack occurred.

A recent visit to the W6SLZ 2m Repeater yielded an interesting surprise. Dick (W6SLZ) arranged for a small crew to head up to the repeater to check on it and determine what work, if any, would be needed to prepare the repeater and the shack for the winter.

As the crew of three, including Dick (W6SLZ), Dave (WA5GUL), and John (KM6DXY) were making their way to the repeater, they encountered their first obstacle. In the road ahead of them was a fallen tree. Fortunately, Dick and Dave were able to move the tree off to the side and the crew was able to continue on to the repeater.

Upon arriving at the repeater site, they discovered that the landscape near the shack had changed. A large tree that had supported a platform for a pager/ antenna system had fallen. Fortunately, it fell parallel to the repeater shack and did not damage it. The team was able to inspect the repeater and develope a list of “Honey Do’s” that need to be completed by winter as well as a list of potential future improvements to the site.

Join us on the adventure as you click through our photos from the trip.

Click here to go to the photo album: W6SLZ Repeater Visit – August 2021

Gorman Ridge Rally – 2021

Held every year, the Gorman Ridge Rally is a great event to attend for competitors, spectators and volunteers – especially Amateur Radio Operators or “Hams”.

This video was too large to post to the Gorman Ridge Rally Photo Album (about 25 minutes) Click on the link below and you will be taken to our YouTube Channel and you will be able to watch the video there. Be sure to “Like”, “Subscribe” and “Ring” that “Bell” so that you get notified when we post additional videos to the channel. Where have I heard that before?!

In this segment, you will follow the Maxey Comms Team into the Hungry Valley SVRA after they met up in Gorman, CA. As the team progresses on Gold Hill Road to their positions on the Maxey course, Paula provides great information along the way. The organizers did a great job of putting this rally together. Follow John and Brenda as they make their way to their position as “Blockage #1 – Wide Area and Fast Finish. All blockages help to prevent spectators, campers, and “Off-Road Enthusiasts” (ATVs) from accidentally entering the course during the rally. This would be highly dangerous to all. In addition, certain radio teams would be given the task of calling in the rally car numbers as they pass by their blockages. You will hear this in later segments. All radio teams tracked the cars as they passed through in case they broke down, blocked the road, or ran off the course. They could then relay that information to the Comms Captain and Net Control. The Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association was represented by 6 radio operators covering two blockages on the Maxey course and two operators covering the Start Finish for the Badger/North Boundary Course.

Visit our Channel on YouTube. Be sure to “Like”, “Subscribe”, and don’t forget to ring that “Bell”. If you can, please share with your friends and family and ask them to do the same. Here is a link for our channel: Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association’s YouTube Channel

Antenna Building Presentation by Tim Duffy (K3LR)

Join us online for a special presentation by Tim Duffy (K3LR). Tim has been invited by the Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association to give a presentation on Antenna Building.

The Tehachapi Amateur Radio Association has arranged for Tim Duffy, K3LR, to be our Virtual Guest Speaker for our July 8th General Meeting online via Zoom. The presentation starts at 1900 DST (7:00pm local).
Guests are invited to the July TARA Meeting to Enjoy our Guest Speaker Tim Duffy, K3LR.
If you already receive an invitation to our monthly meetings you will automatically receive an invitation for July’s meeting. Please RSVP and let us know if you plan to attend or not so we may send your unused invitation to someone else.
If you are not on our current invitation list please send an invitation request to Dan, AB6DM at imprezaspeed@yahoo.com
There are only 68 Guest invitations available

General Club Meeting via Zoom

Don’t miss this meeting. We have a Special guest joining us. Tim Duffy, K3LR, will be our guest speaker at TARA’s July 8th Meeting. Who is Tim Duffy? He is: a world class contester, founder of Contest University, the face of DX Engineering, and much much more… The tentative subject will be about “Antenna Building”.
Join us online for our monthly General Meeting via Zoom. The link to the meeting is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88448835857?
For online security reasons you will need to IM, call or email us for the passcode. 

General Club Meeting – Online via Zoom

Join the Fun, get informed and share with fellow Ham Radio Operators during our monthly General Meeting via Zoom.

Join us for our monthly General Club Meeting online via Zoom. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be hosting our meetings online via Zoom please hop online and join the fun. For online security reasons, please call or email us for the access code/password to the event.

Join the meeting by clicking the link here or below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4883825970

SEA-PAC 2021 QSO PARTY (Day 2)

Contest Objective:  The Sea-Pac 2021 QSO Party is to encourage Radio Amateurs in the Pacific Northwest and beyond to work as many stations as possible in celebration of our annual SEA-PAC Ham Conventions, past and future.   The format and scoring is intended to reward and encourage the new and casual operator who may not be an active contester.  Categories reflect reported mode activity from 2020. To be held in conjunction with the 2021 “Virtual SEA-PAC Convention”. Join our 2nd annual SEA-PAC  QSO Party for a “Ham-tastic” time on the air-waves!