Area Ham Interests/Assistance Registry

Area Ham Interests/Assistance Registry

Your ham radio needs can be better served by letting the club and fellow hams know your interests, areas you need help, or areas you can assist other club members.

Once entered into the registry, if you need to update your listing, use your registry private access link to update your profile, or at the next OCRA meeting, enter your updates on an interest survey form.

Hams already listed can do an online update, using their access link obtained by clicking here and following the directions listed. This information will be used to plan meeting presentations, club work sessions, web site articles and encourage interested hams to participate in the combined OCRA/DFMA ARRL Field Day..

     Interest Summary from 62 Member Profiles


              Antennas - EZNEC COAX Ladderline Connectors Tuners Stealth         36
              APRS - Automatic Packet Reporting System                           17
              ARES - Click here, then "ARES Nets & Training" Folder              18
              AuxComm/EmComm - Area Nets Training                                14
              CERT - Community Emergency Response Team                           13
              Contesting                                                         9
              CW - Frequency Band Plan                                           15
              Digital -  JT65, PKS31, RTTY, Winlink,WSJT, and others             21
              DMR - Digital Mobile Radio                                         7
              DXing                                                              22
              Field Day                                                          29
              Mobile Ops                                                         14
              Nets/Net Control Click here, then "ARES Nets & Training" Folder    9
              Public Service                                                     23
              QRP (Low Power)                                                    10
              Remote Station Ops                                                 13
              Repeaters - Area Repeater Listing                                  15
              Repeater Crew                                                      13
              Satellite Ops - AMSAT Satellite_Contacts Frequencies               7
              SOTA - Summits on the Air in North America                         4
              SSB - Frequency Band Plan                                          17
              Vintage Radio - Vintage Radio Boulevard                            7

Bands of Interest


          160m-7; 80m-16; 40m-25; 30m-15; 20m-23; 15m-14; 10m-22; 6m-17; 1.25m-3 70cm-13

Member Profile “Interests and Assistance Needed”  Accessable via  Private Access Link

 

62 Hams in the Area Listing Interests with 24 Needing Assistance

Call Sign1st NameLast NameOCRA_Mbr_DFMA_Ham_Radio_Interest_Areas_Assistance Needed_
W3AHL Steve Ahlbom Current DFMA Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SSB, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
W4JWA James Austin Renew . . . . Digital, Field Day
N4GF Roger Barr Current . . . . Antennas, Contesting, Mobile Ops
NA4VY David Belt Renew DFMA Install, Wire Antenna
AK4W Ed Best Current DFMA APRS, Toantennas
N8BR Bill Bischoff Current DFMA Antennas, CW, Field Day, Remote Station Ops, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m Operate, HF Station, Vehicle Antenna, Multiband, Tower, 160m
KN4QCC Onda Blevins Current . . . . Antennas, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Remote Station Ops, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Operate, Mobile Unit, Remote Station
KM4MDR John Boone Current DFMA DX, Field Day
KS4VX Roger Boyles Current . . . . Antennas, Contesting, Digital, DX, Remote Station Ops, SSB, 80m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 10m, 2m, HF propagation
KA5JUJ Martin Brody Current DFMA Antennas, DX, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m Operate, HF Station, Wire Antenna
KN4DRN Michael Canada Current DFMA Antennas, DX, Mobile Ops, Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Satellite Ops
W4ORD Lad Carrington Renew . . . . Antennas, ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, CW, DX, Field Day, Repeater Crew, SSB, Vintage Radio, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 2m, 70cm
KK4BPH Mike Carwile Current DFMA Antennas
WX4WNC Adam Caudill Renew . . . . Auxcomm, Digital
KN4JYP Kathy Chavis Current . . . . Antennas, ARES, CW, Field Day, Public Service, Remote Station Ops, Satellite Ops, SOTA, SSB, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm Operate, HF Station, Mobile Unit, Remote Station, Wire Antenna, Stealth Antenna, Connectors, Tower, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m
K3TD Tad Danley Current . . . . Antennas, Contesting, CW, Mobile Ops, Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SSB, 6m
W4CFO Jim Davis Current DFMA Auxcomm, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SDR, Vintage Radio
K2RRT Mark Dewitt Current . . . . Antennas, ARES, CERT, Foxhunting, Mobile Ops, QRP (Low Power), Repeaters, SSB, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m, 1.25m, 70cm, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Build, Decision, HF Station, Mobile Unit, Wire Antenna, Stealth Antenna, Vehicle Antenna, Grounding, Multiband, 80m, 40m, 20m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm
KM4NOU Joel Dunn Current . . . . Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Repeaters, 40m
KR4UB Dan Eddleman Current DFMA Antennas, Digital, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, Remote Station Ops, Repeater Crew, SDR, SSB, 40m, 20m, 17m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, FT-8 Builder/Maintainer of OCRA repeaters for 20 years; Need new hams to fullfill this role. Time, skill building, & long term commitment required.
KS9F Don Elsner Current DFMA Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, CW, Digital, DMR, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Satellite Ops, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, DSTAR, C4FM
N4KF Ken Fath Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, ARES, CERT, CW, Digital, Public Service, SSB, Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m
KO4CSW Robert Furberg Current DFMA ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, Field Day, Public Service
KC1BVL Robley Hall Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, CERT, Digital, DMR, DX, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SDR, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm Build, Decision, Install, HF Station, Wire Antenna, Vehicle Antenna, Connectors, Feedline, Multiband, Tuner
K0STV Steven Harris Renew . . . . Antennas, DX, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, SSB, 40m, 30m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 2m, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Stealth Antenna
KM4MBG Jack Hill Current DFMA Antennas, APRS, Digital, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SDR
KF4PAB Lenore Hill Current DFMA APRS, Field Day, Repeaters, 2m, 70cm
KO4GOK Joseph Horvath Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, ARES, CERT, Digital, DMR, Foxhunting, Mobile Ops, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SSB, Vintage Radio, 10m, 2m, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio HF Station
KM4WXW Jeffrey Jagoda Current . . . . Auxcomm, Field Day, Public Service
AC4RD Ken Kuzenski Current . . . . Antennas, Contesting, CW, Digital, DX, Mobile Ops, QRP (Low Power), 15m, 12m
W4BOH Wilson Lamb Current DFMA Antennas, ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, CW, DX, Field Day, Public Service, Repeater Crew, SOTA, Vintage Radio, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 2m, 70cm, Offering help with HF tube operation
KN4BTI Mark McClish Current . . . . Public Service, antennas
N1LN Bruce Meier Current . . . . Antennas, ARES, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, Public Service, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m
N1YXU Laurie Meier Current . . . . ARES, CERT, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service
WB1AJJ Jonathan Meigs Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, CW, DMR, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, Satellite Ops, SDR, SSB, Vintage Radio, 40m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm, PI/Arduino
N6WJM Jim Musson Renew . . . . Build, HF Station, Wire Antenna
W4AEN Ed Neely Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m, 6m Decision, Install, Wire Antenna, Feedline, Grounding
KX4UZ George Oberlander Renew . . . . Antennas
KN4QOT David Parker, Jr. Current DFMA APRS, Auxcomm, Contesting, Digital, DX, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, SOTA, antennas
KV4ZR Loren Peters Current DFMA CW, Digital, DX, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Satellite Ops, SDR, SSB, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm
KG4CFX Chris Pope Current DFMA APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, DMR, Field Day
KU4GC Dee Ramm Current DFMA Antennas, Digital, DX, paper chase
WB4OSU Sherri Rapp Current . . . . Digital, Field Day, 40m, PSK-31, FT-8
N4KW Pete Raymond Current . . . . Antennas, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, 160m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 15m, antennas
N2XZF Paul Robertson Current DFMA Antennas, DX, Field Day, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, 20m, 10m Wire Antenna
KE4LYK Charles Schoon Renew DFMA Contesting, DX, Field Day, Public Service, Repeaters, Repeater Crew, antennas, mobile, 3D art software, computer programming, electronics, politics
KD4UCZ Charles Schott Current . . . . Antennas, Digital, Field Day, Satellite Ops, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m
K4PHS Peter Slugg Current DFMA Digital, Field Day, QRP (Low Power), SSB, 40m, 30m, 20m, 6m
KD4YJZ Karen Snyder Renew DFMA ARES, CERT, Field Day, Nets/Net Control, Public Service, 10m Operate
W1KES Keith Stouder Current . . . . CW, DX, Field Day, SOTA, SSB, 40m, 20m
KJ4VWG Sam Tannous Current DFMA APRS, ARES, Contesting, Digital, Remote Station Ops, SDR, ADS-B, Radio Astronomy, NEC2 Internals
W4AIR Daryl Thompson Current . . . . Antennas, DX, Mobile Ops, Public Service, 20m
KN4ZHP Mike Thorn Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, Auxcomm, CERT, Digital, DMR, DX, Public Service, QRP (Low Power), SDR, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Install, Operate, Wire Antenna
KN4VXB Aurora Toennisson Current DFMA APRS, CERT, Public Service, Attended Meeting to Learn about Ham Radio Build, Fix, Install, Operate, Want classes teaching ham radio
KA2DEW Tadd Torborg Current . . . . Repeaters, Vhf Packet Radio
KN4EOO Richard Wenklar Current DFMA APRS, ARES, Auxcomm, CERT, DMR, Mobile Ops, Public Service
KA5ETS Doug White Current . . . . CW, Digital, antennas, FT8
KW4JY Calvin Whitt Current . . . . digital, antennas
KO4BHX Ben Williams Current . . . . Antennas, APRS, CW, Digital, DX, Field Day, Foxhunting, QRP (Low Power), Remote Station Ops, Satellite Ops, SDR
K4FD Dan Wise Current . . . . Packet Radio
W4LMW David Wright Renew DFMA Antennas, ARES, Field Day, Mobile Ops, Public Service, SDR, 2m Install, Operate, Mobile Unit, Tower, 2m
K4AAI Jay Zaragoza Renew . . . . Antennas, SSB, Vintage Radio Beam Antenna, Wire Antenna, Connectors, Grounding, Tower, Getting back on air

 

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Monthly Club Membership Meeting October 12, 2020

OCRA Secretary: Bill, N8BR

ORANGE COUNTY RADIO AMATEURS

Monthly Membership Meeting – October 12. 2020 – 7:30 pm

Platforms Utilized: OCRA UHF Repeater and Zoom.

MEETING CONVENED at 7:30 (N1LN):

OPENING REMARKS (N1LN): Good evening all. I am serving as host this evening in place of W4SAR, David, our club president who is presently unavailable. Before we begin, I want to review the following “house-keeping” items:

  1. The majority of the membership present at this meeting are participating through the OCRA UHF repeater. However, some of our members do not have UHF equipment and are joining us via Zoom. I want to emphasize that the primary mode of participation in our meetings is via the club’s UHF repeater and all members are urged to use that platform if possible.
  2. Members should not use repeater or zoom time to test station function. That task should be performed before signing on to the net.
  3. For those of you coming aboard with zoom please keep in mind that it is linked to transmit/receive functions of the repeater and, as such, must comply with FCC requirements for station identification and general operation.
  4. The attendance at most of our club meetings is sufficiently large that it is important to keep individual input as brief as possible during the open round-tables so meeting time can be most efficiently utilized.
  5.  All net input and video are being recorded so that information presented can be accurately included in meeting minutes.

MEMBER CHECK-IN (N1LN and KR4UB):

OCRA UHF REPEATER: KU4GC (Dee), WB1AJJ (Jonathon), W4CFO (Jim), KN4EOO (Richard), W4ORD (Ladd), KA1HPM (Nick), KM4MBG (Jack), KF4PAB (Lenore), K2RRT (Mark), KZ1X (Steve), N2XZF (Paul), KN4ZHP (Mike), KO4DHJ (Ken), KR4UB (Dan), and W4BOH (Wilson).

ZOOM: N8BR (Bill), NA4VY (Dave), KN4VXB (Aurora), W4SAR (David), KD4YJZ, (Karen), KN4QBZ (Fred), and KR4UB, (Dan).

TREASURER’S REPORT (Dan KR4UB): Current Club Membership stands at 115 (85 current active paid up members, 28 requiring renewal, 2 expiring, and 4 pending applications awaiting completion (dues). Twenty-six new members have been added during the past 12 months.

REPEATER REPORTS:

Northern Section (Dan, KR4UB): We have been hosting repairs for the 145.230 machine preparing it to go back on the air. Southern Section (Nick, KA1HPM): We have been working on our repeater and it should be up and running by the end of the month. Chatham EOC is getting building permits and firming up orders for new towers. Construction should begin in December and be completed by the end of January.

Presentation

KN4VXB (Aurora): The presentation tonight is about the recently founded OCRA Ham Pi group, a collection of hams who are interested in microcomputers such as raspberry Pi and Arduino as well as other single board computers and their possible applications in amateur radio. To date this group is comprised of 8-12 folks who have met together twice during the past couple of months. About half of the group is made up of new hams and the other half are more experienced folks. The projects they’re working on include a PTT switch for Zoom meetings, a QCX CW SDR transceiver with an antenna system and various power converters. If you are interested in joining this group please email Aurora.

MEMBERSHIP ROUNDTABLE:

KU4GC (Dee): Not much ham activity this time around. We are still disposing of lots of things from our clean-up and reorganization efforts. Many items have been contributed to the Scrap Exchange.

WB1AJJ (Jon): Not much new here. Work is chaotic and has been taking much of my time. I did manage to get the ICOM 6-meter rig repaired. I suggest more “show and tell” presentations for our meetings, but they are tough to arrange with Covid 19.

W4CFO (Jim): Has been working on a number of repeater projects with Dan and Nick.

KN4EOO (Richard): Has been working on his tractor. It dropped a rear wheel and had to be repaired. A lot of antifreeze was spilled in the process. He is in the process of testing the tractor. In addition he is also taking radio classes (EC16 and BR 101).

KA1HPM (Nick): Managed to get together with his extended family on the beach at Emerald Isle. He set up his HF rig with a Ham Stick antenna for 80 meters on the third floor balcony of their house. Using that gear he was able to access the Sunday night net that originates in Birmingham, Alabama. Additionally, he announced to us that The American Red Cross will be hosting an emergency drill in November which he will attend along with ~250 other participants.

KM4MBG (Jack): In his comments Jack stresses the fact that with the pandemic he is not doing a lot with ham radio, and places emphasis on the projects he wishes he was working on rather than telling us what projects he is actually doing. Among the things he mentioned was the fact that the pandemic is allowing him to spend more time at home and that has provided him with opportunities to do more cooking and more work with the nets. Noteworthy among his homebrew cuisines was a pasta dish with eggplant sauce which he and Lenore considered to be quite good. On the ham front he reports that he has received a shipment of parts for a field programmable gate array that he will be assembling shortly. Jack would like to have presentations on the new modes that are available for hams..

KF4PFB (Lenore): Among her comments Lenore reports that in the recent past she had not been very much involved with ham radio. On the other hand, she has spent more time working at home and taking cooking classes.

K2RRT (Mark): Mark is a new ham and is looking for a good antenna system for his rig. He has also obtained the parts to build a “shari” which is an all star link to put on the Pi 4. In addition, Mark is interested in linked repeaters and would like to talk to any club members who share that interest and understand how these systems work.

KZ1X (Steve): Steve is in the process of rebuilding his ham shack. This will be a major task that involves tearing down walls and performing a complete over haul of his space. In addition, he is planning a major addition to his tower including several new antennas.

N2XZF (Paul): Built a 10 meter J Pole antenna which worked very well. He also helped Dan KR4UB sort out the various signal ground pins on the Kenwood repeater external connector interface which as it turns out, all go to a common internal grount point (LOL!)

NA4VY (Dave): It is time to get up additional wire antennas, especially for 80 meters. Was out of town in Michigan last week and flew in a hot air balloon, While cleaning his basement found found a ten meter transceiver and antenna that he is willing to give to anyone needing HF gear. Suggested topic for presentations: Let the senior members of the club recall how they got involved in ham radio.

KN4ZHP (Mike): Has had success using Win-Link which would help with Red Cross exercises.

KO4DHJ (Ken): Checked into many nets. Is planning to move stuff from his shop and rebuild the shed.

KN4VXB (Aurora): 1. Has been active in the Ham Pi Group, 2. Learning to solder cables, 3. making a prototype Fox transmitter, 4. Learning ways to use Raspberry Pi to control cameras that are used in her graduate research, and 5. Learning to wind toroids.

W4SAR (David): Celebrated his 40th anniversary. Is preparing certificates for Field Day participants. Announced that holiday party plans coming soon. Thanked Bruce for being master of ceremonies for this meeting.

KB4YJZ (Karen): Eating lots of delicious seafood during her anniversary celebration with David.

KN4QBZ (Fred): 1. We’ve had our 50th anniversary and my wife again reminded me that there is no guarantee about what the future will bring so we gotta keep things going!! 2. Folks who are familiar with Winlink are a real asset for the Red Cross emergency exercise and their help would be most appreciated. A discussion of this process would be a good topic for another club program! 3. With regard to “Richard’s comments above about the tire leaking antifreeze solution—the solution for any pollution is dilution—that stuff is CaCl and it is toxic for grass. Dilution and flushing with water is the best way to take care of it!

N1LN (Bruce): As most club members are aware, over the past couple of years Bruce has been down sizing his contest antenna farm from a 4-tower monster with multiple monoband yagi’s to a smaller more manageable but almost equally powerful system using just two towers, each supporting a large multiband yagi. This has not only reduced the complexity of the overall antenna layout, but also the amount of both general maintenance and climbing required to keep the station in good repair. In addition, he has also reconfigured the indoor component of his station so it now houses one principal contest operating position instead of two. The equipment from the former second position has been replaced with a Heathkit DX-60 transmitter, HG-10 VFO and Hammarlund HQ129X receiver to be used for “pleasant memories from days of yore” type operating.

On a downside, the new antenna arrangement has caused some issues with Bruce’s management of the 10 meter OCRA net. Specifically, in the original system which utilized two or three 10 meter monoband yagis stacked together on a single tower it was possible for him to cover two or three different directions at the same time using a stack match. However, with the new set up in order to cover two different directions using multiband yagi antennas on separate towers requires switching rf from the antenna on one tower to another one pointed in a different direction on another tower, To make the process simpler and more efficient Bruce has built a switching/matching system that permits him to simultaneously drive the 10 meter functions of the two antennas pointed in different directions at the same time. The system has been put into operation and is now working as hoped.

KR4UB (Dan): Dan has ordered a Pi 4 and is looking forward to using it. He is also hosting the 145.230 repeater build. In addition, he and Mark KR3AM have been instrumental in the development and implementation of the hybrid repeater/Zoom platform OCRA has currently been using for its club membership to access virtual meetings during the COV 19 pandemic. Under most circumstance the preferred mechanism for accessing non face-to-face club meetings would be only via the repeaters. But, given the significant number of folks who do not have vhf and uhf equipment to access these machines the hybrid platform can be effectively used,

Dan has also been managing the implementation of the hybrid format. And, while it has been effective in bringing club members together during these difficult times, it has been eminently clear that its effectiveness depends on club members’ efforts to learn and practice the procedures necessary to successfully use it. To address that issue Dan is recommending that all potential users go to the club website and select any one of the following three buttons: (Members), (Meetings) or (Nets), and read the article “About OCRA Club Meetings, Nets and Zoom. Questions about any of this information may be addressed to Dan

W4BOH (Wilson): Wilson is anxious to have show and tell back! He is willing to present a show and tell about his restoration of a 1934 Chevy truck.

W4ORD (Ladd): Lost several trees in the storm and while dropping one of them took out his antenna. He will need help pitting the antenna back up. The exchange club is still available for a Christmas party.

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 8:45 pm

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