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Field Day on Saturday the 22nd of June

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The annual emergency preparedness exercise, operating activity, and all-around fun event known as Field Day will be held at Schroeder Park at 605 Schroeder Lane in Grants Pass on Saturday the 22nd of June.  For anyone interested in ham radio or emergency communications, this is a wonderful opportunity to see it in operation first-hand.  An amateur radio license is not required to participate, and everyone is welcome.

Club members will begin setting up antennas on Friday the 21st at 5 PM.  The actual event starts at 11 AM on Saturday, and lasts for 24 hours.  Two stations will be trying to contact as many other amateur radio clubs as possible, and there will be a third station used to demonstrate ham radio to visitors.

Club members will be holding a pot-luck lunch at noon on Saturday.  Those attending should bring a dish to share, and plates and silverware and such.

The ARRL's manager for the Oregon Section, Bonnie Altus AB7ZQ, said that she would try and visit.

To get to the site, take Redwood Highway and turn at Willow Lane, which turns into Schroeder Lane.  The Field Day site will be in the fenced-in section on the right near the dog park before the campground.  There should be a sign.  If you get to the boat ramp then you've gone too far.

We'll see you there!

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Cy Potts, W7MQL

The following obituary was published by the Grants Pass Daily Courier on Friday, May 24th :

Cy Potts, 95, of Grants Pass died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Three Rivers Medical Center.

The oldest of three children, he was born Cyril Joseph Potts on May 5, 1918, in Oakland, Calif., to Elza and Carmelita Potts. He was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools.
He graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School in Oakland. On May 16, 1942, in Reno, Nev., he married Phyllis Aardema, who died in 2004. For 15 years, he worked for Southern Pacific
Railroad as a signal inspector. In 1957, he began working at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., as an electronics engineer. He and an associate built the first computer used in space, which was a top-secret mission, and he never discussed it until his children were grown.

He lived in Utah, Nevada, Oakland, Pleasanton, Calif., Tracy, Calif., and Sequim, Wash., where he lived for eight years before moving to Grants Pass in 1992. In 1970, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and, in 1971, he and his wife were sealed in the Oakland Temple. He was a member of the Riverside Ward. While living in Sequim, he served in the High Council and in a bishopric. Along with his wife, he served a full-time mission to the Alabama Birmingham Mission and was primarily assigned to the Jasper Branch. They also were active in temple work in the Seattle and Medford temples. He was a member of the Southern Oregon Amateur Radio Club and the Rogue Area Senior Computer Assistance League and a charter member of Computer Bugs. He was a ham radio operator for 78 years, with call letters W7MQL, and assisted people with antennas into his 90s.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen Rhoades of Grants Pass, and Maryellen Olmstead of Tracy; two sons, Greg Potts of Sequim, and Gordon Potts of Manteca, Calif.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two siblings, Virginia "Dee" and Francis "Frank," died before him.
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Cy Potts, W7MQL

General NewsThe following obituary was published by the Grants Pass Daily Courier on Friday, May 24th :

Cy Potts, 95, of Grants Pass died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Three Rivers Medical Center.

The oldest of three children, he was born Cyril Joseph Potts on May 5, 1918, in Oakland, Calif., to Elza and Carmelita Potts. He was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools.
He graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School in Oakland. On May 16, 1942, in Reno, Nev., he married Phyllis Aardema, who died in 2004. For 15 years, he worked for Southern Pacific
Railroad as a signal inspector. In 1957, he began working at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., as an electronics engineer. He and an associate built the first computer used in space, which was a top-secret mission, and he never discussed it until his children were grown.

He lived in Utah, Nevada, Oakland, Pleasanton, Calif., Tracy, Calif., and Sequim, Wash., where he lived for eight years before moving to Grants Pass in 1992. In 1970, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and, in 1971, he and his wife were sealed in the Oakland Temple. He was a member of the Riverside Ward. While living in Sequim, he served in the High Council and in a bishopric. Along with his wife, he served a full-time mission to the Alabama Birmingham Mission and was primarily assigned to the Jasper Branch. They also were active in temple work in the Seattle and Medford temples. He was a member of the Southern Oregon Amateur Radio Club and the Rogue Area Senior Computer Assistance League and a charter member of Computer Bugs. He was a ham radio operator for 78 years, with call letters W7MQL, and assisted people with antennas into his 90s.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen Rhoades of Grants Pass, and Maryellen Olmstead of Tracy; two sons, Greg Potts of Sequim, and Gordon Potts of Manteca, Calif.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two siblings, Virginia "Dee" and Francis "Frank," died before him.
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Meeting Tuesday June 18th at 7PM

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The Southern Oregon Amateur Radio Club will hold it's June meeting on Tuesday, June 18th at 7PM at the Fruitdale Grange, 1440 Parkdale Drive in Grants Pass.  This is at the Northwest corner of Rogue River Highway and Parkdale Drive.

 

Anone interested in amateur radio is welcome to attend.  Coffee and refreshments will be served midway through the meeting.

 

After a short business meeting and refreshment break we will have our main program.  This month we are pleased to have two presentations.  Steve Andrews K7KO will be presenting the new BaoFeng UVC-5R+ 2M/440 handheld emphasizing the softwrae options to program it and handing out a BaoFeng repeater file to anyone who wants it.  It contains a set of repeater frequencies for Washington and Oregon which basically makes the BaoFeng usable on any major freeway and mot of the outback areas.

Rob Locher W7GH will round out the hour with a short talk on Arduino kits.

Hope to see you on Tuesday, June 18th at the meeting.

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2010 Field Day Results Announced by ARRL

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The ARRL released the 2010 Field Day  results online today.  SOARC scored 1,738 points under call sign K7LIX, with GOTA station call WM7K.  339 clubs across the US and Canada filed results as class "3A", meaning a portable club station with three transmitters, with power multiplier 2, meaning that either the stations were running less than 5 W or the stations were running off batteries charged by generators.  SOARC of course ran with batteries charged by generators.  Out of those 339 clubs, SOARC placed 219th.  In the Northwestern Division, made up of  Alaska, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Western Washington, 18 clubs filed as class 3A with power multplier 2: out of those 18, SOARC came out 8th.

 

The ARRL writeup can be found in the December issue of QST.  ARRL members can access the article here: www.arrl.org/files/file/ContestResults/2010/2010_Field_Day_QST.pdf .  The results database can be found here: www.arrl.org/results-database .  Soapbox comments can be found here: www.arrl.org/contests/soapbox .

I'm already looking forward to next year's Field Day!

If you haven't seen them, check out the pictures taken by Ron KF7IBN here:



 

 

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SOARC Supports Crop Walk

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The CROP Hunger Walk is a community-wide event organized by local church congregations to raise funds to end hunger in Josephine County and around the world.  Volunteers solicit donations of food for local food banks, and cash for local organizations and to be distributed nationally.  Volunteers solicit donations and raise awareness by walking from Riverside Park to the pedestrian bridge over the Rogue River at Reinhart Volunteer Park and back.

SOARC helps in two ways.  First, the hat was passed for donations at the September club meeting, and $85 was collected.  The Board voted to match the contribution with club funds, as in prior years, and so the club contributed another $85.  This money will go to buy bulk food to be given directly to the local food bank.

Second, the club provides communications for the walk.  More volunteers are welcome.  More information for volunteers can be found here: Crop Walk

 

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Charles Smale, N7YLB, SK

Unfortunately this story is old news that was only brought to our attention recently.

Chuck Smale, N7YLB, passed away on the 20th of June.  Chuck was a board member of SOARC and JARS.  According to Brian Fritsen KK7BF, Chuck was a good man who selflessly and quietly volunteered his time for many different causes.  Rest in peace Chuck.

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Rocky's Old Call KE7LKX Acquired for the Club

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Rocky's old call sign KE7LKX has been acquired for the club, using the "in memoriam" provision of the vanity license rules, with the approval of his sister.  We plan to use the call sign for the D-STAR repeater.  Rocky left the equipment for the repeater to the club in his will.

RIP, Rocky.

 

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Gear For Sale

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On behalf of Rocky KE7LKX's sister Tina, the following equipment is for sale.  Prices are for club members only.  This equipment will be shown at the club meeting on the 21st of September.

Icom IC-718 HF transceiver with DSP, $360
Icom ID-880H VHF/UHF FM & D-STAR transceiver, $350
Icom IC-R7000 25MHz-2GHz receiver, $250
Icom AH-4 remote automatic antenna tuner, $175
Tigertronics Signalink PSK31 interface w/ built-in sound card & USB interface, $50
Weller WTCP temperature-controlled soldering iron, $20
Eimac 3CX1500A7 x 2, $400 ea
Amperex 4CX250B x 2 (matched pair?), $25 ea or $40 for both

If there are any questions, contact Rob W7GH.


 
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N7GK Gary Pederson Loses Home to Oak Knoll Fire in Ashland

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Gary Pederson N7GK Lost his home to the fire in Ashland on August 23, 2010.

 

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