TCARA members/guests invited

TCARA Members and their Guests are invited to the GOTAhams monthly hybrid meeting.

With Covid restrictions relaxing and TCARA awaiting La Verne’s Brackett field pilots lounge remodel to be completed, the GOTAhams would like to offer the opportunity of attending an Amateur Radio dinner meeting at Casa Jimenez Restaurant at 921 W Foothill Blvd Claremont, CA 91711 Tuesday June 8th at 7:00 PM. Anyone interested in Amateur Radio can attend either in-person or virtually via Zoom.us video conference platform.

Visit this link, GOTAhams Monthly Meeting webpage for further information

10 Meter QSO party June 5-6

Ten Ten International

Open Season (PSK) – held on the first full weekend in June – 0001 UTC Saturday through 2359 UTC Sunday.

Weak Signal – Held on the second full weekend in July – 0001 UTC Saturday through 2359 UTC Sunday.

This is a great resource for our Technician class hams that want to get some real world exposure to HF, with our Sun Spot “cycle 25” (Shop Cycle 25) on the upswing, it is a perfect time to get involved/active in your HF privilege’s. Let us know if GOTAhams should try a 10 meter HF net locally for groundwave contact exercises?

N6USO 145.440 is Back on-the-air!

Members of TCARA and GOTAhams joined forces in helping Burton Brink N6USO (LASD retired) to install a new temporary Transmit antenna on the N6USO 145.440 linked repeater on sunset Ridge.

Burton Brinks N6USO, George Cox WB6OEB, Andrew Usmani KM6SCA, Ken Mixon KC6WOK and Riley Redd made the rough and lengthy journey to Sunset Ridge, Andrew and Riley Ascended the tower, removed the damaged/failed antenna while the ground team assembled the new antenna, supplied the tower team with tools via rope lines. the tower team lofted the tested (analyzed) antenna and installed it in place of the old unit.

The final evaluation? 145.440 is operating at about 75% of its past transmit capability, Burton speculates it will require a efficient antenna and likely replacement of the Heliax (hard line Coax) feedline. this is another substantial investment after replacing the 449.160 transmitter, 145.440 transmitter and power supply.

It looks like we may need to supply more than just time into this project, As a group we could help defer the costs of these improvements and absorb much of the financial burden. I would propose that we each donate what we can to continue the use of this decades old asset to our local Amateur Radio community. Comment and let us know your thoughts!

Remember: TCARA Sunday Evening Net 7:00 pm 449.160- (77.0)

Call: AE6TV-R

IRLP Node 3012 

AllStar Hub 28164           

Micro-Node Repeater, IRLP Node 3336

Echo Link 246180

Our Net control operator Bruce AG6YS is looking forward to hearing from all Licensed Hams that would like to Check-in, discuss your day, Your shack, Newly licensed friends or whatever else is on your mind. If you’re not within repeater range use one of the other available linking options! you need not be a member to participate. We’ll see y’all on the Net!