Monthly meetings and speakers

Our club holds a general meeting of members and visitors on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., except in December, at the Walnut Center location of Kaiser Permanente, 393 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena. Click here for a map and directions. The Club's Board of Directors meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:15 p.m., except in December, at the same location.

Enter at the public/visitor entrance at the southern end of the parking structure on Los Robles Ave, just north of Walnut Street. Take a parking ticket from the machine. Enter the building on the first floor and sign in at the desk. (Important: Your ticket must be validated at the security desk on your way out after the meeting.) General meetings are usually held in Room 1D in the northwest corner of the first floor of the building. Board meetings are usually in Room 1B.

Each general meeting includes general business (with introduction of visitors) and a featured speaker. Below is information about forthcoming and previous speakers.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017: Mike Jones KK6EZP: The EMCOMM BOX — the why, what, and how of emergency communication

Being involved in providing Emergency Communication services in support of diverse public-service organizations under ever-changing disaster environments, presents the EMCOMM Radio Operator with a complex problem-solving environment.

The concept of the EMCOMM BOX is one attempt at making “chasing the cats” a little easier.

Mike Jones KK6EZP has been involved in radio communications since graduating from the Naval Communications Officer program in Newport, R.I,. in 1960. His emergency communications experience dates back to two Vietnam tours (1964 and 1966), one as Operations Officer and the other as Officer-In-Charge of SAR Station “A” in the Tonkin Gulf. After leaving the Navy in 1967 he continued with the Navy-Marine Corps MARS until they were disbanded. His focus then turned to local Emergency Communications and he became involved with two ARES organizations, Los Angeles (Northeast District), Williamson County, TX (WCARES), where he serves as Associate Director for AIR/GROUND Operations, the Los Angeles Emergency Communication Team (LAECT) and the Altadena Local Emergency Radio Team (ALERT).

While enjoying all operating modes he admits to a fondness for the digital modes, due to the fact that you don't have something going on in your ear all the time. He says that harkens back to the days when he had to wear two headsets, one for air, one for ground, and remembering which HEADPHONE/PTT was which, in the dark, in a helo or on a RIB doing 50 knots.

Currently he is actively involved in expanding the MESH network capability in Los Angeles County, and conducts two weekly ARES NE digital exercises, one using Winlink and the other using NBEMS/Fldigi.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017: Clint Bradford K6LCS: You can work amateur satellites with just your HT

In this presentation, attendees will be shown EVERYTHING needed to work the FM voice ham satellites – with a re-occurring theme of, “Most hams already have most of the necessary equipment …” Attendees can download a four-page tutorial beforehand at …
… and Clint welcomes pre-presentation questions.
Call him at
909-999-SATS (909-999-7287), or send email to

Clint Bradford has been a licensed amateur since 1994, and involved with public service communications. Professionally, he was sales manager for ADI/Premier/Pryme, worked for Motorola a couple of years, and for Ham Radio Outlet a couple more. He lives in Mira Loma, California, with his wife, Karen, and their pets: a couple of cats, some koi, Karen's Icelandic horse, Mjollnir, and his donkey, Edward R. Burro. He is an ARRL Diamond Club member, and provides NASA/ARISS school technical support.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017: David Goldenberg W0DHG: How to install NBEMS/FLDIGI on your computer

Details to come. But bring your laptop and your 2-m HT to the meeting.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017: Bruce Nolte N1BN: Field Day 2017

We’ll be viewing Bruce’s latest movie, of Field Day 2017. Bruce’s movies are always fun to see, so don’t miss this one! (The library on this web site contains links to all of Bruce’s field day videos to date.)

Bruce is a graduate of the Film/Video School at CalArts and has worked in the documentary film industry for a number of years. He has experience is many areas of film production and post production but really enjoys documentary style cinematography and editing.

Bruce was first licensed in 1988 and had the call sign N6TFS for several years until he upgraded to Amateur Extra and was granted the N1BN call sign. Bruce is a past president and past vice-president of the Pasadena Radio Club.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Gurbux Singh W6BUX: Amateur radio in Burma

Tuesday, April 25, 2017: Jonathan Kramer W6JLK: "I'm from the Government (Planning Department) and I'm here!"

Tuesday, March 28, 2017: Marty Woll N6VI: NVIS — the ultimate backup in reliable regional communication

Tuesday, February 28, 2017: Diane Feinberg AI6DF: Why the 222-225 MHz amateur band is finally having its day

Tuesday, January 24, 2017: Allen Wolff KC7O: Now For Something Completely Different – 3D Printing

Tuesday, November 22, 2016: Jim Walls K6CCC: Listening to scanners and how to program them

Tuesday, October 25, 2016: Kevin Zanjani, KI6DHQ: An overview of lithium iron phosphate battery technology

Tuesday, September 27, 2016: Bruce Nolte N1BN: Field Day 2016 — the Film

Tuesday, August 23, 2016: Scott Edson W6EDS: Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and County Disaster Communications

Tuesday, July 26, 2016: Bob Brehm AK6R: ABCs of RFI for hams

Tuesday, June 28, 2016: Chris Wilson N0CSW: Yaesu's Fusion digital radio system

Tuesday, May 24, 2016: Allen Wolff KC70: Coax, not just a RF hose

Tuesday, April 26, 2016: Jim Marr AA6QI: Building a quadrifilar helicoidal antenna for satellite work

Tuesday, March 22, 2016: Don Minkoff NK6A: Summits on the Air (SOTA)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016: Gary Wong W6GSW: The Winlink global messaging system

Tuesday, January 26, 2016: Arnold Schatz N6HC: The TX3X DXpedition

Tuesday, November 24, 2015: Paul Gordon: Paul's Potpouri and Potluck Dinner

Tuesday, October 27, 2015: Tom Mikkelsen WA0POD: Ham radio satellites and the new Fox-1A

Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Duane Mariotti WB9RER: The Future Obsolescence of Amateur Radio Emcomm

Tuesday, August 25, 2015: Bruce Nolte N1BN: Field Day 2015 — the movie

Tuesday, July 28, 2015: Doug Millar K6JEY: Sidewalk EME (Earth-Moon-Earth)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015: Mark Weiss K6FG: Remote ham radio over internet

Tuesday, May 26, 2015: Brian Thorson AF6NA: How Much RF is Too Much? — A Look at Low-Level Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure and Current Science

Tuesday, April 28, 2015: Allen Wolff KC7O: J-pole antenna construction

Tuesday, March 24, 2015: Charlie Sufana AJ9N: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015: David Malin AA6RV: An introduction to DSTAR

Tuesday, January 27, 2015: David Ziskin AG6E: Maritime radio

Tuesday, November 25, 2014: Dave Glenn N6TEB: VHF rovering

Tuesday, October 28, 2014: Ray Day N6HE: Rancho Palos Verdes ARC activates Catalina Island IOTA NA-066

Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Diana Feinberg AI6DF: Amateur Radio's International Lighthouse & Lightship

Tuesday, August 26, 2014: Bruce Nolte N1BN: Field Day 2014 — the movie

Tuesday, July 22, 2014: Arnold Shatz N6HC: Dxpedition doctoring

Tuesday, June 24, 2014: Harold 'Skip' Bolnick KJ6Y: Towers and antennas

Tuesday, May 27, 2014: Travis Williams: Radioscouting: What's in it for me?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014: Joe Moell K0OV: Hidden transmitter hunting for the whole family

Tuesday, March 25, 2014: Dennis Kidder W6DQ: Grounds — facts and fantasy

Monday, February 24, 2014: Gary Wong W6GSW: Broadband Hamnet

Tuesday, January 28, 2014: Bruce Nolte N1BN: Ham radio websites and apps

Tuesday, November 26, 2013: Art Goddard W6XD: Amateur radio in the 21st century … mainstream or backwater?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013: Walter Clark: Two demonstrations that help visualize radio waves, in this case mirowaves

Tuesday, September 24, 2013: Dr. Kate Hutton K6HTN: The Great California ShakeOut: What and Why?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013: Allen Wolff, KC7O: 1B Field Day. Why? A personal journey

Tuesday, July 23, 2013: Bruce Nolte, N1BN: Field Day 2013 — the film

Tuesday, June 25, 2013: Tom MIkkelsen: The KX3 All-band/All-mode tranceiver

Tuesday, May 28, 2013: Tom Mikkelsen: Dayton Adventure 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013: K4M Video: Midway Atoll 2009: The Official DXpedition Video

Tuesday, March 26, 2013: Tom Berne: Electromagnetic pulses (EMPs): What hams should know!

Thursday, February 28, 2013: Marty Woll N6VI: Field day — strategies, tactics, and techniques

Tuesday, January 22, 2013: David Greenhut, N6HD: The 2012 NH8S Swains Island DXpedition

Tuesday, November 27, 2012: Bob Millard, KE6JI: Live keyboard-to-keyboard using PSK-31 and other digital modes

Tuesday, October 23, 2012: Ray Overman, KJ6NO: QSLing, Awards, and Wallpaper

Tuesday, September 25, 2012: Roundtable Discussion with Bruce, Phil, Kate, Paul, John and Graham: Ham Radio Websites and Smart Phone apps

Tuesday, August 28, 2012: Bruce Nolte, N1BN: Field Day 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012: Braddock Gaskill: The AMSAT Fox-1 satellite

Tuesday, June 26, 2012: David Greenhut: Portable DX contesting from Guatamala

Tuesday, May 22, 2012: Wayne Overbeck: A mouse that roared: How a little club in East Texas outscored all the big eastern clubs in a VHF contest

Tuesday, April 24, 2012: Scott Bovitz: The building and operation of an ultimate contesting van (actually 2012)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012: Charles H. "Chip" Margelli, K7JA: Quick deployment antennas for field day or emergency communications (actually 2012)

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