IN-PERSON MEETINGS with remote Zoom feed — see below

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 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 7:30 p.m., except in December, at the same location.

We provide a simultaneous video-conference of the monthly general meeting using Zoom. If you are a member of our Group at, look for an invitation email via that Group. Or you can contact aa6qi (at) arrl (dot) net for more info.

Each general meeting includes general business and a featured speaker. Below is information about forthcoming and previous speakers.


Tuesday, July 23, 2024: Bill Shanney W6QR: End fed half wave dipoles

PLEASE NOTE: Our monthly general meeting is IN-PERSON, as well as webcast on the internet. See the notes at the top of this page for details.

Bill Shanney’s talk, captured on the TRW website, was originally given in 2022. In a very direct and interesting presentation, Bill takes us from the “need to communicate” through to fundamental requirements, to basic wire antenna considerations and patterns, and then provides a deep dive into the pratical aspects of a working end fed antenna.

This talk gives us both theoretical and practical information, including construction, along with the results Bill got with his antennas. Bill includes  practical operating band performance information, with generic propagation information from full gallon rigs down to a QRP station.

Bill writes: “My first call was WV2RDG in NJ. I became WA2RDG when I got my general in 1961. I operate 99.5% CW on 160-6M. After a long period of inactivity (career and family), I upgraded to extra class in 1988 and became very active. That is also the year that I joined the TRW ARC. I have a BSEE from NJ Institute of Technology and worked for 45 years in RF and microwave design. I retired from Northrop Grumman/TRW in 2007 after 31 years with the company.”

This talk has something for everyone. It will be a virtual presentation.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024: Terry Dennison K9TAD: Sunspots

Tuesday, May 28, 2024: Open discussion: Planning for Field Day 2024

Tuesday, April 23, 2024: Steve Jensen W6RHM and John Stanford KF6I: Spark transmission, an early technique in the evolution of radio

Tuesday, March 26, 2024: Bob Nolte KD7YOX: FT8 from Arizona

Tuesday, February 27, 2024: Jim Marr AA6QI: Antenna tuners

Tuesday, January 23, 2024: Jim Marr AA6QI: Antenna feedlines

Tuesday, November 28, 2023: Jim Marr AA6QI: Antenna Analyzers

Tuesday, October 24, 2023: Oliver Dully K6OLI: Amateur radio lessons from ARES exercises, like Red Skies Set and ShakeOut

Tuesday, September 26, 2023: Michael Zolna KD6RFJ: An overview of the AllStar system

Tuesday, August 22, 2023: Michael Hart KC6MEH: On-foot T-hunting

Tuesday, July 25, 2023: Tim Coker N6WIN: The ND7K Contest Station

Tuesday, June 27, 2023: Club members: Field Day 2023, individual experiences

Tuesday, May 23, 2023: Nancee Darline K8NBD, Anne Nowlin K6ALH, and Doug Clark WA6IFY: Local ham radio service opportunities

Tuesday, April 25, 2023: John Krug N9UPC: Yaesu's System Fusion and WIRES-X

Tuesday, March 28, 2023: Anthony Luscre K8ZT: QRP operating

Tuesday, February 28, 2023: Michelle Thompson W5NYV: Advances in open-source digital radio and amateur satellite design arising from use of Linux

Tuesday, January 24, 2023: Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA: Solar C:ycle 25 and Propagation

Tuesday, November 22, 2022: Jim Marr AA6QI: CW — The Why and the How

Tuesday, October 25, 2022: Marty Woll N6VI: Playing Radio from the Other Side of the World: the 3B8M Story

Tuesday, September 27, 2022: Joe Moell K0OV: Hidden Transmitter Hunting for the Whole Family

Tuesday, August 23, 2022: Club members: Field Day 2022, individual experiences

Tuesday, July 26, 2022: David Hodge N6AN: Simple wire antennas for portable and temporary use

Tuesday, June 28, 2022: Austin Fikes KM6INI: Space Solar Power: feasible or fantasy?

Tuesday, May 24, 2022: Liam Connor: Broadband radio pulses from across the Universe: an intro to FRBs


Tuesday, April 26, 2022: Alan Wolke W2AEW: Introduction to VNAs & the NanoVNA

Tuesday, March 22, 2022: Ara Kourchians N6ARA: 3D printing and ham radio uses

Tuesday, February 22, 2022: Doug Grant K1DG: Moonbounce

Tuesday, January 25, 2022: Jim Marr AA6QI: Taming an unruly W6MPH repeater

Tuesday, November 23, 2021: Chris Parker AF6PX and Gary Lopes WA6MEM: Identifying, Locating, and Resolving Powerline Noise

Tuesday, October 26, 2021: Courtney Duncan N5BF: Mars Helicopter Telcom

Tuesday, September 28, 2021: Dennis Kidder W6DQ: Just what is this Arduino thing, anyway? — getting to know the Arduino IDE

Tuesday, August 24, 2021: Jim Lux W6RMK: SunRISE — Watching the Sun from 0.1 to 25 MHz

Tuesday, July 27, 2021: Scott Bovitz N6MI and Mike Nicastro KN6OGP: Field Day in the Mountains: Reports from KN6OGP (his first FD) and N6MI (his 52nd FD)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021: Marty Woll N6VI: NVIS — the ultimate backup in reliable regional communication

Tuesday, May 25, 2021: David Hodge N6AN: How to do Field Day from home

Tuesday, April 27, 2021: Lynn O'Connell KG6DNY: Collecting and operating military radios

Tuesday, March 23, 2021: Oliver Dully K6OLI: DYFI: How Amateur radio operators can help provide earthquake-related observations when others cannot

Tuesday, February 23, 2021: Tom Mikkelsen WA0POD: An unusual piece of ham radio gear

Tuesday, January 26, 2021: Matthew Bennett AC6X: Elevating your DX and HF contesting performance, literally

Tuesday, November 24, 2020: Matt Bennett, AC6X, and Jean-Pierre de la Croix, KN6DVC: Small magnetic loop antennas: Theory, design, assembly, RESULTS

Tuesday, October 27, 2020: David Hodge N6AN: Is my band open? Propagation tools for yesterday, right now, and tomorrow

Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Doug Clark WA6IFY: 2m tape measure Yagi antenna

Tuesday, August 25, 2020: Jim Marr AA6QI: Antenna Analyzers, Feedlines, and Antenna Tuners

Tuesday, July 28, 2020: Jim Marr AA6QI: HF Digital Voice

Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Jim Marr AA6QI: Troubleshooting methodology with examples

Tuesday, May 26, 2020: Mike Newman KM6KAQ: Surface mount technology

Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Frank O'Donnell K6FOD: Adventures in FT8

Tuesday, March 24, 2020: Stephen A. Townes WB4ILW: Deep Space Communication and the Deep Space Network

Tuesday, February 25, 2020: Bruce Nolte N1BN: Power-user tips for repeater operation

Tuesday, January 28, 2020: David Hodge N6AN: SOTA??? What's that?

Tuesday, November 26, 2019: Triple event meeting: Dinner, Show-and-Tell, Elections

Tuesday, October 22, 2019: Jim Lux W6RMK: Ionospehric models and HF propagation

Tuesday, September 24, 2019: Diana Feinberg AI6DF: The Government Affiliated Disaster Amateur Radio Groups of Los Angeles County

Tuesday, August 27, 2019: Bruce Nolte N1BN: W6KA Field Day 2019 Movie

Tuesday, July 23, 2019: Jim Lux W6RMK: The NASA/JPL FINDER Project

Tuesday, June 25, 2019: Rob Smith W6GRV: Getting Started with Amateur Satellites

Tuesday, May 28, 2019: Ed Fong WB6IQN: VHF/UHF Dual Band J-Pole

Tuesday, April 23, 2019: Dick Norton N6AA: ARRL and ham radio happenings

Tuesday, March 26, 2019: Jim Marr AA6QI: Inter-station interference during multi-station operations

Tuesday, February 26, 2019: Marty Woll N6VI: Mobile radio operating

Tuesday, January 22, 2019: PRC Holiday Dinner: at Coco's in Arcadia

Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Scott Hanley WA9STI: Summits on the Air (SOTA)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018: Richard Saunders K6RBS: ARRL Official Observer for Southern California

Tuesday, September 25, 2018: Bruce Nolte N1BN: W6KA Field Day 2018 — the movie

Tuesday, August 28, 2018: Scott Bovitz N6MI: Almost 50 years in the dirt: Portable contesting and transmitter hunting with N6MI

Tuesday, July 24, 2018: Gary Wong W6GSW and Oliver Dully K6OLI: Mesh networking

Tuesday, June 26, 2018: Chandler Friedman W2NP: The FT8 digital mode

Tuesday, May 22, 2018: Courtney Duncan N5BF: Moon Bounce: 1.2 GHz EME

Tuesday, April 24, 2018: Allen Wolff KC7O: Troubleshooting

Tuesday, March 27, 2018: Rick Fearns K6VE: RF coordination for TV productions, and more...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018: Dick Norton N6AA: ARRL and Amateur Radio Happenings

Tuesday, January 23, 2018: Tom Mikkelsen WA0POD: Ham radio satellites and “A Fleet of FM Arrivals!”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Michael Rickey AF6FB: Digitial Mobile Radio (DMR)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017: Kathryn Hoxsie KC8CLO: Weather events in Southern California

Tuesday, September 26, 2017: Bruce Nolte N1BN: World Premiere! Field Day 2017 - the Film

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

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

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

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

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

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