Returning to in person meetings

July 12, 2021

Hi All,

This virus has been a real kick in the backside, hasn’t it!  I for one am very glad to be seeing lockdowns and quarantine restrictions moving into our rearview mirror.

We planned the 2021 Field Day with the possibility that the COVID restrictions might be extended which translated into a one day park event without our normal banners, advertising and public table.  Although we kept a lowered profile we still had a few visitors.  John (W7RSO) made his chili and while the “secret ingredient” still needed to steam off it was darn good!

For the first time in over a year, we have had an in person meeting.  We had to change our venue but the feedback I’ve received from the members in attendance was encouraging.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to the Riverside Seventh Day Baptist Church for the use of their Fellowship Hall.

We covered planning of the club’s upcoming 66th Anniversary and Carrie (N6LMA) gave us a great presentation on Net Etiquette.

Please join us for the August meeting to help celebrate 66 years of Ham Radio in Riverside County!  Watch your email for an RSVP from Juan (AJ6PH), we need to know how much pizza we need to order.  We will have a “show and tell” so bring out your projects and brag about your endeavours!


Alan / KM6KPW

Field Day 2021

Riverside County Amateur Radio Association Field Day 2021

Our Field Day event was held at:

Martha McLean – Anza Narrows Park (Pavillion #2)

Saturday, June 26th

Enjoy the pictures

Martha McLean-Anza Narrows
5759 Jurupa Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

We had three operating stations working multiple bands.  Our original site plan allowed for 4 operators with the antennas spaced to reduce crosstalk.



Updated ARRL Field Day Rules (Including club totals) – (PDF or Original Article)

Members who operated from home, please remember to include “RIVERSIDE COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION” (NOT “RCARA” or “W6TJ”) on your submission.  See the ARRL COVID-19 2021 Waver document for more information



We may have to be away from each other but that does not mean we have to be out of reach!

Stay Safe and keep making contacts!


Riverside County Amateur Radio Association Meetings

As the pandemic restrictions draw to a close, our in-person meetings are scheduled to resume starting July.  Our final Zoom only meeting will be June 10th.  An email containing the meeting number and passcode will be sent out in the first week of June to all current members. 

If you are not a member or are not receiving our emails, please contact us at and the meeting info will be sent to you.

Meetings are held at the Riverside Seventh Day Baptist Church on the 2nd Thursday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM


Riverside Seventh Day Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall
5901 Chicago Ave
Riverside, CA 92506

Park behind the church and use the rear entrance.




RCARA Club Swag

New RCARA club items are available from our Teespring store

There are t-shirts, hoodies and stickers available with the black and yellow Riverside County Amateur Radio Association logo emblazoned on the back.


Additional items have been suggested such as keychain fobs and refrigerator magnets.  We are looking to source those as well.  

Club Officers for the year 2021

Riverside County Amateur Radio Association

Elected Officers for the Year 2021


Alan Serl KM6KPW


km6kpw @

Juan Meja AJ6PH


Jim Wiley AG6EA


jameswiley757 @

Open Position

Volunteer Needed


Ron Braley KE6RYX

Director of Communications

(951) 369-5149


Carrie Smith N6LMA

Director of Membership

jjschina @

Appointed Positions for 2021


Sunshine Chair
Volunteer Needed

Rick Schirmer KK6CTT


rngr86 @

Alan Serl KM6KPW


km6kpw @


mini Monitor Flash Newsletter

Historically, the Riverside County Amateur Radio Association has published a newsletter called The Monitor with club news & activities, tech tips, upcoming contest information and a lot more.  Archived versions of The Monitor are available on our website.

Our last edition of The Monitor was published in June 2017 and we have not been able to find a new member to take up the mantle of editor, until December of 2020.

Thank you Madeleine AJ6MF for bringing back our newsletter.  The “mini Monitor Flash” is a smaller format newsletter than the original but we hope you will enjoy the new content

December 2020


“Snappy”…A Band Switching Portable Dipole  by Clair Cessna, K6LG

Since I enjoy outdoor operating activities, QRP events, Field Day, and others, I needed an antenna which could be thrown in a backpack,  quickly deployed, and easily used on several HF bands.  A segmented dipole was put together, using bullet connector “switches” across insulators to change bands… reducing the necessity of using an antenna tuner.

The antenna is usually configured as an inverted Vee supported in the center at about 16 feet, using a SD-20, 20 foot, telescoping, fishing pole. Alternatively, it can be suspended from a tree branch. The ends are usually near ground level or supported by bushes, trees, rocks, etc.

“Band switching” for the five bands is simply a matter of shorting across selected insulators to adjust the antenna, using the bullet connector shorters (switches.) Since the antenna is usually relatively close to the ground, or can be easily lowered from the ends to clothesline height, one can rapidly walk along, and change the antenna length.

Materials needed for construction: Forty feet of #16 or #22 plastic jacketed speaker wire (Lowes or Home Depot); small sheet of one-eighth inch thick Lucite or other plastic for insulators, ten bullet or spade connectors (Radio Shack), piece of quarter inch thick plastic, two inches square, SO-239 connector.

Cut to the lengths shown below, but add 3 inches to each for connecting through the insulators. Since you will be unzipping the speaker wire later, both sides of the antenna will be the same for each segment. Strip an inch and a half off the ends of each segment and insert the insulators. Solder short leads to the male and female parts of the bullet connectors and solder in place across each insulator, leaving enough slack so they can be easily plugged in or unplugged. (I prefer the bullet connectors since they are easier for my fingers to manipulate.)

Measurements beginning from the center (middle of insulator to middle of next 2” insulator) should be 12‘ 7“, 3‘ 6“, 6‘ 0“,  9‘ 1“, 1‘ 7“. (Remember to add 3″ to each of these lengths for attaching to insulators and bullet connectors.) These measurements are for 17, 20, 30, 40/15M, and cut for the low end of these bands. Notice that for 15M the entire antenna length is used. The 1′ 6” end section is used on 40/15M to facilitate matches on those bands depending on whether the end of the dipole is staked to the ground or elevated in a tree. The antenna is fed with RG-58 coax. No balun is used.

 Generally these measurements provide a satisfactory match.  Of course in the field, antenna height, configuration, and environment may sometimes be different, so, when possible, I carry an MFJ Tiny Travel Tuner to deal with any variations. 

The “Snappy” is a snap to build, and to set up in the field. For band changes, just snap or unsnap the connectors!

de Clair Cessna K6LG 8-22-2011

T-Hunt Attenuator

This schematic was drawn up by Phil – KJ6KE

An attenuator is an electronic device that reduces the power of a signal without appreciably distorting its waveform. (From Wikipedia)

This device is used during a t-hunt when the fox transmitter is close by and all the radio can hear from all angles is the beacon.  The signal is diminished to a point where the directional antenna can be used again to find the hidden transmitter.