A few weeks ago I bought the Yaesu FT3DR and the SC-39 Wires-X interface cable kit. Wires-X makes it possible for me to talk to other Ham operators all around the world while I’m at my home where the path to nearby repeaters is obstructed by hills all around. By itself, this has been a blessing to be able to talk to people outside Orange County, checking in on the current state of affairs as we all weather this COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve also experimented with taking my home setup mobile in a previous article, “Fully Mobile Digital Ham …
Belmont Park is located on the corner of Somerset Street and Via Escola in Orange, California. It is open from 5AM to 11PM. There are a few street parking spots.
This park could be used as a strategic point-to-point relay between this area and Coastal Peak Park in Newport Beach, California 15 miles due south.
This spot is also a good simplex relay station for other stations located in Orange, Tustin, Santa Ana, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Irvine. Below is a map of the line of sight coverage from Belmont Park. The actual coverage …
On Monday, March 16, 2020, my wife Julie and I will be the foxes hiding in a 93 square mile area of northeastern Orange County.
We will be within these boundaries:
- East of the 57 freeway.
- Generally South of Carbon Canyon Regional Park and Chino Hills State Park.
- West of the 241 and 261 toll roads.
- West of Santiago Oaks Regional Park and Irvine Regional Park.
- North of the 5 freeway.
We will begin transmitting tones on the input frequency of the OCRACES repeater which is 146.295 MHz (136.5 Hz PL), beginning at about 7:20 PM following the OCRACES weekly …