On September 23, 2015 our amateur radio club entered a new era with the installation of three Broadband-Hamnet antennas on the Gate 14 tower.  This new capability will allow high-speed data communications during an emergency when other traditional and common forms of communications have been disrupted, e.g. a massive earthquake.  In the coming months, we as a club will be experimenting with this new capability and discussing it during our regular club meetings.

A huge thanks goes out to the following team that were on-site for this successful installation:

• John Laubach, NU6Y, our certified tower climber

• Don Hill, KE6BXT, Mission Viejo Hamnet group assisting with our software connections today

• Ian N6RLT

• Street KK6KUG

• Ron AE6QU

• Art K7TX, Club President

• Dave KS6RFI

After John Laubach finished attaching the three antennas to the tower, Don Hill was able to verify that they were successfully connecting, via RF transmission, to Saddleback Peak, Pleassants Peak and other Hamnet installations.

Reported by Dave, KS6RFI


On Wednesday September 21. 2016 The Laguna Woods City Council issued a Proclamation declaring October 2016 as Amateur Radio Appreciation Month. The Council expressed it's appreciation to radio operators, both in Laguna Woods and around the globe, for their long standing tradition of supporting their communities in responding to emergencies and spending many hour training. Radio Officers Jim Riedel K6EEE and Ernie Senser W6ETS accepted the proclamation. Both these individuals are members of The Laguna Woods Amateur Radio Club. Jim is Vice President and Ernie is Treasurer.