MTARA Virtual Field Trips and Elmer Sessions

MTARA Virtual Field Trips and Elmer Sessions


The Mountain Top Amateur Radio Association, MTARA, is located in the  communities within the San Bernardino National Forest including  Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs and Green Valley Lake. We  welcome members and visitors from any area.

We are a  group of licensed amateur radio operators and friends, young and old,  who wish to promote the amateur radio hobby through mentoring, license  testing, communications training and community service in a fun,  friendly and active environment.


MTARA Virtual Field Trips and Elmer Sessions

MTARA Virtual Field Trips and Elmer Sessions

MTARA Virtual Field Trips and Elmer Sessions

MTARA is now offering weekly VHF/UHF and HF nets as well as our new Virtual Field Trips and Elmer sessions. 

The Virtual Field Trips are offered twice a week on our Zoom Conferences. They are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm. A list of the planned sessions are below:


ZOOM Meetings

As of 4/5/2020


  • Mar 24 - Tracy, WM6T, SWR Meters and Testing
  • Apr 2 - Vic, KK6WKI, Visit My Shack
  • Apr 7 - Gordon, WB6NOA, Ham Radio
  • Apr 9 - Gary, AA6GJ, and Debbie, WB6LVC, Visit My Shacks
  • Apr 14 - Dave, K6WDE, Visit My Shack and Logging with N1MM+
  • Apr 16 - Tracy, WM6T, Better Presentations in Zoom
  • Apr 21 - Tracy, WM6T, Logging N3FJP
  • Apr 23 - John, KT7P, Visit My Shack
  • Apr 28 - Kevin, KI6DHQ, Bioenno Batteries and Solar
  • Apr 30 – Denise, N6DEE, Visit My Shack
  • May 5 - Gary, AA6GJ, Understanding RMS and PEP 
  • May 7 - Tracy, WM6T, Sending Photos using RF and Smart Phone
  • May 12 - Gordon, WB6NOA, Ham Radio
  • May 14 -  CONTEST UNIVERSITY - All Day
  • May 19 -  Bill, K8TE, Beginning Contesting 
  • May 21 - Bruce, KJ6IJM, Visit My Shack
  • May 26 - Gene, KJ6LMP, Visit My Shack
  • May 29 - Gail, KM6GBN, Visit My Shack
  • June 2 -    Bill, K8TE, Advanced Contesting 
  • June 4 - Tracy, WM6T, Making COAX Connectors
  • June 9 - Gary, AA6GJ, Learning to  Solder - Part 1
  • June 11 - Dede, K6DDZ, Visit My Shack
  • June 16- Gary, W6ERO, Learning to Solder - Part 2
  • June 18 - Tracy, WM6T, Setting up a Field Day Antenna
  • June 23 -  John, KT7P, Yavapai County ARES/RACES  
  • June 25 - TBD
  • June 30 - TBD


On June 6th, MTARA will hold a special testing session for all levels. Due to COVID-19 this will be by invitation only.

Our next Tech class is scheduled for October 23-24, 2020.

 Click on the links below for all the 

  information for the next classes. 



MTARA Virtual Field Trips and Elmer Sessions


Helping Other Hams and our Community

  • Meetings and Presentations will be offered to club members via Zoom conferences and Webinars beginning in April and until further notice. 

  •  Monthly Meetings
  • Weekly Nets
  • Elmer (Mentoring)
  • Communications for Special Events
  • Programming Radios
  • Teaching License Classes / VE Testing
  • Emergency Communications
  • Other


About Amateur Radio

Club Officers and Committees

About Amateur Radio

Ham Radio  is the ability to communicate -- across the street, around the world, or  even with people and satellites in space!  Even when the power's out,  and the land lines and cell phones don't work, with a battery, a radio,  and a wire, ham radio is there.

Ham  Radio lets us enjoy life-long friends, and a hands-on technical  education.  It provides the resources and encouragement to experiment  with new things and to design and build on the latest communications  technologies.

You  can't say that the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the  moon!  You can go anywhere you want, without boundaries, and amateur  radio can help you get there! - by Doug Lamb, K4EK



Club Officers and Committees

About Amateur Radio

Field Day 2020

 Field Day will be held on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 at the Twin Peaks Masonic Lodge as in past years.  

Kodiak 100

MTARA members will be supporting the Kodiak 100 two day event in Big Bear. Dates are August 14-15, 2020. 

Kids on Public Lands

MTARA will be providing the communications and logistics for the 23rd annual KOPL event on September 19th and 20th, 2020. 

Gran Fondo

The Gran Fondo mountain bike ride will be held once again in Big Bear. This year it is on September 26th, 2020. MTARA members will be located along the mountain area trails, aid stations and in SAG vehicles providing communications to support the event.  


Club Officers and Committees

Club Officers and Committees

Club Officers and Committees

President - Vic Marquez, KK6WKI

Vice President - Gary Johnson, AA6GJ

Secretary - Dave Esquer, K6WDE

Treasurer - Patty Szychowsk, KK6LWH

Asst Treasurer - Lorna Polly, KJ6GFS

Past President - John Sneddon, KT7P

Education/Membership - Tracy Lenocker WM6T


Net Control Operators

Denise"Dee", N6DEE


Gail, KM6GBN

Gene, KJ6LMP

Jaye, KJ7AHK

Gary, AA6GJ

Tracy, WM6T

Lorna, KJ6GFS