Welcome to the web site of the Escondido Amateur Radio Society.
The Escondido Amateur Radio Society (EARS) is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization of educational benefit to amateur radio operators, and others interested in amateur radio within Escondido and surrounding areas.
Membership is affordable, come join the fun!
Please feel free to browse this website for information on EARS activities past & present, and other general information on amateur radio.
You are also welcome to join the discussion groups on Facebook, Yahoo! and Google - links are provided at the bottom of this page.
See below for meeting and membership details, or click on the following quick links...
If you are interested in becoming an Amateur Radio Operator, or wish to find out more about what you have to do, click the following link for more details.
For anyone wishing to take their amateur radio test, or upgrade their current licence - There is a Volunteer Exam session in Escondido on the last Saturday of each month. Click the following link for more details.
EARS events throughout the year can be found in the following calendar:
Next Meeting: Saturday, August 16th - EARS annual picnic.
What: EARS 2014 annual picnic
When: Saturday August 16th from 3p.m. to 7p.m.
Where: Rod McLeod Park. 1701 South Iris Lane Escondido, CA 92026
Come join us for food, rag chewing, and fun. This year the picnic will be on a Saturday afternoon.
Antenna building 4PM: Jeff AE6GM will be giving a mini-class on making 2m antennas out of coax. EARS will have a limited amount of supplies for people to build 2m antennas that they can take home with them. A 2nd class later in the day is a possibility.
Dinner 5PM: Pizza. A variety of Pizzas will arrive around 5PM. If you would like to bring a side dish or desert, please do so but this is optional. We will have ice cream and toppings for desert. Water and sodas will also be provided.
Transmitter hunt 6PM-7PM: Sam N6SD has volunteered to bring his T-hunt transmitters so we can have a T-hunt at the park after dinner. If you have a T-hunt antenna, consider bringing it so we can let new hams and people that have never T-hunt give it a try. It is a lot of fun!
There is a playground at the park and we are looking at other kid friendly activities.
Note: There will NOT be a Thursday evening general club meeting in August.
The picnic will take the place of our EARS monthly meeting.
At May's general meeting, we sold enough tickets for the opportunity drawing to take place. The Fox Delta Antenna Analyzer was the main prize:
This item was donated to us by EARS member - Bud AE6BH, and he also offered to build the Antenna Analyzer for the lucky opportunity drawing winner - who was Ron, KJ6VMT.
Well done Ron!
The next drawing, we will have the Powerwerx DB-750X Dual Band VHF/UHF 750 Channel Commercial Mobile Radio:
The DB-750X Model Features:
- 2.5 KHz step size for FCC 2013 narrowband compliance New!
- 750 memory channels
- 10 Memory Banks (with bank linking)
- 7 Character Alpha-Numeric Display
- Dual Receive Operation w/ separate Volume Controls
- Narrow band (2.5 KHz) operation for Land Mobile frequencies (FCC Part 90)
- Wide band (5.0 KHz) operation for Amateur frequencies
Opportunity drawing tickets will once again be on sale from June's meeting onwards.
The rules for the drawing:
- Tickets will be available at EARS regular meetings, and at other EARS events such as Field Day and the EARS picnic etc.
- Only current EARS members are eligible to purchase tickets - but please feel free to join!
- Once the cost of the prize has been reached (+20%), the drawing will
Note: The owner of the drawn ticket does not have to be present to win.
- The cost of the tickets are $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00, or 15 for $10.00.
Each ticket consists of two parts: One part to be retained by the purchaser, and the other to be returned to the drawing organizer.
The ticket purchaser must ensure that their name or call sign is CLEARLY marked on EACH of the ticket halves returned to the drawing organizer.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the drawing organizer.
Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st. The fees are shown below.
- Annual - $15.00
- Lifetime - $150.00
- Family annual - $4.00 for each additional family member.
- Family Lifetime - $38.00 for each additional family member.
You can join (or renew) online using Paypal or a credit card by clicking on the Join button in the Membership section on the left.
Alternatively, you can download the PDF membership form by clicking on the image of the brochure above.
It can also be found in the latest issue of 'ALL EARS', the EARS newsletter - available to download in the General section on the left.
Mail your completed application form along with your check to:
PO Box 3243,
If you would like more info on membership of EARS, or on Ham Radio in general - send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Repeater and EARS Net information:
EARS operates 3 voice radio repeaters in the Escondido area as well as a Voice-over-IP Echo Link node 2846:
- 146.88 MHz, minus offset, PL 107.2 (also connected to the Echo Link node).
- 224.14 MHz (AE6GM repeater), minus offset, PL 156.7
- 449.24 MHz, minus offset, PL 127.3
The repeaters are open to all licensed Amateurs for general use, and on Sunday evenings there is the EARS net at 8:00 p.m. local time on the 146.88 MHz repeater... Come along and say "Hello!"
Procedures for the use of the EARS repeater & Echolink can be found here.
A new EARS EchoLink User Manual will soon be available for download from the club website, so watch this space. In the mean time, please feel free to e-mail any questions to: email@example.com.
EARS monthly meetings:
EARS monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
The meeting location is:
900 Canterbury Pl,
Suite 300 (third floor)
(just east of the Mercedes dealer at I-15 and 9th Avenue).
Talk-in is on 146.880 MHz, minus offset, PL 107.2.
The meetings are usually technical, educational or informative in nature. For a list of the proposed meeting dates and topics for this year, click on the following link:
Specific details of the next meeting can be found near the top of this web page.
Note: There are no meetings in August or December because of the EARS summer picnic and Christmas party.
The Escondido Amateur Radio Society is affiliated to the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL).
Many EARS members are also members of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and other agencies such as RACES & ARES.
They regularly participate in drills, and are active in assisting with communications during times of disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina, and the wild-fires that we have in California.
So, if you're interested in knowing what's been happening in EARS in the past... please feel
free to look at any of the 'ALL EARS' news letters - available to download in the General section.
Also, if you have any comments, or submissions to ALL EARS, please mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
EARS also has a page on Facebook, as well as messaging & discussion groups on both Yahoo! & Google.
Click on the links below to join: