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: The EARS annual picnic, Saturday, August 8th.
Please note that there is no regular meeting in August because of the EARS annual picnic!
- What: EARS 2015 annual picnic
- When: Saturday August 8th from 3PM – 7PM
- Where: Rod McLeod Park. 1701 South Iris Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
Come join us for food, rag chewing, and fun!
Please bring chairs (extras if you have them). We will have some canopies and trees for shade, but feel free to bring a canopy if you like.
- Dinner 5pm: A variety of Pizzas will arrive around 5p.m.. If you would like to bring a side dish, 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 to 7pm: 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!
- Kids: There is a playground at the park.
We are also hoping that Jeff Murdock, AE6GM, will be able to do another antenna building class.
We hope to see you all there!
At February's general meeting, John Musselman, N6EP - became the proud owner of an Alinco DJ-500 Handi-Talki Radio. Congratulations John!
The next prize on offer will be the Yaesu FT-1D C4FM 144/430 MHz Dual Band Digital Handheld Transceiver.
A summary of the Yaesu FT-1D features:
- Output power selectable 5W/2.5W/1W/0.1W
- Real Dual Band Operation (V+V/U+U/V+U)
- Automatic Mode Selection
- Snapshot Picture Taking Capability
- Digital Group Monitor Function
- Band Scope
- Wideband Receive Coverage
- Preset Receiver Function - NOAA Weather, Marine, Shortwave
- Built-in GPS
- 1200/9600bps APRS Data Communication
- Smart Navigation Function
- Backtrack Function to Return to Departure Point
- Selective Call / Pager Features
- Vibrate Alert
- Data Terminal for Data Communication
- Micro SD Card Slot
- Accurate 24 Hour Clock
- Password Lock
More details can be found here.
Tickets will be on sale again as from May's regular meeting.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
EARS also has a page on Facebook, as well as messaging & discussion groups on both Yahoo! & Google.
Click on the links below to join: