BASIS and PURPOSE – (a)
Ham radio means different things to different people….BUT…Last month I copied the “Basis and Purpose” of Ham Radio here from FCC Part 97 and said that, as a group, we hams are supposed to set our goals toward fulfilling some of our basic purposes. The first purpose is outlined in 97.1 (a) and I’ll repeat it here.
Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur radio service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communications service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
being said, I’ll talk about ham emergency preparedness. Field Day is a part of the plan to have
yearly emergency drills, which exercise portable power sources and train
operators to provide for communication all over the
was an active member of ARES and RACES during the “cold war”. I was also a member of MARS. I have membership cards and certificates,
including a certificate of thanks from
Perils of Pauline for the 21st Century
Back in the days of silent films, there was a series of films made under the name “The Perils of Pauline.” It was a classic example of the serial drama where each episode ended with our heroine, Pauline, in some dire straits. No matter what happened during the episode, you knew there would be a cliff-hanger ending to make sure that you come back next week.
In case you missed it, last year we discovered that the
When we complained, MetroCor offered us a compromise to see if coexistence was possible. We agreed, but the other repeater owner reacted by turning off his repeater’s PL, making coexistence impossible. As the last episode of this drama ended, we had just sent MetroCor a letter outlining how their compromise had fallen apart. Well, I finally got acknowledgement of our letter of March 1st. No answer, just that they got it.
In the interim, things have been totally untenable on 146.745, so we decided to take the next step and file a complaint of willful and malicious interference with the FCC.
If you ever go to any national Ham Radio function, they may have a speech by the FCC’s enforcement head, Riley Hollingsworth. Well, we have recently become acquainted with Mr. Hollingsworth.
We again leave Pauline tied to the railroad tracks as the train approaches. Kids, be sure to watch again next time.
FIELD DAY –
Since Pat retired from Northrop Grumman and headed out of town, we have had a nagging question about the next Field Day. We have known for years that no one else would wrestle with those collapsible tower sections while standing on top of a ladder…Heck, we never quite understood how Pat did it! A more important issue is the availability of people. Last year we did not operate overnight due to lack of people, and there were large operating gaps even during the day. We have to seriously look and see if we have enough people this year to make it what we want it to be.
I am also active in another radio club, LIMARC, and I know that they are having similar problems. Not that long ago LIMARC was running as many as 7 stations simultaneously for Field Day, with three running overnight. Even though their overall membership is pretty much the same, this year their Field Day chairman, Don Kane, WB2BEZ, tells me that they are thinking of going with 2 stations as a response to low turnout last year….Sounds familiar?
So we have some decisions to make. I asked Northrop Grumman if we can have the
same spot that we had last year and have not received an answer yet. What I want to do is to see what the
membership wants and to act accordingly
Possibilities include; We do it ourselves (either on Northrop Grumman
property or elsewhere) using dipoles hung from trees…or team up with another
group such as LIMARC. I am asking for
input from the people who will be there.
Please let me know your feelings so that I can act accordingly. The best way to reach me is by e-mail at email@example.com or
to call my direct phone number at work (it is a good voice mail)
516-575-0013. If all else fails, you can
drop a note to: - Grumman ARC,
GRUMMAN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING 2/20/2008
Karen KC2OPX, secretary.
The meeting was called to order by Ed at 5:40 PM.
TREASURERS REPORT – Ed, WB2EAV
Finances continue to be in good shape.
REPEATERS Gordon, KB2UB
Bill, N2NFI visited the 5.33 site and replaced the batteries. He said that everything is in good shape.
VE REPORT – Bob, W2ILP
There were no applicants. Thus there was no GARC VE Session in February.
NET REPORT- Zack, WB2PUE
Thursday night net has the usual attendance. Sunday morning we can hear some in
Ed received insurance papers.
Preliminary Field Day suggestions were made. Deciding on a new or old location or whether we should combine with another club for the event. A suggestion was made to combine FD with a picnic.
The meeting was adjoined at 6:35 PM
40 Meters: 7.289 MHz at 7:30 AM EST Sundays.
2 Meters (via repeaters): 146.745 MHz (-.600)at Thursdays.
145.330 MHz (- .600) at 9:00 PM EST Thursdays.
[Tone for both repeaters is 136.5 Hz] (ARES/RACES) Mondays
General Meetings of the GARC
are held on the third Wednesday of each month, starting at 5:30 PM. The meetings are usually held at the
GARC WEB SITE
The web site of the GARC can be found at http://www.qsl.net/wa2lqo/ Webmaster is Pat Masterson, KE2LJ. Pictures of GARC activities, archives of newsletters, roster of members, and other information about the GARC may be found there.
A very new web site is called “Amateur Radio Wiki – The Online Encyclopedia for Hams.” It was set up this month by Tom Roberts, VK4YEH of Brisbane, Australia. It is being billed as an encyclopedia, but is now only an encyclopedia ”in the works”, because most of its pages are blank now and they are just beginning to be filled in, mainly by VK4YEH himself. There are some useful pages however, and there is hope that more will be coming and that will depend on contributions from hams like you, who might fill in some of the subjects and/or join in rag chewing with the host. I hope that this site becomes a success because it intends to keep all information received on easy to locate pages in alphabetical and categorical order. There has been lots of good information sent to such sites as QRZ.com, but it becomes lost in unsorted archives that make it near impossible to recall.
“Amateur Radio Wiki” can be found at:-
Here is another cryptogram:
FHBGCLRIFGH FQ HGI AHGMNPOVP. AHGMNPOVP FQ HGI MFQOGL. MFQOGL FQ
HGI ICWID. ICWID FQ HGI YPRWIT. YPRWIT FQ HGI NGEP. NGEP FQ HGI LWQFZ.
LWQFZ FQ IDP YPQI. –BCRHA JRXXR--
Solution to February’s Cryptogram: WHEN I WAS A BOY THEY USED TO SAY THAT “ONLY A MULE AND A MILEPOST NEVER CHANGES ITS MIND.” --BERNARD M. BARUSH--
Northrop Grumman Gets Tanker Project
In the 1960s when I was
employed by Loral as a field engineer I serviced the Air Force B-52 ECM systems
and associated test sets that were used by the Strategic Air Command
(SAC). The B-52 bombers were made by
In a recent “Newsday” article
I learned that Northrop-Grumman will now be the prime contractor of a new Air
Force tanker aircraft. Some of the
tanker’s electronic systems will be made by Telephonics, here on Long Island,
but only a few NG people will be assigned to the project in
Enuf sed. No further comment.
Our Field Days of the past were well attended and it was not long ago when we ran five stations and had so many operators that we had to work in short shifts, so as to give everyone who wanted to operate or log, a chance to do their thing. Many hams were willing and able to stay overnight, no matter what the weather, including high winds and thunder storms. I suspect that those days are gone forever. We must remember that the task of tallying up all the logs (either paper or computer downloads) was usually placed upon the GARC president, who had to forward the itemized results to the ARRL. This is not a simple task and it had to be done by a president who was a full time employee. Then too there was the heavy carting of tents, generator and antennas to the site, as has been most recently done by Bill, N2SFT. We must be appreciative of what everyone did in the past and resolve what can be expected this year. As Ed has said; we need your response. I know it is difficult to plan ahead but give it your best shot, and tell us what you can or can not do. Also… What about another picnic, either with or without FD?
w2ilp (I Like Picnics)
CQ de WA2LQO
VOL. 81, NO. 3
Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP
All the members of GARC (we hope!)
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GRUMMAN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2006
President Ed Gellender WA2EAV X02-14 516-575-0013
Vice President Gordon Sammis KB2UB Retiree 631-666-7463
Karen Cefalo KC2OPX 631-754-0974
Treasurer Ed Gellender WB2EAV X02-14 516-575-0013
1Yr Board Member
Zack Zilavy WB2PUE Retiree
1YrBoard Member Dave Ledo AB2EF
1Yr Board Member Bob Christen W2FPF
2 Yr Board Member Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP Retiree 631-499-2214
2 Yr Board Member Jack Cottrell WA2PYK Retiree 516-249-0979
Trustee WA2LQO Ray Schubnel W2DKM Retiree
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN
FCC Exam Coord. Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP Retiree 631-499-2214
Webmaster Pat Masterson KE2LJ Retiree 831-938-4614
Please be sure to read our President’s message in this newsletter, where Ed has written about Field Day 2008 and his optional suggestions, to try to plan for it. We need a response from all of our members ASAP. Are you planning to be available for FD? Will you operate? Will you help in set up and/or take down? Do you want the GARC to have its own FD or to combine FD with another club? Do you have suggestions for antenna installations? Ed and the GARC board need your suggestions and need to know your willingness to participate in FD 2008 or not. As Ed says, the GARC is your club and it will be your FD or no FD.
Please respond to Ed. His e-mail address, phone number and the GARC mailing address are listed in his message. If no response is received Ed and the GARC board can only assume that you are not interested in FD and have no suggestions and no interest in participating this year.
I again want to ask all members to submit original articles for this Newsletter. It is your Newsletter not just mine. I need your inputs.
I don’t want to hog this paper with any of my own opinions. Let me hear any of your complaints. I know that many typos and errors have managed to creep into previous newsletters. At this time, I can only apologize for them, and hope to be more careful. I can not use as an excuse that I am not to be blamed because no one else is willing to replace me as an editor. If you would like to take over my job as editor; let us know, as I admit that it is a task that does demand my time each month.
I want to thank Jack, WA2PYK for getting this newsletter reproduced and for delivering it to the GARC board, who fold, staple and stamp it each month….and last but not least, I want to thank all of the GARC members who take the time to read all of this stuff., because without them I can not sustain the motivation to continue.
P.S. We are updating a list of member’s e-mail addresses, please be sure that we have your present address.