Tom Carrubba, KA2D, ARRL Section Manager, will be the speaker at the October meeting. Tom will discuss Ham Radio University 2008 (HRU 2008)
“Shngri-La ‘76” was not a DXpedition
I had attened this ARRL convention with my cousin Joel, W2ZXR (sk) and both of our XYLs. I was looking for details about this convention when I wrote about Jean Shepherd, W2ORS (sk) but I couldn’t find them at that time. Jean was the Banquet Speaker and I had outlined his speech in a previous newsletter.
I dunno if a Hudson Convention of today could be so educational or diverse as Shangri-La was. The HRUs have tried to muster up educational forums and to appeal to hams and wanna be hams at all levels but I dunno if all the PR and the organizatrions of today can get the kind of support that Hudson Conventions of the past had gottten. However inexpensive and well attended this convention was, I don’t know if I was the only member of the GARC who attended Shangri-La ’76. Correct me if you know otherwise. I don’t know because I was not yet employed by Grumman in 1975. I was working for Collins-Rockwell at that time, so I can’t be certain as to how many from the GARC would make an expedition to McAfee, New Jersey for the sake of attending a Ham convention … even if enticed by the probability of eye-balling authentic Playboy Bunnies. The Registration Fee was only $3.00 per person in advance, or $4.00 at the door. The Banquet was $15.00 per person in advance or $16.00 at the door. A room for two at the convention site costed only $36. I guess that we can never expect to see such bargains again. I noticed that there were people of all ages attending this convention. For example two newly licensed young men sat with us at our banquet table. The list that follows, reads like a “Who’s Who” of the two area’s ham leaders and educators. The Playboy Club isn’t there in McAffe anymore. The last I looked there was only a water park in Great Gorge.
Here was the program listing for Shangri-La ‘76.
Saturday, Nov 13th Sunday, Nov 14th
FM Panel- WA2EXP Consumerism- WA2ATW
10- 12 ATV- W1ICP Amateur Radio Training Course
DX Movie, 7J1RL 10-12 Noon FM Technical Talk-WA2EXP
PR Panel -WB2FHN AMSAT- K2QBW.WA2INB/1
10-12 Noon NTS Forum - W2MTA 11-12 Noon Legal Problems – K2SKV
Micriprocessors – WA2SFF 11-12 Noon Antennas – W2EBS
AREC – WB2PBO RTTY – K2AGI
AMSAT – K2QBW, WA1INB/ Beginners session for new hams
Contest Forum – W2FVS, W1YL New outgoing QSL Bureau
Antennas – W2DU VHF – WA2UYM
Radio Astronomy – Richard Campbell Flea Market
FCC Forum – J. John Johnston
ARRL Forum – K2SJO, W2TUK
Cocktail hour – Cash bar.
7:30 PM Banquet: MC: W2ALS, Speaker,
Jean Sheppard, K2ORS
Exhibits, Flea Market, FCC Exams.
Note that presiding at the ARRL
Forum, were K2SJO and W2TUK. Stan Zak,
K2SJO, was at that time the ARRL Hudson Division Director, and Harry Dannels,
W2TUK (later W2HD) later became a Hudson Division Dirrector. Harry has since retired to
It is also interesting to note that
in the Spring 1976 Hudson Newsletter there was a report about a new repeater
council that was formed It was called
“The Tri-State Amateur Repeater Association.”
An organizational meeting had been held on
In the Fall 1976.Hudson Newsletter an anoucement was made of a special bicentenial commemorative station, WL2USA, which operated from the Statue of Liberty for four days, November 25 -28, 1976.
INTERRNET LINK OF THE MONTH FOR INTERNERDS
Our program at our September meeting was a video of the K5K expedition to Kingman Reef in 2000. If you were at the meeting or if you missed it you might want to learn more about the operation and about the reef itself. The following site was sponsored by Force 12, which suppled some of the antennas (switchable vertical dipole arrays) for this exposition.. Just go to: http://Force12inc.com/k5kinfo.htm
We are having a good time in
There are lots of Hams here, and I joined the local club, the SCC ARC. The first 2 meetings I attended were boring. It seems that there are a good number of new Hams here, and the meetings are geared towards educating these people. While that is a noble thing to do, the older Hams like me find the meetings to be quite dull. In fact, many of them just don’t attend anymore. The last meeting was an elementary discussion on how to QSL a DX station. It was difficult for me to stay attentive. They also don’t usually have refreshments, so that’s another incentive for people to not attend. I think I’ll keep going for a few months and see what happens. Maybe I can help with the antenna or repeater committees. They could probably use a decent tower climber sometimes.
They have their shack open every morning for 2 hours, and there are usually more than a half dozen Hams hanging around. You’d think they were talking about radios, but no, they were talking about each other behind their backs. All the little gossip stories were coming out. I have to tell you, it was not an enjoyable experience. If that keeps up, I won’t go there anymore. Hopefully, it was a one-time occurrence. They have a weekly evening net like we do, and I will try doing that once my radios are on the air. There is also an HF net, but with propagation still being pretty bad, it is quite under-attended also. Maybe it will pick up when the sunspots return. When that happens, I’ll try getting onto the GARC HF nets as well.
think my next little project will be to put an APRS tracker in the golf cart.
The cart runs on six 6 volt batteries, so
there’s plenty of juice for a milliwatt radio. My wife keeps getting
lost, and she calls me on the cell phone for directions. My first question is
always “where are you”. But, she never seems to know. Nor does she know what
direction she is heading in. A regular GPS navigation system would probably get
stolen out of a parked golf cart, but I can hide a small tracker pretty easily.
Then all I have to do is look on my computer screen for her cart, and see which
way she’s going. That should work good, right?
You guys could also follow her on findu.com if you had nothing better to
do. Anyway, that’s it for now. 73 from
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING – 9/19//2007
Secretary, Karen KC2OPX
This meeting was called to order by Gordon at
TREASURERS REPORT – Ed, WB2EAV REPEATER REPORT – Gordon, KB2UB
continue to be in good shape.
3 applicants applied: 2 passed the Tech exam; Sunday morning was poor..
1 failed the Extra exam. Thursday night was good.
4 VEs were present: AB2EF, AB2NT,
KB2QFT and W2ILP.. .
Tom Lovelock’s (KC2HNN’s) father passed away. Details were provided for visiting the funeral home on 9/22 or 9/23.
Gordon is now filling in for Pat at General Meetings. Nominations for officers of the GARC will be made as is usual, at the November general meeting.
We saw a movie of the Kingman Reef DXpedition, where 15 hams from 5 countries, using the call sign K5K worked over 81,000 QSOs in 2 ½ weeks on a coral reef that averages only 25 feet wide. See the Internet Link of this month for more details.
The meeting was adjoined at
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 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 .
The meetings will be held at the
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 including Field Day pictures.
Here is another cryptogram.
PESXMPLC USPZCM EB LPUWSC’B YPJ AK IPHELN JAW MAAH MEHC JAWS
XPBBXASU XFAUA. –PM NASC--
Solution to the September Cryptogram:- GO AND NEVER DARKEN MY TOWELS AGAIN. –GROUCHO MARKS—
Most of the people who have recently applied for new licenses have had relatives who are hams. They have learned about ham radio from their spouses or their parents and have decided to join them in the hobby…but more recently I have been contacted by youngsters who have no ham relatives and thus know little about ham radio licensing except what they heard about the new licensing structure that permits one to become a ham without learning the Morse Code. This is exactly what the no code philosophy is supposed to promote and I think it is starting to do exactly that…at least for some potential newbies. Psychology studies tell us that if you show kids that you want them to study anything that is not required for school work…they won’t…but if you are indifferent or even apprehensive about what they want to learn…then they will purposely want to learn it. At least that is what I am hoping for, because a few youngsters have been asking me about the ham exams and I am looking forward to the time when they will be ready to take them. I hope that these kids get to go to HRU2008. That is one of the purposes of it…aside for rewarming up old hams….who may already be Extras.
73, w2ilp (Increase Licensing Publicity)..for more unrelated hams!
GRUMMAN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2007
President Pat Masterson KE2LJ Retiree 813-938-4614
Vice President Gordon Sammis KB2UB Retiree 631-666-7463
Cefalo KC2OPX 631-754-0974
Treasurer Ed Gellender WB2EAV X02-14 516-575-0013
2Yr Board Member Zack Zilavy WB2PUE Retiree
2YrBoard Member Dave Ledo AB2EF
2Yr Board Member Bob Christen W2FPF
1Yr Board Member Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP Retiree 631-499-2214
1Yr Board Member Jack Cottrell WA2PYK Retiree 516-249-0979
Trustee WA2LQO Ray Schubnel W2DKM Retiree
Meeting Programs: Contact a Board Member
FCC Exam Coord:. Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP 631-499-2214
20 Years Ago- “CQ DE WA2LQO” – Nov. 1987 Vol. 59 N0.5 CIRC 411
The fears of losing the shack below the Blue Ball, which were discussed at the October meeting were substantiated. A new location that was offered to the GARC turned out to be unsatisfactory, since it was directly in the line of a runway. This was no good because it limited the height of antennas, including the repeater antenna. Ken Fitch, KC2DH, wrote his final President’s page. Since Ken had obtained a position at the Grumman West Coast Office he said his last farewell, knowing that a new president would be elected in November. As one of his last official acts, Ken welcomed members of the Republic Radio Club, K2KIX, who had joined Grumman, as part of the A-10 program.
Ken spoke about letters he had received from Harry, K2AAN in CA and Ben, N6SL at sea on the “Sea Venture” (WJMV). The scores from Field Day 1987 appeared in this issue. The GARC, operating as a class 5A, racked up a score of 5,736 points. This made us number 10 in that category. Other scores (above 4500) were shown for comparison.
In addition to the first part of the FD 1987 article, other reprints from QST included the
W1AW operating schedule, an article about the questioning pools used for license exams, and an article asking if your license manual was up to date. An article from WorldRadio told about various organizations which were had filed comments with the FCC in attempts to take over the issuing of vanity call sign coordination. There was also a reprint of Steve Mendelssohn’s “ARRL Update”. It spoke about PRB-1 with regard to Andy’s (K2LE) antenna height problem.
Also mentioned was Carole Perry’s promotion of Ham Radio for “Geography Awareness Week.”, Nov. 15 -21.