The Airwaves
January 2000
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETINGS
Every 	SARC Emergency Net
Monday	1930 hrs WA6YBN translator
Night	146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)
	Visitors welcome 
Jan 12	Officer Installation Dinner
	Second Wednesday
	Where: Texas Cattle Company
	When: 1800 hrs
Feb 9	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1845 hrs
Feb 9	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room  1930 hrs
	Program: New Amateur License Structure
	By TBA 
Mar 8	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1845 hrs
Mar 8	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room  1930 hrs
	Program: Amateur Satellite Phase 3D
	By Mike Herr WA6ARA 
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Jan 22	Fire Mountain Fifty
	Fifty mile horse  endurance ride
	Call Dave Stone KC6UUR  375-1730
Feb 19	Twenty Mule Team
	One hundred mile horse endurance ride
	Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245
Mar 18	Geo Bun Buster
	Fifty mile horse endurance ride
	Call Hal Hazel KM6JM 371-3208
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Feb 12	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
Even	Pre-register by 9 Feb   Walk-in ? Call
Months	Written tests 9 am  Code test 11 am
	Call Elvy Hopkins NĜLV 384-3589
Apr 8	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
Even	Pre-register by 5 Apr  Walk-in ? Call
Months	Written tests 9 am  Code test 11 am
	Call Elvy Hopkins NĜLV 384-3589


IT'S TIME TO RENEW YOUR SARC MEMBERSHIP

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
by Larry Merwin KE6YLG

Happy 2000 everyone. I trust that this AIRWAVES finds you all well and that you have all had a great holiday season. I know that many club members were busy on New Year's Eve with the RACES Y2K standby. I would like to express my appreciation to those who organized and participated in that. As for me, I caught another kind of bug, the flu kind. It meant that I missed working my shift at the EOC and that am a little late in getting this to the AIRWAVES editor. It may also help to explain my disjointed and rambling prose, which is why I mentioned it at all in the first place.

The election for the 2000 board was held at the December general meeting. With the exception that Mike Herr WA6ARA will replace Ray Lingenfelter KF6LEE as second vice president, the other board positions remain unchanged. I would like to start the new year out right by thanking the 1999 board of officers for their diligence and hard work last year and in saying a hearty "Welcome aboard" to Mike. I would also be remiss if I failed to thank Elvy Hopkins NØLV who, as AIRWAVES editor, does a fantastic job of seeing that members receive the AIRWAVES on time each month. Additionally, I would like to express my appreciation to those members who do such a great job of organizing SARC events and activities throughout the year. Thanks.

My crystal ball is as cloudy as anyone's, but with the restructuring of the amateur radio licensing system recently announced by the FCC, it is easy to predict a year of tremendous change for Ham radio. I'm sure that many will disagree with the Commission's decision. I'm also sure that many will see it as the salvation of our hobby and our bands. Right now, my simple hope is, after all the dust has settled, that Hams can work together to enjoy this great hobby which is Amateur Radio. Happy New Year and Good Luck to us all.


INSTALLATION BANQUET Wed 12 Jan

The annual SARC Officers Installation Banquet will be held at 6:00 pm, Wednesday 12 January (Thats 1800 hrs, local for you hard liners and 0200 hrs Thur 13 Jan for you DXCC groupies.) at Texas Cattle Company in the banquet room at the left of the main entry.

Yes, we voted to have it at The Sizzler at the December meeting, BUT Sizzler added more rules when Larry Merwin attempted to complete the reservation process that Lee Lingenfelter initiated. ($50 deposit and minimum 25 dinners at $11). So, a quick phone canvass of the board sent us back to the good ole Texas Cattle Company where all can order their favorite meal from the menu.

For the record: Larry Merwin KE6YLG has served SARC as 2nd vice president in 1997 and 1998 and president in 1999. David Stone KC6UUR started his continuous tenure as 1st vice president in 1996. Mike Herr WA6ARA, 2nd VP, has served in that same office, for a total of at least five years, at two times in the past. Tom Ingram WB6EPD is beginning his third year as secretary and Ralph Frasier KQ6UU has started his second year as treasurer. A hearty THANK YOU to these steadfast servants. Come to the banquet and cheer them on/up.


PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Fire Mountain Fifty Sat 22 Jan

This fifty mile horse ride is an easy one to begin your public service career as an amateur radio operator. Dave Stone KC6UUR will be organizing the volunteer communicators. Call Dave at 375-1730 to sign up or ask questions. If you are new to this kind of radio fun, ask Dave to pair you with an experienced operator for your first time out.


Twenty Mule Team Horse Ride 19 Feb

This is the granddaddy of horse rides in the IWV. It usually lasts the most of twenty-four hours. Six, eight, twelve and twenty-four shifts are possible for Hams working this endurance ride. Rider and horse logging, calling for the veterinarian, finding lost horses, getting the water wagon to its planned location etc. are a few of the things that come up. Anybody gotta bucketa oats? Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV at 375-7245 to participate in this marathon.


Coso Bun Buster Horse Ride Sat 18 Mar

This fifty mile horse ride runs the Owens River canyon in the vicinity of Coso Junction. Last year, radio spooks and goblins kept the afternoon interesting. Help keep Ham radio presence in our community on-going and visual. Sign up for this ride with Hal Hazel KM6JM, 371-3208.

A note about signing up. Doing these communications tasks well requires coordination and efficient use of operator experience and available radio equipment. Sign up as early as possible with the coordinators so they can plan efficient use of your capabilities and assets.


RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES

High Desert Ultra 50K/Relay Sun 5 Dec
by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

Sunday, 5 December was the day for 190 runners to compete in the Over The Hill Track Club's annual High Desert Ultra 50K/Run. All runners started from the Cerro Coso CC gym parking lot, ran over hill and dale (no music please only pants and moans of exhaustion) with the last runner (?) returning at about 1400 hrs.

The day was cool and no problems were encountered. The gym was used for registration and record keeping and was convenient for the crew. The lack of maps plagued us at first until they were found in a cardboard box at the starting line, then things went smoothly. Thanks to a crew that had dealt with this problem before. Later in the day maps were found printed on cloth to be sold as neckerchiefs. Not a bad idea. (How can you get lost with a map around you neck?)

In addition to the local Hams, two runners, Tom and Mary Ann O'Hara, W6ORG and WB6YSS, kept track of each other on the race net frequency, with occasional reporting of last known location provided by check point crews.

SARC ARES Hams doing the communications, logging, searching, finding etc. were Judy Burns KC6UTF, Ken Edgar KK7HQ, Dave Stone KE6UUR, Mark Ball KE6IFD, David Ball KE6UWM, Greg Roush WA7IRW, Tom Ingram WD6EPD, Bill Burns WA6QYR, and Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV. Thanks gang, for expert help.


Fund Raiser Horse Ride Sat 11 Dec
by Dave Stone KC6UUR

The communicators were: KM6JM Hal Hazel, KC6UTF Judy Burns, WA6QYR Bill Burns, KE6YLG Larry Merwin, KC6UUR Dave Stone, KK7HQ Ken Edgar, W6NVW Robert Cook and KD6ZUV Alex Higgins.

Thirty-one riders did the fifty miler and sixteen riders did the thirty miler. All of the fifty mile riders completed the course and three of the thirty mile riders where pulled by the vet during the ride.

The fifty milers started from Coso Junction at 0615 hrs and the thirty milers left at 0645. The course went north up to the Cactus Flats area on the east side of Haiwee Reservoir.

The north end of the course was handled by Larry Merwin at east check point, Ken Edgar and Robert Cook at the north most check point, Dave Stone at the vet check and Alex Higgins hauling water to where it was needed.

The east part of the course out from Coso Junction was covered by Bill Burns at the first check from the start which was also a check point for all of the riders coming back down from the north. Judy Burns worked the last check point before the finish. And Hal Hazel worked the start/finish/base-camp at Coso Junction.

The vet check was the last to close on the north loop at 1308 hrs. The last rider was headed into the finish at about 1545.

Communication was done on two meter simplex. All but one check point could work base-camp. Larry, out at the north east corner of the course, could not work base-camp but could relay traffic through the vet check.

Thanks to all for the excellent assistance. Lets do it three more times in Y2K.


Volunteer Exam Session Sat 11 Dec

The 11 December Volunteer Exam session had six applicants take sixteen tests and pass nine. Three new licenses have been granted: KF6ZVD Phelps Terheun, KF6ZVE, Donna Rosenthal, KF6ZVF Matthew Jensen. Officiating VEs were Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, Bob Huckins W6UPI, Monty Shinn W6PFR and Elvy Hopkins NØLV.


Y2K Watch Sat 31 Dec

Ridgecrest Police Chief, Bruce Haggerty, called out the RACES team to man the message center at city hall beginning at 0300 hrs 31 December 1999 and to run until about 0100 hrs 01 January 2000. Thanks to the four hour shifts set up by Jerry Brooks KK6PA, one operator after another read books, the newspaper, magazines and chatted on the net for the whole time. We collected information from a team who stayed home and monitored everything we could get our eyes and ears on. CNN was watched (commercials and all) from start to finish. Several tons of fireworks were set off and millions of people crowded together like sardines were duly recorded. Logs were kept and a little was learned.

The operators at the message center, in chronological (Wow! Do you like that large word?) order, were: Mark Slay KE6SMA, Greg Roush WA7IRW, Dave Rait KG6LR, Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, Dave Stone KC6UUR, and Judith Rogow N7TTH. Judith became ill but monitored from home. The stations with home shack monitoring assignments were: Bob Huckins W6UPI, Jack Bitzer NL7SX, Fred Willis KC6YYS, Ken Edgar KK7HQ, Bill Haight KD6VND and Monty Shinn W6PFR. They were alert for any sign of terrorism (not counting the commercials on CNN) or blackouts of any kind. There were a few that attracted momentary attention, but none that were Y2K or politically related.

We learned how to contact Region V via the repeater at Big Bear. At the 1900 hr briefing at the Police Station WA6KZV was asked to give an update on events. It was largely a non-event as well. Not much to say, but we got kudos anyway. All in all it was just what we had hoped for. Only one note of disappointment. KM6JM noted that we were all ready and nothing happened.


RACES RAMBLINGS
Ridgecrest EOC Open House
by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

On Sunday 12 December at 1300 hrs the Ridgecrest EOC message center, at the RCPD in city hall, was opened as part of the city's open house. Monte Shinn W6PFR was contacted to check the in-place antennas and set-up. Everything worked although not as well as it should. The antenna needs some work. This was not an emergency but the first of what we hope will be an annual open house.

Police volunteers ushered the public through in groups of four or five and, after seeing to it that we were on their list of stops, we found ourselves giving short speeches on RACES and what we could do for the public. They were unanimously impressed.

Dave Stone KC6UUR dropped in to lend moral support and we closed down at 1500 hrs. We need some signs and perhaps some hand-outs that provide public information and training for the eventual disaster. Anybody want to help?


RACES Has New Com trailer

Ridgecrest RACES is now the owner of a 22 ft. travel trailer, already converted to communications use, donated by new Ham and new SARC member Phelps TerHuen KF6ZVD. It has a lounge, provision for easy erection of five antennas, DC power buss, a toilet and much more. This will replace the aging, in need of floor repair, too small trailer that Lloyd Brubaker now keeps in his back yard. Hey Lloyd. Do you need a yard crew to help make room for this new RACES asset?


IN THE MILL
Volunteer Exam Changes

Since the number of license applicants has decreased to zero twice recently, and VEs are getting harder to find, Bill Maraffio N6PR, the lead VE for SARC, has made some changes in how the exams will be conducted.

Pre-registration is requested of all applicants. The examination session will be canceled if no one has pre-registered by the Wednesday preceding the examination date. An unregistered, prospective walk-in applicant should contact the team liaison after the cutoff date to determine if the examination has been canceled. The pre-registration cutoff dates are: 9 February, 5 April, 7 June, 9 August, 11 October and 6 December.

All applicants, including code only, must sign in at 9:00 am. Code tests begin at 11:00 am. After failing a test, for a second fee of $6.45 (probably a few cents more for Y2K) an applicant may take a second and different test for the same license element.


Show and Tell Program

The SARC Program Chairman, Mike Herr WA6ARA is attempting to put together a Show and Tell program for a 2000 SARC meeting. If you have a Ham related electronic construction project that you would like to tell about and demonstrate at a meeting, call Mike at 375-5324. Three or four or five of these short talks will make an interesting program and no one will have to assemble a long talk and demonstration.


Amateur Radio License Class

The Cerro Coso Community College class on Amateur Radio (Introduction to Amateur Radio, ET 69ar) has fallen victim to managerial apathy at CCCC. Bill Burns WA6QYR, the proposed instructor, is attempting to re-establish a license class in some form at CCCC or through the Burroughs High School Adult Education curricula. The existing HF and VHF station at CCCC would be a great asset to the class, however if Bill cannot get it going again, an alternate location will be attempted. If you know of someone who would attend a license class, please contact Bill, 375-8566 or e-mail bburns@ridgecrest.ca.us


REPEATER HAPPENINGS
Relocation of 147.00 MHz Repeater

Work is progressing very slowly on the electronic and programming reconfiguration. The mechanical components still need to be mated to the new nineteen inch rack.

A 130 foot length and a 100 foot length of semi-rigid, five-eights or three-quarter inch coax and connectors are still needed.


PACKET RACKET
by Jerry Brooks KK6PA

On 12 December, Erich Mushinske KA6AMD, Jerry Brooks KK6PA and Dave Stone KC6UUR installed the hardline coax, antenna and 12 VDC power wiring for the ELPASO packet node. Todd W6TOD and Pam Evans, KC6UUS brought up some cable ties for us after Todd called us on 146.64 offering assistance.

On 19 December, Dave Stone and Jerry Brooks installed the transceiver and TNC, finalized the wiring and turned the node on. In four hours or so, the node had transferred nearly eighty messages from the AVGATE station in Lancaster to YBNBBS.

The node is located on Laurel Mountain (the one with the radar dome south of town). It is installed in the IWV TV booster building where all of the TV and FM translators transmit the commercial Los Angeles stations into the valley.

IWV packeteers wish to express their thanks to the NAWC-WD Command and Range Department for allowing us to put the node on Laurel Mtn. and especially to Ed Middlemiss and Bob Rogers KD5TU of IWV TV Booster Assn. for allowing us to install it in their facility at no cost and for all of their help and suggestions. So far I have not noticed any interference with the TV or FM being transmitted off of Laurel Mtn. Also, thanks to A&L Tire Co. for their 25% discount off a very expensive gel cell battery for emergency power backup. Be sure to support all these people and let them know we appreciate their help.


SARC NEEDS ARRL VE LIAISON

Bill Maraffio N6PR will be leaving the area in the future. Bill has been the ARRL Volunteer Examiner SARC team liaison for several years. Having an extra class team liaison who stocks materials makes the VE task much easier for local VE's. If you are interested in assuming the duty, call Bill at 446-4165.


VOLUNTEER EXAMINERS NEEDED

With only seven extra class and two advanced class volunteer examiners in the Ridgecrest area, Bill Maraffio, VE Team Liaison, is having trouble finding the 3-4 VEs to man the six, semi-monthly test sessions. If you are interested in becoming an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, send an e-mail to vec@arrl.org and request the Prospective VE (PVE) packet (include your name and postal address). The PVE packet includes a current Volunteer Examiners manual and other information to get you started as an ARRL VE.


NET CONTROL STATIONS NEEDED

The Monday evening SARC emergency net needs volunteers to serve as control station on Monday evenings. Term of service is about thirty minutes on Monday evenings at 7:30 pm for a month. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, 375-7245, is the SARC Emergency Net manager. Please let him know if you are willing to be net control for a month of Monday evenings.


TREASURERS REPORT
from Ralph Frasier KQ6UU

As of 2 January Y2K
Share account	$3,374.31
Draft account 	$1,780.35
Total	        $5,154.66
Obligated funds	
Relocate 147.00 $1,200.00
Balance	        $3,954.66

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Elvy Hopkins NĜLV

Those present: Pres. Larry Merwin KE6YLG, 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd VP Ray Lingenfelter KF6LEE, Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU and AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV

Elvy gave Ralph additional money from the sale of Roger Meng's Ham gear. Total sales were $135. Ralph gave Elvy a SARC check in the amount of $81.78 to cover the cost of publishing the December AIRWAVES. It was agreed to bring up for vote at the general meeting a SARC contribution to the ARRL Fund for Defense of Amateur Radio Frequencies. The Sizzler and Texas Cattle Company were discussed as locations for the January Officer Installation Banquet.

Elvy reported that the Maturango (local Indian dialect word for horse manure) Museum's free rent meeting room was fully booked for the next few years and not available to SARC. Door prizes for the installation banquet were discussed. Elvy will provide prizes. (Remember the door for a door prize?)

The audit committee for SARC 1999 financial transactions will be Bill Maraffio N6PR, Larry Merwin and Elvy Hopkins. The meeting was adjourned at 1925 hrs.


Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Elvy Hopkins NØLV

The meeting was called to order at 1933 hrs by president Larry Merwin. Thank you to Paula Gibeault N6OQQ and Judith Rogow N7TTH for the yummy and colorful refreshments of cookies, rum balls, brownies, cupcakes, punch, mulled apple cider and coffee.

Clark Conner of the Kern County Office of Emergency Services was introduced and said a few words in preparation for the evenings program. Ridgecrest Chief of Police, Bruce Haggerty, gave a talk on how local Hams will be used in East Kern County RACES operations in case of emergency. He also shared his experiences of working with Hams in several Los Angeles area disasters. An intermission for cunch and pookies was called.

The meeting was resumed at 2015 hrs. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV reported on Ham communications at the High Desert Ultra 50K/Relay. Dave Stone KC6UUR reported on the Fund Raiser Horse ride. A vote on where to have the initiation banquet was held: Sizzler eleven votes, Texas Cattle Co. six votes. It was moved, seconded and voted to contribute $100 of SARC funds to the ARRL Fund for Defense of Amateur Radio Frequencies.

Election of SARC officers for 2000 was held. Mike Herr was nominated from the floor for second vice president. All other officers candidates were from the 1999 board. Results of the election: president Larry Merwin KE6YLG, first VP Dave Stone KC6UUR, second VP Mike Herr WA6ARA, secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD, treasurer Ralph Fraiser KQ6UU.

Lloyd Brubaker asked for volunteers for the RACES Ridgecrest police/EOC Y2K new years party 0300 31 Dec. to 0100 1 Jan. The meeting was adjourned to more cunch and pookies at 2045 hrs.


FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Yaesu FT51-R VHF/UHF dual band FM, handheld transceiver with FNB-38 battery, soft case, MH-19A2B ear piece and lapel mic, computer cable for programming the FT51-R, Yaesu ADMS-1 programming software, manuals, PTT/volume control for motorcycle handlebar with velcro attachment, ear piece attachment for use in motorcycle helmet, throat mic, custom built holder for attaching FT51-R to motorcycle handle bar, 18" dual band mag mount antenna. All for $499.00 Robert N. Lindeman KE6ZSF 371-9405 lindeman@ridgenet.net

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

KLM KT34A 10-15-20 mtr, antenna. All parts and manual. Hasn't been up for some time. Make offer. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245


WANTED WANTED WANTED

Free standing tower, 50-80 ft., for tri-band beam and rotator. Will haul 200 miles to Ridgecrest CA. Bob Wagner K6WAG 371-1337 wagcons@aol.com.

WANTED WANTED WANTED

Bill Maraffio N6PR wants two 300-400pF, 500 volt, variable capacitors like the ones used for t, tube, superhet radios. A Hammarlund MC325M will also work. Contact him at 446-4165, or kcm_wrm@ridgecrest.ca.us

WANTED WANTED WANTED

Bob Huckins W6UPI wants (1) type 6267 tubes (2) Kenwood MC-60 microphone. Contact him at w6upi@arrl.net.

Contacting THE AIRWAVES Editor
Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-ELVY or e-mail ehopkins@ridgenet.net.

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