The Airwaves
January 2001
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

Every   SARC Emergency Net
Monday  1930 hrs WA6YBN translator
Night   146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)
        Visitors welcome 
Jan 3   Board of Officers Meeting
        Johns Pizza 1200 hrs
Jan 10  Officer Installation Banquet
        Second Wednesday
        Texas Cattle Company  6:00 PM
Feb 14  Board of Officers Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Feb 14  Membership Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
        Ready Room  1930 hrs
        Program  Really Far Out Antennas
        By TerHeun and Overfelt
Mar 14  Board of Officers Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Mar 14  Membership Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
        Ready Room  1930 hrs
        Program  Emergency and CAP Communications
        By Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD
Jan 20  Fire Mountain Fifty
        Fifty mile horse  endurance ride
        Volunteers needed  See article
        Call Dave Stone KC6UUR  375-1730
Feb 17  Twenty Mule Team  Twenty-four hour
        One hundred mile horse endurance ride
        Volunteers needed  See article
        Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245
Mar 17  Geo Bun Buster
        Fifty mile horse endurance ride
        Volunteers needed  See article
        Call Hal Hazel KM6JM 371-3208

Jan 13  Monthly Fox Hunt
        Heritage Inn parking lot  0900 hrs 
        Call Mike Herr WA6ARA 375-5324

Feb 10  Volunteer License Exam Session
Second  Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat     131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
Even    Pre-register by 6 Dec  Walk-in?  Call
Months  Registration 9 am  Code test 11 am
        Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589


by Mike Herr WA6ARA

Hello all. This is the start of a new millennium, a new calendar year and a new SARC year. In case you have not heard, I am the new SARC president for 2001. I know a good number of the membership, but let me introduce myself to those of you who do not know me. My name is Mike Herr. I have been a Ham for almost thirty-one years. I started as a Novice with one crystal, a 6L6 (Ed. note: That is a DeForest valve, a thermoionic emission electron tube, hollow state.) oscillator and a regenerative receiver. Boy, things sure have changed! I still have the crystal, 6L6 and regen. I have lived in the IWV for the last twenty-two years, and am employed by the NAWC-WD (Ed note: The bigger 'n better bomb builder inside the fence northeast of RidgeBurg). My main Ham radio interests are home-brew construction, QRP (under five watt RF output) and satellite operation. My usual haunts are thirty and forty meters, operating CW, and on one of the "birds." We are a collection of Hams with common and varied interests. Years ago Ham radio had only a couple of facets. i.e. Most were on HF, SSB and CW. Now Ham radio has exploded with many ways to enjoy the hobby. I listen to a short wave broadcast show called "DXers Unlimited" and the host is always talking about the "more than fifty ways to enjoy Ham radio." I believe it. This is your club. I believe that the Board of Officers is putting together a fine program for SARC this year. But, we can not do it alone. What do you, the membership of SARC, want to see the club do? More repeaters? Participate in contests as a group? Field Day, VHF contests, T-Hunts, social events? Let me hear from you. [email protected] But be warned, I want to hear ideas, ways to improve, not just complaints.


No, there is no oath of office. No, there are no toasts. No, there are no long speeches. In fact, there are no speeches. It is just a way to celebrate knowing that SARC is still moving, that we really do have a full Board of Officers for 2001, to meet some new friends, have some fun, partake of Texas Cattle Company's version of the All American hamburger and imbibe the All American beverage of your choice. This annual SARC function will get under way at 0200 hrs UTC (If I put the proper date here, some would miss this shindig. Ed.), 1800 hrs PST or, for the timepiece challenged, when Mickey's long hand is pointing straight up and his short hand is pointing straight down. Now isn't that easy?


Election for the SARC Board of Officers for 2001 was held at the 13 December 2000 meeting. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, the nominating committee of one, presented the following slate of candidates.

        President       Mike Herr
        First V.P.      Dave Stone
        Second V.P.     Phelps TerHeun
        Secretary       Richard Ingram
        Treasurer       Ralph Frasier
There were no nominations from the floor. A single vote of acclimation elected the entire slate. Phelps TerHeun is the one new member of the Board of Officers. Mike Herr moved from 2nd VP to president.


Yup. It is time to renew your SARC membership for 2001. Inflation has finally forced SARC to raise dues for only the second time since organizing in the mid-seventies. Memberships are now $20.00 individual, $30.00 family and $10.00 student/military. A three month grace period is given in which non-renewed members receive the AIRWAVES and the enclosed membership applications. After 31 March, non-renewed persons are dropped from the membership list. Support your friendly, local Amateur Radio club. Renew your membership at a meeting or by mail. SARC's mailing address is on the application.


Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD, our new 2nd VP, has organized a raffle for a small, very attractive, gold plated straight key to raise money for SARC treasury. This key is in the $100 price range and would look really good at any Ham shack's operating position. It is the Millennium Key, #81 of 100, by Llaves Telegraficas Artesanas. Tickets are $5.00 each or three for $10.00. Get your tickets from Phelps. The key will be on display at meetings and the drawing will be at the June meeting.


Fire Mountain Fifty Sat 20 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 and ask questions. If you are new to this kind of radio fun, ask Dave to pair you with an experienced operator for your first public service event.

Twenty Mule Team Horse Ride 17 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 17 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 capabilities and assets.


OTHTC 50K Ultra
by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

On Sunday 10 December, 250 joggers arrived in Ridgecrest for the Over The Hill Track Club's Desert 50K Ultra run. That is almost twice the number of runners in the past, Fortunately we had enough Hams (barely) to cover the crowd but I took all day to get the last runner in. Thanks to Ken Edgar KK7HQ, Tom Ingram WB6EPD, Dave Stone KC6UUR, Hal Hazel KM6JM, Charlie Hawthorne AD6QK, Harvey Hiller KD6QK, Dave Hunter KC7CEX and Chris Hunter KC7WMK for helping. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV organized and anchored communications at this event. We were all provided with maps printed on bandannas for this run and they worked very well. Here is and an idea for the horsy people. Don Jefferson KC6OCA of Lake Isabella went to a lot of trouble to set up a ATV station and provide views for the participants at the final aid station.

Monthly Fox Hunt
by Mike Herr WA6ARA

Fox Hunting is a family outing. Ralph Frasier KQ6UU took his wife and daughters to the 16 December hunt and daughter Gloria found the fox. Greg Roush WA7IRW and Mike Herr WA6ARA were also hunting for the fox which was Paula Herr N6VGW. The next hunt will be held 13 January. (Saturday after meeting) at 0900 hrs. Meet in the Heritage Hotel parking lot a tad earlier and get ready to roll. Frequency is 146.565 MHz The pattern is twenty seconds of CW ID followed by a twenty second or so tone followed by a four minute off time. Hope to see you there.

VE Test Session
The 9 December Volunteer Exam session processed paper upgrades for Ken Calderwood K6PGC to General, Ralph Michels WD6EEZ to General and Ray Stevens KC6UTC to Extra. A new Technician licenses was earned by Sam Ghaleb KG6EMT. A CSCE for element three was earned by Wayne Olmsted W1WFO. Four exams were given and two were passed. Administering VEs were Monty Shinn W6PFR, Tom Ingram WB6EPD, Charlie Hawthorne AD6QK and Bill Maraffio N6PR.


Door Prizes Needed
To carry on the tradition of door prizes (Yes. Once it was a door!) at the 10 January Officer Installation Dinner, SARC is asking for donations of Ham radio related white elephants (one arm carry) and the like. Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 3384-3589 for pickup, or bring them to the dinner.

Show and Tell Program For April
SARC 2nd VP, Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD, is looking for members with home brew and construction projects that can be brought to the April meeting for a Show and Tell. Any piece of equipment for Ham radio will be welcomed. Bring your pet project and show your construction prowess to the club. No fancy speech is required. A demonstration would be nice. Contact Phelps at 375-4905 or [email protected].

Luxury Cruise With Ham Radio
Dave Rosenthal N6TST and his wife Donna KF6ZVE appeared on page twenty-one of the January QST. Operating from their luxury cruise ship, Donna shopped on shore and Dave remained aboard keeping in touch using two meter marine mobile, a portable beam and shore based repeaters.

IWV GPS Trekkers
Do you have a GPS receiver for your APRS and don't know what else it will do? Go to to find about the IWV GPS Trekkers and their bi-monthly training and fun events using that powerful GPS mini-machine. Sam Thompson, 499-6944, will answer questions.

Badges Ready For Pickup
Ralph Frasier, the SARC treasurer, has badges for Harry Helms AK6C and Jim Cotillier WA6IYH. Contact Ralph at 375-1534 or see him at a meeting.

SARC Web Site
SARC member Erik van Bronkhorst KC6UUT maintains a web page with the AIRWAVES and other Ham related information from the club archives. Visit at Thank you Erik for this effort.

Membership Summary For 2000
SARC membership at the end of year 2000 was 126 members: 112 memberships, twelve families with two hams and one with three.


Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD

Dec. 13. Those present: Pres. Larry Merwin KE6YLG, 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd VP Mike Herr WA6ARA, Treas. Ralph Frasier KQ6UU, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD, AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV and nomination committee chairman Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV. The meeting was called to order at 1902 hrs. Elvy announced that the cost of printing and mailing the December Airwaves was $70.11. Elvy announced that the QST subscription for the Kern County Library expires 4/01/01. Cost to renew the subscription for three years will be $92.00. Ralph will renew for three years. Elvy announced that he will submit SARC information to the World Radio Magazine's Ham club listings and will be the contact. Elvy announced that he had updated the ARRL Club listing and that it would need to be updated again to list the new club president for 2001. Credit union signature cards will also need to be updated. SARC Special Service Club designation will expire 4/29/01 and needs to be resubmitted. Tom took the action item. The annual financial audit will be performed in January by Elvy Hopkins NØLV, Bill Maraffio N6PR and Larry Merwin KE6YLG. Larry announced that reservations had been made at the Texas Cattle Company for 10 Jan. for the installation dinner. Lloyd announced the slate of candidates for club officers: President Mike Herr WA6ARA, 1st Vice- President David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd Vice-President Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD, Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD and Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU. Tom provided a request for a donation to ARRL for the defense fund for amateur radio frequencies. This will be brought up at the general meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 1921 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 13 December meeting was called to order by President Larry Merwin KE6YLG at 1931 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Fifty-fifty tickets were available for the meeting. The sign-in sheet was started around. Announcements: Paula Gibeault N6OQQ organized the seasonal refreshments and provided hot spiced apple cider. Larry Merwin KE6YLG, Elvy Hopkins NØLV, Dave Stone KC6UUR and others provided refreshments for the meeting. There were two visitors John and Bryan Makowski. A membership renewal form is in the December AIRWAVES. The Installation dinner will be at Texas Cattle Company at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, 10 January 2001. Door prizes are needed. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV announced that the Hanford Weather service has a new director of communications and the service has a net on two meters. There were 250 runners at the Over the Hill Track Club race. There will probably be a time limit set next year as the race this year lasted until after five PM. There are horse rides in January, February and March on the sign-in sheet. Mike Herr announced the Fox Hunt this Saturday. Larry announced that the board has made a recommendation to donate $50.00 to the ARRL to support Band Protection. A motion for the donation was made, seconded and carried. An ARRL video on antennas was the presentation for this meeting. The slate of candidates for club office was presented: President Mike Herr WA6ARA, 1st Vice-President David Stone KC6UUR 2nd Vice-President Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD, Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD and Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU. The general membership approved the slate as presented. The 50/50 drawing was won by Charlie Hawthorne AD6QK. There were nineteen amateurs present at the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 2100 hrs.


The SARC Board of Officers met on 3 January to plan for the new year. One of the results of the meeting was the following budget for 2001.

SARC Budget For 2001
Direct Income
50-50 Drawing90
Direct Expenses
PO Box rent44
Room rent270
Tower trailer license34
Indirect Income
Indirect Expenses
Books for library0
Repeater repair0
Repeater phone300
Repeater construction0
Other Income
Other Expenses

from Ralph Frasier KQ6UU

As of 18 December, Y2K
Share account    4,470.28
Draft account      217.56
Total           $4,687.84
Obligated funds 
Relocate 147.00 repeater        
Balance         $4,112.98

Claude Wood WA6YSQ is looking for old (1970's) linear device data books from Motorola, National, RCA, Signetics and Texas Instruments. Contact him at 377-5558 or [email protected]

Contacting The AIRWAVES Editor
Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-ELVY or e-mail [email protected].

See     ya      in      da      funny   paperz. de NØLV

Updated Sun Jan 7 17:56:29 PST 2001