The Airwaves
January 2002
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442




PresidentMike HerrWA6ARA375-5324
First Vice PresidentPhelps TerHeunKF6ZD375-4905
Second Vice PresidentTodd EvansW6TOD375-4240
SecretaryTom IngramWB6EPD375-7950
TreasurerPam EvansKC6UUS375-4240

SARC Owned and Maintained Repeaters
Randsburg WA6YBN 145.34 MHz (-600 kHz), PL 100.0 Hz, Wide Area Coverage, Emerg. Pwr.
Ridgecrest WA6YBN 146.64 MHz (-600 kHz), Translator, No Squelch Tail, Emergency Power
Ridgecrest WA6YBN 147.00 MHz (+600 kHz), PL 107.2 Hz, Autopatch (Phno, # Dn)
Ridgecrest YBNBBS:WA6YBN, 145.050 MHz, Bulletin Board, 1200 Baud
Ridgecrest #YBNSW:WA6YBN-4, 223.580 MHz, Node, 1200 Baud
Ridgecrest #YBNSW:WA6YBN-4, 439.025 MHz, Node, 9600 Baud

Every 	SARC Emergency Net
Monday	1930 hrs WA6YBN Ridgecrest translator
Night	146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)  and
	Randsburg repeater 145.34 MHz 
	(-600 kHz, PL 100.0 Hz)
	Visitors welcome
Jan 9	Officer Installation Banquet
	Second Wednesday  Texas Cattle Company
	Meeting Room  1800 hrs
Feb 13	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Feb 13	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Ready Room  1930 hrs
	Program  TBA
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Mar 13	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Mar 13	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Ready Room  1930 hrs
	Program  TBA
Jan 19	Fire Mountain Fifty	See article
	Fifty mile horse endurance ride
	Call Dave Stone KC6UUR  375-1730
Feb 16	Twenty Mule Team  Twenty-four hour
	One hundred mile horse endurance ride
	Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245
Mar 16	Geo Bun Buster	See article
	Fifty mile horse endurance ride
	Call Hal Hazel KM6JM 371-3208

Jan 12	Monthly Fox Hunt	See article
	Heritage Inn parking lot  0900 hrs 
	Contact Mike Herr WA6ARA 375-5324

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



by Mike Herr WA6ARA

Once again a new year has started and for the Sierra Amateur Radio Club a new year as well. We have a terrific team of SARC officers ready for the new year with an outline of meeting programs to benefit all.

Once again I am asking you, the membership, what are we doing right and what are we doing wrong. We are looking for ideas, not only programs but for activities as well. Would you like to see some SARC sponsored activities such as a VHF/UHF contest effort, expanded Field Day, or something else? Let us hear from you. Give me or any club officer a call or and e-mail.

On a side note, lately, I have been listening to the local repeaters and hearing a lot of nothing. Very few on. I have given a few calls on the way to and from work with little response. Let us all resolve to give the repeaters more use and reconnect with each other via two meters during the new year.

73 and vy gud DX


The annual SARC Officer Installation Dinner will be held on our regular meeting day, second Wednesday, 9 January, at the earlier time of 6:00 pm in the Texas Cattle Company. Members will order from the menu.

SARC Officers for 2002
	President	Mike Herr WA6ARA
	First VP	Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD
	Second VP	Todd Evans W6TOD
	Secretary	Tom Ingram WB6EPD
	Treasurer	Pam Evans KC6UUS
For the raffle, members are asked to bring bagged or boxed Ham and electronic white elephants, goodies etc. (Lloyd Brubaker note: For those items in your barn and basement that are too large to carry, you may provide Claim Checks.) If you cannot attend and have donations, contact Elvy Hopkins [email protected] 384-3589 for pick up.


All SARC memberships expire on 31 December. Please use the enclosed Membership Application to renew. Year 2001 members will be given a three month grace period with applications enclosed in the Jan, Feb and Mar issues of the AIRWAVES.

If you do not receive an April AIRWAVES, gueswot you did not do? Avoid the rush, sign up now.


Fire Mountain Fifty Sat 19 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 Sat 16 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 hour 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 Sat 16 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 382-0474.

A note about signing up. Organizing 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.

by Elvy Hopkins NØLV

Progress on relocating the 147.00 MHz machine has come to a complete halt waiting on the legal beagles and bean counters at the proposed location to say yea/nay based on hoo noze wot and some other things.

Some small amount of elektronikering can be done to the equipment, but isn't. The new power supply, battery charger and battery will not be ordered until a "yea" is received from those mentioned above.

The sleeping dog of monthly telephone charges was kicked recently and the local telco promises SARC a residential rate based on some vague statement about the mailing address for the monthly bill.


Transmitter Hunt Sat 12 Jan
Remember, we will have our monthly T-Hunt the Saturday morning after the regular club meeting. The next one will be 12 January 2002. We meet in the Heritage Inn parking lot at 0900 hrs. The frequency of the hunt is 146.565 MHz.

I am hoping to soon have a second transmitter to hide just to make things interesting. For a little more spice, the second transmitter will be capable of some new twists. Mode 1 will be the standard beacon mode. Mode 2 will sound the beacon if the hunter requests it by transmitting on a particular frequency. This can help you but also your opponent. Mode 3 will allow the fox to send comments and clues through a link. I probably will not have it up and running for the January hunt but it should be ready for February.

Also, if the Saturday hunts are inconvenient due to other priorities, I am game for an alternate or additional hunt day, say a flex Friday or holiday.

For more information, contact Mike Herr WA6ARA at 375-5324 or [email protected].

Ed. note: The latest Ramsey catalog has two kits for fox hunters, one all-up screamer DDF1 for $150 and one that uses HT audio/RF DF1 for $60. Home page


Volunteer Exam Session
The 8 December Volunteer Examination Session resulted in three new Technician licensees. They are KG6JEK James F. Boone of Adelanto, KG6JEL Philip Cash of Ridgecrest and KG6JEM Jean LaGarde of Ridgecrest. Philip KG6JEL is the fourteen year old son of Mike Cash W6PM.

Congratulations to these new amateur radio operators.

OHTC Desert Classic
by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

The silence of the desert at Graces Mansion was shattered during the Over The Hill Track Club's Desert Classic. A battery powered Hi-Fi set boomed out rock and roll during the whole affair. However, the crew seemed to enjoy it and the runners sure could not get lost. I simply explained it by noting that most of the above were thirty years younger than I.

All went off smooth and slick. The weather was cool and only now and then was there a wind. We wound down about noon. Thanks to Dennis Farrell W6DWF, Mike Alamo KF6WSR, Tom O'Hara W6ORG (a runner who supplied heavy breathing with each transmission) and Mary O'Hara WB6YSS (the runner's wife and crew member). We could have used a few more Hams. Plan on coming out next year. We had 284 runners, a new record.


Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD

Dec 12, 2001 Those present: Pres. Mike Herr WA6ARA, 2nd VP Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD and AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV. The meeting started at 1909 hrs. Reservations have been made at the Texas Cattle Company for the Officer Installation Dinner on 9 Jan. 2002. The club received a thank you certificate from the ARRL for the $100 contribution to the Frequency Defense Fund.

Elections will be tonight. Candidates are Mike Herr WA6ARA for president, Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD for 1st vice-president, Tod Evans W6TOD for 2nd vice-president and Pam Evans KC6UUS for treasurer.

The audit committee is Mike Herr, Phelps TerHeun and Elvy Hopkins. The meeting was adjourned at 1925 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 12 December 2001 meeting was called to order by the President Mike Herr WA6ARA at 1938 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Fifty-fifty tickets were available for the meeting. Sign-up sheet was started around. Mike Herr asked if anyone knew what events occurred 100 years ago and 40 years ago.

Announcements: A Thank you was received from the ARRL for the club's $100 contribution to the Frequency Defense Fund. Refreshments are provided for our enjoyment after the meeting. The 9 January meeting will be at the Texas Cattle Company. There will be a T-hunt this Saturday. Horse rides are scheduled for January, February and March. Three people passed the no code Tech exams at the last VE session. SARC officer elections will be tonight. SARC received a thank you from the Kiwanis for our support during their walk-a-thon. SARC was not on the bottom of the list for Field Day points.

Elections followed. Candidates were Mike Herr WA6ARA for president, Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD for 1st vice-president, Todd Evans W6TOD for 2nd vice-president, Pam Evans KC6UUS for treasurer and Tom Ingram WB6EPD for secretary. Nominations were opened and there were none. A motion was made and seconded to close the nominations. The motion passed. A motion was made and seconded to accept the slate of candidates as presented. The motion passed.

Jerry Brooks KK6PA provided the program for the evening. Ray Magorian KD6IQD won the 50/50 drawing. Refreshments provided by several members were enjoyed by all. Nineteen amateurs signed in at the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 2010 hrs.

from Ralph Frasier KQ6UU

As of 31 December 2001
Share account	         $5377.35
Draft account	           -32.45
Total	                 $5344.90
Obligated funds	
Relocate 147.00 repeater  1374.86
Balance	                 $3970.04
by Elvy Hopkins NØLV AIRWAVES Editor
Printing Cost (Spectrum Graphics)
	$0.09 per double sided sheet
	$0.023 one staple
	10% discount, non-profit org.
	7.25 % Calif. sales tax
	$0.34 first class
Cost Per Issue (including postage)
	6 pages	$0.6228
	8 pages	$0.7097
	10 pages	$0.7966
	12 pages	$0.8834
Average 8.4 pages for last three years.
Only 3-5 spare issues are printed each month.
Yearly Cost
		100 x $0.75 avg. cost x 10 months =	$750
	Free issues
		10 per month x $0.75 x 10 months =	$75
	All Hams/February
		425 x $0.88 =	$374
		3 months free 15 x $0.75 x 3 mo.	$34 
	Yearly cost	$1,233
Main Distribution
Ten issues per year None for July & August
One to each member or family.
One to each of seven surrounding Ham clubs
	Barstow, Bishop, Bakersfield, Tehachapi,
	Kern River Valley, Lancaster, Victorville
One to each of three ARRL locations
	Headquarters, Pacific Division,
	San Joaquin Section
February All Hams issue	425 copies
	(Part of ARRL Special Services Club,
	Public Service) Sent to all Hams in
	Ridgecrest, Inyokern, Trona,
	California City, Boron, Darwin, Olancha,
	Red Mountain, Randsburg
Other Distribution
All new, local licensees resulting from Ridgecrest VE sessions get
the next two monthly issues with a membership application enclosed.
Amateur radio and SARC inquiry phone calls to me are usually are
sent a copy of the current issue with a membership application
enclosed.  Back issues are available for pickup at SARC meetings.
See     ya      in      da      funny   paperz. de NØLV