OFFICER INSTALLATION DINNER 6 PM WED 9 JANUARY
RENEW YOUR SARC MEMBERSHIP NOW
FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
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
OFFICER INSTALLATION Wed 9 Jan
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 KC6UUSFor 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.
MEMBERSHIPS EXPIRE 31 DECEMBER
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.
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Fire Mountain Fifty Sat 19 Jan
Twenty Mule Team Sat 16 Feb
Coso Bun Buster Sat 16 Mar
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.
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.
COMING SARC ACTIVITIES
Transmitter Hunt Sat 12 Jan
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].
RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES
Volunteer Exam Session
Congratulations to these new amateur radio operators.
OHTC Desert Classic
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
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
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.
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 $3970.04AIRWAVES SUMMARY
by Elvy Hopkins NØLV AIRWAVES Editor
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See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV