The Airwaves
January 2003
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

Board

Of

Officers

 
PresidentBill BurnsWA6QYR
First Vice PresidentPhelps TerHeunW6PTH
Second Vice PresidentDennis FarrellW6DWF
SecretaryTom IngramWB6EPD
TreasurerPam EvansKC6UUS

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


THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETINGS
Every 	SARC Emergency Net
Monday	1930 hrs WA6YBN Ridgecrest translator
Night	146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)  and
	145.34 MHz Randsburg repeater
	(-600 kHz, PL 100.0 Hz)
	Visitors welcome
 
Jan 6 	SARC Installation Dinner
	Texas Cattle Company At 1800 (6pm)
Feb  12 	SARC BOD Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Ready Room  1900 hrs.
Feb  12 	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Ready Room  1930 hrs. 
Meeting program:
	To Be Announced
Public Service Opportunities
Jan 18	Fire Mountain 50 
	Fifty mile horse endurance ride 
	Call Dave Stone KC6UUR 375-1730

Feb 15	Twenty-Mule Team horse ride
	Twenty-four hour One hundred mile
	horse endurance ride
	Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245

AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Second Saturday, Even months. 
Feb 8	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
	131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
	Pre-registration by 5 Feb. 
	Walk-in ?  Please call
	All must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
        Contact Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
        E-mail  ehopkins@ridgenet.net

SARC OFFICER INSTALLATION DINNER !!!!

The SARC Officer Installation dinner will be held at Texas Cattle Company, January 8th at 6pm. Come, one come all. Bring any goodies to hand out / raffle off, etc as door prizes. No one goes home empty handed (altho some may wish they did).


MEMBERSHIPS EXPIRED 31 DECEMBER!

All SARC memberships expire on 31 Dec. Please use the enclosed membership application to renew. Year 2002 members will be given a three month grace period.


FROM THE OLD PRESIDENT'S SHACK

Friends, After a couple years of being President of SARC I am stepping down and handing the job over to Bill Burns, WA6QYR. Please give Bill and his team all the support you gave me in the past.

On the other hand, I am not going away. After many tireless years as this newsletter editor, Elvy, ND6Q [AKA NØLV], is taking a much deserved rest and Paula, N6VGW, and I are assuming the role as editor. We will make plenty of mistakes and am open for suggestions. The club owes Elvy a big thanks for all the help over the years.
73
Mike WA6ARA

FROM THE NEW PRESIDENT'S SHACK

Hello and Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a good Christmas and that Santa brought you some new toys to play with. In line with the season, I would like to take this time to express my goals for SARC this year. While doing the telephoning for the 2003 officer nominations, I came across a number of members who were unhappy about the vibes of the club. There were some who were unhappy about not being talked to at meetings. Some who had asked for help with license and hardware questions and received cold shoulders. This is definitely what OUR club should be. The constitution and bylaws of SARC talk to furthering exchange of information, cooperation, fraternalism, and promotion of activities to the general interest and welfare of the amateur radio community. It is my goal to turn this group around to help our ham community and other folks in the valley. If you have noticed at club meeting how the majority of us are grayer and have less hair on top. We need to be bringing in younger folks to our hobby or there will not be Amateur radio in the future. The Boy Scout Jamboree-On-The Air event indicated that there are youngsters in our area that want to learn about electronics and radio. The SARC constitution has a number of other committees that have been long inactive just due to lack of interest of our membership. Several members would like to have a "renewal" committee to help spice up our organization and get some younger interests going in the club. I am all for that and hope we can pull it off for all our benefits.

I would like to thank our out going officers for their good work for keeping the club running. Todd Evans did a good job at getting programs for our meetings. Mike Herr led the club to try to keep the membership interested in activities and happenings. Thank you. AND a big thank you to Tom Ingram and Pam Evans and Phelps TerHuen for volunteering to continue in their offices for yet one more year. Tom has held the Secretary post for many years nowthanks. Phelps and Pam are completing their second year in place- thank you. Another change is Mike and Paula Herr are picking up the "Airwaves" newsletter editorship from Elvy Hopkins after some six years. A big well done to Elvy.

Welcome to Dennis Farrell W6DWF as second vice president in charge of the program committee. Dennis has retired from the base several years ago and is spending a lot of his time at the United Way office doing software- computer tasks that benefit many organizations in the valley.

I have been in the valley over 30 years now and have been a member of SARC since it's beginning in the 1970's. I was first licensed in 1961 while at Cal Poly Pomona working on my BSEE. I joined the San Bernardino Microwave Society in 1967 when we lived in Riverside and have made meeting in Corona ever since. I have written the Society newsletter for 15 plus years. I retired from the base in 1997 and have a part time job with the Boy Scouts where in I cover the eastern Kern County for the Southern Sierra Council.

Please give me a call if you would like to comment on where I hope to move the club.
73's Bill

ARES / RACES NEWS

The ARRL has several on-line classes that you can take at your convenience over the Internet. The class material comes from ARRL, but the class is conducted by Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, an on-line trainer company. Some of us have taken the level one and level two classes. Jerry Brooks presented some of the level two course at the December SARC meeting. You can sign up over the Internet at the ARRL site- www.arrl.org/cce/. You will want to have your favorite plastic card available on the secure site for the $45 fee. It takes about 25 hours to complete the sessions. Upon completion you receive a certificate and a nametag that indicates your being trained in this National level class and you can also receive continuing education credits. Check with Jerry Brooks KK6PA or Bill Burns WA6QYR if you maybe interested and are looking for more information.
73's Bill WA6QYR

Net Control for the SARC Monday Evening Nets
Volunteers are always needed for these. Sign up as net control for a month or an evening. Contact Lloyd Brubaker, WA6KZV, 375-7245

147 REPEATER STATUS
Nothing new to report this month.

Over The Hill Track Club High Desert Ultra Report
By Lloyd WA6KZV

The High Desert Ultra on Sunday the 8th of December was a bit short handed with ham operators but was more than made up for by runners. About 278 runners of all ages above 35! We had to pick and choose where to send the hams since we didn't have enough. We wound up sending operators to those spots that didn't have access to cell phones. Worked fine although we had to relay in some cases. The last pair of runners came in at 1450. The whole bunch started at 0700. The winner of the day (aside from those who won by simply finishing) was runner number 300 who finished 50 miles in two hours! Thanks to KE6IFD, KC6UUR, KF6UWM, and WA6KZV who had a beautiful day for the event.

Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD)

The Dec 11, 2002 board meeting was called to order at 1904 hrs . Those present: Pres. Mike Herr (WA6ARA), 1st Vice Pres. Phelps TerHeun (W6PTH), 2nd Vice Pres. Todd Evans (W6TOD), Treas. Pam Evans (KC6UUS), Secy. Tom Ingram (WB6EPD) and Airwaves Editor Elvy Hopkins (NØLV). The meeting was called to order at 1902 hrs. Elections will be held at tonight's general meeting. Candidates: President Bill Burns (WA6QYR), 1st Vice President - Phelps TerHeun (W6PTH), 2nd Vice President Dennis Farrell (W6DWF), Treasurer - Pam Evans (KC6UUS), Secretary - Tom Ingram (WB6EPD). Items for the General meeting were discussed. Officer installation is 8 January 2003 at the Texas Cattle Company. Jerry Brooks will present tonight's program. Elvy Hopkins will be one of the members of the audit committee. Two others are needed. 50/50 raffle tonight. No more Fox hunts until February. Horse rides in January and February. There will be 2 VE sessions this weekend. Work on the 147.00 repeater is ongoing. The meeting was adjourned at 1916 hrs.

Minutes of the General Meeting
By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD)

The 11 Dec. 2002 meeting was called to order by the President, Mike Herr (WA6ARA) at 1930 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Sign-up sheet was started around. Announcements: Officer installation is 8 January 2003 at the Texas Cattle Company at 6:00 PM. The Fire Mountain 50 Horse ride is 18 January. The Twenty-Mule Team horse ride is 15 February. 50-50 tickets are available. There will be 2 VE sessions this weekend. Dennis Farrell (W6WDF) has a MAC available for a donation to the club. Elvy Hopkins (NØLV), Mike Alamo (KF6WSR) and Mark Rosenthal (N6BVP) will be the audit committee this year. Lloyd Brubaker (WA6KZV) brought a Kenwood car radio available to anyone for a donation to the club.

Election results: There were no nominations from the floor.
Candidates are:
President - Bill Burns (WA6QYR)
1st Vice President - Phelps TerHeun (W6PTH)
2nd Vice President - Dennis Farrell (W6DWF)
Treasurer - Pam Evans (KC6UUS)
Secretary - Tom Ingram (WB6EPD)

A motion was made and seconded to accept the slate as read. The motion passed.

Jerry Brooks (KK6PA) provided the program on being a NCS. Paula Gibeault (N6OQQ) provided Apple Cider for the meeting. Several other members provided other goodies. Mike Herr (WA6ARA) won the 50/50. There were 24 amateurs at the meeting.

TREASURER'S REPORT

Treasurer's Report As of Dec 31, 2002: 
Draft Account	$       464.11
Share Account	      6,372.82
TOTAL	              6,836.93
Obligated Funds:
Relocate 147.00 Repeater	1,374.86
BALANCE:	$     5,462.07
Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS

NATO Phonetic Alphabet
By Bob Huckins - W6UPI

Within our club there seems to be some question as to what phonetics to use; with some making up there own cute versions, which is democratically OK of course. However the ITU has adopted the NATO version (in 1956) which is in very wide use including international air traffic control and Amateur Radio. The world is obviously learning English, hence the English pronunciation.

 The NATO Phonetic Alphabet - (Basic)

A - ALFA		N - NOVEMBER
B - BRAVO		O - OSCAR
C - CHARLIE		P - PAPA
D - DELTA		Q - QUEBEC
E - ECHO		R - ROMEO
F - FOXTROT		S - SIERRA
G - GOLF		T - TANGO
H - HOTEL		U - UNIFORM
I - INDIA		V - VICTOR
J - JULIET		W - WHISKEY
K - KILO		X - X-RAY
L - LIMA		Y - YANKEE
M - MIKE		Z - ZULU
"UP FOR GRABS" DEPARTMENT

Nice 20" deep, 5 Foot rack on wheels; has rear door and includes GR AC line regulator, slide-out desk, H-P 1Mhz. precision oscillator & power supplies (no extra charge). W6PTH 375-4905

Editor's note: Will someone please take these mighty fine items from Phelps. Otherwise they may end up at the SARC January dinner as a door prize!


Updated Sat Jan 11 19:15:02 PST 2003