The Airwaves
January 1997
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442




PresidentCharles HawthorneKE6WQR375-7321
First Vice PresidentDavid StoneKC6UUR375-1730
Second Vice PresidentOpen PositionNO6WHO765-4321
SecretaryLloyd BrubakerWA6KZV375-7245
TreasurerMark RosenthalN6BVP375-2521

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 (9+phno, * Dn) Emrg Pwr.
Ridgecrest YBNBBS:WA6YBN, 145.050 MHz, Bulletin Board, 1200 Baud
Ridgecrest #YBNSW:WA6YBN-4, 223.580 MHz, Node, 1200 Baud

Jan 8   SARC Board of Officers Meeting
	Heritage Inn Flight Deck Room 17:30 hrs
Jan 13  Officer Installation Banquet
        Farris' Fine Dining at the Heritage Inn
        Social hour at 1800 hrs
        Dinner at 1830 hrs
        Buffet style for $12.50 per person
        Call Lloyd at 375-7245 for reservations
Feb 5   SARC Board of Officers Meeting
	Heritage Inn 17:30 hrs
Feb 12  Membership Meeting
        Second Wednesday, Heritage Inn
        Flight Deck Room 1930 hrs 
        Program: FAA Radio  by Mike Semingson
Mondays SARC Emergency Net
        Every Monday 1930 hrs
        WA6YBN translator 146.64 (- 600kHz)

Jan 25 Twenty Mule Team 50 Mile Horse ride
       12 hour. Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245
       to volunteer as a radio communicator.
Jan. 16 Introduction to Amateur Radio 
	Cerro Coso Community College will offer
	this course leading to Novice and Technician
	licenses. The electronic lab will have a
	operating HF, VHF data and voice station.
	Course name ET69ar. Ticket No. 2627.50.
	Chuck Lewis is the instructor.
Feb 14, 15 & 16 Amateur License Cram Class
        Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV will conduct an
        Amateur Radio License Cram Class at the
        Red Cross Office. Call Lloyd, 375-7245,
        for more information. See article.
Mar 1   Volunteer License Exam Session
	Kerr-McGee Center  0900-1200 hrs
Jun 21 Volunteer License Exam Session
        Kerr-McGee Center  0900-1200 hrs
Oct 31, Nov 1 & 2 Amateur License Cram Class
	Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV will conduct an
	Amateur Radio License Cram Class at the
	Red Cross Office. Call Lloyd, 375-7245,
	for more information.
Nov 8   Volunteer License Exam Session
        Kerr-McGee Center  0900-1200 hrs

Installation of SARC 1997 officers will be at their banquet at Farris' Fine Dining at the Heritage on Monday 13 January. Attitude adjustment hour begins at 1800 hrs with a buffet dinner starting at 1830 hrs. Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV at 375-7245 to reserve your place at the yum munch yum banquet table. Cost is $12.50 per person

by Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR

THE AIRWAVES editor tells me that this is an expected column in the newsletter, so, here goes.

Why do we have a club? What do the individual members expect from it? What are they willing to do to get what they want?

We have just had an election. Once again it was difficult to get people to volunteer to take office. The president and the second vice president, in particular, being the hardest to fill. This also happened last year.

So, as I asked above, why do we have a club? The following are reasons that led to my joining the Sierra Amateur Radio Club. As a result of breaking down in a sparsely settled part of Texas, I decided that I needed something more than a CB radio. I investigated cellular phones and decided that they probably were not what I wanted. Tom Ingram WB6EPD, a good friend of mine, was a HAM and so it was natural that I talked to him about communications from some of these desolate places. I wound up getting my Technician license in August of 1995. I immediately started working with Tom in the public service arena (a bike race, a foot race, a horse race) and found that I enjoyed it. I made new friends on the air waves. I used the repeaters to maintain contact with friends that were visiting other places in the high desert. I joined the club because it seemed that if I was going to use the repeaters I ought to find some way to help support them. After joining, I found that I enjoyed the camaraderie, the discussions and

Ask yourself these questions and put an importance label beside the answer. Do I want the VHF/UHF repeaters to go away? They will, you know, if someone doesn't take care of them. Would I miss being a part of a public service organization? If the organization isn't there, it would be difficult for people or organizations requiring communications to make contact. Would I miss the camaraderie of persons interested in Ham radio?

These are just a few of the questions that I can think of. I am sure that each of you have other reasons that I have missed. Please ask them of yourself and label their importance to you.

Now you should be able to better answer the question of what you are willing to pay. Holding office is one of the payments required of some for assured continuance of the club. Working with others to keep the club working, the repeaters working, packet working etc. are also all payments. Notice I said payments. You are on the installment plan. You don't buy, you lease.

You worked hard to get your HAM license. You have shown that you can do it. Now are you willing to continue working or are you ready to relegate yourself to the rocking chair and accept the efforts of others with no response in kind? Simplistically, it can be stated that welfare recipients are mostly of two kinds: those who can't and those who won't! Can you do it?


Installation of SARC 1997 officers will be at their banquet at Farris' Fine Dining at the Heritage on Monday 13 January. Social (1/2) hour begins at 1800 hrs with a buffet dinner starting sometime after 1830 hrs. Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV at 375-7245 to reserve your place at the banquet, yum yum, table. Cost is $12.50 per person.


The headlines above appeared in THE AIRWAVES for last month. Here is what was voted into SARC history last meeting.

YES SARC has a new meeting location. Thanks to Dave Shipley KE6RRT The Flight Deck Room at The Heritage Inn will be our new place for membership meeting. The Heritage will also host the monthly Board of Officers sessions in one the smaller meeting rooms.

YES We have a new meeting day - second Wednesday - at least for 1997. We are hoping to get back to second Monday in 1998.

YES The membership voted to amend the SARC constitution to allow the membership meeting day to be ordered by the Board of Officers instead of the specified "second Monday".

YES We elected 1997 officers, BUT, only four of the five required by the constitution. There was no candidate for Second Vice President. There were no nominations from the floor. SARC is without a full Board of Officers.

YES The other amendment to clarify types of SARC memberships was also accepted. The constitution has been updated to include these two amendments.


Since there was no candidate for Second Vice President and no nominations from the floor at the election, SARC has no Second Vice President. Unsuccessful candidates for the other offices are being contacted to find a candidate which must be elected at the February meeting.

Article III, Section 3 of our constitution states, in part, "The Second Vice-President shall be chairperson of the Program Committee". If you would like to fill this vacancy, contact a member of the Nomination Committee Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, Mike Cash KN6IS and Jerry Brooks KK6PA.


Do you have a friend who keeps saying that he wants to get a HAM license but just hasn't gotten a Round Tuit. Now you can hand him a very effective Round Tuit. It's the Cerro Coso Community College course catalog for spring 1997. Introduction to Amateur Radio is on page 28. Mike Cash KN6IS has been working with CCCC to establish this course and build the associated amateur radio station.

The class will start 16 January 1997 and run every Thursday from 1800 to 2150 hrs and will be completed in May. Fees for the class are $26.00 plus a $15.00 lab fee. The book for the class will be "Now Your Talking" and may purchased at the college Book Nook, Radio Shack or the The Book Shelf for $19.00. The class will have a new, fully operational amateur radio station including HF phone/CW/digital and VHF /FM phone/packet. High school students may attend the class with permission of their counselor.

The final exam for the class will be the FCC Novice and Technician written tests administered by Sierra Amateur Radio Club's Volunteer Examiners. License fee is $6.25.


El Paso Peak Repeater To Be Moved
The main mover and shaker in the Repeater Committee, Mike Hugo KA6OIJ, with Mike Cash KN6IS have developed a new plan for the 147.00 MHz El Paso Peak repeater. This machine is now redundant to the Randsburg 145.34 MHz repeater which still has no autopatch. The plan calls for relocation to either to Cerro Coso Community College, as part of the Amateur Radio Class' station, or to the residence of Mike Cash and installation of a Ridgecrest area access autopatch.

A 450 MHz link to Randsburg will be established. This 450 MHz machine will also be an open repeater accessible from anywhere in the Indian Well valley.

The plan was accepted by the membership at the December meeting. Cost of the relocation will be $1,200 and the $25 monthly phone bill will be paid by SARC. Six months is the planned work period.

by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

The next RACES training cycle covers and introduction to SEMS. What is it and what does it do? SEMS is an acronym for Standard Emergency Management System. It is a legally mandated tool for managing disasters and emergencies of all sizes by any agency involved. It enables all agencies (i.e. Sheriff, Police, RACES, Red Cross, Public Works, etc.) to talk the same language and function in the same way so that emergency management becomes more efficient and reliable. Major disasters or a flat tire on the highway are treated in the same manner. The only difference is that in the former far more resources are needed. Management involves bringing together those resources and efficiently using them. The whole objective is a return to normalcy as quickly and as cheaply of lives and financial cost as possible.

Cycle Two training is a two hour class involving a video tape produced by the disaster services. Handouts will be provided to keep track of the rather compressed information presented. The short introductory tape helps to see where the lessons are going. The two hour tape has a scenario that builds from an apparently simple fender bender into a major disaster and the various aspects of SEMS are presented in the process. A break in the middle provides a needed breather.

In general SEMS includes ICS (Incident Command System), mutual aid agreements, Interagency Coordination, Operational Areas, and OASIS (Operational Area Satellite Information System) which have been operating, in some cases, for some time. Not all of this will be new and strange but simply a new way of coordinating what we already have. While the tape does not mention RACES specifically, it does cover communications and it is easy to see where RACES fits in.

Arrangements are being made to have Steve Busby, training officer for the City of Ridgecrest, present the class and we will give you ample advance warning of coming dates. Cycle one will also be given again to pick up those who failed to attend the previous sessions.


The HAM License Cram Class scheduled for 21, 22 and 23 February has been rescheduled for one week earlier on 14, 15 and 16 February. The instructor, Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, had a schedule conflict develop. Call Lloyd at 375-7245 for more information. The Volunteer Exam Session remains, as scheduled, on Saturday 1 March at the Kerr-McGee Center for 0900 - 1200 hrs.

As of 14 December
Shares                   $1,484.89
Draft                     1,356.57
Relocate 147.00 repeater  1,200.00
Emerg. pwr. for 146.04      300.00
Balance                  $1,341.46

Over The Hill Track Club 50 K Run

SARC members provided communications for safety and administration of the Over The Hill Track Club's 50 K Run In the Desert on Sunday 8 December. It was a 'beeutifuul' day to run in the desert - or to talk on radios and watch the runners. The Run started at 0700 hrs and the first runner completed the thirty miles at 1030 hrs. The last runner (walker ?) finished sometime after 1500 hrs. Dave KC6UUR reports that 137 runners, two horse riders, two dogs and one bicycle rider passed his Check Point 8. "Exactly enough" HAMs were available to be located at the Start/Finish and eight water stops. The SARC 147.00 MHz El Paso Peak repeater was used from all locations. There were no medical incidents requiring outside assistance. Contrary to pre-run concern, there were no altercations with racing motorcycles, but, some runners did gripe about a forced stop at a crossing of the run and the cycle race.

SARC communicators were Ken Edgar KE6HFI, Mark Ball KE6IFD, Hal Hazel KM6JM, Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, Lorri Semple KE6LPK , Bill Burns WA6QYR , Joe Cloonan KE6SMH, Judy Burns KC6UTF and Dave Stone KC6UUR.

A GPS generated map of the race course, with check points identified, will be available for next years 50 K Run. Dave Stone KC6UUR drove the course in his Jeep while his portable GPS receiver did the plotting.

Chris Rios, OTHTC organizer of the 50 K Run, sends his sincere thanks to SARC HAMs for their quick and efficient handling of communications requirements for this event.



To save the approximately $6.50 of each SARC member's dues that is spent printing and mailing THE AIRWAVES, beginning with the February issue, it will be sent by e-mail to anyone requesting that mode of transmission. Let Mike Cash KN6IS know. Send an e-mail to [email protected]

SARC Web Site Being Upgraded

Larry Jenkins KN6WI is adding features to the SARC web site that he has created. Past and current issues of THE AIRWAVES will be available. Mike Cash's IWV repeater list, the SARC Membership Application, and the SARC Constitution will be posted. Follow the links from for more amateur radio related information.

[Larry's pages vanished without a trace or explanation in the late nineties. I have been maintaining all of the information mentioned above since 1995, currently hosted at --kc6uut]

OLD BUSINESS Minutes of the Board of Officers Meeting, Date: 4 December 1996 Attendees: 1 st. VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2 nd. VP Mike Cash KN6IS, Secretary Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, Treasurer Mark Rosenthal N6BVP and THE AIRWAVES Editor Elvy Hopkins ND6Q.

Jerry Brooks KK6PA presented a bill for crystals to be used in SARC packet transceivers.

A question of whether or not to initiate an oath of office ceremony at the officer installation banquet was answered by agreeing to only formally introduce the new Board of Officers.

Elvy Hopkins ND6Q, chairman of the Audit committee, announced that Bill Maraffio N6PR and Keith Clark W6SIY would fill out the committee for the January audit of 1996 financial records.

Mike Hugo's rough draft proposal for relocation and new use of the 147.00 MHz repeater was discussed. The recommendation was to have the repeater committee present a complete plan, schedule and budget for the club to vote on.

Elvy Hopkins asked Lloyd, keeper of the 1996 membership list, and Mark, creator of the 1997 list, to assist him in harmonizing the two lists for January, February and March while both lists are used to mail THE AIRWAVES.

Minutes of the General Meeting,
by Secretary, Lloyd Brubaker

Date: 9 December 1996 The meeting was called to order by the First Vice President David Stone at 1940 hrs. A motion was made to accept the change in the constitution to remove a specific date for the general meeting. The motion was passed with only one dissenting vote.



A motion was made to move next year's meetings to the second Wednesday of each month (to begin in February) to take advantage of free rent that has been offered by Heritage Inn for the general meetings and board meetings. The motion was passed with two dissenting votes.The election of officers resulted in the following:

President Charles Hawthorn KE6WQR First Vice President Dave Stone KC6UUR Sec. Vice President no candidate Secretary Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV Treasurer Mark Rosenthal N6BVP All but Charles, the new President, are incumbents. A discussion followed as to what to do with the vacant 2 nd VP spot. This is the program chairman and needs to be filled in some way. A committee was suggested and will be examined by the board. The audit committee is Elvy Hopkins ND6Q, Bill They will meet when the bank statement for December comes in and finishes out the year.

Elvy called for more articles of a general nature to be placed in the THE AIRWAVES February issue. This issue will go to all the Hams in the valley. The Ham Classes are starting this spring at the CCCC. This is an excellent class for obtaining Novice and Technician licenses. The repeater committee presented a proposal which will move and upgrade the 147.00 machine to a location more convenient to repair and away from nearby radiating equipment. The proposal will also link the repeater to the 145.34 machine and also retain its patch capabilities. The proposal has a budget of $1200. A motion was made and seconded to accept the proposal. The motion passed with two dissenting votes. Thanks to Paula Gibeault N6OQQ for bringing the Christmas goodies again this year. Others contributed too and thanks to them as well. The 50/50 drawing was held and the meeting adjourned at 2055 hrs.

See   ya  in   the   funny   papers.       de ND6Q