The Airwaves
January 1998
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

The Airwaves Calendar

SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETINGS
Jan 7 Board of Officers Meeting
 First Wednesday Heritage Inn 1730 hrs
Jan 14 Officer Installation Banquet
 Farris' Fine Dining
 Social hour at 1800 hrs
 Dinner at 1830 hrs $13.50 to Lloyd 
 Brubaker 446-7245 by 9 January
Mondays SARC Emergency Net
 Every Monday 1930 hrs
 WA6YBN translator
 146.64 MHz (- 600 kHz)
 Visitors welcome
Feb 4 Board of Officers Meeting
 First Wednesday Heritage Inn 1730 hrs
Feb 11 Membership Meeting
 Second Wednesday Heritage Inn
 Flight Deck Room 1930 hrs 
 Program: Six Meter Radio Control
 by Chuck Pierce WA6QFD
Mar 4 Board of Officers Meeting
 First Wednesday Heritage Inn 1730 hrs
Mar 11 Membership Meeting
 Second Wednesday Heritage Inn
 Flight Deck Room 1930 hrs 
 Program: TBA
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Jan 24 Fire Mountain Fifty  50 mile horse ride
 Call Lloyd Brubaker 375-7245 See article
Feb 21 Twenty Mule Team 100 mile horse ride
 Call Lloyd Brubaker 375-7245 See article
Mar 14 Coso Bun Buster 50 mile horse ride
 Call Hal Hazel KM6JM 371-3208 See article

LICENSE CLASSES AND EXAMS Jan 22 Introduction to Amateur Radio Cerro Coso Community College offers this course leading to Novice and Technician licenses. The electronic lab has operating HF, VHF, data and voice stations. Course number is ET 69 ar. See Article Feb 14 Volunteer License Exam Session Kern County Library, Ridgecrest Branch, Meeting Room, 131 East Las Flores Ave., 0900-1200 hrs Call NØLV 384-3589 Apr 11 Volunteer License Exam Session Kern County Library, Ridgecrest Branch, Meeting Room, 131 East Las Flores Ave., 0900-1200 hrs Call NØLV 384-3589 Jun 13 Volunteer License Exam Session Kern County Library, Ridgecrest Branch, Meeting Room, 131 East Las Flores Ave., 0900-1200 hrs Call NØLV 384-3589


JANUARY MEETING IS OFFICER INSTALLATION BANQUET

RENEW MEMBERSHIP NOW APPLICATION ENCLOSED

FROM THE PRESIDENTS SHACK
by Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR

December has come and gone. Lloyd Brubaker chose to not serve as SARC secretary this year. Tom Ingram WB6EPD won that dubious honor. Lloyd is not departing SARC or Amateur Radio, he has just eased his work load. He certainly deserves all of our thanks for all those years he has served SARC as an officer (if for no other reason, while he was there you didn't have to question whether or not you should volunteer for that office). It is my understanding, working from a lousy memory, that Lloyd has served as an officer since the beginning of SARC. Lloyd is one of those people that has boundless and infectious spirit. They see a job and then go tackle it. That is why he is a major part of RACES. It is why he is always involved in public activities. I guess that is why he still serves as a part time ranger in the National Park Service. SARC and the community can be proud that they have had and still have a man of this caliber in their midst. From SARC, thanks again Lloyd, for all that you have done in the past and all that we are sure that you will accomplish in the future.

SARC 1998 OFFICERS ELECTED
SARC officers for 1998 were elected at the December meeting. The new Secretary was elected from two candidates. All others are 1997 officers who are serving a second, third or fifth (treasurer) term.

The 1998 SARC officer roster is:

   President Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR
 First VP Dave Stone KC6UUR
 Second VP Larry Merwin KE6YLG
 Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD
 Treasurer Mark Rosenthal N6BVP
Thank you for volunteering to serve SARC.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

If you look over the list of new officers above, you will find that we have a new secretary. Somebody said that this is the first time in a 120 years that Lloyd isn't on the SARC Board. I think that's a slight exaggeration, but it's close. I've decided to give up the board position for two reasons. One, I've got enough to do as RACES R.O., E.C., and A.D. (Do you need to look them up?). The second is to give others a chance to serve on the board.

I shouldn't hog the choice spots. Also new officers come with new ideas and the club deserves that.

INSTALLATION BANQUET 14 January
The SARC 1998 Officer Installation Banquet will be the January meeting on the 14th. Farris' Fine Dining at the Heritage Inn will be the location. Social hour starts at 6 pm with dinner some time after 6:30. A few door prizes have been collected. Do you have one to donate? Elvy Hopkins NØLV promises not to bring a "door" prize this year. Prepayment for the $13.50 tickets is required no later than Friday 9 January. Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV at 375-7245. Put this dinner on your schedule and ring 'im up now.
As of 2 January, Lloyd had sold only ten tickets. Lloyd says that if twenty tickets are sold, we will have a buffet style meal with two meat entrees and all the fixings. Fewer then twenty tickets - pre-payment will be returned at the dinner and we will order from the menu.

CCCC AMATEUR RADIO CLASS
Do you have a spouse or friend who wants an Amateur Radio license? Get them enrolled into the Cerro Coso Community College Introduction to Amateur Radio class (2627.50 ET69ar). Description from the course catalog is: "Introduction to basic radio theory in an easily understood style. Earn your 'technician license' - the favorite license for newcomers. Learn electronic and radio theory, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations. Gain full VHF and UHF privileges. 2 units, special materials fee: $15.00, 4 hours lecture/laboratory, Prerequisite: none."
Tim Lyons KF6LCH is the instructor. The first class is at 6:00 - 9:50 pm, Thursday 22 January and enrollment stays open through the first week of classes. Final test is the FCC Technician class license examination conducted by SARC Volunteer Examiners.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Fire Mountain Fifty Sat. 24 January
Contact Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245

Twenty Mule Team 100 21 February
Contact Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245

Coso Bun Buster Sat. 14 March
Contact Hal Hazel KM6JM 371-3208

These three horse rides start early in the morning. The 100 miler is twenty-four hours (It usually doesn't last that long.) so two relays of six Hams each are needed for it. Sometimes a pickup truck is a good thing to have. Some check points are on paved roads. If you haven't ventured into the fun of this kind of thing, try it. Let the Ham Radio organizer know your vehicle and radio capabilities and a check point at which your combination will suffice will be your duty point. Check in early so Lloyd and Hal can best organize their crews. Lloyd Brubaker has plans to set up the portable packet network at all three of the horse rides for on-the-job RACES training. If you have never used packet or want packet experience this is your opportunity. Are you interested in writing logging and record keeping software for horse and bicycle rides? Call Lloyd.

RENEW SARC MEMBERSHIP NOW
All SARC memberships expire on 31 December. Please use the enclosed membership application to renew your SARC membership. Payment by check to "SARC" sent to the PO Box 1442 Ridgecrest CA 93556-1442 is the preferred method. Treasurer, Mark Rosenthal N6BVP, says that no payments will be accepted without a completed application (which he uses to keep the membership list current). Members for 1997 will receive THE AIRWAVES through March 1998. If not renewed by 1 April, you will dropped from the SARC membership roll. Now is also a good time to order a SARC badge which will identify you at meetings, field day, public service events and emergency operations.

RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES

Over The Hill Track Club Annual Run
After spitting rain and capricious winds the day before, Sunday 7 December dawned a beautiful day for a run in the desert and for practicing Amateur Radio field communications. The desert was firm. The rain had settled the dust and it was cool, calm and sunny. Headed by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, the crew of seven Hams began to arrive at 6:30 am. and prepare for the 7:30 start of 170 runners. The seven Hams had to leap frog check points to stay ahead of the runners. Some of the Hams had done this run before. Their experience and course maps got everyone to check points before the runners arrived. The last runner checked in at about 5:00 pm.

Chris Rios, the fifty kilometer Annual Run organizer, gives the following statistics. First finish time was 3:40 by a male runner from Utah. Paula Newby-Frasier, who has won the Iron Man women's division eight years in a row, set a women's record for the course at 4:08. Third overall was Kenny Souza, a nationally recognized endurance runner. Two runners over seventy years old completed the course, and were not the last ones to complete the thirty-one miles. Runners came from northern California, Texas and Pennsylvania.

The communications crew was: Mark Ball KE6IFD, Hal Hazel KM6JM, Bill Burns WA6QYR, Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, Joe Cloonan KE6SMA, Judy Burns KC6UTF and Dave Stone KC6UUR. Chris Rios says "Thank you for a job well done."

Volunteer Exam Session
The CCCC Introduction To Amateur Radio class has three new Technicians. A 3 December VE session held for the Cerro Coso Community College class had three persons pass the Technician Class License examination. New licensees are Timothy L. Robb, KF6OWT, James A. Young, KF6OWU and William P. Schulberg, KF6OWV. One CSCE for element two, Novice written, was also earned.

Officiating VEs were Mark Rosenthal N6BVP, Mike Cash KN6IS, Bill Maraffio N6PR and Bill Burns WA6QYR. Chuck Lewis, the class instructor, obtained a Technician license late in October and is now KF6OFC.

Congratulations and welcome to Amateur Radio. These new Hams will receive two free issues of THE AIRWAVES - with a SARC membership application enclosed.

VOLUNTEER EXAMS SCHEDULED
SARC Volunteer Examination sessions for 1998 will be second Saturdays of even numbered months. Put the following dates on your calendar: 14 Feb., 11 Apr., 13 Jun., 8 Aug., 10 Oct. and 12 Dec.

The Meeting Room in the southwest corner of the Ridgecrest Branch, Kern County Library, 131 East Las Flores Ave. will be the location. The Meeting Room has an outside door, on the southwest corner of the building, through which handicapped persons may easily enter. Rest rooms are in the library. Ample parking, including handicapped, is close by. The ARRL examination fee is $6.35 for 1998.

The morning is scheduled as follows.

 0830-0900 Room setup
 0900 Registration begins
 0900-1100 Written exams
 1100-1200 Code exams
 1200-1230 Room tear down 
The above changes were precipitated by two pressing factors. Bill Maraffio N6PR, VE Team Liaison, says that finding seven VEs to conduct the current two room and registration table layout has been getting harder to do because of the numerous school holidays, state holidays, national holidays and flex Fridays. Also, the $4.00 that SARC retains from each applicant's examination fee has not been paying all of the rent at the Kerr-McGee Center. SARC has been paying the difference. A what-do-we-do-now session identified the following solutions. Have Volunteer Exam Sessions more often to decrease the number of applicants to that which three VEs can handle in a three hour period. Conduct the exams at a no rent location. Numerous locations were put on the contact list with the Ridgecrest Branch of the Kern County Library the most desirable.

The Meeting Room in the library has a very high usage rate, so to possibly get on their 1999 list, the library was contacted first. To our amazement, Saturdays were virtually all open for 1998. It is week nights that are fully scheduled long in advance. Pre-scheduled Saturdays (by the IRS and the tea club) were noted; large holidays were dodged; flex Fridays were ignored; and second Saturdays of even numbered months emerged as the 1998 SARC VE session dates.

Non-profit organizations are not charged rent for the Meeting Room. This immediately solved the deficient funding problem. Three VEs working with smaller groups of applicants in a single room will necessitate changes in past procedures, and probably a lot of shushing to keep the room quiet for test taking, but Hams are a flexible bunch.

VOLUNTEER EXAMINERS NEEDED
Bill Maraffio N6PR states that more SARC VEs are needed, especially Extra class. General, Advanced and Extra class licensees may become Volunteer Examiners. Contact the ARRL VEC at 860-594-0300, 8am-9pm, ET, M-F or e-mail at vec@arrl.org.

A prospective VE package will initiate your process of becoming an accredited Volunteer Examiner for the American Radio Relay League Volunteer Examination Coordinator.

SARC VEs are reminded to make sure to work an exam session often enough to keep their accreditation current for renewal without retaking the test.

RACES RAMBLINGS
by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

During January, February and March there will be three horse rides involving Ham Radio operators at the various base camps, vet check points, and water stops. This year we will add packet nets to the voice nets to give SARC members experience in packet and to determine the networking bugs unique to this kind of activity.

Tactical callsigns are useful since not all operators know the Ham calls of all the stations involved and when one station is relieved by another this becomes confusing until the new call is learned. Making a balloon chart of the net helps, but it isn't long before it gets all marked up with cross-outs and corrections. A tactical callsign cannot take the place of the station call. The station call must be given as legally required, even during an emergency, but the tactical callsign can be used as well at the beginning and end of a lengthy transmission for identification and clarity. In the past we have used the check point names from the rider's maps and this works very well. Non-Hams recognize them and the ride administrators use them too. "Check Point One", "Check Point Two", "Vet Check One", "Water Stop One" and so on does the trick.

The operators at each location keeps a roster of the horse numbers that pass the point so that missing riders can be located quickly. A log of all events that have taken place at the check point, including the horse numbers, is essential. Pulled horses, the comings and goings of the ride staff and needs of the vet or time keepers all should be logged. A simple diary type log works fine. The operators at the check points at the beginning of the ride usually are through first and the check point is closed down. They then move to a check point nearer the end of the ride so that fewer operators than check points is required.

In the past, the operator at the base camp has been the net control station, however the NCS can be anywhere convenient, perhaps even on a hill top not on the race route. It is important that the NCS be in a place where he or she can perform the duties. An aid is sometimes needed. Other activities should be handled by someone else, not the NCS.

This year we will have the Ridgecrest Communications Van at the base camp and the SARC RACES Trailer at a good communications location. The RACES BBS in the trailer will then be available to all of the Check Points, we hope.

Come along, even if it's just for a few hours, and get the feel of this important contribution to public service. It's the way to pay for our use of the excellent Ham Radio spectrum and get valuable experience for the "big one." See Public Service Opportunities in this issue of THE AIRWAVES for dates and contacts.

Packet Practice for RACES Members
RACES members who have no packet experience may call Jerry Brooks KK6PA at 446-2228 to borrow one of the RACES portable packet stations or to get access to the base station. In the event of an emergency, RACES needs Hams experienced with our packet system. Feel free to use the gear since that is the best way to learn about packet and the equipment used in a packet station. We don't plan on storing the portable stations in a closet. We hope to have them out in the field when needed. Due to Kern County requirements, these loans are limited to RACES members only.

TREASURERS REPORT
from Mark Rosenthal N6BVP

As of 23 December

 Share account            $2,428.98
 Draft account            $1,343.57
 Total                    $3,772.55
 Obligated funds 
 Relocate 147.00 repeater $1,200.00
 Balance                  $2,572.55

IN THE MILL

SARC Patches Available Soon
The SARC patch is really coming back to life. Mark Rosenthal N6BVP, our treasurer, has located a source of manufacture. Two hundred patches have been ordered. You may purchase patches from the treasurer for $4.00 each at future meetings.

Amateur Radio Communications Signs
Mike Cash KN6IS reports that The Sign Center in San Diego is still making the magnetic, 8 inch x 19 inch, "Amateur Radio Communications" signs that some SARC members purchased several years ago. These signs include the ARES logo and are displayed on Ham vehicles at public service events SETs etc. and held for when "the big one" hits. A call to 619-298-1102 and a $25 charge on your VISA card will have your mobile sporting two of these attractive and informative signs.
(Ed. note. These signs are good for only about sixty miles per hour without a strip of tape on their leading edges.)

OLD BUSINESS

Board of Officers Meeting Minutes by Secretary Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV
December 3, 1997 Those present: 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd VP Larry Merwin KE6YLG, Secy. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV and AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV.

FCC from 610B for WA6YBN license renewal was prepared by Brubaker and signed by 1st VP.
Secy will write thank you letters to bicycle race organizer Kem Park and Kiwanis for financial donations to SARC.
Notify Heritage Inn that no meeting room will be required on 14 January.
Door prizes for installation banquet were listed.
Treas. has found source for SARC patches. Best price is for 200 patches at $2.00 each. Discuss and bring to vote at general meeting.
Hopkins will schedule Volunteer Exam Sessions with new landlord and 1998 dates.
Merwin consents to run for 2nd VP for 1998.
Hopkins announces Audit Committee will be Elvy Hopkins NØLV, Bill Maraffio N6PR and Larry Merwin KE6YLG.

Minutes of the General Meeting by Secretary Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV
The meeting was called to order by president Hawthorne KE6WQR. The SARC activities calendar was read announcing coming events. Mike Cash KN6IS told of the magnetic Amateur Radio Communications sign available from The Sign Center in San Diego.

November meeting minutes were approved as printed in THE AIRWAVES. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV reported on Ham communications at the Over The Hill Track Club Annual Run on 7 December. Lloyd also announced the $13.50 for Installation Banquet tickets must be paid to him in advance by Friday 9 January.

Purchase and selling price for SARC patches was discussed then voted on. The vote was to purchase 200 patches at $2.00 each and sell for $4.00 each to finance the next purchase.

The Audit Committee will be Elvy Hopkins NØLV, Bill Maraffio N6PR and Larry Merwin KE6YLG.

Mike Cash KN6IS announced that the CCCC Amateur Radio class had three members pass the Technician class license at the 3 December VE session.

A written ballot election of officers was conducted by the nominating committee Mike Cash KN6IS, Jerry Brooks KK6PA and Larry Jenkins KN6WI. The board of officers for 1998 is as follows. Pres, Charles Hawthorne KE6WQR: 1st VP, David Stone KC6UU: 2nd VP, Larry Merwin KE6YLG: Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD: Treas, Mark Rosenthal N6BVP. Lloyd Brubaker has applied for renewal of SARC's club license for WA6YBN repeaters.

Thank you letters were sent to bicycle race organizer Kem Park and Kiwanis for financial contributions to SARC.

Jerry Brooks KK6PA talked about the use of packet for three horse rides. The SARC RACES trailer, the Ridgecrest Communications van and the SARC portable repeater will all be used.

Door prizes are needed for the January Installation Banquet.

Bill Weiss N6YRV gave a very fine talk on home brewed equipment. He described home built QRP gear and test equipment for the shack. He used largely junk box parts and offered encouragement to all would-be builders who complain that the parts described in magazine projects can't be found in the catalogs.

Lloyd WA6KZV won the 50/50 drawing.

The meeting was adjourned at 2046 hrs.
Members then enjoyed home made cookies, rum balls and hot spiced cider provided by Paula Gibeault N6OQQ and Judith Rogow N7TTH

FOR SALE -- WANTED FOR SALE
Tower, sixty foot, crank up, guyed, three sections with matching fifteen foot, thick wall mast. Old Tri-Ex (?), triangular section, lower section eight inches on a side. Some guy wire included. Good condition. All sections and mast are straight. Needs minor welding to reattach two lower leg guides. $100 (A mighty fine price these days.) Call Gene Roth 446-6265.

Wanted Someone to help read and translate French microwave club monthly newsletters. Please contact Bill Burns WA6QYR 375-8566.

Contacting THE AIRWAVES Editor
If you have an article for The AIRWAVES or an idea for one, contact the editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-ELVY or ehopkins@ridgecrest.ca.us. RENEW SARC MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION ENCLOSED

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