The Airwaves
May 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
Every 	SARC Emergency Net
Monday	1930 hrs WA6YBN translator
Night	146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)
	Visitors welcome
Jan 13	Board of Officers Meeting
	No board meeting in January
Jan 13	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday
	Officer Installation Dinner
	Texas Cattle Company
	6:00 pm Social Half Hour
	6:30 pm Order from menu
Feb 10	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1845 hrs
Feb 10	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room  1930 hrs
	Program: APARS 
	By Jack Bitzer NL7SX
Mar 10	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1845 hrs
Mar 10	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room  1930 hrs
	Program: We're working on a goodie
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Jan 23	Fire Mountain Fifty  50 mile horse ride
	Call Dave Stone 375-1730  See article
Feb 20	Twenty Mule Team 100 mile horse ride
	Call Lloyd Brubaker 375-7245  See article
Mar 20	Coso Bun Buster 50 mile horse ride
	Call Hal Hazel KM6JM 371-3208  Article
May 8-9	Death Valley to Mt Whitney bicycle race
	Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Feb 13	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	Meeting Room  131 East Las Flores Ave
Even	Must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Months	Walk-ins OK  Call NØLV 384-3589
Apr 10	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	Meeting Room  131 East Las Flores Ave
Even	Must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Months	Walk-ins OK  Call NØLV 384-3589
Jun 12	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	Meeting Room  131 East Las Flores Ave
Even	Must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Months	Walk-ins OK  Call NØLV 384-3589

OFFICER INSTALLATION DINNER TEXAS CATTLE COMPANY

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
by Larry Merwin KE6YLG

Happy New Year everyone. I hope that you all had a good holiday season. We are into January now and it is time to recover from all of the seasonal hustle and bustle and try to get 1999 off to a good start. As the newly elected SARC president, I want to get my tenure off on the right foot as well.

First, we should all say a big "Thank you" to the outgoing, two term, president Charlie Hawthorn KE6WQR who has heeded the call of the RV road and a very busy retirement schedule. I always appreciate Charlie's enthusiasm, his good humor and his ready smile. We will miss him at the podium. And I will miss him at the typewriter. He has done a great job writing "From the President's Shack" over the past two years. I'm finding out just how hard a job it is.

Also stepping down after three years, this time, is treasurer is Mark Rosenthal N6BVP. He has done a yeoman's job of keeping the books and the membership roster up to speed and deserves a hearty "Well done." Unfortunate for us, Mark is also in charge of the books and newsletter for a large motorcycle club that has been taking a significant amount of his time. So, he decided not to run for SARC reelection.

New on the board this year are Ray Lingenfelter KF6LEE as second vice president and Ralph Frasier KQ6UU as treasurer. Neither Ray nor Ralph have previously held a SARC office. I appreciate their willingness to take on the responsibilities of their positions and look forward to working with them over the next year.

Last, but not least, thanks go to second vice president Dave Stone KC6UUR 5th year, secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD 2nd year, and newsletter editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV 4th year for their continuing dedication and service.

In this new year, I ask for your input and support. SARC will survive as a club only if it meets the needs of its membership. I would hope that those needs would go beyond keeping the SARC owned repeaters up and running. If there is a program, an activity, or a need in which you think the club could be involved or assist, please let us know. Conversely, if you have a skill or a special interest and would like to talk with other Hams about it, attend one of our monthly meetings, or maybe even offer to give a program so we can all share in your interest.

I believe that the Indian Wells Valley has an outstanding Ham community. In 1999, let us all work together to support our club, our community and the continued health of this great amateur radio hobby of ours.

OFFICER INSTALLATION Wed 13 Jan

In place of the regular meeting, SARC will install it's 1999 officers at a dinner on Wednesday, 13 January. The Texas Cattle Company party room will be the place. Six PM begins the social half hour. Ordering from the menu begins at 6:30 PM. Separate checks. No reservations. Just show up ready to have a good time. There will be a raffle for door prizes. NØLV promises that there will be not be a door for a door prize.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Fire Mountain Fifty Sat 23 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 or ask questions. If you are new to this kind of radio fun, ask Dave to pair you with an experienced operator for your first time out.

Twenty Mule Team Horse Ride 20 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 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 Horse Ride Sat 20 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, 371-3208. A note about signing up. Doing 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 capabilities and assets.

RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES
High Desert Ultra/50k Relay
by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

The Over The Hill Track Club held their fifty kilometer run on 6 December 1998. This is their annual run and was attended by over a hundred runners. While the sign-up Hams were adequate for the occasion the actual show-ups fell short of what was needed to handle the task well. Hal Hazel KM6JM and Dave Stone KC6UUR found themselves without help trying to leap frog the aid stations along the route. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV and Bill Burns WA6QYR had to depart early leaving the communicators badly short handed. Get out your 1999 calendar and mark the first week end in December for this year. It's a lot of fun and you meet a many nice people who are out of breath.

Volunteer Examination Sessions

The extra VE session on Sunday, 1 November at the Seventh Day Adventist church resulted in the following new Technician licensees: KF6TMJ Hardy Tyson Jr., KF6TMK Terry L. Booker and KF6TML Jerry L. Booker.

The regularly scheduled, second Saturday, 12 December VE session saw these new licenses earned: technician KF6UEZ Ron Schofield, tech plus KF6UFA Jeannine Warkentin, novice KF6UFB Kristopher Warkentin and novice KF6UFC Marissa Warkentin

Bruce Johansen KF6PLF upgraded to technician plus. Alan Clayson KB6MCL, Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR, and Larry Warkentin N6STT passed General written tests.

Twenty two tests were administered, thirteen achieved a passing grade. Administering VEs were Tom Ingram WB6EPD, Bill Maraffio N6PR, Keith Clark W6SIY and Elvy Hopkins NØLV.

HAM Books to Library

SARC has provided to the Ridgecrest branch of the Kern County Library two more amateur radio books. The first is the current ARRL "General Class License Manual," third edition with the July 1998 revised question pool covering RF safety. The second is ARRL's "RF Safety and You." This 316 page tome treats the new RF safety issue in depth with theory, text of the regulations and bulletins, charts, tables and evaluation worksheets. These additions to the thirty other SARC presented amateur radio books must travel the long and torturous maze of the Kern county library acquisition system before being returned to the Ridgecrest branch.

Bicycle Club Presents Plaque to SARC

At their December meeting, the High Sierra Cyclists bicycle club presented SARC with a place of appreciation reading "Thank you for providing communications and seeing to the safety of our riders on the Annual Death Valley to Mount Whitney Races and the Annual Picnic in the Park Rides. We Appreciate your efforts." Elvy Hopkins NØLV, a member of both clubs, received the plaque. Thanks HSC. Thanks to all Hams who have worked these events.

REPEATER HAPPENINGS

Moving of the 147.00 MHz machine and linking it to the Randsburg 145.34 MHz machine has slowed considerably. Elvy Hopkins NØLV was out of state for the month of November. The bustle of the Christmas holiday season always complicates these mundane endeavors. Jim Kusznir's KE6DWM busy school and work schedules have limited the time that he can spend on software modifications to the repeater's new controller. Mike Hugo's KA6OIJ new efforts in the greener valleys of the northern San Jauquin have not allowed him to return to Mt. Randsburg to make final installation and configuration of the 450 MHz link radios. And so it goes.

How to get a sixty pound, twenty-two foot long antenna mounted on top of a one hundred foot tower is one of the daunting and yet unsolved tasks. Ideas? Suggestions? Offers? Help? Loan of a sky hook? Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-3589.

IN THE MILL

SARC Net Needs Control Stations
The Monday evening SARC emergency net needs volunteers to serve as control station on Monday evenings. Term of service is about thirty minutes on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM for a month. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, 375-7245, is the SARC Emergency Net manager. Please let him know if you are willing to be net control for a month of Monday evenings.

CCCC HAM Radio Class

For those of you expecting a Ham radio class at Cerro Coso Community College this spring semester, Mike Cash KN6IS reports that this class will given in the summer session. Pass the word to those of your friends who want to get a good electronics background for the technician license. This class will do it.

TREASURERS REPORT
from Mark Rosenthal N6BVP
As of 29 December
	Share account	$3,294.70
	Draft account	1,022.35
	Total	$4,317.05
	Obligated funds	
	Relocate 147.00 repeater	1,200.00
	Balance	$3,117.05

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

The 11 November general meeting was called to order at 1935 hrs. by Vice President Dave Stone KC6UUR. The announcements were as follows. A gift of $300 and plaque was received from the Ninth Desert Classic mountain bicycle race. A gift of $500 and a plaque was received from the Kiwanis. The election of officers will be held during the December general meeting. A list of the candidates will be in the newsletter.

Fred Hareland KF6LEF presented the history of radio communications in the Merchant Marine. Using prints and passouts, he presented the subject in an interesting fashion. In 1901 Marconi sent the first message across the Atlantic. In 1908 the "SOS" was first used. It doesn't stand for anything. It is just easy for non-Morse code trained persons to recognize. In 1910 ships were required to have wireless equipment. After a spate of questions the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

December 9, 1998. Those present: President Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR, 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd VP Larry Merwin KE6YLG, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD, AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV. The meeting started at 1845 hrs. Charlie reported that the installation dinner will be at the Texas Cattle Company. Larry will verify that the Heritage is available for the February meeting. Dave reported that there was a poor Ham showing for the Over The Hill track club race. Only two Hams were present and there were more race participants than usual this year. A discussion of the balloon festival followed. Charlie announced that there was to be a VE session Saturday, Dec. 12. The financial audit committee will be chaired by Elvy. Larry provided the latest issue of the "General Class License Manual" and "RF Exposure and You" to Elvy for delivery to the Kern county library. Charlie announced that he had ballots for the election at the general meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 1911 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 9 December meeting was called to order by the president Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR at 1930 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Fifty-fifty tickets were available for this meeting. The sign-in sheet was started around. Charlie announced that the sign-in sheet has several special service activities for sign-up. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV read the minutes for the November general meeting. The minutes were approved as corrected. Charlie announced that there will be VE session on Saturday, 12 December at the Kern county library.

Charlie announced the candidates for 1999 SARC offices: President Larry Merwin KE6YLG, First Vice President Dave Stone KC6UUR, Second Vice President Ray Lingenfelter KF6LEE, Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD, Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU and Bill Burns WA6QYR. Charlie then passed out ballots so that members could vote during the meeting. Charlie announced that Paula Gibeault N6OQQ and Judith Rogow N7TTH provided goodies (cookies, cakies, coffee and hot spiced cider) for the meeting. Charlie announced that the installation dinner will be at the Texas Cattle Company on 13 January at 6:00 PM. There will be door prizes.

Elvy Hopkins NØLV announced that the installation of 440 MHz link at the Randsburg repeater was suppose to be completed but he had not confirmed the completion. The 147.000 repeater would be down for several weeks for adjustments etc. once the move starts. Several members stated that they had experienced problems with the autopatch (a 911 call in particular). Elvy announced that help would needed to relocate the repeater. Someone willing to climb a 100 foot tower and install the antenna is needed.

Charlie announced the results of the election. President Larry Merwin, First Vice President Dave Stone, Second Vice President Ray Lingenfelter, Secretary Tom Ingram, Treasurer Ralph Frasier. Larry provided the presentation for the evening which was a video on the World Ham Radiosport Competition (WRTC) held in San Francisco in July 1996. There were fifty-two teams from all over the world present at the competition. Judith Rogow had the winning 50-50 ticket. Bob Huckins W6UPI announced that there is a ten meter contest this weekend, Dec. 12 and 13. Jack Bitzer NL7SX announced that the APRS is active on 144.39 MHz. There were 21 members at the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 2008 hrs.

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Commodore 64 computer, 13" monitor, 5 1/4" floppy drive powered by 12 VDC or 110 vac, AEA Pakratt PK64, manuals, various software $25. Commodore 128 computer, 13' monitor 5 1/4" floppy drive, Star printer, internal packet communications board, manuals, various software $25. Kenwood TR-7930 2 mtr, mobile, 25 watt, FM, transceiver with MC-46 touch-tone mic, mobile bracket, Larsen mag mount antenna $150. Roger/Betty Meng KA6CIE/KA6CIF 377-4119

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Drake L7AM, SerNo 147, HF 1kW, linear power amplifier, 160-10 mtrs (no WARC bands), xlnt cond, with (2) Drake L7PS, SerNo 204, companion power supply, xlnt cond, in/out cables attached, manual, orig invoice, 220 vac plug & receptacle $900 Drake TV-3300LP low pass filter, HF, 1 kW, New In Box, 80 dB @ 41 MHz, UHF connectors, 52 Ohm, original invoice $40 KLM 2M-2N 144-148 MHz, air dielectric, pwr divider, New In Box, N connectors $75 Alliance HD-73, SerNo 4807, 2 speed antenna rotator and control box, 11 sq. ft. xlnt cond, mast mount, manual, invoice $150 Alliance HD-73, SerNo 24680X, 2 speed antenna rotator and control box, 11 sq. ft. xlnt cond, mast mount, manual, cy of invoice $150 Micronta 22-119 LCD digital multimeter, xlnt cond, test leads, manual, orig box $10 Monarch FSI-2 field strength meter, good cond, 1.5" x 2" x 3", telescopic antenna $5 Pace P5403A, citizens band, SWR/Watt meter, xlnt cond, 5 Watt dummy load, instructions $5 Contacts: Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 760-375-7245 & Elvy Hopkins NØLV 760-384-3589. Packing and shipping will be paid by buyer. All equipment will be sold AS IS. All equipment has been well cared for, shows no abuse, worked when last used five years ago and has been properly stored. This equipment belongs to an incapacitated Ham. Sale will help finance medical expenses.

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Kenwood TH-21AT 2 mtr handheld small (5"x2.5"x1.2") 150mw lo pwr, 1.7w hi pwr, wall charger, DC-21 car pwr supply-$75 Honeywell Rediline motor-generator 12v in 120vac 60 Hz sine out 500w $90. Bill WA6QYR 760-375-8566, bburns@ridgenet.net

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

MFJ Electronic Keyer Paddle Model MFJ-422B. Uses Curtis 8044 ABM Keyer IC. Manual says 8- 50 WPM but will do much slower than 8 WPM if required. Excellent physical and working condition. $75.00 MFJ Differential-T Antenna Tuner, model MFJ- 986. Covers 1.8-30 MHz. Rated at 3 kW PEP. Lighted peak or average reading, cross-needle SWR/Wattmeter with 200/50W and 2000/500W ranges. Sides and top have minor scratches. Perfect working order. $180.00 Timewave DSP-59+ DSP Audio Noise Reduction Filter. Version 3.0 firmware. Reduces random noise, eliminates heterodynes. 225 combinations of high and low pass filters for voice and digital modes. One tiny scratch on top cover. $180.00 Heathkit SB-1000 1kW SSB PEP/850W CW linear amplifier. Operates 10, 12, 15, 20, 40, 80, & 160 meter bands. Uses a single 3-500Z tube. Control cables for Kenwood transceivers. Must see to appreciate. Kit put together by a master kit- builder perfectionist fanatic. Original owner treated with TLC. Super Mint Condition. $500. Hal Hazel KM6JM 760-317-3208

DX POEM

Oh the nite was dark and hazy when the ham went DX crazy, As he heard the signal "DX3IB". Indistinctly he could here him, for the QRM was near him, And the signal was so poor in RST.

Disillusionment was bitter when he turned to his transmitter Not a meter moved when he depressed the key. He madly flipped the switches, turned the dials with frantic twitches Oh, there never was a sadder ham than he.

Out upon the working table spread he tubes and coils and cable, Mixed with solder, blood and sweat and toil and tears. When the rig had been dissected, double checked and reconnected, Then at last an R.F. signal met his ears.

Still possessed with DX fever, back he turned to his receiver, Weak with fear that he had lost the station now. As his hopes were surly falling, once again he heard him calling: "3IB didowdidowdit dowdidow".

In his heart was wistful wishing as his VCO went swishing, And he parked upon the DX frequency. He was filled with tense emotion, hoping he could span the ocean, As his trembling fingers pressed upon the key.

In a state of wild elation then he listened as the station, Through the QRM, said plainly "QSL" But it left him quite suspended, for to whom that was intended, Was the all important thing he couldn't tell.

Called he now the station madly, eagerly at first--then sadly, But he heard that DX signal nevermore. Ever hopeful--faith undaunted--for the QSL he wanted, Every day he met the postman at the door.

But his mood was not elation when at last the confirmation Of the effort he'd expended reached his hand. Twas formal accusation of illegal operation On a frequency not quite within the band.

Sadder now--his fever broken by the FCC's blue token Still he operates with everlasting hope. But, although his calls are many and his QSO's are plenty, They are always strictly local in their scope.

See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV