THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
SARC says HELLO to all Amateur Radio Operators in Ridgecrest and the surrounding area
FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
It is February already. This is also the start of the SARC year. Many of you that are getting this newsletter may not be a SARC club member or perhaps were at one time. Those who have been and are SARC members, thank you, the club would not exist without you. But why have a club in the first place? In many cases, due to the very nature of radio and communications, Hams do not have to meet directly with others to enjoy our hobby. I believe the reason for the club to exist is so that we can help each other and accomplish more as a group by pooling our resources and efforts rather than separately going our own ways. I have put together a list of some of the areas that SARC, your local amateur radio club, supports.
Local area repeaters (2 now, soon to be 4) Public service to the community Association with the national ARRL Volunteer Examination sessions Radio Frequency Interference committee SARC meetings and instructive programs Transmitter hunts Elmers (assistance for new Hams)There are more, some trivial, completely unnoticed until needed. The point is that SARC is more than a meeting once a month. Over the years I have used the club repeaters to keep in contact with loved ones, listened to volunteers work to install an antenna for a disabled Ham and seen numerous folks I knew take and pass their Ham license because of SARC supported classes and volunteer examination (VE) sessions.
I encourage you all to join SARC, and even more important, to participate in the club. For some it will be public service, others perhaps building a repeater antenna, or simply sharing the knowledge you have. SARC is not perfect, but with your help we can improve it and enjoy it. If SARC needs a change or something adjusted, let me know.
73 and wishing you very good DX.
PROGRAM Wed 14 Feb
RENEW SARC MEMBERSHIP NOW
RAFFLE FOR N-I-C-E STRAIGHT KEY
Roger Meng KA6CIE Memorial
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Twenty Mule Team Horse Ride 17 Feb
Coso Bun Buster Horse Ride Sat 17 Mar
Death Valley to Mt. Whitney 19-20 May
RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES
Fire Mountain Fifty
The first horse arrived at the checkpoint one at 0710 and last of the 133 horses cleared that checkpoint at 0856. Just after 0900 two horses without riders appeared at the Rock Pile checkpoint and were soon to be rejoined with their riders. No injuries were reported, but one of the riders requested transportation for herself and horse back to the start point.
About 0930, increasing electrical interference made communications to and from the start location nearly impossible for over an hour, though no one else was affected. Based on all reports it was localized at the start point. Later discussion pointed toward wireless heart rate monitors being used on many of the horses as the probable cause of interference.
The ride continued without major incident. The last two riders cleared the Randsburg Wash Road checkpoint at 1600. The Wagon Wheel checkpoint closed at about 1650. At 1700 start point communications returned to the operator's vehicle and simplex operations were resumed so that Greg could disassemble the portable repeater. The last riders went through the Rock Pile at about 1730, and the Ham support was secured at that time. All Hams were invited to attend the tri-tip dinner held for the riders and participants.
Lessons learned: (a) Better routing information with checkpoint details would facilitate dispatching workers. (b) An alternate site for the communications van might eliminate interference. (c) Timely dispatch of workers would maximize use of time and assets.
Aside from the interference problem, there appeared to be no communications difficulties. The portable repeater worked well, as did the Communications Van. Operators working check points, water stops, vet checks and chasing the hay and water wagons for this event were Dave Hunter KC7CEX, Dennis Farrell W6DWF, Sam Ghaleb KG6EMT, Greg Roush WA7IRW, Hal Hazel KM6JM, Mike Pope KB6NIZ, Charlie Hawthorne AD6QK, Chris Hunter KC7WMM, Alex Higgins KD6ZUV and Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD.
My thanks to all the participants whose support and coaching helped make up for my inexperience.
Monthly Fox Hunt
Fox hunting can be done with a limited amount of equipment, as simple as just a hand held radio and your body. Come out on the Saturday following the SARC meeting, 17 February, at 0900 at the Heritage Inn parking lot. The frequency is 146.565 MHz.
I have been looking for an additional band and mode to use. It is possible to talk to Bakersfield with a big station using voice SSB. However, Todd Evans W6TOD says even that is not consistently reliable from his location. The weak signal and narrow band width of PSK31 has an intriguing possibility both on forty meters and two meter SSB. There is even a possibility that it can be done on two meter FM. With that in mind I have contacted Marie Thompson N6ZFN, the west Kern RACES radio officer, to see if we can actually communicate using these modes. This project would be attempted using modest stations rather than something like Todd's giant VHF and UHF Yagis.
Hopefully, sometime in February, Marie and I will be able to schedule and attempt. PSK31 can be a fun mode. All that is needed is a computer with a sound card, some free software, and ten dollars worth of Radio Shack hardware. If anyone wants to participate or wants more information, give me a call at 446-2228.
IN THE MILL
Among the data that Bill sorts out is soon to expire licenses. Check the list below for your call sign. They are in random order as the FCC data is.
Licenses Expiring in 2001
KB6MCL Aug 27 KB6TOG May 14 KC6MNP May 7 KC6UTB July 23 KC6UTD July 23 KC6UTF July 30 KC6UUQ May 7 KC6UUR May 7 KC6UUS May 7 KC6UUT May 7 KC6UUU May 7 KC6YYS July 23 KC6YYT July 23 KC6YYU July 23 KC6ZCO Aug 6 KC6ZWX Aug 20 KD6AMB Sept 3 KD6EGM Dec 31 KD6EGO Dec 31 KM6FL July 23 N6JJQ May 28 N6MVX Sept 3 N6PCX Jun 11 N6YRY May 7 N6YUF May 7 WA6CLB April 23Show and Tell Program For April
SARC 2nd VP, Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD, is looking for persons with home brew and construction projects that can be brought to the April meeting for a Show and Tell program. Any piece of equipment for Ham radio will be welcomed. Bring your pet project and show your construction prowess to the club. No fancy speech is required. A demonstration would be nice. Contact Phelps at 375-4905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SARC Web Site
Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
Mike presented a straw man SARC budget for 2001. Discussion and filling of the blanks resulted in a complete document. Ralph will present a budget summary at each BoO.
Phelps presented a list of nine proposed meeting programs. Programs for Feb., Mar. and Apr. were solidified. Discussion on how to effect other programs followed. Phelps also showed a very small, very attractive, gold plated straight key and suggested that SARC sell raffle tickets for it to raise money. This plan was approved. Tickets will be $5.00 each or three for $10.00 with the drawing at the June general meeting.
Mike will write a letter to the Heritage Inn requesting the use of their conference room(s) for year 2001. Phelps will search Ridgecrest for a rent free meeting room. SARC has a web page done free gratis by Erik van Bronkhorst KC6UUT. Elvy will update the ARRL web site listing for SARC. Elvy was given permission to do the annual February all Hams in the IWV and surrounding area mailing of the AIRWAVES.
Minutes, Officer Installation Dinner
As of 31 January 2001 Share account $5,001.27 Draft account 497.31 Total $4,687.84 Obligated funds Relocate 147.00 repeater 574.86 Balance $4,923.72AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT
The audit committee, Bill Maraffio N6PR, Larry Merwin KE6YLG, and Elvy Hopkins NØLV, met on 6 Feb. with Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU to review SARC financial records for the year 2000. All records balanced to the penny. Thank you Ralph.
WANTED WANTED WANTED
Claude Wood WA6YSQ is looking for old (1970's) linear device data books from Motorola, National, RCA, Signetics and Texas Instruments. Contact him at 377-5558 or email@example.com
FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE
MFJ 422B Electronic keyer/paddle. Uses Curtis 8044 ABM keyer IC. Manual says 8-50 wpm but will do much slower than 8 wpm if/when required. Can't attest to 50 wpm. Almost identical specs to current 422D model. Excellent physical and working condition. Just a bit dusty. $75
GAP Challenger DX-III and GAP Challenger DX vertical antennas. Operates 2, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 40, 80 meter bands. Both fully functional and operate within manufacturers specifications. $180 for DX-III, $100 for DX.
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 made 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. $475
MFJ Differential-T antenna tuner, model MFJ-986. Covers 1.8-30 MHz. Rated at 3 kW PEP. Lighted peak/average reading cross-needle SWR/Wattmeter with 200/50W and 2000/500W ranges. Sides and top have minor scratches. Perfect working order. $175
Timewave DSP-59+ DSP audio noise reduction filter. Version 3.0 firmware. Reduces random noise, eliminates heterodynes. 225 combinations of high/lowpass filters for voice and digital modes. One tiny scratch on top cover. $175
Contact Hal, KM6JM, 382-0474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contacting The AIRWAVES Editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-ELVY or e-mail email@example.com.
See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV
Updated Sat Feb 10 12:11:56 PST 2001