The Airwaves
February 2003
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442




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

Every     SARC Emergency Net 
Monday    Monday 1930 hrs
Night	  WA6YBN Ridgecrest translator
          146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)  and
          145.34 MHz Randsburg repeater
          (-600 kHz, PL 100.0 Hz)
          Visitors welcome

Feb  12   SARC Meeting
	  Second Wednesday 
	  Heritage Inn Ready Room
	  BOD Meeting 1900 hrs.
	  Membership Meeting 1930 hrs.
	  Program: HFPack Antennas

Mar 12 SARC Meeting
	  Second Wednesday  
	  Heritage Inn Ready Room
	  BOD Meeting 1900 hrs.
	  Membership Meeting 1930 hrs.
	  Program: To Be Announced
Public Service Opportunities
Feb 15    Twenty-Mule Team horse ride
	  Twenty-four hour, One hundred mile
	  horse endurance ride
	  Call Bill Burns WA6QYR 375-8566

June 28/29 Field Day!

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 [email protected]

All SARC memberships expired on 31 Dec. Please print the PDF membership application to renew.


In our constitution there are a number of committee's that should be operating to help the membership. The president is to appoint a chairman to the committees with in January or February time of the year.

Technical Assistance Committee is to help members with amateur equipment issues. Greg Roush 446-4383 will be our technical contact person. If you have questions he will help get you an answer.

Repeater Committee is to take care of club assets for the benefit of the membership. There is current activity to revive the 147.00 machine in a new location. Elvy Hopkins has chaired this group for some time and needs relief. If you are interested in chairing this committee give me a phone call.

Radio Frequency Interference Committee is to assist members with RFI issues. I have been on that committee in years past and am willing to chair it again.

The Program committee is chaired by the second vice president and keeps membership informed on the activities they might attend as well as a monthly meeting program. Dennis Farrell has taken up the task and will need ideas of programs to happen. If you have desires for particular programs or topics please contact Dennis.

The Public Relations Committee is chaired by the first vice president and is responsible for the club newsletter and media announcements of club activities. Phelps TerHeun has been reelected to the post and will continue the fine job with new Airwaves editors Mike and Paula Herr.

The Audit Committee checks the financial records of the club before change over of officers. Mike Alamo, Mark Rosenthal and Elvy Hopkins completed the SARC financial audit for year 2002. Treasurer Pam Evans did a very fine job in keeping records. Mike Alamo will present the audit committee report at the February meeting. Thank you people.

The Nominating committee presents a new slate of officer candidates during the November meeting. People will be needed later in the year to come up with new candidates. The Emergency and Public Service Committee takes care of the coordination of the emergency group and service opportunities for the club. Currently the Eastern Kern County Radio Officer Lloyd Brubaker is the chairman of this committee.

New committees can be appointed as needed and a Revitalization Committee has been created to help provide ideas on how SARC can become a friendlier group and attract new and younger members. Jerry Brooks has volunteered to chair that committee.

As always if you have a problem or want to help out in some way please give me or one of the other officers a phone call.

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


A new to us tower was purchased and has one coat of paint applied. The antennas have been moved to the new location and are awaiting installation. Mark Ball donated a power supply to replace the old one in the repeater. Elvy Hopkins is working on the repeater to make it function again. A snag was hit in the County permit business. Once we clear some paperwork issues things should be moving again.

Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
There was no January BOD meeting due to the SARC Installation Dinner

SARC Installation Dinner
By Bill Burns (WA6QYR)

The 8 January meeting of SARC took place at the Texas Cattle Company restaurant. Good food was enjoyed by the group- Paula Gibeault N6OQQ and daughters; Paula N6VGW and Mike Herr WA6ARA; Dennis Ferrell, W6DWF; Lloyd Brubaker, WA6KZV; Bob Huckins, W6UPI; Judy, KC6UTF and Bill Burns, WA6QYR; and Phelps TerHuen, W6PTH. Mystery bags were passed out to attendees who got the surprises. President Mike Herr installed the new officers. Incoming President Bill Burns presented a certificate to out going president Mike Herr and thanked him for his service. Other out going officers were not present but have certificates to be presented at the next meeting. A good time was had by all.


Treasurer's Report As of January 31, 2003:
Draft Account    $ 699.61
Share Account    $ 6,396.91
TOTAL            $ 7,096.52
Obligated Funds:
Relocate 147.00 Repeater     $ 1,374.86
BALANCE:         $ 5,721.66
Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS

February Meeting Program - HFPack

Every so often a "movement" comes along in Amateur Radio. This includes 2 meter FM, repeaters, packet, QRP, PSK31 and now, HFPack. In a nut shell, HFPack is very portable operation on the HF bands. In this case portable operation means on bicycles, walking, what have you. Hams are getting out and operating with minimum equipment and very portable antennas. I've chatted to hams walking in their backyards, bicycling or sitting by a creek. This sudden interest in portable operation has been fueled by some incredibly small transceivers such as the Yeasu FT-817 and multi-band portable antennas such as the Buddipole.

While many HFPack operators, or HFPackers as they are known, do operate QRP, HF Pack is not exclusive QRP. One project being built by many HFPackers is the HFPack Amp. This is a small, 35 watt, 160 through 10 meter amplifier the size of your fist.

Antennas take on many forms. Certainly the coax fed dipole is great thrown over the local tree. Bicycle hams use a ham stick on the rack. Walking hams use a ham stick and trailing wire as a counterpoise. One portable antenna system is the Buddipole. This is available both as a homebrew version and a commercial one. Both will be available at the February SARC meeting.

The primary frequency for HFPack operations is 18157.5 KHz on the 17 meter band. On the net check out

From The Editor...

The following is an excerpt from the ARRL Letter Vol 21, No. 40, dated October 11, 2002 and is reprinted with permission of the ARRL. Riley Hollingsworth is a ham at the FCC and has been agressive in cleaning up some of the real trouble makers on the bands. His comments are worth repeating here.


FCC Special Counsel Riley Hollingsworth has endorsed a list of several points that he feels help to define the concept of "good amateur practice." Section 97.101(a) of the Amateur Radio Service rules refers to "good engineering and good amateur practice"--considered to refer to maintaining the highest standards of engineering and on-the-air comportment. But the rule lacks specifics.

"Good amateur practice is a hard thing to define," Hollingsworth conceded. "I'd have to say it's operating with the realization that frequencies are shared, that there's going to be occasional interference and that's no reason to become hateful and paranoid."

Hollingsworth says amateurs have to realize that more people than ever are listening in, especially since September 11, 2001, and that amateurs always need to remember that "our rights end where another person's begin."

A Michigan Amateur Radio club has been credited with distributing a list of "Riley-isms" culled from Hollingsworth's various talks at conventions and hamfests and club meetings around the US. Hollingsworth--who verified that he had been cited accurately--says his various comments represent an effort to flesh out what "good amateur practice" consists of for considerate the Amateur Radio operator. According to Hollingsworth, good amateur practice means:

* giving a little ground--even if you have a right not to--in order to help preserve Amateur Radio and not cause it to get a bad name or hasten the day when it becomes obsolete.

* respecting band plans, because they make it possible for every mode to have a chance.

* being aware that we all love Amateur Radio, and there's no need to damage or disgrace it just to save face.

* keeping personal conflicts off the air. Settle your arguments on the telephone, the Internet or in person. Just keep them off the air.

* cutting a net or a contester a break, even if you don't have to and even if you have no interest whatsoever in nets or contesting.

* realizing that every right carries responsibilities, and just because you may have a right to do certain things doesn't mean it's right to do them in every circumstance.

* you don't "own" or get preference to use any frequency.

* not operating so that whoever hears you becomes sorry they ever got into or tuned in on Amateur Radio in the first place.

Hollingsworth notes that the list "doesn't touch on a lot of other technical issues, such as using 1500 W when your signal report received is 40 over 9." Good amateur practice, he said, "just means a lot of things that can't always be quantified."--thanks to Riley Hollingsworth

Hams In Print...

Take a look at the cover of the February 2003 QST. It features none other than SARC own Dave Rosenthal N6TST. Inside is Dave's article "Portable in Paradise: Cruise Ship DXing". Excellent reading. After checking it out, you can vote for the QST Cover Plaque Award.


In case of impending or current emergency, monitor the SARC translator on 146.64/04 MHz or the backup simplex frequency of 146.52 MHz. WA6KZV Lloyd, the local RACES EC, will coordinate mobilization. An Emergency Net Control Station will direct radio communications. Check in. State your capabilities. Be prepared to go outside the IWV for at least three days.

An E-Pac should contain: your RACES card, radios and accessories, batteries, charger, paper, pen, clipboard, flashlight with spare batteries, timepiece, headgear, sunglasses, spare glasses, your medications, your medical history, first aid kit, severe weather clothing, non-perishable food, 3 gal. water, sleeping bag.

Updated Fri Feb 14 18:42:07 PST 2003