The Airwaves
March 2003
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

Board

Of

Officers

 
PresidentBill BurnsWA6QYR375-8566
First Vice PresidentPhelps TerHeunW6PTH
Second Vice PresidentDennis FarrellW6DWF446-4787
SecretaryTom IngramWB6EPD375-7950
TreasurerPam EvansKC6UUS375-4240

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


THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETINGS
Every   SARC Emergency Net
Monday  1930 hrs WA6YBN Ridgecrest translator
Night   146.64 MHz (-600 kHz) and
        145.34 MHz Randsburg repeater
        (-600 kHz, PL 100.0 Hz)
        Visitors welcome

Mar 12  SARC Meeting
        Second Wednesday Heritage Inn
        Ready Room
        BOD Meeting 1900 hrs.
        Membership Meeting 1930 hrs.
        Program: Dave Shipley,
        NAWS Emergency Management

April 9 SARC Meeting
        Second Wednesday Heritage Inn
        Ready Room
        BOD Meeting 1900 hrs.
        Membership Meeting 1930 hrs.
        Program: To Be Announced
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Mar 15  Bishop 50 KM Foot Race
        Call Jerry Brooks KK6PA 446-2228

June 28/29 Field Day!

AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
          Second Saturday, Even months.
April 12  Kern County Library Ridgecrest Branch
          131 East Las Flores Ave Meeting Room
          Pre-registration. Walk-in? Please call
          All must register at 9 am Code test 11 am
          Contact Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
          E-mail ehopkins@ridgenet.net


MEMBERSHIPS EXPIRED 31 DECEMBER!
All SARC memberships expired on 31 Dec.
Please use the membership application to renew.


From the President's Shack
As SARC enters March 2003 there are a number of things going on. Several of the committees are taking off and doing business for the benefit of the local amateurs. Greg, WA7IRW 446-4383 is chairing the Technical Assistance Committee to help members with amateur equipment issues. Jerry, KK6PA has a group of locals looking to see ways in which the club can be made more user friendly and be of assistance to youth. The Repeater Committee is to take care of club assets for the benefit of the membership. If you are interested in chairing this committee give me a phone call. The Radio Frequency Interference Committee is to assist members with RFI issues and Bill, WA6QYR 375-8566 is the chairman. The Program committee is chaired by Dennis W6DWF 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 at 446-4787. Phelps, W6PTH along with new Airwaves editors Mike, WA6ARA and Paula N6VGW are making progress for the Public Relations Committee.

Outside the valley, amateur microwave distance records are continuing to expand. Several amateurs are finding new ways to use computer software to operate in place of radio components and expand the ability of operators to copy signals below the noise floor. Just look in the March issue of QST and see what is going on by amateurs in this communications arena we are in. Several programs are going tinto the schools to expand the science area to include amateur radio. I would like to think here in the Indian Wells Valley we should be able to encourage our youth into this hobby of ours that has helped some of us with life long careers.

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 375-8566.

March Meeting Program

Dave Shipley, NAWS Emergency Management Officer, will present information on the NAWS communications plans through 2005. Q & A period to follow.

SARC Monday Evening Net News

Thanks to Ray K7DOQ for taking net control responsibilities during January time period and to Greg WA7IRW for covering the February-March period. If you would like to help out and gain some experience, please contact Lloyd 375-4572 to sign up for a months period in covering the IWV Emergency Net on Monday nights 7:30 pm on 146.64 MHz.

147 REPEATER STATUS

The 147.00 MHz repeater is making slow but positive progress. Paperwork is coming together for the county permit. Elvy, NØLV is getting to put some time in on the electronics. Hopefully by the end of March we should be able to start making some physical progress at getting the concrete tower base in place. A couple of fixtures need to be built to hold antennas on the tower. So things are moving. Bill, WA6QYR

Board of Officers Meeting Minutes
By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD)

The Feb 12, 2003 board meeting was called to order at 1902 hrs. Those present: Pres. Bill Burns (WA6QYR), 1st Vice Pres. Phelps TerHeun (W6PTH), 2nd Vice Pies. Dennis Farrell (W6DWF), Treas. Pam Evans (KC6UUS), Secy. Tom Ingram (WB6EPD) and Airwaves Editor Mike Herr (WA6ARA). Pam has checked into getting an extra post office box key and found that the Club President was the only person who can get the extra key. Bill will check into getting an extra key. Tom reported that 43 membership applications have been received. Tom will look into making a letterhead for the club. A discussion was held on Club committees. We don't have any at present. The Audit Committee completed the audit and will give a report at the general meeting. Tonight's agenda was addressed. Mike asked if he could put the Club Officers phone numbers in the Newsletter. Dennis suggested that e-mail addresses be included. The board concurred with both requests. Mike said there would not be a T-hunt this Saturday. Will start again in APril. Bill asked if the VE sessions and the Monday niht net were part of the club functions. The meeting was adjourned at 1923 hrs.

Minutes of the General Meeting
By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD)

The 12 Feb. 2003 meeting was called to order by the President, Bill Burns (WA6QYR) at 1931 hrs at the Heritage Inn. The Sign-in sheet was started around. Announcements: One visitor, Jerry Young (KG6MUS), attended the meeting. Jerry earned his Extra Class ticket at the last VE session. Mark Rosenthal (N6BVP) is the new VE coordinator, replacing Bill Maraffio (N6PR). Bill was the VE coordinator for many years. Bill Burns had a certificate for Bill Maraffio in recognition his VE efforts. Bill also had certificates for Elvy Hopkins (NØLV) as outgoing Airwaves editor and Todd Evans (W6TOD) past 2nd Vice President. Mike Alamo (KF6WSR) gave the audit committee report. There were no discrepancies noted. Bill Burns provided a report on the last VE session. It was announced that a net control was needed for the remainder of this month. Greg Roush (WA7IRW) volunteered. The 20 mule team 100-mile horse ride is this week-end. Greg Roush will set up the repeater. The Ridgecrest Communications van will be used at the Fair Grounds for communications during the event. David Stone (KC6UUR) delivered a $100 donation from the Fire Mountain 50 horse ride held last month. Greg Roush presneted the club with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Kiwanis Walk-A-Thon held on 28 September 2002. Dennis Farrell (WCDWF) is looking for inputs for programs for future meetings.

Dennis Farrell provided the program along with Mike Herr (WA6ARA) on portable dipole antennas. Mike showed a commercial version and Dennis showed a home build version. Mike Alamo won the 50/50. There were 18 amateurs at the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 20:17.

TREASURER'S REPORT
Treasurer's Report As of February 28, 2003:

Draft Account	$  890.42
Share Account	$6,396.91
TOTAL	        $7,287.33
Obligated Funds:
Relocate 147.00 Repeater $1,374.86
BALANCE:	$5,912.67
Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS

VE News
2/8/03 EXAM

Four tests were given. KG6MUS, Virgil Young and KD5TU, Robert Rogers upgraded to Extra. Daniel Sutton and Linden Perkins obtained Technician Licenses. VE's were: KK6PA, WA6QYR, WB6EPD, AD6QK.
THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR HELP.
Next Exam April 12th.
...N6BVP

Bishop 50 Km Foot Race

Mike Franz, KA6HII contacted KK6PA on Wednesday after the Calfironia Govenors Office of Emergency Services net. He is lead ham for communications for a 50 Km foot race, people not horses, just north of Bishop. It will be on Saturday, March 15. Show up time is 0600 and the race usually completes around 5pm. KK6PA has been thinking about going up Friday afternoon and getting a motel room for the nite. Then, if someone wants to ride along, they can drive home Saturday evening. OR can stay overnite again. But he's not really committed to it yet. You can call Jerry at 446-2228 or email: kk6pa@arrl.net.

Contact is:
Mike FRANZ, KA6HII
730A KEOUGH ST
BISHOP, CA 93514-2536
The talk-in frequency is 146.940

To get there, drive about 15 miles north of Bishop on 395 and go to the Millpond recreation area/Pleasant Valley. It would really be nice if we could get some of our local hams to attend. Make some goodie points and friends in Bishop.
Jerry KK6PA

2003 20 Mule Team Horse Ride report

What could have been a bad day turned out OK. The rain quit. The sun came out and there was a good horse ride on Saturday 15 February manned by a good group of amateur radio communicators. Bill, WA6QYR took over from Lloyd, WA6KZV as coordinator when Lloyd found a conflict in his schedule. Bill had maps and plans layout and into the hands of ride communicators by the 12 February SARC meeting via email or handed out at the meeting. Phelps, W6PTH and Dennis, W6DWF, moved the Police Communications van to the fairgrounds on the Friday before the ride. Phelps manned the van at 0515 on Saturday morning to provide base camp communications. Mike, KF6WSR, Charlie, AD6QK, Mike KB6NIZ, and Jack, NL7SX manned sites for the morning part of the ride while Greg, WA7IRW and Bruce N8RXJ put up the portable repeater above the college. The repeater allowed area coverage. Greg manned his site following set up of the repeater. One incident occurred when a 35mile horse got away from its rider and broke some of KF6WSR antennas on its way back to the college. It was caught and rider reunited and the ride continued. As the horses made their way through sites, numbers were taken to make sure everyone was accounted for. Some horses were pulled from the ride at vet check sites and had to be trailered back to base camp. Keeping lists up to date was one of the chores done by the communicators working with site horse people. Luckily Mike, KF6EYE was out with KF6WSR on the morning shift. Dennis, W6DWF had an emergency so couldn't make the ride. KF6EYE took over a site. Noontime brought on Dave, KC6UUR, Bruce N8RXJ, and Bill, WA6QYR into sites so rotation of communicators could happen. By late afternoon the 100 and 65 mile horses had cleared the first loop and evening site assignments had to be re-planned. Mike, W6PM came to his site and Bruce, Bill, and Dave extended their stay to cover the 100-mile horses making their second loop. The normal confusion over which horses were on the course and which had been pulled continued. Meals provided by the ride group helped keep communicators comfortable along with the supplies carried by the amateurs. By 2300 things were starting to come to an end and sites closed down. The final horse made it into Vet3 at 0115 and everyone had been accounted for. The ride people could take care of the clean up operations and the communicators could depart. Thanks to everyone who helped out. ...Bill WA6QYR

PROPER, PRIOR PREPARATION ... Phelps, W6PTH

Preparing for a major public service event on the scale of the 20 Mule Team Endurance ride requires considerable, careful preparation. The event committee, to be sure, bears the lion's share. Good maps and accurate rider lists are the committee products SARC needs to support the event. There was good news and bad news. The maps, for the first time ever, were both "right side up" and overlayed on a real topo. On the flip side, duplicate designations were used for some locations (e.g., two "Vet 1" locations) and no designations at all for others (water stops without names or numbers). This sort of thing causes confusion and delays the communication processes. Since communications can be a mater of safety, such oversights carry obvious risks. (We can fix that in future if the committee doesn't; publish and distribute to our folks, our own map version, corrected with appropriate location names/numbers annotated). Maybe we can get that sort of thing fixed before next year? And "Murphy" jumped all over the "lists" requirement. The printer didn't work; therefore no lists. (One of the axioms of "proper preparation" is never leaving anything to the last minute). Much better to have an adequate quantity of obsolete lists that can be readily marked up on event day, than to have no lists at all.

SARC preparation in addition to enlisting adequate help and preparing and distributing appropriate schedules, skillfully accomplished by Bill Burns, was insuring an adequate facility at the fair grounds. I had initially (weak moment) contemplated using the SARC trailer. However, I reconsidered when I realized the chance the trailer would be any less of a disaster area than it was at this same time last year was non-existent! Lacking both the inclination and the time to take annual leave for the purpose of cleaning and making repairs to the SARC trailer equipment, I elected to pursue "Plan B". Request authorization to use the Police communications van. That was approved and, with the help of Dennis, W6DWF, the van was moved to the fair grounds early Friday. The antenna and mast were put up, radio installed in the van and completely checked out.

Now, the theory behind doing things early is that this sort of thing bores "Murphy". If you give yourself plenty of time to fix anything that doesn't work properly, throwing a monkey wrench into the works has no entertainment value at all for 'ol 'Murph. He goes off and rains on somebody else's parade instead.

Well, not quite. 0515 Saturday the van was lit up and signed on. 7.06 simplex on the Icom 207H, SARC translator and Bird Springs, respectively, set up on two of the Midland radios. It was assumed the Midland radios were kept in working order. There's that dangerous word again "assumed". Two out of two (the two with Amateur frequencies) weren't! Bird Springs was the alternate for the two locations furthest west. Radio 1, carrier only, no modulation at all. Scratch one. Radio two, intermittent modulation. Zero for 2!

Oh well, maybe I'll finally get it right next year? See also Bill Burns account of the event, which includes information on a horse that choose to became involved, so to speak, in amateur radio by "dismantling" a portable antenna system. That horses name wasn't Murphy, by any chance, was it? Final Score, Murphy 3, SARC 1

ARRL EMERGENCY COMMUNICATOR CLASS REFUNDS!

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The ARRL Letter
Vol. 22, No. 07
February 14, 2003
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==UTC EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS NATIONAL TRAINING GRANT TO COVER ALL LEVELS

A generous grant from ARRL corporate partner United Technologies Corporation (UTC) will expand reimbursed Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course (ARECC) training to all three training levels and put the UTC grant program on a national level. The three-year, $150,000 grant will reimburse the cost of tuition to students anywhere in the US who successfully complete ARRL's Level I, II and III Amateur Radio emergency communication courses. An earlier UTC grant covered Level I and II ARECC training for more than 280 Connecticut amateurs.

"This grant plays perfectly into the overall plan and scope of emergency communication for local communities and our nation as a whole," said ARRL Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG. "This will allow us to increase the number of seats offered each month for reimbursable courses." Miller praised UTC's foresight and proactive approach to community involvement.

ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, Ki MMH, said UTC clearly recognizes the importance of emergency communication. "With this new grant, UTC has taken a giant step and renewed its commitment to Amateur Radio, emergency communication and homeland security," she said.

Including the earlier UTC grant and a three-year federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) award of some $543,000, the ARRL now has secured $726,000 for emergency communication training. That training, Hobart predicted, "will have an impact on every state in the union."

Students successfully completing any level of the on-line Amateur Radio Emergency Communications classes under the new UTC grant will be eligible for reimbursement of their $45 registration fee.

In memory of Columbia and all aboard
We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth;
Let us rest our eyes on the friendly skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth.
      -- Robert A. Heinlein


RACES, ARES and INDIAN WELLS VALLEY EMERGENCY NET MEMBERS

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 Sat Mar 8 13:19:27 PST 2003