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THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
I hope the rain is going to slack off for a while soon. We have had lots of rain in the first two months something on the order of 5 inches, which is over the normal 3 inches. Some of these times I wondered if we were going to get called out to watch areas of town for damage or head off to places that had too much rain had moved people into shelters. Just part of some of the things we could be called to do with emergencies.
The twenty Mule Team 100 mile 24-hour horse ride is
about to happen as I write this. There are several hams
who will be helping out: Jerry, KK6PA; Hal, KM6JM; Gary,
KE6CE; Mike, KB6NIZ; Greg WA7IRW; Dave, KC6UUR;
Jack, NL7SX; Bruce, N8RXJ; Bill, WA6QYR; and Judy
KC6UTF. With light rain on the night before the event, it
could be an interesting time for both the riders and the
people out to help communicate where the horses/ riders
Board of Officers Meeting Minutes
The February 9, 2005 board meeting was called to order at 1908 hrs. Those present: Pres. Bill Burns (WA6QYR), 2nd Vice Pres. Gene Brewer (KI6LO), Treas. Pam Evans (KC6UUS), Secy. Tom Ingram (WB6EPD) and Airwaves Editor Mike Herr (WA6ARA). A leader is needed for the 100-mile horse ride on 26 February. Gene has a filler for the March program if it is needed. There was a discussion on possible program for future meetings. There is a VE session this Saturday. Bill provided a list of meeting dates to the Heritage. Bill talked to Mike Hugo to Bill about the Randsburg repeater link. The club received a $150 donation and a card from the Valley Riders for our support in the 50-mile horse ride. There will be a Foxhunt on March 12. The meeting was adjourned at 1921 hrs.
Minutes of the General Meeting
The 9 February 2005 meeting was called to order by the President, Bill Burns (WA6QYR) at 1930 hrs at the Heritage Inn. The Sign-in sheet was started around.
1. 50/50 tickets are available.
2.The Treasurers Report is in the newsletter.
3. The audit committee report is complete.
4. Bill talked to Mike Hugo about problems with the Randsburg repeater link. Over Deviation may be the cause of the link problems.
5. The 100-mile horse ride needs a leader/coordinator.
6. There will be a VE session this Saturday.
7. The Club received a thank you from the ARRL for the $500 donation to the Spectrum Defense Fund.
8. The Club received a $150 donation and a thank you card from the Valley Riders for support of the 50 miler.
9. There will be a Foxhunt in March 12th. Will start at the Heritage at 0900.
10. Pam Evans (KC6UUS) provided homemade cookies
The program on Fox Hunting was provided by Gene Brewer (KI6LO) after three Ham Operators finally got the DVD program going.
16 Members signed in for the meeting.
Treasurer's Report As of February 28, 2005: Draft Account $ 831.73 Share Account $ 5,517.50 BALANCE: $ 6,349.23Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS
Indian Wells Valley Emergency Net Report
The drill will be held Saturday March 19th starting at 0900.
The scenario is a major flood in Ridgecrest. The SE part of town is the hardest hit. You will receive timed messages by email prior to the start of the drill. The time listed on the message is the time you will send it out. At that time you call net control to pass the message on. The net control will route the message to the appropriate organization or to the appropriate ham. Hopefully, the timing that I have for the messages will create an atmosphere of havoc on the frequency with several messages trying to be passed at the same time.
I have to get the proper messages to the proper participant at least 30 minutes before the drill starts. I'll need at least a day to organize and assign them to you and the other volunteers. It's for that reason that I need to know a couple of days ahead of time if you wish to participate in the Drill. If you wish to participate but aren't sure if you will be available, let me know anyway. You can always cancel, preferably a couple of days before the drill.
Come on out and have some fun, along with some training.
20 Mule Team 100-mile Endurance Horse Ride
This year there were 214 horses from USA and England out for the ride in a wonderful sunny day with wild flowers around the hills to the south of Ridgecrest. The ride started with the 100 milers out at 0600 am on the 26th of February. Bill, WA6QYR held down the Fairgrounds Headquarters site while Gary, KE6CE was at the old rail crossing on 395 and Greg, WA7IRW was at the junction of 395 and China Lake Blvd/Brown road. Greg had set up the portable repeater the evening before so we had communications to start with. The 65 milers went out at 0700 am while Judy, KC6UTF came to the Vet 1 site in the old gravel pit off Brown Road. Dave, KC6UUR manned the Trestle site along the old Inyo Railroad track.
On 12 March (Saturday after the SARC club meeting) at 9am we will hold a Fox Hunt. The meeting place is the parking lot of the Heritage Inn. This will be done in two halves. The first will be a beginners hunt on foot. All that would be needed is a two-meter hand held. The second hunt will be a tad more demanding. A small beam and attenuator or Doppler DF unit would be helpful. We can split up into teams and make a go of it. Hopefully we will see you all there. If there is interest, we hope to do a monthly Fox Hunt.
On the 10th of February Paula (N6VGW) and I attended a
meeting of the Bishop Amateur Radio Club (BARC). We
met a great bunch of guys, they even let me win the 50/50
drawing! If you have a chance, I encourage you to attend
one of their meeting.
AMATEUR RADIO SPECTRUM PROTECTION ACT OF 2005 INTRODUCED
At the urging of the ARRL, Rep Michael Bilirakis (R-FL) has introduced The Amateur Radio Spectrum Act of 2005 into the US House of Representatives. The bill, designated HR 691, has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee where Bilirakis serves as vice chairman. Like previous versions of the proposal, the current measure would require the FCC to provide "equivalent replacement spectrum" to Amateur Radio if the FCC reallocates primary amateur frequencies, reduces any secondary amateur allocations, or makes additional allocations within such bands that would substantially reduce their utility to amateurs. ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, expressed his appreciation to Bilirakis this week.
"As president of the American Radio League and on behalf of the more than 670,000 federally licensed Amateur Radio operators throughout the country, I would like to thank you for once again sponsoring the 'Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act,'" Haynie told the Florida Republican. "As you know, this legislation is vital for ensuring that the Amateur Radio Service, the only 100- percent fail safe emergency communication capability, remains a viable public safety option."
HR 691 references Amateur Radio's role in providing "voluntary, noncommercial radio service, particularly emergency communications," and it points out that hams have "consistently and reliably" provided communication support in the event of emergencies and disasters including tornadoes and hurricanes, chemical spills, forest fires and rail accidents. As the measure notes, FCC actions already have led to the loss of at least 107 MHz of spectrum to radio amateurs.
Rep Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) has signed on as the bill's first co-sponsor. Bartlett chairs the Projection Forces Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee. One of three scientists in the 109th Congress, Bartlett also is a senior member of the House Science Committee.
Efforts now will focus on attracting additional cosponsors for the legislation. The League is encouraging members to urge their congressional representatives to sign aboard HR 691. A sample letter is available on the ARRL Web site
More than 100 lawmakers agreed to cosponsor similar legislation in the 108th Congress, where it was designated HR 713. Work is proceeding to have identical legislation introduced in the US Senate.
The text of HR 691 [PDF document] is available on the Government Printing Office Web site
For general guidance on the best methods of contacting your members of Congress, see "Communicating with Congress," by Derek Riker, KB3JLF, on the ARRL Web site [PDF document]
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