THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
SARC MEETINGS Mar 5 SARC Board of Officers Meeting 1st Wednesday, Heritage Inn, 1730 hrs Mar 12 Membership Meeting 2nd Wednesday, Heritage Inn Flight Deck Room, 1930 hrs Program: Rim of The World Rally Voice-Data-ATV by N6OQQ See article. Mondays SARC Emergency Net Every Monday 1930 hrs 146.64 MHz (-600 kHz) WA6YBN translator. See article. PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES Mar 15 Coso Bun Buster 50 Mile Horse Ride Coso Junction Ride starts at 6:00 am. Call Hal Hazel KM6JM at 371-3208 to volunteer. See article. May 2, 3 Rim Of The World Auto Rally Two days of wild-n-wooley auto rally Call Paula Gibeault N6OQQ at 375-8704 May 10, 11 Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bicycle Race Call Elvy Hopkins ND6Q at 384-3589 to volunteer for one or both days. See article. May 15-17 BAKERSFIELD HAMFEST ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section Convention. Prizes Dealers Mfrs Camping Swap area Trophies Info 805-588-7065 805-323-3691 LICENSE CLASSES AND EXAMS May 10 Volunteer License Exam Session Kerr-McGee Center 0900-1200 hrs Jun 21 Volunteer License Exam Session Kerr-McGee Center 0900-1200 hrs Oct 31, Nov 1 & 2 Amateur License Cram Class Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV will conduct an Amateur Radio License Cram Class at the Red Cross Office. Call Lloyd at 375-7245 for more information. Nov 8 Volunteer License Exam Session Kerr-McGee Center 0900-1200 hrs
FROM THE PRESIDENTS SHACK
Is there a place in the world for Ham operators today? I'm not being facetious. I think it is a valid question that we as Amateur Radio operators need to answer or someone will take away our spectrum and privileges. Amateur Radio is not a right, it is an earned "place in the sun".
According to the small amount of radio history that I have read, the Hams of yesterday were tolerated because they pushed the forward edge of technology in antennas, propagation and circuit design, and secondarily, because they were useful in times of crisis. Today we are being out run by technology. It is going digital as we hold on to our analog roots. I know that a lot of you will say that isn't true, that you are right up to date with the internet, packet, etc. But, I ask you to look at what is happening in civil (police, city, fire) and commercial communications as just an instance of what is happening. They are being set up so that a channel to talk on is set up automatically and sometimes winds up jumping from one frequency to another to maintain contact. This is possible because of the digital technology. This technology has been experimented with by Hams but that isn't the point that I'm trying to make. We didn't implement it first.
I do not have any statistics, but looking around at the Hams I know, I would say that most buy any equipment they use. A few build previously designed circuits. Some are playing with antenna design, but in general, it appears that we have become followers and participants not leaders. If it is taken as fact that the Hams will probably not be a major contributing factor in the advance of communications, then we have to ask ourselves why government will allow us to keep our portions of the RF spectrum. I see only one reason for government to continue to provide spectrum for us. Hams keep personnel and equipment ready for use when all the other forms of communication are diminished or gone such as in hurricanes and earthquakes. This is a valuable contribution. In terms of money and effort, government could not afford the network that Hams offer for free.
This has been proven time and time again.So when you are firing up your radios and rag-chewing with your friends, keep in mind that you are honing the skills that can become useful at any time. Participate in public service events to learn how to get around problems in the "field". Take the time and make the effort to learn how to work with the public agencies by participating in RACES and ARES. Keep in mind that "last ditch" communications in disasters could easily be the "raison d'etre" for Hams in today's world.
NEW SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT
PROGRAM FOR MARCH MEETING
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Coso Bun Buster 50 Mile Horse Ride
RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES
Twenty Mule Team 100 Mile Horse Ride
Starting off at 6:00 am Saturday, 55 riders headed out for a 100 mile endurance ride. Half an hour later 74 riders started the 60 mile loop. At 8:00 am 58 riders left for the 30 mile loop. Riders had 24 hours to complete the course. Water, hay and horse trailers where sent out as needed throughout the day. The last 100 mile rider made it through the last check point, about 5 miles from base camp, at around 4:30 Sunday morning.
Communication between all water stops and base camp was done through the 147.00 repeater on El Paso Pk.
And by Jack Bitzer NL7SX
Soon I figured out it wouldn't be long before I'd recognize every horse's rear in the ride. By the time they got to me most of the markings had been wiped, covered or just plain sweat away. There was no way to keep track inconspicuously. So I kicked the cross band on between the repeater and my 70 cm HT frequency, ambled over to the head of the line and proceeded to ask everyone for their number as they passed by. Nice friendly folks. In the crowds toward the middle of the ride it was hard to avoid the realities of horses. Watching my step and watching the rear ends was even more important.
One horse went down on it's side and just missed falling on it's rider. No one seemed to mind this so I didn't tell Dave KC6UUR at HQ. Riders were mostly women with the appropriate garb. I explained to one woman (who was smiling for the longest time) that I was the radioman and she would need to still check in with the vet up ahead. "That's obvious", she said. Well, maybe I should have some western duds, get in the spirit of things you know. One near dogfight later and after a few stragglers, the vet's assistant and I compared notes and shut the place down. 'Heard Greg WA7IRW, Hal KM6JM and Judy KC6UTF.
On to VET 3, which is the same place as VET 5 and VET 7, over south of Ridgecrest near Hwy. 395, to relieve Judy KC6UTF. The three different groups of riders converge here. About nightfall it looked like it could get confusing. At least they were all coming from the same direction. I saw most of two groups and the third group and began to remember the rear ends of the riders as well. VET 3, 5 & 7 was a real encampment. Pickups, horse trailers and RV's were all over the place. It was amazing to me that these women will ride these horses in the dark through the cyalume candle maze. 'Met Jackie, the organizer, a licensed Ham, her husband Jim, also licensed. I think Jackie passed through a few extra times on horseback keeping an eye on the trails. Heard Alex KD6ZUV who was stationed somewhere out there. By this time he had a pack of coyotes circling him just outside the light from his campfire. Heard Greg WA7IRW was observing horses and riders with a night vision scope.
'Heard Hal KM6JM head for town when his checkpoint was cleared. The weather began to change to light overcast and there was a breeze. All through the night riders would appear and disappear at the checkpoint. I missed three riders about 2:30 am. Alex kept track of the last few and explained that they must have gotten by me somehow and he took my place about 3:00 am when his area was clear. One horse became lame early in the evening and we had conflicting reports from the riders of where the horse and rider were. 'Took quite a while to sort out the real one from the phantoms and arranged for the support crew to locate the horse and rider. One rider got off the course, missed a candle maybe, and was picked up as well. Dave KC6UUR was still there when I headed off toward home. 'Made it three-quarters of the way and had to take a nap in the cab of the Jeep. Awakened to a beautiful sunrise. I'm signed up for the 50 miler on March 15th at Coso Junction.
Volunteer Exam Session
An IWV emergency net meets every Monday night at 1930 hours local on 146.64 MHz for training and social activities. Training is also provided by the city and county as well. The Emergency Services Committee meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1100 hours in the Kerr-McGee Center. Here all of the city agencies as well as the utilities and other agencies meet to plan drills and keep themselves posted on the state of preparedness for major disasters. It doesn't take a lot of time to become prepared and to keep up with the latest doings of the Office of Emergency Preparedness. Now is a good time to begin. Contact Lloyd and find out how you can help
New RACES ID cards have been received. The old ones are still valid and do not have to be replaced. Please let Lloyd know if yours becomes damaged or pocket-worn and we will replace it. ID cards remain the property of Kern County and should be turned in to Lloyd if you move away.
IWV Emergency Net
IN THE MILL
License Cram Classes Canceled
The 21, 22 & 23 February Cram Class which was rescheduled for 14, 15 & 16 February then moved again to 7, 8 & 9 was finally canceled when only one student applied.
The next Cram Class is scheduled (Really?) for 31 October, 1 & 2 November followed by an 8 November VE Session.
Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bicycle Race
For the March meeting, Paula N60QQ, will discuss Ham activities at last year's Rim of the World. Other than that, the schedule is wide open. If you have further ideas, if you feel you can give a program on one of the above suggestions or on something else, please contact me, Larry KE6YLG, at 384-3180.
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE PLATES
Shares $1,495.18 Draft 1,749.27 Total $3,244.45 Obligated Relocate 147.00 repeater 1,200.00 Available $2,044.45OLD BUSINESS
Board of Officers Meeting Minutes
Elvy Hopkins said that when he contacted ARRL regarding the correcting of the information for SARC repeaters in the Repeater Directory. Change deadline is 15 January. Elvy said that he would submit the changes in November 1997.
Mark Rosenthal submitted a SARC Letterhead. Two changes were suggested.
Mark Rosenthal has sent a letter to Ann Taylor at the Kerr-McGee Center officially canceling Monday night meetings. Mark Rosenthal requested the board to approve the purchase of one book of 32 cent stamps for each SARC officer who requests it. Stamp use to be for SARC business on the honor system. No accounting of the stamps would be required and additional purchases for stamps used would be on request to the treasurer with no further board action. Leftover stamps are to be returned at end of an officer's term.
Mark Rosenthal requested that officers do not request repayment of expenses incurred until the total of the expenses exceeds $20. All minor expenses, up to $30, will be paid by the treasurer on request, provided a list is furnished detailing those expenses over the officer's signature. No receipts would be necessary. Each officer would be limited to $100 in the course of a year without further board approval. All requests for minor repayments must be made before the end of the calendar year.
President Hawthorne will begin to assemble the names of members of SARC standing committees.
Including an self addressed envelope in the January newsletter with a one page membership application form was discussed. The envelope was decided against. The one page membership application will be accepted after adding space for license expiration date.
There has been a request to put a list of paid-for-1997 call signs on SARC web page. It was decided that was not appropriate because that web page is open to the world. The same reasoning was used to decide not to put a membership list on the web page or packet. The meeting was adjourned at 1835 hrs.
Minutes of the General Meeting,
The point was made that if you signed up for the Officers Initiation Dinner and didn't attend, you should pay for your dinner. Several members signed up and then didn't show leaving SARC with a rather large bill. Fortunately Bill Ferris absorbed most of the shortage. He will not be expected to do that again. In the future, dinner will be paid for in advance or ordered off the menu.
Field day was discussed. Inputs are wanted. The schedule of meetings was announced: The board meeting will be the first Wednesday of the month. The general meeting will be the second Wednesday of the month. Both will be at the Heritage Inn.
A very interesting program on the communications, radar and other RF activities of the Federal Aviation Administration in the IWV area was given by Mike Semingson KE6KIJ. Attendance was nineteen persons. Four were visitors.
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73s See ya in the funny papers. de ND6Q