The Airwaves
March 1999
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442


I am fully aware this page is FUBAR, this is how I received it.
I am going to fix it by comparing it to hardcopy as time permits

The Airwaves Calendar

Every 	SARC Emergency Net
Monday	1930 hrs WA6YBN translator
Night	146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)
	Visitors welcome
Mar 10	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1845 hrs
Mar 10	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room  1930 hrs
	Program: All About The J-Pole Antenna
	By James Pike KB6WHT
Apr 14	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1845 hrs
Apr 14	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday
	Flight Deck Room  1930 hrs
	Program: Wide Area Repeater Networks
	By Bill Harwood W5WH
Mar 20	Geo Bun Buster 50 mile horse ride
	Call Hal Hazel KM6JM 371-3208  Article
May 8-9	Death Valley to Mt Whitney bicycle race
	Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
Apr 10	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	Meeting Room  131 East Las Flores Ave
Even	Must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Months	Walk-ins OK  Call NØLV 384-3589
Jun 12	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	Meeting Room  131 East Las Flores Ave
Even	Must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Months	Walk-ins OK  Call NØLV 384-3589

by Larry Merwin KE6YLG

Last weekend I had the opportunity to work a twelve hour shift at the Twenty Mule Team 100 mile horse ride. Although I haven't seen it yet, I know that Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV has written an article describing the day and all that occurred. I will leave it to the reader to look elsewhere in this issue for his narration of that event and of the stalwart few who worked the whole twenty-three hour ride. What follows here are some personal ramblings.

The day started out dark and early with the Hams gathering at 0600 hrs to organize radio support for the ride. Somehow I found myself with the job of working the fairground base camp, a position that I had never tackled before. As it was, it took me a while to realize that this meant that I was net control and should act as one. Dave Stone KC6UUR did a great job of keeping things moving while I got up to speed.

The morning proceeded with a few radio gremlins that needed to be worked out. The first thing that became apparent was that the heart monitors worn by some of the horses were interfering with the portable repeater. Greg Roush added a PL to the portable repeater which did a beautiful job of clearing up that problem. Our next radio difficulty was that Mark Slay was way out in a radio hole on Highway 14 and could not hit the portable repeater. With some help from Monty Shinn W6PFR, who was not actually working the ride, we communicated to Mark through the Trona machine for a while and finally settled on using the Bird Springs repeater.

The radio problems were ironed out quickly. Little did I realize that the most difficult tasks of the day had not even begun. It turned out that most of my time was spent chasing down the ride organizers to coordinate water, hay, vets and horse trailers. It appeared as if there was not enough of any of them. Although at first this was a bit frustrating, as the day progressed, it slowly dawned on me that this was pretty relevant stuff. Gee, experts and materials that needed to be moved from location to location on a time critical basis, limited personnel, transport and communications resources, leaders that need to be informed of developing situations and to have their decisions communicated quickly and clearly and, of course, everything happening at once sounds like a disaster scenario to me.

Now maybe this was old stuff to the other, more experienced Hams that have worked this ride, but for me, this particular twelve hour shift was the best training that I have had in a long time. Working the base camp was an exciting and enjoyable challenge. I am sure I made lots of mistakes. I appreciate the experience and patience of all the other hams that made this event a success and helped me to learn how to do it better next time.

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Geo Bun Buster Horse Ride Sat 20 Mar
This fifty mile horse ride runs the Owens River canyon in the vicinity of Coso Junction. Last year, radio spooks and goblins kept the afternoon interesting. Help keep Ham radio presence in our community on-going and visual. Sign up for this ride with Hal Hazel KM6JM, 371-3208.

A note about signing up Doing these communications tasks well requires coordination and efficient use of operator experience and available radio equipment. Sign up as early as possible with the coordinators so they can plan efficient use of your capabilities and assets.

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Nine SARC Hams pthe "Antenna Book."

RACES needs to place a voice/packet station in the Salvation Army building at 120 East Church St. Jerry Brooks is looking for equipment donations for the station. Equipment required:

Transciever, 223.58 MHz preferred (two meter OK)
Omni-directional antenna
RG-213 coax and connectors
Terminal node controller (TNC)
DOS based computer (old laptop preferred for 12 VDC operation)
Printer (portable preferred for 12 VDC operation)
Solar panel (for charging battery)
Battery (12VDC)
Contact Jerry Brooks KK6PA 446-2228

SARC Net Needs Control Stations

The Monday evening SARC emergency net needs volunteers to serve as control station on Monday evenings. Term of service is about thirty minutes on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM for a month. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, 375-7245, is the SARC Emergency Net manager. Please let him know if you are willing to be net control for a month of Monday evenings.

CCCC HAM Radio Class

For those of you expecting a Ham radio technician license class at Cerro Coso Community College this spring semester, Mike Cash KN6IS reports that this class will given in the summer session. Pass the word to those of your friends who want to get a good electronics background for the technician license. A special VE session is conducted by SARC for this class. Results are excellent.

SARC Web Pages

Two SARC members have web pages dedicated to amateur radio and especially SARC. THE AIRWAVES, the constitution, the VE schedule, the repeater list and other information of interest to Hams can be viewed at two internet URLs. Erik van Bronkhorst KC6UUT has his site and Larry Jenkins KN6WI has his

RF Safety Calculator

The University of Texas Amateur Radio Club web site has an RF safety calculator.


12 Motorola VHF Mitrek, 12 Motorola UHF Mitrec, 12 VHF Micor, Motorola repeater hardware. Excellent condition. Not stolen - bill of sale available. Phil Stettle, Thatcher AZ 520-428-7963


Drake L7AM, SerNo 147, HF 1kW, linear power amplifier, 160-10 mtrs (no WARC bands), xlnt cond, with Drake L7PS, SerNo 204, companion power supply, xlnt cond, in/out cables attached, manual, orig invoice, 220 vac plug & receptacle $900 Drake TV-3300LP low pass filter, HF, 1 kW, New In Box, 80 dB @ 41 MHz, UHF connectors, 52 Ohm, original invoice $40

KLM 2M-2N 144-148 MHz, air dielectric, pwr divider, New In Box, N connectors $75 Alliance HD-73, 2 speed antenna rotator and control box, 11 sq. ft. xlnt cond, mast mount, manual, invoice disassembled/ cleaned/lubed/calibrated, ready to install $150

Contacts: Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 760-375-7245 & Elvy Hopkins NØLV 760-384-3589. Packing and shipping will be paid by buyer. All equipment will be sold AS IS. All equipment has been well cared for, shows no abuse, worked when last used five years ago and has been properly stored. This equipment belongs to an incapacitated Ham. Sale will help finance medical expenses.


Kenwood TH-21AT 2 mtr handheld small (5"x2.5"x1.2") 150mw lo pwr, 1.7w hi pwr, wall charger, DC-21 car pwr supply-$50

Honeywell Rediline motor-generator 12v in 120vac 60 Hz sine out 500w $50. Bill WA6QYR 760-375-8566, [email protected]


MFJ Electronic Keyer Paddle Model MFJ-422B. Uses Curtis 8044 ABM Keyer IC. Manual says 8-50 WPM but will do much slower than 8 WPM if required. Excellent physical and working condition. $75.00

MFJ Differential-T Antenna Tuner, model MFJ-986. Covers 1.8-30 MHz. Rated at 3 kW PEP. Lighted peak or average reading, cross-needle SWR/Wattmeter with 200/50W and 2000/500W ranges. Sides and top have minor scratches. Perfect working order. $180.00 Timewave DSP-59+ DSP Audio Noise Reduction Filter. Version 3.0 firmware. Reduces random noise, eliminates heterodynes. 225 combinations of high and low pass filters for voice and digital modes. One tiny scratch on top cover. $180.00 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 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. $500. Hal Hazel KM6JM 760-317-3208 FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE 12 Motorola VHF Mitrek, 12 Motorola UHF Mitrec, 12 VHF Micor, Motorola repeater hardware. Excellent condition. Not stolen - bill of sale available. Phil Stettle, Thatcher AZ 520-428-7963 (this is the correct phno)

See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV

VE Session>

The SARC volunteer examination session held on 13 Feb. saw ummmmdeeeeee buddddddllllllee squat. Two new technician licenses have been issued: KF6VAE to Louis Shanteler of Ballarat and KF6VAF to James Lloyd of Ridgecrest. Congratulations to the new licensees. This AIRWAVES has been sent to both new Hams.

Minutes, Board of Officers
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

__11CTabControlFv wqkkaTG @'휎ysmsf]VO Cal Heading Sub-heading Paragraph February 10, 1999. Those present: 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd VP Ray Lingenfelter KF6LEE, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD, Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU and AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV. The meeting started at 1850 hrs. Elvy passed out a list of public service events that was prepared by ex-president Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR. Elvy relayed president, Larry Merwin's desire that a group of SARC members travel to the Victorville Amateur Radio Club meeting when Chuck Pierce WA6QFD presents his program on radio controlled flying models. The data is not known at this time. An announcement needs to be made at the general meeting about the cost of the room at the Heritage to see if anyone has an alternative location. The April program will be presented by Bill Harwood W5WH.

The board agreed to pay James Pike KB6WHT $20.00 to cover his travel expenses to Ridgecrest for his J-Pole presentation at the March meeting. Elvy announced that he mailed 423 newsletters for February. A discussion was held on paying Mike Hugo KA6OIJ and Greg Roush WA7IRW for the HTs and the controller that are installed in the portable repeater. This item will be pursued. Elvy will change the membership application to increase the charge for badges from $5.00 to $6.00 in order to cover postage. Dave will announce the increase at the next general meeting. Elvy showed s plaque to the board that was presented to the club by the High Sierra Cyclists Bicycle Club. The meeting was adjourned at 1908 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
By Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 10 February meeting was called to order by the 1st Vice-president Dave Stone KC6UUR at 1930 hrs at the Heritage Inn. 50-50 tickets were not available for this meeting. The sign-in sheet was started around.. A number of people attended the meeting because of the special mailing of the February newsletter.

Announcements: The program for the March general meeting will be J-Pole antenna construction by James Pike from Victorville. The Heritage is now charging $30.00 per night. A new location that will cost less (free??) is needed. An upcoming event is the 100 mile horse ride on February 20th. Badge ordered after tonight will be $6.00 each. The increase is necessary to cover the cost of postage. The audit report was presented by Elvy Hopkins NØLV. The audit committee consisted of Tom Ingram, Elvy Hopkins and Larry Merwin KE6YLG. There were no discrepancies noted. Elvy announced that he would start working on the repeater move after income tax time. Jack Bitzer NL7SX provided the program on the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS). Ray Lingenfelter KF6LEE provide a short related program on the Aircraft Automatic Reporting System ACARS. 20 members signed in at the meeting (several did not sign in). The meeting adjourned at 2027 hrs., 3780 W-1F to James Lloyd of Ridgecrest.

R-ž𫫫vvvvllll` Officiating VEs were Jerry Brooks KK6PA, Monte Shinn W6PFR, Bill Maraffio N6PR, and Elvy Hopkins NØLV.

Last Issue of The AIRWAVES
This is the last issue of the AIRWAVES that yif your membeship renewal is not received by 31 March. Use the enclosed application to renew your SARC membership. ou will get . The application MUST accompany your payment.

SARC Badges Price Increased
The price of SARC badges has been raised from five to six dollars ($6.00). Last year SARC lost $35 in the sale of bdges due mostly to the increased cost of shipping.00a. The secretary can now order smaller batches of badges aqnd the delivery time will be shortened.der smaller batches of badges afrom initial placement of badge request to delivery

Use the order blank on the bottom of the enclosed mdmbership application to request your SARC badge.

from Mark Rosenthal N6BVP

As of 29 December 1998
	Share account	$3,294.70
	Draft account	1,022.35
	Total	$4,317.05
	Obligated funds	
	Relocate 147.00 repeater	1,200.00
	Balance	$3,117.05
Audit Committee Report
The audit committee plans to meet early in February. See the March issue of The AIRWAVES for a report.

The Audit Committee consisting of Tom Ingram WB6EPD, Elvy Hopkins NØLV and Larry Merwin KE6YLG, met on 6 February with past treasurer Mark Rosenthal N6BVP ndt the 1999 treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU to audit SARC's 1998 financial transactions and begin the smooth transition to and begin the smooth transition into 1999.

	Beginning balance	$3704.88
	Deposits and interest	3717.08
	Drafts paid	
	Ending balance	

	December financial statement	


26 February309.92381.283089.694332.274332.27	$0.00691.20491.20


Roger and Betty Meng KE6CIE and KE6CIF are moving to Bakersfield and have their single-wide mobil home on one acre for sale. Included will be a 55 ft. crank-up tower, rotor and a pair of Cushcraft two meter long boomers: a 40 foot bolt-together tower with a three element tri-bander and b a two meter omni antenna. Call at 377-4119 , rotor Roger says that the long boomers get into all the LA repeaters including Magic Mtn., Table Mtn. and Hauser Peak.

License Expirations

If you or someone that you know is in the list below, a communication to the FCC will keep you or your friend from having to take the license examinations again.

If your license is current and it is less than 120 days from the expiration date, the FCC's Electronic Renewal Form 900 can be used. If your license is expired, a hard copy of FCC form 610 must be snail mailed. Expiring in 1999

KI6NP	Carl R Carstens 17-Jan-1999
N6NOD	Robert N Holder 14-Feb-1999
KB6IKX	Thomas M Lowe 21-Mar-1999
KD5TU	Robert B Rogers  6-Jun-1999
WA6ARA	Michael D Herr 11-Jul-1999
KC6DYI	David R Gossage 11-Jul-1999
N6VRO	Mark A Mercer 11-Jul-1999
N6VSC	David Bartels 11-Jul-1999
N6VSD	Brian Bartels 11-Jul-1999
N6VSE	Bruce Bartels 11-Jul-1999
KA6ZYM	Richard R Austin 11-Jul-1999
K6IDP	Jefferson O Eaton 18-Jul-1999
KB6UBL 	Juanita M Finnessey 15-Aug-1999
WB7UKU	Barry J Paepcke  5-Sep-1999
N6WNK	Samantha N Parsons 10-Oct-1999
N6WVY	James B Criswell 7-Nov-1999
KC6HBK	Mark W Malm 21-Nov-1999
N6JML 	Robert S Barsaloux 28-Nov-1999
N6BDU	John W Stewart 19-Dec-1999

Expired Licenses

NI6M	Terrance B Sarrett 2-Feb-1998
NL7AN	Wayne A Bettis 29-Mar-1998
K6GSB	Delbert E Crane 5-Jul-1998
KB6ZGH	Sandra K Mangrum 5-Jul-1998
KB6YNF	Wesley Y Langley 26-Jul-1998
N6SUR	Claudia S Elson 26-Jul-1998
WB4ZKB	Charles D Miller 4-Aug-1997
N6AHM 	Thomas W Widauf 9-Aug-1998
KB6BFM	Oran R Roberts 23-Aug-1998

The FCC does not send renewal notices.James Pike KB6WHT will give a program on the James-Pole antenna. Function, history, math formulas for dimensions, mounting, materials, advantages and many other esoterica of the common J-Pole antenna will be made understandable to the novice and expert alike.urier

Symbol Mobile Avant Garde

b While James is presenting the information, he will be constructing two antennas which will be raffled off at the end of the program. Questions will be encouraged and answered.

James has made this presentation many times and sells his James-Poles comercially. Come, listen, watch, ask questions and go away an J-Pole expert.

(electronic form 900) (hard copy form 610)three applicants succesfully pass five license examinationsreceived a CSCE for the General class written.Louis, James nd Joethe


Twenty Mule Team WA6KZV & KC6UUR

The annual Twenty Mule Team Endurance Ride was held on 20, 21 February starting at the Ridgecrest fairgrounds. There were 46 one hundred milers, 59 sixty milers and 73 thirty milers for a total of 178 riders. The entries included one mule and one Icelandic pony.

The ride had six checkpoint locations. Veterinarians were at three crucial checkpoints. Water was available at all points and hay (you've heard of hayburners?) at most. Three loops of ten, thirty and sixty miles crossed highway 395 twice and approached hwy. 14 north of Red Rock Canyon.

A higher location for the SARC portable repeater was found and, even then, one checkpoint was unable to reach it. For a while the Trona Repeater and Monty Shinn W6PFR relaying from Ridgecrest did the trick and later the Bird Springs machine was used.

One woman rider was thrown off her spooked horse while exiting the fairgrounds to begin the ride. Despite her persistence, physical bruises (not to mention ego bruises) kept her from riding the course. One horse dumped it's rider near checkpoint 3/5/7, wandered off and was not found until early Sunday morning. The water tank placed at the far end of the sixty mile loop had been ventilated by shotgun pellets and a replacement had to be quickly found, delivered and filled. Dave Stone KC6UUR reports that an uncommonly large number of horses were pulled from the event by the veterinarians. One had to be walked a mile of so through rough terrain to the old hwy. 395 for a trailer pickup. This took longer than expected and caused anxiety for the crew.

Ham radio operators minded the veterinary check points and water points as well as a few spots thought to be vague to riders. These latter turned out to be unneeded since the layout was clear and well engineered. We used the same route and maps as last year so it was easy for the old experienced endurance rider communicators to find their way around.

there were only a few ragged nerves here and there. A great time was had by all attending. (ed. note: See From The Presicent's Shack) The Ham communications crew was kept busy through the whole event until the wee small hours of Sunday morning when most riders had finished. The portable repeater was taken down and put to bed at 0515 hrs.

Hams taking part this year were: WA7IRW Greg Roush, KC6UUR Dave Stone, KF6BCN Mike Gallagher, KF6PLD Roger Sellinger, WA6KZV Lloyd Brubaker, KE6WQR Charlie Hawthorne, W6TOD Todd Evans, KE6SMA Mark Slay, KE6IFG & KE6FIH JIM & Jackie Bumgardner (ride organizers), KE6YLG Larry Merwin, W6PFR Monty Shinn, and KD6ZUV Alex Higgins. Thanks gang for helping to make the whole event run smoothly.More than one horse required an IV for re-hydration.

A few more communications volunteers to work the wee hours of Sunday morning would have prevented the pink elephants (at a horse ride!?) and Christmas light decorated creosote bushes from dancing in the brains of the overnight longhaulers. More volunteer communicatorhelp next yearl

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