The Airwaves
April 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 (730pm)
Night   WA6YBN Ridgecrest translator
     	146.64 MHz (-600 kHz) 
	Visitors welcomed!

	ARRL Audio News
	1905 (7:05 p.m.) on 146.64 MHz

April 9 SARC Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Ready Room  
	BOD Meeting 1900 hrs.
	Membership Meeting 1930 hrs. 
	Program: Jerry Brooks covering ARES and
	ACES - purpose, history, relationships
	(between the two and with regulatory,
	served, & other agencies), myths &
	misconceptions. PLUS 6 minute video program
	from ARRL
May 14 SARC Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Ready Room  
	BOD Meeting 1900 hrs.
	Membership Meeting 1930 hrs. 
	Program: Homebrew Round up

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 N01LV 384-3589
	 E-mail ehopkins@ridgenetnet

From the President's Shack
I was surprised at the turn out at the March meeting. Some 30 people were in attendance to hear Dave Shipley talk about the NAWS Emergency Communications plans. This was the largest turn out in a long time. Thanks Dave for an informative talk. A BIG THANK YOU to Fred, KC6YYS for bringing snacks to the last two meetings. I have been interested in what Jerry, KK6PA and the renewal committee have been coming up with for ideas, suggestion, and comment. Things are still in the formative stage at this point, but good things seem to be in store for us in the near future. We have a number of folks with good ideas and talents in our community and the surrounding area. One of those is Dave Rosenthal, N6TST who has had an article in the February QST and a picture in the April QST. Dave stopped by one of the group meetings for a few minutes to talk about his upcoming travels. Hopefully Dennis, W6DWF can capture him to come talk to SARC sometime. The San Bernardino Microwave Society introduced a new contest for 2 GHz and Up for which the first event happened 15-16 March. Clubs across the country were interested and took up the challenge to get on some of the bands not so frequently used. There are a number of VHF clubs out there that jumped at the chance to participate according to their newsletters. Time will tell how many actually got out since March was sort of a snowy month for parts of the USA. There were two SBMS members in Inyokern that weekend to work 2 meter EME that joined in contacts with a couple of us in the IWV. It turns out that they have found an RF quiet place to work EME away from all the electrical noise in Southern California. If you have a problem or want help with some project, please give me or one of the committees a phone call.
73s Bill WA6QYR 375-8566

SARC Committees

  • Technical Assistance: Greg, WA7IRW 446-4383
  • Repeater Committee: open.
  • Radio Frequency Interference: Bill, WA6QYR 375-8566
  • Program: Dennis W6DWF 446-4787.
  • Public Relations: Phelps, W6PTH 375-4905
  • Airways Editors: Mike, WA6ARA and Paula N6VGW
  • Emergency and Public Service: Jerry, KK6PA 446-2228
  • Renewal Committee: Jerry, KK6PA 446-2228
April Meeting Program

Jerry KK6PA is taking over the Emergency and Public service work from Lloyd, WA6KZV. Jerry will be covering ARES and RACES - purpose(s), history, relationships (between the two and with regulatory, served, & other agencies), myths & misconceptions. PLUS 6 minute video program from ARRL Amateur Radio Today. (Editor --I've seen this and its very well done, worth watching)

May Meeting Program

Time for the homebrew round up. We have had these before and are always real enjoyable. The basic idea is to bring in what every you have built over the last year or so and give a 5 minute, or less, talk about it. This is great for the builder to show off and for the wanna builder to look at how it is done and to ask questions.

SARC Monday Evening Net News

Thanks to Greg WA7IRW for taking net control responsibilities during February time period and to Mike WA6ARA for covering the 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 new 147.00 MHz repeater home now has a hole in the ground and rebar foundation support coming together as of 22 March. The new shelter has arrived to house the repeater and other SARC assets. The repeater and associated stuff are now in shelter. Next comes the county building inspector and filling the hole with concrete. It will take some time for the big block of concrete to dry before putting the tower in place. Hopefully while that is going on we can get the repeater operating temporarily. - Bill, WA6QYR

Board of Officers Meeting Minutes

The Mar 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 Pres. Dennis Farrell (W6DWF), Treas. Pam Evans (KC6UUS), Secy. Tom Ingram (WB6EPD) and Airwaves Editor Mike Herr (WA6ARA). Club received a $100 donation from the Fire Mountain 50 horse ride. There is a Ham swap meet in Reno. Club letterhead stationery has been created. An ARRL CD was received from ARRL on Amateur Radio Today. It may be used at the next meeting. Items for the general meeting were discussed. A discussion of repeater equipment the club currently owns. The repeater committee has 100ft of hard line and connectors. They will not be needed for the installation of the 147.00 repeater. Bill will look into selling the cable and connectors. A storage shed will be needed to house the 147.00 repeater. Dennis will be providing the program at the general meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 1921 hrs. --Secretary, Tom, WB6EPD

Minutes of the General Meeting

The 12 Mar. 2003 meeting was called to order by the President, Bill Burns (WA6QYR) at 1933 hrs at the Heritage Inn. The Sign-in sheet was started around. Announcements: 50/50 tickets are available. A $100 donation was received from Jackie (KE6IFG) along with a thank you note for SARC support during the ride. Membership dues are due. An ARRL CD, Amateur Radio Today, was received and will be used next month. The Treasurers report is in the newsletter. Jerry Brooks (KK6PA) announced the 50K foot race north of Bishop. Several SARC members will be supporting the race. Mike Herr (WA6ARA) announced that the newsletter needs more news and pictures. Greg Roush (WA7IRW) was net control for the SARC emergency net for the past month. Mike Herr (WA6ARA) will assume the task next month. The repeater committee now has a building permit for the repeater tower. There were a number of items on the back table. Fred Willis (KC6YYS) provided refreshments for the general meeting. David Shipley (KE6RRT) provided the program for the evening on NAWS Emergency Management. Jerry Brooks won the 50/50. There were 29 amateurs at the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 20:26. --Secretary, Tom WB6EPD TREASURER'S REPORT

Treasurer's Report As of March 31, 2003: 
Draft Account	$   703.17
Share Account	$ 6,396.91
TOTAL    	$ 7,100.08
Obligated Funds:
Relocate 147.00 Repeater	$ 624.86
BALANCE:	$ 6,475.22
Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS
ARES/RACES

Lloyd Brubaker is retiring from managing RACES/ARES. He has held the position for more than 40 years. During that time he pioneered what is now the Emergency Services Committee, he fought the bureaucracy to establish the East Kern ARES/RACES groups. Establishing a split-county organization is a very rare situation and was very difficult to do. In addition he has, for years, worked with the political side of emergency communications, bring awareness of our FCC-mandated emergency duties to the local government. Jerry Brooks, KK6PA, has accepted the duties of both the EC of East Kern County ARES and the Radio Officer (RO) of East Kern County RACES. Jerry will be concentrating on training for emergency communications and hopes that the local hams will be enthusiastic in attending planned training sessions and participating in disaster drills for RACES/ARES. Interested hams may call Jerry at 446-2228 or email him at kk6pa@arrl.net for more information and for a copy of the East Kern County ARES/RACES disaster plan. C Jerry, KK6PA

From the ARES Field Resources Manual and the ARRL Operating Manual...

The Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications for communications duty in the public interest when disaster strikes. They only need the license and a desire to serve. The ARRL section manager appoints a Section Emergency Coordinator. At the district level an Emergency Coordinator (EC) is appointed. In the case of Kern County, it is divided into east and west areas.

The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is administered by local/county/ state Emergency Management agencies with guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a part of the Amateur Radio Service that provides radio communications for civil-preparedness purposes only, during the periods of local, regional or national civil emergencies (war-related, or natural fires floods and etc). Amateurs operating in a local RACES organization must be officially enrolled in the local civil-preparedness group. Lloyd is also the head to the local RACES group.

Although RACES and ARES are separate entities, the ARRL advocates dual membership and cooperation efforts between both groups whenever possible. An ARES group whose members are all enrolled in and certified by RACES operate in an emergency with great flexibility. Using the same operators and the same frequencies, an ARES group also enrolled as RACES can "switch hats" from ARES to RACES and RACES to ARES to meet the requirements of the situation as it develops. For example during a "non-declared emergency," ARES can operate under ARES, but when an emergency or disaster is officially declared by government emergency management authority, the operation can become RACES with no change in personnel or frequencies.
- Bill WA6QYR

ARRL Audio News

Every Monday night, just prior to the net, Mike, KF6WSR, broadcasts the ARRL Audio News on 146.64 simplex. This is a great source of amateur radio news and a good warm up for the net. So check it out, at 1905 local time (7:05 p.m.) on 146.64 MHz. This is transmitted on the SARC translator output frequency but in simplex. Done so that we don't have to worry about timing out the translator.

Looking for News!

I'm always looking for local news for and about the IWV amateur radio community. Also, if you have something for sale or are looking for something else, drop me a line and Ill put it in the Airwaves.
Editor, Mike, WA6ARA


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 Sun Apr 6 18:18:41 PDT 2003