THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
SARC MEETINGS Apr 2 SARC Board of Officers Meeting 1st Wednesday, Heritage Inn, 1730 hrs Apr 9 Membership Meeting 2nd Wednesday, Heritage Inn Flight Deck Room, 1930 hrs Program: Navy MARS by Bob Fletcher WB6KWE Mondays SARC Emergency Net Every Monday 1930 hrs WA6YBN translator 146.64 MHz (- 600 kHz) PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES May 2 & 3 Rim Of The World Auto Rally Two days of wild-n-wooley auto rally Call Paula Gibeault N6OQQ at 375-8704 Sign Up sheet enclosed May 10 & 11 Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bicycle Race Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 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 Jul 9 SARC BBQ & Tail Gate Swap Fest Eyeball QSOs Unload your RF junque LICENSE CLASSES AND EXAMS May 10 Volunteer License Exam Session Kerr-McGee Center 0900-1200 hrs May 15 Volunteer License Exam Session Cerro Coso Com. College, Rm WW145 Novice & Tech only. Pre-Reg. Required 1800-2100 hrs Contact NØLV 384-3589 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
SARC GENERAL MEETINGS ARE NOW ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY IN THE FLIGHT
DECK ROOM OF THE HERITAGE INN AT 1050 NORTH NORMA STREET
FROM THE PRESIDENTS SHACK
PROGRAM FOR APRIL MEETING
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Rim Of The World Auto Rally
Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bicycle Race
RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES
Coso Bun Buster 50 Mile Horse Ride
And Jack Bitzer NL7SX
Hal KM6JM was chief radioman with mast mounted vertical firmly bungeed to his trailer at base camp. He remembers the rain and wind of earlier Bun Busters. Dave KC6UUR a radio veteran of many horse rides arrived with maps and headed for one of the distant points near a pumice mine. Jerry KK6PA and Lloyd WA6KZV were heard and already situated on the course. Alex KD6ZUV was on water and feed duty in the remote areas. Mike the vet, also a Ham radio operator, was down south by the cinder cones and ready for anything. Jackie and Jim, both Ham radio operators, were Riding Staff and Vet (veterinarian) Check respectively.
Mt. Whitney and the east Sierra crest, with the complimentary desert to the east, were enjoyed by all as the day warmed with fair winds. My second assignment had me racing the leaders south to Vet Check #2 where Mike was. I took the freeway. They took the lake bed. Fortunately, Mike was monitoring and guided me away from the wrong turn on the way using 146.55 MHz. I seldom volunteer for sitting under power lines (Keough Hot Springs excepted), but, there they were trucks, water tanks, hay and feed and veterinarian right under the two gigantic transmission lines and towers. Yuk! I had to grit my teeth to get within quarter mile and considered abandoning the whole idea and heading for the donut shop. No guts. No glory. I'll make a note to request hazardous duty pay for this one.
To the head of the line, chair on the roof, cross-band on, HT, clipboard, floppy hat and I was set. Those first riders arrived at the same time and they were way ahead of the rest so it wasn't long before I had the two meter side of the HT scanning. A couple of weak repeaters, probably Las Vegas, and the rig settled on a rhythmic beep beep beep beep beep beep. Good strength. What could that be? Sounds like a clock ticking. Sounds like a beacon. But for what? Some desert rat tracking his burro? It was still going a half an hour later so I notified the net on 146.55. Hal came back and said the portable repeater was nearly shut down by interference a couple of years ago by the same thing. It wasn't too long before Jerry said he thought he knew what it was. It's a horse monitor. 'Never heard of that.
Well, it's a heart sensor placed under the cinch strap with a wire running up under the saddle. An antenna? The rider can glance at the wrist receiver and read the horse's heart rate. Jerry suggested to look out for #42 as he thought that horse was the culprit. It wasn't long before several Hams noted signals, some on other frequencies. We were on a bunny hunt with several bunnies being reported. There didn't seem to be a horse within two miles of me. I could see the course that far. S7 signal? Could it be concentrated by the power lines overhead?
The next group of riders thundered in with a cloud of dust. With all the milling around, watering, feeding, farrier work and vet inspections I missed #42. I walked through the melee with HT beeping but the signal seemed to be everywhere. On asking Jim about the monitors he said more than half the riders were using monitors of several models and manufacturers. So this is where the noise level on two meters comes from. Were we hearing 100 beating horses hearts capturing each other over the 50 mile course?
The whole event went smoothly and most of the riders were riding down the final six miles around two pm. Some of them were walking and a few were running next to their horses. One lady said her buns were about busted. (That sure was a strange position she was in.) Hal said "It didn't count unless she crossed the finish line." She was soon back in the saddle after the mandatory ten minute layover and pounding her way to the finish. As the last rider headed east and north
I noticed the beeps weren't any weaker. The vet staff, record keeper and I compared notes. We knew there were no more riders on the course. Should we search for the phantom rider? Should we close the checkpoint with such a strong signal? Everyone seemed anxious to leave so I made excuses that I might spend the night there, and within minutes I was the only one left. The horses were several miles away by now. I walked away from the transmission lines in both directions. It didn't seem to make a difference. After another twenty minutes there was a noticeable change and it appeared the signal was going rather than coming. I switched to the mobile receiver and drove east toward the mountains.
If there had been a reward for the first radio operator to finish doing this event I'd sure be suspicious. Here I was chasing a horses heart monitors and everyone else had gone to the finish line or headed south to the donut shop. The beeping disappeared into the noise near Little Lake. If this was a trick I'll get even.
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, pocket-worn or otherwise unusable and it will be replaced by one of the new ones. A new photo and thumb print will be required. This can be done at a meeting if Lloyd is given ample notice.
SARC MEMBERSHIP UP
Last years members receive the January, February and March issues of the AIRWAVES. The April, and subsequent, issues go to new and renewed members.
If you hear someone griping about not receiving "his" AIRWAVES, ask him is he renewed "his" SARC membership for 1997. Mark Rosenthal, our treasurer, is the keeper of the membership list. Fifteen dollars will get delinquent members back onto the SARC mailing list. See the front page for SARC mailing address.
NØLV is still looking for a smart battery charger/power supply for the SARC Translator. Any ideas, designs or sources out there?
IN THE MILL
The SARC patch is round, about four inches in diameter, with the same picture that the badge has on it, and has "Sierra Amateur Radio Club, Ridgecrest CA" surrounding the picture. They will probably sell for $2.50-$3.50. What is your interest? Let an officer know.
Share account $1,495.18 Draft account 1,749.27 Total $3,244.45 Obligated funds Relocate 147.00 repeater 1,200.00 Balance $2,044.45
Board of Officers Meeting Minutes
Letters are to be sent to the neighboring clubs asking that they publish in their newsletter an item inviting members to join our club if they use our repeaters regularly. Our own members are also invited to join theirs for the same reason.
There was a discussion about the lack of interest in Field Day. It would appear that there wouldn't be enough participation to warrant a SARC based effort. Individual members will have to attend other club's festivities in order to get their "Field Day fix."
SARC will renew the QST subscription for the local library.
Minutes of the General Meeting,
The Bun Buster horse ride was announced. The Rim Of The World car rally, by Paula Gibeault N6OQQ, was the feature of the evening. This year's ROW will be on May 2 and 3.
The status of the Portable Packet project was discussed. Whether or not a supply of club patches should be ordered. There was some interest. Field Day was brought up to evaluate the interest. There seemed to be very little.
The first sessions of Cycle Two RACES training was announced. Attendance at either 18 or 25 March from 7-9 p.m. is expected. Additional sessions will be held as needed. The meetings will be at the Red Cross office on board NAWS.
FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE
Clearing Out Unused Ham Gear
811-A Transmitting Tubes Generous Electricous. New-in-box. Four each. $25 each, $45 pair, $80 for all four. I pack. You ship. Elvy Hopkins NØLV 760-384-3589 Thank you
Bill Maraffio N6PR performs final review of THE AIRWAVES for
technical, punctuation, typing, spelling and other assorted errors.
Our new Area Code is 760
See ya in da funny papers. de NØLV