The Airwaves
April 1999
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

The Airwaves Calendar

SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETINGS
Every 	SARC Emergency Net
Monday	1930 hrs WA6YBN translator
Night	146.64 MHz (_600 kHz)
	Visitors welcome
Apr 14	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1845 hrs
Apr 14	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room  1930 hrs
	Program: Video "Everything You Always 
Wanted To Know About Antennas"
	By Frank Rutter K3AW
May 12	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1845 hrs
May12	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room  1930 hrs
	Program: TBA
Jun 9	Membership Meeting  Heritage Inn
Jul 14	146th Annual Bar-B-QSO,  PL & TGSF
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Apr 30/May 1  Rim of the World Auto Rally
	Call Mike N6PYM or Paula N6OQQ 
Gibeault at 375-8704 See article
May 8-9	Death Valley to Mt Whitney bicycle race
	Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
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
Aug 14	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
VOLUNTEER EXAMINATION SESSION Saturday April 10

SARC CONSTITUTION ENCLOSED

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
by Larry Merwin KE6YLG

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been mulling over some sort of humorous column for this month's edition of the Airwaves. Aside from the fact that I probably couldn't write something funny if my life depended on it, two recent matters have intruded to such an extent that I feel that they must be addressed. Both of the issues have no simple, short-term solution. If you have ideas or comments, please contact me or another member of the board. The first of these is the pending, 1 August, loss of the El Paso Peak repeater site. In mid-March, SARC received a letter from Ed Tipler WA6KYZ, the owner of this site, informing us that due to a nearly ten-fold increase in rental fees being levied by the Bureau of Land Management, it would no longer be possible to operate any amateur radio equipment from his site. Many of you know that plans were already in the works to move the 147.00 MHz, FM, voice machine. This action will force us to make sure that happens before the first of August. Of considerably more concern is the fact that the packet link on El Paso is the only gateway out of the Indian Wells Valley. The loss of this link could be crucial to RACES communications in the event of a local disaster. Jerry Brooks KK6PA and Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV have already met with Kern County Commissioner John McQuiston to address this issue and to highlight the importance of RACES. At this time, the SARC board and others are working to find a new site for the packet link. We will keep you informed. Can you help? The second item of recent concern is the increase in malicious interference on local repeaters. Those of you who participate in the Monday night Emergency Net on the 146.64 MHz translator have heard some of this. The perpetrator is well known and apparently has a long history of illegal operation. Up until even six months ago, one would have had little hope of obtaining any assistance from the FCC in this matter. However, as is clear to readers of QST and the weekly ARRL newsletter that Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH is the new and very active head of the FCC's Amateur Radio enforcement. Perhaps now is the time to work towards getting an Official Observer in the valley. Want to help?

MEETING PROGRAM Wed 14 Apr

"Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Antennas --- but were afraid to ask" will be the sixty-eight minute, ARRL video presented at the SARC meeting on 14 April. Frank Ritter K3AW (now a SK) is the recorded presenter.

Our second vice president Ray Lingenfelter KF6LEE reports that Bill Harwood W5WH has asked that his program on Wide Area Repeater Networks, originally scheduled for the April meeting, be delayed until the fall because of employment workload.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Rim of the World Auto Rally April/May
by Paula Gibeault N6OQQ

It is time for the 1999 Rim of the World Pro Rally. This event, organized by Mike N6PYM and Paula N6OQQ Gibeault, is in its sixteenth year and once again promises just about every type of adventure a special event can provide. Pro Rallies are definitely not your tame street rally. These are flat-out, time trial competitions on twisty, cliffy, rocky dirt fire roads.

The majority of amateurs working the rally or tracking the cars get a front row view of the rally racers blasting down dirt roads. Others work net control for their own stage and some get to ride along in the organizers cars. And then there is the intrepid packet crew who do a beautiful job of sending all scores from the field to headquarters, thereby allowing the rally scores to be final before the cars even get back to the finish.

Rim of the World will take place Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 starting in Palmdale and running in the Angeles National Forest south of that city. If any of the various positions sound interesting to you, please give Mike and Paula a call at 375-8704 or e-mail them at gibeault@ridgenet.net. All workers receive a very nice T-shirt and a $20 room rebate toward a motel room, each night, if needed. We hope to hear from you.

Death Valley to Mt. Whitney 8-9 May
Now is not too early to begin thinking about this two day, nationally known bicycle race from Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley to Whitney Portals above Lone Pine. It is an early and long Saturday and ninety miles from home on Sunday. There is a free picnic in Lone Pine on Saturday. Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-3589 for information.

RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES
Geo Bun Buster Fifty Mile Horse Ride
As related by KM6JM WA6KZV KC6UUR

The annual Geo Bun Buster fifty mile horse endurance ride conducted by the ARAB club (Association of Ridgecrest Arabian Breeders) was held on a blustery, cold, damp Saturday 20 March. The difficulties of communicating twenty-five miles through the deep, narrow Owens river canyon were overcome by elevated collinear antennas, strategic locations and, at times, just plain RF power.

The Owens Canyon Phantom made several appearances again. Speculation as to it's source range from "It is the ghosts of wagon train drivers robbed and killed by the Robbers Roost Gang" to the more mundane sources of horse heart monitors or control signals on the electric power transmission lines which also travel the canyon. The burps, wheezes, chortling and chirps kept things interesting.

The crew had a scare when a riderless horse came trotting down the trail and tried to run right through a vet check without stopping for the mandatory fifteen minute rest. Lloyd Brubaker and the people running the vet check managed to stop the horse and put it in the penalty box. Lloyd then drove his 4WD, backtracking the course, looking for an injured rider. About a half mile up the trail, other riders told Lloyd that the rider was leading the horse when it bolted and soon after the horseless rider walked into view and no emergency existed.

Some interesting noises, touch tone tunes, scritches, squealing, and occasionally a b-a-s-h, were endured for a while until the owner of a hand held, which had been dropped fumbled and put into hoo-noze-wott!! mode by inappropriate button punches, administered programmers first aid to the errant transceiver. This electronic anvil chorus and donkey serenade continued while the user, without manual, made many attempts to get the misprogrammed HT back into the real world of voice communications. We won't tell the whole world who this was, but he has been seen at a local copy machine mumbling non-understandable gibberish while copying his HT operator's manual. Safety of riders and horses is of prime concern to all involved in these horse endurance events. Hams keep a running record of horse/rider numbers as the pass through the check points. A rider's location on the course can be determined in a few moments by consulting the Ham's lists at the various locations. Water, hay, heart monitor batteries, medications and veterinarians are dispatched to wherever horses need them. The logistics of caring for and keeping track of 50-100 contestants is greatly aided by the instantaneous communications provided by amateur radio. The ride organizers depend on the Hams for communications and the riders appreciate the fact that assistance is only a radio call away.

This six AM until ?? event lasted until mid-afternoon and most Hams were home for dinner. Those hardy Hams who kept this event connected with communications were Hal Hazel KM6JM, the event communications organizer, Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, Jerry Brooks KK6PA, Bill Burns WA6QYR, Mark Slay KE6SMA, Todd Evans W6TOD, Dave Stone KC6UUR, and Pam Mathes KC6UUS.

RACES NEEDS DONATIONS
RACES needs to place a voice/packet station in the Salvation Army building at 120 East Church St. Jerry Brooks KK6PA is looking for equipment donations for the station. Equipment required: (1) Transceiver, 223.58 MHz preferred (two meter OK), (2) Omni- directional antenna, (3) RG-213 coax and connectors, (4) Terminal node controller (TNC), (5) PC/DOS based computer (old laptop preferred for 12 VDC operation), (6) Printer (portable preferred for 12 VDC operation), (7) Solar panel (for charging battery), (8) 12 VDC storage battery. Contact Jerry Brooks 446-2228 kk6pa@ridgenet.net

IN THE MILL

ARRL E-mail Addresses for Members
ARRL members can now announce their ARRL membership through their e-mail addresses. A new membership service is available for those wishing to have an ARRL e-mail address and you won't have to switch e-mail services to do it. Not only that, but it will be free-of-charge to League members. The new, personalized League e-mail addresses will consist of the member's callsign@arrl.net. Electronic mail sent to the address will automatically be forwarded to any e-mail account you choose. As long as you remain an ARRL member, you'll never have to notify people of an address change - even if you change Internet Service Providers. Members are able to sign up quickly and easily through the ARRL Members Only Web Site. If you are not already registered for the Members Only Web Site, you can do so at http://www.arrl.org/members/. Members who are not registered for the Members Only Web Site may also obtain their League addresses, but the procedure is a bit more time consuming. For instructions, send a blank message to subscribe@arrl.net.

SARC IN CQ Magazine?

Bob Josuweit WA3PZO who writes a column called "In the Public Interest" for CQ magazine is interested in doing an article on SARC support of horse endurance events. He read the Airwaves accounts on one of the SARC web sites and contacted the Airwaves editor, Elvy Hopkins NØLV, with questions. Elvy is working to provide Josuweit with information. Dave Stone KC6UUR has taken some digital photographs of the horse events. The package will go to Josuweit shortly this issue is mailed.

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.

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.

TREASURERS REPORT
from Ralph Frasier KQ6UU

As of 6 April
Share account	$3,309.92
Draft account	$1,735.55
Total	        $5,048.47
Obligated funds	
Relocate 147.00 repeater  $1,200.00
Balance			  $3,848.47

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes, Board of Officers
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD
March 10, 1999, 1845 hrs. Those present: President Larry Merwin KE6YLG, 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd VP Ray Lingenfelter KF6LEE, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD, Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU and AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV.

Ray announced that he has ordered two ARRL videos to use at future general meetings. We will have 50/50 tickets at the general meeting. The J-Pole antennas Jim Pike builds at the general meeting will be given away with the 50/50 tickets. A short discussion on an alternate meeting place was held. No alternate locations have been located. Elvy provided the Treasurer with the 1998 audit committee report. The audit reports will be kept in the treasures book. The April general meeting program will be presented by Bill Harwood W5WH. For May the program will be a video "Everything You Wanted to Know about Antennas)." No program has been selected for the June meeting. Chuck Pierce WA6QFD will present his program on Six Meter Radio Control Flying at the Victorville Amateur Radio Club meeting on 12 October, 1999. Elvy provided copies of the ARRL check-off list which contains the items clubs should do or verify each year. The board addressed each item. Greg Roush WA7IRW will provide the board with information on a duplexer needed for the portable repeater. The BLM and El Paso Peak problem was discussed. The BLM fee for the site has increased from $4,000 to $37,000 per year. Ed Tipler plans to move all amateur gear out of the building. SARC has the 147 Mhz, FM, voice repeater and a packet repeaters in the building. All amateur repeaters will have to be moved out of the building by 1 August if the BLM assessment issue is not resolved. Larry talked to the ARRL but they could not provide any advice or assistance since the site is commercial.

A discussion was held on the 147 Mhz repeater move. Jim Kuszner KE6DWM will rework the repeater's controller when it is removed from El Paso Peak. The 440 MHz link will be installed before the 147 machine is relocated.

The agenda for the general meeting was discussed. The meeting was adjourned at 1927 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
By Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD
The 10 March meeting was called to order by the President Larry Merwin KE6YLG at 1932 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Fifty/fifty tickets were available for this meeting. The sign-in sheet was started around. Announcements: Upcoming events are the Geo Bun Buster, 50 mile horse ride on March 20th, the Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bicycle race on 8 and 9 May and the Rim of the World auto race in April/May.

Lloyd provided details on the Twenty Mule Team 100 mile horse ride. The portable repeater functioned perfectly. At least one checkpoint was not able to reach the repeater so information to and from that checkpoint had to be relayed. Larry and Ray announced the need for programs for the next year. Larry announced that the J-Pole antennas constructed during the program would be given away to purchasers of the 50/50 tickets. Larry reminded everyone that a new meeting place was still desired.

James Pike KB6WHT, from Victorville, provide the program on design, construction and installation of J-Pole antennas. While he was discussing the J-Pole antenna he constructed two copper J-Poles for 2 meters and one ladder line J-Pole for 2 meters.

In the 50/50 drawing, Ray Lingenfelter KF6LEE won a J-Pole and the 50/50 money! Tom Ingram WB6EPD won a J-Pole. Twenty members signed in at the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 2043 hrs.

FREE FREE FREE

Bob Huckins W6UPI would like to give away his copies of the first 24 issues of Communications Quarterly magazine. Call him at 375-7655, w6upi@ridgenet.net.

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

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.

See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV