The Airwaves
May 2000
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 
May 10  Board of Officers Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1830 hrs
May 10  Membership Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
        Ready Room  1930 hrs
        Program  Home brew Show & Tell
        Bring your projects See article
Jun 14  Board of Officers Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Jun 14  Membership Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
        Ready Room  1930 hrs
        Program  Weak Signal VHF
        By  Todd Evans W6TOD
Sep 13  Board of Officers Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Sep 13  Membership Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
        Ready Room  1930 hrs
        Program  TBA
Jun 24-25 Field Day  Fun for all  See articles
        Call Mike Herr  375-5324

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
May 13-14  27th Death Valley to Mt. Whitney
        Two day bicycle race  See article
        Call Elvy  NØLV  384-3589

AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Jun 10  Volunteer License Exam Session
Second  Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat     131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
Even    Pre-register by 7 Jun  Walk-in?  Call
Months  Written tests 9 am  Code test 11 am
        Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
Aug 12  Volunteer License Exam Session
Second  Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat     131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
Even    Pre-register by 9 Aug  Walk-in?  Call
Months  Written tests 9 am  Code test 11 am
        Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
Oct 14  Volunteer License Exam Session
Second  Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat     131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
Even    Pre-register by 11 Oct  Walk-in?  Call
Months  Written tests 9 am  Code test 11 am
        Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
FIELD DAY IS 24-25 JUNE
SHARPEN YOUR PORTABLE OPERATING SKILLS
MIKE HERR WA6ARA IS ORGANIZING CALL 375-5324

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
by Larry Merwin KE6YLG

This past week I read a review of a new movie coming out called "Frequency" starring Dennis Quaid. The premise of the film is that the main character discovers a trunk with his father's old ham gear in it and uses the rig to talk back through time with his father who has been dead for some thirty years. I'm pleased that there is yet another movie that features Ham radio, but I'm not so sure about the "X-Files" aspects of it all. I know that with out that particular contrivance there wouldn't be much of a movie but I also think about the public's general lack of knowledge about Amateur Radio and I wonder what influence if any this movie will have.

This also got me to thinking about the wider aspects of modern technology and how it is understood and approached by the common user. Increasingly, it seems that the general public is less and less aware of the physical background and the limitations of the technology that they use. You remember the commercial "I own my own business but I can't program my VCR." Now I'm not saying that we all need to know how to manufacture a 500 MHz Pentium CPU or to program in assembly language. However, it is increasingly the case that all of us need to make informed decisions about technology for ourselves and for the community in which we live, decisions that could have a significant impact on our lives and the lives of our children.

Here is where the importance of Ham Radio comes in. The Amateur community is one of the most tech-savvy groups that I know. We don't fear technology or ignore it or treat it as a black box. We use technology. We work to improve it and we strive to create new technology when the current state-of-the-art doesn't meet our needs. Yes, I know that Amateur Radio is just a hobby, but it is a hobby that serves to educate and inform. I also believe that it serves to help everyone understand the difference between the wonders of modern technology and the fictions that make for enjoyable movies.

MEETING PROGRAM Wed 10 May
Home Brew Show and Tell

Mike Herr WA6ARA SARC program chairman wants home-brew projects to be brought to the meeting. Anyone with a project, new or old, completed or underway, bring it in for display, and maybe, a demonstration. Also there will be a short discussion of various kits and projects available and a description of the "Manhattan" ugly style printed wiring construction.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES Death Valley to Mt. Whitney 13-14 May

This is a 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.

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

CHAIRMAN SEEKS PARTICIPATION

SARC Program Chairman, Mike Herr WA6ARA, is seeking member participation in SARC events. For information on the two subjects below, call Mike at 375-5324.

Program Chairman Looking for Speakers
Mike is looking for speakers for the following subjects: DX chasing, contesting, stealth HF antennas, high power operating, proper grounding, antenna measurement, simple microwave projects, mobile installation and operating and just about anything else you can think of.

Field Day Mike
wants SARC input for field day. So far the response has been somewhat underwhelming. So, what do we want to do? Field Day in the IWV or in the mountains? QRP or QRO? There are a multitude of possibilities we could do and have a good time. If you are interested see me after the meeting or call.

RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES Volunteer Examination Session 8 April

The 8 April Volunteer Examination Session was stampeded by applicants wanting to pass the then current and known exams and by those wanting to get a real thirteen wpm Advanced or a real twenty wpm Amateur Extra class license. Sign up began in early January and were limited to twenty applicants due to space and time constraints. The applicants were separated into three groups: written tests only, written and code and code only. Eight AM, nine AM and eleven AM were the separate test times. One late cancellation, one sickout and one out-of-town no show left the VE team with seventeen applicants to serve. Eighteen written exams were given, seventeen were passed. Eight code tests were given, two were passed.

New Technician licenses were earned by Shannon Alonge KG6BEQ, Frank Alonge, KG6BEP and fourteen year old Andrea Shipley KG6BEO.

Pamela Evans KC6UUS upgraded to Tech Plus. and Todd Evans W6TOD upgraded to Amateur Extra.

Six applicants passed element 4B Amateur Extra: Dan Bushnell KM6WS, Mac McMillan K6JLZ, Skip Robertson KC5UJX, Mark Rosenthal N6BVP, Bob Rounthwaite WD6GBX and Ray Stevens KC6UTC.

Two applicants passed element 4A Advanced: Skip Robertson KC5UJX and Louis Shanteler KF6VAE.

Three applicants passed element 3B General: Pam Evans KC6UUS, Ken Lusk KC6YYU and Mike Stevens KF6EYE.

One applicant passed element 1C 20 wpm code: Todd Evans W6TOD and one applicant passed element 1A 5 wpm code: Pam Evans KC6UUS.

Examiners were Mike Herr WA6ARA, Tom Ingram WB6EPD, Elvy Hopkins NØLV with Bill Maraffio N6PR doing the paperwork and record keeping.

A confirmation card from the ARRL VEC indicated that SARC material arrived there on 12 April and went electronically to the FCC on 14 April. Call signs for new licensees were issued on 25 April and appeared on on 29 April. It appears that the FCC is very busy.

RACES RAMBLINGS
Work Party Volunteers Needed

On Flex Friday, 12 May, the RACES work crew will meet at 0730 hrs (That is seven thirty in the morning local time) at Lloyd's QTH to work on the new communications trailer roof. We are still removing of the old roof and hope to finish that soon. The reason for the early hour is to work in the cool of the morning and make an early break reasonable. We will quit by lunch time. If you can stay only an hour or so, come anyway. All help will be gratefully accepted. Call Lloyd WA6KZV at 375-7245 for more information.

VOLUNTEER EXAMINERS NEEDED

With only seven extra class and two advanced class volunteer examiners in the Ridgecrest area, Bill Maraffio, VE Team Liaison, is having trouble finding the four VEs to man the six, semi- monthly test sessions. If you are interested in becoming an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, send an e-mail to vec@arrl.org and request the Prospective VE (PVE) packet (include your name and postal address). The PVE packet includes a current Volunteer Examiners manual and other information to get you started as an ARRL VE.

NET CONTROL STATIONS NEEDED

The Monday evening SARC emergency net needs volunteers to serve as control station. 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.

IN THE MILL
Field Day 2000

Before we know it, Field Day will be upon us. SARC used to put on quite a Field Day, sometimes in the mountains, sometimes in Leroy Jackson park. We have not had a SARC Field Day operation for the last few years. It is time to start again. For those who have never been on a Field Day, it is great fun. For a twenty-four hour period we operate portable, virtually all the bands and modes, high power and low. The club usually makes somewhere between 500 and 1000 contacts. One of the great aspects of Field Day is that you get to try different rigs, antennas, modes and bands. Anyone interested?

Start talking it up and see how we can make it happen this year. If you are interested, please contact Mike Herr WA6ARA herr@ridgecrest.ca.us). Remember, Field Day is the fourth weekend of June, the 24th and the 25th.

LICENSE RESTRUCTURING FALLOUT
FCC Warns New Generals

The FCC says a lot of newly upgraded General class licensees have begun asking if they may operate in the current Advanced class sub-bands now that the new amateur rules are in place. "The answer is Absolutely not" said the Bill Cross W3TN of the FCC's Public Safety and Private Wireless Division. "No privileges changed for any license class." Cross pointed out that the Advanced class license did not cease to exist under restructuring, which went into effect April 15, although the FCC no longer accepts applications for Novice or Advanced class licenses. He said current Generals do not earn Advanced class privileges until they upgrade to Amateur Extra class, at which point they earn both Advanced and Extra privileges.

The FCC also says General class operators may hold only Group C (1x3) or Group D (2x3) call signs, as it was under the old rules. Generals are not entitled to apply for or hold Group B (2x2) call signs under the new rules.

Cross cautioned newly upgraded licensees to check the revised Part 97 rules carefully to make sure they're not operating beyond their privileges. "Now that they've gotten the license, it's time to look at the real rules," he said.

New Technician Plus

Several callers have wondered if Technicians who pass the five WPM Morse code test (Element 1) may then operate on the Novice bands. The answer is yes. Such licensees no longer get a new license class--it would have been Tech Plus under the old rules--but they have the same privileges as current Tech Plus licensees.

At present, while such Element 1 credit provides new privileges for the term of the license, the credit--at least for now-- is only good for 365 days for upgrading purposes. The League has petitioned the FCC to make Element 1 credit permanent.

Revised FCC Part 97 rules are available on the ARRL Web site at http://www.arrl.org/field/regulations/news/part97/
The above taken from the ARRL Letter.

FCC Form 605

When the Universal Licensing System (ULS) was made available for the Amateur service, the FCC's Wireless Telegraph Bureau announced that Forms 610 and 610V would continue to be usable for six months. That grace period expired on February 16. The Bureau will dismiss without prejudice all applications received on or after February 17, 2000, if filed using Forms 610 and 610V. From that date on, all Amateur licensing (with the exception of club stations) must employ the new ULS Form 606. Prior to filing Form 606 it is necessary to register using Form 605. Either electronic or paper versions of these two forms may be used. An overview of the ULS system can be found at
http://www.arrl.org/fcc/uls-qa.html.
Links for obtaining copies of Forms 605 and 606 are at
http://www.arrl.org/fcc/forms.html,
while a tutorial on the basics of how to register is given at http://www.arrl.org/fcc/uls101.html.

OLD BUSINESS
Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

April 12, 2000. Those present: 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd VP Mike Herr WA6ARA, Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD and AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV. The meeting started at 1902 hrs. Tom presented a thank you note and a check for $50.00 from the Geo Bun Buster Horse Ride. Elvy announced that he had purchased all the Roger Meng KA6CIE memorial books for the library. One book is on back order. Elvy also announced that there were no suggested updates to the constitution.

Mike recommended that the club donate $50.00 to AMSAT for the 3D launch. A motion will be made at the general meeting to approve the donation. A discussion was held on the Little Lake repeater autopatch as requested by Jerry Brooks KK6PA. The cost to activate the autopatch will be approximately $ 60.00 and a monthly fee of $23.00. This would be in addition to the cost of the autopatch for the 147.00 machine which is expected to be up later this year. At this time it is not known if the owner of the Little Lake machine is receptive to having the autopatch re- activated. Jerry will check with the owner. Elvy presented a bill to Ralph for books, newsletter etc. totaling $265.39.

Elvy reported that he had finally disposed of the NiCad batteries from the 146.64 MHz translator.

Mike may not be available for Field Day but he is willing to help organize it. Mike also mentioned that it is possible to get CD's for the library that have past issues of QST, 73, etc. These CDs go back as far as 20 years. The meeting was adjourned at 1926 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 12 April meeting was called to order by the 1st Vice-President David Stone KC6UUR at 1930 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Fifty-fifty tickets were available for the meeting. The sign-up sheet was started around. Announcements: $50.00 donation from the Coso Bun Buster horse ride held on 18 March. Elvy Hopkins NØLV announced had purchased the Roger Meng KA6CIE memorial amateur radio books for the library.

Dave announced that the September newsletter would be a technical issue. Elvy presented the details on the busy VE session held in April. Twenty people had signed up but there were three no shows. Elvy requested that cancellations for VE sessions should be made as soon as possible. Elvy had a waiting list this time could have contacted those people. Mike Herr WA6ARA provided the evening program on AMSAT and provided details on the various satellites in orbit. Mike announced that next month the program would be a show and tell on home-brew equipment. Mike made a motion that $50.00 be donated to AMSAT. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV seconded the motion and the motion passed. Jerry Brooks KK6PA talked about a once a year technical newsletter (June or September). Anyone with inputs should get ideas to Jerry. Bob Wagner K6WAG won the 50-50. Twenty-two amateurs were present at the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 2017 hrs.

TREASURERS REPORT
        from Ralph Frasier KQ6UU
As of 30 April Y2K
        Share account   $3,421.00
        Draft account   2,717.82
        Total   $6,138.82
        Obligated funds 
                Relocate 147.00 repeater        1,200.00
        Balance $4.938.82

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Icom V21AT 144/220 MHz handy-talky with extra battery $250. Radio Shack HTX-202 144-148 MHz handy-talky $100. Kenwood TM231A 2 meter mobile, 50 watts $200. Kenwood TM331A 220MHz mobile, 25 watts $275. TS-850SAT HF rig with antenna tuner $950. Miscellaneous stuff that will sell when anyone comes to see the above. Bob Rounthwaite WD6GBX riverwalk@juno.com.

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Hammarlund Super Pro SP-600 JX-14 HF receiver in Hammarlund cabinet, excellent condition, $500, Jim Leonard 377-3474, supersaw@ridgenet.net

Contacting THE AIRWAVES Editor

Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-ELVY or e-mail ehopkins@ridgenet.net.

See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV


Updated Sat May 13 13:50:43 PDT 2000