The Airwaves
May 2001
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 Randsburg repeater
Night   145.34 MHz (-600 kHz, PL 100.0 Hz)
        Visitors welcome 
May 9   Board of Officers Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
May 9   Membership Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
        Ready Room  1930 hrs
        Program  NVIS Antennas
        By Jerry Brooks KK6PA
June 13 Board of Officers Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
June 13 Membership Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
        Ready Room  1930 hrs
        Program  Nifty & Novel Antennas
        By  Phelps TerHeun  KF6ZVD
Jul 11  148th Annual SARC BAR-B-QSO,
        Pot Luck and Tail Gate Swap Fest
        Good food  Great eyeball QSOs
        Fantastic RF Junque
Aug  9  81st Summer Ice Cream Social
        Somewhere?
        Ideas?  See article
       
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
        May 19-20  28 th Death Valley to Mt. Whitney
        Two day bicycle race 
        Call Elvy  NØLV  384-3589
        ehopkins@ridgenet.net
ACTIVITIES
May 12  Monthly Fox Hunt
        Heritage Inn parking lot  0900 hrs 
        Call Mike Herr WA6ARA 375-5324  herr@ridgenet.net
June 2  Magnolia Days  Inyokern
        Parade  Ethnic food
        Call Lloyd Brubaker 375-7245
        wa6kzv@ridgenet.net
Jun 23-24   National Field Day
        A SARC tradition gone begging
        To participate, have fun, gain
        experience  Call  Mike Herr WA6ARA 
        375-5324  herr@ridgenet.net
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Jun 9   Volunteer License Exam Session
Second  Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat     131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
Even    Pre-register by 6 Jun  Walk-in?  Call
Months  All must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
        Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
        ehopkins@ridgenet.net

WHAT ARE YOUR FIELD DAY PLANS ?

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
by Mike Herr WA6ARA

Greeting all. It's getting hot outside and bands even hotter. I just finished working ZK1JD on Rarotonga Island, part of the Cook Islands. Not spectacular DX but at two watts, a long wire, SSB to boot, that's good.

If you were at the last club meeting you already know how great the home brewed equipment program was. I expect the next one to be as good or better. Besides the regular club meetings we have a host of other happenings.

The Fourth Annual CQ National Fox Hunting Weekend, 12-13 May 2001. This happens to fall on our regular fox hunting Saturday, so let's do it. I am trying to make this one a little different, with a couple of prizes, don't expect too much, and possibly a second transmitter to find, if I get the PIC to perk along properly. I encourage all to attend, Saturday, 12 May at the Heritage Inn parking lot. We start around 9 am and it lasts about an hour. Even if you don't have DF equipment come and join with someone who does.

Field Day, 23-24 June, is shaping up well. We will have it in one of the local parks. While it may be a tad hot, it is easy for Hams to stop by for a short operating stint or perhaps a visit. As part of Field Day, I hope to have available some new modes that the majority of us don't have equipment for but would like to try. This includes VHF SSB, PSK31 and satellite. We might set up solar and wind power generators for the occasion. If there is interest, we can barbecue Saturday evening and have pancakes Sunday morning. Stay tuned for more details.

Owens Valley Radio Observatory field trip: I'm having some problems setting up the field trip. It looks like May will be out but June is still a possibility. Also, it may have to be on a weekday. I'll let you all know when I know more.
73 es vy gud DX

PROGRAM Wed 9 May
Near Vertical Incidence Skywave

Near vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) propagation is a method of communicating inside the normal first skip range for HF. Come hear Jerry Brooks KK6PA bring us up to speed on this very interesting method and the antennas required for its operation.

RAFFLE FOR N-I-C-E STRAIGHT KEY
Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD, our 2nd VP, has organized a raffle for a small, very attractive, gold plated straight key to raise money for SARC treasury. This key is in the $100 price range and would look really good at any Ham shack's operating position. It is the Millennium Key, #81 of 100, by Llaves Telegraficas Artesanas. Tickets are $5.00 each or three for $10.00. Get your tickets from Phelps. The key will be on display at meetings and the drawing will be at the June meeting.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Death Valley to Mt. Whitney 19-20 May
Volunteer now for 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. Contact Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-3589 ehopkins@ridgenet.net for information.

Magnolia Days Parade
June 2 is the day for Inyokern's Magnolia Days celebration. The parade needs amateur radio communications for coordination. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV is honchoing this event. Call him at 375-7245 or e-mail at wa6kzv@ridgenet.net

RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES

Volunteer Exam Session 14 April
SARC VEs conducted the regular, second Saturday of even numbered months exam session last month. Business was good.

Merle Elson N6PYN upgraded to Extra Class. There were four paper upgrades to General Class: Susan Fogel WD6DVR, Larry Mills KA6VWJ, Gene Lovell KA6YYJ and Stephen Sutton N6OMC. William Rawlings KG6GBX and James Waldburger KG6GBY earned Technician licenses. Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD received CSCEs for elements 1 and 4. Four written exams were administered and passed. Two code tests were suffered through with one pass, one fail.

VEs were Keith Clark W6SIY, Monty Shinn W6PFR, Charlie Hawthorne AD6QK and Bill Maraffio N6PR. Congratulations to the new licensees. They will receive the next two AIRWAVES with SARC membership applications and other data sheets.

RACES RAMBLINGS
by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

The Monday night net is in a turmoil at present due to the attempt to add the California City amateurs to the roster. It isn't working well since some IWV hams cannot work the 145.34 Randsburg machine. Some suggestions have been made: 1. Link Randsburg and the Ridgecrest translator. 2. Run two nets at different times, different days of the week, different repeaters. Members can then join either or both.

It would seem that having one ARES/RACES organization would be the most efficient and economical. Unfortunately the geography of California does not lend itself to communications as convenient as it is in the San Joaquin Valley or the plains of Kansas. Any good ideas?

Repairs and updates on the "new" communications trailer are coming along. The roof is on and nearly all of it is permanently attached. We still have a vent or two to complete but we are waterproof, we think. The next work period is 0900-1200 hrs, flex-Friday, 11 May. See you then.

IN THE MILL

Trip to Owens Valley Radio Observatory
How would you like to see and hear what all those large dish antennas in the Owens Valley south of Bishop are being used for? Mike Herr, our president, is organizing a group trip to visit the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) which is the largest university operated radio observatory in the world. The date for this trip. has slipped to June, possibly a week day. Let Mike know if you are interested. 375-5324 herr@ridgenet.net

The attractions are; The Millimeter-Wavelength Array consisting of six high-accuracy radio telescopes, each 10.4 meters (34 feet) in diameter; An intensive program of microwave background observations is currently underway at OVRO using the 40-meter (130-foot) telescope; New receivers and signal processing equipment have transformed the 27-meter (90-foot) Solar Array telescopes into a powerful interferometer for studying the Sun.

Hear about and observe these exciting programs and hardware in a guided and narrated tour. It is only a short auto trip from RidgeBurg. Car pooling can be arranged.

August Ice Cream Social
Since Al & Reeds is out of business, the traditional location for the SARC August informal meeting is no longer available. Bring your ideas for an alternate activity to the May meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD
11 April 2001. Those present: President Mike Herr WA6ARA, 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd VP Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD, Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD and AIRWAVES Editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV. The meeting was called to order at 1902 hrs. A discussion was held on sending the AIRWAVES via e-mail. Elvy will look into sending the newsletter out in PDF with Adobe Acrobat as soon as he replaced his current computer system.

Agenda items for the general meeting: The trip to OVRO in May (Ed. note: Now June). Next Saturday is a VE session. Thank you card for supporting the Bun Buster. It was announced that we might be asked to support a cross-country run next year in March. No details yet. SARC has received an IRS inquiry. Mike Herr answered the questions. The Audit Committee requested that a method for providing the treasurer the receipts for membership applications be worked out. Tom Ralph and Elvy will work this. Field day was discussed. Elvy announced that he had received the last book for the library. The meeting was adjourned at 1922 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD
The 11 April meeting was called to order by President Mike Herr WA6ARA at 1930 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Fifty-fifty tickets were available for the meeting. The sign-in sheet was started around. Raffle tickets were also available for the Gold Millennium Key. The drawing will be at the June meeting. Several visitors were introduced.

Announcements: Mike read the thank you letter received from the Coso Bun Buster horse ride organizers. Mike reminded everyone about the OVRO trip to Owens Valley on 12 May. (Ed. note: Moved to June) Mike will head up the SARC Field Day activities on 23-24 June. There will be a Fox Hunt this weekend. Tod Evans W6TOD will be the fox. There is also a Fox Hunt in Lake Isabella but no details were available. There is a VE session this Saturday at the Library. Lloyd Brubraker WA6KZV announced the Magnolia Days parade in Inyokern on 2 June. Elvy announced that R'Lee Peters W6BST has moved into Beverly Manor and his amateur radio equipment is for sale. See Elvy for details. The Treasurer announced that he has badges to be picked up. The Radio Officer for the weather service announced that spotter training would be held 9 June and that there is a weather net every Thursday at 1915 hrs on the 145.340 Randsburg repeater.

The program for the evening was home-brew equipment. A number of members presented home brew and ancient vacuum tube equipment. A discussion followed. Micah Lloyd KG6DTC won the 50-50 drawing. The meeting adjourned at 2038 hrs.

TREASURERS REPORT
from Ralph Frasier KQ6UU

As of 28 April 2001
	Share account	$5,797.59
	Draft account	448.27
	Total	$6,245.86
	Obligated funds	
	Relocate 147.00 repeater	574.86
	Balance	$5,670.70

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE
Matching Yaesu station: FT-101E transceiver, 260 watts PEP 10-160 meters, SSB/CW/AM, AC/DC power input, MOX/VOX, (no WARC bands): YC-601 digital readout, Land Liner speaker/phone patch combo: FL-2100B linear, 1200 watts PEP: All necessary cabling: Non-smoker, excellent condition, one owner. $995. Will sell separate units. Will demo gear at my QTH: Will take rifle in trade. Bob Tibbits WB6VOW 760-378-3146 wb6vow@hotmail.com

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE
Tower 60 ft, 3 section, guyed; 4 element Mirage/KLM KT34A 10 15 20 meter antenna; 2 element 40 meter beam; Cushcraft 2 meter, omni, Ringo Ranger; rotor and control; trapped long wire for 80 meters; Purchaser must take down antennas and tower in Lake Isabella area. All for $695. Bob Tibbits WB6VOW 760-378-3146 wb6vow@hotmail.com

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE
Mini hand held xcvr, 2 mtr. Standard Mod C108A, rubber ducky, $100; Heathkit HF station SB-104 HF tranceiver, SB-604 Speaker, HP-1144A power supply (in spkr), Electro Voice desk mic, all manuals $300; Heathkit HM-2102 30-160 MHz, 350 Watt, inline Wattmeter $25; Heathkit AM-2 SWR meter $5; Azden PCS- 3000 2 mtr. FM mobile xceiver, mobil mount, sub-audible tone gen, manual $100; Azden PCS-3000 2 mtr. FM mobile xceiver, mobil mount, manual $95; Hewlet-Packard 180A o'scope, 1801A dual ch vert amp, 1821A timebase/delay $200; HP 10525A digital probe (less 5 VDC pwr sup) $5; Bird 6RS10 absorption Wattmeter, 30-500 MHz, 250 mW $10; Bird 15-60 Watt, HF/VHF/UHF, dummy load (absorption), Wattmeter $15; Lambda LM B12 12 volt 2.5 amp, hardwired pwr sup $10; Mallory 6RS10, 1940s, battery eliminator 0-8 v. 10 amp $5: Micronta 22-206, FET VOM $1. Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589 ehopkins@ridgenet.net

WANTED WANTED WANTED
Tower, crank-up, 40 ft. inexpensive Ralph Frasier KQ6UU 375-1534 kq6uu@gte.net

FREE FREE FREE
Tubes (vacuum state devices), transformers, high power resistors, big pots, knobs, miscel. parts galore in a 1950s vintage, Mod. TO-18, RCA TV wave form monitor. 5 inch CRT, 22 tubes, 9" w x 19" hi x 18" d, 40 lbs. No manual. Bob Phillips KA6PLU, Phone 371-3540

See     ya      in      da      funny   paperz. de NØLV

Updated Tue May 8 20:19:42 PDT 2001