THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
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.
PROGRAM Wed 9 May
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
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Death Valley to Mt. Whitney 19-20 May
Magnolia Days Parade
RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES
Volunteer Exam Session 14 April
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.
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
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
Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
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
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.
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
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