FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
I have great news, Bill, WA6QYR, has volunteered for the job of
Field Day Committee Chairman. Now he needs a Committee ! If you
want to participate or have thoughts for Field Day, contact Bill
(375-8566). The location and format of the SARC attempt has not be
decided upon so now is the time to let Bill know. Remember, Field
Day is 22 - 23 June.
This month's program revolves around commercial gear. Over any year we either purchase rigs, accessories, etc., or are looking at doing so. Now is a good time to bring in what you have purchased and to come and see what is available out there and talk to someone who has used it. This should be wide open, not just the latest HT but if you got a new tuner, audio filter or PSK31 interface, now is the time to show it off.
I got an email from Mark, KK6JX. For those who may not recall him, Mark was a past president of SARC and a real go getter and experimenter. One experiment I recall, with humor, was his 160 meter rubber duck antenna, consisting about of 20 feet of sewer pipe on end with about a couple hundred feet of wire wrapped on it. It actually worked! Mark reports he is in Randleman, NC, and works in Greensboro. While he has been off the air mostly since leaving CA, he has a new rig and is getting back on the air. You can contact him at his email address "[email protected]".
Hope you all have been doing a lot of hamming recently. 10 meters has been wide open and the 6 meter E season is just around the corner. I've been working on my AO-40 installation and hope to have it up and running by June 1. Hope to see you all at the meeting.
73 Mike WA6ARA
MEETING PROGRAM FOR MAY
The May Sierra Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a neat and fun Show and Tell and everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring along their goodies to show and tell about. Pretty much anything amateur or amateur related is game and we will look forward to seeing you there. The month before last we had a neat "home-brew" or "home built" show and tell with some excellent projects and gadgets that were presented. Now we would like to see the store bought items or items that were traded for or whatever.
Looking forward to seeing you there and remember, you do not have to be a member of the club to attend. We very much welcome all parties that are interested in amateur radio and related topics. See you there!
Respectfully, Todd A. Evans W6TOD, Program Chairman Hi Hi !
Fox Hunt News
April's Fox hunt was a hoot! Should have been called the
April's Fool Fox Hunt! We only had two teams hunting but
the hidden transmitter gave everyone a run for their money.
Seems that the transmitter was tucked away in a dragon's
belly!. In this case the dragon being Ed McBride's steel
sculptured dragon, about 6 feet tall and built completely
out of old traps (animal not band). Greg, WA7IRW, was the
winner and will be next month's hider. The next fox hunt
will be 11 May, at 0900 starting at the Heritage Inn parking
lot. Hope to see you all there! ( I'm bringing a new flexi
Bill, WA6QYR brought to the April meeting his 3.4 GHz 45 loop yagi antenna which had been recently constructed from kit by Directive Systems in Maine. The antenna has since been measured on Chuck, WA6EXV's antenna range. The forward gain of the antenna was 19 dBi with over 20 dB back lobes. Beamwidth was 14 degrees. All of which were within a dB of the manufactures specifications. The 2.3 GHz twin was measured at 21 dB gain and 20 dB back lobes. Beamwidth was 16 degrees. The plan for these antennas was to be portable hill top antennas to work the other 90 members of the San Bernardino Microwave Society scattered from Hawaii to Europe. The majority of the SBMS membership live in the Southern California area. Most of the membership has gear on 10 GHz SSB with a number working on 24 GHz SSB thanks to P-com hardware coming available on the commercial surplus market last fall. A number of old Qualcomm commercial surplus pieces have be come available and parts are being used to construct gear from 1296 MHz through 24 GHz. If you have an interest in the shorter wavelength amateur bands you can give Bill a call at 375-8566. Mentoring is available.
RESULTS OF THE 13 APRIL VE SESSION
Alan Clayson, KB6MCL, upgraded to General.
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
If you haven't signed up for this two day, nationally known bicycle race from Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley to Whitney Portals above Lone Pine, now is the time. 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 Mike Alamo KF6WSR 375-2389 [email protected] for information.
As of the closing date for this news letter, there were still a few unfilled locations. Please call Mike and volunteer for one of these positions. Thank you.
Net Control for the SARC Monday Evening Nets
Volunteers are always needed for these. Sign up as net control for a month or an evening. Contact Lloyd Brubaker, WA6KZV, 375-7245
147 REPEATER STATUS
IN THE MILL
Bill Burns, WA6QYR, has volunteered to coordinate the SARC field
day activities. Contact Bill to help with the program or to obtain
Information. Field day is June 22 and 23. We (editorial staff)
don't know yet what he has planned, but if it is like his past
efforts, it will be good. Please Bill, a little hint ? In the
park ? In front of the Police station ? Your back yard ? Can I
get my tent trailer and 40M dipole there ?
Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
Those present: Pres. Mike Herr (WA6ARA), 1st Vice Pres, Phelps TerHeun (W6PTH), 2nd Vice Pres. Todd Evans, Treas. Pam Evans (KC6UUS) and Secy. Tom Ingram (WB6EPD.
The meeting was called to order at 1908 hrs. Mike announced that a Field Day Committee Chairman was needed. Bob Fletcher (WB6KWE) would like to donate a TS-940 to the club to raffle, sell, etc. A discussion was held on possible uses for the TS-940 Todd will pick up the Transceiver and check it out 29 April is the dead line for newsletter inputs. Items for the general meeting were discussed. The meeting was adjourned at 1926 hrs.
Minutes of the General Meeting
The 10 April 2002 meeting was called to order by the President Mike Herr (WA6ARA) at 1932 hrs at the Heritage Inn. 50-50 tickets were available for the meeting. Sign-up sheet was started around.
Announcements: Inputs for the newsletter are due by 29 April. The ATT network is down for unknown reasons. A Field Day coordinator is needed for the Amateur Field Day in June. Now is the time to make arrangements for insurance. There will be a T-Hunt this weekend. The Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bike ride will be 18-19 May. There is a VE session this weekend. The next VE session is 8 June. Mike Herr received an e-mail from Mark Hibbert. He is a past member of SARC. Phelps TerHeun got a new call sign. He is now W6PTH. Next months SARC program will be a Show and Tell on commercial gear. This month's program was on ARES/RACES and was presented by Jerry Brooks (KK6PA). After the program Greg Roush (WA7IRW) and Bill Burns (WA6QYR) presented several Home Brew. Pam Evans (KC6UUS) won the 50/50. 19 amateurs signed in at the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 2030 hrs.
As of April 30,2002: Share Account $ 6305.08 Draft Account $ 679.91 Total $ 6984.99 Obligated Funds: Relocate 147.00 Repeater $ 1374.86 Balance $ 5610.13FOR SALE
Four, 68 key QWERTY bare keyboards suitable for CW keyboard. Free to a good home. Limit of one per person. Contact Bill Marrafio, N6PR, 446-4165