The Airwaves
May 2002
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442




PresidentMike HerrWA6ARA375-5324
First Vice PresidentPhelps TerHeunW6PTH375-4905
Second Vice PresidentTodd EvansW6TOD375-4240
SecretaryTom IngramWB6EPD375-7950
TreasurerPam EvansKC6UUS375-4240

SARC Owned and Maintained Repeaters
Randsburg WA6YBN 145.34 MHz (-600 kHz), PL 100.0 Hz, Wide Area Coverage, Emerg. Pwr.
Ridgecrest WA6YBN 146.64 MHz (-600 kHz), Translator, No Squelch Tail, Emergency Power
Ridgecrest WA6YBN 147.00 MHz (+600 kHz), PL 107.2 Hz, Autopatch (Phno, # Dn)
Ridgecrest YBNBBS:WA6YBN, 145.050 MHz, Bulletin Board, 1200 Baud
Ridgecrest #YBNSW:WA6YBN-4, 223.580 MHz, Node, 1200 Baud
Ridgecrest #YBNSW:WA6YBN-4, 439.025 MHz, Node, 9600 Baud

Every 	SARC Emergency Net
Monday	1930 hrs WA6YBN Ridgecrest translator
Night	146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)  and
	Randsburg repeater 145.34 MHz 
	(-600 kHz, PL 100.0 Hz)
	Visitors welcome
May 8	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday Heritage Inn 1900 hrs
May 8	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Ready Room  1930 hrs.
	"Store-Bought Gear" show and tell

May 29	Deadline for May Airwaves Submittals.
	To: Phelps, 
June 12	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday, Heritage Inn 1900 hrs
June 12	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday, Heritage Inn
	Ready Room 1930 hours
May 18-19  The 29th Death Valley to
	Mt. Whitney Bicycle Race
	Two day bicycle event	See article
	Call Mike Alamo  KF6WSR, 382-0474
	Monthly Fox Hunts	See article
May 11	Contact Mike Herr WA6ARA 375-5324
Jun 12	E-mail  

June 22-23  National Amateur Radio Field Day
	Join the Fun.  Do radio outdoors
	Twenty-four hours of fun and panic - 
	Bill Burns WA6QYR is coordinator this year
	but so far he isn't telling us much (?)

Jun 15	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
	131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
Second	Pre-registration by 10 April.
	Walk-in ?  Please call
Sat	All must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Even	Contact Bill Maraffio N6PR 446-4165
Months	E-mail  


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.
Thanks for volunteering Bill !

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

Commercial Show and Tell. All guests and members welcome!

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 antenna).
73 - Mike WA6ARA

Microwave News

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.


Alan Clayson, KB6MCL, upgraded to General.
Ray Magorian, KD6IQD, upgraded to Extra.
Larry Warkentin, N6STT, upgraded to Extra.
Monty (W6PFR), Mike (WA6ARA), and Mike (W6PM) were the examiners.

Bill Maraffio

Death Valley to Mt. Whitney 18-19 May

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

As most of you know, Elvy, NØLV, is settling his late Father's estate. Consequently, there is nothing new to report on this.

Field Day Coordinator

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 ?
Bill's phone number is 375-8566.

Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD) Apr 10, 2002

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
By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD)

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                   $ 5610.13
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