SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442
|First Vice President||Phelps TerHeun||W6PTH
|Second Vice President||Dennis Farrell||W6DWF||446-4787
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,
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
THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETINGS
Every SARC Emergency Net
Monday 1930 hrs (7:30 p.m.) WA6YBN
Night 146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)
ARRL Audio News
1905 (7:05 p.m.) on 146.64 MHz
May 14 SARC Meeting
Second Wednesday Heritage Inn Ready Room
BOD Meeting 1900 hrs.
Membership Meeting 1930 hrs.
Program: HT Parade (see below)
May 17 T-Hunt! 146.565 MHz
Meet at Heritage Inn parking lot @ 1100
June 11 SARC Meeting
Second Wednesday Heritage Inn Ready Room
BOD Meeting 1900 hrs.
Membership Meeting 1930 hrs.
June 28/29 Field Day!
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Second Saturday, Even months.
June 14 Kern County Library Ridgecrest Branch
131 East Las Flores Ave Meeting Room
Pre-registration. Walk-in? Please call
All must register at 9 am Code test 11 am
Contact Mark Rosenthal N6BVP
From the President's Shack
May is here and the April winds keep blowing. Hope your antenna is
in better shape than my tribander that is leaning at almost 45 degrees from
horizontal. A cold April wind moved it off horizontal. I need to
wait for the winds to quit before attempting to straighten it up.
Moving into May is time to start looking towards Field Day in June
and who will lead the thundering herd into the wilderness to fill
the bands with RF and test out the emergency capabilities of your
station. One station we should have provision for is the Get-On-The-Air
for any one who just has a new license or someone who
would like to try out HF for a change from their two meter bands.
This is a great place to test out that new backpack antenna and
or rig. Please consider being the coordinator of the SARC Field
73's Bill WA6QYR 375-8566
SARC Committees Technical
Assistance: Greg, WA7IRW 446-4383
Repeater Committee: open.
Radio Frequency Interference: Bill, WA6QYR 375-8566
Program: Dennis W6DWF 446-4787.
Public Relations: Phelps, W6PTH 375-4905
Airwaves Editors: Mike, WA6ARA and Paula N6VGW
Emergency and Public Service: Jerry, KK6PA 446-2228
Renewal Committee: Jerry, KK6PA 446-2228
SARC Monday Evening Net News
Thanks to Mike WA6ARA for taking net control responsibilities
during March time period and to Dave KC6UUR for covering the
April period. If you would like to help out and gain some experience,
please contact Lloyd 375-4572 to sign up for a months period in
covering the IWV Emergency Net on Monday nights 7:30 pm on 146.64
May Meeting Program - HT parade
Everyone is invited
to bring their favorite (or not-so-favorite) HT. Share
information: how to program, what you like, what you don't, what
you think you'd *really* like to have if AES would do j-u-s-t a
bit better on their sale prices.
(Editor - the home-brew round up
is postponed to a later date, watch The Airwaves for the new date)
147 REPEATER STATUS
The concrete is now aged and the rack for antennas has been welded.
I hope to have the tower up soon. Power is in the building and
successful tests have been run on the filters. The repeater has
been put on the air a few minutes for testing. The two-meter
transmitter puts out some 35 watts of RF. The building gets warm
in the sun and is nicely sealed up. But it looks like some screened
vent holes need to be installed to help keep temperatures down to
ambient. The batteries are in place and can power the machine.
Now some better method of power transfer needs to be completed. In
the mean time I hope to have the machine running with a magnetic
mount whip for temporary operation. The Randsburg link radio has
been taken to a friend down south to install the reverse burst
board. Once that is accomplished then some will need to install it
in the Rand machine. Things are moving forward.
Board of Officers Meeting Minutes
Tom And Phelps not present,
Bill, Dennis, Pam, Mike Herr present.
Agreed to have club pay for snacks for a while. Maybe the
snacks could be brought in my members or some one designated
in the future. Pam agreed to continue for a while. It was only
less than $4 this time from the dollar store. Time for snacks was
kind of open. People were picking them up when entering room and
during the meeting and after. That seemed to work out fine, just
Out of the "Renewal Committee" action items- It was agreed
that we need to greet people and talk with them as they
come in. This kind of just happened this meeting. This is something
President can encourage folks to be greeters. It was agreed that
the President needs to welcome folks to meeting. Agreed that
Publicity Committee needs to get club meeting information into
newspapers. ARRL audio bulletins are taking place- a good thing.
Dennis agreed to make meeting programs more rounded with demos
and other sides of the hobby. He had lots of programs planned to
cover just that. Dennis agreed to try to be a "coordinator" for
a going and coming from work "net" for a while just to see what
happens. Mike Herr is going to try to arrange a T-Hunt for the
May National T-Hunt day.
- Bill WA6QYR
Minutes of the General Meeting
The 04 April 2003 meeting was called to order by the
President, Bill Burns
(WA6QYR) at 1933 hrs at the Heritage Inn. The Sign-in sheet was
started around. The Airwaves is now available via Email, an email
address on the sign-in sheet will get you a copy. We had Sergeant
Paul Wheeler of Ridgecrest PD stop by to say thanks for supporting
Ridgecrest Emergency operations planning and events. Joe Foster
of Salvation Army also attended the meeting.
tickets are available. The Treasurers report is in the newsletter.
Membership renewals reminder if you haven't renewed with Tom- need
to see him soon.
KK6PA Renewal committee has been meeting and coming up with some
Emergency and Public Service Committee:
There was a
note in the San Joaquin Valley Section news on Lloyd Brubaker
retiring as east Kern radio officer for 40 years. Our new officer
is Jerry Brooks who will speak to us tonight about the ARIES/
RACES operation. The California Office of Emergency Services
Wednesday morning net on 40 meters has been running smoothly.
147 Machine progress- the shed is in place
with club assets installed. I hope to be installing the electrical
wiring soon. Tower base hole is dug and steel purchased. The
foundation steel has been put into position. The County building
Inspector is to come on Concrete pouring to follow.
Mike Herr (WA6ARA) was net control for the SARC emergency net for the past month. Dave Stone (KC6UUR) will assume the task next month. Dennis Farrell (W6DWF) presented the ARRL video and Jerry Brooks (KK6PA) presented an informative talk on ARES I RACES. After the presentations Mark Rosenthal announced VE session April 12 this Saturday. Mike Herr asked about committee to start thinking about Field Day. Jerry talked about possible Bishop foot race event support. Bob Phillips asked about getting list of membership-something I guess we need to think about giving out phone numbers and email addresses or maybe a list just of names??? 19 people signed the sheet, but there were more than that in the room.
- Bill WA6QYR
Treasurer's Report As of May 05, 2003
Draft Account $926.73
Share Account $6,396.91
Relocate 147.00 Repeater $574.13
Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS
Answers to Questions you Maybe Didn't Know Who to Ask?
Phelps TerHeun, W6PTH
Ever so Brief History of Emergency Communications
The advent of emergency communications dates to around the
turn of the 20TH
Century with the sinking of the Republic off the East coast of the United
States. The Marconi Man1 on that ship restored his severely damaged
radio room to operation and undoubtedly saved many lives by
providing position reports to the shore station (there was only
one) and the couple of ships within steaming distance equipped
with the "newfangled" wireless.
1 The operator on the Republic was from the U. K. Upon
his return to London, the posting for him was for the maiden voyage of the
RMS Titanic. Fortuitously, romance intervened. Not willing to be
separated from his lady love, he instead accepted a local shore
station operator position and the Titanic sailed without him.
The "Marconi Men" and their equipment were furnished to shipping
lines as a turn-key service. The Marconi company installed, owned and
maintained the shipboard and shore station equipment, and the
operators were all Marconi employees. The equipment was spark gap,
and the advertised range was perhaps a couple of hundred miles or
so. More on a "quiet" day, significantly less in heavy thunderstorm
Unbelievable as it may seem to us today, wireless was not then
viewed by the shipping lines, much less the Government, as having any real
utility or as a resource in an emergency. It was rather installed
as an up-scale novelty for well-to-do
travelers and their families and friends ashore. Sending and
receiving "radiograms" back and forth between ship and shore was
one of the very "in" pastimes for the monied traveler of the time.
Amateur radio sprang up as fast as the (limited) commercial
applications and services, and the relative percentage of
people with radio technical skills in the earliest years may well
have favored the so called Amateur ranks. There weren't too many
"paying" jobs yet in the early days, but there were many non
professionals with a keen interest in the new and exciting science
of wireless communication.
Congress continued for a time to be un-convinced of the
value of wireless, viewing it as a novelty or fad. This
began to change after the first decade of the Century. In 1913
the Mid-West suffered monumental windstorm damage (possible string
of tornadoes?) leaving a large portion of central Ohio completely
isolated. Although not organized in any way, radio Amateurs at
the Universities of Michigan and Ohio, respectively, together with
other "Hams" established two way communications into and out of
the stricken area. Notice was finally taken, and it was conceded
by civil authority that wireless may have value after all! Meanwhile,
Amateur Radio continued to help out in an essentially spontaneous
manner whenever misfortune struck. However, any sort of organization
specifically to support emergency operations was still some years
Federal Communications Act of 1934 and formal organization
Among other things, the Act of 1934 formally established
the Amateur Radio Service. In 1935, the American Radio
Relay League established an emergency communications and disaster
preparedness program, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).
ARES has grown to over 80,000 licensed Amateurs across the country,
who serve non-Governmental agencies such as the American Red Cross
and Salvation Army. ARES will also serve Governmental agencies in
the early part of an emergency situation until the responsible
Government agencies choose to activate the RACES organization.
Once this happens, ARES may continue to support nonGovernmental
RACES, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, was
founded and organized in 1952 to support local, county and
state emergency agencies. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management
Agency, established later, also encourages RACES. RACES supports
only Government agencies, which may be at any level, local, state
or federal, and under FCC regulations, may be activated by "any
civil defense organization serving the area". Originally considered
a "temporary" organization, it was founded to facilitate an
immediate response from volunteers who, being already registered
and "credentialed", could be activated without any delays, either
administrative or with respect to designating operating frequencies.
Provisions under the RACES organizational umbrella provides
continued operation of RACES members on specified frequencies even
President invokes war emergency powers. Other Amateurs (not RACES
members) must cease operations. Administration of RACES is handled by
volunteer Hams, specifically Radio Officers at the local level.
ROs are approved by the local county, and in Kern County, the
RACES "boss" is Charles Connor, County Emergency Manager. RACES
may be activated by the County Sheriffs Department, Fire Department
or city Police Department and once activated, RACES volunteers
become temporary, unpaid, employees of the county while working
In many communities, including Ridgecrest, most Amateur Radio operator volunteers are registered in both the ARES and RACES organizations.
What are the requirements for ARES and RACES membership ?
The requirement for registration in both organizations is
exactly the same. Interested persons must be licensed
Amateur Radio Operators. Period. That's it There is no requirement
that registrants must belong to ARRL or any other Amateur
organization, for that matter, and neither ARES nor RACES require
the payment of any dues. Dual registration is therefore both easy
and advantageous both to the volunteers and to the agencies they
may be called upon to serve. The FCC prohibitions against RACES
Amateurs communicating with ARES ceases to be an impediment,
encouraging a seamless transition of all participants to RACES
after that organization is activated.
Are there any training requirements ?
Believe it or not, the answer is no. However, individuals
with no training or experience, will be of very limited to
no value at all in an actual emergency. That is because the people
with the training and experience are generally already in "gridlock"
with work, and simply can't stop what they are doing to train a
raw recruit. Generally, training of community Amateur Radio
volunteers is accomplished by their participation in local disaster
drills of one sort or another. Basic and very useful skills can
and are successfully developed in this manner. "hands on" is
excellent OJT. More formal training is highly desirable for those
with the time and inclination, particularly people interested in
liaison positions with the agencies served, or wishing to participate
as net control operators, Etc.
Exercises and training
Exercises are useful and profitable to both participants and to
those they serve. They provide training for volunteer operators,
and expose both government agencies (all levels) and non-government
clients as well, to the real capabilities of the volunteer
organizations. Some feel this can be overdone, however, and events
of the past have prompted RACES to put a limit of 36 hours per year
with a maximum of no more than two exercises. Not to worry, however,
if there are interesting things going on in your community that
would provide beneficial training opportunities in excess of the
RACES limitation. Such additional exercises can be conducted under
ARES auspices without any such limitation as those imposed upon
RACES. Formal training is highly desirable, although not, as
previously mentioned, required. For example, ARRL offers emergency
communications training courses on line for
a fee. Here is
course number 1
You can accomplish the same thing without the hassle
of trying to get registered into a limited enrollment situation
(ARRL hasn't quite got its act together here yet) by simply buying
the book ($ 10.00 from ARRL), engaging in home study and getting
signed off by Mike Cash, W6PM (local "proctor").
Yes, We are going to have a new T-hunt The date is 17 May at 1100.
at the Heritage inn Parking lot and listen in on 146.565 MHz for
BADGES ARE IN!
We have badges for the following hams:
KG6CNE, N6YRZ, KF6LED
Please pick them up at the club meeting
ARRL Audio News
Every Monday night, just prior to the net, Mike, KF6WSR, broadcasts
ARRL Audio News on 146.64 simplex. This is a great source of
amateur radio news and a good warm up for the net. So check it
out, at 1905 local time (7:05 p.m.) on 146.64 MHz. This is
transmitted on the SARC translator output frequency but in simplex.
Done so that we don't have to worry about timing out the translator.
SARC Newsletter via Email
We are now making the newsletter available via Email. It is sent out as a PDF file so you will need Acrobat Reader to view it. Most have it and it is available free to both PC and Mac users. If you want the newsletter via Email (you will still get it via mail as well) just drop me an email and say so. If you are receiving it via Email and want off the list, please do the same.
. . . Editor, Mike, WA6ARA,
Looking for News!
I'm always looking for local news for and about the IWV amateur
Also, if you have something for sale or are looking for something
else, drop me a line and I'll put it in the Airwaves.
. . . Editor, Mike, WA6ARA,
Available free to a good home:
30 foot telescoping mast (three
foot sections) plus misc other short masts and whips. Acquirer
must be willing to remove antenna stored in the rafters inside a
garage in Ridgecrest and take away themselves. Send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Robert Henry (206) 701-2032 (0900- 1700 PDT)
to arrange pickup
RACES, ARES and INDIAN WELLS VALLEY EMERGENCY NET MEMBERS
In case of impending or current emergency, monitor the
SARC translator on 146.64/04 MHz or the backup
simplex frequency of 146.52 MHz. WA6KZV Lloyd,
the local RACES EC, will coordinate mobilization. An
Emergency Net Control Station will direct radio
communications. Check in. State your capabilities. Be
prepared to go outside the IWV for at least three days.
An E-Pac should contain: your RACES card, radios and
accessories, batteries, charger, paper, pen, clipboard,
flashlight with spare batteries, timepiece, headgear,
sunglasses, spare glasses, your medications, your medical
history, first aid kit, severe weather clothing, non-perishable
food, 3 gal. water, sleeping bag.
Mon Jun 2 18:21:00 PDT 2003