SARC Owned and Maintained Repeaters
THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
From the President's Shack
Welcome back to the end of Summer/ School beginning time of the year. I hope you like a number of people made it out of the valley for a vacation to a "green area" of the world. I was off the 2005 National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. The place is nice and green with trees all over. The problem was at the end of July and early August that part of the world is hot and humid. 100- degree temperatures and 90 plus percent humidity was a real killer for everyone. I was part of the Radio merit badge booth for the Scouts. Amateurs from across the country came to provide program for the Scouts. The K2BSA staff of 50 provided an Amateur Radio Demonstration tent/ emergency back up communications for the Jamboree. There was a staff of 6 covering the licensing classes and VE sessions. I had a staff of 18 to put on the Radio Merit badge booth. Lots of work for two and a half weeks living in tents, but it was all for the benefit of the Scouts who came from all over the world.
SARC has been invited to put on the mobile radio demo station at the Scout Show on 10 September at Wal*Mart from 10 to 2 pm. Again a chance to bring Amateur Radio to the public and youth. Jamboree-On- The-Air coming on 15 October is another opportunity to bring both Scouts and Amateur Radio together for some fun. SARC has been asked by the Southern Sierra Council of Boy Scouts to bring the mobile station to the Camporall on 21-23 April 2006 at Keysville (Lake Isabella). More opportunities to get Amateur Radio in front of the community. We need to get more youth involved in the hobby of ours before it goes away with us graying hobbyists.
From the Editor... Bill is featured in CQ magazine August 2005 issue Bill is featured in page 2 (the table of contents), page 64, the "Beginners Corner" column, titled "Two's a couple; 30's a club" and page Bill page 66 giving a talk at the SBMS about a 10 GHz rig.
Board of Officers Meeting Minutes
By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD)
The June 8, 2005 board meeting was called to order at 1905 hrs. Those present: Pres. Bill Burns (WA6QYR), 1st Vice Pres. Paula Herr (N6VGW), 2nd Vice Pres. Gene Brewer (KI6LO), Treas. Pam Evans (KC6UUS), Airwaves editor Mike Herr (WA6ARA) and Secy. Tom Ingram (WB6EPD). There was a discussion on the 146.640 translator. A new battery is needed to get the translator back on the air. A 440 link is needed to provide proper control of the translator. A discussion was held on a donation to the Spectrum fund when the ARRL Section Manager is here in September. There was a discussion on the video projector that the club borrows from the United Way. Pam will look into painting the SARC sign located at Lloyds. Bill will check into buying a commercial sign for under $100.00. The board approved the purchase. The meeting was adjourned at 1920 hrs.
Minutes of the General Meeting
By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD)
The 8 June 2005 meeting was called to order by the President, Bill Burns (WA6QYR) at 1932 hrs at the Heritage Inn. The Sign-in sheet was started around.
1. 50/50 tickets were available. 2. The Treasurers Report is in the newsletter. 3. There were no visitors. 4. The Technical assistant, Greg Roush (WA7IRW) just returned from a sailing trip. No technical assistance has been requested but Greg gave a presentation on antenna construction and displayed an assortment of MFJ analyzers. 5. SARC members are encouraged to join the DX Club for the Field Day event. The location will either be at the Senior Citizens Building Park or at the Inyokern Park. 6. There will be a VE session this Saturday. 7. A discussion was held on the 146.640 translator. It needs a new battery, a 440 link for control, solar power and other upgrades. A motion was made to spend up to $500 with board approval. The motion was seconded and approved. 8. A discussion was held on a $500 donation for the Spectrum Defense League in September when the ARRL Section Manager is here. A motion was made, seconded and approved. 9. Bill will look into getting a vinyl sign made for SARC. 10. Jerry Brooks (KK6PA) talked about batteries 11. Pam Evans (KC6UUS) provided cookies. 12. Phelps TerHeun (W6PTH) provided the program on the Visalia DX convention. 13. Keith Clark (W6SIY) won the 50/50 again. 14. 15 people signed in for the meeting.The meeting was adjourned at 20:35.
Treasurer's Report As of September 01, 2005:
Draft Account $ 604.00 Share Account $ 5,544.89 BALANCE: $ 6,148.89Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS
September Program Notes
QRZ QRZ de SARC members, Wow where did summer go. It's September again in the valley and that signals the start of the SARC fall meeting schedule. We hope to have an interesting lineup for the remainder of 2005. To that end, the Sept 14th meeting will kick off with a special guest speaker, Mr. Charles McConnell, W6DPD of Fresno, CA. He will speak on the ARRL organization and what it means to individual members and hams.
Mr. McConnell is the Section Manager (SM) for the ARRL's San Joaquin Valley (SJV) section, which encompasses Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties. The SJV section covers a vast portion of central California.
What's a SM, you ask? Here are a few facts about SM's:
First, the position of SM is voluntary. They are elected by the ARRL membership for a term of 2 years and required to participate in a Section Manager orientation training session that is conducted by ARRL Headquarters.
Their tasks are wide, encompassing various management, supervision and guidance of section-level staff to administer the ARRL Field Organization's efforts. These include but not limited to emergency communications, message traffic relay, technical activity / problem solving, volunteer monitoring, government relations, public relations in the general community, information services for amateurs, and cooperation with affiliated clubs. They can also appoint qualified ARRL members in the section to other volunteer positions in support of Field Organization objectives or may authorize other section-level staff to make such appointments. In order to perform such involved tasks, SM's must keep well informed concerning matters of ARRL policy.
SM's report to the Division Director making periodic reports regarding the status of Section activities. SM's receive from the Director information and guidance pertaining to matters of concern and interest for the Section and maintain a Section News presence on the ARRL website.
The SM's also communication directly with ARRL members and affiliated clubs in the Section, responding to members' questions and concerns or referring them to an appropriate person or office in the League organization. The SM's also makes personal visits to clubs, hamfests, and conventions.
So as we can see the job of SM is a very complex but I'm sure it is also fun. Mark your calendar to be sure and attend the Sept monthly meeting to hear all about it and other facts about the ARRL Field Organization. Who knows, you may have what it takes to join in and help out in a Field position. See you at the meeting.
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Pile-Up In The Park
Indian Wells Valley Emergency Net Report
June 27 - 12 July 4 - 5 July 14 - 14 August 8 - 15 August 15 - 14 August 22 - 13 August 29 - 11Thanks to Bill, WA6QYR, Lloyd WA6KZV and Pam KC6YYS for taking net control during the summer.
Mike Herr WA6ARA
VE Session Reports
June 2005: Aaron Waite Earned new Tech License. KG6ZPK Examiners were: N6BVP Mark W6SIY Keith WB6EPD Richard August 2005 Marvin Sass W6DSL Upgraded to Extra. Aaron Waite KG6ZPK Upgraded to General. Phillip D Burum Earned a new Tech. Philip Storch (age 11) Earned a new Tech. Examiners were: N6BVP Mark KM6JM Hal N6PR Bill WB6EPD Richard.Congratulations to all the new and upgraded amateurs and a big thank you to all the volunteer VE's that make the effort to make the VE process viable. If you are an extra class and wish to give us a hand, contact N6BVP or go to the ARRL website to get certified.
The next Fox Hunt will be on 17 September (Saturday after the SARC club meeting) at 9am. The meeting place is the parking lot of the Heritage Inn. If you have never been on one before, give it a shot. Even if you don't have equipment come along and ride with one of the hunters with equipment and learn the ropes. See you there!
Amateur Radio at the 2005 National Boy Scout Jamboree.
I was one of the 50 staffers on the K2BSA/4 operation at the 2005 Jamboree. 49 guys and one lady maintained the operation of the Amateur Radio Demonstration Tent, Amateur Licensing Session and Radio Merit Badge booth for the little over a week that the Scouts were at the Jamboree. There were several days before hand when we had to be present to set up the operation. This made for just over two weeks of living out in tents in the hot humid Virginia weather. Hams from all across the country assembled at Fort A.P. Hill about 50 miles south of Washington D.C. to support the Jamboree.
The Demo tent receives the loan of top of the line transceivers from companies like ICOM to demonstrate to visitors to the Jamboree what hams can do. There are mono-band beam antennas on power poles for 40 meters up to 6 meters. A satellite system and digital mode station are available to show off those modes. A "Mars Rover" radio control car with ATV is fun for the Scouts to play with while driving around all the ankles of people. The station is in operation 24 hours a day during the Jamboree. Phone service is available to reach emergency and security folks at the Jamboree. An evening 2-meter net links all the troops who have someone with an HT to the rest of the troops. Message traffic both to the scouts and home from the scouts is available at the demo tent and net. Each evening weather reports and other information of interest to the scouts is relayed over the net.
The VE sessions were lead by daily morning license classes and afternoon practice testing and Q&A sessions. VE session in the evenings were available to get the tech license or upgrade. Some 256 tests were given and 116 number of tech were earned along with 2 general upgrades and 5 extra upgrades.
The Radio Merit Badge classes ran from 9 to 5 pm with starting on the hour for each part. Requirements 1 to 4 on theory were covered in one session of about 45 minutes long. Paperwork with Scouts ID number and merit badge counselor name had to be made out along with our own hometown info sheet. Our laptop computer program let us keep track of Scouts as they went through the various sessions. Session 2 covered the practical part of requirements of 5 and 6 in about 30 minutes. The amateur radio option 7a and tour of a station was completed at K2 BSA Demo station in about 30 minutes. During the tour of the station Scouts were allowed to make and HF contact with a control operator at one of the rigs. All in all it took 2.5 hours to complete the badge at the Jamboree. 486 scouts started the badge and 329 completions for 68%. The other 157 received partials for the badge. The hot heat index weather kept a lot of Scouts from coming out and working badges.
ARRL Senior Technical Editor Larry Wolfgang, WR1B
author of many of the licensing books and Handbook was
on hand to help in all areas of the K2BSA work. Larry, a
friend of WA6QYR, carried many ARRL books to the
Jamboree for the Tech No-code classes and general
support. ARRL supported Larry's duties by allowing him to
come on the payroll.
Farewell to Bill Maraffio N6PR
Bill Maraffio N6PR has been an Indian Wells Valley resident since 1972 when he came to NWC and became a US Navy bigger-'n-better-bomb-maker. He is leaving the area for Virginia where his wife, Kenea, is working for the U. S. Marines and they have purchased a second home.
Bill has always been an active Ham and a solid source of accurate electronic and RF information for anyone who asked. He has been instrumental in keeping the SARC 146.64 MHz translator operating. Bill became the IWVs first lead Volunteer Examiner in 1985 and continued that task until recent out of state obligations of an aging mother in Idaho and a second home in Virginia interfered with his VE work. At this time he passed the torch to Mark Rosenthal N6BVP.
Bill sold his home in Ridgecrest which meant his three towers had to be taken down and removed from the property. I purchased his Hy-Gain AV-18HT five band vertical antenna and three section crank-up tower. The 18HT Bill took down and we moved it ourselves.
The crank-up took a crew of twelve Hams to move. To assemble a tower moving party, I made a list of twenty- three names, called sixteen, got nine yes, two maybe and five can't do it answers. At tower moving time, ten tower lifters showed up and the job was done with aplomb. Thank you to Mike Herr WA6ARA, Gene Brewer KI6LO, Keith Clark W6SIY, John Denson AI6A, Todd Evans W6TOD, Ralph Frasier KQ6UU, Frank Gonseth WB7UBP, Greg Roush WA7IRW, Ed Hinkley WK6L, and Dick Slater KC6UUT. Thanks a bunch to these heavy lifters.
Farewell to you Bill. We wish you well in your adventures in the heavily populated and very wet, very green (and very buggy) east coast of Virginia.
Elvy Hopkins NØLV
Morse Code Requirement News!
FCC PROPOSES DROPPING MORSE CODE REQUIREMENT!
Yep, the FCC has finally released it: Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order (PDF) concerning dropping the 5 WPM Morse code element. The document in question is WT Docket 05-235. Despite all the changes originally proposed, i.e. new entry license, band expansion, grandfather upgrades, etc, the FCC only is proposing dropping the 5 WPM requirement. A 60-day period for the public to comment on the NPRM&O in WT 05-235 will begin once the notice appears in the Federal Register Reply comments will be due within 75 days.
To file on-line comments in this proceeding, WT Docket 05-235, or to view others' comments, visit the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) site and click on "Submit a Filing" or "Search for Filed Comments."
In either case, type "05-235" in the "Proceeding" field. Be sure to include the hyphen--but not the quotation marks. Directions for filing comments, which can be in the form of an attached document, are on the ECFS site. Click on "Getting Started" to learn more.
And some light humor...
SARC members, Here is a list of equipment and parts that was donated to the club for sale/use/disposal from Jeff Eaton K6IDP via Elvy Hopkins. Most of the equipment is older gear but is still useable. Some of it has been checked out, some not. If the equipment has been checked over, the status of it is listed. If not, it will say not tested. Here is a chance for you to get some really nice gear for next to nothing. Listening experimenters?
All dollar prices are based on eBay and Internet listings for last month or two. If you are interested, take a look and if you like it, buy it or make a counter offer if you feel it is too high. Remember it all goes to the SARC.
Things at Bill Burns' 375-8566
Heath Kit Cantenna Dummy Load with oil, Used, make offer
Antennas at Elvy's 384-3589
Larson 2 mtr mobile antenna, NLA-MM magnetic mount + NLA-150 tunable
whip, Make Offer
Equipment at Gene Brewer's 446-1315
Yaesu FT-101-EE HF tranceiver with manual all in original box. Tunes
up on all bands, 65W out on 80-15, 50W out on 10M. clean, could use
an alignment, possibly new finals (2x6JC6) $200
Updated Sat Sep 24 19:13:48 PDT 2005