The Airwaves
May 1999
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

The Airwaves Calendar

SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETINGS
Every 	SARC Emergency Net
Monday	1930 hrs WA6YBN translator
Night	146.64 MHz (_600 kHz)
	Visitors welcome
May 12	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1845 hrs
May 12	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room  1930 hrs
	Program: Low Temp Soldering
	of Dissimilar Metals
	by Chuck Pierce WA6QFD
Jun 9	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1845 hrs
Jun 9	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room  1930 hrs
	Program: TBA
Jul 14	146th Annual SARC BAR-B-QSO,
	Pot Luck and Tail Gate Swap Fest
	Fine food  Fine eyeball QSOs
	Fine RF Junque  Plan now
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Jun 26	Field Day  Start your plans now
Sept 26	Picnic In the Park 
	Ridgecrest to Kernville bicycle ride
	Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Apr 10	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	Meeting Room  131 East Las Flores Ave
Even	Must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Months	Walk-ins OK  Call NØLV 384-3589
Jun 12	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	Meeting Room  131 East Las Flores Ave
Even	Must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Months	Walk-ins OK  Call NØLV 384-3589
Aug 14	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	Meeting Room  131 East Las Flores Ave
Even	Must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Months	Walk-ins OK  Call NØLV 384-3589

FIELD DAY IS THE FOURTH SATURDAY IN JUNE START PLANNING YOUR SETUP NOW

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
by Larry Merwin KE6YLG

Well, I guess I should have had closer consultation with my school age children and my sponsors in Washington before running for the position of SARC president. Over the last couple of months there have been spelling bees, math competitions and program reviews, all of which have meant that I haven't been able to attend some SARC meetings or participate in several public service events to which I had been looking forward. And, unfortunately, it looks as if the trend is going to continue. One of the difficult things about being a grown-up (something I've tried to avoid all my life) is the priorities that we have to set and the decisions that we have to make. I'll try my best to make as many meetings and events as I can, but certain things will always have higher priority.

The good news in all of this is that SARC business and activities go on regardless. The newsletter gets out on time, there is a fine program for the general meeting, net happens every Monday night and public service events are staffed and run. Perhaps, even more importantly, unexpected crises such as the upcoming loss of the El Paso Peak repeater site are met and handled with due care and attention. These facts reflect positively on SARC, its membership and on the Ham community. To those folks who always "make it happen" I would like to express sincere thanks from myself and on behalf of the SARC membership.

MEETING PROGRAM Wed 12 May

Do you need a way to repair your broken aluminum antenna elements? Do you need a way to solder a copper ground strap to your galvanized steel tower leg? Do you need a way to solder iron to aluminum to copper to brass to pot metal to lead to pewter? Yes? Then you need to come to the 12 May SARC meeting.

Chuck Pierce WA6QFD will give a live solder-anything-to-anything demonstration of Super Alloy #1 (350 deg F, 20,000 psi) and Super Alloy #5 (600 deg F, 30,000 psi) at the meeting. A thirty minute video will give extensive details. Yep, you can purchase these low temperature solders from Chuck at the meeting. See you there.

SARC REPEATER SITE CLOSED

All amateur radio equipment must be removed from the communications and broadcasting facility on El Paso Peak owned by SARC member Ed Tipler WA6KYZ. Bureau of Land Management's, contractor administered, fly-over-and-count-the-antennas scheme for assessing "rental fees" has driven Ed's yearly "fee" from $4.000.00 last year to $37,000.00 for this year. Ed has appealed the situation, but meanwhile his attorney has advised removal of non-revenue producing antennas and equipment - including his own amateur radio remote base.

This has little effect on the 147.00 MHz. repeater since plans are to move it to Ridgecrest and link it to the Randsburg repeater via a 450 MHz link. This is to provide an autopatch telephone connection for motorists on highway 395.

The packet repeaters on El Paso Peak will have to find a new location with access to other nodes outside the Indian Wells Valley, or we will be isolated from the packet world. Jerry Brooks KK6PA is doing the coverage mapping, legwork, phonework, document submission, electro-political schmoozing and all the little stuff that counts to secure another location for the El Paso KC6UTH node owned by Erich Muschinske KA6AMD.

Jerry's major concern is RACES use in case of emergencies. RACES uses packet to pass large and detailed messages. When asked to comment on progress, Jerry's answer was "No real change. 'Have sent out my outline of the package to those concerned and am waiting for them to return their letters of support...... slow......slow......"

SARC PACKET NODE REMOVED

The Ridgecrest #YBNSW:WA6YBN-4, 431.025 MHz, 9600 baud, packet node has been permanently removed from Bird Springs. Currently, there is no plan to relocate it.

RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES

Volunteer Examination Session
The SARC Volunteer Examination Session conducted on 10 April resulted in William C. Graffunder of Trona earning Technician license KF6VWC and Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR passing the Advanced class written test. Charlie took the thirteen wpm code test for the fifth time and a-l-l-most made it. Hang in there Charlie.

Officiating VEs were Jerry Brooks KK6PA, Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, Keith Clark W6SIY and Bill Maraffio N6PR.

Late news on Charlie Hawthorne: Charlie passed the 13 wpm test, on his sixth attempt, at Lake Isabella and is now a fully fledged, Advanced class operator. Yea! He's been flappin' his wings for a long time. Charlie says now that all this flappin' has gotten him past the 13 wpm hump, he is not going to quit until he is sitting on top of the twenty wpm mountain. Keep flappin' Charlie, we'll all cheer when you get there.

Rim of the World Auto Rally April/May
As related by N6OQQ

Paula N60QQ and Mike N6PYM Gibeault, organizers for the Rim of the World automobile rally, report that most things went smoothly. Threatening weather and habitat for the endangered arroyo toad changed plans for this year, but with communications and race result data transmission via packet provided by area amateur radio operators, the event was a howling success.

There were some rollovers and a crash. The national, leading, Hyundai race crew was caught illegally stashing supplies on the course by a Fish and Game ranger and was penalized ten minutes which put them in third place.

Paula reports that most of the race support crew and even the television producer, Doug Plumer, have gotten amateur radio licenses after seeing how well the Hams communicate and how much fun it is.

This year, due to Little Rock canyon being closed for the endangered toad, one less communications crew was needed and Paula gave the always ready, stalwart, Ridgecrest crew a year off. Not even Dave StoneKC6UUR, who does ALL public service events, participated!

This years RoW will be on SpeedVision in June. Watch and see what you are missing.

RACES NEEDS DONATIONS

RACES needs to place a voice/packet station in the Salvation Army building at 120 East Church St. Jerry Brooks KK6PA is looking for equipment donations for the station.

Equipment required: (1) Transceiver, 223.58 MHz preferred (two meter OK), (2) Omni-directional antenna, (3) RG-213 coax and connectors, (4) Terminal node controller (TNC), (5) PC/DOS based computer (old laptop preferred for 12 VDC operation), (6) Printer (portable preferred for 12 VDC operation), (7) Solar panel (for charging battery), (8) 12 VDC storage battery. Contact Jerry Brooks 446-2228 kk6pa@ridgenet.net

IN THE MILL
New Badges Available For Pickup

SARC treasurer, Ralph Frasier KQ6UU, has SARC badges for the following new members. KF6BCN Mike Gallagher, KF6CMW Linda Finco, KF6HBI Pat Weiss, WA6KYZ Ed Tipler, KF6TMJ Hardy Tyson, KC6UTB Chris Stewart, N6YRV Bill Weiss These badges can be picked up at a SARC meeting or by arrangement with Ralph at 375-1534.

146th Annual Bar-B-QSO, PL & TGSF

The 146th Annual Bar-B-QSO, Pot Luck and Tail Gate Swap Fest will be held at the home of Ron Ogren WA6PEV on 14 July. Start collecting your, wife disapproved, electronic "junk" for the swap fest.

ARRL E-mail Addresses for Members

ARRL members can now announce their ARRL membership through their e-mail addresses. A new membership service is available for those wishing to have an ARRL e-mail address and you won't have to switch e-mail services to do it. Not only that, but it will be free-of-charge to League members.

The new, personalized League e-mail addresses will consist of the member's callsign@arrl.net. Electronic mail sent to the address will automatically be forwarded to any e-mail account you choose. As long as you remain an ARRL member, you'll never have to notify people of an address change - even if you change Internet Service Providers. Members are able to sign up quickly and easily through the ARRL Members Only Web Site. If you are not already registered for the Members Only Web Site, you can do so here. Members who are not registered for the Members Only Web Site may also obtain their League addresses, but the procedure is a bit more time consuming. For instructions, send a blank message to subscribe@arrl.net.

SARC IN CQ Magazine

Digital photographs by Dave Stone KC6UUR and information provided by Elvy Hopkins NØLV will be used in an article in the July issue of CQ magazine. SARC communications support of horse rides is the subject. Bob Josuweit WA3PZO writes the column called "In the Public Interest."

SARC Net Needs Control Stations

The Monday evening SARC emergency net needs volunteers to serve as control station on Monday evenings. Term of service is about thirty minutes on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM for a month. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, 375-7245, is the SARC Emergency Net manager. Please let him know if you are willing to be net control for a month of Monday evenings.

TREASURERS REPORT
from Ralph Frasier KQ6UU

As of 29 April
	Share account	$3,330.32
	Draft account	1,997.05
	Total	$5,327.37
	Obligated funds	
	Relocate 147.00 repeater	1,200.00
	Balance	$4,127.37
	

OLD BUSINESS
Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

April 14, 1999. Those present: 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd VP Ray Lingenfelter KF6LEE, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD, Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU and AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV.

The meeting started at 1850 hrs. The BLM and El Paso Peak problem was discussed. There is nothing new on the problem. The amateur repeaters must still be removed by 1 August, 1999. Jerry Brooks KK6PA briefed the board on the status of the packet repeater located at EL Paso. A long discussion on the packet relocation followed. One possible location will require a gelled electrolyte battery or ventilation if a lead, liquid acid battery is used. Approval for this location must still be obtained. Dave Stone is currently building up a new computer system for packet. The agenda for the general meeting was discussed. Jerry will brief the members on the El Paso situation. The meeting was adjourned at 1922 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
By Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 14 April meeting was called to order by the 1st Vice-President Dave Stone KC6UUR at 1930 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Fifty-fifty tickets were available for the meeting. The sign-in sheet was started around.

Announcements: Elvy Hopkins NØLV announced the Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bicycle race on 8 and 9 May. Dave Stone announced the Rim of the World auto race in May. Bob Huckins W6UPI provided a list of amateur equipment that was for sale by Roger Meng KA6CIE. Jerry Brooks KK6PA provided a update on the El Paso problem. All amateur equipment must be out by 1 August. Packet is down at present for several problems.

The evening program was an interesting video on antennas "All You Ever Wanted to Know About Antennas." The video was a demonstration of the properties of various antennas. The video is available for viewing from Ray Lingenfelter KF6LEE. Fourteen members signed in at the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 2100 hrs.

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Drake L7AM, SerNo 147, HF 1kW, linear power amplifier, 160-10 mtrs (no WARC bands), xlnt cond, with Drake L7PS, SerNo 204, companion power supply, xlnt cond, in/out cables attached, manual, orig invoice, 220 vac plug & receptacle $900

Drake TV-3300LP low pass filter, HF, 1 kW, New In Box, 80 dB @ 41 MHz, UHF connectors, 52 Ohm, original invoice $40 KLM 2M-2N 144-148 MHz, air dielectric, pwr divider, New In Box, N connectors $75

Alliance HD-73, 2 speed antenna rotator and control box, 11 sq. ft. xlnt cond, mast mount, manual, invoice disassembled/ cleaned/lubed/calibrated, ready to install $150

Contacts: Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 760-375-7245 & Elvy Hopkins NØLV 760-384-3589.

See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV


Thu May 6 20:30:33 PDT 1999