The Airwaves
May 2001
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 Randsburg repeater
Night        145.34 MHz (-600 kHz, PL 100.0 Hz)
     Visitors welcome 
June 13       Board of Officers Meeting
      Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
June 13        Membership Meeting
     Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
 Ready Room  1930 hrs
   Program  Just PICing  PICs for the Ham
 By Mike Herr WA6ARA
June 15     Owens Valley Radio Observatory Tour
    Contact Ralph Frasier
  375-1534   kq6uu@gte.net  See article
July 11 148th Annual SARC BAR-B-QSO,
  Pot Luck and Tail Gate Swap Fest
  Good food  Great eyeball QSOs
  Fantastic RF Junque  See article
Aug  8 81st Summer Ice Cream Social
   John's Pizza & Home Made Ice Cream
     See article
   
PUBLIC  SERVICE  OPPORTUNITIES
Sept 23      Picnic In The Park 
    Bicycle ride, Ridgecrest to Kernville
  Contact Elvy  NØLV  384-3589  See article
ACTIVITIES
June 16    Monthly Fox Hunt
       Heritage Inn parking lot  0800 hrs 
    Contact Mike Herr WA6ARA 375-5324
      E-mail herr@ridgenet.net  See article
Jun 23-24   National Field Day
 Revive a SARC tradition
        To participate, have fun, gain
 experience  Contact  Mike Herr WA6ARA 
 375-5324  herr@ridgenet.net  See article
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Aug 11   Volunteer License Exam Session
Second   Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat      131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
Even     Pre-register by 8 Aug  Walk-in?  Call
Months    All must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
     Contact Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
     E-mail  ehopkins@ridgenet.net
JOIN THE FUN -- ATTEND A SARC SUMMER ACTIVITY
OVRO TOUR 15 JUNE
FIELD DAY 23, 24 JUNE
BAR-B-QSO 11 JULY
ICE CREAM SOCIAL 8 AUGUST

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
by Mike Herr WA6ARA

I just took a short breather from working a little E skip on six meters to write this. What a fantastic time to be an amateur radio operator. Conditions are great. Equipment is plentiful and cheap. There are more modes than ever to operate. For myself, I just recently ordered a 2.4 GHz down converter specifically to join the fun on AO-40. The fun of amateur radio is not limited to the Ham in the shack. SARC has a whole host of activities coming up which all will enjoy. Try some of these. OVRO Field Trip: The date is 15 June. It is my hope that this will be the start of more and different radio related field trips.

Field Day: 23-24 June, is shaping up well. It will be held locally so those who would like to drop in may do so. The 148th Annual Bar-B-QSO replaces the July meeting. The 81st Ice Cream Social replaces the August meeting. Fox Hunts go off every month on the Saturday after the club meeting. If you have not been to one, your missing a fun time.

I encourage all of you to come out and try one or two or three of these activities and enjoy a few laughs and good times. You might even find yourself volunteering for an activity lead or giving a talk on what your doing at a SARC meeting. Remember, you and I are SARC.

73 es vy gud DX

MEETING PROGRAM Wed 13 June
The PICns are good. The uses and programming of one of the PIC family, the "Basic Stamp," will be presented by Mike Herr WA6ARA. PIC is an acronym for Peripheral Interface Controller, a programmable micro controller capable of doing whole hosts of tasks from simple switching functions to more sophisticated functions such as frequency counting and complicated control. Most Ham rigs built recently employ one or more PICs. Come PIC Mike's brain with your questions.

KEY RAFFLE AT 13 JUNE MEETING
Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD, our 2nd VP, has organized a raffle for a small, very attractive, gold plated straight key to raise money for SARC treasury. This key is in the $100 price range and would look really good at any Ham shack's operating position. It is the Millennium Key, #81 of 100, by Llaves Telegraficas Artesanas. Tickets are $5.00 each or three for $10.00. Get your tickets from Phelps. The drawing is at the 13 June meeting.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED

Owens Valley Radio Observatory Tour
Mike Herr has arranged for a SARC tour of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) on Friday 15 June. Recommended group size is fifteen persons with twenty being maximum permitted. Please contact Ralph Frasier at 375-1534 kq6uu@gte.net to confirm your participation or to remove yourself from the list if you cannot make the trip.

The attractions are. The Millimeter-Wavelength Array consisting of six high-accuracy radio telescopes, each 10.4 meters (34 feet) in diameter, An intensive program of microwave background observations currently underway at OVRO using the 40-meter (130-foot) telescope, New receivers and signal processing equipment have transformed the 27 meter (90-foot) Solar Array telescopes into a powerful interferometer for studying the sun. 24, 25 June Field Day 2001 SARC Field Day activities organizer, Mike Herr WA6ARA, has submitted the following.

Field Day is coming soon. This is, by far, the largest, most participated in and the most enjoyable contest of the year. Even Hams who do not go out for contests go out for Field Day. Annnnnnnd --- this year SARC will be holding a Field Day operation right here in Ridgecrest. I invite one and all, SARC member or not, Ham or not, to join the fun.

Soooo, just what is Field Day? Well, to put it simply, Field Day is an emergency operation, contest, and Ham outing all rolled up into one. Hams all across the USA grab their radio gear, antenna makings, tables, sun shades and head to their favorite operating spot. This may be a mountain top, next to a lake, or in a park, or hoo noze were. Field erectable (Is that a real word?) antennas are setup, emergency power is supplied and the next twenty-four hours are used in attempts to contact as many stations as possible. Along the way Hams, and non-Hams alike, get to see and meet their neighbors, work new and different modes and just have a good ole' time.

Field Day is held at the same time each year, the 4th full weekend of the month of June. This year it will be 1800 UTC (11 am) Saturday, 23 June until 2100 UTC (2 pm) on Sunday, 24 June, except for groups that start setting up prior to 1800 UTC (which we usually do) may operate for only twenty-four hours. The location, pending approval by the county, is LeRoy Jackson Park (aka Rocket Park). What is SARC planning for this year? We are looking at a QRP operation, i.e. running five watts or less, with a variety of modes, and alternate power. What else is shaping up? A multitude of HF rigs (SSB and CW), a six meter station, PSK-31, satellite operation (RS-12, possibly AO-40), maybe a nice ATV (Amateur TeleVision) demo, solar power for charging batteries and a wind powered generator. To round everything out I am looking for some Novice or Tech plus operators to set up a station and an adventurous soul to set up a two meter, FM, simplex station. We will set up Saturday morning. There will be several antennas to build and sky hook. If you have not built a center fed Zepp or a twenty meter sloper before, come help us. If you have an idea for an antenna to try, bring it out.

In the evening, I hope, if I can get enough takers, to Bar-B-Que a few steaks and make some homemade ice cream. Wanna be cranky? HI HI. The activity falls off at night but usually some hardy souls hang on throughout the night. Bring the kids and have a sleep out in the park. Come Sunday morning, Paula and I will make an attempt to feed the survivors pancakes and sausage. Operating picks up in the morning as we all try to contact the stragglers. Tear down ends the meet with everyone stumbling home for some much needed sleep.

11 July 5:30 PM
148th Annual SARC Bar-B-QSO, Pot Luck and Tail Gate Swap Fest SARCBBQSOPL&TGSF is at Ron Ogren's WA6PEV suburban estate, 243 North Brady St. on regular second Wednesday meeting night. Bar-B-Que light off is at 5:30 pm with the pot luck dinner getting off to a munching start around 6:30 pm. Ronald McDonald's iced orange punch, condiments and sizzling hot BBQs will be provided. Bring: a pot luck dish - salad or desert to serve six (singles can bring rolls, garlic bread, chips - dips - easy stuff) - your own meat to BBQ - table service - lawn chairs - swim suit and towel - Amateur Radio swap items.

The pool will be open for all to dip 'n cool. The Swap Meet will be a tailgate affair. Dig out that RF trading stock, old Ham magazines, other not-used-in-a-long-time hardware and take it to the swap fest.

How to find Ron's place: Drive west on Ridgecrest Blvd, past Downs, and look to the right for a UHF/VHF antenna farm on a small hill.

8 August 6:30 PM
80th Annual Summer Ice Cream Social
John's Pizza & Home Made Ice Cream is the new location for this annual SARC event which is held on regular second Wednesday meeting night, but no meeting. Just a get together - gab fest - eye-ball QSOs galore. Bring the family. The ice cream, is great and you might even consider having dinner. C U there.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Picnic At The Park 23 Sept
This sixty mile bicycle ride from Leroy Jackson park in Ridgecrest to River Park in Kernville on Sunday, 23 September is sponsored by the High Sierra Cyclists of Ridgecrest. Eight Hams are needed to provide communications at the start, finish and six water stops. Contact Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-3589 or ehopkins@ridgenet.net.

RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES

Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bike Race
This two day, internationally known bicycle race was held on 19, 20 May. Saturday's race is 78 miles from Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley to Lone Pine. The fastest time for this combination of 10,000 feet of climbing and 60 mph downhill was four hours and nine minutes, a nineteen mph average. On Sunday, the twenty-two miles and 5000 feet of climbing from Lone Pine to Whitney Portals, via detours south of town, was completed by Saturday's fastest finisher, the overall winner, in one hour and thirty-six minutes for a fourteen mph average.

Saturday's tasks started early with those on the east side of Townes Pass being ready for operation by the 0600 hrs race start. Elvy Hopkins NØLV anchored the team from Stovepipe Wells and followed the last riders through the course, closing water stops on the way. Pam KC6UUS and Todd W6TOD Evans worked the Emigrant Canyon rest stop with their RV bristling with HF, VHF and UHF antennas. Mike Alamo KF6WSR and his son Shawn relayed messages back and forth across Townes Pass while keeping tabs on riders and keeping warm in their van with "all those funny antennas on top."

Dave Stone KC6UUR helped keep confusion to a minimum at Panamint Springs. Mike Pope KB6NIZ set up a six element Yagi to work the portable repeater from Crowley Point. Greg Roush WA7IRW and son Ben set up the SARC portable repeater a mile south of Darwin Junction then worked that water stop. The crazy Keelerites had Hal Hazel KM6JM keep them company and relay messages as propagation changed throughout the day. Hal's camper was adorned by a high gain, two meter, vertical up about twenty feet. The finish line was manned by Mike Gallagher KF6BCN who was left alone after 1400 hrs when the officials and judges departed. Elvy shepherded the last three riders in at 1615 hrs. Sundays race began in the middle of Lone Pine at 0800 hrs and was completed at 1400 hrs. Mike Gallagher worked the Horseshoe Meadows Road junction. Keith Clark W6SIY worked water stop No. 3. Mike Alamo and Shawn fought off the flies and gnats all day at the switch back and Hal Hazel kept track of the finish line and was prepared to phone in any emergency. Elvy followed the last riders in again. A great big "Thank You" to the Hams who spent a lot of their time and gas money providing communications for this race. It does give amateur radio a lot of visibility.

Magnolia Days
And there was, not even, a single magnolia bloom in sight. 'Seems this is not about magnolia flowers at all. The Southern Pacific railroad's switch yard, at the future site of InYoKern, which was constructed during the building of the Lost Angels aqueduct was called "Magnolia" kinda like "Grinder's Switch" from the grand ole' opry. So, the current denizens of InYoKern, wanting to hearken back to their roots, celebrated Magnolia (SP RR switch yard) Daze on Saturday, 2 June.

Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, Tom Ingram WB6EPD and Dave Hunter KC7CEX were on hand to help Judy ("I didn't get her last name either." LB) get the twenty-four entrant parade organized and off precisely at 0900 hrs. The parade wound and circled about Magnolia while the Sheriff and CHP stopped traffic on Brown Road and Hwy 178. A gunfight broke out and stopped the parade once. The other band of gunslingers must have been scared off by Omar and the CHP. The Burros Band kept the pace lively with their tooting and honking and the whole thing was over by 0945 hrs.

Lloyd claims that there were more parade participants than onlookers, but all had a good time and continued the celebration by munching on traditional hot dogs and hamburgers provided by street venders.

May Fox Hunt
The May Fox Hunt was a blast. (Isn't that an EOD slogan? Ed.) Held on 12 May, which corresponded with the CQ National Fox Hunt weekend, the Fox Hunt featured the first SARC dual transmitter hunt. Both transmitters were on 146.565 MHz with slightly different transmit time sequences. Two separate teams hid the transmitters. Team W6TOD Pam and Todd Evans hid the first transmitter and team WA6ARA Paula and Mike Herr hid the second one. Three teams chased after the transmitters each having to chose which one to find. Team WA7IRW Greg and Ben Roush found the transmitter number two first. The KQ6UU Ralph and Gloria Frasier team found the transmitter number one. The next transmitter hunt will be held on Saturday, 16 June. We will start the hunt at 8 am, one hour earlier, at the normal Heritage Inn parking lot location. C U there.

RACES RAMBLINGS
by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

The "new" communications trailer is in need of workers to choose a task from the following list. Contact Lloyd Brubaker at 375-7245 for more information.

  1. Running lights: All functional? New wiring needed? Hookups for any tow vehicle?
  2. Operating points: A table and space for two persons at each of the five operating points
  3. Interior lights: 12 VDC and 110 vac lights at each operating point
  4. Access to antennas for each of the five operating points: Command NCS, Medical NCS, Shelter NCS, Packet and HF nets.
  5. Observer audio network: Listen in to any network via headphones and a selector switch.
  6. Electric power connections to the trailer: Exterior generator, battery backup
  7. Plumbing condition survey, repair, replace: Potable water and sewage
  8. Refrigerator condition survey and repair
  9. Propane gas system condition survey and repair: Refrigerator and heater
  10. Exterior lettering and signage
  11. Tires and running gear condition survey and repair

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD

May 9, 2001. Those present: President Mike Herr WA6ARA, 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD and AIRWAVES Editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV. The meeting was called to order at 1900 hrs. Since Al & Reeds has closed, the Ice Cream social will be held at John's Pizza on 8 August. Ralph will make membership applications for two members listed on E-mail. No application was received.

Mike will provide Elvy with a Field Day insert for the June Airwaves. The Owens Valley Radio Observatory trip will be Friday, June 15th. Tours are not available on weekends. Field Day is 23 and 24 June at Leroy Jackson Park. Kern County needs a copy of SARC insurance and wants a $25.00 fee. The board approved the fee. The club received a donation from the Arabian Breeders in the amount of $100.00. There will be a T-hunt this weekend. The meeting was adjourned at 1920 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 9 May meeting was called to order by President Mike Herr WA6ARA at 1930 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Fifty- fifty tickets were available for the meeting. The sign-in sheet was started around. Raffle tickets were also available for the Gold Millennium Key. The drawing will be at the June meeting. There were no visitors present.

Announcements: Mike passed around the Thank you received from the Arabian Breeders and announced the $100.00 donation. Mike announced that the A0-40 satellite is on the air. The Ice Cream Social will be 8 August at John's Pizza. Mike announced that the OVRO trip to Owens would be 15 June. Will leave about 7 am. Would like about fifteen people. Bakersfield Hams have a trip to the Voice of America Radio site. We need to look into that trip. This weekend is national T-hunt and the local hunt may have two transmitters.

Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV announced that work is still needed on the "new" RACES communications trailer. Work is normally performed on Flex Friday at his house. Work still needed on the tail and running lights, jumpers to hook up trailer to various tow vehicles, interior lighting, propane system and other projects. Dennis Farrell W6DWF announced that Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD is in the hospital. Mike reminded everyone about Field Day 23 and 24 June.

The program for the evening was on near vertical incident sky wave (NVIS) antennas and was provided by Jerry Brooks KK6PA. Bill Burns WA6QYR won $7 in the 50-50 drawing. Twenty-three members attended. The meeting adjourned at 2015 hrs.

TREASURERS REPORT
from Ralph Frasier KQ6UU

As of 28 April 2001
Share account           $5,797.59
Draft account              485.67
Total                   $6,283.26
Obligated funds 
Relocate 147.00 repeater   574.86
Balance                 $5,708.40
FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE
Heathkit HF station SB-104 HF tranceiver, SB-604 Speaker, HP-1144A power supply (in spkr), Electro Voice desk mic, all manuals $300; Heathkit HM-2102 30-160 MHz, 350 Watt, inline Wattmeter $25; Heathkit AM-2 SWR meter $5; Azden PCS-3000 2 mtr. FM mobile xceiver, mobil mount, sub-audible tone gen, manual $100; Azden PCS-3000 2 mtr. FM mobile xceiver, mobil mount, manual $95; Hewlet-Packard 180A o'scope, 1801A dual ch vert amp, 1821A timebase/delay $200; HP 10525A digital probe (less 5 VDC pwr sup) $5; Bird 6RS10 absorption Wattmeter, 30-500 MHz, 250 mW $10; Bird 15-60 Watt, HF/VHF/UHF, dummy load (absorption), Wattmeter $15; Lambda LM B12 12 volt 2.5 amp, hardwired pwr sup $10; Mallory 6RS10, 1940s, battery eliminator 0-8 v. 10 amp $5: Micronta 22-206, FET VOM $1. Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589 ehopkins@ridgenet.net

See     ya      in      da      funny   paperz. de NØLV

Updated Sat Jun 9 09:55:19 PDT 2001