THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
OVRO TOUR 15 JUNE
FIELD DAY 23, 24 JUNE
BAR-B-QSO 11 JULY
ICE CREAM SOCIAL 8 AUGUST
FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
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
KEY RAFFLE AT 13 JUNE MEETING
SUMMER ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED
Owens Valley Radio Observatory Tour
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
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
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Picnic At The Park 23 Sept
RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES
Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bike Race
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.
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 "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.
Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
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
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.
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 $5,708.40FOR 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV