The Airwaves
June-August 1998
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
Jun 3	Board of Officers Meeting
	Canceled All board members out of town
Jun 10	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room 1930 hrs
	Program: MARS participation in SHARES,
	Federal level HF emergency communications
	by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV See article
Jun 27-28 Field Day Contact Mike Cash KN6IS 375-4441 See Article
Jul 8	145th Annual SARC BAR-B-QSO, Pot Luck and Tail Gate Swap Fest
	Fine food Fine eyeball QSOs Fine RF Junque See Article
Aug 12	Ice Cream Social
	Second Wednesday Al & Reeds Natural Ice Cream 1830 hrs
	Bring the family See article
Sep 9	Board of Officers Meeting
	New Date New Time New Date New Time
	Second Wednesday Heritage Inn 1830 hrs
Sep 9	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room 1930 hrs
	Program: Balloon Festival Communications by Jerry Brooks KK6PA
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Sep 19	Desert Empire Fair parade See Article
Sep 26	Kiwanis Walkathon See Article
Sep 27	Picnic In the Park Ridgecrest to Kernville bicycle ride
	Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-3589 See article
Oct 17, 18 The 9th Desert Classic Mountain Bike Race
	Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-3589 to volunteer See Article

AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Jun 13	Volunteer License Exam Session
	Kern County Library Ridgecrest Branch
	Meeting Room 131 East Las Flores Ave.
	Written exam 0900 hrs Code test 1100 hrs 
	Call NØLV 384-3589
Aug 8	Volunteer License Exam Session
	Kern County Library Ridgecrest Branch
	Meeting Room 131 East Las Flores Ave.
	Written exam 0900 hrs Code test 1100 hrs 
	Call NØLV 384-3589


SARC SUMMER ACTIVITIES

BAR-B-QSO -- 8 July
ICE CREAM SOCIAL -- 12 August

FROM THE PRESIDENTS SHACK
by Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR

Ole Chas slipped out of town to unknown destinations with an unknown return date and was not reachable at press time. I'll make him write two for September. Ed.

MEETING PROGRAM

Wed. 10 June MARS Participation In SHARES
Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, the local Emergency Radio Officer (RO), will present a talk on Federal Level HF emergency communications and how MARS participates. Lloyd is a long-time Army MARS operator and has much and varied experience in emergency communications organization and planning at the local, county and state levels.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED

Volunteer Exam Session Saturday 13 June 9:00 AM
SARC will conduct an ARRL VEC Volunteer Examination Session in the Meeting Room of the Kern County Library, Ridgecrest Branch, at 131 East Las Flores Ave. Registration for written exams will start at 0900 hrs. Registration for code tests will start at 1100 hrs. For additional information email Elvy Hopkins NØLV or call 384-3589.

Field Day Field Day Field Day

Saturday-Sunday 27-28 June
Plans for SARC Field Day activities at Leroy Jackson Park are rolling right along. Mike Cash KN6IS reports the following items. Five Hams have signed up to bring gear including three HF transceivers, and spend the twenty-four hours. Stand-in operators are urged to participate. Antenna set up help will be needed between 7 and 11 am Saturday and after 11 am on Sunday. The contest starts at 11 am on Saturday and concludes at 11 am on Sunday.

So far, the portable antenna farm includes the SARC Cushcraft A-3 tri-bander on the SARC tower trailer, a 10 meter vertical by John Agrelius K7HG , a 40 meter inverted Vee and a 160/80-75 meter inverted Vee.

No-code Technicians are urged to come-on-down and get on the air. There will be plenty of help and you can get your feet wet in great style on the HF bands.

The object of the Field Day contest is to work as many stations as possible on the amateur bands, excluding 30, 17 and 12 meters, and in doing so learn to operate in abnormal situations under less-than-optimum conditions. A premium is placed on skills and equipment developed to meet the challenge of emergency preparedness and to acquaint the public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio.

SARC will operate a Class A, club/non-club, portable station with three or more licensed amateurs, set up specifically for Field Day. Such stations must be located in places that are not regular station locations, must use no facilities installed for permanent station use or any other permanently installed structures. Stations must be operated under one call sign and under the control of a single licensee or trustee for each entry. All equipment and antennas must lie within a circle whose diameter does not exceed 300 meters. All contacts must be made with transmitters and receivers operating independent of commercial electric power.

The SARC tower trailer with it's three element, tri-band beam will dominate the park skyline. Wire antennas will burden the trees. Weird concoctions of wire, rope, coax and strange little boxes will be strung from poles of various materials. Computers, gas lanterns, tents, not to mention transceivers and the full gamut of Ham gear will live in the park for twenty-four hours of attack on the RF spectrum.

All SARC members and friends are invited to the Saturday evening picnic and BBQ. SARC has reserved the park's shelter house and BBQ. Bring your own meat, pot luck, utensils and table service. If you don't want to cook, just come to visit and maybe get in a few Field Day contacts.

Contact Mike Cash at 375-4441 or if you would like to be an operator, be a logger, help set up, help tear down, kibitz, cook, take pictures, shoot videos or participate in any manner. Experience is not required. Field Day is where experience is gained.

145th Annual SARC Bar-B-QSO, Pot Luck and Tail Gate Swap Fest
Wednesday 8 July 5:30 PM

SARCBBQSOPL&TGSF is at the Ron Ogren WA6PEV palatial estate, 243 North Brady St., on the regular second Wednesday meeting night of 8 July. 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.

Ron needs two more large BBQ's to supplement his. If you can supply one call him at 375-7138 to arrange for delivery.

How to find Ron's place: drive west on Ridgecrest Blvd. And look to the right for a UHF/VHF antenna farm on a small hill.

78th Annual Summer Ice Cream Social
Wednesday 12 August 6:30 PM

Al & Reeds Natural Ice Cream will be the place for this informal gathering 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, sandwiches and chili are reeeeley gooood. C U there.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Now is not too early to think about participating in these five fall public service events. Three are in September. Sign up at the 9 September meeting or call the organizer earlier.

Desert Empire Fair Parade 19 Sept
This half-day event keeps track of parade entries and provides end-to-end communications for it's director. Mark Rosenthal N6BVP and Judith Rogow N7TTH organize communications for this event. Contact them at 375-2521

Kiwanis Walkathon 26 Sept
An enjoyable half day of logging walkers, directing pickups of worn out participants and finding spare cups and water will be the tasks for this event. Contact Greg Roush WA7IRW at 446-4383.

Picnic At The Park 27 Sept
This sixty mile bicycle ride from Leroy Jackson park in Ridgecrest to River Park in Kernville on Sunday, 27 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. Email Elvy Hopkins NØLV or call 384-3589.

Desert Classic Bike Race 17-18 Oct
The Ninth Ridgecrest Desert Classic Mountain Bicycle Race will be on Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 October. About a dozen Hams are required on Sunday to cover the thirty miles of this race. Email Elvy Hopkins NØLV or call 384-3589.

Ridgecrest Balloon Festival 5-7 Nov
Mike Cash KN6IS and Jerry Brooks KK6PA will need a lot of help coordinating communications across seven RF services using the Ridgecrest PD communications van and the SARC emergency trailer. Contact Cash at 375-4441 or Brooks at 446-2228.

RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES

Volunteer Exam Session
The SARC Volunteer Examination Session for 28 May was canceled. This session was to have been for the Cerro Coso license class, but all those desiring licenses had previously taken and passed their tests.

CCCC Amateur Radio License Class
Tim Lyons KF6LCH, the instructor for the Cerro Coso Amateur Radio License class, reports that the following licenses were obtained. Bruce Johansen KF6PLF, Ridgecrest: Dwayne Kirkham KF6QIG, Lake Isabella: Robin Adamson KF6QMP, Ridgecrest. A fourth student, Antonio Solomon, has obtained a commercial General Radio Telephone Operator license. Chuck Lewis KF6OFC instructed the class when Tim was on travel.

Death Valley To Mt. Whitney Bike Race
by Elvy Hopkins NØLV

The Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bicycle Race, held 9-10 May, was an opportunity for nine Hams to test their long range VHF communications through difficult, mountainous terrain. The difficulties elevated when the SARC portable repeater began talking to itself early in the race and had to be turned off. Relays were necessary sometimes but simplex, Yagi antennas and high power got all messages through.

Mark Slay KE6SMA had a gain omni antenna up sixteen feet from his pickup truck at the Emigrant Canyon rest stop. Todd Evans W6TOD had a humongous 20 ft. Boom, 23 element Yagi up 22 feet from the front of his pickup truck bed at Towne Pass - annnnd drove it to Panamint Springs - thennnn to Darwin Junction that way! How's that for a wind load test? Jack Bitzer NL7SX had his Nissan Patrol sprouting various two meter antlers at Crowley Lookout. Mike Gallagher KF6BCN used a four element Yagi up fifteen feet at the finish line.

Mark Slay's truck (really his wife's) sprung a serious oil leak when the pressure sender let go early Saturday morning. The prognastycations of that were not good until a plug was scrounged out of a beat-up grease gun found under the Stovepipe Wells handyman's mobile home by NØLV. Mark had the tools. Elvy had the rags to clean up. Instead of a dubious, early trip home, Mark remained with the crew and enjoyed the remainder of the day.

About three hundred riders began leaving Stovepipe Wells in five minute intervals at 6:00 am. The first rider reached Lone Pine, 78 miles away, at 10:03 am. It was 2:15 pm when the last rider reached the finish. The picnic in Lone Pine park was really good and the home made desserts were really scrumptious.

The other members of Saturday's crew were. Alan Hugo KD6IQB was the official race SAG for the climb to Towne Pass then he settled in at the top to assist the water stop crew. Larry Merwin KE6YLG worked the Panimint Springs Store water stop. Dave Stone KC6UUR worked cross band HT/mobile at Darwin Junction. Mike Semingson KE6KIJ and his wife Nina assisted in many modes at the Keeler water stop. Elvy Hopkins NØLV started the day at Stovepipe Wells at 5:30 am then followed the last rider and SAG trailer into Lone Pine closing down all water stops along the way.

The weather was cool enough on Saturday morning that the racers were in danger of suffering from hypothermia rather than heat exhaustion as some did last year.

The race from Lone Pine to Whitney Portals Sunday was shorter than expected because the road in the canyon was blocked with boulders and the parking lot had not been cleared of snow. The race ended at the start of the switch backs. This also decreased the Ham requirement from four to three. Since KF6BCN, KE6KIJ and NL7SX had all planned to stay overnight in Lone Pine, they were assigned their duties Saturday afternoon. KC6UUR and NØLV stayed home on Sunday.

This weekend outing was a success for Ham communicators and bicycle racers. Nearly all racers finished and no ambulance trips were necessary.

SARC 1997 Financial Audit Completed

The audit committee consisting of Elvy Hopkins NØLV, Bill Maraffio N6PR and Larry Merwin KE6YLG, with treasurer Mark Rosenthal assisting as necessary, completed the SARC financial audit for 1997.

These are the figures.
	Beginning balance	+ $2852.56
	Deposits and interest	+ $3176.65
	Drafts paid		- $2324.33
	Ending balance		+ $3705.88
	December 1997 statement	+ $3705.88
	Discrepancy		  $0.00

RACES RAMBLINGS SEMS by Radio Officer WA6KZV

The Standard Emergency Management System (SEMS) was not dreamed up by a bureaucrat who had nothing to do one afternoon and was afraid his boss would catch him loafing. It occurred when that bureaucrat got shipped off to help in a huge fire in LA or Oakland or some such. It took him two days to figure out what was happening, two more to figure out what to do and two more for how to do it. By that time the fire had burned most of the town.

Disaster after disaster occurred and finally we learned what happened, what to do and we had some lists of things that solved the problems. Each disaster is unique. But, the problems can be listed in categories and solved in groups. The workers have to have some wiggle room to solve problems nobody has had before, yet others need to be able to understand and help with the solutions.

SEMS is made up of a number of smaller systems that have grown out of actual disasters. Not surprisingly, many came out of California. One of the first was FIRESCOPE (Firefighting Resources of California Organized for Potential Emergencies). Imbedded in this was the ICS (Incident Command System) which should be familiar to most of you. Also imbedded was MACS (Multi-agency Agreement Coordination System) which led to the formation of The Master Mutual Aid Agreement. The OASIS (Operational Area Satellite Information System) followed the formation of Operational Areas which are usually made up of a single county but may be composed of several counties if they are small.

Learning something about each one of these components of SEMS comes after the SEMS familiarizing training. Obviously our loafing bureaucrat now has something to do that is worthwhile.

PACKET RACKET Help Needed

Jerry Brooks KK6PA is planning a new packet antenna installation west of Inyokern. Five concrete tower anchors will be required. Assistance required is: (a) Pickup or trailer to haul aggregate and cement to the site. (b) Labor for mixing, pouring and finishing concrete.

A good dirt road leads to the site. Water and electricity are available. Schedule will be made to fit the volunteers. Jerry may be reached by: Packet kk6pa@WA6YBN
E-mail kk6pa@ridgenet.net
or phone 446-2228.

IN THE MILL

Show and Tell Program
Have you constructed a neat, one of a kind, magic black box? Are you exploring another of the myriad of RF toys available to Hams? Have you written a technical paper that is of interest to Hams? Do you have a special expertise that is RF applicable? The SARC second vice president and program chairman, Larry Merwin KE6YLG, is considering a Show and Tell meeting program consisting of several short subjects presented by members. Call him at 384-3180 if you want to contribute a short subject or present a demonstration.

RF Exposure Document Package

Are you working on your station's FCC mandated RF exposure evaluation? Do you want a complete package of FCC and ARRL documents which will guide you through the task? The March issue of The AIRWAVES had complete instructions for getting these documents off the internet. Not on the internet? Don't want to wear out your printer? Don't want to fight with the government printing office? Bill Burns WA6QYR has a complete set of the these documents. He will have them copied for you with advance payment of approximately $9.00. Contact Bill at 375-8566 or e-mail bburns@ridgenet.net

SARC Patches Now Available

Mark Rosenthal N6BVP has received our order of SARC patches. The price is $4.00 each. See Mark at a meeting for purchases or use the order form on the bottom of the membership application.

TREASURERS REPORT from Mark Rosenthal N6BVP As of 28 May Share account $2,179.60 Draft account $2,460.66 Total $4,640.26 Obligated funds Relocate 147.00 repeater $1,200.00 Balance $3,440.26 Mark is also the keeper of the SARC membership list. Here are current membership numbers.

	Single	98
	Family	13
	Not renewed for 1998	21
	New members	not avail
Of the twenty-one, non-renewed members, at least seven have moved from Ridgecrest.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

6 May, 1998. Those present: President Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR, 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd VP Larry Merwin KE6YLG, Treas. Mark Rosenthal N6BVP, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD, and AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV. The meeting started at 1715 hrs. Mark announced that the QST subscription for the Kern County Library has been renewed for 3 years.

The board has decided to hold the Board of Officers meeting at 1830 hrs. On the same night as the general meeting starting in September. There will not be a board meeting in June due to the lack of available officers. A financial audit is scheduled to occur this month. Dave and Mark talked to Ed Tipler about expenses of the phone patch on the 147.00 MHz repeater. No report at this time.

The meeting was adjourned at 1743 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting, 13 May
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 13 May meeting was called to order by the president at 1930 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Fifty-fifty tickets were available for this meeting. The sign-in sheet was started around. Minutes for the April meetings and treasurers report were approved as published in the AIRWAVES.

Plans for the upcoming Field Day are on track. Mark Rosenthal is selling patches and he has plenty. Larry Merwin announced that programs are still needed for the fall general meetings. Charlie announced that SARC is recognized by ARRL as a Special Service Club for 1998 and 1999.

Apparently most of the students that were taking the Ham license course at Cerro Coso have passed their FCC exams and are no longer attending the class. Bill Burns will check with Tim Lyons to see if a VE session will be needed at the college this month.

Jerry Brooks KK6PA announced that the last minute participation by a few available Hams for the Balloon Festival last year was well received and has resulted in the request for additional Ham participation at the 1998 festival.

Jerry also announced that the packet system in the valley is basically dead at this time. The Main link (440 MHz) to El Paso is down. Help to work on the local transceiver is needed so that it will talk to El Paso. Anyone that can provide assistance with the transceiver should contact Jerry.

The Death Valley to Mt. Whitney bicycle race went well. There were nine Hams present Saturday. The ride did not go to Whitney Portals Sunday and three Hams were sufficient. Three Hams stayed overnight so additional Hams were not needed Sunday.

Lloyd announced that a long time Ham resident of Ridgecrest that had a stroke several years ago has left the area and would like to sell his Ham gear. Lloyd provided a list of available items on the Monday night net. A discussion was held and asking prices were established for each available item. Contact Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV if you are interested in any of the items.

Larry Merwin KE6YLG announced that he has souvenirs for those that participated in the Coso Bun Buster horse Ride. If you helped on that ride contact him.

The evening's program on Six Meter Over the Horizon Propagation was presented by Ron Ogren WA6PEV. David Stone, KC6UUR won the 50-50 drawing. There were 20 people at the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 2050 hrs.

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Desk microphone, Shure 444D $50: Tube tester, TV-7A/U, US Govt. Surplus, operating manual and tube test data book, pin straighteners, 3 adapters. Tests sub-min straight & round, 7 & 9 pin min, octal, loctal, large 4, 5 & 6 pin tubes. 15"l x 8"d x 7"h $45.

Proceeds from the sale of these items will go to the Fire Mountain Scholarship Fund for Communications and Engineering at Cerro Coso Community College in memory of silent key "Maggie" Pladsen WA6RFJ.

Call Bob Huckins W6UPI 760-375-7655, e-mail w6upi@ridgenet.net

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Four KLM 440 MHz Yagis (14 elements, 6 ft., boom, rear mount) $30 each: Four KLM 420-470-50N half wave sleeve balun with N connector for above $25 each: Two KLM 400-470-2N power divider with N connectors $50 each: Two Cushcraft A147-11 Yagis with stacking kit (11 elements 12 ft boom) $100 for the pair or $60 each: One Cushcraft 4218XL Yagi for 144-144.5 MHz (18 elements 27 ft boom) $125: One Cushcraft A50-5 Six meter Yagi (5 elements 12 ft boom) $60: One Sears Alternator, gasoline engine driven, 1 KVA, 115VAC, 60 Hz. $150. Contact Bill Maraffio N6PR 446-4165.

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Yaesu FT-301D HF transceiver $100: Yaesu FV-301 remote VFO $25: Yaesu SP-301 speaker $10: The set $125: Drake L-7 HF, kilowatt, linear, power amplifier, uses 2 3-500Z tubes, separate power supply and cables $875: Drake MN-2700 2 kW antenna tuner $250: Icom IC-28A 25 Watt, 2 mtr transceiver $125: Icom IC-38A 25 Watt 220 MHz transceiver $250: RF Concepts 2-317 two meter, 30in/170out, solid state, linear amplifier $125: RF Concepts 3-312 220 MHz, 30in/120out, , solid state, linear amplifier $175: Astron RS-50M 12 VDC, 50 amp, metered power supply $180: Alliance HD-73 antenna rotator with two speed control console, handles 10 sqft antenna $150. Pickup preferred. Shipping not included. Contact Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV at 375-7245 or Elvy Hopkins NØLV, ehopkins@ridgenet.net or 384-3589.

Contacting THE AIRWAVES Editor
Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-ELVY or e-mail ehopkins@ridgenet.net

See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV