The Airwaves
June-August 1999
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

The Airwaves Calendar

Every 	SARC Emergency Net
Monday	1930 hrs WA6YBN translator
Night	146.64 MHz (_600 kHz)
	Visitors welcome
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: Auto Rally Radio, Data and Com
	by Paula Gibeault N6OQQ
Jun 26	Field Day  Plan now  See article
Jul 14	146th Annual SARC BAR-B-QSO,
	Pot Luck and Tail Gate Swap Fest
	Fine food  Fine eyeball QSOs
	Fine RF Junque   See article
Aug 11	79th Summer Ice Cream Social
	Fine ice cream  Fine sandwiches
	Fine eyeball QSOs  See article
Sep 8	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn 1845 hrs
Sep 8	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room  1930 hrs
	Program: TBA
Sept 26	Picnic In the Park  
	Ridgecrest to Kernville bicycle ride
	Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-3589
Jun 12	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	Meeting Room  131 East Las Flores Ave
Even	All 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	Pre-registration is required
Months	Call NØLV 384-3589  N6PR 446-4165
Oct 9	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	Meeting Room  131 East Las Flores Ave
Even	All must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Months	Walk-ins OK  Call NØLV 384-3589
Dec 11	Volunteer License Exam Session
Second	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat	Meeting Room  131 East Las Flores Ave
Even	All must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Months	Walk-ins OK  Call NØLV 384-3589


by Larry Merwin KE6YLG

The Big One. Are you prepared for it? I sure hope so, because right now I certainly am not. This thought struck me a couple of weeks ago as I looked at my HT sitting on the dresser in our bedroom. What, with travel and all, I hadn't held a ham radio in my hand for almost a month. When is the last time I topped up the NiCad battery packs for the HT? Did I put my favorite needle nose pliers back in my "go box" after I fixed whatever it was I had to fix? Where was it that I put my RACES badge so I wouldn't forget where it was? How many flashlight batteries do we have on hand? It's a good thing that all of the recent earthquake activity has been up in the Mammoth Area. I am afraid that I would be in pretty sad shape if The Big One hit.

Thinking a little further, I realized that things have been pretty quiet around here. The earthquake swarm that we experienced a couple of years ago has quieted way down and I can't remember the last time we had a jolt big enough to comment about. We didn't have any major rains this winter and the power has been quite reliable. I guess the only local excitement has been a few good wind storms. And it has to be pretty windy indeed for wind to be of major concern in Ridgecrest. Not that this is any excuse. Just that it is easy to see how one can begin to let things slip.

So, what am I going to do about it? I am not sure yet. Oh, I charged the HT batteries, found my RACES card and needle nose and checked the supply of flashlight batteries, but that is just a start. It is clear that I need some sort of system to make sure that I remain prepared for an emergency no matter how busy things get around here. I think that sounds like a good summer project.


Do you like car rallys? Do you want to know what those Hams working Rim Of The World rally are doing for a weekend? Come to the June SARC meeting.

Paula Gibeault N6OQQ will describe the reliable and very successful amateur radio communication systems that have evolved over the years for the local automobile rallies. These include communication nets and transmission of race results via packet. The new Communications Plan developed this year for the Rim Of The World event will be presented. It is an excellent plan for any event of this type and of interest to all Hams involved in public service.

An entertaining video of last year's Rim Of The World rally and some footage from this year will round out the program.

FIELD DAY Fourth weekend of June

Field Day is a nationally organized exercise for Hams to learn, build and test their emergency operation skills. An ARRL sponsored national Field Day QSO contest is the order of the day. Contest scores for several classes of stations and multipliers for many operating factors and power sources are computed to determine winners in all the classes. This is a fun thing to do and lets the community know Hams are here to provide emergency communications when required. For those who have never worked a field day, come out and just be an operator to get your feet wet and discover another facet of Amateur Radio.

Field day at Ridgecrest 26-27 Jun

As of printing time, no arrangements for a SARC Field Day expedition have been made. No coordinator has stepped forward to say "I will." If you have strong convictions that SARC must put it's best face forward and let the IWV know about our presence, volunteer at the June meeting.

Field Day at Shirley Meadows 25-27 Jun

The Kern River Valley ARC is planning field day activities at the Shirley Meadows ski area. All Hams are welcome. Additional operators are always needed. The party starts at noon on Friday the 25th with a pot luck that evening. The real Field Day activities begin at 0600 hrs on Saturday morning with drinks and lunch provided by the club. Take your sleeping bag, mattress and warm clothes. The warming hut is available for sleeping.

KRVARC would like advance notice of participation for meal planning purposes. Call their hot line at 760-379-2947.

14 July 5:30 PM

146th Annual SARC Bar-B-QSO, Pot Luck and Tail Gate Swap Fest SARCBBQSOPL&TGSF is at Ron Ogren's WA6PEV palacial 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.

11 August 6:30 PM

79th Annual Summer Ice Cream Social at Al & Reeds Natural Ice Cream 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.

Volunteer Exam Sessions

SARC will conduct ARRL VEC Volunteer Examination Sessions in the Meeting Room of the Kern County Library, Ridgecrest Branch, at 131 East Las Flores Ave.

12 June 9:00 AM

Registration for code and written exams will start at 0900 hrs. The code tests will start at 1100 hrs.

Last year the single, pre-registered applicant for the June session failed to appear. This year, VEs will wait until 10 AM for walk-ins. If none are present, shop will be closed.

14 Aug 9:00 AM

The August VE session will be conducted only if there are pre-registered applicants. Applicants must pre-register no later than one week in advance, by 7 August.

For additional information contact Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-3589 or [email protected] or Bill Maraffio N6PR ar 446-4165.


Cerro Coso Community College electro-mis-managerial actions including not entering the class in the summer/fall schedule and not contacting the waiting instructor have, by de-facto, deleted the class from it's planned summer session and made it difficult to get it started for the fall. It will be made available in the fall semester starting on 16 August, only, if a minimum of twelve students register. Bill Burns WA6QYR is the "waiting" instructor and Chuck Lewis KF6OFC will be doing the electro-political-engineering to get the course re-established for the fall session. For the IWV to have a Ham license class in 1999, a grass roots movement will have to move on CCCC. If you know someone who wants this license class, call Chuck at 375-1668.

This class on Amateur Radio (Introduction to Amateur Radio, ET 69ar) is once per week, one hour of lecture and threehours of laboratory for two units of college credit. Novice and Technician licenses can be earned. Fees for the class are $24.00 plus a $15.00 special material fee. The book for the class will be the ARRL "Now Your Talking" which may be purchased at the CCCC Book Nook, Radio Shack or the The Book Shelf for $19.00.

The final exam for the class will be the FCC Novice and Technician written tests administered by Sierra Amateur Radio Club's Volunteer Examiners. The Technician license exam fee is $6.45. Get more information from the CCCC web site at or by calling admissions and records at 384-6357.

The class will have a new, fully operational amateur radio station including HF phone, CW, digital and VHF FM phone and packet. High school students may attend the class with permission of their counselor.


A prospective new site for SARC packet repeaters has been located. Jerry Brooks KK6PA reports that all the first time paperwork is in place and is wending its way through the torturous review cycle. A first time approval would be nice, however additional data requests might have to be satisfied.


Death Valley to Mt. Whitney
by Elvy Hopkins NØLV

Amateur radio communications for the Twenty-Sixth Death Valley to Mt. Whitney bicycle race went off without a hitch on Saturday and Sunday, 8-9 May.

Sunday started at 0515 hrs with Elvy Hopkins NØLV meeting the race organizers and picking up T-shirts and picnic tickets at Stovepipe Wells. Short chats with the official race starter, California Highway Patrol, Bureau of Land Management and the ambulance crew gave all officials the word on Amateur Radio communications for the day.

Elvy and his aging Chevrolet van were drafted as the SAG/follow-up vehicle with this made official by a hastily felt tip penned sign taped to the rear of the van to warn drivers of the bicycle race ahead. The race started at 0600 hrs with different classes of riders leaving every five minutes for forty-five minutes.

Mark Slay KE6SMA was stationed at Emigrant Station. His two meter Yagi, up fifteen feet, was able to reach both sides of Towne's Pass to keep track of the ambulance and CHP. Mark reported the first rider at 0647 hrs.

Todd Evans W6TOD and Pam Mathes KC6UUS were parked on top of Towne's Pass in the cool, clouds and breeze. Todd's truck had more antennas on it than could be counted on one glance, six meters, two meters, seventy cm, HF and a scanner or two. Alan Hugo KD6IQB was, officially, working the water stop but kept an ear open to Ham traffic on his HT which had been placed such that all persons in the vicinity of the stop could hear the messages.

The warm, sunshine bathed, Panamint Springs water stop was manned by Hal Hazel KM6JM working cross-band into a 45 watt transceiver to bore RF holes out of that difficult to reach location.

Windy Crowley Lookout was covered by Dave Rait KG6LR working cross-band mobil/HT for part of the day and later by Jack Bitzer NL7SX. Can you imagine three days of cold weather camping gear, a dual band mobile, a J-pole and a three element, two meter beam up twenty (Yes twenty!) feet, a three watt solar panel charging a second battery and a HT working cross-band all from a motorcycle? That's Jack. And a good job he did relaying messages from one end of the course to the other.

Portable repeater set-up, control, tear-down and communications duties at Darwin Junction were covered by Greg Roush WA7IRW and his son Ben.

Dusty, windy, hot Keeler with it's local group of nutty cut-ups manning the water stop was enjoyed by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV. One of the Keeler crowd was Steve McGreevy N6NKS a very serious lowfer (very low frequency operator) who promised to give a program at a SARC meeting in the future.

The finish line was covered by Mike Gallagher KF6BCN who, with NØLV, had to be on the course until after 1600 hrs to wait for the last rider to finish - and nearly miss the picnic in the park.

Sunday began at 0650 hrs in Lone Pine with NØLV briefing the officials again and the race starting at 0800 hrs. Elvy anchored the crew and was the official SAG/follow-up vehicle again - with the same uuugly sign on the back.

Jack Bitzer set up operations again as relay to all points from the first water stop. At one point Jack reported a horse loose and running along with the bicycle riders. Some, unidentified, and still unnamed, operator commented "Did you get his number?"

The switch back water stop had Mike Gallagher calling out messages and the finish at Whitney Portals was handled by Hal Hazel.

Again Elvy Hopkins followed the last rider, who walked from below the first switch back until in sight of Whitney Portals, where he remounted his bicycle and made a proper entrance, after nearly seven hours.

Over 150 riders started Saturday's 78 miles and 14,000 feet of vertical gain. It was won in 4:01:25. Sunday's time was 1:35:23 for 22 miles and 4,600 vertical feet. These compute to 19.4 mph and 14.1 mph average speeds.

Back up operators on call to cover whatever additional needs might arise were Bill Burns WA6QYR and Dave Stone KC6UUR.

All Hams enjoyed the task, the weather, the company, the picnic and the trips. As communications organizer for this event, I want to thank all those who did such a great job and made mine easy. Let's do it again next year.

The "High Sierra Cyclist" newsletter carried the following: "We'd also like to extend our thanks to the Sierra Amateur Radio Club and it's members for their assistance --- Your support keeps events like this going."


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 [email protected]


SARC Wants an OO

Because of the local source of interference, jamming and illegal operation on SARC repeaters and in the HF bands, SARC wants to have a local OO. What is an OO? An Official Observer is a member of the Amateur Auxilary to the Federal Communications Commission. The text below is taken from the ARRL web site.

"The Official Observer (OO) program has been sponsored by the League for more than 50 years to help amateurs help each other. Official Observer appointees have assisted thousands of amateurs to maintain their transmitting equipment and operating procedures in compliance with the regulations. The object of the OO program is to notify amateurs by mail of operating/technical irregularities before they come to the attention of the FCC. The OO is also the backbone of the Amateur Auxiliary to the FCC. OOs are certified in the Auxiliary by passing a mandatory written examination.

The OO performs his function by listening rather than transmitting, keeping an ear out for such things as frequency instability, harmonics, hum, key clicks, broad signals, distorted audio, over deviation, out-of-band operation, etc. The OO completes his task once the notification card is sent.

In hard-core rules violations cases, OOs refer problems to higher echelons of the Amateur Auxiliary, and may be requested to gather evidence for possible FCC enforcement actions. Requirements follow:

  1. Must take and pass examination to be certified as a member of the Amateur Auxiliary, an FCC requirement, based on study of the ARRL's Amateur Auxiliary Training Manual.
  2. Must be an ARRL Full Member and have been a licensee of Technician Class or higher for at least four years.
  3. Must report to the OO Coordinator regularly on FSD-23.
  4. Maintain regular activity in sending out advisory notices as needed.
The OO program is one of the most important functions of the League. A sincere dedication to helping our brother and sister amateurs is required for appointment. Recruitment of new hams and League members is an integral part of the job of every League appointee. Appointees should take advantage of every opportunity to recruit a new ham or member to foster growth of Field Organization programs, and our abilities to serve the public"

If you are interested, contact SARC president Larry Merwin KE6YLG. The ARRL web URL for Official Observer data is .

New Badges Available For Pickup

SARC treasurer, Ralph Frasier KQ6UU, has SARC badges for the following new members.

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.

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.

from Ralph Frasier KQ6UU

As of 26 May
Share account			$3,330.32
Draft account			$1,822.31
Total				$5,152.63
Obligated funds	
Relocate 147.00 repeater	$1,200.00
Balance				$3.952.63
Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

May 12, 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 1900 hrs. The ARRL/FCC Official Observer status was discussed. Dave will bring this up at the general meeting. We do not know the procedure required for an individual to obtain Official Observer status.

SARC will keep the CAP antenna when the 147.00 MHz machine is removed from El Paso Pk. Elvy will head up removing the 147 machine and will ask for volunteers to help. Jerry Brooks KK6PA)will move the packet system.

Elvy will put a list of frequencies used by area NETS in the newsletter. Field day is the 4th weekend in June. A coordinator is needed if we plan to participate. The meeting was adjourned at 1920hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 12 May meeting was called to order by the 1st Vice-President Dave Stone KC6UUR at 1936 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Fifty-fifty tickets were available for the meeting. The sign-in sheet was started around.

Announcements: Elvy Hopkins NØLV gave an update on the Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bicycle race held 8-9 May. 150 bicycles were entered. Ten hams assisted during the race. Greg Roush WA7IRW set up the portable repeater.

Paula Gibeault N6OQQ gave an update on the Rim of the World auto rally also held in May. Dave announced the need for an ARRL/FCC Official Observer and Field Day the 4th weekend in June.

The evening program was a presentation by Chuck Pierce WA6QFD on Low Temp Soldering of Dissimilar Metals. I believe those present were impressed by the soldering demonstrations provided by Chuck.

Twelve amateurs signed in at the meeting. Ray Lingenfelter won $4.50 in the 50-50 drawing. The meeting adjourned at 2100 hrs.


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

Sun Jun 6 20:44:33 PDT 1999