The Airwaves
June 2004
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

Board

Of

Officers

 
PresidentBill BurnsWA6QYR375-8566
First Vice PresidentPaula HerrN6VGW375-5324
Second Vice PresidentDennis FarrellW6DWF446-4787
SecretaryTom IngramWB6EPD375-7950
TreasurerPam EvansKC6UUS375-4240

SARC Owned and Maintained Repeaters
Randsburg WA6YBN 145.34 MHz (-600 kHz), PL 100.0 Hz, Wide Area Coverage, Emerg. Pwr.
Ridgecrest WA6YBN 146.64 MHz (-600 kHz), Translator, No Squelch Tail, Emergency Power
Ridgecrest WA6YBN 147.00 MHz (+600 kHz), PL 107.2 Hz
Ridgecrest YBNBBS:WA6YBN, 145.050 MHz, Bulletin Board, 1200 Baud
Ridgecrest #YBNSW:WA6YBN-4, 223.580 MHz, Node, 1200 Baud
Ridgecrest #YBNSW:WA6YBN-4, 439.025 MHz, Node, 9600 Baud

SARC Committees

Technical Assistance: Greg, WA7IRW 446-4383 Public Relations: Paula, N6VGW 375-5324
Repeater Committee: open. Airways Editors: Mike, WA6ARA and Paula N6VGW 375-5324
RF Interference: Bill, WA6QYR 375-8566 Emergency and Public Service: Jerry, KK6PA 446-2228
Program: Dennis W6DWF 446-4787 Renewal Committee: Jerry, KK6PA 446-2228


THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR

Every	 SARC Emergency Net
Monday	 1930 hrs (730pm) 
Night	 WA6YBN Translator
	 146.64 MHz (-600 KHz)
	 Visitors Welcomed!

ARRL Audio News
1910 (7:10 p.m.) on 146.64 MHz


Jun 9   SARC Meeting
	Heritage Inn Ready Rm
	BoO Meeting 1900 hrs
	Membership Meeting 1930 hrs 

June 26/27 Field Day! (details inside)

July 14    SARC BBQ (details inside)
	
Aug 11  SARC Ice Cream Social (details inside)
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Second Sat, Even months. 
Jun 12 	Volunteer License Exam Sessions
	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
	131 East Las Flores Ave  Meeting Room
	Pre-registration ONLY by 7 Apr. 
	All must sign in at 9 am  Code test 11 am
	Contact Elvy Hopkins 760-384-3589
	E-mail ehopkins@ridgenet.net

From the President's Shack

Thanks to Mike, WA6ARA for providing us with an update on the Broadband over Power Lines issue. I am glad SARC provided some funds to ARRL spectrum defense some months back to help combat this threat to our ability to operate on the bands. This terrible noise source will becoming upon us if we don't get busy and write letters to our representatives encouraging them to vote against this "commercial technology wonderful" thing that will backfire on everyone using the radio spectrum. If you didn't get a copy of the sample letter to send off, check with Mike. Again thanks to Mike.

Our June meeting will launch us off into Field Day and into the summer mode where in we have a BBQ and ice cream social functions during the cooler parts of the day. Please be checking the calendar of events else where in the "Airwaves" so as you don't miss out. Usually there are some tailgate swapping sessions along with the event, so another chance to move your "junk" to "treasures" at someone else's house.

Make sure you are "RADIO ACTIVE" during the summer.
73's Bill

Board of Officers Meeting Minutes
By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD)

The May 12, 2004 board meeting was called to order at 1905 hrs.
Those present: Pres. Bill Burns (WA6QYR), 1st Vice Pres. Paula Herr (N6VGW), 2nd Vice Pres. Dennis Farrell (W6DWF), Treas. Pam Evans (KC6UUS), Secy. Tom Ingram (WB6EPD) and Airwaves Editor Mike Herr (WA6ARA).
Notice of the SARC meeting got into one newspaper.

Elvy Hopkins ordered books from ARRL for the library. ARRL made a mistake in the order and will send the current manuals later.

Field Day was discussed and will be addressed at the general meeting.

Bill announced that he had turned on the cooler in the repeater shack, Dennis is working upcoming programs. He had several lined up, but the presenters had last minute commitments and had to cancel.

We need to talk with Ron Ogren about the usual picnic in July.

The Ice Cream Social is in August. Last year it was held at John's Pizza and the seating was poor. Other possible locations were discussed including a tailgate party at Baskin Robins.

The insurance company has been contacted about providing us with a Certificate of Insurance that is required by Kern County for Field Day park usage.

A discussion was held on having a class for new people interested in getting their tickets. Need a location and a time and someone to lead the effort.

The meeting was adjourned at 1930 hrs.

Minutes of the General Meeting
By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD)

The May 2004 meeting was called to order by the President, Bill Burns (WA6QYR) at 1935 hrs at the Heritage Inn. The Sign-in sheet was started around

Announcements:
1. 50/50 tickets are available.
2. There were no Visitors at the meeting
3. Paula Herr (N6VGW) was successful in getting information about SARC meetings in one Newspaper.
4. The Treasurers Report is in the newsletter.
5. Greg Roush (WA7IRW) had an assortment of photos from his latest sailing trip.
6. SARC supported the Boy Scout campout in Keesville in April 2004 with the tower trailer and a Ham station. The campout went very well.
7. The cooler is on in the repeater shack. This should help keep the autopatch working.
8. There will be a Field Day on June 26th and 27th at Leroy Jackson Park. Mike Herr (WA6ARA) would like to have 3 stations operating as WA6YBN. Would like SSB and PSK31. There will be a Barbecue Saturday night.
9. The June program will be on Field Days.
10. July meeting is the Barbecue. August meeting is the Ice Cream Social.
11. Pam Evans (KC6UUS) brought refreshments

Mike Herr provided the program on BPL.

Tom Ingram (WB6EPD) won the 50/50. The attendance for the meeting was 14. The meeting was adjourned at 2040 hrs.

TREASURER'S REPORT

Treasurer's Report As of June 02, 2004:
Draft Account   $ 1,408.83
Share Account   $ 5,462.52
BALANCE:        $ 6,871.35
Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS
Field Day Operation
June 26 - 27

SARC and the High Desert DX Association (HIDEXA) will be conducting a joint Field Day operation June 26 - 27. We have done this before very successfully. We will be 3A QRP (low power) along with a Get On The Air (GOTA) station for newcomers. [an HF station in operation for visitors, Novices, Technicians, and inactive hams]

Expect SSB, CW and PSK-31 stations along with who knows what else. At press time the plan is to do Field Day at Leroy Jackson Park. We do not have all the permissions in place for this as of yet so listen in to the IWV Emergency Net on Monday evenings for details. For info you can contact myself as the SARC Field Day coordinator or John Denson for the HIDEXA, john.denson@mchsi.com

73
Mike WA6ARA (herr@ridgenet.net)

SARC BBQ

Come join us for the Annual SARC BBQ. As always, it is being held at Ron Ogren's (WA6PEV) home. The date is 14 July, starting at 6pm. Ron will have a couple BBQs cooking away. Bring your own meat, utensils, and a dish to share with others. Ron's address is 243 Brady. CU there.

SARC Ice Cream Social

The August SARC Ice Cream Social will be held 11 August at Baskin Robbins. The festivities start at 6pm. Hope to see you there!

Last Airwaves Till September

Just a reminder, this will be the last Airwaves till September. June is also the last regular SARC meeting till September as well. July meeting will be the SARC BBQ and August meeting will be the Ice Cream Social

IWV Emergency Net

I wish to thank all who have participated as Net Control over the last year. You guys have been a great help. I am still looking for net operators for the month of June and beyond. You don't have to sign up for a whole month, just a week here and there is fine!

...Mike WA6ARA

Repeater News

Some time back we had a report that there was some difficulty communicating with a person on the 145.34 machine while he was driving on highway 14 between Red Rock Canyon and highway 178. I drove this route on my way to Mojave while listening to others using the machine. The repeater is blocked by the El Paso Mountains to some degree and the mountains tend to interfere with the signals so much sometimes making them unintelligible. The machine works great to the south of the Government hills, but once you become east or west and north of the Governments it really is hit or miss trying to make that machine. That is why the 147.00 machine was to be on the north side of the El Paso's.

... Bill, WA6QYR

Crystal Sets to Sideband
A book by Frank Harris, K0IYE
Reviewed by Mike Herr WA6ARA

In my never-ending quest of amateur radio books, I bring you something a little different. Yes, it is about ham radio, and in fact one of the best I've seen on homebrewing your own rigs. What is unique is this one is totally free! It is available on the internet at: www.qsl.net/k3pd/book.html

The book is in PDF format and is downloaded in a total of 16 Chapters. Each one is a fair size so if you are on a dial up modem be prepared to wait a while.

K0IYE literally does take you from crystal set to sideband, including repeating some of the original Hertz and Marconi experiments. The writer gets down into what is really happening in the circuits, building them up one step at a time with experimentation and comments. This is not a "build it this way and it will work" type of book or a deep math / theory one either. Instead it is enjoyable reading and will get you in the mood for homebrewing.

Here is a sample of the chapters inside:

1 - THE FASCINATION OF RADIO
2 - HOMEBUILDING AMATEUR RADIO EQUIPMENT 
3 - SETTING UP AN ELECTRONICS WORKSHOP 
4 - HERTZIAN WAVES IN THE BASEMENT 
5 - GETTING ON THE AIR - DECIDING WHAT TO DO FIRST 
6 - BUILDING A QRP HOMEBREW
7 - BUILDING A CODE PRACTICE RECEIVER
8 - POWER SUPPLIES
9 - ACCESSORIES FOR THE TRANSMITTER 
10 - VARIABLE FREQUENCY OSCILLATORS
11 - BUILDING A VFO FOR THE HIGHER BANDS (PMOs)
12 - FINAL AMPLIFIERS 
13 - BUILDING A HOMEBREW HF RECEIVER 
14 - OLD-TECH VACUUM TUBE RADIO 
15  - THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR SIDEBAND 
16 - ANCIENT MODULATION
This is homebrewing at it's finest. I won't go into a lot of detail on the text as you can easily download it and take a look for zip, nada, nothing! I think the best words to some it all up are from the writer, Frank Harris, K0IYE: "Homebrew ham radio is never complete - when it works perfectly and does all the latest stuff, the hobby is over. Not likely. Long live homebuilding!"

Net Control Duties Hal/KM6JM

Last month I talked about the Operating Signals ZKA and ZKB. ZKA (I AM NET CONTROL) is very important in a stressed situation. In this type of situation, it is essential that the Net Control station maintains control of their net. Chapter 5 of the NTS Methods and Practices Guidelines (NTS MPG), discusses duties and responsibilities of the Net Control. Paragraph 5.1.1 starts off with the following. "The NCS makes the net "happen", directing all activities and managing the sequence of traffic dispatching to achieve an efficient and orderly net to accomplish the mission." And "The NCS is a manager, supervisor, tutor and mentor, and facilitator. The NCS becomes the individual the net stations expect to take care of the business of controlling what they do... a task respected and understood."WOW! That sounds like a very intense, overwhelming, demanding job. Well, it is and it isn't. Sure it's going to be tough if you're assigned Net Control during the first 12 hours following a local major earthquake. For that type of event, it doesn't matter if you have little to no experience or many years of experience. But you can make is easier on yourself and the net members by preparing yourself BEFORE the earthquake or other major disaster.

A great way to gain this experience is to volunteer: Volunteer to coordinate communications support for the many events that SARC helps with (or assist the coordinator); volunteer to help Jerry/KK6PA with the various ARES/RACES functions; volunteer to be the IWV Emergency Net Control Station; or if you're really looking for punishment, volunteer to coordinate SARC Field Day 2004 activities. The Amateur Radio Relay League has a tremendous amount of information available. You can enroll in various ARRL Communications courses that are conducted online. There is also the above- mentioned NTS Methods and Practices Guidelines. Although these guidelines refer to the National Traffic System, the information provided in many of the chapters are easily applied to our local Monday night nets, community support events, and that ever-pending, major earthquake.

Browse on over to www.arrl.org and do some surfing. ZKA. I AM NET CONTROL. In other words, I am the person responsible for the proper operation of this net. Here are a few suggestions from chapter 5.3 of the NTS MPG that might help you maintain control of your net.

A. Word your requests clearly. Rather than saying "HAS ANYONE SEEN RUNNER 345?" and then getting 10 responses of YUP or NOPE. How about taking an educated guess as to which check point the runner should have made it through and ask just that check point? Then, depending on whether the answer you receive is YES or NO, you know which direction to go.

B. Avoid thinking out loud as NCS. It is usually boring and if you're listening to me, probably confusing.....

C. Let go of the PTT switch when the temptation to make idle chatter creeps upon you. Long periods of silence also make stations uncomfortable. If you need a moment to think, make a call for check-ins, or call for returning stations. The listening pause is then expected, giving you time to plan the next move. This is just the tip of the iceberg. So, get on the web and read some of the NTS MPGs. Sign up for one of the communications courses offered by the ARRL. And absolutely, sign up to be NCS for one of the many events SARC is involved with. ZKJ (CLOSING DOWN)

73.....de Hal/KM6JMBPL

SOAPBOX

Ok, have you written to your congressman, Senators and the President on BPL? Now is the time to do it. We need to get our voices heard on this. Remember, anyone can write in and be heard on this matter. You do not need to have a license with HF privileges or even have a license at all. I've done it, have you?

For additional information, visit the ARRL's "Broadband Over Power Line (BPL) and Amateur Radio" page.
To support the League's efforts in this area, visit the ARRL's secure BPL Web site.

Looking for News!

I'm always looking for local news for and about the IWV amateur radio community. Also, if you have something for sale or are looking for something else, drop me a line and I'll put it in the Airwaves.

Ok, let's say you have some news for the Airwaves. How do you get it in. Well, the best way is if you can send it to me electronically, i.e. email. The text can be in Word or Works, but the most universal is as text body of the email, no HTML, PLEASE!

However, if you don't have email, I can take paper copy. You can send it to me at 613 Rebel Road, Ridgecrest.

...Editor, Mike, WA6ARA, herr@ridgenet.net

SARC Newsletter via Email

The SARC newsletter is now available via email in TWO formats, Adobe Acrobat PDF and in plain text. The PDF version is complete, and in color, but you will need Acrobat Reader to view it. Most have it and it is available free to both PC and Mac users. The plain text version can be read by just about anything! ...but you lose the graphics.

If you want the newsletter via Email make sure you check the proper box on the membership form, add your email address and the version you want. If you have already renewed and want to convert to email, or have changed your email address, drop the secretary, Tom Ingram, WB6EPD , (375-7950) a note, as he is keeping the email address lists.

...Editor, Mike, WA6ARA, herr@ridgenet.net



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RACES, ARES and INDIAN WELLS VALLEY EMERGENCY NET MEMBERS

In case of impending or current emergency, monitor the SARC translator on 146.64/04 MHz or the backup simplex frequency of 146.52 MHz. KK6PA, Jerry, the local RACES EC, will coordinate mobilization. An Emergency Net Control Station will direct radio communications. Check in. State your capabilities. Be prepared to go outside the IWV for at least three days.

An E-Pac should contain: your RACES card, radios and accessories, batteries, charger, paper, pen, clipboard, flashlight with spare batteries, timepiece, headgear, sunglasses, spare glasses, your medications, your medical history, first aid kit, severe weather clothing, non-perishable food, 3 gal. water, sleeping bag.

Updated Sun Jun 6 19:18:32 PDT 2004