The Airwaves
June-August 2002
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442




PresidentMike HerrWA6ARA375-5324
First Vice PresidentPhelps TerHeunW6PTH375-4905
Second Vice PresidentTodd EvansW6TOD375-4240
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, Autopatch (Phno, # Dn)
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

Every 	SARC Emergency Net
Monday	1930 hrs WA6YBN Ridgecrest translator
Night	146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)  and
	Randsburg repeater 145.34 MHz 
	(-600 kHz, PL 100.0 Hz)
	Visitors welcome
June 12	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
June 12	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Ready Room  1930 hrs. 
Meeting program:
	At the June meeting, we will get all
	psyched up for the field day activities
	scheduled to be held at Leroy Jackson Park.
	Bill Burns is the coordinator this year. 
	See the Field Day article for more information
June 22-23  Field Day, Leroy Jackson Park
July 10	149th Annual  Bar-B-QSO at Ron O'Gren's Place
	Starts at 5:30.  See article
August 14   81st. Annual Ice Cream Social at John's Pizza
	Starts at 6:30.  See article.
Public Service Opportunities
	Nothing scheduled until the Fall Bar-B-Que
	in the Park Bicycle ride to Kernville in
	September.  Date TBA.
	Monthly Fox Hunts - Saturdays following SARC meetings	
	Contact Mike Herr WA6ARA 375-5324
June 22-23  National Amateur Radio Field Day
	Join the Fun. Do radio outdoors
	Twenty-four hours of fun and panic in Jackson Park.
	Bill Burns, WA6QYR,  is coordinator this year
	See the Field Day article.
Second Saturday, Even months.
Jun 15	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
	131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
	Pre-registration by 10 April. Walk-in ?  Please call
	All must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
	Contact Bill Maraffio N6PR 446-4165


There is good news and bad news . . .

Editor Elvy Hopkins has returned from Kansas, that's the good news. The bad news: his new computer ("confuser" as he calls it) is exhibiting an uncooperative attitude with respect to integration of hardware and software. In other words, IT DOESN'T WORK. So, with the Summer edition of the "Airwaves" (June-July-August) from yours truly, Phelps, W6PTH,. my tenure as guest editor comes to an end. Welcome back, Elvy.



If you haven't heard the news, the FCC has proposed going along with ARRL's request for a new band (US-only), at 5.25 to 5.4 MHz and on a 136-kHz ''sliver band'' in the low-frequency (LF) region. And, in response to a third ARRL request, the FCC has proposed elevating Amateur Radio to primary status at 2400 to 2402 MHz. No word as to when either of the bands would be available. Likely in a couple of years.

Just want to remind everyone that Field Day is coming up, on 22 - 23 June. Bill Burns is the Chairman of the Field Day Committee and he needs your help and attendance. Thanks for volunteering Bill!

If you didn't hear, Mike, KA6OIJ was in the area and on the air a couple of weeks ago. Mike now lives in Roseville, CA but gets here to visit his folks from time to time. Mike did a lot of the original work on several of the repeaters in the area and his expertise is sure missed.

I would like to set up an Ad Hoc committee in the club to look at it's future. I mentioned this at the last club meeting and would like to have it set up by October. Preferably this would be made up of club members at large. The objective would be to take a good look at the club's projects, and what we should do in the future to expand our horizon. So, I'm looking for volunteers, please drop me a line.

Also, mentioning committees, I need to form a nominating committee in the September time frame. So start thinking about either being on the committee or being an officer.

Hope you all have been doing a lot of hamming recently. 10 meters has been wide open but so far no 6 meter E season. Remember to have fun with ham radio. Hope to see you all at the meeting.


No new public service activities until next fall. Watch this page in the September issue for the Fall/Winter schedule of public service events. The first of these is the Picnic in the Park bicycle ride to Kernville. Date TBA.

Net Control for the SARC Monday Evening Nets
Volunteers are always needed for these. Sign up as net control for a month or an evening. Contact Lloyd Brubaker, WA6KZV, 375-7245

Nothing new to report this month.


Field Day

Bill Burns, WA6QYR, reports interesting variety planned for this years Field Day, June 22 and 23 in Leroy Jackson Park. We'll be Class A-Non-QRP this year, and using the Club call sign. Participants can use any form of power they choose. New for 2002: points for inactive hams we get on the air during the event. Yes, there will be a GOTA (Get On The Air) station. Our young Technicians, Andrea, Gloria, Micah and Nathan, as well as visiting Scouts will have an opportunity to get on H.F. if they wish.

Other interesting features: Satellite and microwave stations. In addition, we will have most other bands/modes covered. There will be at least three "shelters", all the necessities, Etc. The SARC antenna trailer will be there along with the slingshot-deployed, 40M dipole.

If you don't have the time or equipment to set up, come on out anyway and "sit in" at the GOTA or at W6PTH's '706 MK II. Those who have a pretty good Idea of when you want to show up; we'd appreciate your letting us know so we can set up at least a rough schedule (?) Call Bill Burns, 375-8566, Phelps Ter Heun, 375-4905 or Mike Herr, 375-5324.

10 July - Wednesday 5:30 PM
149th Annual SARC Bar-B-QSO, Pot Luck and Tail Gate Swap Fest

SARC BBQSOPL&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 - Wednesday 6:30 PM
81st. Annual Summer Ice Cream Social

John's Pizza & Home Made Ice Cream is once again the 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.

Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting

By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD) May 8, 2002. Those present: Pres. Mike Herr (WA6ARA), 1st Vice Pres, Phelps TerHeun (W6PTH), 2nd Vice Pres. Todd Evans (W6TOD), Treas. Pam Evans (KC6UUS) and Secy. Tom Ingram (WB6EPD. The meeting was called to order at 1908 hrs. Items for the General meeting were discussed. 22 June is the dead line for newsletter inputs. Mike announced that Death Valley to Mt. Whitney bike race has been cancelled. The program for next month has not been scheduled. The secretary will send for the necessary insurance paperwork required for Field Day. If available, Field Day videos will be shown for the next meeting, There will be a T-hunt this weekend. The meeting was adjourned at 1925 hrs.

Minutes of the General Meeting

By Secretary Tom Ingram (WB6EPD)

The 8 May 2002 meeting was called to order by the President Mike Herr (WA6ARA) at 1934 hrs at the Heritage Inn. 50-50 tickets were available for the meeting. Sign-up sheet was started around. Announcements: The Treasurer has several badges that have not picked up. Inputs for the newsletter are due by 22 May. The Field Day coordinator for the Amateur Field Day in June will be Bill Burns (WA6QYR). There will be a T-Hunt this weekend. The Death Valley to Mt. Whitney Bike ride scheduled for 18 and 19 May has been cancelled. The next VE session is 8 June. Next months program will be about Field Day. Jerry Brooks (KK6PA) mentioned a few problems that were encountered during the last drill pointing out that Trained Volunteers are needed during an emergency. Mike Herr announced that a group should be formed in September to plan for the future of the club. This month's program was on new equipment. Mike Herr won the 50/50. 19 amateurs signed in at the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 2000 hrs.

Treasurer's Report As of May 21, 2002: 
Draft Account                  $ 252.12
Share Account                  6,313.58
TOTAL                          6,565.70
Obligated Funds:
Relocate 147.00 Repeater       1,374.86
BALANCE:                      $5,190.84
Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS