The Airwaves
April 2007
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club
-- RACES -- ARES --
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

BOARD    President    Gene Brewer    KI6LO    446-1315   
    First VP    John Andrus    KC6UWM    371-2190   
OF    Second VP    Fred Moses    KG6STR    371-4034   
    Secretary    Lloyd Brubaker    WA6KZV    375-7245   
OFFICERS    Treasurer    Pam Evans    KC6UUS    375-4240   

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, linked to 145.34
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
Program: Fred, KG6STR 446-1315
RF Interference: Bill, WA6QYR 375-8566
Public Relations: John, KC6UWM 375-5324
Airways Editor: Mike, WA6ARA 275-5324
Emergency and Public Service: Mike, W6PA 793-0541


THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR

Every Monday Night

ARRL Audio News
1910 (7:10 PM) on 146.64 MHz

IWV Emergency Net
Visitors Welcomed!
1930 (7:30 PM) 
WA6YBN Translator 146.64 MHz (-)

East Kern County Emergency Net
Visitors Welcomed!
Rand repeater 145.340, pl 100
2000 (8 PM)
     
Apr 11 SARC Board Meeting
7:00 PM - Heritage Inn Converence Room

Apr 11 SARC General Meeting
7:30 PM - Heritage Inn Converence Room
Program - 6 Meter Fold Out Beam

Apr 28 Transmitter Hunt
8:00 AM - Heritage Inn parking lot

AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Second Saturday, Even months
Apr 14 Volunteer License Exam Sessions
Kern County Library Ridgecrest Branch
131 East Las Flores Ave. Meeting Room
Pre-register by 09 April.
All must sign in at 9 AM.
Contact Elvy NØLV 760-384-3589
E-mail  ehopkins@ridgenet.net

Note: there may be a change in the exam location.
Listen to Monday night nets or contact Elvy
for updates.


From the President's Shack

Well I finally found time to complete the FEMA courses required to meet my RACES/ARES training requirements. I had completed the ARRL Emergency Communications Course Level 1 back in 2003 and when the new requirement to take for IS-100 'Incident Command System Overview' and IS-700 'National Incident Management System Overview' to maintain my RACES/ARES certification came about, I had planned to jump right one it. Well Murphy had other plans as he usually does for all well intended actions for ham radio operators.

Why do I bring this up? The main reasons are two fold. First, the Sierra ARC is a public service oriented club hence the members should be able to help out in times of emergency needs. Secondly, if you are not a member of RACES / ARES and are interested in becoming one, the training requirements are not hard at all and can be completed in a very short timespan.

If you are new to the club or Amateur Radio itself, I would ask you to step up to the challenge and become a member of RACEs / ARES. Waiting until the need is tantamount is far too late to try and get trained. Training should be done together as a team to become a single unit before the chaos of the emergency. And with the new regulations being applied since 9/11, the days of showing up at an command center with a HT during an emergency and declaring your there to help out are over. Without the proper training and credentials, you most likely will be turned away.

If you are interested in getting on board with RACES/ARES, I recommend that you contact Mike Cash W6PM for more information.

See ya at the meeting on April 11th.

Gene KI6LO


Secretary Report

The Board Meeting was called to order at 1900 PDST and remarks were requested from officers and board members. Agenda items were called for. A T Hunt was announced on 24 March. More information later.

A list of paid members was called for. Pam and Lloyd will compose this roster.

During the VE session last Monday yielded one Extra and five Generals. Names unknown at this time.

Two visitors were introduced: N6SR, Skip, and K6RYD, Gary, from Sequoia ARC at Lake Isabella. They expressed a desire to team with us more often. Theirs is a relatively new club. They have a repeater that we need to become familiar with: 145.150- PL 100. It may be able to act as relay for us into the S. J. Valley. Eight of our Amateurs have worked this repeater already.

Jerry Brooks received a Certificate of Appreciation for his years of work in RACES. Congratulations!!

Greg, WA7IRW, added to our knowledge on dipole antennas using twin lead and powerpole connectors. Light weight and cheap!

The general meeting began at 1930 hrs with Phelps TerHune puting on a demonstration with a digital projector and a winlink program. The rest of us scrambled to keep up. The general consensus was we need more explanation.

The meeting adjourned at 2030. Thanks as usual, Pam, for the cookies!
Lloyd WA6KZV


N6TST -- Silent Key

Amateur radio lost a real treasure with the passing of Dave Rosenthal, N6TST. Dave was quite the adventurer in life as well as ham radio. Many of his exploits are well documented on his web page.

In his ham radio life Dave wrote several articles for QST and had a couple of cover shots of his hamming adventures. Dave's call, friendly face and help will be missed in the Indian Wells Valley as well as the entire amateur radio world.


TREASURER'S REPORT

Treasurer's Report as of March 19, 2007: 
Draft Account $ 1,004.56 
Share Account $ 5,026.26 
BALANCE:      $ 6,030.72 
submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS


IWV Emergency Net Checkins
March 05 14 
March 12 17 
March 19 20 
March 26 13 
Thanks Mark, KE6SMA, for net control during the month of March.


March Program

I'm going to show an ARRL presentation, "The Magic of HF". It's got a lot of information for the new Ham, and the recently upgraded.

73
Fred KG6STR


RACES!

If you are not a member of the East Kern County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and you would like to be, please fill out the two enclosed forms and mail them to Mike Cash, 1362 S. Sunland St., Ridgecrest, CA 93555.


T-Hunts!

Last March 24 we had a small but energetic local T-Hunt. The hunted was Paula, N6VGW and the hunters included:
Mike WA6ARA Greg WA7IRW

The transmitter was first found by Mike WA6ARA. The next T-Hunt is scheduled for April 28 at 8am, starting at the parking lot of the Heritage Inn. Hope to see you all there.


Elmer on . . .
Those First 100 HF (or VHF) Contacts

Alright! You got your new General class ticket and you're just itching to get on the HF bands and make some contacts. You find a clear spot on 20M and call CQ a few times and someone comes back to you. Now what? Well, for your first contact, you can always say this is your first HF contact. That should be good for a couple of exchanges. Then what? Some Amateur contacts consists solely of passing what equipment and antennas are being used. After that, they end the contact, call CQ and start over again. I think we can do better than that.

Being "Mic Shy" is natural. Being at a loss of what to say is also a bit natural, after all, this is a total stranger you're talking to on the other side of the signal. But, you do have at least one thing in common and that is Amateur Radio. To help avoid being at a loss of words, try making up a list of questions to ask your contact and subjects you want to talk about. Both lists should be related to Amateur Radio or at least being able to be worked into the conversation. Who knows, you could mention that your hobby of horticulture allowed you to create several exotic strains of roses that pleased your wife so much that you were able to allocate funds for a new HF rig. Maybe your passion for tinkering on engines saved your family so much money you were able to convince your husband to let you buy that new rig for your car.

Here's some items you might consider. Almost every Amateur has built and/or installed an antenna. How about asking what their most memorable experience was putting up one of their antennas? If you were to ask me that question, I might tell you about the time the mosquitoes removed at least a quart of blood from me during a hot, humid day in Hawaii while we were in the rain forest trying to string up a wire antenna. If I heard you ask that antenna question while in a QSO with someone else, heck, I might stick around and call you afterwards just to tell you about that cold, gloomy morning the first week of 1986 when I was at the top of the 800 ft VLF tower on Adak, AK. Another question could be something like "I plan on building a 2 meter J-Pole antenna out of copper water pipe and was wondering if you've built one and if so, is there anything I should pay particular attention to?" How about asking if they participate in Field Day and if so, what is their favorite Field Day story? (Don't know what Field Day is? Then sign up to participate with SARC in this year's event, June 23 & 24). Most memorable contact? I still

remember several contacts I had with Jack/W1DW in 1990/91. What's notable is that Jack was in Maine and I was at Diego Garcia, a tiny island about 1,000 miles south of India. Our HF SSB contacts were so clear, it was almost like we were talking just across town on 2M FM rather than halfway around the world.

Until you reach the point that you can talk so much you can "time out a simplex frequency," keep the list at your operating position. Add to it. When your contact asks you an interesting question that triggered memories and had you responding for what seemed like hours, add that question to your list.

The great thing about having a list of things to talk about or to ask is that you're not saying "ah....ah" when it's your turn to talk. The station you're talking to is going to think you are a pro and might even think of you as a "memorable" QSO! But whatever you do, NEVER go through your entire list on a single contact. Just like the first rule of show business, always leave them wanting more.
73.....Elmer


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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 Apr 1 09:27:15 PDT 2007