THE AIRWAVES
Voice of the Sierra Amateur Radio Club

CLUB MEETING - SECOND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH AT KERR-MCGEE CENTER AT 1930
THE INDIAN WELLS VALLEY EMERGENCY NET MEETS
ON ALL OTHER MONDAYS AT 1930 ON 146.640(-) MHZ.
ALL AMATEURS ARE WELCOME

SIERRA AMATEUR CLUB PO BOX 1442 RIDGECREST, CA. 93556-1442

September/October 1995


CLUB OFFICERS:
PresidentJerry BrooksKK6PA446-2228
1st VPDave StoneKC6UUR375-1730
2nd VPBob PhillipsKA6PLU371-3540
SecretaryLloyd BrubakerWA6KZV375-7245
TreasurerThom SkeerKD6IQJ446-4359
NewsletterJudith RogowN7TTH375-2521
SysopDave StoneKC6UUR

THE PRESIDENT'S REPORT
LA-MONO BIKE RIDE.-- We escorted about 75 bicycle riders August 29th and 30th. You may have seen them on TV filling their bottles with water from the fountain in front of the DWP building in Los Angeles. The communications started with the arrival of riders at the bridge in Red Rock Canyon at 0930. The group camped out at the Inyokern park the first night. By 0830 the next morning, most of the riders were out of the park. I was unable to find any riders who tried the Ostrich burgers at the Little Bit Cafe. The riders camped at Diaz Lake Wednesday night and the Bishop Club picked up the communications the next morning. The Mammoth club took them the last two days into Mono Lake. Mark KE6SMA, Mary Lou KA6EZA, Dave KC6UUR and Hal KM6JM did a fantastic job. Mark, Dave and Hal took time off from work so they could participate and Mary Lou took time away from drying her grapes. Thanks to all of you for making it possible.

ANTENNA WORKSHOP
The workshop was mostly successful. The antennas had acceptable SWRs in most of the band except at the top end. After Dave, KC6UUR worked with the design on his computer program, we were able to finalize the element dimensions. The SWR's are now running less than 1.4:1 at the band edges and nearly 1:1 at the center. Joe, N6FIC was able to hold a QSO through the Victorville Condor repeater while standing in his back yard holding his 220 yagi in one hand and his HT in the other hand. I'd say that was pretty good gain. Copies of the drawings and instructions will be available at the October meeting.
Jerry KK6PA


SECRETARY'S REPORT
General Meeting 11 Sept., 1995
The meeting was called to order at 1932 hours with 30 in attendance. There were three guests: Charles Hawthorn, KE6WQR; Larry Merwin, and ?6SME. Mr. Bill Buroughs from KCET gave a very interesting talk on "Radio From Mt. Wilson". He showed slides and a short video tape to illustrate his talk.
- The Kern River Ham Club is giving VE sessions every 60 days starting the 1st Wednesday of Feb. Details forthcoming.
- It was proposed that three members of the club donate a monthly copy of QST to the library. Several volunteered. It is expected that at least one of the group will remember to do this each month.
- The Desert Empire Fair Parade will take place on October 7th. They will meet at the K-Mart parking lot at "Oh Dark Thirty" This is an excellent way for new hams to get into public service, get some net experience, and have a lot of fun all-the-while. Any number can play.
- The deadline for this newsletter, and all of the subsequent ones is on or before the 20th of the month prior. (Ed note: Check last/mailer page for exact date, please.) Here's your chance to break into journalism - A drawing for the 50/50 fiends was held, also some KCET hats were given away along with some other "valuables". Meeting adjourned at 2035.
Respectfully Submitted:
Lloyd, WA6KZV, Secretary
TREASURER'S REPORT
By: Thom KD6IQJ
CHECKING(6/30/95)
Beginning Balance$1010.68
SAVINGS(6/30/95)
Beginning Balance$2204.96

PARADE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Mark, N6BVP requests communications personnel for the DEF parade on October 7th. Please contact Mark at 375-2521, to volunteer. Hams who work, DEF get in free from noon until 2PM. (You can stay as long as you wish!)
DARWIN AMATEURS
In the tiny town of Darwin, nestled in the hills to the north of China Lake live a few rugged individuals. Darwin is what remains of one of the once prosperous mining towns of Inyo County and dates back to 1875. Of the thirty full time residents of this tiny town, there are five licensed amateur radio operators, making up 16.7 percent of the population. There are many reasons for having a radio license in Darwin, most of them obvious. The not so obvious ones have to do with the fact of the remoteness, and the fact that people here like to explore the desert, and need emergency communications. Cellular phones don't work here yet. The single set of power poles coming into town are subject to lightening strikes, and roads are occasionally closed. Amateur radio truly is the link with the outside world in case of an emergency.
73's KE6HFI


TELECOMMUNICATIONS REFORM AND A PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE THE FCC:
Brad Wyatt, K6WR,
Director, Pacific Division, ARRL
Telecommunications reform is one of the key topics in Washington DC currently as Congress returns from its August Recess. Both House and Senate passed differing Telecommunication Reform Acts. Apparently these bills focus on broadcast TV, cable TV, telephone service and related matters. It appears that these bills do not affect the Amateur Radio Service directly, but there may yet be surprises. In September, a conference committee from both houses will try to reconcile the differences between S. 652 and H. R. 1555. There are also various other proposals floating around Washington DC including proposals to eliminate the Department of Commerce and the FCC, as examples. This latter idea comes from the "Progress and Freedom Foundation," a "Think Tank" group consisting of folks with various political views. The proposal, essentially, is to eliminate the FCC and allocate the entire RF spectrum on a "property rights" basis. The mood in Congress seems to be to enact some sort of telecommunications reform, but just what is unclear so far. The ARRL Washington Team continues to monitor these developments and be active on our behalf.
FUTURE EVENTS
Livermore Swap Meet - 1st Sunday of each month at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA, 7 AM to Noon, all year. Talk in 147.045 from west, 145.35 from the east. Contact Noel Anklam, KC6QZK, (510) 447-3857 eves.
2nd National Hamfest, Oct. 6-8, 1995, at Costerisan Lake in Bakersfield, CA. Contact the Kern Co. Central Valley ARC at P.O. Box 743, Bakersfield CA 93302
Pacificon'95 at Concord, CA, Oct. 20-22, 1995. Contact Richard Schultze, AA6DL, at (510) 932-6125 on the Pacificon'95 Hotline.
Baja 1000, Nov. 8-11 Contact Paula or call WB6WTE 619-868-3862
ARRL PACIFIC DIVISION UPDATE
OCTOBER, 1995

MAGNOLIA DAYS
Yes, SARC has added yet another public service event to its very busy calendar, Inyokern's Magnolia Days parade. Three local hams helped Inyokern be 86'ed (birthday) on Saturday, 23 September. The 10:00 am parade started promptly at 10:37 after a scattered but persistent search for, first, the parade Graaand Maaarshal, and then, the 1948 Buick convertible for him to ride in. The parade organizer wanted a ham to be traffic cop and block off Brown Road at the post office. Oooo? Un-good task with unknown legal ramifications. Fortunately, a uniformed Kern County Reserve Deputy Sheriff driving an official sheriff's car complete with blinking red lights arrived to perform this task. The three public servants were, KC6YYT Bob Rose, KC6YYU Ken Lusk and ND6Q Elvy Hopkins. KC6YYT printed some very official looking T shirts for the three man crew. Not bad for helping a whole town get 86'ed! Thanks Bob.
De ND6Q


PICNIC AT THE PARK
Eighth Annual Ridgecrest to Kernville Metric Century Bicycle Ride SARC assisted the High Sierra Cyclists bicycle club of Ridgecrest in conducting it's sixty-two mile ride on Sunday, 24 September by providing communications, mechanical assistance and safety follow-up after the last rider. Starting at 6:30 AM in Leroy Jackson Park in Ridgecrest, we kept track of all fifty six riders (and six bootleggers) until the last one rode into Kern River Park in Kernville at 3:44 PM. All seven check points were supported with two way communications using the SARC WA6YBN translator on the east side of Walker Pass. The SARC portable repeater, set up by WA7IRW and his two sons, was used on the west side of the pass and into Kernville. The breeze was cool on top of Walker Pass and the sun was hot in Onyx Hollow. Sandwiches and soft drinks were enjoyed by all at Kernville - and also a cookie or two stolen at checkpoints. Some hams took the opportunity to shop in Kernville, have a leisurely dinner and still stop at the Onyx Store to purchase fresh, home made, yum-yum-and-yum sausage on the way home. SARC members providing this public service were: WA6ARA Mike Herr, KE6DWM Jim Kusznir, W6EPD Tom Ingram, WA7IRW Greg Roush, KM6JM Hal Hazel, ND6Q Elvy Hopkins, WA6QYR Bill Burns, KC6UTF Judy Burns, KC6UUR Dave Stone, N6VGW Paula Herr. Many bicycle riders and the ride organizers expressed their thanks for our work. KC6UUR and WA7IRW had handheld-to-mobile crossband equipment working flawlessly. This method of operation is valuable when a check point is in an area of poor repeater coverage. The higher power mobile radio can be located remotely where repeater access is available and the hand held operator can stay at the point of action.
Well done gals and guys.
de ND6Q
Greg, WA7IRW, and
the portable repeater
Mike, WA6ARA, Paula,
N6VGW, and their son
Judy, KC6UTF and
Bill, WA6QYR
Elvy, ND6Q at check point #1

FROM THE RACES OFFICER
By Lloyd, WA6KZV
The small earthquakes that have been occurring in the valley are not a part of the RO's drills. He claims no responsibility at all! However on this years Simulated Emergency Test we plan on conducting an out-of-the-valley contact drill. We hope to contact the OES communications facilities in Bakersfield and Fresno via both VHF and HF. This is our weak point in emergency communications and it needs to be worked. As usual prior preparation is not encouraged but you may do the planning you should do anyhow for normal preparedness. More about this, and the SET date, will be announced later.
HURRICANE LUIS
Taken from the Packet version of Newsline, thanks to Jack, NL7SX, and Jerry, KK6PA.

Hams throughout the Caribbean are on alert and providing communications as Hurricane Luis makes its way toward the United States. The storm, the largest and most powerful of the 1995 hurricane season has already passed over several islands. On the air reports indicate that Dominica suffered damage along its North coast, Stations on St. Martin report extensive destruction in the waterfront area. It's 15:00 zulu Tuesday, September 5th. Signing PJ8/G3UWQ, transmitting he said from his boat anchored in Simpson Lagoon, Dutch St. Martin. Luis was thundering towards the island. The winds building. Pulling on the anchor that stood between G3UWQ and rocks. "George here. Maximum gusts of 100 knots ..." G3UWQ It's 14.268 Mhz. The United Nations Radio Readiness Net. Stations from all over the Caribbean have one life line now. Ham Radio. 18:12 zulu time. G3UWQ can no longer be copied in Florida. Another station relays the dramatic, frightening words. Abandon Ship. "PJ8/G3UWQ in Simpson Bay was abandoning ship at 18:12 times up, he was getting thrown into the rocks so he was departing, over." At dawn, Wednesday the 6th. J87CC reported 90 vessels lost in and around St. Martin. At deadline there was no word on G3UWQ's fate. Only our prayers he will be found alive and well. A hurricane watch net is active on 14.325 MHz, with additional activities on 14.268 and 14.250 Mhz. Hams are asked to monitor storm related net frequencies, but are asked not to transmit unless requested by a net control operator. This is a major storm. Ham radio is playing a vital part in hurricane related communications.


NOMINATION COMMITTEE
The nomination committee: Judith, N7TTH, Rlee, W6BST, and Mark KE6SMA are requesting suggestions for President, and two Vice-presidents. We already have a victim . . . Er, nominee for Treasurer, and Lloyd will remain as Secretary (biiiig sigh of relief!) If you are interested in serving, please contact one of us.

REMEMBER, IF YOU DON'T SERVE AS AN OFFICER, OR ON A COMMITTEE, YOU LOSE ALL YOUR COMPLAINING, GRIPING, CARPING, GROUSING, AND *ITCHING PRIVILEGES!


FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
By: Judith, N7TTH
Sometimes, no matter what you do, things just do not turn out the way you had planned! This newsletter has been a prime example. Due to some family problems, and being over extended with my Reporters job (and several other activities), I didn't get around to putting the newsletter together until the last minute. Then, wouldn't you know!, there was only enough material to fill two pages!

Elvy, Ken and Jack came through with some really great articles - THANKS GUYS!, and I took a day off to whip the whole thing into shape.

Rlee, Lloyd, and Mark have done yeoman work in getting this ready to mail - without them, this would never get to you. Again, THANKS GUYS!

Those who get this electronically - either through the World Wide Web or by packet, owe debts of THANKS to Erik, KC6UUT (WWW) and Mark Ball (Packet). Have you seen our WWW page yet?
http://www.ridgecrest.ca.us/wa6ybn/

I'll try to get The Airwaves out earlier next month - but you have to do your part... Keep those articles and photographs coming! Does anyone do cartoons? Please contact me!

73/de Judith, N7TTH


HAM CLASS ANNOUNCED
Our next Ham Class will be October 27-29, 1995. We have 15 hours of class work to explain, review and study, and find the soft spots. The students then have a week to prepare and harden up the soft spots so that they will be confident going in to the VE session the following Saturday, Nov. 4th. The pattern that we follow is to give a practice exam, correct it, then discuss the weak spots and clear them up, then do it again with another practice exam. About six exams provide the drill. This is done without any code practice. It may well be that code practice would be a part of the higher license preparation although most of this preparation must be on the studentsU own time. Please give Lloyd, WA6KZV, a call to let him know if you are interested. The class will be offered through the Adult Education program with the Sierra Sands school district
NEEDED - ARTICLES FOR THE AIRWAVES PLEASE CONTACT THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR THE DEADLINE ON SUBMISSIONS FOR THE NEXT ISSUE IS OCTOBER 15, 1995

NEXT MEETING, NOVEMBER 13, 1995

REMEMBER - IN CASE OF IMMINENT OR IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY
Monitor the 146.64(-) translator, call Lloyd on the 146.64 translator to let him know you are available, and be ready to leave when needed. An E-Pack should contain your radios/batteries/charger, a water jug, (with at least a 2.5 gal container in the trunk of your car), Paper and pens, a clip board, flashlights, a watch or small clock, clothing & a hat, extra glasses, sun glasses, any meds you take regularly, some basic first aid items and your medical history (in case you get injured), and some non-perishable snacks (like hard candy) Always have extra batteries handy, if you don't need them, someone else sure will! Keep water and a sleeping bag in the trunk of your car.