SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETINGS Every SARC Emergency Net Monday 1930 hrs WA6YBN Randsburg repeater Night 145.34 MHz -600 kHz, PL 100.0 Hz Ridgecrest translator 146.64 -600kHz Visitors welcome Sept 12 Board of Officers Meeting Second Wednesday Heritage Inn 1900 hrs Sept 12 Membership Meeting Second Wednesday Heritage Inn Ready Room 1930 hrs Program Home built 2.4 GHz AO-40 Satellite communications set By Mike Herr WA6ARA Sept 18 Memorial for Rlee Peters W6BST Kern County Library Meeting Room 1830 hrs See article Oct 10 Board of Officers Meeting Second Wednesday Heritage Inn 1900 hrs Oct 10 Membership Meeting Second Wednesday Heritage Inn Ready Room 1930 hrs Program Interesting Antennas By Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD Nov 14 Board of Officers Meeting Second Wednesday Heritage Inn 1900 hrs Nov 14 Membership Meeting Second Wednesday Heritage Inn Ready Room 1930 hrs Program You and Your Project Right Here
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES Sept 23 Picnic In The Park Bicycle ride, Ridgecrest to Kernville Contact Elvy NØLV 384-3589 See article Sept 29 Kiwanis Walk-A-Thon Contact Greg Roush WA7IRW 446-4383 Oct 20 & 21 Scout Jamboree On The Air Boy and Girl Scouts world wide contacting each other via Amateur Radio. Operators and rigs needed Contact Bill Burns WA6QYR 446-5094, 375-8566 See article Nov 10 & 11 Coso Junction Jam Two twelve hour horse endurance rides Contact Hal Hazel KM6JM 382-0474 E-mail [email protected] ACTIVITIES Sept 15 Monthly Fox Hunt Heritage Inn parking lot 0800 hrs Contact Mike Herr WA6ARA 375-5324 E-mail [email protected] AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS Oct 13 Volunteer License Exam Session Second Kern County Library Ridgecrest Branch Sat 131 East Las Flores Ave Meeting Room Even Pre-register by 10 Oct Walk-in? Call Months All must register at 9 am Code test 11 am Contact Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589 E-mail [email protected]
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Greeting to one and all. Well, it looks like summer is about over. SARC has been taking it's annual nap but now it is time to wake up and get going again. I hope all of you had as good a time as I did. My personal projects included getting a receive station perking along on 2.4 GHz for AO-40 as well as building a multitude of smaller projects. Paula N6VGW and I did some camping, including packing into Muir Lake. Each time we carried along the QRP rigs and did some fun time radio operating.
What did you do? Do any building or operating? Tell us about it. It does not have to be a SARC meeting presentation, a short write up for the newsletter is great too.
Starting in September, SARC is back in full action. We have numerous activities coming up, including fox hunting, radio communications for various walking, bicycling and horse rides. If you have not worked one of these public service events, you are missing a really good time.
How about another field trip or two. The Owens Valley Radio Observatory trip went well, see the write up elsewhere. There are numerous places we have not been to, Edwards, Goldstone or Voice Of America, just to mention a few. So come to the SARC meetings. Tell us what you are doing, what you want to do, or just have some good eyeball QSOs.
MEETING PROGRAM Wed 12 Sept
MEMORIAL FOR W6BST
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Kiwanis Walk-A-Thon Sat 29 Sept
This is an excellent event to gain public service experience. All checkpoints are in downtown Ridgecrest and a two meter radio is all that is required. The basic duty is to keep track of the number of walkers and whether the supplies at the checkpoint are sufficient for the number of remaining walkers. The Kiwanis volunteers provide cups and water, as requested by the Hams, when supplies start getting low. Occasionally, a walker may have some difficulty with the heat, a bee sting, or an injury. In those cases we simply contact the police or the Kiwanis organizers for the required assistance. Because the event draws from 600-900 people from all parts of our community, the Walk-A-Thon is an excellent showcase for Ham Radio. For more information or to sign up, contact Greg Roush WA7IRW at 446-4383 or on the Monday night net.
Scout Jamboree On The Air 20, 21 Oct
I would like Mike Cash, W6PM and any other hams to help with the event locally. Mike currently has the tower trailer and is rebuilding the tri-bander.
I would like to see if we could have operating packet and other modes available to demonstrate for the scouts. It is a recruiting tool for Amateur Radio. I propose that groups come in one hour time periods during 0900-1600 hrs both days. Please volunteer to support this outreach operation. Several operators will be needed to bring station rigs and operate for parts of each day. I can be reached at the Scout building 446-5094 or at home 375-8566.
MY SUMMER TRIP
I would like to thank the ARRL for providing materials to the licensing classes, Volunteer Examination area, the Radio Merit Badge SWL area and the K2BSA demonstration station at the 2001 National Boy Scout Jamboree. Amateur Radio was made visible to 33,000 Boy Scouts, 7,500 adult Scouters and thousands of visitors.
On my staff was Larry Wolfgang WR1B from ARRL Headquarters where he is a Senior Editor. Larry has written parts of the "ARRL Handbook," most of the "Now Your Talking" licensing materials and number of other texts for ARRL.
Some statistics from the Jamboree. The VE sessions had 182 people participate. There were 73 Technician, 11 General and 3 Extra class licenses completed. Over 25 ARRL VE's staffed the testing sessions. There were some 200 Scouts and Scouters at the station for the contact with Space Station Alpha during which 15 Scouts got to talk with astronaut Susan Helms. The radio merit badge booth had 783 Scouts begin the badge and 501 complete it. This is another record for the merit badge booth. There were hundreds more Amateur Radio Scouters who either stopped by the station or checked into the Jamboree evening net. Amateur Radio is alive in the Scouting world.
It was normal east coast weather with 90 degree temperatures and that in humidity. This year our staff housing area had 10 man squad tents stacked about 2 feet apart. Dirt floor. When two days of rain hit us, the wood chips they had spread for floor started floating away. When the sun did come out to dry up the mud the humidity was back in full force with rain inside the tents from the condensate every night. When I pulled up my footlocker to go home 4 days later, there was still mud under it. Any way, for those of us who pay to go work for the Scouts, we had fun and are ready to do it again in 2005.
KEY RAFFLE AT JUNE MEETING
RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES
Owens Valley Radio Observatory Tour
The tour began in the parking lot with Dr. Mark Hodges outlining the history and purposes of OVRO. An interesting, built-to-scale "model" of the universe was on sign posts along the road. Questions were answered. Interesting items were discussed. A demonstration of the strange effects of liquid nitrogen, used to cool the radio frequency detectors, on various everyday materials was enjoyed by all.
A tour of several levels of the 100 foot diameter dish and it's controls and service areas entailed a lot of steep stair climbing and ducking of one's head to avoid noggin knots. The view of the Owens Valley was quite good from the highest level.
Virtually all of data collected at OVRO is sent, via internet, to remote data processing computers. Most dishes can be operated remotely also.
Dr. Hodges' tour was very interesting and entertaining. Do not miss the next one.
Field Day 2001
First off, I want to thank Jerry Brooks KK6PA for stepping in for me at the last minute. I had a family emergency concerning my mother's health and had to run to northern California. Jerry really pulled through at the last minute by putting it all together.
We ran all solar power and QRP, less than five Watts. We operated as 4A but I do not believe we had over three transmitters on the air at a time. There were a lot of folks stopping by to take a look and we even made it into the newspaper. We maxed out on the bonus points with solar, QRP, APRS demo, microwave demo, city officials stopping by, public place, etc.
Look for our score in QST, call sign KK6PA. Next year, I hope to see more of you out there.
148th Annual SARC Bar-B-QSO, Pot Luck and Tail Gate Swap Fest
The perennial, roof resident tomcat, that has begged meaty morsels in the past had moved to the dog kennels and was not available scrap disposal. Greg Roush WA7IRW showed his newly designed DF antenna and demonstrated it with an impromptu fox hunt with Mike Herr WA6ARA as the fox.
The usual tour of Ogren's well equipped, award winning UHF/VHF amateur radio equipment gathered a lot of Oos and Ahs. The pool and ping-ping tables got a good workout.
The BBQ and pot luck was delicious as always with everyone going away well fed.
80th Annual Summer Ice Cream Social
RACES RAMBLINGS EOC Desktop Drill 3 Oct
RACES has developed some interesting scenarios which will tax the ingenuity of the various agencies' participants in trying to get things done when everything around them is in chaos. Players will be presented with problems involving their agencies or departments. They then explain their solutions and discuss them. Then they are presented with the problem resulting from the solution to the last problem. You are welcome to observe and even participate in the fun.
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Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
Elvy reported that he mailed ninety-six AIRWAVES this month. Voice Of America is going off the air. A volunteer is needed to organize a trip while VOA is still in operation. Elvy will make reservations at John's for the ice cream social in August. The Bar-B-QSO. is scheduled for 11 July at Ron Ogren's WA6PEV.
There will be a short Field Day meeting after the General meeting. Phelps will draw the winning number for the special Key at the General meeting. There will be a Fox Hunt this Saturday. The Owens Valley Radio Observatory trip will be June 15th for those already signed up. Three people earned Extra Class at the latest VE session. The meeting was adjourned at 1928 hrs.
Minutes, Membership Meeting
There will be a short Field Day meeting after the general meeting. It may be necessary to move the Field Day to the park behind the Senior Citizens Center.
The OVRO trip to Big Pine will be leaving at 7 AM. There will be a Fox Hunt this Saturday at 8 AM. Three people (Mike Cash, Pam Evans and Phelps TerHeun) earned their Extra Class at the latest VE session. The Voice of America Radio site at Tulare is going off the air. A volunteer is needed to organize a field trip. Jack TerHeun, Phelp's son, was a visitor at the meeting. Jerry Brooks KK6PA announced that he had an antenna for sale with the proceeds going to RACES.
The program for the evening was on Peripheral Interface Controllers (PIC) and was provided by Mike Herr. Tom Ingram WB6EPD won the fifty-fifty drawing. Nathaniel Lloyd KG6DTB won the Gold Millennium key. He purchased the winning ticket at this meeting. The club received $100 proceeds from sale of the tickets. Nineteen members attended the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 2011 hrs.
At the Field Day meeting, which followed, plans for the upcoming 23-24 June event were discussed.
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