The Airwaves
September 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 President[open]
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, 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 Public Relations: Paula, N6VGW 375-5324
Airways Editors: Mike, WA6ARA and Paula N6VGW 375-5324
RF Interference: Bill, WA6QYR 375-8566 Emergency and Public Service: Jerry, KK6PA 446-2228
Program: [open] Renewal Committee: Jerry, KK6PA 446-2228


THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR

Every Monday Night		
ARRL Audio News
1910 (7:10 p.m.) on 146.64 MHz
SARC  Net - Visitors Welcomed!
1930 hrs (730pm) 
WA6YBN Translator 146.64 MHz (-)
		
Sep 8	
SARC Meeting - Heritage Inn Ready Rm
BoO Meeting 1900 hrs
Membership Meeting 1930 hrs 
Program: 2004 SARC Field Day

Sep 25	
Picnic in the Park -Ridgecrest to 
Kernville bicycle ride. See article inside 
Call Elvy NØLV 384-3589

Sep 25	
Kiwanis Walkathon – Meet at Leroy Jackson 
Park @ 730 am. Contact Greg WA7IRW 446-
4383 
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Second Sat, Even months
Oct 09 	
Volunteer License Exam Sessions
Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
131 East Las Flores Ave  Meeting Room
Pre-registration ONLY by 08 Oct 
All must sign in at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Contact Elvy NØLV 760-384-3589
E-mail  ehopkins@ridgenet.net
From the President's Shack

Welcome back from the summer. Hope you had a good vacation or time off from the normal grind. My wife and I hauled the last of son's room stuff back to his house in Chicago via highway 80. We pulled the camp trailer with the pickup full of his stuff and some furniture. I tried to do a little hamming while stopped overnight at campgrounds. Lots of noise on 40 meters just like at home. We saw a few farms with big antennas up on towers or on the silo. Some silo's even had cell phone stations on top. We did a little tourist stuff in Chicago then came back through Iowa on 80 then went north to I-90 through South Dakota and Montana before heading home on I-15. Lots of nice green back there. I kind of got tired of seeing green corn along the highways. It went for most of the trip it seemed. Anyway can't say much for the hamming on the road, but did see Fire Flies for the first time. These neat critters added excitement to the night.

I am glad to be back home. From what I hear, there will be some interesting programs at the meetings coming up. RACES had some excitement when the fiber cable was cut. The Hospital needed a way to connect with the rest of the world outside of Ridgecrest, so Jerry Brooks and several others jumped into the communications operation and gave them a hand until the line was repaired. Thanks to those who were involved.

Dennis, W6DWF our vice president for program has had a set back in his health and doctor advises to take it a little easier with stressful tasks. Dennis has backed out of the vice presidents job. Thank you to Dennis for bringing us programs of interest. We wish you well in following the doctors orders. Mike, WA6ARA has stepped in for the interim to keep programs at the meetings. If there is anyone with some ideas for programs please let Bill, WA6QYR know so you can fill the slot left by Dennis for a few months until elections in December.

Bill, WA6QYR

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

The June 9, 2004 board meeting was called to order at 1908 hrs. Those present: Pres. Bill Burns (WA6QYR), 1st Vice Pres. Paula Herr (N6VGW), Treas. Pam Evans (KC6UUS) and Secy. Tom Ingram (WB6EPD). Ron Ogren has been contacted and the picnic in July is set. The National Weather Service would like updates when unusual weather (high winds in particular) occurs in our area. Bill Burns will travel to the Lancaster area to check on complaints of TV interference. Jerry has a practice drill scheduled for October. The Board approved $25.00 refund to Mike Herr for the payment to Kern County for use of the park during Field Day. A discussion on possible HAM classes will be held during the general meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 1922 hrs.

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

The June 2004 meeting was called to order by the President, Bill Burns (WA6QYR) at 1932 hrs at the Heritage Inn. The Sign-in sheet was started around

Announcements:
1. 50/50 tickets were available.
2. Bill helped Dave Perry get his mast down so he could work on his antenna. The antenna is back up.
3. Bill received an email from the ARRL stating that several people south of Mojave were having TVI problems. Local Hams had indicated that the amateur community did not cause the problems.
4. There will be a Field Day on June 26th and 27th at Leroy Jackson Park. John Denson (AI6A) plans to have 4 stations operating. A master of Ceremonies is needed to greet visitors and have them sign the visitors log. A shade and a table are also needed.
5. The National Weather Service would like to be notified when we have any wind damage in our area.
6. Bill addressed the possibility of getting an ARRL DVD or Videotape and whether the club should hold some ham classes.
7. Pam Evans (KC6UUS) brought refreshments The attendance for the meeting was 11. The meeting was adjourned at 1955 hrs.

TREASURER'S REPORT

Treasurer's Report As of August 27, 2004: 
Draft Account	$ 971.57
Share Account	$ 5,489.79
BALANCE:	$6,461.36
Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS
Picnic In The Park
Sat 25 Sept

This sixty-mile bicycle ride from Leroy Jackson park in Ridgecrest to River Park in Kernville on Saturday, 25 September is sponsored by the High Sierra Cyclists bicycle club of Ridgecrest. Eight Hams are needed to provide communications at the start, finish and six water stops. The tasks begin at 6:00 am in Ridgecrest and can last as long as 1:00 pm in Kernville. We keep track of all riders and do not quit until all riders have been accounted for at the end of the ride. This year there are two starting points, Leroy Jackson Park for the stout legged and the Pacific Crest Trails campground 1/4 mile west of Walker Pass. We work simplex and the SARC two-meter portable repeater. A 25 watt mobile with a mag-mount antenna work very well. To volunteer and for more information, contact Elvy Hopkins NØLV at ehopkins@ridgenet.net or 760-384-3589.

SARC Ice Cream Social

The August Ice Cream social at Basken Robins had about a dozen people stop through to talk and have some cool refreshments. Just a relaxing time with families to chitchat about whatever during a warm evening in Ridgecrest. Some people we haven't seen for a while stopped through during the session of various concoctions of ice cream available at the store.

DX Honor Roll !

We have a DX extraordinare in our mists. John Agrelius, K7HG Has made DX Honor Roll! This has been a long sought after achievement by John and deserves hearty congratulations. A job well done John!

From the editor
The editor would like to acknowledge a grand foopaha in that I had, then lost, all the above info on John's achievement and thus missed the June issue of the Airwaves. Better late than never.

Repeater News

147.00 Repeater
The 147.00 Ridgecrest repeater is now linked to the 145.34 Rand repeater. Frequencies listed on front page of the Airwaves.

146.64 Translator
It turns out one of our recent gentle desert breezes turned the transmit antenna a bit. It has been realigned. Bill, WA6QYR

Missing Input to the Airwaves

Recently I've gotten notice that I missed placing this or that in the Airwaves. The most likely cause is my own forgetfulness. Also, during the May and June issues I had computer problems which I may have lost a byte or two. However, as I have discovered, I simply may have tossed it out. You see, at times I have gotten HUGE quantities of SPAM, even with the various filters and schemes available. In response, I scan my email listings and throw out the obvious junk. I may have thrown out some good with the bad simply because I did not recognize it as a legitimate piece of correspondence. So, I ask you to please put "SARC" in the subject line on any correspondence for the Airwaves.
Thanks
Mike, WA6ARA

Big Meadow Scout Camp

The Sierra Amateur Radio Club supported a Boy Scout Camp held at Big Meadow. During the week of July 12th thru the 17th all the Boy Scout troops of the Eastern Sierra who are sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held a scout camp at Big Meadow. There were 85 boys and adults in attendance. Most were from Ridgecrest with a few from; Lone Pine, Independence, Bishop, and Mammoth Lakes. The activities offered were trail to First Class, about 15 different merit badges, mountain biking, rock climbing, shooting, and the water sports of water skiing, motor boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. One of the merit badges offered was Radio. Five boys were able to earn the Radio merit badge during the week using the Amateur Radio option.

Big Meadow is located about 15 miles due south of Sherman Pass above Kernville. There is no cell phone coverage, so the SARC was asked to help with any traffic the camp might need during the week. In May, Steve, WA6JHW, conducted a survey to see which repeaters could be reached from camp. At that time, the Randsburg repeater worked very well as a link. Plans were drawn up with the idea the Randsburg repeater would be used. When Steve arrived at camp on July 12th, the Randsburg repeater could be heard loud and clear, but with 50 Watts out, the squelch could not be broken. With the help of another HAM at camp, Dave, KF6WSS, they worked hard trying different solutions for the link into Ridgecrest. The most reliable link found was through the Table Mountain repeater. This repeater has more traffic on it than the Randsburg repeater. The regular users did not seem to mind too much that we were using it to pass traffic. The camp is in a heavily treed area. The trees attenuated enough of the signal that the HAM station had to be set up outside the treed area at the edge of the meadow. (See the picture below.)

Jerry, KK6PA, carried the majority of the traffic for the camp. Greg, WA7IRW, along with others, set up a crossband link so the Table Mountain repeater was easier to reach from Ridgecrest. Lloyd, WA6KZV, and Mike, WA6ARA, also volunteered to help. About 5 messages were passed during the week with one being emergency traffic. One of the boys, working on the woodcarving merit badge, slipped with his carving knife and sliced the palm of his hand. The camp doctor recommended stitches. The boy's mother was contacted to be informed of the problem and obtain permission to take him to the Kern River Valley Hospital. She approved and she was able to meet him there with all the insurance information needed. The boy was able to return to camp and finish out the week. The camp staff and Steve, WA6JHW, are very grateful to SARC for their support of the camp communications.

WA6YBN Field Day
John Denson, AI6A

Our goal this year was to field four QRP (five watts or less), battery/solar powered stations at Leroy Jackson Park with computer logging of all contacts. The four stations included SSB, CW, PSK-31 and a Get On The Air (GOTA) station on SSB. The purpose of the GOTA station was to provide on-the-air contest experience for unlicensed folks in the community as well as licensed hams without low band privileges. MixW was used to log the CW and PSK-31 contacts and Field Day Logger recorded the SSB and GOTA QSOs. The computer logging worked very well once everyone learned the software features.

A Friday, 25 June, article in the Daily Independent (DI), thanks to Donna Rosenthal (KF6ZVE), invited the public to the Field Day event. A subsequent DI article on Sunday 27 June helped explain with photos what we were doing at the park (thanks again, Donna).

Setup began promptly at 5:30 AM on Saturday, 26 June. Early that morning the Salvation Army arrived with their refreshment trailer. The cold bottled water and pastries they provided for the weekend were GREATLY appreciated. Please be generous with your contributions to the Salvation Army.

By the time the contest began at 11:00 AM the SSB (operated by John Agrelius, K7HG) and GOTA (Phelps TerHeun, W6PTH) stations were on the air. By noon the PSK-31 (Tom Ryan, N6NPG) and CW (J.R. Skaggs, KM6NN) were operational. Greg Roush (WA7IRW) acted as Master of Ceremonies escorting visitors of which there were quite a few and also providing the APRS and ATV demonstrations. Pat McMurphy (K6GSQ) was the all around helper, assisting with construction of all four of the stations.

All in all, over 3,490 points were earned this year and submitted to the ARRL as compared to 2,970 last year (operating under the call W6EFB last year). Deteriorating propagation conditions made QRP SSB contacts particularly challenging. The following shows how many QSOs were racked up this year compared to last. SSB QSOs include both the SSB station and the GOTA station. Three stations were fielded last year.

		2003	2004
PSK-31	82	101
CW		57	98
SSB		116	70
Special thanks goes to Mike Herr for making arrangements to use Leroy Jackson Park, to Bob Huckins (W6UPI) and Jerry Booker (W6JLB) for helping disassemble the stations after the contest ended at 11:00 on Sunday (27 June) and to Dave Rosenthal (N6TST) for taking outstanding photographs of the operation which were used to substantiate points claimed for the event.

From the editor I'd like to thank John Denson, AI6A, for all the hard work he did for field day. I had to step out of the planning and John did all the real work in pulling it together. Thanks John!

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

Want and Sale Ads

Wanted: Kenwood TS930S, with or without antenna tuner. Contact Todd W6TOD @ 375-4240 message or on 146.520 simplex

For Sale: BUSTED Kenwood TS-940S/AT HF All-Mode. $150.00. Significant damage occurred by shipping during first attempt to sell. According to Kenwood, rig requires approx $500 replacement parts. Rig has 2.1 SSB, 6 KHz AM and 400 Hz filters in 8.83MHz IF and 500 Hz CW filter in 455KHz IF. Antenna tuner should also work. Email for complete list of required parts. km6jm@verizon.net

For Sale: Kenwood TM-231 50w 2mtr mobile rig plus manual $75 Bill WA6QYR 375-8566

Missing: Gene KI6LO, loaned out some magnetic ham radio signs to someone. If you have them please get them back to Gene. His car door is lonely.



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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