The Airwaves
October 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)
	Visitors welcome
Oct 9	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Oct 9	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Ready Room  1930 hrs
	Program  "Disaster Drill, the Big One"
	"Last Voices From Kuwait" 2 videos
Nov 13	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Nov 13	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Ready Room  1930 hrs
	Program  TBA
Dec 11	Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Dec 11	Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
	Ready Room  1930 hrs
	2003 Officer Election
Nov 9, 10	Geo Bun Buster	See article
	Two day horse endurance ride
	Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245
Jan 18	Twenty Mule team
	One hundred mile horse endurance ride
	Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245
Oct 14	Monthly Fox Hunts	See article
Nov 16	Heritage Inn parking lot  0900 hrs 
Dec 14	Contact Mike Herr WA6ARA 375-5324
	E-mail [email protected] 
Oct 12	Volunteer License Exam Session
Dec 14	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
	131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
Second	Pre-reg by 9 Oct, 11 Dec  Walk-in?  Call
Sat	All must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
Even	Contact Elvy Hopkins 384-3589
Months	E-mail  [email protected]
Sun 13 Oct  Second seating of 12 Oct VE session
	Seventh Day Adventist Church  1400 hrs
	Pre-register by noon Saturday 12 Oct
	NO walk-ins 	See article


by Mike Herr WA6ARA

Greetings one and all. We are now officially into fall and the temperatures are down to a more reasonable level. It's time to work on the antenna and get out and do a little field operating. They claim the sunspots are down and propagation along with them but there are still a lot of openings out there on HF. VHF is hopping and even the microwaves are cooking. (Verry punny. Ed.) Now is a great time to start playing with any of the new digital modes. For the most part, all you need is a PC built in the last five years and you can give PSK31, MSK16, WJST or any of the other alphabet soup modes a try.

JOTA, Boy Scout for Jamboree-On-The-Air, is coming up fast on 19 October. This is a fun and stress free operating event. It is mostly a HF event. Greg Roush WA7IRW and Phelps TerHuen W6PTH will be setting up for the local activities.

SARC officer elections are coming up in December. We are looking for a few good Hams to take on guiding the club for the coming year. The work is not difficult, and with a good team of officers as I have had, the work goes easily. If you haven't volunteered for a club officer position, or not held a SARC office for a while, please consider it.

Back in the springtime I asked for volunteers to form an ad hoc committee to consider just where SARC was going, or where it should be going. A committee was formed and hopefully has met by now. The plan is to address concerns expressed by various club members and chart any changes for the future. I hope to have this completed before the end of my term in January. More about this in the future.

That's enough for now. See you at the next SARC meeting. 73 es vy gud DX


The ever present and often practiced Disaster Drill and Ham Radio in Kuwait will be the subject of two videos to be viewed at the 9 October SARC general meeting. Todd Evans W6TOD has procured "Disaster Drill, The Big One" and "Last Voices From Kuwait" for us to watch. The latter is a documentary on how Amateur Radio played a key roll in passing critical information during the evacuation of Kuwait ahead of Iraqi invaders.


Coso Jam Sat/Sun 9/10 Nov

This will be a two day event on 9, 10 November 2002. There is always something weird going on at this one. Join up and find out what the goblins are doing this year. You may work Saturday or Sunday both days, even stay overnight. Please contact Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV at 375-7245 or [email protected] to sign on for this one.

Jamboree On the Air Sat 19 October by Bill Burns WA6QYR

Jamboree-On-The-Air is a world wide Scouting event in which Scouts (boys and girls) talk with other scouts over Amateur Radio about scout happenings, camp out, school, fun, etc.

This year Greg Roush WA7IRW, 446-4383, and Phelps TerHeun W6PTH, 375-4905, will be operating JOTA at Pearson Park, on Downs Street at Vicki, from 0900 to 1300 hrs. They will have some radios for the Scouts to learn about and talk over.

There will be new things for scouts to try. On the air activities will be conducted via a solar powered, HF station, and local VHF contacts employing hand-held radios. There will also be periodic T hunts for a transmitter hidden somewhere in the park.

Last year several Cub Scout groups had fun talking to others about the USA and learning to direction find on signals from a downed aircraft. Come out and have some fun with radio.

If you can assist with equipment and antenna setup, herding scouts, demonstrations, etc., call Greg or Phelps.

Emergency Preparedness Committee
by Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

The Emergency Preparedness Committee, hosted by Ridgecrest Police Department and chaired by RACES, has initiated a series of lessons on the workings of the Emergency Operating Center (EOC). These will be brief lessons on the most basic material to bring the committee members up to date on the fundamentals. Meetings are on the first Thursday of each month in the Kerr McGee Center at 11:30 a.m.

The first lesson will be a list of acronyms commonly used in disaster services. We are still in the process of getting all those who should attend these meetings notified and in attendance. As usual the RACES members outnumber others on the committee.

Additional Volunteer Exam Seating 13 Oct

John Denson AI6A, one of the local volunteer examiners and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, has asked for a volunteer exam session not held on their Sabbath, Saturday. Bill Maraffio N6PR, the local VE coordinator, has scheduled a second sitting of the Saturday 12 October session for Sunday 13 October in the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 1400 hrs. Pre-registration is required before noon on 12 Oct. Walk-ins will not be seated. To register for all Ridgecrest VE sessions, call Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-3589 or [email protected].


Picnic In The Park Sun 22 Sept

Yes it was, A Picnic In two Parks, on a nice bright sun shiny day. Sixty-one riders all got to Kernville with no incidents, first aid needs or bicycle fixing required. The last rider arrived at 1330 hrs. The BBQ chicken ka-bob and baked beans were delicious along with green and fruit salads, sodas etc.

As always, there were missed riders to account for, riders who dropped out, riders who got rides, but our system of multiple rider check lists accounted for all of them. We had one no-show at the 0600 hrs Ham radio operator check-in at Leroy Jackson Park, but that was covered by two reassignments and some leap-frogging ahead of the riders by two operators with the start line anchor filling in as the pack moved toward Kernville.

Dave Stone KC6UUR and Pam Evans KC6UUS worked the critical first two check points. Elvy Hopkins NØLV relieved Dave, after closing down the start line at 0800 hrs, to go to his original assignment at Walker Pass. The first two check lists were then combined to get an accurate rider list for use throughout the remainder of the day. Dave relieved Mike Alamo WF6WSR at Walker Pass to go to Helio Hill and act as radio relay between Walker Pass and check points east via the SARC portable repeater which had been set up by Greg Roush WA7IRW who eventually worked the finish line. Mike Gallagher KF6BCN had volunteered to haul a porta-potty to Onyx so he worked that water stop. Bruce Ornsten N8RXJ sat out the heat and no breeze at the Sierra Way turn-off to Kernville where it is really hard to get rider numbers from the wrong side of the road. Elvy anchored from LJ park until 0800 hrs, did some fill-in at check point one, assisted in reconciling rider lists, shuttled near dead riders to the top of Walker Pass and

The Sierra Cyclists, as a club, really appreciate the Ham Radio support. Many of the cyclists took time to thank the operators personally. Thanks to those who volunteered a day of their life to extend the public knowledge of Amateur Radio as a service.

Kiwanis Walk-A-Thon Sat 28 Sept
by Greg Roush WA7IRW

Six hardy Hams braved a slightly cool, breezy and somewhat cloudy day to provide health and welfare communications support to the Fifteenth Annual Kiwanis Walk-A-Thon on Saturday, 28 September. Bruce Ornsten N9RXJ, Gene Brewer KI6LO, Dave Stone KC6UUR, Mike Pope KB6NIZ, and Phelps TerHeun W6PTH fanned out to the first five checkpoints and were ready for the starting gun at 0800 hrs.

Greg covered the start of the walk at Leroy Jackson Park then shifted to checkpoint six until checkpoint one was closed. Gene then shifted to check point six and Greg returned to the park to liaison with the Kiwanis organizers. A radio was mounted in the Kiwanis re-supply truck so Don, the driver, could hear where supplies might be needed.

A somewhat smaller than usual crowd of about 470 walkers completed the five mile course in record time. No injuries were reported. The cool weather also reduced the need to re-supply cups or water to the checkpoints. Our public service activities were done by 1030 hrs with commendations from the Kiwanis.


Nominating committee

The SARC nominating Committee, composed of Bill Burns WA6QYR and Phelps TerHeun W6PTH will be contacting SARC members looking for volunteers to fill an election slate of officers for 2003. Be kind. Be courteous. Tell them "Yes, I will volunteer" and join the fun.


Transmitter Hunt Sat 12 Oct

Transmitter hunts are held in the IWV on the Saturday immediately following the SARC monthly meeting. We meet in the Heritage Inn parking lot at 0900 hrs. Usually the fox is out hiding by then and the 146.565 MHz transmitter comes on every four minutes thirty seconds with a thirty second message. Now that we are using an automatic transmitter, the fox may or may not be in the area. Typically the it takes about forty-five minutes to locate the fox. Equipment is easy. A small beam with an attenuator is ideal but the fox has been found with just a hand held and a rubber duck.

I am hoping to soon have a second transmitter to hide just to make things interesting. For a little more spice, the second transmitter will be capable of some new twists. Mode 1 will be the standard beacon mode. Mode 2 will sound the beacon as the hunter requests it by transmitting on a particular frequency. This can help you but also your opponent. Mode 3 will allow the fox to send comments and clues through a link.

If there is interest, we may schedule a hunt some day in a specific field, using only a handheld. Also, if the Saturday hunts are inconvenient due to other priorities, I am game for an alternate or additional hunt day, say a flex Friday or holiday.

For more information, contact Mike Herr WA6ARA at 375-5324 or [email protected].


Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD

Sept 11, 2002 Those present: 1st Vice Pres. Phelps TerHeun W6PTH, Treas. Pam Evans KC6UUS, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD and AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV. The meeting was called to order at 1903 hrs. Items for the general meeting were discussed. Application for Leroy Jackson Park for Field Day 2003 has been received. VE dates have been set for next year. The meeting was adjourned at 1910 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 11 Sept 2002 meeting was called to order by the 1st Vice President, Phelps TerHeun W6PTH at 1931 hrs at the Heritage Inn. Fifty-fifty tickets were available for the meeting. The sign-up sheet was started around.

Announcements: Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV thanked all the members that checked in that day and those that monitored the repeater. Phelps announced that a nominating committee is needed for next year's officers. Bill Burns volunteered. VE dates are set for next year. Public service opportunities: 22 September Kernville bike ride, 28 September Kiwanis Walk-A-Thon, 19 October Jamboree-On-The-Air from 9 am to 3 pm with two operating stations and a T-hunt, 9-10 November Geo Bun Buster horse ride.

There are two new Technicians as a result of the last VE session. Jerry Brooks KK6PA announced that he had brought three "older" VHF & UHF radios for free. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV announced that several hams were needed to man the EOC during the NAWS sidewinder festivities and that all local Hams are encouraged to carry their radios during the 31 Oct3 Nov time period.

Greg Roush WA7IRW provided the program about his mini-DX/sailing trip. He used a Yeasu FT-817. David Stone KC6UUR won the 50/50 drawing. Seventeen amateurs signed in. There were no visitors. The meeting adjourned at 2035 hrs.

from Treasurer Pam Evans KC6UUS

As of 28 September 2002
Share account	$6,344.83
Draft account	   139.87
Total	        $6,484.70
Obligated funds	
Relocate 147.00 repeater 1374.86
Balance	        $5,109.84


Astron RS-50M power supply, 13.8 VDC, 37 AMP continuous, 50 AMP peak, current and volt meters $125. Tower 40 ft. (4 ea. 10 ft. bolt together sections), steel, triangular, light duty, guyed, with rotator and control $100/OBO. Used coax make offer. Mark Ball KE6IFD 371-9095 after 14 Oct.


Sealed lead-acid batteries, 6 V-4 Ah & 12 V-7 Ah, 50 to choose from, various manufacturers. Mark Ball KE6IFD 371-9095 after 14 Oct. You call. You haul. No return.


HyGain Tail Twister T2X antenna rotator. Rebuilt. No control panel. $225.00 Ray Stevens KC6UTC 760-378-3746 [email protected]


Electronic widget makers delight. Large box containing audio, power and high voltage transformers, electric components, parts, pieces, hardware etc. All going to dump on 19 Oct. Ken Calderwood K6PGC 375-9378

See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV

Posted Sat Oct 5 19:12:09 PDT 2002