SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442
|First Vice President||Phelps TerHeun||W6PTH
|Second Vice President||Dennis Farrell||W6DWF||446-4787
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,
Ridgecrest WA6YBN 147.00 MHz (+600 kHz), PL 107.2 Hz
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
|Technical Assistance: Greg, WA7IRW 446-4383
||Public Relations: Phelps, W6PTH 375-4905|
|Repeater Committee: open.
||Airways Editors: Mike, WA6ARA and Paula N6VGW 375-5324|
|RF Interference: Bill, WA6QYR 375-8566
||Emergency and Public Service: Jerry, KK6PA 446-2228|
|Program: Dennis W6DWF 446-4787
||Renewal Committee: Jerry, KK6PA 446-2228|
THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
Every SARC Emergency Net
Monday 1930 hrs (730pm)
Night WA6YBN Repeater 147.00 MHz (+600 KHz) PL 107.2
ARRL Audio News
1910 (7:10 p.m.) on 147.00 MHz
Oct 4,5 Ridgecrest Grand Prix
Motorcycle race - Contact KE6SMA for details
Oct 4,5 Simulated Emergency Test (SET)
See article inside
Oct 8 SARC Meeting - Heritage Inn Ready Room
BOD Meeting 1900 hrs
Membership Meeting 1930 hrs
Oct 18,19 Jamboree-On-The-Air
See article inside
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS - Second Sat., Even months.
Oct 11 Kern County Library Ridgecrest Branch
131 East Las Flores Ave. Meeting Room
All must register at 9am Code test 11 am
Contact Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
E-mail [email protected]
From the President's Shack
I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to getting some
Judy and I were just up to Seattle for the 2003 Microwave Update
and it was 80 degrees and no rain. Nice for that area but still
like summer. The banquet speaker was ARRL 1st VP Joel Harrison,
W5ZN who talked about getting younger people into amateur radio.
We had a graying crowd of hams from all over the world present,
JA's, DL, VE, VK, G's. Yes we need to some how get the interest
of youngsters to take a look at our hobby before we move on. The
upcoming Jamboree-On-TheAir is another opportunity to encourage
youth to have a ham radio experience and maybe get interested in
joining us. Some of the kids maybe interested in the technical
part of the hobby, others may be into computers, still others
maybe looking for another way to communicate with friends other
than mom's cell phone. If you know of some youngsters or maybe a
grand kid, invite them over to your house to show them what you
do. Or out to the JOTA experience.
73's Bill WA6QYR
Board of Officers Meeting Minutes
Meeting was opened by President Bill, WA6QYR
Technical Assistance Committee:
Greg, WA7IRW reported monitoring
at Pheip's place W6PTH to try to determine source of signals
causing Intermod on his radio. No super-strong signal was detected...
several in the -45 dBm range (an FM broadcast and a pager) that
could likely cause the IMD frequency sum/difference.
Radio Frequency Interference Committee:
Bill, WA6QYR. No activity to report
Public Relations Committee:
Phelps, W6PTH. No activity to report.
Mike, WA6ARA proposed to reduce member dues if they elect to receive
Airwaves' via email. It was thought that a reduction from $20 to
$17 was appropriate. This is to be voted upon next meeting.
Jerry's Renewal committee. Nothing new to report.
A request was made for volunteers for the Nomination committee but
scheduled for Oct 11 at the Library at 0900.
Emergency and Public Service Committee:
KK6PA is moving ahead with providing planning for
activities with ARES RACES. There were sign-up sheets in the back of the room.
Kiwanis Walk-a-thon on 20 Sept. Need about 7 hams to
help out Greg WA7IRW is the one to contact.
Picnic in the Park bicycle ride needs volunteers for Sunday 2l Sept.
Jamboree-on-the-air is coming 18 October 9-3-need some helpers in
to Greg, Phelps and Bill. Greg WA7IRW talked about the simple
key/sounder project he has for the youth to assemble and solder
during the event. It was proposed and voted to reimburse Jerry,
KK6PA for the parts being procured.
The California Office of Emergency Services Wednesday morning net
meters has been running smoothly despite up and down propagation.
Hal, KM6JM is planning a training session on packet and
message writing coming up soon.
Emergency Net control -The net has moved to the 147.00 MHz repeater
for a trial period.
[This has changed, please see the
note later in the newsletter --Ed.]
The Rand link transceiver is ready to be installed at
Randsburg. Now the project is to get the software in both repeaters
and control working. Then we can link the two machines. Phone line
is in the list of action items to the 147.00 machine.
Dennis W6DWF introduced Mike, WA6ARA who had a video presentation
on the problems presented by the Broadband
over Power Lines (BPL) proposed to the FCC. Mike also talked about
the no code proposals before
the FCC. Following Mikes talk it was proposed and voted upon by
the membership to send $500 to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund
related to the BPL issue.
Phelps W6PTH won the 50-50 drawing for $8.50
Thanks to Pam Evans for bringing in the snacks.
...Bill Burns WA6QYR
Treasurer's Report As of October 01, 2003:
Draft Account $79.37
Share Account $5,732.63
Relocate 147.00 Repeater $139.90
Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS
147 Repeater Status
September has been a busy month. Along with control and coaxial
I ran to the pump house, I ran a 150 ft of 6 pair shielded phone
line. It continues on over to the repeater shed. I have to get
it connected up to the spare phone lines at the house then get
the phone company to connect up my second line. Mark Ball donated
some excess sealed lead acid 12 v batteries to the repeater standby
power system. Elvy, N6LV donated some paint for the outside of
the shed. Now to get a day when we can schedule folks out to paint
it. I have been listening to the input to the repeater during net
time and have noticed that stations being noisy into the repeater,
I cannot copy on my home base station with a 20 ft high extended
Ringo antenna. So either the repeater receiver antenna combination
is better than mine or I'm being desensed.
IWV Emergency Net
On 1 September we moved the IWV Emergency Net to the 147.00 machine.
it just isn't up to the task at this time. So, after much discussion
and consideration we are moving the net back to the 146.64
translator. The time will be the same (7:30 pm on Monday nights)
and will be proceeded by the ARRL Audio News. The plan is still
to eventually move the net back to the 147.000 machine but we will
only do so after the repeater is operating properly and the link
is up. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The next exam is October 11th. Please plan to serve as a VE
date. If you can make a commitment in advance, PLEASE let me know.
Picnic In The Park Report
The Sixteenth Annual Picnic In The Park Ridgecrest to Kemville
was on Sunday 21 September. The day, which started at 6:00 am for
SARC Hams, was a warm and beautiful day for the ride. Sixty-nine
riders and sixty-nine bicycles, no tandems this year, began the
between 6:30 to 8:00 am from Leroy Jackson Park. The first rider
the picnic in Kemville's Circle Park some time after 10:00 am and
the last arrived after 4:00 pm.
There were no emergencies, not even a first aid event. One flat
repaired by NØLV with a tube provided by T J Frisbee's bicycle
shop. The usual bits of confusion keeping track of riders caused
by them giving wrong rider numbers and not showing up without
notifying the ride organizer were overcome by multiple rider
records and radio borne queries, as to who/when/where.
The BBQ chicken, baked beans, vegetable and fruit salads and various
of juices and sodas were enjoyed by most of the supporting Hams.
These were Dennis Farrell W6DWF, Greg Roush WA7IRW, Hal Hazel
KM6JM, Elvy Hopkins NØLV, Bill Manatt KE6NHO, Bruce Ornsten N8RXJ,
Todd Evans W6TOD, Dave Stone KC6UUR, Pam Evans KC6UUS. Gary Johns
KEC6E was standing by for call-up in case of a dropout. WA6IRW
and KE6NHO set up the SARC portable repeater in the upper, ragged
reaches of Yankee Canyon. It worked flawlessly all day, thanks to
Greg's continued work on improving it's antennas and coaxing the
controller to do what it is supposed to do.
We Hams received many thumbs-up and thank-yous from riders on the
Ride organizer, Ron Farris, remarked as to how many riders had voiced
their appreciation for Ham participatian. Thanks to those
communication ambassadors who participated. I hope to see you
again next year.
Elvy Hopkins NØLV
Jamboree-On-The-Air is coming on 18,19 October. Greg, WA7IRW;
and Bill, WA6QYR are planning some activities for the Boy And Girl
Scouts that are invited to attend. Greg had a telegraph sounder
and key last year that the youngsters liked. This year he has some
other activities. Another part of the event is allowing local
youth to talk with others across the county using Amateur Radio.
Plans are in the works. If you would like to join the fun, or have
some other youngsters that would like to participate please let
Bill, WA6QYR, know 375-8566.
1. Icom PS-12525 Amp (continuous rating) switching Power Supply.
Used about three weeks and works great. List $299.95 yours for $175.00.
2. Kenwood TMV-7 Mobile, Dual Bander (2 M & 70 CM.) with
capability. One channel noisy and sensitivity down somewhat Other
channel A-OK Display OK Includes items originally supplied by
Kenwood. Do a little work, save a bundle. $200.00
Call Phelps, W6PTH 375-4905
ARRL Audio News
Every Monday night, just prior to the IWV Emergency net, Mike,
the ARRL Audio News on 146.64 simplex. This is a great source of
amateur radio news and a good warm up for the net. So check it
out, at 1910 local time (7:10 p. m.) on 146.64 MHz. This is
transmitted on the SARC translator output frequency but in simplex.
Done so that we don't have to worry about timing out the repeater.
We are also looking for other Amateurs who would be willing to
job of retransmitting the news. It is simple enough, just need to
download the news from the ARRL web site, and, with a simple to
build interface, re-transmit it at the appropriate time. If you
want to volunteer please contact Mike, WA6ARA at [email protected]
Looking for News!
I'm always looking for local news for and about the IWV amateur
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.
Editor, Mike, WA6ARA, wa6araŠarii.org
SARC Newletter via Email
The SARC Newsletter is available in TWO formats, Adobe Acrobat PDF
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 just drop me an email and say
version you want and if you want to drop receiving the paper
version. If you are receiving it via Email and want off the list,
please do the same.
Editor, Mike, WA6ARA, [email protected]
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. WA6KZV Lloyd,
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.
Fri Oct 10 10:57:50 PDT 2003