The Airwaves
November 2001
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

Board

Of

Officers

PresidentMike HerrWA6ARA375-5324
First Vice PresidentDavid StoneKC6UUR375-1730
Second Vice PresidentPhelps TerHeunKF6ZVD375-4905
SecretaryTom IngramWB6EPD375-7950
TreasurerRalph FrasierKQ6UU375-1534

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 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
Ridgecrest WA6YBN 147.00 MHz (+ 600 kHz), PL 107.2 Hz, Autopatch (Phno, # Dn) Emrg. Pwr.
(Off air, being relocated)


THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETINGS
Every  SARC Emergency Net
Monday 1930 hrs WA6YBN Ridgecrest translator
Night  146.64 MHz (-600kHz) and
       Randsburg repeater 145.34 MHz 
       (-600 kHz, PL 100.0 Hz)
       Visitors welcome
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 GPS Frequency Standard
       By Bill Burns WA6QYR
Dec 12 Board of Officers Meeting
       Second Wednesday Heritage Inn 1900 hrs
Dec 12 Membership Meeting
       Second Wednesday Heritage Inn
       Ready Room 1930 hrs
       SARC BoO Election for 2002
       Program You and Your Project Right Here
Jan 9 Officer Installation Dinner
       Second Wednesday
       Location TBA
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Nov 10 &11 Coso Junction Jam See article
    Two twelve hour horse endurance rides
    Contact Hal Hazel KM6JM 382-0474
    E-mail km6jm@ispchannel.com

ACTIVITIES
Nov 17 Monthly Fox Hunt See article
       Heritage Inn parking lot 0800 hrs 
       Contact Mike Herr WA6ARA 375-5324
       E-mail herr@ridgenet.net 

AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Dec 8    Volunteer License Exam Session
Second   Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat      131 East Las Flores Ave Meeting Room
Even     Pre-register by 5 Dec  Walk-in?  Call
Months   All must register at 9AM Code test 11AM
         Contact Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
          E-mail  ehopkins@ridgenet.net

?? HAVE YOU CONSIDERED BEING A SARC OFFICER ??

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S SHACK
by Mike Herr WA6ARA

Here we are in November. The year sure is zooming by. Before we know it, it will be 2002. It is time for SARC to be thinking of the new year. We are still looking for 2002 Board of Officer volunteers. Here is the slate so far.

President--Mike Herr WA6ARA (2nd term)
1st VP--Dave Stone KC6UUR (9th term)
2nd VP--
Treasurer--Pam Evans KC6UUS
Secretary--
Probably the hardest job to fill is that of the 2nd VP, the Program Chairman. So, I have put together a program for the new year. Now, I am not married to it, but as you can see, the year lays out pretty well by itself.

January - BoO Installation Dinner
February - Ham shack virtual tour
March - Home-brew round up (no commercial equipment)
April - ARES / RACES
May - New equipment show off (not home-brew)
June - Field day build up
July - 149th Annual Bar-B-QSO
August - 82nd Summer Ice Cream Social
September - Repeater virtual tour
October - ARRL video
November - VIP (section director, ARRL rep, etc.)
December - Elections, punch, cookies, contests (left foot sending?) etc.
Anyway, I would like to work this with you if you could see your way to doing the 2nd VP position. Let me know what you think about it.

MEETING PROGRAM Wed 14 Nov
A GPS based Frequency Standard will be the subject of the November meeting program given by Bill Burns WA6QYR. Bill had been trying to get a more accurate frequency reference for his counters when measuring his microwave rig's RF output. The older Hewlet-Packard counters have good internal reference oscillators for the low frequencies normally measured with them. But add the microwave plug-ins and you start working on those few percent that it could be off. If you are trying to work another 10 GHz station on 10,368.100 MHz you need to be within a few kHz to find his SSB signals.

Bill had been trying to use some VLF comparators with WWVB 60 kHz or LORAN 100 kHz stations to measure his HP 1.0 MHz oscillators. VLF has propagation problems at different times of the year. In the July 1998 QST, Brooks Shera W5OJM wrote an article about a GPS based frequency standard. Bill built one and will have it to show at the meeting. Now he can compare to the atomic clocks in the system and know what frequency his microwave rig is transmitting on.

PROGRAM NEEDED FOR DECEMBER
Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD, SARC 2nd VP, is searching for a program for the December meeting. Ya got an idea? Someone that you want to hear? A subject that you want to know about? An event to report on?

Best of all, do you have a pet project, a unique piece of gear, a special skill, results of a hardware or literature search that you are willing to present at the December meeting? Contact Phelps at 375-4905, terheun@home.com.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Coso Junction Jam 10 & 11 Nov
Another horse ride event has been added to the SARC public service calendar this year. The Coso Junction Jam is two twelve hour endurance rides on succeeding days starting at, of all places, Coso Junction, north of Ridgecrest on Hwy. 14.

Hal Hazel KM6JM is the coordinator of communications for both rides. Contact Hal at 382-0474 or km6jm@ispchannel.com to volunteer for this verrry horsey event.

REPEATER HAPPENINGS, 147.00 MHz
by Jerry Brooks KK6PA

Recent progress: Mike Alamo KF6WSR determined the final elements of the repeater controller software, compiled it and loaded it into the controller. A short test, including the auto-patch, indicated that all was well with the software. Mike Hugo KA6OIJ is assisting, via e-mails, in the final choices of which magic little boxes to include or delete. Mike Herr WA6ARA painted all the removable exterior panels a nice, innocuous, hide-in-the-corner flat black. Elvy Hopkins NØLV has continued bug hunting and final assembly.

The repeater is still experiencing some problems with RF getting into back into the two meter system. i.e. It is "talking to itself." Highly shielded, low leakage coax and matching connectors have been ordered to resolve this problem.

The existing 12 VDC power supply and standby battery change-over hardware is of unknown age and condition. It will not quick charge a depleted battery. It's battery charger circuitry is "dumb" and will be detrimental to long battery life while requiring frequent battery maintenance. We are investigating the Astron "Smartcharge" unit which dynamically controls charging voltage and current, shuts off and starts up as required to conserve battery electrolyte and will periodically equalize the charge on individual cells in the battery.

Elvy has installed the two poles in his yard to mount the two antennas for the burn-in process. He is now in the process of collecting sufficient, accurate information to install a reverse burst tone board into the 450 MHz link transceiver for the Randsburg repeater site.

COMING SARC ACTIVITIES

Transmitter Hunt Sat 17 Nov
Yes, we are doing T-Hunts. Come join us. T-Hunting is easy and lots of fun. We met at the Heritage Inn parking lot at 9 AM on the Saturday following the SARC meeting. The next T-Hunt will be 17 November. The frequency is 146.565 MHz. The format is transmitter on for 30 seconds followed by a four minute off time. Usually the hunt lasts for about 30 minutes to an hour. Remember, if you find it first, you get to hide it next time.

For more information, contact Mike Herr WA6ARA at 375-5324 or herr@ridgenet.net.

RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES

Volunteer Exam Session
The 13 October VE Session resulted in a new Technician license for Bruce Auld KG6IMO, an upgrade from Tech Plus to General for John Bush N6YRX and an upgrade from Tech Plus to Extra for David Hunter KC7CEX. Congratulations to these three.

Officiating examiners were Jerry Brooks KK6PA, Charlie Hawthorne AD6QK, Bill Maraffio N6PR and Keith Clark W6SIY.

Jamboree On The Air
by Bill Burns WA6QYR

Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA), an annual Boy Scout event, took place on October 20, 21 this year. Amateur radio operators, using their communications equipment, provide opportunities for Boy and Girl Scouts talk to one another around the world. Three dens of Cub Scouts from Pack 848 came to my Ham shack and participated. Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD and Greg Roush WA7IRW assisted.

Greg brought his transmitter hunting rig and showed the youngsters how to find Mike Herr's fox transmitter. They had a great time with that game. The Scouts got to talk with other Scouts in Texas and Illinois using Bill's Kenwood TS-140 HF rig and tri-band antenna. They also liked to communicate on two meters using Bill's hand held. Everyone received a JOTA patch and QSL card.

Mike Cash W6PM arrived right on cue with the refurbished SARC tower trailer. Provision of HF communications for government officials in emergency situations and the use of assets such as the tower trailer were discussed.

Thanks to everyone who helped make JOTA a success in Ridgecrest.

SARC Tower Trailer gets Tune Up
by Bill Burns WA6QYR

Following Field Day, the fourth weekend of June, Mike Cash W6PM towed the SARC tower trailer home to work on it. Mike took the tri-band antenna apart and cleaned the traps. The rotator was cleaned and checked. Mike put lots of TLC into the entire trailer and its associated equipments. Now it is ready for the next event that requires HF communications.

Mike reminded us that users need to know how some of the equipment operates. i.e. The rotor control is set to the desired direction then push down on the control to have it move to that azimuth. Details, details. Knowing them makes things work. A battery and a DC-to-ac inverter could power it for Field Day. Operators do not need a generator unless a high powered station is in use. Thanks to Mike for his time, TLC and work.

RACES RAMBLINGS
by Jerry Brooks KK6PA

Emergency Message: What type of message qualifies for an "Emergency" priority assignment? The most obvious reason any message having life and death urgency to any person or group of persons. This includes official messages of welfare agencies during emergencies requesting supplies, materials or instructions vital to relief to stricken populace. During normal times, "Emergency" will be very rare. On CW and other digital modes, this designation will always be spelled out. When in doubt, do not use the "Emergency" designation.

Priority Message: Use abbreviation "P" on digital modes. This classification is for important messages having a specific time limit, official messages not covered in the emergency category, press dispatches and emergency related traffic not of the utmost urgency.

Welfare Messages: This classification, abbreviated as "W" on digital modes, refers to either an inquiry as to the health and welfare of an individual in the disaster area or an advisory from the disaster area. Welfare traffic is handled ONLY after all emergency and priority traffic is cleared.

IN THE MILL

SARC Web Page Moved
The SARC web site, which is provided at no cost by Erik van Bronkhorst KC6UUT, has been moved to [you are here] since Erik upgraded to a cable modem.

The Current AIRWAVES, SARC constitution, IWV repeater list, VE schedule, Considerate Operator's Guide and the list of Amateur Radio related books donated to the Kern County Library by SARC are among the interesting data available. Thank you Erik for giving SARC a presence on the www.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD

10 October, 2001. Those present: 2nd Vice President Phelps TerHeun KF6ZVD, Treasurer Ralph Frasier KQ6UU, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD and AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV. The meeting was called to order by 2nd Vice President Phelps TerHeun at 1908 hrs. We do not have a nominating committee for the upcoming elections. There is a VE session at 9:00 Saturday, 13 October, 2001 The meeting was adjourned at 1924 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 10 October meeting was called to order by 2nd Vice President Phelps TerHeun at 1934 hrs at the Heritage Inn. The sign-in sheet was started around. Announcements: A nominating committee for the upcoming elections is needed. Candidates for club officers are needed. There is a VE session at 9:00 AM Saturday, 13 October, 2001. The Treasurers Report was provided by Ralph Frasier KQ6UU.

Candidates for 2001 SARC officers are needed. Jerry Brooks KK6PA announced that there will be a repeater committee meeting after the general meeting. Bill Burns WA6QYR announced that there will be a Boy Scout Jamboree-On-The-Air 20, 21 October at his house. Radio operators are needed. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV announced that there would be a working party for the RACES trailer but no date or time has been set.

The program for the evening was on stealth and special antennas provided by Phelps TerHeun. Bob Wagner K6WAG won the 50/50 drawing. Fifteen members attended the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 2026 hrs.

TREASURERS REPORT
from Ralph Frasier KQ6UU

As of 12 Oct. 2001
Share account             $5336.89
Draft account               331.20
Total                     $5668.09
Obligated funds 
Relocate 147.00 repeater    574.86
Balance                   $5093.23
FOR SALE       FOR SALE        FOR SALE

Really cheap. Antenna home brewers bone yard. Miscellaneous booms, aluminum tubing, hardware, etc. Dipole 17 meter, Yagi 2 element 12 meter, Helix 435 MHz. Bob Huckins W6UPI 375-7655

James Cotillier WA7IYH Pick up your SARC badge at the next meeting.

SARC'S ANNUAL DILEMMA
by AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV

Dearth: A scarce supply; a lack

Drought: A prolonged dearth or shortage

Psyche: The mind functioning as the center of thought, emotion, and behavior and consciously or unconsciously adjusting or mediating the body's responses to the social and physical environment.

Altruism: Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.

The annual drought of SARC officer candidates has again reared it's empty head. The dearth took a second form in that, for lack of volunteers, not even a three member nominating committee could be formed at the September and October meetings.

The Second Vice President and Secretary officer chairs for 2001 are without candidates. Mike Herr WA6ARA will stay on for a second term as President, this time, he is also a past president. Dave Stone KC6UUR is staying for a ninth year as First Vice President. Pam Evans KC6UUS is a candidate for Treasurer.

SARC is a volunteer organization. Hams are volunteers. The privilege of using the precious radio frequency real estate reserved for us is paid for by (excerpting FCC Part 97) "The Amateur Service --- providing a body of trained radio operators --- a voluntary non-commercial communications service --- which is available in time of emergencies." SARC provides many excellent means for training and exercising this "body." Every Ham's obligation can be met, in part, by supporting his local club - by being an officer.

As a member of a volunteer organization, each member must realize that club officership is a periodic obligation. Assuming this responsibility does not require a perfect set of qualifications but does require a willingness to work, learn, expand and grow. The board is a five person group effort which may call upon expertise of the membership for assistance. Feel free to discus your periodic obligation as an officer in this volunteer organization with any current officer. Their phone numbers are listed on the front page.

So you know what is yet needed, here are excerpts from the SARC constitution describing the offices needing candidates.

Article III, Section 3. The Second Vice-President shall assume all duties of the President in the absence of the President and First Vice-President, and perform those duties assigned by the President. The Second Vice-President shall also be Chairperson of the Program Committee.

Article III, Section 4. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings, keep a roll of members, submit applications for memberships, carry on all correspondence, read communications at each meeting and mail written meeting notices to each member as needed. Upon expiration of his term, the Secretary shall turn over all items belonging to the Club to the successor.

By-Law One states in part "Club officers must hold an Amateur license above Novice."

The Second Vice-President's task as Chairperson of the Program Committee is an important one. Meeting programs are those which educate and entertain members and guests at our nine yearly formal meetings. Don't let this seemingly formidable task frighten you.

I have faith that out there in the Amateur Radio Land of Ridgecrest and Inyokern and Trona and Little Lake and Darwin and Randsburg there are two Hams who will volunteer for the two open positions on the SARC candidate slate. Holding an office in SARC is so much fun that many officers volunteer for two, three, four, five terms. There have been only eight Treasurers in twenty-five years. Numerous others have served for two or more years, and, I must add, sometimes because of open slots on the candidate slate and a bit of altruism.

Are you ready to serve your amateur radio club as an officer? The current board of officers and SARC request that you search about in your psyche for your hidden measure of altruism and adjust your body's response to the current dearth of officer candidates. Volunteer to serve your fellow Hams for one short year.

Think now. How can SARC solve this annual dearth? Do you have ideas, suggestions? Let the board know. Are we not meeting your needs? Don't just slink off into the bottom of the sunspot cycle grumbling to yourself. Speak up. Remember, though, that if you see something that needs to be done, you just might be the person to do it. SARC is your club. Take your part in making it work. Be a SARC officer for 2002.

See     ya      in      da      funny   paperz. de NØLV