The Airwaves
November 2003
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442




PresidentBill BurnsWA6QYR375-8566
First Vice PresidentPhelps TerHeunW6PTH
Second Vice PresidentDennis FarrellW6DWF446-4787
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
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: 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

Every Monday Night
	SARC Emergency Net
	1930 hrs (730pm) 
	WA6YBN Translator
	146.64 MHz (-600 KHz)
	Visitors Welcomed!

	ARRL Audio News
	(1910 (7:10 p.m.) on 146.64 MHz

Nov 15	RACES /ARES Functional Drill
	See article inside

Nov 12	SARC Meeting - Heritage Inn Ready Room
	BOD Meeting 1900 hrs
	Membership Meeting 1930 hrs Program: TBA
Dec 7	Over The Hill Track Club Run
	0630 Contact Lloyd WA6KZV 375-7245

AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS - Second Sat, Even months. 
Dec 13	Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
	131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
	Pre-registration. Walk-in ?  Please call
	All must register at 9 am  Code test 11 am
        Contact Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589
        E-mail  [email protected]

From the President's Shack

The last few days of October have been wild with the fires down south, the solar flare, daylight saving time change, and the strikes. Just another reason to be an active radio amateur on the air. ARES/ RACES have been handling shelter communications and helping with other fire related communications down south. From writing this on Wednesday 29 October the solar flare really knocked out HF communications. Several HF nets were put out of business starting around 10:00 am local. Several hams around the country were listening for solar noise and effects, so I learned on email reflectors I subscribe to. I'm looking forward to tonight to see if we see aurora in the northern sky as a result of the flare. These things usually repeat in the following week (11 Days if I remember correctly), so time will tell. Nature sure has fun things in store for us if we pay attention. SARC does need a nominating committee since some of the board members need to do other things soon. Please, the job doesn't take too long. Just phone most of the membership to see if someone is willing to take over one of the positions. If we have a couple of folks phoning it is even less time. The positions don't take much time either, if you just put it into your daily schedule and do it. It takes longer if you put things off, just the same way other things in life take longer if you don't just do it and get it over with. The audit committee of three people will need to spend a couple of hours looking over the treasurer's record book to see that things match. This will need to take place in mid January on your own schedule. Give it a shot. A once a year job that takes a couple of hours. In the mean time have fun seeing what is on the bands. Check into the Monday night 2 meter Emergency Net on the translator. Sign up for one of the upcoming horse rides. They are fun and 2 meter handheld or mobiles make it happen. We provide service and have fun too.
73's Bill WA6QYR

Meeting Minutes

Meeting was opened by President Bill, WA6QYR

President Bill WA6QYR opened the meeting at 735. Visitors were John Denson, AI6A; Tom Ryan, WB8ENO; Dave Palmer, KJ6JO; John Piri, WD6CSV

The Treasurer's report was in newsletter

Technical Assistance Committee: Greg, WA7IRW didn't have any thing new to report.

Radio Frequency Interference Committee: Bill, WA6QYR. No activity to report.

Public Relations Committee: Phelps, W6PTH
Kiwanis Walk-a-thon feedback from Greg, WA7IRW indicated that it was a short operation.

Picnic in the Park bicycle ride report was in the Airwaves and folks had a good time helping out.

Jamboree-On-The-Air is coming 18 October 9-3-need some helpers in addition to Greg, Phelps and Bill.

Lloyd, WA6KZV indicated that the Coso Horse ride is coming up in November.

Emergency and Public Service Committee: Jerry Brooks, KK6PA talked about the 15 November training session lead by Hal KM6JM on message handling and portable packet operation. Both a Nomination committee and Audit committee are needed this month. No one volunteered to do this.

VE Exam scheduled for Oct 11 at the Library at 0900.

It was moved and seconded to reduce member dues from $20 to $17 if they elect to receive the "Airwaves" via email starting in January. Motion passed. Program Committee: Dennis W6DWF introduced Bob Phillips, KA6PLU who had a good talk about older radios. Bob gave some tips on where to find parts for old commercial broadcast radios and amateur radios. Bob had a nice display of 1920's to 50's radios. An Atwater Kent was playing a local AM radio station through a horn speaker. Bob had several old hobby magazines in addition to current magazines on how to fix up the older radios. Thanks Bob. Future programs planned include the weather service and windmill farms.

Jerry, KK6PA won the 50-50 drawing of $6.00.

Thanks to Pam Evans for bringing in the snacks.

Treasurer's Report As of November 01, 2003: 
Draft Account	$ 68.76
Share Account	$ 5,632.63
TOTAL	        $ 5,701.39
Obligated Funds:
Relocate 147.00 Repeater	$ 139.90
BALANCE:	$ 5,561.49
Submitted by Pam Evans, KC6UUS

147 Repeater Status

During a time of frustration with other projects I checked out Elvy's paint with a first coat to the shed. It will take a couple more coats to get the wood sealed up. Still no word on getting the link controllers checked out. If you have some expertise in computers, let me know and maybe we can get the controllers figured out.

IWV Emergency Net

I'm looking for net operators for December and beyond. It is simple to do and great practice for the real thing. Drop me a line to sign up.
....Mike WA6ARA


As a reminder, in support of the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test, the Eastern Kern County RACES and ARES will conduct a FUNCTIONAL DRILL on Saturday, November 15th. The location of the functional drill will be at the Salvation Army on North Downs. The drill will start at 0900 and should be over by 1200. The functional drill will focus on sending and receiving ARRL Radiograms via voice and packet. Future training exercises and SETs will build on this basic foundation. All registered Eastern Kern County ARES and RACES members are strongly encouraged to attend this Functional Drill on November 15th. Having a well trained communications team BEFORE a disaster occurs is vital. Just like it is a bit late to learn how to swim after falling into the river, there is not going to be much time to train Hams how to pass traffic immediately after the disaster strikes. If you are not a registered Eastern Kern County ARES or RACES member and you would like to participate in this drill, please contact Jerry/KK6PA.

No Code / Know Code Update

The move towards (or away) from the code requirement for licensing is continuing. A multitude of proposals have been made to the FCC. The time to comment on the first batch has closed and nearly for the second set. Go to the ARRL web site to look at the proposals and how to comment on them

Jamboree-On-The Air!

The Ridgecrest Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) was operated from Pearson Park during Saturday 18 October 2003. It was the same day, as several other large events in Ridgecrest so didn't draw all the Scouts it could have but we did have 23 Cub and Boy Scouts come by with their families. The Sierra Amateur Radio Club (SARC) members helped the operation, some of which are both Scouters and radio amateurs.

The operation began with the setting up of the tower trailer to place a tri-band antenna up in the air for communicating with other JOTA units around the country. Dennis W6DWF, Phelps Ter Huen, W6PTH, Greg Roush, WA7IRW and Bill Burns, WA6QYR did the work of getting the antenna up and then setting up two shade areas under which to operate. Phelps handled the HF station with solar power to operate on 15 meters most of the time. He had the youth and a few parents talk over the radio to others in Texas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. The boys had fun sharing what kinds of sports and video games they played with youth on the other end of the radio communication. Each boy received a participation card and patch. There was a table with a display of past JOTA operations along with QSL cards received from previous years contacts over the radio.

Greg and Sam Ghaleb, KG6EMT set up operation under his shade to show the people a 120-year-old telegraph set with keys and sounder where the boys had fun sending messages to one another. There were examples of World War II Morse code instruction equipment and 1950 youth telegraph sending toy. There was another table with a current memory keyer and iambic key with which to operate and practice receiving Morse code. The third interest area was soldering a few connections on a computer based chip code practice machine that the got to finish and to take home with them. SARC had provided the parts to construct the instruments and Greg, Sam, and Bill partially assembled them for the scouts. The boys had fun sending code to each other with their new machines.

For Further information on Scouting or Amateur radio please contact Bill at 760-375-8566 or [email protected].

Book Review

Experimental Methods in RD Design
by Wes Hayward W7ZOI, Rick Campbell, KK7B and Bob Larkin, W7PUA

This the follow on to Solid State Design by Wes Hayward W7ZOI and Doug DeMaw W1FB. The original Solid State Design is considered a classic. Unfortunately, Solid State Design has become somewhat dated and a more modern version was needed. Experimental Methods in RD Design fits that need. This is the book for the ham that wants to either start out in homebrewing gear or for the experienced one looking for fresh ideas. The writing is clear and helpful; however, don't expect set by step instructions on projects. Rather you will find a wealth of ideas and concepts and their application to real working radios and accessories. The authors, Wes Hayward, Rick Campbell, and Bob Larkin, are widely known for their unique construction projects and innovation. In the book you will find a number of project that have been written up in QST with expanded information and updates. Anyone wanting to experiment with building radios, or just wants to learn a little more about how radios work should get Experimental Methods in RD Design. I would also encourage you to get the earlier Solid State Design. The pair makes a dynamite addition to any amateur radio bookshelf. Both can be found at

ARRL Audio News

Every Monday night, just prior to the IWV Emergency net, Mike, WA6ARA, broadcasts 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.

I'm are also looking for other Amateurs who would be willing to share the job of re-transmitting 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 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.
....Editor, Mike, WA6ARA, [email protected]

SARC Newletter via Email

The SARC Newsletter is available 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 just drop me an email and say which 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]


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 Sat Nov 15 22:38:29 PST 2003