THE AIRWAVES CALENDAR
SARC MEETINGS Nov. 13 SARC Board of Officers Meeting at Carl's Jr., 17:30 hrs Nov. 18 Membership Meeting Third Monday, Kerr-McGee Center, 1930 hrs Program: QRP, Where Amateur Radio Still Flourishes, Mike Herr WA6ARA Dec. 9 Membership Meeting Back to Second Monday, Kerr-McGee Center, 1930 hrs Vote: Election of 1997 officers. Vote: Constitution amendment Jan. 13 Officer Installation Banquet Where: To be annouced When: 1830 hrs Reservations: Lloyd Brubaker 375-7245 Mondays SARC Emergency Net Every Monday except meeting nights 1930 hrs, 146.64 -600kHz WA6YBN translator PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES Dec. 8 Desert 50 K Run A coordinator for this event is needed. Call Lloyd WA6KZV, 375-7245, to volunteer as coordinator and communications crew. Jan. 25 Twenty Mule Team 50 Mile Horse ride, 12 hour. Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245 to volunteer as a radio communicator.
RACES TRAINING Nov. 25 RACES Training Session Cycle 2 Red Cross Office. 1900-2100 hrs All RACES members who haven't participated in this class should attend. Call Lloyd, WA6KZV, 375-7245, for more information. Dec. 16 RACES Training Session Cycle 2 Red Cross Office. 1900-2100 hrs All RACES members who haven't participated in this class should attend. Call Lloyd, WA6KZV, 375-7245, for more information. CLASSES and EXAMINATIONS Jan. 97 Beginning Electronics and Amateur Radio laboratory and class Cerro Coso Community College will offer a course leading to Novice and Technician licenses in the spring semester of the 96-97 school year. The electronic lab will have an operating HF, VHF data and voice station now being installed with the guidance of Mike Cash KN6IS. Watch for announcement in the CCCC spring semester course catalog available 21 November. Mar. 1 Volunteer Examination Session 0900 hrs, Kerr-McGee Center
QRP QRP QRP MEETING PROGRAM
This "Q" Signal, according to the Amateur Handbook, means "Shall I decrease power?" Come to the November meeting and find out what QRP means in small, inexpensive, battery powered hardware. Mike Herr WA6ARA will give a talk on QRP operation, kit building and other aspects of this challenging portion of the amateur radio hobby. For you DIY HAMs, QRP is a hotbed of user assembled receivers, transmitters and many other magic small boxes. QRP is an inexpensive way to learn electronic assembly, circuit theory and really sharpen your on-the-air operating skills. Yes, there are many WAS, WAC and DXCC certificates won by dedicated QRPers. Come hear Mike, ask questions and see some QRP hardware.
NEW MEETING LOCATION
Dave Shipley KE6RRT, hearing that the SARC money coffer is suffering from dwindling content of coin, struck out into the wilds of Ridgecrest to find SARC a less expensive place to meet. His search ended at the Heritage Inn which has offered SARC second Wednesday evening use of their Flight Deck room for NO RENT. As a kicker first Wednesday evening use of a smaller room for Board of Officer meetings is also included. Great work Dave! And Dave isn't even a club member yet.
The Board of Officers has agreed to accept this offer subject to a vote by the members and a subsequent amendment to the SARC constitution to remove "second Monday" as our specified meeting day.
To avail ourselves of the Heritage Inn's offer of rent free meeting rooms (and save $300 per year), the constitution must be amended to remove the current "second Monday". The Board of Officers has also proposed two other amendments. The first is to make a meeting place change a decision of the Board of Officers and the second is to officially create a family membership. The following is presented as part of the constitution specified process to amend it. Excerpting from the SARC constitution:
ARTICLE IX reads in full: This Constitution or the Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of a Quorum of the members at a regular meeting. Proposals for amendment shall be (a) submitted in writing at a regular meeting and (b) shall be voted on at the next following regular meeting (c) provided all members have been notified by mail of the intent to amend the Constitution and/or Bylaws at said regular meeting. (Bracketed letters added for clarity.)
The proposed amendments are below.
BYLAW 2. Regular, monthly, meetings of the membership
shall be held on
BYLAW 3. Dues shall be as determined by a majority of the
Board of Officers and shall be payable annually by 31 March. Full
time students, and active duty military
This article serves to meet the "notified by mail" stipulation of Article IX. It will be repeated in the December Airwaves. Copies of the constitution with proposed amendments will be available at the November and December meetings. The amendments, as proposed herein, will be voted on at the December meeting. No changes to the amendments can be made without restarting the three month process.
RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES
Desert Empire Fair Parade
Mountain Bicycle Race
This year, the race promoter, Kem Park, asked us to spot Hams on some difficult, steep or rocky areas on the race course in addition to the three check points and the start/finish. Mark Slay rode the course on Saturday and picked out several of these areas and we then asked Kem to prioritize them. We were able to have communications at five of these potentially dangerous sections of the course.
Linda Finco, the leader for the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group (CLMRG) contingent of seven medical mercy dispensers is now a Ham, KF6CMW, and followed communications with her 2 m HT while a CLMRG HT was operating in the van, at the start/finish, for additional coordination if required. The portable repeater worked flawlessly all day after Greg Roush fixed a transmitter problem which has been bothering it for some time. Tom Ingram and Charlie Hawthorne helped Greg set it up and then delivered it back to Greg in the parking lot after the race.
The race went quickly with the Pro riders completing their 27.4 mile race in less than two hours. Dave Rait transported a rider with severe leg cramps back to the start/finish and the medics for treatment. By 1400 hrs all riders were accounted for and the group of Hams began to leave for home and unfinished weekend projects.
There were no serious medical events. No riders got lost. It was a beautiful fall day in the desert and a good time was had by all. Thank you to all who participated.
The entire crew was: WA6ARA Mike Herr, KF6BCN Mike Gallagher, WB6EPD Tom Ingram, KE6IFD Mark Ball, KN6IS Mike Cash, KM6JM Hal Hazel, KG6LR Dave Rait, ND6Q Elvy Hopkins, KE6SMA Mark Slay, NL7SX Jack Bitzer, KC6UUR David Stone, KE6WQR Charles Hawthorne and WA7IRW Greg Roush.
At the volunteer appreciation luncheon on Saturday, 26 October, Kem Park presented several checks to public service organizations and school athletic organizations. SARC was represented by Dave Stone KC6UUR and Elvy Hopkins ND6Q.
Emergency Communications Van
License Cram Class
RACES Training Session
Volunteer Exam Session
IN THE MILL
RACES Training Scheduled
Register for CCCC License Class
Election of the 1997 SARC Officers
Officer Installation Banquet
Minutes of the Board of Officers Meeting, Date: 16 Oct. 1996
Minutes of the General Meeting,
The meeting was called to order at 1934 hrs by the Vice President. The treasurer's report was given, the high point being that we have spent $1200 more this year than we have taken in.
Reports were given on:
The general aspects of the packet system in the valley by Jerry,
by Jerry Brooks KK6PA
In an effort to find a better way pack-it out of the IWV, Erich KA6AMD, Jim KE6DWM, Jerry KK6PA and Dave KC6UUR conducted a test on 3 November attempting to work the 9600 baud 70 cm Las Vegas backbone on Low Potosi Mtn. It was not heard. However, the 2 m, 9600 baud, machine could be heard but a connect was not possible. Subsequent investigation revealed that it was running 2 watts into a 12 element beam pointed north. Ooops, what do we do now? Another test was arranged for 8 and 9 November. The Las Vegas sysops will point the 70 cm 9600 baud machine's antenna at Ridgecrest.
Errata: Well, 'ole Ed diddit agin. This time he left out the PLs for two of the SARC repeaters out of the Airwaves header. Check this month. They're there. They're correct. Also, Jim KE6DWM pointed out that WA6YBN-4 is a Node and not a bulletin board. That's been corrected too.
AIRWAVES TO ALL HAMS
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSING
21, 22, 23 Feb. Cram Class at Red Cross Off. 1 Mar. VE Session at Kerr Mc-Gee Center 2, 3, 4 May Cram Class at Red Cross Office 10 May VE Session at Kerr Mc-Gee Center 21 June VE Session at Kerr Mc-Gee Center 31 Oct., 1, 2 Nov. Cram Class at Red Cross 8 Nov. VE Session at Kerr Mc-Gee Center
Do you have a Sideband Engineers SBE-33 or SBE-34 or any other HF rig of that vintage, which uses 8950 tubes in the final? If you do, you know how hard they are to find. Thanks to a neighbor who wishes to remain unnamed I have three very slightly used 8950 tubes available for the asking. Call me, Elvy Hopkins, at 384-3589.
Charles Quinlan WD6FPZ reports that his employer, Star Communications, wants to be rid of the remaining sections of the old KLOA broadcasting tower lying on the ground north of the Coast to Coast building. There are three twenty foot lengths. The price is right. First-come-first-served. You haullem - you gottem. Go look at them and call Charles at 371-7827 if you want them. They must be removed no later than 16 November or they will be torched and scrapped. --- Aaaah sooo saaad. (Hint: This tower is bolted together. It can be reduced to a box of nuts, bolts and washers, another pile of braces less than three feet long and the twenty foot long legs. Sound easier now? And you can hide it in your back yard behind the doghouse until you convince your wife how beautiful it will be pointing at the sky. Ahhh yesss, Kemo Sabe.)
73s See ya in the funny papers ND6Q