The Airwaves
November 1998
SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

The Airwaves Calendar

SIERRA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETINGS
Every	SARC Emergency Net
Monday	1930 hrs WA6YBN translator
Night	146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)
	Visitors welcome
Nov 11 Board of Officers Meeting
	New Date New Time New Date New Time
	Second Wednesday Heritage Inn 1845 hrs
Nov 11 Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room 1930 hrs
	Program: History of Navy Shipboard
	Communications - Telegraph to INMARSAT
	by Gary Hareland KF6LEF
Dec 9  Board of Officers Meeting
	Second Wednesday Heritage Inn 1845 hrs
Dec 9  Membership Meeting
	Second Wednesday Heritage Inn
	Flight Deck Room 1930 hrs
	Program: World Radiosport
	Team Championship, a video
	SARC 1999 Officer Election
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Nov 6-8 Ridgecrest Balloon Festival
	Cross service communications
	Contact Mike Cash KN6IS 375-4441
	See article
Dec 6  High Desert Ultra 50K/Relay
	Over The Hill Track Club call
	Lloyd Brubaker 375-7245
	See article
Jan 23 Fire Mountain Fifty 50 mile horse ride
	call Dave Stone 375-1730
Feb 20 Twenty Mule Team 100 mile horse ride
	call Lloyd Brubaker 375-7245
Mar 20 Coso Bun Buster 50 mile horse ride
	call Hal Hazel KM6JM 371-3208
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS
Dec 12 Volunteer License Exam Session
Second Kern County Library Ridgecrest Branch
Sat    Meeting Room 131 East Las Flores Ave
Even   Registration 0900 hrs Code test 1100 hrs
Months Walk-ins OK Call N6PR 446-4165
Program: History of Navy Radio Communications

FROM THE PRESIDENTS SHACK
by Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR

"Radio amateur serves the public as a voluntary, non commercial communication service. This is especially true during natural disasters or other emergencies." This quote is from the newest version of the newest version of the ARRL General Class License Manual for Radio Amateurs. The same theme exists throughout the Ham literature. Is this something you took to heart when you studied for and passed your examinations to be come a Ham? There are many opportunities in the Indian Wells Valley to train for this service: RACES, ARES, Monday night net, etc.

One of the more enjoyable ways for training is acting as communications for public events such as the foot, bicycle, horse, and auto races. Funny thing though, you see the same faces and hear the same call signs at each of these events each year. Rarely do you hear a new call sign working at these events. I have wondered why.

My own experience was that I had a friend who was already a Ham and experienced in working these events. I went out with him and gained my experience without having to make a lot of mistakes on my own. For instance, the first time out, I didn't even carry a pad to write down instructions. I really do not know if I would have gone out there without an experienced partner. The first few times, I handled such things as helping keep track of the contestant numbers and place (my own choice). As time went on, I got on the radio more often. I now feel confidant enough to work a checkpoint on my own when required.

My experience has made me wonder if part of the reason that we do not see more new faces is that they do not want to come out in public and do something new and potentially make what appears, in their eyes, mistakes or be incompetent. For this reason, I would like to suggest that if a Ham out there wants to try working on public events and does not wish to tackle it alone, that he/she contact the event coordinator or one of the officers and ask them if an experienced Ham can be found that they can be partner with.

I'm betting that this would be a win-win situation for all parties. So, give it a try. you will use up part of one day of your life doing it and I think that you will find that public service can be a rewarding experience.

MEETING PROGRAM 11 Nov
Navy Shipboard Communications

Gary Hareland KF6LEF will trace the history of navy shipboard communications from radiotelegraph to INMARSAT, from brass pounding to automatic satellite data handling.

OFFICER CANDIDATES NEEDED

The nomination committee is canvassing the SARC membership for 1999 officer candidates. Call Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR 375-7321, Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245 or Bob Philips KA6PLU 371-3540 to discuss volunteering for a 1999 SARC office.

SARC will need three new officers for the 1999 calendar year. The current president, second vice president and treasurer will not seek reelection. Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR has served as president for two years and says "That's enough." His RVing takes him out of state for long periods. First vice president since 1995, Dave Stone KC6UUR, says that he will continue as long as no one else wants the job. Second vice president, Larry Merwin KE6YLG, says that two years of finding programs for the general meetings is enough for him but will serve on the board in any other capacity for 1999. Secretary, Tom Ingram WB6EPD, will continue in that task for a second year. Mark Rosenthal has been treasurer in the past for a few years and this time for two years. He is also secy/treas/news letter editor/etc. for a motorcycle camping club and needs relief.

As a member of a volunteer organization, each member must realize that being a club officer 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.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Ridgecrest Balloon Festival 6-8 Nov

Mike Cash KN6IS will need a lot of help coordinating communications across seven RF services using the Ridgecrest PD communications van and the SARC RACES trailer. Contact Cash at 375-4441.

High Desert Ultra 50K/Relay 6 Dec

This Over The Hill Track Club's event will require about four Hams starting at 6:30 am and finishing by noon. Call Lloyd Brubaker 375-7245 to volunteer.

RECENT SARC ACTIVITIES

Desert Classic Bicycle Race

The Ninth Desert Classic Bicycle Race was a two day affair for SARC communications volunteers. Three Hams covered the downhill race on Saturday. Seven carried the load on Sunday at the big race for nearly 300 riders.

The downhill race on Saturday was monitored by Hal Hazel KM6JM, Dave Stone KC6UUR, and Elvy Hopkins NØLV.

The SARC portable repeater worked flawlessly. Greg Roush WA7IRW gave it a major tune-up after it's several month stint of pitch hitting for the translator. Charlie Hawthorne KE6WQR and Tom Ingram WA6EPD set up and tore down the repeater and worked check point 1/4. Todd Evans W6TOD and Tim Lyons KF6LCH worked motorcycle mobile and swept the course for riders late in the day. Have you ever seen a motorcycle with two, 2-meter whips and a 450 MHz Yagi? Talk to Todd.

Check points two and three were worked by Mark Slay KE6SMA and Bill Burns WA6QYR while the mainside and anchor chores were handled by Dave Stone KC6UUR and Elvy Hopkins NØLV.

Thank you to all those who worked the race.
See you next year.

SWAP MEET AT RADIO SHACK

Pete and Gloria Longo, owners of the Radio Shack at 138 N. China Lake Blvd., invited Hams to a Swap Meet in the parking lot in front of their store from 9-12 noon on flex Friday, 16 October. The coffee pot was steaming, home made cookies were in abundance and the latest issue of Tandy's "Tech America" electronic parts catalog was open for perusal. Bill Burns WA6QYR and Elvy Hopkins NØLV had tailgates full of goodies. Two other Hams and a few kibitzers wandered in and out. Nothing was sold. Nothing was traded.

The extra VE session on Sunday the 1st of November at the Seventh Day Adventist church saw Technician licenses earned by Jerry Booker, Terry Booker, and Hardy Tyson Jr. One CSCE for Element 2 was also issued. Volunteer Examiners were John Denson AI6A, Bill Maraffio N6PR and Bill Burns WA6QYR.

REPEATER HAPPENINGS
Mike Hugo KA6OIJ the SARC repeater guru has departed the IWV for greener pastures (greener pockets too) and left moving of the 147.00 MHz machine and linking it to the Randsburg 145.34 MHz machine in the hands of Jim Kusznir KE6DWM and Elvy Hopkins NØLV. Currently, a task list, prioritization and schedule are being developed. Hugo might be available for some of the more crucial tasks. Those who helped install the Randsburg machine will be called upon to assist when work days approach.

IN THE MILL

Officer Installation Dinner 13 Jan 1999
Charlie Hawthorne KE6QYR is the chairman for the SARC 1999 Officer Installation Dinner. The deadline for reservations and payments is 31 December. Place, cost and time will be announced later. Call Charlie at 375-7321 for more information.

New SARC Net Manager
Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV is, once more, the SARC Emergency Net manager. Please let him know if you are willing to be net control for a month of Monday evenings.

RF Exposure Document Package
Are you working on your station's FCC mandated RF exposure evaluation? Bill Burns WA6QYR has a complete set of the these documents. He will have them copied for you with advance payment of approximately $9.00. Contact Bill at 375-8566 or e-mail bburns@ridgenet.net.

The ARRL is now publishing "RF Exposure and You" a book designed to assist the mathematically challenged Ham in producing his evaluation. Theory is presented in plain language. Worksheets, tables and charts assist with the cookbook guided calculations. Order #6621 from the ARRL for $15 and get under way soon. Remember, any action requiring a form 610 requires an accompanying RF exposure evaluation of your station.

TREASURERS REPORT
from Mark Rosenthal N6BVP

As of 29 October
Share account $2,460.66
Draft account 1,755.35
Total $4,216.01
Obligated funds 
Relocate 147.00 repeater 1,200.00
Balance $3,016.01

OLD BUSINESS
Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

October 14, 1998. Those present: President Charlie Hawthorne KE6QYR, 1st VP David Stone KC6UUR, 2nd VP Larry Merwin KE6YLG, Secy. Tom Ingram WB6EPD, Nominations Committee Bob Phillips KA6PLU and The Airwaves editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV. The meeting started at 1845 hrs. Charlie reported that the Heritage Inn has a new manager. Charlie reported that he had several 1999 officer candidates and Bob had one for the upcoming elections. Charlie stated that he needed to get commitments for the installation dinner now so that he could arrange a location.

Charlie brought his copy of "RF Exposure and You." This manual presents the material in an understandable manner. The board approved the purchase of a copy for the Kern Regional Library, Ridgecrest (approx. $15.00). Larry reported that he had purchased the latest issue of the General Class License Manual for the library. There will not be a board meeting in November to to lack of available board members. The meeting was adjourned at 1905 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Secretary Tom Ingram WB6EPD

The 14 October meeting was called to order by the president Charlie Hawthorne at 1930 hrs at the Heritage Inn. 50-50 tickets were not available for this meeting. The sign-in sheet was started around. Charlie announced that the sign-in sheet has several special service activities listed and a column for the installation dinner. There were no comments on the minutes from the last meeting as published in the newsletter.

There will be VE exams in November and December. The nominating committee Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, Charlie Hawthorne KE6QYR, and Bob Phillips WA6PLU announced that we have a full slate of candidates for the upcoming elections. Elvy Hopkins NØLV announced that there will be a tailgate swap meet at Radio Shack this Friday, 17 Oct. Greg Roush WA7IRW provided details about the Kiwanis Walk-a-thon. Amateurs that helped received Walk-a-thon pins.

Lloyd reminded members about the upcoming SEMS classes to be held at his house. The latest General Class License Manual and an RF Exposure Manual will be presented to the library. Greg Roush WA7IRW provided the evening's program on the history and operation of the WA6YBN portable repeater.

Paula Gibeault N6OQQ related a story of the use of both CPR and amateur radio to rescue a driver that suffered a heart attack during an automobile rally. Unfortunately he died at the hospital the next day because of heart damage. Without CPR he would have died at the scene. Paula was involved in both the CPR and the radio communications. There were 17 members and one guest at the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 2042 hrs.

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Drake L7AM, SerNo 147, HF 1KW, linear power amplifier, 160-10 mtrs (no WARC bands), xlnt cond, with (2) Drake L7PS, SerNo 204, companion power supply, xlnt cond, in/out cables attached, manual, orig invoice, 220 vac plug & receptacle $900
Drake TV-3300LP low pass filter, HF, 1 kW, New In Box, 80 dB @ 41 MHz, UHF connectors, 52 Ohm, original invoice $40
KLM 2M-2N 144-148 MHz, air dielectric, pwr divider, New In Box, N connectors $75
Alliance HD-73, SerNo 4807, 2 speed antenna rotator and control box, 11 sq. ft. xlnt cond, mast mount, manual, invoice $150
Alliance HD-73, SerNo 24680X, 2 speed antenna rotator and control box, 11 sq. ft. xlnt cond, mast mount, manual, cy of invoice $150
Micronta 22-119 LCD digital multimeter, xlnt cond, test leads, manual, orig box $10
Monarch FSI-2 field strength meter, good cond, 1.5" x 2" x 3", telescopic antenna $5
Pace P5403A, citizens band, SWR/Watt meter, xlnt cond, 5 Watt dummy load, instructions $5

Contact: Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 760-375-7245. Packing and shipping will be paid by buyer. All equipment will be sold AS IS. All equipment has been well cared for, shows no abuse, worked when last used five years ago and has been properly stored. This equipment belongs to an incapacitated Ham. Sale will help finance medical expenses.

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Kenwood TH-21AT 2 mtr handheld small (5"x2.5"x1.2") 150mw low pwr, 1.7w hi pwr, wall charger, CD-21 car pwr supply -- $75. Honeywell Rediline motor-generator 12v in 120vac 60hz sine wave out 500w $90. Call Bill WA6QYR 760-375-8566 bburns@ridgenet.net

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

MFJ Electronic Keyer Paddle Model JFJ-422B. Uses Curtis 8044 ABM Keyer IC. Manual says 8-50 WPM but it will do much than slower than 8 WPM if required. Excellent physical and working condition. $75. MFJ Differential-T Antenna Tuner, model MFJ-986. Covers 1.8-30 MHz. Rated at 3KW PEP. lighted peak or average reading, cross-needle SWR/Wattmeter with 200/50W and 2000/500W ranges. Sides and top have minor scratches. Perfect working order. $180. Timewave DSP-59+ DSP Audio Noise Reduction Filter. Version 3.0 firmware. Reduces random noise, eliminates heterodynes. 225 combinations of high and lowpass filters for voice and digital modes. One tiny scratch on top cover. $180. Heathkit SB-1000 1KW SSB PEP/850W CW linear amplifier. Operates 10, 12, 15, 20, 40, 80, & 160 meter bands. Uses a single 3-500Z tube. Control cables for Kenwood tranceivers. Must see to appreciate. Kit put together by a master kit-builder perfectionist fanatic. Original owner treated with TLC. Super Mint Condition. $500. Contact Hal Hazel KM6JM 760-371-3208

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE

Four KLM 440 MHz Yagis (14 elements, 6 ft., boom, rear mount) $30 each: Four KLM 420-470-50N half wave sleeve balun with N connector for above $25 each: Two KLM 400-470-2N power divider with N connectors $50 each: Two Cushcraft A147-11 Yagis with stacking kit (11 elements 12 ft boom) $100 for the pair or $60 each: One Cushcraft 4218XL Yagi for 144-144.5 MHz (18 elements 27 ft boom) $125: One Cushcraft A50-5 Six meter Yagi (5 elements 12 ft boom) $60: One Sears Alternator, gasoline engine driven, 1 KVA, 115VAC, 60 Hz. $150. Contact Bill Maraffio N6PR 446-4165.

Contacting THE AIRWAVES Editor
Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-ELVY or e-mail ehopkins@ridgenet.net.

See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV