The Airwaves
December 2000
An ARRL Special Services Club -- RACES -- ARES
P.O. Box 1442, Ridgecrest, California 93556-1442

Every   SARC Emergency Net
Monday  1930 hrs WA6YBN translator
Night   146.64 MHz (-600 kHz)
        Visitors welcome 
Dec 13  Board of Officers Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Dec 13  Membership Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
        Ready Room  1930 hrs
        Election of 2001 SARC Officers
        Program  Educational video  Choice of two
        By ARRL
Jan     Board of Officers Meeting
        No BoO meeting in January
Jan 10  Officer Installation Banquet
        Second Wednesday
        Texas Cattle Company  6:00 PM
Feb 14  Board of Officers Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn  1900 hrs
Feb 14  Membership Meeting
        Second Wednesday  Heritage Inn
        Ready Room  1930 hrs
Dec 10  High Desert Ultra 50k/Relay
        Over The Hill Track Club  Call
        Lloyd Brubaker 375-7245  See article
Jan 20  Fire Mountain Fifty
        Fifty mile horse  endurance ride
        Call Dave Stone KC6UUR  375-1730
Feb 17  Twenty Mule Team  Twenty-four hour
        One hundred mile horse endurance ride
        Call Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV 375-7245
Mar 17  Geo Bun Buster
        Fifty mile horse endurance ride
        Call Hal Hazel KM6JM 371-3208

Dec 16  Monthly Fox Hunt
        Heritage Inn parking lot  0800 hrs 
        Call Mike Herr WA6ARA 375-5324

Dec 9   Volunteer License Exam Session
Second  Kern County Library  Ridgecrest Branch
Sat     131 East Las Flores Ave   Meeting Room
Even    Pre-register by 6 Dec  Walk-in?  Call
Months  Written tests 9 am  Code test 11 am
        Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 384-3589


by Larry Merwin KE6YLG

Over the last several months there has been quite a bit of discussion regarding a SARC budget. As I described in detail in last months column, financially we are barely keeping in the black. With the upcoming resurrection of the 147.00 machine in its new location, club finances will be even more strained by the resulting telephone and electricity costs. As such, it was voted at the November general meeting to raise SARC dues by five dollars to $20 per year. Given that membership remains about the same, the additional revenues should just about cover the costs of the new repeater. They will not, however, help us to build up a "rainy day fund" for the eventual day where major repairs or replacement will be required. As such, even with the increased dues, the club will have to carefully watch its expenditures.

This will be my last column as SARC president. After two years as second vice president and two years as president, I have decided that it is time to step down and allow someone else the opportunity to serve the club as a board member. I have enjoyed my time on the board. The best part about being a club officer has been the new perspective that I have about Hams and Ham radio. I have learned a great deal of respect for the Hams in the valley, many of whom are far more technically competent than I will ever be. I have learned that Ham radio really spans a huge range of activities from QRP to DX to moon bounce and many things in between. Unfortunately, I have probably also learned more than I ever wanted to know about electropolitics. I guess that is why SARC has a board of directors. No, it may not be a perfect world, but Ham radio is still an outstanding hobby. Enjoy.

Finally, I have learned to really appreciate those "Take Charge" SARC members who are always willing to make sure that the job gets done. I will not list names for fear of forgetting someone, but we all know who these folks are. My thanks goes out to them. I also want to specifically thank the current board members, Dave Stone, Mike Herr, Ralph Frasier and Tom Ingram for all their hard work. Special thanks must also go to Elvy Hopkins for doing such a fine job in publishing the AIRWAVES each month. Well done. In closing, I want to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and lots of good Ham radio fun in the new year.

73. Larry


The SARC Board of Officers for 2001 will be elected at the 13 December meeting. Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV, the nominating committee of one, reports the following slate of candidates.

        President       Mike Herr
        First V.P.      Dave Stone
        Second V.P.     vacant
        Secretary       Richard Ingram
        Treasurer       Ralph Frasier

Nominations will be taken from the floor. SARC really does need a full slate of officers. Volunteer to serve your friendly, local, Ham club.


At press time for the AIRWAVES, the program for the December meeting has gone "Poof." The least that we will have is an instructional video on antennas or spark gap transmitters. These have both been seen once, but both will be available for a vote on which to watch. The antenna video is packed with very understandable explanations of natural antenna phenomena. Mike Herr, SARC Program Chairman, is hustling to get a program set up.


The SARC BoO has been studying SARC income and expenditures for several months attempting to find an alternative to raising dues. The simple fact is that dues are not paying the yearly fixed expenses and donations have been keeping SARC floating financially. There is no funding to cover catastrophic failure of a SARC owned repeaters.

Advertisements in the AIRWAVES, e-mailing the AIRWAVES, finding a free rent meeting place, soliciting merchant donations, selling calendars, candy etc., yard sales of donation materiel and many other methods came up in these discussions. All were explored to some degree. The result was, SARC dues must be raised. To what level? Yearly membership in some SoCal clubs is as high as $30, $25 is common. However a cautious raise of SARC annual dues to $20 was deemed to be a good experiment for the coming year. The 147.00 MHz machine expenses will determine if this new value is sufficient. Our treasurer, Ralph Frasier, reports that the price of SARC badges and shipping have outrun the $6 charged so that price was also raised one dollar to $7.00. The SARC membership application enclosed with this AIRWAVES reflects these two increases of the cost of doing Ham business.

[note: the web version of the application is available by clicking the link above. It is a PDF file so you will need something like Adobe Acrobat Reader which is free--download here--to read and print it --kc6uut]


Yup. It is time to renew your SARC membership for 2001. Nope. There will not be a discount if done before 31 December. Renewals are $20.00 individual, $30.00 family and $10.00 student/military. A three month grace period is given in which non-renewed members receive the AIRWAVES and the enclosed membership applications. After 31 March, non-renewed persons are dropped from the membership list. Support your friendly, local Amateur Radio club. Renew your membership at a meeting or by mail. SARC's address is on the application.

High Desert Ultra 50K/Relay Sun 10 Dec

Chris Rios, president of the Over The Hill Track Club, has scheduled this annual event for the second Sunday in December. The run will be south of Cerro Coso Community College. Five Hams are needed from 0630 hrs to about noon to provide safety and administrative communications for race officials. Contact Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV at 375-7245 or on the Monday night net.

Monthly Fox Hunt
by Mike Herr WA6ARA

Fox Hunting is going strong. Our 11 November hunt was a blast. The fox, Todd Evans W6TOD, found a unique hiding place. In this case it was tucked into a pile of grass clippings in a local park with just the wire antenna poking out. This was the first outing of the repackaged fox transmitter. Paula N6VGW and Mike WA6ARA found it first. The hunters are getting better as are the foxes. The next hunt will be held 16 December (Saturday after meeting) at 0800 hrs. Meet in the Heritage Hotel parking lot a tad earlier and get ready to roll. Frequency is 146.565 MHz The pattern is twenty seconds of CW ID followed by a twenty second or so tone followed by a four minute off time. Hope to see you there.

Ed. Note: 73 Magazine, Nov 2000, page 4: Ramsey Electronics Inc. has a Doppler Direction Finder kit (per QST, Apr 99), incl 4 antennas, for $150. Try it. You'll like it.

IWV GPS Trekkers

Do you have a GPS receiver for your APRS and don't know what else it will do? Go to to find about the IWV GPS Trekkers and their bi-monthly training and fun events using that powerful GPS mini- machine. Sam Thompson, 499-6944, will answer questions.

Door Prizes Needed

To carry on the tradition of door prizes (Yes! Once it was a door!) at the 10 January Officer Installation Dinner, SARC is asking for donations of Ham radio related white elephants (one arm carry) and the like. Call Elvy Hopkins NØLV 3384-3589 for pickup, or bring them to the dinner.

ATV at the 50k RUN

Don Jefferson KC6OCA of Lake Isabella is planning to do some Amateur TeleVision (ATV) work at the 10 December OTHTC 50 K Ultra run. SARC member Skip Robertson KC5UJX is planning to fly his model airplane borne ATV over the course for real time reports. More about this next month.

by RO, Lloyd Brubaker WA6KZV

The National Weather Service has suddenly become very active in setting up a Ham Radio network of operators to augment their weather service observers. At the 13 December meeting, I will have information on how you can get in on the fun. The new flashing is on the RACES emergency trailer roof. It should not leak now even though the final skin is not on yet. Volunteers are needed. Call Lloyd at 375-7245.

Minutes, Board of Officers Meeting
by Elvy Hopkins NØLV

Board of Officers meeting, 8 Nov. 2000. Those present Pres. Larry Merwin KE6YLG, 1st VP Dave Stone KC6UUR, Treas. Ralph Frasier KQ6UU, AIRWAVES editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV. Call to order 1901 hrs. Merwin announced that he would not seek reelection as president, but he would consider another BoO position. Permission was given to Hopkins to send SARC information to "World Radio" for it's Ham club list. The Tehachapi ARC has removed the pirated SARC logo from their web page after an e-mail from Hopkins. Hopkins has scheduled dates with the Kern county library and announced that SARC VE exam dates are, again, second Saturday of even numbered months for 2001. There was a discussion about the nomination committee not having a slate of officers and the lack of volunteers. The lack of an ARRL Official Observer is a deterrent to ridding the IWV of repeater misuse. A volunteer is needed. Hopkins was reimbursed $65.81 for the cost of the November AIRWAVES. It was agreed to have the January 2001, SARC officer installation dinner at Texas Cattle Company again. Merwin will make reservations and arrangements. The BoO agreed to take a vote at the general meeting to raise SARC dues to $20.00 individual, $30.00 family and $10.00 student/military. The increase will be effective for 2001 memberships. The price for a SARC badge must be raised to $7.00 for the club to break even on small orders. The meeting was adjourned at 1930 hrs.

Minutes, Membership Meeting
by Elvy Hopkins NØLV

General meeting, 8 Nov. 2000, was called to order by president Merwin at 1934 hrs. Fred Kletka KL7SE and Tom Ryan WB8ENO were first time attendees.

Announcements: OTHTC 50 K Ultra will be held 10 Dec. and will start at 0630 hrs. See Lloyd Brubaker
WA6KZV to volunteer. The November Fox hunt will be held the Saturday following this meeting. Mike Herr WA6ARA is the contact.
Elvy Hopkins announced that SARC VE exam dates are, again, second Saturday of even numbered months for 2001.
The SARC Officer Installation dinner will be Wednesday, 10 January at Texas Cattle Company starting at 1800 hrs. The nominating committee of one, Lloyd Brubaker, related a dearth of committed officer candidates and deferred announcement of a full (?) slate until the December meeting.
President Merwin discussed the current SARC budget and it's head barely above water condition. Membership dues are not paying the bills. Donations are taking up the slack. With impending 147.00 machine phone and electric bills, the dues must be raised. A motion to raise dues to $20.00 was made and seconded. It was passed by membership vote.
The program was on Global Positioning System (GPS) was given by IWV GPS Trekkers Sam Thompson and Bob Gould.
Larry Merwin won $7.50 in the 50-50 drawing. Twenty-two persons were in attendance.
The meeting was adjourned at 2046 hrs.

        from Ralph Frasier KQ6UU
	As of 2 December, Y2K
        Share account   $4,470.28
        Draft account   227.87
        Total   $4,698.15
        Obligated funds 
	Relocate 147.00 repeater        574.86
        Balance $4,123.29


Claude Wood WA6YSQ is looking for old (1970's) linear device data books from Motorola, National, RCA, Signetics and Texas Instruments. Contact him at 377-5558 or [email protected]


Yaesu FT-101EE, HF/SSB/CW transceiver in original box $300 OBO; ICOM IC 730 HF/SSB/CW transceiver in original box $350 OBO; Parting out KW linear amplifier vacuum variable capacitor, coil, transformer, 4-400 tubes, etc., best offer. Mike Herr WA6ARA, 375-5324, [email protected]

Contacting The AIRWAVES Editor Elvy Hopkins NØLV at 384-ELVY or e-mail [email protected].

See ya in da funny paperz. de NØLV

Updated Sun Sep 10 18:56:22 PDT 2000