Ham radio means different things to different people. For most people it may be considered a “fun hobby”. Traditionally and politically amateur radio was defined by our government in what has become Part 97 of the FCC rules and regulations. In order for amateurs to justify the use of parts of the electromagnetic spectrum (ham bands), which were always competed for by commercial, military, and government potential users, amateur radio had always been defined with certain goals in mind. There is no mandate that any ham, as an individual, needs to satisfy any of the defined goals. Like obtaining a ham license itself, participation for any useful purpose, is purely voluntary…BUT…Most hams realize their responsibility to be more than license holders. Bragging about obtaining a ham license and framing it as wall paper is not considered enough. We heed the FCC’s BASIS and PURPOSE for the very existence of our “fun hobby”. Let me quote from Part 97. (In case you don’t have it).
97.1 Basis and Purpose
The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:
(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur radio service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communications service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
(b) Continuation and extension of amateur’s proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.
(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication and technical phases of the art.
(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians and electronics experts.
(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur’s unique ability to enhance international goodwill.
I will discuss each of the principles above in future issues, and I welcome your comments.
Last spring, when
Northrop Grumman was driving us crazy with relocating the
We complained to MetroCor about the “other” repeater on our assigned frequencies, in a dialog that went on for months. Once NB2A put in a different PL access than ours, things were nice and quiet. Our repeater does not get a lot of use. (Northrop Grumman gave us a pretty mediocre antenna site, so there never were delusions of grandeur), and the other repeater had less for whatever reason.
Finally, on January 20th, the whole issue came to a head when Ray, W2DKM and I were invited to a MetroCor meeting to present our case. NB2A was invited but not present. It appears to me that MetroCor had realized that they had been pushed to act too hastily and had created a monster. Of course, they had to point out that we were technically supposed to notify them every time we were going to be off the air. I guess that like Caesar’s wife we are supposed to be above reproach. (I am sure that Caesar’s wife got something out of that deal…What do we get?)
It was then suggested
by MetroCor that perhaps there might be room for compromise. After all, both repeaters have limited
use and fairly short range. If
NB2A’s primary coverage is eastern Queens and ours is eastern
Meanwhile, a few local hams gravitated to our repeater. Rather than be irritated about non-members using our assets, I was pleased…and told them so…since our repeaters are open to the community as a public service which I have emphasized to the Northrop Grumman sponsors and MetroCor.
Despite our agreement with MetroCor to explore techniques for possible coexistence, NB2A
rejected the compromise approach, and has gone so far as to turn off his
repeater PL access so that whenever
anyone tries to access the
GRUMMAN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING 1/16/2008
Karen KC2OPX, secretary.
The meeting was called to order by Ed at 5:25 PM.
TREASURERS REPORT – Ed, WB2EAV REPEATERS Gordon, KB2UB
Finances continue to be in good
. carried on with MetroCor on 1/2008
VE REPORT – Bob, W2ILP NET REPORT- Zack, WB2PUE
There were no applicants. Thus there was no Thursday night only 2 people checked in on .745
GARC VE Session in January. . The .330 had poor attendance.
Sunday morning was good at 7:30.
A good friend, Van R. Field, W2OQI is a silent
key. He is remembered in the Coast Guard
Auxiliary. He had established the first 2 Meter repeater on
discussed the HRU 2008 that some of the members had attended on the previous
Sunday. The keynote speaker was
Gordon West. His talk was basically
about Emergency preparedness and operation. This was demonstrated by audio
recordings from last summer’s fire emergency on
Bob, W2ILP gave a presentation about Power Supplies. Bob said that they should really be called “Energy Converters”, because they really don’t supply power. They only convert one source of energy to another. Power only exists potentially but energy exists for some continuous time. Different types of rectifiers and filters, as well as voltage doublers were described. A home made energy converter was passed around. It was to be used so that an HT could be run from the AC line. A switching power supply from a PC was also passed around. Methods of voltage regulation were explained. The advantage of modern switching power supplies over linear analog supplies was explained. The lower weight and smaller size of switching supplies, as well as their ability to work from a wide range of AC or DC sources makes them the best choice for modern ham equipment. High frequency switching enables the use of smaller filter components and if there is any ripple it is inaudible. Manuals showing the diagrams of Heathkit Power Supplies; both fixed and mobile for the HW-101 Transceiver and the HA-14 Kilowatt Linear were shown.
40 Meters: 7.289 MHz at 7:30 AM EST Sundays.
2 Meters (via repeaters): 146.745 MHz (-.600)at Thursdays.
145.330 MHz (- .600) at 9:00 PM EST Thursdays.
[Tone for both repeaters is 136.5 Hz] (ARES/RACES) Mondays
General Meetings of the GARC
are held on the third Wednesday of each month, starting at . The meetings are usually held at
GARC WEB SITE
The web site of the GARC can be found at http://www.qsl.net/wa2lqo/ Webmaster is Pat Masterson, KE2LJ. Pictures of GARC activities, archives of newsletters, roster of members, and other information about the GARC may be found there.
An extreme example of a “do it yourself” French Ham, who constructs his own vacuum tubes is presented in a 17 minute video. It was suggested by Stan Rogak, KB2QFT. The construction of a vacuum tube is professionally displayed and accompanied by George Gershwin music. I never knew any Hams who could make their own tubes, but in the old days, we did rewind power transformers and make our own RF and IF transformers. Do view this video if you can. There is something about it that may at least inspire you to “do something yourself”, even though it is not going as far as constructing and blowing your own tube, because not many amateurs have the tools to do that. Maybe it is the Gershwin music that reminds me that though I can blow my own horn, I could never orchestrate a symphony. The internet address is:-
When you get to the EDN page click on FRENCH VIDEO and then you will see for yourself.
Here is another cryptogram:
CPSU H CIL ! WXR, ZPSR TLSB ZX LIR ZPIZ “XUGR I KTSJ IUB I KHGSJXLZ USMSU
FPIUVSB HZL KHUB.” --WSQUIQB K. WIQTFP--
Solution to January’s Cryptogram: MY IDEA OF AN AGREEABLE PERSON IS A PERSON WHO AGREES WITH ME.
GARC VE EXAMS
We are continuing to proctor exams for all classes of ham licenses on the second Tuesday of each month, starting at 5:00 PM.
The present exams are:-
Element 1: 5 WPM CW
Element 2: Technician
Element 3: General
Element 4: Amateur Extra Class
The fee for 2008 is $14.00 for all exams taken in one sitting.
Applicants for upgrades should bring their present license and a photocopy of it and know their FRN number.
New, first time applicants should be aware that their Social Security number will be required on their application form, unless they register with the FCC for an FRN.
All applicants should bring picture ID such as driver’s licenses.
Until further notice exams will be given at:
All applicants should contact W2ILP to preregister, so as to confirm location. If no applicants apply, the exam session will be cancelled.
For any information e-mail:-
Study material is available at the web sites of the ARRL
All VECs use the same Q &A pools.
Since the beginning of the VE program the GARC has provided opportunities to take the ham exams monthly, during all 12 months of every year.
Bob Wexelbaum, W2ILP and the GARC VE team.
HRU 2008 RECAP
The HRU was held at
The keynote speaker was Gordon West. His speech was mainly about emergency
preparedness and emergency operation and how hams had cooperated with other
volunteer groups to provide their assistance during a disastrous fire on
According to Neil Heft, KC2KY, who was the Chairman of the HRU,.there were about as many people at HRU 2008, as there were at HRU 2007. (Estimation was about 300). I saw some new faces and missed some of the old faces and met with many familiar guys who I had seen before as well.
The HRU VE Session was run by Walter Wenzel, KA2RGI.
There were only 6 applicants. One who sought an upgrade without an exam was disqualified because he did not have the required time as a Technician class operator. This left 5 candidates. Three new Technician license were earned; one upgrade to General class was earned, and one applicant failed. Participating VEs were: KA2RGI, W2KFV, KC2E, WB2QGZ, KB2QFT, N2RQ, W3EH, N2PIK, W2EUL, K2TV, and W2ILP.
There was not much for me to do at this session. There were only 6 applicants and there were 11 VEs present. In contrast, last year’s HRU VE Session had about 35 applicants. Apparently even the elimination of all CW exams is not enough to motivate prospective hams to take the written tests. There were many curious non-hams at the HRU, but few who wanted to be tested. What does this tell us?
I think that some of the non-hams were computer hackers, who may be interested in the technical part of wireless communication, but are not seriously interested in amateur radio operation. I could be wrong.
As our club dwindles in size, it is now more important than ever to keep in touch with the leaders and members of the other Long Island Ham Clubs. That may just be my opinion. What do you think?
73, Bob w2ilp
GRUMMAN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2008
President Ed Gellender WA2EAV X02-14 516-575-0013
Vice President Gordon Sammis KB2UB Retiree 631-666-7463
Treasurer Ed Gellender WB2EAV X02-14 516-575-0013
1Yr Board Member Zack Zilavy
1YrBoard Member Dave Ledo AB2EF
1Yr Board Member Bob Christen W2FPF
2 Yr Board Member Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP Retiree 631-499-2214
2 Yr Board Member Jack Cottrell WA2PYK Retiree 516-249-0979
Trustee WA2LQO Ray Schubnel W2DKM Retiree
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN
FCC Exam Coord. Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP Retiree 631-499-2214
Webmaster Pat Masterson KE2LJ Retiree 831-938-4614
On the first page of this newsletter I quoted the FCC’s paragraphs that relate to the Basis and Purpose of Ham Radio. I hope that you don’t take this to mean that I am lecturing in a Gung-Ho manner. I want to hear your comments. What should ham radio mean to you? What did it mean to you when you were first licensed? What can it mean to today’s new hams? Are the paragraphs of the Basis and Purpose still applicable?
Now I know that hams are not required to do anything…but I also know that once one volunteers to do something then he or she takes on responsibilities. If a volunteer no longer wants to take on a responsibility then he or she can retire and/or resign from the responsibilities. That is a pretty logical position. Unfortunately egos prevent many of us from resigning even when it becomes impossible to fulfill our responsibilities due to health restrictions or family priorities….or other fun hobbies, leisure pursuits and their responsibilities.
The ARRL doesn’t want to lose any members. More members mean more political clout…BUT how many members still want to be the hams who volunteer to be responsible for anything? I don’t know about you…but I recently renewed my ham ticket for another ten years. You can call on me until 2018..if I’m still alive.
73, Bob w2ilp (I Like Peace)
CQ de WA2LQO
VOL. 81, NO. 3
Bob Wexelbaum W2ILP
All the members of GARC (we hope!)
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