The FARS Relay
Volume 31, Number 2 - FEBRUARY 2001
The speaker at FARS February meeting on Wednesday Feb. 28 will be Gary
Youngs, K6GLY. Gary's topic will be HF mobiling with a screwdriver antenna.
- Steve, K6OIK
The electronic swap meet is on at Foothill College again. March through
October, second Saturday. Get there early (5 AM with miner's helmet is
not unusual) and bring $2 in quarters for parking (This may have increased
Livermore Swap Meet - 1st Sunday of each month at Las Positas
College in Livermore, 7:00 AM to noon, all year. Talk in 147.045 from the
west, 145.35 from the east. Contact Noel Anklam, KC6QZK, (510) 447-3857
FARS NET on 145.23 repeater Thursday nights at 8 PM.
Shel wanted me to include a sheet of colored paper with a renewal message
and form. That would mean having to collate the newsletter by hand and
I just don't have time. For now, the above headline and this message will
have to do. However, if it isn't effective, there are papers in many obnoxious
colors available. Renew now and save a tree.
Antenna Farm Spotted
If you are driving around in West San Jose, check out the antenna farm
behind the Carrows restaurant on the East side of Saratoga between Williams
and Moorpark. It has been there for years and indicates a varied interest
in Amateur radio.
I want to remind everyone that it is now past time to pay your dues for
this year. The first flea market is coming up in March and FARS will have
the one in May. We need you to help and if you will do so please let Shel
know. We will have a sign up sheet at this next meeting.
We are still trying to find a location for the club station if you have
any ideas please let a board member know. The board approved to have a
committee actively looking for a place and I would like to have two club
members who are willing to help on this committee.
Omri will be heading up Field Day this year and we need captains for
the stations that will be in operation if you are willing to do this please
Hope to see you all on Wednesday the 28th.
de Jack WA6YJR
The FARS board held its monthly meeting on the evening of February 6, 2001.
Members present were Jack, WA6YJR, Howard, KE6PWH, Herb,KF6BKL, Omri, AA6TA,
David, KD6WRG, Mikel, KN6QI, Steve, K6OIK, Dick, N6ATD, Shel, N6RD, Charlie,
KF6CUU, and Martin, KD6WJW. Preparations were made for both the flea market
in May and Field Day in June. Shel will be in charge of the former and
Omri will head up the latter. Both requested help! The other major item
was a discussion of possible sites for the club station.
President: Jack Eddy, WA6YJR
Vice Pres. Steve Stearns, K6OIK
Treasurer: Shel Edelman, N6RD
Secretary: Martin Liberman, KD6WJW
Training Officer: Rich Steibel, W6APZ
Radio Officer: Omri Serlin AA6TA
Newsletter: David Wilkes KD6WRG
Board members: Dick Baldwinson N6ATD; Herb Davidson KF6BKL, Charles
Arney KF6CUU, David Cooper KE6PFF, Michael Lechner KN6QI
K6YA Station Trustee: Stan Kuhl, K6MA
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Radio Society Meetings are held at 7 PM on the fourth Wednesday of each
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& Dec. Annual membership $20; family $25. Visitors are always welcome!
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WHATS NEW IN HAM RADIO
de Rich, W6APZ
This month we are continuing with information we all should know
from the Technician Class question pool. How many will you get correct
On what HF band may a Technician licensee use FM phone emission?
On what frequencies within the 2-meter band may images emissions be
What emission types are Technician control operators who have passed
a Morse code exam allowed to use on frequencies from 28.3 to 28.5 MHz?
Who is responsible for the proper operation of an amateur station?
How often must an amateur station be identified?
What identification, if any, is required when two amateur stations end
What is the definition of third-party communications?
What to Do With Treasures?
I have a lot of electronic hobby magazines and technical journals dating
back to the Sixties. I also have multi-language medical equipment manuals
and technical papers. Hardware includes several TVs from the Forties, a
pair of EKGs from the Fifties, and many other items. I am looking for a
museum that saves these things. Otherwise, I am going to hold on to them
as long as I can and then dump them.
I think it is a shame to throw these things away. I don't want to take
them to the flea market because they will be thrown away later. They are
historical documents. They should be available for research or just perusing.
Now that you have all stopped laughing: I am sure I am not the only
one with this problem. Ideas anybody?
Tony Peterson, N7QVC, of Oregon, this week was shocked to receive a sharply
worded e-mail from an attorney representing the QVC cable TV sales folks
accusing him of infringing on the QVC mark. The message was clear: Peterson
would have to give up his N7QVC.com Web domain or risk a huge lawsuit.
"Your unauthorized use of N7QVC.COM is an infringement of the QVC marks,"
wrote attorney Stanley C. Macel III. "That is, your use of N7QVC.COM is
likely to cause the public to believe that you are sponsored or approved
in some way by our client. In addition, your use of N7QVC.COM constitutes
false advertising, because it misrepresents the nature, characteristics,
qualities and origin of your commercial activities." The situation was
complicated by the fact that someone hacked Peterson's Web domain and diverted
it to a site containing material of, shall we say, a questionable nature.
Peterson responded promptly, explaining that his call-sign-related domain
name was purely noncommercial and had nothing to do with QVC. Attorney
Macel quickly backtracked, although not without including some lawyerly
caveats. "While we find nothing objectionable about the manner of use of
the QVC mark in your domain name," he said, "nevertheless, as the owner
of a highly distinctive radio call sign and domain name yourself, I am
sure you can understand the care with which we monitor QVC's brand identity.
In order to resolve this matter, relying upon your representation that
your use of the letters QVC in your domain name are used only for your
personal use, and not for commercial activities that would create the impression
that you are affiliated or connected with QVC Inc in any way, we will take
no further action." Peterson has expressed his gratitude to members of
the amateur community who supported him during the recent "crisis."
Check out this antenna!
By the way, Maurice Hately is the inventor of the multiband "dipole
of delight" that has the capacitive BALUN. I discussed my design of a sub-octave
band matching network at the FARS meeting a few months ago (homebrew night).
The network added 80 meter operation.
Interference reported in UHF public safety bands The FCC reports it's
gotten word of a rash of interference problems created by oscillating preamplifiers
built into Winegard TV antennas used primarily on RVs, campers and motor
homes. The interference generally appears in the 400-500 MHz range, and
has caused interference problems to public safety and amateur radio operation
at distances of several miles away. The FCC's Gary Hendrickson says Winegard
has acknowledged the problem and estimates that there may be as many as
40,000 defective units in the field, which it has agreed to replace at
There is an article on multi-element antenna analysis using Mathcad
in the February issue of Applied Microwave & Wireless. The author gives
his Mathcad source code and an example of the analysis of a Yagi-Uda antenna.
He references J.D. Kraus.
Nestor E. Arias, "Calculating Multi-Element Antennas Using Mathcad,"
Applied Wireless & Microwave, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 46-55, February 2001.
Web Sites of Interest
Boat Anchor Manual Archive (downloadable, vintage equipment): bama.sbc.edu
W6FG Vintage Manuals: w7fg.com
Michelle's Electronics (consumer electronics):
A.G. Tannenbaum: www.agtannenbaum.com
Heathkit (downloadable manuals and schematics): www.circuitarchive.co.uk/heath.htm
Columbia (military communications): www.columbiaelectronics.com/index.htm
W.J. Ford (manual rental): www.falls.igs.net/~testequipment/manuals.html
Hi Manuals: www.hi-manuals.com
Manual Man: www.manualman.com
Manuals Plus: www.manualsplus.com
Nostalgia Air (downloadable, antique electronics): www.nostalgiaair.org/
Technician's Filing Cabinet (link site): www.one-electron.com/filing_cab.html
Raymond Sarrio: www.sarrio.com/sarrio/rsfinal1.html
Surplus Sales of Nebraska: www.surplussales.com
Marty Gasman (audio & video): www.tiac.net/users/mgasman
Treasure Chest Corp. (consumer electronics): www.treasurechestcorp.com
Vacuum Tube Valley (vintage hi-fi): www.vacuumtube.com/schemati.htm
SND Tubes (tube testers): www.vacuumtubes.com/manuals.html
Source: Dean Huster, Poptronics magazine, Feb 2001.
73 Steve, K6OIK
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FARS HAM CLASSES NEED UR SUPPORT
de Rich, W6APZ
FARS has been able to schedule two sets of ham radio classes: one for
the Technician Class license, and one for the General Class license. The
Technician course will be held on six Thursday evenings beginning April
26 and ending on May 31st at the Cubberley school site on Middlefield Road
in Palo Alto. Each class will be 2 1/2 to 3 hours long with rest breaks
between presentations. The exact starting and ending times will be determined
by the Board, but we have use of the room from 6:30 PM until 10 PM on those
The General Class course will be given on six Tuesday evenings beginning
on July 24 and ending on August 28, also at Cubberley. We have already
begun providing Morse Code practice on Wednesday nights at 8 PM to help
those interested in passing the code requirement for their General Class
license. We intend to continue the code practice through the end of August.
More information about the General Class course will be available as the
time gets closer.
In contrast to the one-day or week-end cram ham courses, we aim to explain
the theory behind the questions, provide mentors for the students, and
provide some practical hands-on operating experience during the technician
course. It has been my experience that while many of those taking the cram
courses pass, they have no idea what to do afterward. We hope that the
approach FARS is taking will not only provide the information required
to pass the ham exam, but provide the friendship of experienced FARS hams
so that the graduates of our classes will want to join FARS.
Flyers will be prepared announcing the classes, which will be free except
for the cost of the materials, as we are trying to get as many people as
possible to become hams and increase the FARS membership. The flyers will
explain that the students will be given the study guide, Now You?re Talking,
several weeks before the first class with a course outline (what will be
covered each week), and a list of mentors (FARS members) whom they can
contact for help. The students will be encouraged to read the material
before each class and come prepared to ask questions. Each class will consist
of presentations on two or three subjects from the study guide with an
eye to answering the students? questions and addressing the questions in
the Technician question pool from which the ham license exam will be taken.
In this way, we will prepare the students not only to learn the correct
answers to all the possible test questions, but also to understand the
questions and be able to apply the information in their ham radio activities.
The last class will be review; the ham exam will then be given by a VE
An important part of ham radio is emergency preparedness. The classrooms
at Cubberley are being provided for our use at no cost through the Palo
Alto Office of Emergency Services. Classroom rental is normally $19/hour.
During the class where we discuss amateur emergency preparedness, we hope
to bring in the ham who is the EC (emergency coordinator) for each city
represented by the students in the class to give a brief pitch on how the
students, as new hams, can participate in walkathons, SETs (simulated emergency
tests), and other fun activities which will improve their communication
skills, which will be needed in an emergency.
This is an ambitious undertaking. To make this work, we need our members?
help as mentors & instructors. While some of our members have already
signed up to help, we need more help to cover all the topics and classes.
Please contact me via email (email@example.com)
or phone (650-494-0128) and let me know:
1. that you are available as an instructor (and what you feel competent
2. which of the above dates/times you could be available, and
3. if you will also help as a mentor.
Even if you cannot be available to teach during the class, if you can
be available via phone to answer students? questions, that is also very
Answers to Test
T1C03 144.1 - 148.0 MHz only
T1C08 CW and single-sideband phone
(Note the difference between this question and T1C01. The questions
may seem similar, but the answers are very different. - W6APZ)
T1D02 Both the control operator and the station licensee
(This would apply to anyone using the club station - when its back up
T1D07 At least every ten minutes during and at the end of a contact.
(Note that in the discussion of station identification on page 1-19
of Now You're Talking!, it says: You should not press the push-to-talk button
on your radio or microphone to send a test transmission to test your access
to a repeater without giving your call sign. That would be an example of
an unidentified transmission, and is illegal. The same identification requirement
applies to accessing a repeaters signal strength read-back circuit.)
T1D09 Each station must transmit its own call sign.
T1E02 A message sent between two amateur stations for someone else.
How to get to meetings:
(Visitors always welcome)
FARS meets at the Covington School District building, 201 Covington
Road, Los Altos. Take the El Monte exit (The same exit as for the Foothill
Fleamarket) off of I-280 and go East on El Monte. Cross Foothill Expressway
and turn right at the next light on to Covington (Note Saint William church
on corner). Stay to your left as the road forks. Just past the fork, turn
left into the school parking lot. Walk through the center hallway and turn
right. The meeting room is the first door on the left. Talk in on 145.23
or 145.27, negative offset, 100 PL.