The FARS Relay
Volume 31, Number 6 - JUNE 2001
June 20, 2001 7:30 THIS IS THE THIRD WEDNESDAY
We don't know who the speaker is yet. We also have to do some last minute
preparation for Field Day the following weekend. If you have not scheduled
operating time or volunteered to help, the best time to do so is at this
Amateur Radio Field Day is held once each year to make sure we know where
our equipment is and operators are. It also is the time to make sure our
equipment is working. By making as many contacts as possible during the
time allotted, we practice handling emergency traffic if it becomes necessary.
This year Field Day is from Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24.
There may still be a need for people to move equipment on Friday and
Saturday. There is something for everyone to do. Field Day is also the
best time to see how it is done. It is one thing to read about skip and
bouncing off layers; quite another to actually hear what happens and have
it explained by someone who knows.
There will be a pot-luck picnic barbecue on Saturday night. Please bring
your favorite salads, deserts, or whatever to share. Keep in mind when
selecting what to bring: It does get warm this time of year and some foods
spoil more quickly than others. We also need ice chests to keep the drinks
cold and to preserve the food. The club will provide drinks, hamburgers,
and hot dogs.
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 eves.
Foothill Flea Market - 2nd Saturday of each month from March
to October at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills. FARS NET on 145.23 repeater
Thursday nights at 8 PM.
22 New Hams from FARS Technician Class
That's 22 out of 24 taking the test, which is much better than 50% pass
rate from our 2-day weekend classes. I received positive comments
from several students who appreciated the quality of the class, the presentations,
and the demonstrations.
Kudos to Rich, W6APZ for a job well done!
I also want to recognize those who helped out in the class (please forgive
Thanks to the Sunnyvale VEC team who administered the test.
Mikel Lechner, KN6QI
STATION FURNITURE - FREE!
Unless we can find a new storage facility, the following FARS station furniture
is available FREE for the hauling away!
- Operating table, 60"Wx30"Dx26.5"H
All are currently stored at Arv's in Los Altos. We need to move these item
out of Arv's shed by early July. If you can store these items for
the club, or if you want any of it, please let me know asap!
- Lab bench, 48"Wx30"Dx34"H
- Metal cabinet w/casters & lock, 23.5"Wx26"Dx67.5"H
73 de Omri AA6TA
[Anytime something is free, it is front page news. DW]
President: Jack Eddy, WA6YJR
Vice Pres. Steve Stearns, K6OIK
Treasurer: Shel Edelman, N6RD
Secretary: Martin Liberman, KD6WJW
Training Officer: Rich, W6APZ
Radio Officer: Omri Serlin ,AA6TA
Newsletter: David Wilkes KD6WRG (See address below)
Board members: Dick Baldwinson N6ATD; Herb Davidson KF6BKL, Charles
Arney KF6CUU, David Cooper KE6PFF, Mikel Lechner KN6QI
K6YA Station Trustee: Stan Kuhl, K6MA
FARS Web Page: www.fars.k6ya.org
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The FARS Relay is the official monthly newsletter of the Foothills Amateur
Radio Society Meetings are held at 7 PM on the fourth Wednesday of each
month except January (Winter Banquet); and 3rd Wednesday in June, Nov.
& Dec. Annual membership $20; family $25. Visitors are always welcome!
Directions on the back page. Talk-in: N6NFI (145.23-, 100Hz) or W6ASH repeater
(145.27 or 224.36). Contributions to the newsletter from members, family,
and guests are earnestly solicited! Contributions subject to editing and/or
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VHF voice: KD6WRG on N6NFI, 145.23- (100Hz PL) FARS net Thursdays 8
PM; Various other times. Mail: 1093 Kelly Drive San Jose CA 95129-3222
Voice: 408-996-1613 (Until 9 PM); Fax: 408-725-1036, and at FARS meetings.
FIELD DAY - HELP NEEDED!
(Friday thru Sunday, 22 thru 24 June)
1. We could use a few more volunteers for the work party on Friday,
22 June, at 1 PM (to move towers and antennas etc. from Charlie Arnie's
place in Los Altos Hills to the FD site). Please let me know if you can
2. Ditto for the Saturday morning work party at the site, and
Sunday after 11 AM take-down party. Please let me know if you can
3. If you plan to partake in the pot-luck barbecue on Saturday around
5 PM, and you have not signed up, PLEASE call Peter Griffith asap and tell
him (a) how many are coming, (b) what side dish (e.g., salad, dessert)
you can bring.
4. We have plenty of operating and logging slots available at the SSB
station and the VHF/UHF/Satellite station. If you want to reserve
a slot, please let me know.
5. We need a volunteer to drive Tom Cascone (who is scheduled to drive
the Red Cross truck) from the FD site to his home in Palo Alto on Saturday
morning; and to pick him up and bring him to the site on Sunday afternoon.
Please let me know if you can do one or both.
6. Mikel KN6QI plans to run SSTV and APRS demos sometimes during FD
(these earn us 100 bonus points each!). If you are interested in
watching, please contact Mikel at the FD site for details.
Tnx vy much! 73 de Omri AA6TA
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WHAT'S NEW IN HAM RADIO?
de Rich, W6APZ
We are continuing this month with material from the Technician License
question pool, the answers to which may not be obvious unless you recently
passed your Tech license. See how many you can answer correctly before
looking later in this newsletter for the answers. I've included the question
pool reference number in case you want to look up the background to the
Which region of the ionosphere is mainly responsible for absorbing MF/HF
radio signals during the daytime?
What is a skip zone?
Which list of emission types is in order from the narrowest bandwidth
to the widest bandwidth? (Rephrasing the question: Put the following in
order starting from the narrowest bandwidth: RTTY, FM voice , CW, SSB voice.)
What is the usual bandwidth of a frequency-modulated amateur signal?
What are two advantages to using modern data-transmission techniques
Which sideband is commonly used for 10-meter phone operation?
That's all for this month. Next month we'll get into antenna and RF
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TECHNICIAN COURSE RESULTS
de Rich, W6APZ
FARS' first no-code Technician course concluded on May 31st. We had
29 students enrolled in the class; all completed the class. Two had already
earned their licenses via the "ham-cram" method, but wanted to learn what
amateur radio was all about. One person was sick on the last night, and
one had to be out of town, but planned to take the test the first week
in June. Therefore, 25 people were tested and 22 passed. Steve, K6OIK,
is also a Boy Scout merit badge counselor who will be working with the
scouts in the class to complete the requirements not covered in the Technician
license but are required for the merit badge. Since the three who did not
pass this first time are all scouts, Steve has volunteered to work with
them and help them get their licenses.
As the VE team called each one in to give them their certificate of
successful completion, the students were given a beautiful certificate
made by Jack, WA6YJR, giving them a free year's membership in FARS. Mikel,
KN6QI, artistically filled in each person's name on the membership certificate.
The students also received a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of two
2-meter HTs that had been donated to FARS for the class. The proud winners
were; Howard, KG6GRO, who won the Kenwood TR-2600A and Peter, KG6GRZ who
won the ICOM IC-2AT. While there are a few repeaters that can be accessed
without PL, these new FARS members may need our help to install PL boards
in their radios which will allow them to access any repeater.
I found out that the youngest student was 11 years old, and the oldest
was 73! I have received about seven responses so far from questionnaires
emailed to the students. All were very complimentary. They appreciated
the energy and preparation of our FARS instructors/Elmers. The demonstrations
(including live on-the-air contacts) and hands-on presentations seemed
to be a big hit. We also got some good ideas on how to improve our next
class, which will start July 24. We already (as of June 1) have 16 students
who have paid for that class. This means we have only 14 open slots and
our publicity has just started!
Many thanks to Mikel, KN6QI, who not only helped as an instructor, but
also kept the FARS web page about the class up to date. Thanks also to
the other instructors/Elmers who taught, as well as made themselves available
during the class and during breaks to respond to our students' questions.
During our May 17 class, Jim, KE6SZJ, the president of SPECS came and spoke
on the importance of helping in emergency communications. We had AA6TA,
W6OD, and KN6QI teaching. During our May 24 class, Larry, KE6AGJ, came
to the class and gave a pitch on becoming a registered Disaster Service
Worker. Ten of our students signed up. Ben, W2NYC, brought his ATV equipment
to class and explained how easy it is to get involved with amateur television.
Teaching that night were WA6YJR, KN6QI, K6OIK, and W6APZ. Thanks also to
our members (AD6MX, AA6TA, WA6YJR, KD6WRG, KF6CUU, and W6APZ) who provided
DVMs for this class to enable some hands-on voltage, resistance, and current
measurements. On May 31st, our instructors were AA6PZ, W6OD, and WA6YJR.
Of course, thanks also to the Sunnyvale VEC team who came in to administer
TWENTY-TWO NEW FARS MEMBERS
de Rich, W6APZ
A one-year free membership in FARS for the new hams was one of the benefits
of taking the FARS Technician course. I've already had the pleasure of
talking to several of our newest hams/members on the air. Should you hear
their call signs on any frequency (they all begin KG6G...), please be sure
to give them a call and a warm welcome to ham radio and to FARS. When you
see a new face at a FARS meeting or at Field Day, please introduce yourself
and help make our newcomers feel welcome and at home in FARS. Our newest
WHAT'S NEW IN HAM RADIO? Answers
The D region.
An area that is too far away for ground-wave propagation, but too close
for sky-wave propagation.
CW, RTTY, SSB voice, FM voice
Between 10 and 20 kHz. The equation is Bandwidth, Bw = 2 x (D + M) where
D is the maximum frequency deviation, and M is the maximum modulating audio
frequency. So, for an FM transmitter using 5 kHz deviation and a maximum
audio frequency of 3 kHz, this results in Bw = 2 x (5 + 3) = 16 kHz.
High transmission speed and communications reliability.
I want to say welcome to FARS to each new Ham that took the Tech. Class
I hope each FARS member will make these new Hams welcomed to the club.
A big thank you goes to Rich W6APZ, are training officer, who organized
the class and saw that everything went smoothly. Also thank you to each
one of the instructors who gave their time to help with the class. We were
very successful with this group with 22 out of 25 passing. Out of this
group there were four perfect scores.
We are well on our way to having the next class full which will start
at the end of July. If you can help out please contact Rich.
Field Day is upon us and we need your help to setup, take down and to
operate. You need to remember that this is not a one or two man show we
need you all to help.
We still are looking for a place for our club station and if you have
any leads please let a board member know so we can do follow up.
If you would be interested in a club picnic later in the summer please
let me know.
Hope to see you all at the next club meeting June 20, which is a week
earlier than normal because of Field Day, at the Town Crier meeting room
at 7:30 PM.
de Jack WA6YJR
Second Technician Class in July
FARS is offering a second no-code Technician class on six consecutive Tuesday
evenings beginning July 24 in Palo Alto. The class is already more than
half filled, so if you know of someone who is interested, have them register
ASAP. For details, see the FARS website:
You Have Your License, Now What?
You got your license at a good time, just before Field Day. Come on
out and see how it is done. My late wife made her first HF contact on Field
Day, with W1AW, the ARRL station.
You can see how the equipment fits together. You can see how the experienced
hams operate and even operate yourself. You can see propagation in action
as good contact fades with some areas while other areas start coming in
better. Field Day is also a good place to find someone to answer questions.
PLEASE fill out the membership form whether
you are a new or old member. Neatness counts.
Directions to Field Day Site
On the map above, North is up - where it should be. From 280: Exit
to Foothill Expressway and turn South. Cristo Rey comes up very quickly.
Turn right, take it easy. Look for the FARS sign on the right.
Enter the gate and find the field on the right. If you have heavy
stuff to bring in to the picnic area, have someone show you the road.
There will be guy wires and other things on the field.
How to get to meetings:
(Visitors always welcome)
FARS meets at the offices of the Los Altos Town Crier. The Town
Crier is located at 138 Main Street in Los Altos, close to where
Main and State Streets converge. Street parking should be available
on both Main and State; in addition, there is off-street parking behind
the building, accessible from State Street.
USE THE BACK ENTRANCE to the building, accessible from State
Street and the off-street parking lot; the front entry via Main Street
will be locked. We will be meeting in the conference room on the
TALK-IN via the 145.230- (100Hz PL) repeater.
To get a map and driving directions go to the FARS web site www.fars.k6ya.org
and click on "meetings". Click on the link in the meeting notice
for a map and to obtain specific driving directions.