The FARS Relay
Volume 31, Number 8 - AUGUST 2001
August 22 7:30 THIS IS THE FOURTH WEDNESDAY
We don't know who the speaker is yet.
I want to say thanks to Rich W6APZ for his hard work on the two class that
we have held . He has done an outstanding job of organizing the class.
Also a thanks and well done to those who instructed it has been a very
good time and very successful.
Omri AA6TA has been working on getting a new meeting place and it looks
like this will come about for the meeting in September. Thanks Omri for
your hard work.
The August meeting will still be at the Town Crier in Los Altos.
de Jack WA6YJR
The FARS board held its monthly meeting the evening of August 7, 2001.
Members present were Jack, WA6YJR, Larry, W6OD, Omri, AA6TA, Howard, KE6PWH,
Dick, N6ATD, Shel, N6RD, David, KD6WRG, and Martin, KD6WJW.
The annual banquet will be held at Michael's on January 18, 2002. This
is a Friday evening. PAARA will participate and provide the speaker. Other
topics that were discussed included a policy involving refunds to dropouts
from club-sponsored classes, candidates for next year's club officers,
possible new locations for club meetings.
- Martin, KD6WJW
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.
Amateur Radio Newsline
INTERNATIONAL - HOLLAND: RADIO NETHERLANDS ADOPTS FORMER BBC FREQS
has picked up where the BBC left off. The Holland based broadcaster is
now broadcasting to North America on short-wave frequencies abandoned by
the British Broadcasting Corporation after it pulled the plug on some overseas
transmissions. According to the Media Network newsletter, the expansion
of Radio Netherlands short-wave transmissions involves 5.965 MHz from 1030
to 1225 UTC for eastern North America, and 15.220 MHz at 1430 to 1625 UTC
for western North America. These are in addition to the existing evening
transmissions. For a complete overview of the schedule see www.rnw.nl/en
At the Psychiatric Clinic the inmates were on a picnic. One fellow fell
in the lake, and was drowning. Sam jumped in, swam out to the drowning
fellow, and saved him.
The staff was so impressed that they determined that if a person could
have enough presence of mind to do such a heroic act, they would have to
declare him sane and dismiss him from the institute.
The next day they called Sam into the office, and informed him that
he could leave, but they had some bad news - the fellow who he saved had
hung himself on a coat rack.
Sam told them, "No, he didn't hang himself, I hung him out to dry".
From a ham radio club in Cincinnati via Kitty WB8TDA
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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all readable forms welcome. Here is how to reach the editor:
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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.
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Internet - Firewalls - E-Mail - UNIX
Bridging the gap - Your net <-> Internet
3251 Firth Way, San Jose, CA 95121
408-322-3741 - Fax: 408-532-9362
So I was surfing the net and ended up at an amateur radio site in Tomsk,
Siberia. These seem to be people with their act together. It was an interesting
site with many links:
The links lead to everything including software downloads and humor.
Perhaps lacking their own humor (We are talking about Siberia here.), the
humor section has one link, back to the US.
Humorous Stories By
Well Known Electronics Author & Inventor
Fred Blechman, K6UGT
An accomplished writer in all respects, Fred Blechman has written over
700 magazine articles and five books about electronics and microcomputers
since 1961. He is a regular contributor to Nuts & Volts Magazine, where
you can find many of his informative and educational articles. We are very
pleased and especially honored to present the following stories for your
enjoyment and entertainment.
Check out Fred's latest book:
Simple Low Cost Electronics Projects
Index To Fred's Funnies
Confessions of an Electronic Genius
K.I.S.S. or K.I.C.K.?
Memories Are Made of This
Fred's Twenty-Five Mistresses
Blechman's Ten Laws of Computing
Word Certain 2.0 - The Ultimate Word Processor?
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.