The FARS Relay
Volume 31, Number 10 OCTOBER 2001
October 26 7:30 THIS IS THE FOURTH FRIDAY
Our meeting will be held at the Loyola School gym room (directions below)
on Friday, 26 October, starting at 7 PM for the code practice and 7:30
PM for the regular meeting.
Right now, we don't know who the speaker is.
Join the ARRL and help the Club
If you have not yet joined the ARRL, you can do so now and help out the
club at the same time. The ARRL is offering a rebate of $15 per sign-up
to clubs who sign up new ARRL members. The ARRL offers a lot of value to
HAMs by lobbying for us in Washington. The monthly QST magazine offers
articles covering product reviews, operating tips, contest information,
and electronic circuits. So, if you have put off joining or have let your
membership lapse for 2 or more years, join up now to benefit yourself and
the club. Fill out the enclosed ARRL membership form, write a check payable
to FARS, and mail these to:
c/o Mikel Lechner
436 Memphis Drive
Campbell, CA 95008
Or you can bring the form and check to the next club meeting.
de Mikel, KN6QI
NOW YOU'RE TALKING - DISCOUNT!!
FARS' successful recent no-code tech class attracted a few students who
had already purchased the no-code technician class study guide, NOW YOU'RE
TALKING by ARRL. For this reason, FARS has a limited number of new NOW
YOU'RE TALKING books available for your family or friends at an unbelievable
discounted price of $15!
This book has a list price of $19 plus tax, but to clear out the few
books remaining (and help balance the Training budget), FARS members? family
& friends can purchase this book at over 20% off of the list price.
These are not old books. They are the current study guides published by
the League, containing all the information needed to pass the no-code tech
exam. The last chapter of this book contains all the possible questions
and answers that will appear on the tech license exam. If you want a copy
of this book, contact FARS Training Officer, Rich (W6APZ@arrl.net)
at this Friday's FARS meeting, or call him at 650-494-0128.
de Rich, W6APZ
We are fast reaching the end of the year and it is banquet time again Make
your reservations early by sending your check to Shel N6RD.
October is the month that we nominate officers for the next year and
vote on them at the November meeting. If you are going to nominate someone
please be sure that you have asked them and that they are willing to run.
The board does have a slate of officers to present at the meeting. We are
still looking for a training officer. Nominations will be open to the floor
for all offices.
Our new meeting place worked quit well and I hope to see you all at
the next meeting we have a lot of room so lets fill it up.
The FARS board held its monthly meeting on the evening of October 2, 2001.
Members present were Jack, WA6YJR, Rich, W6APZ, Howard, KE6PWH, Omri, AA6TA,
Charlie, KF6CUU, Herb, KF6BKL, Larry, W6OD, David, KD6WRG, Shel, N6RD,
Mikel, KN6QI, Steve, K6OIK, and Martin, KD6WJW.
Preparations for the banquet continue to be discussed. There are nominees
for next year's club officers for all positions except training officer.
The possibility of teaching ham radio in schools was suggested and discussed.
Joining the ARRL through the club will be encouraged.
- 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.
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: Howard Califf, KE6PWH, Dick Baldwinson N6ATD, Herb Davidson
KF6BKL, Larry Moore KM6IU, Charles Arney KF6CUU, David Cooper KE6PFF, Mikel
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,
guests are earnestly solicited! Contributions subject to editing and/or
compression. ASCII files via packet, Internet or diskettes preferred; but
all readable forms welcome. Here is how to reach the editor:
Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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.
Answers to Quiz
A-f, B-a, C-g, D-b, E-e, F-d, G-c, H-h.
Winter Banquet Details
Date: Friday, January 18, 2002.
Place: Michael's at Shoreline, Mountain View. (I will publish a map
in a later edition. DW).
Every reservation must show the full names and callsigns (if any) of
the reserver and guests, and their club affiliation.
All reservations and payments must be received by me on or before Wednesday,
January 9, 2002.
Reservations and payments received or otherwise made after January 9,
2002 can not be accepted, and refunds can not be made after that date.
This is a matter of restaurant policy, which states that we must give the
restaurant the total count no later than a full week before the event,
and that we are responsible for paying for all meals ordered at that time,
whether or not the person shows up.
The restaurant can not readily handle more than about two meals for
people who do not reserve ahead but show up at the banquet anyway; and
if the restaurant is able to serve them, they may not be able to select
the meal they want.
All reservations and payments are to be made directly through Shel,
N6RD. Payment by bank check must accompany each reservation and must cover
all meals reserved. All checks are to be made payable to FARS; I will decline
to accept reservations paid with checks made out to any payee but FARS.
Reservations and payments must be mailed to:
Sheldon Édelman N6RD
2195 Columbia St.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
I can answer questions by phone: 650 493 7212 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
I am rarely home on any night of the seven-day week; if the caller calls
in the evening, they can leave a message.
We're all hoping for a good turnout and a smooth process. If you have
questions, let me know.
- Shel N6RD
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We Get Email
I really enjoy the news letter each month. One of these days I need to
come down and attend a meeting. I miss them and all you guys. There are
four of us Hams here In Summerset Three and are going to start a club of
some kind. I have spoken with the Brentwood Police department and they
want us to get organized so that they could call on us In an emergency.
We really enjoy living here In Brentwood. Its almost like the country
and like Sunnyvale was may years ago. I look up at Mt. Diablo from my front
door to the West and the back door looks at the Sierras to the East.
I hope this finds you well. Keep up the good job you have done for years
on the club's newsletter. Say hi to everyone at the next meeting for me.
Don Miller [KD6KGF]
As usual, Dave, I love your newsletter. Poor me beyond DSL limits, still
on at 28.8Kb. Would you consider not attaching the Word version in the
future. Maybe you could put it on the web site? I block all messages larger
than 80K and then have to download again to get the entire message. Due
to the 250K word file, I was unable to see any of the text version (only
27K) without downloading all. The word file was "pretty" but really added
no additional information. Cheers, 73, AD6ID (Tony)
Adcon Telemetry Over the Limit at 433 MHz.
Adcon Telemetry is selling wireless telemetry transceivers that operate
at 433 MHz. Six models are offered that transmit at power levels up to
10 milliwatts, with a claimed range of 1,000 meters.
The FCC limit specified in Part 15.209 (a) is 200 microvolts/meter at
a distance of 3 meters. The Adcon devices, at 10 milliwatts, put out a
power density of 88 microwatts/ sq.meter at 3 meters, which equates to
182 millivolts/ meter. So their devices are 59 dB over the legal limit
The legal limit is higher for intermittent devices, viz. 5,000 microvolts/meter.
If Adcon's devices qualify as intermittent emitters, then they are only
31 dB over the legal limit. Savi wants the limit raised to 110 millivolts/meter.
Apparently, Adcon is over that number already.
I recall that back in March, Savi Technology petitioned the FCC to increase
the power of their Part 15 transmitters to allow communication over a 100
meter distance. The ARRL intervened, pointing out flaws in Savi's engineering
analysis, and urged the FCC to deny Savi's petition.
Even if Adcon's transmitters are legal, do we want Part 15 devices operating
in the weak signal part of the 70 cm amateur band? Why can't they move
a few MHz?
[Edited DW]- Steve, K6OIK
NUMBERS TO REMEMBER
II gave the following quiz to the audience at Pacificon. Everybody passed.
Match the numbers below with their meanings.
a. square root of 3
c. c (speed of light in a vacuum)
d. centimeter per inch
e. e (base of the natural logarithm)
f. square root of 2
g. golden ratio
h. characteristic impedance of free space
Answers wherever I can fit them in DW
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.