Volume 28, Number 9 - SEPTEMBER 1998
September meeting will be home brew night and many of you have projects
that you can bring and tell about. Remember that prizes are given for the
best projects which is decided by a vote of those attending.
The October meeting speaker will be Roy Rusin, W6II who works at HRO
and will be speaking and demonstrating some of the new things that are
out for the Ham.
THE NEXT BOARD MEETING WILL BE OCT 6
Mike KE6MDW has left the area for a new job in Washington State.
Mike. Are you going to come back and run Field Day?
Our Training Officer Paul AA6PZ,
is planning to have a one weekend class for no-code Technician Oct 3-4.
The School district room at Covington, where FARS normally meets, has been
reserved from 9 to 5.
Cost approximately $50, including text book, VEC fees, and club dues.
I need to finalize this with the treasurer.
Pass this on to anyone who might be interested.
Also, I will be looking for instructors. The class will be based on
the current edition of the ARRL Now You're Talking. Ideally there will
be enough teachers that each can do one chapter.
Paul Zander AA6PZ
FARS TO SPONSOR FLEA MARKET
It's Flea Market Time, Again
FARS will sponsor the last flea market of the current season on Saturday,
October 10 - and the club needs your help to bring it off. The importance
of a successful flea market can not be overstated: It's the club's big
moneymaker for the year. Without a successful flea market, FARS will go
into the (financial) hole; bills can't be paid, and everything gets put
on hold - for a long time.
We need people to pickup goods (not to shop, but to meet me and take
the supplies), hold them, and deliver them to the market. We need someone
to brew coffee and bring it to the early morning setup. We need someone
to buy doughnuts and bring them early. We need people to buy and bring
ice. We need people at setup (4:00-4:30 a.m.); we need hot dog cooks; we
need people to staff the food table in shifts; we need people to close
the proceedings at the market's end. You get the picture.
I am asking you to volunteer a bit of your time. I will have sign-up
forms available at the next meeting, on Friday, August 28. In the meantime,
I urge you to call me, at 408.943.2653 (work) or 650.858.2176 (home), or
email me at email@example.com, to tell me you can help and maybe what you
might be able to do. Time is of the essence - please call as soon as possible.
- 73 de Shel N6RD
If I may put in a few words: I worked the September flea
market starting with setting up the canopies at 4 AM. It was a lot of fun
watching the buyers with miners' helmets and/or big flashlights trying
to buy the stuff before it was unloaded. Come on down. The world looks
a lot different before dawn. See ya. David KD6WRG
President: Jack Eddy, WA6YJR
Treasurer: Shel Edelman, N6RD
Secretary: Martin Liberman, KD6WJW
Training Officer: Paul Zander AA6PZ
Radio Officer: Mikel Lechner, KN6QI
Newsletter: David Wilkes, KD6WRG
Board members: Dirk Thiele KE6ZUY; Dick, N6ATD; Hans, KE6TGA; Martin,
KD6WJW; Herb, KF6BKL
K6YA Station Trustee: Stan Kuhl, K6MA
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Amateur Radio Society Meetings are held at 7 PM on the fourth Friday of
each month except January (Winter Banquet); and 3rd Friday in June, Nov.
& Dec. Annual membership $20; family $25. Visitors are always welcome!
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Fax: 408-725-1036; Eyeball: at FARS meetings.
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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
The Pacific Division - PACIFICON'98 - Convention sponsored by the Mount
Diablo ARC is scheduled for Oct. 16 - 18 at the Airport Sheraton Hotel,
Concord, CA. For information call (925) 932-6125;
Mail reservations to PACIFICON'98 P. O. Box 272613, Concord CA 94527.
Obtain hotel reservations at $76 per night by calling 1-800-325-3535
(mention PACIFICON'98 to get this rate).
RELAY BY E-MAIL
This month I am going to do a test of the e-mail address we have with
an eye to distributing the Relay by e-mail to those members who have e-mail.
If you receive a test message to an address where it would not be appropriate
to receive the Relay, please respond with an alternate e-mail address or
a note to indicate you can't or don't want to receive the Relay by e-mail.
I would also like to know if you want the Relay in the body of an e-mail
message or as a Word or text attachment. I also need to know if your Internet
provider limits the size of messages or attachments.
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UK Ham loss
On the international scene, G3ZHI reports that the United Kingdom has
suffered a loss of nearly 3,500 hams in one year. Probably because of what
it costs to keep a ham license current. UK hams have to renew their license
on a yearly basis. Each time they do it costs of about $30. Only the novice
license is free to those under the age of 21.
Noting the downturn of renewals, that nation's Radiocommunications Agency
is looking to enhance the UK ham license. This by possibly permitting third
party and phone patch services. The regulatory body is also looking at
authorizing hams to connect their stations to the internet.
War of the worlds - REDUX
A ham radio call sign that qualifies as a rare piece of Americana may
hit the airwaves again in October. That is if the FCC approves its use.
The sponsoring group is called PEARL. That short for New York's Putnam
Emergency and Amateur Repeater League. And Pearl is awaiting clearance
from the FCC of a special-events call for them to use on Halloween weekend.
That callsign: 2X2L.
Never heard the call 2X2L? For those of you not aware, 2X2L has its
basis in science fiction. It was made famous in Orson Welles' legendary
"Mercury Theatre of the Air" radio presentation of H.G. Wells "The War
of The Worlds."
That broadcast took place on CBS on Halloween Eve in 1938. It is credited
with scaring the nation out of its wits. This because it was done
that the nation was convinced that our planet had been invaded by creatures
from the planet Mars. Even a post broadcast clarification by Orson Wells
did little to quell the fear that the show had created.
Well, 1998 is the program's 60th anniversary. It also marks 100 years
since H.G. Wells penned the science fiction novel that inspired the show.
And if all goes well, the 48 hour revival of 2X2L will begin on Friday,
October 30 at 23:00 UTC on 160 through 2 meters. Keep an ear open for 2X2L
and be part of radio history, then and now.
(PEARL press release)
New U.S./U.K. Reciprocal Agreement stalled
Hams in the United Kingdom are complaining that the United States State
Department is sitting on a new third party agreement between the two nations.
Now, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office is agreeing with them.
G3ZHI tells Newsline that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued
a letter concerning the State Department's refusal to conclude the new
agreement. From Simon Elvy of the Commonwealth office says the problem
lies squarely with the United States which he says does
not attach a particularly
high priority to this issue.
Elvy also tells British hams the his office we will continue to follow
up this agreement. He says that much of the work has already been done
but there is little more his office can do on a government to government
basis at this stage. He also tells hams in the U.K. that they are free
to pursue this as individuals if they have personal contacts who are willing
and able to help.
Windtracks flies again
Closer to home, it has been another flight and another success for Windtraks
out in Indiana. This was flight 21. Jack Parker, W8ISH reports:
Near Kokomo, Indiana dozens of students and parents at Greentown Elementary
School watched as Windtracks 21 was launched. The high altitude balloon
experiment allows students and parents to observe sub-orbital space from
the comfort of their classroom.
Windtracks 21 was launched into a fog shrouded sky with 3 Amateur Radio
packages aboard. The 12 pound payload rose to nearly 100,000 feet before
the balloon burst and it parachuted back to earth.
According to one student watching the live color pictures being transmitted
from the balloon. It disappeared into the fog, then popped out of the clouds
to revealed a beautiful blue sky and a blanket of fluffy clouds covering
The DX chase teams recovered the Amateur Radio packages from a soy bean
field 40 miles south east of Greentown, near Eden, Indiana.
The next Windtracks launch is scheduled for September 26th.
KITSAT back on
KITSAT is back in operation once again. This thanks to some quick work
by the ham radio satellites controllers.
Kyung-Hee Kim, HL0ENJ, is a control operator of KITSAT command ground
station. He tells Newsline via e-mail that Transmitter Zero on board KO-23
tripped off on August 23rd. The transmitter was down until controllers
were able to get it operational once again.
HL0ENJ adds that the Kitsat team is now investigating why the problem
occurred in the first place.
Here is another reason to keep your radio turned on, your computer turned
off and your mind removed from the world wide web. Doing so may keep you
from becoming overly depressed.
No, we are not kidding. A new study conducted by the Carnegie Mellon
University proves that the more hours people spend on the Internet, the
more depressed, stressed and lonely they feel. The same study also found
that Internet use had the same effect even for people who spent most of
their time in such social activities as chat rooms or exchanging e-mail.
What all this seems to say is that your psyche is far safer if you avoid
the web and stay on the air. After all, what's more exciting than snaring
a rare on in a pile up or bouncing your signal off the moon.
(Newsline -- adapted from news release)
Ham Radio in space
ARISS, Amateur Radio International Space Station, is alive and well.
Seven of the eight nations which agreed to put Amateur Radio aboard the
Station met at the University of Surrey, in England, in late July.
As Chairman of the Space Amateur Radio Experiment, SAREX, I chaired
the sessions. On hand or patched in by teleconference were representatives
from the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the U.K..
France was unable to attend but expressed continuing interest
in the project.
Matt Bordelon, KC5BTL, the SAREX Principal Investigator, outlined the
NASA schedule of launches which will result in the construction in orbit
of the station. First flights will begin next year with the complete station
in operation by 2004.
The delegates formed two permanent Working Groups. The ARISS Hardware
Group will be chaired by Lou McFadin, W5DID. Lou is well known for his
work with AMSAT on Phase 3D. This group is charged with building and designing
the equipment for space station. They agreed that the first station will
have 2 meter voice and packet capability, using antennas designed and built
by an Italian team and installed by the Russians. A German team is at work
on an interim station that would add 70 CM capability plus a Digitalker.
In time, the Hardware Group plans to add SSTV and full duplex VHF-UHF.
The United States will build a packet module, adapter module, the hand
held radio and associated cables, as well as preparing a Safety Data Package
required by NASA.
The final ISS equipment is still in the conceptual stages but probably
will include all mode capability from ten meters through 13 centimeters
plus Amateur fast-scan television.
The second permanent ARISS Working Group, The Administrative Group,
will be chaired by Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, an AMSAT VP and representative
to SAREX. It's charged with setting up ground rules for station operation,
organizing financing, getting legal clearances including international
call letters and handling all other administrative details.
Rosalie White, WA1STO, the ARRL Representative of the SAREX team, discussed
the many ways in which the space station equipment will be used by schools
all over the world to link students with astronauts and cosmonauts. She
will be a consultant to Bauer in Administrative Operations for ARISS.
In the near future, a NASA team will go to Russia to sign contracts,
certifying Amateur Radio as a crew requirement. Sergej Samburov, RV3DR,
is a member of the Russian ENERGIA company which is building the Service
Module, in which crews will live aboard the Space Station. He has built
four feedthroughs in the hull, as antenna ports. Matt Bordelon, KC5BTL
and Joerg Hahn, DL3LUM plan to accompany the NASA team to meet with Samburov
and work out equipment locations and stowage plans for service when the
Service Module is launched next year.
Although Russia has been plagued with monetary problems, they say they
will meet their commitments to The International Space Station. When they
do, ARISS plans to be in place and ready to share in the adventure.
FCC Blasted for airwave giveaway
The FCC has been blasted in congress over the way it has handled the
dispersal of new and reassigned spectrum. According to Mary Shea writing
in the CGC Communicator, the Chairman of the House Commerce Committee said
the FCC appeared to have "manufactured" a national security need to justify
its allocation of a valuable airwave spectrum to a private company without
a public proceeding. Details on this story are available at a special website
that you will find at:
A special note for those who never quite managed to accept transistor
theory. New Zealands' Ian Gill, ZL3TGK reports that a microscopic electron
tube has successfully been constructed by a researcher in the Netherlands.
According to a brief article in the British publication Elektor Electronics,
the wizard responsible is Jens Foerster. His triode measures less than
5 micro meters across and it is etched in silicon using the same process
used to produce integrated circuits. The tube uses a pin-point field emitter
rather than a heater to generate its electron flow.
Human exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields
Do people living near high powered broadcast transmitters develop cancer
at a higher rate than the rest of us? According one scientific report,
cancer among residents of the Lookout Mountain area west of Denver Colorado
was not higher statistically for the decade from 1985 to 1995 than would
have been expected based on the ages and numbers of men and women who live
The report was commissioned by the Colorado Department of Public Health
and Environment. It's statistical analysis can be found at:
(Published news report)
Second win in MD antenna dispute
The FCC has denied an Application for Review of a Declaratory Ruling
filed by the Potomac Ridge Homeowner Association of Potomac Maryland regarding
its antenna restrictions. The Order affirms the Cable Services Bureau's
ruling that the Potomac Ridge Association's restriction prohibiting externally
mounted television broadcast antennas violates the Commission's Over the
Air Reception Devices Rule.
The original complaint was brought by Jay Lubliner, KA3ZMW and Deborah
Galvin who are both residents of the development, but not as a ham radio
case. Earlier in the year the FCC had found that their petition had merit
and ruled in their favor.
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.