Volume 29, Number 8 - AUGUST 1999
The Speaker for the August Meeting will be Arv Hamer, WA6UUT, Topic
of discussion will be the Design and Construction of a Quad Antenna. Specifically
it will be a 4 Element, 6 Meter Quad.
Technology and Society Committee Luncheon
A New Wireless Technology for New Applications
Dr. Robert Aiello - August 31
Ultra Wideband technology has the potential to enable a new set of applications
currently beyond the reach of existing wireless technologies. It can be
applied to radar and communication systems for safety applications, scientific
and environmental use, medical applications, education, assistance to the
elderly, and consumer applications.
AT THE GOLDEN WOK
Be there by 11:45 AM $7 members; $8 non-members
895 VILLA STREET (CORNER OF BRYANT)
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
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.
Jim, WE6V is running W1AW code practice sessions on the 145.23 repeater
every Tuesday evening 8:00 to 8:30.
FREE EMERGENCY AUTODIAL ACCESS
The 145.230 (600 KHz negative offset, 100 Hz PL) repeater provides free
access to emergency agencies in the SF Bay Area. These agencies include
fire, police, security services on 9 college campuses, AAA, Allstate Road
Service, Telephone repair, and PG&E to name a few. There are a couple
of non-emergency numbers that hams can use to check their ability to access
To get a free copy of the Emergency Autodial Codes, send a self-addressed-stamped-envelope
(SASE) WITH a copy of your ham license to:
You should receive your copy of the codes within two weeks. Please do NOT
send your request to the repeater trustee. He does not have extra copies
of the codes to distribute. Please do NOT send any money. This is a free
service provided by the repeater owners; SARS (SRI Amateur Radio Society)
and SPARK (South Peninsula Amateur Radio Klub).
P.O. Box 391288
Mt. View, CA 94039-391288
Once you receive your copy of the codes, try dialing either the
US Geological Survey recording or the Sunnyvale VEC recording to check
how the system works. If you have trouble, feel free to call the repeater
trustee, Rich, W6APZ at 650-494-0128 who will be glad to help new users
access the emergency autodial. When you call, please have your instruction
sheet in front of you. Please do NOT discuss the codes or the dial up procedures
on the air.
de Rich, W6APZ
President: Jack Eddy, WA6YJR email@example.com
Vice President: Howard Califf, KE6PWH
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 Baldwinson N6ATD; Hans Neumann
KE6TGA; Herb KF6BKL , Arv Hamer WA6UUT, Larry Moore KM6IU.
K6YA Station Trustee: Stan Kuhl, K6MA
FARS Web Page: www.fars.k6ya.org
FARS announcement mailing list is moderated, so you cannot reply directly
to the list.
To subscribe, send the word "subscribe" to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For help, send the word "help" to email@example.com; For human assistance,
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The FARS Relay is the official monthly
newsletter of the Foothills 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! Directions on the back page. Talk-in: W6APZ
(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 compression. ASCII files via packet,
Internet or diskettes preferred; but all readable forms welcome.
Here is how to reach the editor:
Internet: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
VHF voice: KD6WRG on W6APZ, 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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Summer is nearing an end and we need to start thinking about the things
that have to take place in the fall. As members you need to start thinking
about whom you want to be your leaders for the next year. Most of the officers
are not willing to continue so there will have to be some new faces.
Your board will do what it can to try and find those willing to serve,
but you, as members must be willing to help and willing to serve.
Shel, N6RD, has resigned as treasurer and at the next meeting we will
be recognizing his long years of service. He will continue to the end of
the year, but will not be available at meetings.
We are in the planning stages to have a PARA/FARS picnic later in September.
OCTOBER FLEA MARKET
SPECS could use some help with the October 9th Flea Market.
There will be 2 hr shifts starting at 5am. Volunteers should contact
Dennis KC6PUN at: 650-948-9275 and/or email@example.com
I have some pieces of "aircraft" cable suitable for use as permanent
tower guys. Also a large supply of the clamps used for this cable. Anyone
interested should contact me.
Paul, aa6pz at arrl.net
VEC Applications Pile Up
As ULS Gets up to Speed
ARRL Bulletin 53 ARLB053
ARLB053 VEC applications pile up as ULS gets up to speed The transition
to the new Universal Licensing System has created a backlog of new amateur
applications at Volunteer Examiner Coordinators. As of today, the FCC has
processed only the few Amateur Radio applications that VECs have been permitted
to file. The ULS Task Force says, however, that filing of amateur applications
by individuals via the ULS has gone well, and that the FCC will attack
the VEC application logjam very soon.
While the FCC has begun accepting some data from VECs, the quantity
they're allowed to submit has been very low--10-20 applications per VEC
were accepted the first three days after ULS went into effect for hams.
Not all of the VECs are set up to file under the new system.
As a result, applicants for new amateur licenses will have to wait a
few more days--perhaps several days--longer before their new call signs
are issued by the FCC. In addition, no vanity call sign applications were
processed during the ULS phase-in period last week.
Applications filed via the ULS during this inaugural week for the Amateur
Service have been processed or accepted for processing, although the ULS
server has been down more than once. Amateurs wanting to check on the status
of applications filed via the ULS can do so via the ULS home page,
Clicking on ''Application Search'' or ''License Search'' and plugging in
the applicable call sign should yield the desired information.
Various Web call sign servers might not display the latest FCC licensee
data, however, because updated data have not been available. Daily ZIP
file postings for call sign servers should become ''routine'' by next week,
according to the ULS Task Force. Once the ULS is working as planned, automated
processing of electronically filed applications is supposed to occur nightly
each business day. Vanity applications also will be processed each night,
although the built-in lag of at least 10 days between application and grant
Although it's not been announced formally, the new ULS has begun accepting
on-line fee payments via credit card for vanity call sign applications.
For now, the ULS does not accept club station applications, and amateurs
registering for the ULS should register only their personal call signs.
Trustees and custodians of club, military recreation, and RACES licenses
should continue to use the old Form 610B to file applications for those
stations and should not use their personal Social Security Number as the
TIN for these licenses. Club station trustees and applicants should contact
ULS Technical Support at 202-414-1250 to obtain an Assigned Taxpayer ID
Number for each club license and provide it on the Form 610B.
On-line registration is available on the ULS home page,
Applications filed on-line by anyone not registered in the ULS will be
dismissed. Applications filed through a VEC automatically register the
applicant in ULS, as do paper applications mailed to FCC that include the
applicant's Social Security Number. Manually-filed FCC Form 606s go to
FCC, Information Technology Division, ATTN: Kathy McLucas, 1270 Fairfield
Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245.
Complete registration and connection instructions are on the FCC's ULS
Amateurs having ULS problems or questions should contact the FCC's ULS
Tech. Support at 202-414-1250.
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.