The FARS Relay

Volume 31, Number 8 - AUGUST 2001

August Meeting


We don't know who the speaker is yet.

President's Corner

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

Secretary's Report

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



Radio Netherlands 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 (Media Network)

The Hero

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

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Netsurfing Find

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. Presents: FRED'S FUNNIES!

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 second floor.

TALK-IN via the 145.230- (100Hz PL) repeater.

To get a map and driving directions go to the FARS web site and click on "meetings". Click on the link in the meeting notice for a map and to obtain specific driving directions. Map of Los Altos Town Crier