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Volume 26, Number 4 April, 1996

Copyright © 1996 by EMARC



Last year we heard from Mike Pettus, WD6E about a new use of spread spectrum technology from Metricom. This company has a lot of hams on the staff. Their product provides wireless 900 MHz data connection on a local network and a connection to the Internet. Our speaker this time will be Katin Imes, KE6EFH. This program has something for everyone: Spread spectrum, UHF, data networks, and connecting it all together. Mike Pettus, the head of engineering, may be there also.


Isabel and I wondered why Ann Paull, KC6PUM was calling us every day to find out if we had received our licenses. The mystery was solved when we were finally able to tell her they had arrived. We found ourselves doing communications from reststops along the route of the MS Bike-A-Thon on a nice Spring weekend. We made a lot of new friends that weekend and had to use every feature of our new dual-band HTs under fire.

It's funny, but even before we met we each had the philosophy of helping out with whatever capabilities we had. There was some kind of inner drive which required us to lend a hand even when we did not want to get up early or lose an evening of precious quality time.

After the Loma Prieta earthquake, Isabel insisted I get a license again and said she would get one too. We had the capability to do it so we were obligated to do it. There was that inner drive again.

To get back to mysteries: Why is it always the same hands and faces?



Thanks to the turnout of EMARC members KE6LNR, KD6WRG, K6AFR, KC6PUN and KC6PUM the Los Altos Elementary School District Drop, Cover and Hold Drill on April 2, 1996 was very successful. KC6PUN was Net Control for the Drill.

All passed information that was developed at their site regarding the condition of the school after the "Quake", the "injuries" to students and staff, and any community conditions in their area that needed attention. The Los Altos Fire Department also participated in the Drill having all four of their engines out at four school sites.

A sincere thank you from Ernie Iufer, WA6PVM, Los Altos EC and Marge Gratiot, School Superintendent to all the HAMS who took time from their busy schedules to participate. Without HAMS, the drills would lack the reality-check the School District needs to improve their emergency response techniques.

-- Ann, KC6PUM

I'm just happy I had a UHF to BNC adapter to connect to the antenna.

-- DW


This section is for events which need Amateur Radio communications. Please get the information to the RELAY editor as early as possible.

Hams with HTs needed for the Walk for Choice on May 18 from 9 - 2 in downtown San Jose. Contact David, KD6WRG for details.

SPECIAL NOTICE: In keeping with certain provisions of the Telecommunications Act, male and female connectors may no longer be kept in the same box or attached to the same cable. All connectors having both male and female elements are forbidden. All connectors used in accessing the Internet must be kept from the view of minors.


The EMARC Relay is the official monthly newsletter of the Electronics Museum Amateur Radio Club. Club 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 are the various ways to reach the editor:
CompuServe:		71242,3255
AOL:			davewilkes
VHF voice:		KD6WRG on W6APZ, 145.23- (100Hz PL)
			10 AM net weekdays;
			EMARC net Thursdays 8 PM;
			Various other times.
Eyeball:		at EMARC meetings.


EMARC board meeting April 10, 1996

Present: Shel KM6GV, Larry KM6IU, Dick N6ATD, Robert KE6TFU, Andy AC6GN, Bjorn KN6IW, Mikel KN6QI, David KD6WRG.

Shel presented the 1996 budget; The board passed the budget for presentation to the membership.

EMARC's flea market day will be August 10, 1996.

An earnest effort for a change in our banquet location is being put forth. If any club member knows of a good place, please contact a club officer.

Dick gave a favorable report on EMARC's participation in the earthquake emergency preparedness day held on April 2 of this year. From this it was brought to the Board's attention that an extra set of antennas for 2 m and 440 MHz would be needed as requested by the school district.

The April speaker was discussed (See page 1).

de Robert, KE6TFU


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TVI booklet available on the World-Wide Web:

ARRL License Class Hotline: 408-971-1424

FCC Inquiry Line: 717-337-1212

FCC Customer Assistance: 800-322-1117

FCC Forms Distribution: 800-418-3676

EMARC Calendar of Events

Regularly-scheduled events:

The Station Open House program for 1996 is expanding! Omri, AA6TA, will host open houses on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 PM local time on an "as available" basis. The emphasis in the Tuesday open houses will be satellite operations and HF digital modes (RTTY, AMTOR, etc.). Please check with Omri (he is available virtually anytime on the W6APZ repeater, 145.230-, 100PL before coming. This is in addition to the Wednesday open houses, typically hosted by Bob, KD6VIO. The station open houses are for EMARC members and their invited guests only. Please do not discuss on the air the exact location of the station.

EMARC Monthly Meeting: Fourth Friday of the month (except 3rd Friday in June, Nov. & Dec.) at 7 PM; Business Meeting, 7:30 PM; Program starts 8 PM. At the Covington School in Los Altos; directions on last page. See specific date listings below. EMARC events are also listed on packet (to EMARC@allscv); on the N0ARY event bulletin board (type EVENT or List Clubs); and on the automatic enunciator on the W6APZ repeater (145.23-). Note: The 4th Friday is not necessarily the last Friday.

EMARC NET is held every Thursday at 8 PM on the W6APZ repeater, 145.230-; the 100 Hz PL is off for the net.

10 AM net. Weekdays at 10 AM on W6APZ, 145.23- (100Hz PL). A very informal rag chew net with mostly EMARC members.

Foothill Flea Market: 2nd Saturday (starts pre-dawn), March thru September. Bring 4 quarters for the parking meters. At Foothill College, just west of I-280 at the El Monte/Moody Rd. exit in Los Altos. Talk-in: 145.27-

Livermore Flea Market: 1st Sunday (starts 7 AM) year round, rain or shine. At Las Positas College, Airway Blvd. exit off I-580 just west of Livermore. Talk-in 147.120+ or 145.35-(100Hz PL). NOTE: The NorCal QRP Club meets following the flea mart at 11 AM at the California Burger in Pleasanton, about. 2 miles from the flea mart.

T-hunts: See the February, 1995 RELAY under Carrier Detect (page 6). Difficulty Levels: 1 - very easy; 2 - simple; 3 - average; 4 - hard; 5 - very hard; 6 - "never find it". For latest info and directions, call Rich KN6FW, 510-462-1467, or via packet at KN6FW@WA6YHJ. #NOCAL

Amsat net. Wednesdays at 19:30 on the WA6PWW repeater, 147.015+, as well as the W6APZ repeater, 145.230-, 100 PL. Net control: Bill, AA6PA.

10-10 Net. The local net for 10 meters enthusiasts meets every Monday at 8 PM on 28.475 MHz; net control: Neal, WA6OCP.

April 19 - 21, 1996. International DX Convention will be held in Visalia at the Airport Holiday Inn. Contact Don Bostrom, N6IC, (H) (818) 784-2590 or (W) (310) 334-8717 for details.

April 21, 1996 The Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club, WB6DWY, is holding its annual ARRL Hamfest Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sonoma Veteran's Memorial Building, 126 First Street West, in Sonoma, California Talk-in will be on 145.35, -600, PL 88.5. For information call Darrel, WD6BOR, at 707-996-4494.



by Brad Wyatt, K6WR
Director, Pacific Division, ARRL
18400 Overlook Rd. #5
Los Gatos CA 95030-5850
(408) 395-2501 (Phone and FAX)

Bill Introduced in Congress to Protect OO and VE Volunteers:-

On March 29, 1996, Congressman Bill Baker (R-CA 10th - East Bay Section) introduced "H.R. 3207, a bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to facilitate utilization of volunteer resources on behalf of the amateur radio service." This bill provides liability protection for amateurs engaged in statutory defined activities with the Volunteer Examination program and with the Amateur Auxiliary to the FCC. It does so by declaring that, when they are engaged in these activities, they are considered "federal employees" for the purposes of the Federal Tort Claims Act. The FTCA is the body of law that protects federal employees from frivolous lawsuits when they are doing their volunteer jobs. Original cosponsors in the Pacific Division include Ron Dellums (D-CA 9th- East Bay Section), Sam Farr (D-CA 17th - Santa Clara Valley Section), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA 14th - also in SCV). David Funderburk (R-NC 2nd), the sole ham (K4TPJ) in Congress, currently is an original cosponsor. Several other Congressmen from around the U. S. are original cosponsors. Please spread the word, and ask every Pacific Division ham to contact his/her Congressional Representatives urging them to sign on as cosponsors of the bill. Passage of this bill is critical to the success of helping contain the interference problems in our bands!

Another Tool to Help Eliminate Jamming:-

The California Penal Code Section 653(t) effective January 1, 1995, is being used to combat jammers. The text follows:

Section 653(t). Interfering with Citizen's Band Radio Channel. (a) A person commits a public offense if the person knowingly and maliciously interrupts, disrupts, impedes, or otherwise interferes with the transmission of a communication of an amateur or a citizen's band radio channel, the purpose of which communication is to inform or inquire about an emergency. (b) In the section, "emergency" means a condition or circumstance in which an individual is or is reasonably believed by the person transmitting the communication to be in imminent danger of serious bodily injury, in which property is or is reasonably believed by the person transmitting the communication to be in imminent danger of extensive damage or destruction, or in which that injury or destruction has occurred and the person transmitting is attempting to summon assistance. (c) A violation of this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed six months, or both, unless, as a result of the commission of the offense, serious bodily injury or property loss in excess of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) occurs, in which event the offense is a felony. The repeater folks in Santa Barbara, working with the County Sheriff, have been using this part of the California Penal Code very successfully -- let's use it in the Pacific Division!

Latest News from Washington DC Concerning Amateur Radio:-

See pages 15-16 of the May QST for the latest news involving -- Selling the Spectrum to Balance the Budget; Congressional Hearings on the FCC (Senate hearing is described, the House hearings have not yet started but will shortly); FCC Tries to Keep Ahead of the Wave. See also the ARRL Letter for similar information between issues of QST.

Pacific Division Home Page Update:-

Visit the Pacific Division Home Page (address for the latest news between Update issues. Currently, FCC Report 96-125, Plan for Reallocated Spectrum, released Mar 22, 1996, is being featured. This Report may cause us to lose the 2300-2310 MHz band, currently a favorite for weak signal, Earth-Moon- Earth propagation and contest work. You will find all the latest news as updated by our Pacific Division Webmaster, Randy Foutch, KE6HCI. Thanks, Randy!

FCC Reports on Electromagnetic Fields at Ham Stations:-

The FCC has issued a new report of RF field measurements at Amateur Radio stations and will use it to help decide how to implement newly revised guidelines for human exposure to RF energy. The report, FCC/OET ASD-9601, is available from the National Technical Information Service, 800-553-6847, purchase number PB-96- 145016. See April QST p. 83 for more details and additional ordering information.

Latest News Related to the Telecomm Act of 1996:-

In DC Currents on pages 15-16 of April QST is a summary of the provisions of the new Telecommunications Act of 1996 with comments on applicability in the Amateur Radio Service. Related to this matter, FCC Chairman Reed Hundt says that telecommunications laws cannot be effectively overhauled and enforced without more money from Congress. Hundt apparently faces an uphill battle in Congress.

FCC Issues Preemptive Order for Small TV Dishes:-

FCC Docket 96-78 has just been released. Although details are not at hand yet, it appears to consist of a preemption order, similar to PRB-1, stating that owners may not be prevented from erecting small dishes required to receive Direct Broadcast TV signals. More details to come. Antennas, Towers and Ordinances:- The negotiations over these ordinances continue in Fresno and Sonoma counties. There is an indication that Contra Costa Co. will join in this effort to try to regulate cellular towers (unfortunately, we get caught up in the discussions). It seems likely that other counties will follow. Please forward copies of all antenna, tower and related ordinances or proposals to Phil Kane, N6SP, who is collecting this data for the Pacific Division. Phil can be reached at P. O. Box 280192, San Francisco CA 94128-0192, (415) 369-7373 and

Scholarships and Awards:-

There are many awards and scholarships covering a wide range of situations available to licensed Amateurs.

SPECIAL NOTICE: In keeping with certain provisions of the new Telecommunications Act, henceforth towers may only be built, installed, or constructed.




Copyright © 1996 by EMARC