Volume 26, Number 12 December, 1996
Copyright © 1996 by EMARC
AMATEUR RADIO REPEATERS
At the meeting December 13, Take a tour of Palo Alto's 145.230 repeater.
Find out what makes repeaters work, what the legal/political constraints are
involved in setting up a repeater in the Bay Area. See close-up pictures of
the 523 hardware, understand why when PG&E goes down the repeater still
operates. How does the S meter operate? The digital voice recorder? This
slide-illustrated talk is the next best thing to an actual site tour. In a way
it is even better, as many of the covers of the hardware have been removed to
facilitate photography. This inside view is not possible on the operating
Our speaker will be W6APZ, Rich Stiebel, the repeater trustee, who
worked for Space Systems/Loral for 27 years prior to his retirement. He has
earned his BSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology and an MSEE from San
Jose State University and holds an extra class ham license. He has been
involved in the SPARK repeater since the first sanction was obtained to operate
on 146.73 MHz. Rich participated in preparing the licensing documentation for
the original WR6AIS repeater, the building of the prior repeater hardware years
before he became trustee as well as building, upgrading, maintaining, and
repairing the present repeater.
While normally the free autodial codes are handled by mail only via the P. O.
Box ( address: 523 Repeater, P.O. Box 391288, Mt. View, CA 94039-391288) and
require a self-addressed-stamped-envelope (SASE) and a copy of your ham
license) you will be able to save $0.32 by bringing a copy of your ham license
to the meeting and exchanging it for a copy of the autodial codes.
Everything you always wanted to know about the 523 repeater but did not know
whom to ask will be addressed at this meeting. After the presentation,
questions will be answered. You will come away with a better under-standing of
this interesting and challenging aspect of amateur radio.
EMARC Holiday Banquet
The banquet will be held at The Blue Pheasant on Sunday evening, January 12,
1997, starting at 6:00 p.m. Cost per person (complete dinner as usual, with
wine for each table) will be $25.00, and there will be a no-host bar.
Please fill out the form on the last page and get it in early. The more people
we have confirmed early, the easier it is to make final arrangements.
NEW CLUB OFFICERS
The EMARC club officers for 1997 are:
President Mikel Lechner, KN6QI
Vice President (Open)
Treasurer Shel Edelman, N6RD
Radio Officer (Open)
Training Officer Bill Ogilvie, KQ6FY
Newsletter Editor David Wilkes, KD6WRG
Directors Dick Baldwinson, N6ATD
Herb Davidson, KF6BKL
Martin Liberman, KD6WJW
Alan Margot, W6FZA
Hans Neumann, KE6TGA
Eddie Quinn, KE6YPI
Just about every culture has a holiday at this time of year. There are at least
five among our membership. In order to include everyone:
EMARC 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 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:
VHF voice: KD6WRG on W6APZ, 145.23- (100Hz PL) 10AM net weekdays;
EMARC 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
Eyeball: at EMARC meetings.
I don't care who you are wise guy. You are messing up the SWR of my vertical
and your reindeer are tangled in the groundplane. Get off my roof!
NEED A BADGE?
New member or old member...
For a new or replacement EMARC badge,
Contact Shel N6RD
The EMARC Board of Director's meeting was held at Shel's on Wednesday
night, Dec. 4. Present were: Mikel, KN6QI; Shel, N6RD; Bill KQ6FY; Dave,
KD6WRG, Hans, KE6TGA; and Martin, KD6WRG.
The first item on the agenda was what to do about EMARC's lack of a Vice
President for 1997. This position is very important to the survival of the
club because, without a good program the membership could loose interest and
the club would fall apart. Mikel, as president, suggested that we form a
committee in place of the Vice president, to continue the club's programs and
speaker engagements. Several suggestions were made about potential speakers,
and how to contact them.
The second item on the agenda was the club banquet. A speaker has still not
been selected for the banquet, but it was expected that one would be found in
time for the Dec. Relay. A motion was brought to approve the expense of
$400.00 for Banquet door prizes. This was approved unanimously. Shel, N6RD
gave a brief report on the club's bank balance and it was agreed that EMARC was
in good shape financially.
The last item on the agenda was a discussion of the club's goals and calendar
for the first part of the new year. It was decided to have an informal board
meeting, to welcome new board members and club executives, on January 29.
This will be my last reporting of the BOD minutes on this go-around. Next year
I will be the club training officer and will likely regret taking on so
demanding a task. Steve Whitt, KE6YQP has done an excellent job in the past
year; introducing over 50 people to Amateur Radio. My goal is to offer a more
leisurely course format, stretched out over several weeks; so that the students
can get exposed to more of the history and culture of Amateur Radio. This will
also make it possible to include Morse code instruction. Any suggestions, or
offers of help would be appreciated.
EMARC Calendar of Events
EMARC Monthly Meeting: Fourth Friday of the month (except for possible changes
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 above . 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.
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. 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 NET is held Thursdays at 8 PM on the W6APZ repeater, 145.230-; the
100 Hz PL is off for the net.
9 AM net. Weekdays at 9 AM on W6APZ, 145.23- (100Hz PL). A very
informal rag chew net with mostly EMARC members. This used to be the 10 AM
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-
Project OSCAR meets following each Foothill Flea Market about 11 AM at
Harry's Hofbrau in Mt. View, 399 El Camino Real at Bonita St., north of Grant
and south of Castro, on the west side of the street.
No formal program - just get to know each other and (if you wish) have lunch
PS There is a Project OSCAR / AMSAT net every Wednesday evening at 19:30 local
time on the W6APZ repeater, 145.230-, 100 Hz PL. All hams welcome - you do not
need to be active on the satellites to participate.
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). Parking is free.
The NorCal QRP Club meets following the Livermore flea market at 11 AM
at the California Burger in Pleasanton, about. 2 miles from the flea market.
10-10 Net. The local net for 10 meters enthusiasts meets every Monday
at 8 PM on 28.475 MHz; net control: Neal, WA6OCP.
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ARRL PACIFIC DIVISION
ARRL PACIFIC DIVISION UPDATE
by Brad Wyatt, K6WR, Director
Pacific Division, ARRL
18400 Overlook Rd. #5
Los Gatos CA 95030-5850
(408) 395-2501 (Phone and FAX)
Pacificon'96 a Great Success:-
Pacificon'96 is now history. The award highlights included the 1995 Field
Organization Volunteer of the Year for 1995 to Jim McCauley, AB6EU, and for
1996 to Randy Foutch, KE6HCI; 1996 QST Cover Plaque Awards to Patty Winter,
N6BIS, and Dave Hersberger, W9GR. There were sessions updating us on
Washington DC developments, antenna classes and meetings for ARRL Volunteer
Counsels. The vendor exhibitions were always jammed. Pacificon'96 was produced
by the Mount Diablo ARC. Thanks to Dick Brown, KT6X, and Greg Estep, KE6VTA,
co-chairs, and their team for a great convention! See you in 1997 at
Pacificon'97 in Concord - October 17-19, 1997!
New RF Safety Rules Effective Jan. 1, 1997:-
As has been reported widely, new RF safety rules go into effect for US hams
effective Jan. 1, 1997. Thus far little information has been released which
provides guidance to the amateur community regarding exactly what must be done
to comply with the new regulations. The FCC stated in its Order, announcing the
new rule, that a revised version of FCC OET Document 65 would be released well
before the first of the year, and that it would contain guidelines suitable for
amateur use. Unfortunately, that revised OET Document 65 has been slow in
coming. A preliminary revision was released for review in late September, but
it provided little explicit guidance for the amateur. Because the deadline is
rapidly approaching, the ARRL Board of Directors, at their meeting in late
October (see details below), asked that the FCC be petitioned to delay the
implementation date by one year. Meanwhile, as the FCC considers the request
for delay (which was also requested by commercial interests), the ARRL,
together with a group of volunteer experts, is working with the FCC to expand
and improve the Document 65 coverage for hams. There will be a summary report
in January QST. For more information, see Oct. 1996 QST, page 9, for the K1ZZ
editorial, and pages 78 et seq. for details on the Docket. See also Pacific
Div. Update for Nov. 1996 and QST for Dec. 1996. The text of this Docket can be
found on the FCC web site at
Also, see the ARRL WWW site at
for current information.
TAPR Receives FCC Approval for Spread Spectrum STA:-
The Tucson Amateur Packet Radio Assoc. (TAPR) received approval from FCC in
early November to begin experiments with Spread Spectrum techniques, on a
non-interference basis, on bands from 50 MHz and up including 219 MHz.
Essentially, the rules are the same as the existing K6KGS Spread Spectrum STA.
The details on experiments to be performed as to timing, frequency bands, and
geographic locations are being developed.
ARRL Board Actions at the Oct. 24 and 26 Meeting:-
On ET Docket 93-62, the RF safety docket (see above), the Board of Directors
directed staff to seek an extension of the compliance date to January 1, 1998.
The request has been submitted. Responding to the continuing problem of minimal
FCC enforcement activity, the ARRL will petition the FCC to create procedures
to allow submission of private sector complaints of serious rule violations
directly to the FCC's Chief Administrative Law Judge, hurdling bureau
ARRL President Rodney Stafford, KB6ZV, was authorized to sign a formal
agreement with the National Frequency Coordinators' Council, effecting the
so-called single point of contact concept. In view of the congressional mandate
imposed on the FCC to auction the 2305-2320 MHz band for commercial purposes,
ARRL will seek an increase in the amateur service allocation status, from
secondary to primary, in the remaining 2300-2305 MHz Amateur segment.
Effective July 1, 1997, ARRL dues of Full and Associate Members will increase
to 34 dollars annually. The senior dues rate will be increased to 28 dollars.
This action was required by overall increased costs.
The Board directed staff to inform the FCC that the ARRL supported the TAPR
Spread Spectrum STA then before the FCC for approval. Many other significant
actions were taken, but are not reported here due to space limitations in this
Update. A full report will appear in January QST.
Vanity Calls Extra Class Gate 2 Opened Sept. 23:-
Gate 2 for Extra Class opened on Sept. 23, 1996. Approximately 4,500 calls were
issued on Nov. 5, 1996. The calls issued for Pacific Division hams should
appear on the Pacific Division Website
shortly. ARRL has
established a one-stop vanity call sign page at
For those receiving new calls, the ARRL/QST membership records will be updated
automatically. To obtain new official ARRL appointee call-sign badges for your
new call, send a photocopy of your current call-sign badge with the new call
information to your badge engraver. They are receiving instructions from HQ to
make new badges with-out the usual forms. Special VE badges will be replaced in
accordance with the procedure that has already been sent to all ARRL VEs.
Five (5) VHF, UHF and Microwave Bands Are Now Under Active Challenge:-
2m/70cm Band Threats:-
The site of this continuing struggle shifted to Geneva for WRC97 preparation
meetings of delegations from all over the world from Oct. 29 to Nov. 8. It
appears that the Little LEO folks have garnered some support from some of the
U. S. delegates. An example, Warren Richards of U. S. State Dept., was seated
as Chief U. S. Delegate, in a surprise move, to Working Party 8 D (remember him
from the email campaign in July) and made a plea for added spectrum below 1
GHz for Little LEO. In the spirited discussion among delegates from many
countries which followed, there was agreement and disagreement. It is clear
that the discussions will continue in 1997. It should also be noted that the
Little LEO folks have a satellite to be launched in 1996 to collect data to use
in their study of frequency sharing possibilities below 1 GHz. They were able
to obtain permission to submit data from this satellite at two key meetings in
1997 bypassing this round of meetings. ARRL and IARU are working hard to learn
more about this satellite and its capabilities. We are not safe from this
threat!!! So WHAT do we do now?
Monitor the progress of this unfolding drama!
For the latest news on this volatile issue, read QST, ARRL Letter, Pacific
Division Updates in hard copy. Read ARRL Letter, Pacific Division Updates on
email; visit Pacific Division WWW site. Visit the ARRL home page at
and select "Band Threat News."
The ARRL is the only effective national organization fighting for YOUR 2 meter
and 70 cm. hand held operating privileges. It is easy to join and help us win
this battle to preserve our privileges.
- Contribute to the Fund for the Defense of Amateur Radio Frequencies! (See
page 76 of October QST for all the details.)
- Then write. Right now--and continue through 1997!
Comments by email should be sent to: email@example.com. Hard copy written
comments, with an original plus one copy, should be sent to: Office of the
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC 20554. Each
comment should include at the top, "Reference No. ISP-96-005" and "Advisory
Committee Informal Working Group 2A." We must keep up this activity
consistently through 1997. Unfortunately, the prediction of an attempted
end-run of the preparatory process seems possible. We won't be able to breathe
easily about WRC-97 issues until the final gavel, more than 12 months from
1296 MHz Band Threat --
There may be a ray of hope -- in a recent series of government meetings it
appears that in addition to the originally proposed 1258.29 MHz frequency
another powerful group favors 1207.14 MHz and yet another powerful group favors
1309.7 MHz. A decision was due by Oct. 31, but, unfortunately, there is no
further news to report as this issue is being written in mid November. We must
always remember, however, that amateur radio is secondary to radiolocation
and navigation systems in the 23 cm band.
2300-2310 and 2400 MHz Band Threats --
At the last minute before Congress adjourned, Congress passed and the President
signed Public Law 104-208 to authorize the placing of 2305-2310 MHz of the
Amateur Band plus other spectrum into the spectrum pool for auction to finance
the 1997 Federal spending plan. This action is the first time Congress has
involved itself in the specifics of frequencies to be auctioned. Many on the
Hill expressed verbally and in writing that this was a bad precedent and
violated various "rules" of legislation. While it is not likely that Congress,
for political reasons, will reverse what was done in the closing days on this
matter, the ARRL is still exploring what can be done. As noted in the Nov.
Update, there are other threats to these bands, but there is no significant
additional news to report.
5800 MHz Band Threat --
This threat is by NPRM ET Docket 96-102, based on the petitions from Apple
Computer and WINForum, to grant access to the Amateur Radio Spectrum from
5725-5875 MHz band for the NII/SUPERNET proposal for free spectrum for very
high data rate LANs and other activities for schools, libraries, hospitals.
ARRL and many other Comments opposing the NPRM were filed on July 15, 1996, and
were followed up by opposing Reply Comments on Aug. 14, 1996. It is very
unclear what will happen in this NPRM as the FCC Commissioners want to grant
something to this service, but how far they will go is unknown. Further, this
matter is apparently linked to the Telecommunications Act concept of Universal
Service -- a very difficult subject involving all aspects of the
AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
POLICE JAMMER GOES TO JAIL
A ham who jammed police communications is now sitting behind prison bars.
Bobby Lee Aguero, KE6VNU, who called himself "The Phantom" while interfering
with police communications, was sentenced to jail for 120 days and fined over
$1400 by a Placer County California Municipal Court on Friday, November 1st.
Aguero is a Sacramento area radio amateur who admitted in a plea bargain to
having interfered with Roseville, California Police communications. He also
allegedly interfered with police communication at a ham radio convention in
Seaside, Oregon on June 2nd.
In the California plea bargain agreement, Aguero pleaded guilty to three
misdemeanor counts of the Placer County Penal Code on August 26th. These
included interfering with communications, delaying a police officer, and
In sentencing Aguero, the judge considered the Parole Department concerns that
Aguero showed little or no remorse regarding his offenses. The judge denied a
defense request for electronic ankle bracelet monitoring of the defendant
citing the Aguero's ability to utilize and alter electronic equipment. And
despite a defense counsel request, the judge ordered that the time served be
immediate and continuous. He also denied Friday through Sunday jail time in
spite of the defendants current school schedule.
Aguero was also ordered to continue rehabilitation by the probation department
This means he prohibited from owning a radio transmitter or scanner or having
one in his presence. He is also prohibited from being within fifty feet of any
radio capable of transmitting signals. Failure to comply with the probationary
terms would subject Aguero to an additional year in jail.
Local hams familiar with the case were present at the sentencing. Some had
presented the presiding judge with background information regarding the
defendants behavior in the Amateur Radio community. One ham, a former
prosecuting attorney, actually submitted a letter to the judge. It reportedly
detailed Aguero's attitude and activity exhibited on the local VHF amateur
frequencies. Observers say that Aguero left the courtroom with a grimace and
in tears to began his 68 days in jail.
Aguero's sentence of 120 days in county jail was reduced by 52 days by time
OKLAHOMA V.S. SPOC
The papers have not even been signed between the ARRL and National Frequency
Coordinators Council, and already one of the nations coordinators is
complaining. ORSI, the Repeater Coordination Council serving Oklahoma says it
wants no part of a single point of contact at this time.
According to information supplied to Tom Blackwell, N5GAR by ORSI and passed to
Newsline, the council has recently had a change in board members and
management. The message received by N5GAR says that the Oklahoma group has
notified the FCC that its membership was not consulted prior to the old board
giving its support to the single point of contact.
Because of this, the ORSI is withdrawing any support previously given to the
proposal. This, until such time that the appropriate study is done. After
that, the membership will be informed about the pros and cons of the proposal
and then polled to see what the groups position will be.
MORE ON LEOS V.S. HAM RADIO
If other countries are working on sharing studies to permit Little LEO
satellite to share the 2 meter and 70 centimeter ham bands, nobody outside
those administrations knows about it. The proposals, if any, were expected to
surface at a meeting of International Telecommunication Union Working Party 8D
from October 29 to November 8 in Geneva, Switzerland.
ARRL Technical Relations Manager Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, and ARRL International
Affairs Vice President Larry Price, W4RA, attended the session. Rinaldo is a
member of the U.S. delegation and Price represented the International Amateur
Radio Union. The U.S. provided no input to the meeting to suggest possible
sharing between Little LEOs and amateurs. The output of the Working Party goes
to the Conference Preparatory Meeting in May of 1997. The report will provide
the technical basis for WRC-97 decisions on the issue.
Meantime, companies involved in the launch and operation of the Little Leo
satellite constellations are moving ahead with their plans. Satellite
Communications Magazine reports in its November issue that Iridium LLC has
completed negotiating a 750 million dollar credit package. The Motorola led
venture will orbit sixty six satellites in low earth orbit for global access to
mobile telephone technology. This latest credit arrangement brings this one
companies' war chest up to 2.65 billion dollars in instantly available funds.
SALEM OREGON TOWER LAW
An Oregon Society of Broadcast Engineers Newsletter says that the City of
Eugene, Oregon has voted in a moratorium on accepting applications for towers
and antennas but hams are excluded for the moment. In the September 16th
action, the city feels it was going to be inundated with applications for
conditional use permits for new tower construction. They even admit in the new
ordinance that 15 new applications had been received as of September 16. As
such, the city says that it has the right to declares an emergency and shuts
down the permit office for tower and antenna applications.
Broadcast station KMGE quickly mobilized the broadcasters into action and
several hams led the fight to the Council Chamber. Instrumental to the
exclusion of amateur antennas and structures was Kenton Sturdevant N7IXA.
Broadcasters were exempted to the extent that would be needed to implement the
new EAS within the next six months.
ATWATER KENT TIME CAPSULE OPENED
Some vintage radio collectors in the Philadelphia area got a treat on Friday
October 25th. This, when Mr. A. Atwater Kent III -- the grandson of the famous
radio manufacturer of the 1920s and 1930s -- opened a time capsule that had
been sealed and buried at the Atwater Kent factory in Philadelphia in 1929 by
his father and grandfather.
Using a huge soldering iron, Ralph Williams, Atwater Kent collector and
historian and Kent family friend, undid the soldered seals from the copper box
after it was removed from the granite cornerstone. Inside were newspapers of
the era plus notes from the senior Kent's speech at the dedication.
But the real "prize" was an Atwater Kent Model 55 radio chassis and instruction
manual, still in mint condition, in the bottom of the time capsule. The Model
55 -- a weighty, top-of-the-line set -- was installed in a number of different
cabinet configurations in its day. The Model 55 used 10 Cunningham "globe"
tubes and a separate speaker.
The General Services Administration now owns the old factory, which is being
razed to make way for a new building. The contents of the time capsule will
initially be displayed in a new structure nearby, housing the Department of
Veterans Affairs. Later, the artifacts are to be loaned to the Atwater Kent
Several members of the New Jersey Antique Radio Club attended the historical
FCC PROPOSES NEW SERVICE FOR REALLOCATED 2.3-GHZ
The FCC has proposed a new Wireless Communications Service or WCS in the 2,305
to 2,320 and 2,345 to 2,360 MHZ bands and to award licenses on the basis of
competitive bidding. The bands include a 5 MHZ segment that Amateur Radio
shares with government services between 2,305 and 2,310 MHZ.
Just before it adjourned in October, Congress approved a provision as part of
the much larger appropriations bill. It directed the FCC to put the 30 MHZ of
spectrum in the 2.3 GHz region up for competitive bidding to help balance the
budget. It's believed to be the first time the Congress has ordered the
reallocation of specific frequencies.
The FCC says the new WCS service would allow licensees to provide any fixed,
mobile or radiolocation service, or satellite Digital Audio Radio Services.
This, consistent with the international frequency allocations for these bands.
The Commission also proposed to adopt no restrictions on eligibility for a WCS
license and to allow licensees to partition their service areas, to desegregate
spectrum, and franchise portions of their spectrum or service areas on a leased
Competitive bidding for the two segments will begin no later than next April
15. Comments on the proposal are due at the FCC by December 4th and reply
comments by December 16th.
ADVANCED CLASS VE'S
The ARRL has asked the FCC to change its rules to permit Advanced class
volunteer examiners to administer the General class license examination.
Under current rules, Advanced class VE's can administer only Novice, Technician
and Technician Plus examinations. The League's filing says that allowing
Advanced class VE's to administer General class examination elements will help
to create additional opportunities for upgrading. It would also take some of
the mounting pressure off Extra class VE's. The League estimates more than
15,500 additional elements could be administered each year if Advanced class
VE's could administer exams up to the General class level.
ELECTRONIC LICENSE PROCESSING
A new license renewal benefit is now in place for ARRL members only. The ARRL
VEC says that it will process FCC Form 610 applications for a renewal, address
change, name change or call sign change for electronic submission to the FCC.
There is no charge for this service but an original, signed Form 610 must be
mailed or otherwise delivered to the ARRL VEC. Sorry, but Faxed in 610's are
not acceptable. Any questions or transfers should be directed to the ARRL VEC
at area code (860) 594-0300.
TAPR SPREAD SPECTRUM STA
Back home, the FCC has granted a Special Temporary Authorization to Greg Jones,
WD5IVD, and Dewayne Hendricks, WA8DZP, on behalf of Tucson Amateur Packet
Radio, Corporation regarding spread spectrum communications.
Back on April 10th, TAPR requested a waiver of the rules and regulations
governing Amateur Radio spread spectrum communications. This, in order to
conduct an experimental program to test spread spectrum emissions over amateur
radio facilities on different bands.
A Special Temporary Authorization is the authority granted to a permittee or
licensee to permit the operation of a broadcast facility for a limited period
at a specified variance from the terms of the station authorization or
requirements of the FCC rules applicable to the particular class of station.
Full details on the TAPR spread spectrum STA are available on its web page at
in the Spread Spectrum area.
Amsat Oscar 13 appears to have died. According to Graham Ratcliff, VK5AGR of
the AO-13 command team, the satellites Engineering Beacon ceased transmitting
at 05:38 UTC on November 24th. This, shortly after completing Orbit Number
Ratcliff confirmed this loss of signal with VK5ED who was also monitoring the
telemetry when the transmission stopped. Further attempts to command AO-13
proved unsuccessful. From the empirical evidence and scientific projections,
the Command Team has concluded that AO-13 is dead.
Oscar 13 was launched on June 15th 1988 and has provided uninterrupted service
ever since. But its demise came as no surprise either. Over the past few
years, the satellite had been dipping more and more into the outer reaches of
the earths atmosphere as its orbit continued to decay. Its believed that
excessive heating finally destroyed the satellite's solar panels leaving it
without power to operate. Heating may have caused the failure of other
delicate internal components as well.
The final chapter in the life Oscar 13 is still a few days away. Mathematical
predictions are that AO-13 will fall from orbit before the end of November or
early December and burn up on re-entry.
As many morn the loss of Oscar 13 they way they would a close friend, the
people who put it into space are hard at work getting its replacement ready for
launch in 1997. According to Amsat North America, the satellites on-board
computer was activated at 20:40 Eastern time on Wednesday, November 20th,
bringing Phase 3D to life.
The future of Amateur Radio is important. So say those who attended the
recently concluded IARU Region 1 Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.
This conference was deemed so significant that it had observers from the
International Telecommunications Union, the United Kingdom's
Radiocommunications Agency, the ARRL and the licensing authorities of several
nations looking on.
There were three committees and their work accounted for the majority of the
decisions made at the meeting. Discussed were a wide range of topics including
a new Region one 2 meter bandplan with 12.5 Kilohertz spacing for all
operations. Also considered was the establishment of high power 2 meter beacons
for transatlantic propagation tests, guidelines for coordinating 10 meter
repeaters, packet frequencies on 20 meters, packet to Internet connections,
band plans for 160 meters, the possible expansion of the 7 and 10 Megahertz
bands and a clear definition of ITU Zones. Matters dealing with contest
organization and the IARU Monitoring system were also taken under study.
Reports from several national ham radio societies say that this was probably
one of the best planning sessions yet held in preparation for the next World
Radiocommunications Conference, also known as WRC.
More regional meetings like this are slated before the beginning of the next
World Radiocommunications Conference.
MIR FREQUENCY CHANGE
An International Amateur Radio Union decision to move the operating frequencies
of the ham station on board the Russian MIR space station is causing some
dissension between hams involved in space communications and others who use
terrestrial modes. At the recent Region 1 IARU meeting, a decision was made to
move MIR and all subsequent European sponsored manned ham in space operations
to a spacecraft to earth downlink on 145.200 MHZ with terrestrial stations
uplinking on 145.800.
This change has solved problems for Region 1 users where the 2 meter band only
runs from 144 to 146 MHz. It has also angered Region 2 hams involved in the
emerging Amateur Packet Reporting System technology. APRS users say that they
are troubled by having the MIR operations only a few KHz away. At the same
time, satellite users say that the APRS signals are interfering with their
ability to contact the MIR. Both say that they have the right to be there.
Each wants the other to go away.
The frequency choice has also made communications with the MIR very difficult.
This is because 145.19 and 145.21 are repeater output channels in most parts of
the country. The weak signal from space is no match for terrestrial
transmitters only 10 KHz away.
Even more agonizing for space communications enthusiasts is that 145.20 MHZ is
a repeater output channel throughout Southern California. While the MIR signal
does not bother the repeaters, few can hear its call through the hundred watt
mountaintop repeaters that dot the areas landscape.
Many U.S. hams are now openly saying that they want the MIR to go elsewhere,
but it not likely to happen. Rather, appears as if the new frequencies have
been cast in concrete by the IARU, with the MIR and the most future manned ham
radio space station operations are on those new frequencies to stay.
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An Interesting Year
It certainly has been an interesting year for EMARC. We started the year with
Professor Antony Fraser-Smith at our winter banquet who described his research
into ELF (extremely low frequency) radio wave emissions just before
earthquakes. It was a very interesting presentation in spite of difficulties
with the sound system.
This was followed by more down to earth presentations on fox hunting by Don
Ferguson, KD6IRE, and QRP equipment and operating by Wayne Burdick, N6KR. Fox
hunting which can be an exciting activity is also very practical experience
that can help track down some of these jokers on the repeaters. And Wayne's
excitement and dedication to QRP was infectious.
We had an interesting discussion on commercial digital radio technology from
Katin Imes, KE6EFH of Metricom. This was followed by a world tour with Jim
Treybig, W6JKV on his series of DXpeditions. Ever on the move, Jim has moved
to Texas to start a new business venture.
Of course, we must not forget our biggest club event of the year: Field Day.
With a lot of support from many club members we had quite a good field day. In
finals totals we ranked 5th in the state of California. This is quite good, and
I'm sure we will improve on this next year. Many people to thank for their
efforts, but especially: Paul AA6PZ; Dick, N6ATD; Omri, AA6TA; Bill, KQ6FY;
Dennis, KC6PUN; Walt, W6ASH, and more.
If you ever wondered about that big radio dish seen from I-280 near Stanford,
John Larribeu told us all about it. He's been an operator there for many years
and new quite a lot of the history of the place.
And more on earthquakes with Dr. Alan Lindh, a seismologist from the USGS. Dr.
Lindh is a respected scientist who has done a lot of research into
understanding and predicting earthquakes. His presentation was very sobering
on what we should expect from the next big earthquake.
Then there was that flea market that scared Shel, N6RD (aka KM6GV). The August
flea market started very slow and looked like it was going to be a failure.
But later the crowds did show up and it turned out quite successful after
The rest of the year was rounded out by a presentation on antennas by Del
Fausey, WB6WLT; our ever popular home-brew contest (one of my personal
favorites); an experimental member's night; and a talk by Allan Margot, K6FZA
on ham radio in the 1930's.
It really has been quite an interesting year for the club. I would like to
thank the club officers and board members for really pulling together when
needed to make this a very productive year.
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